An editorial in the Daily Star invites the powers-that-be in Beirut and Damascus to wake up and smell the coffee:
If the Lebanese and Syrians do not upgrade their approach to 1559, then it appears inevitable that both countries will find themselves corralled into a tight corner by an international coalition. This must be avoided, and both governments must realize that avoiding conflict over 1559 is not - contrary to current perception - capitulation. Avoiding a conflict that cannot be won can and should be the primary responsibility of the leaders in both Beirut and Damascus.
or in words of fewer syllables: Syrians Out!
Thousands of Lebanese students and activists on Friday demonstrated against Syria's hegemony in Lebanon. Reports said about 3,000 students from several universities gathered in Beirut downtown to shout "Syrians out!"
NY post: Saddam Hussein illegally pocketed a staggering $21 billion from the scandal-scarred U.N. oil-for-food program — more than twice the previous estimate, congressional investigators said yesterday.
Something in the watersupply: the NVA (yes, it's a stupid name) gets some "republican" (in the original sense) attitude. Belgium, the monarchy: who needs that crap?
More selective outrage: after his party being outlawed, Gerolf Annemans reminds judges that two can play that game, prompting the usual suspects to pop out and decry Anneman's disrespect for the separation of powers, or at least the leftover bits thereof.
Pim Fortuyn is voted "Dutchman most likely to annoy others when voted greatest Dutchman ever". I would have voted for the inventors of the copper wire myself.
Maarten reports (rather facetiously) the Ami's are losing over at Fallujah. But hey, at the ArabEuropeanLeague website, where young jihadis get material for their masturbation fantasies, the tone isn't tongue in cheek:
After the American occupation forces made several military attempts to break the siege around their battalion that had been encircled by Freedom fighters on Al-Hadhrah street for several days, they were unable to dislodge it. When those military attempts failed, they resorted to peaceful solution by requesting cease fire- using loud speakers to make sure that their plea is heard. Freedom fighters subsequently rejected the American request and proceeded to wipe out the entire American column on Hadhrah street. Details of American casualties are currently being evaluated, verified, and will be forth coming;
I wouldn't hold my breath.
JJ on the "Saving Private Ryan" debacle: sound advice for Belgians too:
But in the end, all these editorial pages are chicken-stupid. You waited to defend the First Amendment and your and our free speech... you waited until they went after Steven Spielberg and Private Ryan. You should have protested when they went after Howard Stern and Janet Jackson and Bono, you fools. But you waited. For shame.
The siege in The Hague is continuing, and is eating up all Dutch bandwidth.
Dutch military special forces laid siege to a house in The Hague after three police officers were injured in a hand-grenade blast during an anti-terrorist raid. Authorities closed the airspace over the city to civilian flights.
Police evacuated the Laakkwartier neighborhood following the raid, at 2:45 a.m. local time today. The grenade was thrown from the house. Suspects remained on the premises, the national crime prosecution unit said in an e-mail, without saying if there'd been arrests. Amsterdam's Schiphol airport stayed open.
UPDATE: All clear, but no information given by the police except that two "suspects" have been arrested.