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Africa North
Eastern Libyans declare semi-autonomy
A band of tribal elders and militia leaders in Libya declared the country's oil-rich east a semi-autonomous federal region, defying the central government and raising concerns about a possible break-up of the country.

Hundreds of Libyans gathering near the eastern city of Benghazi formally laid out a proposal for the establishment of the federal region of Cyrenaica, the name of one of three Roman provinces that eventually became modern Libya.

The gathering declared Ahmad al-Zubair al-Senussi, a member of Libya's governing National Transitional Council and the great-nephew of the country's last king, head of a governing council of a region that encompasses all of Libya from the Gulf of Sirte to the Egyptian border
Posted by: tipper || 03/06/2012 11:57 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [358 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Cyrenaica?

"Also known as Pentapolis in antiquity, it was part of the Creta et Cyrenaica province during the Roman period, later divided in Libia Pentapolis and Libia Sicca. During the Islamic period, the area came to be known as Barqa, after the city of Barca.
Posted by: Anonymoose || 03/06/2012 18:21 Comments || Top||

#2  From 1927 to 1943 it was known as Italian Libya.

Now it's starting to make sense. They probably think of themselves as having somewhat more European tastes and sensibilities. This is common in northern Africa.

In those days they probably became quite fond of things Italian.
Posted by: Anonymoose || 03/06/2012 18:27 Comments || Top||

#3  I'll order more popcorn.
Posted by: Barbara || 03/06/2012 19:13 Comments || Top||

#4  Whatever they call themselves, they see themselves as being different, and a different nation, than Tripolitania (the western half of Libya). This will be a test of the new world order.
Posted by: Steve White || 03/06/2012 19:46 Comments || Top||

#5  I can live with the division, we might even see the old Libyan royal family make a comeback in an Italian sort of royal family way: there to have palaces and grand parties, and to promote tourism. That part of Libya has the best Roman ruins and historic sites in it, anyway.
Posted by: Shieldwolf || 03/06/2012 21:59 Comments || Top||

#6  Let's cut to the chase and get to the question foremost on the minds of Rantburgers. Who gets Wheelus?
Posted by: Shimble Guelph5793 || 03/06/2012 22:05 Comments || Top||


Are we missing Uncle Muammar yet???
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 03/06/2012 22:19 Comments || Top||

Libyan Government Strongly Condemns WWII Tombstone Desecration in Eastern Libya
[Tripoli Post] The Libyan interim government strongly condemned the actions by unidentified persons that resulted on the desecration of tombstones of foreign WWII soldiers who fallen in Libya including British and Americans.

A statement issued last week by the government said "the government condemns in the strongest and abhors the attack directed at non-Moslem graves of British and Italians in the city of Benghazi, by subversive elements who do not respect religion, custom and international law."

"This action is contrary to the values of our Islamic religion and the principles of Shariah, which are based on the love of human beings of each other and on the respect of man's dignity live or dead or alive, such action is considered immoral and irresponsible by the government," the statement added.

The government pledged to bring the perpetrators to trial in accordance with Libyan law which criminalizes these acts.

The government reassures that such acts do not reflect the Libyan people's beliefs or their aspirations. These acts, the statement said, were in to the values of tolerance and respect of others in which the Libyans believe.
Posted by: Fred || 03/06/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [236 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring

#1  Fix the graveyard.
Posted by: gorb || 03/06/2012 0:46 Comments || Top||

#2  Why I plan on cremation and scattering the ashes on my land.
Posted by: Redneck Jim || 03/06/2012 1:59 Comments || Top||

#3  The Libyan interim government strongly condemned the actions by unidentified persons
Here's a video of the perps that should mean that you will have no trouble tracking them down,
While your about it you might check out the other desecrations as well.
We'll see that the funds that the stupid kuffars send you do nor dry up.
You're welcome!
Posted by: tipper || 03/06/2012 5:07 Comments || Top||

#4  What other religion teaches hatred of non believers?

I wasnt even aware of muslims when taught Religious studies at my school.
Posted by: Gruth McGurque5303 || 03/06/2012 7:42 Comments || Top||

#5  What other religion teaches hatred of non believers?

Oh, maybe The Left(tm), as its agents and adherents had no problem defacing similar cemeteries in France around April 2003. For them, there is only one true god, themselves.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 03/06/2012 9:36 Comments || Top||

#6  the NVA commies bulldozed all but one RVN cemetary leaving no trace.
Posted by: bman || 03/06/2012 10:16 Comments || Top||

Africa Subsaharan
Top U.S. Official Pledges Security Help for Nigeria
[An Nahar] A top U.S. official on Monday pledged to help Nigeria address security threats as Africa's most populous nation and largest oil producer deals with scores of attacks blamed on Islamist group Boko Haram.
... not to be confused with Procol Harum, Harum Scarum, possibly to be confused with Helter Skelter. Currently wearing a false nose and moustache and answering to Jama'atu Ahlus-Sunnah Lidda'Awati Wal Jihad, or Big Louie...
"I think the United States wants to support Nigeria in every way that is appropriate from Nigeria's point of view, to deal with any threat here in this country," U.S. Under-Secretary for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman told news hounds.
That's all very nice and everything, but Nigeria makes lotsa money with oil exports and 419 scams, so what kinda bill are we gonna foot?
Sherman, the US State Department's number three, spoke of a "holistic approach" to addressing security in Nigeria, with most of the violence having occurred in the country's deeply impoverished and mainly Moslem north. She spoke of development and job creation.

