Friday, January 20, 2012

Daily Digest January 20, 2012



Mulcair launches ambitious NDP membership drive in Quebec
Thomas Mulcair is launching a membership blitz in Quebec,
hoping to sign up a total of 10,000 new NDP members in the leadership race.

NCC slammed for 'disgusting character assassination' attack ad against Rae
Several supporters who donated large amounts of money to the right-wing National Citizens Coalition last year
also gave maximum allowable contributions to Prime Minister Stephen Harper's federal Conservative Party.

  • France mulls early pullout, suspends Afghan training
  •          Iran Threatens To Torpedo US Aircraft Carriers (628 comments)
  • The 'invented people' stand little chance (543 comments)
  •          VIDEO : Fox News Caught Completely Excluding Ron Paul From Post Debate Coverage (350 comments)
  • How Will The Shocking Decline Of Christianity In America Affect The Future Of This Nation? (324 comments)
  •          Money Insider: US Will See Violent Civil Unrest In 2012 (249 comments)
  • Former IAEA Inspector Calls for Transparancy on All Sides
  •          Spain's "Indignados" and the Globalization of Dissent
  • CIA Covert Operations and U.S. Interventions Since World War II
  •         The World War on Democracy That the most numerous victims of terrorism - western terrorism - are Muslims is unsayable,  if it is known.
  • SAS On Ground During Libya "Crisis" Newsnight has learned that British soldiers were on the ground in Libya, alongside the anti-Gaddafi forces.
  •         Who Wants War With Iran? Netanyahu is desperate to have the United States launch air and missile strikes to stop Tehran         from becoming the world's ninth nuclear power. And he is echoed not only by U.S. neocons, but GOP candidates save
  •         Ron Paul.
  • The Confrontation with Iran: A Covert War  he purpose of the pressures on Iran is to change its leaders to those who will take orders from Washington. In other words, the US plans to make a client Islamic regime out of the existing "moderate clerics"
  •         Did The Republican Party Formally Abandon The Two-State Solution?
  •         The Republican National Committee (RNC), at their winter meeting in New Orleans, unanimously adopted a resolution that  appears to support a one-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
  • The CIA's Cassandras
  • Paying people to whom one pays scant attention, is merely an overhead charge of the essential hypocrisy which is an integral part of American life and a dimension of its ethos.
  •          Ecology and the Pathology of Capitalism
  •          Contrary to everything we have been taught, there is no actual United States of America. The U.S. is an occupied territory      that could more accurately be described as the Corporate States of America.
  • Beating Up on Chavez
  • The business of America is war and grand theft. People are increasingly on their own sink or swim. Duopoly power governs. Rigged elections defile democratic governance. Banker bailouts, imperial wars, policies favoring wealth and power, and repressive police state laws define their agenda.
  •          "We the People," not "We the Corporation."
  •         This year, Congress will spend well over $3 billion on its own expenses to do nothing of significance other than shift more     debt to individual taxpayers by depleting the social security payroll tax by over $100 billion so both parties can say they     enacted a tax cut!
  • Working and Poor in the USA
  • Millions of people in the US work and are still poor. Here are eight points that show why the US needs to dedicate itself to making work pay.
  •         47 killed in clashes between Malian troops, rebels: ministry: Mali's government said the attackers are members of the   Azawad National Liberation Movement (MNLA) formed in late 2011, and boosted by the return of heavily armed Tuareg       rebels from Libya's conflict.
  • Students rough up Libya's NTC vice president: The deputy head of Libya's ruling National Transitional Council (NTC) was roughed up on Thursday by university students in the eastern city of Benghazi, in a rare incident that indicates a growing popular discontent with Libya's new rulers.
