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"They plot and plan but ALLAH also plans and ALLAH is the best of Planners." Qur’an VIII – 30

‘’ويمكرون ويمكر الله والله خير الماكرين ‘’: قال الله عزَّ وجل

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Showing posts with label Iran. Show all posts
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Thursday, August 23, 2012

Planned war on Iran and the General who said No!

US General Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
US General Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
 
By Gordon Duff, 
 
 
Today, General Dempsey, Chairman of America’s Joint Chiefs of Staff, the man who flew to Tel Aviv and informed Netanyahu that America wanted no part of his scheming against Iran was the subject of an assassination attempt in Afghanistan.


This wasn’t an act of terrorism or Taliban militants. It was a “mob hit” against someone who failed to kiss the feet of Netanyahu. His response was to unleash killers, not a fact for the public but a fact just the same, one the American military knows very well. Netanyahu has a problem with “hubris.”

The culprits, “militants,” managed to escape undetected from the most sophisticatedly defended real estate on earth, the perimeter of Bagam Air Force Base. Lucky for them they attacked at night, a time when America’s 5th generation night vision, ground radar and other detection systems were mysteriously disabled.
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Saturday, January 14, 2012

IRAN: US/Israeli “False Flag” Attack May Be Underway

by Jim Fetzer and Joshua Blakeney



Several warnings of an imminent “false flag” attack by the Israeli-influenced United States on one of its own warships, which will be attributed to Iran, have been reported by several reliable sources. In recent years “false-flag” terrorism has been utilized multiple times by US and Israeli political actors to provide pretexts for otherwise unjustifiable, anti-Islamic military excursions. The plan is to justify an all-out assault on Iran based upon a new fabricated “Pearl Harbor”.

Israel is the primary motivator behind the attempts to destabilize Iran. US traditional foreign policy was one of attempting to foster stability in the Middle East for oil markets. The Zionist impulse, conversely, is to destabilize all potential regional hegemons and carve the Middle East up into ethno-religious statelets. Thus, since the fraudulent events of 9/11, we’ve seen a policy of Middle East disintegration being pursued by Israeli-influenced American politicians. Indeed, recently released CIA memos reveal that Mossad agents have been posing as CIA agents and conscripting anti-Iranian terrorists.

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Thursday, January 12, 2012

Israel, through the bankster cartel in Wall street, is inviting China, Russia, Iran and others to drop the dollar to destroy the US, EU economies in 2012 and on the other side Israel is pushing, through the Netanyahu-Liberman mad dogs cabinet, the US and EU to attack the countries which are dropping the dollar to punish them. It is a win-win for Israel only which can now apply for the new ruling state at the strategic crossroads of the Middle East, Eurasia, Africa, Europe, South East Asia, the world!

A New Reserve Currency to Challenge the Dollar – What’s Really Going On in The Straits of Hormuz.

 

I think the stand-off with Iran in the Straits of Hormuz over sanctions is as much to do with the moves to replace the dollar as anything else.  The standoff is as much with China and its allies as it is specifically with Iran.


By David Malone


A little over a year ago on 1st November 2010, I wrote what I called “…a little bit of scurrilous speculation.”  In it I speculated that an unintended consequence of QE had been to spur several countries to think very seriously of how they could replace the dollar as their settlement currency for international deals. The Settlement Currency just means the currency both parties agree is stable, internationally trusted and accepted, and in plentiful supply which may not be the case for their own currencies. I wondered if doubts about the longer term stability of the dollar and of US debt levels, was combining with a political desire in China and perhaps other countries as well to challenge the US via the dollar with the eventual goal of creating an alternative reserve currency backed by gold rather than, as the dollar now is, by debt.

Various countries have been buying gold.  Russia, China, India have all bought a lot….Which brings me to my speculation. The list of countries accumulating gold is similar to the list of countries that were reported to be talking about the need for a new reserve currency to replace the dollar.