"And together we will do whatever we can, from intelligence sharing to assistance, to development, to security training, as we have done, given that Nigeria is one of the leaders in peacekeeping forces throughout the world," she said.

Nigeria has contributed to a list of U.N.-sponsored peacekeeping missions and is a major supplier of U.S. oil imports.

Sherman spoke after talks with Nigeria's junior minister of foreign affairs Viola Onwuliri. She was in Nigeria for a 24-hour visit during which she was also meeting civil society organizations and other top government officials.

Nigeria has been hit by almost daily gun and kabooms mainly in the north and blamed on Boko Haram. There have been deep concerns over whether the group has formed ties with al-Qaeda.
Posted by: Fred || 03/06/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [243 views] Top|| File under: Boko Haram

Chinese Intellectuals Join Support for N. Korean Refugees
That'll have as much effect as the words of American intellectuals...
Opposition is growing within China against the forced repatriation of North Korean defectors who were arrested there, with columnists, novelists and other intellectuals posting comments on the social media criticizing Beijing's policy.

They called on the Chinese government to deal with the North Korean defectors under humanitarian principles.

Some comments on Weibo, the Chinese version of Twitter, directly criticized Beijing. One survey on the site conducted by a user in Shanghai showed that 75 percent of respondents were against sending the North Koreans back.
Posted by: Steve White || 03/06/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [280 views] Top|| File under:

Norks Yet Again Threaten Fresh Attack
The chief of the North Korean People's Army's General Staff, who is widely held responsible for the artillery attack on Yeonpyeong Island in November 2010, has threatened a similar attack. In a piece for the North's state-run Rodong Sinmun daily on Sunday, Kim Kyok-sik said, "We will deliver a devastating punishment to the traitors, whose strength cannot compare to the sea of fire seen in the Yeonpyeong attack."

By "traitors" he was apparently referring to President Lee Myung-bak, Defense Minister Kim Kwan-jin and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Jung Seung-jo.

Kim added Lee and other South Korean officials "will never be forgiven. You will not be able to escape our blows just because you are in Seoul and hiding behind the back of the U.S. imperialists. We are right in front of you and our bayonets are already aimed at your throats."

Kim was thought to have been sacked last year but was in fact promoted to chief of the Army's General Staff and appeared in the front ranks on Jan. 16 celebrating Kim Jong-il's posthumous 70th birthday.
Posted by: Steve White || 03/06/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [555 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Oh, More dead idiots.
Posted by: Redneck Jim || 03/06/2012 1:58 Comments || Top||

U.S. State Department Actively Promoting Islam in Europe
The United States ambassador to Spain recently met with a group of Muslim immigrants in one of the most Islamized neighborhoods of Barcelona to apologize for American foreign policymaking in the Middle East.

U.S. Ambassador Alan Solomont told Muslims assembled at the town hall-like meeting in the heart of Barcelona’s old city that the United States is not an “enemy of Islam” and that U.S. President Barack Obama wants to improve America’s image in the Middle East as quickly as possible by closing the “dark chapters” of the U.S. invasion of Iraq and the war in Afghanistan.

“There are things that the United States has done badly,” Solomont said at the February 28 gathering organized by a non-profit organization called the Cultural, Educational and Social Association of Pakistani Women. “But now the Obama government wants to improve relations with Muslims,” he promised.

During the one-and-a-half-hour question-and-answer session, Solomont asked those in attendance simple rhetorical questions, including: “Did you know that the United States sends a lot of money to Pakistan?” and “Did you know that the decision to destroy Osama bin Laden’s house was made by the United States?”

After responding to queries about the “Talibanization of Pakistan due the war in Afghanistan” and the “demonization of Islam in the West,” Solomont said Obama wants to end the long-time American practice of establishing alliances with dictators in the Middle East, a strategy which he said has failed to prevent the rise of “the bearded ones” [radical Islamists], this according to the Barcelona-based newspaper La Vanguardia, which also interviewed Solomont on the sidelines of the event.
Posted by: tipper || 03/06/2012 06:17 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [321 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Why are we always apologising?

They take this as weakness!
Posted by: Gruth McGurque5303 || 03/06/2012 7:33 Comments || Top||

#2  Gruth----because direction comes from the top of the food chain.
Posted by: Alaska Paul || 03/06/2012 10:30 Comments || Top||

#3  From Wik with line through addies.

Yet another "moderate Islam" apologist and Russian surrender monkey person.

