(IsraelNN.com) Former US ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton told Conservative Party delegates in Britain Sunday that efforts by the UN to negotiate with Iran had failed and that he saw no alternative to a pre-emptive strike on suspected nuclear facilities in the country. Influential conservative thinker Norman Podhoretz told a British paper that he has advised President George W. Bush to do just that.
“This is not an attractive option, but after four-plus frustrating years watching European diplomacy fail time and time again and watching our options more and more constrained, I do not know what the alternative is,” Bolton told delegates at the Conservative Party’s annual conference in the northern British holiday town of Blackpool. “Because life is about choices,” he said, “I think we have to consider the use of military force. I think we have to look at a limited strike against their nuclear facilities.”
By Fred Abbas
Nowadays, we see Arabs, Persians, and Turks fighting so hard to cancel any gains Kurds made in Kurdistan of Iraq or within the new Federal Iraq by the use of sanction, embargo, isolation, and threats.
A few days ago Iran closed its border with Kurdistan to prevent any goods coming to it; on the other hand, Syria and Turkey are working in tandem do the same or in gradual manner. A few days ago, the Iraqi Oil Minister, Hussein al Shahristani declared any agreements with Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) to be an illegal agreement and during a recent interview with CBS he said ” Iraq’s neighbors – Syria, Iran and even Turkey – have said they will only allow oil over the border to market that is being exported by the federal government”.
“I’m proud of my university today,” Stina Reksten, a 28-year-old Columbia graduate student from Norway, told the New York Times. “I don’t want to confuse the very dire human rights situation in Iran with the issue here, which is freedom of speech. This is about academic freedom.”
Isn’t it always? But enough about Iran, let’s talk about me! The same university that shouted down an American anti-illegal-immigration activist and the same university culture that just deemed former Harvard honcho Larry Summers too misogynist to be permitted on campus is now congratulating itself over its commitment to “academic freedom.” True, renowned Stanford psychology professor Philip Zimbardo is not happy. “They can have any fascist they want there,” said professor Zimbardo, “but this seems egregious.” But, hey, don’t worry: He was protesting not Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s presence at Columbia but Donald Rumsfeld’s presence at the Hoover Institution.
At some point during this past week, it was decided that the relevant Ahmadinejad comparison was to Nikita Krushchev. The Soviet leader toured America in 1960, was taken to a turkey farm, paid a visit to Frank Sinatra and Co. on the set of “Can-Can” and pronounced the movie “decadent.” And yet the republic survived. As one of my most distinguished fellow columnists, Peggy Noonan, put it in the Wall Street Journal, Krushchev’s visit reminded the world that “we are the confident nation.” And, as several e-mailers observed, warming to Noonan’s theme, back then hysterical right-wing ninnies didn’t get their panties in a twist just because a man dedicated to the destruction of our way of life was in town for a couple of days. CONTINUE
Kingdom Urges New Approach to Middle East
P.K. Abdul Ghafour, Arab News
JEDDAH, 30 September 2007 â€” Saudi Arabia yesterday called upon major international powers to change the current approach toward the Arab-Israeli conflict and find a just and lasting solution to the 60-year-old dispute in order to promote world peace and save the region from an impending catastrophe.
[For Arabs a “just solution” means undoing ’67 and ’48.]
Addressing the 62nd session of the UN General Assembly in New York, Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal said the Israeli occupation of Arab territories was the main reason for the spread of extremism and terrorism in the region.
My Iranian friend sent me a Video Clip on Former U.S. Senator James Abourezk to Hizbullah TV: The Arabs who were involved in 9/11 cooperated with the Zionists. Alan Dershowitz is a real snake.
He asks “How could such a man become Senator of the US?”
DITTO FOR ME.
Kuwaiti newspaper Al Jerida reported Friday that the intelligence for Israel’s alleged attack on a Syrian target in early September was provided by Gen. Ali Reza Asgari, who defected from Iran a few months ago. Asgari was allegedly involved in the development of Syria’s missile program.
Another Kuwaiti paper, Al Watan, quoted diplomatic sources in Europe as saying that US jets circled above the Israeli fighters and gave them aerial cover during the operation.
It also said that Russian experts are trying to understand how the IAF jets managed to entered deep into Syrian territory without setting off two Russian-built radar systems that were in place in Syria.
