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The Gecko: 08 September, 2006


a look at the DVD of the Battambang prison incident if you get a chance, the one

authorities have decided should be banned from circulation. Copies are floating around

all over town.

It's about 30 minutes long and shows in pretty clear detail the affair as it unfolds,

obviously taken with permission of the officials on hand as the cameraman is standing

among a dozen or so cops on the prison wall.

There doesn't seem to be any grenade going off. Rather, what's shown is the prison

guards and/or cops called in to sort out the situation opening fire on five convicts

and the guard they were holding hostage as they crouched against a cell block wall

behind two motorcycles inside the prison compound. All six were killed.

There's a lot of shouting on the part of the police but you can't hear, "Put

down your weapons and come out with your hands up or we'll open fire."

** According to unreliable sources, the wheels are turning on organizing a concert

by Madonna and U2 to be held in Siem Reap towards the end of next year at the earliest.

** There's some sharp opinions out there on the subject of radical Islam and Islamic

migration into Europe.

In the June 5 issue of The New Yorker, 77-year-old Italian journalist and writer

Oriana Fallaci is quoted as saying: "I am convinced that the situation is politically

substantially the same as in 1938, with the pact in Munich, when England and France

did not understand a thing. With the Muslims, we have done the same thing. Look at

the Muslims: in Europe they go on with their chadors and their burkas and their djellabahs.

They go on with the habits preached by the Koran, they go on with mistreating their

wives and daughters. They refuse our culture, in short, and try to impose their culture,

or so-called culture, on us... I reject them, and this is not only my duty toward

my culture. Toward my values, my principles, my civilization. It is not only my duty

toward freedom and toward the freedom fighter I am since I was a little girl fighting

as a partisan against Nazi-Fascism. Islamism is the new Nazi-Fascism. With Nazi-Fascism,

no compromise is possible. No hypocritical tolerance. And those who do not understand

this simple reality are feeding the suicide of the West."



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