A House panel Tuesday formally requested Hillary Clinton to testify about the private server and email account she used while serving as secretary of state.
Rep. Trey Gowdy, chairman of the Select Committee on Benghazi, sent a request to Clinton's personal attorney, David E. Kendall, requesting that Clinton appear before the committee no later than May 1 for a transcribed interview about the server and email.
The request comes after Kendall told Gowdy that the server had been wiped clean and that it would be impossible to recover the 30,000 emails Clinton deleted last year.
Gowdy, in his request to Kendall, also asked Clinton to "reconsider" her refusal to turn over the server to a neutral third party, which he called "highly unusual, if not unprecedented."
Clinton said she only deleted personal emails and turned over every work-related message to the State Department, which is reviewing the data to filter out classified information.
"Because of the Secretary's unique arrangement with herself as it relates to public records during and after her tenure as Secretary of State."
Gowdy wrote, "this Committee is left with no alternative but to request Secretary Clinton appear before this Committee for a transcribed interview to better understand decisions the Secretary made relevant to the creation, maintenance, retention, and ultimately deletion of public records.
Gruesome new images have emerged showing Islamic State militants stoning a blindfolded and bound man and woman to death in Iraq after they were accused of having sex before marriage.
Taken in the ISIS-stronghold of Mosul in Nineveh province, the shocking images show a large crowd gathered to watch the jihadis murder the defenceless couple.
Young boys clamber onto their fathers’ shoulders to get a better view of the man and woman being charged with ‘fornication’, before the familiar white-bearded face of ISIS’s elderly Mosul-based executioner-in-chief Abu Ansar al-Ansari orders their stoning to death.
Administrators at a Catholic university in Florida agreed to help an honors student start a campus club that would send money and supplies to the ISIS terror army.
Hidden camera footage released Monday morning shows officials and faculty at Barry University advising a senior – identified only as ‘Laura’ – about the best way to secure funding for a club she called ‘Sympathetic Students in Support of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.’
‘I want to start fundraising efforts on campus, and what I want to do is raise funds to send overseas,’ she told Derek Bley, the school’s Coordinator for Leadership Development and Student Organizations.
Bley offered to help her create the organization and agreed with her request to ‘pass out Islamic State flags and educate people’ at an annual student ‘Festival of Nations’ fair.
The video is from Project Veritas, a conservative ‘guerilla film-making group’ that last week captured a Cornell University dean agreeing that ISIS and Hamas would be welcome at the Ivy League school.
Morning session talks between Iran, P5+1, ended after just 35 minutes
from Lausanne say that the talks may not end in a framework agreement,
as had been hoped, but rather with a joint statement that outlines the
points of agreement and disagreement between the sides.
Meanwhile MEMRI reports Iran has not given in on ANY OF THEIR MAIN OBJECTIVES
should be emphasized that Iran has not backed down in any way, at any
stage, from the positions with which it began the talks: 1. Tehran rejects the removal of its enriched uranium from Iran. 2. Tehran rejects a gradual lifting of the sanctions. 3. Tehran rejects restriction of the number of its centrifuges. 4. Tehran rejects intrusive inspections and snap inspections. 5. Tehran rejects any halt to its research and development activity. 6. Tehran rejects any change to the nature of its heavy water reactor at Arak. 7. Tehran rejects any closure of its secret enrichment site at Fordow. 8. Tehran rejects all restrictions to its nuclear activity following the agreement’s expiration. 9. Tehran rejects the inclusion of its long-range missile program in the negotiations. 10. Tehran rejects reporting on its previous clandestine military nuclear activity. 11. Tehran rejects allowing inspections of military sites suspected of conducting nuclear activity.
Poll: US by 59-31 support nuke deal with Iran? Uh... not so fast, ABC
ABC/WaPo Poll: Clear majority supports nuclear deal with Iran (??)
Why isn’t the headline :
Clear majority have no confidence in any deal with Iran
I hope everyone understands what this poll ACTUALLY means?
