Following NATO's meeting today it appears that the organization is lukewarm about the idea of a military intervention in Libya, including a no-fly zone. The fact that the very same folks who illegally attacked Yugoslavia are now seriously speaking about the "need for legal sanction" is really rather disgusting, but it's good news anyway.
Well, are you catching my drift?
The Pen Versus the Sword....
No problemo though because by 2020 three decades later Kuwait will again be part of Iraq. The sands of time cover much of man's mischief. Even Libya will be forgotten shortly as the USA withdraws even more completely from the MED leaving it to the EU as its Mare Nostrum.
The USA does have bigger fish to fry now that most of Sub-Saharan Africa, all of South Asia and probably East Asia--Japan, Taiwan, Indonesia, etc. in play. So let's just ignore the Maghreb which is so unimportant to the US that our favorite dictators and military regimes are running things except for Tunisia of course. But hey then the Greeks settle there long ago and until Hannibal and Carthage defeated did a fair job of challenging the Romans. So let's not count Carthage, oh I mean Tunisia.
So let's add it all up. The US has abandoned so far the EU, the Western Hemisphere (Haiti, Cuba, Venezuela etc), North Africa, soon Afghanistan and Iraq, and yes the list of those areas and countries that no longer interest US grows longer....
And after all we did just welcome Moammar Qaddafi back into the realm of reasonable nations....LOL
C'est la tragedie! OBAMA's Rwanda/Bosnia is now Haiti/Libya!
Is the USA just waking up to foreign affairs....? we may yet see some wholly new candidates for President in 2012. Domestic issues now fronting for foreign policy issues.... After all Wall Street understands since it operates largely off shore.... And soon even the NY Stock Exchange will be under the German thumb. Is there a national security strategy other than turning USA into a third world commodity provider of extractive resources and food....?
For someone who I always thought was an extreme political animal able to schmooze his way through the Washington maze, Clapper has been surprisingly inarticulate lately. I never liked Clapper, but today I have to reluctantly leap to his defense.... China, Israel and Russia can deal USA a mortal blow. North Korea and Iran cannot. In that sense Clapper is right...Tempest in a teapot. Wordsmiths parsing what the meaning of "is" is....He's not stupid, he's not uninformed, he's just the designated flak dummy....in a MASSIVE Global chess Game with China.
He also said Qaddafi would prevail. If all that's deployed against Qaddafi are sharp words, he probably will prevail. It's not what we want (I think), but telling Qaddafi he must step down is not going to make it so... even if we threaten to hold our breath until he does...but. clearly Israel would like Gaddafi to stay and is doing everything it can to help Gaddafi.....cleaning up that mess would match the trials of Hercules. Though hopefully when re-routing the Potomac to clean things up we'll make certain to fit K street in as well.... what does that say about the Iran NIE, that is said to be "complete" and allegedly walks back some basic premises of the 2007 NIE?
Having said all that, the DNI should be able to clearly and intelligently state the facts as the IC sees them and defend those statements with clear logic, deftness and eloquence. Clapper has not done that. I hope he hasn't spent too much effort decorating his office.
The great thing about “al-Qaeda” is that they are the terrorist group that has something to offer for anyone who needs a patsy to fulfill a task, whether that be to cover a political assassination of an annoying individual, a military incursion into an innocent country, the suppression of national civil rights, or even the use of martial law tactics against unarmed citizens…., in USA with the criminal Patriot Act….and it’s being replicated the World Over….
According to eyewitnesses more than 4000 peaceful protesters raised the Saudi flags and then police began shooting towards the demonstrators, wounded at least four demonstrators and one person martyred.
In response to firing demonstrators chanted "peaceful peaceful ..".
Witnesses said that hundreds of protesters, including women holding Roses in their hands, took to the streets on Thursday. As the rally was about to finish, police opened fire on them, injuring at least four of them, all Shias. They were later taken to Qatif general hospital, witnesses said.
Online activists using the Facebook and Twitter have called for a "Day of Rage" and a "Saudi March 11 revolution" demanding a fully elected parliament and ruler in this conservative Islamic monarchy.
Security was strongly beefed up in the capital Riyadh in the early hours of Friday, after the interior ministry issued a stern reminder any kind of protest was illegal and unrest would not be tolerated.
Tensions rose late Thursday when security forces shot and wounded three Shia protesters in the city of Al-Qateef in Eastern Province, according to witnesses.
