Baseball Crank
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December 15, 2004
WAR: Spanning the Globe, 12/15/04

* Not to point any fingers or anything, but this is a cool article on the KGB’s historical fondness for using poison (complete with spring-loaded umbrellas!).

* The Washington Post covers Germany’s frustrating inability to prosecute anyone in connection with the 9/11 attacks. The more one reads about modern-day Germany, the more clear it is why it has been a favorite rest stop for terrorists: the legacy of the Nazis has left the country unwilling to take responsible security measures, both internally and externally.

* Like the Abu Ghraib case, this should be investigated and any wrongdoers should be severely punished.

* In criticizing Bernard Kerik, who clearly had some issues, a few of which might even be relevant, I’m pretty much in agreement with Rich Lowry’s argument that the first rationale for his withdrawal was the most important.

* Speaking of which, John Derbyshire doesn’t like the way some caricature the immigration debate.

* One of the contributors over at Slugger O’Toole provides a nice reminder as to which side in the dispute in Northern Ireland was recently praising the late, unlamented Yasser Arafat. (Hint: it’s not the one many Irish-Americans like to demonize). That said, from my limited knowledge, the anti-Catholic Rev. Paisley is someone I’m pretty loathe to defend.

* Finally, Ed Morrissey looks at the recent statement by Mahmoud Abbas calling the intifadas a “mistake as well as having some good suggestions as to how to support the troops this Christmas.

UPDATE: There is some dispute over the facts of the Kerik “nanny” situation. I have nothing to add about that, one way or another. My point was a more general one: for a potential head of DHS, or for anyone that matter, allegations of violating of U.S. immigration law should be viewed as a deadly serious matter in a post-9/11 world.

Posted by Baseball Crank at 10:23 PM | War 2004 | Comments (3) | TrackBack (0)

Re Kerik - there's apparently no independent evidence that the nanny in question actually exists - see for coverage.

Re Germany - I think it's frustrating that the US has been unable to successfully prosecute anyone in connection with 9/11.

Re poisining - my favorite was the venomous wet suit for Castro idea.

Posted by: rilkefan at December 16, 2004 1:30 PM

Aside from Zacarias Moussaoui, a foreign national who should probably be facing a military tribunal rather than a standard criminal trial, how many cases are ongoing in the U.S. that are related to the 9/11 attacks? There seems to be an obvious reason why the 9/11 hijackers themselves haven’t been convicted.

As for Kerik, I’ve updated the post above.

Posted by: The Mad Hibernian at December 17, 2004 10:27 AM

There have been a number of cases brought against a dozen or so defendants, all of which (as far as I know) the Justice Dept. has lost due to incompetence. I believe there are other cases involving the Europeans where our death penalty statutes impede cooperation leading to justice. Anyway.

Ditto re Abbas - lots of good news lately on the P-I conflict. Fingers crossed.

Posted by: rilkefan at December 17, 2004 12:18 PM
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