  •         Inside story of the UK's secret mission to beat Gaddafi: British special forces were deployed on the ground in order to help    the UK's allies - the Libyan revolutionaries often called the National Transitional Council or NTC. Those with a knowledge of   the programme insist "they did a tremendous job" and contributed to the final collapse of the Gaddafi regime.
  • Nato accused of war crimes in Libya: New report criticises Western forces for bombing civilian targets in Sirte during conflict
  •         After a year of Arab upheaval, Islamists are biggest winners:
  •         The United States and other Western powers - along with Arab liberals and religious minorities - are watching with alarm as     conservative Muslim politicians have filled the power vacuums left by the rebellions in Egypt, Tunisia and Libya.
  • Nigeria's Kano rocked by multiple explosions: The BBC's Yusuf Yakasai in the city says there is pandemonium with people running all over the place and plumes of smoke rising into the sky. Our reporter says there is also a shoot-out going on at the police's state head office in the east of the city.
  •         Six marines killed in Afghanistan helicopter "crash": The CH-53 sea stallion went down Thursday in Helmand province.
  • Sarkozy Weighs Afghan Withdrawal After Soldier Kills 4 French Troops: President Nicolas Sarkozy of France suspended military operations as part of the American-led coalition in Afghanistan on Friday and said he was considering an early pullout of his nation's forces after a man in Afghan Army uniform shot and killed four French soldiers.
  •          Afghanistan's Soldiers Step Up Killings of Allied Occupation Forces : -
  •          American and other coalition forces here are being killed in increasing numbers by the very Afghan soldiers they fight  alongside and train, in attacks motivated by deep-seated animosity between the supposedly allied forces, according to   American and Afghan officers and a classified coalition report.
  • Coalition limits details on troops killed by Afghans: Military commanders in Afghanistan have stopped making public the number of allied troops killed by Afghan soldiers and police, a measure of the trustworthiness of a force that is to take over security from U.S.-led forces.
  •         US forces kill 3 Afghan civilians: The victims, among them a teacher, died in the Achin district of the province, located some  120 kilometers (74 miles) east of the country's capital Kabul, on Friday morning when American forces launched a raid in        the area.
  • Why Obama's 'targeted killing' is worse than Bush's torture: Both are legally prohibited but speciously justified by the White House. The difference? Obama's policy kills innocent bystanders
  •         Cost of supplying Afghan War increases 600% since Pakistan closed border: Using a Northern route to supply the Afghan   War costs the United States $104 million dollars a month, an increase of $87 million from the $17 million it cost Washington    when supplies were mainly sent through Pakistani territory, the AP report said.
  • Yemen: 3 soldiers killed in attack in south: A security official says three Yemeni soldiers were killed when assailants opened fire on their checkpoint in a southern port city.
  •         Yemen 'amends' proposed immunity law:
  •         Draft law extends complete immunity for outgoing president, but his aides may now be tried for criminal acts.
  • Officials: U.S. seeks new home for Yemen's Saleh: The Obama administration is engaged in an intensive effort with Yemen's embattled strongman Ali Abdullah Saleh to find him a new home, preferably not in the United States.
  •          Anti-assad Movements Invoke No-fly Zone Over Syria: The Syrian National Council has issued calls for the UN Security    Council to establish a no-fly zone in Syria
  • Engineering Consent For An Attack On Iran : UN watchdog urges full Iran cooperation in nuclear probe:
  • 'What we know suggests the development of nuclear weapons,' Amano says.
  •         Iran says ready for nuclear talks with world powers: FM: Iran is ready for multifaceted talks with world powers despite the     recent assassination of an Iranian nuclear official, Salehi was quoted as saying.
  • Act of war: Iran Central Bank Assets Said to Face European Union Freeze: European Union governments reached a preliminary agreement to freeze the assets of Iran's central bank, building on planned restrictions that will center on an oil embargo, said an EU diplomat with knowledge of the matter.