Please find some way out of this that we can’t imagine, and is nothing
we have heard yet, because everything we have heard is impossible to
have trust in
French Fear Plans To Make Iran the KEY US Middle East Ally…
Every day it gets more UNBELIEVABLE
Foreign Policy Mag (i.e. this is NOT some INFOWARS freak out):
How France Became an Iran Hawk The French don’t trust Iran’s nuclear promises, but they don’t trust Washington much, either.
the White House has been pushing hard for consensus on the framework
for a deal ahead of the deadline, Paris has been pushing back.
“Repeating that an agreement has to be reached by the end of March is a
bad tactic. Pressure on ourselves to conclude at any price,” Gérard
Araud, France’s ambassador in Washington, tweeted on March 20. On
Tuesday, Francois Delattre, France’s ambassador to the United Nations,
said that Iran’s progress was “insufficient.”
The word from Paris
has been equally unsupportive of the U.S. push for a deal. “France wants
an agreement, but a robust one that really guarantees that Iran can
have access to civilian nuclear power, but not the atomic bomb,” French
Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius declared on March 21.
Is France’s Socialist President Francois Hollande actually a
neoconservative? Has Paris suddenly turned into a hawk among nations?
quite. France’s policy is dictated by a set of principles with regard
to non-proliferation that have guided administrations on both sides of
the political spectrum in the talks with Tehran since 2002. And the
tension with Washington is just one expression of a larger disagreement
between the two countries over U.S. strategy in the Middle East.
Differences between Washington and Paris have been quietly brewing for months.
READ IT ALL
I don’t even know what to say anymore?
Do we have to impeach and convict Mr. Obama to save the USA sometime in the next 5-20 years?
Negotiation 101-in what way would we NOT gain by walking out in Switzerland today?
Nevermind what our goals might be, just TECHNIQUE
In a previous professional life I negotiated with BOTH administrative units, and unions.
given the Iranians balking at the west’s ‘leak’ that all U-235 was to
leave Iran for Russia, this is the moment to elicit a TELL by simply
saying ‘well, we tried, but I guess now the Senate will vote, next
week.’ and LEAVING THE NEGOTIATIONS. If they want ANY deal at all, they
call FAST. But I think their desire was to drag these negotiations out
as long as they could so they had freedom to do what they need to do.
Iran Wants More Nuke Concessions as Talks Hit Critical Stage
Switzerland—Iranian negotiators are becoming rigid and unmoving in
their stance on a range of key nuclear issues in talks, according to
multiple sources familiar with the negotiations who said Tehran is
angling to elicit as many concessions as possible from the United States
as the talks reach a critical stage ahead of the looming March 31
Iran is pushing for major relief from economic sanctions
and the ability to continue sensitive research and development on the
nuclear and weapons fronts, according to sources quoted in the Iranian
state-controlled press on Sunday.
The Iranian side is said to be
digging in its heels over these issues as U.S. diplomats rush to
finalize a tentative agreement ahead of a self-imposed March 31
“Sanctions and research and development are the areas
where Iran and the G5+1 still have differences,” one source close to the
Iranian diplomatic team was quoted as telling Fars News on Sunday.
sources familiar with the U.S. stance confirmed the sticking points and
told the Washington Free Beacon that the pressure from Iran is likely
to force the Americans to offer more concessions on these fronts than
have previously been on the table.
“The Iranians are again
outplaying the Americans,” said one source in Europe familiar with the
negotiations. “They know they’ll have to give up certain things
eventually. So they’re digging in their heels on issues that mean
everything and preparing to give ground on relatively minor issues—but
not yet, and not until they see how much more the Americans are willing
Previous concessions by the United States appear to have
motivated Iran to push harder on issues such as the possible military
dimensions of its nuclear program, as well as continued work on advanced
centrifuges and increased sanctions relief, according to a second
American source apprised of the demands being set forth.
How Obama’s demonic Israel compulsion is about to END the UN
Today in the Washington Post Jackson Diehl has this to say:
Obama’s next earthquake
declaring Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations dead and blaming
Netanyahu, Obama laid the predicate for a decision to go forward with a
U.S.-backed U.N. Security Council resolution that would set the terms
for a final peace settlement. Envisioned as an updating of U.N.
