Thursday, November 30, 2006


U.S. governs by ‘coercion,’ Iran leader writes

In open letter to Americans, Ahmadinejad urges pullout from Iraq

IMAGE: Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
Atta Kenare / AFP - Getty Images file
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, shown delivering a speech in Tehran on Nov. 26, has written a letter to the American people.

MSNBC News Services
Updated: 2:46 p.m. CT Nov 29, 2006

UNITED NATIONS - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, in a letter to the American people on Wednesday, accused their government of “coercion, force and injustice” and urged the United States to pull out of Iraq.

Ahmadinejad’s five-page letter also called on Washington to recognize a Palestinian state and cautioned the Democratic Party that, after gaining control of the U.S. Congress, they would be “held to account by the people and by history.”

The letter was given to the press by Iran’s Mission to the United Nations.

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The Iranian leader, who wrote an 18-page letter to President Bush in May that Bush never responded to, said he was now writing to the American people in friendship because Iran and the United States shared a responsibility “to promote and protect freedom and human dignity and integrity.”

“Governments are there to serve their own people. No people wants to side with or support any oppressors. But regrettably, the U.S. administration disregards even its own public opinion and remains in the forefront of supporting the trampling of the rights of the Palestinian people,” he said.

U.S. can govern with justice, Iranian leader writes
“It is possible to govern based on an approach that is distinctly different from one of coercion, force and injustice,” Ahmadinejad said.

On Iraq, he said that with a constitution and government now in place, “would it not be more beneficial to bring the U.S. officers and soldiers home, and to spend the astronomical U.S. military expenditures in Iraq for the welfare and prosperity of the American people?”

“As you know very well, many victims of Katrina continue to suffer, and countless Americans continue to live in poverty and homelessness,” he said.

Average Iranians were disappointed by the cold response to the May letter, the first official communication between the two countries’ presidents since the Islamic Revolution of 1979.

Earlier this month, Ahmadinejad said he was planning to write a letter to Americans.

“Many American people asked me to talk to them in order to explain the views of the Iranian people,” Ahmadinejad told reporters, referring to his visit to New York to attend the U.N. General Assembly session in September 2005.

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There is nothing in the letter discussing the possible role of Iran in helping to bring peace to Iraq, as some had suggested.

Ahmadinejad essentially says the U.S. should leave, that it rid Iraq of Saddam and that was good, and it set up a constitutional government and that was good, but the time has come to leave.

Bottom line: This will embolden those in the Bush administration who say the U.S. should not negotiate with Iran or Syria. They will note that there is little of substance in the letter and that it shows the Iranian president to be unhelpful and worse, particularly in his attacks on "Zionists" both in Israel and in the U.S.

— Robert Windrem, NBC correspondent

Ahmadinejad has alienated many Americans by calling for Israel’s destruction and repeatedly dismissing the Holocaust as a myth. He also strongly supports the Palestinian militant group Hamas and the Lebanese faction Hezbollah, which the U.S. State Department lists as terrorist organizations.

Twice this year, Iran has proposed talks with the United States over Iraq, but Ahmadinejad has said that for such negotiations to take place, Washington must change its behavior. On Sunday, he said Iran was ready to help the United States get out of the “Iraqi quagmire if the U.S. changes its bullying policy toward Iran.”

Iran and the United States have had no diplomatic relations since 1979 when, after the Islamic revolution, militants seized the U.S. Embassy in Tehran and kept 52 people hostage for 444 days.


WND Exclusive
45,000 terror-threat illegals released into U.S. population
Half from countries of 'special interest' let go between 2001, 2005, says report

Posted: November 29, 2006
1:00 a.m. Eastern

© 2006

WASHINGTON – Half of the 91,516 illegal aliens from terror-sponsoring countries and those of "special interest" apprehended at the border between 2001 and 2005 were released into the U.S. population, according to a report by the inspector general's office of the Department of Homeland Security.

The report, "Detention and Removal of Illegal Aliens," released earlier this year with little fanfare or attention, suggests about 85 percent of those aliens – potentially the most dangerous – would abscond and likely never be seen by authorities again.

Acknowledging the danger such aliens pose to the national security, the report cites a DHS official testifying that terrorist organizations "believe illegal entry into the U.S. is more advantageous than legal entry for operations reasons."

Budget shortfalls were the explanations for why some 45,008 potential terrorists were released by authorities over a period of nearly five years after Sept. 11, 2001. The budget crunches prompted immigration officials to place strict limits on detention bed space, recruitment, training, travel and expansion of enforcement programs, the report explained.

In addition to the release of these high-risk aliens, 27,947 known criminals were also released between 2001 and 2004 – including 20, 967 "from countries where the notorious Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) gang members are know to be active."

Given that only one in four aliens attempting to enter the U.S. during this period was caught, that would suggest some 350,000 from high-risk nations entered the country through this five-year period. An additional 400,000 criminal aliens would also have made it into the country between 2001 and 2004, according to the report.

That's a total of 750,000 aliens who would be either known criminals before entering the country illegally or who originated from a terror-sponsoring nation or one in which terrorists are known to operate.

This news hits following WND's report yesterday that 12 Americans are murdered every day by illegal aliens, according to statistics released by Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa. If those numbers are correct, it translates to 4,380 Americans murdered annually by illegal aliens. That's 21,900 since Sept. 11, 2001.

But the carnage wrought by illegal alien murderers represents only a fraction of the pool of blood spilled by American citizens as a result of an open border and un-enforced immigration laws.

While King reports 12 Americans are murdered daily by illegal aliens, he says 13 are killed by drunk illegal alien drivers – for another annual death toll of 4,745. That's 23,725 since Sept. 11, 2001.

While no one – in or out of government – tracks all U.S. accidents caused by illegal aliens, the statistical and anecdotal evidence suggests many of last year's 42,636 road deaths involved illegal aliens.

