Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Anti-Terror TV Series Will Hunt 'Islamic Nazi'

On Monday, July 20, join NBC News for a groundbreaking television event when it sets forth on an international hunt for an accused terrorist with "The Wanted" at 10 PM ET.

"The Wanted" brings together an elite team with backgrounds in intelligence, unconventional warfare and investigative journalism. The show focuses on real operators, in search of real targets -- all in an effort to see individuals brought to justice.

"We hope this program sheds light on an overlooked story," said David Corvo, executive producer at NBC News. "It is surprising how many people with serious accusations against them are living openly and avoiding any sort of judicial process."

The faces of "The Wanted" include Roger Carstens who is recognized as one of the world's preeminent authorities on counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency; former Navy Seal Scott Tyler, an expert in urban reconnaissance and unconventional warfare; David Crane a decorated former US intelligence official and the first American to serve as Chief Prosecutor of an international war crimes tribunal since Justice Robert Jackson at Nuremberg; and Emmy award-winning investigative journalist Adam Ciralsky. Ciralsky also serves as co-executive producer of "The Wanted" with documentary filmmaker Charlie Ebersol.

Seeking Justice

"'The Wanted' is about seeking justice for the many victims of terrorism and atrocity around the world," said Crane. "It will start a national conversation, an important dialog about war crimes, crimes against humanity, genocide, and international terrorism, as well as the indifference and political cynicism that hampers international criminal law and the quest for justice. 'The Wanted' drives home the point that the rule of law is more powerful than the rule of the gun."

The July 20 episode follows Mullah Krekar, the founder and leader of Ansar Al Islam, an internationally designated terrorist organization that has been accused of killing hundreds of Americans and other Westerners. Krekar has been called "Bin Laden 2.0" as well as an "Islamic Nazi" and yet he has been living free in Norway -- this after the Norwegian Supreme Court declared him a threat to national security and ordered him deported. In "The Wanted," viewers will be taken inside intelligence briefings in the Middle East and surveillance operations in Krekar's community in Oslo.

On July 27, viewers will travel to Germany on the trail of Mamoun Darkazanli. Called "Bin Laden's financier," Spanish officials indicted Darkazanli in 2003 for providing logistical and financial support to Al Qaeda, specifically in connection with 9/11. Still he remains free in Germany. While the team surveils Darkazanli, negotiations for his deportation begin between Spain and Germany.

Executive Producers and Co-Creators Charlie Ebersol and Adam Ciralsky said, "We are excited about our groundbreaking new TV project 'The Wanted' on NBC, and know that viewers will be intrigued by the show." Ebersol and Ciralsky added, "It's like nothing you've ever seen on TV before. The pairing of rigorous investigative journalism with high-end production values has resulted in a fast-paced show which we hope will leave viewers wanting more."

Chinese Intellectuals Agree with China Confidential: the Road to Peace in Korea Runs Through Beijing

The Australian reports:

A group of independent Chinese intellectuals and academics has signed an open letter asking the government to halt aid to North Korea and help bring about regime change in the Stalinist state.

According to the letter, China should support the reunion of Korea under a democratic system, removing a heavy economic, political and security burden on Beijing.

"The repeated nuclear tests illustrate the failure of six-party talks," the letter written by Beijing-based constitutional academic Zhang Hui said.

"The ruling party of China should bear the responsibility, and the Chinese government should stop aid to the Kim regime and fulfil the international community's sanctions on the country."

Mr Zhang told The Australian that, so far, more than 60 academics, lawyers and public servants across China had signed the letter - which was released on the internet.

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Iran's Hitler Vows to End 'Global Monopoly'

Click here. Islamist Iran's maniac-in-chief is clearly aiming to overthrow the status quo--to change the power relations among nations. His nuclear-arming regime is committed to an imperialist foreign policy; therefore, it cannot be appeased. Appeasement will only make war inevitable--on Tehran's terms.

Rising Islamist Tide Threatens Turkey

Click here for the story.

Turkey is increasingly threatened by Islamism. The ruling party--which U.S. President Barack Obama has embraced--is crypto-Islamist. The military, traditional guardian of the secular system, is being undermined.

Al Qaeda Threatens France over Barbaric Burqas

The Islamofascists are threatening to attack France over the burqa issue. Click here.

U.S. President Barack Obama has repeatedly spoken out in defense of barbaric burqas, veils, and headscarves.

Al Qaeda Claims it Killed American Teacher

Click here and here. The Islamofascists say they slaughtered an American aid worker for "Christianizing activities."

Iraq Car Bomber Strikes as US Troops Exit Cities

Iraq is far from settled. Click here, and below for the video report.

Iran Protesters Crushed by Islamist Regime

Click here. The movement is dead--for now--and the regime is blaming foreign agents for the unrest.

North Korea's Menacing Mystery Tour

The ship with the suspicious cargo and the proliferating past changes course; but the nuclear-armed regime remains very much on course. Click here for the story.


Airbus suffered its second catastrophe in a month--another mysterious crash into the sea. Click here for the horrifying news.

"It then disappeared from the radar screens."

What is Airbus hiding?

None of its explanations make sense. What is happening has no precedent in the history of commercial aviation (with the exception, arguably, of the Comet crashes of the early 1950s, which grounded an entire fleet).

S. Korea Says North Pushing Uranium Enrichment

Nuclear-Armed Regime Believed to be Diversifying Out of Plutonium

South Korea's defense minister says North Korea appears to be pushing forward with a uranium enrichment program, raising fears that it may use the material to make atomic weapons.

Addressing a hearing of lawmakers Tuesday, Lee Sang-hee said it is clear that North Korea is moving forward with the program. He added that such a program is far easier to hide than the North's current plutonium-based program.

North Korea has ample supplies of natural uranium, and it could conduct an enrichment program in underground or undisclosed facilities, away from the view of U.S. spy satellites.

Earlier this month, after the United Nations placed more sanctions on North Korea for carrying out its second nuclear test in May, Pyongyang said it would start enriching uranium.

Mission to China

News of the alleged activities comes as the U. S. State Department's new coordinator for North Korea sanctions is traveling to China on his first foreign trip in that role.

The senior State Department official, Philip Goldberg, met with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Monday to prepare for the trip. He says representatives of the White House National Security Council, the Treasury Department and the Defense Department will accompany him to China.

Goldberg, a former U.S. ambassador to Bolivia, was appointed last week to head an inter-agency effort to coordinate with foreign governments on the enforcement of U.N.-imposed sanctions against Pyongyang.

The U.N. Security Council imposed the sanctions June 12 in response to North Korea's May 25 nuclear test, its second since 2006.

The sanctions are aimed at cutting off funding for Pyongyang's nuclear, missile and proliferation activities.

Goldberg's mission is to persuade China, a North Korean ally and trading partner, to enforce the sanctions rigorously.

Last week, U.S. President Barack Obama extended U.S. economic sanctions against North Korea. Obama said Pyongyang's development of nuclear weapons and ability to proliferate such technology pose an extraordinary threat to the United States.


CIA Flooded with Resumes from Bankers, Students

Boom times for CIA? Click here for the story.

Laid-off bankers and anxious students are applying for jobs in droves. The agency is flooded with resumes.

