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Pakistan: Pashtuns Also Support Military Operation



By Sajjad Shaukat

Welcoming ceasefire offer of the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), the government led by PML-
N has not only halted the air strikes on the hideouts of the militants in the tribal areas, but also

resumed the suspended peace dialogue with the Taliban. But, taking note of the terror-attack in

the District Court of Islamabad which killed 11 people including an additional session judge on

March 4, this year coupled with assault on the anti-polio workers in the Khyber Agency, both the

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan have repeatedly

said that peace talks and violent acts of terrorism cannot go side by side. While unveiling the

national security policy in the National Assembly on February 26, Chaudhry Nisar had also

stated that the attacks from militants would be met with an appropriate military response. At the

same time, in a fresh statement, he pointed out in the National Assembly that the dialogue was

still the preferred option and that a new governmental committee with representation from the

Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa Government will take the process forward in a meaningful way.

Contrarily, Defence Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif has disclosed that a full-scale military

operation against Taliban in the tribal areas could be launched as early as this month in case

of violation of ceasefire by the militants. While hinting towards military action, he explained,

“The Government or Armed Forces whose job is to defend the country, cannot sit idle, if writ

of the state is challenged and that is what they did recently by launching surgical strikes against

hideouts of terrorists, which proved effective and pushed Taliban to a stage where they were

understandably compelled to announce unconditional ceasefire.” A similar message emanated

from the Corps Commanders’ meeting on March 7 and this makes things more unpredictable.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s National Security Adviser Sartaj Aziz also stated that dialogue

with the Taliban had derailed, adding that the state’s writ would be established in the troubled

In fact, TTP have been acting upon a dual strategy, as sometimes it accept responsibility for its

terror-attacks, but sometimes, it deny the same. But contradictory statements of its spokesmen

prove that this militant outfit is behind several subversive acts which still continue at various

places. In this respect, TTP has refused that it was behind the recent attacks in Islamabad and

Khyber Agency, but it accepted responsibility when Taliban insurgents targeted the Rangers,

Police and anti-polio workers in Karachi in wake of the peace talks. Similarly, Taliban had

claimed responsibility for the brutal massacre of 23 personnel of the Frontier Constabulary who

were abducted from Mohmand Agency, four years ago and later shifted to Afghanistan.

It is notable that the TTP had condemned the brutal assault on the church in Peshawar.

But, afterwards, its spokesman had remarked that it was in accordance with Sharia (Islamic

Jurisprudence) which indicated that the group was behind that ruthless attack. So, ambivalent

statements of the TTP-led Taliban have endorsed that it had sabotaged the peace dialogue by

playing double game.

However, on March 4, the Leader of the Opposition, Syed Khurshid Shah of the PPP including

several parliamentarians doubted the intentions of the TTP, as they discussed Islamabad District

Court’s incident. They were of the view that on one hand, the TTP announced ceasefire and on

the other hand, it was carrying out terrorist acts. They stated that ceasefire from Taliban was

another deception attack—killing innocent people and warned that parliament house might be

the next target. They criticized the interior minister for declaring Islamabad a safe city few days

back, expressing concern that even the Presidency and Prime Minister House were not safe.

Nevertheless, despite grasping the real attentions of the Taliban, the present government

is wavering between fact and scepticism by following the policy of appeasement towards

all the Taliban groups, especially the TTP. It is owing to this delay of the rulers in devising

a comprehensive strategy to deal with the terrorists with iron hands that some leaders like

Chairman of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, Imran Khan who had earlier condemned the TTP terror-
attacks and favoured a military operation have again been insisting upon the rulers to continue

present peace talks with the Taliban.

It is of particular attention that although Pakistan’s other provinces have been facing various

forms of subversive attacks, yet wave of terrorism has intensified in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

in the past few years. In this regard, militant attacks on Peshawar Air Port, Pearl Continental

Hotel, the courageous leader of the Awami National Party (ANP) Bashir Ahmad Bilour, Malala

Yousafzai and members of national assemblies including several suicide attacks and bomb blasts

in Peshawar, other cities, funerals, places of worship, government buildings, bazaars, schools,

video shops, cinemas, assaults on security forces and law-enforcing agencies in various cities of

the province might be cited as example.

Similar acts of sabotage have continued in FATA, and TTP always felt pride in accepting

responsibility for these heinous activities. In some tribal areas and Swat, the militant leaders

created states within the state, and have been involved in a number of crimes such as drug-
smuggling, forced marriages, hostage-takings for ransom and even car-snatching including

beheadings and killing the moderate dissidents. In the Khyber agency, they are also indulged

in murdering and torturing Shias in their majority areas, forcing them to flee. They have

discouraged women’s education, keeping them ignorant and exploitable.

When Taliban had their hold in Dir, Swat, Buner and other adjoining areas, they imposed their

self-styled religious agenda. It was due to Taliban’s inhuman activities that when in 2009, Pak

Army ejected them from these regions through military operations which were also conducted

in South Waziristan, general masses of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and FATA did not protest against

the armed forces. Besides drastic implications of the CIA-operated drone attacks, the Pushtoons

boldly faced more than four million Internally Displaced People (IDPs) by refusing to accept

Taliban style of Shariah and preferred to live in camps.

Notably, the Pushtoons are successful businessmen. But, the Taliban have given a greater

blow to their business through brutal attacks. Therefore, they resent the cowardly acts of these

insurgents. In some tribal areas, the Pushtoons, raised Lashkars in order to cope with the Taliban

militancy which has challenged their survival.

People of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and FATA also know that in connivance with India and Israel,

America has been implementing its anti-Pakistan activities by assisting militancy in Pakistan

through various subversive activities including sectarian and ethnic violence through TTP. In

this connection, American CIA, Indian secret agency RAW and Israeli Mossad have also been

sending heavily-armed militants from Afghanistan’s side, which have targeted the security check

posts of Pakistan’s forces, Police and other infrastructure of the tribal areas, located near Afghan

border. On the whole, they have killed several persons.

Like the people of other provinces, Pashtoons are aware of the fact that the Taliban who are less

than one percent of the population in the country have become self-proclaimed campaigners of

Islam, while, the victims of terror-attacks in Pakistan, especially Khyber Pakhtunkhwa have been

innocent men women and children. No doubt, Jihad is a sacred obligation, but its real spirit needs

to be understood clearly, as murdering innocent people is not Jihad. In fact, by implementing the

agenda of some foreign powers, these Taliban and their banned affiliated groups are defaming

Islam, concept of Jihad, and are destabilizing Pakistan.

Now, these terrorists have intensified their anti-social, undemocratic and un-Islamic practices in

wake of peace dialogue, therefore, people from all the segment of life and majority of politicians

in Pakistan including Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and FATA want that a handful of terrorist elements

must not be allowed to impose their self-perceived ideology on the majority of Pakistanis, while

supporting military action against these culprits.

Although the Taliban consists of Pashtuns, but the latter who have rejected irrational notion of

these insurgents have glorious traditions of bravery and chivalry. Nefarious attacks on women,

children and other places are against the traditions of Pashtuns who are patriot and peace-loving

Now, some political and religious entities have been pointing to some external elements which

are behind the menace of terrorism in the country. In this context, without naming US, some are

hinting towards the “third power”, and some are indicating India.

Nonetheless, at this critical juncture, entire nation and media are united against the Taliban’s

double game by favouring military action against them. And armed forces are well-prepared

for the same, as successful aerial strikes on the sanctuaries of the Taliban have recently proved.

While Pushtuns also support military operation against the Taliban, particularly TTP, who have

destroyed the peace of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and FATA.

Sajjad Shaukat writes on international affairs and is author of the book: US vs Islamic Militants,

Invisible Balance of Power: Dangerous Shift in International Relations

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Pakistan: Turbat incidents Expose Baloch Miscreants’ Cruelties



By Sajjad Shaukat

As a result of the elections 2013, the government led by a nationalist leader Chief Minister

Balochistan Dr Abdul Malik Baloch has been established. Being progressive and moderate man,

he ensured that socio-economic justice would meet with success, while playing a key role in

empowering Baloch leaders to manage the affairs of their province and also to participate in

Pakistan’s decision-making process. And on December 7, 2013; local bodies elections were

largely held in a peaceful manner in Balochistan.

