Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Gulf States Fear a Nuclear-Armed Iran

Some Arab states would actually welcome an American or Israeli attack on Iran, as reported here.

Mexico's Unexpected, Emerging Threat

By Scott Stewart

EDITOR'S NOTE: The following article was provided by Stratfor, the global intelligence news service.

At approximately 2 AM on Sept. 25, a small improvised explosive device (IED) consisting of three or four butane canisters was used to attack a Banamex bank branch in the Milpa Alta delegation of Mexico City. The device damaged an ATM and shattered the bank’s front windows. It was not an isolated event. The bombing was the seventh recorded IED attack in the Federal District — and the fifth such attack against a local bank branch — since the beginning of September.

The attack was claimed in a communique posted to a Spanish-language anarchist Web site by a group calling itself the Subversive Alliance for the Liberation of the Earth, Animals and Humans (ASLTAH). The note said, “Once again we have proven who our enemies are,” indicating that the organization’s “cells for the dissolution of civilization” were behind the other, similar attacks. The communique noted that the organization had attacked Banamex because it was a “business that promotes torture, destruction and slavery” and vowed that ASLTAH would not stop attacking “until we see your ashes.” The group closed its communique by sending greetings to the Earth Liberation Front (ELF), the Animal Liberation Front (ALF) and the “eco-pyromaniacs for the liberation of the earth in this place.” Communiques have also claimed some of the other recent IED attacks in the name of ASLTAH.

On Sept. 22, authorities also discovered and disabled a small IED left outside of a MetLife insurance office in Guadalajara, Jalisco state. A message spray-painted on a wall near where the device was found read, “Novartis stop torturing animals,” a reference to the multinational pharmaceutical company, which has an office near where the IED was found and which has been heavily targeted by the group Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty (SHAC). Novartis is a large customer of Huntingdon Life Sciences, the research company SHAC was formed to destroy because Huntingdon uses animals in its testing for harmful side effects of drugs, chemicals and consumer items. A second message spray-painted on a wall near where the device was found on Sept. 22 read, “Novartis break with HLS.” Two other IEDs were detonated at banks in Mexico City on the same day.

These IED attacks are the most recent incidents in a wave of anarchist, animal rights, and eco-protest attacks that have swept across Mexico this year. Activists have conducted literally hundreds of incidents of vandalism, arson and, in more recent months, IED attacks in various locations across the country. The most active cells are in Mexico City and Guadalajara.

For a country in the midst of a bloody cartel war in which thousands of people are killed every year — and where serious crimes like kidnapping terrorize nearly every segment of society — direct-action attacks by militant activists are hardly the biggest threat faced by the Mexican government. However, the escalation of direct-action attacks in Mexico that has resulted in the more frequent use of IEDs shows no sign of abating, and these attacks are likely to grow more frequent, spectacular and deadly.

The Wave

Precisely quantifying the wave of direct-action attacks in Mexico is difficult for a number of reasons. One is that the reporting of such incidents is spotty and the police, the press and the activists themselves are often not consistent in what they report and how. Moreover, is often hard to separate direct-action vandalism from incidents of plain old non-political vandalism or tell the difference between an anarchist IED attack against a bank and an IED attack against a bank conducted by a Marxist group such as the Popular Revolutionary Army (EPR). Then there is the issue of counting. Should a series of five Molotov cocktail attacks against ATMs or the destruction of 20 Telmex phone booths in one night be counted as one attack or as separate incidents?

If we count conservatively — e.g., consider a series of like incidents as one — we can say there have been around 200 direct-action attacks to date in 2009. But if we count each incident separately, we can easily claim there have been more than 400 such attacks. For example, by our count, there have been more than 350 Telmex phone booths smashed, burned or otherwise vandalized so far this year. (Activists will do things like glue metal shavings into the calling-card and coin slots.) However, for the sake of this analysis we’ll go with the conservative number of about 200 attacks.

Now, Telmex seems to be the most popular target so far for direct-action attacks. In addition to hitting phone booths, activists also have attacked Telmex vehicles and offices and have cut Telmex cables. From their statements, the activists appear to hold a special hatred for Carlos Slim, one of the richest men in the world and the chairman of Telmex and several other companies. In many ways, Slim — a patriarchal billionaire industrialist — is the personification of almost everything that the anarchistic activists hate. In addition to Telmex and banks, the activists also have attacked other targets such as restaurants (including McDonald’s and KFC), meat shops, pet shops, fur and leather stores, luxury vehicles, and construction equipment.

The activists’ most common tactics tend to be on the lower end of the violence scale and include graffiti and paint (frequently red to symbolize the blood of animals) to vandalize a target. They also frequently release captive birds or animals as well as use superglue and pieces of metal to obstruct locks, pay phones and ATM card readers. Moving up the violence continuum, activists less frequently will break windows, burn buildings and vehicles, and make bomb threats — there have been at least 157 incidents involving arson or incendiary devices so far in 2009. To help put this into perspective, these activists have conducted more arson attacks in Mexico to date in 2009 than their American counterparts have conducted in the United States since 2001.

At the high end of the violence spectrum are the IED attacks, and this is where there has really been an increase in activity in recent weeks. In the first six months of 2009, there were several bomb threats and hoaxes and a few acid bombs, but only two real IEDs were used. In June, July and August there was one IED attack per month — and so far in September there have been seven IED attacks in Mexico City alone and one successful attack and one attempted attack in Guadalajara. Again, by way of comparison, these eight IED attacks by Mexican activists in September are more than American activists have conducted in the United States since 2001.

Proliferation of IEDs

There are several factors that can explain this trend toward the activists’ increasing use of IEDs. The first is, quite simply, that IEDs generate more attention than graffiti, glue or even an arson attack — indeed, here we are devoting a weekly security report to activist IED attacks in Mexico. In light of the overall level of violence in Mexico, most observers have ignored the past lower-level activity by these activist groups, and IEDs help cut through the noise and bring attention to the activists’ causes. The scope and frequency of IED attacks this month ensured that they could not be overlooked.

The second factor is the learning curve of the cells’ bombmakers. As a bombmaker becomes more proficient in his tradecraft, the devices he crafts tend to become both more reliable and more powerful. The improvement in tradecraft also means that the bombmaker is able to increase his operational tempo and deploy devices more frequently. It is quite possible that the few IEDs that were reported as hoaxes in March, April and May could have been IEDs that did not function properly — a common occurrence for new bombmakers who do not extensively test their devices.

The third factor is thrill and ego. In many past cases, militant activists have launched progressively larger attacks. One reason for this is that after a series of direct-action attacks, the activists get bored doing lower-level things like gluing locks or paint-stripping cars and they move to more destructive and spectacular attacks, such as those using timed incendiary devices. For many activists, there is a thrill associated with getting increased attention for the cause, in causing more damage to their targets and in getting away with increasingly brazen attacks.

Finally, in recent years, we have noted a shift among activist groups away from a strict concern for human life. Many activists are becoming convinced that less violent tactics have been ineffective, and if they really want to save the Earth and animals, they need to take more aggressive action. There is a small but growing fringe of hard-core activists who believe that, to paraphrase Lenin, you have to break eggs to make an omelet.

