The convicted and released Pan Am 103 bomber Abdel Baset al-Megrahi may live another 10 years with his terminal cancer. It's a miracle! He seems to have the same doctors as Tariq Aziz and Izzat al-Douri. How must the victims' families feel about this? And doesn't Obama care, especially after BP's name was dropped in the original story as being involved in an oil deal with Quedaffy as part of the swap. Time for some more ass-kicking and boots on the neck?
We await any sort of official reports on the following accidents: Afriqiyah Airways 8U771; Ethiopian 409; Air France 447; Yemenia 626 (one update here); Kenyan Airways 507. Most if not all are being investigated by the French BEA.
NOT REALLY AVIATION, BUT...
It's technically part of the air. NASA's new administrator is making some waves with the revelation of the "foremost mission" given him by Obama--to reach out for the stars...all the way up to Allah.
Now, there's nothing wrong with prodding to world of Islam to catch back up to its glorious days of Cordoba, but is that really the job of NASA? And won't some of the conspiracy-loving Arabs be reading all kinds of nefarious intentions into why our space agency chief is over in Cairo saying things like:
As we look at the Earth view on the screen behind me, we see that it is a single planet, with land masses that jut up into what is actually a single ocean covering Earth. We share one ecosystem and a thin, fragile atmosphere that protects us from the Sun. Our carbon footprints resonate across the globe. And, looking away from Earth, we see how tiny we are against a vast universe that offers endless opportunities for exploration and scientific discovery to benefit all mankind.Sounds kind of innocuous in a Coke commercial kind of way, or one-world government-ish, or American hegemonious, depending on perspective. Some took offense to Bush 41's 'new world order' speech in 1990, after all.
But the overarching strategy is probably to bring them into the 21st century, or even 15th, by getting them more involved in western science and technology so maybe they won't indiscriminately kill us. Thing is, Obama never does anything that feels completely innocuous--there seems to always be room for inconsistencies or a hidden purpose. So it's hard to say.
For instance, in Director Bolden's (former Shuttle Astronaut and career Marine) speech it's interesting to note that the bulk was devoted to what NASA will be doing on the ground as opposed to any final frontier forays. And it ended thusly:
As President Obama closed his message On a New Beginning here in Cairo one year ago this month – “The people of the world can live together in peace. We know that is God’s vision. Now that must be our work here on Earth.” Thank you and peace be with you all!Er, which God? Most of the Muslims targeted for reset generally believe Allah is the only way to peace through conversion, while here in America groups like the Baptists believe everyone must be converted and saved in Christ, but there will be no peace on earth until after global war. The government must take pains to recognize everyone's diversity on the matter, including the atheists, being careful not to mix religion with public policy.
Which means the government is not supposed to