The US inches ever closer to attacking Iran

Saturday, April 14, 2007

News for 04-13-07

04-13-07 - General sees Iran's hand in Iraq fight The U.S. suspects Iran is providing weapons and other military support to both sides of the sectarian conflict in Iraq - not just to the Shiites who have historic ties to the Iranians, the No. 2 American commander in Iraq said Friday 'Ok, ok, wait, wait. Iran is arming BOTH sides! This way, we know at least one of the sides is our enemy, thus is Iran arming our enemy!!!' This is to the point of farcical, folks.

04-13-07 - Russian minister says no rogue state missile threat to Europe 'None of the so-called rogue states possesses missiles that could seriously endanger Europe,' the foreign minister said, adding that a threat to the US was even less likely in the light of the more advanced technology required.

04-13-07 - Payouts reveal Iraq civilian toll A civil liberties group has obtained files from the US Army on compensation claims to Iraqi and Afghan civilians killed and hurt by coalition forces.

04-13-07 - U.S. military buildup urged to counter China

04-13-07 - Iran may miss Iraq meet due to detainees: report Iran may not attend a multilateral conference on Iraq next month that includes the United States if U.S. forces do not release five Iranians it is holding there, a newspaper reported on Wednesday.

04-13-07 - Russia urges UK to extradite tycoon for coup talk

04-13-07 - Justice Dept. documents The Justice Department on Friday released 2,400 documents to congressional panels investigating whether the firings last year of the U.S. attorneys were politically motivated.

04-13-07 - Blix doubts US attack on Iran ** "I don't personally think the US would attack Iran, mainly because people in the United States are tired of military adventures,"

04-13-07 - The Final Act of Submission by Scott Ritter Despite the fact that Congress was only stating through this language a simple reflection of constitutional mandate, Speaker Pelosi and others felt that the inclusion of such verbiage put the security of the state of Israel at risk by eliminating important "policy options" for the president of the United States. In short, Israeli national security interests trumped the Constitution of the United States.....history will show that the Pelosi-led sellout to Israeli special interests endangered the viability and security of America as a sovereign state governed by the rule of law more than Jack Abramoff ever could.
I highly recommend you read the entire article. It is not as long as it appears to be. Ritter is finally getting as bent as any red-blooded American should be with regard to this topic. We've been sold down the river, folks. And the sooner you all realize it, the sooner we can do something about it.

04-13-07 - Bushes Pay $186,378 In Federal Taxes For 2006 The return for the vice president and his wife, Lynne, shows that they owed federal taxes of $413,326 on overall taxable income of $1.6 million

04-13-07 - From former Carter aide, a plan for getting out of Iraq

04-13-07 - Dollar slide accelerates

04-13-07 - 'I am plotting a new Russian revolution' The Russian tycoon Boris Berezovsky has told the Guardian he is plotting the violent overthrow of President Putin from his base in Britain after forging close contacts with members of Russia's ruling elite. Boy that's odd, given this guy has ties to that man that was poisoned with plutonium. Some more info. And more. Weren't we all supposed to believe that Putin's admin was behind this poisoning?...

04-13-07 - Wolfowitz's friend says she's the victim The woman at the heart of the controversy that has embroiled World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz says she is a victim and was forced into a job transfer because of their relationship.

04-13-07 - Russia rules out military scenario for Iran ** The United States has been building up its military presence near the Middle East nation, prompting Russian mliitary to talk about possible strikes on the defiant regime. Washington earlier also refused to rule out a military campaign, although highlighting a focus on diplomacy

04-13-07 - Could a Google Search Have Helped Prevent the War in Iraq? if the CIA had done a simple Internet search on some of the terms used in the letter, the agency would have quickly learned that it was a forgery.

04-13-07 - Is IRAN Next? ** This site is about stopping a US war against Iran.

04-13-07 - Russia accuses U.S. of meddling, aiding radicals Russia's parliament alleged on Friday that the United States was helping train radical political groups which threatened the country's stability in the run-up to parliamentary and presidential elections.

04-13-07 - Canada offers forum for lecturer barred from U.S. A highly regarded Iraqi epidemiologist who wants to tell Americans about an alarming rise in cancer levels among Iraqi children will come to Canada instead because he couldn't get a visa to the United States.

04-13-07 - Top Iran MP wants talks with US House speaker Pelosi

04-13-07 - U.S. hopes to ease Israeli fears over arms sales to Saudi Arabia The American defense establishment is determined to sell these systems to Arab states and will seek a compromise formula in order to prevent supporters of Israel in Congress from foiling the deal. Israel has also expressed interest in procuring a number of advanced systems from the U.S. and it is possible that Washington will agree to reconsider the sale of these to Israel in exchange for an easing of Israeli objections to the Saudi deal " in order to prevent supporters of Israel in Congress from foiling the deal".

