Monthly Archives: September 2012

Another Distraction!

It seems some of  so-called Humanity has lost the plot.
We have people in some corners of this planet who are starving!
We are on the verge of a Thermonuclear War – because some  Warmonger  from Israel thinks they are under threat – from a country that has *NEVER* invaded another nation for over 100 years!
The Bankers are robbing us with their artificial-debt scam!
We have disabled folks who are being persecuted!
Fuel prices continue to rise (we are on the verge of Winter folks!) in which the vulnerable could die!

Yet we seem keen to be more focused on a Badger-Cull!!!

WAKE UP MAN!!!
Oh, & to those so-called Human-Beings that think Humans are scum – do us a favour; go to your nearest Cliff – then take a JUMP!!!

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Haligmonath.

The Month of Autumn the Equinox starts 19/9/12

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Netanyahu Lashes ‘Stupid’ US Newspapers for Articles Opposing War

In attempt to curb flood of criticism against possible military strike against Tehran, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tells Meet the Press ‘Iran puts zealotry above survival’, explains why containment strategy won’t work

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu criticized certain American columnists saying that they “set a new standard for human stupidity” for writing that a nuclear Iran may “stabilize the Middle East”.

In interviews with CNN’s State of the Nation and NBC’s Meet the Press, both scheduled to be aired on Sunday, Netanyahu tried to rein in the flood of criticism expressed in American newspapers.

In a segment from the interview which was published Saturday night ahead of the NBC interview, the prime minister was asked whether he believed a “containment strategy” would work on Iran, as was done with the Soviet Union in its time.

Netanyahu responded: “I think Iran is very different, they put their zealotry above survival, they have suicide bombers all over the place, I wouldn’t rely on their rationality.”

According to Netanyahu: “Since the advent of nuclear weapons you’ve had countries that have had access to nuclear weapons who always made a careful calculation of cost and benefit but Iran is guided by a leadership with an unbelievable fanaticism.

“It’s the same fanaticism that you see storming your embassies today. You want these fanatics to have nuclear weapons?”

Netanyahu then responded to the slew of recent criticism expressed in US newspapers towards his plans for a military strike on Iran: “I heard some people suggest…I actually read this in the American press, they said ‘well you know if you take action that’s a lot worse than having Iran with nuclear weapons.’

“Some have even said that Iran with nuclear weapons would stabilize the Middle East. Stabilize the Middle East! I think that the people who say this set a new standard for human stupidity.”

On Friday Defense Secretary Leon Panetta dismissed this week’s public debate between US and Israeli leaders over whether the allies should set “red lines” that could trigger military action against Iran’s nuclear program.

“The fact is, look, presidents of the United States, prime ministers of Israel or any other country – leaders of these countries don’t have, you know, a bunch of little red lines that determine their decisions,” Paneta told Foreign Policy Magazine.

“What they have are facts that are presented to them about what a country is up to, and then they weigh what kind of action is needed to be taken in order to deal with that situation. I mean, that’s the real world.

“Red lines are kind of political arguments that are used to try to put people in a corner,” he added.

The New York Times reported on Friday that President Barack Obama has rejected an appeal by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to define a specific “red line” that Iran could not cross in its nuclear program.

Netanyahu reportedly asked Obama in a phone call earlier this week to set the size of Iran’s stockpile of close-to-bomb-grade uranium as the threshold that, if passed, would trigger a US military strike on the Islamic Republic’s nuclear facilities.

The report cited an unnamed senior US official as saying that the Obama administration’s “red line” is a nuclear weapon.

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Iran warns ‘nothing will remain’ of Israel if military action begins

Mohammad Ali Jafari

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TEHRAN — The top commander in Iran’s powerful Revolutionary Guard warned Sunday that his country’s missiles will ensure “nothing will remain” of Israel if it takes military action against Tehran over its controversial nuclear program.

Gen. Mohammad Ali Jafari also warned that Iran might close the Straits of Hormuz if it is attacked, withdraw from the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and hit U.S. bases in the Middle East.

Such warnings and references to Israel’s destruction have been made before by Iranian officials. But Gen. Jafari’s comments to a Tehran news conference were an unusually detailed, strongly worded and comprehensive listing of the means that Iran says it has to retaliate against a strike on its nuclear facilities.

The U.S. and Israel have left open the possibility of such a strike if Iran does not back down from what they say are a push to develop nuclear weapons. Iran says its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes.

US-Israel rift over Iran widens; Obama denies Netanyahu asked for meeting

“Our response to Israel is clear: I think nothing will remain of Israel (should it attack Iran). Given Israel’s small land area and its vulnerability to a massive volume of Iran’s missiles, I don’t think any spot in Israel will remain safe,” he said.

He said Iran’s response to any attack will begin near the Israeli border. The Islamic Republic has close ties with militants in Gaza and Lebanon, both of whom have rocket arsenals that could be used for cross-border strikes.

