AVE MARIA - by Helene Fischer - video ~ link
Israeli officials say Syria's Bashar al-Assad is doomed ~ link ~ If he is a 'dead man walking', he is one with a powerful punch that could launch World War III! Stirling
Yet the fog of near war remains impenetrable. What is NATO really up to in Syria?
Netanyahu for President of America ~ link ~ It’s now clear that the Republican frontrunner in the race for the White House is Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu.
Clan Alexander ~ link
Satellite Takes Picture of Chinese Carrier on the move ~ link ~ There is one aspect of this that many people are missing. The Chinese may have designed/developed, manufactured and staffed/trained the ship's full component of fighters. We are talking about less than 50 aircraft, with more in reserve on land, to quickly make this a valuable 'floating airfield'. Would the ship and its battle fleet have the firepower/technology/training/experience of a US Navy supercarrier battle fleet...NO WAY. But that may not be important in some war scenarios. The Chinese may be 24-hours away, on any given day, from deploying a number of nasty small all-composite VTOL attack aircraft (with long-range and totally stealthed) using technologies developed over the last 30 years. [I have been involved with American aviation design bureaus that used this type of technology going back over a quarter-of-a-century ago.] While it could use UCAVs (combat drones) and this would enable much larger numbers to be based on the carrier; there are still advantages to having a real human in the aircraft. These specially manufactured high-tech aircraft would be relatively simple to operate/deploy/maintain/re-arm a squadron or wing in combat. Does China have a break-through coming in the near term with Naval aviation? Perhaps one linked to various other asymmetrical forms of warfare??? At times like these, it pays to think about such things. Stirling
High-Seas stabbing of South Korean commando by Chinese ship captain worsens ties with China ~ link ~ I linked to the event story some time back. Something tells me that there is more to this story than we are seeing. What we are seeing, in a global strategic sense, is the setting up of War Theaters for the coming World War III. Stirling
Seething tensions between China and South Korea over fishing in the Yellow Sea escalated Tuesday with the killing of a South Korean coast guard commando by the captain of a Chinese fishing vessel in hotly disputed waters.