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39 Dead as Syrian Army Seizes Baba Amr and Rebels Withdraw 'Tactically'
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Training and advisory mission must go on despite Afghan violence
Posted by: Besoeker || 03/02/2012 03:42 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [455 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Barno.
I don't remember him doing anything stellar.
Posted by: Blinky Slong9467 || 03/02/2012 4:13 Comments || Top||

#2  Easier than admitting a mistake, I guess.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/02/2012 6:14 Comments || Top||

#3  And the meat grinder continues on.
Posted by: newc || 03/02/2012 14:34 Comments || Top||

#4  Under the possible future Afghan Supreme Cleric-Cleric the "Ayatollah Omar" no doubt.

Posted by: JosephMendiola || 03/02/2012 23:57 Comments || Top||

HASC chairman "Buck" McKeon wants new rules on Afghan security
Posted by: Besoeker || 03/02/2012 03:38 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [444 views] Top|| File under:

#1  HASC=House Armed Services Committee
Posted by: tipover || 03/02/2012 11:42 Comments || Top||




Leon allegedly makes a [frantic/desperate?]LD Phone Call to Kabul that is NOT-#867-5309 JENNY???

* DEFENCE.PK/FORUMS [old] > OBAMA CONFIDENT ON KEEPING TO AFGHAN PULLOUT PLAN, despite recent flareups in violence agz US-NATO troops.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 03/02/2012 23:06 Comments || Top||

#3  Hopefully, iff the AQ + Taliban field fighters can read English, they'll be able to follow the new Rules???

Oh, wait ...
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 03/02/2012 23:07 Comments || Top||

U.S. Ambassador Doesn't Rule Out 'Proceedings' Against U.S. Troops Who Burned Qurans
Posted by: Besoeker || 03/02/2012 03:18 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [344 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Karzai went on Afghan television and told his country he had discussed the Quran burning with "jihadi leaders," scholars and elected officials.

According to a BBC translation of his remarks, Karzai said: "Representing the Afghan nation and their pure sentiments, in fact the Islamic world, once again we call on the U.S. government to bring the perpetrators of the act to justice and put them on trial and punish them."

Posted by: tipper || 03/02/2012 7:02 Comments || Top||

#2  I suggest putting the commander in chief on trial.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 03/02/2012 7:09 Comments || Top||

#3  Let us discover that it was indeed a plant by a clever boots local, and put him on trial.
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/02/2012 7:25 Comments || Top||

#4  Are the Afghanis going to try the people who murdered Americans?
Posted by: Rambler in Virginia || 03/02/2012 7:34 Comments || Top||

#5  The troops who burned the Korans were following lawful orders. Those who ordered the Korans burned did so because they also contained written radical information of use to the enemy. "Burning Radical Islamic Material".
Posted by: Anonymoose || 03/02/2012 8:29 Comments || Top||

#6  Recall a moment the events at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. A few members of a military police unit behaved in ways that were completely inappropriate. It was clear that they had lax oversight and command review.

The response of the left and the MSM (BIRM)? They demanded that the entire chain of command, up to and (especially) including Donald Rumsfeld and George W. Bush, be held accountable.

Okay, now fast forward to the Koran burning. We don't even know if this was inappropriate. But notice how the left and the MSM are NOT calling for anyone in the chain of command to be punished, and are instead proffering up the individuals assigned to burn the books.
Posted by: Steve White || 03/02/2012 8:41 Comments || Top||

#7  who are the jihadi leaders?
Posted by: Gruth McGurque5303 || 03/02/2012 8:55 Comments || Top||

#8  Quote From Susan Brown:
CBS News reported February 21, 2012 that an anonymous "military official with knowledge of the incident" said it appeared the Qurans and "other Islamic readings were being used to fuel extremism, and that detainees at Parwan Detention Facility were writing on the documents to exchange extremist messages."
Representative Allen West (R-FL) who was appointed to both the House Armed Services Committee and Emerging Threats and Capabilities Subcommittee concurs with the CBS report. In his February 26, 2012 newsletter, West said the Parwan detainees "used the Koran [Quran] to write jihadist messages."
Based on this information, the detainees, and not the military, are to blame for the incident because they defiled their own sacred books, hence violating both Islamic cultural practices and the Parwan Detention facility contraband rules.
According to the same CBS report, Islamic teaching mandates that defiled Qurans be "burned or buried" meaning there is much ado about nothing because the military followed Islamic teaching as well as their own procedures for disposal of contraband.

