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  • Our Next Mideast War -- Syria

    05/15/2015 11:36:57 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies ^ | May 15, 2015 | Pat Buchanan
    Jeb Bush has spent the week debating with himself over whether he would have started the war his brother launched on Iraq. When he figures it out, hopefully, our would-be president will focus in on the campaign to drag us into yet another Mideast war -- this time to bring down Bashar Assad's regime in Syria. While few would mourn the passing of the Assad dynasty, there is a problem: If Assad falls, a slaughter of Christians will follow and the battle for control of Damascus will be between the Syrian branch of al-Qaida, the Nusra Front, and the crazed...
  • Neville Chamberlain Would Have Been a Perfect Fit for Obamaís Foreign Policy Team

    09/30/2014 2:13:54 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies ^ | September 30, 2014 | Michael Schaus
    On this day, in 1938, the British and French Prime Ministers signed the Munich Pact with Adolf Hitler in an effort to avoid the onset of another world war‚Ķ Spoiler alert: It didn¬ít work. Someone once said that history doesn¬ít always repeat itself, but that it often rhymes. Well, brace yourself for some poetry:By fall of 1938 Hitler had already managed to annex Austria into Germany, and was already trying to ¬ďstand up¬Ē for the Russian German speaking portions of Ukraine Czechoslovakia. The eventual conquest of Czechoslovakia was a part of Hitler¬ís grand plan to reestablish the ¬ďgreatness of Germany¬Ē;...
  • AP ANALYSIS: Amid war, endgames in Gaza emerge

    07/30/2014 1:44:12 AM PDT · by blueplum · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | July 30, 2014 2:18am EDT | Dan Perry
    TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) -- The savage fighting between Israel and Hamas is escalating in Gaza, cease-fire efforts take on elements of farce, and bravado rules the public discourse. But even through the fog of war, a few endgame scenarios can nonetheless be glimpsed. For the moment, the deadlock is well-entrenched: As long as the crippling blockade of Gaza remains in place, Hamas says it will continue firing rockets at Israel - terrifying but mostly ineffectual, thanks to the "Iron Dome" defense system. Israel says the blockade must stay to stop a terrorist government from importing yet more weapons. :snip:...
  • The Fall of Fallujah

    01/09/2014 12:22:25 PM PST · by Kaslin · 25 replies ^ | January 9, 2014 | Nightwatch
    Iraq: Late reporting indicates that al-Qaida-affiliated Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) fighters have begun withdrawing from Fallujah to the suburbs. This report has not been confirmed. The government announced that it would not attack Fallujah for now in order to minimize civilian casualties. At least one source in Iraq, however, reported that government forces have low morale because they lack the supplies and equipment to mount an operation that has any prospect of success. Meanwhile in Ramadi, also west of Baghdad, a government and tribal night operation on 6 January failed to oust Islamists from southern Ramadi, according...
  • Dumping Irrationality as a National Strategy

    12/31/2013 11:17:57 AM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies ^ | December 31, 2013 | Caroline Glick
    US Secretary of State John Kerry will arrive in Israel for his 14th visit this week. And to assure that his stay will be a happy one, Saturday night the government approved the release of 26 more Palestinian mass murderers from prison. This will please Kerry because today a core goal of US Middle East policy is to secure the release of Palestinian mass murderers from Israeli prisons. Thatís right. The same America that until a few years ago led the free world in the global war against terror, now conditions its support for Israel, its chief regional ally in...
  • Putin, Iran Find Obama Really Flexible After Election

    11/26/2013 4:43:21 AM PST · by Kaslin · 2 replies ^ | November 26, 2013 | John Ransom
    Not content to confine his most heinous mistakes to domestic policy alone, Barack Hussein Obama over the weekend reversed decades of foreign policy both for the United States and her allies by allowing Iran to continue work on its nuclear program. Nuclear non-proliferation has long been a principle of the world community. Today that principle is dead. And do not suppose that this is the end. This is only the beginning of the reckoning. This is only the first sip, the first foretaste of a bitter cup, which will be proffered to us year by year unless by a...
  • John Kerry Hits A Bump