The Ruckus Society, a direct-action activist training organization, explains it this way in a training document: “There is a law against breaking into a house. However, if you break into a house as part of a greater good, such as rushing into the house to save a child from a fire, it is permissible to break that law. In fact, you can say that there is even a moral obligation to break that law. In the same way then, it is permissible to break minor laws to save the Earth.” In general, activists do not condone violent action directed at humans, but neither do they always condemn it in very strong terms — they often explain that the anger that prompts such violence is “understandable” in light of what they perceive as ecological injustice and cruelty to animals.

In recent years there has been a polarization in the animal rights and environmental movements, with fringe activists becoming increasingly isolated and violent — and more likely to use potentially deadly tools like IEDs in their attacks.


The very name of ASLTAH — the Subversive Alliance for the Liberation of the Earth, Animals and Humans — illustrates the interesting confluence of animal rights, ecological activism and anti-imperialism/anarchism that inhabit the radical fringe. It is not uncommon for one cell of independent activists to claim it carried out its attacks under the banner of “organizations” such as ELF, ALF or SHAC. In true anarchistic style, however, these organizations are amorphous and nonhierarchical — there is no single ELF, ALF or SHAC. Rather, the individual activists and cells who act on behalf of the organizations control their own activities while adhering to guidelines circulated in meetings and conferences, via the Internet, and in various magazines, newsletters and other publications. These individual activists and cells are driven only by their consciences, or by group decisions within the cell. This results in a level of operational security that can be hard for law enforcement and security officials to breach.

As noted above, these activists have been far more active in Mexico than they have in the United States. One reason for this is that the operating environment north of the border is markedly different than it is in Mexico. In the United States, the FBI and local and state police agencies have focused hard on these activists, and groups like ELF and ALF have been branded as domestic terrorists. There have been several major investigations into these groups in recent years.

South of the border it is a different matter. Mexican authorities are plagued with problems ranging from drug cartels to Marxist terrorist/insurgent groups like the EPR to rampant police and government corruption. Simply put, there is a vacuum of law and order in Mexico and that vacuum is clearly reflected in statistics such as the number of kidnappings inside the country every year. The overall level of violence in Mexico and this vacuum of authority provide room for the activists to operate, and the host of other crime and violence issues plaguing the country works to ensure that the authorities are simply too busy to place much emphasis on investigating activist attacks and catching those responsible for them. Therefore, the activists operate boldly and with a sense of impunity that often leads to an increase in violence — especially within the context of a very violent place, which Mexico is at the present time.

This atmosphere means that the activist cells behind the increase in IED attacks will be able to continue their campaigns against assorted capitalist, animal and ecological targets with very little chance of being seriously pursued. Consequently, as the IED campaign continues, the attacks will likely become more frequent and more destructive. And given Mexico’s densely populated cities and the activists’ target sets, this escalation will ensure that the attacks will eventually turn deadly.

NY Landmark Kowtows to Communist China

King Kong would roll in his grave. Click here for the story.

Gold Heading for Biggest Gain in Six Quarters

The alternative investment has gained and will continue to gain on the soft dollar. Click here for the story.

Biomass Fuel Could Power European Trucks

The fuel is made from black liquor, a byproduct of pulp and paper making processes. Click here for the story.

North Korea Stressing Cyber-Warfare and Missiles

The Kimist/criminal regime is increasingly emphasizing unconventional warfare. Click here for the story.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Israel's Enemies Escalate Lawfare

While the United States reportedly plans Iran's economic isolation, Israel's enemies are escalating an international lawfare campaign against the Jewish State and its leaders. Unprecedented events are occurring. Click here for the story.

No Time for Nation Building in Afghanistan

Now is not the time to dream of nation building in Afghanistan, Michael Cohen argues.

Instead, the president should demand his commander go back to the original objective for the mission -- disrupting, defeating, and dismantling al Qaeda. This means discarding the dream of nation-building in Afghanistan and focusing instead on targeting al Qaeda in Pakistan (a process already occurring through successful drone attacks on terrorist leaders there) and moving toward a more realistic containment approach of the Taliban in Afghanistan.

To accomplish this, the United States must first prioritize training the Afghan security services. This doesn't necessarily mean a huge force, which would be difficult to achieve and potentially destabilizing for the region. Military trainers should focus on building a smaller, more reliable force that can serve as an effective military counterweight to the Taliban.

Second, General McChrystal has made it his top priority to "protect the population," but the U.S. and NATO forces lack the resources and local support to complete such a mission. Instead, the United States needs to place greater priority on targeting the Taliban enemy and regaining the military initiative.

Read the entire essay here.

Why Bin Laden Still Matters

Peter Bergen's essay is a must read:

Eight years after September 11, the "war on terror" has gone the way of the dodo. And President Obama talks instead about a war against al Qaeda and its allies.

What, then, of al Qaeda's enigmatic leader, Osama bin Laden, who has vanished like a wisp of smoke? And does he even matter now?

The U.S. government hadn't had a solid lead on al Qaeda's leader since the battle of Tora Bora in winter 2001. Although there are informed hypotheses that today he is in Pakistan's North West Frontier Province on the Afghan border, perhaps in one of the more northerly areas such as Bajaur, these are essentially guesses, not "actionable" intelligence.

A longtime American counterterrorism analyst explained to me, "There is very limited collection on him personally."

That's intelligence community shorthand for the fact that the usual avenues of "collection" on a target such as bin Laden are yielding little or no information about him. Those avenues typically include signal intercepts of phone calls and e-mails, as well as human intelligence from spies.

Given the hundreds of billions of dollars that the "war on terror" has consumed, the failure to capture or kill al Qaeda's leader is one of its signal failures.

Does it even matter whether bin Laden is found? Yes, it does. First, there is the matter of justice for the almost 3,000 people who died in the September 11 attacks and for the thousands of other victims of al Qaeda's attacks around the world.

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N. Korea Promotes Dear Leader to Supreme Leader

Just what the world needs ... another supreme leader. Click here for the story.

North Korea is now officially more Kimist than Communist.

It is talking peace but planning more provocations, China Confidential analysts assert, especially insofar as the moves can divert world attention and America's focus from the Iranian nuclear nightmare.

US Reportedly Plans to Isolate Iran

From diplomatic engagement to economic isolation--click here for the story.

China Confidential analysts believe Iran has no intention of backing down, as it is close to achieving its atomic ambitions--an ability to produce nuclear bombs and warheads.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Fossil of Four-Winged Dinosaur Found in China

A fossil of a bird-like dinosaur with four wings has been discovered in northeastern China. The specimen bridges a critical gap in the transition from dinosaurs to birds, and reveals new insights into the origin evolution of feathers.

The transition from dinosaurs to birds is poorly understood because of the lack of well-preserved fossils, and many scientists argue that bird-like dinosaurs appear too late in the fossil record to be the true ancestors of birds.

In Nature this week, Xing Xu and colleagues describe an exceptionally well-preserved fossil of Anchiornis huxleyi from the province of Liaoning, China. Long feathers cover the arms and tail, but also the feet, suggesting that a four-winged stage may have existed in the transition to birds.