While terror-acts still keep on going in Balochistan, but without grasping reality, and speaking

in the tone of external entities, some politicians, human rights activists and media persons of

Pakistan have been propagating against Pak Army, Frontier Constabulary (FC), country’s Inter-
Services Intelligence (ISI) and Military Intelligence (MI) including other law-enforcing agencies

regarding subversive acts in the province. It seems ridiculous when some of them allegedly say

that security agencies are behind terrorist activities in Balochistan.

It is mentionable that India, the US and Israel have been internationalizing the Balochistan

issue in accordance with their secret designs. In this respect, in connivance with the Baloch

separatist leaders who have taken refuge in Switzerland, Sweden, US and London, these foreign

elements use media, various NGOs and human rights organizations for false propaganda against

Pakistan’s security forces and ISI in relation to extrajudicial killings, mutilated bodies and the

missing persons.

It is notable that Baloch Liberation Army (BLA) is also in collusion with some US Congressmen

to get foreign support so as to animate the scheme of separatism in Balochistan. For the purpose,

BLA and the Baloch feudal lord, Khan of Kalat had planned to take the issue of Balochistan to

International Court of Justice (ICJ) and expected that India would pay $2.4 million lawyers’ fee

to contest their case in ICJ. As Indian support did not get materialized, BLA and Khan of Kalat

went over to US leaders to press forward their case.

In February 8, 2012, three Republican Congressmen including Dana Rohrabacher, Louie

Gohmert and Steve King tabled a bill before US Congress stating, “Balochistan is currently

divided between Pakistan, Iran and Afghanistan with no sovereign rights of its own. In Pakistani

Balochistan the people are subjected to violence and extrajudicial killings.” The bill favoured

Baloch rights of self-determination, having a sovereign state.

Earlier, the US subcommittee on ‘Oversight and Investigations of the House Committee on

Foreign Affairs’ convened a hearing on extrajudicial killings and violation of human rights in

Baluchistan. Rohrabacher chaired the meeting, while Lt. Col. (R) Ralph Peters testified. Lt.

Col. (R) Peters is the architect of infamous 2006—New Middle East map and is an advocator for

the disintegration of Muslim states on sectarian and religious lines. His map shows a number of

Islamic countries including Pakistan as truncated. While writing in the June 2006 issue of The

Armed Forces Journal of the US, he had suggested Washington about the creation of a “Greater

Balochistan” which would integrate the Baloch areas of Pakistan with those of Iran—and the

Frontier Province (Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa) should be incorporated into Afghanistan.”

Although the US Administration quickly distanced itself from Congressional hearing by

Rohrabacher and Peters’ testimony, yet US denial does not augur well with ground reality,

as American think tanks, NGOs and websites go on instigating the separatist elements in

Baluchistan. US State Department which funded National Endowment for Democracy

(NED) and Voice of Baluchistan (VOB) have been instrumental in fomenting dissension and

nationalistic feelings in the province. It has been pressurizing Pakistan to allow opening of a US

consulate in Quetta. The aim is to execute America’s clandestine aims against Islamabad.

As regards the deteriorating situation of Balochistan and the missing persons, everyone knows

the foreign-backed separatist groups such as the BLA, Baloch Liberation Front (BLF), Baloch

Republican Army (BRA) and their affiliated outfits including another group, Jundollah (God’s

soldiers) which have been fighting for secession of the province get logistic support from

American CIA and Indian RAW—these miscreants kidnapped and killed many innocent people

and the security personnel in the province. They also massacred many persons through suicide

attacks, bomb blasts, targeted killings and sectarian violence. Therefore, they are responsible

for dumped bodies and extrajudicial killings in the province. On a number of occasions, these

militant outfits claimed responsibility for their subversive acts.

In fact, miscreants in Balochistan employ coercive techniques and cruel methods to intimidate

local people to expand their influence and enlarge their support base. Their oppressive tactics

are extremely harsh, as they cruelly kill innocent people and throw away the dead bodies to

inflict psychological pain to the bereaved families, impersonating their frightening clout and

masquerading posture.

These ruthless killers demonstrate their real mischief by shifting the blame of their heinous

crimes to law-enforcement agencies including FC, MI and ISI. Hence, by playing the double

game, they manage to conceal their brutalities, and present themselves as victims.

Unfortunately, due to their vested interests and insular mindset, some media analysts and

political leaders of Pakistan fall prey to the elusive schemes and deceptive plans of the Baloch

miscreants. In this regard, investigative media, judiciary and elite leadership have not been able

to uncover the real designs of the militants who frequently assassinate innocent civilians in

Balochistan through cruel techniques, and then openly grumble through media by insinuating

that security forces and law-enforcing agencies are responsible for such killings.

In this respect, illegal abduction and cold blooded murder of the 14 years young boy, namely,

Chakkar, son of Khuda Dost, resident of Turbat city, is a case in point. On January 7, 2014 at

4 PM, a group of unknown motorcyclists kidnapped Chakkar from Turbat city’s fish market.

After three days, his bullet-ridden body was found from Kech Kour-Koshkalat area of Turbat,

and handed over to his family. Later on, the miscreants propagated that ISI was involved in

abduction and killing of an innocent child. But, technical probe, undoubtedly, proved that

miscreants of the BRA were involved in kidnapping and merciless killing of that young boy.

After knowing the true picture of the incident, on January 16, 2014, a protest demonstration was

staged by family members and relatives of the late Chakkar at the Main Chowk in Turbat in front

of Press Club Turbat, District Kech.

The aggrieved protesters chanted slogans against BLF and BRA for targeting guiltless people.

They demanded from the government to eliminate terrorist organizations which have been

targeting innocent persons of Mekran Division and are disturbing law and order situation in

the area. Another similar demonstration was held on January 18, 2014 at Press Club Turbat by

the relatives of Javed, resident of Azian, Tehsil Tump, District Kech, who was also killed by

the Baloch miscreants of the BLF on December 21, 2013 in Hochat area, Tehsil Dasht, District

Besides, on November 27, 2013, in Turbat, District Kech, Abdul Karim from Zehri (Khuzdar)

was abducted by the BRA culprits and his body was thrown away on November 28, 2013. The

poor fellow was a popcorn seller, but was eliminated by trigger-happy and power hungry culprits

Similarly, on November 12, 2013 in Turbat city, four miscreants of the BRA murdered two

sweepers and fled away. Both the deceased persons were government servants, employed at

Technical Training Centre Turbat and belonged to Sindh.

While, on November 14, 2013, the cruel insurgents of the BRA killed a laborer, namely, Qadir

Bakhsh, resident of Sindh. The incident took place at Dashti Bazaar Turbat, District Kech and

the youth was brutally massacred, due to pistol used by the BRA terrorists.

And on November 18, 2013, three innocent persons belonging to Dera Ghazi Khan, namely,

Mulazim, Abdullah and Mustafa were killed by the terrorists of the BLF in Josak area, Tehsil

Turbat and District Kech.

Now, instead of shifting the blame game to the security forces, ISI and other law-enforcing

agencies, our responsible media anchors and commentators must expose the real face of foreign

enemies—assisting the Baloch miscreants who are not only involved in kidnapping the innocent

civilians, but are also behind their cold blooded murder including mutilated bodies and extra-
judicial killings. They cunningly pose themselves as victims whereas they are the real killers of

innocent people. In this context, without any doubt, Turbat incidents have become a test case

which exposes the Baloch miscreants’ cruelties.

Sajjad Shaukat writes on international affairs and is author of the book: US vs Islamic Militants,

Invisible Balance of Power: Dangerous Shift in International Relations

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While one can conceptualize the loss of life and destruction resulting from present-day wars including Iraq and Afghanistan, it is impossible to fully comprehend the devastation which might result from a Third World War, using “new technologies” and advanced weapons, until it occurs and becomes a reality. The international community has endorsed nuclear war in the name of world peace. “Making the world safer” is the justification for launching a military operation which could potentially result in a nuclear holocaust.