Why did it ever get so overblown when those that know proper procedures and the *sskissing that has gone on to appease the natives, including Amb. Crocker, could have all nipped this in the bud and instead they are fanning the flames. Sounds orchestrated to me....Zawahiri? Soros? Who else profits from bringing America down and playing into the UN's agenda of global governance?
Posted by: Omoluque Hapsburg8162 || 03/02/2012 11:26 Comments || Top||

#9  The way things are now, I wouldn't be surprised to see soldiers tried for this. I would be surprised, but not shocked to see them handed over for prosecution in Afghan courts. I think it will probably happen sooner or later.
Posted by: bigjim-CA || 03/02/2012 13:16 Comments || Top||

#10  Dunno much about UCMJ so I have a question: Will they be obligated to follow the orders up the chain of command?

Or, how about this: the military officials end up releasing an official finding that the burning was proper and justified? Who, then, would apologize?
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 03/02/2012 13:47 Comments || Top||

#11  At the highest level, we are in a policy Wonderland, where we will quite willingly drone-zap a suspect based on apparent behavior as view from afar, but are deeply concerned about offending people for doing exactly what their religion defines as the proper method for destroying holy writ that their own adherents defiled. Worse, we kowtow instead of asserting the appropriateness of our acts.
Posted by: NoMoreBS || 03/02/2012 14:01 Comments || Top||

#12  Ambassador asshat, STFU.
Posted by: newc || 03/02/2012 14:33 Comments || Top||

#13  Time to go.
Posted by: regular joe || 03/02/2012 16:48 Comments || Top||

Africa Horn
Sudan Says ICC Warrant against Defense Minister Means 'Nothing'
[An Nahar] An International Criminal Court
... where Milosevich died of old age before being convicted ...
warrant issued against Sudan's defense minister means "nothing" and Khartoum does not care about the decision, the foreign ministry said on Thursday.

The reaction came after the Hague-based court said it has issued an arrest warrant for Defense Minister Abdel Rahim Mohammed Hussein, for alleged crimes against the civilian population in Sudan's western region of Darfur.

"The government will not issue any statement reacting to the ICC decision because we believe it means nothing to us," since the country is not a party to the Rome Statue governing the court, foreign ministry front man Al-Obeid Meruh told Agence La Belle France Presse.

"We don't care about any decision coming from the ICC."

Hussein, 60, is the sixth person sought by the ICC or before the court for crimes committed in Darfur, where rebel groups drawn from Darfur's non-Arab tribes rose up against the Arab-dominated Khartoum government in 2003.

Among those sought is Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir
Head of the National Congress Party. He came to power in 1989 when he, as a brigadier in the Sudanese army, led a group of officers in a bloodless military coup that ousted the government of Prime Minister Sadiq al-Mahdi and eventually appointed himself president-for-life. He has fallen out with his Islamic mentor, Hasan al-Turabi, tried to impose shariah on the Christian and animist south, resulting in its secessesion, and attempted to Arabize Darfur by unleashing the barbaric Janjaweed on it. Sudan's potential prosperity has been pissed away in warfare that has left as many as 400,000 people dead and 2.5 million displaced. Omar has been indicted for genocide by the International Criminal Court but nothing is expected to come of it.
The court's chief prosecutor, Luis Moreno-Ocampo, said in December when he asked for the warrant against Hussein that it would cover crimes against humanity and war crimes committed in Darfur from August 2003 to March 2004.

Hussein, who was interior minister from 2001 to 2005 and also Bashir's special representative for Darfur from 2003 to 2004, is wanted for allegedly coordinating attacks against civilians in villages in west Darfur.
Posted by: Fred || 03/02/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [318 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Sudan

#1  Let's see, Bashir sparks trade cutoff, shuts down routes in order for Abaei. (vote and control trade)

The separatist in the south hold permanent rights as travelers do not hold land. The prime objective of the CPA was since the moslem (crapbag)North held a port and the black settled south BLACK Christians has the BLACK GOLD, they could have a fighting chance against what Osama Bin Ladin set up.

This whole argument makes me want to get out an ancient notepad. Should I do so?

