Egyptian officials: We partnered with Israel on a drone strike against Islamists in the Sinai

Needless to say, the AP’s two senior sources in the Egyptian military are remaining anonymous, but it wouldn’t have taken long to make the connection anyway.  After Israel briefly shut down its airport in the resort town of Eilat yesterday, two explosions rocked the northern Sinai region of el-Agra, killing suspected Islamist terrorists and destroying a rocket launcher.  The tip on the terror threat apparently came from the government in Cairo, which helped coordinate the strike with Israel:

An Israeli drone strike inside Egypt killed five suspected Islamic militants and destroyed a rocket launcher Friday, two senior Egyptian security officials said, marking an incredibly rare Israeli operation carried out in its Arab neighbor’s territory.

The strike, coming after a warning from Egypt caused Israel to briefly close an airport Thursday, potentially signals a significant new level of cooperation between the two former foes over security matters in the largely lawless Sinai Peninsula after a military coup ousted Egypt’s president. Egypt long has maintained that it wouldn’t allow other countries to use its territories as hotbed to launch attacks against other countries.

Residents heard a large explosion Friday in el-Agra, an area in the northern region of the Sinai close to Egypt’s border with Israel. The officials said the Israeli attack was in cooperation with Egyptian authorities. …

A statement later posted on the official Facebook page of Col. Ahmed Mohammed Ali, an Egyptian military spokesman, said there had been two explosions in el-Agra, south of Rafah, and that security forces were investigating. Egypt’s official MENA news agency said an explosion destroyed a rocket launcher set near the border to launch attacks against Israel. The agency said at least five jihadis were killed.

Israel declined to confirm the report to the AP, probably sensitive to the domestic political implications for military leader General Abdel Fatah al-Sissi and his nascent interim government.  It wouldn’t have been a secret for long, anyway, especially if the government in Cairo offered no protest over the strike.  It’s no secret that Cairo has tried to get the Sinai under control and suppress the Islamist terrorists there; even Mohamed Morsi expressed a desire for security and cooperated with Israel on border issues, reluctantly or otherwise.

There is a big difference between that and allowing the IDF to hit Egyptian targets, however. With al-Sissi almost at war with the Islamists in Cairo and other areas of the nation, this provides just another provocation that will likely solidify Islamist opposition to the military coup, and fuel some of the conspiracy theories that posit Morsi’s fall as a Jewish plot (or a Coptic plot, or both).  The threat must have been pretty serious if al-Sissi risked the kind of backlash this might produce — and at least according the AP and its sources, the group planned on attacking the Suez Canal after its rocket attacks against Israel.  Given the precarious nature of the Egyptian economy and its central role in the unrest that unseated the Muslim Brotherhood, that would probably be enough to make al-Sissi reach out to the IDF.

Still, that’s a pretty mind-blowing thing to admit, even anonymously.  We’ll see whether it has any effect on the unrest still gathering in the streets of Cairo.

(Source / 09.08.2013)

U.S. warns and Saudi arrests: Is al-Qaeda on the rise?

President Barack Obama’s top national security advisers met at the White House on Saturday to discuss the potential threat of terrorist attacks.

The Saudi arrest of two foreign al-Qaeda suspects only few days after the U.S. had shut down 19 diplomatic posts in the region, is according to experts a sign of “the operational environment” between Washington and Riyadh and their “consequential counterterrorism cooperation” against a strengthened decentralized al-Qaeda.

Saudi Arabia’s Interior Ministry announced yesterday the arrest of a Chadian and a Yemeni suspected of having contacts with al-Qaeda’s offshoot in Yemen, al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP). The clues came through social media, as the two suspects discussed via coded words an “imminent suicide attack in the region.” The timing of the arrests, however, following the U.S. global terror alert and shutting down 19 diplomatic posts across the Middle East and North Africa, brings to the forefront the Saudi-U.S. counterterrorism coordination.

Consequential Role

While the synchronization of the Saudi arrests and U.S. embassy closures “may not be deliberate” it is a “reflection of the operational environment” between Washington and Riyadh, says Bilal Saab, the Washington Director of the Institute for Near East and Gulf Military Analysis. Saab in an interview with Al Arabiya raises the possibility of “coordination between the U.S. and Saudi intelligence agencies around the timing” of the threat and the arrests, in particular “to send a message that they are in this together, facing the same threat” of terrorism.

