Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Washington's Greater Middle East Agenda: War

Washington's Greater Middle East Agenda: War  by Stephen Lendman Targeting the Middle East's rich oil and gas resources, Washington ... thumbnail 1 summary
Washington's Greater Middle East Agenda: War
 by Stephen Lendman
Targeting the Middle East's rich oil and gas resources, Washington plans waring against the region one country at a time to replace independent regimes with client ones.

At issue is achieving total dominance over MENA (Middle East/North Africa) countries and Central Asia to Russia and China's borders. Another key objective is removing or marginalizing their regional influence.

Russia is Washington's main military rival. Between them, they control about 97% of the world's nuclear arsenal with sophisticated delivery systems able to target strategic global sites.

China also has significant military strength. According to a 2009 Pentagon report, its naval forces alone are formidable.They number at least 260 vessels, including 75 or more major warships and over 60 submarines.

In addition, Beijing has hundreds of nuclear warheads, sophisticated delivery systems, and other strategic weapons. As a result, it's the region's dominant military power.

During Asia's mid-November Bali summit, Obama sought anti-China coalition partners to enhance Washington's regional position. Key is establishing military superiority.

Obama said America "is a Pacific power, and we are here to stay." Military spending amounts "will not - I repeat, will not - come at the expense of the Asia Pacific." 

It does include escalating military tensions with China. Beijing is very mindful of US belligerence and quest for global dominance.

During his visit, Obama announced boosting America's Australian presence as part of a broader military buildup targeting China and Eastern Russia.

Together with South Korea, America's expanding its Asian footprint on Jeju Island with a strategic naval base for Aegis class attack ships. They're equipped with sophisticated SM-3 interceptor missiles for offense, as well as powerful computers and tracking radar for first-strike capability.

In 2002, Seoul announced construction plans to accommodate Pentagon officials despite strong local opposition. Located south of Korea proper, Jeju is its only special autonomous province. It's situated in the Korea Strait, Southwest of Jeollanam-do Province it separated from in 1946.

Japan lies Northeast, China due West. Jeju is in central Northeast Asia. Strategically located Southwest of Japan, East of China between the East China Sea and Korea Strait shipping lanes, Pentagon officials value its location to control key shipping lanes and regional waters.

China, of course, is concerned about America's growing military presence that challenges its regional dominance.

Beijing also rivals Washington economically. The IMF's 2011 World Economic Outlook shows it surpassing America by 2016, based on purchasing power parity (PPP).

It reflects an appropriate exchange rate between currencies as measured by the cost of a representative basket of goods in one country v. another.

China's growth requires increasing amounts of resources, especially oil, gas, others for its industries, and enough food for its huge population.

Getting them puts them in direct competition with America that wants unchallenged global control. AFRICOM was established to secure it and deny Beijing and Russia access.

America tolerates no rivals. Economic, political and belligerent policies are employed to marginalize and eliminate them. In contrast, China and Russia establish relationships through mutually beneficial investments and other economic ties. Longer-term, they matter most. 

Targeting Syria and Iran
Last winter, Syria's externally generated uprising began. Orchestrating change like elsewhere in the region, Washington replicated its Libya model. Heavily armed insurgents are involved. So are Turkey, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon's March 14 alliance, other Arab League partners, and Israel.

Regime change is planned. So far it's short of war, but it's coming if other measures fail. Middle East analyst Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya calls the Syrian situation "complicated," because of "several competing trends of opposition."

Internal and external forces are involved. In Libya, NATO formed the Transitional National Council (TNC) to replace Gaddafi and Jamahiriya government. Proxy Syrian National Council (SNC) members were enlisted to replace Bashar al-Assad's regime after it's ousted. Internal conflict's raged for months to "isolate, cripple, and subjugate Damascus." Given Syria's military capability, expect protracted conflict and violence to continue.

However, disturbing reports about hundreds of US and NATO Special Forces massing on Syria's border may tip the balance of power if using them for combat operations is planned, especially if combined with air operations.

According to former FBI whisleblower Sibel Edmonds, Washington and other NATO partners have a "secret training camp" at America's Incirlik, Turkey air base. In April, it began "organiz(ing) and expand(ing)" Syrian dissidents.

Edmonds says Washington and NATO forces are also training Turkish troops for a possible Syria strike. In addition, US forces from Iraq's Ain al-Assad base were transferred to Jordan on December 8 instead of returning home.

Obama's cynical Fort Bragg speech about withdrawing US forces from Iraq, in fact, concealed their regional repositioning and continued Iraq presence on major bases America will keep operating.

