Wednesday, May 11, 2005


Unrest in Afghanistan, bombings in Iraq

The latest news from Afghanistan isn't exactly a picture that George W. Bush can put on the front cover of his 12-step "How to Spread Democracy for Dummies" pamphlet:
Shouting ``Death to America,'' demonstrators smashed car and shop windows and stoned a passing convoy of American soldiers in the city of Jalalabad, near the Pakistan border, in the biggest outpouring of anti-American sentiment since the fall of the Taliban in 2001.
That's from the AP story in the Guardian, which also indicated that the mob wasn't deferential to US-installed Afghan president Hamid Karzai either.
An Associated Press Television News cameraman said the crowds grew larger and wilder after the firing and the streets were deserted of traffic. Mobs pelted a government office and the local television station with rocks and tore down posters of President Hamid Karzai.
In other bad news, there was a spate of suicide bombings in Iraq that killed at least 60 people today around the country. And since we've got things in control on either side, we might as well take care of Iran, right? If people really think that all this mess is really making anybody safer, I don't see it. I just see more dead bodies. And more terror, more anger, more hatred, and more dissatisfaction.

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