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posted on Sep, 6 2010 @ 09:19 PM
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Hariri did that at the time, and now he knows it, because everyone in Lebanon hated the Syrians for their occupation...and they seemed to have all the motives... Now there's been time since his loss so he figured it out...

Russia is asking for Israeli UAVs because their own UAVs are crappy.

But I've seen reports saying Russia would not listen to Israel and sell the P-800 to Syria anyway... Israel making a scene over this is probably just for show. Or maybe Russia give them some codes to deactivate them...

This whole Russian strategy of seemingly letting Israel bomb Iran looks like Russia want to continue their development based on their natural resources... and for that to continue to happen, they need a war so prices of commodities, especially oil, go through the roof.

Russia again acting for itself... they must think the US have no plans to occupy/control Iran... or can't... because an US-controlled Iran wouldn't be good for Russia at all.

Israeli Warplanes Stage Mock Air Raids over South Lebanon
Israel itching for war...

Israel reminded it may lose Turkey
We'll see.

Israel FM vows to block settlement halt
Gee what a surprise from Lieberman the scumbag.


Barak: Netanyahu ready to reach permanent agreement with Palestinians (Army Radio)

Stop talking and do it.


Jordanian king: World will 'pay price' if direct Mideast talks fail (DPA)

Indeed it will.


Lieberman: Neither this generation nor the next will see Mid-East peace (Haaretz)

Not with you in power that's for sure.


Ahmadinejad: Attack on Iran would destroy Israel (Reuters)

Sure... sure.


Abbas: Only time will tell if Netanyahu has really changed his stance (Israel Radio)

Shouldn't be long now.


Poll: More than half of Jewish Israeli teens would refuse to study with Arabs (Haaretz)

That's some brainwashed population you got there.


Braverman: PM should sack Lieberman for saying there was no chance for peace (Haaretz)

He shouldn't have hired him in the first place.


Abbas: If I'm pressured to concede on key issues I'll pack up and leave (Israel Radio)

Yep. This gotta be negotiations, not imposing of terms.


UN nuclear watchdog: Iran boosting uranium enrichment despite sanctions (Reuters)

Hmmm they need to since they gonna build a few dozens nuclear power plants...


Egypt FM 'worried' by Israel's demand to be recognized as Jewish state (Army Radio)

Indeed. 60% of Israeli Jews don't even recognize it as such.


Poll: 60% of Jewish Israelis support separation of religion and state (Israel Radio)

Now that's good.


Jordan, Syria call for Israeli withdrawal from all Arab lands (DPA)

If you're gonna do peace, do it all.


U.S. says latest IAEA report on Iran 'troubling' (Reuters)

And here we go.


Minister Edelstein: Settlement freeze must not be renewed this year (Haaretz)

Another one who doesn't want peace.

And now for more propaganda...
Iran reported on brink of nuclear weapon


[edit on 6-9-2010 by Vitchilo]




posted on Sep, 8 2010 @ 04:50 AM
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Originally posted by Vitchilo
Hariri did that at the time, and now he knows it, because everyone in Lebanon hated the Syrians for their occupation...and they seemed to have all the motives... Now there's been time since his loss so he figured it out...


That seems to be the case. It could also be he has seen evidence as to who really was behind his father's death, that it was not Syria, but if he says anything to much about it he may end up like his father.


Originally posted by Vitchilo
Russia is asking for Israeli UAVs because their own UAVs are crappy.


True. My query was why Russia would buy UAV's from Israel as opposed to improving it's own. Perhaps better for the national prestige than to by UAVs straight from the US.

The technology then can be studied.


Originally posted by Vitchilo
But I've seen reports saying Russia would not listen to Israel and sell the P-800 to Syria anyway... Israel making a scene over this is probably just for show. Or maybe Russia give them some codes to deactivate them...


It's possible. What Russia does, it does in it's own interests. But the pro-Israeli lobby I fear, is gaining a foothold in Moscow, linking the Palestinians to the militants in the Caucausus, which is just absurd.


Originally posted by Vitchilo
This whole Russian strategy of seemingly letting Israel bomb Iran looks like Russia want to continue their development based on their natural resources... and for that to continue to happen, they need a war so prices of commodities, especially oil, go through the roof.

Russia again acting for itself... they must think the US have no plans to occupy/control Iran... or can't... because an US-controlled Iran wouldn't be good for Russia at all.


One thing I think of here, because an US-controlled Iran is not good for Russia, is that Russia may be very confident that Iran can withstand an Israel and/or US attack on Iran.

Russia may know something about Iran's defensive capabilities and plans the US and Israel does not, and may feel Iran has a chance.

Going further with this theory, Russia may stand aside, allow Israel and/or the US to attack Iran in the desire to see Israel and/or the US get a bloody nose, and thus dissuade them from future imperial adventures, which would be a net gain for Russia.

Of course the danger with this, is Israel, faced with possible fierce resistance from Iran when Iran counter-strikes, may decide to go nuclear on Iran and end Iran's responses.

To be honest, it would not surprise me if Israel did that in the event of Iran responding to an attack, to the extent Israel is beginning to hurt.

Especially if Israel finds it bites off more than it chews by attacking Iran, and possibly subsequently Syria and Hezbollah.

I am sure Russia would have contemplated this, the knowledge Israel has the reported Samson Option, a scenario where Israel lets it's nukes fly at everyone, and I mean everyone, should they feel really threatened.

Iran are hardly going to take an attack laying down. Nor Syria, nor Hezbollah if they are dragged in.

Russia may be banking that a Israeli war on Iran may lead to the decline of Israel as we recognise it, and that a US war on Iran may lead to a US Defeat, and irreparable damage to, if not the end of, US interests in The Middle East.

All which Russia has to gain from.

The US and NATO in Afghanistan, Iraq, Kuwait, and increasingly Pakistan, is amongst it's many other shadowy aims, a move in Central Asia against Russia.

Russia would sincerely like to see that gone.

When we consider the hundreds of thousands of troops encroaching into the region as far as Afghanistan and the other Stans, right on Russia's border, we can not be surprised if Russia wishes to act against that.

We can not blame Russia in all honesty. When we consider the 90's, at a time when Russia staggered and was on it's knees, NATO was busy encircling Russia while venture capitalists internal and external, stripped Russia of it's assets while the drunkard lay slumped over his desk at the Kremlim.

Russia ever since, sees a pattern of NATO encircling and trying to contain Russia, and pin it back, like a gang ganging up on a man, and trying to corner him and intimidate him into submission. Bullying in other words.

Supposed victory in The Cold War was not enough for the US and the West. They wanted Russia humiliated and broken, on the ground, with a foot placed on it's neck.

Truly, the time when relations could have improved brilliantly between the West and Russia in the 90's after The Cold War was instead taken up by NATO, led by the US, as a time to corner, weaken, and intimidate Russia, to make Russia quail at the knees in the face of aggression at a time of internal strife.

The response internally, was to see former KGB men, Putin and Medvedev, hard, no-nonsense men, who barely resisted the urge to put Yeltsin up against a wall and have him shot, come to power, to try to restore Russia's standing in the world, and stand up to the West.

The future may find evidence that Yeltsin was made to resign by Putin and his supporters, and appoint Putin as his successor.

