2006-02-18

Night Flashes

From JPost, police believe the stabbing of Sergei Karbatsov of Ma'aleh Adumim was motivated by Palestinian nationalist ideology ... meanwhile Israel's centrist Kadima Party had the windows of its Hadera office smashed ... Internet Haganah is reporting that key military figure Muhammed Deif may be leaving Hamas to join al-Qaeda, along with his faction Izzadin al-Kassam ... DebkaNet Weekly (subscription) predicts that in keeping with its ongoing charm offensive, "Hamas will not force Islamic restrictions down the people’s throats, such as the veil for women and a ban on the sale of alcohol in Ramallah’s night spots", but it looks like Ismail Haniye didn't get the word ...

Also just in from Internet Haganah, a bomb at an army camp in Jolo, Philippines has wounded 20 ... while over at the Belmont Club, Wretchard posts a roundup on Rumsfeld and the war of ideas - and perhaps appropriately, suspends the self-imposed ban on consecutive open threads, to allow BC readers to continue the discussion on the electronic battlefield ... meanwhile, Neo offers her analysis of Rumsfeld's speech: 'You'll notice that, although the headline of the Reuters article is "US lags in propaganda war: Rumsfeld," he does not actually utter the word "propaganda" during the speech. Instead, Rumsfeld speaks many times of "communication" and "communications," and of truth. It's not surprising that Rumsfeld is reluctant to use the "p" word; propaganda has gotten a bad name. But, as I wrote in my previous post on the subject, it by no means precludes telling the truth; on the contrary. You may also notice that Rumsfeld's speech deal entirely with foreign propaganda ("communications") rather than domestic, which he ignores. ...'

More cartoon violence, and we don't mean Bugs Bunny and Road Runner ... at least fifteen people have died in Nigeria over this nonsense, while the Counterterrorism Blog calls the cartoon protests what they are: a political tool ...

From GayPatriot, Moscow says "nyet" to Gay Pride and Sully notes that "the one thing that can unite Muslims, Jews and Orthodox Christians is hatred of gay people" ...