    11/13/2013 8:46:07 AM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies ^ | November 13, 2013 | Paul Greenberg
    Everything was all set. The scenery had been painted, the lighting arranged, the actors given their lines and put through their paces. The proper air of suspense had been maintained throughout the opening acts, and now the curtain was about to rise on the grand finale. The management wasn't quite ready to admit it, maybe even to itself, but the Happy Ending had already been written. All the players had to do was follow the script. The stars were already practicing their bows. The supporting cast of foreign ministers from far and wide -- Teheran to Paris, Moscow even...
  • Abbas Wants 'Not A Single Israeli' In Palestine

    07/30/2013 6:52:31 AM PDT · by edpc · 33 replies
    YNet ^ | 30 July 2013 | Reuters
    Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas laid out his vision on Monday for the final status of Israeli-Palestinian relations ahead of peace talks that have resumed in Washington for the first time in nearly three years. Abbas said that no Israeli settlers or border forces could remain in a future Palestinian state and that Palestinians deem illegal all Jewish settlement building within the land occupied in the 1967 Middle East war.
  • Obama Tear Down this Wall: China on Capitalism, Russia on Domestic Snooping

    06/13/2013 4:16:20 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies ^ | June 13, 2013 | John Ransom
    Well apparently a president canít just make new lows for respect of American moral authority in one single term and then let it go at that. Nope. Apparently after getting stiff-armed by our ideological enemies once in the first Obama term- turning his back on American values and getting called out on it- the administration felt the need to demonstrate crumbling American might and values by going back to that well early in the second term too. During the first term, we suffered the embarrassment of the Chinese Communist who publicly lectured Obama about straying away from capitalism and taking...
  • Christianity 'close to extinction' in Middle East

    12/24/2012 12:26:36 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 8 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 12/23/12 | Edward Malnick
    Christianity faces being wiped out of the ďbiblical heartlandsĒ in the Middle East because of mounting persecution of worshippers, according to a new report. The study warns that Christians suffer greater hostility across the world than any other religious group. And it claims politicians have been ďblindĒ to the extent of violence faced by Christians in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. The most common threat to Christians abroad is militant Islam, it says, claiming that oppression in Muslim countries is often ignored because of a fear that criticism will be seen as ďracismĒ. It warns that converts from Islam...
  • Mitt Romney: A New Course for the Middle East (WSJ Op-Ed)

    09/30/2012 7:46:34 PM PDT · by kristinn · 16 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | Sunday, September 30, 2012 | Mitt Romney
    Disturbing developments are sweeping across the greater Middle East. In Syria, tens of thousands of innocent people have been slaughtered. In Egypt, the Muslim Brotherhood has come to power, and the country's peace treaty with Israel hangs in the balance. In Libya, our ambassador was murdered in a terrorist attack. U.S. embassies throughout the region have been stormed in violent protests. And in Iran, the ayatollahs continue to move full tilt toward nuclear-weapons capability, all the while promising to annihilate Israel. These developments are not, as President Obama says, mere "bumps in the road." They are major issues that put...
  • US sale of combat planes to Iraq concerns IDF

    04/08/2012 5:37:06 PM PDT · by U-238 · 28 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 4/8/2012 | Yaakov Katz
    Israel is increasingly concerned with the military build-up in Iraq amid intelligence reports that the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) is solidifying its presence in the country, according to a senior IDF officer. Of particular concern is the Pentagonís approval in late 2011 of the sale of 36 F- 16 multi-role combat aircraft to Iraq. The planes will be built by Lockheed Martin in the US and are Block 52 F-16s, meaning that they are of the same configuration as Israelís F-16Is, called Sufa (Storm). ďWe are carefully watching the developments in Iraq,Ē the IDF officer said. ďThe possible developments...
  • IDF officials: Missile attack on Israel would produce less than 300 casualties

    04/02/2012 11:44:40 PM PDT · by U-238 · 11 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 3/3/2012 | Barak Ravid
    Israel Defense Forces officials told cabinet ministers on Monday that should Israel undergo a coordinated missile attack, there would be less than 300 Israeli casualties. The number was mentioned by IDF officials during a discussion in Israel's security-diplomatic cabinet, Channel 10 reported on Monday, and is far lower than the number mentioned previously by Defense Minister Ehud Barak, who reportedly said that a maximum of 500 Israelis would die in such an attack. During the meeting, a senior official in the Israel Air Force told the cabinet ministers that in the event of a coordinated missile attack on Israel's home...
  • Syrian Army Recaptures Idlib