A report by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Study found 20 percent of fatal accidents involve at least one driver who lacks a valid license. In California, another study showed that those who have never held a valid license are about five times more likely to be involved in a fatal road accident than licensed drivers.

Statistically, that makes them an even greater danger on the road than drivers whose licenses have been suspended or revoked – and nearly as dangerous as drunk drivers.

King also reports eight American children are victims of sexual abuse by illegal aliens every day – a total of 2,920 annually.

Based on a one-year in-depth study, Deborah Schurman-Kauflin of the Violent Crimes Institute of Atlanta estimates there are about 240,000 illegal immigrant sex offenders in the United States who have had an average of four victims each. She analyzed 1,500 cases from January 1999 through April 2006 that included serial rapes, serial murders, sexual homicides and child molestation committed by illegal immigrants.

As the number of illegal aliens in the U.S. increases, so does the number of American victims.

According to Edwin Rubenstien, president of ESR Research Economic Consultants, in Indianapolis in 1980, federal and state correctional facilities held fewer than 9,000 criminal aliens. But at the end of 2003, approximately 267,000 illegal aliens were incarcerated in all U.S. jails and prisons.

While the federal government doesn't track illegal alien murders, illegal alien rapes or illegal alien drunk driving deaths, it has studied illegal aliens incarcerated in U.S. prisons.

In April 2005, the Government Accountability Office released a report on a study of 55,322 illegal aliens incarcerated in federal, state, and local facilities during 2003. It found the following:

  • The 55,322 illegal aliens studied represented a total of 459,614 arrests – some eight arrests per illegal alien;
  • Their arrests represented a total of about 700,000 criminal offenses – some 13 offenses per illegal alien;
  • 36 percent had been arrested at least five times before.

"While the vast majority of illegal aliens are decent people who work hard and are only trying to make a better life for themselves and their families, (something you or I would probably do if we were in their place), it is also a fact that a disproportionately high percentage of illegal aliens are criminals and sexual predators," states Peter Wagner, author of a new report called "The Dark Side of Illegal Immigration." "That is part of the dark side of illegal immigration and when we allow the 'good' in we get the 'bad' along with them. The question is, how much 'bad' is acceptable and at what price?"

But the terror threat posed by illegal aliens could make all those grisly numbers pale by comparison should a few succeed in conducting major operations in the U.S., say law enforcement officials.

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Buying My Supplies - what to buy and where

I have decided to dedicate this commentary to tell you where I buy most of my supplies and the truth about existing quality.

I generally use this blogger for political commentary but not today as I think its about time you start to understand that the quality "SMITHS" that I knew in general are mostly in cemetaries or in nursing homes. I keep being asked who can I go to for things other than what I still do, MY ANSWER IS NO ONE THAT I CAN RECOMMEND.

I buy my Milt Spark Holsters from
This company is owned by Craig and Audrey Chadwick. There courtesy and service is by far second to none. I would no longer ever buy another holster without checking with them first. Its been a real pleasure to buy from them and I do not have one negative complaint, they are super. Their phone number is 503 643 8198

I buy most all of my parts from Brownells and have been for at least 40 years and I am probably one of there oldest customers. Its an excellent company to buy from. There phone number is 800 741 0015. If you want to visit their website go to

I have been buying music wire springs from the W.C. Wolff spring company for so many years its unreal. They continue to make excellent music wire springs and the company is owned and run by Walter Wolff who is the son of the original Wolff Spring Company.

I have no reservations about spending more money for premium Chrome Silicon wire springs, they hold up better and its not that easy to manufacture as compared to music wire and it cost more. People like me are willing to pay the price to buy anything that is superior. For more information about these springs call Marc at 800 773 1940. go to

I do not buy many handguns at this time but my choice for reliability and to just tell you what I like is straight forward and no BS. If you want a semi auto pistol of any size for protection of life and property, I would only buy a Glock handgun. I have another favorite which is the HK P7 M8 but it is no longer in production.

If you want a small 5 shot revolver there is but one choice at this point in time that is in current production and that is the Ruger SP 101. If you want a larger revolver I can only recommend the Ruger GP 100. The rest of the revolvers sold today are a mere shadow of the older ones. There is no going into detail now to explain what I do not like about the other brands, because in my opinion they are all POOR AT BEST.

I still like the NAA mini revolvers and I still carry mine, I would have no reservations about buying any one of them. I like the 22 magnum caliber and whether you choose the mini or the Black Widow its just personal choice.

THERE ARE "NO" tiny small pocket semi auto's that I would buy, except for the Glock 26, 27, 33... "IT IS WHAT IT IS" I can not change reality, when these mouse guns have no ejector and are not reliable I can not ever consider owning one. In a social encounter we will have but only one chance to see who gets a "TOE TAG" and I want the advantage in making that decision, its that simple.

I buy many things from other industries but these items would not interest most of you so I will let this go by for now.

Many supplies have dried up at the wholesalers and there is no clear explanation as to why.

My lubrication will remain with "MILITEC"... All these years I have never found anything better and the people that own the company are superb. go to
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The best Tactical knives I like are Cold Steel and Benchmade, of course there are other good knives like CRKT and Spyderco and SOG. But if you want SHARP KNIVES go to
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I hope I have helped you in this very condensed version of what I like and Why. I have not gone into super detail because my typing is very limited.

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Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Sunday, November 26, 2006

Year of Ya'akov: Pulling him out of the Klipot

America is founded on a principle that the purpose for serving G-d is to make money. About half of the American people may still subscribe to this pact with the Eibishter. The other half have gone the way of the Europeans and chucked the "serving G-d" part altogether. The consequences for this pact with G-d are catastrophic for Esau in this year of Ya'akov, whose purpose for being a Mentsch was to be G-d's mentsch. That's it. No other ulterior motives. No expectations for a divine "cookie or snack". He just asks for what he needs to better do the right thing in G-d's eyes. Even when he deceived his father by wearing skins of a goat, it was G-d's will. His mother had been told nothing less than just that, when he was scuffling with Esau in her womb.

