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Posted at 07:53 AM ET, 03/14/2011

Morning Bits

Shocked, shocked to learn there’s been so much incitement of terrorism by the Palestinian Authority lately.

It is horrifying to read the details of the Itamar massacre in Samaria. “The names of the five family members murdered in the Itamar terror attack were cleared for publication Saturday evening: Udi Fogel, 36, Ruth Fogel, 35, and their children Yoav, 11, Elad, 4, and three-month-old Hadas.” . . . Rabbi Yaakov Cohen reported, “‘I entered and saw that another boy survived, a two-year-old. He was lying next to his bleeding parents, shaking them with his hands and trying to get them to wake them up, while crying.’ ” Just wait. The Obama administration will be saying this just shows the need for peace negotiations.

Shocked, shocked that Cuba responded to our unilateral gestures this way. “A Cuban court yesterday found U.S. contractor Alan Gross guilty of crimes against the state and sentenced him to 15 years in prison, a verdict that is sure to have sweeping repercussions for already-sour relations between Washington and Havana. The court said prosecutors had proved their case that Gross, 61, was working on a subversive program, paid for by the United States, that aimed to bring down Cuba’s revolutionary system.”

Horrifying to read the details. Gross “suffers from diabetes and has lost 90 pounds in detention.” Oh, and his 26-year-old-daughter has been treated for cancer.

Shocked, shocked to see that President Obama is so behind the curve in opposing a despot. Bill Kristol on a no-fly zone for Libya: “I think no one will do anything unless the United States does anything. And it’s humiliating for the Arab League, which has always been a plaything of dictators, to now be further along in calling for serious actions to remove Qaddafi, an enemy of ours, with American blood on his hands, who would presumably restart a nuclear program and restart terrorism if he survives this. It’s humiliating for them to be ahead of us.

Horrifying to read the details. “Two from the BBC’s Arabic ­Service were tortured and ­subjected to mock executions after they were carted off by militiamen.” . . . Correspondent Bill Neely “saw a town destroyed and empty of its people. Had they fled or were they dead? He saw troops and street cleaners ­removing the evidence of the carnage that had taken place.”

Shocked, shocked to hear Obama administration chief of staff Bill Daley describe the new goal in Afghanistan as merely to get out. “We went to Afghanistan in order to get rid of al-Qaeda. And our goal is to leave, and the president’s goal, is to leave — begin to leave in 2011, and we will do that.”

Horrifying to read the details. Manizha “was married to the radical Muslim when she was 12,” Manizha told ABC’s Diane Sawyer. “Her marriage was the result of an outlawed tribal custom called ‘baad’ in which the daughter was given away as compensation for a crime or offense committed by a male member of Bibi’s family. Girls given away in baad transactions are often little more than slaves. Bibi was forced to sleep in a stable with the animals, and beatings and pain became part of life for her. . . . Left for dead, she crawled to her uncle’s house, but he refused to help.” Read the whole thing and watch the video report by Diane Sawyer.

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