04-13-07 - Amcha: Secrecy May Turn Aipac Case Into Modern-Day Dreyfus Affair Imposing a veil of secrecy on the upcoming trial of two pro-Israel lobbyists could turn the case into a modern-day sequel to the Dreyfus affair, a Jewish group warned in a legal brief filed yesterday. Read that Ritter article (best one yet) from this news batch. AIPAC should be forced to register as a FOREIGN agent.

04-13-07 - Eight months after war, Lebanese wounded and displaced continue to look to non-governmental sources for aid

04-13-07 - Sharp pen, cruel tongue The first big crisis in his relations with the Jewish organizations, says Novak, erupted long before he was baptized. This happened in the wake of a column in which Evans and Novak assaulted Israel after the Israel Defense Forces attack in 1967 on the American spy ship Liberty, in which 34 sailors were killed and 171 wounded...... In innumerable columns and television programs, the Catholic conservative crucified the neoconservatives - particularly the Jewish ones, headed by Richard Perle and Douglas Feith, close associates of former secretary of defense Donald Rumsfeld. He asserted that they had dragged Bush into the Iraqi quagmire.
I knew I liked this Novak guy (despite the fact that he seems to enjoy bashing Plame).

04-13-07 - NUJ votes to boycott Israeli goods The National Union of Journalists has voted at its annual meeting for a boycott of Israeli goods as part of a protest against last year's war in Lebanon.

04-13-07 - Robert Fisk: Fear and loathing on an American campus Al has been back at work attacking his old nemesis, Norm Finkelstein, who has just applied for tenure at DePaul University in the US where he is an assistant professor of politics. Norm's department has supported him but Al has bombarded faculty members with a blistering attack on Norm and all his works

04-13-07 - Iraq: Why the media failed Some commentators, like Philip Weiss, have begun to raise the sensitive issue of the role played by the neocons' concern for Israel's security. In years to come, historians will ponder why America under Bush adopted, in effect, the Israeli position toward the Arab world without the ramifications of this radical and extremely risky move ever being discussed, or indeed the parallels even being acknowledged.

04-13-07 - NINETIETH CONGRESS first session 1967 MADE PUBLIC 2007 Senator Hickenlooper. Well, I hope we get a full report on
this, because I can't help but draw the conclusion at this
moment, subject to such evidence as may develop later, that all
of the known facts, at least to me, indicate that they were
either blind or utterly stupid, or they deliberately identified
this ship and deliberately attacked it with the purpose of
sinking it, and I think in any event, it is very bad.
That is 3/4ths of the way down the page, and is of course a reference to the attack by Israel on the USS Liberty. I haven't gotten a chance to read through this entire transcript, but I will at some point. Feel free to do so.

04-13-07 - APN opposes Iran sanctions bills The American Israel Public Affairs Committee strongly backs both packages, and urged its activists this week to lobby their lawmakers to push through the sanctions

04-13-07 - Hillel presents Iran sanctions petition Hillel presented Rep. Tom Lantos (D-Calif.) with 12,000 signatures on a petition urging Europe and the United Nations to support sanctions against Iran.

04-13-07 - PLO acts to contain Islamists in Lebanon camp The Palestine Liberation Organisation has adopted measures to ?isolate? Fatah Al Islam, an Islamist grouping blamed for deadly bombings in Lebanon, the PLO representative in Beirut said

04-13-07 - Lebanese mark civil war anniversary On April 13, 1975, Christian gunmen ambushed a bus carrying Palestinians in Beirut's eastern suburb of Ain al Rummaneh, sparking the civil war.

04-13-07 - Lebanon marks anniversary of civil war's start in sparsely attended service "I regret having taken part in the war to acquire power. But I'm proud of taking part in it to prevent the resettlement of Palestinians in Lebanon," said Pakradouni.

04-13-07 - Lest we forget ... Lebanon will not be driven back to civil war. That is the solemn oath taken by activists displaying for the first time the rusty bus that was full of Palestinian civilians when it came under attack in Ain al-Roummaneh in 1975, sparking the country's 15-year strife.

04-13-07 - Syrian exports soar to 10.8 billion dollars for 2006: PM Syrian exports reached 10.8 billion dollars in 2006, soaring from 2.5 billion the year before, according to Prime Minister Naji Otri quoted on Friday by the official daily paper al-Thawra.

04-13-07 - Analysis: From Tartus to Jerusalem "The Syrian people are very proud people. Syria is not occupying Israeli land. Israel is occupying the Golan Heights, Syrian land. Why should the president of Syria come on his knees to Israel?"

04-13-07 - David Brooks: The Neocon On Israel If the establishment of Israel was, as I believe it was, one of the best things that ever happened to Jews, it was the worst thing that ever happened to Palestinians. Israel is the worst thing that ever happened to Jews for the reason that Einstein envisioned back in the 40s. He was right.

04-13-07 - U.N.'s Ban sends chief lawyer to Lebanon on tribunal

04-13-07 - Syrian crosses border for treatment A Syrian seeking medical treatment crossed his country's border into the Israeli-held Golan Heights and was detained.


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