Resolution 242, which has been part of the framework for the Mideast
“peace process” since the 1960s, the idea would be to mandate the
solution to the questions Israelis and Palestinians have been unable to
agree upon for decades, such as the future status of Jerusalem. Not
incidentally, it would provide Obama with the Mideast legacy he has
craved since his first day in office.
Whether or not it
accelerated Palestinian statehood (and most likely it wouldn’t), Obama’s
initiative would set off an earthquake in U.S. foreign relations and
for Israel’s standing in the world. For nearly half a century, the
United States has taken the position that the terms for a peace
settlement between Israelis and Palestinians must come about as the
result of negotiations and not as an imposition by outside parties. At
the United Nations, it has been a given that Washington will veto
resolutions that aim to compel Israel to accept terms.
is contemplating going forward with a resolution that was drafted last
year by Secretary of State John Kerry and his Mideast negotiations team
at the State Department. The language was drawn up in response to
efforts by the Palestinians and France to win support for Security
Council resolutions following the collapse of Kerry’s attempt to get
Israeli and Palestinian assent to a “framework agreement.”
fact, Obama’s DISREGARD for the public, now clearly waking up to being
euchred in too many ways, will usher in a period of Republican
presidency, and republicans majorities in the House, and close to a veto
proof one in the Senate.
This president will then find, in Jan
2017 UN Security council resolutions, and possibly SANCTIONS against
Israel which he will have promised to reverse. He will then instruct all
executive arms to DISREGARD all sanctions, and get a law stating the
same through congress which he will sign.
We will then see the
world divide between a POSSIBLE Chinese international banking system
which MIGHT keep to whatever China leans towards in terms of sanctions,
and the USA and World Bank which will ignore them.The Chinese are pretty
amoral, so who knows what considerations might be critical then? They
may have defense deals with Israel going on after Obama jettisons
UN sanctions and resolutions will thus end having ANY
legitimacy, and US support for the UN in ANY MANNER will be a debating
point. Even TODAY, the Senate is questioning any further US economic
support for the UN if the Iran nuke deal is implemented thru the UN
instead of congress.
And THAT will be that.
It will make nice condos, on the east side, anyway.
Reports: Chemical Weapon Bombs Air Dropped on Syria City Captured by Anti-Assad Forces
As volatile as the Middle East is, we can never know for sure who will be in charge of any given nation next year, or next week.
And yet, our President wants Iran to have nuclear weapons.
So, for instance, if Houthi Rebels, or ISIS, or Boko Haram take over Iran, well, they would have access to nukes.
That's ok, right?
Click on the link below for the whole story
Syrian activists are reporting on Twitter the city of Idlib has been attacked with chemical weapon barrel bombs early Monday morning local time. The reports from various sources have not as yet been confirmed by the mainstream media.
The first is that the judge who found Mr Overd guilty is a Muslim by the name of Shamim Qureshi who also presides over Sharia courts in England. Now, no matter how unpleasant the Leviticus quote might be, the idea that a Muslim activist can find a Christian guilty of quoting the Bible in Christian Britain must surely set some alarm bells ringing, one would have thought.
But apparently not. This outrage was reported by Christian Today several days ago and has been completely ignored by the mainstream media, which no doubt agree that prosecuting Christians is quite right if they dare to question the Holy Grail of progressive liberal orthodoxy. Clearly PC Plod thought the same thing too, as did the Crown Prosecution Service, which as an institution has not so much been long marched through than steam-rollered into a Soviet-style apparatus redolent of Stalin’s Show Trial era.
Militants from extremist group Boko Haram attacked
several Nigerian towns, torching houses and fatally shooting those who
fled before reportedly beheading some of the bodies with chainsaws. The
string of terror attacks comes amid the presidential vote.
At least 25 people were killed and more than 30 injured in the village of Buratai in Borno state, local officials confirmed.
Surviving witnesses described gruesome scenes of murder, saying that
not only did the extremists set homes on fire and shoot those trying to
escape, but also decapitated the bodies.