Suggestion: now is the time to hire or contract with journalists and international public relations and publishing specialists, including investigative reporters and propaganda experts. Many talented and accomplished people--with no need to know secrets--are ready, willing and able to aid their country.

Japan Foreign Mininster Says World Must Pressure North Korea to Abandon Atomic Arms Programs

Japan's Foreign Minister, Taro Aso, says the international community must pressure North Korea to abandon atomic arms. Click here. He is right, of course. As America's former Secretary of State, Henry Kissinger, said recently, there is no point of even talking about an "international community" if it can't force a small country with no natural resources to stop menacing and threatening its neighbors and the United States.

Cruel Energy: 25,000 Ethanol Slaves in Brazil

The U.S. State Department's 2009 Trafficking in Persons Report mentions Brazil for the eighth time in nine years as a country that does not comply with minimal standards regarding efforts to combat trafficking in persons.

The report cites figures from the Brazilian Federal Police that up to 400,000 children and teenagers are sexually exploited in the country, and that over 25,000 people are subject to slave work conditions in sugarcane harvesting for sugar and ethanol production, as well as in cattle and grain properties in the Amazon and in mining operations.

The report also says that with increased ethanol exports, human trafficking for slave work in ethanol plants tend to increase.

Monday, June 29, 2009

Korean War II Looms

China Confidential has repeatedly warned that another Korean war is possible. Gordon Chang agrees. Click here for his opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal.

The pro-appeasement Obama administration has refused to acknowledge North Korea's renunciation of the Korean War armistice.


Holocaust-Denying Iran President Knows No Limits

Iran's Holocaust-denying, Hitlerian maniac-in-chief knows no limits. The fascist monster is now lying to his people about the cold-blooded killing of an innocent young woman by one of his dreaded Basij militiaman, even accusing the CIA of shooting her. Click here for the story.

The idea that the civilized world would even consider allowing a regime led by this villain to acquire atomic arms boggles the mind.

Iran Regime Starts Partial Recount of Rigged Vote

Click here for the story. The recount is rigged, just like the election.

Report: Reliance on Internet Backfired in Iran

The always interesting and informative Debkafile has an exclusive, in-depth report on Iran's Internet police. The site, which has excellent Israeli intelligence sources, says the Islamist regime was prepared for the demonstrators' use of the medium, and able to quickly turn it against them. An excerpt:

The high-end apparatus, installed in late 2008 by the German Siemens AG and Finnish Nokia Corp. cell phone giant, gave Iranian intelligence the most advanced tools anywhere for controlling, inspecting, censoring and altering Internet and cell phone messaging. Those tools were being used weeks before the poll to identify penetrations by alien spy services, their local agents and dissident activists.

This system is capable of conducting "deep packet inspection" of every type of text and video communication in all parts of Iran on three tracks:

1. Like other advanced electronic spy systems in the world, this one uses such keywords as attack, weapons, cash, data, explosives, meeting, demonstration, resistance, protest, etc. to alert Iran within milliseconds to feeds of interest by computer or phone - mail, signals or visuals.

In a flash, intelligence analysts get a fix on the sender and the electronic addressee which are then placed on a surveillance list for further monitoring. Once identified, the sender or receiver and their connections are closely shadowed by field agents.

2. By "deep packet inspection," the secret controllers can cause delays in online data transfers, which surfers may attribute to glitches connected with their providers. The more targets under surveillance, the more online transfers are slowed down.

Click here to read the entire report.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Iranian Riot Police Beat, Gas Demonstrators

Using tear gas and clubs, the Islamist regime's riot police attacked an estimated 3,000 demonstrators in North Tehran today. Click here for the report, and below for an eyewitness video from the Iranian capital.

White House Door Still Open to Diplomacy with Iran

As China Confidential predicted, the Obama administration is continuing its policy of trying to diplomatically engage Islamist Iran, as shown by this VOA report, despite rising concerns that the policy will only serve to legitimize the turbaned tyranny and give it time to develop nuclear weapons. The President's chief advisor, David Axelrod, clearly disagrees with analysts who say that the top turbaned tyrant--Ayatollah Khamenei--has become a puppet of Iranian maniac-in-chief Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps.

Top Obama administration officials say the door remains open for nuclear talks with Iran. They are discounting the latest anti-American rhetoric from Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

The ongoing post-election turmoil in Iran has raised questions about the outlook for diplomacy to deal with Tehran's nuclear ambitions.

Appearing on the CBS television program Face the Nation, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice indicated the Iranian nuclear program remains a matter of high concern for the White House.

"We have an interest in any case in trying to ensure that Iran does not achieve a nuclear weapons capability," said Rice. "We have pursued that through multi-lateral diplomacy.

"We have left the door open to bilateral diplomacy."

On NBC's Meet the Press, President Obama's top advisor, David Axelrod, said the administration remains open to attending talks between Iran and the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council plus Germany.

He was asked if the tough talk over the weekend by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad might be enough to put diplomacy on hold.

"Understand that he is not the decision maker when it comes to foreign policy and defense policy in Iran," he said. "His comments are meant for domestic political content."

Iran's president has accused the United States of meddling in his country's affairs. Axelrod said he is merely trying to change the subject.

"It is a long used technique in Iran to try to make the United States the foil for their own problems," said Axelrod. "His problems are with the Iranian people, not with us!"

Demilitarization Myths: from the Hall of Mirrors in 1919 to the Hills and Valleys of Judea and Samaria

It will be forbidden to Germany to maintain or build fortifications... in this territory (West of the Rhine).... It is forbidden for Germany to maintain an army.... the German army will not include more than seven infantry divisions.... It is forbidden for Germany to import or export tanks or any other military hardware.... The German naval forces will be limited and are not to include submarines. The armed forces of Germany will not include any air forces.... In the political realm, Germany is forbidden to enter into any treaty with Austria.

-Treaty of Versailles

The Treaty of Versailles was signed exactly 90 years ago, on June 28, 1919, in the Hall of Mirrors of the Palace of Versailles. The treaty ended the state of war between Imperial Germany and the Allied Powers, and essentially made Germany a demilitarized state ... until the Nazis ripped up the accord and rearmed in pursuit of European conquest and world domination.

Arieh Eldad, an Israeli politician and physician, sees a powerful lesson in the events--and errors--of nearly a century ago. A member of the Knesset for the National Union, Eldad argues that attempts to demilitarize a West Bank/Gaza Palestinian state are doomed to fail. In this regard, he is sharply critical of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's conditional acceptance in principle of the so-called two-state solution to the Arab/Islamist-Israeli conflict. Eldad writes:

So what happened? Did the "demilitarized" status prevent the Second World War and, worst of all, the destruction of European Jewry?

By 1922, an agreement between Russia and Germany had been signed in the Italian city of Rapallo. The agreement was open and met the terms of the Versailles Treaty, but the conference that prepared it was secret; and there, Soviet Russia and Germany agreed on joint establishment of weapons factories, poison gas and ammunition. German army officers were sent to Russia to be trained in the use of weapons that were forbidden to be maintained in Germany. In Germany, civilian factories were refurbished into arms factories, funded, as it were, by private individuals, not the state.