[edit on 8-9-2010 by Regensturm]



posted on Sep, 8 2010 @ 08:49 AM
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I just wanted to thank you Vitchilo for being so glued to this issue and thus keeping us all very informed. Your fingers must be tired by now eh?



posted on Sep, 8 2010 @ 05:31 PM
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I am.
Some days I just don't want to do it... but I do it anyways.


And indeed NATO is encircling Russia... and Russia knows this. If NATO had guts, they would have taken down Russia in the 90s and break it into little pieces... Russia would be gone... maybe they should have done that. When Russia was in too much chaos to counterattack or even fight at all...

Like the west took over China when it was in chaos...


South Korea imposes independent sanctions on Iran (AP)



UN official: Syria treatment of Kurds 'unacceptable' (Reuters)

The UN... those guys that stayed there watching while there was a genocide in Rwanda happening in front of their eyes?


Poll: 53% of Israelis support settlement freeze (Israel Radio)

More good Israelis..

Tonight is the beginning of the new moon and Rosh Hashanah.



posted on Sep, 9 2010 @ 12:04 PM
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Originally posted by Vitchilo
reply to post by sliceNodice
 


I am.
Some days I just don't want to do it... but I do it anyways.


Keep up the good work Vitchilo.



Originally posted by Vitchilo
And indeed NATO is encircling Russia... and Russia knows this. If NATO had guts, they would have taken down Russia in the 90s and break it into little pieces... Russia would be gone... maybe they should have done that. When Russia was in too much chaos to counterattack or even fight at all...


Hitler invaded The Soviet Union in 1941, because he was of the belief that Russia was like a rotten structure... "kick in the front door, and whole lot shall come crashing down." or something to that effect.

Had NATO gone into Russia in the 90's, drunkard or no drunkard in the Kremlin (and I am sure he would have been overthrown if NATO had invaded) Russia would have resisted, to a man, possibly to the ICBM.

Don't ever bet against Russia in a war. Napoleon did, so did Hitler and countless Germans.

Even Russia, in the state it was in the 90's, would not present a walk-over. Russia would have resisted, it still had capabilities, and we would have had WW3 in short.


Originally posted by Vitchilo

UN official: Syria treatment of Kurds 'unacceptable' (Reuters)

The UN... those guys that stayed there watching while there was a genocide in Rwanda happening in front of their eyes?


And Srebrenica. And now the Congo.

There used to be criticism of Iraq when it persecuted the Kurds, but when Turkey did it, well, as the friend of successive US Administrations, nobody said anything too loud about it.

For example, there's the case of USAF and RAF planes enforcing the no-fly zone over Northern Iraq that was supposed to protect the Kurds in the 90's, being ordered to give way to Turkish jets who would then proceed to bomb Kurdish positions.



posted on Sep, 10 2010 @ 12:24 PM
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Iran denies running covert nuclear site

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Iran denies running covert nuclear site



Iran's nuclear chief Ali-Akbar Salehi has denied allegations of a clandestine underground atomic site near the country's mega capital of Tehran.


The terrorist Mujahedin-e-Khalq Organization (MKO) on Thursday had claimed that it had evidence of a new secret underground atomic site in the country.

The group had said that a facility intended to enrich uranium was deep under a mountain near Qazvin -- about 120 km west of Tehran -- and was about 85 percent complete.

"We don't have such a facility, if they have any details they should inform us so that we can thank them," Salehi told Mehr news agency on Friday.

The head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) said the country has plenty of facilities that, for example, sterilize agricultural products using nuclear technology which do not fall into the nuclear plant category.

Founded in the 1960s, the MKO has masterminded terrorist operations in Iran and Iraq, killing thousands of people and wounding many more.

The group is especially notorious in Iran for having sided with former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein during the 1980-1988 Iran-Iraq war.

The Public Prosecutor of the Iraqi High Tribunal, Jaafar al-Mousawi, stated in mid-August that investigations have also incriminated MKO members in playing a leading role in the killings of Iraqi civilians.

Mousawi further commented that the terrorist group had supported Saddam Hussein's Baath regime, aiding in the suppression of the Iraqi people's uprising in 1991 and the torture and massacre of innocent people in the northern and southern regions of the country.

MT/JG/MGH


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The MKO of course are suspected to be sponsored by the CIA, so in whose interests are they acting? Not Iranians.

They are hated in Iran by the vast majority of Iranian people for siding with Saddam during his war of aggression against Iran in 'The Imposed War' as the Iran-Iraq War is known in Iran.

There's a story of an Iraqi attack into an Iranian town during the war, in which Iraqi helicopters and Tanks supported the MKO taking over an Iranian town.

When the Iraqi helicopters and Iraqi Tanks left the scene, the residents of the Iranian town are said to have come out of their homes, physically overpowered the MKO gunmen, and tore them apart limb from limb for being collaborators of Saddam's invasion of Iran.


Israel closes all Gaza border crossings

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Israel closes all Gaza border crossings



The Israeli army has announced that all Gaza crossings will be closed to traffic and incoming goods for four days as the Muslims celebrate Eid al-Fitr.


The army announced the closure on Thursday, the Israeli new year as the reason.

The Palestinians say that the closure means no goods or aid would enter Gaza for four days.

The announcement comes as Israeli warplanes bombed several locations inside the Gaza Strip on the eve of Eid al-Fitr that marks the end of the fasting month of Ramadan.

Witnesses say they have also spotted Israeli tanks along the Gaza border but there is no further detail available, a Press TV correspondent reported.

Israeli officials at the Gaza border crossings said that the terminals would remain closed for four full days, while on Monday they will be opened only partially in the morning.

They claim that sufficient fuel had been transferred into Gaza to cover the needs of the power plant until the end of the holidays.

Israel placed Gaza under the all-out siege in mid-June 2007, claiming it was preventing alleged security hazards posed by the Palestinian resistance movement, Hamas, which had won democratic elections a year earlier.

The blockade has ever since deprived Gaza's 1.5 million residents of food, fuel and other necessities.

The siege remains in order while the coastal sliver is far from recovering from the full-fledged Israeli war at the turn of 2009, which killed more than 1,400 Palestinians and inflicted a damage of more than USD1.6 billion on its economy.

FTP/MMN


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Israeli Tanks spotted along the Gaza border by eyewitnesses, according to the article.

Are Israel about to embark on a new war on Gaza? Perhaps to try to wipe out Hamas in order to crush any Palestinian resistance to the Netanyahu's 'peace deal' with Fatah and Abbas which we know will be grossly unfair to Palestinians and will not bring about peace? Hamas, as Muslims will be weakened physically from Ramadan, the holy month for Muslims when fasting is observed.

Of course, the talks themselves may be derailed by a new war. Netanyahu won't mind, I'm sure.

Israeli jets bomb Gaza as tanks line up

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Israeli jets bomb Gaza as tanks line up




Israeli warplanes have bombed many targets in the besieged Gaza Strip, damaging several buildings and injuring two Palestinians.


Sixteen Israeli warplanes have attacked the coastal strip a few hours before midnight on Thursday, firing at least one rocket into a security compound west of Gaza City, a Press TV correspondent reported.

Two other rockets were fired south of Gaza in the town of Rafah injuring two Palestinians. Another rocket was also fired east of Gaza city, he said.

Witnesses say they have spotted Israeli tanks along the Gaza border but there is no further detail available, the Press TV correspondent reported.

