February 5th, 2012
By Reza Kahlili
The Iranian government, through a website proxy, has laid out the legal and religious justification for the destruction of Israel and the slaughter of its people.
The doctrine includes wiping out Israeli assets and Jewish people worldwide.
Calling Israel a danger to Islam, the conservative website Alef, with ties to Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said the opportunity must not be lost to remove “this corrupting material. It is a ‘jurisprudential justification” to kill all the Jews and annihilate Israel, and in that, the Islamic government of Iran must take the helm.”
The article, written by Alireza Forghani, a conservative analyst and a strategy specialist in Khamenei’s camp, now is being run on most state-owned conservative sites, including the Revolutionary Guards’ Fars News Agency, showing that the regime endorses this doctrine.
Because Israel is going to attack Iran’s nuclear facilities, Iran is justified in launching a pre-emptive, cataclysmic attack against the Jewish state, the doctrine argues.
On Friday, in a major speech at prayers, Khamenei announced that Iran will support any nation or group that attacks the “cancerous tumor” of Israel. Though his statement was seen by some in the West as fluff, there is substance behind it.
Iran’s Defense Ministry announced this weekend that it test-fired an advanced two-stage, solid-fuel ballistic missile and boasted about successfully putting a new satellite into orbit, reminding the West that its engineers have mastered the technology for intercontinental ballistic missiles even as the Islamic state pushes its nuclear weapons program.
The commander of the Revolutionary Guards, Brig. Gen. Seyyed Mehdi Farahi, stated in August that the Safir missile, which is capable of transporting a satellite into space, can easily be launched parallel to the earth’s orbit, which will transform it into an intercontinental ballistic missile. Western analysts didn’t believe this would happen until 2015. Historically, orbiting a satellite is the criterion for crediting a nation with ICBM capability.
Forghani details the Islamic duty of jihad as laid out in the Quran for the sake of Allah and states that “primary jihad,” according to some Shiite jurists, can only occur when the Hidden Imam, the Shiites’ 12th Imam Mahdi, returns. Shiites believe Mahdi’’s return will usher in Armageddon.
In the absence of the hidden Imam, Forghani says, “defensive jihad” could certainly take place when Islam is threatened, and Muslims must defend Islam and kill their enemies. To justify such action, Alef quotes the Shiites’ first imam, Ali, who stated “Waging war against the enemies with whom war is inevitable and there is a strong possibility that in near future they will attack Muslims is a must and the duty of Muslims.”
The article then quotes the Quran (Albaghara 2:191-193): “And slay them wherever ye find them, and drive them out of the places whence they drove you out, for persecution [of Muslims] is worse than slaughter [of non-believers] … and fight them until persecution is no more, and religion is for Allah.”
It is the duty for all Muslims to participate in this defensive jihad, Forghani says. A fatwa by the late Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini made it clear that any political domination by infidels over Muslims authorizes Muslims to defend Islam by all means. Iran now has the ICBM means to deliver destruction on Israel and soon will have nuclear warheads for those missiles.
In order to attack Iran, the article says, Israel needs the approval and assistance of America, and under the current passive climate in the United States, the opportunity must not be lost to wipe out Israel before it attacks Iran.
Under this pre-emptive defensive doctrine, several Ground Zero points of Israel must be destroyed and its people annihilated. Forghani cites the last census by the Israel Central Bureau of Statistics that shows Israel has a population of 7.5 million citizens of which a majority of 5.7 million are Jewish. Then it breaks down the districts with the highest concentration of Jewish people, indicating that three cities, Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and Haifa, contain over 60 percent of the Jewish population that Iran could target with its Shahab 3 ballistic missiles, killing all its inhabitants.
Forghani suggests that Iran’s Sejil missile, which is a two-stage rocket with a trajectory and speed that make it impossible to intercept, should target such Israeli facilities as: the Rafael nuclear plant, which is the main nuclear engineering center of Israel; the Eilun nuclear plant; another Israeli reactor in Nebrin; and the Dimona reactor in the nuclear research center in Neqeb, the most critical nuclear reactor in Israel because it produces 90 percent enriched uranium for Israel’s nuclear weapons.
Other targets, according to the article, include airports and air force bases such as the Sedot Mikha Air Base, which contains Jericho ballistic missiles and is located southwest of the Tel Nof Air Base, where aircraft equipped with nuclear weapons are based. Secondary targets include power plants, sewage treatment facilities, energy resources, and transportation and communication infrastructures.
