Sunday, April 25, 2010

Mass Breakout of Illness At Afghanistan Girls' Schools Points To Chemical Attack By Taliban

There are a lot of fingers pointing at the Taliban for the fact that about 80 schoolgirls in Afghanistan suddenly had to be hospitalized with sickness after a strange odor was detected in their classrooms. From the report at Breitbart:

Dozens of Afghan schoolgirls have fallen ill in recent days after reporting a strange odor in their classrooms in northern Afghanistan, prompting an investigation into whether they were targeted by militants who oppose education for girls or victims of mass hysteria.

Either way, the reports from three schools within 2 miles (3 kilometers) of one another in Kunduz province have raised alarm in a city threatened by the Taliban and their militant allies.

The latest cases occurred Sunday, when 13 girls became sick, Kunduz provincial spokesman Mahbobullah Sayedi said. Another 47 complained of dizziness and nausea the day before, and 23 fell ill last Wednesday.
All complained of a strange smell in class before they fell ill.

I don't think there's any question that the Taliban are responsible for this cowardice. It has long been established that the Taliban in Afghanistan (and in Pakistan) will do anything to halt the education of Afghan girls - it's actually all Afghan children but they are especially adamant about the dumbing down of the young girls.

So with this attack on these schoolgirls, I throw it back in the face of all of those that want peace talks or capitulations or appeasement with these Taliban - these are the kinds of animals, barbarians that you would actually consider sitting down with and negotiating with?! I've said it here so many times my fingers are bloody from it, but there is no other option than to simply wipe the Taliban off the face of the earth - they must not be simply defeated, they need to be eradicated as if the most deadly disease on the planet.

Obama Meets With Evangelist Billy Graham At His Home In North Carolina

MONTREAT, N.C. (AP) - President Barack Obama made a pilgrimage Sunday to Billy Graham's mountainside home, concluding his North Carolina vacation with his first meeting with the ailing evangelist who has counseled commanders in chief since Dwight Eisenhower.

The 48-year-old president made the short drive to Montreat from Asheville, where he spent the weekend, to see the 91-year-old Graham and son Franklin, also an evangelist.

During the visit, which lasted about 30 minutes, Obama had a private prayer and conversation with Billy Graham. "He is extraordinarily gratified that he took the time to meet with him," White House spokesman Bill Burton said.

Burton described Billy Graham as "an important spiritual leader to past presidents" and "a real treasure to our country. And the president appreciates the opportunity to visit him at his home."

When Obama last spoke with Billy Graham, in a telephone call in November on Graham's birthday, they said they would try to get together as soon as possible, Burton said.

"The president wanted to meet with Rev. Graham for a while," Burton told reporters who were kept outside the Graham compound gate. "They were going to meet during the campaign when he was here for debate prep."

Graham's health prevented that October 2008 meeting from taking place while Obama's campaign holed up at a resort to practice debate answers.

Burton said Graham was in good enough health to take the meeting on Sunday, which came up when Obama phoned Graham to wish him a happy birthday last year.Asked about Graham's health, Burton said: "He's still as sharp as he ever was."