A royal official said Friday police responded to shooting from a man in the crowd, who was wounded by return fire and remains in custody. He did not confirm if any other people were injured.
The demonstrators were calling for the release of nine Shia prisoners who have been in jail for 14 years without trial, a witness told .....
Saudi Arabia, with about a quarter of the world's oil reserves, is a lynchpin of security in the Middle East and signs of unrest in the kingdom are being nervously monitored by the United States and other major powers.
Responding to Thursday's incident, the United States said it was keeping an eye on the situation and restated its support for universal values of human rights.
The Human Rights First Society of Saudi Arabia strongly condemned the police shootings in Eastern Province, which has the biggest concentration of Shia of any part of the mainly Sunni Muslim country.
"HRFS condemns, with the loudest and clearest words, the use of all kinds of force to disperse demonstrators, particularly when live ammunition was used last night against the demonstrators in Qatif," it said in a statement.
So far Saudi Arabia has been spared the political tumult that has gripped neighbouring countries like Yemen and swept the autocratic leaders of Egypt and Tunisia from power.
The kingdom's top clerics have also condemned as un-Islamic calls for demonstrations and petitions, saying "reform and advice do not take place through demonstrations and methods that fan sedition."
Dozens of police cars filled the strategic Olaya commercial centre in the Riyadh, which was hit by a blinding dust storm overnight, where the protesters are supposed to congregate.
Police patrols stood guard on the sides of the main roads of King Fahad and Olaya main street where security forces set up a checkpoint and were asking motorists for their identification.
Harnessing the power of new media like Facebook to spread their message, activists have urged Saudis to demonstrate in large numbers soon after the Friday prayers around 1000 GMT.
Protests have been called in most cities including Riyadh, Jeddah in the west and Dammam in the oil-rich east.
Activists are demanding far-reaching reform including representative government, an independent judiciary, the abolition of the secret police, the release of all political prisoners and guarantees of freedom of expression.
On the economic front, they seek a minimum monthly wage of 10,000 riyals ($2,667) and jobs for Saudis, in a country where the unemployment rate is 10.5 percent and soars to around 30 percent in the 20-29 age group.
The Gulf Civil Society Forum, a liberal pan-Gulf group, expected a low turnout because the call came from London-based dissidents who do not have a large following in the kingdom.
Other Facebook activists have called for nationwide protests on March 20.
On his return from surgery in the United States last month, King Abdullah decreed benefits estimated at more than $30 billion such as housing services and unemployment payments.
Crude prices turned lower in Asia on Friday as traders awaited further news on protests in Saudi Arabia, the world's biggest oil exporter, analysts said.
New York's main contract, light sweet crude for April delivery, fell 97 cents to $101.73 per barrel in the afternoon.
Brent North Sea crude for April dipped 39 cents to $115.04.
Some conspiracy theorists will have you believe that everything in the Middle East is about oil, including the US invasion of Iraq. But the fact is that, three years after the invasion, the Americans have not acquired any Iraqi oilfield.
Yet in one sense the hundreds of weekly killings in Iraq are indeed about oil. This relates not to the US occupation but the Sunni-Shia struggle for controlling oil.
Iraq’s population consists roughly of 60% Shia Arabs, 20% Kurds and 12% Sunni Arabs (the balance being small minorities). Iraq has for centuries been ruled by Sunnis. Democracy has now empowered the Shia majority, and Sunnis fear the consequences.The biggest oilfields in the country are in the Shia south, and the rest are in the northern Kurdish region. There is no oil in the Sunni triangle in the middle of the country. The new Constitution of Iraq was long delayed because of heated debates on sharing oil revenue. One Constitutional provision says that oil belongs to the people of Iraq in all regions. Yet the Constitution also gives autonomy to the three regions—Shia, Sunni and Kurd. This fuels Sunni fears that the other two regions will ultimately hog all the oil.
You cannot attribute the murderous battles between Sunni and Shia militia to oil alone. The strife is also caused by religious and regional tensions, the Baathist backlash, and the belief of some Sunnis that the Shia-Kurd majority is an American poodle. Yet overlying all these causes is tension over oil.
The tension is not limited to Iraq: it pervades the whole Gulf. Muslims in the region oppose the US occupation, yet all Arab governments desperately want US troops to stay on. Why? Because they fear that US withdrawal will encourage Iran to foment Shia insurrections in every Sunni-ruled state in the Gulf. The Shia population is substantial and sometimes dominant along the Gulf shoreline.
