Saturday, December 31, 2011
N. Korea's New Year Message: 'Human Shields' Must Defend Kim to Death as Starving, Freezing Nation Marches Toward Prosperity
The "whole party … will become human bulwarks and human shields in defending Kim Jong Un." New Year insanity from the world's worst dictatorship, a nuclear-armed, country-sized concentration camp. Click here for the story.
The emphasis on becoming an "economic giant" may reflect increased Chinese influence on economic policy.
Be that as it may, North Korea cannot afford to let up on repression even for a minute. Any loosening of state controls could cause the regime to come apart at the seams.
Happy New Year from Hell on Earth:
Military Still First in Kimist Country
Lineup Signals No Letup in Domestic Repression,
Readiness to Defy World, Confront US, S. Korea
New Rule for 2012: Liberal Media Must Substitute Pragmatic for 'Moderate' When Referring to Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas
All Islamists are clerical fascist foes, implacable enemies of Western civilization and civilized humanity in general.
But some Islamists are more pragmatic than others--more realistic regarding strategy and tactics, including the need at certain times to proceed in stages, declare and enter into ceasefires and temporary accords, and so on.
Confusing pragmatism with moderation is dangerously delusional. To promote the idea of moderate Islamism--moderate rightwing political Islam/moderate fascism--is to misinform, at the very least, and, when doing so knowingly, to deliberately misinform, or disinform.
POSTSCRIPT: Foreign Confidential™ political word of the day: Disinformedia. n. Mass media outlets that follow the government line and deliberately mislead and misinform--i.e. disinform--their readers, viewers, and listeners.
Iran reportedly delays missile tests as it proposes a new round of nuclear talks. Click here for the story.
Useful Idiots of Appeasement will naturally leap to the negotiating table.
In the meantime, Iran's tag team-like partner in proliferation, North Korea, will ratchet up tensions in its corner of the globe with fresh provocations, including missile tests.
The daughter of the late Libyan dictator has supposedly told European friends that only Israel can guarantee her safety, and that under the Jewish State's Law of Return, she could seek asylum and citizenship in Israel. Click here to read the head-spinning story, surely one of the strangest news stories of 2011.
POSTSCRIPT: Ghaddafi's daughter has hired an Israeli international lawyer to press for an investigation of her father's murder, as reported here; and the lawyer says his client has never discussed the possibility of asylum in Israel with him, describing the rumor as "ludicrous."
Friday, December 30, 2011
UPDATE: N. KOREA THREATENS SOUTH WITH 'SEA OF FIRE'
As Foreign Confidential™ predicted, North Korea shows no signs of softening its stance. To the contrary; the North is hardening its positions on South Korea and the nuclear issue, Foreign Confidential™ analysts assert. They say the Kimist regime will never abandon nuclear arms, will instead continue to develop nuclear warheads and missiles … including ICBMs … and will steadfastly seek to … conquer … the South, as insane as that aim may seem in light of South Korea's military might, the presence of U.S. troops in the South, and the U.S. commitment to defend the South against aggression from the North.
New provocations by the North are certainly in the works, including long-range missile tests and a third nuclear device detonation--which will be observed by Iranian military and intelligence officers and technicians.
The North is also likely to soon provoke a new military crisis with the South and the United States. An armed clash or attack of some sort could be imminent.
North Korea is the world's worst--and most dangerous--dictatorship, followed by Iran, the North's partner in proliferation. North Korea intends to drive the United States from the Korean Peninsula. Iran intends to drive the U.S. from the Middle East. Not for nothing have these Axis of Evil partners test-fired missiles from seemingly civilian cargo vessels. Google EMP attack or search Foreign Confidential™ for archived articles on the threat, against which there is no known defense.
Unless the rogue regimes are ended, the U.S. and the so-called international community will still be debating sanctions … and the Useful Idiots of Appeasement, led by former Idiot-in-Chief Jimmy Carter, will still be taking about talks and ... root causes … right up until the lights go out … all across the country.