Local politician Ibrahim Adamu, who fled the scene, told CNN that Boko Haram “slaughtered their victims like rams and decapitated them,” adding
that “they burned a large part of the village and we are afraid some
residents were burnt in the homes because most people had gone to bed
when the gunmen struck.”
On Saturday, Nigerians will go to the polls to choose their president. The race pits an incumbent with an imperfect record against a former military dictator who has flirted with Islamism.
As with the recent election in Israel, alumni of Obama are aiding the challenger — and not because he would make the region safer.
The decision Nigerians will make this weekend matters greatly, both for themselves and the West.
Nigeria has Africa’s largest economy, with a gross domestic product of about $500 billion. It is a major energy producer and exporter, but also a political and cultural bellwether: the nation of 177 million is divided almost equally between Christians and Muslims.
Nigeria’s problems are serious, ranging from endemic corruption to a spiraling jihadist insurgency. The economy is growing but the unemployment rate exceeds 20 percent.
Transparency International, which ranks nations by the absence of corruption, places Nigeria at an undesirable 136th out of 175.
Far more concerning, Boko Haram, the foremost jihadist group in Nigeria, has waged a bloody Islamist insurgency.
This month, the group’s leader pledged allegiance to ISIS, whose own reach now includes parts of North Africa.
The challenger in Saturday’s election, Muhammadu Buhari, blames incumbent president Goodluck Jonathan for these problems.
Buhari recently remarked, “if Nigeria does not kill corruption, corruption will kill Nigeria.”
That sounds appealing: corruption repels foreign capital and creates misery for those without privilege. But Buhari’s medicine may be worse than the disease.
His prescriptions range from the facile, like passing a whistleblower law, to the dangerous, like expanding the use of sharia — Islamic law that is enacted and enforced by clerics rather than democratic institutions.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu condemned on
Sunday the framework Iranian nuclear agreement being sought by
international negotiators, saying it was even worse than his country had
Israel has mounted what it terms an “uphill battle” against an
agreement that might ease sanctions on the Iranians while leaving them
with a nuclear infrastructure with bomb-making potential. Tehran says
its nuclear program is peaceful.
“This deal, as it appears to be emerging, bears out all of our fears,
and even more than that,” Netanyahu told his cabinet in Jerusalem as
the United States, five other world powers and Iran worked toward a
March 31 deadline in Lausanne, Switzerland.
Noting advances made by Iranian-allied forces in Yemen and other Arab
countries, Netanyahu accused the Islamic republic of trying to “conquer
the entire Middle East” while moving toward nuclearization.
“The Iran-Lausanne-Yemen axis is very dangerous to humanity, and must be stopped,” he said.
Netanyahu’s campaigning against the nuclear negotiations crested on
March 3 with his speech to the U.S. Congress at the invitation of its
Republican speaker, John Boehner, that angered President Barack Obama
and many fellow Democrats.
In theory, comprehensive international sanctions, rigorously enforced and universally adhered to, might have broken the back of Iran’s nuclear program. But the sanctions imposed have not met those criteria.
here is now widespread acknowledgment that the rosy 2007 National Intelligence Estimate, which judged that Iran’s weapons program was halted in 2003, was an embarrassment, little more than wishful thinking.
The inescapable conclusion is that Iran will not negotiate away its nuclear program.
Nor will sanctions block its building a broad and deep weapons infrastructure.
The Tory Election candidate exposed for plotting with far-Right extremists to stir up racial hatred is a former member of a fanatical Islamic sect that believes the Nazis were misunderstood and that Jews control the world.
Afzal Amin, who resigned after The Mail on Sunday published undercover recordings of him meeting the English Defence League, joined the Birmingham wing of the Murabitun, a fundamentalist cult which questioned the Holocaust and praised Hitler.
In 1992 when Amin was 18, he left the group, founded by Scottish hippy Ian Dallas, after becoming disillusioned.
In the pamphlet Amin – described last week by a colleague as a ‘Walter Mitty character’ – demeans women and calls for restaurants that serve alcohol to be burned.
