Archive | January 15th, 2012

WHERE YA FROM?

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Pay particular attention to the woman from Morocco and how she describes the ‘heirarchy’ of humans, with the Jews at the top, whom she describes as ‘sons of God’.

THIS is, always was and ALWAYS WILL BE the source of friction between Jews and non-Jews–their ARROGANT, HAUGHTY, SUPREMACIST MINDSET AND THE BEHAVIOR IT SPAWNS and WHY they had no use for someone like Jesus who would have NONE of the supremacism that accompanies being “Jewish’.

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Arab MKKK lodges complaint after receiving death threats on Facebook

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Threatening messages posted on MK Ahmed Tibi’s page after he delivers speech poking fun at right-wing MK, Anastassia Michaeli, who threw water at a fellow lawmaker during Knesset session last week.

By Jonathan Lis

Haaretz 

MK Ahmed Tibi (United Arab List – Ta’al) lodged an official complaint with Knesset security on Sunday after a number of death threats were posted to his Facebook page.

Knesset authorities have transferred the complaint to Israel Police.

Israeli Arab MK Ahmed Tibi at his office in Jerusalem

Israeli Arab MK Ahmed Tibi at his office in Jerusalem in May, 2010

Photo by: Emil Salman

The threats were posted following a brief but colorful speech Tibi delivered to the Knesset last week, entitled “Problems with Anastassia’s plumbing”. The speech was dedicated to MK Anastassia Michaeli (Yisrael Beiteinu), who was suspended from the Knesset for a period of one month after pouring a glass of water on Arab MK Raleb Majadele (Labor) during a committee session last week.

Tubi’s parliamentary aide, Ahmad Muhanna, said while the MK has received death threats in the past, he viewed the latest as part of a broader trend of incitement against Arab MKs in recent months.

“Unfortunately, MK Tibi receives threats occasionally, but this time they were blunt, and on a Facebook page with names, and I hope the police will find the people who made these threats soon,” said Muhanna.

Shutafut-Sharakah, a coalition of Jewish and Arab civil society organizations, issued a statement calling the incidents “a direct continuation of the out-of-control Jewish terrorism against Arabs and peace activists.”

The group also called it “odd” that the perpetrators of these incidents have yet to be apprehended by the police.

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IsraHell’s school system fosters inequality

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It is possible that we will win a few small battles, such as those currently being waged in Kiryat Malakhi and Beit Shemesh, but we will continue to lose the general war – the war that we must not lose.

By Yuval Albashan

 Haaretz on Android

How simple it is to stand up against the racist attempt to segregate housing for people of Ethiopian origin in Kiryat Malakhi. How simple to decry the exclusion of women from the public arena in Beit Shemesh and Jerusalem. How convenient to be shocked by the acts of terror perpetrated by the religious Zionist youths who attack innocent people because they are not Jews.

Not merely simple, but even pleasant and good. Because after all, almost everyone agrees. Why almost everyone? All of them – from the heads of the ultra-Orthodox and religious public to all the Knesset members, from the prime minister to the last members of the opposition, everyone is shocked. Everyone denounces these acts. This is really the vision of the messianic era. The brethren shall dwell together in unity.

Ethiopian protest - Ilan Assayag - January 2012

Israelis of Ethiopian origin demonstrating against racism in Kiryat Malakhi last week.

Photo by: Ilan Assayag

But the truth is that the struggles against these terrible phenomena are dangerous. They are like palliatives to a body that already requires surgical intervention to combat a spreading disease. A deep incision. It is precisely these justified struggles that intensify the illness and are likely to worsen the situation.

The racist segregation in Kiryat Malakhi, the exclusion of women and other phenomena mentioned here are mere symptoms of the loss of hegemony of basic liberal values, values that were written on the promissory note issued to us by the founding fathers of the state, with equality at the top of the list. The real struggle has to do with placing them again in so supreme a position that no group in society would dare to violate or undermine them.

That is why a struggle of this kind must not focus on abscesses that have burst open here or there – in Kiryat Malakhi or in Beit Shemesh – but on the virus that runs rampant throughout the entire body.

The responsibility for this virus lies with many of those who are currently raising their voices in protest over some of the symptoms it has created. After all, what makes the existence of these phenomena possible is the education that children receive in many parts of Israel, which is funded by the state. This education teaches them that “not all human beings are equal,” that there is a substantive distinction (not merely a difference ) between Jews and non-Jews, between women and men, between Jews of Mizrahi descent and Ashkenazim, and between blacks and whites – a distinction which means that only one of them will sit by the wheel while the other can merely sit on the passenger seat beside them.

That is the education given by many streams in Israeli society, while the state turns a blind eye and in many cases even pays for it. There is a reason why a child who studied in the religious Zionist stream’s schools in Kiryat Malakhi is prepared to sign a racist agreement that excludes people of Ethiopian origin from living in the building where he lives without his hand-shake. He grew up with the distinction. There is a reason why a Jewish youth will dare to assault an innocent Arab who happens to pass by him. The education he received taught him this was acceptable. There is a reason why an ultra-Orthodox man will not do a thing to stop a maniacal bully from spitting at an 8-year-old girl. It is not just fear; it is also the education he received. A whole generation grew up with the notion that human beings are not really equal.

If we wish to eradicate these atrocious scenes, we must re-institute those liberal values, with the utmost emphasis, in the education system that teaches all the children in all the sectors and groups of Israeli society. True, this means that some of the current partners to the struggle will have to cross certain lines. But, as stated, they have played a central role in imparting that culture of inequality, and therefore their very presence alongside us in the same group of protesters is an indication of the sterility of the struggle from its inception.

Until this happens, until the liberal camp once again demands hegemony for its values everywhere, and not merely in its backyard, these forbidden phenomena will continue. It is possible that we will win a few small battles, such as those currently being waged in Kiryat Malakhi and Beit Shemesh, but we will continue to lose the general war – the war that we must not lose.

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IsraHell High Court doesn’t deserve to be defended

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Long before the Citizenship Law, the rope was no more than a broken reed of support for the protection of human rights in Israel.