Thursday, December 29, 2011
NUCLEAR PLANTS SITED
Taiwan imports 99 percent of its energy, which is vital to its rapidly industrializing economy.The island nation’s electricity demand was recently growing at almost 5 percent per year, but this is slowing to about 3.3 percent per annum to 2013. Nuclear power has been a significant part of the electricity supply for two decades and now provides 17 percent of the country’s overall energy needs.But this has come at a potential cost. The country’s three nuclear power plants (NPPs) comprise four General Electric boiling water reactors and two Westinghouse pressurized water reactors.Taiwan launched its nuclear power project in 1972 with the construction of a General Electric boiling water reactor (BWR) at the Chinshan 1 Nuclear Plant in northern Taiwan. By 1985 Taiwan had a total of six reactors online at the Chinshan, Kuosheng and Maanshan NPPs, which provided nearly 20 percent of the island's power that fueled Taiwan's economic take off. The NPPs are operated by the Taiwan Power Co. (Taipower) utility under the Ministry of Economic Affairs.In the wake of the 11 March Fukushima nuclear catastrophe in Japan, Professor Chan Chang-chuan of National Taiwan University's College of Public Health noted that Taiwan’s three existing nuclear plants and a fourth, the one now under construction, are located in earthquake-prone regions near the sea, which originally facilitated the transportation of nuclear fuel and construction materials but leaveS the sites facing the double hazards of earthquakes and tsunamis. Chan said, "Such locations expose our reactors to a double risk."
Continue reading here.
NORTH KOREA'S UNTESTED SUPREME LEADER
'Military First' Funeral Message:
'Kim is Dead, Long Live Kim'
Foreign Confidential™ Forecast
WHY NORTH KOREA WILL SOONER RATHER THAN LATER
PROVOKE A NEW CRISIS WITH THE US AND SOUTH KOREA
1. As a show of strength--to establish the Supreme Leader's street cred.
2. To make money. The impoverished, Stalinist North's oil-rich partner in proliferation, Islamist Iran, is prepared to pay Pyongyang for nuclear and missile tests (a) to advance Iran's technical knowledge, and (b) to divert international attention from Iran's nuclear/missile crimes. Iran is eager to distract and humiliate the United States in the eyes of the world ahead of Iran's coming conflict with the U.S. and Israel over Iran's nuclear program.
Foreign Confidential™ Political Word of the Day: Kimism
The principles and practices of North Korea's ruling elite, combining the brutality and dysfunctionality of an organized crime family with Stalinist Communism and a bizarre, multi-generaltional, dynastic personality cult built around the country's two deceased dictators, "Eternal President" Kim Il Sung and his son, "Dear Leader" Kim Jong Il, and the latter's Kim's son and current despot, "Great Successor" and "Supreme Leader" Kim Jong Un.
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
When to attack nuclear-arming, missile-mad Iran? Read all about it here.
But how to attack?
That's the more important question.
Iran has vowed to bombard Israel with 150,000 missiles and attack Israeli (Jewish) interests around the world if Iran comes under attack by either the United States or Israel. The 150,000 figure may be an exaggeration; but there is no doubt that Iran, together with its Lebanese proxy, Hezbollah, has tens of thousands of missiles--enough missiles to "burn Tel Aviv," as Iran has repeatedly and publicly vowed--and sufficient Hezbollah/IRGC Quds Force killers to make good on the overseas terror threat.
And the embattled Syrian regime, which is supported by Iran, and which is bristling with both missiles and chemical warheads, has also vowed to destroy Tel Aviv from the air.
Therefore, any attack on the monstrous mullahocracy that does not wipe out its military might--really end the Iranian Islamist menace--is going to put Israeli civilians at risk to an unacceptable degree.
Put differently, Iran's nuclear program (as far as we know) is tomorrow's existential threat; but Iranian and Hezbollah missiles threaten Israel's existence today.
Israel alone does not have the conventional firepower to eradicate the Iranian nuclear/missile/terrorist threat. Only the U.S. can accomplish this--with wave after wave of aerial attacks, including the swift and merciless use of stealth bombers and cruise missiles.