When I heard about the widespread activity of Jews in the Obama court and about the extreme anti-Israeli stance they are taking, and about the anger of the extreme Left in Israel over Netanyahu's speech - in that he did not express a willingness to take in Arab refugees, give away Jerusalem and dismantle settlements, all as a prepayment for negotiating with the enemies of Israel - I again thought of the Rapallo Treaty. It was the Jewish foreign minister of Germany, Walther Rathenau, who stood behind the agreement that years later gave Nazi Germany its powerful war machine. And it was Erhard Milch, the son of a Jewish father, who subverted the Versailles Treaty and, in the guise of civilian aeronautic companies and flying clubs, established Lufthansa, which during the war became the Luftwaffe, the German air force that in weeks overcame Poland and France and bombed London in the Blitz. The Jewish people can be trusted to bring forth warped members who will arm the "demilitarized Palestinian state", if one should ever come to be.

The lesson being that there is no political power that can prevent a sovereign state from doing whatever it wants. Netanyahu knows that if ever a Palestinian state should, Heaven forbid, be established, Israel will not be able to declare war on it if it should choose, for instance, to sign an international tourism agreement with Cyprus or a transfer-of-technology agreement with Iran. If pipes are manufactured in Tulkarm, Israel will not be able to start a war that can be justified in the eyes of the world if steel cutters turn the pipes into Kassam rockets. Since nothing other than Israeli force could possibly preserve demilitarization, Netanyahu is deceiving the people of Israel and promising them something that cannot be delivered.

Will Palladin Play in Pyongyang?

Truth ... and fiction ... can be found in the strangest places.

An independently produced feature film about a "lost" Hollywood star hiding from fame and fans in Central America seems to have captured the imaginations of some conspiracy-minded Internet users in China, owing to a rumor, apparently begun by a Chinese blogger, or launched in a Chinese chat room, that the film contains cryptic messages about North Korea--specifically, the relationship between Dear Leader Kim Jong-il and his third and youngest son and designated successor, Kim Jong-un, also known as Brilliant Comrade.

The low-budget, high-quality film, Looking for Palladin, tells the story of a young and cynical Hollywood agent tasked with tracking down an aging, reclusive screen legend (played by real-life legend Ben Gazzara) in order to persuade him to accept a lucrative, but possibly demeaning, cameo role in a sequel to a picture in which he starred--and in which his character actually died. (No matter; the money is good, the overly aggressive agent assures his client, clearly misreading the man's financial condition and artistic integrity.)

The agent finds the actor--and, in the process of pursuing his quarry, also finds himself--in Antigua, Guatemala, an inviting, small city in the country's central highlands.

The American-made, discovery/redemption tale, which features an international cast, is the first full-length feature film made and set in Guatemala since the 1938 release Tarzan and the Green Goddsss.

Though Looking for Palladin has yet to be distributed in the United States, the film is attracting a cult following and winning acclaim at film festivals around the world--from Chicago to Moscow. Remarkably, there is already talk of a sequel.

Chinese Whispers: from Telephone to Internet

So much for reality. The global buzz has also given birth to the above-mentioned wild rumor, and China Confidential has learned how this may have come about. Turns out, a man claiming to be a Chinese blogger telephoned Looking for Palladin writer-director Andrzej Krakowski to interview him about the project. During the interview, Krakowski explained that he originally intended to shoot and locate the film in a small, New York State town north of New York City. He added that the inspiration for the Jack Palladin character came to him after a meeting he had many years ago with a legendary star of TV Westerns, Dale Robertson, who had faded from public view since retiring to a ranch somewhere in Oklahoma or Texas. The purpose of the meeting, Krakowski said, was to discuss the feasibility of producing a film adaptation of a popular, Cold War comic strip, Dan Flagg, which was syndicated in American newspapers during the 1960s. The comic strip's fictional title character was a Marine troubleshooter who conducted covert commando and rescue operations behind the Iron Curtain--in China and North Korea.

That anecdote, combined with the fact that Robertson and Ronald Reagan were among the hosts of a 1950s Wild West-themed TV series (Death Valley Days), was somehow lost or deliberately mangled in translation. Result: reports of weird, scattered, Chinese chat that Washington and Beijing are plotting to sabotage North Korea's dynastic succession and remove the regime (the world should only be so lucky), and, more incredibly, that a movie about a talented and successful actor living far from the Hollywood hubbub somehow contains the code for the fantastic, alleged U.S.-Chinese conspiracy.

Sources in Japan who monitor the country's Korean community and closely follow developments on the Korean Peninsula are aware of the rumor and say it may have even come to the attention of Dear Leader and Brilliant Comrade, who was recently put in charge of the North's intelligence agencies. The elder Kim is a well known film buff, having acquired what is believed to be the world's largest library of pornographic and espionage flicks.

Visions of a Secret Screening

This reporter has visions of the two Kims and their most trusted, senior henchmen ensconced in a secret screening room somewhere in Pyongyang, peering intently at a pirated, DVD copy (from Moscow?) of an intelligent, interesting, and entertaining film about family and (gasp!) friendship ... for the first time, probably, watching a movie without any graphic depictions of sex or violence (shocking!) .... the two men scratching their heads in utter confusion and disbelief ... scrutinizing the story and scenes unfolding on the big, flat, plasma TV ... attempting to decipher the dialogue .... for hidden meanings and carefully concealed clues to what their most important ally and chief adversary might actually have in store for them ... stopping, scanning, searching, studying, sweating it out .... the whole, classy, painfully (for them) humanistic, wonderfully warm and moving motion picture ... the ailing, diminutive, 68-year-old Dear Leader with the whacky hairdo ... decked out in his trademark leisure suit and signature elevator shoes ... and his mysterious heir ... a 26-year-old, selected ruler ... whose last known photograph was taken at age 11 ... the two of them ... father and son ... trying hard to focus between sips of smuggled Johnny Walker Scotch whisky.....

The conjured-up image would be hilariously funny if not for the fact that the deranged despot in charge of the imagined media room is in real life directing the world's longest running horror show--it began in 1948 --featuring a vast network of concentration camps, millions of starving extras, a seemingly endless supply of slave laborers, a huge standing army ... the fourth largest on the planet ... and growing arsenals of ballistic missiles and atomic arms.

A pity we can't just cancel his production, and fire him, his Brilliant Comrade, and all their comrades.

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Saturday, June 27, 2009

North Korea: Peace Before Nuclear Pact?

EDITOR'S NOTE: As China Confidential readers know, we believe that diplomacy has reached a dead end with respect to North Korea, that the six-party platform played into North Korean hands by providing the reclusive regime with time to develop nuclear weapons, and that the only possible solution to the problem of North Korea, short of a potentially catastrophic conflict, is regime change through a Chinese-sponsored military coup. A distinguished international relations expert and former diplomat disagrees with our view. A peace process is possible, he argues, and urgently needed. Given his grasp of the issue and its seriousness, and the fact that he presently resides in South Korea, on the front line, so to speak, the author's analysis, which appears below, and is much appreciated, certainly merits serious consideration.