The entire shoreline was part of the Persian Sassanid Empire in the 7th century. That is why the body of water was called the Persian Gulf. The Sassanid Empire was Zoroastrian. Soon after, Arab Islam swept through the Middle East. But it split along Shia-Sunni lines. The Shias dominated Iran, Iraq and some other parts of the Gulf shoreline. The Sunnis controlled most other regions, including the holy cities of Mecca and Medina.
The Middle East was ruled by the Ottoman Empire from the 13th century onwards. The Empire collapsed after World War I, and the British ushered in the rule of assorted Sunni kings and sheikhs.
Oil transformed the region. Saudi Arabia discovered the biggest oilfields in the world. But 70% of its oil lay in the Shia-majority region on the Gulf shore. This made the Saudi royal family paranoid about the possibility that these Shias, abetted by Iran (and now Iraq), would secede and take the oilfields with them.
Baqir Solagh, former Interior Minister and now Finance Minister of Iraq, last year accused Saudi Arabia of violating the civil rights of Shias in its eastern region, and called for justice. This caused consternation in Riyadh. Shortly after, the Minister’s brother was kidnapped, and he attributed this to Saudi revenge. Whether true or not, it highlighted how high Sunni-Shia tensions run over oil.
Events in Lebanon have further worried the Saudis. Hezbollah, the Shia party of Lebanon, has gained de facto control of the southern part of the country. It has been armed by Iran and is too powerful for the Lebanese government to disarm. Hezbollah battled Israel in July and August and was widely seen to have won, simply because it was the first time that Israeli forces failed to win. Hezbollah’s rockets killed over 100 Israelis, and it claims to have 20,000 rockets still in reserve.
Hezbollah has become and will continue to be a hero to Muslims throughout the Middle East, even Sunnis. This makes Sunni rulers uneasy. The have long relied on Sunni-Shia antagonism to keep Iranian machinations at bay. But if Iran and Hezbollah attain heroic status among all Muslims in the Gulf, Sunni rulers fear loss of authority, and maybe of their oilfields too.
Many geologists feel that global oil production is close to a historical peak, after which it will decline and send prices spiraling. But one American academic, Amy Jaffe of the Baker Institute, theorises that Saudi Arabia may seek to discomfit Iran by sharply increasing oil production to deliberately cause a price crash. Saudi Arabia has a huge trade surplus and can shrug off a lower oil price. But a low oil price will convert Iran’s trade surplus into a deficit, creating problems for a country already facing international financial and banking curbs.
I personally doubt that Saudi paranoia about Iran will go to this extreme. But the very fact that academics are speculating on the impact of Shia-Sunni tensions on oil shows that the future of oil prices will be decided by geopolitics no less than geology....
Le fou malfaisant Sarkozy va-t-il entraîner la France dans une nouvelle guerre en Afrique du Nord pour faire taire un témoin gênant, qui aurait aide a financer la campagne Sarkozy de 2007....? Voilà qui arrangerait bien ses commanditaires Américains et Israéliens.... Quant aux veaux....
If Lindbergh had political savvy and been on the ticket in 1940 who knows? America First sounds good until you study the following they had in the American polity. And it almost worked. The NAZI's came alarming close to total domination in 1940-1941. Fortunately they did not. I argue FDR helped but in reality the survival of Britain was largely luck not skill. And high octane petrol from the US....
That's quite in line with the way that Jews related to host governments where they resided, especially Jews in Poland. There, Jews enjoyed a prosperous "state within a state" (that served as the model for the way Jews tried to live -- and control -- Germany). The larger point is that Jews were in Poland under the protective wing of the monarchy. If a Jew or the Jewish community had a problem with the 'locals' or other relationships, their automatic response was to go to the king with the expectation that the king would make it right.
Ruderman says that the Jewish community started to show stresses with "modernity" -- or "emancipation" -- when Europeans, as well as Jews, gained democratic rights. Democracies were not as sympathetic to Jewish presence or activities as were the former monarchs, who were in a mutually beneficial financial relationship with Jews, while the democratic masses were not.