Israeli officials have confirmed that a military operation has taken place in the coastal strip, without giving any further details.

The incident happened when the streets of Gaza were packed with people preparing for celebrations of Eid al-Fitr on Friday to mark the end of the fasting month of Ramadan.

FTP/MMN


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If Press TV is to be believed, it's not looking good. We shall have to wait and see.

Israeli officials "have confirmed a military operation has taken place"

A new war on Gaza might also be the match that sparks a wider war in The Middle East.



posted on Sep, 10 2010 @ 05:16 PM
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Indeed it seems it's not looking good... I thought it was the usual bombing Gaza routine...


Ahmadinejad in Beirut Oct. 13 to Give Lebanon Ultimate Support against Israeli Threats
This is gonna be interesting... he'll probably say that Iran supports Lebanon and the resistance and maybe even give them weapon contracts.


Israel to seal off West Bank to Palestinian over Jewish holiday period (Haaretz)

Might not help tensions very much...


France calls on Syria to allow IAEA inspectors to check its nuclear facilities (Haaretz)

But of course not the Pakistani, Indian or Israeli ones uh? Especially not the Israeli ones since France helped them get nukes.


NGO report: Turkey 'not drifting closer to Iran' (Haaretz)

Well they sure are not complying with the sanctions against Iran.


Iran FM: Zionists to blame for Florida church's plan to burn copies of Koran (Army Radio)

Most likely true. The odds that this pastor is a pro-Israel/pro-armageddon/anti-muslim nut are pretty good.


Report: Iran opposition group alleges Iran building additional secret nuclear site (Haaretz)



U.S. officials: Newly exposed Iranian base not a nuclear facility (AP)

Duh.


Peres tells Abbas: Trust Netanyahu (Haaretz)

Yeah sure. Trust the guy who admitted of sabotaging the previous peace deals... Not to mention a scumbag who appointed a big piece of trash as FM.


Report: Florida pastor cancels planned Koran burning (Haaretz)

Neat.


N.Y. mosque sources deny plan to relocate controversial Islamic center (AP)

Good. Private property rules here.


UN to Israel: Continue settlement breeze beyond Sep. 26 expiration date (Ch. 10)

Would be a good idea for peace.


Iraq's top Shiite Muslim cleric calls for tolerance towards Christians (DPA)

Good.


Jordan, Japan sign nuclear cooperation pact (AP)

And nobody cares about that because Jordan is a US ally... for now.


Poll: Support for 'Ground Zero mosque' grows slightly among NYC voters (AP)

Have people finally understood?


Ahmadinejad: Koran burning will bring about Israel's destruction (Ch. 10)

One more insanity by Ahmadinejad...


Report: Iran cancels previously announced release of detained American (Reuters)

That's retarded.

Pakistan Set to Lead IAEA Board
OK that's hilarious. One more reason this whole IAEA thing is a freaking joke.

Israel set to extend settlement freeze
By 10 months at least... good... if it happens.

Tomorrow is the anniversary of 9/11... hopefully the elite are not crazy enough to pull another false-flag.


edit on 10-9-2010 by Vitchilo because: (no reason given)



posted on Sep, 15 2010 @ 01:25 PM
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Time for an update!

UN atomic watchdog chief 'regrets' Iran's ban on inspectors
First it's not a ban on inspectors, it's a firing of some inspectors, WHICH THEY CAN DO UNDER THE NPT. But eh, let's forget the facts if you want to bash Iran.

UN atomic watchdog examines Iran, Syria probes
When Pakistan heads the IAEA, it's clearly a joke. And what's funny is that when it suits the US, they disregard the UN, but when it suits their needs... well well.

UNIFIL Stops Israeli Bulldozer from Digging Water Duct into Lebanon after Army Went on Alert
This is the same thing that started the 1973 war. Israel went in Syrian territory with a bulldozer and a soldier started shooting at it because it violated the border...12 hours later, tanks were rolling in Syria.

Thanks to UNIFIL, this can't happen again...well not so easily anyway.

Israeli Navy Tests New Missile Defense Systems to Counter Hizbullah Capability
Yeah if Syria/Hezbollah get the russian P-800 anti-ship missile... I say your missile defense system will be pretty useless.

Nasrallah will Hold Press Conference Soon
Tensions are heating up in Lebanon... otherwise he wouldn't do another conference to show the same evidence again...

Amano ready to discuss Iran's fuel swap
That's encouraging.

Israeli tanks roll into Gaza Strip
Nice... Cast Lead 2 approaches.

IAF Prepares for Hizbullah Attacks
They've been preparing for the last 4 years...

Wide-Scale Israeli Attack on Lebanon Likely in Fall, Source
I think till mid-November we are not safe from war.

"There hasn't been anything like this since operation Cast Lead,"
Things are heating up.

NAM urges full report on Israeli nukes
Never gonna happen.

Hezbollah: LAF readied after incursion
At least they are ready... to run probably.


Israeli planes violate Lebanese airspace
You know the saying... another day....another... Israeli provocation, that's it!

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has ignored Washington's call to extend a partial settlement freeze in occupied Palestinian territories.
So much for peace uh?

Israel approves new settlements
Duh...

Israel Bends Slightly on Settlement Building
We don't really know what is really happening... freeze, no freeze... partial freeze...

US Embassy in Jordan warns of threat in Aqaba
Possible terrorist attack which could make things worse.


France, Cyprus demand more stringent criteria for Turkey's EU accession (DPA)

They really want to push them on the ``let's hate the west`` side uh?


Israel rejects proposed visit by senior EU foreign ministers (Haaretz)

Of course, don't want to hear any criticism.


Netanyahu: PA recognition of Israel as Jewish state is 'basis for peace' (Haaretz)

Except Abbas said it wouldn't happen.


Egypt: Peace talks may collapse if settlement freeze not renewed (Israel Radio)

Indeed.


Former Mossad head: Israel a factor preventing peace between U.S, Muslims (Ch. 10)

Not only that, but supporting dictatorships and economic slavery.


MK Tibi: 'Jewish state' designation entrenches inferior status of Arab Israelis (Haaretz)

Yep. Not to mention most Jews in Israel don't want Israel to be the ``Jewish state``.


Turkey poll: 60% in favor of PM Erdogan reforms, with 80% of ballots counted (Reuters)

That is a huge blow to Israel and all those who wanted to see Erdogan leave.


MK Shama: Netanyahu's talk of extending freeze only for left-wing consumption (Haaretz)

Probably.


Israel pushes EU to upgrade ties in light of renewed peace talks (Haaretz)

Yeah let's forget about the war crimes, the massacre on the ships, the stealing of EU identities to commit murder, etc...


Report: France strengthens ties with Hezbollah (Ch.10)

Hezbollah is a political force in Lebanon... so better try to solve things politically than by war.


U.S. urges Arab states to withdraw resolution calling on Israel to sign NPT (Reuters)

Yeah... totally not showing your bias there...


Erekat: There are no half solutions to settlement construction dispute (AP)

Netanyahu thinks so.


U.S. State Dept: Next few weeks are 'critical window' for Israel-PA peace talks (Haaretz)

Yep.


Assad to Netanyahu via U.S.: I agree to negotiations without preconditions (Ch. 10)

Since peace talks are not going forward with Palestinians over the settlements, can you imagine how slow it would be with the Golan Heights?


