Monday, October 6, 2014

ISIS To Wage War On Iran For Its Nuclear Secrets, The Beginning Of The End Of The Abbas Era?

ISIS To Wage War For Nuclear Secrets

The Islamic State is preparing to wage war on Iran in order to obtain the secrets of its nuclear program, according to a manifesto attributed to a member of the Islamic State war cabinet uncovered by the Sunday Times.

The manifesto, believed to have been written by Abdullah Ahmed al-Meshedani, calls on ISIS militants to prepare for war against the Islamic Republic.

The document, thought to be a policy manifesto prepared for senior members of the organization's leadership, was found in the home of one of the ISIS commanders during a Iraqi special forces raid in March, the paper reported.

Western security officials believe the document to be authentic.

According to the document uncovered by the British newspaper, ISIS intends to obtain Iran's nuclear secrets through Russia. The organization will offer Russia access to Iraqi gas fields it seized in the Anbar area in return for Moscow cutting its ties with Tehran and pass on Iran's nuclear knowhow to ISIS.

Moscow must also cut its ties with the regime of Bashar Assad in Syria, and move its support to Sunni Gulf states opposing the Shiite Ayatollah regime.

Iran's Bushehr nuclear power plant was built by Russian contractor Atomstroyexport as part of a contract signed between Tehran and the Russian Ministry for Atomic Energy in 1995. In September 2013, operational control of the power plant was transferred from Russia to the Islamic Republic.

Al-Meshedani, responsible for recruitment of foreign fighters for ISIS, also calls for "Nazi-style eugenics" as well as the killing of shiite Iraqi officials, military leaders and members of Iranian-backed militias.

According to the document, the Islamic State aims to strip Iran of "all its power," by targeting Iranian diplomats and businessmen and profitable Iranian industries like its caviar and carpet industries.

Iran has warned that it would attack Islamic State group jihadists inside Iraq if they advance near the border.

Mahmoud Abbas is 79. His hold on the Palestinian people is tenuous. The institution he governs from the dilapidated Muqata compound in Ramallah is a poorly managed dictatorship. He is in the ninth year of a four-year presidential term, overseeing a regime that arrests young Palestinians who criticize it on Facebook.

Yet all that is secondary to the most glaring indignity of his rule: he is kept in power not by his own political acumen or even police power, but by Israel’s efficient suppression of his opponents, primarily Hamas, in the West Bank.

Indeed, even before one considers how an independent Palestine might prosper, there is another harsh truth for Palestinians to consider. It is, simply, that there is no discernible path toward Palestinian independence that does not pass through Israeli politics.

This is not a reality that Palestinian politics is able or willing to acknowledge. In 22 years of peacemaking, the Palestinians have seriously pursued only two strategies for attaining independence, and neither makes a significant effort to engage Israelis.

The first strategy, once championed by Yasser Arafat and today primarily by Hamas, proposes that permanent belligerence and terrorism will have the same effect on Israelis that it had on French Algerians. Faced with unremitting violence, the Jews will leave, and the entire country, from Metulla to Eilat, from the metropolis of Tel Aviv to the cooperative villages of the Arava, will be handed to the Palestinians. It happened with French Algeria, Hamas leaders say, so why shouldn’t they believe that it can happen with Israel?
The second strategy is less violent but no less unilateral. Throughout the peace talks of the Oslo years and on to this year’s US-led talks between the Netanyahu and Abbas governments, the Palestinians have systematically sought to bring international pressure to bear on Israel to soften its stance in the negotiations. The global boycott, divestment and sanctions campaign instigated by Fatah-led Palestinian civil groups, and the dissemination of wildly inaccurate lies or distortions about Palestinian suffering (from the “Jenin massacre” in 2002 to the claim this week by the top Palestinian peace negotiator that 96% of the Palestinian dead in this summer’s Gaza war were civilians), seek to level international pressure on Israel that will do the work Palestinian negotiators believe they cannot achieve at the negotiating table.
Both strategies reflect the same refusal to deal with the importance of the Israeli body politic, and so both have failed. While Hamas trumpets the “glorious achievements” of its war machine, it has brought only calamity on Gaza and united the once-fractious Israeli political arena in its resolve to crush everything the group represents in Palestinian politics – with the Palestinian people, many of whom do not support Hamas, often caught in the middle.