Iran’s hero, Late General Mehdi Rahimi‘s body mortuary after his execution. General’s wrist and arms were cut off before he was executed.
Ibrahim Yazdi who ordered the torture and the execution of General Rahimi and many other of the late Shah’s officials after Khomeini was imposed on Iran.
Ibrahim Yazdi, a traitor, a known CIA agent who also had close links with the British intelligence. Yazdi is also known to have worked closely in the 60’s & 70’s with both Ramsey Clark the former US attorney General and George Ball the former Under-secretary of State masterminding the overthrew of the late Shah’s progressive regime.
Mona Mahmoodzaadeh. 16 year old Mona together with 9 other Bahai women executed in June 1983. The primary charge against her was teaching BahÃ¡â€™Ã childrenâ€™s classes.
Because of her youth and conspicuous innocence became a symbol of the group in prison, the 16 year old girl was lashed on the soles of her feet with a cable and forced to walk on bleeding feet. On the day of the execution she asked to be the last in line to be executed so she could pray for the others. All she had to do to avoid execution was to denounce her faith but she refused, and instead when it was her turn, she kissed the rope and put it around her own neck.
1- Professor Hassan Paakravaan. a man of dignity, compatriot, author, philosopher, ambassador to Pakistan and France & General of the Imperial Iranian Army. Executed on April 11th, 1979 at age of 72. General Paakravaan is believed to be the man who sought royal pardon for Khomeini which prevented him from being prosecuted for instigating riots and murder in May 1963.
Caroline Glick highlights Ahmedinejad’s hidden message.
During his visit to New York this week, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad attacked every basic assumption upon which Western civilization is predicated. Ahmadinejad offered up his attacks while extolling his vision of Islamic global domination.[..]
THOSE OF US WHO UNDERSTAND THE TREAT OF ISLAM, WILL IMMEDIATELY RECOGNIZE THE TRUTH OF HER OBSERVATIONS
Ahmadinejad gave two major addresses this week – at Columbia University and at the UN General Assembly. He devoted both to putting forward his vision for global Islamic domination. And while the Western media sought hidden meanings and signals for peaceful intentions in his words, the fact is that on both occasions,
Ahmadinejad made absolutely clear that his vision of Islamic domination cannot coexist in any manner with Western civilization.
By Alan M. Dershowitz, FrontPageMagazine.com | 9/28/2007
In his speeches, most especially the one at Columbia University, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad repeats two myths about the Holocaust. The first every reasonable person knows is a total lie: namely that the Holocaust did not occur. The second myth, however, is one that escapes critical attention for the most part, because many people are not aware of its falsity. The myth is that the Palestinian people and their leadership had absolutely nothing to do with the Holocaust. The conclusion that is supposed to follow from this fact is that the establishment of Israel in the wake of the Nazi genocide of the Jewish people was unfair to the Palestinians.
This is the way Ahmadinejad put it in his Columbia talk. ..
[G]iven this historical event [the Holocaust], if it is a reality, we need to question whether the Palestinian people should be paying for it. .The Palestinian people didn.t commit any crime. They had no role to play in World War II..
These statements about the role of the Palestinians are demonstrably false. The truth is that the Palestinian leadership, supported by the Palestinian masses, played a significant role in Hitler.s Holocaust. The Palestinian leader at the time was Hajj Amin Al-Husseini, the Grand Mufit of Jerusalem. As Professor Edward Said has acknowledged: .Hajj Amin al-Husseini represented the Palestinian Arab national consensus, had the backing of the Palestinian political parties that functioned in Palestine, and was recognized in some form by Arab governments as the voice of the Palestinian people.. Husseini was .Palestine.s national leader. and it was in that capacity that he made his notorious alliance with Hitler and played an active role in promoting the Holocaust. Here is the true story that Ahmadinejad tried to mythologize. [..]
DEBKAfile reports: Accusations from Paris that Iran is building new clandestine military nuclear plant south of Natanz
The latest round of the international campaign against Iranâ€™s covert nuclear activities is coming out of Paris, DEBKAfileâ€™s intelligence sources report. A statement by President Nicolas Sarkozy Thursday, Sept. 27 that he does not believe Iranâ€™s program is peaceful was followed by a press conference at which the National Council of Resistance of Iranâ€™s chairman, Mehdi Abrishamchi, reported Iran was constructing a new site for a secret military project 5 km south of the Natanz nuclear complex.