Saab describes the U.S.- Saudi efforts as “the most consequential counterterrorism cooperation globally” noting that “no country can discredit al-Qaeda’s narrative more than a Muslim Saudi Arabia and no country can counter al-Qaeda’s operations more than the United States.” The arrests came amidst a sharp U.S. escalation of drone attacks in Yemen, killing 12 militants in three separate strikes yesterday.

A statement by the interior ministry published in the Saudi Press Agency said that the authorities have “managed at the beginning of the last 10 days of the holy month of Ramadan to arrest two expatriates.” The last 10 days of Ramadan started early last week, four days before the United States issued a worldwide terror alert for its citizens.

“The two recruited themselves for the service of deviant thought,” said the ministry, indicating that authorities “seized items from the suspects which included computer hardware, electronic media and mobile phones.” The statement released hints at their communication with AQAP, “by electronic encrypted messages or through identities via the social networks (such as Abu Alfidaa, Hspouy, Muawiya Almadani, Rasasah fi Qusasah, and Abu El Feda Aldokulai) so as to exchange information about impending suicide operations in the region” it read.

A Decentralized al-Qaeda

The nature of the U.S. warning extending over 19 countries, and the Chadian-Yemeni nationalities of those arrested by Riyadh, tell of a changing operational dynamic in al-Qaeda activities, one that is spreading transnationally.

Aaron Zelin, an expert on terrorist groups at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, told Al Arabiya that “al-Qaeda is stronger than it’s been in a while.” Zelin shrugs off the talk about the “resurgence in al-Qaeda,” explaining that “it has not been in decline in the first place to see a resurgence.” He added that those who think so, are deluding themselves.” Zelin explains that what has happened is rather a shift in the nature of the terrorist organization from one central operational force, to one decentralized and spread across the region. Today al-Qaeda is a bigger umbrella for many organizations such as AQAP in Yemen to al-Nusra in Syria, to al-Shabab and al-Qaeda in Maghreb in Somalia and North Africa.

“They are drawing their strengths from destabilization in Arab countries, we see it in Yemen, Iraq, Syria and Tunisia” says Zelin, contending that the aftermath of Arab spring in many countries has helped al-Qaeda.

While Zelin recommends for the U.S. administration a broader coordination mechanism in fighting al-Qaeda, that goes beyond the central government framework and connects with the tribes in places like Yemen and Libya, Saab sees the Syrian conflict as a major cause “for reviving what was once an organization on the run.” Al-Qaeda is “on the march in the Levant, in the Arabian Peninsula, in Iraq, and in Northern Africa,” and that necessitates in his opinion the Saudi-U.S. cooperation as an effective “counter-terrorism team.”

(Source / 09.08.2013)

Reports: Israeli airstrike targets militants in Egyptian Rafah

Israeli airstrikes targeted militants in the Egyptian side of Rafah.

A massive explosion was heard on Friday in the Egyptian side of the border with Israel, Al Arabiya correspondent said, amid reports that a number of militants were killed as they prepared to launch rockets on Israel.

The Palestinian news agency Maan quoted an Egyptian army source as saying that an Israeli plane targeted rockets launchers in an area in the Egyptian Rafah. The launchers were reportedly deployed on Thursday by Islamist militants.

Maan reported that at least five militants were killed.

(Source / 09.08.2013)

Sources: Military preps for Sinai attack

CAIRO (Ma’an) — A senior military source told Ma’an Friday that Israeli authorities shut down Eilat’s airport after Egypt sent a warning about an attack originating in the Sinai.

Egyptian intelligence agents feared that armed groups were preparing to target security buildings in the Sinai including sites along the Suez canal.

Military sources told Ma’an that Egyptian airplanes and helicopters were flying over the Sinai to track down the would-be attackers, but there were no immediate reports of clashes.

The airport in Israel’s Red Sea resort resumed flights on Thursday after a brief shutdown over unspecified security concerns, the military said.

“The airport is open after a new situation report,” a spokeswoman told AFP, without further explanation.

The military earlier ordered the cancellation of all flights in and out of Eilat for about two hours following a security assessment, but gave no details of the possible threat.

Only domestic flights had been scheduled to land or take off from the southern town.

(Source / 09.08.2013)

Israel’s new plan of ethnic cleansing in the desert

 

Asa WinstanleyThe birth of a “Jewish state” in a country overwhelmingly not Jewish required a massive act of ethnic cleansing in Palestine. Between 1947 and 1949, Zionist militias executed this catastrophe by driving out some 750,000 Palestinians. This is commemorated as the Nakba.

