Skip to comments.News from the Long War, Thread 4
Posted on 04/15/2007 6:02:06 PM PDT by Knitting A Conundrum
Since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, our nation has fought a global war against violent extremists who use terrorism as their weapon of choice, and who seek to destroy our free way of life. Our enemies seek weapons of mass destruction and, if they are successful, will likely attempt to use them in their conflict with free people everywhere. Currently, the struggle is centered in Iraq and Afghanistan, but we will need to be prepared and arranged to successfully defend our nation and its interests around the globe for years to come. DOD
Our enemies include all the Muslims who dream of knocking Western Civilization off its perch atop humanityâs dung heap. Islam is fractured into any number of sects, tribes and ethnic groups, but the dream of destroying us cuts across all the fault lines. Islamic terrorists are merely the tip of a very large spear.
J. Peter Mulhern, the American Thinker, September 18
The determination behind that fight is real, the hatred is real, and the excuses for doing this are very real in the minds of those who have decided to walk that path. We can respond in two ways: Try to ignore or negotiate with people who do not want to negotiate in good faith, because what they want is our destruction, or to stand up against the darkness of those who see all of us, our way of life, our culture and our aspirations as something worth eliminating.
Either: "And God willing, with the force of God behind it, we shall soon experience a world without the United States and Zionism," Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
Or: "With vigilance, determination, courage, we will defeat the enemies of freedom, and we will leave behind a more peaceful world for our children and our grandchildren." GW Bush.
Here's where I will post news and info about the Long War. Let me know if you're interested.
Good morning, Knitting!!
Hope ya got some rest, and you’re feeling better....
I took 2 naps yesterday, went to bed earlier. This morning, I got up and called hubby at 5 then went back to bed. Starting to feel rested.
But my sinuses are acting up!
” Starting to feel rested. “
Wonderful!! Staying rested is more-than-half of the battle...
” But my sinuses are acting up! “
‘Tis the season.. “Endeavor to persevere!”
Labor faction authorizes absence from no-confidence motion
(16:26 , 05.07.07)
Iran not a strong as it seems, says national security head
(15:57 , 05.07.07)
‘Iran open to compromise on nuclear conference agenda’
(15:51 , 05.07.07)
Minister Tamir says attempt to determine Kadima’s leader is anarchy
(15:31 , 05.07.07)
I’ve decided to run for president, Peres tells associates
(14:43 , 05.07.07)
Two Palestinians die in clash at Lebanon camp
(14:30 , 05.07.07)
Olmert meets with German foreign minister
(14:16 , 05.07.07)
Palestinians say IDF arrested 5 in Nablus
(14:15 , 05.07.07)
Pensioners jeer Minister Eitan for praising gov’t
(13:56 , 05.07.07)
Hizbullah seeks ‘balanced’ policy under new French president
(13:44 , 05.07.07)
Saudi Arabia beheads two Thai nationals convicted of smuggling drugs
(13:23 , 05.07.07)
Meeting on deterioration in Gaza should be called, says Livni
(12:55 , 05.07.07)
Survivors ‘unlikely’ on Kenya Airways jet
(12:38 , 05.07.07)
Aides to Peretz say he will decide within days whether to resign
(12:18 , 05.07.07)
Iraq: 2 suicide bombings near Ramadi kill 20 people
(11:53 , 05.07.07)
Russia: Explosive device explodes in synagogue; no injuries reported
(11:27 , 05.07.07)
Peretz says Israel needs diplomatic courage alongside military courage
(11:21 , 05.07.07)
MK Levi says we must act against Qassams or appoint inquiry committee
(11:13 , 05.07.07)
Supreme Court acquits man convicted of shooting at Arab restaurants
(10:46 , 05.07.07)
Magnitude-5.1 quake jolts Greek island
(10:38 , 05.07.07)
Secondary schools in north to strike Tuesday
(10:02 , 05.07.07)
North Korea says it can shut down reactor quickly after receiving frozen funds
(09:29 , 05.07.07)
Barak undecided on keeping Labor in gov’t
(09:09 , 05.07.07)
Report: Bus accident kills 17 in southwest China
(08:37 , 05.07.07)
Dozens of students block entrance to Technion
(08:13 , 05.07.07)
Islamic Jihad claims rocket on Sderot
(07:55 , 05.07.07)
6 wounded in rocket attack on Afghan capital
(07:47 , 05.07.07)
Qassam rocket lands near kindergarten in Sderot
(07:06 , 05.07.07)
IDF arrests 6 wanted Palestinians
(06:19 , 05.07.07)
Palestinians stoned IDF force near Ramallah
(06:19 , 05.07.07)
Bombs kill 8 Americans in Diyala and Baghdad as sectarian tension rises
(05:16 , 05.07.07)
Hizbullah sees progress in talks to free 2 Israelis
(04:22 , 05.07.07)
Afghan soldier kills 2 US troops outside top-security jail
(03:45 , 05.07.07)
Rescue convoys reach edge of Kenya Airways crash site in Cameroon
(01:49 , 05.07.07)
Palestinian arrested with Molotov near West Bank settlement
(00:36 , 05.07.07)
Bishara never spied for Hizbullah, Nasrallah says
(00:18 , 05.07.07)
Labor faction authorizes absence from no-confidence motion
Published: 05.07.07, 16:26 / Israel News
The Labor faction on Monday voted in favor of allowing its MKs to walk out from the Knesset plenum during tonight’s vote on a no-confidence motion against the government.