By W. Julian Korab-Karpowicz

Korea has suddenly become one of the most dangerous spots on the map of the world. The Korean War (1950-1953) never ended with a peace treaty. On July 27, 1953, the U.N. forces led by the United States and the North Korean Command signed a truce. However, as the result of recent tensions in the region and the recent UN sanctions, North Korea announced on May 27 that it had unilaterally withdrawn from the armistice. While life on the Korean streets goes as yet unchanged, North Korea and South Korea are back at war, in which the United States which has declared its support to South Korea has also got involved. Further, U.S. officials seem not to understand the seriousness of the present situation. Instead of solving the problem diplomatically, they repeatedly declare that tough messures should be imposed on North Korea, and that the US military should inspect North Korean ships in seach for weapons. But any such action will be regarded by North Korea as a provocation and could trigger military operations.

How can the North Korean problem be solved? In order to solve a problem, one needs to examine its cause. After the end of the Cold War and the dissolution of the Soviet Union, North Korea has lost its traditional ally, which was the Communist Block. It cannot now count on any military assistance from Russia or China, but on its own forces alone. The fundamental problem for North Korea today is its own security. It is then quite logical that it has developed long-range missiles and atomic weapons even if by doing so it violated previously signed agreements and nonproliferation treaties. It is not the first country in the world which has done so. It needs a strategic deterrence capability against it powerful opponents, such as South Korea and the United States. Therefore, it is unrealistic to ask North Korea that it dismantles its nuclear program and does not develop ballistic missiles, and to think that it may eventually do so in exchange for food aid or same economic benefits. Before making such demands, one has to initiate a peace process.

After the end of the Cold War, there were attempts to improve relations between North and South Korea. The peace process reached its zenith in June 2000, when the South Korean president Kim Dae-Jung met with the North Korean leader Kim Jong Il in Pyongyang, the North Korean capitol. This was the first meeting between leaders of the two Koreas since separate regimes were established on the peninsula in 1948. They signed a four-point plan to develop mutual trust through economic development, and cultural exchanges. However, the opposition of South Korean conservatives at home and American conservatives abroad put a damper on the peace process. The hard-line policy of the Bush administration forcing North Korea to end the nuclear program before discussing peace at the negotiation table caused the negative effects on both the US-North Korea relations and the inter-Korean relations. For North Korea there is no room for negotiation when it faces the hard-line policy. It reacted by embracing a confrontational policy and it shocked the world by its admission that it had developed nuclear weapons. The auspicious historical moment to reach a peaceful agreement between Koreans and to formally end the Korean War was lost.

The election of Barack Obama as American President has inspired many people with the hope that he can overcome some of the deficiencies of the Bush administration. Indeed the United States tries now to conduct its foreign policies in a more multilateral way and to act through the U.N. Security Council. However, American thinking about international politics has not essentially changed. The United States still believes in might, and tries to impose its views on others without engaging them in a proper dialogue. Guided by the assumption that North Korea would not easily give up its nuclear capacity, and persuaded by the conservative South Korean government of Mr. Lee Myung-bak, the Obama administration has adopted the policy of tough measures and sanctions. In the new climate of multilateralism, the approval for these sanctions is sought through the international community. However, the question is what will be the result of these sanctions? For the time being the only visible result is the growing escalation of tensions in the region and a possibility of the conflict in which nuclear weapons could be used.

To solve the Korean crisis one needs to return to the peace process which was once initiated by president Kim Dae-Jung and supported by president Bill Clinton. The common interest of both Koreans, but also of the whole world, is peace. North and South Korea should sign a peace treaty formally ending the Korean War, give up unification ambitions, recognize themselves as two independent states, enter into normal diplomatic relationships, mutually respect their ideological dissimilarities, and no longer treat themselves as enemies but rather as partners in cooperation. The problem of atomic weapons and ballistic missiles will then automatically be solved. It is caused by the present North Korean insecurity. But if the sanctions and threats continue, a war is likely: the war which will be a disaster for both countries, and have world-wide repercussions.

W. Julian Korab-Karpowicz is an associate professor and international scholar at The School of International Studies, Kyung Hee University, South Korea.

N. Korea Threatens to Down Japanese Spy Planes

Click here for the report. Pyongyang is promising to "mercilessly shoot down any plane" involved in "aerial espionage."

Friday, June 26, 2009

Nonprofit Group Releases Suppressed US Government Study that Says Earth is Cooling

The Competitive Enterprise Institute today released an internal study on climate science that was suppressed by the Environmental Protection Agency.

Internal EPA email messages, released by CEI earlier in the week, indicate that the report was kept under wraps and its author silenced because of pressure to support the Administration’s agenda of regulating carbon dioxide.

The report finds that the EPA, by adopting the United Nations’ 2007 “Fourth Assessment” report, is relying on outdated research and is ignoring major new developments. Those developments include a continued decline in global temperatures, a new consensus that future hurricanes will not be more frequent or intense, and new findings that water vapor will moderate, rather than exacerbate, temperature.

New data also indicate that ocean cycles are probably the most important single factor in explaining temperature fluctuations, though solar cycles may play a role as well, and that reliable satellite data undercut the likelihood of endangerment from greenhouse gases. All of this demonstrates EPA should independently analyze the science, rather than just adopt the conclusions of outside organizations.

The released report is a draft version, prepared under EPA’s unusually short internal review schedule, and thus may contain inaccuracies which were corrected in the final report.

“While we hoped that EPA would release the final report, we’re tired of waiting for this agency to become transparent, even though its Administrator has been talking transparency since she took office. So we are releasing a draft version of the report ourselves, today,” said CEI General Counsel Sam Kazman.

CEI is a non-profit, non-partisan public policy group dedicated to the principles of free enterprise and limited government.

Swiss Adventurer Unveils Solar Plane Prototype

Contrary to the Islamist myths and lies repeated by U.S. President Barack Obama, "the Muslim world" has produced nothing of value for several centuries, except, of course, for oil and gas, which was discovered by Western companies. Countries in the grip of inherently intolerant and backward Islam mainly produce and export ideology--fanaticism and hatred--which fuels conflicts and violence and threatens the planet with nuclear holocaust.

Compare despotic Iran and duplicitous Saudi Arabia, a dysfunctional, incredibly oil-rich, family business masquerading as a country, with tiny Switzerland, a politically neutral nation with no practically recoverable natural resources....

AP reports:

It has the wingspan of a Boeing 747 but weighs less than a small car. And it is powered entirely by the sun.

Adventurer Bertrand Piccard on Friday unveiled the Solar Impulse, which, with its sleek white wings and pink trimming, aims to make history as the prototype for a solar-powered flight around the world.

"Yesterday it was a dream, today it is an airplane, tomorrow it will be an ambassador of renewable energies," said Piccard, who in 1999 copiloted the first round-the-globe nonstop balloon flight.

The plane will take part in a series of test flights over the next two years, and based on the results of those a new plane will be constructed for the big takeoff, in 2012.

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Mousavi Silenced; Cleric Calls for Executions

Ominous developments in Iran....

AP reports:

Iran's increasingly isolated opposition leader effectively ended his role in street protests, saying he'll seek permits for future rallies. A leading cleric demanded in a nationally broadcast sermon Friday that leaders of the unrest be punished harshly and that some are "worthy of execution."

Iran's ruling clergy has widened its clampdown on the opposition since a bitterly disputed June 12 presidential election, and scattered protests have replaced the initial mass rallies.