    03/14/2012 12:28:42 AM PDT · by U-238 · 2 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 3/15/2012 | Associated Press
    The Syrian army has recaptured most of the northern rebel stronghold of Idlib near the Turkish border, pushing hundreds of military defectors out of a major base they had held for months even as pockets of resistance kept up their fight Tuesday. Members of the rebel Free Syrian Army gather in a mountainous area of the restive Idlib province in northwestern Syria. The three-day operation to capture the city followed closely after a similar offensive to dislodge the opposition from another key piece of territory it had controlled, the Baba Amr district in central Homs. The two victories gave President...
  • US Might Not Know If Iran Started Building Nuke

    03/11/2012 8:00:08 AM PDT · by edpc · 22 replies
    JPost ^ | 11 Mar 2012 | JPOST.COM STAFF
    Senior US officials doubt Washington's ability to properly gauge the progress of Iran's nuclear program and said that the United States would not necessarily know if Tehran had started secretly building an atomic bomb, The Los Angeles Times reported on Sunday. The doubts of the "senior officials familiar with US intelligence and spying capabilities in Iran" contradict Washington's contention that US satellites, sensors and spies will know when Iran has "crossed a red line," marking the failure of efforts to thwart Tehran's nuclear ambitions through sanctions.
  • Let Syria Be (We should stop enmeshing ourselves ever deeper in the Muslim morass)

    03/11/2012 5:53:03 AM PDT · by Notary Sojac · 40 replies
    National Review Online ^ | 10 March 2012 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    "We will hold sacred the beliefs held sacred by others.Ē Thatís the concluding rally cry of the U.S. Department of Defenseís newly issued guidance on the ďProper Handling and Disposal of Islamic Religious Materials ó Service Members/Civilian Training.Ē Hereís how it works: Mainstream Muslims throughout the Middle East believe, based on the Koran and other ďIslamic Religious Materials,Ē that if an infidel force invades a Muslim territory, its members must be killed until the force has been driven out. They further believe that if non-Muslims commit some act ó even an inadvertent one ó that Muslims perceive as insulting to...
  • Syria's president holding firm

    03/10/2012 6:41:15 PM PST · by U-238 · 12 replies
    CNN Security Blog ^ | 3/10/2012 | Barbara Starr
    Despite reports of high-level defections of government and military officials, U.S. intelligence sees no signs of significant deterioration of support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad by his inner circle, senior U.S. intelligence officials said Friday. Read also: U.N. envoy to meet with Syria's president The officials, who would speak only on the condition that their names not be used, said that to date, the defections have been of lower-level officials and those in the military. None of those defections, including the group of military officers who are reported to have defected this week, are close enough to al-Assad to truly...
  • Netanyahu: Iran Is Closer To A Nuclear Bomb Than People Think

    11/13/2011 7:16:07 PM PST · by edpc · 9 replies
    Haaretz ^ | 13 Nov 2011 | Barak Ravid
    Iran is closer to assembling a nuclear bomb than "people think," Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday, following a the publication of a report by the United Nations' nuclear watchdog on Tehran's nuclear program. Last week, the hotly anticipated document said Iran appeared to have worked on designing an atomic bomb and that secret research may continue. It was the most detailed International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) report to date on the issue.
  • Stuxnet Clone Found, Possibly Preparing For Power Plant Attacks

    10/19/2011 3:35:47 AM PDT · by edpc · 31 replies
    ANI via Yahoo News ^ | 19 Oct 2011 | ANI
    Washington, Oct.19 (ANI): Security researchers have detected a new Trojan, scarily similar to the infamous Stuxnet worm, which could disrupt computers controlling power plants, oil refineries and other critical infrastructure networks. The Trojan, dubbed "Duqu" by the security firm Symantec, appears, based on its code, to have been written by the same authors as the Stuxnet worm, which last July was used to cripple an Iranian nuclear-fuel processing plant, Fox News reports.
  • Carter: Israel-Egypt Peace Agreement Is Not In Danger

