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As I have posted before, Chinese influence in the world is spreading, something that, with its present state about Human Rights, is far from good. From Yahoo:

For years, China’s booming economy touched daily life in the West most visibly through the “made-in-China” label on everything from clothes to computers. But now, economic growth is giving rise to something more that can’t be measured just by widgets and gadgets — a shift in China’s balance of power with the rest of the world.

China’s reach now extends from the Australian desert through the Sahara to the Amazonian jungle — and it’s those regions supplying goods for China, not just the other way around. China has stepped up its political and diplomatic presence, most notably in Africa, where it is funneling billions of dollars in aid. And it is increasingly shaping the lifestyle of people around the world, as the United States did before it, right down to the Mandarin-language courses being taught in schools from Argentina to Virginia.

China, like the United States, is also learning that global power cuts both ways. The backlash over tainted toothpaste and toxic pet food has been severe, as has the criticism over China’s support for regimes such Sudan’s.

To understand why China’s influence is increasingly pushing past its borders, just do the math.

When 1.3 billion people want something, the world feels it. And when those people in ever increasing numbers are joining a swelling middle class eager for a richer lifestyle, the world feels it even more.

If China’s growth continues, its consumer market will be the world’s second largest by 2015. The Chinese already eat 32 percent of the world’s rice, build with 47 percent of its cement and smoke one out of every three cigarettes.

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Related news.

China farmer Activist Arrested for Advocating “No Olympics, But Human Rights”.

China passes law censoring Disaster and Accidents Coverage.

Related posts:

Ban Ki-Moon: The main cause of Darfur problems is….

China launches Nigerian satellite.

Sudan, the UN ambassador, the rebels: why it is necessary a general denounce of the silence of the MSM on the Darfur crisis?

Chinese PM launches Africa tour

China’s oil policy

Chinese new arsenal

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More about Nebraska’s University affair:

Officials of the Omaha, Nebraska archdiocese are expressing a growing impatience with the Jesuit-run Creighton University, the Associated Press reports.
Although university officials this week cancelled plans for a campus lecture by Anne Lamott, a novelist who is an advocate of legal abortion and euthanasia, archdiocesan leaders remained unhappy with the direction of the university, the news service revealed in an August 31 report.
[…]In announcing a mutual agreement to cancel the lecture, Creighton had said that Lamott’s views on suicide and euthanasia had only recently come to the attention of school officials. But the novelist’s agent told Associated Press a quite different story, saying that the school had deliberately asked Lamott to avoid those issues during her lecture.

The lecture was cancelled thanks to blogpower! Je. 😆

There is another important initiative for the pro-life movement: a Mexican church has presented the Declaration of Human Rights of the Unborn:

The declaration, which contains ten principles that state that the unborn have the right to be recognized as individuals of the human race, will be delivered to the Mexican Congress in support of an amendment to the constitution.

Congresswoman Beatriz Garcia Reyes, who was present at the signing, said the initiative could bear “much fruit,” and she rejected the idea that such proposals to defend life should only occur when politically expedient. The unborn and their rights should always be defended, she added. She also called for legislative reform in order to define the unborn as an individual and a person under the law.

I like the idea, even if our establishment doesn’t.

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Even if looks like the Nahr El Bared’s crisis in Lebanon has ended, it is far from it. Last post from Blacksmiths of Lebanon shows us the hard reality:

They left booby-trapped TVs and radios on, so that when soldiers went to turn them off, they would explode… They also played recordings of crying babies, which lured soldiers into buildings and rooms which would then be detonated.

😯 😯 Yeah, I know than in love and in war nothing is forbidden (or something like that), but this… this is treacherous…

And:

Naharnet has just reported that

Prosecutor General Saeed Mirza on Thursday ordered police to launch an investigation into a video game about the storming of Premier Fouad Saniora’s government compound and the killing of all the ministers.

Sympathetic and peaceful the video game, eh???

Just read the entire post.

Last news are that the “Militant held camp has fallen to Lebanese Army“:

Hours after the army killed 32 militants and captured at least 15 others as they tried to break out of the Nahr el-Bared camp, only occasional gunfire could be heard inside.

The officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the last stronghold of Fatah Islam militants fell later in the day to the army, which captured five wounded militants in their hideout.

Celebratory gunfire erupted in nearby villages as soon as the news spread. Dozens of residents took to the streets of Mohammara, waving Lebanese flags and honking their horns as troop convoys poured into the area with soldiers flashing victory signs.

The army, which said it lost five soldiers in the recent violence, was not ready to formally declare an end to fighting in the camp, large parts of which have been destroyed by army bombardments in the months long siege. The military said three soldiers were killed in Sunday’s fighting and two on Saturday, raising to 158 the total number of troops killed in the conflict.

A military statement early Sunday said troops were attacking the remaining militant strongholds inside Nahr el-Bared and “chasing the fugitives outside the camp” who had staged “a desperate attempt to flee.” It called on Lebanese citizens to inform the nearest army patrol of any suspected militants in their area, but gave no specifics on casualties except saying “a large number” had been killed or captured.

We will see what happens next here.

You can read more in Tears for Lebanon.

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Futures’ markets are following the same evolution than they had before 9-11. Is this a sign of something? h/t Barcepundit. Pastorius has written a very clear post at IBA about the matter.

The blogosphere and options trading desks have been rife with speculation about these trades, which are unusually large bets that the market will make a huge move in the next month. Some entity, or entities, has taken a large position on extremely deep in the money S&P 500 options, both puts and calls, that won’t pay off unless the market undergoes an extremely large price move between now and the options’ expiration on Sept. 21.

Fast forward to the present day, and we have the same type of trading that took place in the days that preceded the 9/11 attacks – but on a larger scale. Nearly $1 billion of “put options” have been purchased, basically betting that Standard and Poor’s 500 index will fall significantly by the third Friday in September. A large number of these options have also been purchased calling for 50% decline by September 21, 2007. For example, a 5% drop in the Dow Jones Industrial Average would be the current equivalent of about 670 points. A decline of 11% would equal about 1,470 points in today’s market. Obviously, larger drops, such as a 50% decline, would cause an unprecedented market collapse. Money would be made for the purchaser(s) of the put options – but the same purchaser(s) stand to lose over $1 BILLION in the investment if the market remains relatively static through September 21, 2007.

And let’s see: we have the real state lending problems…

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Lastly, you can read about the new film of Brian de Palma by Roger L. Simon:

Meanwhile, what used to take a lot of my time has a way of encroaching on my present reality. Apparently, someone I used to know…Brian DePalma… may have resurrected his career, seemingly scoring a hit at the Venice Film Festival with his new film “Redacted.” The subject is a particularly gruesome real-life rape case, concerning a 14-year old Iraqi girl raped by US servicemen who also murdered her family.

Now I don’t know the details of this case. (Some of the servicemen involved have been given long sentences and it sounds truly hideous.) Yet, according to Reuters, the film is halfway between documentary and fiction. This to me is a highly suspect form, especially when based on recent events (2006), which are more verifiable than most. You would think the truth would be enough.

But what interests me more is Brian’s selection of material and his intention, as he states it, to stop the war. “The pictures are what will stop the war. One only hopes that these images will get the public incensed enough to motivate their Congressmen to vote against this war,” he said.

That is why I am sick of generalizations. We cannot make one lonely incident as if it were what has been happening every day. And that is why I can’t stand people who are not balanced enough in their judgement, not seeing both what is good and what is bad, and then trying to make others think like them. You know, Brian de Palma, it’s very sad for me :mrgreen: but I only have seen two of your films (The untouchables of Elliot Ness, a very good film, very different from this one , and Mission: Impossible, -though better than the two sequels: in the second, they totally messed up the Sevilla’s Easter processions and the Valencia’s Fallas, which have nothing to do- [I had mistaken the second for the first 😳 😀 ]). And really, with this kind of marvellous introduction of good judgement and balanced statements, I’m also not going to see this. Cause as lawhawk writes, you cannot make us going to the cinema:

Director Brian DePalma has unveiled his latest movie, which is nothing less than a character assassination of all US troops based on a heinous criminal acts by a unit of US soldiers. Those soldiers have been tried and convicted for their crimes by the US military, but DePalma sees no problem with using the incident to further his anti-war, anti-military, and anti-US views. [and anti-common sense… that is the worst of all…].