He said he did not believe however that Israel would attack on its own. Should the U.S. launch a strike, Jafari suggested that Iran could respond with missile salvos at U.S. bases in the Gulf.

“The US military bases sprawled around Iran are considered a big vulnerability. Even the missile shields that they have set up, based on information we have, could only work for a few missiles but when exposed to a massive volume of missiles, the shields will lose their efficiency and will not work,” he said.

He also said that Iran warned that oil shipments through the strategic Strait of Hormuz will be in jeopardy if a war breaks out between Iran and the United States. Iranian officials have previously threatened to close the waterway, the route for a fifth of the world’s oil, but less frequently in recent months.

“If a war breaks out where one side is Iran and the other side is the West and U.S., it’s natural that a problem should occur in the Strait of Hormuz. Export of energy will be harmed. It’s natural that this will happen,” he said.

Gen. Jafari said that, if attacked, Iran will no longer be committed to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, under whose terms U.N. inspectors visit Iranian nuclear sites. He said however that this does not mean that Iran would build a nuclear weapon.

“If the world and international organizations fail to prevent such an attack, it’s natural that Iran’s commitments (to the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty) would naturally change and the situation would be different from the past. These are the risks and consequences that such an attack will bring about, and these matters would be a deterrent.”

Jafari’s comments come as U.S.-led naval forces from the West and Arab allies gather for naval maneuvers in the Persian Gulf that include mine-sweeping exercises.

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Russia warns Israel, U.S. striking Iran would be ‘literally disastrous’

Amid tension between Israel, U.S. over possible military action against Iran, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister warns strike would ‘set off deep shocks’ in the Middle East, and beyond.

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Russia warned Israel and other nations not to attack Iran over its nuclear program, saying the use of force would be disastrous for the Middle East and have consequences far beyond the region, the Interfax news agency reported on Thursday.

“We warn those who are no strangers to military solutions … that this would be harmful, literally disastrous for regional stability and would set off deep shocks in the security and economic spheres that would reverberate far beyond the boundaries of the Middle East region,” Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov as saying.

Russia has long opposed a military solution for the Iranian nuclear conflict, while also strongly rejecting imposing harsh financial sanctions by the UN Security Council saying the measures punish banks, companies and shipping firms.

Russia says it supports the diplomatic efforts aimed at seeking an Iranian compromise concerning its nuclear aspirations.

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US official: Shapiro, Netanyahu had ‘sharp confrontation’

Congressman confirms reports claiming that prime minister, US envoy exchanged harsh words on Obama’s Iran stance at J’lem meeting last month

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The White House issued denials – but a senior US official confirmed a report published earlier this week in Yedioth Ahronoth which claimed that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu harshly criticized the Obama administration for not doing enough vis-à-vis the Iranian issue.

Rep. Mike Rogers, the Michigan Republican who chairs the House Intelligence Committee, confirmed the Yedioth Ahronoth report and said that his much-discussed meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem late last month did, in fact, devolve into an sharp confrontation between Netanyahu and the American ambassador to Israel, the former National Security Council official (and former Obama campaign Jewish liaison), Dan Shapiro.

According to The Atlantic, Rogers told a Michigan radio interviewer earlier this week that he had not previously witnessed such a high-level confrontation, and he described Israeli leaders as being at “wits’ end” over what they see as President Obama’s unwillingness to provide them with his “red lines” in the effort to stop Iran’s nuclear program.

Rogers added that neither the Israelis nor the Iranians believe that Obama would use force to stop the nuclear program. He also noted that he believes the Israelis will “probably” bomb Iran if they don’t get clearer red lines from the US.

Shortly after the meeting took place Shapiro soon dismissed the reports, calling them “silly” and saying, “The published account of that meeting did not reflect what actually occurred in the meeting. The conversations were entirely friendly and professional.”

According to a source who attended last month’s meeting, Netanyahu was extremely irate and stressed during the meeting.

Netanyahu opened the meeting by slamming the US administration: “Instead of pressuring Iran effectively, Obama and his officials are pressuring us not to attack Iran’s nuclear facilities,” he said before going on to criticize the US government’s declarations according to which there is still room for diplomacy.

“Time has run out,” Netanyahu said.

At some stage during the meeting, Ambassador Shapiro did something which is usually considered unacceptable in diplomatic terms. The ambassador who was appointed by Obama and who over the years has gained a reputation for being one of his closest advisors decided enough was enough.

He ‘took the floor’ and responded to Netanyahu politely – but left no room for doubt.

The envoy accused Netanyahu of distorting Obama’s stance. He quoted the US president, who promised not to allow a nuclear Iran to go ahead and who said that all options, including military, were on the table.

It might be said that Shapiro used diplomatic language to tell Netanyahu to put a stop to the

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