The official Web site of opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi, his main tool of communicating with his supporters, was hacked Friday, leaving it blank, an aide said.

Mousavi has said victory was stolen from him through fraud, challenging the proclamation of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as the winner.

However, Mousavi has sent mixed signals to his supporters in recent days, asking them not to break the law, while pledging not to drop his challenge of the election results.

Hundreds have been detained in recent weeks, including journalists, academics and university students, and a special court has been set up to try them.

In Friday's central Muslim sermon at Tehran University, a senior cleric, Ayatollah Ahmed Khatami, called for harsh retribution for dissent.

"Anybody who fights against the Islamic system or the leader of Islamic society, fight him until complete destruction," he said in the nationally broadcast speech.

The cleric claimed some involved in the unrest had used firearms.

"Anyone who takes up arms to fight with the people, they are worthy of execution," he said. "We ask that the judiciary confront the leaders of the protests, leaders of the violations, and those who are supported by the United States and Israel strongly, and without mercy to provide a lesson for all."

Khatami said those who disturbed the peace and destroyed public property were "at war with God," and said they should be "dealt with without mercy."

He reminded worshippers that Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, rules by God's design and must not be defied.

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The key questions:

1. WIll the Obama administration persist in attempting to appease/engage the nuclear-arming Islamist regime?

2. WIll the civilized world unite to isolate Islamist Iran?

3. Will the reform movement morph into a revolutionary struggle? Are conditions ripe for a viable underground?

4. Will members of the regular armed forces secretly organize themselves to save the Iranian people from fascist hell?

5. WIll American Islamist-sympathizers and supporters and their useful idiots in the Obama adoring media revamp their propaganda and find new ways of blaming Israel for all the problems and troubles in the Middle East?

Answers to the above:

1. Yes.

2. No.

3. Maybe. Possibly

4. Maybe.

5. Most definitely.

On Violence and Clerical Fascism

Violence is common to fascism and clerical fascism and includes severe punishment meted out to all enemies of the regime. Allah may be merciful, but his fundamentalist representatives on earth are not.

-Walter Laqueur, Fascism: Past, Present, Future

Thursday, June 25, 2009

White House Spokesman Describes Slaughter of Innocent Iranian Democracy-Seekers as 'Debate'

Words matter....

Obamaspeak is Orwellian--and stupid. But an adoring mainstream media is too dense or biased to question the nuanced nonsense. On the contrary; reporters, pundits, and anchors are crediting--or blaming--the Appeaser-in-Chief and his mouthpiece for seemingly toughening their Iran-related rhetoric.

AFP reports:

The White House Thursday accused President Mahmoud Ahamdinejad of seeking to cast the United States as the villain in Iran's post-election political turmoil, escalating a war of words with Tehran.

The latest sharp US comments directed towards the Iranian government came after Ahmadinejad accused Washington and the West of interfering in Iran and fomenting unrest.

"There are people in Iran who want to make this not about a debate among Iranians in Iran, but about the West and the United States," said White House spokesman Robert Gibbs.

"I would add President Ahmadinejad to that list of people trying to make this about the United States."

Russia Again Defends Islamist Iran

Click here. This is a disturbing development. Post-Communist Russia is actually trying to counter American attempts to align with Islamist Iran, according to China Confidential analysts, in a modern-day replay of the Great Game--the imperial rivalry between Britain and Czarist Russia for control of Central Asia.

Instead of pursuing a Grand Bargain with Islamist Iran--and Islamism in general--the Obama administration should seek to strike Grand Bargains with China and Russia to end the North Korean and Iranian regimes, respectively, for once and all.

Diplomacy's highest purpose is to prevent war. Appeasement/engagement of Islamist Iran will make war inevitable--on Tehran's terms.

Iran Protesters Changing Strategy to Avoid Death

The Washington Times reports:

Iran's pro-democracy movement is changing strategy and will use smaller and more dispersed demonstrations to try to protect protesters from security forces, who dissidents now say have killed nearly 250 people in the past 10 days.

Mohsen Makhmalbaf, a prominent Iranian filmmaker who is serving as a spokesman in the West for opposition candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi, told The Washington Times that the opposition movement is also asking Iranians all over the world to light candles in silent protest Friday to commemorate Neda Agha-Soltan, a young woman killed by security forces Saturday.

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The BBC interviewed a physician who says he tried to save Neda. Click here for the text-and-video report.

Neda's family has reportedly been forced from their home and banned from publicly mourning their daughter's death.

As of this writing, the so-called international community, including the United States, which is supposed to lead the world's democracies, has yet to organize and unite against the clerical fascist regime. In fact, the Obama administration is still formally committed to a policy of engaging (code for appeasing and seeking to align with) Islamist Iran.

Ahmadinejad Mocks, Lectures Obama

Warns Him Not to Behave Like Bush

Appeasement is clearly backfiring.

The nuclear-arming, mass murdering mullahocracy is intolerant of any criticism. Its idea of dialogue is to demand and admonish, to bully and lecture.

Click here for the CNN story, and here for a particularly vile piece of pro-appeasement, Islamist-leaning propaganda that argues for a total hands-off policy toward Tehran's turbaned tyranny.

US Calls on China to Release Liu Xiaobo

Liu Xiaobo is a dissident writer and intellectual based in Beijing. He was arrested in December on suspicion of subversion.

The U.S. call for his release comes amid mounting tensions with China's nuclear-armed client state, North Korea.

AFP reports:

The United States on Thursday joined calls for the release of prominent Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo, but China warned against any foreign interference in the case.

State media reported Wednesday that police had formally arrested Liu, a dissident writer who was a leading force behind a petition calling for democratic reforms.

"The US government is deeply disturbed by reports that Liu Xiaobo has been formally arrested and charged with serious crimes," Richard Buangan, a spokesman for the US embassy in Beijing, told AFP.

"We call on the government of China to release Mr. Liu and respect the rights of all Chinese citizens who peacefully express their desire for internationally recognised freedoms."

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China Punishes Google

Accuses Company of Promoting Pornography

China said Thursday that it has taken unspecified punitive actions against the Google search engine, which it accuses of violating Chinese law by spreading pornography. The official comments come as computer users in China experience intermittent difficulty accessing Google.

China recently stepped up its criticism of the world's biggest search engine.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang was asked Thursday about recent difficulties computer users in China have had accessing Google and its related sites.

He said the Chinese government is carrying out its duty to protect young people from online pornography.

Qin said Chinese authorities have found that Google is spreading "pornographic, lewd and vulgar content," in violation of China's laws and regulations.

He said Chinese authorities have summoned the company's representatives and urged them to immediately remove the objectionable content.

Qin urged Google to abide by Chinese laws and regulations and said Chinese authorities have taken "punitive measures," although he gave no details. He also gave no specific examples of Google's alleged lewd content.

Temporary Interruption

Access to Google in Beijing was temporarily interrupted Wednesday. As of Thursday afternoon, Google access for computer users at some of Beijing's universities was still blocked.

Google recently issued a statement saying it would step up efforts to stop pornography from reaching users in China. A Google spokeswoman was quoted by media Thursday as saying the California-based company was looking into reports that users in China cannot access Google.

