Archive for June 26th, 2009

Quartet of Middle East peacemakers urges complete halt to all Israeli settlement construction

BBC NEWS | Middle East | Israel urged to halt settlements
Source: news.bbc.co.uk
Israel has been urged by the Quartet of Middle East mediators to stop all West Bank settlement building activity and to open its border crossings.
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Quartet to Israel: Freeze settlement expansion
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June 27, 2009

Israel Resists Pressure on Settlements

By ISABEL KERSHNER

JERUSALEM — Israeli officials held firm on Friday against a total settlement freeze in the West Bank, despite a statement from the so-called quartet of Middle East peacemakers urging a complete halt to all settlement construction.

The peace group’s call bolstered the Obama administration’s unequivocal position against settlement activity, the subject of an unusually sharp dispute with Israel.

The largely conservative Israeli government, led by Benjamin Netanyahu and his Likud Party, said it would not build new settlements and would not expropriate additional land for settlement construction, and said that the fate of the settlements would be decided in negotiations.

But until then, said Mark Regev, a spokesman for Mr. Netanyahu, “Our position is that normal life should continue inside those communities,” which includes building that Israel says is necessary for natural growth.

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US support of Israel’s brutal oppression of the Palestinians PRIMARY MOTIVATION for tragic attacks on the World Trade Center in 1993 & on 9/11 as well (look up ‘Israel as a terrorist’s motivation’ in the index of James Bamford’s ‘A Pretext for War’ book and take a look at the ‘What Motivated the 9/11 Hijackers?’ youtube linked at the upper right side of http://NEOCONZIONISTTHREAT.COM as well):

http://www.warwithoutend.co.uk/zone0/viewtopic.php?t=39590

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Iran’s Rafsanjani – The Grey Eminence

http://criminalstate.com/blog/?p=87

Iran’s Rafsanjani – The Grey Eminence

June 26th, 2009
 
By Jeff Gates

In Iranian politics, few loom larger that Hashemi Rafsanjani. Yet for whom does he work—really?
As chairman of the Assembly of Experts, he oversees the selection, monitoring and dismissal of Iran’s Supreme Leader. As Chair of the Expediency Council, he settles legislative conflicts. As President of Iran from 1989-1997, he created a power base dating back to his study of theology with Ayatollah Khomeini. But that was then; what about now?

To grasp his role in this “election” requires a reflection on whose interests are best served by crises in the region. Serial crises are essential to sustain the plausibility of the much-touted Clash of Civilizations as a means to justify a “global war on terrorism.” When Mahmoud Ahmadenijad won out over Rafsanjani in a 2005 bid for the presidency, the result was a spokesperson with little political power but a high-profile platform.

In today’s media-saturated politics, candidates are akin to brands. Soon after their release in the market, each is identified with a message. Ahmadenijad was quickly branded the world’s most famous anti-Semite and Holocaust denier. As the academics say: Quo bono—who benefits? Which nation gained most from that branding? Iran? Or Israel?

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(Iran’s) Ahmadinejad won. Get over it
 
 
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White House Is Drafting Executive Order to Allow Indefinite Detention of Terror Suspects

White House Is Drafting Executive Order to Allow Indefinite Detention of Terror Suspects

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/06/26/AR2009062603361.html

 

ProPublica and Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, June 26, 2009; 6:52 PM

 

The Obama administration, fearing a battle with Congress that could stall plans to close the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, is drafting an executive order that would reassert presidential authority to incarcerate terrorism suspects indefinitely, according to three senior government officials with knowledge of White House deliberations.

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The question to ask next (if we haven’t already) is what is the definition of a ‘terrorist’ to the Israel firsters (like Rahm Emanuel and David Axelrod) running the show in the Obama adminstration – anyone who disagrees with their Middle East policy which puts Israel first each and every time (with a little bit of lip service against the ongoing illegal Israeli settlement building as Obama is sure to cave in to AIPAC and similar about such soon as well!).

US support of Israel’s brutal oppression of the Palestinians PRIMARY MOTIVATION for tragic attacks on the World Trade Center in 1993 & on 9/11 as well (look up ‘Israel as a terrorist’s motivation’ in the index of James Bamford’s ‘A Pretext for War’ book and take a look at the ‘What Motivated the 9/11 Hijackers?’ youtube linked at the upper right side of http://NEOCONZIONISTTHREAT.COM as well):

http://www.warwithoutend.co.uk/zone0/viewtopic.php?t=39590

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DEBORCHGRAVE Commentary: Iran’s rogue regime

Commentary: Iran’s rogue regime

 http://www.upi.com/Emerging_Threats/2009/06/26/Commentary-Irans-rogue-regime/UPI-90981246028457/

By ARNAUD DE BORCHGRAVE
UPI Editor at Large

The geopolitical cards been reshuffled in Iran ’s latest upheaval. A confluence of geopolitical events has brought Iran to the edge of the precipice. A nuclear rogue regime in the making?

 

WASHINGTON , June 26 (UPI) — A.D. 2009 in the Islamic calendar is 1430 A.H. (Anno Hegirae, which began with the prophet’s flight from Medina to Mecca ). But in strife-torn Iran it felt more like A.D. 1430, approaching the end of the Middle Ages, when religious bigotry and cruel fanaticism ruled Torquemada’s era of some 2,000 burned at the stake. For Ali Khamenei, Iran ‘s superannuated supreme leader, America is still the main enemy. So whether U.S. President Barack Obama reacted with a vocal twig or subsequent big stick as hundreds of thousands demonstrated in the streets of Tehran would not have made a particle of difference. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who stole his re-election, even had the chutzpah to demand an apology from Obama, now no different from President Bush.