  •          Netanyahu pressuring Europe to embargo Iran oil; Netanyahu on Thursday said that he was putting pressure on European    countries to immediately impose an embargo on Iranian oil, and not to delay it until July.
  • Israel says ... Iran isn't building a nuclear weapon: Israel shares the US and European views of Iran: That it isn't seeking a nuclear weapon at the moment.
  •         Russia warns that Iran strike could trigger 'chain reaction': Russia strongly criticised Western belligerence towards Syria     and Iran yesterday, saying that a military assault on the Iranian regime could cause a "chain reaction" that would      destabilise the entire world.
  • Another Us Carrier Arrives In The Strait Of Hormuz: The U.S. sent another aircraft carrier to the Arabian Sea off the Strait of Hormuz. The USS Abraham Lincoln joined its sister ship, the carrier USS John Stennis, to test Iran's warning against any carrier sailing through the Persian Gulf.
  •          Pentagon 'prepared': US set for Operation Iranian Freedom?: American troops in the Persian Gulf region do not require any       build-up for a possible military conflict with Iran, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Wednesday. "We are not making any      special steps at this point in order to deal with the situation. Why? Because, frankly, we are fully prepared to deal with that         situation now," Panetta explained.
  • Complaint Filed with U.N. Special Rapporteur Alleges Interference with Spanish Judicial Process: U.S. and Spanish Authorities Attempted to Stop Cases Seeking Accountability of U.S. Officials for Torture and Unlawful Killing
  •         Hamas urges end to Israel-Palestinian talks after West Bank arrests: Hamas urged President Mahmoud Abbas on Friday to   suspend exploratory peace talks with Israel following Israel's arrest of two Hamas legislators, and to stop his cooperation     on West Bank security with the Israelis.
  • Thailand officially recognizes Palestinian statehood: Thai Foreign Ministry says government informed Palestinian delegation and all UN member states that it 'has given recognition to the state of Palestine.'
  •          Britain pulls the plug on Iran's Press TV: Iranian news channel Press TV will disappear from British television screens on      Friday after Britain's media regulator revoked its licence in a move that could fuel diplomatic tensions with the Islamic       nation.
  • Exclusive: Gingrich Lacks Moral Character to Be President, Ex-Wife Says: Marianne Gingrich, a self-described conservative Republican, said she is coming forward now so voters can know what she knows about Gingrich.
  •          Gingrich attacks 'vicious' media in US debate US Republican presidential hopeful denies during South Carolina debate that       he asked second wife for an "open marriage".
  • Feds shut down file-sharing site one day after Web protest: The Justice Department seized, one of the world's most popular file-sharing sites, and several of its related sites on Thursday. Prosecutors charged seven employees of Megaupload with criminal copyright infringement, conspiracy to commit racketeering and other charges. Each faces up to 55 years in prison.
  •         The spoils of war: Active-Duty Soldiers Take Their Own Lives at Record Rate: The Army also reported a sharp increase,   nearly 30 percent, in violent sex crimes last year by active-duty troops. More than half of the victims were active-duty        female soldiers ages 18 to 21.
  • Congressmen Who Received Money for SOPA Vote: Here is a list of Congressional politicians in favor of the bill known as SOPA and PIPA and the amounts of money they received from the SOPA backers who bought their favor in voting yes for both bills.
  •         How the Keystone Pipeline Died-And How to Bury It For Good: Grassroots strategies paid off for the climate movement in a        big way.
  • Romney Lashes Out at Occupy Heckler -- VIDEO: Romney was walking the rope line outside of his headquarters in Charleston, S.C., on Thursday when a person off camera asked, "What would you do to support the 99 percent, seeing as how you're part of the 1 percent?"
  • Guantanamo Bay 10 years on: Human rights gone wrong

