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2) Investigate Wall Street and Hold Senior Executives Accountable for the Destruction in Wealth that has Devastated Millions of People.
3) Return the Power of Coining Money to the U.S. Treasury and Return to Sound Money, End the Fed
4) Limit the Size, Scope and Power of Banks so that None are Ever Again “Too Big to Fail” and in Need to Taxpayer Bailouts
5) Eliminate “Personhood” Legal Status for Corporations
6) Repeal the Patriot Act, End the War on Drugs and Protect Civil Liberties
7) End All Imperial Wars of Aggression, Bring the Troops Home from All Countries, Cut the Military Budget and Limit The Military Role to Protection of the Homeland 

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Debka: Israel and Syria brace for Regional War between mid-December and mid-January 2012 ~ link ~ This is one that you will want to read all of at the link.  A Christmas War would not surprise me as it would be a double insult to God!  I have always felt that Bibi 666 Netanyahu would unleash the 'hounds of war from Hell itself' someday.   Stirling    
The actions and words of Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Syrian ruler Bashar Assad in the last 72 hours indicate they are poised for a regional war, including an attack on Iran, for some time between December 2011 and January 2012.

In their different ways, both have posted road signs to the fast-approaching conflict as debkafile's Middle East sources disclose:

In rare public appearance, Nasrallah says Hezbollah ready to confront Israel ~ link ~ Hezbollah has 50,000 to 60,000 short-range unguided rockets and medium-range guided missiles targeted on Israel.  I suspect that the coming war, unlike the Second Lebanon War about three years ago, will involved the mass use of Advanced Conventional warheads on these rockets and missiles (fuel air explosive warheads and thermobaric warheads [such as powered aluminum]) as well as the use of Chemical warheads, biotoxin warheads (a type of biochemical weapon which lasts longer than chemical weapons), radiological warheads (the 'fallout' of a nuclear bomb without the blast effect; radiological warheads can include high-tech glues that make the decontamination process almost impossible), and Advanced Biological warheads (that can spread lab-created viruses/bacteria/etc. that are created using advanced recombination DNA genetic engineering and other technologies).  Additionally, Syria and Iran have a large number of medium-range guided missiles and there are likely to be some hundreds to thousands of assorted rockets and perhaps a few guided missiles in Gaza and Palestine.  While the IDF can destroy every Muslin nation in the Middle East in a matter of a couple of hours with its massive arsenal of nuclear weapons, the combination of warhead types and massive numbers thereof will ensure that Israel itself is mostly destroyed in any Regional War.  Which is why many former top intelligence and military people have strongly voiced their disapproval of Netanyahu's insane drive towards a Regional War.   Stirling     

Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah made a rare public appearance at a Beirut rally on Tuesday, saying his group was building its military capabilities and is always ready to confront Israel.

"Day by day our arsenal is developing and our numbers are growing and we are always ready to confront the Zionist enemy and their allies the United States to protect our land," Nasrallah told thousands of supporters in his group's Dahiyeh stronghold in Beirut. 

Iran's Revolutionary Guards prepare for war ~ link ~
Gen Jaafari responded to this directive by ordering Revolutionary Guards units to redistribute Iran’s arsenal of long-range Shahab missiles to secret sites around the country where they would be safe from enemy attack and could be used to launch retaliatory attacks.

In addition, the Iranian air force has formed a number of “rapid reaction units”, which have been carrying out extensive exercises to practice a response to an enemy air attack.

Iran's Guards on War Footing  -   Stealth spy drone capture is US/Israeli setback  ~ link ~ Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the Supreme Leader of Iran, has placed the Revolutionary Guards on a full war footing according to reports dated December 6th.  Stirling    

This leads to the conclusion that the Iranians were able to control the drone from a distance (over Afghanistan) and guide it across the border to land to Iran, say debkafile's military sources. The slight damage would then apply to the wings and may have been caused when it was brought in to land by an Iranian crew unused to handling an electronic warfare craft.
Our sources add that possession of the drone is more than just a major intelligence coup for Tehran; it has acquired an important military edge before any overt military operation has been launched. Western and Israeli war planners now have cause to fear that Iran has penetrated the heart of their most secret intelligence and electronic technological hardware for striking its nuclear infrastructure. If Tehran is capable of reaching out and guiding an American stealth drone into landing from a distance, it may also be able to control the systems of other aircraft, manned or unmanned.

