LONDON — Defying global calls for restraint, the Algerian military staged a final assault Saturday against Islamist militants at an energy complex in the Sahara, culminating a four-day siege that left some two dozen hostages dead and spawned fears of a resurgent al-Qaeda in North Africa. Eleven kidnappers and seven hostages died in Saturday’s operation targeting the remaining militant stronghold at the vast facility run by London-based BP, Norway’s Statoil and Algeria’s state energy giant, according to Algeria’s state news service and France’s Agence France-Presse.
The western left-media siamese twins are not going to like this, as they are now cheated out of one of their favorites, the long running guerrilla theater that is the usual main event of one of these dull 7th century butcheries.
Bad for business and a lost opportunity to advance the interests of the Crazies.
I rather think the Algerian military acted decisively and fast, no diddling around. They saved a bunch of the hostages, lost some, killed most of the bad guys, if not all by the time they are done rounding up the loose ends, and didn´t negotiate with terrorists. What would the French, Brits, U.S. have done? Capitulate to the terrorist´s requests, or eventually have gone in and done the same thing as the Algerians? And the terrorists were laying bombs everywhere to blow the place up. My kudu´s go to the Algerian military. Job well done from my perspective.
A good read is Andrew McCarthy on this at National Review. "This week, while the guys the senator and the Obama administration aligned us with in Libya (and would like to align us with in Syria) were busy taking Americans and other foreigners hostage in Algeria, in addition to using Qaddafi’s arsenal to fight the French in Mali, McCain was working his magic in Cairo." Except now they are dead thanks to Lindsay Graham, McCain, Obama, Hillary, Panetta and a crazy pro muslim mideast policy.
Do you mean to tell me that this administration is taking no action? It is not promising to put some American in jail for a video? It is not blaming the people working at that facility as terror...oops... man-disaster-provoking, anti-green monsters? Gitmo! Halliburton! Something? I´m sure they will come up with something better than terrorists from the head-hacking religion doing what they do.
People may not like the results with respect to dead hostages - but this is the way to go - make no mistake that the Algerians have spoken loud and clear to people that might perpetrate future acts of terrorism - "We will be coming to kill you shortly." Any hostages that can be saved - just a bonus. How else do you deal with this? Maybe spend a few weeks getting a "fuller understanding" of the situation?
FTA: "...culminating a four-day siege that left some two dozen hostages dead and spawned fears of a resurgent al-Qaeda in North Africa." Being interpreted as: confirming the growing dominance of AQ in North Africa, and the Middle East in general. Hint: AQ and the MoBros are Tweedle-dum and Tweedle-dee.
The bloody battles between waring factions in Algeria for well over a decade but none involved major attacks on their economic lifeline in the oil and gas sector...Agree with #13, terrorists now have confirmation that the govt doesn´t negotiate and can´t find the word standoff in their dictionary.
BTW, 650+ workers at the facility were rescued, and the plant will probably be back on line within a couple of days...
#4 and #13 have it right. 32 tangos dead and 23 hostages dead. The odds worked out better than doing nothing and letting the tangos live or worse yet, negotiating with them, paying ransom and losing the hostages anyway. The next batch of terrorists will think twice about kidnapping people.
Obama makes the expected stupid statement about preventing this kind of thing in the future - totally impossible unless the workers are heavily armed and can fight off the tangos before they take control. But that doesn´t agree with his delusional philosophy.
Are our embassy guards supplied with ammunition yet or are we just waiting for the next attack and more dead Americans?
Yes, once again 0bama puffs out his chest and says he will get to the bottom of this. But like Benghazi, there will be no investigation, Hillary will not testify, 0bama moves on and the whole rest of the world continues to kill Americans, because they know we are weak and uninterested, and 0bama once again will do nothing. He is too busy planning his coronation and all them extravagant parties.
Remember when this would have mattered? When it would have been front-page, water-cooler news? When there was a snowball´s chance in hell of success in retrieving the hostages?
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Yo Yo, 1/20/2013 10:38:59 AM (No. 9127920)
If I´m beginning to detect a pattern that we won´t do anything in the face of these terrorist acts of aggression, I´m pretty sure the terrorists are, too. I hate to say it, but it´s only a matter of time before the stakes will get a lot higher because of our inaction.
Will we ever know which Americans died and which escaped? Do we have to wait for the body bags and obits in local newspapers? I also find it hard to believe Panetta when he says they´re trying to figure out who the Americans are.
If the "We need to negotiate with the terrorists" crowd had their way, it is a good bet that the 650 survivors would have been slaughtered and the facility destroyed. The murder/slaughter of the helpless hostages had started before the Algerian military made their assault. After the Algerian military gained control of the facility, they found mutilated bodies and explosives positioned to destroy the facility. Only fast action by the Algerian military prevented the al-Qaeda barbarians from completing this atrocity! When reporting these al-Qaeda atrocities, the media’s use of terms like "executed" or "killed" is obsene! Executed implies that the victim was guilty of a capital crime – blatantly false. Killed, although better, leaves open the question whether the victim’s death was intended or accidental – there was nothing accidental about it. Murder or slaughter is the proper term for this carnage.
It takes time to rig a huge facility like that to blow it up, which is likely the reason the rag heads were trying to negotiate over hostages, they were simply buying time to do what they really came to do... destroy property and kill infidels. Seems to me the Algerian military did the right thing, otherwise they may have lost the ALL the facilities and ALL the hostages.
.... "still trying to get accurate information about how many Americans were there and what happened to them." ...
Code for ...
"Oh ****, our Libyan Fast and Furious guns can´t be found down there during the Chosen One´s Inauguration. Better we clam up and confess ignorance after we´ve spent $9 trillion on global surveillance."
As they said on the Belmont Club, when America was at the top of her game and a power to be feared, she could pull off elegant hi-tech hostage rescues in which all the innocent were saved and the bad guys were captured to be brought to trial. Those days are over. This is what it´s going to be like from now on. Countries without America´s awesome hardware and superb training are going to launch bloody, "shoot everything that moves" attacks and the survival of hostages will be a matter of luck. Don´t go to foreign countries thinking that if you get in trouble, a Navy SEAL outfit is just a 911 call away - at best, you´re dependent on Third World army and police forces, and at worst, you´re on your own.
The Algerians dealt with this situation by themselves and decisively. They sent a message to the world and the terrorists that they don´t play games. Hostages were killed, but I think there was no way for that to have been avoided. I suspect the ones who were killed might have preferred the quick death they had to being taken to central Africa where they probably would have succumbed to disease in the next few years or months.
Lord 0 and the 0th Reich will blame, in any order, The NRA Each Bush Christians Israel Bitter Clingers Home Schoolers Birthers "Assault?" Rifles All White Male U.S. Citizens over 64 years old All non Minorities in the US The Old Confederacy All non-socialists Ad infinitim Ad nauseum
Sympathies for hostages who were killed, but I must agree with #13. We cannot get into a hostage exchange game with these guys. Time to step up security for all Americans working in the region, or time to pull them out.
Now let´s not bother our dear leader or any of his minions with all this trivial and extraneous stuff (like American hostages, for instance). He´s in full party-mode and we all know there´s no one better at partying than Obama.
We should let the poor guy alone to enjoy his second term without a bunch of burdensome national and international problems and ´negativity´. Somebody else can deal with all this (and clean it up if there´s anything left) after he´s ´finished´ with us.
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