The older will at the End of Days end up serving the younger. So she was told, and so it will soon come to be. The blessing was crucial. All of human history hinged on that Erev Pesach approximately 3600 years ago. In came Ya'akov into Yitzkhak Avinu's tent with a delicious meal prepared by his mother to deceive his father. It will be a time to relive that moment this coming Erev Pesach, when the Guardian of Israel fully remembers the Children of Ya'akov. The nations of the world will lash out at this remembrance just as they did when we were remembered in Mitzraim. There the work became increasingly harder, until the Ten Plagues commenced later that year. Now the nations will cry foul and demand the best portions of the Holy City for themselves, until later this year or during Sukkot 5768.....

Here is a letter to a friend explaining why the impure husk of serving G-d for the purpose of prosperity is as of the beginning of this year being stripped away from us forever. The consequences are catastrophic for the American Dream. It will cause some suffering here as we adjust to the new reality and until G-d pulls our "chestnuts out of the fire" (as a recent letter writer put it) during the Year of Moshe, 5768. The nations united under Amalek's pen name here in the Holy Land, Hamas, will descend upon us like a ton of bricks. Most of them already have representation in Southern Lebanon. Only Gog W. himself has not shown up yet.

Gomer (Germany and the Franks) are there. Togarmah (The Turks) showed up three weeks ago. Cush (Somali terrorists) are poised and ready to do Hezbollah's bidding. And of course the Russians have already sent Chechnyan thugs. The Who's Who of Ezekiel 38 is already at our northern gate. They are just waiting for Armilus the Wicked (Olmert), with some choice deposits into his Swiss bank account, to invite them in. Yet, this is the full remembrance of Ya'akov spoken about in Leviticus 26:42 and in the Zohar on VaYera, to commence 6 1/2 years after the start of the Al Aksa Intafada. By Pesach time next year, G-d willing, they will have been shown the exit from this world. Here is the letter:

America has prospered on a system where the purpose of serving G-d is to make money. In the Year of Yakov that system will no longer work to obtain Divine Blessing. One can be like Yakov Avinu whose purpose for being a Mentsch was lishma, for its own sake, or one can receive sustenance from the Kochot HaTumah (spiritual impure forces). Esau's 3600 year old bargain with G-d to serve Him to build Olam HaZeh has now ended. Hamas and Amalek ( E.U. and Persia) are on the rise because they receive there prosperity from the forces of impurity in the world. America in order to survive will attach itself to them. It has no option.

The last leading currency of Edom will be the EuRo, the Ayin Ra (the evil eye). This is what Chazal have told us for millennia.

It is a good thing that Ya'akov deceived his father and rightfully took his father's blessing. The deception will cost us by leading to the division of Yerushalayim by the Europeans and an assortment of Moslem nations. But its pain will be short lived (nine months?) Yet, if Ya'akov had not done so, Amalek would rule the world for the rest of terrestrial time. Yitzkhak's blessing of Yakov will be remembered this Pesach, 6 1/2 years after the start of the Al Aksa Intafada. The full zechira of Ya'akov Avinu is what should bring Gog W. out of his shell to lead the international coalition against us . He may be pulled into service by the Europeans, but he will be compelled to lead.

I, like you, thought that Gog W. would at least fight Iran before turning on us, but Blair and Bush for different reasons are folding like a house of cards. Bush because of his recent loss in Congress and Blair because he always hated us. He just wanted to try to impose democracy on Iraq before coming after us. They could still surprise us on this and come up against Persia in a big way before they have to fight a Persian superpower.

Please make no mistake! I am not saying that there is no longer a reason to make money. It's is just that the purpose for serving G-d is no longer to make money. It just will not work any more. Nations based on this Masonic principle will now in this Year of Ya'akov begin to falter big time. The only real time example of such a nation is the U.S.A. Most other Western countries are either Catholic or godless. The converse of the above statement is still and always the real truth. The purpose for making money is to serve G-d. This is the real purpose of money.

Sunday, November 26, 2006


Decline and Fall
How not to act like a great power.
by Irwin M. Stelzer
11/27/2006, Volume 012, Issue 11

AMERICA IS FINISHED as a great power. Not because it no longer possesses the resources, but because it has lost the will. That was brought home to me on both ends of a recent trip through London's Heathrow airport en route to Phoenix.

* No great power permits its citizens to be discriminated against. Yet just keep your eyes open as you go through security at Heathrow (or any other international airport). Off goes your jacket. Off comes your wife's jacket, like yours, to be deposited in a heap in a plastic bin headed through a machine designed to detect something or other. Next comes a Middle Eastern woman, clad head to toe in a black garment, loose-fitting enough to conceal a weapon of mass destruction. No one dares impede her progress through the detectors.

America makes no move to tell the world's authorities that its citizens are not terrorists, and that any sensible program based on statistical probability--some call it profiling--would reverse security priorities. Jimmy Carter proved that any third-rate power can lay hands on American citizens without consequences. The world got the clue, and now treats us accordingly.

* No great power would allow itself to be held hostage to desert kingdoms run by medieval theocracies. Yet America does. We land in Phoenix and hop into a car that can be brought to a screeching halt if our supplies of oil are cut off. So we are afraid to tell our Saudi suppliers to stop financing terrorists, and to stop polluting the

minds of their young with anti-Semitic, anti-Western rants. We allow Russia, a country with a GDP less than that of Italy but with lots of oil, to tell us to take a hike when we protest its increasing tendency to return to the good old days of a KGB-dominated society. After all, if we support democratic forces in Russia, Putin might divert his oil and gas to China instead of giving us the privilege of buying it at inflated prices.

