Archive for 11/18/2011

Whitewashing Islam: 20 Errors on 20/20 (ABC News)

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David Wood: “Islam is an honest reporter’s Kryptonite.  Take a seasoned journalist on a ground-breaking news program and ask him to give you the simplest, the most basic information about Mohammed and the Qur’an, [and] that reporter will suddenly turn into the most pathetic, trembling, sniveling, cowardly journalistic jellyfish you’ve ever seen in your entire life.”

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Britain Has Formerly Opened ‘Secret’ Talks With Syrian Rebels

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By KIM SENGUPTA and CATRINA STEWART – “Britain has formally opened talks with the Syrian opposition movement as international pressure continues to mount against the beleaguered regime of President Bashar al-Assad.

Frances Guy, a former ambassador to Lebanon, met members of the exiled opposition in Paris yesterday. The Foreign Secretary, William Hague, is to meet members of the Syrian opposition in London next week when they will also hold talks with senior officials in Downing Street.

Although the UK, along with other Western states like France – which appealed to the United Nations yesterday to impose tougher sanctions – has been in informal contact with the opposition for the last three months, the progression of the working relationship opens up the prospect of the rebels eventually being recognised as the country’s representatives and supplanting the Assad regime.

The West’s Libyan mission started in a similar fashion with the country’s revolutionaries, but senior diplomatic sources warned against drawing parallels. ‘This is not about recognition of them as the government – that is not the case,’ said a senior diplomatic source. ‘The difference with the Libyan situation was that the Libyan National Transitional Council controlled swathes of the country. We are asking the Syrian opposition to present a coherent set of policies and organise themselves.’ The Syrian National Council and the National Co-ordination Committee for Democratic Change are among the groups whose leaders have been involved in the talks.” Read more.

Syrian army defectors attack intelligence base near Damascus – “Syrian army defectors have attacked a string of military bases near Damascus, including an intelligence complex on the outskirts of the capital, in the first such reported assault on a major security facility in the eight-month uprising against President Bashar al-Assad. Members of the Free Syrian Army fired shoulder-mounted rockets and machine guns at the compound run by Air Force Intelligence in Harasta, a suburb of the capital. A gunfight ensued and helicopters circled the area. The attack appeared to mark an escalation in armed confrontations between government and opposition forces instead of clashes involving street protesters.” Read more.

Somali Christians Find Danger Follows Them to Kenya

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“NAIROBI, Kenya, November 17 (CDN) — One Christian left his native Somalia 10 years ago and another fled as Muslim extremists were bombing his house earlier this year, but both Somali converts from Islam feel they are still in danger in Kenya.

In February, Islamic extremists from the al Shabaab militia fighting for control of Somalia reduced Mohammed Abdi Mose’s house in Mogadishu to ashes as he evacuated his family, the 54-year-old father of seven told Compass. His head bears a scar where shrapnel struck, and he requires medicine to limit the injury’s damage to his memory.

‘It was midnight, and it was raining,’ he said. ‘No moonlight; no light; I said, ‘We are moving.’ Amid the bullets and mortar shells, I had four kids on me, and my wife had three kids on her, with the older boy and girl walking – the smaller ones were on us.’

About 150 people died that night in military fighting, but Mose said it was no accident that his house was targeted. Earlier that month the Muslim extremists, who had suspected he was a convert to Christianity as he had worked for Christian Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), confirmed that he had come to faith in Christ and was therefore worthy of death.

They tied his hands behind him and began hitting him with sticks and metallic objects, he said.

He sustained a deep cut on his heel. They stomped on his stomach, damaging his urinary system, he said. Neighbors who heard his cries came out in large numbers, forcing the attackers to flee. Mose said he knew then it was time to relocate.” Read more.

Female Candidate for Egyptian Parliament Affirms that ‘Women Are Deficient in Intelligence and Religion, and It Is Not Permissible for Them to Be in Authority’

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Like I said here, spend your money wisely …

By Translating Jihad – “Courting the female vote, Islam-style.