  • SOPA and PIPA Part of Effort to Domesticate Politically Incorrect Internet

  • Vote On PIPA Internet Censorship Bill Postponed

  • Debate Audience Protests CNN Attempts To Exclude Ron Paul

  • Tepco Drills Hole in Fukushima Reactor – Finds Nuclear Fuel

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Thank y'all for the kind words

From: "Robert G. Gauthier/The National Capital News Canada" <>
Subject: World War Three?

Hello, Joe, Welcome back!

The Editor,
The Daily Digest from St. John's to Victoria.,

World War Three?
Eleanor Roosevelt in 1948 in the early days of the United Nations said it as succinctly as it can be said in Eleanor, The Years Alone, Joseph P. Lash, The New American Library of Canada Limited, George J. McLeod Limited, Toronto, (1973).
"We have to face the fact that either all of us are going to die together or we are going to learn to live together and if we are to live together we have to talk," and,
"The day I'm afraid to sit down with people I do not know ... that will be a bad day," and,
"The freedom that primarily interested the peoples of Asia and Africa was the freedom to eat. ,
While some Canadians find the United Nations flawed, President Truman expressed the conviction, "the United Nations was humanity's best and perhaps only hope for peace." In today's bellicose world, more than ever, peacekeeping must not be allowed to lose "its lustre".
Eleanor Roosevelt put it succinctly this way: 'Since we always have to sit down together when war comes to an end, I think before we have a third World War, we should sit down together."
That was the worry in 1948 ... and, while it sometimes appears impossible to sit down together, it is even more critical now, in 2012.
That leaders of such countries as Venezuela are meeting one-on-one with Iran, and it being otherwise almost pointless to try to have a productive dialogue even on a simple topic from a distance, Canada's Prime Minister might consider inviting Iranian Officials to visit him, one-on-one, in Ottawa on the premise:
, "if we, all of us, are to live together on Spaceship Earth, we have to talk."

Robert G. Gauthier,

From: Ray Strachan
Subject: Poor little Harper is frightened.
I just typed "Harper says he is frightened at the thought of Iran"
There are 50 opinions printed under the article.
On one I could not determine where the writer stood in regards to Harper.
At least 49 were absolutely anti Harper.
One labeled him as Israel's Idiot.
Poor little baby, he is frightened of every country except those controlled
by his handlers,the Neo-con, Right Wing, Nazi, ultra Zionist States. (the worlds personal freedom stealer's).
Our freedoms in North America are gradually melting like spring snow. Too many people are oblivious.
Ray Strachan

From: Rebecca Gingrich
Subject: this is our 'democracy'--take what you want, kill for your greed and power

The World War On Democracy
January 20, 2012
Longer and bloodier than any war since 1945, waged with demonic weapons and a gangsterism dressed as economic policy and sometimes known as globalisation, the war on democracy is unmentionable in western elite circles. ...
  1. Hopes for democracy fade as civil wars grip the Arab world
  2. As democracy unravels at home, the west thuggishly exports it elsewhere
  3. End of the pro-democracy pretense
  4. Chinese Ex-Professor Calling for Democracy Jailed for 'Subversion'
  5. Saakashvili's "democracy" in Georgia
  6. Assad rivals sign democracy deal
  7. Ron Paul Statement on Belarus Democracy Reauthorization Act
  8. Nightmare vision for Europe as EU chief warns 'democracy could disappear' in Greece, Spain and Portugal
  9. Vidal: US never had democracy
  10. Welcome to "Democracy": Gaddafi Summarily Executed Without Trial
  11. The EU's architects never meant it to be a democracy
  12. Western Democracy: A Farce And A Sham
From: Anthony Silvestro
Subject: Re letter - Government pulls out of language training

Re letter - Government pulls out of language training
This is THE biggest scam, the biggest fraud and lie ever forced upon the Canadian public. People have no idea what this man Trudeau did to this country.

"Quebec can make French the only official language in spite of the Constitution".  Pierre Trudeau, .

"There is no way two ethnic groups in one country can be made equal before the law....and to  say it is possible is to sow the seeds of destruction". Pierre Trudeau,

." ....Given these facts, should French-speaking people concentrate their efforts on Quebec. or take the whole of Canada as their base? In my opinion, they should do both; and for the purpose they could find no better instrument than federalism", Pierre Trudeau,.