Nuclear war has become a multi-billion dollar undertaking, which fills the pockets of US defense contractors. What is at stake is the outright “privatization of nuclear war”.

The Pentagon’s global military design is one of world conquest. The military deployment of US-NATO forces is occurring in several regions of the world simultaneously.

Central to an understanding of war, is the media campaign which grants it legitimacy in the eyes of public opinion. A good versus evil dichotomy prevails. The perpetrators of war are presented as the victims. Public opinion is misled.

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Vlad the Bad Outwits the West



by Eric Margolis


Note. The two long quotations by Paul Craig Roberts included here are not found in the original article, but have been added by Lasha Darkmoon as appropriate picture captions. (JSM)

The carving up of Ukraine

The carving up of Ukraine

“The ignorant and stupid American government is now challenging Russia with a strategic intervention in Russia’s back yard. This “superpower” thinks it is going to take over Ukraine and put US missile bases on Russia’s southern border. Keep in mind that this incompetent “superpower” was unable to occupy Iraq after eight years and has been defeated in Afghanistan after 12 years of blowing up women and children, weddings, funerals, health centers, aide workers, farmers, entire villages, and kid’s soccer games.”  — Paul Craig Roberts.” [ – 1 –]

Soviet leader Josef Stalin used to shrug off critics by his favorite Central Asian saying: “The dogs bark; the caravan moves on.”

Russia’s hard-eyed president, Vladimir Putin, is following the same strategy over Ukraine and Crimea. Putin swiftly moved his knight into the empty chess square of Crimea, thereby regaining full control of one of Russia’s four strategic port regions: Sevastopol, Murmansk, St Petersburg and Vladivostok.

Sevastopol, now firmly in Moscow’s hands, is Russia’s sole gateway to the Black Sea, Mediterranean, and Mideast. The vast, co-shared Russian-Ukrainian Sevastopol naval base was a shaky, awkward arrangement doomed to eventual failure.

Semi-autonomous Crimea, over 60% ethnic Russian, will hold a referendum on 16 March to decide to remain in Ukraine or rejoin Russia. A referendum is clearly the answer to the whole Ukraine-Russia problem.

Ukraine has been a corruption-ridden failed state since it separated from Russia in 1991. This writer has long suggested that partition of Ukraine into Western and Russian-oriented halves is the sensible solution, with Crimea returning to Russia.

Putin asks if Western-backed Kosovo can go independent of Serbia, why can’t Crimea break its links with Kiev?

The temporary attachment of majority ethnic Russian Crimea to Ukraine in 1954 after 250 years of Russian rule was unnatural, a ticking time bomb. It has now exploded, triggered in part by the West’s successful effort to overthrow the elected but corrupt government in Kiev of Viktor Yanukovich.

Overturning regimes deemed uncooperative or hostile has long been a CIA specialty. Its first big success came in 1953 with the subversion of Iran’s democratic-nationalist leader, Mohammed Mossadegh by a combination of propaganda, rented crowds, and bribes. We saw this same technique used – enhanced by modern social media – in Ukraine’s first Orange Revolution, Georgia, again in Iran(unsuccessfully), and, with the help of US and British special forces, in Libya and Syria. Egypt came next, where a US-backed tinpot military dictator, the self-appointed “Field Marshall al-Sisi” claims he is answering the people’s call.” Not a peep from Washington. Or about the crushing of opposition by Bahrain’s US-backed monarchy.

Russia, which used to be adept at subversion, has lagged in recent years but it still knows the signs. The Kremlin is convinced that Ukraine’s latest revolution was engineered by Washington. The US Undersecretary of State for Europe admitted Washington has spent $5 billion over recent years in Ukraine to bring it into the West’s orbit – aka “building democracy.”

Two points to note: (1) Did Washington think that tough Vlad Putin would just take its coup lying down? (2) It’s amazing how determined Washington’s cold warriors remain to tear down Russia. The bankrupt US, $17 trillion in debt, running on money borrowed from China, with bridges collapsing and 44 million citizens on food stamps, suddenly finds the money to offer bankrupt Ukraine a new $1 billion loan – just to compete with Moscow. A loan unlikely to be repaid.

America has a bad habit of personalizing foreign affairs and demonizing uncooperative leaders. Remember when Egypt’s Gamal Abdel Nasser was denounced as “Hitler on the Nile?” “Khadaffi, Mad Dog of the Mideast?” Most Americans have little knowledge of geography, history or world affairs so the easiest way to market overseas adventures to them is by creating foreign bogeymen like Khadaffi and Saddam.

Vladimir Putin is the latest. He is being hysterically demonized by the US and British media. Vlad the Bad.

VLAD THE BAD Putin as the new Hitler

Putin as the new Hitler

“Putin’s calm leadership and his insistence on legality and the will of the people stand in stark contrast to the West’s threats and support for violent overthrow of a democratically elected government…. By taking this humane and rational approach, Putin has established himself as the true leader of the world. Washington counters Putin’s leadership with demonization. Putin’s leadership frustrates Washington and now makes Putin a candidate for assassination.” – Paul Craig Roberts [ – 2 – ]

Disturbingly, US Republicans and the usual media propagandists are heaping blame on President Barack Obama for “losing Crimea,” as if any of them knows where it was before last week. John McCain and his sidekick Sen. Lindsey Graham have been demanding that Obama “get tough.”

Sure. Let’s mine Russia’s ports or blockade its oil and gas exports. Nothing like a nuclear war to show how weak the Democrats are. Thank god McCain did not win the presidency. The dolts at Fox TV can’t tell the difference between caution and cowardice.

President Putin’s ambition is to slowly reassemble some parts of the old USSR, Ukraine being the most important. Doing so is in Russia’s national interest, much as we may not like it. Nearly all Russians believe Putin is on the right track. By contrast, Washington wants to keep Russia weak and treat it as an obsequious, defeated nation, like postwar Germany or Japan.

The US won’t accept that Russia has any legitimate spheres of influence, while Washington’s span the globe. Last week, US Secretary of State John Kerry, who used to be a sensible fellow before becoming corrupted by power, blasted Russia: “you just don’t invade a country under a phony pretext!”

I guess Kerry has never heard of the US invasions of the Dominican Republic, Lebanon, Grenada, Panama, Haiti, Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia and Libya. I guess he can’t remember Vietnam and the Gulf of Tonkin incident.

Kerry should cut the hypocrisy and get to work on a diplomatic settlement. Two major nuclear-armed powers cannot – and must not – be allowed to confront one another.


We don’t have to imagine it. It’s what we’ve got.  (LD)

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Ukraine: “The war will be nuclear”, by Paul Craig Roberts


The looting of Ukraine has begun. Putin faces a dilemma. If he responds forcefully to further American provocations, it will lead to nuclear war.

Slightly edited and annotated by Lasha Darkmoon


“The war will be nuclear . . . ” 

Paul Craig Roberts

According to a report in Kommersant-Ukraine, the finance ministry of Washington’s stooges in Kiev who are pretending to be a government has prepared an economic austerity plan that will cut Ukrainian pensions from $160 to $80 so that Western bankers who lent money to Ukraine can be repaid at the expense of Ukraine’s poor.

It is Greece all over again.

Before anything approaching stability and legitimacy has been obtained for the puppet government put in power by the Washington orchestrated coup against the legitimate, elected Ukraine government, the Western looters are already at work. Naive protesters who believed the propaganda that EU membership offered a better life are due to lose half of their pension by April. But this is only the beginning.

The corrupt Western media describes loans as “aid.” However, the 11 billion euros that the EU is offering Kiev is not aid. It is a loan. Moreover, it comes with many strings, including Kiev’s acceptance of an IMF austerity plan.

Remember now, gullible Ukrainians participated in the protests that were used to overthrow their elected government, because they believed the lies told to them by Washington-financed NGOs that once they joined the EU they would have streets paved with gold. Instead they are getting cuts in their pensions and an IMF austerity plan.