Bashir, you bitch, you will make the CPA happen.

Janjaweed, Saudis, Darfur, Blue Nile, White Nile, Karadashun, you are going to make me loose my damn mind.
Posted by: newc || 03/02/2012 1:46 Comments || Top||

Africa North
Dupe entry: Cameron vindicated! Grateful Libyan people thank Britain for their liberation from Gadaffi
Posted by: tipper || 03/02/2012 17:07 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [246 views] Top|| File under:

Dupe entry: Cameron vindicated! Grateful Libyan people thank Britain for their liberation from Gadaffi
Posted by: tipper || 03/02/2012 17:05 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [250 views] Top|| File under:

Hadi office: Saleh to leave Yemen soon
[Yemen Post] After he attended the official power handover ceremony, former Yemeni President President-for-Life Ali Abdullah Saleh
... Saleh initially took power as a strongman of North Yemen in 1977, when disco was in flower, but he didn't invite Donna Summer to the inauguration and Blondie couldn't make it...
will leave Yemen soon, according to media outlets, citing official sources the Presidential Palace.

Abdu Rabu Mansour Hadi's, the new Yemeni President, office has confirmed that Saleh is going to leave Yemen soon, however they refused to reveal his destination, CNN reported.

Saleh is still studying his options and has yet to make up his mind as to which country he would choose for exile, the unidentified source at the Presidential Palace said.

One of his top aids refused to comment on the matter in a phone call with Yemen Post, asking us to go and ask the new President's office for information.

On Tuesday, Saleh's top aids and cronies in the General People Congress emphatically dismissed media reports that Slaeh would live in exile as baseless, emphasizing that he would stay in Yemen and assume the leadership of the former ruling party GPC.

Saleh is reportedly under mounting pressures from the GCC states, USA and EU to leave Yemen and live in exile for the rest of his life.They threatened that if he refused to leave Yemen they would freeze his and his family's assets.

He is widely perceived as a major source of tension, discontent, and unrest. Furthermore, they fear that he would try to influence the scene in the country for his favor given that his relatives and cronies still hold key govermental and military posts.

Saleh, who held his grip over power in the country for 33 years, stepped down in exchange for immunity from prosecution after months of being defiant in the face of massive protests calling for his ouster.Yet it's undeniable that he still has some supporters and sympthizers in some areas especially in the capital.

On Monday, Saleh has handed over the flag of Yemen to who once was his deputy, Hadi, affirming that he has handed over power to safe hands.

The presidential polls that Hadi won was a part of the GCC-initiated, US and west backed power transfer deal signed in the Suadi capital of Riyadh in November.

Hadi has addmitted on Monday that Yemen is at a very delicate and complex stage, calling on all factions in the country to engage in an inclusive national dialogue to overcome the current challenges.
Posted by: Fred || 03/02/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [260 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring

#1  Someday...
Posted by: newc || 03/02/2012 1:35 Comments || Top||

#2  ...when I'm awfully low...
Posted by: Steve White || 03/02/2012 8:44 Comments || Top||

GPC officials to form new political party
[Yemen Post] The Aden-based Al-Omana'a Newspaper has revealed that consultations by big shots of the General People Congress are ongoing to form anew political party.

The most circulated newspaper in Aden said the veteran politician Abdul-Karim Al-Iriani, Minister of Tel-Communication Ahmed Bin Daghar and Minister of Foreign Affairs Abu Bakar Al-Qairbi spearheaded the consultations, Al-Omana said.

The newspaper said the new party would absorb all leaders of the resigned officials of the GPC and those officials who declared their jointing to anti-Saleh protests early of the last year.

The newspaper that quoted well-informed sources said the new party would help overcome challenges and difficulties Yemen witnesses due to the political crisis sweeping the state last year, pointing out that the Untied States supports the notion of creating the new party.

It made reference that the party whose name is still uncertain would stand by the new Yemeni president who will lead the country for a two-year-long interim period as stipulated by the so-called power transition deal.

This nation surfaced days after Abdo Rabu Mansour Hadi was elected as a new president of Saleh who was forced to step down under international pressures.

Local sources affirmed that many aides of the ousted President President-for-Life Ali Abdullah Saleh
... Saleh initially took power as a strongman of North Yemen in 1977, when disco was in flower, but he didn't invite Donna Summer to the inauguration and Blondie couldn't make it...
left Yemen, stressing that the former security chief of Taiz who was accused by protesters of committing crimes and violations left to Cairo on Sunday.

