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Saturday, March 31, 2007

Pro-Iran Party Line: US Plans Nuclear War

The pro-Islamist treason and appeasement camp is intensifying its international propaganda drive in a desperate effort to save the terror-sponsoring, hostage-holding, nuclearizing, Nazi-like regime running (and ruining) oil-rich Iran.

The new pro-Islamst party line that is clearly meant to rally the ideologically faithful and their fellow travelers: the United States is preparing for nuclear war with Iran. More specifically, a US military strike against Iran would, at the very least, involve the use of tactical nuclear weapons (TNWs)--including earth-penetrating bunker-busters--in sparsely populated areas.

Our reaction: from their mouths to God's ears.

As readers of this blog know, we strongly advocate use of TNWs--as soon as possible--against the monstrous mullahocracy. The enemy must be utterly destroyed ... by any and all means necessary.

Post Script: How different today's situation might be, five-and-a-half years after the Islamist terror attacks of 9/11, had millions of Americans marched in the streets chanting: "Nuke 'em now!" The war against Islamism would probably have been won by now. Instead, the emboldened agents of turbaned tyrants--the growing Fifth Column actively aiding the enemy--feels secure enough to file complaints and lawsuits against airlines and others that dare to single them out for security clearance. How far we have fallen....

US Asleep While China Prepares "Assassin's Mace"

No-so-peacefully rising China is actively pursuing an "Assassin's Mace" (shashoujian) space warfare program--the elusive term refers to an astonishing array of futuristic technologies--while advocating arms control accords aimed at preventing the United States from developing and deploying defensive and offensive space-based weapons.

And the US anti-missile defense crowd is cooperating with the Chinese strategy, effectively playing into the hands of America's enemies and paving the way for eventual Chinese military dominance of the planet.

We dare to call this perfidy by its real name--treason--for the betrayers and saboteurs of America's defense are aware of the evidence of China's space warfare program, but choose to deny or downplay the information.

The amazing thing is just how much of the proof of what China is up to is in the public domain, along with thorough, insightful analyses by American experts. The work of a brilliant US Defense Department consultant, Michael Pillsbury, is a prime example of the latter. He says his concerns that China may decide to develop space weapons for use against the US stem from books written by three Chinese military colonels over the past six years.

The People's Liberation Army officers advocate the use of secret anti-satellite weapons, without warning, against the US.

"What they are doing in their books is saying that if China faces a hostile United States in the future, we Chinese may need to have some way to deter the United States from either attacking us, or coming to the defense of Taiwan," Pillsbury tells Voice of America. "If we Chinese ever face that situation, one good way to deter the United States - they use the term "bring America to its knees" - is to have a "shock attack," or a "shock and awe" attack, to borrow a term we [Americans] used during the 2003 invasion of Iraq, on US-based satellites."

Pillsbury says the colonels imply that no such system exists in China today. Let's hope he's right.

In testimony to the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission (commonly called the China Commission) Thursday, Pillsbury said even a small-scale Chinese attack against US satellites could have a catastrophic effect on US military forces and the US economy. He said it is not clear how quickly, if at all, Washingtoncould launch replacement satellites for those that had been incapacitated in orbit by such an attack.

"We could be better prepared, is how I would put it," he said.

In January, China test fired a ground-based missile that pulverized one of its own satellites. The test was believed to be the first of its kind in two decades by any nation and raised concerns about the vulnerability of US satellites and a possible arms race in space.

Pillsbury's research is beyond chilling; it is terrifying, despite his reasoned, academic approach to a topic that natrually lends itself to popular exploitation. His in-depth report, commissioned by the China Commission and submitted in January of this year, covering such weapons as high-energy laser guns and orbiting ICBMs capable of striking targets on earth at any time, could inspire a slew of fact-based comic books, novels, movies and TV programs. If only the research would also inspire our so-called leaders to wake up to the looming threat.

Ecerpts from "An Assessment of China's Anti-Satellite and Space Warfare Programs" appear below:

"Twenty articles and three books published during the target period were selected as significant. From these books and articles, thirty specific recommendations for strategies or specific Chinese space weapons to employ against US vulnerabilities were identified and translated.... The following conclusions may be made from this report:

"While China has publicly assumed a leadership position in international activities to ban space weapons, there is an active group within China not only advocating the weaponization of space but also putting forth specific proposals for implementation of a Chinese space based weapons program.

"The individuals authoring the source works cited herein represent the Chinese space war “hawk” group and may constitute the bulk of it, although the extent to which these proposals are being accepted sympathetically is not known.

"The recommendations cited in this report are courses of action being proposed publicly within China. Common threads of logic and approach, shared assumptions, use of similar expressions in key areas, and the scope of the work represented are indications of collusion among these individuals and possibly of organization.

"There may be covert activity in the development of space weaponry and space warfare plans which is not represented in open source literature, in fact the literature suggests that this might be so.

"Chinese development and deployment of systems and doctrines for space warfare may be partially in response to a perceived US threat, but US resistance to weaponization of space seems irrelevant in the articles cited.

"Chinese attitudes toward weaponization of space have been widely studied by the US, and several models have been proposed, based at least partially on consideration of some of the documents cited in this report. Other than common source material, these models share little and are even contradictory.

"There is an immediate opportunity for diplomatic action to forestall an inappropriate Chinese response to a perceived US threat and to engage elements of the Chinese policy forming community in productive and mutually beneficial confrontation.

"There are profound military preparedness implications associated with Chinese public advocacy of pre-emptive or deterrent attacks on specific US targets, both military and civilian, both independently and in support of theater combat operations.

"This open source literature survey found no assertion that China currently possesses any type of ASAT weapons, or that the government of China has ordered the production of any such weapons. However, an unattributed interview in October 2006 at the Zhuhai air show that appeared in a Chinese owned newspaper bluntly stated China has such weapons now...."

Friday, March 30, 2007

French Fear Islamist Intifada

Early warning.

French security officials and intelligence experts are seriously concerned about the likelihood of new domestic Muslim uprisings that could see thousands of rioters flooding into Paris from impoverished, no-go Muslim suburbs.

The most immediate concern centers around this June, on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the Six-Day War that began on June 5, 1967.

Looking ahead, the French are also concerned about the 40th anniversary of the May 1968 student revolt, which grew to include millions of striking workers, split French society, and nearly toppled the government. The students drew on a long revolutionary tradition, building barricades in the same streets that saw them go up in 1848 and 1871.

The next big Islamist intifada, if it occurs, will have nothing in common with those events. The gangsters and clerical fascists will be fighting for the opposite ideals of the revolutionaries of 1848 and the Paris Commune and, for the most part, the revolutionaries and radicals of 1968, for all their flaws and faults. Islamism is clerical fascism, pure and simple.

Ironically, however, the intifada to end all intifadas--the final conflict between Radical Islam and secular French society--will probably have the support of the deformed and dysfunctional French Left. Incredible!

Karl ("Religion-is-the-Opium-of-the-People") Marx must be rolling in his grave. The worst reactionary rabble--an Islamist indoctrinated and inflamed sub-proletariat--is poised to torch the City of Light.

End Islamism Before it Ends Us

"Make war upon such of those to whom the Scriptures have been given as believe not in God, or in the last day, and who forbid not that which God and His Apostle have forbidden, and who profess not the profession of the truth, until they pay tribute out of hand, and they be humbled."
-From the Koran, Sura 9:29

While Iranian and Saudi scum plot our doom, traitors and appeasers in our midst go about their pefidious business. America's foreign policy establishment, entertainment elite, media moguls, and academic a-holes are tripping over themselves and each other to appease and accomodate Radical Islam--and betray the West. Perhaps the Fifth Column thinks it will be spared the sword when the Islamist filth finally take over.

All the more reason to attack--and annihilate--the Iranian regime as soon as possible, using any and all necessary means, including tactical nuclear weapons. (Scroll for the stories.) These earth penetrating, bunker busting bombs are almost certainly necessary to utterly destroy every nuclear, missile, chemical and biological weapons site, known or suspected. TNWs are probably also necessary for wiping out Iran's war-making capabilities for decades to come.

End the Iranian menace--and Radical Islam--before they end us.

Editorial: Nuke the Bastards!

British Prime Minister Tony Blair is warning that Iran will face continued isolation if it keeps holding, humiliating and parading 15 captive British sailors and mariines.

Continued isolation? A bad joke. Nuclear-arming, Islamist Iran needs to know that it will face hell on earth if it does not change its ways within weeks or days.

