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October 26, 2006

H&I* Fires 26 OCT 2006

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Muslim leader blames women for sex attacks Richard Kerbaj October 26, 2006 THE nation's most senior Muslim cleric has blamed immodestly dressed women who don't wear Islamic headdress for being preyed on by men and likened them to abandoned "meat" that attracts voracious animals. In a Ramadan sermon that has outraged Muslim women leaders, Sydney-based Sheik Taj Din al-Hilali also alluded to the infamous Sydney gang rapes, suggesting the attackers were not entirely to blame.

While not specifically referring to the rapes, brutal attacks on four women for which a group of young Lebanese men received long jail sentences, Sheik Hilali said there were women who "sway suggestively" and wore make-up and immodest dress ... "and then you get a judge without mercy (rahma) and gives you 65 years".

"But the problem, but the problem all began with who?" he asked.

Granted this is in Australia, yet, by and large, the western feminist community seems silent on this attitude among Muslim leaders. And where's the PC crowd? Read the rest here. H/t, SWWBO. -the Armorer

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...and then there were 6. Marine Pfc. John Jodka has decided to plead guilty guilty and testify for the prosecution. This does *not* look good for the remaining 6. So sad. ~AFSis

[From where I sit, looking good isn't the issue. I'm suffering a lack of sympathy. At least *two* of them have taken some responsibility for their actions. What will "look good" for the remaining six is to do the same. I know that isn't really what AFSis meant - but these guys played the blogosphere, their families, their friends - if you recall - and many came to their defense - now they owe it to everybody to come clean themselves. Especially for their fellow warriors who patrol in the aftermath of their actions. All the extenuating and mitigating circumstances are appropriate... for the sentencing phase. If someone in that group is innocent, they should fight it - but if they aren't... well, that's the choice they and their lawyers get to make. -the Armorer]

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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".