"All the greatest men are maniacs. They are possessed by a mania that drives them towards their goal. The great scientists, the philosophers, the religious leaders -- all maniacs."
-- Ian Fleming, Dr. No
From Iraq The Model: "The president called for a war to annihilate terrorists and I couldn't agree more. Those terrorists must be annihilated; blowing up civilians in markets is genocide. It's a crime against humanity... The victims had nothing to protect themselves from bullets and bombs, they were not soldiers and they were not politicians...The latest attack in a series of terror attacks against marketplaces in Baghdad, as I saw it from the roof of my home." (image above) -- Omar
+ BAGHDAD (Toronto Star) — Thunderous explosions and dense black smoke swirled through central Baghdad on Monday when two car bombs tore through a crowded marketplace, setting off secondary blasts and killing at least 71 people, police said. Another bombing nearby killed at least nine. The violence came on the first anniversary — according to the Muslim lunar calendar — of the bombing of the important Shiite Golden Dome shrine in Samarra
Afghanistan: Australian CH-47D Chinook A15-103 transported by U.S. Air Force Reserve C-5 Galaxy Cargo Aircraft
Afghanistan: American troops at a Afghan school greeting small pupils.