Instead of doing what a great nation would do--take steps to stem the flow of our dollars to what Reuel Marc Gerecht aptly described in these pages as "the Saudi Wahhabi multitentacled missionary-money machine, still the most influential conveyer of anti-American, anti-Western, anti-Semitic, and anti-Christian hatred in the world"--we unleash our secretary of energy to beg the OPEC nations to please let the price of oil drop from an outrageous $70 per barrel to a merely extortionate $60, but most important, please don't cut us off. And, by the way, you have us so much under your thumb that we will send our fleet to protect you should terrorists threaten your oil facility at Ras Tanura. But if our sailors pull a Bible in their duffles, look out. Groveling is easier than paying the price of getting off oil.

* No great power loses control of its borders. We have. The beautifully tended lawns of our Phoenix hotel, its well-staffed kitchen, are as likely as not the work of illegal aliens. These are admirable, hard-working people for the most part. But they are here illegally. And so unsure of itself has America become that we feel a need to adjust to them--to their language, to their demands on our social services. And most come from a country that refuses to allow American firms to invest in its oil and gas industries so as to increase available supplies. Surely a great country would find some way of saying, "No oil, then no immigrants, no remittances." Never in history have so many illegals dared to organize protest marches and assembled in so easily arrestable a mass, secure in the knowledge that their host country's addiction to low-cost pool-cleaning trumps its desire to control its borders.

* No great nation allows itself to become dependent on the goodwill of hostile nations in order to carry out its foreign policy. Yet America is rattled when left-wing governments in Spain and Italy withdraw support for our attempt to establish a government in Iraq that does not support terrorists. Earlier this month in London, a coalition of Welsh and Scottish peacemongers enlisted the support of opportunistic and anti-American Tories--the party of Winston Churchill and Margaret Thatcher--to come within a whisker of passing a parliamentary motion that would have made it even more difficult than it now is for Tony Blair to stick with us in Iraq. Would the government of a great power have received these same Tories in Washington only a few months ago, giving them much-needed credibility at home?

* No great power allows others to insult it gratuitously. I happened to be in America when one of our leading universities--housed in the safety of nuclear-free Cambridge--gave a platform to Iran's former president, and in Britain when St. Andrews gave him, get this, an honorary doctor of laws, no doubt a morale-killer for the political prisoners rounded up during his tenure. Yet we continue to pour government funds into Harvard to appease Ted Kennedy, and our ambassador to the Court of St. James's said not a public word to the Brits about their taste in honorees.

* No great nation allows itself to get into hock to a potential enemy. Yet we owe hundreds of billions to the Chinese because we

don't have the nerve to tell them to get the value of their currency in line with market forces or keep their sneakers, toys, and television sets. And no great nation stands idly by while another pilfers billions of dollars worth of its most valuable product--its intellectual property. Yet we watch while DVDs of first-run, copyrighted American films are sold for $1 in Beijing even before the film has been released in theaters here at home.

There's more. But you get the idea. Travel the world with your eyes open and you will see that America is no longer a great power. Not that it can't still be one--with our astonishingly lethal soldiers, our daring entrepreneurs, our workers willing to put in long hours, and a productive economy that is still the envy of the world.

But so long as we prefer to fund shopping sprees rather than a military adequate to meet the challenges of our era, and so long as we allow uncertainty about our virtues as a nation to swamp our good judgment, we will continue to doff our jackets obligingly to security personnel who are surprised--just ask them--that we allow our people to suffer such indignities.

Irwin M. Stelzer is a contributing editor to THE WEEKLY STANDARD, director of economic policy studies at the Hudson Institute, and a columnist for the Sunday Times (London).



יט וְשָׁבַרְתִּי, אֶת-גְּאוֹן עֻזְּכֶם; וְנָתַתִּי אֶת-שְׁמֵיכֶם כַּבַּרְזֶל, וְאֶת-אַרְצְכֶם כַּנְּחֻשָׁה. 19 And I will break the pride of your power; and I will make your heaven as iron, and your earth as brass.
כ וְתַם לָרִיק, כֹּחֲכֶם; וְלֹא-תִתֵּן אַרְצְכֶם, אֶת-יְבוּלָהּ, וְעֵץ הָאָרֶץ, לֹא יִתֵּן פִּרְיוֹ. 20 And your strength shall be spent in vain; for your land shall not yield her produce, neither shall the trees of the land yield their fruit.




DEBKAfile: Bush to pursue US policy reversal on Israel in bid for Arab help on Iraq – in his Amman talks Thursday. Brent Scowcroft is new administration policy guru

November 27, 2006, 2:26 PM (GMT+02:00)

Hamas was quick to pick up the new tune emanating from Washington. Its leaders and Mahmoud Abbas declared a hurried ceasefire Sunday to take advantage of the US president’s willingness to broaden his Amman talks from his planned meetings with Iraqi prime minister Nouri Maliki to an effort to convene an international conference on the Palestinian issue. Israel’s prime minister Ehud Olmert accepted the ceasefire against military advice to capture high ground. Abdullah chipped in by saying that Palestine “is the core” of all Middle East violence.

No seasoned observer expects the truce to outlast Bush’s departure.

The twinning in Washington of the Iraq and Palestinian issues was presaged in DEBKA-Net-Weekly 279 of Nov. 24. DEBKAfile updates this fast-moving process below.

Zechariah Chapter 12

א מַשָּׂא דְבַר-יְהוָה, עַל-יִשְׂרָאֵל: נְאֻם-יְהוָה, נֹטֶה שָׁמַיִם וְיֹסֵד אָרֶץ, וְיֹצֵר רוּחַ-אָדָם, בְּקִרְבּוֹ. 1 The burden of the word of the LORD concerning Israel. The saying of the LORD, who stretched forth the heavens, and laid the foundation of the earth, and formed the spirit of man within him:
ב הִנֵּה אָנֹכִי שָׂם אֶת-יְרוּשָׁלִַם סַף-רַעַל, לְכָל-הָעַמִּים--סָבִיב; וְגַם עַל-יְהוּדָה יִהְיֶה בַמָּצוֹר, עַל-יְרוּשָׁלִָם. 2 Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of staggering unto all the peoples round about, and upon Judah also shall it fall to be in the siege against Jerusalem.
ג וְהָיָה בַיּוֹם-הַהוּא אָשִׂים אֶת-יְרוּשָׁלִַם אֶבֶן מַעֲמָסָה, לְכָל-הָעַמִּים--כָּל-עֹמְסֶיהָ, שָׂרוֹט יִשָּׂרֵטוּ; וְנֶאֶסְפוּ עָלֶיהָ, כֹּל גּוֹיֵי הָאָרֶץ. 3 And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will make Jerusalem a stone of burden for all the peoples; all that burden themselves with it shall be sore wounded; and all the nations of the earth shall be gathered together against it.

