The word “sniper” is derived from the hunting of snipes. A snipe is a small bird said to be difficult to hit, even for experienced hunters, so anyone skilled enough to hit one was called a ‘sniper’. (source) Â Read more »
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This post is like an end-of-day General Debate post.
Mark Mitchell has accused Kim Dotcom Â of meddling in our parliament under parliamentary privilege today.
He outlines an altercation last year where Â Kim Dotcom made threats against the Prime Minister. Mark is no sook, he’s stood up to scumbags like Joseph Kony, Victor Bout, Muqtada al-Sadr, all of whom came off second best. The incident in An Nasiriyah was perhaps the most brutal:
The closest Mitchell and his men came to being killed was in 2004, during a five-day siege of the An Nasiriyah compound, home to diplomats, officials, coalition forces and security staff.
The uprising Shi’a militia, led by Muqtada al-Sadr, was putting coalition forces under pressure across the country. The Italian-controlled compound was surrounded and under sustained attack. Mitchell was charged with defending it.
“They’d hit us during the day with mortar fire, and at night mount a physical attack. My team’s responsibility was the roof. We were very exposed. It was hot, dusty. We didn’t get much sleep and we had to ration our food. I saw every human emotion over those days.”
Armed with AK47s and two 50-calibre machine guns, they kept the militia at bay until coalition forces regained control. Their efforts would later be rewarded with a commendation from the Italian government.
The compound was evacuated and within 48 hours, Mitchell was having a barbecue and talking to his neighbours in Taupo. “That was surreal. I couldn’t really talk to people about it, as it was hard to comprehend.”
Did he kill anyone? “We were fighting for our lives, and the lives of the diplomats. There were casualties on both sides.” That’s all he’ll say on the matter.
During the siege, Mitchell worked closely with British Governor Rory Stewart, who headed the compound’s diplomat contingent. Stewart has made the leap into politics, and is a Conservative MP for Penrith, England. Stewart wrote a book on his time in Iraq, and Brad Pitt’s production company has bought the rights to his story.
So who’ll play Mitchell in the movie? “I’m hoping George Clooney, rather than Danny de Vito.’
He’s certainly not afraid of an overweight sour Kraut.
This sounds like jobs to me… in the regions … where there’s a crisis… according to Labour… and an activity the Green Taliban want to stop.
Taranaki is now the biggest producer of methanol for the world’s single largest supplier, as global demand soars.
Canadian company Methanex can make up to 2.4 million tonnes of methanol each year at its Motunui and Waitara Valley plants.
In terms of production potential this puts it way ahead of any of the company’s five other facilities in Trinidad, Egypt, Canada, Chile and the USA.
Methanex’s Canada-based chief executive John Floren said yesterday it was an important part of the company’s global business. Â Read more »