By Gideon Levy

Haaretz

The fight to defend the High Court of Justice from those who would bring it down must stop now. Enough self-righteousness, enough of this masquerade, in which we imagine that we are trying to protect the last beacon of justice and the last bastion of Israeli democracy. Not only is there no longer any point to the struggle – the last-ditch battle has already failed – it is also no longer justified. No more is there reason to defend an institution that issued the shameful rejection of the petition against the amendment to the Citizenship Law.

A court that vets this nationalistic and racist amendment, which discriminates against Arab citizens of Israel solely on the basis of their ethnicity, which in the name of security is prepared to deny basic rights and destroy the lives of thousands of Israeli families, which makes false use of security to try to cover up its racism – is an institution that must no longer be defended. Its name has been taken in vain, and defending it is misleading because it makes it seem to be an institution worth fighting for. It is better to tell the truth: It is not the guardian of the seal of democracy and human rights in Israel. The right wing can continue demolishing it to their hearts’ content; they are only demolishing ruins.

Let’s speak plainly: This is about transfer. Not by the army, the settlers or the extreme right, but expulsion under the aegis of the law and with the court’s seal of approval.

The ruling of the justices in Jerusalem means breaking up thousands of Israeli families whose mother or father will be expelled. Vladimir can marry Yana, but Mohammed cannot marry Sana.

Among the justifications and pretexts of the majority of the bench, from Justice Eliezer Rivlin’s “the damage is for a worthy goal” to Justice Hanan Melcer’s “the law protects the security of the state,” Justice Miriam Naor’s diabolical reasoning stands out: “Protection does not extend to fulfillment of family life specifically in Israel.” And just where will the people of this land who come from Taibeh or Nazareth go? And why should they go?

The ink is not yet dry on the Entry Into Israel Law before Israel continues its ethnic cleansing by means of the Citizenship Law. Thus will our encampment be pure. And who shall we thank and bless? The “leftist” and “liberal” court.

In the masquerade of defense of the High Court, one mask stands out as particularly deceitful – that of High Court President Dorit Beinisch. A do- gooder, she voted against the shameful ruling. But she drew out the process until an initial justice on the case who opposed the law, Ayala Proccacia, retired and was replaced by a justice who would say yes to the law. Beinisch wanted to have her cake and eat it too – to seem enlightened while not further kindling the anger of the right against her court. Beinisch understands the limitations of power, her supporters say, and realized that the rope could not be pulled too tight, lest it break.

Well, Madame President, that rope has indeed broken. A court that neutralizes itself with its own hands and abuses its office out of fear of its enemies is not a court. Long before the Citizenship Law, the rope was no more than a broken reed of support for the protection of human rights in Israel, particularly as long as these rights face off against the molech of security, which the court worshiped almost slavishly; the ruling on the Citizenship Law has now only given the final seal of approval to the end of the sham.

Of course, the trumpets of the right hailed the decision: “A good wind is blowing from the court,” they said, which is sufficient to understand that a very evil wind is blowing through it.

After the grotesque demonization of the “planned invasive swarm,” and the danger of terror from the Ajaji family, she from the Galilee and he from Tul Karm; after the self-righteous campaign of “everyone does it,” despicably ignoring the essential difference between foreigners and natives of this land – the sovereign or the occupied part – both of whom are members of one people, the High Court has satisfied the fearmongers of demographics and terror, and crushed the rights of minorities in Israel. And now, who are we to complain about the moss growing out of the rock, on the Danons and the Levins, when the cedar trees, which may never have even been cedars, have caught fire?

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Marwan Barghouti: Prisoner of Conscience

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by Stephen Lendman

 

From March 29 – May 3, 2002, during the second Intifada, Israel conducted Operation Defensive Shield. Before Cast Lead, it was its largest military operation since June 1967 when Israel occupied Palestine.

On September 23, 2001, a warrant was issued for Barghouti’s arrest. On April 14, 2002, he was arrested on spurious charges of murder, aiding and abetting murder, promoting murder, criminal conspiracy, and being an active member of a terrorist organization.

At the time he said:

“I am a political leader, a member of the Palestinian Legislative Council, elected by my people. Israel has no right to try me, to accuse me, to judge me. This is a violation of international law. I have a (legal) right to resist occupation.”

On September 5, his trial began. Barghouti disputed its legitimacy under international law. On December 12, Judge Zvi Gurfinkel ruled as follows:

“I reject the argument at this stage of the proceeding regarding the Court’s authority in the context of the petition for the detention pending completion of proceedings filed by the State against the Defendant.”

“Ultimately, the State of Israel has the right and the authority to judge the Defendant,” according to Israeli and international law.

On May 20, 2004, Barghouti was convicted of involvement in three terrorist attacks killing five people. Acquitted on 33 other charges, he received five consecutive life sentences plus 40 years.

A three-judge panel ruled that although he didn’t fully control local Brigade leaders and wasn’t directly involved, he had “significant influence” over their conduct.

The Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) international organization of parliaments and sovereign states published a legal assessment of his proceedings based on case notes, prosecutorial member and defense team interviews, as well as others with international NGO trial observers.

IPU concluded that:

“From the beginning of the investigations until the final day of the trial, the prosecution put almost as much effort into staging a media event as it did into working on the legal aspects.”

Moreover, show trial theatrics and publicity took precedence over Barghouti’s legal rights. Numerous international laws were breached. Judicial fairness was denied. The entire process was illegitimate. It elevated him more than ever to prominence.

Justice was clearly denied. Barghouti remains imprisoned. During last October’s prisoner swap, he was excluded. So were other Palestinian leaders, including Ahmed Saadat, Ibrahim Hamed, Hasan Salameh, Abdullah Al-Barghouti, Jamal Abu El-Heija, and Abbas Issyd.

Barghouti Indicts Israel

On October 3, 2002, Barghouti indicted Israel on 54 counts, saying:

“The State of Israel is directly and indirectly criminally responsible for committing specific acts of genocide, ethnic cleansing, including uprooting Palestinians by military attacks, arbitrary arrests and illegal imprisonment, administrative detention, attacks on women, children and the elderly, systematic and wanton destruction of property and homes, (and) systematic expropriation and dispossession….”

He added other charges, including:

Violence to life and person (including assassinations), confiscation of lands and property, creation of separate reserves and Bantustans, disruptive public life and terrorizing a whole population (including collective punishment and reprisals)….”