Of course, it should not have come to this. But the Obama administration appeased and actually attempted to align with Iran in a Grand Bargain aimed at pacifying Pakistan and Afghanistan. The disastrous policy, dubbed engagement (code for collaboration), allowed Iran time to advance its nuclear program so that it is now dangerously close to crossing the above-referenced "red lines." For national security reasons, then, i.e. because there is no obvious deterrent against an anonymous, indirect, deniable atomic attack by Iran on the U.S. homeland, and in order to make certain that Israel will not have to defensively draw on its presumed nuclear arsenal to prevent its population centers from being rubbled, the administration should … must … use whatever force may be necessary to annihilate the Iranian regime.
If not for Israel's presumed nuclear deterrent, in fact, Iran would already have tried to destroy the Jewish State.
An Implacable Enemy
Islamist Iran, which was involved in 9/11, is an implacable enemy of the United States. Khomeini's turbaned tyranny should never have been allowed to take power in the first place; but the Craven Carter administration sided with Khomeini and his Hitlerian Islamist forces and betrayed and abandoned Iran's staunchly pro-American Shah, a modernizing monarch, in one of the most perfidious episodes in the history of U.S. foreign policy.
After 9/11, the Bush administration should have obliterated the Iranian regime. Instead, Bush stupidly attacked Iraq, a secular, contained foe, in the most monumental U.S. strategic blunder since the unnecessary Vietnam war.
There is still time for Obama to redeem himself.
Appeasement has made war inevitable; but the conflict does not have to be fought on Iran's terms.
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The supposedly "moderate" Islamist Muslim Brotherhood--the group that spawned Al Qaeda, tried to assassinate Nasser, and succeeded in killing Sadat--the Hitler-admiring clerical fascist movement that Obama backed against the pro-American, peace-preserving Mubarak, held a rally last Friday in Cairo's leading mosque, where the crowd chanted "Tel Aviv" and speakers promised to one day "kill all the Jews." Click here for the report.
Tuesday, December 27, 2011
Monday, December 26, 2011
After undermining and helping to overthrow the Yemeni leader, the Obama administration may allow him to enter the United States for medical care, as reported here. The news recalls the tragic last visit to the U.S. by Iran's Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlavi.
The Yemeni leader is no Shah. The Persian king was a loyal American ally and an enlightened and Western educated leader--a modernizing monarch who liberated women, protected minorities, preserved the peace, etc. But the craven Carter betrayed and abandoned the Shah in an attempt to jump aboard the Islamist bandwagon … just as Obama betrayed and abandoned Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak and is clearly bent on promoting an Islamist takeover of the Middle East, including Yemen.
ZOA National President Morton A. Klein to Media: “People who deliberately murder and maim civilians are terrorists, not militants. Militants are strong activists, not murderers."
More madness from the monstrous mullahocracy. Click here for the story.
Although an armed, Islamist-led insurgency has overtaken civilian protests in Syria, there are still secular opposition figures of importance and influence in the country, and the regime would be wise to negotiate with them, according to this analysis.
Foreign Confidential™ memo to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad: If you want to save your skin, and save Syria and the Middle East from a horrible bloodbath, you should think outside the box, and beat Obama and the Muslim Brotherhood at their own game … by publicly offering (a) to create a coalition government committed to maintaing a secular Syrian system, and (b) to turn Syria into a politically neutral (truly nonaligned) state. Signaling a sincere willingness to end Syria's ultimately suicidal alliance with nuclear arming, Islamist Iran and its Islamist Lebanese proxy, Hezbollah, would open a portal to peace. Assuming Syria's Sunni Islamizing trend isn't unstoppable, there is no legitimate reason why Syria shouldn't strive to live in peace with all its neighbors--including Israel--and seek to transform itself into a Middle Eastern Switzerland with its security guaranteed by the United Nations.
Of course, you will have to share power, Mr. President, and perhaps, even, leave office altogether. But better to retire comfortably in Damascus--or in Switzerland, for that matter--than to end up like Hitler in a bunker, or Ghaddafi in a sewer pipe, or Saddam in a spider hole.