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Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Confirmed: China helped Iran to clone Russian S-300/400 radar-defense system. Now, the only way to start a general war is that Israel detonates her nuke bombs in Europe or the US and blame Pakistan, Iran or even Al Qaeddafi

Update : British Zionist shills are hijacking my computers and mobile phones and land line. This is related to the latest article linking the death of Christopher Shale to an Israeli nuclear terror attack in the UK and Europe. This is a warning to the GHCQ. Whether you stop immediately your hijacking or you 'll have to repay millions for your servers and for the damaged caused to me using my ID, credit cards details. You'd better be cooperative on this one, I won't be surprised if the computers you are using in Japan, Brazil, Moscow, Costa Rica, Atlanta will be burnt with your hacker kids networks before the end of the week.   You want play ?! Let's play ! 


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 IRGC Ghadir radar system operational 

Iran launched 14 surface-to-surface missiles, including Zelzal, Shahab-1, Shahab-2 and Shahab-3 on June 28, 2011.
A top Iranian commander says the Ghadir radar system with a range of 1,100 kilometers in radius and a height of 300 kilometers has become operational in the country for the first time.

 
 Iranian cloned s-300 on parade
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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Did Mossad sabotage Russian plane?

Israel's Mossad has been suspected in the deaths of a number of Iranian and Turkish nuclear scientists. Although Russian officials are calling the crash an "accident" caused by poor weather conditions and pilot error, there are reports that the plane caught fire and broke up before it crashed.

By Wayne Madsen












Several Russian nuclear engineers and scientists, including the nuclear expert who designed Iran's nuclear power plant at Bushehr, were killed when a RusAir Tupolev-134 plane crashed while landing at Petrozavodsk, the capital of the north-western Russian Republic of Karelia, on June 20. The five nuclear experts, Sergei Rizhov, Gennadi Benyok, Valery Lalyn, Nicolai Tronov, and Andrei Tropinov, were employed by Hydropress, one of the main Russian contractors at the Bushehr facility. The five had all worked at the Bushehr facility. The Russian nuclear engineers and scientists were among 45 people killed in the crash of the Russian airliner.

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Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Hasbara Galore: Israel-Iran Trade and the Ofer Brothers Part-2

By Jonathan Azaziah,
www.maskofzion.com

Read part 1 here

The story surfaced and immediately sent ripples throughout the globe. The United States announced new sanctions against seven companies for business transactions processed with the Islamic Republic of Iran. One firm from Monaco, one from Venezuela (a ‘hostile environment’ as far as the US-Israel nexus is concerned), another from Singapore, another from the UAE, two connected to Iran itself and one… from the Zionist entity (23). The idea that an Israeli company was doing business with its bitter, despised enemy, Iran, was a hard enough pill to swallow. But this was no ordinary firm. This firm was owned by the Ofer Brothers Group, as in the brotherly duo of Sammy and Yuli Ofer, reportedly known to be the Zionist entity’s wealthiest men (24). This added another layer of strange to the story.

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Sunday, March 27, 2011

Sarkozy And The Revived Neocon War Agenda


By Stephen Sniegoski,


French President Nicolas Sarkozy not only took the lead in bringing about the military attack on Libya but now has stated that all rulers face Libya-style intervention if they violently suppress anti-government protesters. He focused on Arab rulers but did not exclude others.
 
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Friday, December 10, 2010

U.S. And NATO Allies Escalate Military Buildup Against Iran

Rick Rozoff,
http://rickrozoff.wordpress.com/

The new Strategic Concept adopted by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization at its summit in Lisbon, Portugal on November 19-20 reiterated the U.S.-led military bloc’s determination to expand military partnerships and deployments throughout the so-called Greater Middle East, including in the Persian Gulf. [1]
The Alliance’s doctrine for the next decade contains the assertion that “we attach great importance to peace and stability in the Gulf region, and we intend to strengthen our cooperation in the Istanbul Cooperation Initiative,” [2] the reference being to the decision reached at the bloc’s 2004 summit in Turkey to upgrade partnerships with the seven members of NATO’s Mediterranean Dialogue program – Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Mauritania, Morocco and Tunisia – and the six members of the Gulf Cooperation Council – Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates – to the status of the Partnership for Peace program used to graduate 12 Eastern European nations to full NATO membership over the last 11 years. 