The latest incarnation of this on-going Nakba is Israel’s Prawer plan. Passed by its parliament in June as the Prawer-Begin law, this new wave of ethnic cleansing aims to empty the southern Naqab desert (known as the Negev in Hebrew) of tens of thousands of Palestinian Bedouins.

These Palestinians are nominally citizens of Israel, but are not treated as equals to Jewish Israelis. Varying estimates state that between 30,000 and 70,000 Bedouin citizens will be removed if Prawer is fully implemented. In their places will come new Jewish developments.

Israel’s obsession with “Judaisation” means that around 35 “unrecognised” Arab villages containing 70,000 people could be destroyed to make way for what is euphemistically called “development.” In reality, this is the removal of one ethno-religious group to make way for another. Arab villages will be replaced by forests, military centres and new Jewish settlements. Palestinian citizens will have their ancestral land seized.

Older than Israel

Adalah, the legal centre for Arab minority rights in Israel says Prawer would be “the largest single act of forced displacement of Arab citizens of Israel since the 1950s”. According to the group, “If Israel applied the same criteria for planning and development that exist in the Jewish rural sector, all 35 unrecognised villages would be recognized where they are.”

The Bedouin are often slandered in Israel as “criminal” and “uncivilized” nomads. In fact Arab Bedouin have lived in villages since at least the 16th century, long before Israel ever existed. Most of the “unrecognised” villages (which Israel’s racist state structure refuses to connect to services like water electricity, sewage, education, health care and roads) in fact pre-date the state of Israel itself.

While the world’s media focuses on the sham that is the supposed peace talks between Israeli politicians and the subservient quislings of the Palestinian Authority, a massive new wave of Israeli expulsions is about to take place.

Emptying Palestine of its native population has never ceased to be a key goal of the Zionist movement. In many ways, the Nakba never really ended. After the initial trauma of 1948, Israel has continued its project of removing as many Palestinians as possible from the land, as both the West Bank settlements project and Prawer demonstrate.

Israel’s first prime minister, David Ben Gurion dismissively said during the Nakba: “The Arabs of the Land of Israel [i.e., Palestine] have only one function left to them – to run away” (Benny Morris, “The Birth of the Palestinian Refugee Problem Revisited”, (Cambridge University Press, 2004), p. 463. Editorial insertion in Morris).

Back to the Nakba

During the 1948 war, Israel broke a July-October truce. They “regularly harassed [Palestinian] harvesters between front line positions, behind the lines and in no man’s land” (Morris, 445. Insertion mine).

During this truce the Israelis “mounted sporadic ‘clearing’ operations to drive away concentrations of refugees who had temporarily encamped near the front lines … the Negev Brigade continued harassing the Arab inhabitants and beduin tribes. On 16 August, the brigade carried out a full-scale clearing operation in the Kaufakha-al Maharraqa area. ‘The villages’ inhabitants and [beduin] concentrations in the area were dispersed and expelled. A number of houses were blown up. Muharraqa and the houses of Sheikh ‘Ukbi … were mined'” (Morris, 446. Insertion in Morris).

Unsurprisingly, the truce between Israel and the belatedly-intervening Arab armies collapsed 16 October. Visiting occupied Bir al-Saba’ (Beersheva) on 30 October alongside Ben Gurion, the director general of Israel’s “Minority Affairs Ministry” Gad Machnes remarked to one commander: “We have come to expel the Arabs. Yigal [Allon], rely on me.” But by then many Arabs had already been driven out (Morris, 467. Insertion mine).

“They will be in the way”

In November 1948, Yosef Weitz, a Jewish National Fund director “wrote Ben Gurion that it was best that the beduin were not around. But, ‘if political requirements’ compelled leaving them in Israel, then they should be ‘concentrated’ in a specific, limited area.” But he also worried about the future: “Weitz argued that leaving the beduin in place would result in a host of problems … ‘If we formulate a development plan for the Negev – they will be in the way'” (Morris, 526).

By 1950, only 35,000 Palestinians remained the the Naqab. Their situation was precarious. While some had been given Israeli ID cards, many had not (Morris, 528). Some of the Bedouin community’s leadership was co-opted by Israel, and all lived in fear of being made refugees like so many of their kinsfolk. All of Israel’s Arabs citizens (but not its Jewish ones) would remain under a racist system of military rule until 1966.

