Well, to get up to speed, go visit Donald Douglas at American Power, who has been doing a great job getting the latest information about the spread of radical Islamic terrorism in Algeria and Mali.
From Al Jazeera on Twitter, "BREAKING: 35 hostages and 15 hostage takers killed in Algeria as they tried to move from one plant location to another."Don't know if American hostages are alive or dead? Well, that fills me with a great deal of confidence, as does the White House response (or lack thereof) on the situation in neighboring Mali. Who knows, give the Regime some time. Maybe they'll find an obscure video on YouTube they can blame it all on, just so they can avoid saying the words "Islamic terrorism."
And Telegraph UK has live updates, "Algerian gas field crisis: 35 hostages 'killed by air strikes'."
And France 24 has background on Mokhtar Belmokhtar, who has claimed responsibility for the kidnappings:
ADDED: At Jawa Report, "Algeria: Some Hostages, Including Americans, Escaped Captors; Unconfirmed Report: Several Hostages & Their Kidnappers Killed In Algerian Airstrike; FRANCE 24: Hostages Forced To Wear 'Suicide Belts'?"
Also, updates at the Guardian UK, "Fears for hostages as Algeria launches raid." And at the New York Times, "Hostages’ Fate Is Unclear as Algeria Mounts Rescue Attempt."
More, at background analysis at the New York Times, "U.S. Sees Hazy Threat From Mali Militants."
Here's this from the Guardian, "David Thomson of France24 flags images circulating on jihadist web sites that glorify Mokhtar Belmokhtar, believed to be behind the raid on the Amenas facility":1:22pm Pacific: At Reuters, "'We'll kill infidels,' Algeria gunmen told hostage."
And at Foreign Policy, "White House: We don't know if American hostages in Algeria are alive or dead."
Robert Stacy McCain tweeted earlier today:
How's that "Arab Spring" workin' out for ya?americanpowerblog.blogspot.com/2013/01/report… -- via @ampowerblog #tcot
— Robert Stacy McCain (@rsmccain) January 17, 2013
Think of it. Obama and everyone went on and on two years ago about how great the Arab Spring was, that Democracy was taking shape because That One went to Egypt in 2009 and so moved the Arab Street with his Messiah-like oratory that was changing our image in the world in a way that the "cowboy" Bush didn't.
Well, now we see the bitter fruits of the Arab Spring. The rise of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt that is hostile to Israel. Al-Queda in Libya and the deaths of our Ambassador, his aide and two Navy SEALs on the anniversary of 9/11. Now, hostages and deaths in Mali and Algeria while Obama ignores Islamic terrorism, dismantles our military and attacks law abiding citizens as criminals and tries to dismantle our Constitution by executive fiat.
Instead of Democracy, its terrorism, hostages, and death that is taking shape, while Obama is blind to it all.
We've become a 9/10 nation again, I fear.