Think it over. You may feel strong with your missiles and stockpiles of chemical warheads. But you really have no idea of the forces arrayed against you. Radical shifts in strategy and rhetoric may be the best way forward. Who knows? In today's anything-is-possible world, you may even win a Nobel Peace Prize for steering Syria away from civil war, atomic armageddon … and Islamist hell.
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Christmas is over; but, with the funeral for North Korean Dear Leader Kim Jong Il scheduled for this Wednesday, and the North threatening South Korea with "catastrophic consequences" for allegedly limiting condolences, this weekend could see a new North Korean provocation timed to mar New Year's Eve celebrations and the New Year's Day holiday.
Sunday, December 25, 2011
More Christmas Day news from political/organized Islam. Click here for the story … here for background … and consider that the barbaric Iranian regime is the same, monstrous mullahocracy that U.S. President Barack Hussein Obama appeased and attempted to align with in a perfidious Grand Bargain. [After failing miserably in that regard, Obama sided 100% with the Muslim Brotherhood and Islamist-led Turkey, which is bent on restoring the Ottoman Empire.]
The Iranian regime's reaffirmation of a death sentence for adultery is a political act--a Christmas Day message to the appeasers and weaklings of the international community that Iran, which was involved in the Islamist mega-attacks of 9/11, and is now, thanks to Obama, closer than ever to becoming a nuclear power, intends to follow what it sees as an Islamic path to victory over the West.
BOKO HARAM XMAS BOMBINGS
No Peace on Earth Because of Radical Islam
Terrorist Group's Name Means
'Western Education is a Sin'
Video Report on the 4 November 2011 Attacks
No End to Islamist/Islamic Murder and Mayhem
Saturday, December 24, 2011
An American Editor's Letter that Will Live on Forever
Russia's Global TV News Channel Backs Syrian Line on Bombings With In-Depth Interview Accusing US of Supporting Al Qaeda Terrorists to Overthrow Assad
Click below for an interview about sectarian violence in the Middle East--the return of suicide bombings--which is decidedly doctrinaire but definitely worth watching (e.g. in spite of the implicit defense of Iran). Reason: the analysis is basically correct. Iraq is a nightmare (though the interview subject conveniently ignores Iran's role in the violence). The NATO intervention in Libya was entirely unnecessary; protecting Libyan civilians, mere cover for installing an Al Qaeda-connected, Islamist regime. Syria is the next NATO target, with Libya as the model. Cataclysmic conflicts loom. "Permanent war" is an apt term.
All of which doesn't mean the Assad regime isn't capable of slaughtering its own citizens in a false flag operation. The regime is one of the world's worst despotisms. But there is no doubt that the foreign policy of the United States is now overtly pro-Islamist (in contrast with the covert pro-Islamist policy of the Cold War era), that with regard to Sunni Islamists, only Al Qaeda itself and "irreconcilable Taliban" elements are regarded as unacceptable for engagement (appeasement and collaboration), and that the Muslim Brotherhood and Islamist Turkey are being backed in order to counter Iran, Hezbollah and Syria (which the Obama administration attempted to engage).
In fact, in the wake of the U.S. departure from Iraq, many out-of-work, out-of-favor (with the Iraqi Shiite regime) U.S.-armed-and-trained, Sunni Islamist fighters and terrorists who fought against Al Qaeda in Iraq are now joining Al Qaeda in Iraq. Others are finding work with anti-Assad rebels in neighboring Syria. More than 10 years after the horrific blowback of 9/11, the beat goes on….
Permanent war, indeed.
RICH N. KOREANS ESCAPING, DIPLOMATS STATIONED
Next to its Islamist ally, Iran, Stalinist/Kimist/criminal North Korea is the most dangerous country on earth--a nuclear armed rogue that knows no boundaries. Foreign Confidential™ analysts believe a weakened and humiliated Kimist regime will provoke a new crisis with South Korea and the United States (and Japan, too, possibly) sooner rather than later. An attack of some sort on the South could occur at any time; nuclear and missile tests take more time to prepare, but are almost certainly in the works.
There is no diplomatic solution to the North Korea problem. Appeasement of North Korea by the so-called international community has created a monstrous threat.