Labor MKs voted against party leader Amir Peretz proposal that Labor’s 18 MKs back the government in tonight’s vote
Just a thought.....
With all this turmoil, some Hamas/AQ/Hezzy wiseguy could almost think that it would be a perfect time to get in some serious hits on Israel.
Only things working against that are that those groups have spent the bulk of their time lately hitting each other, Syria/Iran have reduced their profiles (which also may be the reason for the increase in intramural homicides) and I’m sure that the IDF and other “little friends in the area” are all spun up and ready to counter anything remotely sinister.
This is true...Israel may be bickering, but they are still watching...
Good morning, Knitting.
TERRORISM: AL-QAEDA ‘DEVELOPING NEW ARMS’, REPORT
adnkronosinternational ^ | 7 May 2007 | AKI
Baghdad, 7 May (AKI) - Al Qaeda in Iraq is involved in developping new arms and using new techniques to carry out its terrorist attacks, according to sources within the Iraqi insurgency, quoted by the Egyptian Islamic press agency al-Naba. According to the agency’s internet site, after creating new missiles able to strike US combat helicopters with greater precision, the al-Qaeda network is seeking new methods, different from the characteristic suicide attacks or car bombs.
Last week a cell of al-Qaeda active in Kurdistan reportedly tried for the first time to use a remote-controlled aircraft to carry out an attack, with the headquarters of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) in Suleimaniya the target.
The attack was however foiled. Kurdish sources say that the police had found out about the plan before it could be carried out. Despite this Iraqi security forces are said to be concerned by the technical progress made by the followers of al-Qaeda in Iraq in developing weapons and in their guerilla techniques.
During the first months of the year, the terrorist formation is reported to have downed 10 US helicopters in the space of a wek weeks. In parallel they developed chemical weapons and carried out at least three attacks in the area of Falluja, using chlorine gas.
The first known attempt to detonate a vehicle bomb with chlorine gas occurred in Ramadi on 28 January though the sixteen deaths were not believed caused by the chlorine.
The next chlorine gas attack was a suicide bomb in Ramadi on 19 February 19, while several days later, another bomber detonated a chlorine tanker truck in Taji, north of Baghdad, just a few days later.
American forces also found a large quantity of chlorine and other chemicals in Karma, a location near Falluja.
Another leeeeetle coincidence from those whacky Russians....
Blast cuts Russia-EU gas pipeline
AFP ^ | 05/07/07
Posted on 05/07/2007 10:25:43 AM CDT by nypokerface
KIEV (AFP) - An explosion Monday in Ukraine knocked out of service one of the main pipelines exporting Russian natural gas to the European Union, the Ukrainian emergency situations ministry told AFP.
A “large explosion” cut the pipeline, which carries Siberian gas through Ukraine to Germany and other EU clients, ministry spokeswoman Viktoria Ruban said.
The blast occurred at about 1125 GMT on a section near the Ukrainian capital Kiev, she said.
A 30-metre (32-feet) length of pipeline was torn off, with debris hurled 150 metres away.
There was no immediate information regarding the effect of the incident on deliveries to the European Union, the biggest foreign gas market for Russia, the world’s leading natural gas producer.
