Thursday, July 31, 2008


U.S. to Help Israel with Missile Detection - Dan Williams

The U.S. will soon link Israel up to two advanced missile detection systems as a precaution against any future attack by a nuclear-armed Iran, Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak said on Tuesday in Washington. Barak said he had secured the Pentagon's agreement to post the powerful forward-based X-band radar in Israel "before the new administration arrives" in January. Built by Raytheon, the system has been described by U.S. officials as capable of tracking an object the size of a baseball from about 2,900 miles (4,700 km.) away. It would let Israel's Arrow anti-missile missile engage an Iranian Shihab-3 ballistic missile about halfway through its 11-minute flight to Israel. Pentagon press secretary Geoff Morrell said: "Like the Israelis, we see the Iranians racing to build a ballistic missile capability and so we are working to help the Israelis fortify their defenses as quickly as possible." Barak said the U.S. will also increase Israel's access to its Defense Support Program (DSP) satellites, which spot missile launches. Israeli officials say past access to the DSP has been on a per-request, rather than constant, basis. (Reuters)

See also Strike on Iran Still Possible, U.S. Tells Israel - Paul Richter and Julian E. BarnesIn

Meetings Monday and Tuesday, administration officials told Israeli Defense Minister Barak that the option of attacking Iran over its nuclear program remains on the table, though U.S. officials are primarily seeking a diplomatic solution. Barak said that there remains time for "accelerated sanctions" to try to persuade Iran to abandon its nuclear program. (Los Angeles Times)

See also Hizbullah Has Tripled Its Missile Arsenal, Barak Warns - Benny AvniIsraeli Defense Minister Barak told Vice President Cheney on Monday, "The amount of missiles possessed by Hizbullah was doubled and even tripled, and their range was extended significantly" since the war in Lebanon two years ago. Security Council Resolution 1701 envisioned the disarming of all Lebanese militias, including Hizbullah, as well as a weapons-free area in southern Lebanon. "We have to admit that it simply isn't working," an aide to Barak said, speaking of Resolution 1701. He also said that Israel has no intention of handing another victory to Hizbullah by negotiating over the fate of Shaba Farms. (New York Sun)

Mideast Deal Seems Beyond Reach as Rice Hosts Talks - Arshad MohammedIsraeli and Palestinian negotiators meet in Washington on Wednesday to work toward the long-shot U.S. goal of achieving a comprehensive peace deal this year. Asked if they were mounting a final push to get the talks moving, one U.S. official said, "It's fairer to say that we are keen to build the sort of traction needed for things to move in the right direction, so that the next administration gets a situation that's as manageable and productive as possible." (Reuters)

See also U.S. Trying to Salvage Gains in Mideast Talks - Anne GearanThe Bush administration is trying to secure a few concessions from Israel and the Palestinians by the end of this year, leaving the details of any real peace deal to the next president. (AP)

News Resources - Israel and the Mideast:

Olmert: Syria Must Decide between Axis of Evil, Peace and Prosperity - Ronen MedziniSpeaking at the National Defense College in Jerusalem on Tuesday, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert discussed the recently renewed negotiations with Syria. He said Israel "is continuing with the negotiations in good faith, with the intent of giving Syria a genuine alternative, so that it may make the right decision....The peace negotiations depend on Syria. There is no place solely for overtures, but there must also be action. Syria must decide between Iran, the axis of evil, and international isolation, or peace and prosperity." (Ynet News)

Abbas Warns Israel: Don't Free Hamas West Bank Leaders - Uri BlauIf Israel releases Hamas members of the Palestinian parliament as part of a deal for the return of kidnapped soldier Gilad Shalit, Mahmoud Abbas will dismantle the Palestinian Authority, Abbas warned Israel last week. Abbas fears the release of senior Hamas politicians would strengthen the organization's civilian infrastructure in the West Bank. (Ha'aretz)

Palestinian Convicted of Recruiting Israeli Minister's AssassinsThe Jerusalem District Court on Tuesday convicted Majdi Rimawi from the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine for recruiting and assisting the gunmen who assassinated Minister Rehavam Ze'evi in 2001. Rimawi was convicted of finding the gunmen, supplying them with fake identification documents, and providing them with photos of the minister so that they could identify him. Ze'evi, a former army general, was shot dead at Jerusalem's Hyatt Hotel. (Ha'aretz)

Global Commentary and Think-Tank Analysis (Best of U.S., UK, and Israel):
U.S. Is Largest Donor to Palestinian AuthorityState Department