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Friday, September 24, 2010

WHAT AHMADINEJAD ISN’T TELLING US

 

TERROR CONFERENCE IN TEHRAN WILL FALL SHORT OF THE MARK

(Full speech of Ahmadinejad at the bottom, english translation from RT)

 

By Gordon Duff,
www.veteranstoday.com

When President Ahmadinejad announced, before the United Nations that most people in the world believe that the U.S. government was involved in the planning and execution of the 9/11 attacks, he told the truth.  In America, groups have been popping up for years, not “fringe” types, but military and professional organizations, architects, engineers, pilots, intelligence officers.

There is a vast underground that is never reported, never spoken of in the news and continually threatened.  The FBI and Homeland Security have infiltrated these groups,  illegal surveillance has been on a massive scale and, as the groups have grown and their reach has touched millions of Americans, the government, in the usual whispers, is talking about mass arrests, “unplugging” the internet, all those things the militia movements of the 90′s said would happen.

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Saturday, September 18, 2010

Hani Ramadan descend le pantalon des israeliens de France: Halter, Sarkozy et BHL veulent sauver une pauvre femme de la lapidation, qu'en est-il du genocide de Gaza ? Du viol systematique des femmes et enfants détenus dans les geoles israeliennes ?

Hani Ramadan à propos de Sakineh et de la lapidation (vidéos)

Par Mecanopolis,
Le philosophe et islamologue suisse Hani Ramadan était invité à l’émission Infrarouge de la Télévision suisse romande (TSR), mardi dernier, pour débattre au sujet de Sakineh Mohammadi-Ashtiani, condamnée à mort par la justice iranienne pour complicité du meurtre de son mari. A propos du spectacle organisé autour de cette affaire, M. Ramadan a dénoncé une manipulation parmi d’autres qui ne vise qu’à diaboliser un peu plus l’Iran, de sorte à préparer le terrain, comme en Irak et en Afghanistan il y a quelques années, pour lancer une guerre contre ce pays. 


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Friday, August 20, 2010

Israelis conducting covert maritime operations in Persian Gulf

By Wayne Madsen,
Online Journal Contributing Writer,


Chinese and Japanese intelligence agencies, which closely monitor events in the Persian Gulf due to the dependence of both countries on oil from the region, report that Israeli Navy commandos have recently been active in creating maritime incidents in the Gulf that could be blamed on Iran.
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Thursday, August 19, 2010

Where are you Netanyahu ? Dead scared Netanyahu can't attack Iran without a new dirty bomb 9/11, killing 100 000s in Europe

Israel will attack Iran: Will Israel attack Iran?

By Kourosh Ziabari,


Those who mastermind the U.S.-directed psychological operation against Iran have obliviously forgotten that we’re now accustomed to seeing the uninteresting, exhausting charade of “will attack Iran”; you put the subject for it, either the United States or Israel.
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Sunday, August 15, 2010

Iran in possession of at least 6 systems of S300, HQ-15 and HQ-19 (S400 version China), where is Netanyahu ?

China Opens Missile Plant In Iran...

China inaugurated a missile plan in Iran last month, even as the United States and its allies were pressing Beijing to support a new round of tough economic sanctions on the Islamic Republic over its nuclear program, Jane's Defense Weekly reports.

