The US inches ever closer to attacking Iran

Friday, April 27, 2007

News for 04-26-07

04-26-07 - Iranians backed Iraqi cell that killed 5 US soldiers: US general Why is it that all of these purported Iranian connections to Iraqi violence are suddenly turning up left and right four years into the war and coincidentally when US-Iran rhetoric has been escalating, mewonders?....

04-26-07 - Iran-EU talks near 'united' view "I think in some areas we are approaching a united view," Mr Larijani said.

04-26-07 - Iraqi civilians believed dead in U.S. strike: military Two Iraqi women and two children were believed to have been killed in a U.S. air strike aimed at al Qaeda militants north of Baghdad on Thursday, the U.S. military said.

04-26-07 - Putin threatens Russian pull-out from landmark arms treaty President Vladimir Putin on Thursday threatened Russian withdrawal from a landmark Cold War-era arms treaty in a heightening of tensions over a planned US missile defence system in Europe.

04-26-07 - Taliban: Bin Laden Planned Cheney Attack

04-26-07 - AWB payment to Iran an 'administrative error' AWB has admitted it breached United States sanctions during an export deal with Iran last year.

04-26-07 - Ex-CIA chief says "slam dunk" Iraq quote misused

04-26-07 - IRAQ: Walls will increase violence, specialists say

04-26-07 - Pentagon urged to close secret database The Pentagon's new intelligence undersecretary is recommending the Defense Department shut down a controversial classified database that has been criticized for improperly collecting information on anti-war groups and citizens.

04-26-07 - Congress backs Iraq pull-out plan The US Senate has voted to approve a bill which requires US troops to start withdrawing from Iraq by October.

04-26-07 - Bill Moyers and the Fight for American Journalism That surrender of independence destroys the whole matter of a free press, just as it prevents citizens from gaining the information and insight needed to be functional players in America's democratic experiment. But even in this dark interregnum, there is hope for freedom of the press ? and for the democracy it sustains. Bill Moyers is back on the air.

04-26-07 - U.S. State Department Pushes for Palestinian Resettlement "These are already recognised refugees. The U.S. as the occupying power has the capacity to evacuate. They could put them on a plane and get them out of there," said Frelick. "The question is where that plane would land." They still can't go home - to Palestine.

04-26-07 - Rice rebuffs congress on Iraq war subpoena Why go after Rice? Why not go after the REAL culprits.

04-26-07 - Ayalon: I?ll reach agreement on Golan Heights In the pamphlet, Ayalon presents his plan to reach a peace agreement with Syria, according to which Israel will transfer control of the Golan but will lease it for 99 years. How is it Israel's land to lease?

04-26-07 - Top IDF officer: We knew war would not get abducted soldiers back "After a couple of hours it became clear that we would not get the kidnapped soldiers back through military means," Eisenkott told students at a Nahariya school. So then why did they continue on in their campaign to destroy Lebanon, bombing (sometimes fleeing) civilians in the process?

04-26-07 - 'Kidnapped' Lebanese found dead Lebanese police have found the bodies of a Sunni man and a boy in hills south-east of Beirut, three days after they went missing, feared kidnapped.

04-26-07 - House passes 'human shields' bill In remarks, Reps. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) and Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) noted recent reports that Israeli troops had used Palestinians as shields, while Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-N.Y.) countered that in Israel, soldiers found guilty of doing so were punished. .....The American Jewish Congress lobbied strongly for the bill.
People were not 'held responsible'. The 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.

04-26-07 - In Ahmadinejad's Iran, Jews still find a space The irony of Israel's war of words and propaganda with regard to Iran and its alleged threats against Jews/Israel: Iran's Jews are safe and under no threat. In fact, Israel's refusal to make peace with her neighbors is the main exacerbating influence there (and elsewhere).

04-26-07 - Mr. Bush, Tear Down These Walls! by Scott Ritter History has rightly condemned both practices. The only modern nation that actively incorporates the construction of walls as an aspect of domestic and foreign policy is Israel, and its policy of apartheid regarding the Palestinians is morally indefensible

04-26-07 - Clinton: US might have to confront Iran ** Democratic presidential candidate and New York Senator Hillary Clinton said Tuesday that it might be necessary for America to confront Iran militarily, addressing that possibility more directly than any of the other presidential candidates who spoke this week to the National Jewish Democratic Council.

04-26-07 - The puppet who cleared the way for Iraq's destruction Before we conclude that Wolfowitz was the original author of the policies that destroyed Iraq, we should note that his entire career, at least up through his Pentagon service, has been in the service and at the direction of others. His early work in Washington promoting the dubious merits of an anti-ballistic missile programme, for example, was sponsored by Paul Nitze, a powerful insider who devoted a lifetime of intrigue to boosting east-west tensions and US defence spending. Nitze served as godfather to the neoconservative movement in the 70s, correctly calculating that a fusion of the pro-Israel lobby with the military-industrial lobby would create an alliance of unstoppable power. Among the early and most potent recruits was an old friend of Wolfowitz's, Richard Perle, known and feared in Washington as "the Prince of Darkness" for his ruthless bureaucratic skills and commanding position in the neoconservative forces.

04-26-07 - A Calculus: Will Israel strike Iran? ** Israel would prefer that Iran be struck and weakened -- by some other power. For Israel it would be best if the United States and a coalition of the West emasculated and neutered Iran of nuclear capabilities. Should that not occur, then yes, I believe that Israel will under certain circumstances strike Iran.