Poll: 1 in 6 Americans say Israel more committed to peace than the Palestinians (Haaretz)

And the other 5?


Clinton: Israel must extend settlement freeze for talks to succeed (Reuters)

Yep. What about a ban on new citizens too? No more immigrants. I mean the place is already packed and everyone hate each other. Why add to the mix?


Israeli rights group: IDF soldiers should be charged over deaths of Palestinian civilians (AP)

Hell even US soldiers were charged over murders of Afghans and Iraqis... so why not?


Netanyahu to Abbas: Don't let end of settlement freeze foil peace talks (Haaretz)

Oh boy that's it... no freeze. Peace talks are cooked.


UN: Ahmadinejad called off plans to attend disarmament meeting (Reuters)

Ok that's dumb.


Turkey denies Israel's request to question captain of Mavi Marmara (Channel 2)

More distance between the two...


Report: Hezbollah compiling target list of Israeli officials (Israel Radio)

Wouldn't be a big loss if they took some of them out that's for sure.


Defense Minister Barak meets privately with Clinton in Jerusalem (Haaretz)

I wonder why...


High Court issues temporary injunction against construction of 2 mosques in the West Bank (Haaretz)

So... Israel not only controls everything that goes in and out of the west bank but they also control what's going on inside of it? Yeah seems like a prison to me.


High Court: Tax benefits are inequitable and discriminate against the Arab population (Haaretz)

Indeed.


IDF confirms that two of the nine mortars fired at Negev were phosphorous bombs (Haaretz)

And fortunately none were hit... not the same thing when Israel uses high precision phosphorous bombs over big population centers like Beirut.


UN urged to move quickly on Iran sanctions panel (Reuters)

By whom I might ask...


1:22pm MTV: Lebanese and Israeli troops were on high alert at the Fatima border crossing and UNIFIL is trying to bring the situation under control.



2:25pm NNA: No alert on the border between Israel and Lebanon. The situation is very quiet.

Oh really?




And the latest threat from Israel:
Hizbullah has Drones, Israeli Officer Warns: We Will Strike Syria if it Continues its Support


I think worst case scenario could be this...

- Settlements resume... ending talks... of course everyone blaming the other side...
- Rockets continue raining down in Israel's south...
- Israel army mobilizes for Operation Cast Lead 2

At that point, anything can happen... Turkey said they would not stand by if Israel invaded Gaza again... tensions on the Lebanon-Israel border are at an all time high... and this would make things worse... and of course peace talks having failed again makes everyone ready for war...



posted on Sep, 17 2010 @ 12:35 PM
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Excellent update Vitchilo.


Originally posted by Vitchilo

Israeli Navy Tests New Missile Defense Systems to Counter Hizbullah Capability
Yeah if Syria/Hezbollah get the russian P-800 anti-ship missile... I say your missile defense system will be pretty useless.


Talking of which....

Russia to sell Syria anti-ship cruise missiles

From the link:




Russia to sell Syria anti-ship cruise missiles



Russia's has confirmed it will supply Syria with anti-ship cruise missiles, Russian media report.

Defence Minister Anatoly Serdyukov was quoted as saying Russia would fulfil a contract signed in 2007 for the P-800 Yakhont missiles.

Both the US and Israel had requested that Syria should not be supplied with the missiles.

But Russian officials did not agree that they would "fall into the hands of terrorists", Mr Serdyukov said.

Israel said they would pose a threat to its navy vessels in the Mediterranean.

Last month, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reportedly told his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, that the missiles might be handed over to the Lebanese Shia Islamist group, Hezbollah.

Chinese-made anti-ship missiles sold to Syria were used to target an Israeli destroyer during the 2006 war between Israel and Hezbollah.

Speaking to reporters in Washington on Friday, Mr Serdyukov said the issue was raised during talks with US Defence Secretary Robert Gates.

"We will supply Yakhont to Syria. We will fulfil the contract," he said, according to the Russian news agency, RIA-Novosti.

"The US and Israel asked us not to supply Syria with Yakhont. But we do not see the concerns expressed by them that these arms will fall into the hands of terrorists," he added.

The supersonic P-800 Yakhont missiles have a range of 300km (186 miles), carry a 200kg (440lb) warhead, and are able to fly at an altitude of only 5-15m (16-50ft), making it difficult to detect and intercept them.


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Israel will be annoyed if this goes through. All that lobbying Moscow for nothing!

I do find this suspicious however, when we consider Russia and Israel have just completed a deal for Russia to have Israeli drones and Israeli technicians to teach the Russians about them.

If Israel does not cancel that deal, or delay the deal in retaliation, then it may be that Russia may be selling Syria dud missiles, with Israeli knowledge, and hence not threaten the Russia-Israel drone deal.

Of course, Russia may just be balancing it's relations with Syria and Israel.

But I do find it hard for Israel not to threaten, or delay, or cancel it's drone deal with Russia in consideration of the news Russia is going to give these missiles to Syria, unless Israel are content the missiles will be faulty or Russia are not going to give the missiles to Syria.

In the event of the missiles being duds, Israel may well protest just to put on a show, and not make Syria suspicious at Israel's relaxed attitude.

It's very hard to imagine the Russia-Israel drone deal not being affected by the Russia claim it will sell these missiles to Syria.

Why would Russia make it public just after the drone deal with Israel? Surely Russia would want to keep a deal to sell missiles to Syria quiet so as not to affect the drone deal with Israel.

Very suspicious.


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posted on Sep, 19 2010 @ 03:34 AM
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Maybe this is Russia's red line. After all, if they stop selling weapons to whoever objects to it, Russia will end up selling weapons to nobody.

Hizbullah Conducts Missile Maneuvers on Fateh 110 Rockets in Iran
So they'll be more precise when they strike.... better for Israeli civilians.

Bushehr N-plant compliant with NPT
But is Dimona compliant?

Report sees Israel reoccupying Gaza, 'substantial' parts of Lebanon in next war
Of course. Israel is gonna annex more territory for sure. I mean those settlements need Lebensraum!

Assad: Israel must return usurped land
Not gonna happen.

Marouni: Hizbullah is Hinting at New May 7, Situation Demands an Emergency Plan to Confront Coup
Tensions are high in Lebanon, each accusing the other of coup against the regime.

Hizbullah Denies Producing Playing Cards with Pictures of Israeli Officials
That would be hilarious.

U.S. Will Continue to Supply Lebanese Army
Good... but it may backfire... maybe that's the plan...

Israeli planes conduct mock raids over southern town
So peace loving moves by Israel.

U.S. Says Iran Determined to Build Nuclear Bomb
Here we go again.

US protests IAEA debate on Israel

"Israel has fully cooperated with the IAEA," State Department spokesman Philip Crowley claimed on Wednesday.

IS HE FREAKING HIGH?

Iran N-issue not resolvable by force
Actually it is, but it would take either nuclear annihilation of Iran or full scale invasion or regime change.

Jewish aid ship to set sail for Gaza
That's gonna be interesting. The boat will probably be sabotaged before it reaches Gaza...

Iran wants IAEA to inspect Israel
Not gonna happen.


Netanyahu to Clinton and Abbas: Settlement freeze will end in two weeks (Haaretz)

Say goodbye to peace talks.