Today, the JNF continues to promote its racist “development” plans. One of these is a crackpot scheme by Christian fundamentalist satellite Christian fundamentalist satellite channel GOD TV, to build a forest on the land of al-Araqib, a Bedouin village that has by now been demolished so many times it’s hard to keep count (its resilient villages keep rebuilding).

GOD TV’s sectarian end of times theology states that their purpose is “to prepare the Holy Land in expectancy of the Messiah showing their commitment to the Land of Israel” and they claim their “tree planting” will make “the deserts liveable once more.” In fact, such claims are pure Zionist mythology. Palestinians have been making the desert liveable for hundreds if not thousands of years.

Despite the severe limitations placed on them since 1948, the Palestinian Bedouin of the Naqab have stood steadfast in their land, and have grown to a population of some 200,000 today. Thankfully, Weitz’s prediction that the Bedouin would “be in the way” of Zionism’s schemes was correct.

The Arabs of the Naqab are not going away, and Palestinians from all over the country are resisting the Prawer plan. Even if it makes short-term gains, Israel’s project of sectarian expulsion is doomed in the long term.

(Source / 09.08.2013)

Israel releases prisoner after 34 months without charge

RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Israel on Wednesday released a 60-year-old Palestinian after detaining him without charge for almost three years.

Omar al-Bargouthi, from Kubar village in Ramallah, spent 34 months in administrative detention, without charge or trial.

The Ahrar Prisoners Center said Israel detained al-Barghouthi on Oct. 2, 2010. He had previously spent 26 years in Israeli jails, center director Foad al-Khafsh said.

(Source / 08.08.2013)

In Israel’s “democracy,” protests by Palestinian citizens face police brutality

The writer, Jalal Abukhater, is arrested by Israeli police during the 1 August protest at Wadi Ara.

On 1 August, I was among 18 people arrested at a peaceful protest against the Prawer Plan – Israel’s latest scheme to forcibly remove 40,000 Bedouins from their homes in order to take their land in the Naqab (Negev) region.

The Israeli police violence against us sheds light once again on the real meaning of Israeli “democracy.”

Last week’s protests were only the latest actions, following large protests against the Prawer Plan on 15 July, which Israeli police also met with violence.

Indeed, in Israel, a citizen’s right to freedom of expression and protest depends on his or her ethnic and religious background. If those protesting happen to be non-Jews –Palestinian citizens of Israel – those rights simply vanish.

Tear gas and beatings

There were two major protests against the Prawer Plan on 1 August, one in the south, and one in Wadi Ara, in the north of the country. Both demonstrations aimed to reach major road intersections in order to gain maximum visibility.

I was present at the demonstration in Wadi Ara. The demonstration was meant to march from the entrance of the town of Arara and block the Ara-Arara intersection at Wadi Ara road (Road 65).

As soon as the protestors started marching towards Road 65, we were met with hundreds of riot police, a bunch of mounted units and a rain of stun grenades and tear gas. Beatings and arbitrary arrests followed.

Breaking out of “ghettos”

The Wadi Ara march had more than 750 people who had come from towns across the center of present-day Israel, the coast and the Galilee, as well as Jerusalem.

In recent years, demonstrations have been limited to the centers of these towns, where most Palestinian citizens of Israel are concentrated.

People believed it was necessary to demonstrate outside those towns – or ghettos as some organizers put it – for the protests to become more visible and effective.

The protests were perfectly legal and every demonstrator had the right to be there, yet the demonstration was violently suppressed by the Israeli police.

But, you might ask, wouldn’t police intervene in any protest that tried to block a public highway? Well, the depends on who the protestors are.

Israeli Jews block roads without interference

Less than a month ago in Tel Aviv, about four thousand “social justice” protestors took to the streets to mark the second anniversary of the overwhelmingly Israeli Jewish “J14” protest movement.

As Haggai Matar reported for +972, about a thousand demonstrators marched onto Ayalon highway in central Tel Aviv, where “For about an hour they marched on the southbound lanes, unstopped by police, and kept on chanting against the government’s austerity measures and neo-liberal capitalist agenda.”

In Wadi Ara, when about 50 protestors managed to get past the riot police and march onto the highway, they were met with mounted police units trampling over them, as well as riot police shoving them on the pavements, beating and arresting them.

Both groups are citizens of Israel, but the response to the protests depended on whether they were predominantly Jewish or Arab.

Bogus charges

As one of those arrested, I can say that we were arrested for either chanting anti-Prawer Plan slogans or for taking part in the demonstration on the highway.

