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March 11, 2006

H&I Fires* 11 Mar 06

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Heh. I am curiously unmoved. Slobo is dead. Good.

The Jihadis want to kill you, convert you, or own you, regardless of what side you're on. Tom Fox, peace activist, tortured and murdered by the jihadis.

Ghost of a Flea reports out on Natalie Portman's lecture on terrorism at Columbia University.

A sampling of the truths Ms. Portman imparted in the 20-minute Q&A session following a somber Frontline documentary on Al Qaeda, Guantanamo and the CIA's counterterrorism tactics:

- "My immediate reaction is that torture is wrong."
- "I don't think it's right to take down the Twin Towers."
- "Censorship is bad."

Um, I coulda done that. Heck, I coulda done better than that. I've seen actual live terrorists. And some not so live ones. But, since I haven't been a star in a movie about a terrorist, reciting lines someone else wrote with emotion, I'm not going to land that guest lecturer gig. Heh. Go read the rest of the Flea's piece - worth your time!

For those who like small-bore (as opposed to my, a large bore) Mr. Completely has the Rimfire Round-up posted.

Everybody needs some Misha.

Soldier's Angel Holly Aho is fired up about the Minneapolis VA - and *not* in a good way. If you're in the area, you should probably go flood your local congresspeoples with queries. -The Armorer

Mark Steyn is taken to task!

*A term of art from the artillery. Harassment and Interdiction Fires.

Back in the day, when you could just kill people and break things without a note from a lawyer, they were pre-planned, but to the enemy, random, fires at known gathering points, road junctions, Main Supply Routes, assembly areas, etc - to keep the bad guy nervous that the world around him might start exploding at any minute.

Not really relevant to today's operating environment, right? But, it *is*

The UAVs we fly over Afghanistan and Pakistan looking for targets of opportunity are a form of H&I fires, if you really want to parse it finely. We just have better sensors and fire control now.

I call the post that because it's random things posted by me and people I've given posting privileges to that particular topic. It's also an open trackback, so if (Don Surber uses it this way a lot) someone has a post they're proud of, but it really isn't either Castle kind of stuff, or topical to a particular post, I've basically given blanket permission to use that post for that purpose. Another term of art that might be appropriate is "Free Fire Zone".

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