MISE A JOUR SAMEDI 12 FEVRIER 2011 : INTENSE PRESSION DES JUIFISTES DE L'ELYSEE SUR LES SYRIENS....LOL, POUR QU'IL RETIRE SA PAGE EN ARABE. LA TRADUCTION EST DISPONIBLE SUR CE BLOG ET SUR LE NET, Y A JUSTE A LA TRADUIRE EN FRANCAIS ET LA FAIRE TOURNER AFIN QU'ILS SE PENDENT D'EUX-MEMES. SARKOZY TU FAIS TON ALIYAH IMMEDIATEMENT ! EN FRANCE, EN EUROPE T'ES CHEZ NOUS L'ISRAELIEN! TU DEGAGES MAINTENANT ET PAS EN 2012 ! J'AI ETE INFORMÉ DU FAIT QUE LES JUIFISTES DE L'ELYSEE ONT DEMANDE A L'ARMEE DES JUIFISTES HARKIS ALGERIENS DE PARTICIPER AUX BOMBARDEMENTS SUR LA LIBYE, CE QUI ENTRAINERA DE FACTO LA CHUTE DES HARKAS. LE PETROLE LIBYEN APPARTIENT AU PEUPLE LIBYEN, MEME CHOSE EN ALGERIE. LA CHUTE DE AL QADDAFI ENTRAINE AUTOMATIQUEMENT CELLE DES JUIFISTES AU MAROC, ALGERIE ET A PARIS... L'EFFET DOMINO. DES SOURCES MUSULMANES AURAIENT PRIS CONTACT AVEC PLUSIEURS JUGES FRANCAIS ACTIFS ET A LA RETRAITE, ENNEMIS DE LA FRANCE-MACONNERIE, POUR PREPARER L'EVICTION, APPAREMENT DANS LA VIOLENCE, DES ISRAELIENS DE FRANCE....
Mais d'ou vient cet argent que les qataris ont versé a la racaille juifiste d'Al Qaddafi dans le cadre de l'operation de liberation des infirmieres bulgares? Ne serait-ce pas l'argent detourné par Hariri au profit de Chirac et ses équipes, une bonne partie de l'argent des retro-commissions des contrats Agosta et Sawari 2. Argent 'récupéré' apres la liquidation de Rafik Hariri par Asef Shawkat et l'odieuse White House Murder INC, en soutaritance pour le CIA/MOSSAD....., puis en partie blanchi par l'agent sefarade de la DGSE, Al Qaddafi. D'ou l'affaire clearstream et les manipulations de la .... DGSE
Juste pour etre sur que Al Qaeddafi ne sabote pas notre agenda, le positionnement des le depart est crucial pour ce qui suit.
La cinquieme republique sioniste du CRIF est belle et bien finie...
Quel spectacle, entretuez-vous racailles sionistes ! La suite ci-dessous, ce sont les syriens qui regalent! Ils ont tout compris !
Gaddafi financed the election campaign of Sarkozy and his party millions of dollars in the same way which was financed by Hariri and Saddam Hussein, the election campaigns of his predecessor, Jacques Chirac, and the intermediaries Vbannaon, Italians, Zionists!?
Paris, the truth (especially of: Ellen / Susan Bourgeois): detection Arab source in the party of the "Union for a Popular Movement," the French, a party that belongs to President Nicolas Sarkozy, the nature of the "secret grave," which threatened the Qaddafi regime to disclose it in retaliation for the recognition of France National Council of Libyan opposition. The news agency "Jana" the Libyan official said today (yesterday) Thursday, "it was" aware that there is a secret grave will inevitably lead to the fall of Sarkozy or until his trial, relating to the financing of his campaign the previous year 2007. "And issued this statement after the recognition of France's National Assembly, the Transitional Libi as a "sole legitimate representative of the Libyan people" and declared that it would send an ambassador soon to Benghazi . But Jana did not reveal the nature of this "secret".
Kadhafi and Sarkozy: Anas session....
Insistence Arab party, Sarkozy revealed the "truth" that the matter of millions of dollars (more than fifty million dollars) to pay the Libyan regime to finance the campaign of Sarkozy's presidential election during the first and second rounds in May of 2007, which won wrapped against the party's candidate Socialist Segolene Royal, where he received about 53 percent of the votes, while Royal won about 48 percent. The source revealed that the funds "have been delivered in liquid form (cash) in the bags and not in the form of money orders or checks, so as to prevent seizure in any future investigation of Mali." The source said the businessman of Lebanese origin Zeyad Taqi al-Din, and closely related to Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, and others from Italy and Libya itself, took delivery of these bags for close to Sarkozy, has played a family of his wife, Carla/CIA/DIA...., Italian, play a pivotal role in the process as there was a relationship between and the "lobby" the Libyan regime in Italy. The source added that the Italian Prime Minister Berlusconi, "he was aware of the process, and perhaps provided logistic facilities in this area, particularly with respect to payments that have been delivered and received on the Italian territory." But the surprise in revealing the source is that the French journalist (called the "philosopher") Bernard-Henri Levy, known for its relations with the Mossad and the CIA and the Israeli Likud Party, is also playing a role in the process of transferring funds. It is known that Levy led covert operations in support of fundamentalist terrorist organizations in Afghanistan under the pretext of liberation from Soviet occupation. Where he oversaw the installation and management of radio stations and training Ialamiyeta in "the art of propaganda against communism." And today it became known widely in the West to Levy, and other French intellectuals, took to do this work under the supervision of the CIA funding and the participation of Saudi intelligence....and MOSSAD.
