The US inches ever closer to attacking Iran

Friday, October 06, 2006

News for 10-05-06

10-05-06 - Inadequate equipment, health problems face Iraq, Afghanistan veterans: poll US troops in Iraq and Afghanistan lack proper equipment, are overstretched and face serious health problems upon their return home, according to a poll released by an advocacy group.

10-05-06 - 6 nations to meet, talk action on Iran Russia's foreign minister, however, said he believes it is too soon to impose sanctions on Iran and that further efforts are needed to push Tehran to negotiate. To avoid alienating the Russians and the Chinese, any sanctions are likely to be relatively mild, including embargoes on missile and nuclear technology, and possible travel bans and other penalties on Iranian officials involved in their country's nuclear program

10-05-06 - British Find No Evidence Of Arms Traffic From Iran Other senior British military leaders spoke as explicitly in interviews over the previous two months. Britain, whose forces have had responsibility for security in southeastern Iraq since the war began, has found nothing to support the Americans' contention that Iran is providing weapons and training in Iraq, several senior military officials said.

10-05-06 - October Surprise? - A scary but plausible scenario ** To maintain his macho image, however, the president will also announce that the U.S. will bomb Iran's nuclear facilities if that country refuses to stop enriching uranium within a week.....Employing force against Iran will please the pro-Israel lobby and the hawks in and out of the administration. Vice President Dick Cheney has been urging an attack on Iran and will be outspoken in his support

10-05-06 - The March to War: Naval build-up in the Persian Gulf and the Eastern Mediterranean.** If war is to be waged or not against Iran and Syria, there is still the undeniable build-up and development of measures that confirm a process of military deployment and preparation for war.

10-05-06 - China warns North Korea against nuclear test

10-05-06 - How Al Qaeda views a long Iraq war A letter from Al Qaeda leaders found in Iraq shows that the group sees the war as a boon for its cause.

10-05-06 - Iran tells West not to miss chance to solve atomic row Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad urged the West to solve a nuclear standoff through talks but reiterated that Iran would not give up its atomic plans

10-05-06 - Double blow to nuclear detente On the same day, the crises over the nuclear policies of North Korea and Iran have taken a turn for the worse.

10-05-06 - Australian PM says had to plead with Bush for Iraq intelligence Rather than follow White House orders and allow unfettered access to its intelligence network, the Pentagon instead created a parallel version that excluded information the military did not want Australia and Britain to see, Woodward said.

10-05-06 - Out of Iraq, Out with Bush By Sean Penn by leading our country as a citizenry and demanding of our government an immediate end to our own military and profit investments in Iraq, display for the entire world that democracy is a government of the people. What more powerful message to send the world than that we ourselves can choose in policy, in peace, and in humanitarian support

10-05-06 - Iraq: Palestinians Targeted With Death Threats Shi'a armed groups have threatened to kill Palestinian refugees living in Baghdad if they do not leave Iraq within 72 hours, Human Rights Watch said today. Human Rights Watch urged the Iraqi government and the Multi-National Forces to investigate these threats and provide greater security to Palestinians in Iraq.

10-05-06 - U.S. raises Jordan aid to over $500 mln in 2006 The United States on Wednesday granted Jordan, a staunch Middle East ally, an extra $50 million in aid to bolster its economy, bringing total assistance this year to over $500 million, officials said

10-05-06 - Russian FM: Abducted IDF troops alive, in good condition Russian FM: Abducted IDF troops alive, in good condition

Sergey Lavrov meets in Strasbourg with wife of kidnapped soldier Ehud Goldwasser and delegation of MKs; says Russia has information indicating that troops held by Hizbullah are alive and in good physical condition

Ilan Marciano Published: 10.04.06, 18:14

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov sent a reassuring message about the fate of the kidnapped soldiers held by Hizbullah, reporting that according to information in the hands of Russia, Eldad Regev and Ehud Goldwasser are alive and their physical condition is good.

10-05-06 - Lebanese army prevents Hezbollah supporters from protesting near border with Israel It came a week after Israel Defense Forces chief said IDF soldiers have been instructed to shoot Lebanese stone-throwers along the border if they feel their lives are in danger There's your reason right there. Israel routinely shoots stonethrowing Palestinian children - killing some of them. They deem them a 'threat', evidently.

10-05-06 - Arab, Muslim states blast UN human rights envoys' report on war Arab and Muslim countries on Wednesday angrily rejected a report by four UN human rights investigators on the Lebanon war, calling it "biased" and too soft on Israel.

10-05-06 - Israel sacks war critic general Maj Gen Yiftah Ron-Tal was fired by Lt Gen Dan Halutz for breaching the ban on Israeli troops making public comments on political and diplomatic issues.

10-05-06 - Hezbollah listened in on IDF beepers, cell phones Israel has been doing this sort of intelligence gathering for many years. But it seems that Hezbollah has now become adept at this form of intelligence and analysis as well.