My tinfoil side wonders if this just might be self-inflicted??
“My tinfoil side wonders if this just might be self-inflicted??”
....sure doesn’t look to me like anything a truck bomb would cause.
From downthread — more detailed, but not particularly enlightening....
Last Updated: Monday, 7 May 2007, 15:42 GMT 16:42 UK
Ukraine gas pipeline hit by blast
A blast has destroyed a section of one of the main gas pipelines in Ukraine exporting Russian gas to Europe, Ukraine’s emergencies ministry says.
It says about 30m (98ft) of the Urenhoi-Pomary-Uzhhorod pipeline was damaged by the explosion.
Russia’s state gas state monopoly Gazprom, which controls the export of all Russian gas, said the blast caused no disruptions in supplies to Europe.
No-one was injured in the explosion, officials in Ukraine said.
The blast happened at 1420 (1120 GMT) near the village of Luka in the Kiev region, Ukraine’s emergencies ministry spokesman Ihor Kroll told the BBC.
Mr Kroll said a bypass system was activated, rerouting the flow of gas to Europe.
He said experts were at the site, trying to determine the cause of the blast.
The Urenhoi-Pomary-Uzhhorod is one of three main lines in Ukraine that carry gas to the EU - the biggest gas market for Russia.
Ukraine is a major transit point for Russian gas deliveries to Europe.
15 posted on 05/07/2007 11:05:27 AM CDT by michigander (The Constitution only guarantees the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself.)
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I am guessing that this is not self-inflicted. However, with the political crisis in Ukraine right now it’s hard to tell. The Estonians are refusing to cooperate with Moscow to pump oil/NG to Germany and the Russians are working with Slovakia now to try to run NG through them.
Wouldn’t surprise me if the Party of Regions were somehow invloved but I am on a conspiracy kick right now it seems. LOL!
Kadima minister reportedly tells Beilin that Olmert poses ‘national threat’
Published: 05.07.07, 18:36 / Israel News
Meretz leader MK Yossi Beilin said Monday that a Kadima minister recently told him that Prime Minister Ehud Olmert posed “a national threat to Israel.”
“As he (Olmert) is likely to make a hasty political move, he is likely to lead Israel to an unnecessary war,” Beilin quoted the Kadima minister as telling him. (Amnon Meranda)
Ukraine builds up gas transit to Europe via alternative routes.
KIEV, May 7 (Itar-Tass) — Ukraine has increased gas transit via the Progress and Soyuz gas carriers following Mondays blast on the Urengoi-Pomary-Uzhgorod pipeline, the Fuel and Energy Ministrys press-secretary, Konstantin Borodin told Itar-Tass.
The high maneuverability of the Ukrainian gas transportation system has compensated for the temporary idleness of the Urengoi-Pomary-Uzhgorod line. Transit traffic through the other gas carriers, Progress and Soyuz first and foremost, was increased. Certain amounts of gas were borrowed from underground gas holders, Borodin said.
The undersupply of gas that may have been caused by the pipeline rupture will be compensated for with greater deliveries by alternative routes. Ukraine has coped with all of its transit commitments. Its gas pipeline system is one of the most diversified in the world, the Ukrainian Fuel and Energy Ministrys press-secretary said.
More at link:
I saw this earlier and I have to agree. The longer Olmerde is in leadership the more danger Israel is in. It seems that the mud-slinging increases daily. Howdy!
Hmmm - any more pieces of this puzzle laying around?
