Archive for June 2011
As a result of the uprisings occurring in the Middle East, large populations of internally displaced persons (IDP’s) have been created inside of those countries, as well as great numbers of refugees fleeing to bordering countries. This has consequences for a region with already existing refugee populations, notably the more than one million Iraqi refugees that have settled in Syria since 2006. The possibility of increased large-scale refugee movement from Libya and Syria will cause a devastating humanitarian crisis and may further destabilize the region. The United Nations is already warning of an aid crisis with significant food and medicine shortages reporting in the region.
Dr. K R Bolton writes in Foreign Policy Journal:
As for the presence of Zionist luminary Joe Lieberman in Tunisia and Egypt, will Egyptians and Tunisians now be questioning what they were revolting about and for what purposes? Probably not. Once the spectre of the atavistic mob is unleashed under the guise of “liberty, equality, fraternity,” as the revolutionaries of another era put it, it takes some time for the ramifications of their actions to be comprehended. The disquiet that was expressed regarding the toppling of regimes “friendly to the USA” and how their demise might impact negatively on Israel was smoke and mirrors. The likes of NED, IRI, Movements.org, etc are not going to back any movement that endangers the Zionist entity in Palestine. Lieberman had been among the most aggressive of Senators in urging military action in the Middle East. The Arab “democrats” have sold their birthright for a mess of pottage, for nothing other than the nebulous glitter of the golden calf from far off America.
By Philip Giraldi
June 30, 2011
John Bolton, former United States Ambassador to the United Nations, is again calling on the United States to attack Iran even though he acknowledged that doing so would likely ignite a much larger regional war. But, characteristically, he dismissed the costs as worth it, a phrase reminiscent of former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright’s defense of the killing of half a million Iraqi children through sanctions. Bolton claimed, based on evidence that he did not reveal, that Iran could have enough enriched uranium to create a nuclear weapon in six weeks. He made his comments last Thursday before the House Foreign Affairs committee, which is chaired by Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, who shook his hand afterward and said “I really love John Bolton.”
No doubt taking their cue from Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, who has said that Pakistan poses the biggest strategic threat to Israel, three of the Israel lobby’s loudest mouthpieces used a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing — convened to advance Senate approval of President Barack Obama’s decision to promote Vice Adm. William McRaven to become commander of the U.S. Special Forces Command — to mentally prepare Americans for what will most likely be dubbed another “war of Muslim liberation.”
How al-Qaeda’s spokesman advances the Israel lobby’s gun control agenda
By Maidhc Ó Cathail
June 29, 2011
On June 3, in an al-Qaeda video rather loftily titled “You Are Held Responsible Only for Thyself,” al-Qaeda’s California-born spokesman, Adam Gadahn, urged followers to commit violent acts of jihad by exploiting alleged weaknesses in U.S. gun laws and the gun background check system. “America is absolutely awash with easily obtainable firearms,” he said. “You can go down to a gun show at the local convention center and come away with a fully automatic assault rifle without a background check and, most likely, without having to show an identification card. So what are you waiting for?”
During their post-revolutionary commercial tour of Tunisia and Egypt, Senators John McCain and John Kerry were invited to ring the opening bell at the Cairo Stock Exchange. George Soros & Co. must be pleased that Obama got Egypt right in the end.
That the “Arab Spring” appears to have sown a bountiful harvest for the financial oligarchs shouldn’t surprise anyone, though. As I wrote on April 22:
DEBKAfile Special Report
June 25, 2011
After more than a year of strained relations, Turkey has decided to restore military and intelligence collaboration in the eastern Mediterranean with Israel as Ankara heads for a military showdown with Syria, according to debkafile’s exclusive military sources. The deal worked out between President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu also gives Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan a role in Israeli-Palestinian diplomacy and a chance to bring Hamas into the process.
The deal was discussed in a telephone conversation that took place between the US president and Turkish prime minister last Tuesday June 21, hours after Assad’s hardnosed speech at Damascus University. The last ends were tied up when Israel’s Deputy Prime Minister, Strategic Affairs Minister Moshe Yaalon, visited Ankara secretly last week and met Erdogan and Fidan Hakan, the head of Turkish intelligence MIT.
Top US senators join business trip to Tunisia, Egypt
John McCain, John Kerry accompany delegation of US business leaders to discuss economic opportunities in two Arab countries.
Middle East Online
June 23, 2011
WASHINGTON – Top senators John McCain and John Kerry will accompany a delegation of US business leaders on Friday to Tunisia and Egypt to discuss economic opportunities in the North African countries, McCain’s office said.
McCain, a Republican, and Kerry, a Democrat, will visit the two countries with General Electric CEO Jeff Immelt, along with officials from Boeing, Coca-Cola, Bechtel, ExxonMobil, Marriot and Dow, confirmed McCain’s office on Wednesday.