It's a military relationship that goes back two decades and, in light of Russia's reluctance to provide the Iranians with advanced air-defense missile system to counter possible U.S. or Israeli airstrikes, is set to expand.
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Thursday, August 05, 2010

L'Iran en possession de systemes S300/S400 livrés par la Chine et la Bielorussie, et des missiles KH 55 pouvant atteindre Tel Aviv avec des tetes nucleaires livrés par l'Ukraine en 2000

L'Iran aurait également signer un accord de defense secret avec le Pakistan, la Turquie, la Chine. En cas d'attaque le Pakistan fournirait des ogives nucléaires a Téhéran pour frapper les 5 plus grandes villes israeliennes, ce qui rend pour le moment une attaque israelo-americaine impossible. Le Pakistan possede également ce type d'accord avec la Syrie et l'Arabie Saoudite. La Chine fournirait des systemes de defenses et de brouillages des equipements franco-americano-britanniques, rendant leurs portes avions et flottes totalement inefficace face a des attaques aux missiles supersoniques de type sunburn, dont l'Iran s'est procuré plusieurs dizaines de missiles. Les iraniens ont également modifié leurs systemes de  guidage des missiles Exocet, rendant les systemes francais de brouillage caduques et la base militaire  francaise sans protection aux Emirats et sous le feu direct de missiles chinois ou iraniens Les israeliens tentant desormais de detruire le Pakistan avec l'aide de ses agents a l'interieur du gouvernement Zardari et de nombreux officiers de l'ISI pour eviter tout transfert d'ogives nucléaires vers d'autres pays, les israeliens redoutant que les transferts n'aient deja eu lieu sous le patronnage direct de la Chine entre autres.

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Tuesday, August 03, 2010

WILL AN ISRAELI ATTACK ON IRAN PROVOKE THE EMERGENCE OF ANOTHER FALSE MAHDI?

By Sheykh Imran Hosein,
www.imranhosein.org

Tuesday, 22 Sha'ban 1431

Prophet Muhammad prophesied the advent of an Imām who would emerge by Divine decree to lead the world of Islam at that time when the true Messiah, Jesus the son of Mary (peace and blessings of Allah Most High be upon them all), was about to return. The Prophet declared of that end-time Imām that he would arise from within the ranks of the Muslims: “How would you be”, he said, “when the son of Mary descends amongst you and your Imām would be from your own ranks!” (Sahīh Bukhāri).

An Imām in the religion of Islam is both a religious as well as a political leader; hence the office of the Imām is synonymous with that of Amīr or Khalīfa (Caliph). The Hadīth therefore prophesied that one (Islamic) government would eventually rule over the entire world of Islam, and that the Imām would be both the political as well as the religious head of that government.
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Friday, July 30, 2010

Nouvelles sanctions européennes contre l’Iran

Nouvelles sanctions européennes contre l’Iran

L’Union européenne a adopté une nouvelle série de sanctions à l’encontre de la République Islamique d’Iran. Ces sanctions visent les secteurs gazier et pétrolier, les transferts de technologie et certaines compagnies de transport. De plus, des avoirs de compagnies d’assurance et de groupes bancaires ont été gelés. Ces nouvelles sanctions s’inspirent de celles prises par Obama, et vont bien au-delà de celles prises par l’ONU le 9 juin dernier.

Où est passée la question du nucléaire israélien ?  Plus personne n’en parle. D’ailleurs la question, enterrée depuis, n’avait été agitée que pour donner une impression d’impartialité, pendant que se préparaient les nouvelles mesures contre l’Iran.
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Saturday, July 03, 2010

Dangerous Crossroads in World History: Obama’s New Iran Sanctions: An Act of War


by Shamus Cooke


When the UN refused to agree to the severe sanctions that the U.S. wanted, Obama responded with typical Bush flair and went solo. The new U.S. sanctions against Iran — signed into law by Obama on July 1st — are an unmistakable act of war.

If fully enforced, Iran’s economy will be potentially destroyed. The New York Times outlines the central parts of the sanctions:

“The law signed by Mr. Obama imposes penalties on foreign entities that sell refined petroleum to Iran or assist Iran with its domestic refining capacity. It also requires that American and foreign businesses that seek contracts with the United States government certify that they do not engage in prohibited business with Iran.” (July 1, 2010).

Iran must import the majority of its oil from foreign corporations and nations, since it does not have the technology needed to refine the fuel that it pumps from its soil. By cutting this refined oil off, the U.S. will be causing massive, irreparable damage to the Iranian economy — equaling an act of war.