21:22 UN`s Ban: Intra-Palestinian fighting harms UN work, PA must halt rocket fire (DPA)
20:46 Solana says talks with Iran over nuclear program `very difficult` (Reuters)
20:34 PM speaks with French president-elect Nicolas Sarkozy, wishes him the best (Haaretz)
20:12 Boy falls off two-story abandoned Ramle building, seriously hurt (Israel Radio)
20:12 Officials: Rice postpones visit to Israel, PA due to Israeli gov`t crisis (Reuters)
20:07 PA officials trying to persuade Alan Johnston captors to drop Islamic justification (AP)
19:48 Students to stage protest against ongoing student strike in T.A. Tuesday (Haaretz)
19:46 Knesset approves extending maternity leave from 12 weeks to 14 (Haaretz)
19:29 Mideast leaders say hope Sarkozy will help advance peace, stability efforts (AP)
18:38 Knesset rejects three no-confidence votes against current government (Haaretz)
18:21 Flights at Ben Gurion airport resume following false security alert (Israel Radio)
18:20 National Security Council: Syrian calls for dialogue with Israel `authentic` (Haaretz)
18:19 Jordan says displaced Iraqis cost Jordanian government $1 billion per year (AP)
18:16 Olmert to convene security cabinet next week to discuss Gaza situation (Haaretz)
18:12 Petah Tikva battery factory worker seriously hurt after being electrocuted (Israel Radio)
18:05 U.S. group`s child mortality report lauds Egypt progress, faults Iraq decline (Reuters)
17:40 PM: Claims against Bishara troubling, not representative of Israeli Arabs (Israel Radio)
16:53 IAF fires on car of Islamic Jihad militants on their way to launch rockets (Haaretz)
16:47 Palestinian officials: Car explodes in Gaza, wounding Palestinian militant (AP)
16:18 Student strike leader: Government`s compromise proposal is humiliating (Haaretz)
16:01 Siniora: Lebanese government spent $318M on rebuilding following war (Reuters)
Why the disabled do Taliban’s deadly work
The Globe and Mail ^ | 05.07.2007 | SONYA FATAH
KABUL — The suicide bombing at a Kabul Internet café drew attention for a number of reasons: It was one of the first in the Afghan capital after the fall of the Taliban; it struck a spot popular with foreigners; and a UN worker was among those who died along with the attacker, Qari Samiullah.
But a little-known fact about that 2005 blast offers a clue into the workings of the insurgents who recruit suicide bombers, and what, apart from religious propaganda, has motivated about 200 men to blow themselves up: In addition to being a deeply religious man, Mr. Samiullah was disabled.
His disability didn’t come as a surprise. As the insurgency in Afghanistan gathers urgency, the Taliban and other forces are recruiting marginalized and vulnerable groups to carry out suicide attacks while men from their own ranks keep up the ground offensive.
The pool of the disenchanted and hopeless is large in Afghanistan — people left on the fringes by their economic, physical or mental circumstances — and there are few services to rehabilitate them after three decades of war.
“Almost 90 per cent of [suicide bombers] are people with some form of disability,” forensic expert Yusuf Yadgari said.
More at the link: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1829779/posts
00:18 U.S. expresses condolences for French, Canadian victims of Sinai plane crash (AP)
23:58 Rafi Lavi, Israeli artist and art critic, dies at the age of 70 (Haaretz)
23:55 7-year-old boy killed after being hit by car in Bedouin town in Negev (Haaretz)
23:10 Edgar Bronfman resigns as president of World Jewish Congress (Haaretz)
23:02 Iranian FM hints of possible meeting between top officials and Rice (Reuters)
23:00 Student organizations reject PMO compromise, to continue strike (Haaretz)
22:45 Hebrew University says it has discovered the tomb of King Herod at Herodium (Haaretz)
22:37 Bush calls Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to wish him a happy birthday (AP)
22:08 Witnesses: Gunmen abduct member of Palestinian group that attacked UN school (AP)
Afternoon! How are ya!
Pretty good. No major gripes :) Glad to hear your getting rested. I’ve been trying to do the same.
Must have worked. Feel much better.
Is Olmert running in circles? :)
I don’t know.
There’s multiple things going on:
1) trying to keep Netenyahu from being the next PM.
2) rationally realizing that having the government collapse will cause headaches for all involved.
3) infighting between the left and right, religious (and their reluctance to be relocated out of areas destined to become palestinian territory) and secular, peaceniks and warbirds.
So far, Olmert has been able to ride the whirlpool. But he might fall yet. There are a lot of people who want to pull him off the board he’s riding....
This is wild:
02:51 Kadima to ask Likud to join coalition if Labor Party pulls out (Haaretz)
US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has cancelled a planned Middle East trip due to the unstable political situation in Israel, the Foreign Ministry said late Monday evening.
Tension has risen between government officials following the release of the Winograd’s interim report into the Second Lebanon War. Many government officials have called on Prime Minister Ehud Olmert to step down.
On Thursday, 150,000 people participated in a mass demonstration at Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square in an attempt to get Olmert and his government to resign.
“US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has cancelled a planned Middle East trip due to the unstable political situation in Israel, the Foreign Ministry said late Monday evening.”