In addition, “racial discrimination, stealing, looting and plundering, infliction of serious bodily or mental harm (including torture and other cruel and inhuman treatment), mutilation, causing death and serious injury, (and) deliberate imposition of (inhumane) living conditions….”

Also, “legislative measures calculated to prevent Palestinians from participation in the political, social, economic and cultural life and the deliberate creation of conditions preventing the full development of Palestinians, exploitation of labor, persecution of organizations and members, depriving persons of fundamental rights and freedoms because they oppose military occupation, colonialism, or apartheid, and other criminal acts.”

Barghouti powerfully presented provable facts. Yet he’s wrongfully imprisoned while legions of past and present Israeli leaders remain unaccountable for decades of crimes of war and against humanity, slow-motion genocide, and much more. Justice awaits its day.

Release Barghouti

On November 8, 2011, The New York Times (a notorious Israeli supporter) gave op-ed space to Avinoam Bar-Yosef, Jewish People Policy Planning Institute president and former daily Maariv chief diplomatic correspondent.

Headlined, “Release Marwan Barghouti,” he said:

Barghouti’s “regarded as the sole Palestinian leader who enjoys the full trust of Fatah and the Palestinian public, (and) is said to have figured prominently in high-level Israeli consultations (in retaliation against) Abbas for his” UN de jure membership petition.

“The Israeli peace camp” wants him released. Israel so far refuses.

Bar-Yosef knows him well. He “never denied the right of the Jewish people to a Jewish state.” He favored an Islamic Palestinian one, but “expressed contempt for Islamic fundamentalists.”

“Above all,” he’s uncorruptable. While a student, he focused on refugee camp humanitarian needs.

As a Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) member, he strongly opposed Fatah corruption. He’s a powerful leader. “He is rightly courted by the Obama administration and many Israelis.”

Most Israelis support a two-state solution provided Palestine recognizes Israel as a Jewish state and accepts limited right of return privileges. Abbas can’t achieve it. Only Barghouti can and deserves a chance.

Barghouti’s Background

Detailed information on him can be found at:

free barghouti.org

Called the architect of the first Intifada (1987 – 1993), he symbolizes Palestinian unity and resistance. He served as Fatah West Bank Higher Committee Secretary-General (to develop civil society). He’s also a PLC member.

He’s easily Palestine’s most popular leader and would win overwhelmingly if allowed to run for president.

At age 15, he joined Fatah and co-founded its Youth Movement (Shabiba). In 1978, he was arrested and imprisoned for over four years for “membership in a banned organization.”

In 1985, he was arrested again and administratively detained uncharged for six months. In 1987, he was expelled to Jordan for “incitement.” He liaisoned between exiled PLO members and Fatah during the first Intifada.

In 1989, he was elected to Fatah’s Revolutionary Council and the PLO Central Council. In April 1994, he returned to the West Bank. He supports Palestinian independence; a two-state within 1967 borders; peace with Israel; social, political and economic justice; democratic values, and women’s rights.

Initially an Oslo supporter, he later rejected it. Settlement expansions betrayed it. As a result, he urged ending negotiations until Israel unconditionally halted them and committed to ending Palestine’s occupation.

He denied founding the al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades, advocates a political solution, rejects violence or submission, but supports “any (legal) action against the Israeli occupation.”

He also became disillusioned with America as an “honest broker.” As Oslo dissolved into violence, he urged liberating resistance.

In prison, he completed his high school education and became fluent in Hebrew. He later earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Birzeit University. His master’s thesis covered Palestinian-French relations from 1967 – 1997. He was also active in student politics and headed BZU’s Student Council.

His wife Fadwa Ibrahim prominently supports Palestinian prisoner rights. She also campaigns actively for her husband’s release.

She calls him Palestine’s “natural leader,” saying opinion polls show he’s “the choice of Palestinians because of his adherence to the two-state solution, his fight against corruption and for the rights of women and democracy.”

They also want him freed “to lead them in their fight against occupation.”

Israel calls him a terrorist. Supporters know he champions diplomacy, not violence.

He’s also for Palestinians and Jews living independently in their own states in peace. Israel chooses confrontation and violence to prevent it.

A Final Comment

On the eve of last October’s prisoner swap, Barghouti’s secretly written book was smuggled out of prison by lawyers and family members. Titled, “One Thousand Nights in Solitude,” it detailed his prison treatment.

Once arrested and detained, Palestinians are guilty by accusation. Convictions are virtually certain. So is horrendous treatment, including physical and psychological torture, as well as other forms of abuse.

Political activist Majad Abdel Hamid said Barghouti’s “trying to create a civil resistance” in prison. “If all Palestinians refused to recognize the legitimacy of” military trials and automatic convictions, “Israel would be in big trouble. This is partly what the book is about.”

Barghouti endured three years of punishing tiny cell isolation, as well as other physical and psychological torment. He never broke and champions Palestinian unity and nonviolent resistance to end Israel’s occupation.

He also authored two books and a University of Cairo doctoral dissertation titled, “The Legislative Council and its Contribution to the Democratic Process in Palestine from 1996 to 2008.”

In 1999, he was accepted by the University of Cairo and Arab Academy for Research and Studies to pursue doctoral studies. In prison, he successfully completed them.

Free or imprisoned, he symbolizes hope. Supporters hope one day he’ll be free to lead them.

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Selling chopsticks to China and other Durable Goods stories

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Luckily for US citizens, not ever Georgia Chopsticks LLC

ything is getting outsourced.  There are some US companies, such as 

, who have seen opportunities in durable goods manufacturing and now provide reputable exportable US made product to offshore countries.  These entrepreneurs should be commended and encouraged by local populations and governments in the absence of any recognizable federal support; their ratio of job creation is very high compared to the actual jobs created in their factories, or those created by government bail outs.  

