From our friend Howard Linett, Dateline Aug. 19/11, 4:12 AM PDT;
I am speechless that the Washington Post On-Line Headlines do not include mention of the extensive attacks in southern Israel carried-out by as many as 20 terrorists between noon and 6 pm yesterday. The terrorists infiltrated from the Sinai and used AKs, RPGs, IEDs and mortars to attack civilian vehicles and to ambush the military and police units responding to the attacks. We have 8 dead – 6 civilians, 2 security personnel and more than 30 wounded. In addition there have been over a dozen missiles and rockets fired at Israeli cities since last evening – 6 more wounded. For more information check out YNET.com.
Anyway nothing like an attack to focus one’s concentration. Up at 05:00 for Israeli Riflemen Association rifle (7.62×51 caliber ArmaLite with Black Hills Match) practice, I can report 100, 200 and 300 meters – damn I’m good! I may be old, but I’m ready. Quiet confidence now exudes from my pours.
Today is the 3rd Friday of Ramadan. After yesterday’s attacks and Israel’s response and today’s incoming Kassam and Grad missiles and Israel’s continuing response, no surprise that there is rioting in East Jerusalem now that prayers have let-out.
Finally, I really do not know if it is for real or a joke, but on the way home from practice I pointed to the metal skeleton of the palace King Hussein was building in June of 1967. You can see it from the road and I like saying that my home in 300 yards down from the hilltop on which the palace’s construction stopped when Israel recaptured Pisgot Ze’ev from the Jordanians. One of the guys in the car, a senior contractor, exclaimed that the palace was undergoing “restoration” in anticipation of the present King of Jordan needing somewhere to go – soon. The current King lacks his father’s resolve and will not institute another Black September. The King now also knows US backing is an illusion. Personally, I think he would be better-off in LA.
I don’t want King Whatshisname here. We’re Americans. We don’t recognise royalty. I’d let him in only if he promises to be polite if we call him by his first name and don’t genuflect or any of that garbage, that he go through the regular immigration process, pay all his own expenses without expecting protection or special treatment of any kind, and not bring in any of the loot his government extorted from the Jordanian people.
Anyway; why report these attacks? They aren’t news (“news” being any story, true or otherwise, that bolsters the leftist cause).
Twenty attackers and eight dead. Good thing the attackers were run-of-the-mill jihadists then. When the Americans go in somewhere, there are more like eight attackers and at least twenty dead.