EU leaders call on Israel to extend settlement freeze (Reuters)

Israel is only nice with the EU when it comes to stopping arms to the Arabs or sanctions against Iran. Other than that, the EU are being pissed on.


Turkish PM: Turkey wants to triple its trade volume with Iran within 5 years (Reuters)

Helping to bypass sanctions I see...


Palestinian FM: We'll quit talks if one settlement is built after freeze (Reuters)

As you've said all along.


Arab League chief: No need for negotiations if Israel continues settlement construction (Haaretz)

Indeed. If they can't even make that little move, how in the hell would they make a real peace deal with so much more at stake?


Syria official: U.S. did not present new ideas on possible Israel peace talks (Israel Radio)

Gee. Obama isn't the savior of all mankind?


Russia: We will honor anti-ship arms deal with Syria, despite U.S. protests (Haaretz)

Good. After all the US is selling weapons to Georgia and trying to push Georgia/Ukraine in NATO.


Report: I wake of recent referendum, Turkey to begin probe of 1980 military coup (Reuters)

This could get interesting if some foreign names are revealed... (US-Israel ones)


Jimmy Carter criticizes Obama for not pressuring Israel on settlement freeze (AP)

At least he knows where's the problem.


Report: Iran invites Turkey to participate in space program (Reuters)

That could be interesting... development of ICBM and all.


Report: Israel complains to UN, claiming ties between Lebanon army, Hezbollah (News Agencies)

Uniting makes them stronger... even then they can't defeat the IDF.


Report: Lebanon refuses American invitation to join direct talks with Israel (Ch. 10)

Why would they... they have their whole territory... Israel have spies in Lebanon... making tons of provocations almost everyday and UNIFIL is protecting them...a little.


Top defense official: Russian arms sold to Syria will be used against Israel (Haaretz)

And Israel's arms and training of Georgian army WAS USED against Russia.


Mubarak: There is no such thing as a state that is only Jewish (Haaretz)

Indeed. And it would be ridiculous to do so.... not to mention most Jews in Israel want a separation of church and state.


Syria applauds Clinton's invitation to talks, but refuses to negotiate on Golan (Israel Radio)

Why should they, it's their territory.


11:15am Israeli warplanes overflew the Bekaa at a low altitude.

Another day...

An article I've seen in Jane Defense Monthly for the September issue... it seems the massive MOP 38.000 pounds/19 tons bomb is ready and set for delivery in the middle-east for December. After December, a massive strike on Iran underground sites will be possible without using nukes. So no war against Iran till at least then.

Last year they thought it was to be ready by July 10... but it seems the delivery is taking more time than expected.


10:05am Minister Jean Oghassabian to Future News: Things have really reached to a dangerous level.

(Talking about the situation in Lebanon) Indeed it has.

Ahmadinejad arrives in New York
Finally he went...



posted on Sep, 19 2010 @ 05:36 AM
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When Israel starts preparing for war, I start worrying. They need an event to go to war. The world's opinion is against them. They can not just start another provocation against Lebanon or Syria. This will give Iran justification to actually build a nuclear weapon. Any sensible nation would want to build one to keep this madman off them. If they attack Lebanon or Syria, now they are preoccupied and the pressure is off of Iran.

Israel is becoming a pariah and it is hurting Jews all over the world. If they continue on their path, we are witnessing their slow destruction. Eventually some nation will set off a nuclear device in that country and destroy it. The genii is out of the bottle. The other Middle East countries have the knowledge to build the weapons. It is only a matter of time.

Israel also can not attack nuclear sites in Iran without causing a major war and a radiological disaster. This would require the permission of the US since our troops are in striking distance of Iran. This would also end in failure because it wouldn't finish off Iran and would hurt in the propaganda war. This just causes slow bleeding of Israel until their eventual demise.

Israel has two choices in my opinion. The first choice is an all out war. In order to have this war they need the US to enter and help. I can not see the US entering without a major event or attack in the US. I fear Israel is very likely to facilitate this event if they feel this is their only choice. This would also not guarantee success even if they became the victim.

The second choice is to make peace with their neighbors. They need to move back to their original borders and compensate their victims. Jerusalem would become an international city administered by a world body and shared capitol for Israel and a Palestinian state. Israel would also be allowed to rebuild the temple but not on the original site. Israel also needs to disarm. In order for the 2nd choice to happen, Israel needs to see their neighbors as equals and stop the racist teachings coming out of their religion.

I am doubtful of the second option so I'm preparing to duck.



posted on Sep, 19 2010 @ 07:31 AM
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Palestinian media report: Hamas intelligence chief arrested in Cairo (Haaretz)

Oh boy.


MK Braverman: Lieberman's racist comments hurt Jewish-Arab relations (Haaretz)

Indeed they do.


Netanyahu: 'No change' on West Bank settlement freeze (Haaretz)

Like I said... bye bye talks.


Iran says detains seven U.S. troops trying to enter country (Reuters)

Oh boy.


MK Zuabi: We are the only democrats, Lieberman represents ethnic cleansing (Haaretz)

Yep. He's a sicko alright.

Just read what he said today :
Israel's foreign minister on Sunday called for redrawing the country's borders to exclude some Arab citizens, raising the explosive proposal just as new peace talks with the Palestinians struggle to get underway.


Iran denies detaining seven U.S. soldiers (Reuters)

What's the deal here?

US: Plot to assassinate Iranian president foiled
4 Iranians were planning it in NY.

Sayyed Warns Hariri upon Arrival in Beirut: We Will Settle Score against False Witnesses in the Street if We Were Prevented by the Law
Tensions are running high...

"Seven American troops were detained by Iranian guards in a southeastern province of the country ... Two Iranians accompanying the troops were also arrested," Reuters reported earlier on Sunday.
Two Iranian were with them uh... Iranian anti-government militias CIA-backed leaders?

'Iran on verge of potential US-led war'
Not before December.

Medal for Israeli nuclear whistleblower
Freaking A.


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posted on Sep, 19 2010 @ 12:17 PM
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From Press TV:

Iran rejects arrest of 7 US troops

From the Link:






Iran rejects arrest of 7 US troops



Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) rejects rumors of seven US troops being detained on the border of southeastern province of Sistan-Baluchestan.

"Seven American troops were detained by Iranian guards in a southeastern province of the country ... Two Iranians accompanying the troops were also arrested," Reuters reported earlier on Sunday.

IRGC has rejected the reports as unfounded and says no US troops have been arrested.

"No American troop has been arrested. We deny it," Ali Mohammad Azad, the governor of Sistan-Baluchestan Province, told the Arabic-language channel Al-Alam.

The Pentagon also denied arrest reports as false. "We have no missing soldiers. All accounted for," AFP quoted Pentagon press secretary Geoff Morrell as saying.

Pakistani Foreign Ministry spokesman Abdul Basit told AFP that "There are no US soldiers there -- the question of arrest does not arise."

MYA/HGH/MMN


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Interesting. The soldiers were reported by Reuters reportedly quoting Fars News Agency that the soldiers were captured with two Iranians in Sistan-Baluchestan, where Jundullah, a Sunni extremist organisation seen as terrorists by the Iranian government having carried out bombings and murders is based. It is suspected of being funded by the CIA.