Now that’s surprising to me. DOS misread the pulse on the situtation I wonder...
“So far, Olmert has been able to ride the whirlpool. But he might fall yet. There are a lot of people who want to pull him off the board hes riding....”
I remember during the war, there were quite a few people wanting him ousted. Much noise at the time.
Lots of noise, but not enough oomph to push him off!
Who knows what type of momentum may still be gained. As someone who’s in keeping with his word, I think he should resign for simple fact that he said he would if the report portrayed him negatively. But, Politicians aren’t always held accountable for what they say. I see that seems to be a global political fact.
There are some charges hanging over his head, too...if he’s charged, he may finally be forced out.
Always some fuel to add to the fire somewhere, it seems...
05:36 Charity report: Progress reducing child deaths highest in Egypt, lowest in Iraq (AP)
05:34 Syrian ambassador says U.S. `obsessed` with military solution (AP)
04:24 PM Olmert conducting secret talks with PA chairman Abbas (Haaretz)
03:49 Arab rights group: Galilee land tender discriminates against Arab buyers (Haaretz)
02:51 Kadima to ask Likud to join coalition if Labor Party pulls out (Haaretz)
02:44 JDC to approve program to help 50,000 needy Jewish children (Haaretz)
02:25 IDF unveils plan to counter militants` efforts in Gaza (Haaretz)
02:00 Qassam rocket fired from northern Gaza Strip towards Israel (Army Radio)
02:00 IDF troops encircle building where wanted Fatah militant is hiding (Israel Radio)
01:57 U.S. State Department confirms Rice cancelled visit to Israel, PA (Israel Radio)
01:55 Students Union chair: PM`s actions will deepen crisis with students (Israel Radio)
01:26 Welfare min. calls roundtable to weed out hunger among Israel`s neediest (Haaretz)
00:27 Abbas, Haniyeh meet to discuss the U.S. security proposal, PA security (Reuters)
Here’s a little example of something that’s been mentioned on this thread. Note the KS Governor is using the Blame Bush tactic, but remember also that all 50 governors opposed the federalizing of the National Guard in effect. Ammunition given to the Dems? Could have been...something to be prepared for more of the same I’d think.
Perhaps a diplomatic gesture of support for Israel?
I don’t think so. When you say for Israel, are you meaning as a country or Olmert?
P.S. What the hell are you do up at this hour! LMAO!
I meant Israel the country. Just got up - normal time for work.
Need more coffee -
Ok, now that I understand the context, I’d say I don’t think so. That’s a default and known position, and wouldn’t require any actions to emphasize the point. Usually DOS wants to be in the middle of problem solving situations so they can do their best to screw the whole thing up (lol) semi-sarc. I think their honestly not sure how it’s going to turn out over there. That’s my read.
Sorry to bail. If I hit the bed now, I can get up at a decent hour in the am. I re’d to you btw. We’ll see what tomorrow brings!
This is tomorrow my friend - get some rest nighters.
Good morning Workerbee —
Not enough caffiene in my system to try to be coherent (welllll...) so just clocking in, for now.....
Looks like I just missed Jedward....
Good morning Sir. Didn’t miss him by much.
Wonder why Hugo wasn’t invited....
North Korean delegation arrives in Tehran (led by deputy foreign minister of NK)
IRNA ^ | 05/08/07
Posted on 05/08/2007 5:24:02 AM CDT by TigerLikesRooster
North Korean delegation arrives in Tehran Tehran, May 7, IRNA
North Korean Deputy Foreign Minister in Asia and Oceania Affairs Kim Yong-il at the head of a delegation arrived in Tehran on Monday to exchange views with Iranian officials concerning bilateral and international issues.
According to Foreign Ministry Media Department report, the first round of talks was held here Monday afternoon between North Korean official and his Iranian counterpart Mehdi Safari.
But then again, they are both crazy enough.
Exchanging view or selling weapons grade uranium?
” There will be very little the two egomaniacs will be in agreement on. “
I know that I hold the minority (of one, seemingly) opinion here — but I’m still seeing the “monster under the bed”..
For all their differences, Iran, NK, and Venezuela/Cuba have one thing in commom — they’re all Russian client-states, to one extent or other.
(I know that ‘conventional wisdom’ says that NK is a Chinese client — but the Kim clan has historically leaned more towards Russia, while holding China at arm’s length.)