Yet the charges varied between beating police, obstructing police work, and even throwing stones. Eight of us were released that night, but the other ten, including me, were held overnight for a court hearing the next morning.

Many of those held overnight were fasting for Ramadan, but were provided with nothing but a cup of water, which meant that they went two whole days without food.

The next morning, even though the police were insisting on the bogus charges, everyone was cleared by the court as evidence was put forward proving our innocence.

Some of the activists released from the 24-hour detention headed to hospital afterwards to receive treatment for the injuries they received during arrest.

Several showed the court bruises and even bloodstains caused by the police beatings.

A duty to protest

The police kept trying to argue, during individual interrogations and in court, that the protest was illegal.

In the occupied West Bank, almost all Palestinian demonstrations are “defined as ‘illegal’ under Israeli military law, which states that any gathering of 10 or more people requires a permit.”

Wadi Ara, however, is not in the occupied West Bank. The violent response of the Israeli police is one more piece of evidence that Israel doesn’t treat its Palestinians citizens the same way it treats Jewish citizens. Rather, it deals with them as enemies of the state even though they hold citizenship.

The Prawer ethnic cleansing plan is racist and vile. Tens of thousands are threatened with dispossession and expulsion from their homes.

This is a continuation of the Nakba and demonstrating against it is the duty of Palestinians all over Palestine, not least because the land grab will not stop there.

People must say ethnic cleansing will not pass, and they have every right to do so.

Amnesty, HRW tell Israel to respect right to protest

Both Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch have condemned Israel’s “excessive force,” against the anti-Prawer Plan protests.

Philip Luther, Amnesty International’s Middle East and Northern Africa director said, on 30 July, the day before the latest protests, “The use of excessive force by the police during the 15 July marches sent a dangerous signal about how little Israel respects the rights of its Palestinian citizens. The Israeli authorities must ensure that peaceful demonstrators are able to express their opposition to the plan free from intimidation or violence.”

As we learned first hand, Israel was not listening.

(Source / 08.08.2013)

Israel briefly closes Red Sea resort airport over security concerns

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  • A crater left by a rocket is seen on the side of the road near the airport of southern Israel’s resort town of Eilat.

JERUSALEM –  Israel briefly prevented landings at an airport in the Red Sea resort of Eilat on Thursday, as Egyptian officials warned of possible rocket attacks coming from its territory on the Sinai Peninsula.

The partial closure was in effect for about two hours before being lifted Thursday evening, said a military spokesman, Lt. Col. Peter Lerner.

Lerner said the decision to close the Eilat airport was made as a result of a security assessment, but did not elaborate.

Eilat, on Israel’s southern tip, is a major destination for domestic and international tourists. It is close to the Sinai, where Islamic militants and tribesmen engaged in smuggling and other criminal activity have defied Egyptian security forces for years.

An Egyptian security official told The Associated Press that the country received intelligence suggesting terrorist groups planned to fire missiles Friday at Israel, as well as at locations in northern Sinai and the Suez Canal. The official said Egypt informed Israel about the risk, sparking the airport closure.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to speak with journalists. He also said that Egyptian authorities planned to start air patrols Thursday night over the Naqab desert in the Egyptian Sinai, where officials believe the militants are based.

Militants have fired rockets from the Sinai toward Eilat in the past.

Egyptian airports in the Sinai operated normally into Thursday night despite the warning, including those in the resort cities of Sharm el-Sheikh and Taba, said Gad el-Karim Nasr, the head of state-owned Egyptian Airports Co. Taba is only six miles from Eilat.

(Source / 08.08.2013)

News from The Free Samer Issawi Campaign

When the Israeli occupation military on Sunday at 2 am invaded Mohammed’s house with five jeeps and two armed vehicles, it took him and his family completely by surprise. The entire family – Mohammed, his wife and their six children – were woken up by 30 soldiers, and told to gather in the house of Mohammed’s brother. Mohammed was then told to say goodbye for he was being arrested. The kids criedand said: “daddy don’t go tomorrow is Eid Al-Fitr”. Mohammed was then taken to Ashkelon Prison at around 4am.
The family spent Eid wondering about their father and husband, whom they have not been able to talk to since the 4th of August. The family has not yet been able to talk to him or give him the medicine that he needs.

(Facebook / 08.08.2013)

US; the real global terror alert

A man stands in a sea of rubble in Hiroshima on September 8, 1945

A man stands in a sea of rubble in Hiroshima on September 8, 1945

Sixty-eight years ago this week, the United States wiped out more than 200,000 people when it dropped two atomic bombs on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Tens of thousands more victims were to die over the ensuing years due to slow, painful deaths from cancers and birth defects.