In fact, war against Japan in WWII was sparked by very similar circumstances. Franklin Delano Roosevelt spearheaded a series of sanctions against Japan, which included the Export Control Act, giving the President the power to prohibit the export of a variety of materials to Japan, including oil. This gave Roosevelt the legal stance he needed to implement an oil embargo, an obvious act of war. Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor simply brought the war out of the economic realm into the military sphere.

Iran is facing the exact same situation. Whereas the Obama Administration calmly portrays economic sanctions as “peaceful” solutions to political problems, they are anything but. The strategy here is to economically attack Iran until it responds militarily, giving the U.S. a fake moral high ground to “defend” itself, since the other side supposedly attacked first.

But the U.S. is provoking militarily too. According to the New York Times: “The Obama administration is accelerating the deployment of new defenses against possible Iranian missile attacks in the Persian Gulf, placing special ships [war ships] off the Iranian coast and antimissile systems in at least four [surrounding] Arab countries, according to administration and military officials.” (January 30, 2010).

The same article mentions that U.S. General Petraeus admitted that, “… the United States was now keeping Aegis cruisers on patrol in the Persian Gulf [Iran’s border] at all times. Those cruisers are equipped with advanced radar and antimissile systems designed to intercept medium-range missiles.” Iran, as well as the whole world, knows full well that “antimissile systems” are perfectly capable of going on the offensive — their real purpose.

Iran is completely surrounded by countries occupied by the U.S. military, whether it be the mass occupation in Iraq and Afghanistan, or the U.S. puppet states that house U.S. military bases in Arab nations (not to mention Zionist Israel, a U.S. cohort in its war aims against Iran). Contrary to the statements of President Obama, Iran is already well contained militarily.

It remains to be seen how closely U.S. allies will follow the new oil sanctions; they will be under tremendous pressure to do so. The European Union has already signaled that it will follow Obama’s lead.

Ultimately, the march to war begun by Bush is picking up momentum under Obama. Congressional Democrats and Republicans gave the President their overwhelming support in passing these sanctions, proving that the two party system agrees to the necessity of more war.

Uniting the U.S. anti-war movement is crucial if current and future wars are to be stopped. A step in this direction will take place at the National Peace Conference, in Albany, New York, July 23-25.

(http://nationalpeaceconference.org/Home_Page.html).

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Thursday, July 01, 2010

Israel is pushing Jewish Al Saud against Iran, division of Saudi Arabia into 5 new states under Tel Aviv control

An Israeli military base in Saudi Arabia?



Although Prince Mohammed bin Nawaf disclaimed the news reported in the Times of London according to which Saudi Arabia had opened an air corridor enabling Tsahal to attack Iran, numerous Middle East outlets have indicated that Tsahal is building a military base near Tabuk (on the Jordanian border). It is meant to serve as a support base for airborne troops.

If this news were confirmed, it would constitute the first Israeli base on Saudi territory, with all the symbolic weight that it represents.

The December 2008 Operation "Cast Lead", which aimed to eradicate Hamas from the Gaza Strip, was bankrolled by Saudi funds, although it has never been specified whether they originated from the royal family or from the State itself.

http://www.voltairenet.org/article166101.html


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Monday, June 28, 2010

Psychological warfare will lead to the war. Israel wants Saudis to fight for her in Iran, Pakistan and Yemen, but Iran targets Israel interests

Report: US warships stationed off Iranian coast

By Daniel Tencer
Sunday, June 27th, 2010 -- 4:22 pm


As unconfirmed reports of an imminent Israeli strike on Iran's nuclear facilities pick up steam in the Middle Eastern media, a US-based strategic intelligence company has released a chart showing US naval carriers massing near Iranian waters.

