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In America, where I live, we traditionally begin the Summer Season with the three-day Memorial Day Weekend. Memorial Day, which many years ago was known as Decoration Day for the flowers that people decorated their family graves with, is a traditional day to honor American war dead and all of our departed loved ones. Have a happy and safe Memorial Day weekend.
US-NATO seek to trigger instability in Syria: Death Squads ravage Syrian town - West calls for "Action" ~ link ~ Before UN monitors even arrived in Houla, Syria, northwest of Homs and close to the Lebanese border where it is now admitted that militant extremists, cash, and weapons had been freely flowing for months, the US, UK, and France were already calling for the "international community" to move against the Syrian government, in the latest effort to justify further meddling in the Middle Eastern nation.
France's new Foreign Minister, Laurent Fabius, has called for the dubious "Friends of Syria" cadre to meet again to discuss further measures to be taken against Syria while both France and the UK urged for more support to be given to the Syrian opposition, now long exposed as employing terrorist tactics, including indiscriminate bombings, and according to both the UN and Human Rights Watch, the kidnapping, torture, and murder of civilians.
Western media organizations had claimed that Syrian government shelling was responsible for the 90 deaths "confirmed" by UN monitors who later arrived at the scene. However, conflicting reports from across Gulf State media claim the deaths, particularly those of children, were caused by "knives" wielded by death squads. Images broadcast by both the opposition and the Syrian government's SANA news network shows slain families laying dead within intact structures, the result of a combination of brutality including close range small arms fire and possibly bladed weapons as claimed by Gulf State networks. SANA maintains that the atrocities were committed by opposition death squads, as it has consistently maintained throughout the duration of the unrest. The West and its allies however, have presented conflicting, and ever-shifting narratives to obfuscate increasingly depraved atrocities committed by their own proxy rebel forces.
Syria blames 'rebels'/armed gangs for terrorist massacre in Houla ~ link ~ “We completely deny responsibility for this terrorist massacre against our people,” Makdissi said in a press conference in Damascus on Sunday.
“We have set up a military and legal committee to investigate [the incident]. The results will emerge within days.”
Deadly clashes between Syrian forces and armed groups broke out on May 25 in Houla, located in the central province of Homs and about 32 kilometers (20 miles) northwest of the provincial capital city of Homs.
Head of the UN observer mission in Syria Major General Robert Mood said a UN team has counted 92 bodies, including at least 32 children, after it arrived in the town for investigation on May 26.
“There are neighborhoods where there are armed men. The [UN] observers go into the towns and see with their own eyes. It is the government’s right to protect its citizens,” Makdissi said.
“No Syrian artillery or heavy weapons were used in the area of Houla.”
The Syrian Foreign Ministry spokesperson also censured some “without any evidence” accusations against the Damascus government over its involvement in the Houla violence.
Laying the Foundations for Preemptive Nuclear War Against Iran - with video ~ link ~ It is highly likely that the Israelis and NATO will employ nuclear weapons against Iran/Syria/Lebanon/Palestine/Gaza in the near future. However, there are a couple of things that should be remembered. Iran/Syria/Lebanon-Hezbollah have maybe 100,000 rockets and guided missiles with Advanced Conventional (fuel air explosive) and other (Chemical/Advanced Biological/Radiological) WMD based warheads that can and will destroy Israel and much of the GCC states and allied bases in the area. Further, Iran DOES HAVE a MAD (mutually assured destruction) counter-force against all of its enemies homelands (North America and Western/Central Europe) in its Advanced Biowar capabilities. A capability that has the killing power of a global thermonuclear strike force of a superpower. Further, Pakistan has said that if Iran is attacked it will render military support to it, and Pakistan has a large number of thermonuclear warheads. Additionally, Russia and China will almost certainly become involved with all of their firepower. The globalist know all of this and are counting on it to achieve the level of destruction and population reduction that, in their satanic inspired insanity, they desire to usher in their New World Order. Stirling
As prospects for a preemptive strike on Iran remain ever present, the recent round of talks between the P5+1 and Iran in Baghdad on May 23rd, 2012 have resulted in a familiar stalemate. As a precondition for any deal to stop higher-grade uranium enrichment, Tehran requested immediate relief from economic sanctions as a show of reciprocity . Iranian chief negotiator Saeed Jalili emphasized Tehran’s right to develop peaceful nuclear energy as a signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, while the P5+1 refused to scale back economic sanctions, insisting Iran suspend its 20% uranium enrichment program . As leaders in Tel Aviv assert that Israel may conduct military strikes against Iran before the US Presidential elections in November , Major General Hassan Firouzabadi of the Iranian Armed Forces reiterated Iran’s commitment to the full annihilation of the Zionist regime and the continual support of Palestinian autonomy . Even if Tehran reaches an agreement with the IAEA, Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak refused to rule out a military strike against Iranian facilities, demanding that Iran dismantle its uranium enrichment sites and use only imported fuel .
Bastin’s assessment of Iran’s nuclear program further emphasizes the impracticality of weaponizing the hexafluoride product of Tehran’s gas-centrifuges, as the resulting deterrent would yield the equivalent explosive capacity equal to a kiloton of conventional explosives, producing a highly inefficient nuclear weapon. If Iran chose to produce nuclear weapons in this way, it would take several years to reach the 90% enrichment levels needed for a nuclear deterrent; Iran has complied with the IAEA and the United Nations on this issue and there is no substantial evidence indicating that Tehran has any intention of enriching uranium to 90% for the purpose of creating nuclear weapons. On March 23rd, 2012, Reuters released a special report entitled, “Intel shows Iran nuclear threat not imminent”, concluding that the United States, its European allies and even Israel agree that Tehran does not have a bomb, it has not decided to build one, and it is years away from having a deliverable nuclear warhead . As the West continually implements an unyielding regime of sanctions against Iran when they themselves acknowledge the civilian nature of the Iranian nuclear program, the overwhelming motive behind their actions to pressure Iran into full-scale war on an unprecedented scale is self-evident.
Lies and Consequences In Our Past 15 Wars ~ link ~ This is one that you need to read at the link in full, on this Memorial Day weekend. Remember that wars are the greatest generator of deficit spending and profit for the Global Banking Cartel families. Stirling
Memorial Day: Among post-9/11 veterans, deepening antiwar sentiments ~ link ~ The feedback that I get from my students, back from the wars, is generally not positive. They have seen the nonsense and bloody reality up close. Stirling
Are the Europeans About to Start the Second Half of our Great Depression? ~ link ~ YES. That way Israel and America won't be blamed when the coming General Middle East War closes the Straights of Hormuz and the price of oil goes through the ceiling; the global Great Economic Collapse will have already happened. Stirling
IMF Chief blasted for chastising the Greek people on tax evasion ~ link ~ In a Godly world, it is the global banksters who would be facing life imprisonment for their crimes against the Greek people, along with the bought-and-paid-for political whores in the Greek Parliament that the banksters bought off. Her outrageous comments that the IMF is supporting Greece is the ultimate in bullshit and earn her the dreaded Five BS Flag Award. Stirling