In fact, the time for war, for attacking the monstrous mullahocracy, is now. The clerical fascist regime and its military and industrial--and financial--infrastructure should be utterly destroyed. The Shiite Islamist movement should be wiped off the map, to use a favorite term of Iran's Hitler admiring (but Holocaust denying) monster-in-chief Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Every base and installation of possible military importance--every known or suspected nuclear, missile, chemical and biological facility--and every clerical controlled or linked business and foundation--should be obliterated; the entire Revolutionary Guard, and much, if not most, of the armed forces, annihilated.

Total victory, as we have said more than once, is the only logical and acceptable outcome; and any and all necessary means should be used, including tactical nuclear weapons. An earth penetrating or bunker-busting TNW, such as the B61-11, will almost certainly be necessary to insure the destruction of Iran's main centrifuge plant at Natanz.

Annihilating the Islamist Shiite menace will open the door for the destruction of Hezbollah in Lebanon--and victory in Iraq. The Shiite strongholds in the artificially concocted hell-hole can easily be destroyed if Iran is removed from the equation, after which the United States and its allies can finally end the Sunni Islamist menace ... from Iraq to Afghanistan to Pakistan ... by any and all necessary means.

Thursday, March 29, 2007

China Increasing Involvement in Haiti



More proof that the Monroe Doctrine is dead.

Agents of state-owned Chinese companies are circling large land tracts in Haiti, the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere. The Chinese want to use the land to grow jatropha, a hardy, drought-resistant, perennial plant that produces excellent feedstock oil for biodiesel fuel processing.

A natural barrier against erosion and desertification, jatropha is native to the Caribbean; plantations are already operating in the Dominican Republic, which shares the island of Hispaniola with Haiti.

The crop has the potential of breaking the cycle of poverty in Haiti forever, while helping to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. A hectare of jatropha yields 1,892 liters of fuel--more than four times as much as soybean. Not surprisingly, jatropha has been hailed as a miracle plant capable of transforming the developing world.

All of which is truly impressive and inspiring. But the Chinese agenda includes more than environmentally friendly, socially sustainable biofuels. Beijing announced today that it will send the fifth group of riot police, totaling 125 members, to Haiti next month for an eight-month peace-keeping mission. They will bring the total number of riot police officers sent by China to Haiti since October 2004 to more than 1,000.

China's peace-keeping role gives the country a military toehold in Haiti, which, combined with increased Chinese investment on the island, increases Beijing's political leverage over the Haitian government. China's primary objective is to persuade Haiti to end formal diplomatic relations with Taiwan. Haiti is one of only 25 remaining nations that still recognize the self-ruled island that China regards as a renegade province. Half the Taiwan relations bloc is in the Latin American Caribbean region, in America's backyard.

Secondly, China wants access to raw materials--that is, whatever Haiti and other Caribbean nations might have to offer, as Beijing pursues a policy of securing preferential access to the raw materials of Latin American nations, including anti-American Venezuela, a key Chinese ally. China is about to replace, or, at least, rival the United States as the South American nation's number one oil customer; and Chinese investment in Venezuelan production and refining is increasing.

In the context of this mercantilist-style energy diplomacy, China will cooperate with Venezuela's encroachment effforts. The Castro-loving crackpot of Caracas--Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez--has set his sights on meddling and making trouble for the US throughout the region. Corrupt, seemingly hopeless Haiti is an easy target. Venezuela and China think Haiti has hit rock bottom and is ready for rebuilding--in accord with their interests.

China also wants to increase its ownership of shipping and port facilities in the region, as part of a policy of establishing strategic presence at so-called choke points around the world, including the Panama Canal and the Bahamas. The canal is effectively controlled by Hong Kong stock exchange listed Hutchinson Whampoa, a company controlled by Li Ka Shing, a tycoon with strong ties to China's Communist Party rulers.

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Did Shark Cartilage Cure Castro's Cancer?

Contrary to American media and intelligence reports, Communist Cuba denies that its iconic leader, Fidel Castro has cancer. But China has a different view. Middle Kingdom medical experts believe the Cuban despot had cancer, but was cured by shark cartilage treatments.

The 80-year-old Castro is said to have been given massive shark cartilage enemas. Shark cartilage is believed to contain a protein that inhibits angiogenesis (rapid blood vessel development), which is associated with malignant tumor growth as well as with normal development and wound healing. Without angiogenesis, cancerous tumors shrink and die.

The cartilage under a shark's dorsal fin and near its tail is supposedly most potent. Chinese folk medicine has long prized the fin, crediting it with almost magical properties.

In the United States, the popular, network television, magazine-style news program, "60 Minutes," reported on Cuba's shark cartilage cancer research and therapy back in the 1990s. Veteran correspondent Mike Wallace narrated the segment, which launched a mini-shark cartilage food supplement industry--and boosted the credibility of natural medicine, generally. Most of the Cuban patients, who were near death when their rectal shark cartilage treatments began, recovered--a dramatic development in the world of cancer therapy.

Most Cancer specialists doubt that natural shark cartilage, administered rectally or orally, can be an effective angiogenesis blocker. Natural therapies are almost always ridiculed by the pharmaceutical industry; any treatment that can't be injected (or synthesized and patented) is considered bogus.

Castro underwent surgery for an unspecified illness in July. At the time of the operation, he handed power to his brother, Raul.

Understanding The Saudi Plot to Destroy Israel

The outlines of the Saudi plot to destroy Israel are becoming increasingly clear.

The official version of the kingdom's peace plan calls for all Arab countries to formally recognize Israel's existence and establish relations with Israel if it withdraws from all land held since the 1967 war, recognizes the establishment of a Palestinian state in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, with East Jerusalem as its capital, and provides the so-called right of return for all Palestinian refugees.

The latter is a non-negotiable issue for Israel since it, in essence, means the end of the Jewish State.

Which is why it is also a non-negotiable issue for Saudi Arabia. The family business disguised as a country is determined to wipe Israel out; unlike Islamist Iran, however, the Saudis believe they can achieve their aim without a full-blown war. The Saudi strategy calls for the piece-by-piece dismantling of the Jewish state, first shrinking it down to size and then flooding it with enemy aliens.

There is more to the plot. Israel's extinction depends on delegitimizing Zionism--ending the Jewish right of reutrn and discrediting the Zionist idea of an independent Jewish homeland in historic Palestine in favor of a binational state slated for eventual Muslim Arab domination.

The Saudis are counting on their European Union friends--and the openly anti-Israel wing of the American foreign policy establishment--to help make their dream of Israel's downfall a reality within a decade or so.

Nuclear-arming Iran, which has vowed to destroy Israel the old fashioned way--through blood and fire--is skeptical about the Saudi piece-by-piece plan. But Iran's energy-starved ally, China, is a believer. Sun Bigan, Beijing's special envoy to the Middle East, is said to be urging patience and restraint, advising Iranian monster-in-chief Mahmoud Ahmadinejad that a deescalation of his country's nuclear standoff with the West would allow for implementation of the Saudi scheme.

Post Script: Sun's circle of foreign policy experts are terrified by the prospect of a Middle East conflagration that could trigger soaring oil prices--and the possible destruction of major oil fields. Saudi fields are rumored to be wired for self-destruction; and Israeli officials have quietly suggested over the years that the Jewish state would radiate Arab oil before allowing itself to be conquered by a foreign enemy.

God bless Texas!

This good-news article clearly has nothing to do with China, but a heck of a lot to do with America's frontier spirit, which the nation needs to strengthen and revive if it is to survive and thrive in the coming years.

Texas Governor Rick Perry today signed into law Senate Bill 378, extending Texans’ rights to use deadly force for means of self-defense, without retreat, in their home, vehicle or workplace. The law takes effect Sept. 1, 2007.

“The right to defend oneself from an imminent act of harm should not only be clearly defined in Texas law, but is intuitive to human nature,” said Perry. “Today, I am proud to sign the Castle Law which allows Texans to not only protect themselves from criminals, but to receive the protection of state law when circumstances dictate that they use deadly force."

In 1995, the Texas Legislature created an exception to a 1973 statute, which required a person to retreat in the face of a criminal attack. The exception allowed a person to use force without retreat when an intruder unlawfully entered their home. Senate Bill 378 extends a person’s right to stand their ground beyond the home to vehicles and workplaces, allowing the reasonable use of deadly force when an intruder is committing certain violent crimes, such as murder or sexual assault, or is attempting to commit such crimes as unlawfully trying to enter a protected place, or unlawfully trying to remove a person from a protected place.

Texas joins several other states including Florida that have or are considering similar laws.

