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The US's occupation of Iraq will see to it that the Lion of Babylon rises again .. سنـُبعـَث من جَديد ، وإلى ضَـيـرِهِـم
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Iraq's Nuclear Mirage ... سَراب السلاح النووي العراقي

Unrevealed Milestones in the Iraqi National Nuclear Program: 1981-1991

معالم وأحداث غير مكشوفة في البرنامج النووي الوطني العراقي 1981-1991

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Sunday, January 29, 2006

مُبادرة في النقدِ الذاتي

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إلحاقاً بالنشرة السابقة
Iraq's Ba'ath and self-criticism .....ضرورة النقد الذاتي للبعث في العراق
في 16 آب 2005،ـ
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هذهِ رسالة مفتوحة الى مناضلي حزب البعث العربي الإشتراكي في القطر العراقي
ـ20 كانون الأول 2005
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Nearly half of Iraqis support attacks on U.S. troops, poll finds: The poll also found that 80 percent of Iraqis think the United States plans to maintain permanent bases in the country even if the newly elected Iraqi government asks American forces to leave. ...

Seventy percent of Iraqis favor setting a timetable for U.S. forces to withdraw, with half of those favoring a withdrawal within six months and the other half favoring a withdrawal over two years.


Stop-loss used to retain 50,000 US troops
 
US Plan for the "Great Middle East" - THE KURDISH PIPELINE: For the Americans, to lay their hands on Iraqi oil is getting more difficult. The hope they had placed on Ahmed Chalabi who had promised marvel to the US oil lobby and the Israelis has vanished. It is rather obvious that they cannot protect the pipeline designed to flow oil from Iraq to Haifa. Furthermore, the Arabs and the Turkmen will not be easily expelled from Kirkuk.
[ . . . ]
 
Michel Chossudovsky, The Anglo-American War of Terror: An Overview: The World is at the crossroads of the most serious crisis in modern history. In the largest display of military might since the Second World War, the United States and its indefectible British ally have embarked upon a military adventure, which threatens the future of humanity.

An understanding of the underlying historical background is crucial. This war agenda is not the product of a distinct neo-conservative project. From the outset of the Cold War Era, there is a consistent thread, a continuum in US military doctrine, from the "Truman doctrine" to Bush's "war on terrorism".

(Main headings)

- Weakening the United Nations
- The Post Cold War
- War and Globalization
- Iran and Syria: Next Phase of the War
- Global Military Agenda
- New Weapons Systems
- The National Defense Strategy
- Mammoth Defense Budget
- Extensive War Crimes
- Torture
- The Criminalization of Justice
- Racism and the Anti-Terrorist Legislation
- War Propaganda
- Counter-Terrorism
- Fabricating Intelligence

 
(Something new to think about)
Andrew Cockburn, Bush's 130,000 Hostages; Why the U.S. Probably Won't Attack Iran
 
Khalid Mish'al, Hamas: We will not sell our people or principles for foreign aid: "Our message to the Israelis is this: we do not fight you because you belong to a certain faith or culture. Jews have lived in the Muslim world for 13 centuries in peace and harmony; they are in our religion 'the people of the book' who have a covenant from God and His Messenger Muhammad (peace be upon him) to be respected and protected. Our conflict with you is not religious but political. We have no problem with Jews who have not attacked us - our problem is with those who came to our land, imposed themselves on us by force, destroyed our society and banished our people.

"We shall never recognise the right of any power to rob us of our land and deny us our national rights. We shall never recognise the legitimacy of a Zionist state created on our soil in order to atone for somebody else's sins or solve somebody else's problem. But if you are willing to accept the principle of a long-term truce, we are prepared to negotiate the terms. Hamas is extending a hand of peace to those who are truly interested in a peace based on justice."
 
Very unfortunately, this site, its owner and its one sad poster, are typical of the armchair terrorists currently trying to turn our world into a living nightmare. May the FBI close you down soon and eliminate your terrorist propaganda
 
Paul Craig Roberts, Rank Ignorance Reigns: The "evidence" that Iran is pursuing nuclear weapons consists of mere assertion by members of the Bush administration and the neoconservative media. Iran says it is not pursuing nuclear weapons, and the International Atomic Energy Agency inspectors have found no evidence of a weapons program.