In fact, it plans increased numbers of regional forces through one or more Libyan bases, larger force contingents in Kuwait, expanded ties with Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar, the UAE and Oman, and a greater overall regional footprint to establish an enhanced "security architecture" to integrate air, ground, and naval units for future combat missions.
Israel's Mossad-connected DEBKAFile also said "American special forces troops have been diverted to positions in Jordan opposite a Syrian tank concentration building up across the kingdom's northern border."
In addition, America's naval presence includes additional warships and attack boats, perhaps there for combat, not saber rattling.

Edmonds said NATO forces have conducted training operations near Syria's border since May. Until now, Western media scoundrels suppressed it. Still, little about it is reported. The situation bears watching, including hostile anti-Iranian rhetoric.

Washington claims Tehran threatens world peace, saying its commercial nuclear program plans nuclear weapons development, despite no evidence proving it.

In October, Washington falsely charged Iran with plotting to kill Saudi Arabia's US ambassador. The accusation sounded more like a bad film plot than real intent. Laughable on its face, it was baseless propaganda.

In November, outdated, forged, long ago discredited, and perhaps nonexistent documents were used to claim Iran's developing nuclear weapons. Again, no credible evidence proves it. Instead, baseless accusations were used to justify Washington's claim about Iran threatening world peace.

America and Israel alone hold that distinction along with Arab League client states supporting their rogue agendas.

On December 15, Manhattan Federal Judge George Daniels said he'll sign an order accusing Iran, Hezbollah, and Al Qaeda of responsibility for the 9/11 attacks.

In response to a lawsuit brought by family members of 9/11 victims, he claimed Iran provided material support to Al Qaeda, based on spurious testimonies from three Iranian defectors whose affidavits remained sealed during court proceedings.

Expert witnesses never appeared in court to refute them. Instead Judge Daniels relied solely on anti-Iranian operatives, making baseless accusations without evidence.

Testimonies given were false. Iran, Hezbollah and Al Qaeda had nothing to do with a plot hatched in Washington to initiate America's global war on terror. Ravaging the world one country at a time was planned.

It remains ongoing across the Middle East and Central Asia. Syria and now Iran are targeted. At issue is regime change throughout the region to install subservient client states.

The road to Tehran runs through Damascus. Expect belligerence to persist longer-term. The business of America is war. Waging them alone matters. New targets replace subdued ones. Nations are pillaged for wealth, power and dominance. War profiteers want them fought, win, lose or draw.

Iran is hugely important. It has about 10% of proved world oil reserves. It's second only to Russia in gas resources with about 33 trillion cubic meters. In fact, after a potentially huge new Caspian Sea discovery, it may rank first.

Washington covets Iran's mineral wealth to control its supply, price, what nations get access in what amounts, and which ones don't. Regionally, Iran's the remaining crown jewel.

Washington's longstanding policy is replacing its government with a subservient client regime.

On December 16, Obama told the 71st General Assembly of the Union for Reform Judaism that America will continue pressuring Iran with "no options off the table."
One of them is war. Battleground belligerence could rage across the entire Mediterranean Basin through Central Asia to Russia and China's borders.
As a result, general war may follow. America's key rivals may enter. Their interests very much are at stake. Nuclear weapons could be used.

Preventing potentially global catastrophic destruction is crucial before it's too late to matter.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago and can be reached at
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The Project for a “New Middle East”

Plans for Redrawing the Middle East: The Project for a “New Middle East” by Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya “Hegemony is as old as Mankind …” -Zbi... thumbnail 1 summary
Plans for Redrawing the Middle East: The Project for a “New Middle East”

Kumpulan Bersenjata Syria terima bantuan Perancis-US

The file image shows an armed group during a clash with government forces in the center of Idlib, Syria Syria's armed groups get Fran... thumbnail 1 summary
The file image shows an armed group during a clash with government forces in the center of Idlib, Syria
Syria's armed groups get Franco-US aid: Report

Armed groups in Syria have admitted that they have received weapons from French and American sources, reports say. 

A defected military officer, who refused to be named, told reporters in the western Syrian city of Al-Qusayr on Tuesday that armed groups receive “French and American assistance.”

He then clarified that the group had received weapons and anti-aircraft missiles from France and the United States.

"We now have weapons and anti-aircraft missiles and… we will defeat Bashar [al-Assad]," the general said.

His comments came days after some of the Western and Arab countries said that they would support Syria’s anti-government groups by arming them and supplying them with financial support.

This is while as the first step toward implementing reforms with the aim of ending unrest, the Syrian government has recently endorsed a new draft constitution that was approved by nearly 90 percent of eligible voters in a Sunday referendum.

Russia, however, has continued calling for the resolution of Syrian crisis through dialogue, showing unabated opposition to the interference of Western powers in the affairs of the Arab state.

At a meeting of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva on Tuesday, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov reaffirmed that Russian diplomacy has been working and will continue to work to resolve the Syrian crisis.