Anchiornis huxleyi was previously thought to be a primitive bird, but closer inspection reveals that it should be assigned to the Troodontidae—a group of dinosaurs closely related to birds.

The authors date the fossil to the earliest Late Jurassic, meaning that it is the oldest bird-like dinosaur reported so far, and older than Archaeopteryx, the earliest known bird. They conclude that the presence of such a species at this time in the fossil record effectively disputes the argument that bird-like dinosaurs appeared too late to be the ancestors of birds.

Venezuela Currency Strengthens as Khadafy Shops

Click here and here.

And click here for the story about Khadafy's personal interpreter collapsing at the United Nations.

US Condemns 'Provocative' Iran Missile Tests

The White House calls the missile tests "provocative;" the State Department, "North Korean playbook" moves.

World Bank Chief: Dollar Supremacy Ending

China Still Soft on Iran

China again disappoints, as reported here.

Iran Tests Long-Range Missiles

Sunday, September 27, 2009

The Case for Regime Change in Iran

There is no diplomatic solution to the Iranian problem. The turbaned tyranny must go. Click here for an expert's view.

Not in China's Interest: Nuclear Iran

China Confidential has been making the case for years: a nuclear-armed, Islamist Iran is not in China's interest. Will Beijing come to its senses?

Click here for the analysis.

US Scrambling for New Iran Sanctions

Click here for the story.

Appeasement fanned the flames of aggression. Iran is on the brink of crossing the nuclear threshold while making major advances in missile technology.

Chinese Missiles and Goose-Stepping Soldiers

Reuters reports:

Upgraded missiles will feature prominently in China's Oct 1 military parade which celebrates 60 years of Communist Party rule, the Xinhua news agency said, citing a commander of the service that controls nuclear weapons.

The parade of goose-stepping soldiers, well-rehearsed school children and flowery floats will illustrate the nation's priorities of modernisation and military strength [ID:nSP373399].

Foreign observers will be watching to see what weapons the People's Liberation Army shows off.

The 108 missiles on display will include two types of surface-to-surface conventional missiles, a land-based cruise missile, surface-to-surface intermediate and long-range missiles that can be equipped with either nuclear or conventional warheads, and nuclear-capable intercontinental missiles, said Yu Jixun, deputy Commander of the PLA's Second Artillery Force.

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Brazil Warming to Iran and Nuclear Ambitions

Brazil's vice president, José Alencar, who serves as acting president while President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva is abroad, told Brazilian reporters that's he in favor that Brazil build its own atomic bomb. Nuclear weapons are an important deterrent against possible future aggression by foreign powers, he explained.

"A nuclear weapon used as dissuasive instrument is of great significance for a country that has 15,000 kilometers (9,300 miles) of borders in the west and has a territorial sea and, now, there's this pre-salt sea with an area of 4 million square kilometers (1.4 million square miles)," Alencar said.

All the recent oil findings by Brazil should be reason for caution, he said.

"This stirs international greed. Now everything is all right, but we don't know what tomorrow will bring. It costs a lot, but readiness is costly."

Alencar pointed to Pakistan, which is part of several international organisms not because is a big country, but because it has nuclear weapons.

For Alencar, India and Pakistan, although living in conflict, don't go to war against each other and prefer to sit down and negotiate because both possess nuclear weapons.

"We, Brazilian, sometimes are too laid-back," ALencar said. "We master the nuclear energy technology, but nobody here has the drive to advance in this field. We have to go forward in this matter".

Ahmadinejad to Visit Brazil

In a possibly related development, Lula said Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will visit Brasilia in November. Lula plans to travel to Tehran in May, Brazilian media reported Thursday.

"I have nothing to do with what other presidents think. I do not know whether they like him (Ahmadinejad) or not. I am meeting with him because he is the president of a great nation and we talk as heads of state. This is not a friends' club," Lula told the daily O Globo.

Lula said that Ahmadinejad had assured him that Iran's nuclear programme only sought peaceful goals.

"I do not take rumours into account ... so far there is nothing that can serve to reject the conclusion that Iran wants (nuclear) technology for peaceful ends."

Lula added that he advised Ahmadinejad to allow international supervision.

The two presidents met Wednesday on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York.

China Confidential reported on Sept. 5 that Brazil was following Iran's line on nuclear matters. Alencar's remarks, which the government says do not reflect official Brazilian policy, should not be brushed off as insignificant.

China, Neighbors Cooperating Against ETIM

Reuters reports:

China and its Asian neighbours have agreed to tighten border controls and increase protection over Chinese operations that could be targets of "East Turkistan" militants, China's Ministry of Public Security said.

China blames militants in the East Turkistan Islamic Movement (ETIM) for attacks in the far western frontier region of Xinjiang, where the local Uighurs, a Muslim people with cultural ties to central Asia, often chafe under Chinese rule.

Deadly riots by Uighurs in Xinjiang's capital Urumqi on July 5 killed 197 people, most of them majority Han Chinese. Han crowds launched revenge attacks two days later.

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China Investigating US Chicken Imports

The move, alleging unfair trade practices, follows Washington's imposition of import tariffs on Chinese-made tires. Click here for the story.

Iran to Test Missile Capable of Hitting Israel

Iranian media say the Islamic Republic has tested short-range missiles and plans to test a long-range weapon--the surface-to-surface Shahab 3--believed to be capable of reaching Israel. Iran says the missile, which has been tested several times in the past, has a range of about 2,000 km.

State television says the elite Revolutionary Guard also tested a multiple missile launcher Sunday at the start of their regular war games.

The Shahab 3 test is scheduled for Monday.

The military exercises are happening as tension is rising between Iran and Western nations over Tehran's controversial nuclear program.

Second Uranium Plant

Iran revealed this past week that it is building a second uranium enrichment plant, despite the United Nations' demands that it stop processing material used in nuclear bombs.

A senior U.S. official says the Obama administration plans to tell Iran this week that it must open up the facility, turn over documents and provide access to key players in Tehran's nuclear program.

Iran's nuclear chief, Ali Akbar Salehi, has told Iranian state television inspectors will be allowed to visit the site near the Shi'ite holy city of Qom.

Iranian officials will discuss their nuclear program in Geneva Thursday with diplomats from the U.S., Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China.

Germans Vote Under Threat of Islamonazi Attacks

Saturday, September 26, 2009

US, Russia Resigned to 'Living With' Nuclear Iran

Israeli analysts believe the United States and Russia are resigned to "living with but never accepting" a nuclear Iran--the twisted Brzezinski formula.

The Islamist nation, which has vowed to destroy Israel, is no more than a year away from being able to manufacture nuclear warheads for its advanced, long-range missiles, the analysts add.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Al Qaeda Video Features German Converts to Islam

A world gone mad....

The lunatics appear to inhabit their own village in lawless Pakistan.

Read all about it here.

Retired AF Officer Convicted of Spying for China

The traitor sold secrets to a Chinese agent. Click here for the story.

Nuclear Nightmare: Tehran, Caracas Cooperating

Click here for the story.