Alan D. Solomont (Boston, 1949[citation needed]) is the current United States Ambassador to Spain and Andorra. Selected by President Barack Obama, he was confirmed by the United States Senate on December 24, 2009. And patted on the back repeatedly by a fawning elderly long-term care advocate Nancy Pelosi.

Active for many years in the Democratic Party, Solomont served as money changer National Finance Chairman of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) in 1997, raising over $40 million which qualified him for ambassadorial appointment. In 2000, he was appointed by President Clinton to the Board of Directors of the Corporation for National and Community Organizing Service, which oversees three national service initiatives: AmeriCorps, the National Senior Service Reverse Mortgage Corps and Learn & Serve America.

Alan Solomont serves as a Jewish community organizer on the boards of numerous organizations including the Boston Private Bank & Trust Company, Angel Healthcare Investors, LLC, Boston Medical Center, The Jewish Fund for Justice, The New Israel Fund, Israel Policy Forum, Jewish Community Housing for the Elderly, and the WGBH Educational Foundation. He chairs the Board of Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater Boston. He received an honorary degree from the University of Massachusetts Lowell.

Alan earned a B.A. from Tufts University in 1970.[1] He pursued independent studies abroad as a Thomas J. Watson Fellow and later earned a B.S. in Nursing Homes from the University of Massachusetts Lowell. He was elected to the Tufts Board of Trustees in 1999.
Posted by: Besoeker || 03/06/2012 10:49 Comments || Top||

#4  Not to disparage Wall Street, but one of the HOTEST stock sectors today is...

Yes, you guessed it, Extended Care facilities.

Follow the money.
Posted by: Besoeker || 03/06/2012 10:55 Comments || Top||

#5  Did the people in the audience realize he is Jewish? I'm guessing not so much or they would have shouted him down and thrown stuff.
Posted by: remoteman || 03/06/2012 14:18 Comments || Top||

#6  Keyword: Justice.

Stand by for subversion, sedition and anarchy in the streets.
Fully underwritten by AG Eric Holder, CPUSA
Posted by: Thosh Omugum4787 || 03/06/2012 22:32 Comments || Top||

Home Front: Politix
Anonymous threatens AIPAC in new Internet video
International hacker group Anonymous released a video this week coinciding with the annual America Israel Political Action Committee Policy Conference in Washington, vowing to make AIPAC "pay for their crimes."

Anonymous is a loosely organized group of hackers that released a similar YouTube video last month, vowing to launch an internet crusade against Israel, who it accused of committing "crimes against humanity." The group was also allegedly behind the stealing of millions of emails from the US-based global security analysis firm, Startfor, which were published by whistleblower website WikiLeaks in February.
Posted by: tipper || 03/06/2012 07:08 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [251 views] Top|| File under:

Pakistan posts Musharraf summons for March 22
Pakistani authorities on Tuesday posted a summons demanding that former military ruler Pervez Musharraf return from exile and appear before the country's top court on March 22.

The notice was glued to the gate of Musharraf's farm house on the outskirts of Islamabad after he failed to respond to repeated calls to appear over the December 27, 2007 murder of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto.

Musharraf, who has lived in self-imposed exile in London and Dubai since stepping down in 2008, delayed plans to return home this year indefinitely after the government warned he would be arrested upon arrival.

"Yes, I can confirm that a notice has been pasted on the main gate of Musharraf's farm house," Sheikh Naeem, a senior police official, told AFP.

The notice asks Musharraf to appear in the Supreme Court on March 22 with documents proving his identity as a Pakistani citizen.

Bhutto was killed in a gun and suicide attack after an election rally in Rawalpindi, the headquarters of Pakistan's army. Her party won elections two months later and her widower, Asif Ali Zardari, is president of Pakistan.
Posted by: tipper || 03/06/2012 06:31 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [260 views] Top|| File under:

Netanyahu Signals Determination on Iran, But War Will Have to Wait
Had he been speaking Hebrew in a dramatic TV broadcast back home, parts of Benjamin Netanyahu’s fire-and-brimstone speech Tuesday night might have been mistaken for the words of an Israeli prime minister about to launch a fateful war. He painted Iran’s nuclear program as an apocalyptic extermination threat redolent of the Nazi Holocaust, stressed Israel’s power and responsibility to prevent a repeat of the greatest trauma in Jewish history, and vowed that “As Prime Minister of Israel, I will never let my people live under the shadow of annihilation”.

But Netanyahu was speaking in English, to the America Israel Public Affairs Committee’s annual policy conference in Washington D.C. — a forum whose raison d’etre is to leverage Israel’s cause in U.S. domestic politics. His purpose there was clearly to rally his considerable bipartisan support on Capitol Hill and beyond to maintain pressure on the Obama Administration to move closer to Israel’s red lines, timelines and perspective for action to stop Iran’s nuclear program. For now, however, the Administration has resisted his pressure.