That’s completely within his perogative. He can produce any movie he wants – he just can’t make you go see it.

I have no interest in seeing the movie. I only wonder why he didn’t bother to make a movie showing what al Qaeda was doing to Iraqis on a daily basis – the kidnappings, mass murders, and the beheadings. Are those not sufficient to churn stomachs, or was the international audience going to salivate more over an anti-war/anti-US movie than one that shows the true evil of al Qaeda and might actually justify a continued US presence in Iraq to eradicate the al Qaeda operating there?

Showing what al Qaeda was doing to Iraqis? And then some people call me “innocent”… Well, lawhawk, with all due respect, that is to be candid. Hollywood’s doing a good film blaming the real people who are to blame? No, of course not: they could be a terrorist target! Just imagine George Clooney or similar feeling himself really hunted by those militants, freedom fighters and men of peace. Huh! Of course not.

By the way, that thing about the international audience: the 16 Spanish films who have raised more money, have raised less than Spiderman in Spain. But the Spanish Government is going to make Spanish taxpayers pay € 85 millions to produce the usual garbage: pro-communism, against the Catholic Church and the right-wingers and about the Spanish Civil War (of course, all the right-wingers were warmongers, genocidal types and sadistic killers, while the commumists-socialists were peaceful, art-loving types, who could not kill a fly… 👿 ). But they are not considering the 10 million people who voted PP on 2004, some of then did not agree (and do not agree) with Iraqi war but certainly do not agree either with the MSM about the coverage there.

So, when the film-makers are going to consider that there are other people to see international films? Without considering that this is not something new of this year, but has been the normal situation for a lot of years. And of course, if you have to choose between Lord of the Rings saga and some crap with the subject considered above, the decision is simple. Specially with the prices the cinema halls have these days… 😈

[Oh, and the Spanish film which raised more money was a film of animation “Pérez, el ratoncito de tus sueños” –Pérez, the mouse of your dreams-. There is a legend told to children in Spain: each time a little boy loses one of his first teeth, he/she must put it under his pillow. And the little mouse Pérez will come and give him a coin. So, you see, nothing political, just a pleasure to see…].
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Apparently the Lebanon ambush which killed 6 UN Spanish peacekeepers and wounded another two, was a work of Syria, according to diplomatic sources. The Lebanese journalist Jeanine el Jalakh published in the newspaper l’Orient-Le Jour, an article about the geopolitical and strategic implications of the attack. The analysis was made by a diplomatic civil servant considered by Ms. el Halakh as “ver well informed” and “with great access to the key points of what it’s happening in the area“. The diplomatic argues that the attack could well answer to an Syrian agressive strategy to show everyone that Al-Assad’s regime is not frail, and that it is determined to respond heavily.

In fact, the source considers that there will be more attacks on a near future as a way to consolidate Syrian power in the are.

But there are some things which must be considered by all the countries involved in Lebanon. The first is that, after a year, deployed in Lebanon, those forces have been unable to enforce UNSC Resolution 1701, because they don’t have an express order to do that. The second is that no one has worried about neutralising the Jihadi propaganda that announces that those forces are there to defend Israel.

The most probable responsible of the attack is a Salafist Jihadi group with Syrian Government’s links or, at least, with links to some Syrian elements. Syria would follow two objectives: the first one is make themselves essential to the solutions in the region; and the second is to prevent anything which could stain Syrian image, beginning with the assasination of the Lebanese Minister Rafik Hariri.

Less probable is the hypothetical participation of Hizibollah. The terrorist organization has had the oportunity of seeing the Spanish troops in action. Spanish troops have controlled the Syrian frontier, and has shown the real intentions of Hizbullah against Israel, after unconvering two important deposit of weapons belonging to them. The first deposit was discovered on Nov, 27th 2006 (more than 300 mortar grenades and 27 trap bombs) and the snd of them on April 7th.