The news from Texas brings to mind the courage and fighting spirit of theTexas Rangers--the legendary law enforcement agency, not the Major League baseball team (though the team is a nice enough outfit). In the face of the looming conflict with Iran and the gathering Islamist threat, the Rangers' motto--"One riot, one Ranger"--should inspire every American and every freedom-loving person in every democracy on earth.

That, and the Rangers' famous distaste for red tape and paperwork. An 1875 telegram by a Ranger illustrates the point. The Lone Star state lawman sent the telegram to his superior officer from Matamoros, Mexico, after pursuing raiding bandits across the border. It reads: "Had a fight with raiders, killed 12 and captured 265. Wish you were here, Captain Leander McNelly."

Apparently, the rules of engagement were different back then.

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

China, Russia Reaffirm Support for NK and Iran

It seems that the next Cold War is going to have cleaner lines than the last one, with resurgent Russia and rising China presenting a united front against the dying Hegemon, also known as the United States.

For the US, the next time around, there will be no Sino-Soviet rift over world Communist leadership to exploit, no bitter Maoist memory of Stalin's betrayal of the failed Chinese Communist uprising of 1927, no Maoist claim to Marxist truth, or Russian fear of Chinese hordes.

All of that belongs to the past. Masses of Chinese have traded their bicycles for gas-guzzlers, and their leaders have discarded their Mao books and Mao suits--and Communist ideology--to the dustbin of history. Red is gold, the color of money. To be a good Communist, or socialist, nowadays, means becoming a good capitalist, albeit with Chinese characteristics.

Energy-starved China, the world's second-largest oil consumer, wants secure supplies of oil and gas from Russia, the world's second largest oil exporter. Politically, both countries have an interest in isolating and weakening the US. Hence, their adherence to a "multipolar world," a term that refers to their opposition to US hegemony, and Russia's participation in the Chinese-sponsored Shanghai Cooperation Organization that seeks to counter US power and influence in Central Asia.

Hence, too, the importance of the Year of China in Russia--and the significance of remarks by visiting Chinese President Hu Jintao and Russian leader Vladimir Putin at Monday's ceremony at the Kremlin that formally opened the year-long celebration.

The two leaders called for peaceful solutions to the Iranian and North Korean nuclear issues, and pledged to stop an arms race in space. Translation: China and Russia will continue to block truly tough and meaningful sanctions on the nuclear armed and arming rogues, will never go along with use of force against the outlaw states, and will cooperate in a range of efforts aimed at ending US dominance of space, which is essential for US defense.

"I would like to emphasize with satisfaction that the positions of Russia and China on all the issues discussed either coincide or are similar," Putin said.

Hu referred to Putin as "my good friend" and spoke of the "warm atmosphere of trust" at their meeting, underlining the growing friendliness between the two ex-rivals.

"We have agreed that strategic cooperation between China and Russia, permanent members of the UN Security Council, has major importance for international affairs in creating a favorable atmosphere, in making international relations more democratic and ensuring global peace," Hu added.

Monday, March 26, 2007

Is Brzezinski an Iranian Agent?

One of America's most notorious anti-Semites and anti-Israel propagandists is working overtime to save nuclear-arming, Islamist Iran from a military attack by the United States and Israel. His name is Zbigniew Brzezinski, and he is the former National Security Adviser to one of the worst Presidents in American history--the Jew-hating jerk Jimmy Carter.

The 79-year-old Brzezinski has scribbled a venemous, pro-Islamist op-ed essay for The Washington Post.

The former Cold Warrior is also telling anyone who cares to listen that "the Jewish lobby" is pushing the United States into a needless war with Iran, and that the regime in Tehran is actually ready for serious compromise with the West--provided Israel is brought under control and forced to accept the (disastrous) Saudi peace (by piece) plan.

This, from the man who was responsible for helping to topple Iran's pro-US Shah. While outwardly expressing support for the Shah, Brzezinski secretly worked to forge an alliance with the followers of the Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.

Brzezinski was also the architect of covert US support for the murderous Islamist scum of Aghanistan. His secret dealings helped install the Taliban and paved the way for Al Qaeda's rise.

Under Carter, US arming and training of the mujahideen began before the 1980 Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.

In a January 1998 interview with the Paris publication Le Nouvel Observateur, Brzezinski bragged: "According to the official version of history, CIA aid to the mujahadeen began during 1980, that is to say, after the Soviet army invaded Afghanistan, 24 Dec 1979. But the reality, secretly guarded until now, is completely otherwise. Indeed, it was July 3, 1979 that President Carter signed the first directive for secret aid to the opponents of the pro-Soviet regime in Kabul. And that very day, I wrote a note to the president in which I explained to him that in my opinion this aid was going to induce a Soviet military intervention."

By the time Brzezinski sat for the interview, the Taliban has already taken power in Afghanistan and had allowed Al Qaeda to establish its terrorist base there.

Asked if he regretted aiding the Islamists in light of recent history, Brzezinski said: "Regret what? That secret operation was an excellent idea. It had the effect of drawing the Russians into the Afghan trap and you want me to regret it? The day that the Soviets officially crossed the border, I wrote to President Carter: We now have the opportunity of giving to the USSR its Vietnam war. Indeed, for almost 10 years, Moscow had to carry on a war unsupportable by the government, a conflict that brought about the demoralization and finally the breakup of the Soviet empire...

"What is most important to the history of the world? The Taliban or the collapse of the Soviet empire? Some stirred-up Moslems or the liberation of Central Europe and the end of the Cold War?"

Brzezinski is beneath contempt. One is tempted to hope that if "some stirred-up Moslems" again attack our nation's capital (God forbid), their evil plot will somehow be foiled, miraculously, so that Brzezinski, alone, will be the only casualty.

Islamist Iran is Playing with Fire

Look into the faces of the people in the photograph at the left. They are the faces of heroism and resistance. The faces of men and women who escaped the Nazi killing machine to fight for freedom--and life itself.

They fought from the death camps and the ghettos and the forests of Nazi-occupied Europe. Many of the fortunate ones, the ones who survived the long nightmare, fought again ... and again ... in the Land of Israel. They fought for freedom and independence--and life itself.

Look into their faces, and maybe you will understand the heart that holds Israel together, that binds the Jewish people everywhere. A heart that was forged in fury.

Amid reports that today's Nazi-like menace, the evil monster that is Islamist Iran, is planning to unleash its terror battalions and weapons of mass destruction on the Jewish state, we recall the ancient Hebrew fighting slogan that stirred the fiery heart of Jewish resistance and independence: Dahm Yisrael Nokeam. In English: The blood of Israel will take vengeance.

Comment: It's Time to Go Nuclear on Iran

Islamist Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards--the Iranian armed forces' ideologically-driven wing that founded Hezbollah and sponsored the bombings of the United States Embassy and Marine Barracks in Lebanon and the Khobar Towers in Saudi Arabia--is preparing to launch a terrorist war against the United States and Israel.

The Revolutionary Guards plan to deploy suicide bombers and chemical and biological weapons, and make maximum use of their longstanding ties to Al Qaeda and Al Qaeda-associated movements--relationships that confound appeasement-minded Western intellectuals by bridging the historical Sunni-Shiite theological divide.

Intelligence experts expect the Revolutionary Guards to also target overseas Jewish institutions in line with the Iranian-sponsored, Hezbollah-executed terrorist bombing of Argentina's Jewish community center in July 1994. The bombing of the building in Buenos Aires killed 85 people.

This, the threat of worldwide terrorist warfare, is the real meaning of the defiant warning by Morteza Saffari, the naval forces commander of the Revolutionary Guards.

"If America starts a war against Iran, it won't be the one who finishes it," Saffari was quoted as saying by the Iranian news agency. "Our people will not even allow one American soldier to enter our country."

The Muslim maniac misses the point. There is no need for American (or Israeli) soldiers to enter Iran, except, maybe, for special forces and units armed with battlefield-grade tactical nuclear weapons, or TNWs. Waves of massive aerial strikes, using aircraft and cruise missiles, including nuclear-tipped versions, if necessary, should suffice in utterly destroying the Iranian regime and ending the country's war-making capabilities for decades to come. TNWs would most likely be necessary for annihilating the Revolutionary Guards and other segments of the Iranian military, for destroying large underground bunkers, and for precision strikes against heavily-defended target locations, including known and suspected nuclear, missile, chemical and biological warfare sites.

On the eve of the Passover and Easter holiday season, pererhaps it is time to address the martyrdom-seeking Muslim Menace in prayerful language that might resonate in the region: May God bless our troops, guide our nuclear-tipped missiles and shells to their targets in Iran, and deliver the civilized world from the evil enemy that dares to rise up against us and plot our doom.

