It seems I was wrong about the man who did the shooting at Fort Hood. I said, i believe that this man wasn’t a terrorist, just a sick man… something like that. It seems that Maj. Hasan was in contact with a known member of Al-Qaeda, an Imam who once preached here in the United States, in West Virginia.
This man at one point preached to two of the 9/11 hijackers, and has a website dedicated to his radical fundamentalist Muslim ideology, and has printed out, in English, for Americans as I understand it, a pdf doc entitled 44 ways to support jihad. Tell me something, how did we let this guy get away? He took a clearly bad apple, Maj. Hasan, and may well have turned him completely rotten. I cannot help but think that the terrorist link to this attack now has to be thought of as realistic.
20 years ago today, the beginning of the fall of communism in Europe, and victory in the cold war began with the fall of the Berlin wall. I would tell you more, but with the anniversary being this week, I think you’ll be able to find far more authoritative sources on this particular subject matter than me. What I know without looking stuff up is that the situation in Germany and the entire eastern bloc had been hairy for a while before the announcement that people could come and go as they please. That announcement shocked the East Germans, who were glad to finally have their freedom, and they went to the wall in droves, met family members they had not seen in decades. It was a mad scene really, the pent up frustrations then came out and people began first to dance on and then destroy the wall.
It was one of the most wonderfully momentous events in the history of Europe, and maybe of the world. But then again, 1989 was a momentous year like that. Tiananmen square had only happened a few months before. F.W. DeKlerk came to power in South Africa, where he oversaw the dismantling of Apartheid. It was a very good year, but it had it’s low points too. The Exxon Valdez accident happened, David Dinkins won the election to become Mayor of New York City… those two were kinda similar… One a catastrophe, the other a catastrophe waiting to happen
Still, even with that, it was a good year.
That’s about it from here. A second viddy and I am done. A news report from 1989 about the fall of the wall, with the late great Peter Jennings.
Today’s nuggets, via wikiquote: When we are planning for posterity, we ought to remember that virtue is not hereditary. Thomas Paine
Everybody likes a bit of gossip to some point, as long as it’s gossip with some point to it. That’s why I like history. History is nothing but gossip about the past, with the hope that it might be true. Gore Vidal
A happy man is too satisfied with the present to dwell too much on the future. Albert Einstein