Mauritania coup chief holds rally

August 18, 2008

…The coup has also been backed by the majority of the country’s politicians.   >>>>>

Maybe according to the majority of the country’s politicians, presently in office – POST COUP.  But according to the most recent elections, prior to the coup — the PEOPLE spoke otherwise.  That’s part of the problem with our understanding of democracy – it’s kind of like statistics…we tend to spin matters to subsets of people (numbers), manipulating other variables in order to justify the ‘new official position.’   We are forgetting about an element greater than that of the label of democracy itself….the rule of law. 

Would Americans accept it if a “…coup has also been backed by the majority of the country’s politicians?”  Not too hot of an idea, I take it.  If a coup successfully took place in a country, do you really believe those against the coup would be open to voice their opinion?  Didn’t think so on this one either?  Power is respected more than democracy itself.

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Al-Qaida and U.S. have same goals in Mauritania?

August 14, 2008

…It was an ally of the United States under President Sidi Ould Cheikh Abdallahi, who was deposed in a military coup on Aug. 6. Al-Qaida denounced the coup as well as the democratic regime, accusing both of being instruments of Western oppression. >>>>>

Does this mean that the U.S. is now going to help take on the non-Islamically run government that has unjustly, overtaken a democratically-elected, U.S.-ally, Islamic government? Didn’t think so.


Police break up alleged terror cell

August 11, 2008

ROME – Police broke up a suspected terror cell yesterday and arrested five North Africans, including the alleged leader who Italian officials said recruited Islamic extremists for attacks in Iraq and Afghanistan. Authorities also suspect the cell sent tens of thousands of dollars to groups in Bosnia that offer training and logistical support to Iraqi and Afghan terror organizations, said Claudio Galzerano, head of the Italian police force’s international terrorism division. Police arrested the five suspects – four Tunisians and one Moroccan – in Bologna and the nearby towns of Faenza and Imola, Galzerano said. A sixth suspect was being sought. (AP) >>>>>