Translated from Gaza-based Donia al-Watan, 17 November 2011:

Female Salafi Candidate for Egyptian Parliament: ‘Women Are Deficient in Intelligence and Religion, and It Is Not Permissible for Them to Be in Authority’

A female salafi candidate for Egyptian Parliament, Muna Salah, said to al-Sharq al-Awsat that women are deficient in intelligence and religion, and it is not permissible for them to be in authority or to occupy the office of the presidency. She defended her candidacy for the People’s Council, saying that acting as a representative in the Council only partial authority and not complete authority, such as the presidency of the republic. She added that she seeks to apply the Islamic shari’a, including cutting off the hands of thieves, preventing the mingling of men and women, and specifying black clothes for women and white clothes for men.

While just one of thousands of candidates in the upcoming parliamentary elections, Muna Salah–president of the Manabir al-Noor Charity Association in Egypt–continues to provoke controversy. She is one of two veiled candidates in the parliamentary elections scheduled to take place in two weeks. […]

This lady may sound crazy to you, but keep in mind that she’s quoting directly from Muhammad himself, as recorded in Sahih al-Bukhari …” Read more.

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Egypt: Islamist Parties Take to the Street Against the Military, Threaten Violence

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The “moderate and non-violent” Muslim Brotherhood — the group from which Osama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri began as activists — are now threatening violence. Who woulda thunk it? …

“Cairo (AsiaNews) – Thousands of supporters of Islamist parties rallied today in Tahrir Square to protest against excessive power wielded by the military. Led by the Muslim Brotherhood, the demonstration saw pro-democracy parties stay away. Although they too are against the military, they also oppose Islamist parties’ strong-arm tactics. The latter object to plans that would make the military the guardian of ‘constitutional legitimacy’, and thus give them a final say on the 28 November elections. Unless the proposed constitutional change is not shelved, Islamists say they would escalate their campaign.

‘The Muslim Brotherhood are provocateurs,’ said Fr Rafic Greiche, spokesman of the Egyptian catholic Church. ‘They are using these demonstrations to flex their muscle vis-à-vis the military and the nation. However, they are also showing their truer, most intransigent face, which they have cloaked so far under a veneer of moderate Islamic political activism. This could play in favour of pro-democracy parties who have Egypt’s interests at heart, and are not just vying for power.’

Public opinion polls indicate that the Muslim Brotherhood is leading among voters, especially in country’s poorest region, with about 30 per cent. Their camp includes some of the most intransigent and radical Islamic groups like Salafis who are the main instigators of anti-Christian violence.

For example, dozens of Salafis, hurling rocks and Molotov cocktails, yesterday disrupted the memorial service for the victims of the massacre of Christians of 9 October, traditionally held 40 days after death.

For four hours, the procession of 500 people was blocked on a road that leads from a Coptic neighbourhood to the square where Egyptian state TV is located. Eventually, mourners were able to leave but could not make it to site of the memorial service. The attack left 32 people injured, Copts but also police agents brought in to stop the violence.

‘Unfortunately, it is too early to know what will happen over the next few months or if, as some analysts predict, the Muslim Brotherhood will win the elections,’ Fr Greiche said.

Egypt, the clergyman added, is very different from Tunisia, Algeria or Libya where Muslim represent more than 90 per cent of the population, and Christians are few and usually foreign-born.

‘In our country, the Christian community is ancient and represents more than 10 per cent of the population, which is more than 8,000,000 people. Despite their divisions, Liberal parties are winning people over, especially the better educated,’ the clergyman explained.

Nevertheless, ‘The situation remains very critical. We must be ready for any scenario and support those who are willing to take a stand for their country.’ (S.C.)” Source – AsiaNews.

US Would Be ‘Satisfied’ With a Muslim Brotherhood Win in Egypt – “The United States would be ‘satisfied’ should free elections in Egypt produce a victory for the Muslim Brotherhood, AFP reported Friday according to the US’s special coordinator for transitions in the Middle East, William Taylor. Taylor said the US would judge elected parties in the Middle East based ‘on what they do, and not what they’re called,’ AFP quoted him as saying. He added that he did not meet with Brotherhood officials in his latest visit to Cairo, but would have had he been given the chance.” Read more.