Saturday, November 25, 2006

Will The U.S. Confront IRAN ??

US May Bomb Iran in 2007

November 22, 2006
By Bill Gertz
The Washington Times

A Chinese submarine stalked a U.S. aircraft carrier battle group in the Pacific last month and surfaced within firing range of its torpedoes and missiles before being detected, The Washington Times has learned.

Photo: Two Iranians work at the zirconium production plant, part of the nuclear facilities (UCF) in Isfahan, 295 km from Tehran, in 2005. US President George W. Bush could choose military action over diplomacy and bomb Iran's nuclear facilities next year, political analysts in Washington agree. (AFP / Henghameh Fahimi)

The surprise encounter highlights China's continuing efforts to prepare for a future conflict with the U.S., despite Pentagon efforts to try to boost relations with Beijing's communist-ruled military.

The submarine encounter with the USS Kitty Hawk and its accompanying warships also is an embarrassment to the commander of U.S. forces in the Pacific, Adm. William J. Fallon, who is engaged in an ambitious military exchange program with China aimed at improving relations between the two nations' militaries.

Disclosure of the incident comes as Adm. Gary Roughead, commander of the U.S. Navy's Pacific Fleet, is making his first visit to China. The four-star admiral was scheduled to meet senior Chinese military leaders during the weeklong visit, which began over the weekend.

According to the defense officials, the Chinese Song-class diesel-powered attack submarine shadowed the Kitty Hawk undetected and surfaced within five miles of the carrier Oct. 26.
The surfaced submarine was spotted by a routine surveillance flight by one of the carrier group's planes. The Kitty Hawk battle group includes an attack submarine and anti-submarine helicopters that are charged with protecting the warships from submarine attack.

According to the officials, the submarine is equipped with Russian-made wake-homing torpedoes and anti-ship cruise missiles.

The Kitty Hawk and several other warships were deployed in ocean waters near Okinawa at the time, as part of a routine fall deployment program. The officials said Chinese submarines rarely have operated in deep water far from Chinese shores or shadowed U.S. vessels.

A Pacific Command spokesman declined to comment on the incident, saying details were classified.

Pentagon spokesmen also declined to comment.

The incident is a setback for the aggressive U.S.-China military exchange program being promoted by Adm. Fallon, who has made several visits to China in recent months in an attempt to develop closer ties.

However, critics of the program in the Pentagon say China has not reciprocated and continues to deny U.S. military visitors access to key facilities, including a Beijing command center. In contrast, Chinese military visitors have been invited to military exercises and sensitive U.S. facilities.

Additionally, military intelligence officials said Adm. Fallon has restricted U.S. intelligence-gathering activities against China, fearing that disclosure of the activities would upset relations with Beijing.
The restrictions are hindering efforts to know more about China's military buildup, the officials said.

"This is a harbinger of a stronger Chinese reaction to America's military presence in East Asia," said Richard Fisher, a Chinese military specialist with the International Assessment and Strategy Center, who called the submarine incident alarming.

"Given the long range of new Chinese sub-launched anti-ship missiles and those purchased from Russia, this incident is very serious," he said. "It will likely happen again, only because Chinese submarine captains of 40 to 50 new modern submarines entering their navy will want to test their mettle against the 7th Fleet."

Pentagon intelligence officials say China's military buildup in recent years has produced large numbers of submarines and surface ships, seeking to control larger portions of international waters in Asia, a move U.S. officials fear could restrict the flow of oil from the Middle East to Asia in the future.

Between 2002 and last year, China built 14 new submarines, including new Song-class vessels and several other types, both diesel- and nuclear-powered.

Since 1996, when the United States dispatched two aircraft carrier battle groups to waters near Taiwan in a show of force, Beijing also has bought and built weapons designed specifically to attack U.S. aircraft carriers and other warships.

"The Chinese have made it clear that they understand the importance of the submarine in any kind of offensive or defensive strategy to deal with a military conflict," an intelligence official said recently.

In late 2004, China dispatched a Han-class submarine to waters near Guam, Taiwan and Japan. Japan's military went on emergency alert after the submarine surfaced in Japanese waters. Beijing apologized for the incursion.

The Pentagon's latest annual report on Chinese military power stated that China is investing heavily in weapons designed "to interdict, at long ranges, aircraft carrier and expeditionary strike groups that might deploy to the western Pacific."

It could not be learned whether the U.S. government lodged a protest with China's government over the incident or otherwise raised the matter in official channels.


A host of analysts and political experts agree that 2007 will see the bombing of nuclear facilities in Iran, with or without the approval of the US Congress. This is not surprising given that we have recently seen a spate of neoconservative and Israeli calls for the bombing to begin.

In a Sunday op-ed piece in the Los Angeles Times, Joshua Muarvchik, resident scholar at the neoconservative American Enterprise Institute, wrote:

"We must bomb Iran," he said. "The path of diplomacy and sanctions has led nowhere ... Our options therefore are narrowed to two: we can prepare to live with a nuclear-armed Iran, or we can use force to prevent it."