Amen.

Sunday, March 25, 2007

On the Eve of the Last Battle

EDITOR'S NOTE: As neo-Naz-loving, Islamist Iran proceeds with its monstrous plans for a second Holocaust, it seems especially appropriate and timely to recall one of modern Israel's great poets, Uri Zvi Greenberg (1896-1981), whose prewar warnings of the first Holocaust tragically fell on deaf ears.

One Truth and Not Two
By Uri Zvi Greenberg
(Translated from Hebrew by Laurence Cramer)

Your Rabbis taught: A land is bought with money
You buy the land and work it with a hoe.
And I say: A land is not bought with money
And with a hoe you also dig and bury the dead.
And I say: A land is conquered with blood.
And only when conquered with blood is hallowed to the people
With the holiness of the blood.
And only one who follows after the cannon in the field,
Thus wins the right to follow after his good plow
On this, the field that was conquered.
And only such a field gives nourishing and healthy bread
And the house which arises on its hill is truly a fortress and a temple,
Because in this field there is honorable blood.
Your Rabbis taught: The messiah will come in future generations:
And Judea will arise without fire and without blood.
It will arise with every tree, with every additional house.
And I say: If your generation will be slow
And will not grasp in its hands and forcibly mold its future
And in fire will not come with the Shield of David
And in blood will not come with its horses saddled -
The Messiah will not come even in a far off generation.
Judea will not arise.
And you will be living slaves to every foreign ruler.
Your houses will be straw for the sparks of every wicked one.
And your trees will be cut down with their ripe fruit.
And a man will react the same as a babe
To the sword of the enemy -
And only your ramblings will remain - yours...
And your statue, an eternal curse.
Your Rabbis taught: There is one truth for the nations:
Blood for blood - but it is not a truth for Jews.
And I say: There is one truth and not two.
As there is one sun and as there are not two Jerusalems.
It was written in the Law of Conquest of Moses and Joshua
Until the last of my kings and my traitors have consumed.
And there will be a day when from the river of Egypt until the Euphrates
And from the sea until the mountain passes of Moav my boys will go up
And they will call my enemies and my haters to the last battle.
And the blood will decide: Who is the only ruler here.

President Hagel? VP Rice? Rumors Abound

Were the French right? Is there more to Chuck Hagel's use of the "I" word than a rhetorical escalation by an increasingly outspoken critic of the Iraq war?

The senior Senator from Nebraska, himself a Republican, suggested on television Sunday that President Bush could be impeached over his handling of the war.

The response from certain political analysts in Paris: We told you so!

As China Confidential recently reported, analysts in the City of Light have been buzzing about a possible silent coup--meaning, the legal overthrow of the Bush administration by a powerful Republican Party faction that is determined to install a winning team ahead of the 2008 election. That team: Hagel and former Secretary of State James ("F**k the Jews") Baker, an unabashed Arabist and anti-Semite with a seemingly limitless hatred of Israel. Unlike Cheney, Baker wants to engage--i.e. appease--Islamist Iran, even if it means tolerating Tehran's development of nuclear arms targeted at the Jewish state.

Many establishment-oriented, traditional conservatives consider Hagel, a rich, 57-year-old, Vietnam war veteran, a level-headed political realist, in sharp contrast with Bush and Cheney, who are seen as impossibly influenced by crusading, neoconservative ideology.

The French silent coup scenario calls for Cheney to resign first, for health reasons. Bush would be pressured to pick Hagel as VP, after which, Bush himself would step down as a result of intensifying scandals--spurred by carefully orchestrated leaks--and the looming threat of impeachment.

The newly installed President Hagel would then choose Baker as his VP.

The French call this the Ford Solution. The US Constitution provides that should the President die or become disabled while in office, the "powers and duties" of the office are transferred to the Vice President. Section 2 of 25th of Amendment to the Constitution provides that "Whenever there is a vacancy in the office of the Vice President, the President shall nominate a Vice President who shall take office upon confirmation by a majority vote of both Houses of Congress." Gerald Ford was the first Vice President selected by this method; after succeeding to the Presidency, he nominated Nelson Rockefeller as Vice President.

So much for the French. America experts in China, as we have also reported, have a different, less conspiratorial, theory. They agree that Cheney will soon resign, but believe that Bush will finish out his term--after choosing Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice as Cheney's replacement, and elevating her number two, Deputy Secretary of State John Negroponte, to the number one spot at State.

Early Warning: The Iran-Cuba Connection

In a military showdown with the United States, Islamist Iran has reason to believe that it can count on a distant, but strategically situated, seemingly unlikely ally--atheist, Communist Cuba.

Starting in the 1980s, the two countries have transcended differences in language, culture, and religion--Cuba does not allow Islam to be practiced openly--to forge frightening ties.

Cuban scientists have played an important role in building up Iran's formidable biological weapons program. Tehran and Havana have also planned contingency commando and terrorist attacks against American targets, using Chinese-made, advanced ultralight aircraft. The single seat flying machines, which resemble powered gliders, each weigh about 250 pounds and rarely move faster than a hundred kilometers an hour; but they can fly for several hours and reach altitudes of 5,000 feet or higher.

The germ warfare threat is most serious. Under cover of dual-use biotechnology R&D and transfer programs, Iranian scientists have benefitted tremendously from working with Cuba's internationally respected Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology and lesser known Cuban research institutes. Havana has transferred to Iran Cuba's indigenous technology, including necessary production equipment, for a hepatitis-b vaccine, erythropoietin (EPO), interferon, streptokinase, and other biotechnology products. Cuba has also provided advanced training in biotechnology techniques to dozens of Iranian scientists.

The combinbation of Cuba's geographic location--i.e. its close proximity to the US--and the Castro regime's hatred of the US--makes the island especially interesting to Iran. Fidel Castro, after all, is the man who succcessfully pioneered the use of nuclear weapons to pressure the US into abandoning attempts at regime change. His willingness to engulf the world in a nuclear holocaust during the Cuban missile crisis of 1962 has been well documented.

A man of action nearing the end of his life, the 80-year-old Castro could be tempted to come to Tehran's defense in order to end "US imperialism" for once and all. The casualties caused by sending deadly human bio-bombers to, say, a half-dozen US cities could cripple the country and make 9/11 seem like an isolated industrial accident by comparison.

For more about the Cuban bio-arms threat, see today's Western Hemisphere Policy Watch.

Opinion: Bomb Iran Now!

Islamist Iran is preparing for war with the West--a conflict Tehran's turbaned tyrants are confident they can win.

Sea-launched missile strikes from Iranian controlled, foreign flagged cargo ships, and sponsored mega-terrorist attacks are among the weapons in Iran's arsenal, along with batteries of ballistic missiles that can reach Israel, American bases throughout the Middle East, and parts of Europe.

The monstrous regime may not yet have nuclear warheads to put on its missiles; but it can deploy radioactive dirty-bombs and chemical and biological weapons in a showdown with the United States and its allies.

With the help of Hezbollah and Syria, Iran can reduce every Israeli city and town to rubble.

This level of confidence explains Iran's continued defiance of the United Nations Security Council--the mullahocracy yesterday rejected a repeated demand by the 15-nation body to suspend uranium enrichment work after it imposed arms and financial sanctions on Iran--and provocative kidnapping of British sailors and marines. The 15 naval personnel, including at least one woman, were captured in Iraqi waters, contrary to Iranian claims that they had illegally entered Iranian territory.

Intelligence experts are seriously concerned about the fate of the prisoners. They have certainly been subjected to harsh interrogation methods, possibly including torture, and have probably been moved to a secret, secure location in order to be used as hostages and human shields.

The incident recalls a similar one in June 2004, when six British marines and two sailors were seized by Iran in the same waterway. They were presented blindfolded on Iranian television, admitted entering Iranian waters illegally, and then released after three days. According to the official British and Iranian versions, the personnel were released unharmed; however, sources tell China Confidential that they were beaten and threatened with torture.

These same sources assert that Iran is readying a protracted hostage crisis reminiscent of the illegal capture and holding of US diplomatic personnal following the overthrow of the Shah in 1979. In this regard, Iran's monster-in-chief, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, is effectively returning to his terrorist roots: the Hitlerian Holocaust-denier was a leader of the hostage holding group before moving on to manage and participate in the assassination of Iranian exiles in Europe.

So ... what is to be done about Iran? There is only one acceptable solution, and it is not diplomatic. The Iranian regime must be utterly destroyed as quickly and decisively as possible by any and all military means necessary, including the use of tactical nuclear weapons. Nuclear arms are probably key to achieving total victory over the enemy, given its formidable fortifications and other resources and apparent willingness to die for its insane ideology.