Sarkozyâ€™s spokesman David Martinon said: â€œAhmadinejad claims his countryâ€™s nuclear activities are peaceful. Ultimately, we do not believe him. Everyone knows that the program has military goals. We have a string of clues leading us to that conclusion. The question is not settled.â€
Evidently Gaza has become the “motherland”.
“the duty to guard the motherland is more important than any other priority.”
These suicide bombers must be shot when approaching our tanks and troups.
Giving Peace a chance?
By Ami Isseroff, Mid-East Web
[..] The real deal killers are internal politics. Neither Olmert nor Abbas are strong enough leaders to make the concessions needed for peace. Olmert has not even been able to fulfill Israel’s obligations to remove outposts. It is doubtful that Olmert could make even a symbolic concession such as a moratorium on settlements suggested by Prince Saud al-Faisal, the Saudi Foreign Minister. It appears that in the coming days, the settler movement will attempt to erect more illegal outposts in “honor” of the Sukkoth holiday. These will be duly removed by the government, with the accompanying and inevitable decline in Olmert’s already precarious popularity. That is the real point of the exercise.
[Remember, this is a view from the Left, one that I agree with.]
Olmert’s support base does not come from the Israeli left, which is more or less nonexistent. He can gain popularity only by hawkish moves, such as the “alleged” Israeli air strike in Syria. Very probably it was one of those operations that would have been approved by a Prime Minister of any persuasion, but, as in the case of the attack on the Iraqi nuclear reactor, the party in power gains support. If the operation succeeds, which apparently it did, the soldiers and pilots did the work and the government gets the credit. Menachem Begin could make peace with Egypt and cede the entire Sinai peninsula, because the Israeli right had no realistic political alternative to the Likud at the time. The only alternative was the Labor party, which would certainly have made peace as well. Olmert, on the other hand, has Benjamin Netanyahu on his right, ready to oppose any concessions.
The Washington Post gives us the full story including links to incriminating videos in Muslim on Va. Commission Quits After Videos Surface
The words of demeanor of this Muslim as seen on the videos are outrageous.
When reading the article, note the affiliations of the Muslim in question, Omeish, in order to understand how mainstream he is at least in his community. How could such a person’s attitude escape Governor Kaine’s radar system? Perhaps because the Governor was a Democrat who was looking for Muslim support rather than looking to protect America from Jihadists.
The worst the Governor could say about him was “Dr. Omeish is a respected physician and community leader, yet I have been made aware of certain statements he has made which concern me,”
How pathetic. Here was a wonderful opportunity to denounce such views. Rather he chose to downplay them as only of concern and to confirm that he was “a respected physician and community leader”.
It is safe to assume that Omeish is respected in the Muslim community because of his views and not in spite of them. Also note worthy is the fact that he is a Muslim doctor. No surprise there.
By Ted Belman
These are obviously legitimate questions as were Bollingerâ€™s. In both cases, the answerâ€™s are obvious but not what you would expect. All countries pursue their interests and not justice or democracy or human rights or anything else that these questions raise. If we debate these issues, it is not to reconsider our policies but to score debating points. Our interests do not change, though our policies to achieve them do.
The purpose of dialogue is to balance interests and not to arrive at truth or justice. The dialogue I speak of here is the attempt to cut a deal. It is sometimes better to abandon some of our interests to secure the rest. But the stronger one is the less likely one is to compromise. If you are not prepared to compromise there is no reason to have dialogue other than for atmospherics.
Intellectual debate serves no purpose. Debate at the UN is all about posturing and propaganda. Power politics is all that matters. Cutting deals in the back room is where it is at.
Atlas Shrugs has the full story.
By their fruits we shall know them and so we know them. As desperate as State is for translators, that won’t hire Jews that speak Arabic. And now this. YidwithLid has the full story. Throughout history State has abetted evil and abandoned American interests. Who the hell are those traitors working for? State is wrong on every issue. What will it take to change the permanent bureaucracy over there? They refuse tom stop working for their client states and start working for America. They too will go the way of the UN.
