Friday, February 24, 2006

A Different West Bank

Bus Attack December 2004:
"The bus was driving through the heavily populated neighborhood … when a car carrying an unknown number of armed attackers cut in front of it, forcing it to stop… The assailants jumped out of the car and began shooting, at the same time that other attackers in a second car fired from behind and then alongside the bus, he said. The police spokesman said more than 50 people were aboard the bus, the majority women and children...Assailants claiming to be members of a revolutionary group…opened fire on a public bus...killing at least 28 people, including six children."

Football Game Massacre January 2005:
"Ten members… have been arrested after six people were shot dead at an amateur football game…on Sunday.…members forced the players and about 100 fans to remove their shirts and lie on the ground before separating the six and shooting them in the head."

Kabul? Baghdad? The West Bank?

Al Qaeda? Hamas? Iraqi "insurgents?"

None of the above.

Bus Attack December 2004: Honduras mascommittedmmited by members of Mara Salvatrucha (MS 13)...the notorious street gang with origins in our own "West Bank"...Los Angeles.

Football Game Massacre January 2005: El Salvador mascommittedmmited by members of Mara 18 also known as the 18th Street Gang. Origins also in Los Angeles and noted rivals of MS 13.

Both gangs have thousands of members all across the United States.

Do I have your attention now?