The US inches ever closer to attacking Iran

Saturday, August 12, 2006

News for 08-11-06

08-11-06 - Tip Followed '05 Attacks on London Transit By late 2005, the probe had expanded to involve several hundred investigators on three continents. They kept dozens of suspects under close surveillance for months, even as some of the plotters traveled between Britain and Pakistan to raise money, find recruits and refine their scheme, according to interviews with U.S. and European counterterrorism officials.

08-11-06 - British police identify terror suspects Original tip came from a member of Britain's Muslim community....FoxNews reports that the group had also been penetrated by an undercover agent. British intelligence, however, discounted reports from the US that the suspected bombers had planned to bring down the plans over US cities.

08-11-06 - Israeli drone strike on convoy kills 7 An Israeli drone fired at a convoy of refugees fleeing southern Lebanon on Friday night, killing at least seven people and wounding 22, an Associated Press photographer said.

08-11-06 - Israel blasts key bridge to Syria Israeli warplanes and artillery pounded Hezbollah positions Friday in attempts to gain unchallenged command of strategic high ground and disrupt guerrilla rocket attacks across the border. In far north Lebanon, Israeli jets blasted a key bridge to Syria and killed at least 12 people.

08-11-06 - FBI Investigates American Connection to London Terror Plot In an interview with ABC News this morning, White House Homeland Security Advisor Fran Townsend said while there is currently no indication of any plotting in the United States, she confirmed, "There are leads that the FBI is running."

08-11-06 - Middle-class and British: the Muslims in plots to bomb jets "Pakistan played a very important role in uncovering and breaking this international terrorist network,"

08-11-06 - UN rights body backs Israel probe Addressing the emergency session in Geneva, the UN's human rights chief, Louise Arbour, chided both sides for inflicting suffering on civilians. "Israeli attacks affecting civilians continue unabated," she told a special session of the UN Human Rights Council.

08-11-06 - Peace deal at UN is clouded by Israeli ambiguity Olmert appears to accept text hours after shocking security council by insisting on going ahead with Lebanon offensive

08-11-06 - Israel presses on with offensive despite deal Israel's Prime Minister Ehud Olmert endorsed last night's ceasefire deal at the United Nations but its military campaign in Lebanon will continue until he has put the terms to a cabinet meeting tomorrow....In Lebanon, meanwhile Israel continued areial strikes against south Beirut and border crossings to Syria, killing at least 15 people as fighting continued in the south of the country.

08-11-06 - Lebanese Red Cross workers search for bodies under the rubble of building destroyed by Israeli air strikes in Maarub

08-11-06 - UN vote backs Lebanon ceasefire Some 15,000 peacekeeping troops for the existing UN Interim Force in Lebanon, Unifil, which will receive a beefed-up mandate to monitor and enforce the ceasefire

08-11-06 - 16 Israeli soldiers wounded in south Lebanon

08-11-06 - Aug. 13th CNI Ad Will Call for Ceasefire, Comprehensive Peace The CNI Foundation will gladly accept contributions for this ad and its ongoing, unique advertising campaign that is reaching millions of Americans. Other organizations are advertising, but rarely in the Sunday New York Times, the most widely circulated American Sunday newspaper, with 1.8 million subscribers. Please support the Council for the National Interest. They are working to make sure that America's national interest is always at the fore when it comes to American foreign policy.

08-11-06 - US mulling Israeli request for M-26 rockets with cluster munitions The senior official said there was discussion to block the sale because during Israel's 1982 invasion of Lebanon civilians were killed with the weapon, but added that the rockets would likely be delivered and that Israel would be told to "be careful." They hate us for 'our freedom', I bet.

08-11-06 - Food running out in south Lebanon "We have not received any aid since the last route was cut off. We have enough food supplies for no more than two days," Tyre's mayor, Abdel-Mohsen al Husseini, told a news conference.

08-11-06 - Neoconservatives' 'Favorite Democrat' Falls In April, he became the first prominent Democrat to voice support for an eventual U.S. military strike against Iranian nuclear facilities. Lieberman's association with FDD was typical of a number of "bipartisan" organizations he helped create or sponsor that have been dominated by neoconservatives.