2-MILLION CHOPSTICKS

by Jack J C

 

I once worked in a fairly remote community that had two major employers, a durable goods manufacturer and the regional general hospital.  The local spin off job creations of both major employers were estimated to be 1:6 which means that for every job related to creation of durable product or necessary service, an additional 6 jobs were created in local support jobs such as grocery, domestic parts sales, and so on.  Assuming a married couple with 2.19 children and only one worker in the family the theoretical ratio of supportable population becomes 1:29.33 meaning that for each worker employed in a necessary service or manufacturing role, 29.33 people are supported.  With two employers at 3,000 people combined, the total supportable population of the area was 87,990 people – from 3,000 necessary service or manufacturing jobs.  Of course, not every family will have one bread earner but I think the point is well made, durable goods manufacturing leads to a very large increase in overall support and service jobs thus creating a strong local economy.

In addition to the local jobs created at a 1:6 ratio, there is a national ratio that is higher yet for durable goods manufacturing.  These additional jobs are attributed to transport, warehousing, dealerships, and repair.  I vaguely recall that the 1:6 ratio leveraged into 1:15 nationally (original 1:6 included).  Of course local necessary service jobs like hospitals do not spin off as many national jobs so the national ratio for necessary service organizations is considerably lower.

The world’s largest automobile manufacturing plant in Ulsan, South Korea, produces over 1.6 million vehicles annually.

In November of 2011 Hyundai/KIA – you know them, the Korean automotive makers, now fourth largest in the world that started out in 1955 by throwing recycled oil drum bodies onto Jeep running gear – published a ‘jobs benefit’ article on the effects of Hyundai/KIA on the US economy.

Hyundai/KIA directly employs 5,199 people in the USA.  These jobs provide spin off jobs totaling 28,114 for a ratio of 1:5.4 which is pretty close to my original ratio.  This can support a theoretical population of 977,000 people assuming one bread earner and 2.19 children per family.  Hyundai, operates technical centers in Michigan and California and has a 2,000 personnel factory in Alabama assembling cars.  However, Hyundai/KIA do not fabricate many parts in the USA, the plant is mostly an assembly plant.

The total jobs spin off for Hyundai/KIA investment in the USA is a staggering 94,391 private sector jobs or a ratio of 1:17 leveraged nationally and an economic value of 5.9 Billion USD annually in wages and salaries providing taxes on the order of 1.77 Billion USD at a 30% tax rate.  Providing a very good example of how durable goods manufacturing sustains an economy.

In comparison to durable manufacturing, the ‘trickle down’ policies of the Reagan era (and now Bush and Obama) were designed to reduce taxes on the wealthy thus ‘encouraging’ the wealthy to spend more on non-durable products and service based industries, or investing in the USA.  Unfortunately for economists pushing this concept, some simple facts regarding the totality of society were never properly analyzed.  For wealthy people to invest in an area, they look at the rates of return on the investment which must exceed common rates of return available at banking institutions.

It is seldom that durable goods manufacturing provides rates of return above 4-8% once all the financial work is done, in fact that 4-8% range is shareholder portion of a 30% Gross Margin and tends to the 4% side of the scale.  For large investment portfolios, Banks commonly exceed 4-8% therefore there is no encouragement for the wealthy to invest in durable goods manufacturing.  Additionally, durable goods manufacturing requires constant care and attention, so the investment in time is high – again not something that would induce an already wealthy person to invest in this sector.  Retail has higher gross margins than durable goods, and software development is higher yet but these industries are essentially service industries, requiring durable goods as a base.  In terms of strict investment potential, these industries are, however, more attractive.

By using tax dollars to bail out the bankers in 2008, Obama again played into the hands of ‘economists’ who failed to look at the totality of society.  Banks are one of the most parasitic, yet necessary organizations on the planet (assuming we continue the current monetary value system) but their value to the general population in terms of job creation is very low compared to durable manufacturing.  Jobs provided by the banking sector at the local level are included in that 1:6 ratio – the old “Well I’d like to take that loan out for the new boat at x% compounding daily but I only work at McDonalds making $5.99 per hour” compared to “Well I earn $15.99 per hour over a standard 40 at XYZ Mfg and have $x,xxx savings I’d like to put down on that new boat!  What’s your interest rate and terms?”  Thus any jobs created by the banking sector are again dependent on durable goods manufacturing.

“Today, I’m calling for all of us to come together- private sector industry, universities, and the government- to spark a renaissance in American manufacturing and help our manufacturers develop the cutting-edge tools they need to compete with anyone in the world… With these key investments, we can ensure that the United States remains a nation that ‘invents it here and manufactures it here’ and creates high-quality, good paying jobs for American workers.” President Obama, at Carnegie-Mellon University in June, 2011

In order to return the US economy to a position that is sustainable, the US government should reduce the footprint that the US military has in the world, and use that saved value to rebuild the US infrastructure into a modern one comprising good highways, interlinked high speed rail, and reduced carbon footprint.  The jobs created by these infrastructure updates could restart manufacturing in the USA thus producing and even improving on that staggering 1:17 durable/support job ratio we see from Hyundai.  As there are many jobs currently tied up in the Industro-Military complex, the shift would have to be gradual, so this would require closing a base or two and releasing an upgrade contract for New York this year, Chicago next, and so on.

This slow planned process gives large suppliers of military goods times to adapt their lines and product and fosters internal manufacturing.  As companies adapt their lines, the process speeds up, and by concentrating on manufacturing areas where the US is now weak, some substantial scientific advances may occur.  By ensuring that an up to date and well equipped military force is retained the USA would still be safe from invasion, and by reducing the bloody footprint and reputation the US has gained over the last 50 years the US would also be safe from ‘terrorism’.  Sadly, I doubt that the US political system has the will or ability to carry out this idea or even sufficiently independent Economists to analyze it’s potential.  Economists … reminds me of an old joke, so in closing:

An engineer, architect, and an economist were stranded on a barren island with only a can of beans for food but no can opener. The engineer said he could open the can by using his glasses as a lens to start a fire and the heat from the fire would raise the steam pressure inside the can, causing it to burst and thus open the can.  The architect said that was a good idea but they needed an enclosure to keep the beans from flying all over the island from the explosion.  In their dilemma the two turned to the economist to ask his opinion.

The economist replied, “Oh that’s easy!  Assume a can opener!”

Groans not accepted!  Cheers and a Happy New Year!

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Libyan Violence and Instability

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by Stephen Lendman

 

On January 3, Middle East Online contributor Jay Deshnukh headlined, “Ex-rebels’ war for money, power: Fierce clashes erupt in Tripoli,” saying:

In central Tripoli, fighting claimed two lives as “former rebels from….Misurata clashed with….ex-fighters from the Libyan capital, witnesses said.”

