Archive | March 11th, 2012

“Jesus is a bastard” A Jewish Christmas song

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For all you Christians out there who worship all things Jewish and who think it is the ‘Christian’ thing to do in fighting the Jews’ Goddamned wars for them and giving them free rein over the whole freaking planet.

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NO MORE DIRTY WARS FOR ISRAHELL!

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By Mahmoud El-Yousseph

elyousseph6@yahoo.com

I was not impressed at all with the Israeli Prime Minister Benji Netanyahu’s address to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee [AIPAC] Annual Policy Conference.

Netanyahu came to Washington for two reasons: (A), Secure presidential pardon for the convicted Jewish spy, Johnaton Pollard and (B), enlist U.S. comittment to bomb Iran. While US mainstream news media gave his rhetoric about Iran extensive coverage, non mentioned about his request of Pollard’s release, whom Natenyahu visited in 2002. The release of Pollard was reported by Israeli daily Ynet. Pollard was a civilian intelligence analyst before being convicted of spying for Israel and who is serving a life sentence.

According to 16 US intelligence agencies and IAEA inspectors, Iran has no nukes, but Israel does. Iran has signed the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and Israel (with nuclear weapons) refuses to sign and refuses to allow AEIA inspectors into their nuclear facility.

This begs the question, why is it Iran–and not Israel–that is being subjected to strangling sanctions? Iran has never threatened Israel, America, or any of its neighbors, whereas Israel is threatening to bomb Iran every day and has a long history of attacking and invading many Arab countries. Israel is now making life a hell on earth for Palestinians in Gaza, the West Bank and Jerusalem as I write this. Where is the outrage, threats of sanctions and the calls for Israel to adhere to the rules of civilized nations?

Thankfully, this time president Obama stood his ground and showed this arrogant and ungrateful guest some back bone. Netanyahoo (by all appearances) left America empty-handed . He did however succeeded, as Dr. Hassan El-Najjar, the editor of Aljazeerah.info put it, “Netanyahu succeeded to put the illegal Jewish settlements and the theft of Palestinian lands on the back burner.”

If I had to rate Benji’s barking–heretofore known as his ‘speech’ at the AIPAC conference, it deserves about a 3 out of 10. Dull, boorish, and completely uninspired. He was so overconfident in his actions, yet the words he spoke were plainly unconvincing. In general, it was a bad performance, and even from this experienced dramatist.

I believe his demeanor throughout his speech will damage his likeability even amongst the faithful crowds at these AIPAC soirees. He showed us an ego that even the great hall couldn’t contain, the two body guards only reinforced that notion. The way he leaned on the podium and held those 2 letters aloft, revealed a sloppy and overconfident speaker. I will give him credit for begging for assistance without really needing to say it, as all the Congress know what he came for and will certainly appease AIPAC.

Then the section about walking like a duck and quacking like a duck, and pushing the audience to engage in the final ‘it must be a duck’ was very tacky and strange for a supposed statesman. He seemed intoxicated with power. No one should support a man like this, in truth, because he is only a deluded beggar with nuclear weapons, pushing a foreign state to sacrifice their citizens for war. This isn’t about their survival, it’s about the Clean Break strategy that has been implemented decades ago. Many doubt the seriousness of Netanyahu since those who make threats usually do not plan to excute or even are unable to.

His real objective is to request the American war machine to do his bidding through his congressional proxies. If this is the type of speech that excites the Pro-Israel crowd, they are a sad lot indeed.

AIPAC speaks only for Israel, not for Jews and not for America. AIPAC calls for war and not for diplomacy-one more war for Israel. A dirty and disastrous war for all. A war that neither they nor their children will be fighting. Red-blooded Americans should be screaming; no more dirty wars for Israel.

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Christ at the Checkpoint and Up Against The Apartheid Wall

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by Eileen Fleming

 

“When I come here and see the situation here, I find that what is happening here is ten times worse than what I had experienced in South Africa. This is Apartheid.”- Arun Gandhi, after his 2004 visit to The Holy Land.

This week in Bethlehem, the second international Christ at the Checkpoint Conference concluded with a “major breakthrough in the evangelical world” and was attended by over 600 Evangelical Palestinian Christians, Christian Zionists and Messianic Christians.

They came together with “Hope in the Midst of Conflict” under the banner “Christ at the Checkpoint,” to seek understanding between Jews and Christians and reflect on ‘what would Jesus do’ about the Israeli occupation of Palestine and concluded with: The Christ at the Checkpoint Manifesto:

  1.     The Kingdom of God has come. Evangelicals must reclaim the prophetic role in bringing peace, justice and reconciliation in Palestine and Israel.
  2. Reconciliation recognizes God’s image in one another.
  3. Racial ethnicity alone does not guarantee the benefits of the Abrahamic Covenant.
  4. The Church in the land of the Holy One, has born witness to Christ since the days of Pentecost. It must be empowered to continue to be light and salt in the region, if there is to be hope in the midst of conflict.
  5. Any exclusive claim to land of the Bible in the name of God is not in line with the teaching of Scripture.
  6. All forms of violence must be refuted unequivocally.
  7. Palestinian Christians must not lose the capacity to self-criticism if they wish to remain prophetic.
  8. There are real injustices taking place in the Palestinian territories and the suffering of the Palestinian people can no longer be ignored. Any solution must respect the equity and rights of Israel and Palestinian communities.
  9. For Palestinian Christians, the occupation is the core issue of the conflict.
  10. Any challenge of the injustices taking place in the Holy Land must be done in Christian love. Criticism of Israel and the occupation cannot be confused with anti-Semitism and the delegitimization of the State of Israel.
  11. Respectful dialogue between Palestinian and Messianic believers must continue. Though we may disagree on secondary matters of theology, the Gospel of Jesus and his ethical teaching take precedence.
  12. Christians must understand the global context for the rise of extremist Islam. We challenge stereotyping of all faith forms that betray God’s commandment to love our neighbors and enemies. [1]

Also this week, peace and justice activists in Johannesburg concluded a week of programs highlighting the similarities between the Apartheid regime in South Africa and that of Israel.

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Israeli Apartheid Week is a global annual international series of events held in cities and campuses with the goal to educate people about Israeli Apartheid and because ‘it’s always about the money’ to build Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions campaigns.

Last year, Israeli Apartheid Week took place in more than 40 cities across the globe and the good news is that over 100 participated this year!

When it came to South African Apartheid, the US was one of the last to get on-board and only did so when President Ronald Reagan was forced to sign a Comprehensive Anti-Apartheid Act “because the citizens’ movements in the United States had so effectively turned around United States politics that the Republican senators were telling him that it was in the interest of the Republican Party to sign.”

