Morning Report: May 29, 2007

Iraqi captives are freed from hell, an activist speaks out Down Under, and the mullahs keep blowing smoke. Meanwhile, a petty obscenity mars Memorial Day in the American Northwest.

US frees 42 captives in Iraq raid. Some of the 42 Iraqis had been "hung from ceilings and tortured for months" according to AP via Yahoo. Dear God.
American forces freed 42 kidnapped Iraqis — some of whom had been hung from ceilings and tortured for months — in a raid Sunday on an al-Qaida hideout north of Baghdad, the U.S. military said.

Military officials said the operation, launched on tips from residents, showed that Iraqis in the turbulent Diyala province were turning against Sunni insurgents and beginning to trust U.S. troops.

"The people in Diyala are speaking up against al-Qaida," said Maj. Gen. William Caldwell, the top U.S. military spokesman in Iraq.

Also in the news item,
Gunmen also killed the renowned Baghdad calligrapher Khalil Mohammed al-Zahawi in a drive-by shooting in a Shiite dominated area in eastern Baghdad, police said. Al-Zahawi, 52, who was also a lecturer at Baghdad University, was waiting for a taxi on a main road when the gunmen sped past.

Tammy Bruce comments: 'When allowed to fight the enemy our troops naturally set people free. Literally. There could be no more perfect example of this, along with the perfect timing of Memorial Day weekend, than the news that our troops in Iraq have freed 42 prisoners held hostage in an al-Qaida prison. This news, of course, also proves the Democrats correct once again--that Iraq has nothing to do with the WoT, and there is absolutely no relationship between our work in Iraq and the savages who attacked us on September 11th.'

Ayaan Hirsi Ali to speak in Australia. The Australian (h/t LGF):
Ayaan Hirsi Ali will arrive in Sydney today amid tight security normally reserved for foreign dignitaries or royalty.

Her writings and talks focus on what she calls the backwardness of Islamic culture and the persecution of Muslim women.

The Somali-born Muslim - who fled to The Netherlands, became a Dutch citizen and renounced her religion - has been under 24-hour guard since the murder of film-maker Theo van Gogh in November 2004 by a Muslim extremist in Amsterdam.

Van Gogh's film Submission, which examined the oppression of Muslim women, was written by Hirsi Ali. His killer, Mohammed Bouyeri, left a five-page death threat addressed to her, pinned to the filmmaker's chest. ...

In her writings, Hirsi Ali describes being circumcised [genitally mutilated - aa] as a young girl and how she escaped an arranged marriage. ...

She has two public functions at the Sydney Writers Festival: a discussion on Saturday and the festival's closing address on Sunday. Both are sell-outs.

Trilateral Iraq/Iran/US meeting. Iraq the Model: 'Iran's and America's ambassadors to Baghdad met here today. Iran's attitude didn't only make the meeting unproductive, it made it insulting. Ignore the meaningless diplomatic pleasantries of "the meeting was positive" or "we'd like to meet you again in the future" and stuff like that that we hear after almost every meeting between diplomats. Iran mocked Iraq and America today, their ambassador was here just to laugh at us and buy time for his regime by trying to fool us with his we-want-to-work-this-out-through-negotiations.'

Commentary. You know what? I'm not even going to link to the stories about Cindy Sheehan and Rosie O'Donnell - both of whom have reached the end of their shelf life, their fifteen minutes, and their rope - because they've had enough attention already. Even their self-destructiveness is boring. What a couple of tiresome, self-absorbed nitwits.

I'm only posting on this unspeakably vile act of grave desecration in Orcas Island, Washington because it illustrates just how depraved and desperate the anti-American lunatics have become.