Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Palestinian Authority tackling bird flu... 

...one bullet at a time. At least that's what it looks like to me.

A Palestinian police officer aims his rifle during a gun battle with Palestinian gunmen on the road leading to the Erez crossing, between the Gaza Strip and Israel, near the village of Beit Hanoun Monday March 20, 2006. Palestinian policemen exchanged fire with three dozen gunmen affiliated with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah Party that, demanding jobs or payment after being recently admitted in the security forces, were blocking the road. Two gunmen and a policeman were wounded in the incident. The firefight erupted along a road Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas needed to use to leave the Gaza Strip Monday.(AP Photo/Majed Hamdan)
Regardless of what AP would have you believe I still prefer my explanation, since birds don't fire back at masked policemen, possibly hitting the crowds of bystanders milling about. If this were truly a raging gunbattle, would the police really take up firing positions so close to exposed crowds?

No, it has to be a Bird Flu Quick Response Unit.

(doff of the mask to Soccer Dad)

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