But that’s not all:
The United States and Britain are mulling a plan to buy off Taliban fighters in Afghanistan with as much as $1 billion over five years, according to a report Wednesday from Al-Jazeera.
According to Al-Jazeera, which reported that the U.S. and Britain were leading the charge for the buyoff plan, “the scheme would offer cash, jobs and other incentives to the Taliban and fighters in other armed groups,” including community development projects in the fighters’ villages, and could cost from $500 million to $1 billion over five years.
The goal would be to woo the less-radicalized of the Taliban back to the good side by offering to help alleviate their poverty, thus chipping away at the insurgency’s ranks. (right, cause buying off terrorists has worked so well in the past! – ed) Infidelsarecool has more>>
Turn ‘em loose!
KABUL (AP) – Five former Taliban officials have been removed from the U.N. sanctions list ahead of Thursday’s key international conference inLondon that is expected to focus on a government plan to persuade militants to switch sides.
Five years after being barred from the U.S. for making charitable contributions to a group that sent those contributions to the jihad terror group Hamas, internationally renowned Islamic scholar Tariq Ramadan, often mislabeled “the Muslim Martin Luther,” is allowed to enter the country again. The turnabout comes not because Ramadan has been cleared of these charges, but because Secretary of State Clinton has, in the words of State spokesman Darby Holladay, “chosen to exercise her exemption authority for the benefit of Tariq Ramadan.” Read more in Human Events today
Obama wants worst 53 Gitmo inmates in the US, indefinitely Creeping Sharia
Bringing the worst of the worst to the U.S. heartland, forever. And releasing scores of others to a Yemeni jihadi rehab. via The Telegraph.
The administration wants to move 53 Guantanamo detainees to a federal prison in Illinois who are judged too dangerous to free but lacking the evidence against them for a trial, prompting accusations that Mr Obama would merely create a “Guantanamo North”.
A source close to the Obama administration said the Yemenis had agreed in principle to the establishment of a Reintegration and Risk Reduction Initiative, which would be internationally funded and monitored.
Aimed at steering detainees back into society, it would be modeled on previous efforts in Northern Ireland, Saudi Arabia and Jordan.
The project has support from within the US state department and is gaining ground among White House advisers, said the source, because it would help the president dig himself out of a large hole created by his pledge to close the prison while trying to avoid releasing terror suspects back into the militant fold. Having missed his Jan 22 deadline to close the detention centre, as things stand Guantanamo is unlikely to shut this year.
It’s all about digging Obama out of a hole he dug himself into, even when it is contrary to national security. By Obama’s own logic, if Gitmo is a jihadi recruiting tool now, what do you think Gitmo on the Great Satan’s soil will be? Maybe that is what he is counting on?
Meanwhile, Obama is planting the seeds of jihad all across Europe:
From Carl in J’lem
UN ‘Human Rights Council’ holds special session on… Haiti?
The UN ‘Human Rights Council’ held a special session Wednesday on Haiti. According to UN Watch’s Hillel Neuer, the session is a total waste of time and resources, and the Council should instead donate its cost to the Haitian relief effort.
Lies, lies lies
Faced with a cutoff in aid from Canada that may be a prelude to other Western countries taking a closer look at it, UNRWA has a page on its website entitled “Have you misUNderstood?” The bald-faced lies on this page are simply beyond belief. Let’s look at three of them: more from Carl
Sick joke of the week:
Awesome: German firm cancels contract to renovate Iranian port
Under heavy pressure from Israel, a German firm has canceled a contract to renovate the Iranian port of Bandar Abbas
Israel’s ambassador to Berlin told Chancellor Angela Merkels’ top aides, as well as foreign ministry officials, that Iran has been exporting weapons from that port bound for Hezbollah in Lebanon and Hamas in the Gaza Strip. link