Friday, November 24, 2006


Iranian threat requires replacement of Israeli leaders
By Isi Leibler November 24, 2006

These are difficult times. In contrast to the quiet confidence that prevailed even during the height of the terror, nowadays whenever Jews or Israelis gather, the conversation gravitates towards the state of the nation and invariably ends on a depressing note.

There is contempt and an utter lack of confidence in the military leadership. Most Israelis consider it outrageous that the principal failed military leaders responsible for conducting the war still remain in their posts. Some were even recommended for promotion.

And besieged Chief of Staff Halutz went so far as to reprimand the officers he had himself selected to investigate the army's performance, because their findings were highly critical!

There is also frustration that despite the prime minister's approval rating sinking to below 20 percent, and that of his defense minister collapsing to an all-time low of four percent, both remain in the saddle.

Zigzag policy
Even more disconcerting is that Olmert's government continues to zigzag on a day to day basis without any strategic plan, despite a widespread belief that the winds of war are gathering. The ongoing "spins" like the prime minister's bizarre statement to the GA that "Israel 's geo-political position has never been better," exasperates everyone.

His blatantly contradictory statements designed to "make us happy" are equally infuriating. He informs the nation he has shelved plans for future unilateral withdrawals but tells the Americans that he has only temporarily suspended this policy.

He assures the Israeli public that he is determined to stand firm and prevent a repeat Gaza performance of the Hizbullah missile build up but is still undecided how to respond to the Qassam rockets raining down on Sderot and Ashkelon.

When an errant shell tragically kills Palestinian innocents, instead of blaming Hamas, he apologizes and pleads for a meeting with Abbas telling him "you will be surprised how far I would be willing to go."

He regurgitates the nonsense about Abu Mazen being a moderate. As was the case during the Lebanese war, despite grating Churchillian style outbursts, the climate of indecisiveness is all pervasive and ministers continue to publicly contradict one another.

To retain power, the prime minister co-opted Avigdor Lieberman's party to his coalition despite the fact that it is diametrically opposed to all the central policies in the Kadima platform. Had Olmert called for a national unity government, there may have been some logic to his position, but what he has done, once again makes a mockery of responsible government.

Privately, most MKs agree that this is one of the worst coalitions in the history of the State and concede, despite indictments of leading public figures, that a genuine purge against corruption is impossible as long as the failed leaders remain in control.

If they were acting in the national interest, they would already have brought about the dissolution of the government and held new elections. But many of them, fearful of losing their seats, opted for the status quo, despite the realization that their inaction was holding back reforms desperately needed in the face of a possibly impending two-front war.

Reject gloomy mood
The Jewish people are surely entitled to better, but their rage has been transformed into a deep depression out of a feeling of impotence that they cannot force the failed leaders to relinquish their positions and a conviction that nothing will change.

We must not permit such moods of gloom and doom from overtaking us. We should remind ourselves that the most meaningful changes and revolutions in the global social order were achieved by people power. We should set aside the doom and gloom and recall that we overcame far greater challenges in the past.

After all, despite our troubles, the Israeli economy remains robust, terror today is more effectively contained than it was a few years ago, and notwithstanding the blunders in Lebanon , Israel remains a regional military superpower.

But for our immediate purposes, we should demand the creation of a blue chip national task force on the lines of the Baker Commission appointed by President Bush to reassess his Iraq policy and to chart short and long term strategies to be considered and implemented by his Administration.

The alternative is that we could well wake up one day with yet another flawed policy similar to the unilateral Sharon disengagement fiasco which, despite clear warnings of disastrous consequences by the military leaders, was determined by a handful of politicians behind closed doors.

In the short term, we must demand that our indecisive leaders not replicate the disaster they committed when they succumbed to pressure from the State Department and relinquished control of the Gaza borders, enabling terrorists to flood the area with sophisticated armaments. We have yet to pay the bitter price for that blunder.

In addition, we must gird ourselves for the reappearance of James Baker and other new players on the Washington scene, many not as friendly to Israel as their predecessors. If, in order to accommodate to their broader political interests, the Americans try to pressure us to make further concessions impinging on our security requirements, we must be prepared to stand up and say no and explain our position to the American people.

Overriding all these concerns is the Iranian nuclear threat, which now heads the crisis agenda. It is obligatory for the prime minister and other leaders to highlight the fact that Iran poses an existential threat to the State of Israel.

But when Deputy Defense Minister Ephraim Sneh proclaims that a nuclear Iran will cause Israelis to emigrate and that this will lead to the collapse of the Zionist dream, he needlessly creates an atmosphere of malaise and doom within Israel and plays into the hands of Israel's enemies.

He should be stressing that the Iranian threat transcends Israel because in the event of a rogue state or terrorist group obtaining access to nuclear weapons, a disaster of holocaust dimensions could occur in New York , London , or Tokyo no less than in Tel Aviv.

It would be a surrealistic nightmare if a weak and indecisive Israeli leadership seeking to curry favor with the public is propelled by demagoguery into adopting a flawed policy in this crucial area. Instead of generating hysteria, they must warn the Iranians and the world at large that Israel has sufficient deterrence to guarantee that any nation that directly or indirectly initiates a nuclear attack on it will be decimated.

Our leaders must urgently determine a collective policy in relation to Iran and commit to speaking with one united voice in relation to this potentially existential threat.


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ו חֶרֶב לַיהוָה מָלְאָה דָם, הֻדַּשְׁנָה מֵחֵלֶב, מִדַּם כָּרִים וְעַתּוּדִים, מֵחֵלֶב כִּלְיוֹת אֵילִים: כִּי זֶבַח לַיהוָה בְּבָצְרָה, וְטֶבַח גָּדוֹל בְּאֶרֶץ אֱדוֹם. 6

The sword of the LORD is filled with blood, it is made fat with fatness, with the blood of lambs and goats, with the fat of the kidneys of rams; for the LORD hath a sacrifice in Bozrah, and a great slaughter in the land of Edom.

Thursday, November 23, 2006


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The MoD has confirmed British troops were forced to borrow ammunition off American and Canadian troops as they battled the Taliban.