Beijing's latest comments come days before a Chinese-government set deadline for all computers sold in China to come packaged with Internet filtering software, known as "Green Dam."

Wednesday, U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke and U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk wrote a letter to Chinese officials, raising concerns that Beijing's order may violate free-trade commitments.

When asked about the latest American concerns that Green Dam could become a trade issue, the Chinese spokesman said he had nothing to add to earlier comments that the software is necessary to stop online pornography.

North Korea Again Threatens Nuclear Attack on US

Click here for the story. North Korea is threatening to retaliate with nuclear arms in response to an attack, sanctions, or "provocations" by the United States. The rhetoric is unprecedented and should be taken extremely seriously. More here.

Mousavi Slams Supreme Leader


The Los Angeles Times is reporting:

Iran's leading opposition figurehead, Mir-Hossein Mousavi, launched a lengthy broadside against the Iranian leadership and state-owned media in comments published today on his website as authorities arrested 70 university professors who had met with him.

The former prime minister, in comments apparently delivered Wednesday to the arrested social scientists and posted on one of his websites today, accused Iran's supreme leader of not acting in the interests of the country and said a dramatic change for the worse had taken place in the country.

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North Korea Warns Nuclear War Clouds Gathering

The Times of India reports:

North Korea warned on Thursday that "dark clouds of nuclear war" are gathering over the peninsula and vowed to strengthen its atomic arsenal as it marked the anniversary of the 1950-1953 conflict.

Rodong Sinmun, newspaper of the ruling communist party, accused the United States and its ally South Korea of trying to provoke a new war with a bolstered US nuclear "umbrella" over the South.

"A touch-and-go situation has been created on the Korean peninsula...with dark clouds of a nuclear war gathering as the hours tick by," it said in a lengthy commentary marking the anniversary.

The paper said a new war could break out any time and the North would continue to strengthen its nuclear arsenal.

"As long as the US hostile policy continues, we will never give up our nuclear deterrent and even strengthen it," Rodong said.

Turkey Backs Iranian Regime

Turkey's crypto-Islamist government is supporting the monstrous mullahocracy. Click here for the story.

Turkey's stance is partly the fault of the United States. The Bush administration deterred a coup attempt by Turkey's military--traditional guardian of the country's secular system--and the Obama administration has backed Turkey's bid for European Union membership, even though the U.S. is not a member of the EU.

The Obama administration's policy is to accommodate so-called moderate Islamists, including Turkey's ruling party and Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood.

Like Turkey, the administration is opposed to regime change in Iran.

Real Estate Still Strong in Israel

There has not been any housing meltdown in Israel, despite a downturn in the luxury market. Click here for the story.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Meet North Korea's New Spy Boss

A South Korean newspaper report says North Korea's lunatic leader, Kim Jong-il, has put his youngest son in charge of the country's secret police.

The report in the Dong-a Ilbo, which is based on information from an unnamed source, says Kim visited North Korea's State Security Department in March, along with his son, Kim Jong-un.

The report says that during the visit Dear Leader told agency leaders to regard his son as the agency's head. Kim also ordered members of the agency to protect his son with their lives as they have done for him in the past.

The report adds that Kim awarded agency officials five imported luxury cars worth some $80,000 each.

The paper says Pyongyang's State Security Department, which cracks down on dissidents and conducts overseas spy operations, has been under Kim's control since 1987.

Mass Murder in Iran

Click here. Atlas has the best coverage. Her best sources have "gone dark." She "fears the worst." China Confidential analysts agree. The situation is dire. Thousands have been killed and detained. Murderous tribunals are planned.

Iran: From Clerical Fascist to Fascist

Click here for the report. The IRGC is in charge. Khamenei is a puppet, or stooge.

Protesters Charge Riot Police In Iran

From Twitter:

Security forces firing weapons beat protesters in Tehran; witness on CNN TV says they beat people like "animals."

They pull away the dead into trucks - like factory - no human can do this - we beg Allah for save us....

In Baharestan we saw militia with axe choping ppl like meat - blood everywhere - like butcher - Allah Akbar -

They are killing and masacaring people in Baharestan....

So many ppl arrested - young & old - they take ppl away - we lose our group....

They were waiting for us - they all have guns and riot uniforms - it was like a mouse trap - ppl being shot like animal...

The Times reports on some of the world's bravest people:

It was a far cry from the massive demonstrations of last week. Today, just a few hundred protesters converged on Baharestan Square, opposite the Iranian Parliament, and they were brutally repulsed.

It was an exercise in courageous futility, not a contest. Thousands of riot police and militiamen flooded the area. They used teargas, batons and overwhelming force. Helicopters hovered overhead. Nobody was allowed to stop or to gather, let alone exercise their constitutional right to protest.

A video clip posted on YouTube showed young men and women, their faces concealed behind bandanas, throwing stones by a burning barricade and chanting “Death to the Dictator”.

Twitter was flooded with lurid messages. “They pull away the dead — like factory — no human can do this,” said one. “They catch people with mobile — so many killed today — so many injured,” said another. “In Baharestan we saw militia with axe chopping ppl like meat — blood everywhere,” said a third.


In Washington the State Department confirmed, to nobody’s surprise, that not one Iranian diplomat, anywhere in the world, had accepted ground-breaking invitations from their American counterparts to share hotdogs at July 4 parties.

The White House later rescinded the disgraceful invitation.

Recalling Cyrus, Could Israel Liberate Iran?

The Persian Emperor Cyrus the Great liberated the Jews from Babylonian captivity and permitted them to return to their native land of Israel. More than 40,000 are said to have availed themselves of the privilege, as noted in the Biblical accounts of Ezra, and Nehemiah.

Could modern Israel liberate Iran? Possibly. If the Islamist regime remains in power and is allowed to develop nuclear arms, Israel will be compelled to attack the nuclear and ballistic missile installations and the bases of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps, which has vowed to exterminate the Jewish State. Swift, merciless, targeted strikes on the parallel military force that underpins the clerical fascist regime could cause its downfall in a scenario that could see regular army officers joining with millions of democracy-seekers.

Regardless of the outcome, even if an assault on the IRGC should prove to be wildly successful and end the 30-year-old Islamist menace for once and all, the pro-appeasement Obama administration would most likely move to punish Israel for daring to defend itself against an enemy plotting a second Holocaust.

Abandoned by America, Iranians are Massacred

As of this writing, the Obama administration has yet to withdraw its invitation to Iranian diplomats--representatives of the mass-murdering, nuclear-arming, clerical fascist regime that Washington seeks to "engage"--to July 4 Independence Day parties at U.S. embassies around the world.

One hopes that there are regular army commanders with the courage and convictions to join the people and fight against the Basij militia and, most important, the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps, on which the regime rests. Prediction: should a miracle occur, should military men with guns fight for the liberation of Iran, President Obama will speak out in defense of the civil rights of the ... mullahs. Should Ayatollah Khamenei, the so-called Supreme Leader, end up swinging from a lamppost, Obama's first instinct will be to urge an end to violence.