Spokesman Sean McCormack said Tuesday: "The United States remains the largest single state donor to the Palestinian Authority. We have provided $562 million in total assistance in 2008, surpassing our pledged level of $555 million. This includes $264 million in project assistance through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the State Department's Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL); $150 million in direct budget support - the largest single tranche for funds provided to the Palestinian Authority by a single donor country; and $148 million in contributions to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA)." (U.S. State Department)

Killing the Dream of a Secular, Democratic Palestinian State - Zohir AndreusIt is difficult for me to be a Palestinian-Arab these days, because I'm simply ashamed. The schism between Hamas and Fatah has become a done deal, and all the talk about attempts to mend the rift is nothing but empty words. The conduct of my people in the "liberated" Gaza Strip and in the West Bank does not leave room for any doubt: The dream of establishing a democratic and secular Palestinian state alongside the State of Israel is dissipating. My people is the only one in the world that has no state and two governments. World public opinion is justifiably asking: How can such a split nation establish a state if they behave this way towards each other? The writer is CEO of the Israeli Arab newspaper Ma-Alhadath. (Ynet News)

Iraq's Christians Form New Militias to Combat Islamic Extremists - Damien McElroyIn the five years since the Anglo-American invasion of 2003, about half of the 800,000 Christians who once lived in Iraq have fled the country. Now, civilians in Christian villages in northern Iraq have established their own security in an attempt to deter murders and abductions. "We are facing the threat of wipe-out," said Father Yusuf Yohannes in Karamlis, 10 miles east of Mosul. The security patrols have already had an impact and there is a renewed willingness to resist the demands of Muslim radicals. "Why should Christians face arrest for not fasting in Ramadan?" asked Fr. Yusuf. "Why is it that women should cover their faces if God loves all human beings? We reject these things and want the right to our own culture." (Telegraph-UK)

The Hollow Regime: Bragging in Tehran - Michael Ledeen (National Review)

The Iranian regime has two fundamental instruments of power, whether at home or abroad: terror and deception. Both are dramatically on display.

This past Sunday, 30 people were executed for a variety of alleged crimes, and a number of whom lost their lives because they dared to criticize the regime. This wave of executions in the world's second-most active killer of its own citizens (China tops the list) coincides with the anniversary of the resumption of public hangings last August, which was viewed as "sending a message" to would-be critics and anyone in the West who might be tempted to support Iranian dissidents. This weekend's mass executions mark a new, grisly watershed in the mullahs' ongoing terror war against their own people.

This dramatic carnage surely bespeaks a profound insecurity in Tehran. It documents the fear that dominates the rulers' nightmares, the fear of their own people, who are the greatest threat to the survival of the mullahcracy.

The Iranian regime is hollow. So far as we know, they are without atomic bombs and a reliable delivery system. Their economy is a shambles, their people hate them, they present us with Potemkin weapons systems. It is a political explosion ready to happen, it only needs the support of the West.

Thursday, July 24, 2008


Are Kurdish, Mojaheddin and USA Special Ops forces probing into Iran and causing damage?

For an organisation that prides itself on being a well-run administrative machine, the leadership of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards is having a rather testing time.

It’s not just last Saturday’s mysterious explosion in a suburb of Tehran that killed 15 people that is causing the leadership sleepless nights, although the nationwide news black-out imposed immediately afterwards does suggest the Revolutionary Guards, the storm troops of Iran’s Islamic Revolution, are rattled.

Details are only now starting to reach the outside world, and it looks increasingly like sabotage was responsible for devastating a military convoy as it travelled through Khavarshahar. The company responsible for moving the equipment, LTK, is owned by the Revolutionary Guards and is suspected of being involved in shipping arms to Lebanon’s Hizbollah Shia Muslim militia, which is trained and funded by Tehran.

The Revolutionary Guards’ arms shipments to Lebanon and its allies in Iraq, Afghanistan and Somalia are usually shrouded in such secrecy that only a few senior members of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s government are briefed in advance.
As the international crisis over Iran’s nuclear programme deepens, the Revolutionary Guards have intensified their efforts to supply regional allies with military hardware so that, in the event of Tehran becoming involved in an armed confrontation with the West, Iran can respond by opening a number of fronts in the Middle East and beyond.

The need to keep the arms build-up secret would explain the Revolutionary Guards’ decision to ban the Iranian media from reporting the explosion, even though it was heard throughout the capital. But what really concerns Iran’s leadership is that the incident is the latest in a long line of unexplained explosions.

In May, officials blamed British and American agents for an explosion at a mosque in Shiraz that had just finished staging an exhibition of Iran’s latest military hardware. Last year more than a dozen Iranian engineers were killed while trying to fit a chemical warhead to a missile in Syria.