    09/14/2011 9:17:27 AM PDT · by edpc · 23 replies
    Haaretz ^ | 14 Sept 2011 | AP
    Former President Jimmy Carter said Tuesday that he doesn't believe the peace accord between Israel and Egypt is in any danger, voicing optimism for the future. "The Arab Spring has brought hope for democracy and freedom to many of the people in the region ... and I hope that eventually it will potentially bring about a change in the prospects of a peace agreement to be negotiated between Israel and its neighbors," he said. "But it would require Israel to withdraw from the occupied territories and that's something that so far the Israeli government has been unable to do."
  • Iran Begins Moving Uranium Enrichment Machines To Underground Bunker

    08/22/2011 5:37:44 AM PDT · by edpc · 14 replies
    Haaretz ^ | 22 Aug 2011 | Reuters
    Iran has started moving the machines that enrich uranium for nuclear fuel from its main atomic complex in the central city of Natanz to an underground bunker near the holy city of Qom, its top nuclear official was quoted as saying on Monday. "Transferring Natanz centrifuges to Fordow (near Qom) is under way with full observance of standards," Fereydoun Abbasi-Davani told state broadcaster IRIB, adding "Fordow's facilities are being prepared and some centrifuges have been transferred."
  • Syrian Activists Report Blasts From Besieged Hama

    08/03/2011 8:32:02 AM PDT · by edpc · 2 replies
    AP via Yahoo News ^ | 3 Aug 2011 | Elizabeth A, Kennedy
    BEIRUT (AP) ó Tanks took over a main square in the besieged Syrian city of Hama and electricity and telephone phone lines were cut off Wednesday as President Bashar Assad's regime showed no signs of halting the intense military assault against an uprising now in its fifth month, activists said.
  • A Middle East Policy in Shambles

    04/06/2011 7:54:16 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 9 replies
    National Review ^ | 4/6/2011 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Almost every promise, almost every reset proclamation from Barack Obama about the struggles against, and those within, the radical Muslim world has either been withdrawn or proven bankrupt. On the day the president announced his reelection bid, his administration renounced its loud promises to try Khalid Sheik Mohammed in a New York civilian court. While blaming Congress for the flipflop, Team Obama conceded that it had no public support for such a sensational courtroom drama ó and knew that the trial of the mastermind of 9/11, a few blocks from the site of his mass murdering, might have endangered the...
  • Rocket fire increases; IDF may deploy Iron Dome next week

    03/24/2011 6:43:38 PM PDT · by bushwon · 11 replies
    Jerusalum Post ^ | 03/24/20911 | Yaakov Katz
    System designed to defend against rockets at range of 4-70 km; some defense officials warn of ramifications of deploying system without ability to protect all of cities under missile fire. As missile fire from the Gaza Strip escalated on Thursday, the IDF is preparing for the possible deployment of the Iron Dome counter-rocket defense system along Israelís border with Gaza.
  • Gates calls for Syrian forces to move aside

    03/24/2011 5:17:51 PM PDT · by bushwon · 44 replies
    Financial Times ^ | 03/24/2011 | FT Reporters
    The Syrian people should follow Egyptís lead and the countryís army should ďempower a revolutionĒ, Robert Gates, US secretary of defence, said as thousands marched in a southern city. Mr Gates made his comments Ė some of the toughest remarks to date by a US official about the rule of Bashar al-Assad, president Ė on a day of further upheaval in the Middle East and beyond. The White House signalled that it was preparing for a change in power in Yemen, where it has been allied with the government of Ali Abdullah Saleh, president. Officials also said Nato had neared...
  • Army officer's wife killed teen children because they were 'mouthy,' Tampa authorities say

    01/29/2011 10:33:39 PM PST · by Red Steel · 45 replies
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | 11:47 a.m. EST, January 29, 2011
    The woman who authorities say killed her teenage daughter and son because she was fed up with them talking back and being mouthy will not appear in court Saturday because she's being treated at a hospital for an unknown condition. Authorities say Julie Powers Schenecker was taken to Tampa General Hospital shortly after midnight Saturday to be treated for a medical condition that existed before she was taken to jail. Hillsborough Sheriff's deputies ó who oversee jail inmates ó said they could not reveal Schenecker's medical condition, citing health care privacy laws. An arrest affidavit said Schenecker shot her son...
  • Arab Radio Interview At Springfield VA Voting Station