Yemeni protesters constantly took into streets, demanding to prosecute Saleh and his cronies and bring them to justice.

alcohol has never solved anybody's problems. But then, neither has milk...
the GCC deal had granted Saleh and his closest allies immunity from prosecution for crimes they committed during deadly crackdown on the anti-regime protests.

Posted by: Fred || 03/02/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [249 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring

Efforts to reform Saleh's party
[Yemen Post] Sources close to Deputy Head of the General People Congress Abdul-Karim Al-Iriani has revealed that efforts are exerted to make changes in the ranks of the party.

The sources told Akhbar Alyawam Newspaper that many bigwigs will be replaced, pointing out that officials who are charged with committing violations against human rights
...which often intentionally defined so widely as to be meaningless...
would be replaced.

They said these moves came on the base of recommendations that were provided by ambassadors of the countries tasked with overseeing the implementation of the GCC deal.

The sources anticipated that these changes will come simultaneously with changes of governors and officials of the local authorities.

Yemeni analysts anticipated that the GPC will politically fade away after its long-standing head, the former president of Yemen Ali Abdullah Saelh, who enjoyed strong ties with tribal leaders and powerful figures, abandons politics.

we can't all be heroes. Somebody has to sit on the curb and applaud when they go by...
some high-ranking officials of GPC said that Saleh would not abandon politics and that he would continue on as head of the GPC.

Spokesman of the GPC Abdu Al-Ganadi had affirmed that Saleh intends to keep his position as a head of the GPC.

...back at the desert island, Bert was realizing to his horror that he'd had only one bottle for one message, and he'd forgotten to include a return address...
front man of the Islah Party Mohammad Qahtan said Saleh who was granted immunity of prosecution under the GCC deal might be prosecuted in case he continued his political activities.

Saleh frequently emphasized that he desires to stay as the head of GPC, but his opponents hinted that he must leave politics according to the compromise deal.

GPC was founded by Saleh on 1982 in Sana'a, and since then the party has majority inside the parliament. At the last legislative elections, 27 April 2003, the party won 238 out of 301 seats in the Assembly of Representatives.

Posted by: Fred || 03/02/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [302 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring

Down Under
Major sponsor walks over war hero comments on The Circle (Australia)
I haven't seen the show, but Negus is your basic sneering lefty TV journalist, who hopefully will be unemployable after this little incident
TV show The Circle has lost one of its major sponsors following the furore over disparaging comments about VC recipient Ben Roberts-Smith. Swisse Vitamins has announced that it has quit the Channel 10 morning show.

“Thank you to each and every one of you for contacting Swisse. We have spoken directly with Network Ten and have ended our association with The Circle,” Swisse posted on its Facebook site this afternoon.

The move follows a firestorm of criticism aimed at Yumi Stynes and George Negus after they made offensive remarks about Corporal Roberts-Smith on The Circle. A photo of Roberts-Smith in a swimming pool was shown on-air, to which Stynes remarked: “He's going to dive down to the bottom of the pool to see if his brain is there." Negus questioned whether the war hero was “up to it in the sack”.

The Circle’s Facebook site was flooded with complaints calling for the show to be axed. Swisse also received an avalanche of complaints - and has responded by withdrawing its sponsorship.
“You have done the right thing,” a Swisse customer posted.

Stynes and Negus later apologised for their remarks. Cpl Roberts-Smith later thanked the Australian public and the Australian Defence Force for their overwhelming support.
Posted by: Phil_B || 03/02/2012 01:57 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [298 views] Top|| File under:

KP to adopt holistic approach against extremism: minister
[Dawn] The Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa
... formerly NWFP, still Terrorism Central...
government has adopted a holistic approach to counter extremism by improving economic conditions, creating jobs and promoting sports and culture, said Provincial Information Minister Mian Iftikhar Hussain while speaking at a presser at the Civil Officers Mess here on Thursday.

He said that the directorate of culture had made preparations for arranging cultural festivals in Beautiful Downtown Peshawar and Dera Ismail Khan
... the Pearl of Pashtunistan ...
in March.