There are also rumours about a Hezbullah coup this summer:

Al Mustaqbal, the pro-Hariri daily is publishing reports about a potential coup d’etat by Hezbollah as a “preemptive strike.” The information about Iran-Hezbollah plans for a coup, were made available as early as 2006 by the Lebanese international lobby (also known as the World Council of the Cedars Revolution). The March 14 coalition chose to release this information now, as the other side is also leaking it in an attempt to intimidate the Seniora cabinet. Hence, as both sides are leaking it simultaneously, it has been picked up by international monitors of the various media, including MEMRI. In short, the plan of a coup d’etat by Hezbollah, and backed by Iran and Syria is two years old, but it is surfacing now as the crush moment draws dramatically closer. “

And what is Zapatero doing? Negotiating with Hezbullah. There are doubts about the possibility of the terrorist organization being involved in the killing of Spanish soldiers and … there have been, at least, 3 meetings between Hezbullah representatives and civil and military Spanish representatives.

Nothing has been said about the object of the negotiations. [As ever with this fuck**g Government: no information to the people… why on earth?? There is no need smile_baringteeth ].

About Yemen. The last tourist who still is in Yemen, is in a very bad state. She cannot even been returned to Spain as she has not responded well to the treatment after the operation.r2632270397, made by the doctors in an attempt to save her life.

But Moratinos has received all the wounded tourists, while neither he -nor any other representative of the Spanish Government that I know of- cared to receive the two wounded soldiers returning from Lebanon. Does this mean that the tourists, who went to Yemen to just have fun, are more important than the soldiers who have been sent to war oops, no, to the Srta.Pepis nurse training course by this Government?

[Most of this post is a translation of several articles appeared on Spanish press. The links to them are in the Spanish blog posts’ links that appear here. But don’t worry they are not in El País or in any other huge and important media outlets.].

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Well, I have to say that being in the coutryside, I am not going to have much time to post these days. Anyway, I will manage to post something everyday.

Today the most horrible news I have read -I confess I have not read much- comes from Always on Watch blog:

The official reported that on a couple of occasions in Baqubah, al Qaeda invited to lunch families they wanted to convert to their way of thinking. In each instance, the family had a boy, he said, who was about 11 years old. As LT David Wallach interpreted the man’s words, I saw Wallach go blank and silent. He stopped interpreting for a moment. I asked Wallach, “What did he say?” Wallach said that at these luncheons, the families were sat down to eat. And then their boy was brought in with his mouth stuffed. The boy had been baked. Al Qaeda served the boy to his family...

Yes, in case you have not taken care of what this people are doing, Al-Qaeda served baked and stuffed 11-year-old boys to families they wanted to convert into their way of thinking.

Repulsive and beastly. And yet there are people who wants to negotiate with these beasts… What? The taste of the sauce your boy is going to be cooked??? Excuse me if I sound not very moderate, but this is really disgusting.

And by the way, if they choose that way to convince me, I think they would succeed… in convincing exactly to do the contrary they would ask me to.

Also FT published yesterday an article about Al-Qaeda linked to operations from Iran:

Evidence that Iranian territory is being used as a base by al-Qaeda to help in terrorist operations in Iraq and elsewhere is growing, say western officials.

It is not clear how much the al-Qaeda operation, described by one official as a money and communications hub, is being tolerated or encouraged by the Iranian government, they said.

Anyway, Iranian diplomats have visited the Iranian captives in Iraq, accused of belonging to the Iran’s Revolutionary Guards.

I also have to point you to a blog post in Pajamas Media which describes the situation in Spain nowadays. Basically, it says that while we are beginning to consider the danger, we are stuck because we do not know what to do. My own experience has taught me that 3 years ago when I talked of these things to people here, they looked at me as if I had lost my mind. Now those same people just tell me they are trully worried. We have to be realistic: the threat is real and is great. And people are not prepared that their comfortable lifes with their home, their cars, their apartment at the beach and their winter holidays skiing are menaced. And yet to discover how to fight and counterrest it at the same time.

No, I really think there are improvements. Where I really do not see much improvements are in the politicians’ ideas. They are afraid of what is coming -or just do not look farther than their noses-. Europe cannot live on past glories: we should and must evolve into the future. And we must do it, without fear but also being realistic. We cannot being stuck on the past, because then we are going to be destroyed as a civilization.

Other news include:

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niqab vs bikini

Found here thanks to Mike.