Last week in D.C. thousands of US Christians united with Jewish AIPAC supporters who converged on the Capitol to lobby Congress in support of the state of Israel and push America into war with Iran.

The Christians who attended the “Christ at the Checkpoint” conference sought to answer, “How should Christ followers respond to this political, multi-faceted conflict?”

They desired “to promote awareness, a message of unity, and contribute to peace and justice for all of the world’s inhabitants. [With] hope to be challenged and to challenge the global church on its moral, ethical, and prophetic responsibility.”

In 1948 there were 29,000 Palestinian Christians living in the land many call Holy but because of The Christian Exodus, they number less than 10,000 today; not because of Judaism or Islam, but because of a brutal and illegal military occupation that denies their human rights and prevents them from reaching their jobs, land, holy sites and families which have been separated by Israel’s wall.

“Financed with U.S. aid at a cost of $1.5 million per mile, the Israeli wall prevents residents from receiving health care and emergency medical services. In other areas, the barrier separates farmers from their olive groves which have been their families’ sole livelihood for generations.” [Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, Page 43, Jan/Feb. 2007]

During the conference, the Mayor of Bethlehem, Victor Batarseh, spoke about the Apartheid Wall and other “walls in this world – walls of religion, race, gender… we want to break down all the seen and unseen walls in the world. [he thanked the delegates for] breaking down the wall – not physically, but psychologically [and continued] we live in a big prison in this city but as Muslims and Christians we always have hope” and he concluded by saying that “with your help we can achieve peace.” [3]
The first time I met Mayer Batarseh was when he traveled to Florida in 2005, to meet with Mayor Buddy Dyer, with the hope to re-ignite The Twinning Agreement that was signed in May 2001 by the then Mayors of Bethlehem and Orlando.

The Twinning Agreement is a sister-pact that affirmed Orlando and Bethlehem would encourage tourism to the other and promote a global community. I followed up on Mayor Batarseh’s visit with my own visit to Mayor Buddy Dyer’s office one week after the Mayors had met.

I informed the Orlando Mayor’s public relations representative about an opportunity to help the city of Bethlehem and was seeking the Mayors support in getting the word out about two events that were already scheduled and my involvement with Palestinian Children’s Welfare Fund, who imported goods crafted by the artisans in Bethlehem that volunteers sold throughout the world. We returned 100% of all proceeds back to the crafts people and any remaining went to help support the children who endure in the refugee camps of the Holy Land.

Mayor Buddy Dyer did not even have the common courtesy to respond to any of my three follow up emails and multiple phone calls.

I also informed The Orlando Sentinel about the opportunity for the Central Florida community to do something to make true the words of the Twinning Agreement without traveling all the way to the Little Town of Bethlehem in occupied territory.

I got nowhere, but I keep writing about it because the proverb is; ‘if you want to change the world: WRITE!’

In 2006, while I was in Bethlehem I again met Mayor Batarseh and he told me:

“When the occupation is ended there will be peace. If the world boycotted Israel for six months they would comply with the UN Resolutions which is all we want! There is state terrorism and Israel must be forced to recognize our right to exist. For the past ten years Hamas has worked with and helped the poorest of people, they have built schools and orphanages. The PA took the money but Hamas was providing the social services!

“Israel is a state built on religious beliefs. The US and EU and all the free world are against theocracies. But Israel has the right to do anything! The world needs to WAKE UP! If there is no peace in the Holy Land there can be no peace anywhere. End the occupation and there will be peace the very next day. All the terrorism in the world can be traced back to the Palestinian situation. All the money spent on weapons and war could eliminate world poverty.” [4]

There can be no peace without justice and there is no justice without accepting the truth.

There is more than enough blame to be shared by all but playing that game- as well as living in the past- has got no soul!

For this American struggling Christian Anarchist and candidate for US HOUSE of Representatives, who seeks to change US foreign policy and challenge all Christians, I propose believers and unbelievers would do well to consider just WHO their Jesus is.

The gospel [which means good news] that Jesus preached, was very political and a direct challenge to the politically powerful, arrogant, self-satisfied and self-righteous.

Two thousand years ago the Cross had NO symbolic religious meaning and was not a piece of jewelry.

When Jesus said: “Pick up your cross and follow me,” everyone back then understood he was issuing a POLITICAL statement, for the main roads in Jerusalem were lined with crucified agitators, rebels, dissidents and any others who disturbed the status quo of the Roman Occupying Forces.

Jesus was never a Christian, for that term was not even coined until the third decade after his crucifixion.

Jesus was born, lived and died a devout Jewish nonviolent Palestinian whose last message to his community was “Put down the sword!”

In the latter days of Nero’s reign [54-68 A.S.] through the domination of Domitian [ 81-96] Christians were persecuted for following the nonviolent, loving and forgiving Jesus.

That Jesus was first left behind when Augustine penned The Just War Theory.

Augustine was the first Church Father to consider the concept of a Just War and within 100 years after Constantine, the Empire required that all soldiers in the army must be baptized Christians and thus, the decline of Christianity began.

With the justification of war and violence supplied by Augustine’s Just War Theory, wrong became right. Nothing much has changed in two millennial, for in today’s Orwellian world politicians claim the way to peace is through war and that nuclear weapons provide protection.

The first mention of Israel in the Bible is in Genesis 32, when Jacob wrestled, struggled and then clung to the Divine Being and was then renamed Israel. I contend that ANYONE who does the same is that Biblical Israel too!

In 2006, Israel’s Nuclear Whistle Blower, Mordechai Vanunu issued this invitation to Hillary Clinton and all US Christians:

Vanunu’s Message to US Re: The REAL Wailing Wall

I am Eileen Fleming for US HOUSE of Representatives 2012 and I approve of this-and all of my messages.

  1. http://www.christatthecheckpoint.com/index.php/about-us/2012-press-release
  2. http://tehrantimes.com/world/96218-south-africa-highlights-israeli-apartheid/
  3. http://english.pnn.ps/index.php/national/1042-christ-at-the-checkpoint-addresses-challenges-for-palestinian-church
  4. “Memoirs of a Nice Irish-American Girl’s Life in Occupied Territory” by Eileen Fleming

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VT Exclusive: Debunking How America’s secret space plane has been in orbit for over a year

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X37B In Orbit How Long?

The X-37B has been circling the Earth at 17,000mph and was due to land in California in December

 … by Ted Thornhill

 

Editor’s note:  What we have been told is that there are more than just this, some manned, some potentially armed, and some capable of broader “range of exploration” than we have been led to see. 