"Extremism cannot be eliminated by bullets only. It requires a change in mindset to weaken the hard boyz by making people to make a conscious decision to withdraw their support from cut-thoat elements," said Mr Hussain, who also heads the culture

He said that a two-day cultural event titled as "The Cultural Revival of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa," would commence from Saturday (tomorrow). He added that a three-day "Peace Spring Festival" had been planned in Dera Ismail Khan in the third week of

Events like folk dance and local music would also be organised side by side food and embroidery stalls
The Peshawar's festival, he said, would entail two full days of entertainment for families. Apart from stage shows and musical programmes that would include performances by local and national level artists and singers, traditional dances, including Attanr (to be presented by Mehsud performers), Khattak dance, and Chitrali dance would feature in the festival.

"We request the fun-loving families of Peshawar and other areas to come and attend the entertainment events because we all deserve a better life, escaping for a while from the tensions of terrorism," said the minister. Senior officers of the culture department were also present at the presser.

The spring festival at D.I. Khan will feature local sports, including dog race, camel race, horse dance, wrestling, tent-pegging, and weight (heavy stone) lifting competition. The minister said that teams from Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, Punjab and Federally Administered Tribal Areas would participate in the competitions.

Events like folk dance and local music would also be organised side by side food and embroidery stalls, he added.

Answering a question, he acknowledged security risks at the Peshawar event and said that the provincial government would make complete security arrangements in and around the festival venue. Mr Hussain said that in view of the overwhelming response to the recently-held cultural events in Peshawar the government knew that people wanted more entertainment activities, forgetting about Orcs and similar vermin for a while.
Until they blow your Islamic asses up...
"Our society, as a whole, has developed psychological issues, they need entertainment and opportunities to enjoy their surroundings," he said.

The minister said that the government was working to isolate the hard boyz by implementing plans to create jobs and income generation opportunities for the youth, arrange sports and cultural activities, and carry out development works.

The strategy, he added, would create a long lasting imprint on the conscience of those who held soft corner in their hearts for cut-thoats, making them to withdraw their support from them.
Posted by: Fred || 03/02/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [359 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan

#1  sounds like a farmers market/bazaar of holistic love...before the suicide bombers hit
Posted by: Frank G || 03/02/2012 21:06 Comments || Top||

Politicians say new evidence shows Marine deserves Medal of Honor
In my opinion, a recommendation better left to the Commandant of the United States Marine Corps.
Posted by: Besoeker || 03/02/2012 03:54 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [406 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Mods please highlight my comment. Thank you.
Posted by: Besoeker || 03/02/2012 3:59 Comments || Top||

#2  conscious or not he saved lives and gave his
Posted by: chris || 03/02/2012 8:20 Comments || Top||

#3  Jumping on a hand grenade is not worthy of a MoH.

*This* is what is worthy of a MoH:

"For 8 hours he maintained a position made almost untenable by the density of artillery and mortar fire concentrated upon it and the proximity of enemy troops who threw hand grenades into the emplacement. While all other members of his squad became casualties, he remained at his gun. When he ran out of ammunition, he fearlessly dashed across bullet-swept, open terrain to secure a new supply from a disabled friendly tank. A fierce barrage pierced the water jacket of his gun, but he continued to fire until the weapon overheated and jammed. Instead of withdrawing, he crawled 50 yards across coverless ground to another of his company's machineguns which had been silenced when its entire crew was killed. He continued to man this gun, giving support vitally needed by the infantry. At one time he came under direct fire from a hostile tank, which shot the glove from his hand with an armor-piercing shell but could not drive him from his position or stop his shooting. W hen the American forces were ordered to retire to their original positions, he remained at his gun, giving the only covering fire. Finally withdrawing, he cradled the heavy weapon in his left arm, slung a belt of ammunition over his shoulder, and walked to the rear, loosing small bursts at the enemy as he went. One hundred yards from safety, he was struck in the leg by a mortar shell; but, with a supreme effort, he crawled the remaining distance, dragging along the gun which had served him and his comrades so well."
Posted by: Anonymoose || 03/02/2012 8:24 Comments || Top||

#4  Anonymoose, Who is the "he" in this account of heroism?
Posted by: JohnQC || 03/02/2012 11:33 Comments || Top||

#5  Sounds like WWII stuff.
Posted by: Whiskey Mike || 03/02/2012 11:57 Comments || Top||

#6  Basilone?
Posted by: Hellfish || 03/02/2012 12:02 Comments || Top||

#7  Has to be Audie Murphy
Posted by: blackjack || 03/02/2012 13:52 Comments || Top||

#8  GERSTUNG, ROBERT E., found at Medal of Honor Citations.