Also check these photos comparing women’s situation in Iran before and after the Islamic revolution.

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UDPATE: Experts consider that both Syria and Iran can be the responsibles of the attack. [Scroll down]

«This is not fair!»

PM José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero approached the Crown Prince Felipe and wife Letizia to take his leave when in between the relatives of the soldiers a voice came up totally full of pain: the voice belonged to the mother of one of the parachuiters. «This is not fair. Give more security to these kids!», she stormed against the President. The security services tried to prevent her from approaching to Zapatero, but in the end it was him who wanted to pay attention to her. [about time too….]. 

With a mixture of ire, pain, frustration and impotence, her firm voice was broken as she was also crying, what did not prevent her from continuing with her speech. «There is no valor to protect the vehicles of these lads. They were people who had their full lives to live!», she shouted to Zapatero before asking him to fight for «Spanish youths» and shout «¡Viva Esperanza Aguirre!» (President of the Autonomous Community of Madrid, from Popular Party, won the last elections with a huge absolute majority and has been the only one who really has helped the relatives). The President bear the way he could the uncomfortable situation with the help of VP María Teresa Fernández de la Vega, while Defense Minister Alonso just did not pay attention to the incident.

But this was not the only critic to Zapatero. Ramón Luján, Yeison Alejandro Castaño’ uncle, one of the dead, complained about the “lack of tact” of the Government. «They should have been nearer the relatives». While he could barely speak, Luján remembers that if his nephew died it was, precisely, “because of the sentiment he had, so high, for the Spanish Army“. Castaño has also a cousin, Soldier Pino, also deployed in Lebanon, that yesterday, minutes before the funeral, spoke about his firm decision to end his mission for him and for the dead companions. You do not know never where death is, he has told his mother.

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More shame:

The Government had some initiatives since March in Congress to inform about the troops deployed in Lebanon. Pending to answer, there were two petitions in which it was asked the presence of the Defense Minister, one of them based on article 18 of the Law of National Defense (passed by Socialists under Zapatero), which obliges the Government to inform about the development of the operations abroad in periods no longer than 6 months (last time was in March 2006) and 9 questions to be answered orally in Commisions. There are also 42 written questions about the troops’ situation which were resolved in an inconcrete and fleeing-like way, according to PP.

Ex-Defense Minister Bono -the one who awarded himself a medal for fleeing from Iraq- mentioned the accident of the Yakovlev (42 soldiers dead) which was an ACCIDENT, while this has been an AMBUSH inside a WAR. smile_baringteeth

More here.

The wounded don’t know yet their companions are dead. Even if do not think it’s good to publish the photos of ailing people, in this case it is necessary for all to see, how they are now. The 2nd grade burns have gravely damaged their eyes. They can be more wounded because of Zapatero’s decision not to have aid helicopters deployed as in that case the number of Spanish troops in foreign mission could be well above the 3.000 that was the top number to which he compromised when his term began.

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And the worst of all: Now Defense says that the low risk of terrorist attacks did not justify the use of inhibitors. Of course not, that is why every damned politician in Spain, where we are not in a state of war, uses expensive inhibitors in their cars, while soldiers in plein war camp, do not merit even the cheap ones.

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Some articles in the Spanish blog.

By the way, Lebanon has awarded Spanish soldiers with THREE WAR MEDALS. Spanish Government has awarded them with the medal “Dead on Humanitarian Work“.[NOTE: I do not have the link, I have heard it on the radio this morning. When I have the link I will post it]. smile_baringteeth More indignity…

 Thanks, Spanish soldiers. That’s all I can say right now.

You can read also the reflections of my friend Mike over at Lamplighter News. He explains some very interesting things about UNIFIL mission and about the C4 explosive. Worth reading.

Also read Freedom’s Zone: The real war is only beginning.

More commenting at Spanish blog Etimologías. Don’t worry most of the post is in English. But Syria appears to be THE culprit, as Blacksmith Jade commented here.

Zapatero will speak today in Congress, about the security of the mission in Lebanon. Wait and see what he has to say…

Spanish MSM are reporting that instead of helping the dead and the wounded, Italian soldiers made photos, while Lebanese Army helped them. h/t Anghara. Don’t know if that’s true, but if that’s the case, smile_sad.