Iran capture of stealth drone 'a concern' ~ link ~ If the Iranians were able to seize electronic control over the aircraft, it is likely they used either Russian or Chinese technology to do so.  This is an example of the Giant X-Factor that is war and near-war and a waring to those western "leaders" who think that they can begin and control a General Middle East War and even a Third World War.   Stirling      
Tehran claims to have brought down with "little damage" an RQ-170 surveillance drone, considered one of the most secret aircraft in the world, flying inside eastern Iran.

The seizure of the unarmed surveillance drone intact would give access to a treasure trove of classified information including the designs of the aircraft and its payload of sensors.
US confirms downed stealth drone spied on Iran ~ link ~ On Sunday December 4, the Iranian Army's electronic warfare unit downed a RQ-170 Sentinel stealth aircraft after it crossed into Iran's airspace over the border with neighboring Afghanistan.

Two US officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, confirmed that the drone has been part of a CIA reconnaissance mission, involving the United State's intelligence community stationed in Afghanistan, CNN reported on Tuesday.

UAE leader: Israeli would destroy Iran if attacked ~ link ~ The prime minister of the United Arab Emirates has rejected the threat of a nuclear Iran, saying that if Tehran were to attack Israel, it would be destroyed the next day.
In an interview with CNN, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, the absolute monarch of Dubai, said that he does not think Iran would develop a nuclear weapon since it would be of little use to it.

US and Israel 'involved in covert war against Iran' ~ link"It looks like the 21st century form of war," the paper quotes Patrick Clawson, who directs the Iran Security Initiative at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, as saying. "It does appear that there is a campaign of assassinations and cyber war, as well as the semi-acknowledged campaign of sabotage."

Any such operation would be highly classified, and those who might know are not talking, the report said.

US and Israeli covert ops targeting Iran - with video ~ link ~ That means that, on a limited scale, the Iranian War has already begun!!!   Stirling      

“The war has actually started. It is just the question of when the wider shooting war begins,” Dankof said in an interview with Press TV.

Dankof cited the assassination of Iranian nuclear scientists by Israeli-backed agents, the violation of Iranian airspace by US surveillance drones, and the new US-led economic sanctions imposed on Iran as examples of this undercover war.

He said the Mossad and the CIA have conducted these covert operations in collusion with terrorist groups such as the Mujahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO), the Party for a Free Life in Kurdistan (PJAK), and Jundallah militants.

Citing essays written by M.J. Rosenberg and Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya, Dankof said the hostile policy of Israel and the US toward Iran has little or nothing to do with Tehran's alleged nuclear program but is meant to help the Tel Aviv regime maintain its military supremacy in the Middle East.

Describing the Israel regime as a political and economic “liability” on US taxpayers, he said the United States is being dragged into a war with Iran by the influential Zionist lobby

Nuclear experts reject IAEA Iran report - with video ~ link ~ Several nuclear experts have repudiated the recent International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) report on Iran's nuclear program, saying it is misinformed, misleading and merely a hype created by the media, Press TV reports.

Pro-Israel lobbies take US to wars - with video ~ link ~ The operatives that are embedding a 'mindset warfare' in the minds of Americans and who have taken the United States to war are overwhelmingly pro-Israeli, an American political analyst tells Press TV.

“I turned on CNN and picked up [CNN reporter] Wolf Blitzer not knowing that he was an employee of the Israeli lobby and that he had written a sympathetic article on Pollard the Israeli spy,” Jeff Gates, author of the book Guilt by Association, said.

