Bloody Monday

02.14.05

Three bombings in the Philippines have killed 11 people so far and wounded at least 130:

Security forces quickly blamed Abu Sayyaf, a small Muslim rebel group associated with al Qaeda, for the improvised bomb in General Santos and a grenade attack at a bus terminal in Davao that killed a young boy.

In Manila, six people were killed in an explosion on a bus at a commuter terminal near the crowded Glorietta mall, major hotels and the nation’s financial and diplomatic core.

“There’s a strong possibility the attacks could all be linked,” said Norberto Gonzales, the national security adviser.

“They have admitted two. We will know more later.”

Also, a car bomb in Lebanon killed at least 13 people, including former Lebanese Prime Minister (and presumptive target) Rafik al-Hariri:

A previously unknown Islamist group said in a videotape aired by Al Jazeera television that it carried out the attack because of Hariri’s support for the Saudi government. The claim could not be confirmed.

Hariri had remained politically influential since his resignation and recently joined opposition calls for Syrian troops to quit Lebanon in the run-up to a May general election.

Widespread speculation that the Syrians are involved cannot yet be confirmed, but I wouldn’t be too surprised. There’s a long tradition among terrorist governments to dissociate themselves with the bands of terrorists that they directly fund and control.

And I will never stop wondering why there aren’t massive international “end the occupation” rallies against Syria’s occupation of Lebanon.

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1 Malia 11.30.-1 at 12:00 AM

It’s all the fault of the Jewish Zionists! They are everywhere. The Philipines are filled with Jews occupying land.

If the Jews weren’t here there would be would be peace in the world. The Muslims are really peaceful people but the Jews drive them to violence because they have the audicity to want to live on planet earth.

If the Jews just moved to Mars the Islamic people would go back to being the peace-loving women-loving religion that it always was.

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2 Geoff Matthews 02.15.05 at 6:29 AM

Planning on addressing why Quebec should stay in Canada? I’m serious when I say that I’m interested in an objective argument for that.

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3 DaninVan 02.16.05 at 2:55 AM
4 Hanthala 02.22.05 at 11:18 PM

Well, other than putting his foot in his mouth, Martin made some remarks about some resolution regarding the presence of Syrian troops in Lebanon and how the Lebanese have suffered. Its not a joke. But when you think of how this same government (Canadian) pussy-foots around the words occupation and resolution 242, not to mention says absolutely nothing about Palestinian suffering, well, eh. Besides, this is just move one in the new chess game in the middle east. That bomb (whoo-hoo conspiracy theories) was probably the work of the US who wants an excuse to make Syria the next Iraq…or Iran.

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