Saturday, September 15, 2007

Israelis 'Blew Apart
Syrian
Nuclear Cache'


Last week, the Israelies sent jet fighters into Syriang airspace and opened fire on a convoy in the middle of the Syrian desert. Since then, the question has been, "Why?

The London Times Sunday edition tells us the reason:


Secret raid on Korean shipment

Uzi Mahnaimi in Tel Aviv, Sarah Baxter in
Washington and Michael Sheridan

IT was just after midnight when the 69th
Squadron of Israeli F15Is crossed the Syrian coast-line. On the ground, Syria’s
formidable air defences went dead. An audacious raid on a Syrian target 50 miles
from the Iraqi border was under way.

At a rendezvous point on the
ground, a Shaldag air force commando team was waiting to direct their laser
beams at the target for the approaching jets. The team had arrived a day
earlier, taking up position near a large underground depot. Soon the bunkers
were in flames.

Ten days after the jets reached home, their mission was
the focus of intense speculation this weekend amid claims that Israel believed
it had destroyed a cache of nuclear materials from North Korea.

The
Israeli government was not saying. “The security sources and IDF [Israeli
Defence Forces] soldiers are demonstrating unusual courage,” said Ehud Olmert,
the prime minister. “We naturally cannot always show the public our cards.”

The Syrians were also keeping mum. “I cannot reveal the details,” said
Farouk al-Sharaa, the vice-president. “All I can say is the military and
political echelon is looking into a series of responses as we speak. Results are
forthcoming.” The official story that the target comprised weapons destined for
Hezbollah, the Iranian-backed Lebanese Shi’ite group, appeared to be crumbling
in the face of widespread scepticism.

Andrew Semmel, a senior US State
Department official, said Syria might have obtained nuclear equipment from
“secret suppliers”, and added that there were a “number of foreign technicians”
in the country.

Asked if they could be North Korean, he replied: “There
are North Korean people there. There’s no question about that.” He said a
network run by AQ Khan, the disgraced creator of Pakistan’s nuclear weapons,
could be involved.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Joe Zawinul Is Dead


It saddens me greatly to relay this news. Joe Zawinul, one of the great jazz composers of all time, has died:


VIENNA (AFP) - Austrian jazz pianist Joe Zawinul, the founder of the influential 1970s jazz-rock group Weather Report, died Tuesday in Vienna at the age of 75, his family said.

"Joe Zawinul was born on July 7, 1932, in earth time, and September 11, 2007, in eternal time. He lives on," his son Erich Zawinul told the APA news agency.

The pianist and singer, who had Hungarian, Czech and gypsy roots, was hospitalised in the Austrian capital on August 5. According to media reports, he was suffering from cancer.

Zawinul was born in Vienna but spent much of his life in the United States, recording several albums with the legendary Miles Davis in the 1960s.

In the early 1970s he founded Weather Report with saxophonist Wayne Shorter, guitarist Miroslav Vitous and bass player Jaco Pastorius.

One of their biggest hits, "Birdland", topped the music charts and the band also won numerous awards, including a Grammy.

In 2004 Zawinul bought a jazz club in Vienna, the Birdland, but continued to tour with his new group, the Zawinul Syndicate.

He was due to play this month at the La Villette jazz festival in Paris, but the performance was cancelled due to his ill health.

Over the course of his career, Zawinul was named pianist of the year 28 times by the American jazz magazine Down Beat.



Here is his most famous composition.



Remember the Firemen


They ran into the buildings, while everyone else was running out.

Remember the heroes.

"There is no greater love than to lay down one's life for a friend."

"I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven."- Matthew 16:19

The Celebration

They celebrate.



Remember

What he must have been thinking. These are the important things. The last things.

Sunday, September 09, 2007

On The
Turning
Away


A song by Pink Floyd.


"On The Turning Away"

On the turning away
From the pale and
downtrodden
And the words they say
Which we won't understand
"Don't
accept that what's happening
Is just a case of others' suffering
Or
you'll find that you're joining in
The turning away"
It's a sin that
somehow
Light is changing to shadow
And casting it's shroud
Over all
we have known
Unaware how the ranks have grown
Driven on by a heart of
stone
We could find that we're all alone
In the dream of the proud
On the wings of the night
As the daytime is stirring
Where the
speechless unite
In a silent accord
Using words you will find are
strange
And mesmerised as they light the flame
Feel the new wind of
change
On the wings of the night
No more turning away
From the weak
and the weary
No more turning away
From the coldness inside
Just a
world that we all must share
It's not enough just to stand and stare
Is
it only a dream that there'll be
No more turning away?