A few months earlier, a train reported to be carrying military supplies to Syria was derailed by another mysterious explosion in northern Turkey. It is highly unlikely that these incidents are unrelated, which has only served to deepen the mood of fear and suspicion gripping the Revolutionary Guards’ leadership.

Tensions have been running high in Tehran since Seymour Hersh, the respected American investigative journalist, revealed in the New Yorker magazine last month that President George W Bush had authorised up to $400 million to fund a major escalation in covert operations to destabilise the regime.

Having contended with Iran’s attempts to undermine the Iraqi government over the past five years, British and American military commanders are more than happy to undertake covert operations in Iran, and there have been unconfirmed reports that special forces are operating undercover in the country.

Read more from Con Coughlin

Western diplomats and nuclear inspectors who frequently travel to Tehran as part of the international effort to persuade the Iranians to halt their uranium enrichment activities report that a sense of paranoia appears to have gripped the regime in recent months.

“There has certainly been a change of mood since the start of the year,” a Vienna-based official told me this week. “In the past they always appeared very self-confident and sure-footed in their dealings with foreign officials. Now they come across as very suspicious, and watch our every move.”

Tehran’s changed political atmosphere might be explained by the fact that President Ahmadinejad and his senior officials realise they are running out of time in their negotiations with the West. After more than four years of painstaking talks with the Vienna-based International Atomic Energy Agency, Iran is continuing to enrich uranium at its underground facility at Natanz, a clear breach of its obligations under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

Even senior officials at the agency, who have gone out of their way to accommodate the Iranians’ concerns, have little confidence that the Iranians have any intention of reaching a compromise. “All they seem interested in is extending the talks as long as possible while all the time they continue with their uranium enrichment programme,” said an official close to the talks. “Their entire strategy appears to be based on playing for time.”

Iran has just another week to respond to the latest proposal put forward by the West at last weekend’s meeting with Iranian officials in Geneva, in which Iran was offered economic reconstruction in return for halting the enrichment programme.

Iran is intensifying efforts to strengthen the effectiveness of Hizbollah in southern Lebanon in preparation for a possible attack on Israel. Revolutionary Guards are keen to strengthen its leadership following the assassination of Imad Mugniyeh, Hizbollah’s head of security, in the Syrian capital by Israeli agents last February.

Mugniyeh, the terrorist behind suicide truck bomb attacks on American and French troops in the 1980s, played a key role in building up Hizbollah’s military strength, which proved to be highly effective during its 2006 attack against Israeli forces in southern Lebanon.

Tehran wants to appoint one of its commanders as a replacement, but has received unexpected resistance from Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah, the secretary-general.

Nasrallah insists Mugniyeh’s replacement must come from within Hizbollah’s ranks. Suddenly nothing seems to be going the Revolutionary Guards’ way.

They had to photoshop missiles refusing to fly, use plastic models from the Internet to try to establish a modern air force and put lots fo fluff into their saber rattling posturing.

Monday, July 21, 2008


Samir Kuntar on arrival in Lebanon, complete with Hizbullah uniform and "Heil Hitler" salute


Goes to prove Islam and Nazi philosophy are very similar overall, except for "Deutschland Ueber Alles", read "Allah ubeber Alles". and death to the Jews and various other "unbelievers".

A senior Israeli official has stated that, now out of jail, Israel's obligation to protect Kuntar is terminated; on arrival in Lebanon, he became "a target for killing.

Israel will get him, and he will be killed … accounts will be settled." Another senior official added "we cannot let this man think that he can go unpunished for his murder of a 4-year-old girl."

Who will laugh last, Hizbullah or Israel?

Sunday, July 20, 2008


Photo: Lebanese Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah (R) speaks next to freed Lebanese prisoner Samir Qantar (L) at a stadium in Beirut's southern suburbs.

Israel advises Nasrallah: Leaving your hideout is 'dangerous'

Published: Saturday, 19 July, 2008 @ 8:02 AM in Beirut

Beirut / Jerusalem - A high-ranking Israeli security source has advised Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah not to go out from hiding, a day after a similar threat was made against released prisoner Samir Qantar.

The Israeli daily Haaretz quoted the source as saying "that he doesn't advise Nasrallah to leave his hideout, (a move) which could be dangerous."

Nasrallah made a brief appearance at celebrations for the release of five prisoners, including Qantar, from Israeli jails in Beirut's southern suburbs on Wednesday.

But the Hezbollah chief was whisked out of sight a few minutes after his appearance at Al-Raya stadium to greet Qantar and his comrades.

He later gave a speech via video link.

The last time Nasrallah made a public speech was in September 2006 in a victory celebration among the ruins of the southern suburbs destroyed during the July-August 2006 war Hezbollah fought with Israel.