“I picked up the New York Times I got [Jewish American journalist] Judith Miller on the front page peddling the lie of the Iraqi who sold us the nonsense on Iraqi WMDs,” the California-based author said.

Gates said it is very difficult to free oneself from a mindset. “You have people not knowing that they are embracing a mindset, a framework,” he said,"that systematically undermines their freedom."

Gates said that the US uses this system of 'mindset warfare' to take “us to war in Iraq on false intelligence and sold us what was called the clash of civilizations.”

Some links to the types of FAE warheads that are apt to be used in the coming Middle East Regional War: 

Thermobaric weapon (Wikipedia) ~ link ~ Thermobaric explosives apply the principles underlying accidental unconfined vapor cloud explosions (UVCE), which include those from dispersions of flammable dusts and droplets.[3] In previous times they were most often encountered in flour mills and their storage containers, and later in coal mines, but now most commonly in discharged oil tankers and refineries, the most recent being at Buncefield in the UK where the blast wave woke people 150 kilometres (93 mi) from its centre.[4]

A typical weapon consists of a container packed with a fuel substance, in the center of which is a small conventional-explosive "scatter charge". Fuels are chosen on the basis of the exothermicity of their oxidation, ranging from powdered metals such as aluminium or magnesium, or organic materials, possibly with a self-contained partial oxidant. The most recent development involves the use of nanofuels.[5][6]
Small (RPG) Romanina Thermobaric warhead - video ~ link ~ Small warheads like this can be grouped as sub-munitions in larger missile nosecones and the missiles themselves can be fired in a grid pattern, with the effect being of laying down a FAE/thermobaric 'brew' over a large area and achieving a high PSI blast effect....over a populated area this can be highly lethal even when blast shelters are used.   Stirling    
Future weapons - air fuel bomb Thermobarique - video ~ link 
Thermobaric fuel air bomb effect on building - video ~ link 
'Small' true fuel air explosives in slow motion - video ~ link   

'Small' 150kg themobaric explosive in a car - video ~ link
Vacuum bomb (Nanotechnology) - Russian language video ~ link 
Thermobaric Foes: Explosive Threat ~ link ~  Thermobaric warheads put the power to demolish buildings into the hands of the average U.S. marine. But Americans arent the only ones with the weapons. The Chinese, the Russians — even guerilla groups — now have thermobarics’ shockingly destructive power in their grasps.  Thermobarics aren’t just a more powerful version of normal high explosive. The term encompasses a range of different types of warhead from fuel-air explosives, which release a cloud of flammable material and detonate it, to metallized explosives whose expanding fireball takes in oxygen from the air. What they have in common is that they produce blast which has a lower overpressure but a longer duration than normal condensed explosives. In effect it is a shove rather than a punch: a thermobaric explosion does not smash a hole in a wall, it pushes the wall over. An instantaneous explosive overpressure of 50 psi [pounds per square inch] is needed to kill. But one sustained for a fraction of a second at 10 psi is also lethal. Thats how thermobarics kill.
BLU-118/B Thermobaric Weapon ~ link ~ The BLU-118/B is a penetrating warhead filled with an advanced thermobaric explosive that, when detonated, generates higher sustained blast pressures in confined spaces such as tunnels and underground facilities. The BLU-118/B uses the same penetrator body as the standard BLU-109 weapon. The significant difference is the replacement of the high explosive fill with a new thermobaric explosive that provides increased lethality in confined spaces.
Thermobaric Weapons ~ link ~ "It is among the most horrific weapons in any army's collection: the thermobaric bomb, a fearsome explosive that sets fire to the air above its target, then sucks the oxyc barimogen out of anyone unfortunate enough to have lived through the initial blast." 
Thermobaric weapon ~ link ~ A thermobaric weapon, which includes the type known as a "fuel-air bomb", is an explosive weapon that produces a blast wave of a significantly longer duration than those produced by condensed explosives. This is useful in military applications where its longer duration increases the numbers of casualties and causes more damage to structures.