Finally, Forghani says, Shahab 3 and Ghadr missiles can target urban settlements until the Israelis are wiped out.
Forghani claims that Israel could be destroyed in less than nine minutes and that Khamenei, as utmost authority, the Velayete Faghih (Islamic Jurist), also believes that Israel and America not only must be defeated but annihilated.
The radicals ruling Iran today not only posses over 1,000 ballistic missiles but are on the verge of ICBM delivery and have sufficient enriched uranium for six nuclear bombs even as they continue to highly enrich uranium despite four sets of U.N. sanctions.
The Iranian secret documentary “The Coming Is Upon Us” clearly indicates that these radicals believe the destruction of Israel will trigger the coming of the last Islamic Messiah and that even Jesus Christ, who will convert to Islam, will act as Mahdi’s deputy, praying to Allah as he stands behind the 12th Imam.
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Reza Kahlili is a pseudonym for a former CIA operative in Iran’s Revolutionary Guard and author of the award-winning book, “A Time to Betray.” He is a senior fellow with EMPact America and teaches at the U.S. Department of Defense’s Joint Counterintelligence Training Academy.
February 5th, 2012
USA Today / Rick Hampson
When the Occupy Wall Street movement came to Austin four months ago, there was a big party. About 1,300 people gathered at City Hall for a celebration with live music. Protesters posed for pictures with smiling police officers.
But Friday night, in a sign of the protest movement's burgeoning identity crisis, police moved in and dismantled the Occupy Austin encampment at City Hall. The city said it no longer could afford the cost of police overtime and site maintenance. It was a week when authorities across the nation took similar action, from McPherson Square in Washington, D.C., to Thomas Square in Honolulu. It raised once again the question of whether the Occupy movement has a future, and if so, what kind. Some say Occupy has only a past, however glorious. "They provided a major issue in the presidential election" — income inequality, political scientist Terry Madonna says. "But the movement itself is on life support and unlikely to continue." His diagnosis is familiar: no leaders, no agenda and, increasingly, no place to hang its hat. Some also question Occupy's impact. A national survey released last week by researchers at the University of Delaware found that almost one in five Americans still say they've heard nothing about the movement and that a third of those who have can't identify its main message — that too few control too much of the nation's wealth and political power. Some Occupy groups, including those in New York and South Florida, have shifted their focus to specific causes such as helping foreclosure victims. But it's unclear whether the disappearance of local camps will deprive the movement of media attention. In the past week: Honolulu officials told protesters they no longer could store their belongings in Thomas Square Park because of a new law. After issuing 31 citations, police moved in Thursday, making one arrest. Saying that a protest had become a public nuisance, U.S. Park Police swept through the Occupy D.C. encampment in McPherson Square, hauling away bedding and clothing. More than 100 officers cleared the square, two blocks from the White House, early Saturday after warning earlier that camping there was illegal. At least 11 people were arrested. One was charged with felony assault on a police officer and assault with a deadly weapon, a brick. Occupy Maine protesters began vacating a park in Portland after being told to remove tents and personal belongings. On Saturday, some protesters took down a communal warming hut, packed up sleeping pallets and disposed of debris.
But Friday night, in a sign of the protest movement's burgeoning identity crisis, police moved in and dismantled the Occupy Austin encampment at City Hall. The city said it no longer could afford the cost of police overtime and site maintenance.
It was a week when authorities across the nation took similar action, from McPherson Square in Washington, D.C., to Thomas Square in Honolulu. It raised once again the question of whether the Occupy movement has a future, and if so, what kind.
Some say Occupy has only a past, however glorious. "They provided a major issue in the presidential election" — income inequality, political scientist Terry Madonna says. "But the movement itself is on life support and unlikely to continue."
His diagnosis is familiar: no leaders, no agenda and, increasingly, no place to hang its hat.
Some also question Occupy's impact. A national survey released last week by researchers at the University of Delaware found that almost one in five Americans still say they've heard nothing about the movement and that a third of those who have can't identify its main message — that too few control too much of the nation's wealth and political power.
Some Occupy groups, including those in New York and South Florida, have shifted their focus to specific causes such as helping foreclosure victims. But it's unclear whether the disappearance of local camps will deprive the movement of media attention.