The chart, published by Stratfor and obtained by the Zero Hedge financial blog, shows that over the last few weeks a naval carrier -- the USS Harry S Truman -- has been positioned in the north Indian Ocean, not far from the Strait of Hormuz, which leads into the Persian Gulf. The carrier joins the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower, which was already located in the area. The chart is dated June 23, 2010.

Reports of mass movements of Israeli and US naval warships have been circulating through the media for weeks. On June 19, the Israeli newspaper Ha'aretz reported that 12 US and Israeli warships were seen moving through the Suez Canal from the Mediterranean Sea to the Red Sea.

And a report from the Associated Press published Saturday evening cited "unconfirmed" reports from Israeli and Iranian media that Saudi Arabia has allowed Israel to use its territory in preparation for an attack on Iranian nuclear facilities.

"The allegation could not be independently confirmed, and the Saudis deny cooperating with the Israeli military," AP reported.



An article in the Gulf Daily News, largely dismissed by Western observers, did not mention any
Saudi involvement but said Israel is preparing to attack Iranian targets from the former Soviet republics of Azerbaijan and Georgia.

The claims that Israel may be preparing for an assault on Iranian nuclear facilities were strengthened this weekend by Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, who told reporters at the G8 summit in Canada that G8 leaders "believe absolutely" that Israel will "probably" strike Iran.

“Iran is not guaranteeing a peaceful production of nuclear power [so] the members of the G8 are worried and believe absolutely that Israel will probably react preemptively,” Berlusconi said, as quoted at Ha'aretz.

CIA director Leon Panetta said Sunday that Iran has enough enriched uranium to build two nuclear bombs. In an interview on ABC's This Week, Panetta also said he believed the recent spate of international and US sanctions against Iran will not convince the country to change course on its nuclear program.

"Will it deter them from their ambitions with regards to nuclear capability? Probably not," Panetta said.


http://rawstory.com/rs/2010/0627/report-warships-stationed-iranian-coast/

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Friday, June 11, 2010

Islamic Resistance plans to anihilate gas, oil capacitiy of production of countries allied with Israel is working

Mobilising Israel, US and NATO in a defensive mode to 'protect' oil, gas fields of countries allied with Israel in the Middle East, Caspian sea is definitively working, don't tell this to Netanyahu and let him starts his war this summer... The plan is to annihilate those who control these fields, the zionist jews in the West... By bombing these fields Israel will cut off alone his throat, Goldman-Sachs money won't be enough to sustain a long war effort, but don't tell this to Israel, let them start the war !


By going along with the sanctions, Russia and China have removed the possibility of an attack by Israel and the US for the immediate future. The US has to give the new sanctions time to work, and the fact that we know these new sanctions won't have any more effect on Iran's non-existent nuclear arsenal than previous one. As this article points out, the new sanctions are watered down from previous sanctions. They cannot really have an effect. Worse, American businesses are coming forward to report that the new sanctions will harm American businesses more than they will harm Iran. But Israel must be obeyed, the sanctions were voted through, and now the US must be seen to give the new sanctions time to work. Now that the sanctions are a done deal, there is no more story! Iran is off the table as a media distraction for the next few months!

That means Obama and Israel have lost their largest smoke screen, and now the focus shifts back to...

1. Israel's possession of nuclear weapons and the attempted sale to South Africa.

2. Israel's attack on the aid flotilla in international waters.

3. The US Government's total abandonment of American citizens and a US-flagged ship in their haste to protect Israel from criticism.

4. The collapsing economy.

5. The Gulf Oil disaster.

By going along with the new sanctions, Russia and China have created a situation where Obama cannot justify an attack on Iran until AFTER the November elections, too late to use Iran as a campaign issue to keep Democrats in control of Congress.


Israel shakes down China


By Marwan Bishara in Imperium on June 10th, 2010

Photo by EPAHas the US used Israel as an attack dog against those unwilling to support more sanctions against Iran?

The New York Times revealed yesterday why the Chinese changed their mind about yet another UN Security Council resolution that imposes new sanctions against Iran.

The resolution passed with 12 votes in favour, two against and one abstention is the fourth of its kind.

