Saturday, July 23, 2005
and speaking of the pyramids...
Revenge for Guantanamo Bay - Naama Bay? Perhaps... But this time though, the casualties are international; Europeans but also Arabs and Egyptians of course.
Their "exotic resort vacation" proved to be fatal...
Terror can strike anywhere, obviously; money will not protect you from it - might make you a primary target in fact...
This sociologist I heard about - on the radio actually (with a traditionalist like me, video never did kill the radio star. Neither did cable, internet, satellite dish TV, VHS and DVD technology - and whatever comes next! But I am digressing at the wrong time now...). Thus, this sociologist whose name eludes me for the moment suggested that fighting terror was really a socio-economical problem. Absolutely; we can ferret out who will be the most likely next wave of suicide-bombers and the like - through socio-economics! The data is there...
However, is this "solution" really and truly a solution? We can identify the next few zillion pawns all we want (those who carry forth the dirty work basically) - but that will not eliminate the heads of the problem; and that is what must be cut off. Besides, the pawns are like suckers - there's one born every minute.
Last Updated Fri, 22 Jul 2005 22:10:24 EDT - CBC News
A series of explosions has torn through the popular Egyptian town of Sharm El Sheikh and the nearby resort of Naama Bay.
Europeans, Egyptians and Arabs are listed as casualties of the bombing attacks.
Witnesses say the explosions, which erupted in the middle of the night, were the result of at least four car bombs, possibly as many as seven.
Police at the scene say 45 people have died and more than 200 have been injured, but the casualty figures keep changing in the confusion of the aftermath.
The Interior Ministry put out a statement putting the toll at 31 people and 107 wounded.
Many of the injuries have been described by medical officials in Egypt as "critical."
The casualties include tourists from Britain, the Netherlands, Qatar, Kuwait and Egypt, according to police.
The blasts appear to have destroyed at least one hotel, the four-star resort Ghazala Gardens hotel, which some witnesses say was "completely burned down, destroyed."
Another explosion was reported in the town's Old Market.
Sharm El Sheikh sits at the end of the Sinai Peninsula and is a popular destination for tourists from Europe, Israel and other Arab countries, who fill the area's hotels year-round.
So far there has been no claim of responsibility.
MEANWHILE, BACK IN LONDON...
Man arrested after photos of London suspects released
Last Updated Fri, 22 Jul 2005 20:47:29 EDT
Police investigating failed bombings on London's transit system arrested a man on Friday, less than three hours after releasing photos of four men wanted in the attacks.
A man was arrested in connection with the July 21 bomb attacks at 61 Portnall Road in west London, Friday, July 22. (AP photo)
A police spokeswoman said the man was arrested in Stockwell, in south London, in "connection with the ongoing investigation."
About 160 kilometres to the north, in Birmingham, another man was arrested under Britain's Terrorism Act at a railway station and two suitcases were checked for explosives. None were found, and the man was released without being charged.
Stockwell is the same London neighbourhood where police shot a man dead in front of subway riders earlier in the day.
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There were no other details available about the man who was arrested, and it was not immediately known whether he was one of the suspects captured on video surveillance cameras around the time of Thursday's attacks.
The photos released by Scotland Yard were taken from equipment that was recording passenger activity in the British capital's subways and buses.
One of the four is shown running out of the Oval subway station. Another is wearing a dark-coloured knapsack, the same type that police believe the would-be bombers used to carry explosives onto the transit vehicles.
Scotland Yard head Ian Blair said it was "crucial" that the men be found and questioned in connection with Thursday's attacks. He said citizens recognizing any of the suspects should not approach them, but should call police immediately.
Among other things, he said:
The man shot at the Stockwell subway station was "directly linked" to the ongoing investigation into both bombings.
The knapsack bombs left on three subway cars and on the top deck of a double-decker bus Thursday were likely home-made.
The devices only partially detonated, and it's too early to determine why they didn't fully explode.
Police were raiding three homes in London Friday morning in connection with the investigation.
British news reports say two suspects were taken into custody following one of the raids in the Harrow Road area. Residents reported a series of small firecracker-like noises, saying police snipers yelled at them to stay inside their homes.
Bombs scoured for clues to makers' identities
Investigators are examining the remains of the explosive devices for fingerprints or DNA from the would-be bombers, who escaped in the panic that followed. Chemical tests on the explosives could determine whether they were connected to the July 7 suicide bombs.
Police are also sifting through a large number of witness accounts and photos from the Oval, Shepherd's Bush and Warren Street subway stations, as well as the Hackney Road site of the bus incident.
A statement posted on an Islamic website in the name of an al-Qaeda-linked group claimed responsibility for Thursday's attacks. The group, which is calling itself Abu Hafs al Masri Brigade, also claimed responsibility for the July 7 bombings. The claims can't be verified.
Two men arrested Thursday are released
Late Thursday, Scotland Yard said two men arrested following Thursday's attacks were released without charges being laid. One man had been detained near one of the attack scenes, while the second was picked up near 10 Downing St., the British prime minister's official residence.
In other developments on Friday:
Police said they are investigating an apparent attempted arson at the home of one of the suspected July 7 bombers. Fuel was found at the vacant Aylesbury home of Jermaine Lindsay.
A large mosque in east London was briefly evacuated after a bomb threat was telephoned prior to Friday afternoon prayers. No one was injured and police later give the all-clear.
North Korea wants peace treaty with U.S.
Last Updated Fri, 22 Jul 2005 18:19:18 EDT
North Korea has called for a peace treaty with the United States to replace an armistice signed at the end of the Korean War in 1953.
The demand comes ahead of six-nation talks on dismantling Pyongyang's nuclear program that are due to resume in Beijing next week.
North Korea is technically still at war with the United States and South Korea, with the 1950-1953 Korean War ending only in an armistice, not a full peace treaty.
A North Korean foreign ministry spokesman says a peace treaty would help resolve the current standoff over Pyongyang's nuclear weapons ambitions.
"The building of a peace mechanism is a process which the DPRK (North Korea) and the U.S. should go through without fail in order to attain the goal of denuclearizing the Korean peninsula," the spokesman said.
North Korea also says a peace deal would lead to the end of what it calls America's hostile policy towards it, which North Korea says spawned the nuclear issue.
The standoff over the North's nuclear program began in 2002 when Washington accused Pyongyang of operating a covert uranium enrichment program in violation of a 1994 nuclear freeze agreement.
Four previous round of international negotiations have been held in an effort to persuade the North to dismantle its nuclear weapons program.
The latest round is expected to start in the Chinese capital on July 26.
Hmm... SMELLS LIKE THE END OF THE WORLD T'ME! *lol*
I concur with your statment.
It sure doesn't give one a feeling of ease. I predict if I might, that the state of the world will only continue to get worse, not better.
This War on Terror seems to just breed more fanatical Terrorists instead of lessen them. One is struck down and 10 more pop up to take the place of that one lost. Instead of getting rid of terrorists, it is breeding hatred and fanaticism, wich in turn breeds more terrorists by the minute.
The cycle is just that, a repetitive cycle of events, one feeding off the other in a endless circle of hatred, blind fanaticism, terror, death, etc..
Once the cycle ends, it just starts all over again without stopping. Just like a circle has no beginning and no end.
This War is like two snakes trying to eat each other tail first. They move in a continuous circle and do not accomplish anything in the end.
The state of the world now is just a small taste of things to come.