Iran is a signatory to the nuclear non-proliferation treaty. Under the treaty, signatories have the right to develop nuclear energy. All they are required to do is to make reports to the IAEA and keep their facilities open to inspection. Iran complies with these requirements.

There is no Iranian "defiance." When news media report "defiance," they purvey disinformation. The "seals" on Iranian nuclear facilities were placed there voluntarily by the Iranians while they attempted to resolve the false charges brought by the Bush administration.

Despite the clear and unambiguous facts, the Fox/Opinion Dynamics poll reports that 60% of Republicans, 41% of Independents, and 36% of Democrats support using air strikes and ground troops against Iran in order to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons. This poll indicates an appalling extent of ignorance and misinformation among the American public. The Bush administration will take advantage of this ignorance to initiate another war in the Middle East.
 
Kurt Nimmo, Hamas: Trump Card for Ethnic Cleansing: [ . . . ]
“Israel today pulled the plug on its monthly tax payment to the Palestinian Authority, cutting off a cash lifeline which will leave the interim government unable to pay thousands of police and civil servants,” reports Times Online. Of course, there is no such thing as an “interim government” in the occupied territories, simply a capo operation, and the severing of this “cash lifeline” will push a lot of folks employed by the Israeli sanctioned and CIA trained capo services into the Hamas camp. Moreover, Hamas provides desperately needed social services to thousands of Palestinians, services that will become even more crucial as Israel puts an economic choke hold on the territories. Of course, this embracing of Hamas by the Palestinians works famously for the Jabotinsky Likudites, who would have us believe all Palestinians are blood-thirsty suicide bombers.

As if one cue, Bush chimed in last night, “order[ing] Hamas to ‘recognize Israel, disarm, reject terrorism, and work for lasting peace,’” in other words, arrogantly demanding the inmates of the world’s largest open-air prison end their ongoing resistance and accept the assigned status of hewers of wood and drawers of water. Of course, this acquiescence will never arrive, as exploited and oppressed people are wont to resist, and the Jabotinsky Likudites know it.

The so-called election of Hamas is simply another step in the long process of arranging the political deck in such a way as to make palatable the eventual “transfer” (ethnic cleansing) of the Palestinians to their “real home” in Jordan, a project well-documented in Zionist literature. In the meantime, all Palestinians must be characterized as intransigent suicide bombers, supporters of Hamas, unworthy of a “partnership” with Israeli settlers who, after all, only want to get rid of them and take full possession of the land supposedly designated to them by a genocidal Old Testament God.
 
Bob Chapman, Train Wreck of the Week (January 28 2006): [ . . . ]
There is no such thing as coincidence. The termination of the publication of M3 happens three days prior to the opening of the Iranian Bourse. The increase in M3 and credit over the past nine months has been astounding. Those numbers are important to economists and analysts. We expect an absolute deluge of aggregates, which will lead to hyperinflation and the elitist Fed and other central bankers and your government doesn’t want you to know what is going on. The Iranian Oil Bourse isn’t only about oil and euros; it is about dethroning the dollar as the world’s reserve currency. That is why we are lambasted with propaganda and disinformation in support of neocon ambitions in Afghanistan, Iraq, our Congress, the Fed and in the White House.

Why shouldn’t Iran have nuclear power? Thirty-three nations have 441 operating reactors. Israel had nuclear power secretly in the late 1950s and had nuclear bombs in the early 1960s. They had no authorization. They did what they wanted to do secretly. Seven more countries are pursing nuclear power. Why is Iran so special? Even if Iran had nuclear weapons they would not be a threat to the US or Israel. This is a propaganda campaign created to allow the invasion of Iran and the theft of its oil just as the US and UK did in Iraq. The nuclear threat is just bait, which half of Americans have taken hook, line and sinker. America has to stop the operation of the Iranian Bourse because it will collapse the imperial American empire by destroying the dollar as the world’s reserve currency. ...
 