UPDATE: Are Syria and Iran the real responsible of the attacks?

Syria:

The first consideration that can link Fatah al Islam to Syrian Government is that the Lebanese PM, Fuad Siniora said “I have confessions of some of the people who surrendered with links to the Syrian Security Services. It is probable it was ordered by Damascus“. Syrian intelligence has denied any links with the group and has blamed CIA and Mossad just as usual. Crossed accusations that do not lead to Al-Qaeda.

Fatah al-Islam was born in the end of 2006 when it parted from Fatah al-Intifada (Fatah del levantamiento), a Palestinian group backed with Syria and Lebanese based. It’s believed that Fatah al-Islam has between 150 and 200 armed men, all of them based in refugee camp of Nahr al-Bared, in Tripoli, North Lebanon. Lebanese refugee camps are normally used as refugee by armed groups. Government’s security forces do not enter and only guard their perimeter.

Fatah al-Islam’s leader is Shakir al-Abssi, a re-known Palestinian militant. Abssi has denied any link with al-Qaeda.

But he has important links with Syria. Suspicions lie on the fact that he was sentenced in 2003 to 3 years in prison after being accused of planning attacks against the country. That is a very small punishment, considering that Syrian accused of belonging to Muslim Brotherhood normally receive punishments of 12 years. When he was freed, he appeared between the pro-Syrian groups of the Fatah-Intifada in Nahr al-Bared refugee camp, and in very short time he emerged as the leader of the new Fatah al-Islam. That is one of the reasons why general Ashraf Rifi, the leader of the Lebanese Security Force concludes that all the violence is a Syrian creation to create chaos.

Also international antiterrorist experts consider that Fatah al Islam has nothing to do with Al Qaeda neither in financial terms nor in logistical ones. But they do not deny the possibility of Fatah al-Islam being supported and financed by Syria.

The thirdreason is the great easiness with which the group moves within the Hizbullah territory. We have to underline the very narrow relatiosnhips of Hibullah with Damascus and Teheran. The place where the Spanish patrol suffered the attack is one the most important places of Hizbullah presence in Lebanon. The investigators do not understand this kind of easiness throughout Hizbullah’s territory without belonging to Syrian security services. And their explanation is plausible: Supposedly Fatah al Islam is integrated by Sunni Jihadists who hate the Shiites, and do not make any exceptions with Hizbullag, a Damascus’ ally. “If Fatah al Islam is not related with Syrian Government, Hizbullah will forbid its jihadists from being in their territories”, they say.

In this moment, the investigation maintains there are two great suspects: Fatah al Islam and pro-Iranian groups. What these investigators do know is that “the authors had the permission of Hizbullah to move throughout their territories what implies that both Iran and Syria should be aware of the operation. And consider also that C4 is an explosive used by Pro-Syrian groups and Hizbullah

And the reason for Iran anymosity -considering that Zapatero has promoted the “Alliance of Civilizations“- is: that the Iranian leadership did not like that the Spanish FM Moratinos rejected the Ahmadinerjacket’s thesis about “wiping Israel off the map” AND:

Seyyed Davud Salehi, Iranian Ambassador in Madrid, has critisized the lack of support of Spain to “help the coalition Government in Palestine and to lift the embargo imposed on Palestinians“.

In a recent interview to the Iranian Agency Irna, he advised (…hmmm, menaced) the Spanish Government to take care of a new virus which could influence negatively the good bilateral  relations. The investigators are considering the possibility that that virus is the terrorist attack against Spanish troops near Syrian frontier, using that supposed diplomatic confrontment as the excuse to launch the attack.

So, where is now the Alliance of Civilizations, Zapatero? What are you waiting for asking some questions to Iranian and Syrian representants in Madrid? And what are you going to do if they are behind the attack?

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So it has already begun… if this is proved…

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  1. Lebanon blast kills 6 UN (Spanish) peacekeepers.
  2. Blast kills 6 UN (Spanish) peacekeepers (II).
  3. Blast kills 6 UN Spanish peacekeepers in Lebanon (III).

