For the first time in a week I’m not starting out talking about the government shutdown. I’ll circle back around to it in just a second.
Some surprising anti-terrorism victories
We captured one of the Al Qaeda leaders who led the 1998 bombings against the US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. We captured this guy alive. His name is Nazih Abd al Hamid al-Ruqhay, but he is also known as Abu Anas el-Liby. He was captured near Tripoli and is in US custody now.
So, remember a couple weeks ago when there was that shooting at the mall in Kenya? A terrorist group from Somalia took credit for the attack. The terrorist group was called Shabab. Well, a Navy Seal team attacked the militant camp in Somalia and reportedly killed the leader that they were looking for. From NYT – “The unidentified Shabab leader is believed to have been killed in the firefight, but the SEAL team was forced to withdraw before that could be confirmed, a senior American security official said. Such operations by American forces are rare because they carry a high risk, and indicate that the target was considered a high priority. Baraawe, a small port town south of Mogadishu, the Somali capital, is known as a gathering place for the Shabab’s foreign fighters.”
There’s been a lot of news out of Fukushima, Japan over the last week or so. I’ve kind of buried my head in the sand. I’ve always had a problem with nuclear power. I have a problem with any process that leaves us with nuclear active waste which is highly radioactive; not for years or decades, but for eons. We’ve never come up with a good solution about what to do with this stuff. We don’t know how to make something less radioactive, at least not at the present time. So we have this area of Japan which continues to be radioactive and is leaking water into the ocean. It’s not just leaking water, but highly radioactive water into the ocean. The cleanup is costing Japan billions and billions of dollars. There seems to be no end in sight. To me, and this is just me, it seems that the price of nuclear power is just too high. (more…)