July 29, 2008
— Ace He gets a special discount on coffin vermin.
Updating, or perhaps repeating, Dave in Texas' post from a couple of days ago. I saw on Hot Air the military first thought they had got this guy, then retracted that and said they hadn't; seems like they've now confirmed it.
One of al Qaeda's top chemical and biological weapons experts was killed in an air strike by a CIA pilotless drone in a remote Pakistani border region, senior Pakistani intelligence officials told CBS News Tuesday morning.
Intelligence officials investigating the early Monday missile attack confirmed that Midhat Mursi al-Sayid Umar, also known as Abu Khabab al-Masri was one of six men killed and his remains had been positively identified.
"We now have a positive ID on the body. I can confirm to you that Al-Masri has been killed," a Pakistani intelligence official told CBS News on the condition of anonymity. Earlier reports claimed that the six men killed included three Arabs, while the other three were believed to be Afghans or Pakistanis.
However, the intelligence official who spoke to CBS Tuesday said all six men were Arabs. Those killed also included Sheikh Ibrahim, a mid ranking al Qaeda operative believed to be either Egyptian or Jordanian. The other four victims were described as ordinary foot soldiers. The intelligence official did not provide the full names nor the citizenship of the four lower ranking militants.
Al-Masri, an Egyptian national, became notorious for developing chemical and biological weapons for al Qaeda. He was known to have used a variety of animals, including dogs, cats and frogs in brutal experiments which often left the animals dead.
I always find the inclusion of that last detail strange. I love dogs and like (some) cats, but it's always weird to me the media (correctly!) estimates that the public will be more outraged he killed dogs than people.
How fucked up is that? Love animals? Fine. Ambivalent on people? Not fine.
Thanks to EricJ.
Posted by: John Ryan at July 29, 2008 11:01 AM (TcoRJ)
Should we have let him keep trying?
Posted by: eman at July 29, 2008 11:11 AM (bXWSG)
Posted by: Dr. Weevil at July 29, 2008 11:13 AM (uZ8vZ)
Sam's Club? That capitalist exploiting shit deserved to die.
Hi, John.[waves] See you at the Giants' opening game again, right? I've got tickets to daddy's private booth, again.
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Posted by: Arthur at July 29, 2008 02:08 PM (6YRem)
Actually, frogs are used in testing certain biological agents because they have the ability to pass said agents through their skins. Inhalation and ingestion are the primary routes of contamination for conventional poisons; but developing nasty shit that could permeate the human dermal layer would certainly be a coup for the more radical followers of The Religion of Peace, as it would bypass respiratory protection like respirators and gasmasks...
Great observation, Dr. Weevil!
Posted by: Neffi at July 29, 2008 02:39 PM (+Q0+O)
Posted by: shibumi at July 29, 2008 03:27 PM (tZB/c)
I don't think it's so strange. I don't think it's about the relative value of human versus animal lives.
I think it's included for the creepiness factor; it conjures up images of a mad scientist performing gruesome experiments in his spooky lair.
Posted by: sandy burger at July 29, 2008 03:29 PM (VC56G)
I don't find the last detail strange at all. Vick was castigated by the media and public for his dog fighting. He's now in jail for years. Leonard Little kills a person while driving drunk and gets 90 days. And more importantly, not a column inch was dedicated to villifying Little.
What's this mean? For many people, dogs > people.
Posted by: Blogluddite at July 29, 2008 03:44 PM (fC2pg)
Apparently, yes: He was known to have used a variety of animals, including dogs, cats and frogs in brutal experiments which often left the animals dead.
Presuming, of course, that death was the desired result.
Posted by: I R A Darth Aggie at July 29, 2008 03:46 PM (1hM1d)
Posted by: Abu Khabab al-Masri at July 29, 2008 03:50 PM (1hM1d)
It was the use of frogs that did it for me.
Posted by: Jim Henson's Ghost at July 29, 2008 03:50 PM (2P9jn)
Unless they're Alaskan Malamute puppies. Since Alaska is largely Republican it only follows that their dogs are eeeevil Rethuglican mushers as well.
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Posted by: MetLife at July 29, 2008 04:41 PM (SLqkZ)
also known as Abu Khabab al-Masri
Oh. That guy.
Posted by: bgates at July 29, 2008 05:03 PM (RzFhF)
smoldering khabab by remote drone in Pakistan...
that's good cooking
Posted by: jbinnout at July 29, 2008 05:27 PM (fN3WP)
Posted by: Eric J at July 29, 2008 06:14 PM (Sg4VS)
Posted by: Potosi Joel at July 29, 2008 06:16 PM (TPRbZ)
Posted by: Rich Rostrom at July 29, 2008 07:21 PM (AaIjD)
There are so many sad levels of crazy ... er, "nuance" ... in that trailing statement I wouldn't know where to begin.
I can see next week's update:
A spokesman, who declined to be identified, said it is not true all animals were left dead.
"A few experienced only mild inconvenience," he said. "But we have decided to abide by international conventions and will use only infidels in the future."
Posted by: prairiemain at July 29, 2008 08:16 PM (oPAYR)
Posted by: Aaron at July 30, 2008 06:02 AM (4xIXK)
it's always weird to me the media (correctly!) estimates that the public will be more outraged he killed dogs than people.
Why is that weird? The animals didn't do anything to make him hate them. We elected George W. Bush.
Am I channeling Typical Moonbat?
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