The Other Side of the Coin

Missile-mad, nuclear-arming Iran is on the brink of becoming an existential threat to Israel.

But Israel is an existential threat to Iran. Israel has enough nuclear weapons to obliterate Iran--to lay waste to its population centers.

As the case for preemptive Israeli nuclear strikes on Iranian nuclear and missile installations grows stronger by the day, the Obama administration, which has allowed Iran an additional year to acquire atomic arms, and the United Nations should think long and hard about the corner into which they are painting the Jewish State.

Germany in Imminent Danger of Al Qaeda Attack

AFP reports:

The latest statement by Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden contains language considered a valid indicator of an upcoming attack, the IntelCenter US monitoring group said on Friday.

In an audio message posted on jihadist Internet forums on Friday, bin Laden called on European countries to end their alliance with the United States and withdraw their forces from Afghanistan, monitoring organisations said.

"This indicator when viewed in light of the five Abu Talha videos this year, three of which have been released in the last eight days and their focus on the upcoming elections in Germany, significantly raises the threat level even further," IntelCenter said.
"There is currently a very high threat of an attack occurring in Germany or against German interests in the immediate period and extending for at least the next four weeks. A single or multiple-stage attack may occur before, during or after the elections against a German target or targets," it said.

The audio message was contained in a near-five minute video from the As-Sahab media branch of Al-Qaeda showing only a still image of bin Laden, SITE Intelligence Group said, noting that English- and German-language subtitled versions of the video were posted.

The release of the statement comes two days before Sunday's German general election.

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Countdown to Conflict: US, UK, France, Germany Demand Inspection of Secret Iranian Nuclear Plant

The United States, Britain, France and Germany demanded Iran allow nuclear inspectors to visit a heretofore secret uranium enrichment plant, warning of new sanctions if Tehran did not comply.

"Iran is breaking rules that all nations must follow," U.S. President Obama said Friday in Pittsburgh, where he is hosting the G-20 industrial nations summit. "It is time for Iran to act immediately to restore the confidence of the international community by fulfilling its international obligations."

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, who joined Obama and French President Nicolas Sarkozy on the podium, threatened "further and more stringent sanctions" should Iran not cooperate with nuclear inspectors. Sarkozy said that the tougher sanctions could come by December.

Obama said the United States joined Britain and France in presenting evidence this week to the International Atomic Energy Agency of the second nuclear plant, near the Iranian holy city of Qom. Iran maintains another nuclear facility at Natanz.

Iran Insists it is Peaceful

Iran, apparently anticipating this week's revelations, on Monday wrote the IAEA acknowledging the second plant, but insisted that it was for peaceful purposes only. Obama said the second plant's size was "inconsistent" with such purposes and that in any case, as a signatory of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, it was required to reveal the existence of any such facility; the Qom plant has apparently been in existence for years.

Obama said talks between Iran and the major powers would go ahead on Oct. 1, but "at that meeting Iran must be prepared to cooperate fully and comprehensivly with the IAEA."

Iran has resisted calls to discuss its nuclear research as part of the broader negotiations aimed at reconciliation; however, this week, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the Iranian president, said he was ready to make Iranian scientists availavle for interviews with inspectors.

Obama said he, Sarkozy and Brown were speaking for Germany as well. Those four powers plus Russia and China make up the major powers with which Iran is negotiating. Russia and China have until now resisted sanctions, although this week Dmitry Medvedev, the Russian president, said they may be inevitable.


Thursday, September 24, 2009

Has Oxy Cracked the Code of California Crude?

An important oil discovery could signal a new era, as reported here.

Ex-US Envoy to UN Calls Obama Speech Anti-Israel

Bloomberg: Gold May Rise on Weakening Dollar

A survey confirms the China Confidential analysis. Click here for the story.

China Confidential gold experts in Canada--including leading miners--see the precious metal rising over the next year to $2,000. The next milestone is $1,400. Naturally, there will be corrections on the way up to that price.

The key: catch the wave and ride it right ... to the bank.

Abandoned by America's Pro-Palestinian President, Israel's Prime Minister Defends Jewish People Against Iranian Islamonazi Holocaust Denial

Reuters reports:

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu brandished at the U.N. on Thursday Nazi-era documents on the extermination of Jews, dramatically rebutting Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's denial of the Holocaust.

"Yesterday, the man who called the Holocaust a lie spoke from this podium," Netanyahu said in an address to the U.N. General Assembly.

"To those who refused to come and to those who left in protest, I commend you," he said.

"But to those who gave this Holocaust denier a hearing, I say on behalf of my people, the Jewish people, and decent people everywhere: Have you no shame? Have you no decency?"

Netanyahu held aloft two documents -- a copy of the minutes of the Wansee Conference, in which Nazi officials planned the Final Solution that led to the killing of six million Jews and the original blueprints of the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camps.

He received the blueprints, discovered last year, during a visit to Germany in August.

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Sarkozy Sounds Like a US President

French President Nicolas Sarkozy said during a speech in front of the UN Security Council that immediate steps must be taken against Iran, stressing that "a decision must be made and executed.

"Talks about a future world without nuclear weapons are promising, yet we have immediate nuclear dangers. The entire world is waiting to see how we will act."

Chavez Praises Obama at UN

Obama's buddy at the UN....

In Hugo Chavez's last UN speech, in 2006, he referred to President George W. Bush as the devil, saying he smelled sulfur in the room. But on Thursday, the Venezuelan despot expressed a more favorable view of President Obama, calling him "an intelligent man".

"I hope Obama will be able to look and see--genuinely see--what has to be seen and bring about a change," Chavez said. "It does not smell of sulfur in here anymore, it doesn't smell of sulfur. It is gone. No, it smells of something else, it smells of hope."

Exiles Identify Iranian Nuke Site

From DPA via Haaretz:

Iran is currently conducting research and development on nuclear weapons, an exiled opposition group claimed Friday in Paris-- identifying two locations near Tehran where such work is allegedly taking place.

"This site and centre are the locations for research and production of the explosion system of an atomic bomb, which is one of the most important aspects of the mullahs' nuclear weapons project," Mehdi Abrishamchi, an official of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) said, referring to Iran's clerical leaders.

In contrast, U.S. intelligence agencies have concluded that the Islamic state probably ended weapons-related work in 2003.

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Bibi Blasts UN Backing for 'Iranian Terror Base'

Straight Talk, Common Sense from Sarkozy

Straight talk and common sense from Sarkozy, nonsense and double talk from Obama and his U.N. envoy. Click here for the story.

Water Detected on the Moon

Read all about it here.

On Earth, meanwhile, an estimated 884 million people do not have access to safe drinking water, and 2.5 billion are without adequate sanitation facilities.

One organization is trying to help. Click below.

Nearly a billion people without access to safe drinking water. Incredible. While so-called world leaders pontificate and posture at the United Nations ... while their envoys fatten their bodies and bank accounts on government salaries and expense accounts .... a huge slice of humanity is in desperate need of ... water.

Any government that can't provide safe drinking water and adequate sanitation facilities to its citizens does not deserve to be called a government.

UN Now Openly Pro-Terror

The pro-Hamas, anti-Israel report is a prelude toward branding--and prosecuting--U.S.-NATO commanders as war criminals. Click here for the Wall Street Journal editorial.