Emphasis on total. Every known and suspected Iranian nuclear, missile, biological and chemical weapons site, every important government building, every known and suspected military base and terrorist center ... and every important Islamist center ... inlcuding the big businesses owned and controlled by the miserable mullahs and ayatollahs ... must be wiped off the face of the planet. Nothing short of this will work.

The choice is simple and stark: (1) mass death in Iran, or (2) mass death in Israel, the United States, and Europe, and on US bases in Iraq and elsewhere in the Middle East.

Either the mullahs die, or we die.

There is only a military solution to the problem of Islamist Iran--and Islamism--and Islam itself, it seems. The time to attack--and annihilate the Iranian regime--has arrived.

In fact, an attack on Iran is long overdue.

Post Script: Additional arguments for attacking Iran include the following:

(1) Crushing Shiite Islamism in Iran would set the stage for destroying the Shiite Islamist menace in Iraq and Lebanon. An all-out assault against the Iranian regime would pave the way for annihlating Shiite militias in Iraq and Hezbollah.

(2) Total victory over Shiite Islamism would allow for total victory over Sunni Islamism, in Iraq and Afghanistan, using any and all military means necessary, and for finally bringing the duplicitous, dysfunctional Saudi royal family in line on US terms. The other oil-rich tyrannies could then be dealt with as needed. It makes no sense to continue to cater and kowtow to these absurd potentates; like so much garbage, they could easily be removed.

The hell-hole called Pakistan could be a problem. The nuclear armed Pakistani dictatorship could fall to the Islamists. Thus, the Pak military regime should be forced to choose between wiping out its Islamist threat or being bombed into oblivion.

Times Celebrates Muslim Madness

There is aparently no end to Muslim madness--and Western appeasement.

Sunday's edition of The New York Times includes a fawning article about a female Muslim scholar who claims to have spent more than five years translating a verse in the Koran that states that a rebellious woman should be “beaten”--the most common translation for the Arabic word “daraba”--unless her behavior improves. In the end, the scholar supposedly found proof that daraba could be translated as sent away.

Which made her and the Times and the left/liberal morons who continue to cater to violent and ugly Islam feel much better.

How sick is that?

Saturday, March 24, 2007

NYC Agencies Allow Muslim Polygamy

Still more multicultural madness....

As reported in Friday's edition of The New York Times, thousands of West African Muslim immigrants are secretly practicing polygamy in the Big Apple. This is true even though polygamy is grounds for exclusion from the US under immigration law, and the practice can be punished by up to four years in prison under New York State law.

No matter. Thanks to the left/liberal idiocy that has opened our borders wide to ceaseless illegal immigration from the Third World, "immigration to New York and other American cities has soared from places where polygamy is lawful and widespread," according to the Times.

The paper notes that polygamy is associated with other barbaric (our word) African/Muslim practices, such as genital cutting and domestic violence; however, "don't-ask-don't-know policies prevail" among government agencies "in a city that prides itself on tolerance of religous, cultural and sexual differences--and on support for human rights and equality."

Say what?

In the name of human rights and equality--and tolerance--the Muslim Menace gathers and grows steadily stronger while the nation sleeps.

God help America.

Editorial: At the End of the Day, Islam is the Enemy

Put rising China to the side, in spite of its ominous military buildup. For the moment, at least, look away from resurgent Russia and its eager, oil-rich arms buyer, vehemently anti-American Venezuela. It is becoming increasingly difficult to deny that Islam--not Radical Islam or Islamism--is the enemy of civilization as we know it. As continued Muslim immigration and overpopulation pushes European nations to the brink of civil war, a world war with the Muslim Menace seems inevitable.

Shiite Iran and Sunni Al Qaeda will make every effort possible to destroy or at least subdue the West. If the turbaned tyrants and terrorists are not stopped--that is, killed--they will sooner or later attack Israel, the United States, and European nations with nuclear arms and other weapons of mass destruction.

Our leaders counsel patience and speak of protracted war. They are wrong. Time favors the enemy, works for, not against, the Muslim Menace.

Five-and-a-half years after the Muslim terror attacks of 9/11, more than four years after the invasion of Iraq, the West needs to shake the miserable Muslim world to its very foundations--to truly terrorize the terrorists and their sponsors--by scoring a series of victories likely to trigger a major crisis of faith in enemy nations leading to the ultimate collapse, or crackup, of Islam itself.

Any and all weapons, including tactical nuclear arms, should be used to win the war against Islam--now. The Iranian regime and its proxy, Hezbollah, and the mass murdering Al Qaeda and Hamas must be annihilated. Muslim immigration must cease. Muslim clerics who preach hatred and violence and sympathy for terrorists ... these so-called spititual leaders must be detained and deported. Their support for terrorism can no longer be tolerated in the name of tolerance, can no longer be rationalized and explained away by the idiotic, multicultural mumbo-jumbo of traitors and cowards and advocates of appeasment and national suicide.

More than all that, the enemy ... the monster that dared to strike the US on 9/11 ... needs to know that Islam's holiest places will literally go up in smoke ... will be wiped off the face of the earth ... if Muslim fanatics of any sort ... Sunni or Shiiite ... dare to launch another mega-attack against a Western nation.

This--the language of the gun--and nuclear fire--is the only language that the Muslim Menace understands.

China Strengthening Ties to Anti-US Venezuela

The Monroe Doctrine is dead, as shown by China's strengthening ties to oil-rich Venezuela. The two countries are negotiating major new "energy diplomacy" deals to build refineries and expand crude output--for sale to China.

Beijing will invest in Venezuela's oil infrastructure in connection with entering into long-term, preferential supply agreements with the South American nation, which is in the grip of the Castro-admiring, anti-American populist demagogue Hugo Chavez.

And China Confidential has learned that Beijing will also help Venezuela to unlock the awesome heavy oil wealth of the Orinoco River region. Important agreements are in various stages of development.

"As a power, the United States is going down, while China is moving up," Chavez told reporters after meeting with an official from the China National Petroleum Corporation, the state-owned parent parentt of China's largest oil producing company, PetroChina.

After the United States, China is the world's second largest oil importer. Venezuela is the fifth-largest oil exporter.

It is also Latin America's largest weapons buyer. Venezuela's military spending has climbed to more than $4 billion through the past two years, placing it ahead of other major purchasers such as Pakistan and Iran in international arms markets. The arms acquisitions by Caracas include dozens of Russian-made fighter jets and attack helicopters and 100,000 Kalashnikov assault rifles.

Back to energy. Chavez said Venezuela plans to boost oil exports to China to a million barrels a day by 2012, "nearing the level of Venezuelan supplies to the United States."

He added: "We do not deny what a big market the United States is, one we have maintained and are resolved and interested in maintaining, as well as our refineries there and our great company, Citgo. But now Venezuela is diversifying."

There is a self-defeating aspect to China's alliance with America's energy-rich adversaries--namely, Venezuela, Iran, and Russia (China's partner in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization that was set up by Beijing to counter US power and influence in Central Asia). In contrast with China, the exporters have an inherent interest in ever-escalating energy prices. Resurgent Russia is impossibly corrupt and increasingly authoritarian; and Islamist Iran and leftwing Venezuela are both conducting imperialist foreign policies that seek to radically alter the power relations among nations regionally (in Venezuela's case) and globally (in Iran's case).

Post Script: Named for US President James Monroe, who first stated it in 1823, the Monroe Doctrine proclaimed that European powers should no longer colonize or interfere with the affairs of the nations of the Americas. Certain pro-Chinese Bush administration officials have actually argued that the doctrine is not applicable to China--because (a) it is not a European power, and (b) its economic rise is in the US national interest.

Thursday, March 22, 2007

German Judge Backs Muslim Wife Beater

Europe is over. The Muslim Menace is unstoppable.

What other conclusion can be drawn from today's news that an idiotic German judge has put 7th-century Islamic religious teaching ahead of modern German law in deciding a domestic violence case?

Judge Christa Datz-Winter ruled that (a) because the couple came from Muslim Morocco, and (b) because the Koran sanctioned physical abuse, it was OK for a husband in Germany to beat his wife.

How sick is that?

Iranian Fuhrer Threatens America

Iran's top clerical fascist, so-called supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has warned that his country will use all its capabilities to defend itself against an attack.

Khamenei said in a national address Wednesday that if the United States and others want to threaten Iran and enforce coercion and violence, then Iran will respond to an attack by enemies.