Nor is there a diplomatic solution to the Iran problem--appeasement of Iran has made war with Iran inevitable. But that's another story.
Friday, December 23, 2011
CIVILIAN GOVERNMENT BELIEVED TO HAVE LOST CONTROL
OF PAKISTAN'S PRO-AQ ARMY AND INTELLIGENCE SERVICE
Nuclear Armed Islamic Nation Could Go Islamist All the Way
North Korea is upset. Read why here.
The lunacy is no laughing matter. North Korea could provoke a crisis with the South as early as this weekend in order to mar Christmas for the North's despised neighbor and its ally, the United States.
Foreign Confidential™ predicts the North will broaden and escalate its warlike rhetoric and provocations to include the U.S. A long-range missile launch--and a third nuclear test--are distinct possibilities.
The idea that Dear Leader's death will lead to a softer stance towards Washington is wishful thinking; the North will never abandon nuclear arms. At most, Pyongyang will play for time by playing the appeasers and Useful Idiots of the West like a violin--i.e. returning to never-ending nuclear negotiations with the real aim of extracting concessions and aid.
North Korea's intentions, like those of its partner in proliferation, Islamist Iran, are entirely evil. There is no diplomatic solution….
Understand, as President Obama likes to say, that what is happening in Islamizing Syria has nothing at all to do with promoting democracy or human rights. The United States, Turkey, and Saudi Arabia are backing an Islamist (Muslim Brotherhood) overthrow of the present secular dictatorship, which is supported by nuclear-arming Iran.
Israel is being dragged along--the price for U.S. support for long overdue military action to end the Iranian nuclear threat. Syria is the flashpoint--actually, the proxy war--for the coming conflict with Iran.
This is a very dangerous game that is being played out, to put matters mildly. If NATO opts for a no-fly buffer zone in Syria--ostensibly to protect civilians--and Iran, Hezbollah, and Syria make good on their threats to retaliate against Israel for foreign intervention in Syria, Israeli cities and towns will almost certainly be hit by massive missile attacks. The evil Axis has vowed to "burn Tel Aviv," and they have the missiles--and chemical warheads--to do this.
Israel cannot allow such a thing to happen. It will have to bomb the hell out of its enemies; and the U.S. will have to smash Iran--destroy its military might for years to come--in order to prevent Israel from drawing on its presumed nuclear arsenal.
NOTE: The possibility that the embattled Assad regime may have bombed its own buildings cannot be ruled out until more is known about today's attacks. The regime would like to generate sympathy and cast itself as a victim of Sunni Islamist terrorism (in spite of the regime's ties to Lebanese Shiite and Palestinian Sunni terrorist groups and their state sponsor, Shiite Islamist Iran).
Thursday, December 22, 2011
By Clare M. Lopez
House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Peter King held the fourth of his series of Capitol Hill hearings on Islamic radicalization in early December 2011.
The 7 December hearing focused on military communities in the United States, which King described as the most sought-after target for Islamic terrorism. King's Homeland Security Committee report, "Homegrown Terrorism: The Threat to Military Communities Inside The United States," was issued the same day. It documents the startling surge in Islamic plots and strikes against military targets since 2009, which included the June 2009 attack at an Army recruiting office in Little Rock, Arkansas and the November 2009 attack by Army Major Nidal Malik Hasan at Ft. Hood, Texas.
More than 30 other threats and plots against U.S. military communities since 9/11 have put service members in the Islamic jihadist bull's-eye, not just at dangerous posts overseas, but "inside the wire," at home. Those communities are exceptionally vulnerable because of the Department of Defense's refusal to define or defend against the enemy threat doctrine of shariah Islam—a doctrine that makes jihad obligatory for all Muslims.
Penetrating U.S. Armed Forces
As King's hearings and the Committee report both point out, Islamic jihadis of unknown numbers are penetrating our defenses by enlisting in the U.S. Armed Forces. Many of them have been inspired by Anwar al-Awlaki, the U.S.-born al-Qa'eda operative who was killed in Yemen in September 2011. Although he is no longer writing for Inspire, al-Qa'eda's (now-defunct) slick English language online magazine, al-Awlaki's many sermons recorded on DVD and available at myriad jihadi websites continue to urge individual Muslims to put their faith into practice through individual jihad (or fard 'ayn).