This is not an article to help you focus on capability but away from it.  This thing could have been built in 1955. Buy the lie. 

This is the public face?  Is this video one of the private “faces,” one of how many?

YouTube 

 

The U.S Air Force’s highly secret unmanned space plane was supposed to stay in space for nine months, but it’s now been there for a year and three days – and no one knows what it’s doing.

The experimental craft has been circling Earth at 17,000 miles per hour and was due to land in California in December.

However the mission of the X-37B orbital test vehicle was extended – for unknown reasons.

The plane resembles a mini space shuttle and is the second to fly in space.

The first one landed last December at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California after more than seven months in orbit.

The 29-foot, solar-powered craft had an original mission of 270 days.

The Air Force said the second mission was to further test the technology but the ultimate purpose has largely remained a mystery.

The vehicle’s systems program director, Lieutenant-colonel Tom McIntyre, told the Los Angeles Times in December: ‘We initially planned for a nine-month mission. Keeping the X-37 in orbit will provide us with additional experimentation opportunities and allow us to extract the maximum value out of the mission.’

Editor’s note two, the phony NASA design:  Kerosene jet fuel doesn’t burn without liquid oxygen.  NO TANK.  We have liars here.  The HP tanks are overlarge, a good guess is that this is hiding a payload of laser fuel.  There is NO need for space based recon with our new Global Hawk, which flies 11,000 miles at 80,000 feet. 

 

And Brian Weeden, from the Secure World Foundation, pointed out to the BBC: ‘If the U.S. really wanted to observe Tiangong, it has enough assets to do that without using X-37B.’

Last May, amateur astronomers were able to detect the orbital pattern of the first X-37B which included flyovers of North Korea, Iraq, Iran, Pakistan and Afghanistan, heightening the suspicion that the vehicle was being used for surveillance.

Other industry analysts have speculated that the Air Force is just making use of the X-37B’s amazing fuel efficiency and keeping it in space for as long as possible to show off its credentials and protect it from budget cuts.

After all, under budget cuts for 2013 to 2017 proposed by the Obama administration, the office that developed the X-37 will be shut down.

According to X-37B manufacturer Boeing, the space plane operates in low-earth orbit, between 110 and 500 miles above earth. By comparison, the International Space Station orbits at about 220 miles.

The current flight launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida, in March.

Editors Note: What appear apparently to be unmanned versions with no cockpits below. Multi-capabilities are being designed into most of the new modern platforms, not so much that one vehicle has multi-mission capacity but that different capacity ‘packages’ can be designed to work with the same airframe transport and controls.

X37 to X40 upscale – No cockpit – Why deal with the people hassles when you can joystick it all the way?

 

X-37 – Launch Day – Enclosed in the upper portion

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NATO Intervening in Syria

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by Stephen Lendman

 

On March 6, the BBC reported Obama saying Washington won’t intervene in Syria unilaterally. At the same time, he stopped short of ruling out joint Western aggression. In his first 2012 news conference, he said:

“The notion that the way to solve every one of these problems is to deploy our military, that hasn’t been true in the past, and it won’t be true now.”

“We’ve got to think through what we do through the lens of what’s going to be effective – but also through what’s critical for US security interests.”

Since taking office, Obama launched more belligerence than all his predecessors. He’s not shy about initiating more. As a result, his comments ring hollow, especially given his record as a serial liar. Believe nothing he says.

On March 5, Russia Today (RT) headlined, “Stratfor leaks: NATO commandos in illegal special ops in Syria,” saying:

According to hacked Stratfor emails released by WikiLeaks, NATO forces already operate covertly in Syria. The company’s analysis director, Reva Bhalla, wrote them for internal use.

They discusses “a confidential Pentagon meeting in December.” Allegedly, senior US, UK and French analysts attended. Western powers categorically denied involvement. It’s known they’ve been supplying opposition forces with heavy weapons for months.

Syrian National Council leader Bassma Kodmani admitted it. Moreover, Assad’s forces intercepted smuggled supplies and uncovered internal caches.

Bhalla claimed US officials “said….SOF (special operations forces) teams are already on the ground, focused on recce (reconnaissance) missions and training operations forces.”

She also said the December meeting focused on possible US air strikes. Comments included saying Washington has “high tolerance for killings,” but won’t initiate attacks without “enough media attention on a massacre like the” falsified one attributed to Gaddafi on Benghazi.

Attacks are “doable, (but) the air campaign in Syria makes Libya look like a piece of cake.” At issue, is Syria’s ballistic missile capability and alleged chemical weapons.

France’s official said “Syria won’t be a Libya-type situation in that France would be gung-ho about going in. Not in an election year.”

Britain’s also reluctant but is “looking for ways to reassert itself on the continent following the renegotiation of the EU treaty.”

US army experts said “the idea ‘hypothetically’ is to commit guerrilla attacks, assassination campaigns, try to break the back of the Alawite forces, elicit collapse from within.”

Stratfor won’t comment on the emails, but didn’t deny them. What it knows, in fact, isn’t clear. Russia Today’s Max Keiser calls it the Economist a week later. In other words, it’s talk of high-level insider contacts may be more bravado than fact to sell subscriptions.

On March 4, the Syrian Free Press claimed 100 foreign mercenaries captured after regaining control of Homs. Most were French. Others were from Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and other Arab states. They had weapons supplied by America and Israel.

On March 5, 13 French officers were captured. RT said Lebanon’s Daily Star newspaper reported it.

On March 7, RT said Mossad, CIA and Blackwater elements are operating inside Syria. In addition, according to Lebanon’s Al-Manar, “around 700 gunmen were recently arrested in the former rebel stronghold of Babar Amr.”

They came from Gulf states, Iraq and Lebanon. Qatari intelligence operatives were with them, as well as fighters from Afghanistan, Turkey, France and other European countries.

Syrian forces said American, Israeli and European weapons were seized. “The Syrian army also uncovered tunnels and equipment,” as well as “advance” Western and Israeli arms not net tested in real time.

“The Syrian security forces have documents and confessions that could harm everyone who conspired against Syria, and could make a security and political change, not just on the internal Syrian level, but also on the regional level.”

Stratfor’s email suggested covert NATO forces operating in Syria. Internal security reports confirm what’s been known for weeks, perhaps months. However, Syrian authorities won’t reveal all they know, but called their evidence “high value.”

For months, many independent analysts said Western supported foreign killer gangs operated in Syria for months. China and Russia said so.

On March 7, China Daily contributor MD Nalapat (an Indian geopolitics professor) said “NATO behav(es) like a law unto itself,” and now is involved in Syria.

