Monday, 16 March 2009

Iran tests overstretched US military

US forces shot down an Iranian drone over Iraq last month, according to reports today on the wires. It's a sign of the increasing tensions between the US and Iran.

The drone was shot down 60 miles from Baghdad and according to the US military had been tracked for 1 hour and 10 minutes suggesting that this was no errant mistake or accident on the part of Iran.

But does the US have the right to complain? Not really, given that they are occupying Iraq against the will of its people. The truth is, at least among the people of the south of Iraq, Iraqis probably welcome more Iranian involvement.

The Iranians are probably sending their own message to the US - mess with us and you will have very big trouble indeed in Iraq.

EU warns Israel over Lieberman

The European Union has made its clearest signal yet that if Israel wants to maintain its relations with the European Union then needs to show that ii is committed to the peace process.

This is another way of saying the election of the most right wing government ever in the history of the settler state threatens to kill off the peace process, which by the way has resembled something more akin to a Pallestinian humiliation process than a move towards a just peace.

But Netanyahu and his fascist side kick from Russia, Lieberman, find even the two states solution on offer from the west too much to stomach. In fact the Israeli uber state would continue and the Palestinians would get a disconnected Bantustan a la Apartheid South Africa.
Asked to comment on Prime Minister-designate Benjamin Netanyahu's preliminary coalition pact with the ultra-right Yisrael Beiteinu party, Solana told reporters.

"We will be ready to do business as usual, normally with a government in Israel that is prepared to continue talking and working for a two-state solution. If that is not the case, the situation would be different." more

UK up to its neck in torture - this time with help from Egypt

So when will Great Britian get back to doing its own torturing instead of using third parties. This news comes hot n the heels of what we already know happened to Binyam at the behest of those oh so nice public school boys over at MI6:
Azhar Khan, a 26-year-old who has seen a number of friends jailed for terrorist offences, says Egyptian intelligence officers who detained him when he flew into the country last July forced him to stand on the same spot for five days, with little rest, while beating him and subjecting him to electric shocks. Throughout this time, he says, he was asked detailed questions about his friends and associates in the UK. more

Egypt bars Jordanian MPs, invites Netanyahu

Egypt is refusing to allow the entry of a Jordanian parliamentary delegation into the Gaza Strip through the Rafah crossing.

Jordan has a majority Palestinian population and the Egyptian government, which has been collaborating with Israel and the west in trying to isolate Hamas, is clearly worried by the widening support for the Hamas-led resistance movement in Palestine, the wider Arab world and globally.

Meanwhile Haaretz reports today that Egypt will be laying out the red carpet for Nethanyahu, the rabid Arab-hating politician soon to be prime minister of Israel. Apparently the Egyptian ambassador has already extended the invitation to the Likud leader.

The days of this rotten and corrupt regime in Cairo are surely numbered.

Israel focuses on Iran attack despite US warning

The US seems to be increasingly worried that its watchdog in the Middle East is slipping the leash on the question Iran.

The Israeli chief of staff Gabi Ashkenazi is in the US this week to talk about how to deal with the perceived threat of a nuclear Iran.

But before the visit begins the head of the US armed forces, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Michael Mullen has warned off the Israelis from the attack option without it first being cleared by the US:

"option generates a much higher level of risk in terms of outcomes in the region and it really concerns me."

Israel to submit to Hamas terms on prisoner release

Olmert's supposed deadline to Hamas is in fact that a deadline for himself and the Israeli establishment, as we argued yesterday. This explains the postponement by Olmert of the special cabinet meeting that was to decide on the prisoner exchange deal.
Shortly after midnight, outgoing Prime Minister Ehud Olmert postponed for 24 hours a special cabinet session on abducted Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, in order to give negotiators an extra day in Cairo to finalize a deal for his release.

Shin Bet Chief Yuval Diskin and special negotiator Ofer Dekel on Sunday decided to remain in Cairo for extra negotiations.

The two were expected to leave Egypt late Sunday with a finalized agreement following their weekend talks with the Egyptian negotiators mediating with Hamas for Shalit's release. It is not clear when they will return.

A deal does seem likely, but Hamas's terms not Israel.

Hamas's miltary chief, who the Israelis have been trying to murder for some time, is now in Cairo heading up the final leg of the negotiations.

Lieberman's fascist party to seize Israel's foreign ministry and internal security

Lieberman the racist leader of the fascist Yisrael Beiteinu party is set to become Isreal's next foreign minister as his party moves into government with Nethanyahu's Likud.

If anyone was under any illusions about whether the western-led peace process was dead this should confirm that it is.
Prime Minister-designate Benjamin Netanyahu was speeding up his coalition negotiations and, close to midnight Sunday, initialed an agreement with Yisrael Beiteinu.

Yisrael Beiteinu's Avigdor Lieberman is expected to be appointed foreign minister, while the party's MK Yitzhak Aharonovitch is due to become internal security minister. Yisrael Beiteinu will also receive the tourism, infrastructure and immigrant absorption portfolios, as well as chairmanship of the Knesset Constitution, Law and Justice Committee, which will headed by MK David Rotem.