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No-fly zone over Iraq set to expire, opening shortest route from Israel to Iran


Agreement between United States and Iraq, signed inNovember 2008, is due to run out at end of the year when U.S. forces withdraw from Iraq under timetable set by President Obama.

 Haaretz

A key clause in a U.S. military agreement creating a no-fly zone over Iraq is set to run out at the end of the year. The clause, inserted in the agreement following Iranian pressure on Iraq’s Shi’ite prime minister, Nouri al-Maliki, was apparently a way to thwart an Israeli air attack on Iran.

The agreement between the United States and Iraq, signed in November 2008, is due to run out at the end of this year when U.S. forces withdraw from Iraq under the timetable set by President Barack Obama (although thousands of advisers will remain ).

Clause 27 of the agreement states that, if asked, the United States must thwart threats to Iraq’s sovereignty and not let its land, territorial waters or airspace be used for attacks on other countries.

The clause has special significance considering the increased speculation in recent days that Israel might attack Iran’s nuclear sites. It is unclear to what extent the United States will be obligated under the clause after its forces leave Iraq. In any case, the obligation will certainly not be as binding as it is now.

The shortest air route from Israel to Iran is over Iraq.

In September 2007, when, according to foreign sources, the Israel Air Force attacked nuclear sites in northern Syria, the planes reportedly jettisoned detachable fuel tanks over Turkey on their way back.

The reports embarrassed Ankara, which asked Israel for clarifications.

Considering the current troubled relations between Israel and Turkey, it is very doubtful that in an attack on Iran, Israel could use Turkish air space.


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Lest We Forget–ISRAEL, not Iran has been calling to “wipe Iran off the map” all along!

Nashid Abdul-Khaaliq

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ISRAEL, not Iran has been calling to “wipe Iran off the map” all along! A big fuss is being made in main stream media about Iran wanting to “wipe Israel off the map”. In any discussion about Iran, that point is brought up over and over again to show the “Hitler” qualities of Iran that must be checked by a nuclear attack from the U.S. But the reality is that it is a bold faced lie. The Israeli government has been calling for the extermination of Iran publicly numerous times for many years now. No one made a fuss about that? Here are just a few examples (and I can list many more) taken from headlines of articles calling for Iran’s extermination by Israel — long before anything was claimed to be said about Israel by Iran.

It is a sad state of affairs and very ugly indeed when things have to be fabricated or made up to make others appear evil and even genocidal, when in truth they are not. The truth is Ahmadinejad never said “wipe Israel off the map”. That phrase is an invention by MEMRI — the neocons propaganda tool that mistranslates articles written in the Middle East and demonizes Arabs and Islam. The “wipe off the map” statement, attributed to Iran, provides Jews another opportunity to go on a self pitying, persecution campaign as they are doing now to justify attacking Iran. It is a bold faced lie like so many others they have told in the past. What Ahmadinejad did say was to repeat Khomeini’s statement about regime change in Israel similar to what happened in South Africa. It was not a genocidal statement like these lying, self pitying, desperate for world sympathy Jews have been pushing. But it was a statement reflecting a change in government providing justice to all unlike the racist, barbaric Jewish regime ruling over the Palestinians today.

But let’s look at Jewish actions against Iran like in the following article:

Boxer, AIPAC lead efforts to cut off Iranian exports
At the top of AIPAC’s 1996 agenda, Grossman said, is legislation to boost Israel’s military technology and to put the squeeze on Iran.”If you think about the strategic threat to Israel long-term,” Grossman said, “it’s the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and…the spread of Islamic fundamentalism.” Iran excels in both areas, he said…

When do you think this article was written? Recently? No, it was written in December, 1995!!! It was published long before Amadinejad was elected president and before Iran announced it was interested in developing nuclear energy. In effect, the Israeli Lobby had declared its own war on Iran long before the current situation. Read the article to see how vehement AIPAC was even back then in seeking Iran’s destruction.

A big fuss is being made in main stream media about Iran wanting to “wipe Israel off the map”. In any discussion about Iran that point is brought up over and over again to show the “Hitler” qualities of Iran that must be checked by a nuclear attack from the U.S. But the reality is that it is a bold faced lie. The Israeli government has been calling for the extermination of Iran publicly numerous times for many years now. Did anyone make a fuss about that? Here are just a few examples (and I can list many more) taken from headlines of articles calling for Iran’s extermination by Israel — long before anything was claimed to be said about Israel by Iran:

November 5, 2002 “Times/UK”
“Attack Iran the day Iraq war ends”, demands Israel!
By Stephen Farrell, Robert Thomson and Danielle Haas
http://www.commondreams.org/headlines02/1105-02.htm

September 30, 2004 “The Insider”
Israel Instructs America To Attack Iran And Syria
http://www.theinsider.org/news/article.asp?id=0614

March 16, 2005 “U.S. Crusade”
Israel’s Broken Record – Attack Iran
By Kurt Nimmo
http://www.uscrusade.com/index.php?blog=3&cat=16

February 6, 2005 “WhatReallyHappened”
U.S. – Israel Plans To Strike Iran’s Nuclear Sites Finalized
http://www.whatreallyhappened.com/archives/week_2005_02_06.html

June 14, 2005 “The NewYork Sun”
SPY CASE REVEALS ISRAELI PLOT TO PLANT IRAN WMD DATA
BY ELI LAKE – Staff Reporter of the Sun
http://www.nysun.com/national/details-of-a-plot-unveiled-in-case-against/15374/

Dec 5, 2005 “MichNews”
Netanyahu: “If elected, I won’t hesitate to order a pre-emptive strike on Iran”
By Ryan Jones, JNewsWire.com
http://www.michnews.com/artman/publish/article_10634.shtml