04-26-07 - Hezbollah taunts Israel with picture of captive soldiers

04-26-07 - No criticism from Condi Støre said Norway was not yet convinced by the US argument that the shield was urgently needed to pre-empt potential threats from Iran and North Korea.

04-26-07 - PM lauds Gandel, warns Iraq exit would embolden Iran WITHDRAWING Australian troops from Iraq would embolden Iran and further jeopardise Israel's security, Prime Minister John Howard has warned. In a speech to the Australia-Israel Chamber of Commerce (AICC) on Thursday, Howard said a premature exit from war-torn Iraq would unsettle moderate Arab states in the Middle East and undermine regional stability. His comments echo the warning last week from Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert that the coalition's exit strategy from Iraq must preserve American prestige or it will boost the cause of global terrorism.

04-26-07 - Hagel: Support for Israel not 'automatic' Hagel (R-Neb.), who is considering a run for the presidency, told the Arab American Institute's annual dinner that he believes Israel and the United States have a "special relationship," but resented being told by a pro-Israel activist that if he wants backing from the pro-Israel community, his support for Israel should be "automatic." Hagel for President!!!

04-26-07 - 'Hate Crimes' Bill Moving to Full House The House Judiciary Committee passed a "hate crimes" bill Wednesday night, all 23 Democrats in favor, all 17 Republicans opposed. Every Republican attempt to amend the bill was defeated. Critics call it a "thought crimes" bill.

04-26-07 - Legislator blasts pro-Israel group "Well-publicized statements by Pastor Hagee demonstrate extremism, bigotry and intolerance that is repugnant," U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum, a Democrat, said in a two-page reply declining a form invitation from Pastor Mac Hammond. Good for her!

04-26-07 - The GE Presidential Debate Williams accused Obama of having said that the Palestinian people are suffering, and Obama assured him that he meant they were only suffering from their own leaders' failures and that Israel is not to blame. Obama has fully transformed into the asskisser of the AIPACers. Shame. Won't be getting my vote for that reason alone.

04-26-07 - Feinstein: Bush still can make Mideast peace Feinstein, who chairs the Senate Rules Committee, praised the Arab League for reviving a 2002 plan that offers Israel comprehensive peace in exchange for a return to 1967 borders and some sort of agreement on a "right of return" for Palestinian refugees. Israel has said it will consider the offer, but it considers a mass return of refugees as demographic suicide for the Jewish state.

04-26-07 - Congress considers Jerusalem resolutions Resolutions in both houses of Congress promote the unity of Jerusalem under Israeli sovereignty. Both resolutions are timed to commemorate 40 years of Israeli sovereignty throughout the city, which will be marked in June. .....The nonbinding resolution introduced Wednesday in the U.S. House of Representatives by Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.) calls on President Bush to stop exercising his waiver of a law that mandates moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv, and "calls upon the President and the Secretary of State to repeatedly affirm publicly, as a matter of United States policy, that Jerusalem must remain the undivided capital of the State of Israel."
Move Capitol Hill to Tel Aviv. This is the fourth article dealing with Israel-related legislation in OUR government today alone. Let the Israelis pay their salaries.

04-26-07 - Resolution marks Israeli independence A U.S. Senate resolution celebrating Israel's 59th Independence Day is expected to pass unanimously. Sens. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) and Sam Brownback (R-Kan.) introduced the resolution. .....In addition to praising the creation of the Jewish state, the resolution commends U.S.-Israel cooperation in defense, diplomacy and homeland security. It also commends the bipartisan support for Israel in the United States. I guess OUR representatives on Capitol Hill had no pressing AMERICAN matters to attend to this week?

04-26-07 - Dissidents, Western leaders to meet Dissidents and democratic leaders will convene in Prague at a conference co-hosted by a Jerusalem think tank.
Speakers will include President Bush, former refusenik and Israeli Cabinet minister Natan Sharansky, former Czech President Vaclav Havel and former Spanish Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar.
Sending in the friends of the neocons to persuade Czech to go along with the missile defense program, are we?

04-26-07 - US diplomat says moderate Arab nations fear Iran over Israel The former defense secretary said he believed the United States' support of Israel was unwavering, regardless of administration changes in either country. He also noted that Washington was likely to respond positively to an Israeli request to purchase the US-developed F-22 Raptor stealth fighter jet. Israel's Air Force has recently shown interest in the jet, which is equipped with uniquely advanced stealth technologies and weapons.

04-26-07 - Choosing Allies Over Principles Though many Jews support the genocide resolution, some of the biggest Jewish communal players, such as the Anti-Defamation League and the Jewish Institute of National Security Affairs (which has worked for years to build support for the Israel-Turkey alliance), are not. ADL head Abe Foxman told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency that "the Jewish community shouldn't be the arbiter of that history, nor should the U.S. Congress." Total hypocrite.

04-26-07 - Yikhrib Baythum, They're Commodifying Apartheid?!? Can anyone in the KABOB-o-sphere confirm the involvement of Israel's Zeef Belinksi in the construction of US-sponsored segregation walls in Iraq?

04-26-07 - Kravitz against war Recorded in Miami last week, 'We Want Peace' features Kravitz alongside Iraqi pop star Kadim Al Sahir, Palestinian musician Simon Shaheen and Lebanese artist Jamey Hadded.

04-26-07 - Tracking Jewish money How our 'democracy' really works.


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