Click on the video below. The woman being interviewed tells CNN:

I was going towards Baharestan with my friend. This was everyone, not just supporters of one candidate or another. All of my friends, they were going to Baharestan to express our opposition to these killings and demanding freedom. The black-clad police stopped everyone. They emptied the buses that were taking people there and let the private cars go on. We went on until Ferdowsi then all of a sudden some 500 people with clubs came out of [undecipherable] mosque and they started beating everyone. They tried to beat everyone on [undecipherable] bridge and throwing them off of the bridge. And everyone also on the sidewalks. They beat a woman so savagely that she was drenched in blood and her husband, he fainted. They were beating people like hell. It was a massacre. They were trying to beat people so they would die. they were cursing and saying very bad words to everyone. This was exactly a massacre... I don't know how to describe it."

Will Obama Reward Iran and Punish Israel?

Will President Obama reward Iran's Hitlerian, turbaned tyranny with legitimizing, pointless talks while pressuring Israel to withdraw to the "Auschwitz lines," as the late Israeli foreign minister, Abba Eban, referred to the country's pre-1967 boundaries?

Probably. Obama is bent on appeasing and aligning with Islamist Iran. His letter ahead of Iran's rigged elections to the country's supreme (clerical fascist) leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, speaks volumes.

Obama's U.S. Republican Party critics are all wrong: he is neither a man of the Old Left nor a man of the New Left. Obama is a product of the New New Left, which, like the radical Right, believes it can ride the Islamist tiger without been eaten by it in order to bring down capitalism and radically reshape society and reorder the planet.

Perfidy! Marx himself would vomit. The champions of the American labor movement who gave their lives for workers' rights would vomit. Joe Hill would spit on Obama's outreach to the killers in clerical garb and their bloodthirsty thugs and goons....

Contrary to Obama's spin, the struggle for freedom in Iran is not a movement for civil rights within the Islamist system, Martin Luther King might have said had he lived to see this day. To compare the two struggles confers legitimacy--only in need of restoration--on the monstrous mullahocracy that must be swept away like so much garbage.

But Obama disagrees. He is more comfortable "engaging" Iranian Islamists than speaking out and acting in defense of those seeking to overthrow the Islamist regime and replace it with a secular democracy. He instinctively feels more at home with Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood than with its secular President, Hosni Mubarak--an aging relic bound for the dustbin of history, in the view of the Obama White House. The President of the United States is more apt to defend the wearing of Islamic headscarves in French public schools (which is thankfully banned), than to support the countless innocent women who have been enslaved, beaten, stoned and slaughtered by Islamists and Muslim fundamentalists and supremacists, more likely to validate and give currency to islamist lies and myths than to praise the Judeo-Christian heritage on which America was founded and which has guided its political and cultural development since Independence.

The defeat of the Hezbollah-dominated coalition in recent Lebanese elections happened in spite--not because--of Obama and his team.

As for Israel--the only democracy in the Middle East--it is a thorn in the side of both the Islamists and the Obama administration. In his first five months in office, the elected official who is supposed to be the leader of the free world has effectively acted like an enemy of the Jewish State and the region's genuine democracy-seekers.

North Korea Threatens to Annihilate America

North Korea is seriously escalating its war of words with the United States, to the point of copying language from Islamist Iran, whose leaders muse openly about "a world without America and Israel" and vow to wipe the Jewish State off the map.

AP reports:

North Korea threatened Wednesday to wipe the United States off the map as Washington and its allies watched for signs the regime will launch a series of missiles in the coming days.

Off China's coast, a U.S. destroyer was tailing a North Korean ship suspected of transporting illicit weapons to Myanmar in what could be the first test of U.N. sanctions passed to punish the nation for an underground nuclear test last month.

The Kang Nam left the North Korean port of Nampo a week ago with the USS John S. McCain close behind. The ship, accused of transporting banned goods in the past, is believed bound for Myanmar, according to South Korean and U.S. officials.

The new U.N. Security Council resolution requires member states to seek permission to inspect suspicious cargo. North Korea has said it would consider interception a declaration of war and on Wednesday accused the U.S. of seeking to provoke another Korean War.

"If the U.S. imperialists start another war, the army and people of Korea will ... wipe out the aggressors on the globe once and for all," the official Korean Central News Agency said.

The warning came on the eve of the 59th anniversary of the start of the three-year Korean War, which ended in a truce in 1953, not a peace treaty, leaving the peninsula in state of war.

China Confidential analysts have repeatedly warned that the period between June 25 and July 5 will be exceedingly tense and dangerous.

Points to consider:

1. North Korea is already technically at war with the United States, having recently renounced the armistice.

2. North Korea and Iran have developed and tested systems for launching ballistic missiles from cargo ships. There is no known defense against these kind of sea-based attacks, which can target coastal cities or detonate missiles above countries at high altitudes to destroy electrical, electronic and communication systems (EMP attacks).

3. North Korea is committed to the conquest of South Korea. That, and regime preservation have been the North's strategic objectives since the 1950s.

4. North Korea and Iran have cooperated and continue to cooperate closely in nuclear and missile matters. A North Korean crisis or conflict, which China Confidential has predicted, will divert attention from Iran's crushing of dissent and accelerated atomic arms program.

5. North Korea and Iran see the U.S. as a dying but still dangerous hegemon. The Axis of Nuclear Evil views the Obama administration as weak and indecisive. Historically, weakness invites and fans the flames of aggression.

China Confidential is the only media outlet that correctly predicted both North Korean nuclear tests, including predicting the exact test dates. Using open source intelligence and an international network of volunteer stringers and analysts, China Confidential has consistently out-reported the mainstream media on the twin threats to world peace--nuclear-armed North Korea and nuclear-arming Iran.

China 'Seriously Concerned' About North Korea

Reuters reports:

China shares the region's "serious concerns" about a nuclear North Korea, a senior Chinese military officer said after talks with Pentagon officials that also sought to ease friction at sea between the two big powers.

Lieutenant-General Ma Xiaotian did not announce new steps against Pyongyang. But he continued China's recent practice of openly airing worries about its isolated neighbor, which conducted a second nuclear test on May 25, prompting new United Nations sanctions.

The best solution to the North Korean problem is what many analysts refer to as the Chinese solution--regime change by Chinese-backed military officers. The United States should be negotiating a deal with China that would involve the installation of a Chinese-style government in Pyongyang and the scrapping of all weapons of mass destruction in North Korea, in return for withdrawal of U.S. military forces from South Korea.

Diplomacy with North Korea is a dead end. A policy of appeasing the Stalinist/Kimist state, dating to the Clinton administration, has made war with North Korea practically inevitable.

Iranians Struggle as US Presses 'Engagement'

People shot down in the streets, kidnapped, beaten, tortured--the President of the United States calls that "unjust."

The leader of the free world reserves real passion for defending Islamic headscarves and condemning Israeli "settlements," including Jerusalem neighborhoods.

Iran's democracy-seekers are alone, as we have said. The nuclear-arming, clerical fascist regime need not worry about U.S. meddling and interference in Iran's internal affairs. Washington is opposed to revolution, against regime change. The King of Saudi Arabia won't allow it! Although he despises the atomic Ayatollahs and their maniac-in-chief, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Abdullah, before whom Barack Obama bowed submissively, fears democracy in Iran could one day threaten his own absolute power and lead, eventually, to the toppling of his dysfunctional and decadent, extended royal family.