“(A)rmed gangs are being encouraged to kill not just security forces but elements of the population that favor the recognized regime in Damascus. And while NATO may gain from such unethical actions, the rest of the world is the loser.”

“But everything done by NATO indicates that it has set itself up not only as the enforcer of international law, but also the law itself.”

Washington’s Latest Security Council Proposal: Little Different from Its Last One

Washington’s again trying to strong-arm through another anti-Assad Security Council resolution. While paying more attention to opposition violence, Russia said the document remains unbalanced.

A draft demands Syria grant “unhindered humanitarian access (and) condemns the continued widespread, systematic, and gross violations of human rights and fundamental freedoms by the Syrian authorities.”

It also demands Assad “immediately put an end to such violations.”

The hypocrisy’s galling. Assad’s more victim than villain. Washington, Britain, France, Turkey, Israel, and rogue Arab League allies bear main responsibility. Assad responded to violence their killer gangs initiated.

The draft merely called on “the armed elements of the Syrian opposition to refrain from all violence only after the government forces” cease attacks. Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov called it a “slightly renewed version of the previous document” Russia and China rejected.

Russia’s Foreign Ministry added:

“We would like to warn our American and European partners from wishful thinking. Russia’s stance on the Syrian settlement has never been subject to any short-term considerations and hasn’t formed under the influence of electoral cycles, unlike that of some of our Western colleagues.”

Syria’s SANA news agency quoted Assad saying:

“The Syrian people, who have in the past managed to crush foreign plots…have again proven their ability to defend the nation and to build a new Syria through their determination to pursue reforms while confronting foreign-backed terrorism.”

RT also said Washington plans more aggressive intervention, including more aid for Syria’s opposition. An unnamed US official said America’s now helping opposition forces overthrow Assad.

Admitting it signifies a significant change in US policy. Is direct military intervention next, putting a lie to Obama’s latest denial of planned aggression.

A Final Comment

Iran’s Fars News Agency says Tehran has “corroborative evidence to prove US involvement in arms smuggling into Syria.”

Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir Abdollahian said thousands of weapons and mercenaries have entered a number of Syrian border towns and cities.

Saudi Arabia and Qatar said they’re prepared to help opposition forces. Of course, they’ve been doing it all along with Turkey, Jordan, Washington, Britain, France, and Israel.

Kuwait’s parliament passed a nonbinding resolution calling for providing opposition forces weapons and breaking ties with Damascus.

Washington’s dirty hands want Assad replaced by a pro-Western regime. If current methods fail, expect war to follow.

Note:

In recent days, this writer established contact with a Syrian monitoring events on the ground. His name’s unmentioned for his safety.

On March 4, he said a major Al Qaeda figure was arrested in Damascus. The same day, he emailed as follows:

“Sources familiar with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said a secret military order includes plans by senior Syrian military officials to confront a possible United States surprise attack.”

“The plan involves Syria’s military responding immediately and decisively, including launching rocket and missile attacks against Israeli and US targets.”

“Syrian forces established a joint military operations Chamber, involving officers from the Syrian army, Iran, and Hezbollah, to coordinate military action if ordered. This means that any U.S. military attack against Syria Sijah will be met by the greatest possible missile force.”

Clearly the stakes are drawn. Heated rhetoric’s picking up. John McCain wants air attacks launched. Assad’s preparing to respond defensively. Anything ahead may erupt suddenly and violently.

When America plans regime change, everything’s on the table to achieve it, including war. As things now stand, bet on it.

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Why Should America Burn?

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A question that every American must ask that why America should burn for Israel.

By Raja G Mujtaba

 

On Wednesday, last week, Jeff Rense hosted the author to very interesting but very sensitive issues that were discussed in his program that only covered Iran but also other countries like Pakistan, Syria etc. in the region. Based on that radio talk, this paper has been written for the benefit of the listeners and readers.

The technologies that is available to America like EMP (electromagnetic pulse) that can be exploded from 50,000 feet or

The Bomb that will push the civilization back to stoneage.

above can virtually knock out every computer or computer assisted system thus rendering Iran very vulnerable and helpless before America. This is a wrong attitude and a wrong approach; it’s based on arrogance and ego. In such a scenario, free flight weapons would remain quite effective.

However as time moves on, war clouds are looming large over Iran; the main threats are coming from Washington but equally strong if not more are from Tel Aviv. America is already engaged in a dozen wars in the Muslim World, Iran front would be would be a nightmare for the US. Its not just Iran but Syria is also being engaged simultaneously.

Obama said “They understand that the world community means business. To resolve the issue Iran will have to come to the table” and prove that “the intentions of their nuclear program is peaceful.” Such threats do not solve rather complicate the situation. America is not understanding Iran, Iran has a history of thousands of years where as America has history of over 200 years. Compared to thousands of years, a couple of centuries are like droplets in the ocean. History determines the temperament of the nations, Iran has stood to its past and it would do so in future also. Like in Afghanistan, where the empires have fallen, Iran too would be no different.

In Afghanistan, the British were humiliated twice, the big bear, Soviet Union evaporated into thin air now America is licking dust before it falls down. With this background, America would be well advised not to attack Iran just to appease Zionist State of Israel.

Netanyahu is trying to trap the US in every possible manner, Washington must be watchful, if not the American public must come out to defend their interests by avoiding war and be taken as hostage to Israel. Later on Monday, speaking to an influential pro-Israeli lobbying group, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, Mr. Netanyahu said, “We waited for diplomacy to work; we’ve waited for sanctions to work; none of us can afford to wait much longer.” This is a clear threat to America; if the US bows to such blackmails, not Israel but the American people shall suffer and pay the price.

Again during the AIPAC conference, the spring-board of Israel to land on Capitol Hill, Netanyahu called on the international community to acknowledge the fact that Iran is developing nuclear weapons. “Amazingly, some people refuse to acknowledge that Iran’s goal is to develop nuclear weapons. You see, Iran claims that it’s enriching uranium to develop medical research. Yeah, right.” Why don’t Obama question him that what about over 200 nukes that Israel possesses, aren’t they a naked threat to the global peace? Israel is a state that is most fanatic and cannot be trusted; she will not hesitate to fire shots on a slightest pretest; can Obama guarantee that Israel would not nuke the region? If the US wants other countries to surrender their nukes then it must be a global approach, the United States should be the first to surrender and dismantle her nuclear weapons of all sorts.

