"This is not the beginning of the end for the international community in Afghanistan. This is the end. Terry Jones and others will continue to pull anti-Islam stunts and opportunistic extremists here will use those actions to incite attacks against foreigners. Unless we, the internationals, want our guards to fire on unarmed protestors from now on, the day has come for us to leave Afghanistan."
— Una Moore, an international development professional based in Afghanistan, in a post for the UN Dispatch titled “This Attack Is Different.”
A message broadcast today to Libyan shipping traffic by the crew of a US Air Force EC-130J Hercules aircraft, modified to transmit psychological operations and civil affairs messages to a target population.
(via FMCNL, a Dutch radiocommunications guru who’s monitoring military activity in the Mediterranean.)
"…inside Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi’s compound… hundreds of supporters offered themselves up as human shields, cheering to newly minted dance songs about their adoration for their leader. ‘House by house, ally by ally,’ the catchiest song went, quoting a Qaddafi speech. ‘Disinfect the germs from each house and each room.’"
"Our natural tendency is to want to help end Qaddafi’s despotic rule and to save the lives of those bravely resisting his onslaught. But it is a difficult challenge to take action that has a reasonable chance of success but that does not arouse popular—and well-founded—suspicions of neoimperial intervention."