“We’ve waited for diplomacy to work,” he told the assembled Israel partisans at AIPAC, which included three quarters of members of Congress. “We’ve waited for sanctions to work. None of us can afford to wait much longer.”

Posted by: tipper || 03/06/2012 06:23 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [266 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Over at FREEREPUBLIC, Dave Cameron says Iran is working on both NucBombs, + reliable LRBMS = ICBMS to deliver 'em, but also urges Israel to give sanctions a chance.

E.g. pre, post-911 support for Radical Islamism widin both the Pakistan Govt. + Armed Forces; + historical support given to Militant-Terror Groups by Muslim Govts. during the Cold War. WHAT MAKES POLITICOS, ETAL. IN THE US-WEST THINK THAT RADICAL ISLAMIST MILTERR GROUPS WILL NOT DIRECTLY ANDOR INDIRECTLY CONTROL NUCLEAR ARSENALS [Nukes-WMDS]???

Moreso per the Globalist precept of a DIVERSE, EQUALIST "MULTIPOLAR" WORLD UNDER OWG-NWO, which in the minds of many Muslims, Islamists, + even non-Muslim/Islamist Third Worlders means or infers that its okay in the US-West for them to have potent NucWeapons???
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 03/06/2012 19:03 Comments || Top||

Netanyahu Tells Obama Israel is 'Master' of Own Fate
[An Nahar] Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told U.S. President Barack Obama
I've now been in 57 states -- I think one left to go...
Monday that Israel must remain the "master of its fate" in a firm defense of his right to mount a unilateral strike on Iran.

Netanyahu and Obama met for delicate Oval Office talks taking place amid clear differences on the imminence of the nuclear threat from Iran and after weeks of speculation that Israel may mount go-it-alone military action.

"Israel must have the ability always to defend itself, by itself, against any threat," Netanyahu said in a short, but impassioned comments to cameras at the start of a meeting with Obama, with whom he has had sometimes strained relations.

"After all, that is the very purpose of the Jewish state, to restore to the Jewish people control over our destiny.

"That's why my supreme responsibility as prime minister of Israel is to ensure that Israel remains the master of its fate," said Netanyahu, who ruffled Obama's feathers last year with a stunning lecture in the Oval Office.
Posted by: Fred || 03/06/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [341 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran

#1  How dare he? Doesn't Netanyahu know that The One determines the fate of all?
Posted by: Rambler in Virginia || 03/06/2012 7:17 Comments || Top||

#2  Yup, the "One" doesn't like such defiance, sass, and backtalk.
Posted by: JohnQC || 03/06/2012 9:43 Comments || Top||

#3  who ruffled Obama's feathers last year with a stunning lecture in the Oval Office.

Jewish colonialist Netanyahu! How dare he lecture The One, and in front of the bust of MLK as well!
Posted by: Besoeker || 03/06/2012 9:48 Comments || Top||

#4  I would love to be a fly on the wall during those "delicate Oval Office talks". I mean, what exactly does Obama say to justify his sloth?
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305 || 03/06/2012 11:54 Comments || Top||

#5  He says, "There are no simple answers". He might as well be whining "It's too har-r-r-rd, I just want to make speeches and play bouncy ball."
Posted by: Gromosing Dribble7074 || 03/06/2012 14:37 Comments || Top||

#6  Pharaoh is well aware of your perfidy related to Him, and your Zionist provocateur insults and innuendo, Bibi.

OBTW: His demons are "keeping score". Scared yet?
Posted by: Thosh Omugum4787 || 03/06/2012 21:56 Comments || Top||

#7  "BENJI" ...


* WORLD NEWS > "ENEMY LACKS COURAGE TO TAKE ON IRAN ARMY", + attempt any act of aggression.

Ground Forces Commander BGEN. Ahmad Reza-Pourdastan.



* TOPIX, DEFENCE.PK/FORUMS > PLA DAILY: AMERICAN STRIKE ON IRAN IS OUT OF TURN [US N-O-T ready for new war, Iran in better shape].


OTOH ANALYST > iff Israel were to attack Iran, HISTOIRE' = suggests Israel is most likely to strike sometime in the month of MARCH???



Posted by: JosephMendiola || 03/06/2012 22:56 Comments || Top||




Lest we fergit, + Iran Azeris aside, AZERBAIJAN IS WHERE THE SOVIETS KEPT A LOT OF THEIR NUCLEAR FIREPOWER DURING THE COLD WAR, + still maintains potent Nuclear Forces there.

Collectively, methinks the US is trying hard NOT to say it will deploy US Milfors as such iff a US-Iran de facto breaks out, + Iran makes good on its threat to VOLUNTARILY OR FORCIBLY use the territories of its sovereign neighbors, ala VIETNAM WAR, to launch MILITARY, BASIJ, + PROXY TERROR OPS agz any foreign invasion + occupation force.

