IT'S 'FUN TO SHOOT SOME PEOPLE': US GEN REUTERS
WASHINGTON, FEBRUARY 3: A SENIOR US MARINE CORPS GENERAL WHO SAID IT WAS "FUN TO SHOOT SOME PEOPLE" SHOULD HAVE CHOSEN HIS WORDS MORE CAREFULLY BUT WILL NOT BE DISCIPLINED, MILITARY OFFICIALS SAID ON THURSDAY.
LT. GEN. JAMES MATTIS, WHO COMMANDED TROOPS IN IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN AND IS SLATED TO BE PORTRAYED BY STAR ACTOR HARRISON FORD IN AN UPCOMING HOLLYWOOD MOVIE, MADE THE COMMENTS AT A CONFERENCE ON TUESDAY IN SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA.
"ACTUALLY IT'S QUITE FUN TO FIGHT 'EM, YOU KNOW. IT'S A HELL OF A HOOT. IT'S FUN TO SHOOT SOME PEOPLE. I'LL BE RIGHT UP FRONT WITH YOU, I LIKE BRAWLING," MATTIS SAID. "YOU GO INTO AFGHANISTAN, YOU GOT GUYS WHO SLAP WOMEN AROUND FOR FIVE YEARS BECAUSE THEY DIDN'T WEAR A VEIL," MATTIS SAID DURING A PANEL DISCUSSION. "YOU KNOW, GUYS LIKE THAT AIN'T GOT NO MANHOOD LEFT ANYWAY. SO IT'S A HELL OF A LOT OF FUN TO SHOOT THEM."
Saudi Who Rode 'Satan's Horse' Tells His Story Raid Qusti, Arab News
Ali Al-Mirdasi of Khab Algabr in Buraidah, is the first Saudi to receive permission to ride a bicycle in his area.
RIYADH, 5 February 2005 - "Satan's horse" is not a myth. As narrated by an elderly Saudi, it is the name local residents of Buraidah, Al-Qasim, used to call a bicycle some 47 years ago at a time when new inventions were unacceptable to the majority of people there and ignorance prevailed. In the 1940s and early 1950s, ignorance made people reject anything new, particularly a device of any sort. History tells us that many Saudis rejected the telegram, the radio, the car and other inventions that the late King Abdul Aziz, the founder of the Kingdom, was keen on using to be in tune with the times and to serve his people. Ali Al-Mirdasi, a resident of Khab Algabr in Buraidah, is the first Saudi to receive permission to ride a bicycle in his area.
"The commission for Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice - locally known as the Mutawaa and known then as the "Nuwwab" - banned people from riding bicycles. The permission I received from them was a statement written on one of their official documents saying that, 'since Ali Al-Mirdasi needs to ride his cycle from Khab Algabr to school, we have given him permission to ride his cycle from that area to his school.' And it had their official stamp," he said. He said that there were certain conditions for receiving a permission from the religious police, but said his father, who worked as a member in the commission itself, helped in getting the document from the state body.
One funny incident he remembers was when he and his brother were caught by members of the commission at night when they had left night school and were on their way back home. The commission people asked them what their purpose was to come out at that time, and what they were doing at the far end of the town. When they revealed their names and informed them that they were sons of their colleague and that they were on their way home from night school, they let them go, but "only after having us make a written commitment that they would never be late to return home again even though this happened just after Isha prayers". Al-Mirdasi said the rationale behind the ban was "society's fear for anything new and because society was not opened up to others." "Today's youth should be grateful to God for all the modern scientific inventions they can use. They enjoy so many modern tools and other things that we in our times could not," he said.
From: Harikrishnan. K. P To: firstname.lastname@example.org Sent: Thursday, February 03, 2005 12:12 PM Subject: Fw: Emergency calling number 112 (GSM)
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