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Since the 1979 Iranian revolution and the downfall of the US Puppet Ruler the Shah, Iran has been an Islamic state. In that interval of time, 1979 to the present, Iran has not invaded anyone. Not once. People of all religions live in peace in Iran, even Jews, who find life so comfortable in Iran they refused an offer by the government of Israel to emigrate!
In the same period of time, Israel, a self-declared Jewish state, attacked Iraq in 1981, bombing the power station at Osirik, claiming it was a clandestine weapons factory. Subsequent examination of the ruins following the 2003 invasion proved Israel had lied.
In 1982, Israel invaded Lebanon. This led to the Massacres at Sabra and Shatilla.
In February 2003 Israel staged incursions into Gaza and Nablus.
In September 2007 Israel bombed Syria, again insisting they were destroying a clandestine weapons laboratory. Again there was no evidence to support Israel’s claims.
In 2006, Israel attacked Lebanon, killing 1200, mostly civilians, several UN observers, and littering the landscape with land mines on their way out.
In February 2008 Israel again raided Gaza, killing over 100. HAMAS agreed to a cease fire and kept it for 6 months until November 4, when Israel again attacked without warning, killing 6 HAMAS members, and launching operation CAST LEAD. 1300 Gazans, mostly civilians, were killed. Israel lost 13 soldiers. Violations of international law included the use of White Phosphorus incendiary bombs against civilians and non-military targets. The United Nations investigated, but Israel refused to cooperate.
In May 2010, Israel attacked an international aid flotilla bringing food and medical supplies to Gaza in international waters. 9 people were murdered including an American from New York.
In the same period of time, the United States, officially a secular nation but predominantly Christian, attacked El Salvador (1980), Libya (1981), Sinai (1982), Lebanon (1982 1983), Egypt (1983), Grenada (1983), Honduras (1983), Chad (1983), Persian Gulf (1984), Libya (1986) , Bolivia (1986), Iran (1987), Persian Gulf (1987), Kuwait (1987), Iran (1988), Honduras (1988), Panama (1988), Libya (1989), Panama (1989), Colombia, Bolivia, and Peru (1989), Philippines (1989), Panama (1989-1990), Liberia (1990), Saudi Arabia (1990), Iraq (1991), Zaire (1991), Sierra Leone (1992), Somalia (1992), Bosnia-Herzegovina (1993 to present), Macedonia (1993), Haiti (1994), Macedonia (1994), Bosnia (1995), Liberia (1996), Central African Republic (1996), Albania (1997), Congo/Gabon (1997), Sierra Leon (1997), Cambodia (1997), Iraq (1998), Guinea/Bissau (1998), Kenya/Tanzania (1998 to 1999), Afghanistan/Sudan (1998), Liberia (1998), East Timor (1999), Serbia (1999), Sierra Leon (2000), Yemen (2000), East Timor (2000), Afghanistan (2001 to present), Yemen (2002), Philippines (2002) , Cote d’Ivoire (2002), Iraq (2003 to present), Liberia (2003), Georgia/Djibouti (2003), Haiti (2004), Georgia/Djibouti/Kenya/Ethiopia/Yemen/Eritrea War on Terror (2004), Pakistan drone attacks (2004 to present), Somalia (2007), South Ossetia/Georgia (2008), Syria (2008), Yemen (2009), Haiti (2010), etc. etc. etc. etc.
Walter Pincus: Britain is not the only country modernizing [its nuclear weapons]. The United States has a multi-billion-dollar program to upgrade its three major nuclear warheads and a more costly effort to build new land, sea and air strategic delivery systems. France is modernizing its nuclear bombs and missiles as well as its strategic submarine, though it is reducing numbers. Russia and China are modernizing, too. It is ironic that these five countries meeting in Baghdad to dissuade Iran from moving toward a nuclear weapon are all modernizing their stockpiles.
Last week, the Republican-led house Armed Services Committee proposed a new Pentagon budget. Tucked away inside it was a provision that would prohibit the Department of Defense from buying any alternative fuels that cost more than conventional fossil fuels.
Slate’s Fred Kaplan laments that this provision would kill the $12 million “green strike group” program the Navy is running, which would field a strike group running entirely on biofuels (and a nuclear-powered carrier) for a naval exercise in June. The Navy hopes to have an entire “great green fleet” in the water by 2016.
But the language is far broader than that. It would effectively prohibit military field-testing of any non-fossil fuel. After all, if alternatives were already cheaper than fossil fuels, they wouldn’t be alternatives. The Air Force couldn’t experiment with fuel blends for its jets. The Army couldn’t fuel its “green warrior convoy.” This provision would explicitly ban the military from being an instrument of energy innovation. - Grist /2 Cookie Jill
New reports reveal George Zimmerman’s close connection to the Sanford police department. Zimmerman went on patrol rides with police officers, went to police department picnics, and even went back to the police station three days after he killed Trayvon Martin and wandered around unaccompanied.