    11/02/2010 11:31:10 AM PDT · by muawiyah
    Vanity | Nov 2, 2010 | Muawiyah
    Freeper Muawiyah interviewed by Arab Radio station (presumably) from Middle East (probably Hamas) in Springfield Virginia after voting.
  • (Israeli)Defense budget to be sliced for first time in years

    07/18/2010 11:04:06 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 7 replies · 2+ views
    Haaretz ^ | 7/19/2010 | Moti Bassok
    The cabinet passed the draft budget for 2011 and 2012 and the Economic Arrangements Law by a large majority on Friday afternoon, after 18 hours of debate that started Thursday evening. Twenty ministers from Likud, Labor and Habayit Hayehudi voted in favor. The five Israel Beiteinu ministers objected, the four Shas ministers abstained, and one Labor minister, Isaac Herzog, was absent. The most contentious portion of the nation¬ís second two-year budget involved defense ‚ąí the Finance Ministry fought bitterly to decrease defense spending, while the Defense Ministry pushed for an increase. Ultimately, the matter was put on the table of...
  • Weather Clears for a US Strike on Iran

    07/05/2010 5:41:59 AM PDT · by GiovannaNicoletta · 109 replies · 1+ views ^ | July 3, 2010 | Victor Kotsev
    War drums are beating in the Middle East. In a short time, the United States has increased the number of its carrier strike groups opposite Iran to three, and reports are raining down of a tightening ring of American and Israeli concentrations all around the Islamic Republic. On the diplomatic front, the Israelis are unusually concerned about their international image (for example, making concessions in Gaza) while their top officials - including Defense Minister Ehud Barak and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu himself - are shuttling between Jerusalem and Washington. Everybody in the region is restless. Turkey is making spectacular diplomatic...
  • Russia marketing fifth-generation attack copters in Mideast

    06/18/2010 8:59:29 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 10 replies · 539+ views
    GeoStrategy Direct ^ | 6/19/2010 | GepStrategy Direct
    Russia's Mil Design Bureau has briefed military delegations from Arab and other states on an advanced helicopter expected to begin production by 2015. They said the helicopter would feature capabilities for stealth and the downing of fighter-jets. "We are working on the concept of the fifth-generation combat helicopter," Mil chief executive officer Andrei Shibitov said. At a briefing on May 13, Shibitov said Mil would produce the first fifth-generation helicopter in the world. He said the company would spend $1 billion on the project, with additional funds provided by the Russian Defense Ministry. Industry analysts said any new helicopter must...
  • Iran cracks down on Kurd villages with help from Turkish intelligence

    06/18/2010 8:55:13 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 5 replies · 223+ views
    GeoStrategy Direct. ^ | 6/19/2010 | GeoStrategy Direct.
    Iran has intensified its crackdown on Kurdish nationalists. Opposition sources said Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps has been attacking Kurdish villages throughout northeastern Iran near the border with Turkey. "The terrorists are upset because our intelligence on their network has vastly improved over the last year because of our cooperation with Turkey," an Iranian source said. The sources said the crackdown has targeted the Iranian wing of the Kurdish Workers Party known as Free Life in Kurdisan, or PJAK. "The targets include anybody believed associated with PJAK," an opposition source said. The sources said IRGC, particularly the Basij militia, has...
  • US is said to expand secret actions in Mideast

    06/04/2010 10:21:27 PM PDT · by citizenredstater9271 · 21 replies · 634+ views
    New York Times ^ | May 24, 2010 | Mark Mazzetti
    The top American commander in the Middle East has ordered a broad expansion of clandestine military activity in an effort to disrupt militant groups or counter threats in Iran, Saudi Arabia, Somalia and other countries in the region, according to defense officials and military documents. The secret directive, signed in September by Gen. David H. Petraeus, authorizes the sending of American Special Operations troops to both friendly and hostile nations in the Middle East, Central Asia and the Horn of Africa to gather intelligence and build ties with local forces. Officials said the order also permits reconnaissance that could pave...
  • The NIF and the next war