Neda Aga Soltan, who was shot through the heart by the Basij militia — described by the Carnegie Endowment’s Iranian expert Karim Sadjadpour as a cross between Hells Angels and al-Qaida and thirsty for the blood of young girls — rapidly became the worldwide face of Tehran ‘s street rebellion. Her family was ordered out of their home. Basij goons snatched back Neda’s body, then canceled Mosque mourning ceremonies.

Iran is yet to fall into the category of rogue regimes, but it’s inching to the precipice, now only a question of time before countless thousands of cowered voices “Twitter” back to put their lives on the line for democratic change. Seventy percent of 70 million people are under the age of 33, and they want freedom from religious dictatorship and the “morality police.”

Iran ‘s totalitarian theocrats gave Mahmoud Ahmadinejad a lopsided 2-to-1 victory and another four years in power, even though he was rejected by the overwhelming majority of Iranians. Quoting sources in the election headquarters of the Interior Ministry, the Iranian resistance movement exposed a confidential directive by the supreme leader to announce voter turnout at 35 million and declare Ahmadinejad the winner in the first round.

It would behoove us all to take a deep breath and assess how the cards have been reshuffled in the latest Iranian upheaval. The Hoover Institution’s Abbas Milani, an American-Iranian historian and Iranologist, said this week Iran’s fraudulent balloting was in reality “an orchestrated coup — (by) the group of commanders in the Revolutionary Guards that have been in alliance with Ahmadinejad … a well-planned, long, strategically calculated move for the Guards essentially to seize power” and use the aging mullahs as a security blanket. All the important positions of authority, adds Milani, are now held by Guards, including three-quarters of Ahmadinejad’s ministers.

Aligned against Ahmadinejad are some powerful figures whose clout rests with the now subdued streets: former Presidents Mohammad Khatami and Ali Akbar Rafsanjani; Mehdi Karroubi; and Mir Hossein Mousavi — today known as the four reformers. But none has endorsed a change in Iran ‘s nuclear ambitions.

There is no shortage of testosterone in Washington when it comes to Iran . Hawks were all over Obama’s case as a weak-kneed leader of the free world who chickened out when confronted by flat-Earth medieval clerics whose Iranian sand castle was about to be overwhelmed by the incoming high tide of popular anger.

Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., skirted the edge of advocating intervention. McCain proposed “sanctions and other measures … to end this tyranny.” The only sanctions that might be a game changer would hit Iran ‘s vital imports of gasoline. A huge oil exporter, Iran ‘s chronic shortage of refining capacity requires the import of 40 percent of its gasoline needs. But a naval blockade would be seen by both friend and foe as a casus belli that would require at the very least a highly unlikely U.N. Security Council vote. Failing that, Congress would have to authorize a blockade of Iran ‘s ports from Abadan , a few hundred yards from Iraq ‘s oil installations in the northern Gulf, down to the Strait of Hormuz and on to the Gulf of Aden .

Can an Iranian regime that “deceives, represses and kills its own people,” asked the conservative Heritage Foundation, “be trusted to abstain from developing nuclear weapons?” Of course not. The mullahs, assisted by Pakistan ‘s ace nuclear black marketer, have been at it for a quarter of a century. Five of the world’s eight nuclear powers are in their regional neighborhood — Russia , Israel , India , Pakistan and the United States , whose military power is on Iran ‘s eastern, western and southern (aircraft carriers) borders.

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu believes the current global revulsion at the mullah’s murderous crackdown favors an Israeli pre-emptive strike with deep penetration bombs against Iran ‘s principal nuclear facilities. Israel believes this would set back Iran ‘s program several years. And the onus of “world opinion” would not be quite as vociferous as it might have been before the theocracy’s Basij cracked heads in Tehran .

Moreover, key Arab states, from Morocco to Egypt to Saudi Arabia , Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates , are increasingly alarmed about a nuclear-armed Iran throwing its weight around the gulf that bears its own name — the Persian Gulf . Jordan , the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait recently decided to strengthen their ties with established nuclear power countries as they move toward setting up their own nuclear programs. And the object of their fear is more Iran than Israel .

Three former CENTCOM commanders and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen are convinced any bombing of Iran ‘s nuclear facilities would trigger bloody asymmetric retaliation against U.S. interests throughout the Middle East and beyond. Not to mention Russian and Chinese support for Iran .

This currently dominant group of four-star generals and admirals advocates learning to live with an Iranian bomb, just as the United States learned to live with Soviet and Chinese nuclear weapons in the days of Stalin and Mao, arguably more threatening in their days than Iran ‘s current crop of aging ayatollahs.

Other retired generals, notably a recently retired senior Air Force commander, speaking not for attribution, agree with McCain (and Israeli leaders) when he says there’s only one thing worse than bombing Iran — and that’s an Iranian nuclear bomb. Those who want the bombing option off the table (Obama still has it on the table) have argued in favor of accepting Iranian nukes, as we did Pakistan ‘s, as part of a major geopolitical deal. Iran would call off its pit bulls (Hezbollah and Hamas), pledge non-interference in a democratic Iraq , and assist NATO’s effort to pacify Afghanistan — sans Taliban. Don’t hold your breath.

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(Iran’s) Ahmadinejad won. Get over it
 
 
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Hawkish US senators claim rigging in Iran election

Hawkish US senators claim rigging in Iran election:

http://www.presstv.com/detail.aspx?id=99084&sectionid=351020101

 

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(Iran’s) Ahmadinejad won. Get over it
 
 
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