U.S. State Dept Funded “No Jews Allowed” Program
DEBKAfile reports: Three Arab rulers put spikes in wheels of Washingtonâ€™s Middle East conference – September 27, 2007,
Thursday, Sept 27, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Jordan posed tall pre-conditions, mainly of Israel, for their participation in the conference the Bush administration is promoting for November. Their foreign ministers had been previously lobbied by the Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas at UN HQ.
In Amman, visiting Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak and Jordanian King agreed to inform Washington that their attendance was contingent on an agenda which tackled crucial issues such as the status of refugees, east Jerusalem and the borders of the future Palestinian state. They called on the Palestinians to set aside their differences and join the peacemaking process.
Foreign minister Saud al Faisal said Israel should freeze the construction of Jewish settlements and its â€œseparation barrierâ€ to prove its seriousness ahead of the summit. He refused to confirm that Saudi King Abdullah would be there.
TEHRAN (Fars News Agency)- Seven chancellors and presidents of Iranian universities and research centers, in a letter addressed to their counterpart in the US Colombia University, denounced Lee Bollinger’s insulting words against the Iranian nation and president and invited him to provide responses for 10 questions of the Iranian academicians and intellectuals.
The following is the full text of the letter.
Mr. Lee Bollinger
Columbia University President
We, the professors and heads of universities and research institutions in Tehran , hereby announce our displeasure and protest at your impolite remarks prior to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s recent speech at Columbia University.
We would like to inform you that President Ahmadinejad was elected directly by the Iranian people through an enthusiastic two-round poll in which almost all of the country’s political parties and groups participated. To assess the quality and nature of these elections you may refer to US news reports on the poll dated June 2005.
Your insult, in a scholarly atmosphere, to the president of a country with a population of 72 million and a recorded history of 7,000 years of civilization and culture is deeply shameful.
Your comments, filled with hate and disgust, may well have been influenced by extreme pressure from the media, but it is regrettable that media policy-makers can determine the stance a university president adopts in his speech.
I received this from an Iranian dissident,
Iran’s top thug, President Meymoon Ahmaghinejad was in USA for 3 days. He was invited to speak in Colombia University, He was given a platform for the third successive year to speak at the UN General assembly. He was interviewed left, right and centre by the media and they missed the opportunity to ask this serial murder some vital questions.
Why no one in the US media ask the following ten questions from President Meymoon Ahmaghinejad?
1- Why is he referred to in Iran as “the Terminator”? (Tir Khalaass Kesh)?
2- How many people has he executed as a revolutionary Guard in Mullahs prisons since 1979? Hundreds or thousands?
3- Was he a hostage taker and interrogator in 1979?
4- If the Palestinians are the victims of some aggression, why should the people of Iran have to pay for it?
5- Why, Satellite, Internet and free press does not exist in Iran?
6- Why his so-called national Police or the hoodies continue to beat the students on almost daily basis? Why are women terrorised in Iran?
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Dov Weisglass, in A Convenient Partner commented on the attempt to find a deal with the Palestinians,”
[..] Another weighty consideration for supporting the acceleration of the process is the American stance. The US administration is striving, and even pushing, for progress on the Israeli-Palestinian track. Israel must be attentive to the will of the current American administration not only because of its great friendship, but also because of its understanding of the existential threats Israel faces, which have increased as of late.
Ultimately, the Israeli-Palestinian question is difficult and painful, but it does not pose an existential threat to Israel. It is Iran and its agents to the north that pose an existential danger. An agreement in the Palestinian arena that would be led by the Americans and backed by the majority of Arab states would present the US with the required political climate, regionally and globally, to impose harsher measures on Iran.
Weisglass was Sharon’s point man in Washington in the lead up to the disengagement
By George Friedman, Stratfor
What happened in the Middle East on Sept. 6?
[..] Let us assume that the Sunday Times report is correct. According to the Times, Barak focused on the material as soon as he became defense minister in June. That would mean the material had reached Syria prior to that date. Obviously, the material was not a bomb, or Israel would not have waited until September to act. So it was, at most, some precursor nuclear material or equipment.
However, an intervening event occurred this summer that should be factored in here. North Korea publicly shifted its position on its nuclear program, agreeing to abandon it and allow inspections of its facilities. It also was asked to provide information on the countries it sold any nuclear technology to, though North Korea has publicly denied any proliferation. This was, in the context of the six-party negotiations surrounding North Korea, a major breakthrough.