Arab Sprung

proceeding apace

British Tornado jets fired cruise missiles overnight at a headquarters in deposed Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi’s home town of Sirte, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) said on Friday.

I guess that qualifies him as officially “deposed.”

Meanwhile, back in Tripoli…

The West must release all Libya’s frozen assets in order for a new government to succeed

“What belongs to Libyan people must be delivered to the Libyan people,” said [Turkey's Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu].

the rebels’ National Transitional Council (NTC) … sought five billion dollars in emergency aid from frozen Libyan assets at a previous Contact Group meeting in Doha earlier this week. …

On Thursday, the UN Security Council released the $1.5 billion worth of assets to be used for emergency aid.

And from their new Constitution:

[March 12, 2011] The city of Tripoli shall be the capital of the State. Islam is the Religion of the State and the principal source of legislation is Islamic Jurisprudence (Sharia).


In view of our belief in the Revolution of the 7th of February, 2011 AD….

Wait… wha?

…to create a society that can raise by science, culture welfare and health … seeking a society of citizenship, justice, equality, booming, progress and prosperity …

All that? “Booming” too? Under sharia.

Like this?

“Iran believes that whoever is for humanity should also be for eradicating the Zionist regime (Israel) as symbol of suppression and discrimination,” Ahmadinejad said in an interview with a Lebanese television network…

“Iran follows this issue (the eradication of Israel) with determination and decisiveness and will never ever withdraw from this standpoint and policy,”



  1. DougM (jackassophobe)
    Posted August 26, 2011 at 9:32 am |

    We much, uhm, remove a comma.

    I suspect the editor doesn’t have a native Arabic speaker on staff, and he gave it to an intern to run it through translating software. Prob’ly made sense to Ivy Leaguers.

  2. bigviking
    Posted August 26, 2011 at 10:11 am |

    Is it racist to be looking forward to the Arab Fall?….

  3. DougM (jackassophobe)
    Posted August 26, 2011 at 10:14 am |

    The pic:
    Yeah, I like the eco-friendly pirate motif.
    Kind’a concerned about what happens when the white rope/cord gets wrapped around the front axle, though.

  4. bocopro
    Posted August 26, 2011 at 11:40 am |

    Just THINK of the problems that would vanish instantly if every person on the planet who bows to Islam suddenly forgot how to breathe for . . . oh, say . . . around 24 hours.

    The number of cars which would no longer be on the road . . . The number of security devices which would no longer be needed in airports . . . The number of organisms no longer contributing to the global greenhouse gas problem . . . The number of women who would no longer be subjugated to the wills of foul-smelling neurotic pseudomales . . . The number of envelope-pushing special-consideration demands in European and North American communities . . . The number of fears and nightmares in Western societies . . . The number of mass-media apologies and rationalizations for 9th century Neolithic attitudes and laws . . . The number of troops which could return to CONUS to help defend our southern border.

    ‘Tis a miracle devoutly to be wished.

  5. LLoyd
    Posted August 26, 2011 at 2:08 pm |

    Who were these ‘rbewls’ to start? Of course we knew. Right. Like someone else who wasn’t known.

  6. mojo
    Posted August 26, 2011 at 2:08 pm |

    Don’t give them any money until they get reasonable. Till then, what “belongs to the Libyan People” is lots of sand, infested with Berbers.

  7. Michael K.
    Posted August 26, 2011 at 9:16 pm |

    Uh, Tornado jets have a hard enough time staying in the air themselves. They certainly don’t launch “cruise missiles”.