Missiles listed as “fireworks” on ship manifest

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According to Interior Minister Päivi Räsänen, the cargo manifest of the M/S   Thor Liberty on which 69 Patriot ground-to-air missiles were found, listed   the weapons as “fireworks”. She said that documents associated with the   containers holding the missiles carried the name of a South Korean   individual.

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Christmas Poem

Hat Tips to Keith and Merry Christmas

TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS,  HE LIVED ALL ALONE,  IN A ONE BEDROOM HOUSE MADE OF  PLASTER AND STONE.
I HAD COME DOWN THE CHIMNEY  WITH PRESENTS TO GIVE,
AND TO SEE JUST WHO  IN THIS HOME DID LIVE.

I LOOKED ALL ABOUT,  A STRANGE SIGHT I DID SEE,  NO TINSEL, NO PRESENTS,  NOT EVEN A TREE.  NO STOCKING BY MANTLE,  JUST BOOTS FILLED WITH SAND,  ON THE WALL HUNG PICTURES  OF FAR DISTANT LANDS.
WITH MEDALS AND BADGES,  AWARDS OF ALL KINDS,  A SOBER THOUGHT  CAME THROUGH MY MIND.

FOR THIS HOUSE WAS DIFFERENT,  IT WAS DARK AND DREARY,  I FOUND THE HOME OF A SOLDIER,  ONCE I COULD SEE CLEARLY.
THE SOLDIER LAY SLEEPING,  SILENT, ALONE,
CURLED UP ON THE FLOOR  IN THIS ONE BEDROOM HOME.
THE FACE WAS SO GENTLE,  THE ROOM IN SUCH DISORDER,  NOT HOW I PICTURED  A UNITED STATES SOLDIER.
WAS THIS THE HERO  OF WHOM I’D JUST READ?
CURLED UP ON A PONCHO,  THE FLOOR FOR A BED?

I REALIZED THE FAMILIES  THAT I SAW THIS NIGHT,  OWED THEIR LIVES TO THESE SOLDIERS  WHO WERE WILLING TO FIGHT.
SOON ROUND THE WORLD,  THE CHILDREN WOULD PLAY,  AND GROWNUPS WOULD CELEBRATE  A BRIGHT CHRISTMAS DAY.  THEY ALL ENJOYED FREEDOM
EACH MONTH OF THE YEAR,  BECAUSE OF THE SOLDIERS,
LIKE THE ONE LYING HERE.  I COULDN’T HELP WONDER HOW MANY LAY ALONE,  ON A COLD CHRISTMAS EVE  IN A LAND FAR FROM HOME.  THE VERY THOUGHT  BROUGHT A TEAR TO MY EYE,  I DROPPED TO MY KNEES  AND STARTED TO CRY.

THE SOLDIER AWAKENED
AND I HEARD A ROUGH VOICE,  “SANTA DON’T CRY,  THIS LIFE IS MY CHOICE;  I FIGHT FOR FREEDOM,
I DON’T ASK FOR MORE,  MY LIFE IS MY GOD,  MY! COUNTRY, MY CORPS.”  THE SOLDIER ROLLED OVER  AND DRIFTED TO SLEEP,  I COULDN’T CONTROL IT,  I CONTINUED TO WEEP.  I WEPT FOR HOURS,  SO SILENT AND STILL  AND WE BOTH SHIVERED  FROM THE COLD NIGHT’S CHILL.
I DIDN’T WANT TO LEAVE  ON THAT COLD, DARK, NIGHT,
THIS GUARDIAN OF HONOR  SO WILLING TO FIGHT.

THEN THE SOLDIER ROLLED OVER,  WITH A VOICE SOFT AND PURE,
WHISPERED, “CARRY ON SANTA,  IT’S CHRISTMAS DAY, ALL IS SECURE.”  ONE LOOK AT MY WATCH,  AND I KNEW HE WAS RIGHT.  “MERRY CHRISTMAS MY FRIEND!
AND TO ALL A GOOD NIGHT.”

This poem was written by a Marine.  The following is his request. I think it is reasonable…..

Iraqi terrorist pleads guilty in Kentucky court

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A plot—hatched right here in the Bluegrass State—to send Stinger missiles and other weapons to terrorists in Iraq was foiled by the intrepid FBI agents of the Louisville Division, along with the federal and local law enforcement members of the Joint Terrorism Task Forces here in Kentucky.  Iraqi nationals, residing here in Kentucky, were planning to give material assistance to efforts to kill U.S. troops in Iraq.

Iraqi citizen Waad Ramadan Alwan pleaded guilty to federal terrorism charges last Friday in U.S. District Court before Senior Judge Thomas B. Russell, announced Lisa Monaco, Assistant Attorney General for National Security; David J. Hale, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Kentucky; and Elizabeth A. Fries, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Louisville Division.

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