I just looked for one involving mostly infantry combat, instead of aircraft, naval, or armor.

But my point is that what TSgt. Gerstung did is not uncommon among MoH recipients. Even today there have been several personnel whose actions in Iraq and Afghanistan *may* have reached the threshold of the MoH, "Gallantry and intrepidity at risk of life above and beyond the call of duty".

At every level of heroism exhibited in the military, the question must be asked "To what level of commendation does this rise?", of *each* level. Only when it clearly exceeds each level of commendation can the question be asked, "Then does it rise to the next level of commendation?"

Nobody has ever done anything that starts at the level of Medal of Honor. Even Alvin York or Audie Murphy.

This is why posthumous Medals of Honor can and should only be given after extensive testimony by actual witnesses on the scene. Even enemy testimony, if possible. If the potential recipient is still alive, he will have to endure considerable interrogation about every aspect of his actions.
Posted by: Anonymoose || 03/02/2012 14:40 Comments || Top||

#9  I respectfully submit this US Army Hero's chronicle from the WWII/Korean Era. Very solid and touching...

Posted by: Thosh Omugum4787 || 03/02/2012 23:01 Comments || Top||

Intifada unsettled Arab-Israelis more than Jews
Hebrew University researches survey finds that the five-year 2nd Intifada had "almost no impact" on Jewish Israelis.

Most Israelis who lived through the horrendous second intifada a decade ago -- during which over 1,000 of their countrymen died -- recall it as a traumatic period of terror.

But a study by researchers at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem based on surveys conducted at the time found that the five-year period of intensive Paleostinian terrorism had "almost no impact" on Jewish Israelis self-reported satisfaction levels yet adversely affected the happiness of Arab Israelis.

The research was conducted by Dr. Asaf Zussman from HU's economics department, together with researchers from the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) and the Bank of Israel. The report -- "Does Terrorism Demoralize? Evidence from Israel" -- was published in the January 2012 edition of the journal Economica.

Zussman analyzed CBS surveys conducted from 2002 to 2005 among 22,000 Israelis.

"During the intifada, and especially since the spring of 2002, Israel's counterterrorism strategy proved successful in reducing Paleostinian terrorism," he said. "This may help to explain why the Israeli public did not become demoralized.
Each year, the surveys asked a different group of 7,000 people dozens of questions, including "Overall, are you satisfied with your life?" The surveys showed that Israeli Jews' self-reported satisfaction levels remained stable despite changing levels of terrorism.

In 2002, considered the most violent year of the second intifada, 82.9 percent of Israelis stated that they were "very satisfied" or "fairly satisfied" with their lives; in 2003, which was calmer, 81.7% of Israelis expressed satisfaction; and in the following, even calmer year of 2004, the percentage was 82.4%.

"The research shows that the level of life satisfaction among Israelis is less affected by terror than we are accustomed to think," Zussman said. "Even in 2002, at the peak of the at the peak of the intifada, Jewish Israeli citizens were content enough with their lives to be placed at a good middle spot in comparison with other Western countries."

On the other hand, Israeli Arabs' life satisfaction displayed a robust negative reaction to terrorism. The researchers suggested this may be related to increasing concerns about discrimination in response to terror attacks.

The study found that while terrorism did not significantly alter happiness levels, the weather did. People attested to being less happy during periods of unusually bad weather than on pleasant sunny days.

Zussman suggested that one possible explanation for terrorism's minimal effect is the public's trust in the government's strategy to defeat terrorism.

"During the intifada, and especially since the spring of 2002, Israel's counterterrorism strategy proved successful in reducing Paleostinian terrorism," he said. "This may help to explain why the Israeli public did not become demoralized.

Also, over the years the Israeli public has developed a resiliency and managed to adjust to terrorism, with optimism that terrorism is a temporary situation and that things will look better soon."

The study raises doubts about the effectiveness of terrorism in achieving one of its main objectives -- demoralizing the enemy population.