The Obama administration aims to appease and align with right-wing political Islam, to manage and manipulate its supposedly moderate forces and factions. Expanded civil rights within Islamist systems--reform--is what Washington wants, not revolution.

All of which has given the Iranian regime a green light to crush dissent. Tehran's turbaned tyrants know that they can commit atrocities and benefit from and exploit "engagement" with the U.S. The monstrous mullahocracy is assured of having the time it needs to develop deliverable nuclear weapons--warheads and intercontinental ballistic missiles.

As for the situation on the ground in Iran, the Globe and Mail reports:

Iran's supreme leader today said the government would not give in to pressure over the disputed presidential election, effectively closing the door to compromise with the opposition.

Reformist leader Mir Hossein Mousavi's official Web site nonetheless said a protest was planned outside Iran's parliament this afternoon. It distanced him at the same time, calling the demonstration independent and saying it had not been organized by Mr. Mousavi.

The mixed messages reflected the dilemma facing the unlikely opposition leader, a long-time supporter of Iran's government thrust to the head of a pro-democracy protest movement.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

North Korea Bans Ships From East Coast

Japanese coast guard officials say North Korea has banned ships from sailing off its east coast for 16 days starting this Thursday.

Coast guard officials say the North Korean government sent them an e-mail warning that it will hold military drills off its eastern port of Wonsan between Thursday and July 10.

The e-mail did not say what consequences ships would face if they violated the ban.

The dates fall within a time frame mentioned last week by Japanese media for a possible launch of a long-range missile toward Hawaii. The message comes at a time of heightened tension between Pyongyang and the international community.

A U.S. Navy destroyer, the USS John S. McCain, is tracking a North Korean ship suspected of smuggling missiles or related parts in violation of United Nations sanctions.

Chinese Warning

China warned Tuesday that nations tracking North Korean ships should have ample evidence and proper cause before seeking to check the cargo of ships.

Speaking a regular press conference Tuesday China's Foreign Ministry spokesman said that under the current circumstances, all parties should refrain from taking actions that could escalate the situation.

Reports citing unidentified intelligence sources in South Korea say the vessel, the Kang Nam, appears to be heading to Burma by way of Singapore.

The ship is the first to be monitored under a new U.N. Security Council resolution.

The resolution, which was adopted earlier this month, authorizes U.N. members to inspect North Korean cargo ships for illicit missile-related technology. North Korea has said it would consider such inspections an act of war.

The U.S. military has not indicated any plans to search the vessel, which belongs to a fleet that U.S. officials say has been used in the past to transport weapons.

Obama Likely to Back UK Muslim Group's Condemnation of Sarkozy's Stand on Burqas

The same U.S. President who rejects "meddling" in Islamist Iran has no problem meddling in democratic France--on the side of Islamists. During his meeting with French President Nicolas Sarkozy, Obama pointedly criticized French opposition to barbaric burqas and Islamic headscarves.

Obama is likely to intervene again and express support for a UK Muslim group that today condemned Sarkozy.

AP reports from London:

A top Muslim group in Britain lashed out at Nicolas Sarkozy as "patronizing and offensive" on Tuesday, after the French president said body- and face-covering Islamic garments such as the burqa turn women into prisoners.

In Paris, parliament formally created a commission Tuesday to study the wearing of body-cloaking Muslim robes in France, a day after Sarkozy told lawmakers that the burqa would not be welcome in the country.

A top official with the Muslim Council of Britain, an umbrella organization for British Muslim groups, accused Sarkozy of "divisive politics," and said his comments could fan an "Islamophobic reaction" in Europe.

"It is patronizing and offensive to suggest that those Muslim women who wear the burqa do so because of pressure or oppression by their male partners or guardians," the council's assistant secretary-general, Reefat Drabu, said in a statement. "Such suggestions can legitimately be perceived as antagonistic towards Islam."

On Obama's Betrayal of the Iranian Struggle

"We still don't know how this is going to play out."

-U.S. President Barack Obama, answering a news conference question on the struggle for freedom in Iran

Don't be misled by President Obama's change of tone regarding Iran. The seemingly tough talk is deceptive drivel, as shown by the stress on "justice" instead of universally accepted human rights and democracy. The policy of appeasing and aligning with nuclear-armiing Islamist Iran--and Islamism in general--is still the order of the day. At best, Obama sees the struggle in Iran as a reformist fight for civil rights within the Islamist system; revolutionary regime change is not in the cards.

At the end of the day, Obama is a man of the Left who has bought into the Left's twisted and ironic theory of the supposedly unstoppable power and progressive potential of right-wing political Islam, or Islamism. He does not regard Islamism as clerical fascism. Rather, he sees it as a global force that includes inherently contradictory, progressive and reactionary tendencies. In his view, Turkey's ruling party and the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood are examples of the former, Al Qaeda and the Taliban (except for its so-called reconcilable elements), the latter. The conflict with Islamism--what some have referred to as a clash of civilizations--is really a battle against violent extremists, according to Obama, groups that can be isolated and marginalized by aggressively "engaging" allegedly moderate Islamists.

His entire foreign policy in the Middle East is based on this concept--moderate Islamism. Every move, every "carefully calibrated" utterance and overture, to use a popular phrase, is aimed at manipulating, or managing, Islamism, for the presumed purposes of furthering the national interest of the United States and bringing about a better world.

In response to which, this reporter can only say: Heaven help us.

Obama's Other Concern: Regime Change in Iran Would Reduce Pressure on Israel to Accept Hamas

The Obama administration, as we have repeatedly said, is opposed to regime change in Iran. President Obama believes in the concept of moderate Islamism; hence, his support for Turkey's crypto-Islamist government and his undermining of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in an attempt to curry favor with the Muslim Brotherhood.

An overthrow of Iran's Islamist system would complicate matters for Obama, who has effectively endorsed a whole host of Islamist lies and myths.

Chief among the complications: a secular, democratic government in Iran would no longer threaten Israel and no longer arm and finance Hamas and Hezbollah, thus reducing pressure on Israel to withdraw to indefensible borders and agree to the creation of a Hamas-ruled Palestinian state in the disputed West Bank territories and East Jerusalem. Obama is obsessed with achieving this objective, in line with Saudi policy.

In case you're wondering, the Hezbollah-led coalition lost the Lebanese election in spite--not because--of Obama. His address to "the Muslim world" had nothing at all to do with the surprise loss by Iran's Shiite proxy.

UPDATE: The U.S. is demanding an end to Jewish "settlement" in Jerusalem. UPI reports:

U.S. President Barack Obama's demand for a settlement freeze includes Jewish neighborhoods in east Jerusalem, a State Department official said at a briefing.

"We're talking about all settlement activity, yes, in the area across the line," State Department spokesman Ian Kelly said Tuesday in Washington.

Kelly's responded to a question on where the construction freeze was to be applied, and referred to Jewish neighborhoods in the pre-1967 armistice line.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Iran: the Fight Continues

New demonstrations are planned, in defiance of the clerical fascist regime, which has banned public protest and assembly and threatened demonstrators with mass murder at the hands of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps.

There is talk of a general strike. And there are unconfirmed reports of renegade IRGC officers disobeying orders to fire on protesters, many of whom, for the first time, are shouting, "Death to Khamenei!"