Heavy gunfire was exchanged in broad daylight “between Zawiyah and Al-Saidi streets near a” Gaddafi regime intelligence headquarters building.

Neighborhood sections were “surrounded by hundreds of (heavily armed) rebels.”

Throughout Tripoli, militia brigades control former government buildings. Their presence challenges Western-installed Transitional National Council (NTC) figures. Abdul Hakim Belhadj led them until he left to join Syrian insurgents.

On January 4, Pravda.ru contributor Timothy Bancroft-Hinchey headlined, “Libya latest news: Chaos,” saying:

Major media scoundrels are largely silent about ongoing violence and conflict. “Credible sources” report “utter chaos.” Rebel faction clashes continue. Internal dissension affects TNC unity. Libya’s in disarray.

In December, rebel groups clashed in Tripoli and at Mitiga air base. Misurata and Benghazi skirmishes erupted. Bani Walid tribes headed for Tripoli. “Strong fights among groups of terrorists and Libyan Green Resistance (Jamahiriya forces)” continue.

Zintan militia fighters and Green Resistance elements battled “Al Qaeda Bel Haj militia….” They hold Saif al-Islam Gaddafi captive. They won’t release him to International Criminal Court (ICC) custody because it has no jurisdiction in Libya.

“Racist NTC/NATO terrorist forces destroy(ed) a Taourga cemetery.” Green flags fly “everywhere” in Al-Zawiyah. They’re also visible throughout Sabha, Gharyan, Tarhouna, and Ghadames.

“NATO knows that the people of Libya do not accept their criminal terrorist forces as ‘Government.’ ” Green Resistance and Jamahiriya militia attacked insurgent terrorists.

On January 5, Algeria ISP headlined, “New Resistance green opposition,” saying:

Clashes erupted in Tripoli’s El Islami district. Warchfana resistance fighters contested Misurata rebels. “At Mazda, the fighters of the Liberation Army of Libya destroyed the headquarters of the local” NTC council.

Misurata rebels shelled Zliten with “heavy artillery.” Resistance fighters defend the city.

On January 4, New York Times writer David Goodman headlined, “Libyan Leader Says Militia Clashes Could Create Civil War,” saying:

Western-installed TNC chairman Mustafa Abdul Jalil “bluntly warned late Tuesday that the government faced ‘bitter options’ as it struggled to rein in thousands of fighters who joined regional militias” during months of fighting.

Many now remain in Tripoli. They won’t disarm and claim interests to protect. Clashes across Libya continue.

In January, South Africa’s UN ambassador Baso Sangqu, serving as rotating Security Council president, wants Libyan human rights abuses investigated, including NATO ones.

“They were supposed to be precision strikes,” he said, “but it was clear that those were not that precise.”

NATO lied saying it operated carefully. In fact, civilians were willfully targeted. Massacres occurred. Well over 100,000 died, and multiples more were injured, many seriously.

Depleted and enriched uranium weapons were used. So were other terror ones. The overall toll of death and destruction was horrendous.

“A recent on-the-ground examination by The New York Times of airstrike sites found credible evidence of dozens of civilians killed.”

In fact, many thousands died. Times correspondents ignored them during fighting, even though they witnessed after actions results.

Moreover, before NATO intervened, Libyans enjoyed peace and prosperity. Jamahiriya benefits are gone. They’re resisting to restore them. As a result, protracted struggle continues to end TNC rule, occupation and rebel rat infestations.

In addition, thousands of Gaddafi loyalists are detained. At least, 7,000 are incarcerated under horrific conditions. However, according to the Committee for Justice for the Disappeared, militia forces secretly hold over 35,000.

Suspected Gaddafi loyalists are targeted, abducted, and either killed or imprisoned. TNC officials and NATO aren’t stopping them. As a result, tribes are arming in self-defense. What’s ahead isn’t clear, but greater civil conflict is likely to restore Jamihiriya government.

Former French Foreign Minister Revelations

Former Foreign Minister Roland Dumas and anti-colonialist lawyer Jacques Verges new book is titled, “Sarkozy Sous BHL.” It reveals French military crimes in Libya.

It holds Nicolas Sarkozy criminally responsible for bombing Libyan cities, including civilian targets, vital infrastructure, and cultural treasures.

It exposes NATO’s lie about precision bombing with few civilian casualties. It also discussed earlier French relations with Gaddafi, beginning in 1983.

As a parliamentary member, Dumas was sent secretly to establish good Libyan – French relations. In 1985, America intervened to convince France that Gaddafi had chemical weapons threatening Western interests.

For years, France objected to US aggression. Under Sarkozy, policy changed. Dumas said war was planned long before last February. Today, Syria and Iran are prime targets. Plans are in place to attack them.

Dumas, Verges, and other lawyers sued Sarkozy for war crimes. The case remains ongoing.

A Final Comment

On December 31, Mathaba headlined, “Muammar Gaddafi Voted As Human Rights Hero of the Year,” saying:

In an Amnesty International USA poll, Gaddafi leads others as voting continues. Until Washington and NATO blocked its approval, the UN Human Rights Council praised Gaddafi in its January 2011 “Report of the Working Group on the Universal Periodic Review: Libya Arab Jamahiriya.”

It said his government protected “not only political rights, but also economic, educational, social and cultural rights.” It also lauded his treatment of religious minorities, and “human rights training” of its security forces.

NATO’s killing machine destroyed 42 years of achievements, benefitting all Libyans. Gaddafi’s vision marked him for removal.

If Western nations matched him, imperial wars would end. So would homelessness, hunger and human deprivation. Instead, “new world order” imperialists want super-wealth and power solely for themselves.

Libya was one of many targets. Others will follow to extinguish freedom everywhere if they succeed.

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Oxymorons – Take it Viral; Musicians and Sports Stars Needed

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by Tom Valentine

 

In my youth, the example most folks gave in order to explain the magnificent word oxymoron was “military intelligence.” This surely stemmed from ordinary swabbies, grunts and jarheads following tours of duty. First hand experience is a great instructor.