The book, which is entitled Ian Dallas: The Shaykh Who Has No Clothes, criticised the group for not being radical enough.
Global Warming Is a Scam - Heads of IPCC Tell Us, “Climate policy has almost nothing to do anymore with environmental protection…One must say clearly that we redistribute the world’s wealth by climate policy"
The primary objective behind environmental activism related to anthropogenic global warming (AGW), aka “climate change,” is apparently not climatological, but rather is economic.
The revelation came not from “global-warming deniers,” but from the United Nations’ own Christiana Figueres, who serves as the Executive Secretary of the UN’s Framework Convention on Climate Change.
At a press conference in Brussels last month, the UN climate chief delineated the objectives of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and the United Nations.
She revealed: “This is the first time in the history of mankind that we are setting ourselves the task of intentionally, within a defined period of time, to change the economic development model that has been reigning for at least 150 years, since the Industrial Revolution.”
She continued: “That will not happen overnight and it will not happen at a single conference on climate change, be it COP 15, 21, 40 – you choose the number. It just does not occur like that. It is a process, because of the depth of the transformation.”
Capitalism has been the primary economic model of the west since the industrial revolution. Therefore, the only logical conclusion, based on her stated objective, is the eradication of capitalism and free market economics, to be replaced with a model based on monetary redistribution.
This we know by the redistribution calculations being developed by the UN’s IPCC for developed nations to pay “reparations” and “carbon offsets” to poorer countries based on carbon dioxide emissions.
While Figueres may have unintentionally disclosed the primary objective of the AGW alarmist movement within the UN, others are much less veiled. Naomi Klein, a self-defined “feminist-socialist,” environmental activist, and author of the book “This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate,” is explicit in her denunciation of capitalism as the source of global warming.
Her interview this week with Germany’s Der Spiegel underscored her denunciation of capitalism as the source of all evil in the world, including global warming. “The economic system that we have created has also created global warming. We can’t change the physical reality, so we must change the political reality.”
Such a conclusion is easy to accept if the AGW alarmist premise is embraced blindly, sans scientific validation.
Ottmar Edenhofer, a German economist and co-chair of the IPCC Working Group III, explicitly affirmed the economic objective.
He said a few years ago: “Climate policy has almost nothing to do anymore with environmental protection…One must say clearly that we redistribute the world’s wealth by climate policy…The next world climate summit in Cancun is actually an economy summit during which the distribution of the world’s resources will be negotiated.”
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A close media aide to Hassan Rouhani, the Iranian president, has sought political asylum in Switzerland after travelling to Lausanne to cover the nuclear talks between Tehran and the West.
Amir Hossein Motaghi, who managed public relations for Mr Rouhani during his 2013 election campaign, was said by Iranian news agencies to have quit his job at the Iran Student Correspondents Association (ISCA)….
In his television interview, Mr Mottaghi also gave succour to western critics of the proposed nuclear deal, which has seen the White House pursue a more conciliatory line with Tehran than some of America’s European allies in the negotiating team, comprising the five permanent members of the UN security council and Germany.
“The US negotiating team are mainly there to speak on Iran’s behalf with other members of the 5+1 countries and convince them of a deal,” he said.
“The Saudis feel they are fighting for their very existence”
Scott Atran, a Mideast analyst with Artis Research who has worked closely with U.S. government agencies as a consultant
Over the last few days, U.S. forces in Yemen have been evacuated in haste, reportedly leaving behind troves of sensitive documents.
In an interview with The Daily Beast, Senator Richard Burr, the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, underscored the chaotic development of events on the ground in Yemen. “We’re totally out,” he told our correspondent Tim Mak. “Yemen is going to be, in the president’s own words, a ‘model,’ [but] not of success, [instead] of absolute failure of our foreign policy.”
Since late last year, Tehran’s backing for the Houthi rebels has been increasingly obvious. They took control in the capital Sanaa in January, ousting President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi from his palace there, and they have been closing in on his displaced government in the southern Yemen city of Aden. Hadi is now reportedly in the Saudi capital, Riyadh.
