The US inches ever closer to attacking Iran

Saturday, August 26, 2006

News for 08-25-06

08-25-06 - Russia rejects UN sanctions against Iran Russia rejected on Friday any talk for now of sanctions against Iran and France warned against conflict with Tehran, raising doubts whether it will face swift penalties for not halting nuclear work by an August 31 deadline.

08-25-06 - Chavez Eyes Syria Visit to Strengthen Ties

08-25-06 - Israel feels US will not attack Iran There is growing consensus within the defense establishment that the United States will not attack Iran, and that Israel might be forced to act independently to stop the Islamic republic from obtaining nuclear weapons, a high-ranking defense official told The Jerusalem Post on Thursday. ...The defense official blasted the US for "not doing enough" to stop Teheran's race to the bomb. US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, he said, was leading the State Department in the direction of "appeasement." Where does it say in the American Constitution that we must wage war to please Israel? On behalf of the American people: GFY.

08-25-06 - Inquiry Opened Into Israeli Use of U.S. Bombs Several current and former officials said that they doubted the investigation would lead to sanctions against Israel but that the decision to proceed with it might be intended to help the Bush administration ease criticism from Arab governments and commentators over its support of Israel's military operations. Our government cares not for Arab civilians killed by these bombs, let there be no doubt.

08-25-06 - US rallying allies, partners on Iran

08-25-06 - Govt says forcibly disarming Hezbollah 'suicidal' Lebanon's government says it would be suicidal trying to disarm the Shiite militia Hezbollah by force.

08-25-06 - Study calls Iran 'biggest beneficiary' of US war on terror ** But even more worrisome, the report seems intended to signal the intelligence community that the Republican leadership wants scarier assessments that would justify a more confrontational approach to Tehran. It was not the work of any intelligence agency, or the full intelligence panel, or even the subcommittee that ostensibly drafted it. The Washington Post reported that it was written primarily by a former C.I.A. official known for his view that the assessments on Iran are not sufficiently dire......The leak destroyed a U.S. intelligence program to collect information about Iran's efforts to get nuclear weapons material. The leak to which that author was referring was the outing of CIA agent Valerie Plame. See how it all fits together now? The only intelligence on Iran that Cheney and the neocons want is that of the same brew cooked up by their own to justify their pre-emptive attacks on Middle Eastern countries that do not threaten us. They do however threaten Israel. Whose war is this?

08-25-06 - Olbermann Exposes Nexus Of Politics And Terror Olbermann overwhelmingly documents the staged timing of terror alerts spanning back four years and ends by scrutinizing the latest alleged liquid bomb plot - an operation infiltrated and surveilled for months by intelligence agencies, yet announced to the public on a carefully scripted pre-arranged schedule.

08-25-06 - US officer pleads guilty in Iraq fraud case A US Army Reserve officer has pleaded guilty to improperly steering millions of dollars in Iraq reconstruction contracts as part of a conspiracy involving kickbacks, smuggling and sexual favours.

08-25-06 - Iran and Romania defuse oil row

08-25-06 - Russia denies Hezbollah arms link Last week Israeli officials said they had provided Moscow with proof that Hezbollah had been supplied with Russian weapons delivered to the Syrian Army. Mr Ivanov said that it was "laughable" to call the anti-tank weapons he understood to have been used by Hezbollah modern.

08-25-06 - Germany confirms sale of two submarines to Israel The German government confirmed reports that two German submarines have been sold to Israel, but said the vessels are not equipped to carry nuclear weapons.

08-25-06 - Chirac doubts Lebanon force size French President Jacques Chirac has said sending 15,000 peacekeeping troops to southern Lebanon is "excessive".

08-25-06 - Threat of military action hangs over escalating tensions with Iran The steps to war could follow the same path that led to the invasion of Iraq: The U.N. passes a resolution demanding an end to Iranian nuclear-weapons development, then fails to enforce it. Bush prods the U.N. to support words with action. The U.N. dithers. Bush unleashes the U.S. military. ...."If George Bush is serious about denying Iran nuclear weapons and Iran doesn't respond to our diplomacy, then we're headed to a conflict," said Michael Rubin, an Iran expert at the American Enterprise Institute, a research center with strong ties to the "neo-conservatives" who shaped Iraq policy in the Bush administration.

08-25-06 - Halutz names officer to prepare for possible war with Iran

08-25-06 - Israel Prepares for the Next War Akiva Eldar has apparently heard the news about 2008 too. He sees a real possibility of ?an accelerated preemptive war against Syria, before Iran is equipped with a nuclear bomb and before Tehran completes the transformation of the Syrian army into a modern army rich in new types of weaponry

08-25-06 - Hezbollah warns Blair: you're not welcome in Beirut TONY BLAIR?S peace mission to the Middle East appeared in jeopardy last night after Hezbollah declared that the Prime Minister would not be welcome in Lebanon because of his support for Israel during the war.