Google search: "Iranian Oil Bourse" +"Opening Date"
 
Dahr Jamail, Shias Head for Uncertain Govt
 
Wayne Madsen Report, February 1, 2006 -- U.S.-Mexican tunnel worries senior U.S. intelligence officials: The recent tunnel discovered between Tijuana and Otay Mesa, California has some U.S. intelligence officials extremely concerned, according to informed U.S. intelligence sources.

Senior U.S. intelligence officers are concerned that the sophisticated 1.4 mile tunnel, complete with ventilation, electrical, and water systems, as well as cement flooring, that connects two warehouses on each side of the border, could have been used to secretly transport nuclear devices or material into the United States.
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Senior intelligence sources are concerned that the Department of Homeland Security and the Energy Department's Nuclear Emergency Search Teams (NESTs) have failed to conduct tests for radioactivity in the Mexico-California tunnel. Their fears have been heightened with the Super Bowl in Detroit on Sunday.


Wayne Madsen Report, February 1, 2006 -- Bush administration "Back to the Future" antics in Central America: According to high-level U.S. intelligence sources, the Bush administration is planning a redux of the Contra wars of the 1980s. With polls showing that Sandinista leader Daniel Ortega may become Nicaragua's next President in November 2 elections, the Bush administration has ordered U.S. intelligence agencies to establish a network of small clandestine communications stations along the Honduran and Costa Rican borders with Nicaragua, supplemented by additional support bases in El Salvador. Many of those involved in the covert operations are veterans of the Contra wars of the 1980s.

U.S. intelligence sources also report that right-wing elements in the CIA and Pentagon also have a nasty surprise in store for Democratic Revolution Party (PRD) leader Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, if he is, as expected, elected President of Mexico in July's elections. Obrador, a former mayor of Mexico City, a champion of Mexico's poor, and an ally of Hugo Chavez and Evo Morales, is leading in most polls. Intelligence whispers from U.S. covert actors in Latin America indicate that if Obrador is elected and fails to moderate his leftist policies, he will not live to see his inauguration day.
 
Mike Whitney, Annexing Khuzestan; battle-plans for Iran: Those who doubt that the Bush-Cheney-Rumsfeld team will attack Iran, while so conspicuously overextended in Iraq, are ignoring the subtleties of the administration’s Middle East strategy.

Bush has no intention of occupying Iran. Rather, the goal is to destroy major weapons-sites, destabilize the regime, and occupy a sliver of land on the Iraqi border that contains 90% of Iran’s oil wealth. Ultimately, Washington will aim to replace the Mullahs with American-friendly clients who can police their own people and fabricate the appearance of representative government. But, that will have to wait. For now, the administration must prevent the incipient Iran bourse (oil-exchange) from opening in March and precipitating a global sell-off of the debt-ridden dollar. ...

The Bush administration’s attention has shifted to a small province in southwestern Iran that is unknown to most Americans. Never the less, Khuzestan will become the next front in the war on terror and the lynchpin for prevailing in the global resource war. If the Bush administration can sweep into the region (under the pretext disarming Iran’s nuclear weapons programs) and put Iran’s prodigious oil wealth under US control, the dream of monopolizing Middle East oil will have been achieved.

Not surprisingly, this was Saddam Hussein’s strategy in 1980 when he initiated hostilities against Iran in a war that would last for eight years. Saddam was an American client at the time, so it is likely that he got the green-light for the invasion from the Reagan White House. Many of Reagan’s high-ranking officials currently serve in the Bush administration; notably Rumsfeld and Cheney.

Khuzestan represents 90% of Iran’s oil production. The control over these massive fields will force the oil-dependent nations of China, Japan and India to continue to stockpile greenbacks despite the currency’s dubious value. The annexing of Khuzestan will prevent Iran’s bourse from opening, thereby guaranteeing that the dollar will maintain its dominant position as the world’s reserve currency. ...
 
Riverbend, Election Results...: [ . . . ]
After nearly three years of a failing occupation, I personally believe that many Iraqis voted for religious groups because it was counted as a vote against America and the occupation itself. No matter what American policy makers say to their own public- and no matter how many pictures Rumsfeld and Condi take with our fawning politicians- most Iraqis do not trust Americans. America as a whole is viewed as a devilish country that is, at best, full of self-serving mischief towards lesser countries and, at worst, an implementer of sanctions, and a warmongering invader.