"I cannot swear it but I think we were thinking to ourselves,... we are a small group, Trudeau, Pelletier, Marchand, Lalonde, Chrétien, myself and a few people in the civil service, say 50 all told…we were bringing off a revolution. We held the key posts. We were making the civil service bilingual (French), kicking and screaming all the time". Jean-Luc Pepin, Minister of Industry, 1970.

50 years of spin, lies...thats what we have got. They are changing the names of towns, streets, counties, bodies of water, riding names…and I'm not taking about kebec any longer. It's now going on all over the country; it's a mess in Ottawa where they name things after anti-English language bigots and racists all the time. They are slowly wiping out our English, Scottish, Irish, United empire loyalists history. Just like they've been doing in Quebec for the last 5 decades (bills 22, 178, 101...)…This is one of the main reasons we are not teaching any history from 1760 to 1982 in our schools any longer. These racist people control government, the curriculum, our money…we get a daily dose of spin, lies and propaganda.

Wake up... They run everything in Ottawa, they funnel the money where they want, spin, lies, propaganda, revisionist BS … Proof - In that there is constant pressure to rewrite our history - to pacify the cranky Province of Quebec and the "french "outside Quebec - the reason we lost the Red Ensign in the first place - we must do what we can to protect and preserve our history. A history that is under constant attack.  Very few Canadians are aware that we now have portraits in our parliament of French Kings - who had nothing to do with the building of Canada- the statue of General James Wolfe no longer overlooks the Plains of Abraham, the only statue in Quebec City is of the losing General, Montcalm. There are statues of three French generals but no statues of the victorious generals at the Valiant's memorial in Ottawa. That's right, no General Wolfe, no General Amherst, No Gen Murray… This historical revisionism is going on right under the noses of the Governments we elect - and they remain silent!

The simple facts are as more francophone's get hired for all government positions less and less English speakers are working for their own governments across the country. Don't believe me; Go check the stats for yourself. Francophone's are over-represented in all levels of government including hospitals, law, policing...etc. No fairness, no representation by population. They call it bilingualism, yet the term is never defined on purpose and believe me it doesn't mean fluency in 2 languages in Canada, at least to the French it doesn't. No political party will speak for the English speaking majority in this province and country. Practical bilingualism, where numbers warrant… is never defined on purpose. In Ontario, NB it now means segregation. The French (they are actually metis, a mixed race, not french) are demanding French only facilities all over the province, not bilingual, French only. $ Bilingualism is really nothing more then a hiring quota for francophone's and that is a fact…just ask yourself, why are francophone's over-represented in all government jobs and how come more and more positions are being designated bilingual all the time? And just as important, how come they are NOT fluently bilingual? Some can barely speak English!

See what's really going on here?

So while Quebec bans the English language (bill 22, bill 178, bill 101…), wipes out its real BNA, UEL history, while ethnic language cleansing is going on in Quebec, the rest of the country is forced to fund whatever the French (metis) demand. This is going on in every province. Go check.

 "First Quebec, then we take over the rest of the country, one step at a time…through bilingualism…" PT, "How to take over a country through bilingualism…" SD. How ? First comes the right to communicate with gov't in a minority language (ie French),then comes bilingualism, then comes the right to work in the language of choice(ie French), then comes a bilingual boss,(ie French) then comes a exclusively French department and on it goes until its all French. Its happening all over the country, Ontario, New Brunswick…That's what's really going on.

Go learn our proud, real BNA and UEL history. These were the builders of our country since 1763. Not this phony, revisionist lie, this bilingual, multicultural, 2 founding nations, linguistic duality lie, propaganda, spin that we've been living with since Trudeau, and kebec forced this upon the nation. We've been part of the British Empire since 1763 and officially an English speaking country for over 200 years…just a fact.