A Denver Police officer, who previously pointed his gun at a McDonald’s for working to slow, gets his job back after being caught speeding 143 MPH while drunk.
Over at No More Mister Nice Tom Hilton leads a discussion about Calvinistic predestination – the idea that God decided ages ago who would be saved (the Elect) and who wouldn’t, and that’s how it is and nothing anyone can do can possibly change that.
“The most widely played sound bite from Romney’s tepid ‘repudiation’ of the proposed all-Wright-all-the-time anti-Obama ad campaign is the part where he said “I stand by what I said, whatever it was”. And with good reason: that + Etch-a-Sketch = ad that writes itself.
But there was another bit that leapt out at me, beginning at around 2:06 (see video at link):
The purpose of the President’s ads is not to describe success and failure but somehow to suggest that I’m…not a good person, or not a good guy. And I think the American people will know better than that, if they don’t already. [emphasis added]
Sound vaguely familiar? Wondering where you might have heard something like that before? I’ll tell you: you heard it from everyone who ever thought he/she was being unjustly accused of doing or saying something racist. Or sexist. Or homophobic.
It’s a classic dodge, shifting focus from your conduct (which others can observe and evaluate) to your character (which only you know, and what you know is that it’s good). The thought process works like this: I’m not a bad person; therefore, I’m not a racist; therefore, what I said can’t have been racist. Or in Romney’s variation, I’m a good guy; therefore, I’m not a heartless bastard; therefore, I can’t have hurt those people. The point being that one’s inherent nature far outweighs anything one actually does.” …
The irony is that in the authoritarian, dominionist, evangelical fundamentalist worldview there is no Inherent Goodness … all are born in sin, must accept, must embrace, the christian “lord” and symbolically “wash away the sin” through baptism to be “saved”. Having escaped that environment nearly fifty years ago … I don’t think Calvinistic predestination weighs as heavily today as when denominations were far more … ahhh … “defined”, were far less homogeneous. Less generic.
Speaking of distractions … I’ve long wondered what the “Chosen People” think of the “Elect’s core view of them. In the authoritarian, dominionist, evangelical fundamentalist worldview before their precious lord and master will float down out of the heavens on a white horse with a thousand sidekicks to carry them (the Elect) all away to paradise two/thirds of “Israel” must be destroyed, two/thirds of the “Jewish” population must die. These people don’t “Love” Israel, they want it destroyed.
Magic underpants, polygamy, and post/humous baptisms of a slave population for their “heavenly planet” read from a book of golden pages (in a hat) just isn’t all that weird. Of concern, yes … weird, no.
Myrddin provides a synopsis of John Aravosis’s analysis of the “who got binLaden” hoopla: “It is clear that judged by the standards Republicans set for Democrats, Obama deserves the credit for eliminating Bin Laden, who would still be alive if Romney had been president, as Romney made it explicit that he would not go into Pakistan for bin Laden, and that’s exactly what Obama did.
That is probably the strongest conclusion we will ever be able to draw on the particular question of Bin Laden. But that still leaves open the larger, rather more important question of whether conservatives really want the likes of bin Laden to be eliminated at all, or if they find it rather useful to have a convenient bogeyman around to help buttress their various ‘war on terror’ proposals.
That Bush and co found Bin Laden useful is beyond dispute. Without 9/11 there could never have been the PATRIOT act, the warrant-less wiretapping, the Gitmo gulag, the torture or the invasion of Iraq. Continuing and extending those policies would only be possible as long as Bin Laden was alive. Whether or not they intended to let Bin Laden escape the Tora Bora it was certainly very, very convenient for Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld.
Are we seriously to believe that an all-powerful supernatural being has chosen and elevated one group of humans to a position of supremacy above all others, and has approved the use of any mean, including murder, brutal eviction and even war, to achieve their selfish goal, and now mobilizes millions of lesser mortals from around the globe, like those who regard themselves as upstanding Christians, to serve as tools and sing the praises of this “Grand Design”?” ~Stuart Littlewood, Zionist Cuckoos in Christianity’s Nest
Life on Mars? Funds to Find Answer Fade: Just as NASA is on the cusp of answering the most fascinating questions about Mars — is there, was there or could there be life there? — the money needed to provide the answers is about to be abruptly withdrawn, a victim of President Obama’s budget request for 2013.
But we can buy weapons for chicken-shit wars so Israel can kill Palestinians.
Israel is not our friend. It has cost the American taxpayer four times the entire cost of the Apollo Moon program. What we did get for all that money?
1. Aside from the outright murder of a 24 year old student, 34 Americans murdered by Israel on the USS Liberty.
2. Another American, a 19-year old kid from New York, murdered by Israel in international waters.
3. More Americans murdered by Israel that didn’t even rate a story in the US press.
6. The Israeli spy ring.
7. The AIPAC spy ring.
8. Jonathan Pollard sold top-secret US nuclear technology to the USSR
9. The Lavon Affair
11. The Berlin Disco bombing.