September 17, 2008, - 6:59 am
By Debbie Schlussel
So Yemenis blow up a car bomb at the U.S. Embassy in Sana’a. Then another car filled with men dressed in Yemeni police uniforms shoots at people trying to escape the embassy. Several are killed–at the time I write this, the death toll is at 14, and though most are Yemeni, the target is America and Americans. That’s the way it is in Yemen–a/k/a Al-Qaeda Central #3–and the rest of the world.
Do you think our policy of appeasing Muslims throughout the world AND on American soil has really helped prevent these attacks? Or has it encouraged them?
I vote the latter. Muslims don’t respect or fear appeasement. They respect brutal attacks and crackdowns. We are at war with them, not playing Malibu Muslim Barbie and Dreamhouse Mosque:
A car bomb targeting the U.S. Embassy hit the front gate of the compound in Yemen’s capital on Wednesday, causing unspecified casualties, a U.S. spokesman said.
Ryan Gliha, the embassy spokesman, told The Associated Press by telephone that there was a second explosion that followed the initial one, but did not know what caused it.
A Yemeni security official said the embassy was hit by two car bombs and that heavy gunfire lasting around 10 minutes followed the blasts.
Several nearby homes were badly damaged by the blasts, he said, but had no information on whether the heavily guarded embassy sustained damage too. He said three of the embassy’s guards were wounded, but he did not know their nationalities. . . .
Explosions and heavy gunfire were heard near the embassy in the eastern section of San’a and police swiftly cordoned off the area, according to a government security official and an AP reporter at the scene.
The AP reporter said ambulance cars rushed to the area after the blasts and that hundreds of heavily armed security forces were deployed around the compound. Police kept reporters well away from the immediate area of the embassy, he said.
Regional TV news networks Al-Jazeera and Al-Arabiya showed shaky footage of the embassy’s area following the blasts, with a heavy cloud of black smoke rising from a spot just beyond concrete blocks painted yellow.
The embassy is ringed by two layers of these blocks, according to San’a residents familiar with the area.
The networks also reported a fire broke out in one of the embassy’s buildings. The AP reporter said a fire truck was seen headed to the scene, but Gliha, the embassy spokesman, denied the report.
The networks also reported that gunmen in police uniforms arrived at the scene soon after the first blast and immediately fired at the embassy guards.
But wait, but wait–I thought this was supposed to be the “Religion of Peace”. I guess the attackers were from that large contingent of Yemeni Wiccans. Yeah, that’s the ticket.