Hussein Bin Hmeid and his men were on the job last week in Benghazi, Libya. He is the spokesperson for something known as the Preventive Security Apparatus. The PSA popped four foreign nationals because, "They were printing thousands of books calling for conversion to Christianity."
The Reuters report quoted Mr. Hmeid as saying, "Proselytizing is forbidden in Libya. We are a 100% Muslim country and this kind of action affects our national security." He wasn't real specific on how it affected Libyan national security, but then it is well known that when looking at the Big Picture, details are for wimps. Mr. Hmeid assured the world that the Korean, South African, Egyptian, and a Swede who was traveling with a U.S. passport would be interrogated thoroughly for a couple of days and then his outfit would hand them over to Libyan intelligence personnel. There is a huge temptation right now to steal a line from the movie, "Casablanca". You know the one when Claude Raines turns to Humphrey Bogart and says something like, "Rick, Major Strasser is one of the reasons the Third Reich enjoys the reputation it has all over the world." That would probably be considered culturally insensitive of me however, so I'll pass.
Speaking of Benghazi, John McCain went on "Meet the Press" yesterday and claimed there has been a massive cover up regarding the deaths of four Americans there last September. When host, David Gregory questioned the Senator about that, it led to this exchange.
McCain: "I'm asking you, do you care whether four Americans died? And shouldn't people be held accountable for that?"
Gregory: "Well what you said was cover up--a cover up of what?"
McCain: "Of the information concerning the deaths of four brave Americans."
Good man, Senator. When pressed go on the attack and when cornered get real non-specific, because details--well, I've all ready explained it in the second paragraph.
The Iranians are pissed off, as usual. This time it is because a Revolutionary Guards commander, Hessam Khoshnevis was killed by Syrian rebels. The rebels claim Iran is covertly sending elements of the Revolutionary Guards into the country to help keep their pal, Bashar al-Assad in power. The Iranians claim it isn't true, although they were a bit vague on why Khoshnevis was in Syria in the first place. In a logic found only in places like Tehran and 1936 Munich the, Iranians are blaming the Jews for the whole mess. They vow to take revenge sometime soon.
Over the weekend Reuters was also reporting that 26 people in Baghdad were killed by bombs in Shi'ite neighborhoods. Sunni Muslim insurgents were blamed for the carnage. Iraqi Sunnis have been in a state of growing paranoia ever since Saddam did the mid-air polka on the wrong end of a rope. They've also lost their grip on power thanks to elections that might actually be considered fair, or at least fair compared to what they are used to in Iraq. The Sunnis, after decades of running the show, now find themselves on the outside looking in as the Shi'ite majority takes on increasing control of the government.
Does blossoming paranoia sound familiar? Well it does when you consider the words of our old pal Wayne LaPierre last week. Mr. LaPierre has switched gears sort of in his never ending shill for gun manufacturers. Last week in the The Daily Caller, another arm of the republican propaganda machine, he painted a picture of looting and crime run amok in Brooklyn during the aftermath of super storm Sandy. That none of it actually happened isn't really important. What is important is that it could have happened.
It would seem that the tried and true, "we must have unlimited arms to defend ourselves against a tyrannical government" argument has grown old. Or perhaps it has dawned on more than a few people that while AR 15's are quite effective when you are gunning down first graders, theater patrons, and family members they really aren't all that useful when it comes to stopping M1A2 Abrams tanks and F-16 fighter bombers. Yes, so now, Mr. LaPierre has gone all survivalist. The government won't come and get our guns, but it also won't be able to protect us because it will be broke. We won't be able to afford police departments in the near future so we have to be able to defend ourselves when civilization collapses and it becomes every man, woman, and child for them self. The next stop on this surreal Tilt a Whirl ride is that we must be able to own the high capacity ammo clips and semi automatic weapons in order to protect ourselves from ravenous hordes of flesh eating zombies. I mean, Good Christ, you see them everywhere on the cable network AMC. It is just a matter of time before they show up in your neighborhood. Keep a clear eye and don't get caught unprepared!
So, the week has begun. It is a bright clear, windy, Monday here on the southern plains.
Just Stay low and keep moving and as long time local TV host, Danny Williams used to say, "watch out for flying chairs."
sic vita est