Thursday, September 21, 2006

Pressure mounts for arrest of CIA contractors
Identities revealed of men who abducted German

In the U.S., the top stories today focus on who's dissing us now at the big rectangle on the East River (a.k.a., the U.N.). In Germany, the top story also focuses on the U.S., but there the big news is the disclosure of the identities of three CIA contractors who abducted an apparently innocent man, Khaled el-Masri, from where he was staying in Macedonia, then beat him and shipped him to Afghanistan, where he languished in a secret prison for five months.

Because el-Masri is a German citizen, pressure is mounting on the German government to issue arrest warrants for the three, who, according to a European broadcaster, live in North Carolina. Spanish authorities are under similar pressure because the flight manned by the three originated on the Spanish island of Mallorca. According to Deutsche Welle:

[M]any journalists wonder why it is taking prosecutors [so long] to find out more about el-Masri's case. In an article on Thursday, the Süddeutsche Zeitung wondered why German legal authorities have been so hesitant about pursuing the issue.
"If the suspects involved were from Libya, then prosecutors would have ordered their arrest a long time ago," Green party politician Hans-Christian Ströbele told the paper.

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Between the devil and the Holy See

Did you think your blogstress had abandoned you, mes amis? Tsk, tsk; you should know by now that at times the work of a blogstress will demand her removal from the world -- yes, even her own blog in the virtual world we call cyberspace -- in order to prepare herself spiritually and sartorially for all that lies ahead. And so it has been that your Webwench has been hunkered down in the Oppo Factory, mitts deep in a box of bon-bons, nose buried in theology and history texts -- and fall fashion magazines.

The impetus for the history cramming was provided by those unfortunate comments about Islam uttered by the Holy Father from a podium in Germany. As for the fashion mags, well, your cybertrix hears that the pontiff does love Prada -- yes, the same Prada reportedly worn by the devil, whose identity, revealed this week by Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, is shared by a man named George W. Bush. In case you missed it, Latin America's socialist standard-bearer took some time out yesterday from skipping down the halls of the U.N. hand-in-hand with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to give a speech to the General Assembly naming the leader of the free world as Lord of the Underworld. (Special thanks to Bassman Geoff Harper for delivering that info in real time to the breakaway republic.)

In the meantime, the Islamic world is a bit agitated, thanks to the utterances of Benedict XVI, who essentially used the words of a 14th century Christian monarch to denounce Islam as a religion founded on stolen ideas, save for its introduction of evil and inhumanity to the great religions of the world. Herewith, at The American Prospect Online, the result of your écrivaine's toil in the realms of substance and style.


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