In the past week:
Honolulu officials told protesters they no longer could store their belongings in Thomas Square Park because of a new law. After issuing 31 citations, police moved in Thursday, making one arrest.
Saying that a protest had become a public nuisance, U.S. Park Police swept through the Occupy D.C. encampment in McPherson Square, hauling away bedding and clothing. More than 100 officers cleared the square, two blocks from the White House, early Saturday after warning earlier that camping there was illegal. At least 11 people were arrested. One was charged with felony assault on a police officer and assault with a deadly weapon, a brick.
Occupy Maine protesters began vacating a park in Portland after being told to remove tents and personal belongings. On Saturday, some protesters took down a communal warming hut, packed up sleeping pallets and disposed of debris.
Contributing: The Associated Press
February 5th, 2012
Cr edit note: From rule by dictator, to a rule by military dictatorsip, we of the Conservative Right, saw this coming from a mile away, and now it's here. The ruling bodies are made up of the radical Islamists in the Muslim Brotherhood, and an even more radicalized sect of Islamists, making up the remainder of the ruling council.
Only death and extreme mayhem, followed by abject poverty, can result from all of this, as we move forward. Israel's positioning in the region, is also now compromised. Obama, and his pitiful foreign policy, were operative in bringing all of this about, ultimately.
CAIRO – The son of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood is among 19 Americans being referred to criminal trial for allegedly receiving foreign funds illegally and being involved in banned activity in Egypt, several news agencies reported Sunday.
In all, Egyptian officials say 44 non-governmental organization workers will be put before the court after investigating judges claimed they had reason to try the democracy and rights workers.
The move is likely to further sour relations between Egypt's military rulers and the United States, the Arab nation's chief western backer for more than 30 years. The decision came just after Secretary of State Hillary Clinton met Saturday with Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel Amr on the sidelines of the 48th meeting of the Munich Security Conference in Germany.
February 5th, 2012
Cr edit note: My editor and English Prof., Kim, would be laughing hysterically, if she actually saw how many errors there were in this post, which I have dutifully corrected, at a glance, on behalf of Toby, the writer.
But, it's great to see that there is another, more professional writer out there, classically trained even, who makes more mistakes than I do.
Yo, Toby, after reading this, I can tell you, drinking and posting doesn't mix very well, especially without benefit of an editor. You best leave that to the "true professionals," and by the way, you disappoint me in this post, with your extreme lack of professional objectivity.
I'm just saying......
UK Daily Mail
BY Toby Harnden
Another loss, another failure by Newt Gingrich to concede a race to the winner, Mitt Romney. Rather than deliver a speech, the former Speaker of the House of Representatives instead opted to hold a press conference to unveil a supposed new campaign strategy.
The weakness of his position during the rambling 22-minute event was underlined by the fact that he had to begin by denying he was planning to drop out. "I'm not going to withdraw," he said. "I'm actually pretty happy with where we are."
It has been reported that he would announce he was "going positive" for the rest of the campaign. Instead, he unloaded a stream of peevish bile about Romney, quoting everyone from George Soros to Charles Krauthammer. He even cited a tweet by Larry Sabato.
Gingrich's new strategy? To "find a series of victories which by the end of Texas primary will leave us at parity" with Romney. Like the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, the Texas primary, with its massive winner-takes-all haul of 155 delegates, offers tantalising riches. But its current date of April 3rd is likely to be delayed by litigation.
Sooner or later, however, Gingrich will need to start winning again - and before April. He's not on the ballot in Missouri on Tuesday, when Romney is favoured in Colorado and Minnesota looks like a toss-up. Then we have Michigan and Arizona at the end of February, where Romney is the heavy favourite.
Gingrich is clearly investing a lot of hope in Super Tuesday on March 6th but that day he is not even on the ballot in his adopted home state of Virginia.
Even before then, he's likely to face a big money crunch. The report that lines of communications between Romney and Sheldon Adelson, head of the pro-Gingrich super PAC and the man currently keeping Gingrich afloat, is an ominous sign for him.
Just as he did in Florida, Gingrich all but ignored the Nevada result, tastelessly dismissing Romney's thumping win in a "very heavily Mormon state" (Romney also won among evengelicals, Tea Partiers and every other GOP demographic group except for very low earners).
Instead, Newt initially went into the standard negative elements of his stump speech, presenting himself as the "alternative to a Massachussets moderate and stating that "unlike Governor Romney, I care very deeply about helping the poorest Americans".