Yet the US – the only state to have ever used atomic weapons – has never apologized or made any atonement for this singularly horrific crime. Officially, the US justifies it as a legitimate attack during war even though many historical sources show that there was absolutely no military necessity for the bombings.

Even former president and top military commander Dwight Eisenhower would later go on record as saying that the A-bomb attacks on Japan in August 1945 were completely unnecessary.

The unleashing of the atomic infernos on mostly civilian populations was simply this: an act of supreme terrorism. It was an act of barbarity callously calculated by the US planners to demonstrate their country’s demonic power to the rest of the world – and the Soviet Union in particular. This premeditated rationale makes it an unpardonable crime of the highest order.

Fast-forward sixty-eight years on, the US government has this week issued a global terror alert, closing down more than 20 diplomatic sites across the world and vacating staff from various countries. Following suit are the British and French governments who have shut their embassies in Yemen on the basis of an unspecified, secret terror alert issued by Washington.

The rest of the world is thus obliged to believe the word of Washington over this unverifiable warning.

Of course, it is a propaganda stunt, aimed at renewing the whole fraudulent ‘war on terror’ charade and distracting from recent politically embarrassing developments, such as the vast scope of illegal surveillance against US citizens and the rest of the world; or the increasing public awareness of the collusion between American and Western intelligence and regime-change terrorism in Syria.

This is the same American political establishment that launched wars on Afghanistan and Iraq on the back of spurious and outright mendacious claims over the alleged 9/11 terror attacks and weapons of mass destruction.

This is the same government, along with Britain and France, that secretly claims the Syrian armed forces of President Bashar al-Assad used chemical weapons – when the hard evidence is that it is actually the US-backed foreign mercenaries who have launched these weapons to kill civilians.

This week, the US military killed more people in Yemen with its assassination drones under presidential executive orders, just as it has done every week over the past 10 years as it wages covert and overt criminal wars in several countries simultaneously.

These US-led wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, Yemen, Pakistan, Somalia, Libya and Syria have caused as many as two million, mainly civilian, deaths.

And yet ludicrously, the US government is putting the world on alert against terrorism. Even more ludicrously, the Western news media are amplifying this warning from the world’s biggest terrorist state as if it is a benign service to international public safety.

In this awful anniversary week of Hiroshima and Nagasaki it is rather astounding that the perpetrator of that genocide is still strutting the globe as if it is God almighty. On a global terrorist offender list, the United States is the paramount offender without compare.

In a saner world, the US should be a pariah state, shunned and sanctioned, its government leaders past and present locked away for life.

Perhaps, the world is finally beginning to wake up from the illusory spell that it has been kept under till now, to realize that humanity’s security is threatened not by states such as Iran or North Korea, but by the one whose president is a Nobel Peace laureate.

The US terror state slaps sanctions on Iran, North Korea, Cuba, Syria, Zimbabwe and others, causing women and children to die from medial and other basic deprivations. But what we should realize is that this is not depraved double standards or hypocrisy. No, such criminality is simply consistent with the actions of American state terrorism.

Iran does not have any nuclear weapons, yet it is being strangled with illegal trade sanctions by the world’s number-one nuclear terrorist – the US – and its rogue partners, Britain, France and Israel.

Today, there are some 17,000 total nuclear weapons in the world. About half of them are possessed by the US. The other major holder of such weapons is Russia.

In Russia’s defense, it would most likely not have this atomic stockpile if it were not for the fact that the US embarked on the Cold War with its act of genocide at Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945.

Stalin knew that that act of terror by US President Truman was aimed at Moscow by way of demarcating the post-war lines of global hegemony. By 1948, the Soviet Union had acquired the A-bomb and the world was then well on the road to mutually assured destruction – in direct consequence of the US original act of nuclear terrorism on Japan.

Perhaps more frightening than the planet-destroying power of US-held nuclear weapons is the monstrous mentality of the American ruling class that wields them, including its mass media propaganda system.

In the same week that the world should be mourning the dead of Hiroshima,
Nagasaki and many other victims of US state terrorism, we are instead expected to pander to the “terror warnings” of American politicians and their media as if they should be taken seriously and virtuously.

These American leaders should be in prison, not promulgating to the rest of the world.

The truly appalling thing is that the world’s number-one terror state is still at large.

(Source / 08.08.2013)