From the Saudi point of view, Iran is gaining strength in Syria, where it is the embattled Assad regime’s most important ally, in Iraq, where it is propping up the mainly Shiite central government, and now in Yemen. All of these countries are on Saudi Arabia’s borders, and, what is more, to the extent that pro-Iranian Shiite forces appear to be gaining momentum, that threatens to disrupt the fragile equilibrium in the oil-producing Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia, which has a majority Shiite population. Partly because of fears the crucially important production from Saudi Arabia may be disrupted, oil prices rose dramatically on Thursday.“The Saudis are scared right now. They’re worried about Iran,” a U.S. official in contact with governments in the region told The Daily Beast. Riyadh may have notified the United States about their airstrikes, but they made it clear that they weren’t waiting for the American military to come to their aid, the official said.
Egypt seizes Bab el Mandeb ahead of Iran.. WAR AHEAD? Lead from behind
In a surprise step, Egyptian marine naval and marine forces Thursday morning, March 26, seized control of the strategic Bab El-Mandeb Straits to foil Tehran’s plans to grab this important energy shipping gateway between the Red Sea, the Gulf of Aden and the Suez Canal,
Debka’s military sources report from the Gulf. Egypt disguised the raid as a counter-piracy operation. It rounded off the Saudi-led air strikes launched the same morning against Iran-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen. These operations signaled the start of a major Sunni Arab revolt against Iran’s approaching takeover of Yemen, through its Houthi proxy, and advances in other strategic positions in the Middle East, with Washington’s support.
Yemen Conflict Could Disrupt Major Oil Shipping Route; Insurers Pull Back
Conflict in Yemen risks spilling out into the busy sea lanes that pass it and potentially disrupt the narrow Bab el-Mandeb passage through which nearly 4 million barrels of oil are shipped daily to Europe, the United States and Asia.
Oil prices rose as much as 6 percent on Thursday after neighboring Saudi Arabia and its allies launched air strikes on Yemen that targeted Iran-backed Houthi rebels fighting to oust Yemen’s president.
The development is a gamble by the world’s top oil exporter to check Iranian influence in its backyard.
“The collapse of Yemen as a political reality and the power of the Houthis will enable Iran to expand its presence on both sides of the Bab el-Mandeb, in the Gulf of Aden and in the Red Sea. Already discrete numbers of Iranian naval vessels regularly sail these waters,” J. Peter Pham of U.S. think tank the Atlantic Council said.
Houthis attempting to control Yemen’s Bab El-Mandeb strait: source
Sana’a, Asharq Al-Awsat—Recent advances by Yemen’s Houthi movement are part of an attempt to take control of the strategic Bab El-Mandeb strait off the Yemeni coast, military sources in the country said on Saturday.
This comes as three members of the group and three military personnel were killed on Friday evening as the armed Houthis attempted an attack on the Al-Khoukha military camp just south of the coastal city of Al-Hudaydah, close to the strategic waterway.
The Bab El-Mandeb, which connects the Mediterranean to the Indian Ocean via the Red Sea and Suez Canal, is one of the most important maritime corridors in the world, through which most of Yemen’s oil exports pass on their way to global markets.
Retired Yemeni brigadier-general Mohsen Khasrouf told Asharq Al-Awsat the group “has its eyes firmly on the Bab El-Mandeb strait” and that Friday night’s attack represented “the first step on the road to taking control” of the waterway for the Houthis and former president Ali Abdullah Saleh.
Many in Yemen believe Saleh has been aiding the Houthis’ recent efforts to strengthen their hold over swaths of Yemen, which have seen them take control of the capital Sana’a and other parts of the country as well as military and government buildings and facilities.
Khasrouf said Saleh, a former army officer, still enjoyed great popularity within the Yemeni military, which he said the Houthis were now clearly attempting to control.