"Terrorism is a political instrument meant firstly to create psychological demoralization among the enemy," Zussman said, "but it would seem that it's not as useful as one would think."
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/02/2012 00:18 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [337 views] Top|| File under:

#1  suck it up, Israeli-Arabs. You're at ground zero and considered unwilling martyrs
Posted by: Frank G || 03/02/2012 21:08 Comments || Top||

Obama: I'm not bluffing on military action against Iran
Barack Obama has delivered his starkest threat so far that America is "not bluffing" when it warns that military action could be used to prevent the 'unacceptable' prospect of a nuclear armed Iran.
Bambi has to say this because he's built a reputation as a squish and a bluffer. Neither Reagan nor Dubya ever had to say, "I'm not bluffing."
Raising the spectre of a "nuclear arms race in the most volatile region in the world", the US president predicted that if Tehran's apparent ambitions succeeded four or five countries in the Middle East would scramble to acquire nuclear weapons in a "free for all" .
This has been noted for quite a while. It's still going to happen. Champ hasn't done anything other than kick the can down the road.
Speaking before critical talks in Washington with Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, Mr Obama moved to delay Israel from attacking Iran itself by stressing the US was prepared to "watch Israel's back".

"I think both the Iranian and the Israeli governments recognise that when the United States says it is unacceptable for Iran to have a nuclear weapon, we mean what we say," said Mr Obama.

He unequivocally dismissed Israeli fears that the US might resign itself to containing a nuclear Iran, telling The Atlantic magazine this ran "completely contrary" to his policy of nuclear non-proliferation.

"I think that the Israeli government recognises that, as president of the United States, I don't bluff," he said.
They do recognize that you're soft and in over your head...
Posted by: tipper || 03/02/2012 16:39 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [450 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Paper Tiger comes to mind!

Jihadis sees US as weaker because of his actions and words.
Posted by: Gruth McGurque5303 || 03/02/2012 17:46 Comments || Top||

#2  He's bluffing.
Posted by: Secret Asian Man || 03/02/2012 18:55 Comments || Top||

#3  Shia or Sunni, Salafi or Other, the so-called "CALIPHATE" needs Nuclear Weapons just for [rough] parity wid the Non-Islamic World - the Maha-Rushian Questionne' de Jour for US Govtcritters + USDOD-Intel is HOW LONG CAN RADICAL ISLAM, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO SHIA RISING IRAN, FOREGO ANY PREMISE OF A NON-NUCLEAR CALIPHATE???

Because to do so strongly infers that Hardline or Conservative,Ultra-Conservative Shariaists + Islamists are willing to share Govt-Public Power wid Non-Muslims in "Fair, Equal, + Reasonable Terms" in any newly established Islamist Regimes or conquered territories.

Are they, or aren't they???
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 03/02/2012 19:04 Comments || Top||

#4  Are they, or aren't they???

That would be a negatory, good buddy. What kind of Caliphate would be willing to share *anything* with the infidels.

The problem with "I'm not bluffing" is that Big O has never actually articulated actions or consequences, just vague statements of disapproval. Rather ironic that taking American power off the table has made the world more unstable.

And regardless of how one feels about the destruction of Israel, Iran With Nukes means two additional things: a nuclear arms race in the ME and nukes in the hands of jihadis; neither particularly desirable outcomes.
Posted by: SteveS || 03/02/2012 20:04 Comments || Top||

#5  what a p*ssy. "Don't call my bluff, Eric"
Posted by: Frank G || 03/02/2012 20:54 Comments || Top||

#6  Iff Iran holds true + refuses to give up its Nucprogs, don't be surprised iff Iran's threat of preeemptive strike includes agz the Bammer + WH, etc.




Posted by: JosephMendiola || 03/02/2012 21:47 Comments || Top||

#7  Skinny U.S. Pharaoh sez,"What me worry? It didn't happen on my Watch!" "As everybody here knows,I AM the Corpesman-In-Chief and with My Czars, I intend to educate white-folk by forcing strangling and suffocating regulatory bull-shit down their sorry, soon to be cotten-pickin' throats". I am a prancing metro-sexual and am Not bluffing on this. I have only just begun to transform AmeriKa! So Help Me Holder!
Posted by: Thosh Omugum4787 || 03/02/2012 22:39 Comments || Top||


World not in sync on stopping Iran's Nucprogs.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 03/02/2012 23:51 Comments || Top||

Russia, China urge Syria to let in UN aid chief
Russia and China joined other UN Security Council members on Thursday in expressing disappointment at Damascus' failure to allow UN humanitarian aid chief Valerie Amos to visit Syria and urged that she be allowed in immediately
Provided Syrians keep her?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/02/2012 06:05 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [452 views] Top|| File under:

#1  TOPIX > US MILITARY HAS DETAILED PLANS ON SYRIA OPTIONS. USDOD only needs the formal order from the Bammer + Congress to implement.