Apocalyptic Cult Leader Addresses World Body

This is the piece of human garbage ... the new Hitler ... that the United States aims to appease and align with in order to pacify Afghanistan and Pakistan.


Click here, and click below--after grabbing a vomit bag.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Iran President Calls for Peaceful End to Israel

Iran's Islamonazi leader struck--for him--a more moderate tone, calling for dialogue with the West and Israel's peaceful dismantlement. And The New York Times took the bait, as reported here.

What the pro-appeasement Times omitted: The Iranian president raised the specter of a global Jewish conspiracy.

"It is no longer acceptable that a small minority would dominate the politics, economy and culture of major parts of the world by its complicated networks," Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said.

He accused Jews of seeking to "establish a new form of slavery, and harm the reputation of other nations, even European nations and the US, to attain its racist ambitions."


No wonder savvy investors are focusing on agriland and agribusiness--soy processing, for example. AFP reports:

World food production must increase by 70 percent by 2050, to nourish a human population then likely to be 9.1 billion, the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation forecast Wednesday.

"FAO is cautiously optimistic about the world's potential to feed itself by 2050," said FAO Assistant Director-General Hafez Ghanem. However, he stressed that feeding everyone in the world by then "will not be automatic and several significant challenges have to be met."

The agency is preparing for a high-level expert forum in Rome on October 12-13 on "How to Feed the World in 2050" and plans to gather 300 specialists from academic, non-governmental and private sector institutions.

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Pro-Palestinian President Puts Jewish State on 'Chopping Block' as Yom Kippur Nears

U.S. President Barack Obama issued a stinging condemnation of the Jewish presence in Judea and Samaria on Wednesday in a speech to the United Nations General Assembly.

The United States “does not accept the legitimacy of continued Israeli settlements,” Obama announced.

Using unusually harsh terminology, Obama called to "end the occupation that began in 1967," referring to Israel's control of Judea and Samaria.

More Pressure on Israel

Obama also stated that the U.S. must put more pressure on Israel to accept Arab demands.

“The United States does Israel no favors when we fail to couple an unwavering commitment to its security with an insistence that Israel respect the legitimate claims and rights of the Palestinians,” he said.

Obama had demands for Israel's opponents as well, and called on UN member states to avoid “vitriolic” attacks on Israel and recognize Israel's legitimacy. In addition, he called on the Palestinian Authority to “end incitement against Israel.”

In his speech, Obama reported that progress had been made in a meeting the day before with Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas.

Settlement Freeze

Obama has pressured Israel to completely freeze building for Jews in Judea and Samaria, a plan Netanyahu has rejected. Israeli leaders have stated that many Judea and Samaria communities are within the “national consensus” regarding towns that are expected to remain in Israeli hands permanently, and that building should continue in those areas. The Obama administration's most recent statements on the subject made clear, however, that a freeze on settlements could not be a precondition for peace talks between Israel and the PA.

Regarding Iran, Obama expressed support for both diplomacy and consequences. Iran and North Korea should be offered “greater prosperity and a more secure peace” if they agree to abide by international guidelines, but “must be held accountable” if they insist on pursuing nuclear weapons, he said.

America's former ambassador to the UN, John Bolton, said the president's message had strong significance, particularly given the venue.

Obama has put Israel “on the chopping block,” Bolton warned.



Obama's UN speech contrasts sharply with his predecessor's address to the Knesset on May 15, 2008. President George W. Bush assured members of Israel's parliamentary body that the United States would stand by Israel in its fight against terrorism and extremism--and in opposing Iran's nuclear ambitions. Bush also suggested that statements from Democrats--including Barack Obama--about reaching out to America's worst enemies were akin to attempts to appease Nazi Germany--"the false comfort of appeasement," as the President put it--in the years leading up to World War II.

The full text of Bush's powerful and historic speech appears below

President Peres and Mr. Prime Minister, Madam Speaker, thank very much for hosting this special session. President Beinish, Leader of the Opposition Netanyahu, Ministers, members of the Knesset, distinguished guests: Shalom. Laura and I are thrilled to be back in Israel. We have been deeply moved by the celebrations of the past two days. And this afternoon, I am honored to stand before one of the world's great democratic assemblies and convey the wishes of the American people with these words: Yom Ha'atzmaut Sameach.

It is a rare privilege for the American President to speak to the Knesset. Although the Prime Minister told me there is something even rarer -- to have just one person in this chamber speaking at a time. My only regret is that one of Israel's greatest leaders is not here to share this moment. He is a warrior for the ages, a man of peace, a friend. The prayers of the American people are with Ariel Sharon.

Marking a Momentous Occasion

We gather to mark a momentous occasion. Sixty years ago in Tel Aviv, David Ben-Gurion proclaimed Israel's independence, founded on the "natural right of the Jewish people to be masters of their own fate." What followed was more than the establishment of a new country. It was the redemption of an ancient promise given to Abraham and Moses and David -- a homeland for the chosen people, Eretz Yisrael.

Eleven minutes later, on the orders of President Harry Truman, the United States was proud to be the first nation to recognize Israel's independence. And on this landmark anniversary, America is proud to be Israel's closest ally and best friend in the world.

The alliance between our governments is unbreakable, yet the source of our friendship runs deeper than any treaty. It is grounded in the shared spirit of our people, the bonds of the Book, the ties of the soul. When William Bradford stepped off the Mayflower in 1620, he quoted the words of Jeremiah: "Come let us declare in Zion the word of God." The founders of my country saw a new promised land and bestowed upon their towns names like Bethlehem and New Canaan. And in time, many Americans became passionate advocates for a Jewish state.

Centuries of Suffering and Sacrifice

Centuries of suffering and sacrifice would pass before the dream was fulfilled. The Jewish people endured the agony of the pogroms, the tragedy of the Great War, and the horror of the Holocaust -- what Elie Wiesel called "the kingdom of the night." Soulless men took away lives and broke apart families. Yet they could not take away the spirit of the Jewish people, and they could not break the promise of God. When news of Israel's freedom finally arrived, Golda Meir, a fearless woman raised in Wisconsin, could summon only tears. She later said: "For two thousand years we have waited for our deliverance. Now that it is here it is so great and wonderful that it surpasses human words."

The joy of independence was tempered by the outbreak of battle, a struggle that has continued for six decades. Yet in spite of the violence, in defiance of the threats, Israel has built a thriving democracy in the heart of the Holy Land. You have welcomed immigrants from the four corners of the Earth. You have forged a free and modern society based on the love of liberty, a passion for justice, and a respect for human dignity. You have worked tirelessly for peace. You have fought valiantly for freedom.

My country's admiration for Israel does not end there. When Americans look at Israel, we see a pioneer spirit that worked an agricultural miracle and now leads a high-tech revolution. We see world-class universities and a global leader in business and innovation and the arts. We see a resource more valuable than oil or gold: the talent and determination of a free people who refuse to let any obstacle stand in the way of their destiny.