The Telegraph reports the batch is believed to have come from the Czech Republic or Pakistan, where a round costs 60 US cents, compared to 1.50 US dollars for British, Canadian or American ammunition.

Wednesday, November 22, 2006


Israel Opts for Major War Campaign in 11th Hour of Hamas Build-up

DEBKAfile Special Military Report

November 22, 2006, 5:07 PM (GMT+02:00)

DEBKAfile’s military sources disclose that Israel’s security cabinet decided Wednesday, Nov. 22, that there is no option but to launch a major offensive against Hamas and its terrorist allies in the Gaza Strip - both to pre-empt their war build-up and reduce Qassam missile attacks which climbed to 80 in the last ten days. The date remains to be set. Operational proposals were not submitted by the army chiefs, said the announcement, but held back for presentation to a smaller forum which the Prime Minister Ehud Olmert will summon.

Our sources note that special forces and Shin Bet units have already stepped up their ground operations against the missile crews in the northern Gaza Strip. These operations will soon evolve into a broader, harsher crackdown in other parts of the territory including the Philadelphi corridor.

The prime minister was finally convinced that the time for foot-dragging was over by intelligence data which showed Hamas hectically engaged in constructing state-of-the-art fortifications for withstanding deep incursions into the Gaza Strip. They are assisted by dozens of military advisers pouring in from Syria and Lebanon.

Chief of General Staff Lt.-Gen Dan Halutz, AMAN-intelligence commander Maj.-Gen Amos Yadlin and OC Southern Command Maj.-Gen Yoav Galant warned Olmert and defense minister Amir Peretz that every day without Israeli counter-action maximizes future IDF casualties. They said casualties will be high even if Israel does not carry out an organized incursion of the Gaza Strip but confines itself to pinpointed strikes. Military intelligence also estimates that a full-scale conflict will soon prove unavoidable because the Qassam salvos are increasing in number and range beyond Sderot and Ashkelon; Ashdod and more Negev communities are being brought into the missile orbit.

As Palestinian missile attacks on the Israeli population proliferate, Sderot’s distress becomes intolerable and the popular clamor rises to curb the menace, the IDF has switched its counter-missile tactics in the Gaza Strip. Instead of the air force, special ground forces backed by Shin Bet units are spearheading strikes which target top Hamas missile commanders.

Monday night, Nov. 20, IDF infantry, undercover and Shin Beit units surrounded the home of senior Hamas missile commander Imad Hasnin in Gaza City’ Sajaiya district. Apparently forewarned, his bodyguards opened fire on the Israeli raiders. They used the anti-tank rockets, mortars and machine guns which have turned the missile commanders’ homes into fortresses – both against Israeli attack and Fatah adherents.

The Israeli troops, backed by rooftop snipers, fought their way to the targeted house in hand-to-hand battle with the Palestinian gunmen, stormed the building and killed Hasnin.

The raid was launched after Israeli intelligence was tipped off that Hamas had expanded its Qassam production facilities by 50% in the last two weeks, tripled output and increased the missiles’ explosive power. This development means that the Palestinian missile industry has grown too big to destroy by ordinary military means, particularly when it is fed by a constant flow of smuggled explosives entering through the wide-open Philadelphi corridor from Egypt.

Instead of targeting single launchers, Israel’s military planners therefore decided to focus on liquidating missile crews and reaching their commanders at home, as the only way to strike at the heart of the Palestinian cross-border offensive against Israeli communities.

The new tactic, successfully employed Monday night, calls for large commando units trained in street combat, who also risk relatively high casualties. It also calls for an intensive, high-grade intelligence effort to precisely mark the targets and provide details of the protective measures they employ.

A senior Israeli officer in the Gaza sector told DEBKAfile that it will take several weeks before the new counter-missile assault model can dent Hamas capabilities for shooting missiles into Israel and begin reducing the barrage. Even today, Hamas is capable of firing salvos of dozens of missiles, he said, but is keeping the intensity down to about 10 launchings a day, in order to reserve the bulk of its arsenal for later stages of its showdown with Israel.

DEBKAfile’s military experts point out that the impending Gaza campaign will be the second war Israel has fought in five months. In most senses, it will be the sequel to the war offensive Hizballah launched from Lebanon in July. Hizballah may decide, or be instructed from Damascus and/or Tehran, to initiate another attack across Israel’s northern border to ease the pressure on Hamas by splitting Israeli forces on two fronts. The counter-argument to this depends on developments in Lebanon: The deeper the domestic crisis erupting in Lebanon in the wake of the assassination of Pierre Gemayel on Tuesday, Nov. 21, the less Hizballah will be free to start another war against Israel.


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Red Cross suspends Gaza operations after workers kidnapped
By Associated Press November 22, 2006

The Red Cross suspended its activities in the Gaza Strip after Palestinian gunmen kidnapped two of its workers, the local office said, a major blow to aid efforts after a series of abductions of foreigners in recent months.

The two Italian aid workers were released early Wednesday, Palestinian security officials said.

On Wednesday, Palestinians said, a man was killed by Israeli tank fire in the northern Gaza Strip. They said the dead man was part of a group of Hamas security personnel gathered outside a building there.The army said it fired at a group of armed men who were laying explosive charges in the path of soldiers operating in the area.

Gaza was the focus of other violent incidents Tuesday evening. An Israeli wounded earlier in the day by a rocket fired from northern Gaza died, and gunmen shot and wounded a former Fatah Cabinet minister, an attack apparently linked to internal Palestinian political rivalry.

Iyad Nasr, a spokesman for the Red Cross's Gaza office, said the organization had ceased all field operations and would intervene only "in matters of life and death." Workers have been ordered to stay in their offices because of fears for their safety, he said.

Over the past two years, there has been a rash of kidnappings of foreign aid workers and journalists in Gaza, usually by groups or families pressing the government for money or job guarantees. In most cases, the hostages were quickly released. None have been seriously harmed.

