The Taliban launched a Mumbai-style suicide attack on the landmark Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul, Afghanistan this evening. An unknown number of terrorists exploded approximately five bombs while other Taliban gunmen engaged Afghan national police and army forces while taking hostages. The luxury hotel was considered to be in a safe section of the Afghan capital city, surrounded by numerous checkpoints. A meeting between provincial governors with international ministers was to take place there tomorrow. Meanwhile, halfway around the world in Athens, Greece, the first of a two-day nationwide strike saw considerable violence. Molotov cocktails were thrown at the Greek Finance Ministry building, police vehicles and other targets as thousands of protesters clashed with police. All this as the Greek government prepares a new set of austerity measures in order to get the promised 17 Billion Euros from the European Central Bank and International Monetary Fund.

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There was plenty of violence in other places around the world, too. Take your pick, Syria, Egypt, Libya, Sudan, Yemen, the list goes on. On Thursday, a nationwide strike is being called for the UK, also facing more austerity cuts in public services. Even Glenn Beck faced a bit of violence while his family and he attended a free movie in a New York City park last night. Far-Left hecklers taunted he and his family, with somebody throwing a beer at his wife.

The world seems to becoming more unglued as the desire to be free clashes with the cost. Civility has long since been out the window ever since Progressive Democrats went after Judge Robert Bork. The hatred and violence comes from all sides and angles. From KKK lynchings of African-Americans in the South to Bill Gates getting hit with a pie. Historical incidents like the Gunfight at the OK Corral and the St. Valentine′s Day Massacre seem to be pretty tame stuff these days. But, as I wrote earlier this morning in my piece about The Thirty Years War, wholesale slaughter is nothing new or unique.

Yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court on a 7-to-2 decision overturned a law in California preventing minors from purchasing and renting violent video games. Some of these games even allow players to rape and murder prostitutes. Maybe the next version of Grand Theft Auto will include being able to mow down kittens and puppies? Free speech and art is in the eye of the beholder. The biggest thing on American television these days is the Casey Anthony murder trial in Florida. How fascinating is a young mother allegedly killing her own 2-year old daughter? Given the ratings and news coverage, plenty!

So ho-hum, another Mumbai-style terror attack in the world. This time its the Taliban assaulting the Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul, the Afghan capital city. Those crazy Greek protesters, well, nothing really new there, either, right? I mean, when don′t they hold a nationwide strike and have violent clashes with police on the streets of Athens? Thank goodness we can all enjoy this mess with a 64-calorie lemonade-beer!