The US inches ever closer to attacking Iran

Saturday, March 31, 2007

News for 03-30-07

03-30-07 - Britain fails to gain strong UN support in row with Iran A week after Iran captured 15 British naval personnel in the Gulf, the UN Security Council Thursday expressed "grave concern" at their detention but declined to back Britain with a call for their immediate release.

03-30-07 - Iran airs second sailor 'apology'

03-30-07 - UK receives note from Iran over captured sailors Iran's message - its first written communication to the UK since the sailors were seized - appeared to resemble a statement used to resolve a similar stand-off in 2004, when Iran seized eight British servicemen and held them for three days.

03-30-07 - US rejects Iran captives exchange

03-30-07 - EU ministers put pressure on Iran The BBC's Oana Lungescu in Bremen says the strongly-worded EU statement goes much further than the UN's expression of "grave concern" about the Iran-UK dispute on Thursday.

03-30-07 - Resist the war drive against Iran ** The capture of the British sailors has all the hallmarks of the kind of incident that has been used in the past as a reason either for war or for escalating confrontation.

03-30-07 - Saudis warned Iran not to underestimate US threat ** Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah reportedly warned Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad that he should not underestimate the US military threat on Iran.

03-30-07 - UN atomic agency calls on Iran to restore cooperation Soltanieh also said Iran had to protect its nuclear secrets as the United States and Israel "are threatening the use of force and attack against the Islamic Republic and have repeatedly stressed that military action is an option on the table," according to a copy of the letter obtained by AFP.

03-30-07 - Fate of Five Detained Iranians Unknown The continued detention of the Iranians has escalated tensions between the U.S. and Iran and may even have set the stage for the seizure by Iranian forces of 15 British sailors and marines who allegedly crossed into Iranian waters over the weekend.

03-30-07 - Death chants in Tehran voice resentment of 'the little Satan' Britain and Russia occupied Iran in the early part of the 20th century. When Reza Shah refused to toe the Allied line in 1941 they occupied the country again, forcing him to abdicate. Iranians found themselves subject to foreign rule, culminating in the overthrow of a popular prime minister in 1953.

03-30-07 - White House anger over Syria trip Ms Pelosi will lead a delegation from US Congress for talks with officials.

03-30-07 - San Diego families prepare for warship's departure ** Up to five-thousand sailors and Marines will be aboard the aircraft carrier when she sets sail from Naval Air Station North Island, headed for the Persian Gulf.

03-30-07 - Iran's action: A deliberate ploy? In recent months, the eastern Iranian province of Sistan-Baluchestan has seen a series of attacks and car bombs targeting Iran's Revolutionary Guards.

03-30-07 - Military beefs up Internet arsenal The U.S. military is quietly expanding capabilities to attack terrorist computer networks, including websites that glorify insurgent attacks on U.S. forces in Iraq, military officials and experts say.

03-30-07 - Secret Briefing by Zinni Seen as Key In Aipac Duo Trial Defense lawyers have sought the testimony of those in attendance to demonstrate to the jury that meetings between administration officials and Jewish representatives were common practice, and that intelligence was frequently shared during these powwows without the participants knowing the information was classified. But, as first reported in the Forward last month, the Jewish representatives who attended the meeting are refusing to cooperate with the defense team......In Zinni, the defense team would be turning to a harsh critic of both the Iraq War and neoconservatives at the Pentagon, who according to Zinni thought the invasion would stabilize American interests in the Middle East and strengthen Israel's position. "I think it's the worst-kept secret in Washington. That everybody - everybody I talk to in Washington - has known and fully knows what their agenda was and what they were trying to do," said Zinni in a May 2004 interview with the CBS News program "60 Minutes."
Zinni - one of the good guys :) In a nation whose media and politicians are so cowed by this lobby, it is welcome to find such a rare person that has the cojones to stand up to them. In my book, that puts them on par with the founding fathers of this nation.

03-30-07 - Greenpeace warns of nuclear mishap "Ambiguous policies about the possible existence of a nuclear program in Israel only serve to destabilize the region. A policy of honesty and transparency is in need to pave the way to nuclear free Middle-East,"

03-30-07 - Saudi king's remarks could build credibility

03-30-07 - Iran: Attack fears spurred nuclear block ** Iran, in a confidential letter posted Friday on an internal Web site of the U.N. nuclear monitor, said its fear of attack from the U.S. and Israel prompted its decision to withhold information from the agency.