"Today it is clear that aims to instill democracy through force are doomed to disaster and achieve the opposite. What is important today is that we do not allow for a full scale civil war in Syria," Galitov said.

Israel boleh serang Iran tanpa kebenaran Amerika Syarikat: Laporan

This file photo shows an Israeli F-15 fighter jet launches anti-missile flares during an air show. Israeli official say they will no... thumbnail 1 summary

This file photo shows an Israeli F-15 fighter jet launches anti-missile flares during an air show.

Israeli official say they will not alert the US if they decide to launch a military strike on Iranian nuclear facilities amid growing war threats against Tehran.

An unnamed US intelligence official said Israelis argue that if they keep Washington in the dark, it is unlikely that the US would be held responsible for failing to stop Israel's potential assault.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Minister of Military Affairs Ehud Barak have delivered the message to senior US officials who have visited Israel, the Associated Press reported.

In a similar report published by The Telegraph on Tuesday, Israeli sources said US President Barack Obama was rebuffed last month when he demanded private guarantees that no strike would go ahead without White House notification, suggesting Israel no longer plans to "seek Washington's permission."

Over the past few months, several US officials including Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey, White House National Security Adviser Tom Donilon, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and top lawmakers have visited Israel to reportedly dissuade Tel Aviv from attacking Iran.

Israeli officials are also scheduled to hold talks with senior US officials including Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta about Iran’s nuclear energy program.

Israeli officials have recently ramped up their war rhetoric, threatening Iran with military strikes in case the US-engineered sanctions against the country fail to force Tehran into abandoning its nuclear energy program.

Iran has promised a crushing response to any military strike against the country.

The United States, Israel and some of their allies accuse Tehran of pursuing military objectives in its nuclear energy program, using this pretext to impose sanctions against Iran and threaten the country with military attack.

Iran is a signatory to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency. So, it is entitled to develop and acquire nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.

Meanwhile, a report published by The Los Angeles Times on Friday said that 16 US intelligence agencies believe Tehran is not seeking to build nuclear weapons.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Isu Bakar Qur'an (Afghanistan): 2 Penasihat U.S (Tentera) dibunuh

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Two US Advisers shot dead in Afghanistan

As the anger over the Koran-burning controversy continued to convulse Afghanistan, another violent incident disrupted how the Kabul government interacts with its Western allies. On Saturday afternoon, a member of the Afghan Interior Ministry opened fire on two U.S. advisers -- a lieut. colonel and a major -- at the ministry's command-and-control center in the capital. The Americans were shot in the back of their heads as they sat at their desks, news reports said. "A countrywide manhunt is under way for the fugitive," Interior Ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqi told TIME.

Since the news broke, speculation has raged over whether the killer was an insurgent infiltrator or simply motivated by the Koran burnings at the Bagram airfield earlier this week. Sediqi denied the idea of infiltration, saying it is "clear that insurgent groups are not able to have such connections as this. The ministry is very secure, and we have not had any such incidents in the past. It cannot be suggested that he has links with some groups. But we will have to investigate.
The growing divide between Afghan soldiers and their mentors has already been stretched to the breaking point after six days of violent and deadly protests over the Koran burning that have left around 30 dead, including four U.S. troops previously killed by Afghan soldiers or men in Afghan-security-force uniforms. The burning of Korans by foreign troops on one side and the killing of foreign troops by Afghan soldiers on the other have pushed the level of alienation between the two sides to what could be an all-time high.

U.S. Major and colonel killed in Afghanistan as protests continue over Quran burning

All American and international advisers today deserted Afghan government buildings after two senior US officers were murdered in their office at the interior ministry in Kabul. 

The unnamed colonel and major were shot in the head at the high security compound at the heart of the Afghan government, Reports suggest they were shot in the ministry's command and control centre. The compound would have been crawling with Afghan police. 

The killing of the two high ranking US military advisers- is thought to be retaliation for American troops burning copies of the Koran - as bitter protests over the controversial actions enter their fifth day.
NATO earlier issued a statement confirming the two deaths.

It said.'Initial reports indicate an individual turned his weapon against International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) service members in Kabul City today [Saturday], killing two servicemembers.'
NATO spokesman Lt. Col Jimmie Cummings said 'initial reports say it was not a Western shooter.' He declined to provide further information.

NATO forces have advisers embedded in many Afghan ministries, both as trainers and to help manage the transition to Afghan control and foreign forces prepare to withdraw by the end of 2014.

The Afghan Interior Ministry oversees all of the country's police, so has numerous NATO advisers.

Burn A Quran, Unite The Afghans
Posted by Asif Shah at | 9:37 AM Labels: afghan

For the first time since 2001, Afghan Taliban, police, army, Shia, Pashtun, Uzbek and Turkmen are united against American occupation. What does this mean for us in Pakistan?
Pakistanis are too busy in their messy domestic politics to
notice a major development in Afghanistan: the country might finally be slipping out of American hands.