Under Islamic law (shariah), Fard 'ayn is obligatory for all Muslims everywhere in the world whenever non-Muslim (infidel) soldiers are present on Muslim land. Ordinarily, in times when the Muslim world was governed by a Caliph at the head of a Caliphate (Islamic empire), shariah required that Caliph to lead a minimum of one offensive jihad foray per year against neighboring infidel lands. But since the abolition of the Ottoman Caliphate in 1924, the Islamic world has been without a Caliph or Caliphate to organize these obligatory raids. In this situation, and with American troops present in so many Muslim lands, Islamic law is clear: the usual collective responsibility (or fard kifayah) to conduct jihad (which relieves every single individual of the duty) devolves to the individual Muslim.
And that is the duty that Muslim authorities have been describing and urging on those faithful to shariah Islam, especially in recent years. Clearly, as news reports document, there has been an increase in cases of individual jihadist plots—including attempts in Times Square, at a Portland, Oregon Christmas celebration, and in the skies over Detroit, Michigan—that target American civilians, too. But jihadist infiltration of U.S. military ranks betrays a trust in an especially insidious way, both by penetrating the defensive bulwark that used to hold civilians safe from the barbarians outside the gate and also by destroying the code of camaraderie that binds the troops together. Now the enemy is "inside the wire" and threatening the homeland from within.
Maj. Nidal Hasan, the Army psychiatrist who gunned down thirteen people at the Ft. Hood Army Readiness Processing Center on 5 November 2009, offers a good case study of a Muslim officer, who although American born and raised, still identified himself first and foremost as a Muslim, not as an American. Hasan was within weeks of a scheduled deployment to Afghanistan on that tragic day, a prospect that seems to have triggered his murderous rampage.
But this first-generation son of Palestinian immigrants from Jordan had given explicit warning of his jihadist identity years before he opened fire on his fellow troops while screaming "Allahu Akbar" at the top of his lungs. Even as he was promoted through the ranks of the Army's medical training program, Hasan not only received poor marks, but was trying to proselytize patients to his Muslim beliefs, handing out business cards marked with "SOA" (Soldier of Allah), and maintaining a long-term relationship with al-Awlaki, whom Hasan first met at the Dar al-Hijrah mosque in Falls Church, Virginia.
Even though both his Army military superiors and the FBI were aware of Hasan's jihadist behavior, no one in the chain of command would take the professional career risk of challenging him or demanding an explanation for his threatening behavior. Not even when, in 2007, Hasan delivered a Power Point presentation to his classmates entitled, The Koranic World View as it Relates to Muslims in the U.S. Military. Had anyone in that or subsequent Department of Defense (DoD) audiences understood the enemy's Islamic doctrine, as their Constitutional oath of service requires, alarm bells would have gone off right then and there. Hasan's presentation, in fact, gave a factually accurate explanation of the Islamic injunction against a Muslim killing fellow Muslims without right, the doctrine of abrogation, the imperative of submission in Islam, the rewards promised to jihadis (and especially those who commit suicide in order to kill infidels), and the definitions of "defensive" and "offensive" jihad. His final Recommendations slide was chillingly prescient: it read, "Department of Defense should allow Muslim soldiers the option of being released as "Conscientious objectors" to increase troop morale and decrease adverse events." [Emphasis added.]
Gen. George C. Casey, Army Chief of Staff, exemplified the incompetence that currently characterizes U.S. military and national security leadership with regard to the Islamic enemy when he dismissed Hasan's jihadist massacre as less important than "diversity" in the military, saying "Our diversity, not only in our Army, but in our country, is a strength. And as horrific as this tragedy was, if our diversity becomes a casualty, I think that's worse." The August 2010 DoD report on the Ft. Hood shootings likewise plumbed new depths of cowardice when it refused to even mention Hasan's jihadist motivations and instead classified the attacks as, essentially, a kind of workplace violence.