The Character of Israel

I have been fortunate to see the character of Israel up close. I have touched the Western Wall, seen the sun reflected in the Sea of Galilee, I have prayed at Yad Vashem. And earlier today, I visited Masada, an inspiring monument to courage and sacrifice. At this historic site, Israeli soldiers swear an oath: "Masada shall never fall again." Citizens of Israel: Masada shall never fall again, and America will be at your side.

This anniversary is a time to reflect on the past. It's also an opportunity to look to the future. As we go forward, our alliance will be guided by clear principles -- shared convictions rooted in moral clarity and unswayed by popularity polls or the shifting opinions of international elites.

We believe in the matchless value of every man, woman, and child. So we insist that the people of Israel have the right to a decent, normal, and peaceful life, just like the citizens of every other nation.

For Democracy and Religious Liberty

We believe that democracy is the only way to ensure human rights. So we consider it a source of shame that the United Nations routinely passes more human rights resolutions against the freest democracy in the Middle East than any other nation in the world.

We believe that religious liberty is fundamental to a civilized society. So we condemn anti-Semitism in all forms -- whether by those who openly question Israel's right to exist, or by others who quietly excuse them.

We believe that free people should strive and sacrifice for peace. So we applaud the courageous choices Israeli's leaders have made. We also believe that nations have a right to defend themselves and that no nation should ever be forced to negotiate with killers pledged to its destruction.

We believe that targeting innocent lives to achieve political objectives is always and everywhere wrong. So we stand together against terror and extremism, and we will never let down our guard or lose our resolve.

Against Terror and Extremism

The fight against terror and extremism is the defining challenge of our time. It is more than a clash of arms. It is a clash of visions, a great ideological struggle. On the one side are those who defend the ideals of justice and dignity with the power of reason and truth. On the other side are those who pursue a narrow vision of cruelty and control by committing murder, inciting fear, and spreading lies.

This struggle is waged with the technology of the 21st century, but at its core it is an ancient battle between good and evil. The killers claim the mantle of Islam, but they are not religious men. No one who prays to the God of Abraham could strap a suicide vest to an innocent child, or blow up guiltless guests at a Passover Seder, or fly planes into office buildings filled with unsuspecting workers. In truth, the men who carry out these savage acts serve no higher goal than their own desire for power. They accept no God before themselves. And they reserve a special hatred for the most ardent defenders of liberty, including Americans and Israelis.

And that is why the founding charter of Hamas calls for the "elimination" of Israel. And that is why the followers of Hezbollah chant "Death to Israel, Death to America!" That is why Osama bin Laden teaches that "the killing of Jews and Americans is one of the biggest duties." And that is why the President of Iran dreams of returning the Middle East to the Middle Ages and calls for Israel to be wiped off the map.

There are good and decent people who cannot fathom the darkness in these men and try to explain away their words. It's natural, but it is deadly wrong. As witnesses to evil in the past, we carry a solemn responsibility to take these words seriously. Jews and Americans have seen the consequences of disregarding the words of leaders who espouse hatred. And that is a mistake the world must not repeat in the 21st century.

Some seem to believe that we should negotiate with the terrorists and radicals, as if some ingenious argument will persuade them they have been wrong all along. We have heard this foolish delusion before. As Nazi tanks crossed into Poland in 1939, an American Senator declared: "Lord, if I could only have talked to Hitler, all this might have been avoided." We have an obligation to call this what it is -- the false comfort of appeasement, which has been repeatedly discredited by history.

America Stands With Israel

Some people suggest if the United States would just break ties with Israel, all our problems in the Middle East would go away. This is a tired argument that buys into the propaganda of the enemies of peace, and America utterly rejects it. Israel's population may be just over 7 million. But when you confront terror and evil, you are 307 million strong, because the United States of America stands with you.

America stands with you in breaking up terrorist networks and denying the extremists sanctuary. America stands with you in firmly opposing Iran's nuclear weapons ambitions. Permitting the world's leading sponsor of terror to possess the world's deadliest weapons would be an unforgivable betrayal for future generations. For the sake of peace, the world must not allow Iran to have a nuclear weapon.

Ultimately, to prevail in this struggle, we must offer an alternative to the ideology of the extremists by extending our vision of justice and tolerance and freedom and hope. These values are the self-evident right of all people, of all religions, in all the world because they are a gift from the Almighty God. Securing these rights is also the surest way to secure peace. Leaders who are accountable to their people will not pursue endless confrontation and bloodshed. Young people with a place in their society and a voice in their future are less likely to search for meaning in radicalism. Societies where citizens can express their conscience and worship their God will not export violence, they will be partners in peace.

The Path to Peace

The fundamental insight, that freedom yields peace, is the great lesson of the 20th century. Now our task is to apply it to the 21st. Nowhere is this work more urgent than here in the Middle East. We must stand with the reformers working to break the old patterns of tyranny and despair. We must give voice to millions of ordinary people who dream of a better life in a free society. We must confront the moral relativism that views all forms of government as equally acceptable and thereby consigns whole societies to slavery. Above all, we must have faith in our values and ourselves and confidently pursue the expansion of liberty as the path to a peaceful future.

That future will be a dramatic departure from the Middle East of today. So as we mark 60 years from Israel's founding, let us try to envision the region 60 years from now. This vision is not going to arrive easily or overnight; it will encounter violent resistance. But if we and future Presidents and future Knessets maintain our resolve and have faith in our ideals, here is the Middle East that we can see:

Israel will be celebrating the 120th anniversary as one of the world's great democracies, a secure and flourishing homeland for the Jewish people. The Palestinian people will have the homeland they have long dreamed of and deserved -- a democratic state that is governed by law, and respects human rights, and rejects terror. From Cairo to Riyadh to Baghdad and Beirut, people will live in free and independent societies, where a desire for peace is reinforced by ties of diplomacy and tourism and trade. Iran and Syria will be peaceful nations, with today's oppression a distant memory and where people are free to speak their minds and develop their God-given talents. Al Qaeda and Hezbollah and Hamas will be defeated, as Muslims across the region recognize the emptiness of the terrorists' vision and the injustice of their cause.

Bold Vision

Overall, the Middle East will be characterized by a new period of tolerance and integration. And this doesn't mean that Israel and its neighbors will be best of friends. But when leaders across the region answer to their people, they will focus their energies on schools and jobs, not on rocket attacks and suicide bombings. With this change, Israel will open a new hopeful chapter in which its people can live a normal life, and the dream of Herzl and the founders of 1948 can be fully and finally realized.

This is a bold vision, and some will say it can never be achieved. But think about what we have witnessed in our own time. When Europe was destroying itself through total war and genocide, it was difficult to envision a continent that six decades later would be free and at peace. When Japanese pilots were flying suicide missions into American battleships, it seemed impossible that six decades later Japan would be a democracy, a lynchpin of security in Asia, and one of America's closest friends. And when waves of refugees arrived here in the desert with nothing, surrounded by hostile armies, it was almost unimaginable that Israel would grow into one of the freest and most successful nations on the earth.

Yet each one of these transformations took place. And a future of transformation is possible in the Middle East, so long as a new generation of leaders has the courage to defeat the enemies of freedom, to make the hard choices necessary for peace, and stand firm on the solid rock of universal values.

