David Cameron has been warned to expect “multiple” Britons to be among up to 34 gas workers killed in the West’s worst hostage crisis in a generation. A botched military attack on a BP gas plant in Algeria, where al-Qaeda kidnappers were holding 41 westerners, led to a bloodbath as helicopter gunships opened fire on the compound. The attack was carried out against the wishes of Mr Cameron and other Western leaders, who had urged Algeria to negotiate with the kidnappers after the captives said bombs had been strapped to their bodies.
Comments: More disturbing details are in the rest of the article, posted at 5:39 p.m. eastern.
FTA -- A US military drone was said to be monitoring the gas compound, but the White House said President Barack Obama was still “seeking clarity” from the Algerians about the situation.
Sums up this fool. He needs to know 100% of what´s going on to make a decision when 50-60% is all you can expect. He has no gut instincts, no spine. We´ve been trying to induce Algeria into sending 5,000 troops into Mali but when something goes bad in Algeria we´ve got our heads in the sand.
I understand the popular politics of wanting to make a deal with the terrorists, but the Algerians govt was correct to attack at the quickest possible moment. Negotiating with terrorists encourages the terrorists to continue in the kidnapping business. The threat posed by the radical Islamists, who intend to eventually use WMD as soon as they can obtain them, dictates that nations attack these radicals to keep them on the run, world-wide.
The media will keep Obama´s fingerprints off this debacle but it´s his policies that have allowed a resurgence in radical Islam.The mali situation is another debacle in the works.You can´t fight these people on their turf.
they´re trying to soften up the turf with bombs then unleash Nigerian soldiers on them.What could go wrong there?The islamists probably have American made weapons.
More and more countries are saying butt out to the USA. And the muslims don´t seem to trust obama anymore than the conservatives in this country do. Obama is certainly turning out to be a particularly deadly experiment for the USA.
I´m with #4 on this...Cameron wanted Algeria to negotiate? What like Jimmah Carter and have a 440+ day stand off so the media and Western leaders can experience the drama of hand-wringing? There were 600 people at this plant and some terrorists made the mistake of thinking the reaction their actions would be dictated by Cameron and Zero...what they and others know is what the Algerian spokesman said:
“There will be neither negotiation nor blackmail nor respite in the fight against terrorism.”
The attack was carried out against the wishes of Mr Cameron and other Western leaders, who had urged Algeria to negotiate with the kidnappers after the captives said bombs had been strapped to their bodies.
That´s the problem:the terrorists know that the yellow bellied West will want to negotiate at the drop of a hat, so to speak. Even when hostages have been beheaded or killed in other ways.Cameron, Hillary and Obama are such Lilly livered SOB´s and the terrorists know it and they profit by it.
Thank you # 17!! I should not laugh about this situation. But, you got me.
The Algerians have the right to take whatever actions they deem necessary on their own soil. Woould you want any other nation telling our military or swat teams how to handle hostage situations in the U.S.
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