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Kuwait Machine Gun?

From yesterday’s Kuwait Times.

Three Shot at by Teenagers

Two Kuwaiti citizens and a bedoon man were transferred to Jahra hospital after three teenagers shot them using a machine gun and ran away. The victims stressed they did not know why the assailants, who were travelling in a Japanese car, shot at them. The case is under investigation.

My comment: My husband, when I told him about this story, says that most people don’t know the difference between a machine gun and an automatic weapon, which can fire a series of shots in rapid succession. Somehow, the distinction fails to reassure me. Teenagers – children – with automatic weapons?? Where are these weapons coming from? How did they get their hands on them?

There has been a big to-do over Muna Al-Fuzai’s tongue-in-cheek article about Kuwait and subsequent defense of what she said.

Guys: Stop talking and listen for a change. Yes, Kuwait is a wonderful place, she is not saying differently. She is Kuwaiti and she loves Kuwait. She has a right to say what she sees and hears, and she has taken a courageous and controversial stand. You don’t have to agree with her, and she still has a right to her opinion. Did you notice? Her column is OPINION.

You are also entitled to your opinion.

First – Take a deep breath. Ask your mother, your wife, your sister, your maid – how safe she feels taking a taxi alone at night – if that is even an option. Ask her if she is careful where she walks. Ask her about her experiences with the police. Ask her if she will go to any ATM, or only “safe” ones.

As I see it, Kuwait has a huge bachelor population, and few options for these bachelors. Women here know to travel in groups, to be watchful, and to be wary. There is a problem.

And it’s not women, it is also children. It’s unthinkable.

Couple this with weak regard for the law and weak enforcement of the law, and you will see that there is a problem.

And where did these kids get automatic weapons? ? ? These problems are all connected to weak law enforcement, lack of respect for the law and a sense of entitlement. Entitled to take an automatic and shoot people? ? Entitled to TAKE sex from someone smaller and weaker than you? ?

It’s not just lack of respect for the law, it’s the law of the jungle.

June 8, 2007 Posted by | Community, Counter-terrorism, Crime, Cross Cultural, Customer Service, ExPat Life, Family Issues, Health Issues, Kuwait, Living Conditions, Mating Behavior, News, Political Issues, Rants, Relationships, Social Issues, Women's Issues | 10 Comments

Appetizer Puffs

These little bite sized morsels are just cream puffs made small. When you take them out of the oven, you cut the tops off as soon as you can touch them, and pull out the dough pieces inside. When cool, and just before serving, you fill them with savory mixtures:

• grated Gouda cheese mixed with port wine and a little cream cheese

• chopped shrimp mixed with a little chopped celery and mayonnaise

• chopped ham and a tiny bit of mustard and mayonnaise

• crabmeat with a tiny bit of mayonnaise

• chopped up crisp bacon with a little horseradish and mayonnaise

• grated cheddar with finely chopped pimentos and a little mayonnaise

• chopped clams with sour cream

• Chopped and drained tomato, with tiny mozzarella and chopped basil

• Kuwait: flaked, cooked hammour w/tiny bit of sour cream and a little bit of “Kuwaiti spices”

• flaked, cooked tuna with a little aioli mayonnaise and cilantro

. . . . . use your own favorite combinations!

1 cup water
1/2 cup butter
1 cup flour
4 eggs

Heat oven to 400 degrees. Heat water and butter to strong rolling boil. Stir in flour, stir vigorously over low heat about one minute or until mixture forms a ball. (You’ll know it when you see it.)

Remove from heat, beat in eggs, one at a time, continue beating and beating until smooth. Drop dough by tiny spoonfulls 2” apart onto UNGREASED baking sheet. Bake 35 – 40 minutes or until puffed and golden. Cool away from drafts. Cut off tops, pull out filaments of dough.

Fill just before serving so they don’t get soggy. Remember to put the top back on! These are easy to make, easy to serve and even fun to make with children.

Additional options: You can also make these sweet, filling with Creme Chantilly (whip up cream, add a little SIFTED [yes, it matters] powdered sugar and a little vanilla) and still serve by fingers, or you can pour a little chocolate sauce over the top and serve in a bunch of three or four on a plate as profiteroles. The blessing of these puffs is their versatility!

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June 8, 2007 Posted by | Christmas, Cooking, Cross Cultural, ExPat Life, Holiday, Kuwait, Photos, Recipes, Thanksgiving, Uncategorized | 1 Comment