New Terrorists and Old Terrorists
In Iraq, it seems that everywhere I turn around, there is some serious Coalition butt-kicking going on.
Haifa Street, in Baghdad was once a byword for violence, so out of control that US Forces were restricted from operating on it for convoy operations. Now, there are cops, a low murder rate, and a constant security presence from both US and ISF. The US commander there is now working on getting trash cleaned up.
Two and a half years ago, no one cared how much trash was on Haifa Street.
Ramadi used to be the most dangerous city in the world. Thanks to the Ready First Brigade Combat Team and the local sheiks, you just don't hear news stories about Ramadi on a nightly basis like you used to. Here's one story on the town, while On Point has a story about the mayor and the Sons of Anbar tribal alliance.
Meanwhile, there's a new police academy in Kirkuk, and even al-Qaeda admits the Iraqis popped their spokesman.
Harry Reid can kiss my pasty white ass. We are winning. Slowly.
Meanwhile, another victory is won in, of all places, France. Nicholas Sarkozy, who appears to be as palatable and pro-US as anyone who can be elected in France could be, not only won the election, but forced the French Socialist Party to show its true colors.
Prior to the election, his Socialist opponent threatened that her followers would engage in violence if he won the vote. Sure enough, they rioted. Even the Guardian admitted as much, even if they minimized the issue. Granted, it wasn't terribly good rioting, but after all, we are talking of French Socialists.
What's a terrorist? Here's three definitions:
A radical who employs terror as a political weapon. . .
So, would a Socialist who tries to use the threat of riots to influence elections count? Especially when her followers do in fact riot?
In November 2004, a UN panel described terrorism as any act: "intended to cause death or serious bodily harm to civilians or non-combatants with the purpose of intimidating a population or compelling a government or an international organization to do or abstain from doing any act."
Does this mean we get invade France as the next stop in the War on Terror? I wouldn't mind invading a place with a livable climate. . .