10-05-06 - New lawsuits challenge Congress's detainee act

10-05-06 - Lieberman Queries Lamont Over Commitment to Israel Senator Joseph I. Lieberman questioned his opponent?s commitment to Israel at a fund-raiser in Manhattan yesterday, saying he had received important support from several Democrats who have been critical of Israel. Which country will they be representing, America or Israel? You know the answer.

10-05-06 - Bush Opposed to Israeli Withdrawal from the Golan

10-05-06 - Muslim PC in Israeli embassy row feared being targeted by Islamists The constable, whose wife is from Lebanon and has relatives there, works in the Metropolitan police diplomatic protection group. He has never been stationed at the Israeli embassy, but requested during the summer that he not be sent there because of his family background and concerns for his safety.

10-05-06 - Ex-Mossad chief says Hezbollah lost war

10-05-06 - America and Israel How would you describe U.S. support for Israel under the Bush administration? 62% Too strong

10-05-06 - Berri: Lebanon more imperiled now than during war "We will resort to the arms of the resistance if Israel stalls in withdrawing from the Shebaa Farms," the speaker said.

10-05-06 - What Assad needs to do State that Syria, recognizing that no territorial gains should accrue from war, will respect in negotiations the international boundary between Syria and Palestine as it existed in May 1948. Israel is demanding other nations not to recognize land taken by force? The height of hypocrisy.

10-05-06 - Syria: U.S. Embassy attackers not linked to terror groups While not affiliated with known terrorist groups, the men had attended religious lessons in Saudi Arabia and were influenced by the United States' role in the region and perceived bias for Israel, the ministry said

10-05-06 - The Neocons Made it happen with the assistance of a foreign government It is my contention that there are rogue elements in and around our government that have very close ties to rogue elements in the Israeli government- unfortunately for both peoples, the Palestinians, and Israel's neigbhors. The Israeli people (the majority), much like the American people, are led like sheep (by their govt and press) by hardline elements. Like I said, to the detriment of all. Cheney and the neocons have mutually beneficial interests in the region, and that's why he has filled his office with them. He runs the Bush admin - it's getting to be common knowledge by now. Thus, do I believe that the aforementioned rogue elements would sacrifice a few thousand American lives to put forth their policies? Is there a precedent? Is that why five Israelis who would appear to have advanced knowledge of the attacks on 911 were waiting just across the river, and cheering this attack? Indeed. As Buchanan says : "Cui Bono? - Who benefits? - is ever the question that must be asked of Middle Eastern terror"

10-05-06 - Appeals Grow For Comprehensive Settlement Hopes for a more flexible U.S. position were also raised by remarks to a pro-Israel group last month by a top Rice adviser, State Department Counselor Philip Zelikow, warning that "some sense of progress and momentum on the Arab-Israeli dispute is the sine qua non" for European and Arab support on Iran and "other things we care about".

10-05-06 - Israelis Crank Up Volume on Total War Mantra

10-05-06 - IDF: Troops in north permitted to fire beyond fence The officer added that in case of a mass gathering on the Lebanese side that the soldiers believe is endangering the lives of Israeli civilians or their own, they will be permitted to carry out the suspect apprehending procedure, including firing at the lower part of the main suspect?s body, in the case he is identified.

10-05-06 - Update: Truck Drivers at Odds Over Facts in Halliburton Convoy Ambush

10-05-06 - World Net Daily Ditches Its Last Antiwar Writer WorldNetDaily has done it again. First they cut Lew Rockwell and Alan Bock, now Gordon Prather has finally gotten the axe from their list of columnists. WND is owned by Joseph Farah - a Christian Zionist.

10-05-06 - A Libby Pardon for Christmas? In such a scandal-ridden, edge-of-election moment in Washington, it's easy enough to let older scandals slip from sight. Right now, that's the case with Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald's upcoming prosecution of I. Lewis Libby, Vice President Cheney's former right-hand man......With the jury selection date fast approaching and the possibilities of a court dismissal evaporating, the White House appears to be shifting to Plan B: a PR effort to pave the way for a presidential pardon of Scooter Libby ? before the trial.

10-05-06 - Middle Eastern 'Strategic Consensus' Redux? Like his neoconservative descendants today, Safire argued that Arab fears of Iran should be used as leverage to get them to either put aside or compromise their demands for the U.S. to put serious pressure on Israel to withdraw from the occupied territories.

10-05-06 - Israeli PM secretly met Saudi officials in Amman: press The meeting, at the palace of Jordan's King Abdullah II, lasted for several hours and focused mainly on Iran's nuclear program and the spread of "Shiite terrorism" in the region, the paper said.

10-05-06 - UNIFIL says it boosts Lebanon's economy

10-05-06 - Former envoy opposes Ahmadinejad-Hitler parallels Israel Radio quoted Indyk as saying that, while Ahmadinejad?s Holocaust denials and calls for the Jewish state to be eliminated were reprehensible, the fact that 25,000 Jews live largely unharmed in Iran means Nazi parallels are inappropriate.


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