Thursday, February 19, 2009

Just some standard 'pretend journalism' in a CNN report

Pastor and Hakim note that the United States helps fuel the violence, not only by providing a ready market for illegal drugs, but also by supplying the vast majority of weapons used by drug gangs.

Pastor says there are at least 6,600 U.S. gun shops within 100 miles of the Mexican border and more than 90 percent of weapons in Mexico come from the United States.

And it's not just handguns. Drug traffickers used a bazooka in Tuesday's shootout with federal police and army soldiers in Reynosa, Mexico, across the border from McAllen, Texas
If you've read here for a while(or at Uncles, where I found this mentioned, or a lot of other places) you know what bullcrap that is. But as Uncle notes, This Mexican gun canard is now officially dogma. For a reason.

Additionally, Opposing Views has, as noted, '19 facts' that aren't.

And, as if you needed it, one more proof of just how 'useful' the UN is when people are in danger:
BANGADI, Congo — Rebels from the Lord's Resistance Army sent torture victims _ including a man whose back was sliced with a machete _ to warn the people of this Congolese town they would be next.

The town's three policemen fled and there was no response from the military and U.N. peacekeepers to the increasingly panicked pleas for help. That's when residents realized they were on their own.
So Akoyo called a town meeting and told everyone to bring whatever weapons they had: pre-World War II rifles, homemade shotguns, lances, swords, machetes, hunting knives, bows with sheaths of poisoned arrows.

The women came armed with kitchen knives and log-sized wooden pestles used to pound yams into flour.

Since then, the residents of Bangadi have successfully driven off two attacks by the Ugandan rebels, who have killed at least 900 people in this remote northeastern corner of Congo over the past seven weeks
But- of course- this is a horrible thing, because
Aid workers and human rights activists are watching the phenomenon with trepidation. In a part of Congo with dozens of militias and rebels, they fear these self-defense groups could transform into a menacing force.
So the UN won't/can't help, and the Army can't, but they'd rather people died than actually arm themselves and fight. Like the UN and Amnesty International have kittens- purple ones with pink spots- when the thought of arming people in Sudan so they can protect themselves is mentioned: "That is just continuing the cycle of violence", etc., translation "We'd rather these people be raped/tortured/enslaved/murdered than they be armed and protect themselves; don't they know only the government(preferably the UN) has the moral authority to protect them?"

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