The turbaned tyrant also is quoted as saying that Iran's nuclear activities have been in accordance with international regulations, and that Tehran will continue those actions, despite any action by the United Nations Security Council.

The Security Council is discussing a draft resolution on toughening existing sanctions against Iran for the country's failure to suspend uranium enrichment.

Earlier Wednesday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told the Russian parliament that Moscow will not support what he described as excessive UN sanctions against Iran for its refusal to suspend enrichment.

The Council's five permanent members, the US, Russia, Britain, France and China, plus Germany agreed on the proposed new sanctions last week.

Council president South Africa has proposed amendments to the draft, which could delay its adoption for several days.

Monday, March 19, 2007

Hong Kong Engineers Develop Micro-Wind Turbine

Engineers at the University of Hong Kong and a private renewable energy company, Motorwave Limited, have developed a new micro-wind turbine technology that can generate electricity even if wind speeds are as low as two meters per second.

Unlike conventionall wind turbines with 50-meter-diameter rotor blades, the compact micro-wind turbines are equipped with specially designed plastic gearwheels with a rotor diameter of just 26 centimeters. By linking the gearwheels together, the micro-wind turbine can generate more electricity. Users can choose the numbers of gearwheels they want, and determine the size of their wind turbines according to their energy needs and the space they have on their balconies or rooftops.

The technology's unique features will enable people living and working in urban environments to use wind energy to drive their electrical appliances, while reducing carbon emissions from mainstream power use.

Motorwave president Lucien Gambarota explains: "Let's say if you have good conditions, five, six meters of wind per second, if you are a family with one kid you need most probably three, four square meters of that to provide at least 60 or 70 percent of your energy needs."

Gambarota says conventional small wind turbines only work about 40 percent of the time because of low wind speed.

"We never stop this machine because there is always one meter per second wind," he says."These turbines keep moving. They keep spinning."

Gambarota says the small turbines are ideal for crowded cities such as Hong Kong because they can easily be installed on rooftops and balconies.

The micro-turbine is also comparatively cheap. A set of 20 gearwheels currently costs about $25. But the price is expected to go down once the turbines are mass-produced, making them a good option for consumers seeking to reduce energy costs.

The technology can also help power bigger buildings. In April, administrators at Hong Kong's Sea School, a secondary school offering basic seaman training, will install the new turbines on the roof of the building.

Gambarota says his biggest dream is to see his invention being used in developing countries. He says energy generated by micro wind turbines can be used to pump water--for example, saving women and girls from having to walk for miles to rivers and lakes to fetch it.

Motorwave is also looking at the oil-addicted American market, where alternative energy has become the hottest technology sector, especially in Silicon Valley. Funding for clean technology firms increased 266 percent last year, raising $300 million in the third quarter alone, according to the Silicon Valley Index.

Legendary venture capitalists such as Vinod Khosla, who backed Sun Microsystems and Juniper Networks, are investing heavily in alternative energy. And ConocoPhillips, the third largest oil company in the United States, plans to increase alternative energy research in ethanol, biodiesel and other cleaner burning fuels by 60 percent this year. The company is competing with Chevron, which last year purchased a 22 percent stake in a Texas biodiesel company.

Marathon Oil is considering a joint venture to make ethanol with giant grain processor Andersons; and BP and DuPont have teamed up to research biobutanol, an alternative fuel that can be produced from fermenting biomass, much like compost, as well as petroleum.

Saturday, March 17, 2007

Japanese Investors Drawn to US Biofuels

Japanese companies and institutional investors are actively searching for opportunities to profit from the biofuels boom in the United States, sensing a historic shift in US energy use, environmental awareness, and agricultural resource deployment. The Japanese investors are said to be proceeding cautiously and choosing carefully, purchasing minority positions in promising projects.

What's driving their interest? In addition to forecasting escalating energy costs, Japanese energy experts expect that the US will soon adopt a national climate policy--meaning mandatory reductions in carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases through a carbon tax or so-called cap-and-trade programs that create financial incentives for cutting emissions by assigning costs to polluting. The US Congress is considering various cap-and-trade legislative proposals; one way or another, the Japanese reason, Americans will be forced to pay to pollute. The new rules, combined with federal and state government subsidies and incentives for biofuels production and technology development, are certain to spur the emerging energy industry.

In contrast with Chinese companies seeking to lock in preferential access to biofuels in Latin America and Africa (scroll and search this blog for the relevant stories), the Japanese investors drawn to the US market are playing a passive role, trusting US partners and managers to both develop and operate the alternative energy ventures. Some Japanese investors are believed to have obtained commercialization rights to proprietary technolgies that were developed at leading Japanese research centers. At least one US merchant bank with a blue-chip base of Japanese investors is known to have funded a patent-pending, US biodiesel processing system.

Biodiesel is a prime focus, say sources close to some of the Japanese investment groups. For example, China Confidential has learned that a subsidiary of an Osaka-listed construction and real estate development firm, Sennennemori, has recently invested in development of a state-of-the-art biodiesel project in New York State. The planned plant, which will have a production capacity of 50 million gallons a year of biodeisel, is located in rural Washington County, more than 200 miles north of New York City.

The Manhattan-based company that is developing the project, Hampton Biofuels, intends to use a modular, multi-feedstock technology that can produce biodiesel fuel from either natural or waste vegetable oils. The plant will be one of the largest of its kind in the US, strategically situated to supply the Northeast markets of Upstate NY and New England, in close proximity to the Hudson River port of Albany, which is the state capital.

Biodiesel is a clean burning alternative fuel that can be produced from domestic resources, reducing dependence on foreign oil. Biodiesel contains no petroleum, but can be blended at any level with petroleum diesel to create blends for use in diesel engines with little of no modifications. Biodiesel can also be blended with petroleum diesel to produce an alternative home heating oil, known as bioheat, and for burning in power plants to generate electricity. A power and light company in Massena, NY, on the St. Lawrence River separating the US and Canada, is completing construction of a 60 million gallon-a-year biodiesel plant (using a technology provided by leading-edge Greenline Industries). The utility reportedly plans to consume all its biodiesel output.

In terms of the plant planned for New York's Washington County, there is an interesting historical angle: the first US Consul General to Japan, Townsend Harris (1804–1878) was born and reared in the county, in what is now the village of Hudson Falls. He moved to Manhattan as a young man, where he became a successful merchant and importer from China, and founded The City College of New York, the first free public school of higher education in the US.

As a diplomat, he negotiated the "Harris Treaty" between the US and Japan and is credited for opening the Japanese Empire to foreign trade and culture. He was a respected and admired figure in Japan, and is honored there to this day.

Post Script: Notwithstanding the above, by no means is Japan neglecting South America. Like the Bush administration, Tokyo is keen on cooperation with Brazil, the world's largest producer of ethanol and sugar cane, the most economical and efficient ethanol feedstock. Brazil's state-controlled oil company, Petrobras, and the Japan Bank for International Cooperation signed a memorandum of understanding on March 5 in Rio de Janeiro. The two entities plan to evaluate financing possibilities for biofuel projects to be developed jointly by Petrobras and Japanese companies, both inside and outside Brazil. Projects include the production and sale of ethanol and biodiesel, and electric power plants using sugar cane bagasse (the woody material left after squeezing all the sugar out of the cane).

China Raising Key Interest Rates

China's central bank says it is raising key interest rates by more than a quarter of a percentage point, in its latest effort to cool the nation's rapid economic growth.

The People's Bank of China said in a statement Saturday that the .27 percent increase for one year deposit and lending benchmark rates will go into effect Sunday. The statement said the new rates will help promote "good, fast development" of the national economy.

China has raised interest rates three times since April of last year. This increase will raise the interest rate on one-year loans to 6.39 percent, and one-year deposit rates to 2.79 percent.

Chinese officials have been trying to cool a boom in construction and investment, and to encourage banks to hold lending and build up reserves. Premier Wen Jiabao Friday reportedly characterized his country's growth as "unstable, imbalanced, uncoordinated and unsustainable."

Four years of double-digit economic growth, largely from exports and investment, have left China's financial system flush with cash.

Last year, China's economy grew at the breakneck pace of nearly 11 percent.

in other economic news, China sought yesterday to ease concerns in the United States and around the world that changes in the composition of its huge stockpile of foreign reserves could hit foreign exchange markets, especially the US dollar.

Wen told reporters that plans to form a new agency to invest part of the country’s massive foreign exchange reserves, the world’s biggest at more than $1 trillion, would not have an adverse impact on the US dollar.

Hours later, China's central bank announced that it would not significantly adjust the composition of the reserves, a large portion of which are held in dollars.