    02/05/2010 10:17:34 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 16 replies · 540+ views
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 02/05/2010 | Caroline Glick
    A regional war may well be approaching. The actions and statements of Iran and its Syrian, Lebanese and Palestinian proxies over the past week or so indicate that this is what Israelís enemies are gunning for. In preparing for this growing threat, Israelís leaders need to consider more than just the military challenges it faces. They must consider the political actors at home and abroad that limit the IDFís ability to fight to victory and develop strategies for neutralizing those actors. The latest developments are menacing. Last Saturday, Iranís unelected president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad threatened to open up a new round...
  • Wooing Damascus to isolate Teheran

    02/05/2010 10:07:47 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 3 replies · 276+ views
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 02/05/2010 | Yaakov Katz
    The IDFís deployment along the Golan Heights did not change on Thursday, despite the escalation in rhetoric on both sides of the Israeli-Syrian border. Relations between the countries took a turn for the worse on Monday, when Defense Minister Ehud Barak told a gathering of senior IDF officers that in the absence of a peace deal with Syria, Israel could find itself at war with its neighbor to the north. The war, he said, would be pointless since its conclusion would likely be followed by immediate peace talks that would focus on the same issues that are currently separating the...
  • The World's Biggest Oil Reserves

    01/26/2010 3:23:02 AM PST · by Biggirl · 13 replies · 865+ views ^ | January 26, 2010 | Christopher Helman
    Chances are your energy needs are going to flow from one of these fields in the future. This month Iraq will finalize contracts with the likes of ExxonMobil, Royal Dutch Shell and BP to develop some of its biggest oil fields. These giants are among the world's last remaining pockets of so-called "easy oil." They don't require ultradeep drilling or innovative production techniques, just the application of Big Oil know-how. No wonder the oil companies agreed to develop Iraq's fields without even getting an ownership stake in the fields and collecting as little as $1.15 per barrel recovered.
  • Mideast mystery: Who killed Ali-Mohammadi?

    01/18/2010 6:11:40 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 14 replies · 781+ views
    Space War ^ | 1/18/2010 | UPI via Space War
    The Jan. 12 assassination of Iranian physicist Masoud Ali-Mohammadi remains shrouded in mystery. The Iranian regime, facing unprecedented political domestic opposition over last June's disputed presidential election, has named Israel's Mossad intelligence service as the most likely culprit, aided by the Americans and British. The Israelis' supposed objective: to sabotage Iran's controversial nuclear program. But in the Middle East, where conspiracy theories are a cultural pursuit, there's now another scenario. The Mossad is still the culprit, but its motivation is far murkier -- derailing the tortuous negotiations between Tehran and the West concerning Iran's nuclear project, and thus to clear...
  • Obama creates a deadly power vacuum

    06/29/2009 12:42:09 PM PDT · by pissant · 22 replies · 1,129+ views
    Asia Times ^ | 6/29/09 | Spengler
    There's a joke about a man who tells a psychiatrist, "Everybody hates me," to which the psychiatrist responds, "That's ridiculous - everyone doesn't know you, yet." Which brings me to Barack Obama: one of the best-informed people in the American security establishment told me the other day that the president is a "Manchurian Candidate". That can't be true - Manchuria isn't in the business of brainwashing prospective presidential candidates any more. There's no one left to betray America to. Obama is creating a strategic void in which no major power will dominate, and every minor power must fend for itself....
  • Israel and Syria: Getting Ready To Rumble?

    04/08/2008 12:46:03 AM PDT · by B-Chan · 5 replies · 155+ views ^ | 2008.04.07 | "Rastaman"
    This is barely being reported on the MSM and yet itís developing into a major clash. The recent Arab summit in Damascus was a flop and left Syria with a lot of anger and embarrassment. The Israelis have openly admitted to bombing that mystery installation in Syria for being a nuclear bomb assembly factory set up by the North Koreans. This ruination of their plans has naturally outraged the Syrians. At the same time, many Arab states are exasperated with Syria for their continued support of Hizbollah in Lebanon and their efforts to control that country. The other Arab states...
  • Political Theatre of the Absurd (Even the left is sick of Code Pink!)

