Morning Report: June 26, 2006

Friends and enemies. The New York Times may have bitten off more than it could chew this time, while governments learn the hard way that you can't please everyone.

NYT uproar continues. Outrage over the New York Times' decision to publish classified information shows no signs of abating. Gateway Pundit has a roundup. Hugh Hewitt has a rebuttal to NYT Executive Editor Bill Keller's attempts to justify the paper's actions. Michelle Malkin has a roundup and some motivational artwork. (various)

Russian hostages murdered. Debka bulletin: 'A video tape posted by an al Qaeda-led group Sunday showed three men called Russian hostages being killed. Four Russian diplomats were kidnapped earlier this month against Moscow’s withdrawal from Chechnya and release of Muslim prisoners. Two masked militants are shown beheading one man and shooting another. The beheaded body of a third appears on the tape. The fate of a fourth hostage was not clear. The murders are claimed by the Mujahideen Shura Council in Iraq.' The Belmont Club is reminded of a well-known fable: 'Aesop's fable about the The Man, the Boy, and the Donkey is meant to bring home the point that it's impossible to please everyone -- and that it is useless to try. That ancient story anticipates the difficulty of trying to win friends in the Jihad. ...' Read the article at the link. (Debka, Belmont Club)