08-11-06 - Rising unease in Congress over Iraq war

08-11-06 - Democrats say plot shows Iraq war a diversion Prominent Democrats said on Thursday a foiled plot in Britain to blow up U.S.-bound planes showed the Bush administration's pursuit of war in Iraq had diverted resources from the bigger threat of terrorism and made the danger worse.

08-11-06 - Put an end to the aggression by Fouad Siniora Israel says this war is against Hizbullah, not Lebanon. But the Israeli terror is inflicted on all Lebanese. The indiscriminate murder of more than 1,100 Lebanese civilians (a third of them children), the massacres and "cleansing" of villages and the wanton destruction of our infrastructure are nothing short of criminal.

08-11-06 - 'Hot air pushed me off my chair. I was on the ground. I thought I was dead' The attack, which claimed the lives of at least 61 people, has become the single greatest loss of life since the conflict began. The Lebanese health minister, Mohammed Khalifa, said a third of those killed were children under 13.

08-11-06 - Pro-Israel pressure strong in US But that mood is not necessarily shared by all Americans. A recent poll in the New York Times suggested that a slight majority of Americans feel their government should not be unquestioning in its support for Israel's war against Hezbollah.

08-11-06 - Kiss Iraq Goodbye if Shiites Align With Hezbollah

08-11-06 - Poll: Bush may be hurting Republicans

08-11-06 - Olmert orders expansion of ground offensive Israel needs to make the ceasefire. But they also need to save face. Hence the reason Olmert orders this expansion. It's like the obstinate snotty kid that says 'There will be a ceasefire not because I have to or because you want me to, but when ~I feel like it~.'

08-11-06 - Israeli strikes deal major blow to Bekaa's working class Maliban was one of five Bekaa factories destroyed in the Israeli onslaught on Lebanon. The attacks have been at their most ferocious in Shiite regions, and the Bekaa, with its mixed population of Shiites, Sunnis and Christians, hasn't been spared.

08-11-06 - Rice expects Israel, Lebanon to accept UN deal

08-11-06 - Bush and Condi clash over Israel; president overrules her for the first time "The United States and Israel must understand that it is not in their long-term interests to allow themselves to become isolated in the Middle East and the world," said Sen. Chuck Hagel, a Rice ally and senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. "Both Damascus and Tehran must hear from America directly."

08-11-06 - The dying breaths of Tyre's last bakery

08-11-06 - From 2005: Senate Probes Bolton's Pro-Israel Efforts Late one evening, U.S. News reported, Bolton recalled the report, just as it was about to make its way to Powell's office, and allegedly replaced it with a new memo. That memo supposedly did not mention the assessment that Israel may have violated American laws. As a result, Powell never learned that some of his staffers disagreed with Bolton, officials told U.S. News. ....In Israel, Bolton reportedly met with officials of the Mossad intelligence agency without seeking "country clearance" from the State Department's Office Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs.

08-11-06 - Hezbollah claims sinking of Israeli gunboat

08-11-06 - Egeland: Mideast anger worst in 20 years "People were enraged collectively in Lebanon, everybody against the Israeli indiscriminate onslaught," he said in an interview with The Associated Press. "In Israel, they were a united front to support the strong military measures. In the Palestinian areas, I've never seen them as full of hatred collectively as now. It has to be defused."

08-11-06 - Lebanese mayor says he's seen it before As Israeli shells and bombs exploded on the other side of the hill, the 72-year-old mayor of this south Lebanon village said he'd seen it all before

08-11-06 - Iraq: Amnesty International greatly concerned by rising toll of civilian killings, including for discriminatory motives Others, however, appear to have been targeted on account of their gender, sexual orientation or national origin, including women, Palestinian refugees who are long term residents of Iraq, and gay men or men imputed to be gay.

08-11-06 - Olmert thanks Bush for U.N. resolution The eight-minute phone call with Bush at his ranch in Texas was initiated by Olmert, said Frederick Jones, spokesman for the National Security Council at the White House "Thanks for being our puppet, Georgie"

08-11-06 - Old Feud Over Lebanese River Takes New Turn Israeli bombing has knocked out irrigation canals supplying Litani River water to more than 10,000 acres of farmland and 23 villages in southern Lebanon and the Bekaa Valley, prompting accusations here that Israel is using its war against Hezbollah to lay claim to Lebanon's prime watersheds....Zionist leader Chaim Weizmann, who would become the first president of Israel, in 1919 included the Litani valley among the "minimum requirements essential to the realization of the Jewish National Home."....A report on Debka File, a website often described as reflecting the thinking of Israeli intelligence, described "Israel's recovery of control over its main sources of water" at Wazzani as "the most important gain from the crisis" in Lebanon.

