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sabra Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 12:40 PM
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October Surprise? "Senior al Qaeda militants" killed by U.S
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http://blogs.abcnews.com/theblotter/2006/10/zawahiri_wa...

Zawahiri Was Target in U.S. Attack on Religious School in Pakistan

Ayman al Zawahiri was the target of a Predator missile attack this morning on a religious school in Pakistan, according to Pakistani intelligence sources.

ABC News has learned the raid was launched after U.S. intelligence received tips and examined Predator reconnaissance indicating that al Qaeda's No. 2 man may have been staying at the school, which is located in the Bajaur region near the village that is thought to be al Qaeda's winter headquarters.

Despite earlier reports that the missiles had been launched by Pakistani military helicopters, Pakistani intelligence sources now tell ABC News that the missiles were fired from a U.S. Predator drone plane.

Between two and five senior al Qaeda militants were killed in the attack, including the mastermind of the airliners plot in the U.K., according to Pakistani intelligence sources.

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Warpy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 12:41 PM
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1. Yeah, and how many KIDS????
The report so far is that there were 80 deaths. It should be easy to blow this one right back at them.
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John Gauger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 01:01 PM
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9. Extrajudicial murder.
Edited on Mon Oct-30-06 01:02 PM by John Gauger
They killed 80 people, none of which had been sentenced to death by a jury of their peers. This is called murder. Why do people accept that? The government just murdered 80 brown people. If this bombing had been of a Catholic school that was harboring Provisional Irish Republican Army terrorists in Boston, people would flip out. But that school would be in a majority white country, which cannot rightly be bombed. People would say things like: "How could you kill those children just because there was a suspected criminal near by?" "Suspected? You killed him because you SUSPECTED him of a crime?" "It appeared that he was in the building? You blew up a school because of the POSSIBILITY that a criminal was inside?" This is state terrorism, plain and simple.
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rosesaylavee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 12:43 PM
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2. Another #2, eh?
And wish they would stop blathering about the UK airline plot that wasn't too. :eyes:

Come, come KKKarl, this won't turn it around this time.
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Cessna Invesco Palin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 02:40 PM
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21. There is only one #2 in al Qaeda...
...and it is definitely Zawahiri. I have no idea where they keep finding these other #2s. Maybe they're pulling them out of their... oh, nevermind.
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AliceWonderland Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 02:46 PM
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26. I had a Prisoner moment...
"Who's Number 1?"

"I dunno, but let's pull out another Number 2!!"

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Roland99 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 12:43 PM
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3. And they know all these people already because why???
Smells like 6' of BS to me.

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malaise Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 12:43 PM
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4. You mean they did not find already dead Osama
WTF? Funny that the Pakistani army killed 60 people in a school. Nice new spin on the same story.
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WI_DEM Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 12:44 PM
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5. People don't care anymore unless it is Bin Laden himself
They are fed up with this stupid war.
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displacedtexan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 12:46 PM
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6. A Better Headline: Kids Killed Instead Of Target
So sad.

Even Hitler didn't bomb churches or church-related institutions.
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John Gauger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 01:05 PM
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11. So?
He blew the shit out of England. He attempted to kill as many civilians as possible. Leaving the churches standing doesn't make that any better. Hitler murdering people in a church is no different than Hitler murdering people not in a church.
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displacedtexan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 01:26 PM
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16. So?
I was not defending Hitler, and I resent your insinuation that I was.
Do you have a reply for the part about the OP's post?

FYI: My husband grew up in London (1950's), and everyone marveled at the fact that Hitler didn't
purposely target hospitals, churches, or schools. As evil as he was (I have a master's degree
in French & German, and I've studied modern German history extensively), he didn't
target children.

Yes, Hitler was evil, and targeting children anytime, any place is also evil.

BTW, thanks to all of you PMers!
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John Gauger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 04:48 PM
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27. I didn't mean to imply that you were defending Hitler.
I just think that dropping a bomb on a school, church, or hospital is just the same as dropping a bomb on any other building. As for the rest of the post, I think it's a superb headline. It illustrates perfectly my opposition to bombing. It's quite true and that should be the major issue concerned with this bombing.
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LynnTheDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 01:34 PM
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18. Yep...and no different from bush murdering people in or out of
churches and schools.
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greeneyedboy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 12:48 PM
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7. More violence in the region is NOT going to help them.
It just shows how miserably they and their policies have failed.
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SoCalDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 12:48 PM
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8. Using it is a risky premise.
Musharraf is on thin ice, always a target of assassination, and the pakistanis vehemently denied ANY involvement by the US (wink-wink).

for our goofball president to go around touting this as a US SUCCESS, is only weakening Musharraf's position, and strengthening the resolve of the "terrah-ists" to try harder to kill him..

then THEY will have the nukes..


yeh.. I feel "safer" already :eyes:
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iconoclastic cat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 01:03 PM
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10. Courspin: In other news. al Qaeda still HAS senior militants. nt
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MannyGoldstein Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 01:20 PM
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12. Ladies & Gentleman: Actual al Qaeda Are Legitimate Targets
These folks attacked us, and have sworn to destroy us. Unless this was a bogus attack, it's quite legitimate.
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LynnTheDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 01:36 PM
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19. Sure..."legitimate" to bomb schools w the possibility that maybe perhaps
bad guys are inside.