The Red Cross facilitates movement of ambulances and emergency supplies in the violence-wracked territory. The open-ended suspension of its activities means further hardships.

The Red Cross said Claudio Moroni, 36, and Gianmarco Onorato, 63, were abducted in Deir el-Balah in central Gaza after their car was stopped by gunmen. Palestinian security officials said one of the Red Cross workers was traveling on a Canadian passport. It was not known which one.

With Israeli forces operating in northern Gaza to try to stop Palestinian rocket attacks, militants responded by launching seven rockets at Israel, the military said. One of them exploded Tuesday in a factory in Sderot, a town near the Gaza fence and a favorite target for the militants.

An Israeli worker was critically injured and died several hours later in a hospital. He was the second Sderot resident killed by rockets in a week.

"No government would tolerate such attacks, and neither will Israel," said Israeli government official David Baker after the death of the 43-year-old factory worker, Yaakov Yakobovitz.

Early Wednesday another rocket hit the entrance of a school in the town shortly before pupils arrived for the day; there were no casualties. Another fell nearby and a third rocket hit a farm close to the Israel-Gaza border fence, damaging a chicken coop but causing no casualties, the army said.

U.N. Human Rights Commissioner Louise Arbour was touring Sderot when the rocket exploded about a kilometer (half a mile) away. Sderot residents surrounded her car and shouted at her to leave, angry with the U.N.'s condemnation of Israel and her support for Gazans after errant Israeli shelling that killed 19, part of an effort to stop the rocket barrages.

Also Tuesday evening, in apparent Palestinian infighting, a former Fatah Cabinet minister, Abdel Aziz Shahin, 62, was shot and wounded in Gaza City just after criticizing the ruling Islamic Hamas on a radio show, hospital officials said.

A Fatah official stopped just short of blaming Hamas by name.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Communicating "AFTER" A DISASTER

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How to communicate when disaster strikes
Networks offer breakthroughs in affordable emergency radio

Posted: November 21, 2006
1:00 a.m. Eastern

By Joseph Farah
© 2006

WASHINGTON – What happens when the television signal goes dark, when the electrical grid fails, when regular and cellular phone service won't work and even the Internet is not accessible?

Communication is one of the critical components of disaster-planning scenarios, as anyone who watches the hit CBS series "Jericho," about the isolation of a small Kansas town after a nuclear attack, can tell you.

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Apparently, they never heard of Family Radio Service in the town of Jericho.

Family Radio Service is a very low power, short-range UHF citizens band in the 460 MHz band that some civil-defense activists believe offers great promise in worst-case communications disaster scenarios.

The hand-held two-way radios sell for as little as $20 and a rapidly developing National SOS Radio Network is aiming to plug in approximately 100 million U.S. users with direct communication with about 700,000 ham operators.

It's the brainchild of Eric Knight, a ham radio veteran of 32 years. He says training is essential to the success of the program and statewide and nationwide drills are being prepared to help bring the network to life.

The DC Emergency Radio Network is an example of what could be in place soon for much of the nation. If there's a power, telephone, cell-phone or Internet failure, the DC Emergency Radio Network can keep Washington-area residents in touch with neighbors, family and official announcements.

DC Emergency Radio Network uses Family Radio Service and General Mobile Radio Service, or GMRS, radios on channel 1, no privacy channel (subchannel 0).

Many people in the Washington area already have FRS and GMRS radios. They are the same small handheld walkie-talkie radios that people use to keep in touch at parks and on ski slopes. They're sold at Radio Shack, Best Buy, Staples and elsewhere. FRS radios are license-free and have a range of 1/4 to 1 mile; GMRS radios have a range of 5 to 10 miles.

"If normal modes of communication go down or become unreliable – because of a terrorist attack, power outage, cell-phone network congestion, storm or other problem – the DC Emergency Radio Network is a pre-planned way of communicating and relaying vital information," explains the cooperative.

Earlier this year, the Midland Radio Corporation, REACT International, the DC Emergency Radio Network, and jointly announced their support for the National SOS Radio Network – a free communications network based on the estimated 100 million FRS-compatible radios already in the hands of the public, a number growing by up to 12 million radios per year.

Born in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, organizers recognized that a major contributing factor to the tragic loss of life was the near total breakdown of communication systems. Once electricity, telephone, and cell-phone services failed, people were unable to let rescuers know of their dire situation – and died as a result.

The National SOS Radio Network doesn't require new laws or any new legislation, organizers say. It could be effective immediately. Once the ham and GMRS radio communities are made aware to listen for the public's emergency FRS broadcasts, the national network will be up and running.

"We are honored to be teaming up with three fantastic organizations in the field of communications," Knight said. "Midland Radio is a long-time pioneer in innovative radio technology. REACT International, Inc. has been at the forefront of an all-citizen emergency communications network for nearly 50 years and introduced FRS radio as an important public communications tool in 2000. And the DC Emergency Radio Network is a brilliant example of using FRS radios to connect people and neighborhoods in an emergency."

Bill Adler, the founder of the DC Emergency Radio Network, DCERN, said he wants to see every household in America with an FRS or GMRS radio.

"As we've learned from 9/11, Hurricane Katrina and other disasters, without communications nothing else operates effectively," Adler said. "I envision a national network of ordinary Americans with FRS and GMRS radios who can relay information in an emergency. When a natural or manmade disaster strikes, the only good communications system is one that will actually work. The idea behind this new emergency network is to have a simple, reliable communications system that doesn't depend on electricity or standing cell-phone towers – and that anyone of any age can use."

In addition to these private efforts to equip Americans with the communications devices they need for civil defense emergencies, the Department of Homeland Security also recently moved to spend $5 million to supply all 97,000 public schools with hazard-warning radios activated with a broadcast signal. Originally conceived to deliver weather warnings, the system now covers all hazards, including terrorism and abducted children.

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