JoshuaPundit has a new feature : Short Takes. This will encompass tuff I see that I think merits the attention of Joshua's Army members and that I will embellish with a few lines of the wit, wisdom, insight and written insurgency you've come to expect from your pal Freedom Fighter.
This is an attempt to cover more ground in less time and compress a lot into a small space, rather like the young gentleman seen above. This is as opposed to longer pieces, which will continue to be devoted to what I consider are larger and more important stories and issues. This is an experiment, so let's see how it goes. And of course, let me know if this format is to your liking:
*Shinzo Abe has become Japan's New Leader with a conservative, nationalist pro-American pro west agenda.
His rise to power marks a new direction for Japanese politics.
Among other things, Abe has pledged to revise Japan's post WWII pacifist constitution and strengthen Japan's military. Good news...
* In more proof that Islamic intimidation works, the world reknowned Deustch Oper cancelled a scheduled performance of Mozart's 'Ideomeno'..and probably any subsequent performances of this classic.
The decision was made when Berlin security officials warned that putting on the opera as planned would present an "incalculable security risk".
In the production, directed by Hans Neuenfels, King Idomeneo is shown staggering on stage next to the severed heads of Buddha, Jesus, Poseidon and the Prophet Mohammad, which sit on chairs.
And here, I thought a lot of Muslims liked severed heads! Ooops I forgot... only infidel's severed heads...
* Adolf Hitler is in the news today, with an English auction house selling Hitler paintings .
Actually, Der Fuhrer was a good painter..he could do a bedroom, two coats in record time.
* Pakistan's President Pervaz Musharraf's new book, `In the Line Of Fire' has ticked a lot of people off. For one thing, he asserts that Pakistan received millions of dollars in bounty money from the US for captured terrorists,and admits finally that that the Pakistani Army aided terrorist attacks against Indian Kashmir and that Pakistani scientist AQ Khan helped Iranextensively.
This should pretty much be a death knell, at least for a while on any India/Pakistan talks...and maybe clue a few people in our government in on Pakistan's status as an `ally' in the war on jihad.
* Condi Rice and the US government are still mentally masturbating (sorry) over the idea of sanctions on Iran. While in this article she's mostly talking about gasoline, even Ms. Rice, who's no idiot has to know that `sanctions' are a ridiculous idea and will not work in the least. Nothing is a substitute for a good, forceful full on anti-jihad assault and regime change.
* The Jihadi regime in Somalia continues to tighten the screws, dispersing any protests to sharia rule and 20 arresting 20 women who had the courage to stand up to the jihadis. No telling what will happen to them....for now, most people in Mogadishu seem to have a wait and see attitude and to welcome even a semblence of law and order. They'll find out the reality soon enough.
* Afghanistan, like Iraq is in turmoil. Today, a suicide bomber murdered 18 Afghanis in the Southern province of Kandahar. The US quasi-withdrawal in favor of NATO appears to have been somewhat premature, and U.S. Army Gen. Dan K. McNeil is slated to take over command of NATO's International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan currently headed by British Army three-star, Lt. Gen. David Richards.