Monday, January 09, 2006

U.S. Copter Down in Iraq; 12 Believed Dead

BAGHDAD, Iraq - A U.S. Army Black Hawk helicopter went down in northern Iraq, killing all 12 Americans believed to be aboard in the deadliest crash in nearly a year, while five U.S. Marines died in weekend attacks, the military said Sunday.

The latest deaths followed an especially bloody week in which about 200 Iraqis and a dozen U.S. troops were killed. Iraqi politicians, meanwhile, claimed headway in forming a stable coalition government following the Dec. 15 elections, whose final results may be released this week.

U.S. military officials said the UH-60 Black Hawk crashed just before midnight Saturday about seven miles east of Tal Afar, a northern city near the Syrian border that has seen heavy fighting with insurgents.

"All (those killed) are believed to be U.S. citizens," military spokesman Lt. Col. Barry Johnson said.

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Blogger Hype said...

yeah and the health of Sharon was the front story on most everything yesterday. the right wing blogs show their support for Israel and oddly enough Pat Robertson. I found comments like Sharon was executed by Jesus. on a side note i also found a discussion about the suicide of Europe and the West. apparently we are not having enough babies to keep up with the muslims and latinos. i disagree with them completely. it seems to me they fear losing power.. and by they i mean white people.. they fear immigration and they even look at integration as a bad thing. i told them they sound racist. white people have no more right to rule than non-white people. also Christianity has no more right to rule or be the majority religion than any other religion. i told them things change. look at history. the one thing you can count on is everything changes. racism will not solve any problems.

i think Sinclair Lewis was exactly right when he said fascism would come to America wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross.


January 09, 2006 2:44 pm  
Blogger stefan said...

Agreed. It's all ebb and flow. I imagine much of the right-wing discussion you mention is inspired by Buchanan's "Death of the West" which focuses on that same, curiously biological argument. Low birth rates among white Europeans etc. It is indeed a natural result of social and economic changes. The more well-off and better educated a group is (in this case Western white caucasians) the fewer children they tend to have, choosing instead to invest more time and money into one or two offspring - i.e. private colleges. Poorer minority groups tend to be more religious and have more children which leads them to eventually become the majority. I wouldn't worry about causcasians disappearing entirely. It'll probably just become the case that in 200 years a white minority will be pumping gas and cleaning toilets, while America's well-to-do hispanic majority worries about illegal white immigrants from Canada stealing their jobs and driving down wages. Ebb....and flow.:P

January 09, 2006 5:43 pm  
Blogger Hype said...

so when should i immigrate to Mexico?

January 09, 2006 11:22 pm  
Blogger DJEB said...

Way, way off topic here (and you are welcome to delete it, _H_). I once had a right-winger tell me that the illegal immigrants streaming across the border into the U.S.A. are part of a clandestine plot by the Mexican government to take over the southern United States of America. I shit you not.

As for the babies, nothing lowers the birth rate like the empowerment of women.

January 10, 2006 1:59 am  

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