NO English speaking politician is telling you the truth, is exposing what is really going on.Not one politician has the decency, the honesty to expose the truth, to speak the truth,how pathetic. Poor Canada, what a mess. Please spread the word.The truth about Trudeau would be nice for a change. The man was a racist, an anti-English language, anti BNS bigot. Go read his writings; he despised our real BNA, UEL history.

Until the charter and all the bs (bilingual, multicultural, phony rights…crap) connected to it gets repealed, we will continue to self destruct as we have for the last 5 decades.

Anthony Silvestro

From: "Rick Hubbert"

I believe the chances of Iran being attacked are about 75% if initiated by the Israeli's or Americans, and 100% if initiated by Iran.
As for the chances of Canada becoming involved in this particular shooting war. Zero! We don't have a dog in this fight, there is nothing but downside for Harper if he allows us to be sucked into this mess.One thing Harper is not is stupid!!
Personally I think this is just more desperate media scare mongering (Troops in the streets) (Hidden agenda) by desperate Liberals.
The longer Harper's government is in power and does none of the things the Liberals have said they will do, the more ridiculous the Liberals look. They need to sharpen up their game and get a new hobbie horse to ride, people are not buying their crap anymore.
Rick Hubbert

From: Google Alerts <>
Subject: Google Alert - Hueglin

Letter to the Editor ­ Joe Hueglin of Niagara Falls Ontario on ...
Dear Editor, Prime Minister Harper's analogy is of Canada not being a
'giant national' park for the U.S. and that the Pipeline debate should be
left to.< >

From: Rebecca Gingrich
Subject: Blogger Charles LeBlanc home raided by the Fredericton Police Force  DD
Is Canada already enforcing the SOPA rules?????


From: Dave Palmer
Subject: Fw: Union appeals to stop cuts - Chronicle Herald.
January 20, 2012 - 4:35am By ALISON AULD The Canadian Press
Veterans Affairs workers say former military members will suffer

From: Rebecca Gingrich
Subject: What do you consider the percentages are Iran will be attacked and Canada will be at war again?

Exclusive: New U.S. Commando Team Operating Near Iran
Nato Accused of War Crimes in Libya

Joe--I imagine Harper can hardly wait to start proving what a brave 'leader' he is by now attacking Iran.  Maybe this is why they needed the upgrade to the DND executive suits?  Perhaps they needed a helicopter landing pad so MacKay could get there in a hurry to decide how to attack Iran?  And all those people they lay off can be used to 'fight Iran'?  The elite are entitled to their entitlements but us serfs are just here to serve the lords of the country? 


From: Larry Kazdan
Subject: Letter to Editor re: Successful Tory anti-Grit tactics used on environmentalists and premiers, Jennifer Ditchburn, 01/19/2012

Re: Successful Tory anti-Grit tactics used on environmentalists and premiers, Jennifer Ditchburn, 01/19/2012

Blasting foreign environmental interests, defaming political opponents, defunding critics, shutting down committees, closing off debate, and playing dirty electoral tricks are all tactics that have worked and will continue to work for Stephen Harper - but only until the tipping point.
Larry Kazdan,

Subject: The Latest from Impolitical

Rae on Strombo
Posted: 19 Jan 2012 11:58 AM PST

Rae's appearance from last night, done post-convention, post-recent positive polls, it's worth watching. Key question on everyone's mind, you know it, at 9:45. Size it up for thyself.

Getting back into the swing of things on the blog shortly, have been taking a bit of a break after overdosing on all things Liberal during the past weekend.

(h/t with reference to a shorter clip if you just want two minutes worth)

From: "Rory J. Koopmans"
Subject: Executive Dissertations: In One Year Exactly

From: Joseph <>
Subject: Paragliding with a hawk  My last email to you PEACE

Good night & good luck


From: "S.McDowall"
Subject: Interview With Julian Assange

From: Henry Atkinson
Subject: This is our new theme song- ENJOY

This is for all  the old timers on this email list. Even if you've heard it before, its a good yuk.


