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Arab League decides Syrian observers to continue with mission - with video ~ link ~ The Arab League decided its monitoring mission in Syria would continue and called on the Syrian regime and armed groups to end violence, but fell short of asking for UN help, according to a statement issued Sunday after an assessment meeting.
Russian warships dock at Syrian port ~ link ~ Also see ~ link ~ This makes World War III more likely in the event of an attack on either Syria and/or Iran (they are in a close military alliance with one another). Stirling
A large Russian navy flotilla led by an aircraft carrier has arrived at the Syrian port of Tartus in the Mediterranean Sea, to show Moscow's solidarity with Damascus.
“Whether the United States launches a major assault on Iran or Israel does, Iran will retaliate against US troops and probably Israel and possibly the United States itself as well. And the United States will without any doubt re-retaliate for that,” Davis Swanson added.
Noting Washington is ready to start a war against Iran, the analyst said over the past decade, the US has been using every kind of accusation against Iran to convince the world that Iran is an international menace.
“Many in the US government and military oppose attacking Iran…. Much of the Israeli military is opposed [to war] as well, not to mention the Israeli and US people,” he said.
Iran encounter grimly echoes '02 War Games ~ link ~ There is a reason American military officers express grim concern over the tactics used by Iranian sailors last weekend: a classified, $250 million war game in which small, agile speedboats swarmed a naval convoy to inflict devastating damage on more powerful warships.
US Defense Secretary threatens to 'act' if Iran blocks entrance to Persian Gulf ~ link ~ The United States will respond if Iran tries to close the strategic Strait of Hormuz at the entrance to the Gulf, US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta warned Sunday, saying such a move would cross a "red line."
Therefore, it is with bloody irresponsibility that neoconservatives, Zionists and a large array of American politicians blithely incite their fellows to war. Civilian life must mean very little to them, as little as truth itself. The former is readily reduced to splattered bits of flesh in the wake of attacks by drones, fighter jets, attack helicopters, cruise missiles, tanks and machine guns, and the latter is reduced to propagandistic incitement brought to you by a weaponized Fox TV.
So, we and our leaders are myopic and greedy and our lobbyists savagely single-minded and this, in turn, finds license in a structurally flawed political system. Actually, being aware of all this offers no excuse at all. We have known about our faults for a very long time. James Madison was thoroughly versed in these problems and his attempt, through the constitution, to safeguard against them was sincere and noble. But his results, despite later attempts to augment his work, have been mixed at best. And things will stay that way until we address our main need. We need to find a constitutionally safe way to protect ourselves from our own lies.
But the generals seem to have despaired of getting Egypt back on its feet after the turmoil of the 12-month uprising and are anxious to escape the country's plunge into chaos, economic breakdown and the uncertainties of an approaching Middle East war.
Egyptian - Turkish naval exercise ~ link
To Vima weekly said the Hellenic state asset development fund, an agency set up last year to manage Greece's asset sales, plans to create a privatisation bond to buy back part of the country's enormous debt on the secondary market.
For well over 40 years, statin drugs have successfully concretized a century-old myth about the primary cause of heart disease: namely, that cholesterol "causes" plaque build up in the arteries, ultimately leading to obstruction of blood flow, and subsequent morbidity and mortality.
Indeed, the medical establishment and drug companies have been singing the praises of this "cholesterol myth," to the tune of 25 billion dollars in statin drug sales, annually.
Stephen Collert Tears Into Obama Over the NDAA Bill - video ~ link
Morgellons Disease - Transgenic New Plague ~ link ~
How forensic science refutes atheism ~ link ~ Good One! Take the time to read this interesting article, it's worth it. Stirling