The US inches ever closer to attacking Iran

Sunday, September 17, 2006

News for 09-17-06

09-17-06 - What War With Iran Would Look Like by TIME ** Iran has sponsored terrorist groups in a handful of countries, but its backing of Hizballah, the militant group that took Lebanon to war with Israel this summer....The Bush Administration has said it won't tolerate Iran having a nuclear weapon.Once it does, the regime will have the capacity to carry out Ahmadinejad's threats to eliminate Israel. And in practical terms, the U.S. would have to consider military action long before Iran had an actual bomb.....U.S. intelligence chief John Negroponte told Time in April that Iran is five years away from having a nuclear weapon First off, Israel's plan to attack Hezbollah was a year in the making. Secondly, since when is it our job to protect Israel and fight its wars? Is Iran threatening US, the United States? Then why is this our problem?
Also, Negroponte said ten years, in another article. This writer obviously has a bias toward Israel. Whatever the case may be, the American people already believe, thanks to the propagandizing efforts of the pro-Israeli lobby in the media, that Iran is a threat to us and that we will go to war with that nation in the future. The war scenario in the article plays out similar to this one - put forth two years ago. Our troops in Iraq will be sitting ducks for Iran's retaliation should we strike Iran. They could do this now. But they don't. Lastly, it doesn't matter how much we can accomplish diplomatically - the Israelis will never believe it if Iran does actually cease enriching uranium. They may go ahead and strike Iran on their own - thus dragging the US into it along with them. See related article in this news batch accompanied by the Chicken Little comment.

09-17-06 - China asserts Iran's right to civilian nuclear use Iran has the right to harness nuclear energy for civilian use but should abide by its international commitments on the issue, Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi said in comments published on Sunday.

09-17-06 - Iran and Venezuela bolster ties

09-17-06 - Britain warns US on terror Britain's alliance with the US in the so-called war on terror was under strain last night after the Attorney-General, Lord Goldsmith, warned the Bush administration that it risked international condemnation if its detention of al-Qaeda suspects was in breach of the Geneva Convention.

09-17-06 - Germany calls for an international uranium enrichment centre German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier has proposed setting up uranium enrichment centres under UN control to end nuclear disputes like the one over Iran.

09-17-06 - Bullish Iran calls for a fresh start with Britain

09-17-06 - Deadly harvest: The Lebanese fields sown with cluster bombs The casualty figures will rise sharply in the next month as villagers begin the harvest, picking olives from trees whose leaves and branches hide bombs that explode at the smallest movement. Lebanon's farmers are caught in a deadly dilemma: to risk the harvest, or to leave the produce on which they depend to rot in the fields....M. Gras, who personally defuses 160 to 180 bomblets a day, says this is the first time he seen cluster bombs used against heavily populated villages.

09-17-06 - Spy Agencies Outsourcing to Fill Key Jobs One former senior CIA official said the agency had outsourced an array of core jobs in its own counter-terrorism center, including the task of posting names of new terrorism suspects to immigration and law enforcement watch lists....Contractors are subject to the same background checks and security clearance requirements as full-time employees, officials said. But some of that clearance work itself has been outsourced

09-17-06 - Bush Proposal May Slow Abuse Prosecutions

09-17-06 - One month on, Israeli cluster bombs still maiming Lebanese "Most are peasants who want to water the crops that they still have, or to harvest bananas and citrus fruit" despite the risk of losing their lives, Shebab says.

09-17-06 - Israel says 'a few months' to avoid nuclear Iran ** Israel's Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni said on Sunday that the world may have as little as "a few months" to avoid a nuclear Iran and called for sanctions. "The crucial moment is not the day of the bomb. The crucial moment is the day in which Iran will master the enrichment, the knowledge of enrichment," she said on CNN's "Late Edition."
Israel - Chicken Little. Drumming the American sheeple into a frenzy.

09-17-06 - Allies muted as US wages financial offensive on Iran Iran's central bank chief Ibrahim Sheibany has reportedly vowed to take legal action to challenge the US sanctions on Bank Saderat, and threatened to shift some of Iran's currency reserves out of the dollar.

09-17-06 - LEBANON: War exacerbates Palestine refugee conditions Many Palestinians, especially in southern Lebanon, work in agriculture. This sector has suffered severe losses as a result of Israeli bombing, a blockade on the country and the presence of thousands of unexploded ordnance (UXOs) ? bombs and bomblets dropped or fired which have failed to detonate.

09-17-06 - Called From Diplomatic Reserve The administration's more hawkish supporters, meanwhile, are nervous about Baker's involvement, counting him as one of the "realist" foreign policy proponents they see as having allowed threats against the United States to grow in the '80s and '90s. Gary J. Schmitt of the American Enterprise Institute voiced concern that the Iraq group was not listening to those advocating a more muscular military strategy to defeat the insurgency. Those neocons in the AEI that oppose the realists do so because they are ideologues - and their policies do not follow logic and are not rooted in reality; the difference. They lost. Game over. Some of them need to be brought to justice for deliberately misleading America into a war. They are already doing it again.