03-30-07 - US, Saudi, Chinese firms announce five-billion-dollar energy deal US oil giant Exxon Mobil, Saudi Aramco and Sinopec announced here Friday two joint ventures worth about five billion dollars to operate 750 service stations and a petrochemical refinery in China.

03-30-07 - Ex-aide contradicts Gonzales on firings

03-30-07 - "A Great Little Racket": The Neocon Media Machine The influence of the Weekly Standard runs all the way to the top of the U.S. government. Vice President Dick Cheney's office at one time reportedly received 30 issues per week, apparently in order to remain on top of any policy recommendations advocated by AEI (where Cheney and his wife have both held positions) and the Project for the New American Century (PNAC), two neoconservative groups with close ties to the management of the Weekly Standard. .....The Weekly Standard has served a pivotal role in what could be considered the neoconservative "echo chamber"?a collection of think tanks, media outlets, and advocacy groups that strengthen and repeat neoconservative policies and ideology through constant media exposure and reinforcement within organizations populated by influential policymakers.....Both the editorial pages of major newspapers and the Fox News cable channel have played pivotal roles in selling neoconservative policies to a more mainstream, conservative, and Republican audience.

03-30-07 - Rice calls Saudi ambassador after king's comments

03-30-07 - Report: ADL, BBI reps were at Rosen event Representatives of ADL and B'nai B'rith reportedly are refusing to cooperate with the defense in the classified information case against two former AIPAC staffers......The ADL and B'nai B'rith fear being drawn into a case that already has complicated AIPAC's mission in Washington. Haul 'em in, fellas.

03-30-07 - UN chief urges Lebanon dialogue

03-30-07 - The Real 'Existential Threat' ** The coming war with Iran will not end until the entire region is aflame ? with the fire spreading to three continents, and beyond. Is this the price the world is willing to pay to put an end to the "existential threat" to Israel?

03-30-07 - Pelosi to address Knesset Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, will address the Israeli Knesset, before heading to Syria

03-30-07 - Ellison on Israel trip Others on the trip are: the Foreign Relations Committee chairman, Rep. Tom Lantos (D-Calif.); the Government Reform Committee chairman, Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.); the Rules Committee chairwoman, Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-N.Y.); the Natural Resources Committee chairman, Rep. Nick Rahall (D-W. Va.); and Rep. David Hobson (R-Ohio.).

03-30-07 - House to consider 'human shield' resolution The U.S. House of Representatives is to consider a resolution condemning Hezbollah for using "human shields" during its war against Israel.
The only problem with this piece of legislation for Israel is that in its exhaustive research of that conflict, Human Rights Watch found no such evidence that Hezbollah was using human shields. In fact, Israel only recently was caught (on tape via AP) doing that very thing. Add to that the fact that Israel, knowing that a ceasefire was imminent (expected in 3 days), fired a million cluster bomblets into mainly civilian areas of Lebanon. These bomblets have continued to kill and maim Lebanese and foreign officials that are trying to find and destroy them. Israel has to this day refused to provide the UN with detailed maps of where it shot off the cluster bombs. My guess is because that would offer definitive proof that ISRAEL TARGETED CIVILIAN AREAS. Lastly, this is not a matter for Capitol Hill. So much legislation is being passed in the halls therein that has nothing to do with THIS country. In fact, it seems to be taking up increasingly more valuable time that could be devoted to matters of import to the AMERICAN people. You know, the ones that are PAYING THE $@@$%ING TAXES. Here is an older HRW report on Israel's use of human shields in Jenin.

03-30-07 - Officials: Arrow can take what Iran can give "Our Arrow operational system can without a doubt deal with all of the operational threats in the Middle East, particularly in Iran and Syria,"

03-30-07 - Farrakhan speaks to the media In a prescient moment, the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan even chided Mr. Bashir on the methods used by the media to mislead the public, noting that in this almost two-hour interview, only portions would actually be viewed by the public after selective editing.

03-30-07 - Aguda supports Iraq war Agudath Israel of America declared its support for President Bush's conduct of the war in Iraq.

03-30-07 - Beirut bars Israeli reporter An Israeli journalist was excluded from a press delegation accompanying U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to Lebanon.


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