"GAZA, Dec 19 (Reuters) - Israeli army gunfire killed an 11-year-old Palestinian girl in the Gaza Strip on Thursday as she opened a window in her house in an area where soldiers and gunmen do battle daily, her relatives said.
Nada Madi, 11, was shot in southern Gaza's Rafah refugee camp. Her family said the gunfire came from an Israeli army outpost on the Egyptian border about a kilometre away and that the shooting was unprovoked."
A kilometre away? And they know what happened, whose bullet it was, and, apparently, Reuters thinks this 'unbiased' family is telling the truth? Any chance of that bullet being recovered to check to see who shot it?
Entertainment Weekly asks: "Are musicians afraid to protest war with Iraq?" The column then ends with this brilliant rhetorical question: "Have musicians lost their political voice?"
1) Well, maybe most musicians are in favor of the war. Bet that didn't ever occur to anyone, if they're not against it that must mean that they're afraid to admit they're against it. Brilliant logic there.
2) The article decides that musicians are afraid to protest based on the 'fact' that only 6 musicians signed the open letter from Artists United to Win Without War. Gee, I didn't sign it either. Must be because I'm afraid.
There's a comment section there beneath the column, just asking for lots of Fisking.
That, according to 'Yaqub Al-Mazroue, undersecretary for Preventive Medicine at the Health Ministry' is the number of 'HIV positive cases in the Kingdom' of Saudi Arabia.
:: Peter 12/17/2002 08:34:00 AM [+] ::
"I oppose war in general and Bush's planned attack on Iraq in particular. It doesn't matter that Bush has not and cannot prove his allegations, he has to proceed with this Holy War (can you say, "Oxymoron?"). The fundamentalist Christians, neo-conservatives and Zionists, backed by big oil and the military-industrial complex, have taken over the government of the United States of America.
For the first time in my life (60 years) I'm afraid of my government. I am afraid of my country becoming a theocracy. Religion has no place in the government of a free country. I have become attached to my freedom of movement and freedom of speech and freedom of thought.
It amazes me that religion has such a strong hold on supposedly intelligent people living in the 21st century. The thought of murder committed in the name of a loving God is repulsive."
Now, for the kicker (oh, come on, you had to see this coming): here's the signature:
"Gordon Haire, United States, published 16 December 2002"
Gordon, can I call you Gordon? Have you been paying any attention whatsoever? You're afraid of our government? Does the word 'Sharia' mean a damn thing to you? How about 'theocracy'? When you find an Islamic country which has anything approaching the 1st Amendment let me know. In the meantime, go back to stuffing your head in the sand and don't choke on the shells.
:: Peter 12/16/2002 08:54:00 AM [+] ::