Archive for 02/02/2012

Former CIA Chief James Woolsey: ‘Begin Military Plans to Thwart Iran Nukes’

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By OREN KESSLER – “Iran is working to obtain a nuclear weapon, a former CIA chief said Wednesday while visiting Israel, and the US should begin military preparations to block the Islamic Republic from reaching that goal.

‘To believe anything other than that Iran is working to get a nuclear weapon is hopelessly naive,’ James Woolsey said in an interview on the sidelines of the Herzliya Conference.

‘At some point someone is going to have to decide to use force to prevent Iran from getting a nuclear weapon. I’d argue that those who say we can deal adequately with Iran through deterrence are quite naive.

‘National survival is at issue. In the near term that’s the case for Israel, but in the somewhat longer term it is [the case] for the US, which from Iran’s point of view, is the ‘Great Satan,’’ he continued. ‘This is a world-class problem, not an eastern Mediterranean or Persian Gulf problem. The politics of the world will change if this regime gets the bomb.'” Read more.

Flashback: James Woolsey: The United States Should Bomb the Entire Iranian Revolutionary Guard’s Infrastructure – “The United States should consider military strikes against not just Iran’s nuclear sites but the entire Iranian Revolutionary Guard infrastructure, argued former CIA director James Woolsey in a radio interview today. Comparing the Guards to Adolph Hitler’s blackshirts, Woolsey named several ‘fair game’ Guard-related targets, including Iran’s space program, ballistic missile program, training facilities and the Guard’s substantial commercial interests.” Read more.

Cover Your Mouth: Flesh-Eating Bug Spread by Sneezes and Coughs

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“Coughing and sneezing on crowded trains and buses can spread deadly flesh-eating superbugs, commuters are being warned.

The bacteria are more virulent than the infamous hospital MRSA, can affect otherwise healthy people and are spreading across Britain.

They can be transmitted through skin-to-skin contact and hugging as well as sneezing and coughing.

One strain, called USA300, can lead to blood poisoning or a form of pneumonia that eats away at lung tissue.

The bacteria are usually resistant to several types of antibiotics and can cause large boils on the skin.

Chris Williams, professor of molecular genetics at the University of Birmingham, said: ‘It breaks down tissue. If it gets into your heart, bacteria can get into your bloodstream and take hold of different parts of your body. That could lead to death quite easily.’

The dangers of the ‘community- acquired’ superbugs are raised in a new study, examining the way they spread. Researcher Dr Ruth Massey said USA300 was ‘causing huge problems in America and is being reported here increasingly’.

She added: ‘These community- acquired strains seem to be good at affecting healthy people – they seem to be much better than the hospital ones at causing disease.’

Dr Massey said there were 1,000 cases of so-called PVL-positive community-acquired MRSA in England in the last year, of which 200 were USA300 strains.” Read more.

Categories: Pestilence

Powerful 7.1 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Vanuatu

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“PORT VILA, Vanuatu (AP) — A strong earthquake has struck about 77 miles west of the capital of the South Pacific island nation of Vanuatu.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the magnitude-7.1 quake struck Thursday. The quake struck at a depth of 14 miles.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center issued a bulletin saying ‘no destructive widespread tsunami threat exists’ from the quake but warned that local tsunamis could occur within 62 miles of the epicenter.

The region lies on the ‘Ring of Fire’ — an arc of earthquake and volcanic zones that stretches around the Pacific Rim. About 90% of the world’s quakes occur in the region.” Read more.

Categories: Earthquakes

Egypt: 79 Die in Violent Soccer Riot, Egyptian Member of Parliament Already Blaming America and Israel

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Don’t be surprised if the Muslim Brotherhood is inspired by MP Mustafa Bakri and soon echoes similar sentiments. If they think about it too long, they’ll convince themselves that this would have never happened if Jews didn’t exist …

By Mohamed Fadel Fahmy and Ian Lee – “Cairo (For CNN) — Egyptians began three days of mourning Thursday for the 79 people who perished at a violent soccer riot, as the nation’s fledgling parliament erupted in anger over the national tragedy.

The speaker of the parliament ordered an end to a live broadcast of Thursday’s parliament session, so heated was the debate. But the order was retracted after angry lawmakers made their objections known.

A deputy of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party demanded the resignation of the interior minister, holding him responsible for the loss of lives. Another deputy accused security guards of allowing fans to bring weapons into the stadium in Port Said.

A committee will investigate the circumstances that caused the deadly riot Wednesday at the match pitting Cairo’s Al-Ahly team against Al-Masry of Port Said.

It remained unclear whether the riots were ignited by intense sporting rivalry or political strife. Egyptians just marked the one-year anniversary of their revolution that toppled the longtime dictatorship of Hosni Mubarak.

In Cairo’s Tahrir Square, somber protesters, many dressed in popular Al-Ahly club attire, decried Egypt’s Supreme Council of the Armed Forces even though Field Marshall Mohamed Tantawi had tried to allay their fears.

‘This period, I assure you, will be peaceful. Egypt will be stable again,’ Tantawi said in a statement released to Egyptian media. ‘The military council is executing a road map to transfer the authority to an elected civilian entity. … Whoever has any plot against Egypt will not succeed.'” Read more.

Egyptian MP: America and Israel Are Responsible for Port Said Soccer Bloodbath (Video)

Shiite Iran Takes Aim at Israel Through Sunni Muslim Brotherhood Alliance

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Revelation 17:13, “These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast.”

By Chana Ya’ar – “Iran is maintaining close contact with the Muslim Brotherhood and wants diplomatic relations in Egypt, Iran’s foreign minister says.

‘Tehran is in constant contact with the Muslim Brotherhood’ and will send an ambassador to Cairo if Egypt agrees, Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi told the Egyptian daily Al-Masry Al-Youm.

An Iranian-Egyptian alliance would give Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad a strategic ally on Israel’s southern border along with Hamas in Gaza and Hizbullah in Lebanon.

Salehi said Iran is ready to promote its diplomatic relations with Egypt to the ambassadorial level, particularly in light of the Muslim Brotherhood’s recent ascendancy to power. The group’s party, the Freedom and Justice Party, controls 43 percent of parliamentary seats.

Some countries ‘are not happy about improving relations between Egypt and Iran,’ he said but insisted that it would be beneficial if there were cooperation between Egypt, Iran, Turkey and Saudi Arabia.” Read more.

Flashback: Muslim Brotherhood Senior Member Praises Iranian leaders, Scoffs at U.S. (video):

Flashback: Muslim Brotherhood Spiritual Guide Defends Hitler and Nuclear Terror (Video):

IDF Military Intelligence: Iran Has Stockpile of Enough Enriched Uranium for Four Nuclear Bombs

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By YAAKOV KATZ – “Iran has created a stockpile of enriched uranium that could be used to manufacture four nuclear weapons, head of the IDF’s Military Intelligence Maj.-Gen. Aviv Kochavi said on Thursday.

Speaking at the Herzliya Conference, Kochavi said that once Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei made the decision to go to the so-called “breakout stage” and begin enriching uranium to military-grade levels, it would take the Iranians a year to make a crude device and another year or two to manufacture a nuclear warhead that can be installed on a ballistic missile.

Iran, he said, has obtained 4 tons of uranium enriched to 3.5 percent and another 100 kilograms enriched to 20%.

‘Iran’s motivations are: to create hegemony in the region; deterrence; and to become an international player,’ Kochavi said. ‘They claim that they are developing the program for peaceful purposes but our intelligence shows without a doubt that Iran is continuing its work on developing a nuclear weapon.'” Read more.

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