Mr. Obama, the official said, had maintained during his Oval Office meeting with Netanyahu that the European Union’s impending oil sanctions and the blacklisting of Iran’s central bank could yet force Tehran back to the bargaining table — not necessarily eliminating the nuclear threat but pushing back the timetable for the development of a weapon. Iran is resilient country that has strong national pride; they would not bow to such arm twisting. If Obama is a bold person and a man with determined courage, he must board the plane and land at Tehran and enjoy the simple but warm hospitality of Ahmedinejad and enjoy a simple food sitting on the rug. This would bring a sudden but a positive change in the entire atmosphere that is smelling war.

What Obama stated, is clear indication that he has submitted to the desires of Netanyahu, who is a ruthless bully of the US. “My policy here is not going to be one of containment,” Mr. Obama said before the meeting on Monday. “My policy is prevention of Iran obtaining nuclear weapons.” He added, “When I say all options are on the table, I mean it.” If Obama acts the way he has said then America would regret having not listened to sane voices that are rising from every quarter of the globe. Obama should not risk and jeopardize the future of the American people to an uncertain end. What divine right does Obama have to paint the world as he wishes? Every country, every culture has the right to their way of living. If Obama has signed the ‘Same Sex Bill’ it does not mean that he has the right to turn the whole world gay.

In the same context, in June 2011, American Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan hosted a party for the gays, is that part of the diplomatic norms or duty? When you offend the host country then on their reaction, the people are labeled or branded with all sorts of names. We must learn to respect the culture, social values, religious norms and morals.

Muslims, including Iran al have been friends of America, they invested trillions of dollars into American economy, but they did not tax or burden it like Israel drains out in billions and billions of dollars every year. American people must question themselves, why for few million Israelis, America has antagonized and defriended 1.5 billion Muslims? Why should America risk its own people for an unjust cause and a state that is far from being an American friend? If America believes in free and just world then it must demonstrate with courage and deeds.

Netanyahu said “My supreme responsibility as prime minister of Israel is to ensure that Israel remains the master of its fate.” If Israel has to be the master of its fate, don’t the other states including the US have a similar right? Why should America get after Muslim states to surrender their sovereignty? Today there is not a single Muslim country where America does not have its finger.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu presented one central question during his meetings in Washington in the past few days: “What will be the price of not acting against Iran?” he asked at every opportunity. American people should respond to this question by saying, “America will be saved and so would be the world.”

The US must know that for now her feet are burning in Afghanistan where the burning of Quran (Koran) by the US troops has enraged the entire Afghan population no matter what side of the fence they are, are bitterly attacking American troops and facilities. The worst thing that has happened to the US is that their own trained soldiers from within picked up the weapons to shoot them down. Here again the American people in particular and the world in general must know that America is burning in every fire of the war in the Muslim world is primarily for the Zionist State of Israel.

Under such conditions when their NATO Allies are trying to quit Afghanistan at the earliest opportunity, America resources would be stretched very thin on ground; opening more avoidable fronts would further suck America into a whirlpool from where it may never come out; Soviet Union is a fresh example before us.

Now to save the world from a major catastrophe, the responsibility lies on the American public. The need to react has never been so grave as it is today; some insane minds are bent upon destroying the world for their vested interests. Remember death is never a matter to rejoice, it brings chaos and destruction. It would take one push on the button to destroy what mankind has taken ages since times immemorial to build. It’s our world or its no body’s world; that’s what the situation is like.

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The Bloody Road to Damascus: The Triple Alliance’s War on a Sovereign State

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by James Petras

 

Introduction

There is clear and overwhelming evidence that the uprising to overthrow President Assad of Syria is a violent, power grab led by foreign-supported fighters who have killed and wounded thousands of Syrian soldiers, police and civilians, partisans of the  government and its peaceful opposition.

The outrage expressed by politicians in the West and Gulf State and in the mass media, about the ‘killing of peaceful Syrian citizens protesting injustice’ is cynically designed to cover up the documented reports of violent seizure of neighborhoods, villages and towns by armed bands, brandishing machine guns and planting road-side bombs.

The assault on Syria is backed by foreign funds, arms and training.Due to a lack of domestic support ,however, to be successful, direct foreign military intervention will be necessary.  For this reason a huge propaganda and diplomatic campaign has been mounted to demonize the legitimate Syrian government.  The goal is to impose a puppet regime and strengthen Western imperial control in the Middle East.  In the short run, this will further isolate Iran in preparation for a military attack by Israel and the US and, in the long run, it eliminates another independent secular regime friendly to China and Russia.

In order to mobilize world support behind this Western, Israeli and Gulf State-funded power grab, several propaganda ploys have been used to justify another blatant violation of a country’s sovereignty after their successful destruction of the secular governments of Iraq and Libya.

The Larger Context:  Serial Aggression

The bloody road to Iran

The current Western campaign against the independent Assad regime in Syria is part of a series of attacks against pro-democracy movements and independent regimes from North Africa to the Persian Gulf.  The imperial-militarist response to the Egyptian democracy movement that overthrew the Mubarak dictatorship was to back the military junta’s seizure of power and murderous campaign to jail, torture and assassinate over 10,000 pro-democracy protestors.

Faced with similar mass democratic movements in the Arab world, the Western-backed Gulf autocratic dictators crushed their respective uprisings in Bahrain, Yemen and Saudi Arabia.  The assaults extended to the secular government in Libya where NATO powers launched a massive air and sea bombardment in support of armed bands of mercenaries thereby destroying Libya’s economy and civil society.  The unleashing of armed gangster-mercenaries led to the savaging of urban life in Libya and  devastation in the countryside.  The NATO powers eliminated  the secular regime of Colonel Gadhafi and along with having him murdered and mutilated by its mercenaries.Nato oversaw the wounding, imprisonment, torture and elimination of tens of thousands of civilian Gadhafi supporters and government workers.NATO backed the puppet regime as it  embarked on a bloody pogrom against Libyan citizens of sub-Saharan African ancestry as well a sub-Sahara African immigrant workers – groups who had benefited from Gadhafi’s generous social programs.  The imperial policy of ruin and rule in Libya serves as “the model” for Syria: Creating the conditions for a mass uprising led by Muslim fundamentalists, funded and trained by Western and Gulf State mercenaries.

The Bloody Road From Damascus  to Teheran

According to the State Department ‘The road to Teheran passes through Damascus’:  The strategic goal of NATO is to destroy Iran’s principal  ally in the Middle East; for the Gulf absolutist monarchies the purpose is to replace a secular republic with a vassal theocratic dictatorship;  for the Turkish government the purpose is to foster a regime amenable to the dictates of Ankara’s version of Islamic capitalism; for Al Qaeda and allied Salafi and Wahabi fundamentalists a theocratic Sunni regime, cleansed of secular Syrians, Alevis and Christians, will serve as a trampoline for projecting power in the Islamic world; and for Israel a blood-drenched divided Syria will further ensure its regional hegemony.  It was not without prophetic foresight that the uber-Zionist US Senator Joseph Lieberman demanded days after the ‘Al Queda’ attack of September 11, 2001: “First we must go after Iran, Iraq and Syria” before considering the actual authors of the deed.