“The Bab El-Mandeb strait is not just related to Yemen’s security but to the security of the whole region,” Khasrouf said, adding that Iran was acting through the Houthis and attempting to gain control of the strait, which in addition to Iranian control of the strait of Hormuz, would give the Islamic Republic a strategic maritime advantage on the Arabian Peninsula’s surrounding waterways.
Strategypage: US Admin understands PRECISELY what they are telling Israel over the West Bank
The recent reelection of the Israeli government that disagrees with the U.S. on Iran and the Palestinians angered many senior American officials and despite the U.S. being generally pro-Israel many American politicians are coming to agree with their European counterparts that Palestinian calls for the destruction of Israel and track record of violating previous agreements is not as important as Israel leaving the West Bank and allowing an independent Palestinian state to operate.
That puts the day to day life of Israelis at odds with the desires of the American administration and other ‘politicians’ (James Baker and Jeb Bush, anyone?), and that explains the results of the last election.
The Israelis point out that they did that in Gaza and look how that turned out. Western leftist politicians insist it will be different this time but to most Israelis this is a matter of life or death and every day the many Israelis who understand Arabic can tune into Palestinian and Arabic media and hear calls for the destruction of Israel, no matter what it takes. That includes pretending to make peace as a tactic to weaken and eventually destroy Israel. This is not fringe stuff in the Arab world but very mainstream, often government produced and distributed. As much as Israelis would like peace with Palestinians and Arabs in general, the other side makes it clear that real peace is not possible and ultimately only the destruction of Israel will do. Many Western politicians and voters simply cannot accept this and insist it is all a misunderstanding.
What others really think is revealed in small ways: Saudis led from the front
Saudis led from the front: Ahmad Assiri
The goals of Phase I of the operations were achieved through air supremacy, said Brig. Gen. Ahmad Assiri, consultant at the minister of defense’s office. He said state-of-the-art air warplanes and logistics were used to destroy air defenses of the Houthi militia and to attack their airbases, devastate on-the-ground aircraft and ballistic missiles and silence the command and control centers, according to SPA. He made a presentation of Thursday’s sorties that took the Houthis by surprise. A number of warplanes took part, he said, with the Saudi ones in the front. Assiri said the operation timed with a number of armed terrorist groups making their way toward the southern border of the Kingdom with Yemen. He said they were completely destroyed by air and land forces warplanes, an operation climaxing the operations. Later while replying to reporters, Brig. Gen. Assiri answered the reporters’ questions. On the participation of ground forces in the operations, he said: “Currently there is no plan for the participation of ground forces in the ongoing operation during the current stages, but if necessary, the Saudi ground forces as well as the ground forces of friendly and sisterly countries are ready to deter any aggression of any kind.” On the expected duration of the operations, the nature of the terrain in Yemen, he explained that the operations will continue as long as there is a need for their continuation to achieve all its objectives and as for Yemeni terrain, all know it is difficult terrain, but the armed forces and coalition’s forces are able to act under all circumstances. On encountering hostile media, which had claimed that two Saudi aircraft were shut down, Brig. Gen. Assiri emphasized that all the aircraft participated in the operation returned safely to their air bases. Regarding information that reported on an Iranian attempt to intervene across the sea and that the Egyptian Navy has dealt with this threat, Brig. Gen. Assiri said that the operation’s goals were clear. “Aerial targets, stressing that the brotherly and friendly countries operate concurrently and in integration with the Saudi armed forces, and the goal is to prevent Houthi militias from damaging the Yemeni people and its neighbors,” he said. “We won’t allow any supplies for Houthi rebel organization until the end of this operation.” On the future of military operations in the case of possible transferring to ground operations, Assiri said: In such cases, we have to be at a level of readiness, taking into account all the possible circumstances and the forces are ready to deal with any threats, whether air, land. Yet, he said, there are no ground operations right now, but if necessary, we are ready for that. He said the storm’s pilots were able in the first 15 minutes of the raids to have a complete control on the skies of Yemen, a successful achievement of phase I of the operation. Assiri said Sanaa-based Al-Dilaimi airbase which includes a big number of warplanes, ammunition inventories, maintenance centers and technical support for aircraft was a major goal of the operation. He explained that each air sortie consists of a big number of aircraft, including the fighters, refueling, early warning, reconnaissance, search and rescue.