Pakistan: Telecoms Authority to Block ‘Obscene’ Words in Text Messages

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And yes, in Pakistan, the name of Jesus is considered ‘obscene’ and is one of the words being blocked …

Matthew 24:9, “Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake.”

Update 11/25/2011: Pakistan scraps plan to ban ‘Jesus’ text messages (for now) – Read more.

“The Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA) has told mobile phone companies to begin blocking text messages containing ‘obscene’ words.

Mobile phone companies Telenor Pakistan and Ufone confirmed to the BBC that the PTA has sent them a ‘dictionary’ of banned words and expressions.

The PTA has reportedly ordered operators to begin screening text messages by 21 November.

Ufone say they are now working on how to block the offending words.

A letter dated 14 November, apparently written by Muhammad Talib Doger, an official at the PTA, has been leaked to Pakistani media.

It states that mobile phone operators should begin screening the words, provided on a list attached to the letter, within seven days.

‘We have received both the dictionary and the memo and we’re discussing a way forward,’ said Anjum Nida Rahman, corporate communications director for Telenor Pakistan.

The ban is a reaction to consumers’ complaints of receiving offensive text messages, Mohammad Younis, a spokesman for the PTA, told The Guardian newspaper.

‘Nobody would like this happening to their young boy or girl,’ he said. He added that the list was not finished and that the authority would continue to add to it.” Read more.

Flashback: Pakistan: The Existence of Christians Threatened Now More Than Ever Before, Persecution the Worse It Has Ever Been – “During a visit to Pakistan, the General Secretary of the World Council of Churches has urged for the protection of religious minorities and the need for the state to take necessary measures against religious intolerance… The church leaders shared with him how religious minorities especially Christians, ‘live in an atmosphere of insecurity. The existences of Christians have never been threatened as it is today, and the situation has gone worse in the past years,’ the WCC chief was told.” Read more.

Muslim Persecution of Christians: October, 2011

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By Raymond Ibrahim – “Egypt’s Maspero massacre—where the military killed dozens of Christians protesting the destruction of their churches—dominates October’s persecution headlines. Facts and details concerning the military’s ‘crimes against humanity’ are documented in this report, and include videos of armored-vehicles running over civilians, a catalog of lies and deceitful tactics employed by Egypt’s rulers and state media, and other matters overlooked in the West.

More damning evidence continues to emerge: not only did Egypt’s military plan to massacre Christians to teach them a ‘lesson’ never to protest again, but ‘death squads’ were deployed up buildings the night before to snipe at protesters. Instead of trying the soldiers who intentionally ran-over demonstrators, the military has been randomly arresting Copts, simply ‘for being Christian.’ Finally, the fact-finding commission of Egypt’s National Council for Human Rights just submitted its report which, as expected, ‘white washes’ the military’s role, including by ‘asserting that no live ammunition was fired on the protesters by the military, as the army only fired blanks in the air to disperse the protesters,’ a claim many eyewitnesses reject out of hand.

Meanwhile, not only are Western governments apathetic, but it was revealed that ‘Obama’s top Muslim advisor blocks Middle Eastern Christians’ access to White House.’ Newt Gingrich asserted that Obama’s ‘strategy in the Middle East is such a total grotesque failure’ and likened the ‘Arab spring’ to an ‘anti-Christian spring.’ Ann Widdecombe accused the British government of ‘double standards in its threats to cut aid to countries which persecute gay people while turning a blind eye to persecution against Christians.’ Even Christian pastors in the West, apparently more concerned about appearing tolerant and in ‘dialogue’ with Muslims, are reluctant to mention persecution to their flock.

Categorized by theme, the rest of October’s batch of Muslim persecution of Christians around the world includes (but is hardly limited to) the following accounts, listed according to theme and in alphabetical order by country, not necessarily severity.


Afghanistan: Ten years after the U.S. invaded and overthrew the Taliban—at a cost of more than 1,700 U.S. military lives and $440 billion in taxpayer dollars—the State Department revealed that Afghanistan’s last Christian church was destroyed. The report further makes clear that the Afghan government—installed by the U.S.—is partially responsible for such anti-Christian sentiments, for instance, by upholding apostasy laws, which make it a criminal offence for Muslims to convert to other religions.