Begin forwarded message:
Turn the sound on and enjoy this short song,
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We certainly don't want our police forces to acquire more power. They already have far too much.

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Subject: Police 'scrambling' to justify lawful access laws

Subject: Iran 'frightens me,' Harper says

Jan 19 08:43

Iran 'frightens me,' Harper says

It's beyond dispute Iran is developing nuclear weapons and lying about it, Prime Minister Stephen Harper told CBC News chief correspondent Peter Mansbridge on Monday.
WEBMASTER'S COMMENT ::: There is a simple test to see who is an Israeli mole. If they are still pushing the Iranian nukes, they work for Israel. Please arrest this man as a spy because he is embarrassing your entire country.
From: "Rory J. Koopmans"
Subject: Executive Dissertations: In Life, In Death, In Life Beyond Death

Subject: Depleted Uranium
From: Joe Hueglin <>
To: Joe Hueglin Canada Issues <>

This is radio. Start at 8:00 minutes which is when the depleted uranium portion begins.

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From: Rebecca Gingrich
Subject: democracy is dangerous?  Hope Braveheart is watching  
Upcoming Scottish independence vote gets some cautionary advice from Canada

From: Dan Kahraman
Subject: Mass Graves At Nazi Death Camp Treblinka Proves Holocaust Deniers Wrong

Could go to jail in Canada for countering the official holocaust story. Look at what happened to Ernst Zundel.
Looks like they have lost the fight to control the Internet (SOPA/PIPA). I notice the suspected CIA assets Google, Facebook, Twitter didn't go dark.
I will stop using Google as my search engine from now on. Do you have any recommendations as to a good free from government control search engine?
Thanking you in advance, I will definitely read the HuffPo article ( ).
Daniel Kahraman

From: Joseph <>
Subject: Video ­ What's at Risk | CWBA Facts

Subject: U.S. drone that crashed in Iran goes miniature - Checkpoint Washington - The Washington Post

Subject: Wikipedians  Strike Back !  Wikipedia:SOPA initiative/Learn more - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


From: Mahmood Elahi
To: <>,
Subject: Israel is unlikley to respond to Iranian provocation

The Editor
International Herald Tribune
Copy to: Prof. Shibley Telhami, University of Maryland.
Mr. Steven Kull, Director, Program on International Policy Attitudes (please forward).

Israel is unlikely to respond to Iranian provocation

I am writing with reference to Op-Ed: "Preventing a nuclear Iran, peacefully," by Shibley Telhami and Steven Kull (Jan. 16).

Iran is yet to develop any nuclear weapon, and yet its President Ahmadinejad has been threatening to wipe out Israel from the face of the earth. It should be clear from Iran's acts and rhetoric that the Shia leaders are trying to provoke Israel to attack it. The leaders want a war to bolster their foundering public support in the wake of the rigged election. A vast majority of Iranian people must be watching the popular revolt against Syrian dictator Bashar Assad, whose collapse might spill over to Iran, threatening the Iranian regime. So a war with Israel will come handy to rally public support for the regime.

Seen in this light, an Israeli pre-emptive attack on Iran's nuclear installation will help the Iranian regime to galvanize the Iranian people. The Iranian leaders are also aware that being a far away country, Israel cannot invade Iran, while Iran can unleash its Hezbollah surrogates sitting right across Israeli borders. An Israeli air strike on Iran will allow Iran to unleash Hezbollah and Hamas, while blaming Israel for aggression. Instead of destroying Iran's nuclear reactors, Israel will find itself at war on its doorstep.

To deal with a nuclear-armed Iran, Israel should look at nuclear-armed North Korea. Before North Korea exploded its nuclear device, it was argued that if North Korea was allowed to go nuclear it would destablize the Asia-Pacific region. To counter North Korea's nuclear capability, Japan would go nuclear, raising China's historical fears about Japan. As a result, we might see a nuclear arms race in the region. To avert such a catastrophe, many neo-conservatives called for pre-emptive strike on North Korea's nuclear reactors.

