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Posted by on Dec 31, 2009 in Society, War | 10 comments

US Warnings of Terrorist Attack Tonight In Bali

Will this be another pro forma New Year’s Eve? According to reports, the U.S. has issued a warning that there are fears tonight could be marred by the same scourge that has cursed this most unhappy of decades: terrorism:

Terrorists may be planning a New Year’s Eve attack on the Indonesian island of Bali, Indonesian and US Embassy officials warned today. In an Embassy email to US citizens, the island’s governor said, “There is an indication of an attack to Bali tonight.” Tourism authorities in the popular resort destination distributed the warning widely, urging Westerners to remain alert, AP reports.

With a clear cut warning such as this, it’s more likely that the event won’t come off since it’s now publicized that terrorists plans are known. Which means they could find another venue and reschedule it — to a time and place no one is watching. This decade 2000-2010 will not go down in history as the most joyous one: it has been a decade peppered with personal and financial grief for nations — and famliies.

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  • DaMav

    Blowback on the Plan B “Be Nice to Terrorists” approach?

    Rasmussen:
    58% Favor Waterboarding of Plane Terrorist To Get Information
    30% oppose the use of such techniques, and another 12% are not sure.
    http://tinyurl.com/yf9bwmg

    • Seems like a complete knee-jerk pro-torture position. The “underwear bomber” has cooperated fully and normal interrogation that doesn’t destine one to Hell was perfectly adequate. What information, specifically, do you think he possessed? I’m not too impressed with the 58% (which I guess includes you) who think a suicide bomber fool is in on all the deepest plans of Al Qaeda. Ever heard of “Need to know basis,” dummies?

    • ProfElwood

      58% Favor Waterboarding of Plane Terrorist To Get Information
      30% oppose the use of such techniques, and another 12% are not sure.

      Thanks, DeMav, for proving the difference between popularity and wisdom.

      • DaMav

        Thank Professor but I give full credit to the Obama voters for proving that beyond a doubt long before my ‘umble contribution to the cause.

  • BTW, DaMav, I assume by the “Plan B” be nice to terrorists approach, you’re referring to BUSH releasing the trainers of the underwear bomber to an “art therapy program,” right?

    • DaMav

      A huge mistake by Bush and one we should definitely learn from and not double down on. Do you always spell Bush with all caps?

      • Do you always spell Bush with all caps?

        You may have noticed, that sometimes I use caps to emphasize words, not just Bush. Sometimes I use *asterisks* and sometimes I even use an html editor to use italics or bold. Of these, obviously, capitalization is the easiest, absent a decent editor in the Disqus system.

  • DaMav

    You said: absent a decent editor in the Disqus system

    See there GreenDreams, we agree on something! Wahoo!
    Let us join in a chorus of Kumbaya around this NY Times campfire I’ve made to warm the wassail

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