A dramatic shift away from the dollar--the sale of over $200 billion in US Treasury bills--could cause US interest rates to rise, making home mortgages, car loans, and credit card debt more expensive.

Friday, March 16, 2007

New Line: West Can Coexist with Moderate Islamism

Forget the fiery rhetoric about the need to defeat the clerical fascist threat to the West. More than five years after the 9/11 attacks, it has come to this in the United States of America: a bipartisan push to appease moderate Radical Islam.

If moderate Radical Islam seems like an oxymoron (like, say, military intelligence) you're right, of course, but also wrong, politicaly speaking. A growing number of Republican and Democratic think tank types and their influential political backers and allies are quietly but effectively promoting the line/lie that there are moderate ... Islamists ... all over the globe ... with whom it is possible to coexist and even find common ground.

The concept resonates with many in the US State Department and foreign policy establishment because it provides a kind of historic rationale, or justification, for decades of secret (and not-so-secret) US support for rightwing political Islam, or Islamism, throughout the Cold War. That policy, which culminated in the covert intervention in Afghanistan that tragically led to the rise of the Taliban and Al Qaeda--and the 9/11 blowback--was not scrapped, as many analysts had hoped and expected, following the Islamist mega-attacks. Instead, the policy was put on hold, and is now set for revamping and relaunchig in the wake of the Iraq debacle and desperate search for a diplomatic solution to the mess.

We expect moderates to be found ... everywhere ... except in Al Qaeda. In Hamas, in the Muslim Brotherhood, in the nuclearizing Iranian regime and its Lebanese proxy, Hezbollah, and even in the Taliban ... devout Muslim moderates ... who naturally never moderate anything of importance ... will miraculously be identified. Once supposed moderates are identified, it is just a matter of time before they are "engaged."

That is the perfidious plan. Will it succeed?

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Comment: A Tolerance for Terror

Chinese analysts are perplexed. They can't comprehend America's apparent decision to commit national suicide.

Not only has the United States opened its borders to a ceaseless flood of illegal immigrants, principally from corrupt, impoverished Mexico; the US has twisted its ideal of tolerance to embrace the gathering Muslim menace.

More than five years after the Muslim mega-attacks of 9/11, Muslim fanatics are perfectly at home in the US. As reported by Atlas Shrugs, The Islamist Threat, IsraPundit, and other brave bloggers, Muslim taxi drivers refuse rides to passengers legally carrying alcohol or accompanied by guide dogs because of the drivers' barbaric religious beliefs; Muslim cashiers at chain stores are refusing to handle pork products; so-called Muslim spiritual leaders preach violence and hatred; Muslim flag (touch league) football players brazenly brand their teams with pro-Al Qaeda jihadist names; and Muslim academicians promote terrorism. The list goes on and on ... and on.

And the incredibly sick, self-loathing, liberal media miss no opportunity to defend the reactionary scum plotting and praying for America's doom.

No wonder the Chinese see the US as a dying hegemon: it is.

Rising China, Resurgent Japan

Rising China has a problem with resurgent Japan.

On the one hand, China appreciates Japan's global role as a bridge between East and West. On the other hand, Japan's new assertiveness clearly concerns China; and Tokyo's landmark defense pact with Australia (scroll for the story) has made Beijing more apprehensive.

China sees the historic accord in the context of expanding military cooperation between Japan and the United States and associated US-sponsored initiatives that seem aimed at countering China's miltiary and economic ascent. The latter include increasing Japanese ties with India and Vietnam.

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

China Preempted by US-Brazil Biofuels Pact

Amid reports that energy-starved China is investigating Africa's biofuels potential, the just concluded historic agreement between the United States and Brazil--the world's two largest ethanol producers--is in part aimed at preempting possible efforts by Beijing to secure long-term, preferential access to the Western Hemisphere biofuels market.

The March 9 memorandum of understanding, signed by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Brazilian Foreign Minister Celso Amorim, highlights the importance of biofuels as a "transformative force"--in State Department jargon--in the region to diversify energy supplies, bolster economic prosperity, advance sustainable development, and protect the environment.

In this context, the US and Brazil plan to advance the research and development of new technologies to promote use of biofuels--mainly ethanol, but also biodiesel. Reducing the cost of ethanol and biodiesel production, land use demands and price pressures on feedstocks, are key to increasing global adoption of biofuels.

Initially, the regional focus will be on helping countries in Central America and the Caribbean to stimulate private investment for local production and consumption of ethanol. The US and Brazil intend to support feasibility studies and technical assistance in partnership with the Inter-American Development Bank, the United Nations Foundation, and the Organization of the American States.

Ethanol and biodiesel are part of a larger strategy to address energy security, cleaner air, and climate change at home and in the region. Domestically, US President Bush has set a goal of reducing America's projected annual gasoline use by 20 percent in 10 years by increasing alternative energy and improving energy efficiency.

A key pillar of achieving the President's goal is diversification of supply, including the promotion of biofuels. The President's plan will help confront climate change by stopping the projected growth of carbon dioxide emissions from cars, light trucks, and SUVs within 10 years.

In Brazil, ethanol is produced from sugar cane, which is a more efficient source of fermentable carbohydrates than corn--the primary ethanol feedstock in the US--and is also much easier to grow and process than corn.

Beijing Blames US for Japan-Australia Accord

Notwithstanding its official ho-hum response to Japan's landmark security accord with Australia, China is deeply concerned about the agreement's long-term implications.

Beijing blames the United States for engineering the defense deal--Japan's first with a country other than the US since World War II--as a means of countering China's rise, generally, and discouraging its military buildup, specifically.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Australian Prime Minister John Howard signed the security pact in Tokyo, in a ceremony at Abe's official residence. The agreement calls for the two nations to cooperate on disaster relief, border security and fighting terrorism. The military forces of both countries will exchange personnel, and their defense and foreign ministers will hold security talks on an annual basis.

Monday, March 12, 2007

Comment: On the Piece-by-Piece Process

Slowly it turns, step by step, inch by inch....

Like an antique comedy routine, the hoary Middle East peace process is turning--against Israel. It appears that the Jewish state will soon be pressured into surrendering land and rights in order to create an independent Palestinian state on terms far worse than any previous Israeli government could have ever imagined.

The Saudi peace (by piece) plan will be the basis of the disastrous deal, which will involve acceptance of Hamas--a mass murdering Islamist movement that is already being presented as "moderate" compared with Al Qaeda. The latter group, which was responsible for the attacks of 9/11, has (conveniently) criticized Qaeda for joining a unity government with secular Fatah.

Another piece of the peace puzzle: Syria. As reported by this reporter (scroll for the story), US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice wants to engage the secular Arab dictatorship in an attempt to lure it away from its alliance with Islamist non-Arab Iran.

The process has started. Assistant Secretary of State Ellen Sauerbrey held talks on Monday with a Syrian official on Iraqi refugees, the first such talks with Damascus since January 2005.

Sunday, March 11, 2007

Iran Developing Stealth Strike Capabilities

It's easy to see why intelligence experts in Israel and the United States have long focused on nuclearizing Iran's long-range missile program--specifically, suspect connections between Iran's Shahab program and North Korea's Taepodong-2 program. After the attacks of 9/11, the thought of an implacable Islamist enemy in possession of atomic warheads and intercontinental ballistic missiles is truly terrifying.

The consensus is that Iran already has missiles capable of striking US military bases in the Persian Gulf and Iraq, as well as targets in Israel, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and Turkey. The monstrous mullahocracy may also be able to reach parts of Germany and Italy, but is thought to be several years away from being able to accurately strike at targets throughout Europe; and an Iranian ICBM capable of hitting the continental US is not even on the proverbial radar screen.

But there is increasing concern that Iran could be developing an immediate missile threat--to the US--as China Confidential has reported in the past. Some Israeli and US analysts contend that the oil-rich, neo-Nazi-supporting Islamist nation--the world leader in state sponsored terrorism and Holocaust denial--is actively developing conventional, sea-based methods for launching stealth attacks on coastal cities with cruise missiles and short- and medium-range missiles.

Iran and its oil-addicted ally, rising China, are suspected of illegally acquiring Soviet-era Russian cruise missiles via Ukraine and perhaps Pakistan and successfully reverse engineering and further developing the technology with the assistance of North Korea.

Tehran's arsenal of Chinese-designed and -assisted weapons includes the Shahab series of medium range ballistic missiles; potential families of solid-fueled missiles and long-range land-attack cruise missiles; and short-range anti-ship and man-launched anti-aircraft missiles.

Cruise and other missiles could be launched from a number of different offshore platforms or basing systems that would give citizens in coastal cities almost no warning before impact.