The above concept IMO already presumes that Iran is willing, or expecting, to militarily lose or give up half, majority, or perhaps all? of Iran proper to a major outside occupation force???
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 03/06/2012 23:17 Comments || Top||

Conservatives to Dominate New Iran Parliament
[An Nahar] Iran's new parliament will be largely dominated by conservatives who support supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, according to latest results Monday of last week's election.

The parliament, also known as the Majlis, will have about half of its current members replaced by newcomers, many of whom ran on an "independent" ticket.

But the complex structure of Iran's politics and the uncertainty over factional allegiances and personal alliances make it difficult to predict the equilibrium of the newly elected politicians, who are divided between supporters and critics of President Mahmoud Short Round Ahmadinejad.

According to official figures on the Majlis website, 224 parliamentary seats out of 290 have been filled through Friday's election while 63 others, including 25 in the capital, will be decided in a run-off vote.

The fate of three other seats remains unknown.

The largely marginalized reformists, who had mainly boycotted the elections, lost most of their seats, only hanging on to 19 out of their 60 in the current parliament.

The elections saw two major conservative factions, one bringing together Ahmadinejad's supporters and the other his opponents, battling for the control over the new parliament.

But neither the United Conservatives Front, critical of the president, nor the pro-Ahmadinejad Front of Islamic Iran's Resistance managed to establish themselves as majority, according to a compilation of the results by AFP.
Posted by: Fred || 03/06/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [291 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran

#1  Pundits claim that this is a sign that Ahmadinejad is losing power + influence to the Ayatollah Khamenei, but I don't see how as El Supremo Khamenei has said or inferred nothing publicly that Ahmadinejad himself hasn't said or inferred already???
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 03/06/2012 22:14 Comments || Top||

Palestinian Named Annan Deputy to Syria
[An Nahar] The 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...
on Monday named Paleostinian diplomat Nasser al-Qudwa to serve as former UN chief Kofi Annan's deputy in his role as international envoy to conflict-stricken Syria.

Arab League chief Nabil al-Arabi said that Qudwa, a former foreign minister, had agreed to take on "this very difficult mission during a critical time for Syria."

Qudwa was selected in consultation with U.N. chief the ephemeral Ban Ki-moon
... of whom it can be said to his credit that he is not Kofi Annan...
and Annan, who was named international troubleshooter to Syria on February 23, Arabi said in a statement.
Posted by: Fred || 03/06/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [254 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria

Syria Approves U.N. Humanitarian Chief Visit
[An Nahar] U.N. humanitarian chief Valerie Amos said Monday that Syria has approved a visit to the conflict-stricken country this week.

Following widespread U.N. and Security Council complaints about Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad
One of the last of the old-fashioned hereditary iron-fisted fascist dictators...
's refusal to let her in, Amos said she would arrive in Damascus
...The City of Jasmin is the oldest continuously-inhabited city in the world. It has not always been inhabited by the same set of fascisti...
on Wednesday and leave on Friday.

"The Syrian authorities have confirmed that I can visit Syria this week. I will arrive in Damascus on Wednesday March 7 and leave on Friday March 9," Amos said in a statement.

"As requested by the secretary-general, my aim is to urge all parties to allow unhindered access for humanitarian relief workers so that they can evacuate the maimed and deliver essential supplies," she added.

The United Nations
...aka the Oyster Bay Chowder and Marching Society...
is not yet sure whether Amos will be allowed to travel outside Damascus during her stay, her spokeswoman, Amanda Pitt, told Agence La Belle France Presse.
Posted by: Fred || 03/06/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [268 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria

McCain Calls for U.S. Air Strikes on Syrian Forces
[An Nahar] Top Republican Senator John Maverick McCain
... the Senator-for-Life from Arizona, former presidential candidate and even more former foot soldier in the Reagan Revolution...
on Monday called for U.S. air strikes on Syrian forces to protect population centers and create safe havens for opponents of the regime.

McCain, who lost to President Barack Obama
This is a teachable moment...
in the 2008 election, said while the White House "deserves a lot of credit" for helping to build global efforts to isolate Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad
Before going into the family business Pencilneck was an eye doctor...
, it was time for a "new policy."

The speech by McCain came as Syrian forces bombarded the city of Rastan, pursuing a deadly crackdown on anti-regime protesters that erupted a year ago, and which the United Nations
...an organization which on balance has done more bad than good, with the good not done well and the bad done thoroughly...
says has claimed more than 7,5 00 lives.

"Time is running out," McCain -- a hawk on both Syria and Iran -- said in remarks on the floor of the Senate.

"Providing military assistance to the Free Syrian Army and other opposition groups is necessary, but at this late hour, that alone will not be sufficient to stop the slaughter and save innocent lives," he said.

"The only realistic way to do so is with foreign air power," he said, urging the United States to join with Arab countries, as well as willing partners in the European Union
...the successor to the Holy Roman Empire, only without the Hapsburgs and the nifty uniforms and the dancing...
and NATO
...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. It's headquartered in Belgium. That sez it all....
, especially Syria's neighbor Turkey.