The austerity plan will cut social services, funds for education, layoff government workers, devalue the currency, thus raising the prices of imports which include Russian gas, thus electricity, and open Ukrainian assets to takeover by Western corporations.

Ukraine’s agriculture lands will pass into the hands of American agribusiness. What remains of the country will be thoroughly looted by the West.

The other part of the Western plan hasn’t worked out very well either.

Washington’s Ukrainian stooges lost control of the protests to organized and armed ultra-nationalists. These groups, whose roots go back to those who fought for Hitler during World War 2, engaged in words and deeds that sent southern and eastern Ukraine clamoring to be returned to Russia where they resided prior to the 1950s when the Soviet communist party stuck them into Ukraine.

At this time of writing it looks like Crimea has seceded from Ukraine. Washington and its NATO puppets can do nothing but bluster and threaten sanctions.

The White House Fool has demonstrated the impotence of the “US sole superpower” by issuing sanctions against unknown persons, whoever they are — against people responsible for returning Crimea to Russia, where it belonged about 200 years before. According to Solzhenitsyn, a drunk Khrushchev (who happened to be of Ukrainian ethnicity) moved the southern and eastern Russian provinces of the Crimea  into Ukraine.

Having observed the events in western Ukraine, those Russian provinces now want to go back home. To where they initially belonged. To the Russian federation. Just as South Ossetia wanted nothing to do with Georgia.

Washington’s stooges in Kiev can do nothing about Crimea except bluster.

Under the Russian-Ukraine agreement, Russia is permitted 25,000 troops in Crimea. The US/EU media’s deploring of a “Russian invasion of 16,000 troops” is either total ignorance or complicity in Washington’s lies.

Obviously, the US/EU media is corrupt. Only a fool would rely on their reports. Any media that would believe anything Washington says after George W. Bush and Dick Cheney sent Secretary of State Colin Powell to the UN to peddle the regime’s lies about “Iraqi weapons of mass destruction,”  is clearly a collection of bought-and-paid for whores.

In the former Russian provinces of eastern Ukraine, Putin’s low-key approach to the strategic threat that Washington has brought to Russia has given Washington a chance to hold on to a major industrial complex that serves the Russian economy and military. The people themselves in eastern Ukraine are in the streets demanding separation from the unelected government that Washington’s coup has imposed in Kiev. Washington, realizing that its incompetence has lost Crimea, had its Kiev stooges appoint Ukrainian oligarchs, against whom the Maiden protests were partly directed, to governing positions in eastern Ukraine cities.

These oligarchs have their own private militias in addition to the police and any Ukrainian military units that are still functioning.

The leaders of the protesting Russians are being arrested and disappeared.

Washington and its EU puppets, who proclaim their support for self-determination, are only for self-determination when it can be orchestrated in their favor. Therefore, Washington is busy at work suppressing self-determination in eastern Ukraine.

This is a dilemma for Putin.

His low-key approach has allowed Washington to seize the initiative in eastern Ukraine.

The oligarchs Taruta and Kolomoyskiy have been put in power in Donetsk and Dnipropetrovsk, and are carrying out arrests of Russians and committing unspeakable crimes, but you will never hear about their crimes from the US prostitute media.

Note by Lasha Darkmoon

Kolomoyskiy is President of the European Jewish Congress. Only a few days ago Putin called him “an incredible swindler”. This Jewish oligarch has seized power in Dnepropetrovsk which happens to contain the biggest Jewish center in the whole of Europe. It also contains the giant Yuzhmash industrial complex where the USSR’s intercontinental missiles were made, among them the dreaded “Satana” which could completely alter the face of New York.   

As for Taruta, he is  one of the financial sponsors of the “antisemitic”  Right Sector and extremist Svoboda party. Donetsk, one of the richest industrial areas in Ukraine, has now fallen into his rapacious hands. 

(With full ackkowledgements to my learned friend “Asthor”, an expert in all things Russian).

Washington’s strategy is to arrest and deep-six the leaders of the secessionists so that there are no authorities left to request Putin’s intervention.

If Putin has drones, he has the option of taking out Taruta and Kolomoyskiy.

If Putin lets Washington retain the Russian provinces of eastern Ukraine, he will have demonstrated a weakness that Washington will exploit. Washington will exploit that weakness to the point that Washington forces Putin into war.

The war will be nuclear.

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Pakistan: Uncompromising Media Need Positive Changes



By Sajjad Shaukat

Every one knows that besides facing multi-faceted problems like acute financial crisis,

unemployment, social inequities, lack of security, lack of sound educational base, least

technological prowess, loadshading of electricity and gas in wake of continuous acts of

terrorism, Pakistan is also coping with external intrigues which are posing serious challenges

to the people as well as the country. In these terms, Pakistan is passing through the most testing

time of its history.

Regrettably, our own ethical values, traditional customs and cultural norms are not only

neglected, but are also being depicted as orthodox, extremist and outdated. Domestic media,

educational institutions and governing elite appear to have forgotten the significance and

undercurrents, associated with own core middle class and the ideals required to maintain social

In the western countries, no doubt, media have been playing a key role by educating and guiding

the people regarding various developments and issues which have been taking place on global

and regional level. When taking advantage of the freedom of expression, in the west, newspapers

and TV channels employed various tactics like sensationalism, exaggeration and distortion of

facts to attract the maximum readers and viewers for financial gains in the era of competition,

consensus developed among responsible journalists and media owners around the world that it is

against the moral codes of journalism. Therefore, the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ)

launched an Ethical Journalism Initiative in 2008.

Unfortunately, that freedom of media in Pakistan appears to have been totally misused due to the

uncompromising media. In this regard, without taking cognizance of its negative effects on the

people, spawning scores of new TV channels and associated burgeoning business interests led

to coin unique methods of generating market competition so as to attract viewership and control

While presenting little or no legitimate well-researched news items, our TV channels, exploit,

distort and exaggerate the news to create sensations and attract viewers in order to become more

popular with the sole aim to advance their financial gains. Based upon opinion-masquerading as

objective fact, our media anchors mislead and excite public opinion. They do not indicate what

the people need, but show what the people want, thus have stunning impact of psychological

Ignoring the moral codes of journalism, media reporters, analysts and anchors have adopted

negative techniques and unscrupulous practices in their coverage because they have developed

the habit of challenging the prestige of sensitive institutions of the state such as judiciary, army,

ISI and law-enforcing agencies.

At present, the security and investigation agencies which are engaged in counterterrorism

operations across the country have been barred from talking to media persons, because the

Interior Ministry has decided to streamline the procedure of sharing of information with media so

that the latter could not manipulate the same through sensationalism.

It is notable that a select group of media anchors not only holds prime time TV Talk Shows to

promote their premeditated ideas and skewed opinions, but also project their views through print

media leaving no space for middle class to offer feedback on the quality of contents discussed

during panel discussions. Resultantly, freedom of expression is getting repressed by media

itself, as few anchors and media owners have monopolized the media market and have formed

powerful syndicates to support each other, while silencing the voice of the dissents by sparing no

space for impartial and independent expression.

Therefore, serious issues like terrorism and dialogue process with Taliban get confused and

perplexed, causing psychological stress for the audience. During the peace dialogue, our

media analysts cynically commented that both Taliban and the government seemed to buy

time, as military operation was imminent against the former. The aim was to dishearten the

mediators and the public. Media was projecting trivial details which permitted the extraneous

elements to promote their own agenda through acrimonious arguments so as to spread a sense

of discontentment. Consequently, the secrecy of dialogue was exposed to compromising risk.

Media reports resorted to hasty coverage of all happenings, neglecting the confidentiality of

contents and sometimes objective reporting was also overlooked. Thus, due to media trial, the

dialogue process runs into contemptuous ridicule. It also serves the agenda of anti-Pakistan

forces which have been propagating against the peace dialogue.

Media anchors pose as jacks of all trades but actually they lack knowledge, insight and zeal to

build correct perceptions on real issues. Consequently, they tend to project the themes of few

political leaders to promote their insular agenda.