Now I take credit for using this word to best describe the Alice In Wonderland political landscape dominating the rubble of our American dream.

I labeled the born-again Christian Zionists, who were evidently born yesterday without ability to reason in their euphoria, oxymorons over the air back in early 1990s.

An oxymoron is where a modifier either cancels or contradicts the second word of a phrase; hence, a Christian cannot be a Zionist in any stretch of the meaning of Christian.

What the truth campaigns need is for the forces of culture to play a bigger role. Give me some musicians, football icons and narcisscistic “stars.” To suddenly see the Irony and sad truth of this oxymoron dominated milieu; thereby making it a household term and mocking the religio/politico power structure out of power.

This should be easy enough to accomplish, the culture has been prepped to mock Christ since the dawn of Talmudism. So a bit more mockery for a good cause should be easy.

Besides evil manipulators, like the Zionists behind all the crap, always overplay their hands with arrogant greed. We were reminded of this “law of greed” recently when Duff and crew posted the following in a response to one of my columns: Lucifer’s Pincers; Zionism and Humanitarianism

Judeo/Freemasonry has infiltrated and controls nealy every nation, government, religion, social institution and economy in both the Western and Eastern hemisphere. However, even a den of crooks united in their initial goal or mission, will ultimately turn on each other in order to have it all.

Imagine if Tim Tebow were a straightforward Christian who spoke out that Christians do not hate, but love, even enemies, and to call for bombs on others, anywhere, is totally un-Christianlike. Tebow would either lose his high profile, or folks would start to wonder for a change.

If the “common” culture would give the oxymorons the negative attention they deserve, we would see changes for the politically better happening. As it is the oxymorons cannot see that they are what they are: idiotic war mongers in the name of the Prince of peace.

Emphasis added: * This also what happening in my community we have Zio-Freemasonry Dick Atkinson in control of our city council.

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Wall Street, the Media, the CIA and Facebook (Part 4)

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 by Mike Stathis

 

Confluence of Fraud, Deceit and Espionage in the Decay of Society (Part 4)

 

As I have stated before, I can almost guarantee you that LinkedIn (LNKD) and Groupon (GRPN) will trade significantly lower than their IPO debut in coming years if not sooner. Although it is impossible to know the fate of these overvalued firms for certain (because the cash they have raised in their IPO enables them to acquire a host of other Internet assets), my guess is that LinkedIn and Groupon will trade in the single digits within 2-4 years.

Based on my knowledge of the valuation process, in almost every case the valuations attributed to Facebook have been ridiculously inflated at the time each was made.  These valuations were fudged by those who have invested capital in Facebook so they can become instant billionaires once shares hit the market. In this process, the money from naive Main Street investors will be sucked into the pockets of Facebook venture investors once the shares trade in the public market.

Why EVERYONE is Affected by Securities Fraud

All cases of fraud involve at minimum two parties; the perpetrators who obtain monetary benefits by illegal means, and the victims who supply the monetary benefits after being deceived.  Those who are reading this article may feel protected against the widespread securities fraud being committed by Jewish Wall Street and the media now that I have exposed the mechanism. However, I argue that everyone stands to get ripped off, even if they have no money in the stock market.

For instance, mutual funds, pensions and insurance companies will purchase shares of Facebook. Even if you do not own a fund that buys this trash, it is likely that you do business with an insurance firm that does.

The same applies to investment firms that purchased securities like WorldCom, Enron, Citigroup, AIG, Bear Stearns, Lehman Brothers, Washington Mutual, AOL, Nortel, hundreds of dotcoms, and hundreds of other publicly traded companies that have been involved in securities fraud over the past decade.

What does that mean?

Insurance companies pretty much have carte blanche ability to raise premiums when they lose money on investment activities. That’s right; I said investment activity, not insurance claims. This is a very big secret that very few people outside of insurance executive realize. Insurance agents are not even aware of this.

What that means is that when the stock market crashes, insurance companies are going to lose money. This explains why your insurance premiums have risen over the past couple of years.

Through their control over state insurance commissions, everything a large insurer wants to raise fees, all they do is submit some bogus documentation showing that costs from claims have risen and the regulators sign off on the premium hikes. I have discussed this in the past and there are certainly numerous other fraudulent activities that are commonplace in the industry (underwriting, collusion, excessive fees, etc.)

As hundreds of insiders amass huge fortunes from the Facebook pump-and-dump, this money will be drained from pension plans, mutual funds, insurance firms and retirement accounts. It’s business as usual on Wall Street.

The Social media Valuation Bubble

Approximately one year ago I filed a complaint with the SEC with respect to fraudulent valuations attached to Facebook. At the time, Goldman Sachs had just announced its plans to sell shares of Facebook to its clients.

While Facebook remains a privately-held firm, plans for an IPO are being scheduled for some time in mid-2012. Even prior to the announcement, Goldman Sachs and venture investors have been pumping up shares in preparation for the inevitable IPO.

Apparently, some of Facebook’s employees recognize that shares have already been pumped up to the moon. But they also know what goes up must come down, so they have been selling their own shares in the private market to accredited investors.

The impact of the Facebook pump-and-dump scheme extends well beyond the confines of Facebook. The indirect effects of this pump have already materialized throughout the social media space.

In order to understand how the Facebook valuation virus has spread to the entire social media sector, consider valuation methods often identify “comparable” that have already been valued firms in order to determine the valuation estimate for other firms in the same sector. Thus, the ridiculously high valuation of Facebook has inflated the valuation of other social media and related firms such as LinkedIn, Groupon, Zynga, Twitter and others.

The problem with this approach is that it does not account for the possibility that the entire sector has been excessively valued. For instance, just because investors in Facebook have continued to pay a higher price per share for each round of financing, it does not necessarily mean that this value is accurate because these investors know they will make a profit when shares are dumped into the public offering.

Clearly, the entire social media sector has formed a bubble. And I will guarantee you that the insiders won’t lose money. In fact, they will make huge fortunes at the expense of suckers who fall for the hype. You can think of the process as a game of musical chairs. The music will play just long enough for the insiders to profit. Outsiders might even make some money by flipping these stocks.  But when the music stops, it’s going to be a very ugly scene for many of the outsiders.