Indonesia: Muslims and authorities expelled Christians from their church and shut it down ‘for allegedly engaging in ‘proselytizing’ in a predominantly Muslim area.’ As in previous cases when churches were seized, ‘the fundamentalists were aided and abetted by the local administration.’ Also, the Muslim behind a September church attack that left three dead confessed that he was operating under his jihad leader’s orders, ‘based on the Koran and Sunna.’

Kazakhstan: The Muslim majority nation enacted new laws further restricting freedom of religion: ‘All registered churches must now re-register with the government, and only churches meeting new criteria will be registered.’ Accordingly, ‘police and secret police agents reportedly raided a worship meeting of officially registered Protestant church New Life, saying that under the new Religion Law the congregation ‘cannot meet outside its legal address.’ During the raid, a 17-year old woman was hit by a policeman, leaving her unconscious.’

Sudan: Soon after President Bashir ‘confirmed plans to adopt an entirely Islamic constitution and strengthen sharia law,’ ’emboldened’ Muslims attacked Christians trying to construct a church, ‘claiming that Christianity was no longer an accepted religion in the country.’ Likewise, authorities threatened to demolish three church buildings ‘as part of a long-standing bid to rid Sudan of Christianity.'” Read more — attacks against Christian symbols, charges of apostasy, blasphemy, proselytism, rapes and killings of Christians …

Four Members of the New Hampshire House Question Obama’s Birth Certificate, ‘There’s Sufficient Controversy That I Want it Investigated’

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By Matthew Spolar – “Don’t pencil in a victory for President Obama in New Hampshire’s Democratic primary just yet. Today, the incumbent president must withstand a legal challenge that again questions his eligibility to seek the country’s highest office.

At 2 p.m. in Room 307 of the legislative office building, the state’s Ballot Law Commission is set to hear a complaint filed by Orly Taitz, a California lawyer who has continued to question the validity of Obama’s birth certificate and Social Security number since his 2008 election.

Backing her complaint, Taitz said, are four Republican members of the New Hampshire House: Harry Accornero of Laconia, Larry Rappaport of Colebrook, and Lucien and Carol Vita of Middleton.

‘There’s sufficient controversy that I want it investigated,’ Rappaport, a Ron Paul supporter, said yesterday. ‘Every time this is brought up . . . we get a lot of flak, but we’ve never gotten an answer.’

Obama released his birth certificate in response to media inquiries in 2008, but the document did little to quiet skepticism from the so-called ‘birther’ movement. In April, in response to continued interest in the president’s nationality – fueled by statements by real estate mogul Donald Trump as he toyed with a presidential run – Obama also released a copy of his long-form birth certificate.

‘I’m not the sharpest knife in the drawer, but even I could take that apart and see that it was fraudulent,’ Rappaport said of the long-form certificate.

Lucien Vita said the birth certificate issue ‘should have been put to bed years ago’ and also believes the documents released by Obama were forged.

‘Don’t believe anything you read and only half of what you see,’ he said.

Vita considers himself a constitutionalist and both he and his wife support Ron Paul, he said.

‘I have doubts because of the delay in the time it actually took to come out with a long-form birth certificate,’ Vita said. ‘I don’t want to go through another four years of the same tripe.’

Vita said he’s confident the Republican candidates are American citizens ‘because these people have all held other state offices’ – though he acknowledged that could also apply to Obama, who was a U.S. senator before being elected president.

‘We know where they were born,’ Vita said of the Republicans. ‘There’s a level of credibility with Obama that has not sufficiently been met in my eyes. If he’s a citizen, he should be able to prove it.’

Taitz’s complaint also questions the validity of Obama’s Social Security number, and she said the exhibits presented to the Ballot Law Commission show “undeniable, irrefutable evidence that Barack Obama is using a Social Security number that was never assigned to him.”

‘I’m hoping that the board will decide not to allow him on the ballot,’ Taitz said. ‘And if he wants to be on the ballot, he will have to provide an explanation.’

Taitz was born in the Soviet Union. Though she cannot run for president, she is running as a Republican for a seat in the California Senate.