This may be an attempted false flag for war, ladies and gentlemen. No false flagged 'Iranian' attack as many thought, but this. This report, denied by Iran, of supposed captured US seven soldiers may just be the excuse needed for an attack on Iran by the corporate and government elite of the US and Israel.

How dare Iran apprehend foreign soldiers in it's territory! This calls for war! etc etc.

What's Obama going to do? Have Hilary demand the US Soldiers are released? I think the Iranians would want questions answered, and justifiably so. They will in all liklihood not be in a hurry to let the soldiers go.

American soldiers wondering around in Iranian territory at a time of US-Israel demonisation of Iran? Hmm. Iran would not be happy about this and they will want to know what was the purpose of these US Soldiers.

(As if the Iranians don't know ie, probable recon of targets for a war, funding and training anti-Iranian government groups and other dark arts.)

So we have had a report that Iran captured US Soldiers on it's territory. That would ratchet up tensions for war nicely. So....who would benefit from seeing US-Iranian relations reach crisis point from this false report?

A place that has been rattling the anti-Iran sabres aside from the US?

Think about it.

Of course.... Iran may be holding seven US Soldiers captured on it's territory, but keeping it quiet so that it has time to question the soldiers.

If the soldiers are special forces, the US government may deny knowledge of any US Soldiers in Iran. If the US government makes a fuss, they will be admitting that yes, indeed US Soldiers were on Iranian soil. And then the very arkward and embarrasing questions start. eg. What are they doing on Iranian soil? What is their mission?

Special forces generally know the brief. "If you get caught, you're on your own."

Black ops. Deniable ops.

As for tensions in Lebanon. The Lebanese know from the past that they need to stick together, and be calm. Israel is waiting, with knife and fork in hand, waiting to pounce on any weakness, any division.


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posted on Sep, 20 2010 @ 08:26 AM
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'Iran has no plan to build nuclear bomb'

From the Link:





'Iran has no plan to build nuclear bomb'



Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says his country will never seek a nuclear bomb, stressing that Iran has always called for a world free of nuclear weapons.

Ahmadinejad made the remark in an exclusive interview with The Associated Press on the first day of his stay in New York to attend UN General Assembly's annual session.

The Iranian president also played down the impact of sanctions imposed on Iran over its nuclear activities, saying that the sanctions against Tehran's nuclear program are ineffective.

"The United States' administrations ... must recognize that Iran is a big power," Ahmadinejad said, adding, "Having said that, we consider ourselves to be a human force and a cultural power and hence a friend of other nations. We have never sought to dominate others or to violate the rights of any other country.”

The Iranian president added, "Those who insist on having hostilities with us, kill and destroy the option of friendship with us in the future, which is unfortunate because it is clear the future belongs to Iran and that enmities will be fruitless."

Ahmadinejad is scheduled to deliver a speech at the 65th UN General Assembly session at the United Nations headquarters in New York City.

The annual summit will focus on the Millennium Development Goals (MDG Summit) from September 20 to 22.

AS/MGH


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Not for the first time, President Ahmadinejad denies Iran is planning to build a nuclear bomb.

I wonder if this statement by Ahmadinejad will make headlines in the MSM, or will it be buried away and reported in passing, if at all.

Of course, any statement by Ahmadinejad that Israel's regime is coming to the end of it's days will be blasted across the MSM headlines, amid mistranslations fitting an anti-Iran agenda of how Iran seeks to wipe out Israel, which by the way, as we know, Ahmadinejad never said.

The irony is that if Iran did have nuclear weapons, it would be a guarantee against invasion and attack from the US (Look at North Korea as an example of this, and the fact Iraq was attacked because it did not have WMD's.) and Israel.

Without nuclear weapons, Iran is vulnerable, and so the prophecy proclaimed by the anti-iran agenda of Iran seeking nuclear weapons may come true: Iran may see accusations against it of seeking nuclear weapons as an excuse being drummed up for war by the US and Israel, so Iran may seek nuclear weapons in the end in order to ward off the the threat of an attack, as with North Korea.

A self-fulfilling prophecy.

Of course, if Iran acquires nuclear weapons, and the US and Israel finds out, then no war, no attack will happen on Iran unless Netanyahu is madder than I thought (and he is quite mad, so that is possible) or Obama is more stupid than I thought (quite possible) or we see in The White House a return of the neo-cons, or Hilary Clinton as President, who reminds me of the Manchurian Candidate's mother, only the Manchurian Candidate was Bill Clinton.

If Iran does have, or is seeking nuclear weapons, why is this wrong?

Israel has nuclear weapons, so the middle east is far from nuclear-free.

Israel, US, UK, Russia, France, China, India, Pakistan and North Korea have nuclear weapons, why not Iran?

But then we get the old argument: Ah, but those countries do not sponsor terrorism and violence.

Well it is not Iran who has invaded two countries since 2001 (and let's not mention what went on before: Sponsoring fascists in Latin America and much more)

It's not Iran who expells people in favour of it's own population and carries out Lebensraum policies while carrying out air strikes and artillery shelling, and the shooting and mass killing of a population living under siege in an open-air prison.



posted on Sep, 20 2010 @ 08:42 AM
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Israel makes infantry 'more lethal'

From the Link:






Israel makes infantry 'more lethal'



The Israeli army has finished reviewing the structure of its infantry battalions in an effort to increase their "lethal" power in urban and guerrilla warfare.

The review was ordered by Israeli army Chief of General Staff Lieutenant General Gabi Ashkenazi after the troops failed to achieve their tactical goals during the December 2008-January 2009 war against the Gaza Strip.

The Israeli army has introduced several new weapons systems in its battalions to make them more lethal, particularly in offensives in urban settings like Gaza and villages in southern Lebanon, the Jerusalem Post reported.

The US-made sniper rifle HTR 2000 is one of the new weapons distributed to all infantry battalions. The new rifle enables Israeli soldiers to hit targets up to a distance of 1,000 meters and can accommodate a special night-vision add-on scope.

The Israeli army's ground forces command, which oversaw the review, has also purchased dozens of Polaris all-terrain vehicles. The utility vehicle would enable the infantry to transport up to 700 kilograms of supplies behind enemy lines at a speed close to 80 kilometer per hour.

The battalions have, moreover, been equipped with explosives to knock down doors and walls independent of combat engineer units, while Matador anti-structure shoulder-launched missiles will give them an upper hand in dealing with targets inside fortified positions.

Meanwhile, the Israeli infantry are also undergoing special training to erect camouflaged positions for the battalion when necessary during operations.

Last month, the Israeli forces carried out joint military maneuvers with the US Marines in the Negev desert in southern Israel as part of a series of exercises on the Lebanese and Syrian borders.

Hinging on guerilla warfare, the drills reportedly involved fighting mock street battles with resistance fighters and the invasion of an Israeli military-built mock-up of a typical Palestinian village.

MRS/TG/HRF


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I'm sure Hezbollah are not standing still, and too are refining their urban and Guerilla warfare capabilities. They know better than to slouch when it comes to Israel.

But the most interesting thing about this article, apart from the fact Israel are reportedly reviewing and practising Guerilla and urban warfare, is the report that Israeli forces, when they were on maneuvers on the Lebanese and Syrian borders last month as was posted on this thread at the time, were on exercises with the US Marines.

Routine military exercises between allies.....or is something else being brewed up on the borders of Lebanon and Syria?