YouTube – Israel / U.S. Plans To Nuke Iran – what will …
What terrible plans may be in store for Iran if the neo-cons …
Watch video – 4 min 53 sec –
www.youtube.com/watch?v=EaH41xRt3og

January 7, 2007
Revealed: Israel plans nuclear strike on Iran – Times Online ISRAEL has drawn up secret plans to destroy Iran’s uranium enrichment facilities with tactical nuclear weapons.
www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/article1290331.ece – Similar pages

April 18, 2009 “From The Times”
Israel stands ready to bomb Iran’s nuclear sites 
The Israeli military is preparing itself to launch a massive aerial assault on Iran’s nuclear facilities within days of being given the go-ahead by its new government…
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/middle_east/article6115903.ece

15 JANUARY 2007
Israel plans to nuke Iran. In the reports below, The Sunday Times have just revealed new evidence that Israel is currently planning to launch a nuclear attack against Iran. …
http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=4380

Now, imagine if Iran had been saying those things about Israel? Today’s demonization of Iran claiming that Ahmadinejad denies the Holocaust, Iran’s pursuit for nuclear weapons and their desire to “wipe Israel off the map” is a ploy, an excuse presented to non-Jews to give Israel the justification for what they have been wanting to do all along. For the record the following is what Iran’s president said. Compare it to what Israel has been saying about Iran for many years now, as in the articles above, and judge for your self which statements are more genocidal:  

The Actual Quote:

So what did Ahmadinejad actually say? To quote his exact words in Farsi:

“Imam ghoft een rezhim-e ishghalgar-e qods bayad az safheh-ye ruzgar mahv shavad.”

That passage will mean nothing to most people, but one word might ring a bell: rezhim-e. It is the word “regime.” pronounced just like the English word with an extra “eh” sound at the end. Ahmadinejad did not refer to Israel the country or Israel the land mass, but the Israeli regime. This is a vastly significant distinction, as one cannot wipe a regime off the map. Ahmadinejad does not even refer to Israel by name, he instead uses the specific phrase “rezhim-e ishghalgar-e qods” (regime occupying Jerusalem).

So this raises the question.. what exactly did he want “wiped from the map”? The answer is: nothing. That’s because the word “map” was never used. The Persian word for map, “nagsheh” is not contained anywhere in his original Farsi quote, or, for that matter, anywhere in his entire speech. Nor was the western phrase “wipe out” ever said. Yet we are led to believe that Iran’s president threatened to “wipe Israel off the map.” despite never having uttered the words “map.” “wipe out” or even “Israel.”


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Iceland on mend in spite of refusal to bail out banks.

 

Iceland on mend in spite of refusal to bail out banks By Ann Cahill,

Europe Correspondent SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 05, 2011 ICELAND’S decision not to bail out its banks and to use state money to help hard-pressed households and lower income groups has left it in a much better place than Ireland, according to two Nobel prize winning economists and IMF experts. A report from the IMF that lent the country $2.1 billion said that Iceland is experiencing a moderate recovery, unemployment is declining and the government was able to return to the capital markets earlier this year. The fund, which is lending €22bn to Ireland, said that Iceland’s unusual policies provide a good test case. “Iceland set an example by managing to preserve, and even strengthen, its welfare state during the crisis,” said IMF deputy managing director Nemat Shafik. As a result, inequality has actually decreased during the programme, in contrast to Ireland where the EU/IMF programme demands a cut in social welfare and wages of the lower paid to encourage employers to create jobs and an incentive to others to come off the dole. Recent IMF research shows that countries tend to grow faster and more consistently when income is distributed more evenly, so the fund is now paying much more attention to these issues in its programmes, she said. Nobel prize winning economist Paul Krugman told a conference in Iceland that its unorthodox polices going against conventional wisdom offered a lesson to other countries in similar circumstances. “The idea that there would be a huge reputational penalty for allowing private sector parties to go bust and default on their external obligations has not turned out to be true,” he said. Iceland had fared much better than either Ireland or Latvia in terms of growth and jobs. And despite warnings that economic armageddon would follow the decision not to accept liability for the losses of private banks, now credit default swaps on sovereign debt were now much lower in Iceland than in Ireland, where the state assumed full responsibility for bank losses, he said. “Iceland has done fine in terms of regaining not total, but reasonable confidence in its sovereign debt,” he added. In January when Iceland returned to the markets to borrow they were offered twice as much as they sought. Professor Joseph Stiglitz, another Nobel Prize winning economist, agreed. “What Iceland did was right, It would have been wrong to burden future generations with the mistakes of the financial system,” he said. This view was supported by former IMF chief economist Simon Johnson. The Icelandic banking collapse was worse than Ireland’s, in that its banks were worth 10 times the country’s GDP compared to about six times in Ireland. But the crisis has cost Ireland about 50% of its GDP to date compared to 20% in Iceland. Their agreement with the IMF was to postpone any cuts for a year, after which they split tax increases and spending cuts evenly compared to Ireland 80% cuts on spending. They increased corporation tax from 12% to 18%, increased income tax and VAT and introduced a wealth tax. Iceland was not tied to the euro and so unlike Ireland could allow its currency to devalue — it lost up to 90% of its value at one stage and inflation hit 18% hugely increasing the cost of living. Unemployment jumped from 2% to 9%. To offset the big number of mortgage holders in negative equity and those holding loans in foreign currencies, the government introduced a debt forgiveness scheme reducing mortgages to the new value of the property, and subsidised interest payments. The country of just over 300,000 people introduced capital controls to prevent money flowing out of the country and an uncontrolled currency depreciation. The next step now is to lift these controls without upsetting the gradual return to normalcy, according to the IMF.

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