Sixty years ago, on the eve of Israel's independence, the last British soldiers departing Jerusalem stopped at a building in the Jewish quarter of the Old City. An officer knocked on the door and met a senior rabbi. The officer presented him with a short iron bar -- the key to the Zion Gate -- and said it was the first time in 18 centuries that a key to the gates of Jerusalem had belonged to a Jew. His hands trembling, the rabbi offered a prayer of thanksgiving to God, "Who had granted us life and permitted us to reach this day." Then he turned to the officer, and uttered the words Jews had awaited for so long: "I accept this key in the name of my people."

Over the past six decades, the Jewish people have established a state that would make that humble rabbi proud. You have raised a modern society in the Promised Land, a light unto the nations that preserves the legacy of Abraham and Isaac and Jacob. And you have built a mighty democracy that will endure forever and can always count on the United States of America to be at your side. God bless.

Khadafy Praises 'Our Son' Obama

The mass-murdering Libyan despot called U.S. President Barack Obama "our son," saying he should be President for life. Click here for the story.

Weakening Dollar Spurs Demand for Gold

Gold may gain on the weakening dollar, as reported here.

China Confidential analysts expect gold to hit $2,000 before the end of 2010.

Biden Pushing Obama to Allow Taliban Takeover

The New York Times, which often functions as an unofficial voice of the Obama administration, says the President is being pressured by U.S. Vice President Joe Biden to radically change strategy in Afghanistan. Biden reportedly wants the U.S. to refocus on fighting Al Qaeda, even if the shift results in a Taliban takeover of Afghanistan.

His view is said to contrast sharply with that of U.S. Secretary of State Clinton, who believes a Taliban victory in Afghanistan would significantly increase the terrorist threat against the U.S. Click here for the story.

China Confidential analysts say Washington is caught between a rock and hard place in Afghanistan, a Muslim-majority hell-hole that produces nothing of any value to the rest of the world. On the one hand, the war has probably already been lost--was lost before Obama entered the White House. On the other hand, a return to power by the Taliban would be seen across the so-called Muslim world as a huge defeat for the United States and its NATO allies. Islamist terrorists and extremists would be emboldened and encouraged; more important, Al Qaeda operatives would again be able to cooperate closely with government officials and diplomats of a sovereign state, turning every Afghan embassy, consulate, and government building into a potential terrorist base.

Fact is, Al Qaeda and the Taliban should have both been wiped out in the immediate aftermath of 9/11 ... by any and all necessary means. The very idea of a protracted--seemingly endless--"War on Terror" instead of a swift, merciless, crushing war on radical Islam, or Islamism, was hopelessly flawed. That both enemies--Al Qaeda and the Taliban--still exist eight years after the worst-ever attacks on U.S. soil is inexcusable. An example should have been made of the Islamist foes--pursuant to a formal declaration of war on Afghanistan--that would have caused every enemy to think two and three times before daring to even think about ever attacking the U.S.

Iran Arrests Top Woman Reformist

The crackdown continues. Click here for the story.

More arrests are expected, especially while Iran's president is out of the country.

Iran Bans Curvy Mannequins

Islamonazi Iran is intensifying its campaign against Western-style clothing. Click here for the story. Male shopkeepers are also being warned not to handle female underwear.

US Accents Chinese, Russian Cyberwar Threats

The United States intelligence community is increasingly concerned about possible Chinese and Russian attacks on U.S. computer networks. Click here for the story.

FT Reports China Selling Gasoline to Iran

Chinese state companies are reportedly supplying gasoline to Iran, a development that could undermine U.S. efforts to pressure Tehran to give up its nuclear program.

The Financial Times reported Wednesday that the companies are selling the petrol through intermediaries, and provide up to a third of Tehran's gasoline imports. The FT story is based on unnamed oil traders and bankers.

The sales would complicate U.S.-led efforts to isolate the Iranian government with tough economic sanctions.

Fuel sales to Iran currently are legal. U.S. officials have suggested imposing international sanctions on the trade to force Iran to stop its nuclear activities.

The United States is counting on Chinese cooperation with regard to both the Iranian and North Korean nuclear issues. UPI reports --here--on President Barack Obama's meeting in New York yesterday with Chinese President Hu Jintao.

China Confidential diplomatic sources say China has no intention of going along with truly tough sanctions on Iran. The only sanctions that would have a chance of working, in fact, would be a complete cutoff of crude oil exports from Iran and refined oil exports--gasoline and diesel--to Iran. China and Russia oppose the measures, which would necessitate a naval blockade of Iran--a move the Islamist nation is likely to react to as an act of war.

Mass Murderers and Hate Mongers at UN Today

AFP reports:

Some of the world's most firebrand leaders step into the global spotlight Wednesday, when the normally diplomatic, dignified corridors of the United Nations may well ring to a different tune.

Israel has already urged heads of state and their delegations taking part in the UN General Assembly to boycott a speech by Iranian leader Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for his repeated denial of the Holocaust.

And Libya's President Moamer Kadhafi, known for his long, rambling speeches on the history of the Arab people more usually delivered in his nomad tent, will step up to the UN podium for the first time in his four-decade rule.

Kadhafi, like the other heads of state and government who will address the 64th session of the 192-member body over the coming days, will find themselves limited for time.

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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

South Korean Leader Appeals to North

South Korea's president foolishly believes the North can be persuaded to make peace and abandon atomic arms, as reported here.

He is dead wrong. North Korea aims to conquer the South. The Stalinist/Kimist/criminal regime will never give up its nuclear arsenal and ambitions.

Chavez Stooge Fails to Retake Honduras

Backed by Brazil and Venezuela, encouraged by the left-leaning Obama administration, Hugo Chavez's stooge has failed in his bid to return to power in Honduras. Click here for the story.

Obama Pressures Israel, Palestinians

U.S. President Barack Obama warned Israel and the Palestinians to start cutting a deal. Actually, his blunt talk was directed at Israel--formerly an American ally and strategic asset, now regarded as a liability by an Islamist-leaning, left-wing administration. Click here for the story.

Understanding Obama's Leftist Linkage

U.S. President Barack Obama's unusual approach to linkage--unilaterally scrapping European missile defense while linking Iran's nuclear ambitions to the creation of an Islamist-ruled Palestinian state--belies a left-wing ideological perspective that (a) was lost or suppressed during the 2008 Presidential campaign, and (b) has not changed since his Columbia University student days, as shown by a lengthy, rambling article he wrote for a campus magazine in his senior year. The article--part polemic and part poor journalism--was written in 1983, at the height of the Cold War. Writing about his vision of "a nuclear free world," Obama profiled two left-wing campus groups, Arms Race Alternatives and Students Against Militarism, which basically followed the Soviet line. Describing the Reagan administration's defense buildup as a “distorted priority” and “dead end track," Obama blamed the United States and its “twisted” world view for the “growing threat of war.”