Roughly 70 percent of Israel's population lives in the narrow Mediterranean coastal strip in the two major population centers of Tel Aviv and Haifa. The consequences of any missile attack with weapons of mass destruction on the region would be devastating, both in numbers of people lost and in economic upheaval. Israel is essentially a one-bomb country in terms of its vulnerability to atomic attack.

Similarly, some 75 percent of the US population lives within 200 miles of the US coastline. Nuclear-tipped missile strikes could cripple the country. The destruction caused by a nuclear warhead detonating in the air over the nation's capital would make the 9/11 attacks look mild by comparison.

The most plausible sea-based attack scenarios are described below.

(1) SCUD-IN-A-BUCKET: Foreign flagged commercial ships could carry Russian designed Scuds or Chinese Silkworm cruise missiles for easy launch from international waters. Some types of dry cargo ships could launch the missiles from their holds. A container ship could conceal a missile and launch mechanism in an innocent looking shipping container on top of its deck before authorities even knew that an attack was in progress. Iran and North Korea have successfully test-fired Scuds from cargo ships. And the US itself experimented with the technique back in the early 1960s.

(2) CANISTER-LAUNCH: The Soviet Union developed this technique during the Cold War. It involves placing a ballistic missile in a sealed tube and dropping it in the sea from the deck of a commercial vessel. The bottom of the tube, sealed off from the missile, is weighted with ballast to achieve a specific level of buoyancy to ensure that the nose of the missile points up just enough to barely break the sea’s surface. After an interval to allow the mother ship to move on--and maybe drop off other encapsulated missiles--the rockets could be remotely launched or fired by timers and guided to their targets by the ship's commercial GPS system.

No wonder Iranian monster-in-chief Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has publicly assured his supporters that "a world without America and Israel is both possible and feasible." His Hitlerian henchman are hard at work to make their horrible dream a reality--and keeping Ahhmadinejad and the turbaned tyrants to whom he answers closely informed of their progress.

Saturday, March 10, 2007

China to US Consumers: Drop Dead!

Another victory for globalization; another defeat for the United States.

China is preparing to repay the US consumer for financing China's meteoric rise with an old fashioned stab in the back. In a move that speaks to a more openly assertive posture in international economic and political affairs, Beijing will transition out of the US bond market in order to create one of the world's largest investment funds.

The sale of $200 billion to $300 billion of US Treasury bills will cause US interest rates to rise, making home mortgages, car loans, and credit card debt more expensive.

Successive US administrations have cited low long-term interest rates, especially for mortgages, (a) to rationalize the transfer of most manufacturing to China and other emerging markets, and (b) to explain Washington's reluctance to challenge China over its unfair trade practices, such as the manipulation of its managed currency, the yuan, which keeps exports--the engine driving China's economic expansion--artificially low.

Thursday, March 08, 2007

Rice Reportedly Wants to Reach Out to Syria

Should the United States play the Syria card?

Condoleezza Rice seems to think so; sources say the US Secretary of State is itching to start a dialogue with the anti-American, secular Arab dictatorship in an attempt to end its alliance with Islamist Iran.

Key word: secular.

Notwithstanding her crusade-for-democracy rhetoric, Rice is said to believe that Washington may have missed an opportunity to constructively engage the Assad regime after 9/11, and sees a Syria-Iran split as a way to stabilize Iraq. She reportedly reasons that it is still not too late to lure Damascus from Tehran with an array of US economic and political incentives. The list includes financial aid and pressure on America's ally, Israel, to cut a deal that would return most, if not all, the contested Golan Heights to Syria with security guarantees for the Jewish state.

Syria would also get US security guarantees in the context of a serious engagement with the US and a negotiated settlement with Israel. In other words, the US would stop hinting at regime change in Damascus.

But first Syria would have to cease supporting Hezbollah, Iran's Shiite Islamist proxy in Lebanon. Dropping Hezbollah is a US condition for direct talks; but an international conference could be convened, modeled after the six-party North Korean nuclear disarmament talks, to provide cover for negotiations without prior concessions by either Syria or the US.

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Libby Conviction Means Cheney is Done

The rumors were right: the most powerful Vice Presidency in history is ... history.

Tuesday’s verdict on Dick Cheney's former chief of staff, attorney I. Lewis ("Scooter") Libby--guilty on four of five counts, including perjury and obstruction of justice--coupled with Cheney's worsening health and declining influence as a result of the Iraq debacle means that he is almost certain to resign this year.

Will Rice replace Cheney? (Scroll for a Chinese view.)

Time will tell---soon.

North Korea Today, Iran Tomorrow?

Nuclear blackmail works.

Having threatened, provoked, and defied the United States and the international community, one of the world's most monstrous regimes--Stalinst/Kimist North Korea--is about to be rewarded for its efforts with economic aid, diplomatic recognition, and increased influence. Normalization of relations between Pyongyang and Washington is a virtual certainty.

The US State Department is crediting China for the breakthrough; and the six-party forum that provided a framework for negotiations is being touted as a model for resolving the Iran nuclear standoff, contary to what US officials are saying publicly.

Assistant Secretary of State Christopher Hill, US point person for the North Korean talks, put it this way: "Nuclear weapons have not been a very good experience for North Korea. I think North Korea has been left more isolated than ever before, more impoverished than ever before. If you look back at the history of North Korea's economy, and you can see that these nuclear weapons have done nothing for North Korea. Absolutely nothing, and I do hope the people in Iran take note of that fact."

Chen's Speech Backfires in Washington

Taiwan President Chen Shui-bian may have gone too far in calling for formal independence for his self-ruled island.

His remarks (scroll down for the story) triggered a furious response from China--which considers Taiwan a renegade province and has threatened military force if necessary to achieve eventual reunification.

Chen's speech also drew a stiff rebuke from the Bush administration, which is commited to maintaining the status quo in the Taiwan Strait, even if that means looking the other way while China builds up its arsenal of missiles aimed at the island.

At a news briefing in Washington, State Department Spokesman Sean McCormack reiterated US opposition to Taiwanese independence, and said President Bush has repeatedly underscored his opposition to unilateral changes in the status-quo by either Taipei or Beijing as threats to regional security.

McCormack cited Chen's own multiple pledges to exclude independence themes from his political agenda and said he should adhere to them:

"President Chen's fulfillment of his commitments is a test of leadership, dependability and statesmanship and of his ability to protect Taiwan's interests, its relations with others, and to maintain peace and stability in the [Taiwan] Strait," said McCormack. "Rhetoric that could raise doubts about these commitments is unhelpful."

Under questioning McCormack later said specifically that US officials consider the Taiwanese leader's latest comments unhelpful, and expressed hope that amid the uproar he will make clear that he intends to adhere to previous commitments to discard independence rhetoric.

Washington insiders say Chen's speech may have strengthened arguments for scrapping the Taiwan Relations Act (TRA), which obligates the US to provide the island with defensive weapons.

For years, the TRA was widely interpreted as a US commitment to intervene on Taiwan's behalf in a cross-Strait conflict; today, however, there is virtually no support for chancing a military confrontation with China.

Monday, March 05, 2007

Chen Provokes, China Reacts

The provocative pro-independence speech by Taiwan's unpopular president is more than a political stunt. Chen Shui-bian believes that Beijing plans to attack Taiwan and that time is working against it.

Addressing a dinner to mark the 25th anniversary of the Formosan Association for Public Affairs, a United States-based pro-independence group formed by overseas Taiwanese, Chen said the self-ruled island should apply for membership of the United Nations under the name Taiwan, write a new constitution and develop its economy and democracy in keeping with its (de facto) independent status.

China reacted sharply to the speech. Invoking the anti-secession law that authorizes use of force against Taiwan if it moves toward declaring formal indeppendence--or if peaceful reunification efforts prove fruitless--Chinese Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing on Monday said Chen would become a "criminal in history" if he continues to promote formal independence for Taiwan.

The law is "not something useless that can be just put aside," Li told reporters.

The flare-up comes amid heightened concerns over China's increased defense spending and lack of transparency in military affairs.

The US, which is depending on China, diplomatically, for help and cooperation regarding North Korea, Iran, and Sudan, is in no mood for cross-Strait tensions. The US Taiwan Relations Act obligates Washington to assist in Taiwan's defense by providing it with weapons; but there is no clear-cut obligation for military intervention.

Nor is there any significant support in the US for seriously entertaining such a scenario, given the debacle in Iraq, setbacks in Afghanistan, the standoff with nuclearizing Iran--and the dangerously interdependent economic relationship with rising China.