Lebanon is in abit of political strife at the moment.....that suits Israel nicely.



posted on Sep, 20 2010 @ 02:43 PM
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Kataeb Describes Recent Events as 'Scary Reality that Puts Lebanese Entity's Unity before Imminent Threat'
Lebanon is indeed under civil war threat... And everyone is making sure to stir it up.

For one, Egypt :
Egypt: Hizbullah is Challenging the Authority, is Relying on Power of Arms that are beyond State Control

And for two Israel :
Debkafile: Ahmadinejad, Assad Agreed to Back Hizbullah 'Coup'
More Debka BS but as reported on MSM Lebanese websites... which isn't good.

LAF on alert after IDF fires across border
One more provocation by Israel. A pretty serious one this time.

IDF shoots over LAF unit fortifying position near Duheira

Israeli official: We'll sell arms to Russia's enemies
That's gonna be interesting. Arms to the Chechen? Georgia? Russia doesn't have many enemies. Probably just hot air.

Acting Palestinian Authority Chief Mahmoud Abbas has warned that direct talks with Israel would stop if Tel Aviv does not extend its settlement freeze.
Forget the talks then.


MK Tibi: We were here before the fascist immigrant Lieberman, and we'll be here after him (Haaretz)

Hopefully.


Colin Powell says strike on Iran by the U.S. or Israel isn't likely (AP)

Again hopefully.


Hamas: We told U.S. in the past that we would accept Palestinian state on 1967 borders (Israel Radio)

Yep.


Barak in Washington: Peace talks more important than settlement construction (Ch. 10)

One who have a conscience...


Obama says military action against Iran not ideal (Reuters)

Not ideal but could be done basically... not good.


Today : 1:13pm Israeli warplanes carried out mock raids over Nabatiyeh, Iqlim al-Tuffah, Marjayoun, Khiam and Arqoub.

So peaceful...


Yesterday : 6:40pm Two Israeli warplanes violated the Lebanese airspace over the border town of Kfar Kila and circled over all Lebanese regions.

Another provocation.



posted on Sep, 21 2010 @ 04:45 AM
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Lebanon general decries judiciary

From the Link:





Lebanon general decries judiciary



Former general Jamil al-Sayyed says he would respond to court summon only if Lebanon's judiciary is 'de-politicised.'

A former Lebanese army general has said he will not respond to a state summons for questioning, after he called the prime minister a liar and allegedly urged people to topple his government.

Jamil al-Sayyed, Lebanon's former General Security chief, was among four pro-Syrian officers jailed without charge for nearly four years during events surrounding the 2005 assassination of Rafik Hariri, Lebanon's former prime minister.

Sayyed, who is seen as a political ally of Hezbollah, and the other officers, were freed in 2009 for lack of evidence.

Al Jazeera's Salam Khoder reporting from Beirut reports that Sayyed said "he would not appear before any court unless Saeed Mirza, Lebanon’s general prosecutor, is dismissed."

Speaking at his arrival at the airport in Beirut, the Lebanese capital, on Saturday, Sayyed said he believes the charges against him are part of a political smear campaign, in which Mirza plays a leading role.

Our correspondent said that: "The scene of Sayyed’s return to Beirut was stimulating as political forces and opposition parties received him at the airport".

Sayyed is suing Mirza in a Syrian court and at the UN appointed international tribunal investigating Hariri's killing, for allegedly misleading the investigation.

'Sold father to Syria'

Mirza issued the court summons last Monday, a day after Sayyed held a press conference in which he accused Saad Hariri, the current prime minister, of selling his father's blood to frame Syria for his father's death.

The assassination of Rafiq Hariri set off a wave of turmoil that led to the withdrawal of Syrian troops after a nearly 30 year presence in Lebanon.

"Saad al-Hariri personally admitted [that] false witnesses [were used in gathering evidence for the assassination investigation] and we want to hold them accountable by the law and when you will disturb law (addressing Hariri), we will hold them accountable in the street," Sayyed told reports upon his arrival from Paris.

Our correspondent in Beriut said the "Hezbollah party and its allies will not leave SayyedBeirut to be questioned before the Lebanese judiciary, as they also see that it is a politically motivated judiciary."

Al-Sayyed was not taken in for questioning at the airport. It was not immediately clear what measures Lebanese authorities would take if the former general fails to respond to the state summons.



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This could be interesting. Al-Sayyed was one of those arrested and accused of being involved in the assassination of Rafik Hariri as part of a pro-Syrian plot.

Yet Saad Hariri, Prime Minister of Lebanon, and son of Rafik, said a couple of weeks ago he no longer believed Syria was behind his father's death.

So...who's stirring the pot in Lebanon at Israel's gain? Who is prolonging the pro-Syrian angle behind Rafik Hariri's death that his son, the PM, has backed away from?

Perhaps Hariri's Future Movement, are unhappy with his son's belief Syria is no longer behind his father's death....

Remember the retired Lebanese Army General, Hashem Jaber, saying after the border clashes, that Israel would try to forment civil war in Lebanon and then take advantage?



posted on Sep, 21 2010 @ 07:17 AM
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Yep this is exactly what they are trying to do. It's clear. Everyone is pushing for it. When you start saying that Hezbollah is trying to overthrow the regime it's pretty obvious.

On the same day, a leading newspaper in Israel, Haaretz reported that Syria had already received shipments of the missiles.
It seems Syria already received a bunch of P-800 anti-ships missiles. Too late for Israel.

Report: Next Israel-Hizbullah War to Cover Much of Lebanon, Israel, Perhaps Syria

Research published by Washington Institute for Near East Policy says future Israel-Hezbollah war would likely draw in Iran and cover much of Lebanon, Israel and probably Syria. According to White, if another Israel-Hizbullah war breaks out it will not resemble the war of the summer of 2006, but will cover much of Lebanon and Israel, and probably also Syria, and is likely to also draw in Iran, involve major military operations, cause significant casualties among combatants and civilians, and destroy infrastructure. White says that in his assessment, the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) will occupy parts - possibly significant portions - of Lebanon within weeks, and possibly all the Gaza Strip. He says that it will be the most serious war Israel has been involved in since 1973, and Israel must emerge victorious.

Interesting and I think it's true. Since 2006, the longer it takes to have another war, the worst it will be. I've read some analysis last year saying that Israel would be forced to use WMDs in the next war because they will not accept thousands of casualties.

As-Safir: Jumblatt upbeat about Nasrallah-Hariri meeting
This meeting could help things... or make them worse.

Reports indicate Germany's exports to Iran have reached near the two-billion Euros mark in the first half of 2010.

The figure represents a 14 percent rise in Iranian imports from Europe's largest economy, compared to the same period last year.

Ooops.


Netanyahu: Palestinians unlikely to abandon peace talks due to settlement building (Haaretz)

That's a bet you really want to take uh?


Pentagon says Gates worried about Russia arms sale to Syria (AP)

Well too late.


Barak to FOX news: Sanctions against Iran may not be enough (Haaretz)

He says time to think of the next step...


Interior Minister: Absolutely no point in holding direct peace talks with Palestinians (Haaretz)

Gee there's confidence there...


IDF Chief: If peace talks side-railed, Palestinian-Israeli violence could resume (Haaretz)

Ya think?