Airbus crash pilot Andreas Lubitz had been planning a spectacular gesture to make everyone “remember” who he was, it was claimed on Friday night.
An ex-girlfriend of the Germanwings pilot who crashed his plane in the French Alps, killing all 149 others on board, described him as “tormented” and able to hide secrets.
Maria, 26 (not her real name), told Bild newspaper that when she heard about the crash she remembered that he had said he was going do something “that would change the system” and “make everyone remember” him.
She added: “It didn’t make sense at the time but now it all does.”
Maria, who is thought to have met Lubitz at work, said he would wake up at night screaming in terror: “We’re going down.”
AND THEN THERE IS THIS IMPORTANT AND THOUGHTFUL COMMENTARY FROM THE VLAD TEPES BLOG:
Lets say for the sake of argument that he was not a muslim.
The media reaction has been horror, fascination, curiosity and a desperate need to know the motive for this action. This should illustrate something very important about us as a people and even our media, including the parts of the media desperately trying to cover up the nature of islam and worse, act on policies that islam must always be written about as if it was benign and ‘the victim.’
Notice how it is clear in all articles that what this man did was anathema. It was an exception. A crime. Had he done it for jihad, which still may be the case, it would be no surprise to anyone.
The point is that human nature is what it is and each culture or religion is a system which tries to make it all work in some way by emphasizing some aspects of our nature as virtues and others we suppress as sins or crimes or monstrosities. Islam is an inversion of Western culture whether its Judeo-Christian or secular humanist or game theory based logic with an axiom of reduction of suffering and maximizing of freedoms. Islam takes inflicting suffering and makes it a virtue. It calls the murder of other people martyrdom as opposed to our notions, which are the sacrifice of the selves for others.
In other words, islam can be seen for what it is even in the reactions we have to the extremely rare case of a non-muslim committing an atrocious act like this. We know this is not how we think or behave. That it is horrifying to us. We do not celebrate this.
It is also very important to note that some jihadi pages have claimed this man is a hero of islam. What a magnificent example of the raw depravity of that system of living that they would claim as their own with pride and joy someone who is likely not even a member of their cult, but because he committed an atrocity of such magnitude by murdering over a hundred people and from a position of trust, perhaps the worst kind of crime in non-islamic culture, that they would make him an honorary muslim in their eyes.
Few have taken notice of this. But this is a great time for a moment of sober reflection by the media. Often by the mirror image can we better know a thing. The fact that The Islamic State has taken credit for this action is not evidence that he was a muslim by any stretch. But it is evidence that Islam feels this was a great and noble act.
When sunnis destroy and kill shiias, we do not delight in it and say, ‘what a great hero for the West’ even if there is some schadenfreude in it. More typically we would know that this is simply more classical and orthodox islamic behaviour and an example of the reasons we oppose it.
All of us, every single man, woman, and child on the face of the Earth were born with the same unalienable rights; to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. And, if the governments of the world can't get that through their thick skulls, then, regime change will be necessary.
“In my study of communist societies, I came to the conclusion that the purpose of communist propaganda was not to persuade or convince, nor to inform, but to humiliate; and therefore, the less it corresponded to reality the better. When people are forced to remain silent when they are being told the most obvious lies, or even worse when they are forced to repeat the lies themselves, they lose once and for all their sense of probity. To assent to obvious lies is to co-operate with evil, and in some small way to become evil oneself. One's standing to resist anything is thus eroded, and even destroyed. A society of emasculated liars is easy to control."
-- Theodore Dalrymple”
"An Islamic regime must be serious in every field," explained Ayatollah Khomeini. "There are no jokes in Islam. There is no humour in Islam. There is no fun in Islam."
"I want to be very, very clear, however: I understand and agree with the analysis of the problem. There is an imminent threat. It manifested itself on 9/11. It's real and grave. It is as serious a threat as Stalinism and National Socialism were. Let's not pretend it isn't." ~~~~~Bono~~~~~