Reuters AlertNet – Bin laden fate unclear, but Karzai says Omar alive
Mullah Omar is apparently wandering around Afghanistan stirring up trouble. He’s either trying to revive the Taliban or auditioning for a reality series. As for Osama…
Bin Laden threatens more attacks: Al-Jazeera
Well, you can believe al-Jazeera if you want. As it is, I think he’s dead. If he wasn’t, he’d want to broadcast it, and with more than a handful of tapes that could have been recorded any time… Or maybe he’s alive, but maimed or crippled somehow? I suppose that might keep him off TV. Which would explain…
Satellite picks up bin Laden
According to “American intelligence sources”, which aren’t really any more reliable than al-Jazeera when it comes down to it. Supposedly they have a recording of him talking to Omar.
Summing up… Maybe he’s alive, maybe he’s dead. But I’m betting that all this coming up now is related to the Iraq war. President Bush can’t be criticized for moving on from Osama to Saddam if Osama is dead. But if he’s alive, he has to be dealt with. We could easily keep hunting Osama while fighting in Iraq, but a lot of people might not see it that way.
Leftist Leads Brazilian Election
Oh no! And the CIA is all busy with this terrorism thing — how will they find the time to mastermind his overthrow?
ABCNEWS.com : Asian Officials Fear Fallout of War
You want fallout? What do you think is going to happen if Saddam gets nuclear weapons? I’ll give you “fallout”.
I generally take a dim view of people who primarily want to prevent war not to save lives but for economic reasons. I realize that’s a lot of people, but still. I’m not crazy about this war, though I think it has to be fought. Saying it shouldn’t be because its goals can be reached peacefully is one thing. Saying it shouldn’t be because you’re afraid oil prices will go up in Japan is something else entirely.
Race track erupts into temporary metropolis
You know, I really enjoy living in a state where two weeks a year the second- or third-largest city in the state is a racetrack. You think I’m kidding.
I-85 extension planned
Wow, an actual road to nowhere! I-85 currently ends at Montgomery; the state wants to extend it to intersect I-20/59 near the Mississippi line. This would theoretically give an economic boost to the southwestern part of the state, which is dreadfully poor. And that’s great, except there’s nothing there. If for some reason you do have to go to some godforsaken place like Selma, it’ll be much faster. (I had to go to Selma once and I swear it took three weeks. Martin Luther King didn’t want to march from Selma to Montgomery, it just turned out that driving would take too long. But I kid Selma.)
The story is that companies look for locations near the interstate. And I suppose that’s true. But they also look for a nearby population of workers and, you know, cities. There aren’t any. That part of the state is one of the lowest-population parts of the US east of the Mississippi. If someone builds a plant, who’s going to work there?
Jewish Settlers Suspected in Shooting Death of Palestinian Man
And this is terrorism too. Israel is investigating… It’s not helping, either. Israelis can’t act like the Palestinians and start targeting civilians. You can call it fighting back, but once it starts the end result will be the loss of American sympathy, and ultimately the destruction of Israel.