Live from Brussels
Musings from a bored analyst/project-manager.
Friday, May 23, 2003
Another Trial in Belgium
And this one is really going on, not being dismissed by the government like the one against Tommy Franks. The accused, Nizar Trabelsi and Tarek Maaroufi, are in the dock for plotting to blow up a military base and providing false passports. Those passports were later used by the 'journalists' who blew up Ahmed Shah Massood, the leader of the Northern Alliance in Afhanistan. This murder might even have been a trigger for the 9/11 attacks.
Along with Trabelsi and Maaroufi, a number of other shady types stand accused. There are links to Al Quaeda, too. Security is heavy, they even had to move the trial to a different location in order to provide enough room for all security measures.
Think about that next time you hear somebody complain about frivolous lawsuits agains general Franks in Belgium...
Wednesday, May 21, 2003
And That's the End of That...
Little for me to add, so I just quote The Command Post.
The lawyer who filed a war crimes complaint against the commander of U.S.-led forces in Iraq said Wednesday he will appeal a government decision to refer the case to the United States.
Tuesday, May 20, 2003
Whittle Uncovers the Truth
Just a small excerpt from his very long article. Be sure to read the entire thing, because the excerpt won't make much sense otherwise...
Robert Wayne Jernigan is now 28 years old. People who knew him said he was quiet, somewhat stand-offish. He was not widely liked in high school.
Now go read the whole thing:Eject! Eject! Eject!: MAGIC
Nifty Flash Clip
What do you get when you combine an evil dictator with Eminem? This!
Sunday, May 18, 2003
Belgian Election: Trends...
The most important result of the Belgian federal elections so far is that the Flemish Green party has been wiped out: right now it looks like they have lost all of their seats, and about 4,5% of the voters, leaving them with 2,5% of the total. The Walloon Green party has lost about 3,5% and keeps about 3,5% of the total.
The Socialist parties (in both parts of the county) seem to have won massively: it looks as if the Green voters switched parties, and the Flemish Socialists also boosted their total by joining forces with another progressive Flemish nationalistic party (Spirit).
The biggest party, VLD (Flemish, economically right, conservative otherwise) remains the largest one.
So far, it looks like we'll have a 'purple' government (blue=VLD + red=socialists).