The King hearings, by contrast, fearlessly took on Islamic jihadist penetration of the U.S. military and featured testimony from Daris Long, the father of slain Army Pvt. William Andrew Long, killed when Carlos Bledsoe (aka Abdulhakim Muhammad) opened fire outside a Little Rock, Arkansas recruiting office in June 2009. Long took the Obama administration to task for treating his son's murder as a "drive-by shooting" and the Ft. Hood killings as merely "work-place violence." At earlier appearances, Bledsoe's father also has spoken movingly about losing his son to Islamic jihad, describing how he turned his back on the family's cultural roots and traditional Baptist faith. He, too, blames official U.S. "political correctness" for failing to identify and root out those imams and mosques whose seditious preaching and jihadist literature lead young Americans astray right here at home.
Individual jihad is a Muslim duty. The only way that obligation can be lifted is if or when an Islamic Caliphate arises again to organize the ummah (Muslim community) in official raids against the infidel enemy. Given events sweeping the Middle East, the notion of a new Caliphate actually is not so far-fetched as U.S. national security or military leadership would portray. If Americans want to be warned of what's to come next from the international Islamic Awakening, it will be more instructive by far to listen to the acknowledged leaders of the jihad movement: the Rachid Ghannouchis, Mustafa Abdul-Jalils, and Yousef al-Qaradawis, than to most American national leadership at the moment (Rep. Peter King and like-minded congressional colleagues excepted). At least these jihadis speak candidly about shariah Islam, a new Caliphate, and their intent to see them both ultimately in force in the United States of America.
Bill Clinton believes Islamist Iran is more likely to use nuclear weapons indirectly, through terrorist allies and proxies, than directly attack the United Stats or Israel. Click here for the story.
Clinton is mainly concerned about smuggled suitcase bombs--a real threat. But there is no known defense against an anonymous, sea-based, missile strike on a U.S. coastal city, an assault that could be launched from a seemingly civilian cargo ship flying a flag of convenience. Thousands of such vessels approach U.S. coastal waters daily. A nuclear missile so fired could also effectively end the United States through an EMP attack.
Time to Attack Iran: Opponents of military action against Iran assume a U.S. strike would be far more dangerous than simply letting Tehran build a bomb. Not so, argues this former Pentagon defense planner. With a carefully designed attack, he contends, Washington could mitigate the costs and spare the region and the world from an unacceptable threat.
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
REPORT SUPPORTS FOREIGN CONFIDENTIAL™
INSTANT ANALYSIS: 'THE MILITARY IS KEY'
Read the Reuters report here. Scroll down for Foreign Confidential analysis and forecasts of the rapidly changing--and extremely dangerous--North Korean situation.
The source for the Reuters piece reportedly predicted the first North Korean nuclear test.
Foreign Confidential™ is the only media outlet that predicted both North Korean nuclear tests--down to the actual days of the detonations.
But North Korea is an utter mystery. The role of the military is crucial and could play out in different ways. On the one hand, the military, which is closely tied to China (like lips and teeth) could exercise a moderating influence. On the other hand, the opposite could be true, given the military and intelligence links between North Korea and its partner in nuclear and missile crimes, Islamist Iran, which is willing, ready and able to pay for nuclear and missile tests (and other provocations) in order to both advance and divert attention from its nuclear program.
