First of all, the good news on this Memorial Day. Good news from Iraq:
U.S. forces have freed 42 Iraqi citizens who were kidnapped, held by al Qaeda in Iraq for as long as four months and possibly tortured, a U.S. military spokesman said Sunday.
U.S. forces received a tip on where the hostages were held, said Lt. Col. Christopher Garver.
Iraqis are helping us against Al Qaeda, which is always a good thing. Good news from Spain, too:
Spanish police arrested 14 suspected Islamic terrorists early Monday, mainly around the city of Barcelona, a Spanish anti-terrorism official told CNN.
Many of the suspects are of Pakistani origin and are thought to be involved in the recruiting and training of terrorists to be sent to fight Western forces in Iraq and Afghanistan, the official said.
Eleven of the suspects were arrested in Barcelona and nearby towns in northeastern Spain. Two others were detained in Aranjuez, a town about an hour south of Madrid. The other suspect was arrested in the southern coastal city of Malaga, the official said.
The operation is ongoing, the official said.
Al Qaeda is also on the run in Europe. We’re finally starting to really smoke the scumbags out! Better news on Memorial Day couldn’t be hoped for.
Now, the bad news. Iran is tricking us into negotiating with them again:
U.S. diplomats and their Iranian counterparts met at the residence of Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki Monday for talks about Iraq’s security, even as other issues threatened to overtake the agenda.
Aide Hasan al-Sneid told CNN that Al-Maliki is calling for dialogue on Iraq between Washington and Tehran, urging them to clear contentious issues between them, with the hope that Monday’s meeting will pave the way for broader talks.
Al-Sneid also said the prime minister will reiterate that Iraq will not be used as a launch pad for terrorism in the region.
But ahead of the talks — the first public and formal meeting between U.S. and Iranian representatives since the United States cut off diplomatic relations 27 years ago — U.S. diplomats insisted that unresolved issues of detained Americans in Iran and the Islamic republic’s nuclear program were not up for discussion.
The Bush Administration is making a mistake here. Nothing should be open for discussion with terrorists. The only thing those people understand is force, and we should give them plenty of that to think about. I’m sure that’s coming once these negotiations break down, though. You really can’t get far playing Neville Chamberlain with people who want to exterminate you.
Finally, the ugly. Chavez is at it again down in Venezuela:
Venezuela’s most-watched television station — and outlet for the political opposition — went off the air after the government refused to renew its broadcast license.
Radio Caracas Television (RCTV), which has been broadcasting for 53 years, was replaced by a state-run station — TVes — on Monday. The new station’s logo began running immediately after RCTV went off the air.
Leading up to the deadline, police on Sunday used water cannons and what appeared to be tear gas to break up thousands of demonstrators protesting the government’s decision to close the country’s most-watched television station.
We should’ve overthrown this Fascist when we had the chance. Hopefully, another will come.
I have to run, now. Enjoy your Memorial Day, fellow patriots! Remember to keep your mouths shut on a patriotic holiday, non-patriots!