Then he descended into the weeds and the mire, with a full-bore vent about Romney and all his works. There were glimpses of "Good Newt" - for instance, his analysis of Obama's war on the Catholic church - but they were fleeting indeed.
At one point, Gingrich stated that "I'm not sure that Mitt Romney's in my head" but it's clear he's obsessed with Romney and, in particular, what he did to him in Florida, veering off to complain about how "fundamentaly dishonest" he was and how "blatant and deliberate" were his lies during the Tampa debate.
He wallowed in the minutiae, even being reduced at one point to discussing the supposed firing of Romney's debate coach. Does he think he's the first politician ever to be the victim of a negative attack?
What would Gingrich do in a debate with Barack Obama if the President twists the truth? What about the Gingrich negative attacks, incuding the incendiary claim that Romney denied kosher meals to Holocaust victims?
Contrast this with Romney's speech, in which he focussed like a laser on the main target: Obama. It must make Newt even more miffed that he did not merit a Mitt mention.
Romney has got into Gingrich's head, under his skin and very possibly into other parts of his anatomy. The former Speaker appears intent on destroying Romney but seems not to care that he will almost certainly fail - and probably destroy himself in the process.
Top stories at The UK Mail Online
February 5th, 2012
By CYNTHIA R. FAGEN
It was a chilling insight.
When the president wasn’t keeping the world from descending into war, there was plenty of wild partying. One instance was a raucous Hollywood bash at Bing Crosby’s desert ranch.
“I was sitting next to him in the living room when a handful of yellow capsules — most likely amyl nitrate, commonly known as poppers — was offered up by one of the guests. The president asked me if I wanted to try the drug, which stimulated the heart but also purportedly enhanced sex. I said no, but he just went ahead and popped the capsule and held it under my nose.”
He didn’t try it himself.
“This was a new sensation, and it frightened me,” Mimi recalls. “I panicked and ran crying from the room.”
It wasn’t her first glimpse of Kennedy’s dark side.
“He had been guilty of an even more callous and unforgivable episode at the White House” during a noon swim. Powers had rolled up his pants to cool his feet in the water. “The president swam over and whispered in my ear. ‘Mr. Powers looks a little tense,’ he said. ‘Would you take care of it?’
“It was a dare, but I knew exactly what he meant. This was a challenge to give Dave Powers oral sex. I don’t think the president thought I’d do it, but I’m ashamed to say that I did . . . The president silently watched.”
Alford, then Mimi Beardsley, says that later the president apologized to them both.
Another time, she writes, while back at Wheaton, she thought she was pregnant and told Powers. Obviously, this could explode into scandal. Abortion was illegal in 1962. Powers put her in touch with a woman who had a contact for a doctor. In the end, it was a false alarm.
There were tender moments, too.
Kennedy, alone and grieving the death of his infant child, Patrick Bouvier Kennedy, reached out for his young confidante.
“I had never seen real grief in my relatively short life,” she writes.
While Jackie was still recovering in Cape Cod, Kennedy was back at the White House.
“He invited me upstairs, and we sat outside on the balcony in the soft summer evening air. There was a stack of condolence letters on the floor next to his chair, and he picked each one up and read it aloud to me. Some were from friends and others from strangers, but they were all heartfelt and deeply moving. Occasionally, tears rolling down his cheeks, he would write something on one of the letters, probably notes for a reply. But mostly he just read them and cried. I did, too.”
One of their last times together was at a Boston Democratic fund-raiser. Ted Kennedy, the president’s baby brother, was in the room with them.
“I could see that mischievous look come into his eye. ‘Mimi, why don’t you take care of my baby brother? He could stand a little relaxation.’
“You’ve got to be kidding me,” she replied firmly. “Absolutely not, Mr. President.”
About to be married to her college sweetheart, Tony Fahnestock, she met Kennedy for the last time at The Carlyle hotel in Manhattan on Nov. 15, 1963, just seven days before his assassination in Dallas.
“He took me in his arms for a long embrace and said, ‘I wish you were coming with me to Texas.’ And then he added, ‘I’ll call you when I get back.’ I was overcome with sudden sadness. ‘Remember, Mr. President, I’m getting married.’
“ ‘I know that,’ he said, and shrugged. ‘But I’ll call you anyway.’ ”
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