By Uriel Heilman
Why did Ron Dermer, a senior adviser to the Israeli prime minister, decline a chance to have an Op-Ed by Benjamin Netanyahu appear in The New York Times? Because he feels the paper isn't giving Israel a fair shake, with 19 of the last 20 Israel-related Op-Eds taking a negative view of Israel. Dermer explains in his letter to the Times declining the Op-Ed offer:
Dear Sasha:I received your email requesting that Prime Minister Netanyahu submit an op-ed to the New York Times. Unfortunately, we must respectfully decline.On matters relating to Israel, the op-ed page of the "paper of record" has failed to heed the late Senator Moynihan's admonition that everyone is entitled to their own opinion but that no one is entitled to their own facts.A case in point was your decision last May to publish the following bit of historical revision by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas:"It is important to note that the last time the question of Palestinian statehood took center stage at the General Assembly, the question posed to the international community was whether our homeland should be partitioned into two states. In November 1947, the General Assembly made its recommendation and answered in the affirmative. Shortly thereafter, Zionist forces expelled Palestinian Arabs to ensure a decisive Jewish majority in the future state of Israel, and Arab armies intervened. War and further expulsions ensued."This paragraph effectively turns on its head an event within living memory in which the Palestinians rejected the UN partition plan accepted by the Jews and then joined five Arab states in launching a war to annihilate the embryonic Jewish state. It should not have made it past the most rudimentary fact-checking.The opinions of some of your regular columnists regarding Israel are well known. They consistently distort the positions of our government and ignore the steps it has taken to advance peace. They cavalierly defame our country by suggesting that marginal phenomena condemned by Prime Minister Netanyahu and virtually every Israeli official somehow reflects government policy or Israeli society as a whole. Worse, one columnist even stooped to suggesting that the strong expressions of support for Prime Minister Netanyahu during his speech this year to Congress was "bought and paid for by the Israel lobby" rather than a reflection of the broad support for Israel among the American people.Yet instead of trying to balance these views with a different opinion, it would seem as if the surest way to get an op-ed published in the New York Times these days, no matter how obscure the writer or the viewpoint, is to attack Israel. Even so, the recent piece on "Pinkwashing," in which Israel is vilified for having the temerity to champion its record on gay-rights, set a new bar that will be hard for you to lower in the future.Not to be accused of cherry-picking to prove a point, I discovered that during the last three months (September through November) you published 20 op-eds about Israel in the New York Times and International Herald Tribune. After dividing the op-eds into two categories, "positive" and "negative," with "negative" meaning an attack against the State of Israel or the policies of its democratically elected government, I found that 19 out of 20 columns were "negative."The only "positive" piece was penned by Richard Goldstone (of the infamous Goldstone Report), in which he defended Israel against the slanderous charge of Apartheid.Yet your decision to publish that op-ed came a few months after your paper reportedly rejected Goldstone's previous submission. In that earlier piece, which was ultimately published in the Washington Post, the man who was quoted the world over for alleging that Israel had committed war crimes in Gaza, fundamentally changed his position. According to the New York Times op-ed page, that was apparently news unfit to print.Your refusal to publish "positive" pieces about Israel apparently does not stem from a shortage of supply. It was brought to my attention that the Majority Leader and Minority Whip of the U.S. House of Representatives jointly submitted an op-ed to your paper in September opposing the Palestinian action at the United Nations and supporting the call of both Israel and the Obama administration for direct negotiations without preconditions. In an age of intense partisanship, one would have thought that strong bipartisan support for Israel on such a timely issue would have made your cut.So with all due respect to your prestigious paper, you will forgive us for declining your offer. We wouldn't want to be seen as "Bibiwashing" the op-ed page of the New York Times.Sincerely,Ron DermerSenior advisor to Prime Minister Netanyahu
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Like Sopranos Meets Stalin
Will the younger Kim's uncle and aunt pull the Great Successor's strings? Will Dear Leader's secretary and live-in girlfriend seize power? Will the military kill them all?
Click here for the answers to these and other questions. A fascinating article that reads like a proposal for a dramatic TV series about an organized crime family.
Hello, HBO! Are you listening? We're pitching Born of Heaven … The Sopranos set in a fictional hell on earth modeled after nuclear-armed North Korea. Seriously. Sex, violence and … Stalin! And everyone is Asian! The uniforms, the music…. Think Boardwalk Empire meets Richard III--the movie. Not the 1955 version with Laurence Olivier. The 1995 version set in an alternative fascist England. Foreign Confidential™ is ready to consult! Let's see…. Do we open with the crazy, old dictator dying on a train, or kill him off after the first season? That's the key question. Hmmm…. Born of Heaven … chosen to rule hell on earth.
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Bonus Video: Happy Days in the People's Paradise
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