    03/19/2008 8:39:10 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies · 1,669+ views
    The American Prospect ^ | March 18, 2008 | Paul Waldman
    A few months ago, a day before one of the occasional marches the Capital sees demanding an end to the Iraq War, I began the descent into the Metro stop near my office, looked up, and saw a number of representatives of Code Pink standing at the railing overlooking the escalator. Or rather, I heard them first. They were screaming at the parade of commuters, at the top of their lungs and in a tone somewhere between simple frustration and righteous anger, "End the war!!!" Well, I thought, that ought to take care of things. Good work, hippies! I kid...
  • McCain mistaken on Iran and al-Qaida

    03/18/2008 5:00:37 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 28 replies · 778+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 3/18/08 | Alfred de Montesquiou - ap
    AMMAN, Jordan - Sen. John McCain, the Republican presidential nominee-in-waiting, mistakenly said Tuesday that Iran was allowing al-Qaida fighters into the country to be trained and returned to Iraq. McCain, expressing concern about Iran's rising sway in the Mideast, said, "Al-Qaida is going back into Iran and is receiving training and are coming back into Iraq from Iran." He made the comments Tuesday at a news conference in Jordan; he made similar comments earlier to radio talk show host Hugh Hewitt. Iran is a predominantly Shiite Muslim country and has been at pains to close its borders to al-Qaida fighters...
  • Urgent: Cable Cuts Now Total Five

    02/05/2008 10:48:57 PM PST · by B-Chan · 56 replies · 230+ views ^ | 2008.02.05 | George Ure
    From our "eyes open" and be ready for the ME to go hot, not only are sources in Israel reporting that unofficially folks are being told to ready their safe rooms, but we now see that telecommunications cable breaks servicing that part of the world are now up to 5! "A total of five cables being operated by two submarine cable operators have been damaged with a fault in each. These are SeaMeWe-4 (South East Asia-Middle East-Western Europe-4) near Penang, Malaysia, the FLAG Europe-Asia near Alexandria, FLAG near the Dubai coast, FALCON near Bandar Abbas in Iran and SeaMeWe-4, also...
  • Pope: Catholics around the world must help Arab Christians

    01/18/2008 1:53:03 PM PST · by NYer · 16 replies · 189+ views
    CNA ^ | January 18, 2008
    Vatican City, Jan 18, 2008 / 10:55 am (CNA).- This morning†at the Vatican, the Pope met with the Catholic bishops from Arab regions of the world and called upon all Catholics to help Arab†Christians to remain in their countries. The prelates who spoke with Benedict XVI are from the Conference of Latin Bishops in the Arab Regions (CELRA), whose president is His Beatitude Michel Sabbah, patriarch of Jerusalem of the Latins. In his talk to them, the Pope recalled how their episcopal conference "comprises many different situations in which the faithful, natives of many different countries, often live in...
  • Muhammad's Tribe (the true history of Islam's suppression of conquered nations and people)

    01/13/2008 8:08:44 AM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 55 replies · 1,128+ views
    National Post (Canada) ^ | Janary 10, 2008 | Philip Carl Salzman
    Today's religious map of the Middle East traces to the unification of the Arabian tribes under the banner of Islam in the 7th century, and their subsequent conquest of much of the known world. Muhammad's genius was in finding a way to unite the myriad of fissiparous, feuding Bedouin tribes of northern Arabia into a cohesive polity. Just as he had provided a constitution of rules under which the people of Medina could live together, so he provided a constitution for all Arabs, but this one had the imprimatur not just of Muhammad, but of God. Submission -- Islam --...
  • CNN's Arab Hala Gorani in propaganda of 'Arabism'

    11/02/2007 9:22:29 AM PDT · by Posting · 4 replies · 142+ views
    11/2/07 The Arab Hala Gorani introduces us to a western-type Arab singer ‚ÄėCaramel‚Äô as if that's a 'normal Arab today'. The Arab Hala Gorani has a long history on CNN to 'glorify Middle east cultures' on her show 'Inside the Middle east', she's a master on picking & selecting the rare and never on the mainstream. In other words, not showing reality bit being a propaganda tool for the Arab world, when no one speaks [really] for the west in that wild jungle hatred empire. In this age of ‚Äúmulticulturalism‚ÄĚ that is nothing but a tool by Islamists, it‚Äôs...
  • How empires end