That's quite interesting.

08-11-06 - Bush seeks political gains from foiled plot

08-11-06 - Analysis: IDF fumes over denied victory Senior officers said they had been looking forward to the fight. Reaching the Litani and eliminating Hizbullah from the villages on the way could have provided, senior officers believe, the victory that Israel has been trying to obtain since July 12

08-11-06 - Bush vs. Condi - The neocons versus America The mere suggestion of dealing with Tehran had the neocons in a lather well before the Israelis launched their campaign of destruction, and neocon "Dark Prince" Richard Perle struck back with an op-ed piece in the Washington Post that accused Condi of an "ignominious retreat" in the face of Iran's nuclear sword.

08-11-06 - Lisbon tight-lipped about Israeli aircraft BEIRUT: Portuguese officials refused to comment Thursday on the details of an Israeli military cargo plane that was given government clearance to land at an airport on a mid-Atlantic archipelago for refueling last week...The head of Amnesty International called on the UK specifically to suspend the sale or transfer of all arms and military equipment to Israel.

08-11-06 - UN force tries to evacuate Lebanese troops detained by Israeli forces But the UN unit, which made it to the Marjayoun barracks, was unable to leave with the Lebanese force because the roads out of the region were either blocked or destroyed. And that's the same convoy that came under fire by the Israeli drone that killed 7 people.

08-11-06 - Israeli Arabs worry after Hezbollah leader warns them to flee Haifa

08-11-06 - Timmerman: Hezbollah Ties to British Plot "Hezbollah operatives had tried to bring in liquid explosives to launch terrorist attacks,? Timmerman said. "The French caught them and the explosives, which were brought in inside little liquor bottles. This is the kind of thing that has Hezbollah?s fingerprints all over it.? Here we go...

08-11-06 - CIA gives Libby overviews of briefings The CIA says it has provided short summaries of Vice President Dick Cheney's daily security briefings to defense attorneys for his indicted former chief of staff.

08-11-06 - The meaning of Connecticut by Patrick J. Buchanan

08-11-06 - John Bolton, Israel's ambassador to the UN U.S. Undersecretary of State John Bolton said in meetings with Israeli officials on Monday that he has no doubt America will attack Iraq, and that it will be necessary to deal with threats from Syria, Iran and North Korea afterwards.

08-11-06 - Left-wing activists protest against 'war crimes' at IAF base

08-11-06 - 5 jailed for refusal Five Israelis have been jailed for refusing to serve in Lebanon and another 12 reportedly are ready to refuse.

08-11-06 - AIPAC Espionage Case Dismissal Gambit Fails . The 1996 neoconservative "Clean Break" document outlines one group of Israel lobby operatives' coordinated plan with Benjamin Netanyahu to trade missile-defense contract pork for U.S. congressional support for moving the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem

08-11-06 - Leading Israeli commentator breaks ranks to urge caution

08-11-06 - Extraordinary Precision - The logic of Israel's war on civilians The second claim, that Israel strives to obtain high-tech (American) weapon technology to minimize civilian casualties, is also fraudulent. Once again, the numbers indicate the precise antithesis, denoting that either the "fifth strongest army in the world" is so horribly inept that most of its military strikes result in blunders, or that the killing of civilians is in reality part and parcel of Israel's military strategy. This latter assertion, in my opinion, is the truth, but why?

08-11-06 - Intellectuals appeal for Mideast calm Seventy Jewish and Muslim artists and intellectuals issued an appeal for an immediate cease-fire in Lebanon.

08-11-06 - New Mexico rabbis sign cease-fire statement Jewish, Muslim and Christian clerics in New Mexico signed a statement urging a cease-fire in the Middle East.

08-11-06 - Cutting through Israel's propaganda war in the US Notice that in the UK, television journalists don't automatically defer to Israeli government represenatives the way US news people do. Why is that?

08-11-06 - Gallup: Many Americans Harbor Strong Bias Against U.S. Muslims And a certain camp would have it no other way.


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