Saturday, January 24, 2009

Who cares?

I've posted this not because it is unusual in any way but to illustrate how the lose of civilian life is of concern only when it promotes certain political goals. That the Islamists care not a wink for civilian deaths, in fact they revel in them, a fact that is never highlighted in the MSM. That Hamas or any other Islamist group regularly uses civilians and civilian institutions as a cover for their actions doesn't seem to bother the Muslim world while shrieks of horror are also absent from the left and human rights groups. You see it's only their way of saying we approve of your anti Israel, anti western goals no matter the violence it might do to our stated philosophical positions.

Think about Bill Ayers and how he is treated despite being a murderer and Pentagon bomber. In his own words "guilty as sin, free as a bird".

Israel is pilloried for defending it citizens. Islamists defended for trying to kill Israeli citizens, Has an Islamist ever cried for a dead Israeli child?

Suicide car bomb, gunfight kill 19 civilians in Somalia

MOGADISHU (AFP) — At least 19 civilians were killed Saturday in Mogadishu by a suicide car bomb aiming for African Union peackeepers and in a gunfight that followed, an official and witnesses said.

The explosives-laden car was heading to a control point manned by the AU forces in Mogadishu's southern K4 intersection when a policeman opened fire at the vehicle.
"At least 14 civilians died when a would-be suicide bomber hit a civilian bus in Maka Al-Mukarama road. A policeman tried to stop him and fired bullets at the car and it hit the bus killing all on board and the bomber himself," Abdifatah Ibrahim Shaweye, Mogadishu's deputy governor told AFP.

Shaweye said the suicide bomber was a foreigner after an arm was retrieved from the car wreckage.

"We have one of his arms which is clearly showing that the suicide bomber was a foreigner," said Shaweye, explaining that the bomber's light skin tone showed he was not Somali.
Witness Ali Hasan Molaim said: "I saw the car pass by the bus I was boarding and it was heading towards the Ugandan forces, but some Somali policemen intercepted it and the car exploded destroying another bus."

"There was heavy explosion and clouds of smoke," he added.

AU Peace and Security Commissioner Ramtane Lamamra condemned the attack, the latest against the AU force known as AMISOM.

"We condemn this attack. A cowardly terrorist act that goes against achieving peace and stability in Somalia," Lamamra told AFP.

"There was an AMISOM truck in the area during the blast but so far there isn't any casualty on our side."

Nine AMISOM troops have been killed in Somalia since the first Ugandan contingent was deployed in March 2007. The Ugandans were reinforced by Burundian contingents in 2008.
Five civilians were also killed and 23 wounded in gunbattles between the peacekeepers and insurgents after the explosion, a medical official said.

"We collected five bodies and (admitted) 23 people injured during the fighting," said Ali Muse of the Mogadishu hospital.

The AU forces, comprising 3,400 soldiers, have often been targeted by Islamist insurgents since deploying to the war-wracked Somali capital.

Ethiopia, which sent troops into Somalia to prop up a weak transitional government against an Islamist movement, pulled out of Mogadishu earlier this month.
Their withdrawal had been one of the main demands of the country's Islamist-led opposition, but hardline militias have vowed to continue fighting against government forces and African peacekeepers.

The Ethiopian forces' pullout has also created a security vacuum drawing clan-based militias and warlords into a scramble for control over the capital's various districts.

1 comment:

UNRR said...

This post has been linked for the HOT5 Daily 1/26/2009, at The Unreligious Right