He also appeared in public for a few minutes in January during the Shiite Muslim holiday of Ashura.

The Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth also hinted Thursday that it was possible the Jewish state would assassinate Qantar.

Qantar ( 46) was in Israeli jail for nearly 30 years and was freed just 3 days ago in a prisoner swap deal between Hezbollah and Israel .

Qantar received four life sentences in an Israeli court. He was convicted of murdering three Israelis during the raid - an Israeli policeman, a 31 year-old man, and his 4-year-old daughter. He was 17 and belonged to the Palestine Liberation Front ( PLF) , when he participated in the 1979 PLF raid in Nahariya, 10 kilometers away from the Lebanese border.

Friday, July 18, 2008


Justice: For Arabs Only?,, Gerald A. Honigman

Off-shore drilling can reduce gas prices, SperoNews, Ben Lieberman

Dinars for Dollars: Arabs Buying Out Collapsing Western Banks,
Arutz-7, Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu

Justice: For Arabs Only?
Gerald A., April 14, 2005

Well, the day has finally arrived. I now find myself in agreement with the Secretary General of the Arab League. Recently, at the end of the Arab League Summit, Amr Mussa declared that peace could not arrive until there was withdrawal from occupied territories, the creation of another state, and the return of refugees.He's basically correct. Except he has a few details mixed up.

Native Copts in Egyptmillions of themhad their country overrun by conquering, settling, subjugating, and occupying Arabs.To this day, they never know when the next murder will occur, the next church will be burned down. They have learned that to survive they must consent to the forced Arabization process.

Their leaders have even written that for Israel to 'get along,' it too must consent to a variation of this. Pretty pathetic. Uncle Butros instead of Uncle Tombut the same breed, if you know what I mean. Just imagine the world-wide outcry if Israel's Jews did this sort of thing to Israeli Arabs.

The majority Berber population of North Africa saw its lands overrun as well over the past centuries by conquering, settling, and subjugating Arab hordes creating Arab empires. Imperialism is evidently only nasty when non-Arabs indulge in it. Berbers who dared to insist on keeping their own pre-Arab language and culture have been murdered for trying to do so. A look at any number of websites dealing with Berbers on these subjects will be revealing indeed....

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Off-shore drilling can reduce gas pricesBen
LiebermanSperoNews, July 15, 2008

Washington must do something about the increasing price of gasoline, now topping $4 per gallon. One important step would be to tap our own supplies of oil. Yet for decades, overlapping congressional and presidential restrictions on drilling for energy in the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) have stood in the way of lower prices for oil and natural gas.

The President took a positive step today by rescinding the executive moratorium on exploration and production in American waters. However, Congress still needs to act in order to make this oil available.

Congressional Restrictions on DrillingMany of America's offshore areas are off-limits to energy production. Beginning in 1982, Congress restricted more and more offshore areas through annual Department of the Interior (DOI) appropriations. The DOI has authority over the OCS, which includes most areas more than three miles offshore. Through this annual process, Congress chose to deny DOI the funding necessary to conduct leasing of new offshore areas to oil and natural gas companies.

These off-limits areas comprise 85 percent of the OCSalmost everywhere except the central and western Gulf of Mexicoand the congressional moratoria have become a standard feature of each year's DOI appropriations bill. Until recent years, these restrictions were easily renewed with little controversy, but with the dramatic rise in oil and natural gas prices, as well as the desire to reduce oil imports from unfriendly foreign countries, there have been several legislative efforts to roll them back. Thus far, none of these efforts has been successful....

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Dinars for Dollars: Arabs Buying Out Collapsing Western BanksTzvi Ben GedalyahuArutz-7, July 18, 2008

..."The possibility remains that more Arab white knights will be sought to rescue ailing financial institutions," wrote Dr. Mohammed Ramady, a former banker and Visiting Associate Professor at the King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals in the Financial Adviser magazine.

He said he fears that Arab investors will end up chasing their investments with more money to keep them from going under.

The Abu Dhabi Investment Council of the oil-rich United Arab Emirates kingdom of Abu Dhabi last November announced it was bailing out the mammoth Citibank financial institution, formerly headed by Bank of Israel Governor Prof. Stanley Fischer, with $7.5 billion.

Next in line was Britain's Barclay's Bank, which raised $9 billion from investors in the oil-rich kingdom of Qatar and in Asian countries. The Abu Dhabi Investment Council last month forked out approximately $800 million for a 75 percent stake in New York City's 1,046-foot-tall Chrysler Building, which was the world's tallest building for a year until the Empire State Building surpassed it in the 1930's.