At the request of the Syrian opposition, McCain said, "the United States should lead an international effort to protect key population centers in Syria, especially in the north, through air strikes on Assad's forces."

"To be clear: This will require the United States to suppress enemy air defenses in at least part of the country."
Posted by: Fred || 03/06/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [321 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria

#1  Did he consult Palin on this?
Posted by: Perfesser || 03/06/2012 10:38 Comments || Top||

#2  Sorry, I'm not convinced. More evidence is indeedn needed. Senator, hands-on fellow that you are, I suggest you fly a solo test flour bag bombing sortie, and then get back to us with your post mission report and analysis.
Posted by: Besoeker || 03/06/2012 11:00 Comments || Top||

#3  That McCain file photo cracks me up every time I see it.

Don't offer him the chance to do another bombing run, Besoeker, he might take you up on it, bad arm and all.
Posted by: Mitch H. || 03/06/2012 12:24 Comments || Top||

#4  Sure let's bomb anyone we think is nasty. I'll agree to bombing Syria right after you start bombing China to protect the Uighers and Tibetans. Also we need to bomb most of Africa on that basis...and Saudi Arabia and Belarus and Turkey to protect the PKK.

Where do we stop?
Posted by: AlanC || 03/06/2012 13:26 Comments || Top||

#5  Better stop before we get to Iran, AlanC. Wouldn't wanna make them mad at us.
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305 || 03/06/2012 14:18 Comments || Top||

#6  McCain is off his nut. No way we should get within 100 miles of Syria. It is bad now and is going to be worse when Assad is overthrown. This kind of talk is also not going to be helpful to the Republican nominee.
Posted by: remoteman || 03/06/2012 14:22 Comments || Top||

#7  Nah EU, I want to continue to bomb till we start bombing the sharks to protect the seals and......
Posted by: AlanC || 03/06/2012 15:36 Comments || Top||

#8  No way to bombing Syria - Predators with Hellfires and Javelins doing selective strikes on Syrian artillery and armor is a different story, however. If a Predator is shot down, it is just some money lost; no freaking way to sending manned aircraft in to do a drone's job.
Posted by: Shieldwolf || 03/06/2012 21:53 Comments || Top||

Phalange Warns of Naturalization of Syrian Refugees in Lebanon
[An Nahar] The Phalange Party
The Kataeb (Phalange) party was founded by Pierre Gemayel in 1936, who modeled the party after Spanish and Italian Fascist parties he had observed as an Olympic athlete during the 1936 Summer Olympics held in Berlin, then Nazi Germany. The movement's uniforms originally included brown shirts and members used the Nazi salute. Despite the party's uniform, its strong sense of nationalism and dedication to a single charismatic leader, the Lebanese Kataeb was not and never became a fascist party nor did it espouse a totalitarian ideology.
called on the government on Monday to carefully follow up on the flow of Syrian refugees into Leb, warning of a "new form of naturalization" facing the country.

It said in a statement after its weekly politburo meeting: "A crisis committee should be formed to address the possible repercussions of the Syrian unrest on Leb."

It criticized some authorities' handling of the refugee issue, "which has started to take on a dramatic security and humanitarian turn."

Addressing the Syrian crisis, the Phalange Party called on all Lebanese factions to maintain the country's internal unity and "refrain from taking to the street in protest or in support" of the developments in Syria.

On Sunday, a demonstration in support of the Syrian people and another in support of the Syrian regime was staged in downtown Beirut amid fears that the rival rallies could take a violent turn.

The protests took place without incident.

On the dispute between the March 8 and 14 camps over government extra-budgetary spending, the Phalange Party politburo stressed the need for all concerned sides to agree on a mechanism that would be adopted on spending.

The meeting also tackled party chief Amin Gemayel's trip to Italia last week where he held talks with a number of officials, including President Giorgio Napolitano.
Posted by: Fred || 03/06/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [254 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria

Annan to visit Syria March 10
CAIRO — Former UN chief Kofi Annan, who has been named special envoy to Syria for the UN and Arab League, will head to Damascus on March 10, Arab League chief Nabil al-Arabi told reporters on Monday.
And you guys will be in big trouble then...
Annan will be accompanied by his deputy, former Palestinian foreign minister Nasser al-Qudwa, on their first mission to Syria, where a government crackdown on dissent has left thousands dead in a year.

The pair are due in Cairo on Wednesday for talks the following day with Arabi, and will fly to Damascus on Saturday, the Arab League chief said.

Annan was last month chosen as international troubleshooter to try to end the conflict. Qudwa was named as his deputy earlier on Monday. Annan and Qudwa are acting under a UN General Assembly mandate as well as Arab League resolutions on the crisis in Syria.
Posted by: Steve White || 03/06/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [253 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Kofi is there to advise the Syrian Government on how to optimize their body counts and maximize collateral damage.

After his tenure in Rwanda, he's an expert on mass murder and will be of great assistance to Pencilneck.

