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Thousands of rioters burned 15 churches in Maiduguri in a three-hour rampage before troops and police reinforcements restored order, Nigerian police spokesman Haz Iwendi said. Iwendi said security forces arrested dozens of people in the city about 1,000 miles northeast of the capital, Lagos.
Chima Ezeoke, a Christian Maiduguri resident, said protesters attacked and looted shops owned by minority Christians, most of them with origins in the country's south.
"Most of the dead were Christians beaten to death on the streets by the rioters," Ezeoke said. Witnesses said three children and a priest were among those killed.
The Left will laugh at "Freedom Fries" but will not laugh, or condemn, the comments and actions of the Imams that triggered the riots over the cartoons, and the deaths.
I know perfectly well to whom we are losing our freedom. And it is NOT Osama Bin Laden, or Saddam Hussein.
But note I said the "rhetorics" were mirror images. Not the actions.
glanton - Come on, you can't disconnect the riots from the rhetoric. The former would not exist without the latter.
Why is replacing "Danish" with "Sweet pastry" silly, but replacing "French Fries" with "Freedom Fries" patriotic?
If you cannot recognize that the two are equally ridiculous--if you cannot recognize that it is hypocritical to laugh off one but indulge the other, then really, I'm sorry.
The problem is that the riots and killing is real. The priest was real. The children were real. Do you find that funny? I don't think you do.
glanton, the right often
calls the Left "elitist" and sneers at their sophistry. I hate to say this, but your inability to connect the riots with their Imams' calls for riots proves their point.
The Muslims rioting over cartoons are no better than ignorant savages.
You, Jim, sympathize with and defend the ingorant American masses. Good luck with that.
Here again we get the sophistry. The rioters are condemned, and the demands for Sweet Pastries" are deemed "comedic." But not one word condemning the Imams for their actions.
And you can't quite resist making a little elitist dig about FNC and watching same. Well, you know, there just aint enough T&A on PBS for us Bubbas in the Red States... Guess I better get me a chew and PBR.
They have defended themselves and the rest of the world from tyranny for the last hundred years.
I don't know how much more clear I could possibly be
Sorry, but the fact that they don't blow things up like Muslim radicals is a start, but it isn't enough.
So you will condemn both, even though the former is capable of peaceful change and the latter absolutely is not.
That's called "trying to have your cake and eating it too." Doesn't work in most cases.
Iraqi Province Cuts Off U.S. Forces
February 20, 2006, 2:30 PM EST
KARBALA, Iraq -- The governing council of Karbala province said Monday it was suspending contact with U.S. forces over the behavior of soldiers during a visit to the governor's office two days ago.
The decision followed similar moves by leaders of Maysan and Basra provinces, which have frozen ties with British forces in southern Iraq.
Karbala provincial spokesman Abdel Amir Hanoun complained that U.S. soldiers brought dogs inside the building when their commander visited provincial Gov. Aqeel al-Khazraji, considered an insult by the council.
They also blocked roads leading to the governor's office, preventing council members and the governor from parking cars outside the building, Hanoun said. The governor instructed the council to suspend contacts until U.S. forces apologize, he said.
On Sunday, Maysan province decided to suspend ties with British authorities pending an investigation into a recently released videotape of British soldiers beating Iraqi youths during a January 2004 riot there.
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