Moreover, advertisements shown on electronic media contain double loaded messages with

vulgar images and erotic contents. Such commercial might be offering large amounts of revenue,

but social ethics and moral values cannot be sold at any cost. Hence, there is a need to curtail

the oversensitive commercials. Furthermore, advertisements, aired on domestic TV channels’

broadcast, publicize products, films and celebrities from India with extraordinary elements of

nudity and eroticism, allowing penetration of Indian culture in Pakistan. This brings sense of

shame and guilt among domestic viewers. In this context, TV commercial “SAATHI” might also

be cited as an example.

However, our uncompromising media have not been able to build public pressure to convince

the concerned authorities to pay attention on foreign sponsored schemes, designed to change

the relevant contents of text books, syllabus—by promoting ideology of Pakistan, glorification

of past Islamic history and moral values as related to own social order. It seems that as part of

the psychological warfare, anti-state foreign entities appear to have collaborated with domestic

media and some renowned anchors so as to weaken Pakistan by inculcating ideas.

Now, the right hour has come that being the fourth pillar of the state, our own media must show

responsibility in order to pull the country out of the multiple crises. This needs positive changes.

For the purpose, values maintained by middle class must be upheld and media programmes be

tailored to extend respect to Pakistan’s cultural norms, while promoting social values. Middle

class must be held in high esteem, as they are the one who can uphold the national flag with

Media anchors must improve their understanding of different issues with a view to building

consensus among masses, and avoid confusion on vital issues. Matters like dialogue process

between the government and the Taliban merited more matured approach. Live coverage

and indication of the location of the government’s dialogue committee also created security

hazardous situation, therefore extra-care needed to be exercised to keep the location secret.

At this sensitive moment, our Armed Forces and law-enforcing agencies are operating under

warlike conditions. Therefore, media must realize that some degree of filtration of information

is essentially required. This will enable the security forces and law-enforcing agencies to block

some vital elements of information reaching the criminals. So, it is time for all of us to get united

and show confidence in the government, these agencies and Armed Forces in order to succeed

against terrorists and criminals.

Besides, our media must follow the real principles of journalism by educating and guiding

the people towards right direction through credible and true information. They should avoid

developing ‘stereotypes’ among the people by displaying unbiased news and comments.

Media must provide space for impartial expression of opinions and get positive criticism to reach

a workable solution rather than exploiting the issues and reaching no where. Electronic media

Talk Shows should not be commented and reinforced through print media by the same anchors to

close the chances of expressing dissents’ point of view, as is presently done by some media.

Indian commercials, films and dramas must be censored and naked vulgarity be covered to

protect own audience from bad images and objectionable contents. TV advertisements must be

morally approved contents and ethically acceptable images.

Media must assertively contest change of syllabus and text books, as the same will weaken own

ideological bonds. Muslims have cherished past and its glorification through text books which

must build moral strength among our youth through media.

Attention must be paid by all media anchors and commentators in thwarting all anti-Pakistan

schemes, designed to erode our moral values, cultural norms and Islamic bonds, besides

distorting country’s image, and are promoting radicalism or extremism. Particularly, our media

has a greater responsibility in countering external intrigues and schemes which inflict damage to

Pakistani values. All this could be possible, if, our uncompromising media change positively.

Sajjad Shaukat writes on international affairs and is author of the book: US vs Islamic Militants,

Invisible Balance of Power: Dangerous Shift in International Relations

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World media carry news about verdict against Sanader and HDZ


Ivo Sanader

Global media on Tuesdays carried the news about the guilty verdict against former Croatian Prime Minister and former head of the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) Ivo Sanader.
“The conservative HDZ, which ruled Croatia for 16 of its 22 years of independence, became the first political party sentenced for corruption,” Reuters said
France Presse reported about about the latest verdict against Sanader, recalling that he was already sentenced to 10 years’ jail in another corruption trial in 2012 for taking bribe in order to secure the sale of the Croatian oil company INA to the Hungarian oil giant MOL.
The Austrian news agency APA said Sanader was once again found guilty of corruption, noting that at the trial dubbed Fimi Media after the marketing agency through which money from state owned companies was siphoned, it was ruled that the HDZ must pay back the financial gain of 24.2 million kuna obtained through commission of the crime. APA cited the incumbent HDZ president, Tomislav Karamarko, as saying that the party would appeal.
The Slovenian news agency STA reported that once the most powerful Croatian politicians Sanader and the HDZ, the first political party sentenced for corruption, must pay back the stolen money, adding that the verdict in this biggest graft scandal could be appealed.
If the sentence is upheld by a higher court, Sanader will have to pay back 15.27 million kuna which the trial court said was gained illegally, the Serbian news agency Tanjug reported adding that the court also found guilty were former HDZ treasurer Mladen Barisic, former HDZ chief accountant Branka Pavosevic, Fimi Media owner Nevenka Jurak, while former HDZ and government spokesman Ratko Macek was given a one-year sentence suspended.
The money that Sanader has to pay back will be taken from his blocked accounts and from the accounts of members of his family, another Serbian news agency, Beta, said.
“A court in Croatia on Tuesday convicted a former prime minister of siphoning millions in state money while in power, and sentenced him to nine years in prison as part of efforts by the European Union’s newest member to root out corruption,” the Associated Press wrote.
“Croatia’s ex-prime minister Ivo Sanader has been found guilty of embezzling millions of euros in public funds while in power and sentenced to nine years in jail, his second graft conviction in two years. The two-year-long trial, which also found the the former ruling HDZ party guilty of the same charges, was labelled here as the most important corruption case since the former Yugoslav republic’s 1991 independence,” the Australian SBS broadcaster reported.
The news about the verdict for Sanader was carried by Finland’s YLE television, Turkey’s Hurriyet newspaper the Dutch Telegraph, the Vietnamese VTV television, the Italian ANSA news agency, the Czech CTK news agency, the Polish PAP news agency, Austrian Kleine Zeitung newspapers, the Hungarian MTI news agency, the Slovakian TSAR, etc.

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Surprise surprise–Tel Aviv world leader in ‘selfies’



Time Magazine study finds that residents of Israeli city love taking self-photographs

Times of Israel

Tel Aviv has been called many things. The White City. The gay capital of the Middle East. Israel’s cultural capital

According to Time Magazine, it’s also one of the “selfiest” cities in the world.

The magazine released a study this week examining how many “selfies” cities around the world produce per capita, and found that Tel Aviv clocked in at No. six.

A selfie is a self-photograph that young social media users often take.

The study found that Tel Aviv has 139 selfie-takers per 100,000 people. Makati City, Philippines, had the most, with 258. Manhattan came in second, followed by Miami.

“The photos were downloaded from the Instagram API in two sets of five days: from Jan. 28-Feb. 2, 2014 and March 3-7, 2014,” explained Time. “Each day’s data consists of the 24-hour period from midnight to midnight to account for all time zones equally. During that time, 402,197 Instagram photos tagged ‘selfie’ that included geographic coordinates. That only accounts for a fraction of all selfies uploaded during that time, since the majority of photos do not include a location. Of this sample, 28 percent came from the United States.

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Text of John Kerry’s AIPAC speech


John Kerry

John Kerry

WASHINGTON, D.C. –Following is the text of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s speech on Monday, March 3, to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) as provided by the U.S. State Department:

SECRETARY KERRY: Norm, thank you. Thank you very, very much. Thank you all, 14,000 strong or more. (Applause.) Howard, Howard Friedman and Executive Director Howard Kohr, incoming president Bob Cohen, incoming chairman Michael Kassen, outgoing chairman Lee Rosenberg, and Ambassador Ron Dermer and Ambassador Dan Shapiro. I don’t know where our ambassadors are. Would they – somebody ought to applaud both of them here. (Applause.) There they are. Thanks for your own, Norman.

Let me tell you, it really is an enormous pleasure for me to be able to be here. It’s a privilege. And good to see so many friends, all 14,000 of you – a little frightening to see myself on about eight, nine, ten screens up here – (laughter). The last time I spoke to AIPAC, I joined your national summit in Napa Valley. I did it via satellite. And you were in the vineyards, I was overseas – a different kind of vineyard. So today, I think I’m getting the better end of the deal because I am here with you in person, and your wine selection is a lot more limited this time.

