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Friday, November 19, 2004

More hearts and minds

Raiding mosques and hospitals--brilliant PR moves. From AP:
Iraqi forces, backed by U.S. soldiers, stormed one of the major Sunni Muslim mosques in Baghdad after Friday prayers, opening fire and killing at least three people, witnesses said. Another raid overnight at a hospital allegedly used by insurgents in Mosul led to three arrests, the military said.

About 40 people were arrested at the Abu Hanifa mosque in the capital's northwestern Azamiyah neighborhood, according to the witnesses, who were members of the congregation. Another five people were wounded.
The article also says:
On Thursday, the Iraqi government warned that Islamic clerics who incite violence will be considered as "participating in terrorism."
I almost wish we had that rule here:
  1. "God is pro-war." -- Jerry Falwell
  2. "The government has a 'moral obligation' to stop evil and tyranny. To my knowledge, the U.S. is the first country in history that had the world’s most dominant military power, and yet did not use that hegemony to conquer, enslave, and plunder weaker nations." -- James Dobson, "Focus on the Family" (What planet does he come from, BTW?)
  3. "[Rev. Billy] Graham's finest moment may have been when he appeared at President Bush's side, Bible in hand, as we commenced our war against Iraq in 1991. The great revivalist's presence symbolized that the Gulf crusade was, if not Christian, at least biblical." (from Time)