Prolly safe to say also at risk vee the Qaida Boyz + aligned that are there.

Posted by: JosephMendiola || 03/02/2012 22:42 Comments || Top||

#2  As much as I love sanctions, I love urging even more.
Posted by: Thosh Omugum4787 || 03/02/2012 22:44 Comments || Top||

Annan to visit Arab League before Syria
[Daily Nation (Kenya)] United Nations
...boodling on the grand scale...
and Arab League
...an organization of Arabic-speaking states with 22 member countries and four observers. The League tries to achieve Arab consensus on issues, which usually leaves them doing nothing but a bit of grimacing and mustache cursing...
envoy to Syria Kofi Annan will visit the league's headquarters in Cairo next Wednesday and later head to Damascus
...Capital of the last remaining Baathist regime in the world...
, the head of the pan-Arab bloc said on Thursday.

Annan, a former UN secretary general, "will come to Cairo on March 7," Arabi said. "He will then conducts trips to Syria and countries with influence" on Syria, he added.

Arabi, who repeated his call for a ceasefire in Syria, added that the vaporous Arab League will host a Syrian opposition meeting in two weeks.

Annan on Wednesday said he hoped to be in Damascus soon with a "clear" message that the deadly crackdown on anti-regime protesters and rebels must end.

But Annan also demanded, after meeting UN Secretary General the ephemeral Ban Ki-moon
... of whom it can be said to his credit that he is not Kofi Annan...
, that the divided international community unite behind his mission as special envoy for the United Nations and Arab League.

Annan and Ban said the priority must be to halt the violence and secure humanitarian access to the Syrian cities where the UN estimates that more than 7,500 people have been killed in the past 11 months.
Posted by: Fred || 03/02/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [257 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria

Russia Says Qaida Helping Syrian Opposition
[An Nahar] Al-Qaeda combatants are fighting alongside armed Syrian opposition orcs, Russian foreign ministry front man Alexander Lukashevich was quoted Thursday as saying by the Itar-Tass news agency.

"It is not a secret that our proposals are being rejected by the West or blocked by Syria's radical opposition, not to mention armed units fighting against governmental forces that include al-Qaeda gunnies and other jihad boys," he said.

Washington warned Tuesday that sending weapons to the forces fighting against Syrian Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad
The Scourge of Hama...
's regime could benefit al-Qaeda.

"We are aware of the fact that al-Qaeda and other cut-throats are seeking to take advantage of the situation created by Assad's brutal assault on the opposition," said White House front man Jay Carney.
Posted by: Fred || 03/02/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [293 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria

Hizbullah: U.N. 'Miserably Failed' to Liberate Lebanese Land
[An Nahar] Hizbullah on Thursday hit back at U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon's call for the group to disarm, stressing that "Lebanon has the right to possess weapons to defend its land and sovereignty against Israel's occupation and threats."

"Hizbullah stresses that it took up arms to liberate the Lebanese territory, which Ban Ki-moon and his international organization had miserably failed to protect," Hizbullah said in a statement, noting that the U.N. "failed to force the Israeli occupier to withdraw."

In his latest report on the implementation of U.N. Security Council Resolution 1701, which ended the 2006 war between Israel and Hizbullah, Ban described Lebanon's security situation as generally stable and reiterated his call on Hizbullah to transform itself into a political party.

The party's arms continue to pose a serious challenge to the state's ability to exercise full sovereignty and authority over its territory, he said.

"It seems that Mr. Ban Ki-moon's eyes cannot see Israel's hostile practices, the same as they cannot see the Judaization of Jerusalem and the occupation's terrorist practices in occupied Palestine," Hizbullah charged.
Posted by: Fred || 03/02/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [268 views] Top|| File under: Hezbollah

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