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The funerals for the 6 Spanish soldiers killed in Lebanon are scheduled for eleven o’clock in the morning (Spanish hour) at the base of the parachute team in Paracuellos del Jarama.

The soldier’s corpses arrived in Spanish Air Base of Torrejón de Ardoz at 2:30 a.m., where they hamilitares en paracuellosve been received by the Crown Prince Felipe and the PM Zapatero. (video here).

The priest of the Spanish mission in Lebanon, in the funeral in Beirut, called them “peace’s martyrs”, in a ceremony that was attended by some other soldiers from other units of FINUL, in solidarity with the dead. Afterwards, in the moment of honouring the dead, some colleages of the dead cried when the anthem of the parachuters was sung. Previously, the Civil Guard unit, which travelled to Lebanon, had identified the corpses.

Neither the King Don Juan Carlos or Queen Doña Sofía will be at the funeral, because Felipe-familiaresthey are in China, “strenghtening the Spanish ties with the Asian giant“. And they are not changing their schedule. The Crown Prince Felipe (right, with relatives of the soldiers) and his wife, Letizia, will attend them.

The behaviour of the Spanish Government has been shameful. No official has informed their relatives of the death of the soldiers. No blancoofficial communication from Zapatero. Even the Socialist Organization’s Secretary, that moonbat of Blanco (left) has linked this attack to the presence of Spanish troops in Irak. As PP leader, Rajoy, has accused the Government of hiding the war state in Lebanon, Blanco has answered: “he is a little confounded and thinks that with this he can wash his conscience of having sent us to [Iraqi] war“.smile_sad

There will be two days of official mourning.

Some soldiers from the other BMR -damaged in the explosion- have spoken about the terrorist attack:

otra imagen del atentadoWhat enrages me more is that they fell one after the other. First they told us there were 3 dead, then 4, then 5 and the then the sixth, the one I brought here“. The soldier who speaks is Jorge Enrique Prieto, 28-years-old and Colombian national, same nationality that had three of the dead. He drove the BMR which was affected by the explosion, and fought till the end to save his companions.

According to him, everything “happened in seconds“. After the explosion, he stopped his vehicle to wait for his companions to rescue the wounded anManuel David Portas Ruizd after that, he made “what is possible and what is impossible too” to get on time to the base to save 19-year-old parachuter Manuel David Portas Ruiz (right). “Firstly, they told me he was alive, then that they have cut off one of his legs, but that he was alive. Then two hours later, they confirmed us he has died“, he laments.

His companion Daniel Blanco, 23-years-old from Torrejón de Ardoz (Madrid), explains that after the explosion he exited his vehicle and saw “fume, fire and heard groans and cryings for help” from their wounded colleagues. “We were surrounded by flames“. “We went to aid them, we deployed ourselves and went to their position fearing there could be more explosions and began clasifying them considering their wounds“.

Spanish Intelligence Agency had already warned the Government of a danger of terrorist attacks last May by two groups linked to Al-Qaeda. smile_baringteeth

The attacks’ danger were aimed at FINUL, 12.000 soldiers, of which 1.100 are Spanish. These two groups are Fatah al Islam, the main suspect of the attack, and Osbat al Ansar. These same sources outlined that since June 4th they had elevated their alert and security level, even when the contingent already is lacking some basic protection systems such as the anti-bombs inhibitors in the armoured vehicles“.

Who said that the shameful fleeing from Iraq has reduced the danger of Islamist terrorist attacks? Morons.smile_baringteeth

Another word of the Government and another lie: Sources of the investigation say -from Spanish Intelligence Agency- that the explosion was caused by much more than 50 kilos of explosives:

With the charge the Minister says that caused the explosion, it would have been impossible to make the BMR’s front part dissappear. There is nothing absolutely. It was torn off and everything inside was propelled through the rear part. You only have to take into account that there is nothing of what was the front part and that damage is not caused by only 50 kilos of explosive“.

More here. [In Spanish]

UPDATE: First analysis shows that the attack was made with 70 kgs. of C4 explosive, 5 times more poweful than the TNT (similar to 300-350 kilos of TNT). Also no blood has been found inside the car bomb, so looks like there were no suicide bombers.