Similarly, the global boycott movement celebrates its anecdotal successes, even as the world’s appetite for Israeli software, agricultural and pharmaceutical innovations, biotech, weapons systems, academic research and even Hebrew-language cultural production continues to mushroom year after year. In 2014, Israel came ahead of France, Austria and Belgium in the UN’s “human development” rankings, while the rise of China and India, both as world powers and as burgeoning trading partners for Israel, suggest the Jewish state is poised for more decades of economic expansion, much of it driven by trade with parts of the world where the Palestinian issue does not constitute a political handicap.
Even the Arabs are not rushing to Palestine’s defense, with regional powers like Egypt and Saudi Arabia preferring silent accommodation with Israel, which offers them strategic advantages that far outweigh what the Palestinians bring to the table.
It is worth noting that none of this can be construed as a moral argument for or against any side or strategy in the conflict. These are simply strategic realities that Palestinians have not seriously confronted in their pursuit of independence.

One of the many events that have Americans bracing for impact is an attack by the terrorist group, ISIS.  Although the bulk of the ISIS force is in the Middle East, their leadership has sworn that they will bring their murderous, terroristic blood-letting to US shores.  All, of course, in the name of peace.

Tom Osborne is a historian, teacher, lecturer and an expert on ISIS and the Middle East.  Tom spoke in Kalispell, Montana about 10 days ago from the basement of Sykes Diner. The sponsor of the event, The Glacial Forum, asked Tom to stand-in for General Paul Vallely who was under the weather, and he did a superb job on short notice.  Tom explores the ISIS beginnings and the very real threat that ISIS poses to the United States.

The militant group "Islamic State" (IS) is planning to send its terrorists to European countries in the guise of refugees, Germany's Bild reported Sunday referencing intelligence records.
According to the newspaper, the IS plans were unfolded by the American intelligence during the decoding of the talks between the leaders of the militant group.
Specifically, the monitoring of the talks revealed that the terrorist groups are not allowed to board planes due to strict controls at airports.
The newspaper stated that the terrorists, disguised as refugees, are planning to enter Turkey first and then travel to Western European countries such as Germany for the purpose of carrying out attacks.
A spokesperson for Germany's Interior Minister told Bild that Germany remains the focus of the jihadist group, posing serious threats to the internal security of the country.

Qatar and Saudi Arabia have ignited a "time bomb" by funding the global spread of radical Islam, according to a former commander of British forces in Iraq.
General Jonathan Shaw, who retired as Assistant Chief of the Defence Staff in 2012, told The Telegraph that Qatar and Saudi Arabia were primarily responsible for the rise of the extremist Islam that inspires Isil terrorists.
The two Gulf states have spent billions of dollars on promoting a militant and proselytising interpretation of their faith derived from Abdul Wahhab, an eighteenth century scholar, and based on the Salaf, or the original followers of the Prophet.
But the rulers of both countries are now more threatened by their creation than Britain or America, argued Gen Shaw. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) has vowed to topple the Qatari and Saudi regimes, viewing both as corrupt outposts of decadence and sin.
So Qatar and Saudi Arabia have every reason to lead an ideological struggle against Isil, said Gen Shaw. On its own, he added, the West's military offensive against the terrorist movement was likely to prove "futile".

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Mrs.C said...

"Spanish nurse infected with Ebola in Madrid, ministry confirms"

Spanish health officials on Monday said that a Spanish nurse who treated a priest repatriated to Madrid with Ebola last month, and who died of the disease, had also been infected.
Health Minister Ana Mato told a news conference that an emergency protocol had been put in place and authorities were working to establish the source of the contagion, in the first case of Ebola being contracted outside of West Africa.
Hospital officials said people who had come into contact with the nurse were being monitored, though they had no knowledge of any further cases at present. The nurse began to feel sick on Sept. 30, they said.

Scott said...

I saw that. Interesting in terms of potential means of spread of the virus