Goldman Sachs Pulls an “Enron”

When Goldman Sachs announced its plans to invest up to $1.5 billion in Facebook, it was apparent to me that this very Zionist Jewish bank was in violation of a key securities law, so I also added this to my complaint to the SEC.

The following description represents a general overview of Goldman’s violation of a key securities law.

If a company (in this case the company is Facebook) wants to sell securities it must register the securities with the SEC according to the Securities Exchange Act of 1933. As part of the registration process, the company must file its financial statements with the SEC which would it turn make these documents public. Facebook had no intention of filing its financial statements or registering its securities with the SEC because it did not want to disclose its financial position. I wonder why.

Actually, I know why. The sooner Facebook disclosed its financial statements, the less time would remain for the pumping process. If Facebook’s financial statements were made public, more people would begin to question the valuation. The trick is to keep the financial statements private up until the last few weeks prior to the IPO; that is if you want to snooker investors. In the meantime, you let the media pump up the valuation.

If the company meets certain guidelines it will be exempt from the registration requirement laid out by the Act of ‘33. The exemption to Securities Exchange Act of 1933 is known as Regulation D. Thus, if the company complies with the requirements laid out in Reg D, it will be exempt from the Act. In other words, so long as Facebook adheres to these requirements, it could continue to benefit from the media’s pump which would raise its valuation further without any scrutiny of its financial statements.

So what exactly is Reg D?

Reg D is a complex and lengthy set of securities regulations pertaining to the exemption of securities registration. It is composed of Rules 501-506. Although each rule contains numerous criteria that must be met in order to satisfy the exemption to Securities Exchange Act of 1933, the most important requirement for the purposes of Goldman’s involvement in this instance is that there can be no general solicitation of the securities offering (Rule 502).

“Neither the issuer nor any person acting on its behalf shall offer or sell the securities by any form of general solicitation or general advertising, including, but not limited to, the following: (1) Any advertisement, article, notice or other communication published in any newspaper, magazine, or similar media or broadcast over television or radio; and (2) Any seminar or meeting whose attendees have been invited by any general solicitation or general advertising.”

Goldman realized its Facebook offering was being advertised to the general public. Although Goldman itself was not directly soliciting the offer to the general public, one could argue (which I did) that the media’s close association with Goldman combined with its constant publicity of Facebook effectively violated the conditions laid forth by Reg D.

Goldman’s involvement created yet another potential problem for Facebook. Even if a company complies with all the requirements mandated by Reg D, under Section 12(g) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, a company must begin filing quarterly and annual reports and other items to the SEC within 120 days after the end of the fiscal year that the company exceeds 499 shareholders of record.

So let’s summarize the two major issues here.

First, if you want to sell shares of a privately-held company and you want to keep your financial statements private, you must meet all requirements set forth in Regulation D in order to be exempt from the filing requirement. The main point of question with respect to adherence to Reg D in the case of Facebook and Goldman Sachs was whether or not Goldman’s securities offering involved public solicitation. I argue that it most certainly did.

Second, you cannot have more than 499 shareholders.

In order to get around the second requirement, Goldman set up a special purpose vehicle (SPV) called 499 Goldman Sachs to the tune of $1.5 billion designed to sell shares to more than 499 investors. Since the offering was set up as an SPV, the number of investors would only be counted as one, Goldman Sachs.

In other words, Goldman Sachs was listed at the sole investor in Facebook (not counting other investors brought in by Facebook) although this SPV was created to sell shares of Facebook to individual clients.

[SPVs are a form of off-balance financing used by large complex firms in order to shuttle money, overstate earnings and hide losses. The use of SPVs was instrumental in the demise of Enron.]

Goldman later pulled the plug on its SPV offering to its U.S. investors after some pressure from the SEC. However, it kept the SPV investment structure and sold shares to foreign (offshore) investors because they not held to this requirement.

One of the questions that have not been raised is the following…

How many of Goldman’s clients have some type of offshore entity, or how many might have set up such an entity in order to get around this security law?  We may never know.

If the SEC determined that the number of shareholders in Facebook exceeded 499 in 2011, it would be required to begin filing quarterly and annual reports to the SEC by June 2012. Facebook isn’t taking any chances with respect to the SEC’s interpretation of the legalities pertaining to Goldman’s SPV. This is specifically why Facebook has announced its intention to file for an IPO in the spring of 2012.

Meanwhile, Goldman and the rest of the Facebook investment syndicate plan get Facebook to do its IPO soon after it is required to file its financial statements with the SEC. But you can bet that most insider shares won’t be sold until the hype fades. In the meantime, the media and Wall Street analysts will continue to pump up the share price during the post-IPO stage. And as Joe investor chunks his life savings into overvalued shares, insiders will sell their shares at the top.

The longer Facebook can keep its financial statements out of the eyes of public scrutiny, the higher its valuation can be pumped by Goldman, venture investors and the media – the Jewish mafia.

[Reg D is violated as a common practice in the private markets. Most private companies seeking capital violate Reg D through public solicitation when they participate in events sponsored by venture capital firms, incubators and universities. There are hundreds of these events every year in the U.S. Having attended numerous of these events myself over the years, I can tell you that in every case I have seen the sponsoring organizations as well as the companies showcasing their firm are in violation of Reg D. Even universities which sponsor many of these events have violated this critical securities law. Yet, the SEC continues to look the other way. The violation is so common that it’s not even taken seriously by the few who are aware of it. Needless to say, most entrepreneurs looking to raise capital are not even aware that they are violating Reg D when they pitch their company at a venture event. I have addressed the widespread violation of Reg D with the SEC for several years, yet nothing has been done. The SEC’s unwillingness to clamp down on violations of Reg D enables it to selectively prosecute any firm it chooses to single out.]

What to Do About Facebook

As the social media bubble continues to swell, it might be a nice exercise to start paying attention to the elements of the Jewish mafia involved in the pump-and-dump of Facebook and other social media sites.

For the sake of public protection, the war against the very dangerous media industry, the future of privacy and individual freedoms, I want to urge everyone to consider taking three actions.

First, post this article (as well as the previous parts) to your Facebook account to share with others.

Second, make as your 2012 New Year’s resolution to close your Facebook account and never return.