 The armed anti-Syrian forces reflect a variety of conflicting political perspectives united only by their common hatred of the independent secular, nationalist regime which has governed the complex, multi-ethnic Syrian society for decades.  The war against Syria is the principle launching pad for a further resurgence of Western militarism extending from North Africa to the Persian Gulf, buttressed by a systematic propaganda campaign proclaiming NATO’s democratic, humanitarian and ‘civilizing’ mission on behalf of the Syrian people.

The Road to Damascus is Paved with Lies

An objective analysis of the political and social composition of the principle armed combatants in Syria refutes any claim that the uprising is in pursuit of democracy for the people of that country.  Authoritarian fundamentalist fighters form the backbone of the uprising.  The Gulf States financing these brutal thugs are themselves absolutist monarchies.  The West, after having foisted a brutal gangster regime on the people of Libya, can make no claim of ‘humanitarian intervention’.

The armed groups infiltrate towns and use population centers as shields from which they launch their attacks on government forces.  In the process they force thousands of citizens from their homes, stores and offices which they use as military outposts.  The destruction of the neighborhood of Baba Amr in Homs is a classic case of armed gangs using civilians as shields and as propaganda fodder in demonizing the government.

These armed mercenaries have no national credibility with the mass of Syrian people.  One of their main propaganda mills is located in the heart of London, the so-called “Syrian Human Rights Observatory” where it coordinates closely with British intelligence turning out lurid atrocity stories to whip up sentiment in favor of a NATO intervention.  The kings and emirs of the Gulf States bankroll these fighters.  Turkey provides military bases and controls the cross-border flow of arms and the movement of the leaders of the so-called “Free Syrian Army”.  The US, France and England provide the arms, training and diplomatic cover.  Foreign jihadist-fundamentalists, including Al Qaeda fighters from Libya, Iraq and Afghanistan, have entered the conflict. 

This is no “civil war”. 

This is an international conflict pitting an unholy triple  alliance of NATO imperialists, Gulf State despots and Muslim fundamentalists against an independent secular nationalist regime.  The foreign origin of the weapons, propaganda machinery and mercenary fighters reveals the sinister imperial, ‘multi-national’ character of the conflict.  Ultimately the violent uprising against the Syrian state represents  a systematic imperialist campaign to overthrow an ally of Iran, Russia and China, even at the cost of destroying Syria’s economy and civil society, fragmenting the country and unleashing enduring sectarian wars of extermination against the Alevi and Christian minorities, as well as secular government supporters.

The killings and mass flight of refugees is not the result of gratuitous violence committed by a blood thirsty Syrian state.   The Western backed militias have seized neighborhoods by force of arms, destroyed oil pipelines, sabotaged transportation and bombed government buildings. In the course of their attacks they have disrupted basic services critical to the Syrian people including education, access to medical care, security, water, electricity and transportation.  As such, they bear most of the responsibility for this “humanitarian disaster”, (which their imperial allies and UN officials blame on Syrian security and armed forces).  The Syrian security forces are fighting to preserve the national independence of a secular state, while the armed opposition commits violence  on behalf of their foreign pay-masters – in Washington, Riyadh, Tel Aviv, Ankara and London.

Conclusions

Bashar al-Assad supporters

The Assad regime’s referendum last month drew millions of Syrian voters in defiance of Western imperialist threats and terrorist calls for a boycott.  This clearly indicated that a majority of Syrians prefer a peaceful, negotiated settlement and reject mercenary violence.  The Western-backed Syrian National Council and the Turkish and Gulf States-armed “Free Syrian Army” flatly rejected Russian and Chinese calls for an open dialogue and negotiations which the Assad regime has accepted.  NATO and Gulf State dictatorships are pushing their proxies to pursue violent “regime change”, a policy which already has caused the death of thousands of Syrians.  US and European economic sanctions are designed to wreck the Syrian economy, in the expectation that acute deprivation will drive an impoverished population into the arms of their violent proxies.  In a repeat of the Libya scenario, NATO proposes to “liberate” the Syrian people by destroying their economy, civil society and secular state.

A Western military victory in Syria will merely feed the rising frenzy of militarism.  It will encourage the West, Riyadh and Israel to provoke a new civil war in Lebanon. After demolishing Syria, the Washington-EU-Riyadh-Tel Aviv axes will move on to a far bloodier confrontation with Iran.

The horrific destruction of Iraq, followed by Libya’s post-war collapse provides a terrifying template of what is in store for the people of Syria: A precipitous collapse of their living standards, the fragmentation of their country, ethnic cleansing, rule by sectarian and fundamentalist gangs, and total insecurity of life and property.

Just as the “left” and “progressives” declared the brutal savaging of Libya to be the “revolutionary struggle of insurgent democrats” and then walked away, washing their hands of the bloody aftermath of ethnic violence against black Libyans, they repeat the same calls for military intervention against Syria.  The same liberals, progressives, socialists and Marxists who are calling on the West to intervene in Syria’s “humanitarian crises” from their cafes and offices in Manhattan and Paris, will lose all interest in the bloody orgy of their victorious mercenaries after Damascus, Aleppo and other Syrian cities have been bombed by NATO into submission.

Obama Admin Will Seek “International Permission” To Attack Syria, Will “Inform” Congress of Plan

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UK govt. lies about use of DU in Libya

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Two JDAM bombs exploding in Libya with a third on the way in.

Britain has violated at least four chapters of the Geneva Convention, after it used Depleted uranium weapons during aerial bombardment of Libya.

 

“Depleted uranium weapons are weapons of indiscriminate effect – the cancers and birth defects they are thought to cause cannot be ‘targeted’ at troops. Using them in built-up areas in effect targets civilians. This runs counter to everything the coalition has claimed about protecting civilians,” CND general secretary Kate Hudson said.

Do you think we will again use these WMD’s on Syria and Iran? You bet and they will also throw in the odd tactical nuclear weapon (up to a yield of 5kt) to spread even more radioactive fallout around the entire Middle East and the World beyond. Our leaders are so thoughtful and compassionate in trying to save lives on humanitarian grounds!

I just so happened to be reviewing the post war effects on Libya and found some incredible information that proved beyond a shadow of doubt that our government lied to the British media and to the citizens of this country.

It was last year that The UK Uranium Weapons Network and Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) called on David Cameron to seek assurances that coalition allies would not use DU munitions during the aerial bombardment.