Even Iraqis who believe America is here to help (and they seem to have grown fewer in number these days), believe that it helps not out of love for Iraqis, but out of self-interest and greed.

[ . . . ]

I try not to dwell on the results too much- the fact that Shia religious fundamentalists are currently in power- because when I do, I’m filled with this sort of chill that leaves in its wake a feeling of quiet terror. It’s like when the electricity goes out suddenly and you’re plunged into a deep, quiet, almost tangible darkness- you try not to focus too intently on the subtle noises and movements around you because the unseen possibilities will drive you mad…
 
Carter says US intends to stay 50 years in Iraq

What Carter actually said: TRANSCRIPT: "I don't think we have any idea now of turning over their oil supplies and let them handle who gets to manage the oil, like even France and Russia and I hope we'll back off and let them run their own political affairs.

But, what I believe is that there are people in Washington now, some of our top leaders, who never intend to withdraw military forces from Iraq and they're looking for ten, 20, 50 years in the future..."

 
(It is no accident that I've posted nothing on Tuesday's 'State of the Union' address by P. Bush. Frankly, it met our expectations. The following, however, will suffice as adequate comment.)
The State of the Union speech: Bush repeats litany of lies on Iraq war
 
Islam and Nazism: similar ideologies, similar strategies

http://www.faithfreedom.org/Gallery/18.htm
 
Norman Solomon, When Praise is Desecration; Smothering the King Legacy with Kind Words: On Tuesday night, the president was eager to seem like a fervent admirer of Martin Luther King. But the next day, in the same House chamber where Bush spoke, his administration pushed through a vicious budget measure that will slash $39 billion in spending -- mostly for student loans and Medicaid for the poor -- over the next five years.

Nearly 38 years ago, Dr. King was killed in Memphis while leading the Poor People's Campaign for an economic bill of rights. He'd been accusing Congress of "hostility to the poor." The federal government, King pointed out, was appropriating "military funds with alacrity and generosity" -- but "poverty funds with miserliness."

Don't want to deal with calls for progressive change in the nation's economic power structures? Then don't mention Martin Luther King's statement, "True compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar; it comes to see that an edifice which produces beggars needs restructuring."

Don't want to acknowledge King's assessment of global class war? Then just keep referring to his 1963 "I Have a Dream" speech while carefully bypassing his later oratory about "capitalists of the West investing huge sums of money in Asia, Africa and South America, only to take the profits out with no concern for the social betterment of the countries."
 
(Having wanted to extract a bit from this commentary/article, I decided against. Far better: read it in full.)
Rachard Itani, Cartoons and Hypocrisy; Danes Finally Apologize to Muslims (But for the Wrong Reasons)
 
Extract -
The Farcical Definition at the Heart of the War on Terrorism: The United States has long insisted that government agents cannot be terrorists. The FBI defines terrorism as “the unlawful use of force or violence against persons or property to intimidate or coerce a government, the civilian population, or any segment thereof, in furtherance of political or social objectives.” Since government action is almost always lawful — or at least not considered criminal by the government itself — governments almost never qualify as terrorists under the U.S. definitions.

A far sounder definition was offered by Israeli National Security Council chairman Major General Uzi Dayan, who defined as terrorist in a December 2001 speech “any organization that systematically harms civilians, irrespective of its motives.” This definition catches all types of terrorism — not just actions that lack political blessings or official sanctions.

If a government systematically attacks civilians, the government is no less culpable than private cabals that blow up planes, buses, or cafes. ...

The U.S. terrorism definition is the key to the Bush administration claim that the war on terrorism is automatically a war for freedom. Without the “state-exempt” concept of terrorism, fighting terrorism would, in most parts of the world, have little or nothing to do with defending freedom. With an honest definition of terrorism, many governments in the Bush “freedom-loving coalition” are guilty of inflicting more terrorism than they prevent.

Having a “state action” exemption to the concept of terrorism is like having a “mass murder exemption” in the homicide statute.* Any action carried out by private citizens that would be considered terrorism should also be considered terrorism if carried out by government agents. The United States should recognize that its bankrolling and support of governments that terrorize their own people make a mockery of Bush's promise to rid the world of evil.