Arab source in Sarkozy's party told the "truth" that part of the "secret" to which I alluded Libyan News Agency, also relates to commissions Tkadaha Sarkozy and his team the summer of 2009 by Seif al-Islam Gaddafi, in the context of the sale of military aircraft of a French model, "Rafal" of modern Libya, as well as the Mirage of the fourth generation.
In a related development, the source said that the way in which the funding process Libyan Sarkozy match exactly with the way it was carried out by Saddam Hussein and Rafik Hariri, along with Jacques Chirac (by any bags, and not by check).
In this connection, that the French intelligence had raided the house of journalist Syrian opposition Nayouf in the suburb of Malakoff, near Paris, in January 2004 in a manner Amoavlp, fraud and stolen three compact discs (CD-ROM) contains documents relating to the process of financing Saddam Hussein and Rafik al-Hariri to Jacques Chirac. According to the report of the newspaper "Le Parisien" French , the French intelligence called Nayyouf to its headquarters in the old area "Bear Wise" in Paris to discuss it in the newspaper report was written in "Corporation" Before, in which he disclosed that French intelligence was involved in the process of neighborhood "Uzbek" terrorist attacks in Damascus in 1981 through the recruitment of Muslim Brotherhood/CIA members who were engaged in an armed struggle against the Syrian regime under the auspices of the Iraqi and Jordanian intelligence. He went hundreds of dead and wounded in the terrorist operation. At the time of Nayyouf in the "hospitality" at the intelligence in the "Bear Wise", the elements of the device in question to enter his home by a copy of the matching key held by the Municipality of Malakoff, as the entity that rented the house. And later, revealed his lawyer William Bourdon that Nayyouf got the documents (Confessions of audio and documents written) of the diplomat of the former Iraqi Mahdi Habib, who was carrying money bags to Jacques Chirac, before the split on Saddam's regime at a later time. Because of the mentioned documents, and other similar things concerning the involvement of French intelligence in the bombing of a neighborhood Uzbek referred to, and in providing the Syrian regime to biological materials and chemicals have been tested secret to hundreds of political prisoners, the Syrians and Lebanese by the French Defense Ministry in Guantanamo, "Khan Abu Shami" secret in the Syrian desert , which was unveiled in 2002, the French authorities turned his life into hell, which forced him to leave France to the final European country to another.
It's just a fraction of the head of an iceberg of corruption in France's official support for terrorism in the Arab world. It will not be a surprise to us when it is said one day that French experts run the war of genocide managed by the Gaddafi regime against its own people, even if Sarkozy has withdrawn its recognition of the Libyan regime today. This is how acrobatic movements, often intended to make waves in a corner to hide the crimes being committed in another angle...., exactly like the Syrian Alawite Dictatorial Mafia in Damascus for Decades...!?
The Serious Fraud Office dropped the investigation in December 2006, after intense diplomatic pressure from the Saudis. BAE was fined by US authorities last year after it admitted a relatively minor charge of making false statements. It faced no action in Britain over the Saudi allegations and until now the full details of the case have been kept secret.
However, a US cable given to the WikiLeaks website and obtained by The Daily Telegraph discloses the strength of the investigators’ case. Written four months after the collapse of the investigation, it shows the SFO had evidence that:
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How a tiny kingdom strong-armed the US
The bullet that killed a pro-democracy protester in Bahrain last month was probably paid for by American taxpayers. Just how US bullets make their way into guns used by the tiny country's troops opens a window on the Pentagon's relationships with autocratic Arab states that have recently proven more powerful than American ideals and the United States president. - Nick Turse (Mar 16, '11)
Update: WikiLeaks cable alleges fraud in arms deal -- UPI