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So in the least surprising news of the night…

DP World has agreed to delay taking over the US ports for a while to allow time to make people comfortable.
In a few weeks the hysteria will have blown over and the deal will be approved. (And as an added bonus it will have flushed the crackpots, the blowhards, the hacks and the willfully ingnorant into the open.)

The Arab port sale imbroglio

The level of ignorance and misinformation floating around in the anti-port-deal arguments simply amazes me. The government is not selling these ports to an Arab company. A British company already handles these ports and that British company is being sold to a company run by the UAE. The government is only involved because it has the right to approve or not approve the sale.
And the Arab company won’t be running security at these ports. The British company doesn’t handle that now and DP World won’t handle it after. Security is handled by the Coast Guard and Customs. This deal is mostly a matter of deciding who it is that hires the union longshoremen.
People argue that some 9/11 attackers were UAE citizens… gee, Richard Reid, the “shoe bomber”, was born in London. Does that mean that the commercial aspects of the ports currently being run by the British company is a security risk?
There are some valid arguments to be made in opposition to this deal, but they seem to be in the microscopic minority compared to the spurious arguments being made. Far too many of the arguments against this deal seem like nothing more than hysterical xenophobia.

*sigh*

Lawyers: America’s attempts to keep our clients from killing themselves in Guantanamo are abusive.

Another pearl of Idiocy brought to you by the DDN’s Speak Up column

Today’s winner:

If Americans extract information from terrorists by torture, would Americans be any different than the terrorists?
Dayton Daily News: Speak Up

YES WE BLEEPING WOULD! Because we wouldn’t be targetting innocent civilians and bleeping beheading our captives! This writer seems to have just absolutely zero comprehension of what the terrorists are.

A good look inside Iraq

Michael Yon sends back dispatches from Mosul, Iraq. It’s the type of stuff you won’t hear on the news here at home where they only take notice when good-guys are killed.

The Yarmuk traffic circle is fantastically dangerous. On the first mission I ran in Mosul, we lost two soldiers and an interpreter, all killed by a car bomb. Others were horribly burned, scarred for life. Many of our wounded and killed soldiers got it right here, or in the immediate vicinity. The ISF takes serious losses in this part of town. But it’s not entirely one-sided– the Deuce Four has killed well over 150 terrorists in this neighborhood in the past 10 months. But almost none of those made the news, and those that did had a few key details missing.
Like the time when some ISF were driving and got blasted by an IED, causing numerous casualties and preventing them from recovering the vehicle. The terrorists came out and did their rifle-pumping-in-the-air thing, shooting AKs, dancing around like monkeys. Videos went

Credit where it’s due

It took them long enough but American Muslim scholars have issued a fatwah condemning terrorism.

American Muslim scholars who interpret religious law for their community issued an edict Thursday condemning terrorism against civilians in response to the wave of deadly attacks in Britain and other countries.
In the statement, called a fatwa, the 18-member Fiqh Council of North America wrote that people who commit terrorism in the name of Islam were “criminals, not `martyrs.'”
“There is no justification in Islam for extremism or terrorism,” the scholars wrote. “Targeting civilians’ life and property through suicide bombings or any other method of attack is haram

Ok, let’s say you’re al Qaeda…

And let’s say you carried out yesterday’s “bombings”… Why would you go and claim responsibility for it? Doesn’t claiming responsibility for a failed bombing just make you look ineffectual?

More explosions in London

4 small explosions in London today, 3 in the Subway and 1 on a bus. It’ll be interesting to see what in the world happened here. Did they mean for the explosions to be so small? Did the detonators not explode the real explosives? Was it just some kind of demented prank?

London Mayor Ken Livingstone on the attack

“This was not a terrorist attack against the mighty and the powerful; it is not aimed at presidents or prime ministers; it was aimed at ordinary working class Londoners, black and white, Muslim and Christians, Hindu and Jew, young and old, indiscriminate attempt at slaughter irrespective of any considerations, of age, of class, of religion, whatever, that isn’t an ideology, it isn’t even a perverted faith, it’s just indiscriminate attempt at mass murder, and we know what the objective is, they seek to divide London. They seek to turn Londoners against each other and Londoners will not be divided by this cowardly attack,” said Mr Livingston.
He then had a message for the terrorists who had organised the explosions.
“I wish to speak through you directly, to those who came to London to claim lives, nothing you do, how many of us you kill will stop that flight to our cities where freedom is strong and where people can live in harmony with one another, whatever you do, how many you kill, you will fail.”
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I’ve always figured that any day on which I wake up and the first thing I see on the news isn’t news of a new terrorist attack isn’t all that bad a day.

Today isn’t that type of day. :( My thoughts and prayers are with the British people.