If I were a rebel in Syria, I would either beat feet for Turkey or wait for the good old UN Incompetence Syndrome to kick in.
Posted by: Bill Clinton || 03/06/2012 10:06 Comments || Top||

Syrians flee through snow and gunfire to Lebanon
ARSAL, Lebanon: Braving Syrian army patrols and treacherous winter weather, hundreds of people fled into Lebanon in the last 24 hours to escape the heaviest shelling of their border towns in a year-long crackdown on protests against President Bashar Assad.
Could be worse, they could be fleeing to Yemen. Or Mauritania...
In the hillside town of Arsal in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley, residents say between 100 and 150 families arrived from Syria on Sunday — one of the biggest refugee influxes so far.

A dozen families spent Sunday night in a three-story apartment block in Arsal after fleeing what they said was a sustained army attack on the Syrian town of Qusair with tanks, rocket-propelled grenades and helicopters. Families trekked on foot through snow-capped hills to safety, but many others were caught as they tried to flee, one refugee told Reuters in Arsal.

Although Arsal is only 10 km (six miles) from the Syrian border, the young man’s family had to walk 40 km through valleys, he said, as the mountain route was cut off by snow.

Only a few families, of roughly 2,000 people who fled Qusair, made it across the border without being stopped by Syrian troops.

Most refugees said they would not return until the Syrian government fell. But one, a rotund middle-aged man, said he was a fighter with the Free Syrian Army who had traveled to Lebanon just to bring his family to safety.
Posted by: Steve White || 03/06/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [245 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Out of the frying pan, into the fire.
Posted by: Redneck Jim || 03/06/2012 2:02 Comments || Top||

#2  Syrian army bombards bridge used by refugees to cross into Lebanon
The Syrian army bombarded a bridge in the Homs district that was used by Syrian refugees to cross into Lebanon, head of a Syrian human rights organization reported on Tuesday.
Posted by: tipper || 03/06/2012 7:13 Comments || Top||

#3  I look for Iran and Syria to become chummy. Iran needs Syria should any war start in this area. What is happening in Iraq. Why aren't they fleeing there. Karzai knowing how vulnerable he is could reach out to Iran. I believe Iran would welcome the gesture as would Syria's Assad. Now with Putin in charge I believe this area will be of great interest. The situation provides opportunity.
Posted by: Dale || 03/06/2012 9:53 Comments || Top||

#4  become chummy?
Posted by: Pappy || 03/06/2012 11:34 Comments || Top||

#5  Another "Feet, don't fail me now!" moment.
Posted by: borgboy || 03/06/2012 12:20 Comments || Top||

#6  Out of the frying pan, into the fire.

Lebanon is considerably richer and more peaceful than the Last Ba'ath Paradise. IIRC, Beirut was full of Syrian expat workers even back before the troubles began.
Posted by: Mitch H. || 03/06/2012 12:29 Comments || Top||

KSA tells UN: Rein in Assad
Said one toothless hound to the other...
RIYADH: Saudi Arabia yesterday urged the UN Security Council to shoulder its moral responsibility toward ending the bloodbath in Syria, being perpetrated by the regime of Bashar Assad. The Kingdom appealed to the UN to take immediate steps to provide medical and humanitarian assistance to civilian victims.

The Council of Ministers, chaired by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah, also welcomed the UN decision to hold a humanitarian forum in Geneva on Thursday to estimate the relief requirements of the Syrian people.

“The council reiterated its call for the Security Council to exercise its legitimate role and shoulder its moral responsibility by taking initiative to call for an end to violence and put an end to the killing of Syrian people,” Culture and Information Minister Abdul Aziz Khoja said.

Shoura Council Chairman Dr. Abdullah Al-Asheikh, meanwhile, told a conference of Arab parliamentarians in Kuwait City yesterday that Saudi Arabia was following the situation in Syria with deep concern as a result of growing violence in the country.
Posted by: Steve White || 03/06/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [317 views] Top|| File under:

#1  That's what we do, isn't it? Fight wars for Arabs?
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305 || 03/06/2012 11:22 Comments || Top||

#2  Actually, the Saudis have the money and the contacts to cost Assad Syria if they choose to get involved. This is not about the Arabs he is slaughtering in Syria, this is about him being a solely owned and operated subsidiary of Iran and the Shite Ayatollahs.
Posted by: Shieldwolf || 03/06/2012 22:02 Comments || Top||

German defense expert: Iran tested bomb in N. Korea
More of the usual on this topic.
Posted by: Bernie || 03/06/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [248 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Good idea, lets test some more.
Posted by: Redneck Jim || 03/06/2012 2:04 Comments || Top||

#2  The Germans know all about labs, centrifuges, testing and such.....

Posted by: Besoeker || 03/06/2012 11:49 Comments || Top||

Terror Networks
Leaked: Bin Laden not buried at sea, body moved on CIA plane to US
The body of Al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden was not buried at sea, according to leaked emails of intelligence firm Stratfor, as revealed by WikiLeaks.