Well, North Korea did explode its nuclear device, but nothing happened. Instead of going nuclear, Japan has abandoned nuclear power in the aftermath of Fukushima. Today, North Korea remains a destitute nation, heavily dependent on China for its economic survival. Instead of becoming a threat, it is now a pariah nation.

Similarly, a nuclear-armed Iran is likely to become an international pariah. Sunni Arab nations are likely to move closer to the United States to counter Iran's nuclear threat. As for Israel, its massive nuclear arsenal will be enough to deter Iran's minuscule nuclear arsenal. Iranian leaders may be paranoid, but they are not suicidal. They know that any nuclear attack on Israel will be met with far more devastating Israeli nuclear counter strikes. As such, Israel need not fear any Iranian nuclear threat. However, considering the outcome, Iran might stop short of going nuclear, while keeping the world in the tenterhooks by pretending to acquire nuclear capability. The regime needs constant threat of war to keep the Iranian people on line.

I think Israel understands this and this is why it has not carried out any pre-emptive strike against Iran's nuclear installations, depite provocation by Iran. Iranian mullahs are desperately trying to provoke Israel. All atavistic regimes need war or threat of war to survive. A tight sanction might bring back the regime to its senses. There may never be any real peace with a brutal Iranian regime, but it may be kept under control by treating the regime with firmness. Iranian regime is no better than the Nazi Germany. The only difference is that Nazi Germany was a military superpower while Shiite Iran is a parody of power.

MAHMOOD ELAHI, Ottawa, Canada.
From: Larry Kazdan
To: letters@nationalpost.comJan 18, 2012
Re: Andrew Coyne: Is singular citizenship too much to ask of a potential PM? Jan 18, 2012

Actually I'd rather have a PM who is also a citizen of France than one who is a mental appendage of the United States - ready to harmonize our laws and regulations to the lowest common denominator, integrate our militaries, and ship out all our raw resources for the benefit of the American economy.
Larry Kazdan
From: Mahmood Elahi
To: <>
Subject: If U.S. philanthropists providing funds for environmental protection, they should be commended

The Editor
Financial Post/National Post [For publication in either National Post or Financial Post].
If U.S. philanthropists providing funds for environmental protection, they should be commended
Re "Oil sands money trail," by Vivian Krause (Jan. 18).
If wealthy U.S. philanthrophists are providing funds for Canadian environmentalists, they deserve to be commended and not criticized as Vivian Krause has done. Environmental protection is a global concern and joint international efforts are needed to protect our fragile environment. Many Canadains do provide funding for foreign-based development organizations like Oxfam, Doctors Without borders, Red Cross etc. There is nothing wrong about that. Why it would be wrong for U.S. foundations to fund environmental groups in Canada?
The United States are Canada are two friendly neighbours and they share many things in common. Environmental protection is one of them.

MAHMOOD ELAHI, Ottawa, Canada.
Subject: Nick Fillmore - A Different Point of View
From: "A Different Point of View...>
Unless people take action, Harper's scheme will mean 'Goin' Down the Road' for Maritimers

Posted: 18 Jan 2012 05:32 PM PST
By dramatically changing the health care funding formula, is Prime Minister Stephen Harper showing little concern for the future of...

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From: Nancy Lazaryan
Subject: the KEY to Freedom -- WATCH THIS!

EVERYTHING we have been told is WRONG.
You, I and everyone else have been taught to NOT THINK.
WATCH this and learn how to begin to THINK... (some may be offended by languageused in portions)

There are a series of videos at the above youtube channel.
My hope is that you DO watch the above video, and then explore the other videos at the youtube channel.

it is TIME for us to BE FREE.


"come, let us REASON together"