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So Long Iraq

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Hezbollah on highest alert

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Impeccable sources say that Hezbollah expects Netanyahu to “pretext-it & unload-it” on Lebanon at …. any time!

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"Israel had intentionally targeted civilians…"

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Haaretz/ here


“Richard Goldstone, who recently headed a United Nations commission investigating the events of Israel’s offensive in the Gaza Strip last winter, told CNN on Wednesday that Israel had intentionally targeted some civilian sites during the fighting, though he stressed that he did not believe it was an Israeli policy….

When asked whether he believed that Israel had targeted civilians, Goldstone said “Not as a policy. A fully fledged formal investigation will find that out. We didn’t get near being judicial.” “However, he also said that “some of the killing was certainly intentional. There was no mistake in bombing factories. The Israeli intelligence has very precise information.”..”

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"Hariri violated the spirit of national unity …"

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UPI/ here

“Lebanese Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri violated the spirit of national unity in his decisions on the next government, opposition leaders say…..

Michel Aoun, leader of the opposition Free Patriotic Movement, blamed Hariri for moving forward in a unilateral fashion, which he said harmed efforts at forming a unity government. “Thus if we do not reach an accord over the government, that implies a unilateral decision by one party to form a cabinet which does not reflect national unity,” he said. He stressed, however, that he was not leading the disputes over the appointment of Bassil,  …….”Whoever provoked the problem should pay the price,” he cautioned.

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Your propaganda is killing us, literally

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“A box of leaflets dropped by an RAF plane in Afghanistan landed on and killed a young girl, the Ministry of Defence said.” (thanks Carlos)

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…off to Montana

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Leaving for Montana later today (you know what that means, don’t you? Angry Arab in the Sky, with diamonds). Returning on Saturday. I am speaking on Thursday.

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Military justice in the US

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“The government has dropped a murder charge against a Marine who pleaded guilty Tuesday to dereliction of duty for killing an unarmed Iraqi detainee during a battle to recapture the city of Fallujah…Nelson is the only remaining defendant in a case that has resulted in two defeats for the government. Nelson’s squadmate, Sgt. Ryan Weemer, was acquitted by a military jury of the same charges in April. That jury consisted of eight Marines, all of whom served in Iraq or Afghanistan.

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Aluf Benn on a Possible Attack on Iran

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Since the death of Ze’ev Schiff, Aluf Benn, the defense analyst at Ha’aretz, has been Israel’s most reliable defense journalists. His “Cries of ‘hold me back’ may lead Israel to strike Iran” is most assuredly worthy of your attention.

I think the Israeli realists, including Defense Minister Ehud Barak and many in the IDF general staff, understand both the fundamental problems of an attack on Iran if the US isn’t on board (logistics, refueling, violation of airspace) and the potential blowback through Hizbullah, Hamas, Sadrists in Iraq, and potential disruption of tanker traffic in the Gulf. But that still does not completely reassure, and I hope that the negotiations with Iran later this week can find a modus vivendi, even if it’s only a temporary figleaf. The fact that Israel’s nuclear arsenal is rarely part of the debate is, of course, a bit bizarre. If no on else in the region had nuclear weapons, why would Iran need them? But Pakistan does, Russia does, India does, and Israel does. And Americans sitting in Iraq and Afghanistan have them too, though not necessarily in theater. If I were sitting in Iran’s seat, I’d want a deterrent too. Oddly enough, we weren’t nearly this worried about the Shah’s nuclear ambitions in the 70s.

I’m not defending Iran here, but I’m saying something I’ve said many times before: whoa, let’s not start the nonproliferation regime with “okay, Israel, Pakistan, and India have the bomb, but you can’t have it.” Let’s suggest instead, can we all dial this back a bit? Proliferation did not begin with Iran. And it still insists that it is pursuing a peaceful program. (Okay, I don’t believe it either.) But let me also remind everyone that the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) allow signatories (of which Iran is one, but Israel, India and Pakistan are not) to break out of the treaty on six months’ notice. That means Iran could simply withdraw from the treaty and develop nuclear weapons without violating any treaty obligations,

Oh, sure, I see the problems. But I also see that much of the Arab and Persian and Turkic speaking worlds see a real European/American double standard at work here.

Let’s hope we can all find a modus vivendi here. I think Khamene’i and Larijani and others have been saying some pretty hopeful things. (Ahmadinejad doesn’t control the nuclear program: he’s just grandstanding and demagoguing.)


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Jamiroquai latest to headline Abu Dhabi GP

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UK pop act joins U.S. artists Beyoncé and Aerosmith playing over Abu Dhabi’s debut F1 racing weekend.
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At least 20 Taliban killed in Afghanistan

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Massive operation in western Afghanistan kills militants, U.S. plans sending more troops to battle insurgency.
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