CND general secretary Kate Hudson said, “Depleted uranium weapons are weapons of indiscriminate effect – the cancers and birth defects they are thought to cause cannot be ‘targeted’ at troops.

“Using them in built-up areas in effect targets civilians. This runs counter to everything the coalition has claimed about protecting civilians.”

My note on the above is that using such weapons (which are clearly WMD’s) is also in violation of at least four chapters of the Geneva Convention.

The report went on to say, however the Ministry of Defence has claimed there is no reliable evidence that DU has a hazardous effect to health.

I have a letter from the previous Minister of Defence, Liam Fox address to Dr Bill Wilson of the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh which shows that he was aware of people’s concerns on the question of DU and associated health problems but claimed there was no evidence to support this was due to DU.

The letter on MoD headed paper and dated 22nd February 2011 clearly revealed the state of Liam Fox’s confused mind and read as follows:
“Thank you for your letter of 8th February about the health of Service personnel and civilians exposed to Depleted Uranium (DU) and for the list of reference material.

I remain very conscious many people are concerned there is a link between the use of DU ammunition and medical problems such as cancers and birth defects. This is an issue taken very seriously by the Ministry of Defence (MoD). The causes of illness reported in places such as Iraq are extremely distressing especially when they affect children. However, I must stress that DU has not been shown to present the health or environmental risks suggested. None of the inquires to date, including those quoted in your letter, has documented long-term health or environmental effects attributed to DU munitions.

On the basis of reports by the Royal Society and others, the MoD does not consider DU is safe, it is hazardous (making the acceptable health and safety distinctions here between a hazard and a risk). As a heavy metal (like lead) and with radioactive properties, DU use, storage, handling and the environmental considerations are governed by the Radioactive Substance Act 1993 and the Ionising Regulations Act that came into effect on 1 January 2000. These are part of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 enforced by the Health and Safety Executive.

The precautionary principle you advocate is manifest in our in our approach to managing risk on the balance of likelihood and consequences.

On the issue of Service personnel health we have conducted investigations into the effects of DU. Some 3,400 Service personnel attended the Gulf Veteran’s Medical Assessment Programme under which no evidence of ill health due to DU exposure has been found.

The UN General Assembly draft resolution you refer to calls for action by the Secretary-General and UN member states, based on the alleged harmful effects of the use of DU munitions on the health and the environment. The UK does not support resolutions that presuppose that DU is harmful.

The draft resolution requests states that have used DU in armed conflict to provide information about its use. I hope you will be reassured to know that the UK has already provided details of this nature to inform studies and the work of the UN, but it is up to each state to provide data at such a time and in such a manner as it deems appropriate.

The governments policy remains that DU can be used within weapons, it is not prohibited under current or likely future international agreements. UK armed forces, use DU munitions in accordance with international humanitarian law. It would be quite wrong to deny our serving personnel a legitimate capability.

I hope this information is useful to you

Yours Sincerely
Liam
The RT Hon Dr Liam Fox MP”

One can clearly see that the MoD under the command of Liam Fox was not accepting any health risks and that his government would continue to use DU, even thought Cameron said we would not!

In more recent times suddenly this did a 360 degree turnaround when the current Armed Forces Minister, Nick Harvey made the following statement on Monday the 14th of November 2011:

The Armed Forces Minister has been forced to apologise over misleading statements he made regarding the legality and dangers of depleted uranium weapons .

Nick Harvey admitted that he had inadvertently misled MPs about a Ministry of Defence review that he said had concluded the weapons were permissible on humanitarian and environmental grounds under the Geneva conventions .

It subsequently emerged that the review had never happened, and Harvey has apologised for the error, which he said had been made “in good faith.” He has ordered that a review into the weapons’ legality be carried out by civil servants. The department is facing calls for the weapons to be suspended until it is completed.

As you can clearly see the government on two occasions have been caught with their trousers down and been forced to backtrack on misleading information, in other words they lied!

During the UN Security Council debate on a no-fly zone Cameron said, “We do not use those (DU) weapons and are not going to use those weapons.” The only DU munitions Britain possesses are for the Challenger II tank and it is not suggested that British forces have used DU in Libya. But the Ministry of Defence has confirmed that “DU anti-armour munitions will remain part of our arsenal for the foreseeable future.”

Let’s just hold it there for one moment and again prove that this is yet another lie from the power that be.

DU forms part on many weapons in the British arsenal. It can be in the form of a penetrator, a shaped charged liner or in the form of ballast. In many cases it is all three. Weapons that contain DU are the armour piercing shells as carried by our tanks, Cruise Missiles, JDAM bombs, Bunker Busters, Hellfire Missiles and many other munitions including the rounds for the attack helicopters. One can clearly see from the many photographs and videos that were taken in Libya that DU was overused by the US, UK and France. They can be clearly identified by the intensity and colour of the explosion and the sparkler effect that radiates out from inferno.

I also have evidence of French jets departing their base and carrying a nuclear weapon (slung on their central pylon) which was again identified during their in-flight refueling over the Mediterranean.

Labour MP John McDonnell said he had written to the PM “asking for his assurance that he will do all he can to persuade our allies to refrain from using this weapon in Libya.”… “What a load of codswallop.”

Can we in the UK see the insanity of this war when our economy is bleeding and there appears to be no end in sight?

Can we see the suffering that exists around the world because of our countries determination to remain at war no matter what the cost?

It is time to stop our respective governments in their tracks and demand an end to any more conflicts and to make sure that we keep our hands of Syria, Iran, Lebanon, Palestine, Yemen and Somalia… Not to mention Sudan which they also aim to attack sometime in the future… This have nothing to do with humanitarian concerns or nuclear weapons it’s all about “Geo Politics” that was first planned back in 1997 by Paul Wolverwitz and again after 9/11 by the Pentagon who pledged to take out 7 Islamic countries within a time frame of between 5 – 10 years… believe it or not they are currently on track!

I hate to imagine what high tech WMD’s will be used against Iran, Syria, Lebanon and Palestine (Gaza) on the next round of confrontations but you can rest assured they will be as nasty as they come!

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At least 15 killed in IsraHell air strikes on Gaza

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Palestinian militants retaliate with fierce rocket attack on Israel’s southern border communities, seriously wounding one

Palestinian mourners carry the bodies of people killed in Israeli air strikes on the Gaza Strip

Palestinian mourners carry the bodies of people killed in Israeli air strikes on the Gaza Strip. Photograph: Mohammed Abed/AFP/Getty Images

Israeli air strikes on the Gaza Strip have killed at least 15 people in an escalation of the worst clashes with Palestinian militants so far this year.

