Quite a difference six hours can make, huh? Six hours ago I was chastising Olmert. Now I sing his praises. So goes politics and so goes war. Even Israel and her supporters can be surprised from time to time, right?
Resolution 1701 allows Israel to continue expanding their ground war against Hezbollah until sometime on Sunday, when both Olmert and Nasrallah are expected to sign off on the agreement. Sounds pretty nebulous to me. I want to see with my own eyes this 'robust' UN multinational peace-keeping force actually enforce the resolution.
By the way, I've been slowed from pneumonia this week, so I apologize. In my mind, I've been doing a lot of traveling, and I was delirirous (literally!) in the news about the foiled terrorist plot in Britain.
Liquid explosions, energy drinks, mp3 players, disposable cameras. If you're traveled lately, you've witnessed virtually every young traveler carrying some or all of the above items...Starbucks drinks, iPods, camera phones, fast food, all tucked away into fancy backpacks or messenger bags.
Sounds very doable to me, and it sounds very much like al Qaeda to me, and as the NY Times is reporting, "Explosives experts said detonators could have been hidden in MP3 players or the flashes of disposable cameras."
"Rashid Rauf, was arrested Wednesday in the eastern city of Bahawalpur, the officials said, just hours before the authorities began a series of raids across Britain to break up the plot they say was rapidly unfolding here."
"According to a former Pakistani official close to the intelligence services there, the information leading to the arrest of Mr. Rauf came from a mole planted by the British police who had been monitoring the plot inside the United Kingdom. With Mr. Rauf safely in hand, British authorities on Thursday swept up 24 suspects who they say were planning to carry liquid explosives onto passenger airliners and detonate them as the planes flew to the United States."
"American and Pakistani officials said they decided to arrest the 24 suspects, in part because they were concerned that word of Mr. Rauf’s arrest could send the British plotters underground. The officials described Mr. Rauf, who is of Pakistani descent, as a hardened Islamic militant who had been acting as a liaison for Al Qaeda in its relations with the plotters in the United Kingdom."
“There is definitely an Al Qaeda connection to this,” Mahmud Ali Durrani, Pakistan’s ambassador to the United States, said."
"In another interview, Aftab Ahmad Khan Sherpao, the Pakistani interior minister, called Mr. Rauf a “key Al Qaeda operative.”
God help us...(Walking back to bed)...The US government, employing gifted teens/young adults, and tasking them to think about possible future terrorist scenarios sounds like an excellent idea to me, almost like a side project, a course for university credit, maybe?