Until now the Afghan Taliban and other resistance groups were fighting American occupation. But now new segments of Afghan population join the fight: Afghan police, soldiers and ordinary Afghans whether Shia in Herat, Pashtun in the south and east, or Uzbek and Turkmen in the north.

Afghans are united for the first time since 2001.

Bagram, the largest American military base in Afghanistan, is under siege by angry Afghans for the past five days on the outskirts of Kabul. They are trying to storm the fortified complex to drag US commanders out. Smaller US bases elsewhere face a similar situation. This is the first time US bases across Afghanistan are besieged simultaneously.

The most stunning part is that US-trained Afghan army and police has joined the fight … against the Americans.

Just today morning, two US military officers were shot dead point blank inside Afghan Interior Ministry, the most heavily secured building in Kabul. The killer, an Afghan soldier, remains free. No Afghan army or police officer is ready to arrest the killer. This shows wide support for the murder.

More and more Afghan policemen and army soldiers are turning their guns against US soldiers who trained them in the first place. Yesterday, the Afghanistan Analysis Team at made an excellent observation. It said that NATO and US soldiers don’t know whether they will be killed by Afghan Taliban or Afghan police and army [See our team’s excellent report, NATO Soldiers Don’t Want To Work With Americans].

And it’s not just the Afghans turning against US soldiers. NATO’s other armies are doing the same. The French are incensed that French soldiers were killed by Afghan soldiers last month because American soldiers peed on dead Afghan bodies. Why should French or Spanish soldiers die for American actions?

The death of so many brave Afghans as they protest the latest American blunder has saddened Pakistanis. But US troubles in Afghanistan are good news for us in Pakistan. Why is that so? Well, for starters, United States turned Afghanistan into an anti-Pakistan outpost, inviting India and others to create problems for us in our western regions, including Balochistan. The CIA and other allied spy services are known to provide indirect help to TTP and BLA terrorist groups, which they helped create in the first place to keep Pakistani military engaged and punish Pakistanis for not toeing US line in the region.

Now American troubles in Afghanistan should help us and our Afghan partners enhance our bargaining positions vis-à-vis American plans for our region.

We need to highlight:

1. How US army does not understand or respect the Afghans even after a decade of occupying the country.

2. How US soldiers are trained and indoctrinated to be anti-Muslim, hence the repeated incidents such as burning the Quran at Bagram or flushing them in toilets at Gitmo. Even American policemen are trained to profile Muslims negatively. Among the worrying indications: the emergence of several hatemongering American preachers and the lone Norway attacker in July 2011 who said he was influenced by American religious hate speech.

3. The American military and intelligence presence in Afghanistan is destabilizing that country and the region.

The Pakistani foreign office condemned burning copies of the holy book by US soldiers. But that is not enough. Pakistani government should have the guts to go beyond condemnation to ask the Americans to take this incident as a sign they are not meant to stay here as occupiers and should leave.

If nothing else, we in Pakistan know that terror groups such as TTP and BLA will die a natural death once the Americans are out of Afghanistan.


"Berfikir tanpa kotak"

Ar Ra'isul Mutakallim, Tabligh Ki Zabaan (Lidah Tabligh) Hadrat Maulana Umar Palanpuri Rahmatullahu 'alaihi berkata: "Orang yang kuat adalah orang yang sanggup bertahan dalam arus kerosakan. Orang yang lebih kuat adalah orang yang sanggup melawan arus kerosakan. Namun orang yang paling kuat adalah orang yang sanggup merubah arah arus kerosakan hingga menjadi akannya arus kebaikan.”

“Dajjal bersama tenteranya mempunyai kekuatan yang amat istimewa dan amat tersusun. Begitu juga Yakjuj dan Makjuj membuat huru-hara di seluruh dunia. Kehebatan mereka tiada siapa yang dapat melawan dan orang beriman berundur dengan hanya makan zikir dan tasbih."

"Allah zahirkan kudratnya hanya dengan labah-labah yang kecil dijadikan asbab untuk menggigit tengkuk-tengkuk mereka hingga mati. Mayat mereka begitu busuk diseluruh dunia. Orang beriman tidak tahan terus berdoa pada Allah. Allah ta'ala hantarkan hujan dan banjir menghanyutkan mereka ke laut. Inilah yang akan berlaku di akhir zaman nanti."

"Amalan dakwah memisahkan hak dan batil seperti air menghanyutkan sampah dari emas dan logam-logam yang lain. Namun pekerja² agama jika wujud cinta dunia dalam hati mereka seperti emas dan disaluti logam-logam lain, maka banyak masalah yang akan timbul.”