Wednesday, July 05, 2006

All fun and games until an Islamist shoots someone

You may have heard that Italy beat Germany 2-0 in an incredible 2 hour long game on Tuesday. You may have cheered or cried as the respective press corps did over the results. If you didn't see the two goals at YouTube.

Or maybe last night you watched Zinedine Zidane's perfectly struck penalty kick be the difference between France and Portugal. You may be celebrating Les Bleus or lamenting the loss for Portugal on a easy penalty kick.

Either way, you know that you are free to watch the game and enjoy it without penalty of death.

Not so in Somalia. The new Islamist warlords of Mogadishu sent out their enforcers yesterday. Here are the predictable results.
Radical Islamic militia fighters in Somalia shot and killed two people who were watching a banned World Cup soccer broadcast, a radio station reported Wednesday.

The hard-line Muslim fighters, who have banned watching television, opened fire after a crowd of teenagers defied their orders to leave a hall where a businessman was showing Tuesday's Germany-Italy match on satellite television, according to Shabelle Radio, an independent local station. It said the businessman and a teenage girl were killed.

To modernize Churchill: We must defend freedom everywhere, whatever the cost may be, we shall fight in the desert, we shall fight in the media, we shall fight in the fields and in the ballot boxes, we shall fight in the hills; we must never surrender.

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