Canadian C130 Picks Up 92 Stranded Quebecers Threatened By
Some might consider the Lockheed-Martin C130 Hercules something
of an ugly duckling. It's squat, utterly utilitarian in appearance.
But for more than 90 people stranded by fire in northern Quebec
Monday, the C130 dispatched to rescue them was probably the most
beautiful aircraft they'd ever seen.
Who the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam are depends less on
your point of view than it used to do. Once, a case could be made
that the LTTE, a violent terrorist group fighting for a
racial/ethnic homeland separate from Sri Lanka, were freedom
fighters. They claimed many grievances, and made a case that they
had been mistreated and subjugated by the majority Sinhalese of the
island nation. But their methods -- they're the guys who put
suicide bombing on the map 20 years ago -- and the nihilism of
their target selection turned many who usually flock to the side of
the underdog against them.
Just about midnight recently, the wind kicked up in Iraq just as
suddenly as if someone had turned on a light switch, bringing with
it huge clouds of dust that rolled in and obliterated everything