The strikes began on Friday, when Israeli air raids killed the senior militant leader Zohair al-Qaisi, the secretary general of the Popular Resistance Committees (PRC). Israel claimed he was targeted because he was planning an attack.

Militants retaliated with a fierce rocket attack on Israel’s southern border communities, which seriously wounded one civilian.

By Saturday, militants had fired 95 rockets at Israel – far more than the total number fired from the beginning of this year, an Israeli military spokesman said. He added that air defence systems intercepted around 25 rockets before they landed.

The Palestinian militants were killed in eight air strikes overnight and on Saturday morning, the Gaza health spokesman, Adham Abu Salmiya, said. He said civilians were also wounded by flying shrapnel.

Tens of thousands of Palestinian mourners marched through the streets in funeral processions following the deaths.

The most recent air strike targeted two Palestinian militants on a motorbike in the border town of Bani Suheila in the south-east of Gaza, Abu Salmiya said. Egypt said it was trying to broker a ceasefire.

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Stoned to death for being an emo: NINETY Iraqi students killed for having ‘strange hair and tight clothes’

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  • Number of deaths could be even higher
  • Cleric calls the stonings ‘an act of terrorism’
  • Ministry of Interior ‘complicit’ in the killings

By MAIL ON SUNDAY REPORTER

 

Youngsters in Iraq are being stoned to death for having haircuts and wearing clothes that emulate the ‘emo’ style popular among western teenagers.

At least 14 youths have been killed in the capital Baghdad in the past three weeks in what appears to be a campaign by Shia militants.

Militants in Shia neighbourhoods, where the stonings have taken place, circulated lists yesterday naming more youths targeted to be killed if they do not change the way they dress.

Iraqi activists said this unnamed teenager was brutally killed by religious police for having an 'emo' hairstyle
Iraqi activists said this unnamed teenager was brutally killed by religious police for having an ’emo’ hairstyle

The killings have taken place since Iraq’s interior ministry drew attention to the ‘emo’ subculture last month, labelling it ‘Satanism’ and ordering the community police force to stamp it out.

Fans of the ‘emo’ trend – short for emotional – wear tight jeans and have distinctive long, black or spiky haircuts.

The bodies of at least 14 youths have been taken to three hospitals in eastern Baghdad bearing signs of having been beaten to death with rocks.

After reports of the stonings circulated on Iraqi media, the interior ministry said this week that no murders on its files could be blamed on attacks on ‘emos’.

Religious extremists have been harassing and killing teenagers with 'strange' or 'emo' appearances
Religious extremists have been harassing and killing teenagers with ‘strange’ or ’emo’ appearances

Iraq’s leading Shia clerics have condemned the stonings.

Iraq’s Moral Police released a statement on the interior ministry’s website condemning the ’emo phenomenon’ among Iraqi youth, declaring its intent to ‘eliminate’ the trend.

The move is part of a wider clampdown on young people taking on what government officials call ‘Western appearances’ in Iraq.

‘The Emo phenomenon or devil worshipping is being followed by the Moral Police who have the approval to eliminate (the phenomenon) as soon as possible since it’s detrimentally affecting the society and becoming a danger,’ the statement read.

‘They wear strange, tight clothes that have pictures on them such as skulls and use stationary that are shaped as skulls. They also wear rings on their noses and tongues, and do other strange activities.’

A group of armed men dressed in civilian clothing led dozens of teenagers to secluded areas a few days ago, stoned them to death, and then disposed their bodies in garbage dumpsters across the capital, according to activists, activists told the Cairo-based al-Akhbar website.

The armed men are said to belong to ‘one of the most extremist religious groups’ in Iraq.

‘First they throw concrete blocks at the boy’s arms, then at his legs, then the final blow is to his head, and if he is not dead then, they start all over again,’ one person who managed to escape told Al-Akhbar.

Iraq’s moral police was granted approval by the Ministry of Education to enter Baghdad schools and pinpoint students with such appearances, according to the interior ministry’s statement.

The exact death toll remains unclear, but Hana al-Bayaty of Brussels Tribunal, an NGO dealing with Iraqi issues, said the current figure ranges ‘between 90 and 100.’

‘What’s most disturbing about this is that they’re so young,’ she said.

This 'emo' youth was one of nearly 100 who were targeted for having a western hairstyle or wearing 'American jeans'
This ’emo’ youth was one of nearly 100 who were targeted for having a western hairstyle or wearing ‘American jeans’

Al-Bayaty said the killings appear to have been carried out by extremist Shia militias in mostly poor Shia neighborhoods and said she suspected ‘there’s complicity of the Ministry of Interior in the killings.’

Photos of the victims were released on Facebook, causing panic and fear among Iraqi students.

WHAT IS EMO?

Described as both a cult and sect, it’s name derives from the word ‘emotional’ 

Its teen followers dress in black, favouring tight jeans, T-shirts, studded belts and sneakers or skater shoes.

Hair is often dyed black and straightened, and worn in a long fringe brushed to one side of the face.

Music also plays a critical role, Emos like guitar-based rock with emotional lyrics – bands such as My Chemical Romance, Jimmy Eat World, and Dashboard Confessional are particular favourites.

They regard themselves as a cool, young sub-set of the Goths.

With the trend comes accusations of self-harming and suicide – something its followers strongly deny.

A young man with long hair was among those fearful at the  government-ordained harassment of teenagers with Western appearances.

‘I have long hair but that doesn’t mean I’m an Emo. I’m not less of a man if I have long hair. Let’s not say that if I have long hair, I’m a homosexual, but I have long hair because this is my style, this is me,’ he told Iraq’s Al-Sharqiya television network.

Safiyyah al-Suhail, an MP, said on Thursday that ‘some students have been recently arrested because they were wearing American jeans or had Western haircuts.’

The interior ministry has not disclosed the number of teenage victims, but released a follow-up statement on Thursday warning extremists ‘not to step on public freedom of Iraqis.’

News of the gruesome deaths drew a stern reaction from Iraq’s prominent Shia cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, who criticised the stoning of the young men as ‘an act of terrorism.’

He added: ‘The Ministry of Interior took this situation very seriously and received an approval from the Ministry of Education to set a plan under my full supervision and to allow us to enter schools in the capital.’

‘There are some cases of the spread of this phenomenon specifically among schools in Baghdad, but we are facing great difficulty in the lack of women on the force who would allow us to carry the investigation more accurately since the phenomenon is more popular among girls between the ages of 14 and 18.’

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2112960/90-students-Iraq-stoned-death-having-Emo-hair-tight-clothes.html#ixzz1oo1bxMGX

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