Thermobaric explosives rely on oxygen from the surrounding air, whereas most conventional explosives consist of a fuel-oxygen premix (for instance, gunpowder contains 15% fuel and 75% oxidizer). Thus, on a weight-for-weight basis they are significantly more energetic than normal condensed explosives. Their reliance on atmospheric oxygen makes them unsuitable for use underwater, at high altitude or in adverse weather. However, they have significant advantages when deployed inside confined environments such as tunnels, caves, and bunkers.

North Korea and fuel air explosives ~ link ~ This is similar to tens of thousands of rockets that Hezbollah has in southern Lebanon.  Stirling   

Just what were the North Koreans firing at Yeonpyeong Island, and from what artillery? It's likely that some or all of the fire was from their variant of Russia's BM-21 Grad MLR, short for "multiple rocket launcher" system. These are angle-adjustable banks of launching tubes on a rotating turntable; all this bolted to the back of a flatbed truck. The Grad and its knockoffs are highly mobile and quick to set up for firing; while limited in accuracy, they can launch a fearsome barrage of 40 warheads in just a few minutes, striking targets more than 20 miles away, depending on the model. Then the crew either slaps on a reload pack with 40 more rockets, or if counter-battery fire is on the way, hits the road and hunts shelter.

Allegedly the North Koreans rehearsed the attack to time their fire (which originated from multiple locations) in such a way that the projectiles struck the island at about the same time. In military terms time-on-target coordination is an effective anti-personnel tactic since troops (and civilians, here) don't have time to seek shelter. Each Grad rocket is about ten feet long including the propellant section, and 122 mm in diameter, or a little more than five inches across. That makes for a big warhead, holding about fifty pounds of payload. 

BLU-96 Fuel Air Explosive (FAE) - video  ~ link 
Israeli 'Carpet' FAE minefield breaching system ~ link 

A 'Crushing' Victory: Fuel air explosives and Grozny 2000 ~ link ~ Fuel-air weapons work by initially detonating a scattering charge within a bomb, rocket or grenade warhead. The warhead contents, which are composed of either volatile gases, liquids or finely powdered explosives, form an aerosol cloud. This cloud is then ignited and the subsequent fireball sears the surrounding area while consuming the oxygen in this area. The lack of oxygen creates an enormous overpressure. This overpressure, or blast wave, is the primary casualty-producing force. In several dozen microseconds, the pressure at the center of the explosion can reach 30 kilograms per square centimeter (427 pounds per square inch) – normal atmospheric pressure at sea level is 14.7 pounds per square inch with a temperature between 2,500-3,000 degrees Centigrade [4,532-5,432 degrees Fahrenheit]. This is 1.5 to 2 times greater than the overpressure caused by conventional explosives. Personnel under the cloud are literally crushed to death. Outside the cloud area, the blast wave travels at some 3,000 meters per second [9843 feet per second]1. The resultant vacuum pulls in loose objects to fill the void.

As a result, a fuel-air explosive can have the effect of a tactical nuclear weapon without residual radiation.2 Since a fuel-air mixture flows easily into any cavities, neither natural terrain features nor non-hermetically sealed field fortifications (emplacements, covered slit trenches, bunkers) protect against the effects of fuel-air explosives. If a fuel-air charge is fired inside a building or bunker, the cloud is contained and this amplifies the destruction of the load-bearing components of the structure. Fuel-air can be an effective weapon against exposed enemy personnel, combat equipment, fortified areas and individual fighting positions. It can be used to clear minefields and to clear and prepare landing zones for assault forces and helicopters. It can be used to destroy communication centers and urban strong points. It can be used to defend against anti-ship missile attacks and against surface and submarine naval attacks. Fuel-air explosions can also be used as a herbicide, destroying crops and vegetation. 

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