‘I know what it is to live in a dictatorship . . . where the whole system is corrupt,’ Taitz said. ‘And that’s what we’re seeing here.'” Source – Concord Monitor.

Flashback: Arizona: Formal Law-Enforcement Investigation Into Barack Obama’s Presidential Elegibility Expected To Be A ‘Shock’ – “The results of a formal law-enforcement investigation into whether Barack Obama is eligible to be president of the United States could come as a ‘shock,’ according to Maricopa County, Ariz., Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Tuesday night, speaking to a tea-party group in Arizona, Arpaio said, ‘I can’t tell you everything, but there could be a shock there somewhere that my guys came up with. I can’t talk too much about it. It’s in the process.’ … ‘The investigation into Obama’s eligibility to be president is proceeding as planned,’ Arpaio later told WND. ‘I expect to have the investigation completed early next year.” Read more.

Report: Israel to Employ High-Tech Weapons in Iran Strike

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“Current and former US intelligence officials estimate that any Israeli attack on nuclear sites in Iran would go far beyond airstrikes from F-15 and F-16 fighter jets and likely include electronic warfare against the Islamic Republic’s electric grid, Internet, cell phone network, and emergency frequencies for firemen and police officers.

The officials, who based their assessment on a US intelligence report published last summer, told the Daily Beast news website that Israel has been assembling a multibillion-dollar array of high-tech weapons that would allow it to jam, blind, and deafen Tehran’s defenses in the case of a pre-emptive aerial strike.

According to the officials, one of the weapons Israel has developed is capable of mimicking a maintenance cell phone signal that commands a cell network to ‘sleep,’ effectively stopping transmissions. The Israelis also have jammers capable of creating interference within Iran’s emergency frequencies for first responders, they told the Daily Beast.

The sources also said that in case of an attack on Iran, Israel would likely exploit a vulnerability that American officials detected two years ago in Iran’s big-city electric grids, which are not ‘air-gapped’—meaning they are connected to the Internet and therefore vulnerable to a Stuxnet-style cyberattack.

One source told the Daily Beast that Israel has the capability to bring a denial-of-service attack to nodes of Iran’s command and control system that rely on the Internet.

According to the report, the likely delivery method for the electronic elements of this attack would be a drone the size of a jumbo jet.

The Daily Beast said Israel had already employed some of the technology at its disposal during its alleged aerial attack on a Syrian nuclear reactor in 2007.” Read more.

Israel watches as world rejects Iran sanctions – “Israel watched the developments at the IAEA in Vienna on Thursday very closely, yet was unable to convince the world to implement crippling sanctions on Iran that would convince it to jettison its military nuclear program. Defense Minister Ehud Barak, in an interview in the morning from Canada with Israel Radio, said Jerusalem was engaged in an ‘intensive world struggle to enlist world leaders’ to support sanctions. ‘Our goal is to ensure that as a result of the recent IAEA report there are practical actions and steps taken to stop Iran.’ That report, issued last week, said Iran was working to develop a nuclear-weapon design and was conducting extensive research and tests for those weapons. On Thursday, a resolution was agreed upon in Vienna by the five permanent members of the Security Council, plus Germany, to slam Iran for its defiance, but stopped short of sending the matter back to the UN Security Council for another round of sanctions.” Read more.

The Sea and the Waves Roar: Violence Flares as Demonstrations Against Economic Crisis Spread Around the Globe

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“Confrontation and violence marked street demonstrations against the economic crisis across the globe yesterday, as showdowns between police and protesters flared in Italy, Greece and the US, while London’s demonstrators prepared for battle in the courts.

Italian students armed themselves with firecrackers, rocks, eggs and smoke bombs as widespread disturbances broke out across the country. Police in Milan used pepper spray to counter protests against the ‘bankers’ government’ of the new Prime Minister Mario Monti, while anarchists clashed with officers in Turin, authorities charged students in Palermo, and Bari and Rome saw their own demonstrations.

Fire bombs and tear gas left clouds hanging above Athens last night, after between 20,000 and 50,000 protesters marched through the Greek capital only to come up against 7,000 police officers. In a country where street clashes sparked by rage at government austerity measures have become commonplace this year, yesterday’s march was even more angry than usual due to the anniversary of the Athens Polytechnic uprising, when Greece’s military junta sent in troops to put down a student demonstration in 1973.