"Generally, the narrow focus of the [nuclear] Freeze movement as well as academic discussions of first versus second strike capabilities suit the military-industrial interests, as they continue adding to their billion dollar erector sets," Obama wrote. "When Peter Tosh sings that 'everybody is asking for peace, but nobody's asking for justiice,' one is forced to wonder whether disarmament or arms control issues, severed from economic and political issues, might be another instance of focusing on the symptoms of a problem instead of the disease itself."

Another Obama pearl of wisdom: “Most students at Columbia do not have first hand knowledge of war. Military violence has been a vicarious experience, channeled into our minds through television film, and print . . . We know that wars have occurred, will occur, are occurring, but bringing such experiences down into our hearts and taking continual, tangible steps to prevent war, becomes a difficult task.”

Islamists Planning Attacks on US Hotels, Stadiums

Al Qaeda is reportedly planning to attack U.S. hotels and sports and entertainment complexes. Click here for the story.

Intelligence experts have long been concerned that Islamist terror groups could launch suicide bombings and Mumbai-style swarming attacks on so-called soft targets in the United States, including, in addition to those mentioned above, schools, hospitals, and apartment buildings.

China Confidential analysts assert that the Obama administration's appeasement policy, outreach to and elevation of "the Muslim world" and downgrading/demilitarizing of the war against radical Islam--which the Bush administration misnamed the War on Terror--has emboldened Muslim extremists and encouraged them to believe that they can bring the U.S. to its knees.

Scrapping Missile Defense is a Stab in the Back

Jamie M. Fly's essay in The Weekly Standard on the Obama administration's betrayal of America's European allies is must reading:

President Obama's decision to cancel plans for U.S. missile defense sites in Poland and the Czech Republic is a knife in the back for those countries. The implications for U.S. security and the transatlantic relationship are profound. Critics rightly note that the sudden announcement Thursday sends a dangerous message to allies, both in Europe and elsewhere, who rely on U.S. security guarantees.

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Chinese Foreign Aid Comes with a Catch

The New York Times reports:

From Pakistan to Angola to Kyrgyzstan, China is using its enormous pool of foreign currency savings to cement diplomatic alliances, secure access to natural resources and drum up business for its flagship companies. Foreign aid — typically cut-rate loans, sometimes bundled with more commercial lines of credit — is central to this effort.

Leaders of developing nations have embraced China’s sales pitch of easy credit, without Western-style demands for political or economic reform, for a host of unmet needs. The results can be clearly seen in new roads, power plants, and telecommunications networks across the African continent — more than 200 projects since 2001, many financed with preferential loans from the Chinese government’s Exim Bank.

Increasingly, though, experts argue that China’s aid comes with a major catch: It must be used to buy goods or services from companies, many of them state-controlled, that Chinese officials select themselves. Competitive bidding by the borrowing nation is discouraged, and China pulls a veil over vital data like project costs, loan terms and repayment conditions. Even the dollar amount of loans offered as foreign aid is treated as a state secret.

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Obama Warns Climate Catastrophe Looms

Addressing a United Nations summit meeting today, U.S. President Barack Obama said there is still time to reverse manmade climate change. He also claimed credit for clean energy progress in the United States, saying his country has in the past been slow to recognize the looming catastrophe. Click below for the video.

Shortly after Obama spoke, Chinese President Hu Jintao committed China to carbon cutting. Click here for the story.

Guest Editorial: the Iranian Threat to Israel

The National Post editorial board:

Israel has not, and must not, give up its right to defend itself -- even by means of a pre-emptive military strike -- against the possibility of an Iranian nuclear attack, no matter how much pressure the United Nations Security Council, the United States or the international media may bring to bear.

Israel's government has said it will do all it can to avoid taking "the military option" against Iran's nuclear program. Ehud Barak, the dovish former prime minister who now serves as Defence Minister, even went so far over the weekend as to say he was not worried about an Iranian bomb destroying Israel. Hawkish current Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu added that he saw "eye-to-eye" with his Defence Minister, apparently signalling that he, too, believes Israel could defend itself against a nuclear attack.

This would mark a significant shift in Israeli rhetoric. Successive Israeli governments of the left and right have for nearly three decades warned that a bomb in the hands of the mad mullahs who run Tehran -- or any other Muslim power hostile to Israel's existence -- posed the threat of annihilation for Israel. The claim that the Jewish state could not survive even a single Islamic bomb has, since the 1970s, underpinned Israel's claim that it was justified in using any and all means to preserve its security, even blowing up its belligerent neighbours' nuclear reactors and laboratories before they become operational.

Israel has twice done just that, blowing up a nuclear facility in Iraq in 1981 and another in Syria in 2007.

Still, after Russian President Dmitry Medvedev claimed, also on the weekend, that his Israeli counterpart, Shimon Peres, had promised Israel would not attack Iranian nuclear facilities, the Israel government felt it necessary to correct the record. On Sunday, both Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon and Armed Forces Chief of Staff Lieutenant-General Gabi Ashkenazi insisted "all options are [still] on the table," including military ones.

The combined message is: Israel would like to avoid having to attack Iran to end the Islamic republic's drive for atomic weaponry. It has already done what it can to de-escalate tensions in advance of high-level talks between the White House and Tehran in the coming weeks. Nonetheless, if it feels itself in danger of becoming a nuclear target, it will act decisively.

This would be entirely justifiable. Israel lives in one of the most dangerous neighbourhoods on the planet. Its enemies literally encircle it and have repeatedly claimed they will not rest until Israel is pushed into the sea.

Iran is the worst of all. The Islamic Republic and its leaders have never relented in their promises to obliterate Israel.

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Iran Hints at First Strike on Israel, US Forces

Islamonazi Iran's maniac-in -chief, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, has raised the specter of an Iranian first strike on Israel and U.S. forces in the Middle East. Reuters reports:

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told a military parade in Tehran on Tuesday Iran would "cut off the hands" of anyone who attacked the country.

"Iranian armed forces will cut off the hands of any attackers before they pull the trigger," he said in an address at a parade broadcast on state television to mark the start of the Iran-Iraq war in September 1980.

"No power in the world is daring enough to attack Iran as we are more experienced and powerful than ever," Ahmadinejad said.

Hundreds of troops marched past the official podium packed with top officials, followed by military hardware including Ghadr, Sejil and Shahab-3 long-range missiles which are made in Iran.

Television commentators said the Shahab-3 missile had a range of 2,000 km (1,250 miles), putting Israel within striking distance.

Continue here. Notice the phrase "before they pull the trigger." It is significant.

This reporter hopes Israel and the United States are not asleep at the switch. Iran has repeatedly vowed to annihilate the Jewish State--to "burn Tel Aviv" and bombard Israeli nuclear installations--and to shut down Persian Gulf oil shipping. Iranian missiles can hit Israel and U.S. forces in the region. Its terrorist squads and sleeper cells--Iranian and Hezbollah units under the command of the elite Qods unit of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps--are positioned to attack in Europe and Latin America.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Pathetic Lack of Progress on North Korea

Click here. The United States is again appealing to North Korea to return to six-nation nuclear negotiations ... and counting on China for hep that never seems to materialize.

Retired AF Officer Accused of Spying for China

A convicted spy who sold U.S. military secrets to China told jurors Monday how he recruited a retired Air Force officer to betray his country. Click here for the story.