Like the Brazilians and the Turks, the Chinese leaned towards diplomacy and doubted the efficacy of another round of sanctions.

Along with Russia, China opposed tougher sanctions that would hurt Iranians and push Tehran into a corner.

Analysts believe Beijing and Moscow came on board after direct intervention by Barack Obama, the US president, and a pledge to water down the resolution and possibly other concessions some of which might be kept secret for long.

The end result is UNSC resolution 1929 that focuses primarily on the nuclear domain, avoids targeting the Iranian society, and dispels use of force as a means for resolution.

But in a rather humiliating revelation, the Israelis tried on the day of the vote to set the record straight by speaking to the US "paper of the record" about their meeting with the Chinese.

Veiled threat

According to The New York Times, "In February, a high-level Israeli delegation travelled to Beijing to present classified evidence of Iran’s atomic ambitions.

Then they unveiled the ostensible purpose of their visit: to explain in sobering detail the economic impact to China from an Israeli strike on Iran — an attack Israel has suggested is all but inevitable should the international community fail to stop Iran from assembling a nuclear weapon.

“The Chinese didn’t seem too surprised by the evidence we showed them, but they really sat up in their chairs when we described what a pre-emptive attack would do to the region and on oil supplies they have come to depend on ...”

To add insult to injury, the Israeli official who chose to reveal this nugget asked the paper for anonymity so as not to upset his Chinese counterparts!

In fact, the Israelis do not want to hide their chutzpah.

The official who was permitted to speak to the press seems proud of Israel's audacity to shake down Beijing when the rest of the world is trying to gain China's favour as one of the of the world's two superpowers.

According to the US newspaper," ... the episode demonstrates how Israel — a small country with limited influence on China — has found ways to engage an emerging superpower whose geopolitical heft is increasingly vital to the Jewish state."

China depends on the Gulf region for half of its oil imports and has being trying to defuse tensions that could hamper its energy supplies.

Double game

When dealing with world superpowers, Israel has long played a double game whenever its relationship with the US permitted it.

In the 1990s it tried to help China out of its global isolation following the Tiananmen massacre. It even tried to lobby Washington for Chinese interests.

In fact, the Israelis have long boasted of lobbying the US, its White House, Congress and media in favour of countries of little importance to the US; have poor human rights record; or merely need US support.

After the Cold War, East European countries and former Soviet republics along with many other Asian countries were offered access to Washington in favour of normalisation of relations.

One wonders if boasting that its lobby has major influence in Washington doesn't indirectly fuel anti-Semitic claims of Jewish influence and control.

Eventually many tapped Israel and its US lobby for help in return of better relations with a country long considered an international pariah.

But when Israel tried to transfer US technology and sophisticated weapons to China worth billions of dollars a decade ago, Washington shot it down and Israel had no choice but to comply.

Proxy game?

Recently Israel has found it more and more difficult to lobby the Obama administration, whose new foreign policy philosophy favors dialogue with allies and nemesis alike, as underlined in its new National Security Strategy released last month.

And with both the US and China charting new ways of dealing with the Muslim world, based on more interaction, trade and normalization of relations, Israel feels increasingly left out in the cold.

The Netanyahu government's aggressive policies and settlement expansion in occupied Palestinian lands, following his predecessor's war on Lebanon and Gaza, is driving Israel further to isolation.

Paradoxically, the only regional issue that has kept Israel in the loop is the Iranian nuclear issue.

Its threat to use military force against Iran couldn't be ignored by those in the region or voting in the UN Security Council. The morning after UNSC passed Resolution 1929, Israel expressed displeasure at its weakness and demanded sanctions with more bite.

So I ask: Would Israel dare shake down China without a green light from Washington? Or, has the US used Israel as an attack dog against those unwilling to support more sanctions against Iran?

Or has the US done everything to pass a UNSC resolution to avoid a potential Israeli military strike against Iran...?

http://blogs.aljazeera.net/imperium/2010/06/10/israel-shakes-down-china
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