    07/20/2007 7:51:54 AM PDT · by Ouderkirk · 31 replies · 1,036+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | 7-20-07 | Patrick J. Buchanan
    Responding to the call of Pope Urban II at Claremont in 1095, the Christian knights of the First Crusade set out for the Holy Land. In 1099, Jerusalem was captured. As their port in Palestine, the Crusaders settled on Acre on the Mediterranean. There they built the great castle that was overrun by Saladin in 1187, but retaken by Richard the Lion-Hearted in 1191. Acre became the capital of the Kingdom of Jerusalem and the stronghold of the Crusader state, which fell to the Mameluks in a bloody siege in 1291. The Christians left behind were massacred. The ruins of...
  • Syrian Butcher's buddy, Arabist self hating Carter admits adopting Palestinian drama baseless terms

    11/28/2006 8:06:01 AM PST · by PRePublic · 277+ views
    The infamous J. Carter has another destructive launch his hateful anti Israel book "Palestine peace not apartheid". Carter as in to be blamed partially for his role in today's entire world's danger from the fanatical Islamic regime in Iran, would he just not push so hard for a change in Iran, when we are told as Americans, time and time again, not to interfer into other states' affaires, but it seems it is a selective call. Now, Carter has from self hatred anti Americanism to anti Israelism, rest assuree it was by "advice" from his Arab tyrants buddies. As Prof....
  • Q&A: Turkey's EU entry talks with Turkish Citizen Comments. (Man on Street Comment Alert)

    11/26/2006 5:52:49 PM PST · by longtermmemmory · 8 replies · 625+ views
    Turkey is unlikely to join the EU for at least 15 years Turkey finally began talks on joining the European Union in October 2005, more than 40 years after it first began to woo the emerging bloc. Now it seems that things are already going wrong. What are the main problems? More generally, what are the main arguments for and against Turkish membership of the EU, and how does the accession process work? Why is Turkey's EU membership bid in trouble? There are two issues. TURKISH MARATHON 1959 - Turkey applies for associate membership of EEC 1963 - Association...
  • What happens when Arab lying racists (still) criticize beautiful democratic Israel?

    10/05/2006 5:02:16 AM PDT · by PRePublic · 1 replies · 380+ views
    Fighting Hate, Lies & Bias
    Arab lying racists (still) criticize beautiful democratic Israel? What happens when the Atlas (Arab) of Racism invents-lies libel "racism" on a remarkable democracy? Ignoring Israel's reality First, the Arab Islamic hate media Goliath is systematically ingnoring or lying openly about the fact that Israel's Arabs are not only equal, but giving opportunities & rights without demanding of them the natural obligation that exists on all Israelis to serve in it's service, moreover they're often first class citizens in courts etc. even ahead of Israeli Jews. Remarkable! Israel's free, democratic status should be held especially remarkable giving the fact of...
  • Ginko, Lapidot discover oil at Dead Sea drilling site

    09/22/2006 12:45:41 AM PDT · by Traianus · 12 replies · 1,277+ views
    Ynetnews ^ | 09-19-2006 | Golan Hazani
    Ginko, Lapidot discover oil at Dead Sea drilling site†At drilling site north of Dead Sea, oil struck at depth of 1,800 meters. According to estimates, there are about 6.5 million barrels of crude oil, worth about USD 300 million Golan Hazani Published:† 09.19.06, 17:14 † Oil spurted Monday at a depth of about 1,800 meters during drilling near the Dead Sea. The drilling was planned only to reach 2,000 meters. Drilling partners, Ginko Oil Exploration and Lapidot (20 percent) are expected to carry out a series of tests in the coming days in order to estimate the quantity of oil...
  • A Solution for the Mid-East Conflict (Rev. Thomas J. Euteneuer)

    07/27/2006 2:21:59 PM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 18 replies · 523+ views
    Spirit and Life ^ | 7/28/2006 | Rev. Thomas J. Euteneuer
    A Solution for the Mid-East ConflictModern means of communication give us the ability to see the ugly face of terrorism graphically: heartless beheadings, brutal murders, suicide bombings, the bloody deaths of innocent people and the like. No one can deny that terrorists who vow the destruction of individuals and even whole societies are just plain evil. It cannot be said enough: terrorism is satanic. A few days ago one official at the UN said that terrorism is like a cancer that can only be cut out of the body if we are to save the whole person. I do not...