I have to tell you, I had the pleasure of speaking to AIPAC back in the 1990s, it was a great honor, and every time I come here, whether I get a chance to talk to a smaller group during the daytime sessions or otherwise, this is a remarkably inspiring gathering – people from every corner of the country coming together to demonstrate our deep support as Americans for a strong U.S.-Israel relationship. (Applause.)

And it is no exaggeration. It’s not just words to say that every single one of you brings here such a special passion to a cause that you so fiercely believe in. And let me tell you something unequivocally: After almost 30 years in the United States Senate, I can tell you that is precisely why AIPAC’s work is in the best traditions of American democracy, and I thank you for practicing it. (Applause.)

I want you to know that in my judgment, these democratic values are stamped in the DNA of both the United States and Israel. But we also share something much deeper than that. Like no other two countries on the planet, against the deepest odds, both America and Israel confidently, purposefully set out to be examples to the world. Think about it. From its earliest days, Israel has always said it’s not enough just to be one of many in a community of nations; Israel has strived since Isaiah’s time to serve as a light unto the nations. (Applause.) And that responsibility to be a light unto the nations sounds actually unbelievably similar to something that we as Americans know is part of who we are, too.

My grandfather ten times over – too hard to count in other terms – was a man by the name of John Winthrop. And he came to what was then the New World, and he came in search of freedom, freedom to worship as he wished. He was a minister. He and his congregants were outcasts, persecuted, heading into a rough and unforgiving land with no guarantee even of survival. And on his way here, he delivered a now fairly famous sermon at sea in which he called on his community to create a city upon a hill in their new home, America.

So whether you call it a city upon a hill or a light unto the nations, it actually means the same thing: being a model to the world. It means having a home that sets a standard, a standard of dignity and a standard of freedom. So the foundation of the friendship between the American people and the people of Israel was actually laid centuries before a single stone was set under the U.S. Capitol or under the Knesset. And looking around this room tonight, it is clear that our friendship has never been stronger. (Applause.)

And I’ll tell you why. Because today, as Israel faces serious challenges to her future, it is America that will stand firmly by her side. (Applause.) I will tell you that with the leadership of President Obama – and you can look it up, you can measure it; this is not an exaggeration, it’s a matter of fact – there has been a complete, unmatched commitment to Israel’s security. The record of this Administration in providing aid and assistance, consultation, weapons, help, standing up in various international fora, fighting, I am proud to tell you, is unrivaled. And the bottom line, pure and simple, has been making sure that Israel has the means to defend itself by itself and defending Israel’s right to be able to do so. That is what we’ve done. (Applause.)

Security. Security is fundamentally what President Obama is committed to. And so too is he committed to using the full force of our diplomacy to resolve the two great questions that most matter when it comes to ensuring the security of Israel: preventing a nuclear Iran and ending the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. (Applause.)


Now let me start with Iran because I know there are many questions. I know many people – there’s been a healthy debate about the approach. We welcome that. But let me sum up President Obama’s policy in 10 simple, clear words, unequivocal: We will not permit Iran to obtain a nuclear weapon, period. (Applause.) Now, I added an eleventh word just for punctuation. (Laughter.)

But I want you to understand there are no if, ands, or buts. This is not a political policy. This is a real foreign policy. And we mean every word of what we say. You have the word of the President of the United States that Iran will not get a nuclear weapon. Now, as we said at the outset, and I say it again today, our diplomacy is guided by a simple bottom line: No deal is better than a bad deal. (Applause.) And we absolutely will not accept a bad deal. We are committed to a deal that gets the job done. (Applause.)

Why? Because we get it, we understand it. As President Obama said in Jerusalem, no one can question why Israel looks at the Iranian program and sees an existential threat. We understand it. We understand it in our gut. And we also know something else. This is not some favor that we do for Israel. This is something that is also in the interest of the United States of America, and it’s in the interest of countries surrounding Israel. (Applause.) A nuclear bomb for Iran would also threaten the stability of the region, indeed the entire world. It would produce an arms race among the surrounding countries. There is no way the world is safer anywhere in the world with a nuclear weapon in Iran, and we are not going to let it happen, period, end of story. (Applause.)

Now, to do that, to achieve this all-important goal, important for America’s security and for Israel’s security, it is crucial that we seizes what might be the last best chance to be able to have diplomacy work, and maybe the last chance for quite some time. Because the reality is only strong diplomacy can fully and permanently achieve the goal. Those who say strike and hit need to go look at exactly what happens after you’ve done that, whether that permanently eliminates the program or opens up all kinds of other possibilities, including Iran leaving the Nuclear Proliferation Treaty, not even allowing IAEA inspectors in, not living under any international regimen. That’s a possibility. Only strong diplomacy can guarantee that a nuclear weapons program actually goes away for good instead of just going underground and becoming more dangerous. Only the exhaustion of diplomacy can justify more forceful options if you have to take them in the end.

So we say – President Obama and myself and others – we say let’s seize the diplomatic moment. And that’s what we are trying to do. And the truth is it is strong diplomacy that has actually made this moment possible. And we need to give it the space to work. We need to make sure that if this opportunity were to elude us, it is not because we are the ones that close the window.

Now, I understand the skepticism. I’ve been around this city for 29-plus years as a senator, became chairman of the foreign relations committee, worked with most of the members of your board and with AIPAC and others around the country, and proud to tell you that during that time I had a 100 percent voting record for Israel. (Applause.)

And I’m not coming here to stand up in front of you and tell you that I know that Iran is going to reach an agreement. I don’t know. I don’t know what they’ll do. I don’t know if they are able to make some of the tough decisions they’re going to have to make in the months ahead. But I know that if the United States is going to be able to look the world in the eye and say we have to do something, we have to have exhausted the possibilities available to us for that diplomatic peaceful resolution. Let me make it clear our approach is not Ronald Reagan’s and the Soviets –We’re not looking at this and saying trust, but verify. Our approach is a much more complex and dangerous world – it’s verify and verify. And that’s what we intend to do. (Applause.)

Now, there is very good reason for these sanctions to exist in the first place, and good reason that we have kept the architecture of these sanctions in place. And we continue to enforce it even as we negotiate a comprehensive agreement. In the last weeks, we have announced additional sanctions with respect to individuals who have been tempted to go around it or violate it. We have not changed one piece of the sanctions architecture. And yet we are able to negotiate. Our eyes, my friends, are wide open. This is not a process that is open-ended. This is not a process that is about trusting Tehran. This is about testing Tehran. And you can be sure that if Iran fails this test, America will not fail Israel. That, I promise. (Applause.)

Now, we have taken no options off the table, but so far there is no question but that tough sanctions and strong diplomacy are already making Israel and America safer. The first step agreement, the first step agreement – it’s not an interim agreement, it’s a first step agreement – and the agreement that’s in force today didn’t just halt the advance of the Iranian nuclear program for the first time in a decade; it’s actually rolled it back. And we all remember how Prime Minister Netanyahu highlighted Iran’s 20 percent enriched uranium in the 2012 speech at the United Nations. Well, today Iran is reducing its stockpile of 20 percent uranium. And without the agreement in force today, the opposite would have been in effect. The stockpile would have grown even more dangerous, and the amount of breakout time that they have would have grown smaller. Because of the agreement, Iran will soon have to take its entire stock of 20 percent enriched uranium down to zero. Zero. Zero. (Applause.) You don’t have to be a math major to know that Israel is safer when Iran has zero uranium enriched to 20 percent, and that’s what we’ve achieved.

The same independent inspectors who also tell us that Iran has halted its advances on the heavy water reactor known as the Arak reactor, without the agreement in force today, we could not have stopped them making progress on the Arak heavy water reactor, plutonium reactor. Iran has also stopped enriching all uranium above 5 percent, and it has given inspectors daily access to the facilities at Natanz and at Fordow. You know Fordow, you’ve heard about it, that underground facility that was a secret for so long. We’ve never had people in it. But because of this first step agreement, we now have people inside Fordow every single day telling us what is happening. (Applause.)