* Emphasis added.
 
(This is by far the l-o-n-g-e-s-t item I've ever posted - 48 pages in Print Preview. If it's Current Events you want, skip it. However, for those seeking to understand the hideously frightening state of affairs reigning in the now nearly dead constitutional United States of America . . . . .)
Wayne Madsen, EXPOSÉ: THE "CHRISTIAN" MAFIA; Where Those Who Now Run the U.S. Government Came From and Where They Are Taking Us
 
'Culture of Life' (more) -
Chris Floyd, Hellfire and Damnation: The Washington Consensus for Murder: Strange, isn't it? While the American Establishment is now convulsed over the issue of a president ordering wiretaps without court approval, the same president's assertion of the right to kill anyone on earth he chooses without charges, trial or judicial review is readily accepted on all sides. Even when these "targeted assassinations" go horribly awry – as in Pakistan last month, when 18 innocent people, including four children, were obliterated in their homes by Hellfire missiles, as the Observer reports – there is no demur, no moral shock. Just tough talk about "doing whatever it takes" to defend civilization from the barbarians.

The misfired Hellfires were reportedly aimed at al-Qaeda honcho Ayman al-Zawahiri, thought to be the Dick Cheney-style brains behind the gang's dimbulb, Bush-like frontman, Osama bin Laden. The missiles were directed by unmanned CIA Predator drones, acting on the usual "credible intelligence" that Zawahiri was in the village of Damadola, near the Afghan border. But of course, in this kind of shell game, you can never know exactly which coconut the evil ones might be hiding under – so the CIA targeted not one but three houses, just to be sure. ...

... "[C]ollateral damage" – always "regretted" with copious crocodile tears from the damagers – was actually built into the mission. As in Bush's ongoing, ever-intensifying, unreported aerial bombing of urban areas in Iraq – which has killed thousands of civilians, TomDispatch reports – the deliberate killing of non-combatants in Damadola and other targets of Bush's "extrajudicial" wrath is meant to convey a clear message: "Knuckle under – or else."
 
Dear Anonymous (February 01, 2006 6:02 AM)
Precisely: It is the living nightmare inflicted upon Iraqis (and others) that this blog responds to. Decent people everywhere recoil in horror. How to end such suffering?

In Germany they first came for the Communists,
and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Communist.

Then they came for the Jews,
and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Jew.

Then they came for the trade unionists,
and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a trade unionist.

Then they came for the Catholics,
and I didn't speak up because I was a Protestant.

Then they came for me —
and by that time no one was left to speak up.

(Martin Niemoeller)
 
dear eveleen the kurds and shia (the mejoritee of the country are now much happier. the country has been turned into living hell by saddam supporters, al qaeda and religious extremists. supporting these people just to get rid of the americans will not help iraqi people
 
j. milton:
I'd be interested to see sources supporting your opinion that "the mejoritee (sic) of the country are now much happier."
Referring back to the first posted comment, perhaps you might comment on the meaning of the following -
New WPO Poll: Iraqi Public Wants Timetable for US Withdrawal, But Thinks US Plans Permanent Bases in Iraq: Asked what they would like the newly elected Iraqi government to ask the US-led forces to do, 70% of Iraqis favor setting a timeline for the withdrawal of US forces. This number divides evenly between 35% who favor a short time frame of “within six months” and 35% who favor a gradual reduction over two years. Just 29% say it should “only reduce US-led forces as the security situation improves in Iraq.”

There are, however, variations along ethnic lines. Sunnis are the most unified, with 83% wanting US forces to leave within 6 months. Seventy percent of Shia agree on having a timeline, but divide between 22% who favor withdrawal in six months and 49% who favor two years. Among the Kurds, on the other hand, a majority of 57% favor reducing US-led forces only when the situation improves.

Even larger majorities, including a majority of Kurds, indicate a readiness to follow the government’s lead should it choose to pursue a timetable. Asked if it was a good idea for Iraqi leaders to have agreed at the Arab League conference that there should be a timetable for the withdrawal of US-led forces from Iraq, 87% say that it was, including 64% of Kurds, 94% of Sunnis and 90% of Shia.

 
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