08-25-06 - Chavez says Israel's action in Lebanon "worse" than Hitler "Israel often criticizes Hitler ... but they have done the same thing, perhaps even worse," Chavez told reporters Friday in a briefing during his six-day visit to China.

08-25-06 - Israel May Help Build U.S. Border Wall

08-25-06 - US probes Israel cluster bomb use A congressional investigation after Israel's invasion of Lebanon in 1982 found Israel guilty of intentionally dropping cluster bombs in civilian areas. A six year ban was imposed on further sales of the weapons to Israel.

But a senior White House official told the BBC that the current investigation is unlikely to lead to any serious repercussions.
Ronald Reagan imposed that ban. They don't make Republicans like they used to anymore. Those days went out with Bush the first.

08-25-06 - Italian FM: Harsh U.S. approach to Mideast failed D'Alema said that America's aggressive approach to the Middle East, which Israel shares, has failed, and has caused serious damage. Now, he said, Italy and Europe must prove to Israelis that only international intervention can bring them security. .....There was talk in the past about deploying a multinational force to the Gaza Strip as well.

08-25-06 - Hezbollah might "respond" to Israeli ceasefire breaches, says MP

08-25-06 - Poll: 18% of Israeli Arabs backed Hezbollah in war In regards to Jewish-Arab relations, the poll found that some 62% of the Jewish Israeli public would be unwilling to rent an apartment to Arabs prejudice: preconceived judgment or opinion (2) : an adverse opinion or leaning formed without just grounds or before sufficient knowledge b : an instance of such judgment or opinion c : an irrational attitude of hostility directed against an individual, a group, a race, or their supposed characteristics

08-25-06 - At Funeral, a Sunni Village Condemns Hezbollah?s Presence

08-25-06 - Syria cuts off power flow, denies political message Syria announced on Thursday it had suspended the flow of electricity it supplies to Lebanon, citing technical problems with its own power grid. Syria's state-owned electricity company issued a statement which said it could no longer provide electricity through two separate lines.

08-25-06 - Islam poses a threat to the West, say 53pc in poll

08-25-06 - Let UN Handle Middle East, Say Americans 29 per cent of respondents think the U.S. should not become involved in the matter at all, while 14 per cent want their federal administration to take the leading role in the issue.

08-25-06 - News stories seen as hit to security That finding in a Pew Research Center for the People & the Press poll contradicts another finding from the same poll: Even more people think such news stories "told citizens something they should know about."

08-25-06 - Lebanese oil slick hits ancient Phoenician port

08-25-06 - Pakistan bigger threat than Hezbollah: Senior Israeli leader In a candid admission of churning that is taking place inside Israel, Dr Shlomo Ben Ami, foreign minister in Prime Minister Ehud Barak cabinet in 2000-2001, said Israel should not take on the burden of global war on terror waged by the United States and the West....he advised his country's leadership to separate its war against militant organisations Hamas and the Hezbollah and the global war on terror, headed by the United States and the West.....Ben Ami, however, claimed that Israel achieved its purpose after the war in Lebanon -- deployment of an international force and application of the UN Resolution 1559 of 2004.

08-25-06 - Cost of Iraq war: $1,075 each Send your bill to Perle, Feith, Wurmser, Wolfowitz, et al.

08-25-06 - Hezbollah's War Wins Support Among Arab Pro-Democracy Reformers Where the U.S. sees in Hezbollah a front for Iran's theocratic government, though, pro-Hezbollah advocates see it as altering the Middle East's political and military balance to Israel's disadvantage.

08-25-06 - U.S. built major Iranian nuclear facility

08-25-06 - IRC distributes needed supplies to displaced Lebanese at Shatila camp

08-25-06 - The Neocons Ride Again - Priming us for war with Iran

08-25-06 - Neocons attack Rice (again)

08-25-06 - Most Israelis oppose Olmert: poll A newspaper poll shows 63 per cent of Israelis want Prime Minister Ehud Olmert to resign, in a sharp public backlash over his handling of the war in Lebanon.

08-25-06 - Hezbollah launches boy band to stardom Israeli police spokesman Mickey Rosenfeld said the song is considered inflammatory and that tapes and CDs containing it will be confiscated. He said police in and around Jerusalem have found no copies of the song so far, but that officers have searched music stores and are on the lookout for contraband.

08-25-06 - US charges Hezbollah TV provider Javed Iqbal, originally from Pakistan, is accused by prosecutors of doing business with a terrorist entity.


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