None of these things would have happened without forceful diplomacy by the United States and our international partners. But now, my friends, we have to finish the job. Like I tell my staff, there aren’t any exit polls in foreign policy. It’s results that count, final results. And that means we have to let forceful diplomacy keep working in order to put this test to Iran.

Now, right now we are carefully – and I mean carefully – negotiating a comprehensive agreement. We are consulting with our friends in Israel constantly. The minute Under Secretary Wendy Sherman finished her last set of meetings in Vienna the other day, she went immediately to Israel, briefed thoroughly on the talks, then went to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates and continued to brief and briefed our European partners.

You might be asking: If no deal is better than a bad deal, what does the United States consider a good deal? Well, you have my word – and the President’s – that the United States will only sign an agreement that answers three critical questions the right way. First, will it make certain that Iran cannot obtain a nuclear weapon? Second, can it continuously assure the world that Iran’s program remains entirely peaceful as it claims? And third, will the agreement increase our visibility on the nuclear program and expand the breakout time so that if they were to try to go for a bomb, we know we will have time to act?

Those are the tests. Those are our standards for any comprehensive agreement. It’s that simple. And those objectives, if they’re not met, then there won’t be an agreement. (Applause.) Now make no mistake, make no mistake; we can’t resolve the answer to those questions. It’s up to Iran. It’s up to Iran to prove to the world that its program is peaceful, and the world will hold Iran accountable.

Now, if it turns out that Iran cannot address the world’s concerns, I guarantee you it will face more pressure, Iran will face more pressure, more and more isolation. And Congress will introduce more tough sanctions. And let me assure you – I know Eric Cantor is here, sitting here – I assure you it’ll take about two hours to get it through the House and the Senate and it won’t be delayed and the Congress will have to do nothing more than schedule the vote, because President Obama and I fully support those sanctions under those circumstances. (Applause.)

In the meantime, as I said earlier, we are enforcing every letter of the existing sanctions. I have personally instructed every State Department bureau and mission around the world to watch vigilantly for any signs of the sanctions being skirted. And to any country that wants to trade with Iran with these sanctions firmly in place, the United States will tell them exactly what I have told foreign leaders in no uncertain terms: Iran is not open for business until Iran is closed for nuclear bombs. (Applause.)

Israel-Palestinian Conflict

Now, strong diplomacy is also essential to another threat to Israel’s security: ending the conflict with the Palestinians, and in doing so, preserving the Jewish and democratic nature of the state of Israel. (Applause.) I’ve had some folks ask me why I’m so committed to these negotiations and why I’m so convinced that peace is actually possible. And they ask, “Why does John Kerry go to Israel so often?” I think I heard Steny Hoyer say he’d been there 13 times, Eric Cantor who’s been there 12 times. I’ve been there more times than that just in the last nine months. (Laughter.) And I’ve been in the Middle East more times than even that in the last months because I don’t always wind up going to Israel.

But apart from the question, I’m surprised because people ask, because apart from my affection for Israel which dates back to my first visit back in 1986, and it just strikes me that it’s the wrong question to ask, why do I go. This isn’t about me. This is about the dreams of Israelis and the dignity of Palestinians. It’s about reconciling two peoples who want at long last to live normal secure lives in the land that they have fought over for so long. It’s about answering King David’s timeless call that we seek peace and pursue it. It’s about fulfilling the fervent prayer for peace that Jews around the world recite to welcome Shabbat. It’s about parents from Tsefat to Eilat who want to raise their families in a region that accepts the nation-state of the Jewish people is here to stay. (Applause.)

Now, it’s not news to any Israeli to hear me say that they live in a difficult neighborhood. Israelis know that better than anyone. No one needs to explain the importance of peace and security to a mother who has just sent her daughter to the army or a son who is waiting for his father to come home from another mission. No one knows the stakes of success or failure better than those who will inherit them for generations to come. And I have seen all of these realities in so many different ways in my travels in Israel, from the rocket casings in Sderot to the shelter in Kiryat Shmona that I visited years ago where children had to hide from Katyusha rockets. I’ve seen it.

My friends, I also believe that we are at a point in history that requires the United States as Israel’s closest friend and the world’s preeminent power to do everything we can to help end this conflict once and for all. Now, that is why America – (applause) – that is why America helped bring the parties back to the table, where, let’s be honest, Israelis and Palestinians have difficult choices to make. And no one understands just how complex those choices are or how emotional they are better than the leaders who have to summon the courage in order to actually make them.

I have sat with Bibi Netanyahu for hours and hours and days and days. We have become good friends. (Applause.) I believe – in fact, he ought to be charging me rent. (Laughter.) I’ve seen up close and personally the grit and the guts of this man and his love of country. And I can tell you with absolute certainty and without question, Prime Minister Netanyahu has demonstrated his courage and his commitment in pursuit of peace with security. (Applause.) He knows that it is the only way for Israel to be a Jewish and democratic state; not a bi-national state. (Applause.)

As President Obama said publicly in the Oval Office today, and I quote him: “Prime Minister Netanyahu has approached these negotiations with a level of seriousness and commitment that reflects his leadership and the desire of the Israeli people for peace.”

Thus far, I will tell you also that President Abbas, and I know there are many doubters here – I’ve heard the arguments for 30-plus years, 40 years – that there’s no partner for peace, that Abbas won’t be there, that – both sides, by the way, say the same thing about each other. That’s one of the difficulties we have to try get through here. A very small needle to try to thread in terms of the trust deficit. Thus far, President Abbas, I will tell you, has demonstrated he wants to be a partner for peace. He’s committed to trying to end the conflict in all of its claims, but he obviously has a point of view about what’s fair and how he can do that. Let’s be candid. I know that some of you doubt that. But as Israeli security officials will attest, President Abbas has been genuinely committed against violence, and his own security forces have worked closely with Israel in order to prevent violence against Israeli citizens.

I’ve also spent many hours with President Abbas, and I believe that he clearly understands both the tremendous benefits of peace and the great costs of failure. He understands that in terms of his own people, his own grandchildren, the country he hopes to be able to lead, and in terms of the history that beleaguers all. He knows the Palestinian people will never experience the self determination that they seek in a state of their own without ending the conflict in a solution that delivers two states for two peoples. (Applause.)

And so does Prime Minister Netanyahu. When Bibi looks me in the eye and says, “I can’t accept a deal with Palestinians that doesn’t make the people of Israel safer,” we agree 100 percent. (Applause.) But I argue that there is a distinction between a unilateral withdrawal from Lebanon or from Gaza where nothing is resolved, and a phased withdrawal that is negotiated where everything is at least in an agreement resolved.

Now, I learned about Israel’s security on many different trips over there, but one stands out. I was – I’d been a pilot since I was in college and I was on a trip over there. I was having a luncheon at Ovda Airbase with the Israel Air Force. And the colonel who was in charge was – had flown. He was an ace from the Six-Day War. And we were having lunch at the time at Ovda and I had been badgering them to maybe let me go up and fly. And they disappeared at lunch and finally he comes back and he says, “Senator, I hope you don’t eat too much. We’re going flying.” I said, “Wow, great. This is what I’ve wanted.” And we went out, the two of us, drove out to this jet, and he trusted me. We put on our helmets, got in the jet, and he says, “The moment we’re off the ground, it’s your airplane.”

So literally, we took off, I take the stick, we go up, we’re flying around. Next thing I know in my ear he says, “Senator, you better turn faster. You’re going over Egypt.” (Laughter.) So I turned very fast and then I asked him if I could do some aerobatics over the Negev. And I turned upside down and did a big loop and I was coming down, I was looking upside-down, and I said to myself, “This is perfect.” I could see all of the Sinai. I could see Aqaba. I could see Jordan. I see all of Israel below me, each side to each side. Said, “This is the perfect way to see the Middle East upside-down and backwards.” I understand it. (Applause.)

