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October 02, 2006

H&I Fires* 2 OCT 2006

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The Harvest Edition of the Carnival of the Recipes is up, for those who keep an eye on what bloggers cook...

From the Wall Street Journal (subscription required):

Democrats on al Qaeda October 2, 2006; Page A10

Democrats keep insisting that, whatever their opposition to the war in Iraq, they'd be as tough as anyone in fighting al Qaeda. We'd love to believe this for the country's sake, but then what are Americans to make of last week's Congressional vote on detainee interrogation and military tribunals...

{snippage}

...This amazing vote only reinforces the Republican argument that, given the chance, Democrats would return to the pre-9/11, law-enforcement model of fighting terrorism. "

Indeed, many of them would. And we know how well *that* worked. Mind you, you don't have to like the Bush model, either - but with your response to that mostly "status quo ante," that isn't really a plan, is it?

Snerk. SNL Franco skit in reverse - no, really, Monty Python is probably a better fit: I'm not dead yet! (see The Dead Collector on this page if you're confused). -the Armorer

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Then there's this, from the Daily Telegraph...

Muslim accosts injured Para in hospital By Thomas Harding, Defence Correspondent (Filed: 02/10/2006)

A paratrooper wounded in Afghanistan was threatened by a Muslim visitor to the British hospital where he is recovering.

Seriously wounded soldiers have complained that they are worried about their safety after being left on wards that are open to the public at Selly Oak Hospital, Birmingham.

On one occasion a member of the Parachute Regiment, still dressed in his combat uniform after being evacuated from Afghanistan, was accosted by a Muslim over the British involvement in the country.

"You have been killing my Muslim brothers in Afghanistan," the man said during a tirade.

Because the soldier was badly injured and could not defend himself, he was very worried for his safety, sources told The Daily Telegraph.

A relative of the Para said the man had twice walked on to the ward where two other soldiers and four civilians were being treated without once being challenged by staff.

"It's not the best way to treat our returning men," he said. "They are nervous that these guys might attack them and, despite being paratroopers, they cannot defend themselves because of their injuries."

Go join your Muslim brothers, brother. Go join them. -the Armorer

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Regarding JimB's comment to this post about the possibility of an Al Qaeda attack during Ramadan (through Oct 24) - My Pet Jawa has the Atta videos, should you care to see them. -the Armorer

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Hey, since this is turning into Anti-War Day at Castle Argghhh! (see post below) let's have what passes for some humor. I admit, I *don't* have a yellow ribbon on my SUV. And I think a lot of people do for whom that is their greatest involvement in the war... so this link's for them. The rest of us can just see some anti-war humor without getting personally involved in it... ;^) H/t, Jim C, who, based on his emails to me today, must be annoyed with me and is trying to harsh my mellow! Oh, don't try to deconstruct it, just let it wash over you. Heh. I admit, I got distracted by the shell collection in the big dance number... -the Armorer

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What's up with this? Why are schools suddenly becoming the new Post Office? -the Armorer

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I'd love to hear what the types who hang around here think of this... - FbL

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*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. 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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