China confirms two nuclear reactors for Pakistan (Reuters)

And of course nobody cares about that.... but everybody cares about ONE NUCLEAR REACTOR in Iran...


IDF Chief: Iran is fighting against Turkey for hegemony in Mideast (Haaretz)

What is he smoking?



posted on Sep, 22 2010 @ 10:54 AM
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Al Akhbar newspaper reported on Wednesday that the US Embassy in Lebanon called on its citizens to leave Lebanon within a week due to the deteriorating security situation.
Later they denied it...but there's no smoke without a fire...

Explosion rocks Iranian military parade

Twelve people have been killed and 70 injured in a terrorist attack in northwestern Iranian city of Mahabad in West Azarbaijan Province.
So US special forces or US-funded terrorists groups are working over time uh? If something like that happened in the US, Iran would be bombed right now.

Syrian Leadership Disturbed by Escalatory Statements by Lebanese Allies
Indeed.

Israeli spy plane flies over Lebanon
Another day...

PKK vows allegiance to Israel
Not a big surprise since Israel trained and armed them for many years. This might piss off Turkey...

Hezbollah delegation meets Saudi ambassador
This is interesting since they are opposed ideologically... and religiously... this probably make Israel worry.


MK Eldad: Tens of thousands of criminal settlers will fight if construction freeze renewed (Haaretz)

``Criminal settlers`` isn't that redundant?



Egypt activists calling for free elections clash with security forces in Cairo, Alexandria (DPA)

Ah... US supported ``democracy``....


IDF chief: Israel must be prepared for the possibility of war in a number of fronts (Haaretz)

I thought Netanyahu was for peace? So much for that...



Ahmadinejad: It is incorrect to force one view of the Holocaust on the entire world (Haaretz)

Thing is that IT HAPPENED. PERIOD. Now somehow that a Jewish holocaust is somehow worse than the 25+ million of Russians that were killed during WW2 because they were Russians... of course nobody talks about that in the west. Or the genocides in Sudan, Congo, Rwanda and the slavery and genocide of blacks for centuries...Everybody's suffering is equal...one person suffering is not worse than another. Some people seem to have forgotten that.


French FM: We pray our Israeli friends will not resume settlement construction (Israel Radio)

Praying never did anything.


Russian Defense Minister: We'll supply Syria with more weapons this year (Army Radio)

Russia is pissed. Because of the cancellation of the S-300 to Iran, they'll have to pay penalities of around 3 billion $ to Iran if I remember.


Russian general confirms Iran missile deal frozen (Reuters)



Abbas: Peace talks could continue even without settlement freeze (Ch. 10)

Oh Abbas backing out... what a surprise.


Abbas: I will not leave peace talks if PM doesn’t announce settlement building renewal (Haaretz)

He doesn't have balls.


Report: Bill Clinton says Russian Jewish immigrants a problem for peace (News Agencies)

Why would they be more of a problem? Avidgor is a Russian Jew immigrant and he's a problem... but the others? What the hell?


Israeli police exit Al-Aqsa mosque, report that all is quiet (Haaretz)

I hope they indeed left... this could get ugly fast.



posted on Sep, 22 2010 @ 11:01 AM
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Originally posted by Vitchilo
Yep this is exactly what they are trying to do. It's clear. Everyone is pushing for it. When you start saying that Hezbollah is trying to overthrow the regime it's pretty obvious.


Yep. Definately drumming the war drums.


Originally posted by Vitchilo

Report: Next Israel-Hizbullah War to Cover Much of Lebanon, Israel, Perhaps Syria

Research published by Washington Institute for Near East Policy says future Israel-Hezbollah war would likely draw in Iran and cover much of Lebanon, Israel and probably Syria. According to White, if another Israel-Hizbullah war breaks out it will not resemble the war of the summer of 2006, but will cover much of Lebanon and Israel, and probably also Syria, and is likely to also draw in Iran, involve major military operations, cause significant casualties among combatants and civilians, and destroy infrastructure. White says that in his assessment, the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) will occupy parts - possibly significant portions - of Lebanon within weeks, and possibly all the Gaza Strip. He says that it will be the most serious war Israel has been involved in since 1973, and Israel must emerge victorious.

Interesting and I think it's true. Since 2006, the longer it takes to have another war, the worst it will be. I've read some analysis last year saying that Israel would be forced to use WMDs in the next war because they will not accept thousands of casualties.


I personally believe that if Israel unleashes war on Lebanon, Syria and Iran through whatever order, they will get in return as bad as they give out. In other words, the more damage they do to Lebanon, Syria and Iran, the more Lebanon, Syria and Iran will want to do damage to Iran.

If Israel uses WMD's in such a scenario, it won't be because it was forced to, but it would be in order to stamp out retaliation to it's attacks and end any challenges to it's domination. We may even see Israel use WMD's as soon as the shooting starts. I really would not put it past Israel, especially if

A) They know Iran can not respond with nuclear weapons because it does not have any.

B) They think Syria, Iran and Lebanon would be too decimated to respond.

C) and finally, if they believe they can ride out the condemnation and bad publicity.

Israel have used phosphorous in it's bombing of Gaza, and has boarded aid ships and slaughtered people, and of course there are the many reported IDF War crimes. It's a pattern of death and destruction whatever the world says or does, and that pattern suggests Israel would use WMDs all too easily.

If Israel does this, the middle east will explode into violence the *proverbial*storm will be big. And Russia, China and Pakistan are unlikely to be impressed by having these WMDs go off near their borders.

Blast in Iranian city kills at least ten

From the Link:





Blast in Iranian city kills at least ten



AP

Wednesday, 22 September 2010

Ten people died and 57 others were injured when a bomb exploded at military parade in north-western Iran today.


The blast in the city of Mahabad, close to the borders with Iraq and Turkey, , was blamed on Kurdish separatists who have fought Iranian forces for decades.

Most of the victims were women and children, said provincial Governor Vahid Jalalzadeh.

Iranian forces in the border zone have for years clashed with Kurdish rebels from the Iranian wing of the Kurdistan Workers Party, which also has fighters based in Turkey and Iraq. The group in Iran has generally not targeted civilians in its campaign for greater rights for the Kurdish minority, raising the prospect that the bomb might have gone off prematurely.

A state radio report said the device was detonated on a timer and had been placed under a bush near the parade route.

Jalalzadeh said the explosion was carried out by "counter revolutionaries," a reference to the Kurdish separatist group. He called the bombing "a terrorist incident".

The parade was one of several events around the country to mark the 30th anniversary of the start of the Iran-Iraq war. No military personnel were wounded, Jalalzadeh said.

The Mehr news agency said the dead included the wives of two of ranking military officers.

"The explosion happened opposite the VIP stage among women who were present there," Jalalzadeh said.

The Iranian branch of the Kurdish rebel group, the Party for Free Life in Kurdistan, says it is fighting for greater rights in Iran.

The city of Mahabad is home to 190,000 people - most of them Kurds and Sunni Muslims. Iran is predominantly Shiite.

Mahabad was once the capital of the self-proclaimed republic of Kurdistan in Iran. Iran's armed forces recaptured Mahabad in 1946.


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And now the Kurds join Jundullah with the bombings in Iran. Who is backing them?

Well, we know of the alleged Israeli-Kurdish connection, and of the alleged Jundullah-CIA connection.



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