The real point of this story is just to tell you that I can’t tell you the imprint on me, being up there and tiny – almost turning. You had barely space to turn. You get the sense of a missile from here, or a rocket from there, or the threat of war. You understand it’s impossible to ignore just how narrow those borders are, how vulnerable Israel can be, and why Israel’s security is our first priority. We understand that. (Applause.)

That is why, my friends, President Obama sent a four-star general, John Allen, one of the most respected minds in United States military to do something we’ve never done in all the history of administrations negotiating for Israel’s and Palestinians’ future and that is to work with Israelis and Jordanians and Palestinians to make the Jordan River border as strong as the strongest borders on Earth. That’s what makes this effort different from anything we’ve ever done before. With the combination of the best military experience America can offer and the best ideas in the Pentagon and the best technology that we could deliver, we believe we can deliver to Israel security that Israel needs in order to make peace, and President Obama is committed to doing that.

Now we have no illusions. We saw what happened after Israel withdrew unilaterally from Gaza and Lebanon. We all learned lessons from that, I hope. That’s why a negotiated agreement is so important. That’s why the security arrangements that we are helping to design will need to be operationally proven. We’re not doing this on a whim and a prayer. We will never let the West Bank turn into another Gaza. (Applause.)

Israel and Middle East trade

My friends, we understand that Israel has to be strong in order to make peace. But we also understand that peace will make Israel stronger. Any peace agreement must also guarantee Israel’s identity as a Jewish homeland. (Applause.) As Ehud Barak said on this stage last year, a two-state solution is the only way for Israel to stay true to its founding principles – to remain both Jewish and democratic. At last year’s AIPAC conference, he said statehood is not a favor for the Palestinians, and let me reaffirm: He is right; it is not.

Israel also needs peace in order to create greater prosperity. All of you here know the great economic benefits of peace. All of you have already seen what Israel has already been able to build with the forces of the region that raid (sic, arrayed) against it. Just imagine what it will be able to build as a result of peace with Palestinian neighbors. I’ve had the foreign minister of one of the surrounding countries – a very wealthy country and a very smart foreign minister say to me if we make peace – this is under the Arab Peace Initiative and the Arab Follow-on Committee that is following everything we’re doing very closely and supporting it – and they said if we make peace, Israel will trade more in this community within a few years than it trades with Europe today. That’s what we have available to us. (Applause.)

Opposing Delegitimization

And I believe that we need to stand together with a single voice to reject any of the arbitrary unwarranted boycotts of Israel. For more than 30 years, I have staunchly, loudly, unapologetically opposed boycotts of Israel – (applause) – and I will continue to oppose those boycotts of Israel. That will never change. (Applause.)

Every time that Israel is subjected to attacks on its legitimacy, whether at the United Nations or from any nation, the United States will use every tool we have to defeat those efforts and we will stand with Israel. (Applause.)

Finally, peace demands that Israel fulfill its destiny not just as a nation but also as a neighbor. And that begins with the Palestinians, and it extends to the entire Arab League whose Arab Peace Initiative can open the door to peace and normalized relations with 20 additional Arab countries and a total of 55 Muslim countries. The upheaval in the Middle East has shown us all that Arabs and Israelis share some of the very same security concerns. Without the Palestinian conflict to divide them, these common interests can grow into real relationships and transform Israel’s standing in the region. And I just invite you – I promise you these conversations take place. I’ve had them throughout the Gulf region, throughout the Middle East, where increasingly those countries begin to see the possibilities of mutual security interests coming together for all of them against an Iran, against terrorism, against religious extremism. This is a commonality that is a new thread in the region, and I believe it brings the potential of new possibilities.

Ending Incitement

It is also important to remember that ending the conflict means ending the incitement. President Abbas has called incitement a germ that must be removed. And he has sought our help in order to try to deal with the problem. And I can tell you that with any final agreement it will also include a larger endeavor in order to help people on both sides move beyond a painful past and promote a culture of peace and tolerance.

The End Game

After all these years, my friends, it is really no mystery what the end-game really looks like. I think you know that in your hearts. We understand what the end-game is. I know what peace looks like. When I talk to Prime Minister Netanyahu and others, I think everybody shares this because this is not new. After Camp David and Oslo and Wye and Annapolis and Taba and all of these efforts, what the end-game should look like is straightforward: security arrangements that leave Israelis more secure, not less; mutual recognition of the nation-state of the Jewish people and the nation-state of the Palestinian people; an end to the conflict and to all claims; a just and agreed solution for Palestinian refugees, one that does not diminish the Jewish character of the state of Israel; and a resolution that finally allows Jerusalem to live up to its name as the City of Peace. (Applause.)

It will take hard work. I’m not pretending any of the answers – these are all narrative issues. They’re tough issues. They complicated. But there is a vision of peace, and it takes tough choices on both sides, especially over the coming days. I guarantee you that America, that President Obama and this Administration will be there every day of the week, every step of the way. And we will stand with Israel’s leaders today and with the leaders of the future. And we will ensure that our light shines not just throughout the nations, but throughout the generations.

Leaders like a fellow named Guy – I’ll leave his last name out – but he’s a young Israeli who took part in an exchange program with the State Department, sponsors that brings Israelis and Palestinians together to talk about their histories and their hopes. Guy’s grandparents fled Europe. He was born and raised in Jerusalem. He served in the IDF. And he worked as an entrepreneur in Israel’s booming tech industry. And this is what he said in that program: We respect our past, but we don’t want to live it. We are young enough to dream, to believe that change is possible, and that fear can be defeated.

I think Guy is right. Change is possible. Fear can be defeated. But those are choices we have to make now.

Am Israel Chai

My friends, a few months ago I landed in Tel Aviv and it was the 18th anniversary of Yitzhak Rabin’s assassination. I went straight to Kikar Rabin, and I stood with the late-prime minister’s daughter, Dalia, at the site of her father’s murder. And we stood just steps away from where the great general, in the last moments of his life, sang the famous lyrics of Shir LaShalom: Don’t whisper a prayer; sing a song of peace in a loud voice. Don’t say the day will come; bring that day. (Applause.) That is our mission. All of us, in whatever capacity that we can, but just as important our mission is also to raise our voices for peace, and we also need to listen. We have to listen to those who first gave voice to our values, voices that still echo thousands of years later.

He almost – I think it was the first time I went to Israel. I spent a week there and went all over the country and like many first-time visitors, I climbed Masada. I climbed it with a guide – some of you may know him or heard of him, a fellow by the name of Yadin Roman. Yadin, the publisher of Eretz Israel. And our group debated Josephus Flavius’s account of what happened on the top of that mountain, the account of what happened 2,000 years before we were there.

Then Yadin, after we’d had this long debate, made us all vote to determine did it happen as he recounted or was it different. And we all voted unanimously it did happen the way he recounted. He told us to then walk to the edge of the precipice which we did, and to look out across the chasm and to shout, to shout across the ancestral home of the Jewish people. And as we stood where every new Israeli soldier begins his or her service, by swearing an oath to honor that history and secure the future, Yadin instructed us to shout, all at the same time, “Am Yisrael chai.” We shouted. (Applause.) And then I have to tell you, echoing across the chasm in the most eerie and unbelievably unforgettable way were these haunting echoes of “Am Yisrael chaiAm Yisrael chaichaichai.” I’ll never forget hearing the echo of those words bouncing off that mountain. It was literally like we were hearing the voices of the souls of those who had perished sacrificing their lives for Israel a thousand years ago. And we were affirming those words, the state of Israel lives. The people of Israel live.

We have to listen to those voices. Those long ago who encouraged us to build a city on a hill to be a light unto the nations, an example to the world, to ensure Israel’s survival. And we have to listen to the voices of young people whose futures depend on the choices that we, the leaders of today, make. It’s for their future that we will give new strength to the U.S.-Israel partnership as AIPAC does like no other organization in our country. It’s for their future that we will come together giving greater voice to the timeless oath and we will remember forever those words and be driven by them: “Am Yisrael chai” will be said generations upon generations into the future because of the work you do and the work we will do together.

Thank you all very much. Honored to be with you. (Applause.)

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