Yes there is a reason "they" hate us. And no, it ain't our "freedoms".
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MannyGoldstein Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 02:34 PM
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20. War Sucks
"War is hell" - General Sherman

Awful choices have to be made. Wars should only be started as a last resort - exactly what we DID NOT do in Iraq.

al Qaeda is a different story - they killed thousands of Americans, and have vowed to kill as many more as they can. There is no option but to have war. In war, it is necessary to destroy the bad guys, and to totally shatter the will of the enemy population, even the civilians, to fight.

I don't like it. It means that we have failed to avert this situation. But we are here and it is now, and there are no alternatives that are less awful.
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John Gauger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 05:16 PM
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29. If I may,
I would suggest that you read "9/11" by Noam Chomsky. It is a short collection of interviews with linguistics professor and foreign policy critic Noam Chomsky between September 12 and October 1, 2001. In it he very effectively explains why a war will not help in any meaningful way to prevent terrorism. In fact, he says that the worst thing our country could have done would have been to invade Afghanistan (personally, I disagree: I say the worst thing we possibly could have done would be to invade Iraq, but that's a different matter.) He recounts effective efforts against terrorism in the past, none of which involve the dropping of bombs. He explains the effects that the dropping of bombs will have; among them are more terrorists. His main point is to warn us to do no harm: it is imperative that in fighting terrorism we do not create terrorists. He lists some of the complaints that Arabs, both rich and poor, have against the United States. The rich are important because they fund terrorism; the poor are important because they put their lives on the line as terrorists. Not surprisingly, one of the major complaints against us is that we are a little bomb-happy, and Arabs tend to be the victims of those bombs. (This is not to say that Osama's greivence with us over human life. Osama, to put it bluntly, is a greedy bastard. He is after only one thing: oil. There is nothing we can do (save make him the supreme dictator of a pan-Arab state) to make him leave us alone. But we don't have to please him, because he is a criminal and should be in a jail cell were he can never hurt anyone again.) The point is to make sure that the fewest number of people possible are willing to take action to harm the United States. And that simply does not involve the dropping of bombs.
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LynnTheDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 08:27 PM
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33. "war"
OY.
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John Gauger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 05:00 PM
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28. No it's not legitimate.
First of all, we have no proof that Zawahiri was even present. Secondly, Zawahiri has not stood trial and therefore should be considered innocent until proven guilty. Thirdly, many other people were killed in this attack. You wouldn't think it was legitimate if he were hiding in an American school filled with Anglo children, so why is it legitimate to kill a bunch of Pakistani children? The only legitimate course of action is to arrest him and try him for his crimes. That's what we do with white terrorists. Why shouldn't we do it with Arab terrorists? What's more, trying and convicting a terrorist doesn't kill any innocent children. It does not create any more terrorists. His supporters may be angry that he was tried, but no one is going to be so angry as to attack us who otherwise would not. That's the only legitimate way to fight terrorism.
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sable302 Donating Member (597 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 01:21 PM
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13. isn't that like the 35th time
we've killed the #2 guy?
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VOX Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 02:40 PM
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22. YES!!!!!! They must be super well-stocked with Number Twos!!
Not to mention the Number Threes! :rofl:
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John Gauger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 05:17 PM
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30. I think you're confusing him
with the number three guy, whom we kill every four to six weeks (sometimes even more frequently.)
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C_U_L8R Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 01:23 PM
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14. two words that sum up the republicans
Edited on Mon Oct-30-06 01:23 PM by C_U_L8R
they missed

AGAIN !!
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radfringe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 01:23 PM
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15. ehhh... Where's Bin-Laden????
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Cessna Invesco Palin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 02:46 PM
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25. Zawahiri is arguably more important...
...to al Qaeda than bin Laden. Osama is the person with the money, but he's using it to carry out what is essentially Ayman Zawahiri's agenda. Zawahiri is the spiritual leader of the movement. Or at least he used to be. It's hard to tell any more with every terrorist organisation in the world referring to itself as "al Qaeda of <location>." Kind of like McDonald's franchises.
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John Gauger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 05:19 PM
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31. Except McDonald's is
all controlled by a central cabal of diabolical bastards. All those minor al Qaeda branches may just be using the name for credibility.
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Cessna Invesco Palin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 06:22 PM
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32. Yes, they are.
But that doesn't necessarily diminish Zawahiri or his ideas. This idea of an almost infinite number of #2 al Qaeda operatives is a creation of the Western media and the US government, not the Islamists, many of whom still seem to have a huge amout of respect for him.
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LynnTheDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 01:32 PM
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17. In IRAQ! No wait, IRAN! Nooo...
In our ALLY PAKISTAN.

WHEW! Thank Gawd george w. "I'm a MFing idiot" invaded IRAQ!
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Lindacooks Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 02:42 PM
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23. After the 89th time of catching '#2', people don't care anymore.
Every time the war is mentioned, Dems gain points and seats.
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VOX Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 02:44 PM
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24. Ahh, so many "senior al Qaeda lieutenants," so little time! n/t
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