Kenya Under Attack

Holy crap:

Sixty-eight dead. At least 175 injured. About 30 hostages still inside, as well as perhaps a dozen gunmen.

Those are the grim numbers, more than a day after Islamist attackers stormed an upscale Nairobi mall on Saturday, spraying bullets and holding shoppers captive.

The tense standoff continued into Sunday night, with sporadic gunfire heard through the day and at least one explosion.

Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta told reporters Sunday afternoon the Kenyan people had showed resiliency as a nation and would triumph against the attackers.

The tragedy was also personal for Kenyatta; one of his nephews and his fiancee were among the dead.

I’ve been following the story since last night but haven’t found anything to say. This is the work of Al-Shabaab, an Al-Qaeda offshoot, and, according to reports, they sent all Muslims out before beginning the killing. So far, no Americans are among the dead but some were among the wounded.

Update: At least one American, the wife of a diplomat, is dead.

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  1. Poosh

    None of this is surprising. They blew up a Church in Pakistan earlier as well, killed 60 I believe. Purging Christians out of Egypt and Syria (before they’ve ever got rid of the Baathists! Forward thinking…)

    But heeeeeeeeeeey it must be because we invaded Iraq.

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  2. Seattle Outcast

    Obama will soon come up with a reason to not explain how we should be concerned about this. After all, muslims are our greatest ally.

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  3. AlexInCT

    Latest report is that three of the attackers are Americans.

    Somalis that got sent to the Mid West once they applied for refugee status, is my guess.

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  4. Poosh

    “Somalis that got sent to the Mid West once they applied for refugee status, is my guess.”

    >Can’t seem to be able to use quote function

    Alex I think you might have been proved right however there are some reports now that the master mind of the attack was a British white female convert – just to demonstrate that islam is the problem not race; and, that people who think anti-Islam sorts are driven by racism are just so pathetically wrong it isn’t even funny anymore.

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  5. AlexInCT

    Oh, I did not mean to imply that race was the factor Poosh, and agree with you 100% that Islam is the issue. The thing is that if you want to see some of the more virulent and militant Islamic preaching here in the US you hit NJ, Maryland and the mosques that are frequented by the Somali refugees in the mid west. It is frightning how much nasty shit these people are fed by their supposed religion of peace’s cleargy.

    I used to hold out hope that there would come an Islamic reformation that would mellow them out, but after monstrous attacks like this one barely produce an outcry against these evil people, if any outcry did happen at all, I am left with no other option than to conclude that the militants have already won and what is left is the them or us stage of this conflict. And believe me that we can keep kidding ourselves that there isn’t a conflict, but the only one we are fooling is oursleves. they are at war with us, and they now believe they will win. the scary thing is that they may be right.

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  6. Poosh

    I didn’t think for a second that you thought race was a factor! I know you’re well aware of the seductive power of Islamism: it is colour-blind.

    I am sad and surprised that America’s famous ability to absorb immigrants into its culture is somewhat overrated when it comes to Islam.

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  7. Mississippi Yankee

    “I am sad and surprised that America’s famous ability to absorb immigrants into its culture is somewhat overrated when it comes to Islam.”

    Poosh, Because diversity has become the law of the land we no longer absorb immigrants into the American culture. Instead we are forced to acknowledge an ever growing number of cultural fiefdoms. Dearborn MI springs to mind but so does Lewiston ME and the many parts of Minnesota that Alex mentioned. And don’t even get me started on the reconquering of California and the South West by Mexico.

    The concept of “E Pluribus Unum” has died here and almost no one noticed. I believe it happened when refugee status overtook the ‘best and brightest list.

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  8. hist_ed

    “I know you’re well aware of the seductive power of Islamism: it is colour-blind.” In its tenets maybe, but certainly not as practiced in most of the Muslim word. Not too many Arabs are enslaved in the Sudan. Plenty of black muslims were persecuted in Libya once the ass wipes Obama helped took over.

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  9. Miguelito

    Huh.. yeah, the normal editing buttons and preview button aren’t showing up…

    “And don’t even get me started on the reconquering of California and the South West by Mexico.”

    I’ve been seeing more and more ads up that are in Spanish. Not both English and Spanish, just Spanish. This is in San Diego, just north of the Stadium, not down near the border. I’ve seen a few smaller signs in malls but also a few full billboards, like a Verizon one that I recall the most for some reason.

    Pisses me off… learn the goddamn language. Well, first, come here legally. Then if you’re going to stay, learn the language. No other country in the world let’s people not only not learn the native tongue but panders to people the way we do in the US today. Many countries have even more strict immigration rules then we do (having to prove you have a job you’re moving for, proving you can provide for yourself, etc) yet we get crap all the time for wanting to have even some semblance of control over our own border.

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