New information has been trickling through concerning the Westgate Mall attack in Nairobi, information that is absolutely chilling and I’ve been thinking about how we view terrorists in general. Some obvious questions come to mind. Granted all terrorists deserve to die (not imprisoned, mind you) but be removed from existence (better for them, better for us) but is the yardstick of American blood the only measure of urgency in going after these guys? Should the method, the targets or even the intent behind their murderous acts, should these weigh one way or the other in how passionate and resolved we are in their pursuit? Does a suicide bomber, say a 18 year old kid who has been fed a steady diet of “death to the infidels and the pig Jews” all his life by the local imam, who walks into a crowded marketplace and blows himself up along with all the innocents within a 50′ radius, is he on the same shitbag scale as his handler or the original imam? How about the Tsarnaev brothers, who knew better and had witnessed freedom first hand but still decided to mass murder, where do they stand on the evil meter?
A diligent effort should be made to go after any and all terrorists, that’s for sure, but something changed, drastically, in Nairobi. See, unlike Mumbai, where the terrorists shot everyone indiscriminately, these guys went above and beyond. All the hostages were separated Entebbe style, Muslims over here and non Muslims over there, that is when the horrors began:
Soldiers told of the horrific torture meted out by terrorists in the Nairobi mall massacre yesterday with claims hostages were dismembered, had their eyes gouged out and were left hanging from hooks in the ceiling.
Men were said to have been castrated and had fingers removed with pliers before being blinded and hanged.
Children were found dead in the food court fridges with knives still embedded in their bodies, it was claimed.
Come to think of it, there was an element of this in Mumbai, I remember that Jewish couple,The Holtzbergs, they got special treatment above that of the other victims before they were murdered. But it was nothing like this, I wonder what Koran verses the attackers fell back on to justify this method of savagery.
This kind of torturing the hostages, this is a sea-change from what we have seen in the past and I wonder if this is isolated to al Shabaab or can we expect this kind of behavior from now on.
I guess I should not have expected much from the Nairobi police but this 4 day stand off reminded me of Munich and those bumbling stumbling law enforcement guys that could do nothing right and pretty much sealed the fate of those Israeli athletes. These guys decided to use RPG’s which brought down all 3 stories when stress columns were damaged.
And I was surprised that only 5 terrorists were killed with 10 captured, some sources says 8 were captured
Most of the defeated terrorists, meanwhile, were reportedly discovered ‘burnt to ashes’, set alight by the last extremist standing to try to protect their identities.
Is wasn’t one last extremist but several, and your identities will easily by discovered since you didn’t have the balls to go down fighting.
Yes, we do drone strikes in Somalia, but given the nature of this attack would Kenya be justified in go into Somalia the way we went into Afghanistan after 9-11? How much help should we give them? is al Shabaab now public enemy number one (they have bragged that this is only the opening salvo with more to come)? Is this the new strategy of terrorists regimes around the world, make it personal?
The common folk like us, we are not privy to all the back channel communications between the Kenyan government and our own but in keeping with Obama’s self made persona of America’s great terror warrior ,”Yes, Mr. President, we know, OBL is dead and AQ is on the run” if there is any way we can lend a hand in taking care of that Somali roach problem they got, I say let’s roll. The African Union would welcome it, and any opportunity to garner some good will around the world (we sure could use it) should not be an opportunity wasted.