Stratfor’s vice-president for intelligence, Fred Burton, believes the body was “bound for Dover, [Delaware] on [a] CIA plane” and then “onward to the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology in Bethesda [Maryland],” an email says.
Posted by: Spot || 03/06/2012 09:52 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [406 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I always thought the "Buried at Sea" was a little to convenient and a little to hasty.
Posted by: DarthVader || 03/06/2012 10:13 Comments || Top||

#2  Would all of this somehow explain the halal box lunches at Dover ?
Posted by: Besoeker || 03/06/2012 10:19 Comments || Top||

#3  Let 1,000 conspiracy theories bloom!
Posted by: nguard || 03/06/2012 10:40 Comments || Top||

#4  This actually strikes me as more realistic. A sea burial is just too simple, old-fashioned, clean. We don't do that anymore. I'm sure there would be a point to an autopsy - but what? Sure, to confirm that it was really OBL and not a double, but to whom would the evidence mean anything? The good guys trust the SEALs who whacked him, and the bad guys will believe whatever they want.
Posted by: RandomJD || 03/06/2012 10:44 Comments || Top||

#5  this was a "belief" by some Stratfor source, not a fact. It will, however, get some good guys killed by the seething rage of the 7th century subhumans
Posted by: Frank G || 03/06/2012 11:05 Comments || Top||

#6  Coming soon to a theater near you. "The Takedown"

Real bullets, real helo-crashes, real SEALS, real Al-Qaeda, real Osama Bin Laden.
Posted by: Besoeker || 03/06/2012 11:10 Comments || Top||

#7  They wanna find out if he had AIDS.
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305 || 03/06/2012 11:24 Comments || Top||

#8  Stuffed, mounted and to appear at the Democratic convention?
Posted by: Pappy || 03/06/2012 11:30 Comments || Top||

#9  I still like the theory that his skull now graces the Yale Skull and Bones Society shelf, right next to that of Saddam.

"The society has been accused of possessing the stolen skulls of Martin Van Buren, Geronimo, and Pancho Villa, but this has never been proven."
Posted by: Anonymoose || 03/06/2012 11:47 Comments || Top||

#10  Stuffed, mounted and to appear at the Democratic convention?

In a seat of honor beside Jimmy Carter
Posted by: Beavis || 03/06/2012 13:08 Comments || Top||

#11  Now spread the rumor OBL's body was fed to pigs & the results used to make paper for Korans to be printed on.
Posted by: Anguper Hupomosing9418 || 03/06/2012 13:21 Comments || Top||

#12  So the 5000 witnesses to that burial were sworn to secrecy?
Posted by: newc || 03/06/2012 13:54 Comments || Top||

#13  Should have stuffed him and continued to send out audio tapes. With a little work we could have had Al Queda attacking Iran right about now.
Posted by: rjschwarz || 03/06/2012 14:34 Comments || Top||

#14  Instead we get contardictory tales of his death (hid behind his wife/died heroically) and now about his burial (at sea/not at sea) guaranteed to spark the legend.
Posted by: rjschwarz || 03/06/2012 14:35 Comments || Top||

#15  Me likee, #14 AH. ;-p
Posted by: Barbara || 03/06/2012 16:06 Comments || Top||

#16  They wanna find out if he had AIDS.

No. They wanna find out if it's the same strain as Arafat's. Also to determine who was the top and who was the bottom, and who said "I love you" first.
Posted by: RandomJD || 03/06/2012 17:28 Comments || Top||

#17  Inquiring minds wanna know.
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305 || 03/06/2012 18:10 Comments || Top||

#18  I think his death should not have been announced. Think of the knot that would have put in the Pakistanis' turbans.
Posted by: Deacon Blues || 03/06/2012 18:43 Comments || Top||

#19  No, the "leaked" information said that a Stratfor member suspected that Osama had not been buried at sea, etc.
It's a Debka hypothesis, with extra salt.
Don't hitch your wagon to this one.
Posted by: Mizzou Mafia || 03/06/2012 19:55 Comments || Top||

#20  Don't hitch your wagon to this one.

A man's gotta dream! I say: stuffed and mounted in the Seal Team 6 Rec Room, wearing a Hawaiian shirt, shades and holding a Budweiser.
Posted by: SteveS || 03/06/2012 20:30 Comments || Top||

#21  This is a crap story buffed up by America hating intelligence services.

Obama is too much a Muslim to disrespect a corpse.
Posted by: rammer || 03/06/2012 21:45 Comments || Top||

#22  Obama is too much a Muslim to disrespect a corpse.

well, a muslim corpse. the marine corps... that is different.
Posted by: abu do you love || 03/06/2012 22:09 Comments || Top||

#23  Gotta call bullshit. Russia Today stirring the pot. Don't need the body when you have the DNA.
Posted by: Shimble Guelph5793 || 03/06/2012 22:37 Comments || Top||

#24  Or both ears AND the tail.
Posted by: SteveS || 03/06/2012 22:45 Comments || Top||

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