The purchase of American banks by foreigners has been blocked in the past by security and political considerations, but the barriers have come down, wrote Dr. Ramady. "How long this lasts is only a matter of guesswork, as once again, the specter of foreign takeovers of 'national' symbols will be hard to accept," he added....

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Wednesday, July 16, 2008


These Islamic sects ALL insist they are the ONLY true MOSLEMS and the rest are not and are, according to the Koran, liable to being killed an destroyed as "unbelievers"!

Sunnis: Hanafi, Shafii, Maliki, Hanbal
Submitters (Qur’an only Muslims)
Shia: Jaffri, Islamilia, Zaidiah, Yazdis

Saturday, July 12, 2008


The following is certainly partisan, but if offers some real truths and insights into what our political system has produced:
------------------------------>>>>> THE LAWYER’S PARTY

By Janet Gardner

The Democrat Party has become the Lawyers' Party.

Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton are lawyers. Bill Clinton and Michelle Obama are lawyers. John Edwards, the other former Democrat candidate for president, is a lawyer, and so is his wife, Elizabeth.

Every Democrat nominee since 1984 went to law school (although Gore did not graduate).

Every Democrat vice presidential nominee since 1976, except for Lloyd Bentsen, went to law school.

Look at the Democrat Party in Congress: the Majority Leader in each house is a lawyer.The Republican Party is different.

President Bush and Vice President Cheney were not lawyers, but businessmen.

The leaders of the Republican Revolution were not lawyers.

Newt Gingrich was a history professor; Tom Delay was an exterminator; and Dick Armey was an economist. House Minority Leader Boehner was a plastic manufacturer, not a lawyer.

The former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist is a heart surgeon.

Who was the last Republican president who was a lawyer?

Gerald Ford, who left office 31 years ago and who barely won the Republican nomination as a sitting president, running against Ronald Reagan in 1976. The Republican Party is made up of real people doing real work.

The Democrat Party is made up of lawyers. Democrats mock and scorn men who create wealth, like Bush and Cheney, or who heal the sick, like Frist, or who immerse themselves in history, like Gingrich.

The Lawyers' Party sees these sorts of people, who provide goods and services that people want, as the enemies of America. And, so we have seen the procession of official enemies, in the eyes of the Lawyers' Party, grow.

Against whom do Hillary and Obama rail?

Pharmaceutical companies, oil companies, hospitals, manufacturers, fast food restaurant chains, large retail businesses, bankers, and anyone producing anything of value in our nation.

This is the natural consequence of viewing everything through the eyes of lawyers. Lawyers solve problems by successfully representing their clients, in this case the American people.

Lawyers seek to have new laws passed, they seek to win lawsuits, they press appellate courts to overturn precedent, and lawyers always parse language to favor their side.

Confined to the narrow practice of law, that is fine. But it is an awful way to govern a great nation.

When politicians as lawyers begin to view some Americans as clients and other Americans as opposing parties, then the role of the legal system in our life becomes all-consuming.

Some Americans become 'adverse parties' of our very government. We are not all litigants in some vast social class-action suit. We are citizens of a republic that promises us a great deal of freedom from laws, from courts, and from lawyers.

Today, we are drowning in laws; we are contorted by judicial decisions; we are driven to distraction by omnipresent lawyers in all parts of our once private lives. America has a place for laws and lawyers, but that place is modest and reasonable, not vast and unchecked.

When the most important decision for our next president is whom he will appoint to the Supreme Court, the role of lawyers and the law in America is too big.

When lawyers use criminal prosecution as a continuation of politics by other means, as happened in the lynching of Scooter Libby and Tom Delay, then the power of lawyers in America is too great.

When House Democrats sue America in order to hamstring our efforts to learn what our enemies are planning to do to us, then the role of litigation in America has become crushing. We cannot expect the Lawyers' Party to provide real change, real reform, or real hope in America.

Alan note: many lawyers of the liberal Democratic flavor have become Dhimmis and suing to stifle any opinion that does not praise or support Islam.

Most Americans know that a republic in which every major government action must be blessed by nine unelected judges is not what Washington intended in 1789.

Most Americans grasp that we cannot fight a war when ACLU lawsuits snap at the heels of our defenders. Most Americans intuit that more lawyers and judges will not restore declining moral values or spark the spirit of enterprise in our economy.

Perhaps Americans will understand that change cannot be brought to our nation by those lawyers who already largely dictate American society and business. Perhaps Americans will see that hope does not come from the mouths of lawyers but from personal dreams nourished by hard work.

Perhaps Americans will embrace the truth that more lawyers with more power will only make our problems worse.