BERLIN (Reuters) - Three men have tried to hijack a plane from Munich to Istanbul carrying 150 passengers but the pilot was able to return to Munich airport where special forces stormed the plane, German television has reported.
Bayerischer Rundfunk television reported that police said the pilot hit an alarm button after the plane, run by the company Free Bird, had been in the air for 10 minutes on Tuesday.
The television said the 150 passengers were unhurt. It said special forces overpowered the three kidnappers and one of them jumped from the plane onto the tarmac. No other details were immediately available.
As I've said before, as a Belgian it's easier to know what happens in, say, Saskatchewan, than to try and find out "available details" in your neighbouring EU-country. Wonder why that is ... .
Gmail is fascinating to me as a watershed event in the evolution of the internet. In a brilliant Copernican stroke, gmail turns everything on its head, rejecting the personal computer as the center of the computing universe, instead recognizing that applications revolve around the network as the planets revolve around the Sun. But Google and gmail go even further, showing that once internet apps truly get to scale, they'll make the network itself disappear into the universal virtual computer, the internet as operating system.
The article really is a well written must-read.
I always find myself jumping on shiny bright supertrains of modern times, just can't seem to help it, so if you care to help out ... please?
Retired Air Force Brig. Gen. Paul W. Tibbets, the pilot of the Enola Gay:
"Ask me to do it again under the same circumstances, I wouldn't hesitate," he said during a stopover in Hawaii on Thursday. "I think I did the right thing."
[...] his stance has been backed by many retired Japanese servicemen, including Mitsuo Fuchida, who led the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.
Tibbets, 89, said he had the chance to meet Fuchida, who died in 1976, at a military reception some years after the war.
"The man ... walked up to me, stuck out his hand and he said, 'I'm Fuchida, shall we talk about it,"' Tibbets recalled. "I looked at him, he saw I didn't understand, he said, 'Man, I led the attack on Pearl Harbor.' I said to him, 'You sure did surprise us,' and he said, 'What the hell do you think you did to us?'
Many people, including myself, have wondered whether it was really necessary to drop a second bomb on Japan, this seems like one more reason to do just that:
"We talked for 30 to 40 minutes and he said, 'You did exactly the right thing because Japan would've resisted an invasion using every man, woman and child, using sticks and stones if necessary.' That would've been an awful slaughter."
There still is a lot of discussion as to the necessity of a second bomb, but given the morale of the Japanese at the time --they still hadn't officialy surrendered-- Nagasaki is more understandable in the face of history.
Speaking of which, Paul Tibbets on Iraq, bodycounts and the present media:
Since his retirement from the Air Force in 1966, Tibbets has remained an outspoken advocate of U.S. air power. But he said he can't evaluate U.S. air strikes in Iraq because he refuses to watch media coverage of the war.
"Do I watch it? No," Tibbets said. "Vietnam cured me, this business ... about body count. Oh, Lord, when they used to sum up that stuff and their success was measured by body count, I used to think, 'What a lousy way to judge anything that you're doing.'
Taking into consideration how many more sacrifices they made (on both sides!) ... .
A: Because you're Western!
Some people just don't need any answers.
(Explanatory note): this blog runs on a low pitch, and at this moment I don't have too many words for these acts either. I'm just using this (b)log as a kind of diary; I want to look back at this in ten years.
A mixture of feelings in my stomach and words circling around in my head: horrifying, brutal, barbarism, bastards, middle-ages, enlightened culture, retards, knives, and then some. Rationale? Nope. Not at this moment.
Mr. Stærk? What I'm expecting is a real condemnation of these acts by Islam and by the Eastern region, whatever definitions and borders those two may carry, and real actions as proof for this condemnation. Every culture needs its enlightenment now and then.
Entertainment: remember those Asian guys playing some Matrix-style ping pong? Personally I liked it very much; it's simple, uses little extra devices, but must take an astonishing amount of practice. Here's more of the same-yet-very-different-kind:
They were on Broadway, performed in Jay Leno's and David Letterman's show: "It's the fabulous Umbilical Brothers!!!".
Here's their history, clips, schedules and more.
More (.wmv-file, little less than 12Mb). Simply gorgeous.
Is it true to say that "Islam is world war", and thus a major threat even in moderate clothing? Is it true to say that Islamism is the real Islam, something that lurks inside every Muslim community waiting to jump out? And should we look to the Koran to answer those questions, or to real life Muslims?
Food for thought.
If everything goes to plan, I should be able to view things from the chair in front of my desk tomorrow morning; I'm the lucky guy right in front of the window, trying to wake up while fighting bright sunrays early in the morning.
Let's hope our Big Boss at work is into some space acrobatics as well . . . .