Third, voice your disapproval with any company that uses Facebook either to advertise or to promote itself. Call the headquarters or the investment relations office and tell them you refuse to do business with any company that is feeding the evil spy and propaganda machine otherwise known as Facebook.

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U.S. Obligated To Take Iran Dispute To International Arbitration

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By Sherwood Ross

 

It may come as a surprise to Republican presidential candidates Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum but the U.S. is obligated under international law to the peaceful resolution of its grievance against Iran.

Santorum has criticized President Obama’s attempt to negotiate with Iran and, according to The Christian Science Monitor, “called for increased covert sabotage, bombings, and even arresting foreign scientists” working in Iran. Romney has called Iran “the greatest threat we face” and for pulverizing its nuclear facilities “through airstrikes and (to) make it very public we are doing just that.”

If the U.S. sought to prevail by military force, however, it would be in contravention of at least three historic treaties the U.S. has signed pledging itself to the peaceful resolution of disputes. As war fever sweeps Washington and the Republican candidates, save for Rep. Ron Paul, cry for war, it behooves Iran to initiate legal action.

In this age of instantaneous communications, the whole world is watching to see if either nation will seize the diplomatic initiative, to see which truly prefers conversation to conflict. As members of the United Nations, both Iran and the U.S. are obligated to go to arbitration, not to come out shooting, a fact lost on the hawkish GOP politicians who seem unaware the American people have had a bellyful of war and want to prioritize a domestic agenda.

Both Iran and the U.S. are signatories of the Kellogg-Briand Peace Pact of 1928 which states, “The High Contracting Parties agree that the settlement or solution of all disputes or conflicts of whatever nature or of whatever origin they may be, which may arise among them, shall never be sought except by pacific means.”

To the contrary, “The United States has been illegally threatening war against Iran going back to the Bush Jr. Administration,” says international law authority Francis Boyle of the University of Illinois, Champaign, and author of “Destroying World Order: U.S. Imperialism in the Middle East Before and After September 11”(Clarity Press).

Boyle reminds, “Article 2 of the United Nations Charter requires the pacific settlement of the international dispute between the United States and Iran.” The UN Charter, he adds, “sets up numerous procedures” for the U.S.-Iranian dispute while prohibiting “both the threat and use of force by the United States against Iran.”

Ditto for the Hague Convention of 1899, to which both nations are a party. That pact set up the Permanent Court of Arbitration(PCA) in The Hague and made it the duty of other signatories of that treaty to remind the aggrieved parties the Court is there for them.

The reason given by the U.S. for threatening Iran is alleged to be that Iran is developing a nuclear weapon in secret. This charge is made with a straight face even as the U.S. lavishes military aid on its ally Israel. Israel is said to have an arsenal of 200-300 nuclear bombs it refuses to allow the International Atomic Energy Agency  to inspect.

The spurious U.S. pretext for war flies in the face of U.S. aggression against Iran long before Iran began building the nuclear facilities it says are needed to expand electrical output. Past U.S. aggression had everything to do with Iran’s oil and nothing else.

It is indisputable that the CIA in 1953 overthrew by force and violence Iran’s democratic government, causing Iranians years of suffering under a savage, despotic regime. The CIA overthrow was prompted by Great Britain, peeved when Iran took over management of its own oil fields after years of being cheated by the British corporation to whom they were entrusted. That firm today is known as BP.

The U.S. also backed Iraqi despot Saddam Hussein’s invasion of Iran and supplied him with conventional weapons as well as illegal chemical and biological warfare agents responsible for the horrible killing and maiming of tens of thousands of Iranian troops. This was, in fact, by any reasoning, an act of war by the U.S. against Iran.

As peace activist David Swanson writes on OpEdNews January 6th: “For the past decade, the United States has labeled Iran an evil nation, attacked and destroyed the other non-nuclear nation on the list of evil nations, designated part of Iran’s military a terrorist organization, falsely accused Iran of crimes including the attacks of 9-11, murdered Iranian scientists, funded opposition groups in Iran (including some the U.S. also designates as terrorist), flown drones over Iran, openly and illegally threatened to attack Iran, and built up military forces all around Iran’s borders, while imposing cruel sanctions on the country.”

This same U.S. that is threatening to Iran today has a long history of lying in order to justify its wars of aggression. It lied to invade Iraq by charging Hussein had weapons of mass destruction, when he did not. It lied in 1964 to justify its war in Viet Nam when it claimed the Vietnamese attacked a U.S. destroyer in the Gulf of Tonkin, when they did not.  And much of the U.S. public believes Washington lied about those responsible for the 9/11 attacks on New York and Washington to justify the start of the war against Afghanistan. Aggressive nations relish a fight and the U.S. presently is doing just that in a half dozen countries in the Middle East and Africa.

This history is important because, by contrast, Iran has not started a war in approximately 300 years. Its defense budget of less than $8 billion a year is a tiny fraction of the U.S. warfare budget of nearly $1 trillion annually. (Describing Iran as America’s “gravest threat” reflects poorly on Romney’s foreign affairs smarts.)  In fact, Iran would commit national suicide if it launched an attack upon the U.S. or Israel.  The Pentagon’s annual budget is the largest in the world and, in fact, greater than the next 20 military powers combined.

Yet another measure of  Iran’s peaceful intent and America’s warlike posture is that Iran has no military bases outside of its own borders while the U.S. has over 800 bases around the world from Okinawa to Diego Garcia, frequently established against the will of the local inhabitants. More than 40 U.S. bases are located in six nations that encircle Iran, from which the Pentagon is poised to attack.

Betraying America’s aggressive intent is that none of its military response has been to defend its own borders from attack. Its troops are always waging war halfway around the world in Asia and the Middle East, bombing the other guy’s yard. Given the foregoing facts, which nation does Gov. Romney conclude poses the greater menace to world peace and security? Iran, of course.

While Iran’s military in recent days says it will give a good account of itself if attacked, there is every prospect Iran would suffer the terrible punishments the U.S. inflicted on Viet Nam and Iraq, among others, if war broke out.

An imaginative leadership in Iran likely would be better off to announce in advance a course of non-violent resistance to any aggressive move by the U.S. and/or Israel. And it needs to immediately present its case to the International Court of Justice at the Peace

Palace in The Hague.

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