There were 60 arrests, but no injuries were reported despite the police’s use of stun grenades.

In London, by contrast, the 6pm deadline for the demonstrators and their tents to leave the square outside St Paul’s passed relatively quietly. Leaders of the occupation said nobody had left, and two lawyers acting for the camp announced a case against the Corporation of London’s eviction notice would be heard by the High Court.

In New York , however, Occupy Wall Street protesters clashed with police after they tried but failed to take over the streets around the Stock Exchange in Manhattan. Disturbances on the two-month anniversary of the movement also broke out in other American cities.” Read more.

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Six Dead, Including Toddler and Her Grandmother, as 25 Ferocious Tornadoes Rip Houses From Foundations in Southern States

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“Six people have been killed, including a three-year-old girl, and dozens injured after 25 tornadoes tore across the Southeast.

In North Carolina, the toddler was found buried under a pile of shattered furniture along with her 50-year-old grandmother. Their small house in a rural area of Lexington had been ripped clean from its foundations.

The storms left at trail of debris that stretched for at least seven miles, with a dozen people taken to hospital.

Firefighters and volunteers in Lexington searched for the child, whose name wasn’t immediately released, for more than two hours.

A neighbour Maegan Chriscoe said: ‘She was just beautiful, big blue eyes and so sweet.’

One resident Henry Taylor said he was home watching television with his wife when he saw a tornado warning flash on the screen. A minute later, he saw a funnel cloud out his window.

Mr Taylor, 50, said: ‘It looked like the ‘Wizard of Oz. It was surreal, and for a moment, a split second, you say to yourself ‘This ain’t real,’ then reality sets in, and you know it is.’

With the latest deaths, the number of tornado fatalities for 2011 is 553, making it the deadliest year for tornadoes in the U.S. since 1925.” Read more.

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Report: Several Middle Eastern Nations Are Pressing America to Strike Iran

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By Gavriel Queenann – “Newly acquired intelligence reports indicate several Arab countries in the Middle East are lobbying the US to strike Iran this year, Israel’s Channel 10 reported.

According to the report, which is said to be making its rounds in Britain’s political circles, Saudi Arabia wants the Obama administration to attack Iran’s nuclear facilities before the final withdrawal of US troops from Iraq.

US president has vowed to close the door on American military involvement in Iraq by year’s end, but Riyadh is reportedly afraid Iran will use the American exit to take over the country.

Since 2008, officials in the Iraqi interim government have complained to Washington that both Iran and Saudi Arabia were, respectively, funding the Shiite and Sunni insurgencies that have plagued the country since the US-led invasion that toppled late dictator Sadam Hussein.

Security experts say Baghdad’s security forces are unprepared to confront the rival insurgencies that hold Iraq in their grip – and that Obama’s dogged drive to fulfill his campaign promise may have disastrous consequences both for the region and US interests.

Saudi Arabia and its Gulf Arab allies have been locked in a strategic battle with Iran for hegemony over the Persian Gulf – and have accused Tehran of seeking to destabilize the region through its ‘Shiite Diaspora.’

Gulf Arab leaders have sought to exert pressure on Iran and its regional allies – most notably Syrian president Bashar al-Assad – by allying themselves with Western powers opposed to Tehran’s aggressive posture.

They have also joined western powers in targeting Iran’s nuclear program, which they see as targeting them first and foremost – rather than Israel, who Iran has threatened repeatedly with destruction.” Read more.

But wait! Who cares about what would happen if the suicidal death cult leadership of Iran acquired nuclear weapons to strike Israel, the United States and their allies.  It’s all about the economy, stupid …

U.S. Defense Secretary: Iran strike will hurt world economy – “U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta warned on the eve of talks with Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak that a strike on Iran could harm the world economy, saying the U.S. focus was on diplomatic pressure and sanctions. ‘There are going to be economic consequences to that (an Iran strike), that could impact not just on our economy but the world economy,’ Panetta told reporters traveling with him on Thursday to Canada, where he will attend a security forum and hold bilateral talks with Barak.” Read more.

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