UPDATE 2: Spanish National Court is beginning an investigation of the attack and forbids the incineration of the bodies in order to “know the deeds made by Spanish or foreign people abroad which could be considered, according to Spanish criminal law, as terrorism“.

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Now, look for another cause of the death of 6 Spanish soldiers, aged 19-21 years old:

The Spanish Defense Minister, José Antonio Alonso, has confirmed that the car bomb which killed 6 Spanish “blue helmets” in Lebanon contained 50 kilos of explosive and has admitted that the Spanish armoured vehicle BMR in which they were travelling did not have frequency inhibitors, a system that blocks the explosion of devices by radiofrequency. [But politicians’ cars have this device, haven’t they?].
jose antonio alonso libano 150x150Alonso has also informed that on Nov 9th, the Defence Major State ordered that all the armoured vehicles in missions were given the frequency inhibitors. The purchasing process begun then and it is in the vehicles that will be sent to Afghanistan, but not to Lebanon, where they will be included right away”.

So, what is it? Let’s tell the terrorists in Afghanistan they can kill the troops this way? Why this devices were not included from the beginning?

And above all, where is the Alliance of Civilizations, you morons?

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[left: Hizbullah fans, right: one of the hurt Spanish soldiers in Lebanon, yesterday].

Note: of course, the first and main responsibles of the death are the terrorists. But the Defence Ministry has the obligation to provide the troops with the appropriate material to fight. If they have said they were in alert, how in earth this was not considered????

Popular MP, Gustavo de Arístegui, has also said that “he does not believe Hizbollah rejection and condemnation of the attack, because they have five or six thousand men in arms in Lebanon and a lot of supporters. The people there are collaborators or are feeling threatened by Hezbollah“. He added that “some Lebanese leaders have told them that the terrorist attack has an objective: send a very clear message to international troops“.

UPDATE: Profile of the dead soldiers:

Jeyson Alejandro Castaño Abada

Jeyson Alejandro Castaño Abadía

Colombia, 20-year-old.

He lived in Madrid, where his sister, Sandra, also lives.

Johnattan Galea GarcíaJonathan Galea Garca

Born in Madrid, 18-year-old. He lived in Algete (Madrid).

The Major of this city, Inmaculada Juárez, and the President of Madrid’s Community, Esperanza Aguirre, have declared two days of official mourning.

Manuel David Portas Ruiz

Manuel David Portas Ruiz

Sevillano, 19-year-old. He was hurt in the attack and died some hours later when doctors were treating him. He had gone straight from school to the Army. He was formed in Alcantarilla (Murcia) as a parachuter. He had been 4 months in Lebanon in his first mission, and he was scheduled to return on July, 9th.

Yhon Edisson Posada Valencia

Colombian. He was 20-year-old.

Jefferson Vargas Moya

Colombian, 21-year-old. In an statement to Caracol Radio, his mother, Sofía Moya, explained that he was sending money for her and his sister. She also said that since three years ago, he has not seen her but he called her “nearly every day” and had scheduled a trip to Colombia on July, 2oth, after ending his term in Lebanon. She also asked for his body to be returned to Colombia.

Juan Carlos Villora Díaz

He was borned in Lanzahíta (Ávila) 20 years ago. He lived in San Lorenzo de El Escorial (Madrid) with his mother and his 17-year-old sister. 7 years-ago he wanted to be a priest and lived in the Seminars of Valencia and Santander. He was literally wearing the priest outfit, when he repented and abandoned the religious career, according to his father. He entered the Army 1 year and a half ago. He was in Lebanon since 3 months ago. He had plans to marry his girlfriend. The village where he was born (1.000 inhabitants) has decreed 3 days of mourning.

I will keep on informing.

UPDATE 2: TV has reported that the two other soldiers are badly wounded. They have heavy burns in face and arms. They can be blind for life.

Death is not the end: a traditional Spanish hymn to honor the killed in war:

The song’s letter is:

When the sorrow reaches us/ for a lost brother,/ when the paining goodbye/ searches on faith its hope/ in Your word we trust/ with the certainty that You/ have already returned him to the Life/ have already sent him to the Light“.

Sent to Open Trackbacks at Dumb Ox.

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