09-17-06 - A shift in U.S. policy toward Israel? ** However, Zelikow did say something of some significance. He was in fact establishing a link between dealing with Iran and progressing with the Palestinians. He was also saying that it was in Israel's best interest: It is threatened by Iran in a fundamental way, and working toward a solution there is worth the price it might be asked to pay in other areas.
It's exactly what happened just prior to attack on Iraq. It's happening again for the exact same reason (war on Iran): to enlist international support for the next war.

09-17-06 - Sephardic Chief Rabbi Shlomo Amar criticizes pope's remarks In the letter, Sephardic Chief Rabbi Shlomo Amar wrote to Sheikh Yusef Kardawi, "our way is to honor every religion and every nation according to their paths, as it is written in the book of prophets: 'because every nation will go in the name of its lord.'"

09-17-06 - Political error or calculated move? No Muslim (or Jew) could forget that the Byzantines had taken part in the Crusades 200 years earlier. The very term "holy war" was coined by Pope Urban II, who sent his Christian soldiers off to massacre Muslims and Jews simply for refusing to convert to Christianity.

09-17-06 - Damascus official: Syria losing patience with Israel Syrian information minister warns that foot-dragging in implementation of UN resolutions regarding Golan Heights may trigger violence in region. 'It's been years and we've achieved nothing. The Syrian people will not wait much longer,' he says I don't know if I buy that. The last thing Syria wants to do is provoke a confrontation with US-Israel.

09-17-06 - Ultimately, the U.S. will attack ** "I tend to accept the assessment of Israeli intelligence rather than that of the CIA, that Iran will have nuclear weapons within one to three years." ....Tanter believes that Israel can help legitimize Mujahideen-e-Khalq: "I'm not asking the Mossad to join them and cooperate with them. They should not be involved, and Israel should stay out of the picture. Mujahideen-e-Khalq do not wish such a tie with Israel. But Israel has influence in the United States. It has supporters and a lobby and it can ask them to have MEK removed from the State Department's list of terror organizations.

09-17-06 - Israel plans Lebanon war inquiry

09-17-06 - Bush to UN: An agenda for freedom Bush does plan to lay out his vision for the world, including an elaboration of his "freedom agenda" and the role of democracy in building global security, when he addresses the 192-country assembly Tuesday. Democracy? Ahahaha. The Palestinians democratically elected Hamas, and the US at the behest of Israel, then saw to it that the world cut off aid to them - such that they are now starving. Now that's some democracy!

09-17-06 - Arab MK: We'll return to Syria if needed ?We still believe it is our right to maintain contact with the Arab world,? he said. Furthermore, the international covenant on minority rights specifies the legal right of a minority to maintain contact with members of the same minority in other countries.?

09-17-06 - Is war in Iraq a shield against attacks at home? "It's like in the Vietnam era, when they said we'd be fighting communists in San Diego if we pulled out," says John Mueller, a professor of national-security studies at Ohio State University in Columbus. "It's a preposterous argument."

09-17-06 - Israel out of most of S. Lebanon

09-17-06 - TV ad works on Israel at U.N. The American Jewish Committee is behind a TV ad campaign aimed at improving Israel's status in the United Nations. The campaign is being aired on CNN in New York and other major U.S. cities as the U.N. General Assembly meets in its annual session this month.

09-17-06 - Bombs shatter Lebanon's Roman legacy

09-17-06 - Arar report expected to be censored: newspaper The Globe and Mail on Saturday quoted federal sources as saying certain references will be deleted out of concern they could identify informants or hurt diplomatic relations with countries that provided Ottawa with intelligence reports in confidence. Say, I wonder which nation that would be?

09-17-06 - Rice: Lebanon, Israel Could Be Partners in Fighting Terror This after Israel fired a million cluster bombs (some US-supplied) into civilian areas of Lebanon in the last three days of the war. Laughter can be heard coming out of Siniora's office after Rice's statement.

09-17-06 - Lebanon slams Merkel over comments on UN mission "This decision was made in view both of our particular responsibility for Israel's right to exist, and for a solid solution for peace in the region," Merkel said.

09-17-06 - Ahmadinejad: Zionists different from Jews "Our position toward the Palestinian question is clear: We say that a nation has been displaced from its own land. Palestinian people are killed in their own lands, by those who are not original inhabitants, and they have come from far areas of the world and have occupied those homes. Our suggestion is that the 5 million Palestinian refugees come back to their homes, and then the entire people on those lands hold a referendum and choose their own system of government. This is a democratic and popular way. Do you have any other suggestions?," he told Time.

09-17-06 - Weighing Israel's way of war Avi Azrieli, a former Israeli military officer, notes "Israel is the most dangerous place in the world for Jews today" -- an ironic outcome for a Zionist movement that sought to establish in Israel a safe haven from murderous anti-Semitism


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