Saturday, May 13, 2006

Armageddon watch

WASHINGTON: Israel will strike Iran’s nuclear facilities in the next “month or two or three,” an Israeli official has been quoted here as saying.

The unnamed official told Arnaud de Borchgrave, editor-in-chief of the United Press International (UPI), at the recently held national day reception at the Israeli Embassy that he believed Israel would strike Iran first in the next two or three months and that fighter bombers would not be involved as they had been to take out Iraq’s Osirak nuclear reactor before it went critical in 1981. For Osirak, Israel had used 14 F-15s and F-16s. This time, the Israeli said, it would be missiles. Asked if Israel would employ Cruise missiles, he replied, “with a gesture of his hand that went up and down again”, which meant that it would be the weapon of choice.

Asked if tunnel entrances to widely scattered Iranian nuclear facilities would be targeted, he responded that Israel had its own geo-stationary spy-in-the-sky satellite taking constant pictures of Iran with a resolution down to 70 centimetres. “We know far more than anyone realises,” he added.

De Borchgrave’s report quoted a poll of conservative Republicans by a conservative web-based news service, which showed overwhelmingly strong support for bombing Iran. Almost 60,000 people took part in the poll and 88 percent agreed that Iran poses a greater threat than Saddam Hussein did before the Iraq War. To the question, “Should the US undertake military action against Iran to stop their (nuclear) programme?” 77 percent replied yes, 23 percent said no. Forty-five percent said that military action should be taken by the United States, while 35 percent wanted Israel to do that. Twenty percent said neither. As for whether US efforts to contain Iran’s nuclear weapons are working, 93 percent said they were not, while 89 percent said the US should not rely solely on the UN.
And every revelation about his illegality, immorality and incompetence will only steel Bush's resolve to push for more war.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

This (Armageddon watch) seems as good a post as any to observe that waiting for a court approved, citizen-polled-and-agreed signal to start taking back some of the ground already lost is simply waiting for your own death in the short term. There is no long term.

I don't need to be told that something is wrong here (basically against human life), IT IS OBVIOUS. Even though the sentiment above can and has been regularly misused (a la "I know art when I see it"), we are not yet so cut off from our bodies that we cannot hear our guts roiling in response to the ongoing current events.

We can chose to ignore the (primal) intestinal upset, but the failure to accept personal responsibility for stopping the government is not due to a lack of consensus, a lack of evidence, or failure to be close enough to see the daily horror created by the governing class. You have no right to wait to take action. There are no valid excuses for waiting. Waiting is NOT living. Action (even refusing to react in a programmed way is action) must be used to overcome the crap that is growing exponentially. Everything else is just music to keep the cows quiet on their way into the slaughterhouse.

Life is, and then it isn't. Wanna piece? You gotta take it.

Oh, I forgot, you might get "caught" being responsible (living with gusto). You might even die.

Oh well, never mind. We now return to you to your regularly scheduled brainwashing.

(For those worried about committing violence (horrors!): see the film "Deacons for defense". That's the real story why those southern white guys' balls suddenly shriveled up.
If you want to see the plot for 9/11 explained in great detail about 8 years BEFORE 9/11: see "The long kiss goodnight". ~~ "Chefs do that you know." ~~ )

TA (THAT anonymous)

11:41 AM  
Blogger Eric Soderstrom said...

For me on my birthday? You shouldn't have. Oh, and they shouldn't have either...

Libby indicted...

Focus on Cheney...

23 is coming, I tell you.

Oh, all that and Al Gore on SNL. See what you miss when you go to bed early on weekends? A glimmer of hope.

2:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1) Israel bombs Iran.
2) Iran responds (Duh) and it doesn't matter how or where because --
3) The US has strategically placed its own assets everywhere Iran might strike, giving it all the cover it needs to NUKE Iran, which leads to --
4) China selling its US treasuries and other US based assets for 10 cents on the dollar (and they feel damn lucky to get that) so then --
5) A global financial meltdown occurs because --.

China will continue to have oil (from what's left of Iran); South America will be fine for oil and gas (band of brothers and all); The middle east won't have any shortages and Japan will figure out how to keep right on keeping on with 10% of its current fuel usage. Let's see, who gets left out? Duh.

The EU, UK, EEUU (that's the "United States of..", for most of the world) won't be able to manufacture because they can't actual compete, won't be able to perform their meaningless service jobs because they can't get to work (who can afford $25.00 gasoline?), won't be needed as programmers or managers or other high level jobs because they've already trained the rest of the world how to do that stuff cheaper (can you say outsourcing?) and no one will really worry about their threats anymore because, just as it has finally become clear that Bush can't think, it will be clear that the U.S. isn't needed anymore.

"Oh", you say, "but what about our example of democracy and freedom? Surely the world can learn from us?"
Oh yeah, learn what? About what?

The "Great" depression will look like an afternoon in the sandbox at playskool. Better learn how to make a Bush-style "victory garden" real quick if you want something to eat.


4:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh yeah! And Bill Gates and the other top 100,000 or so don't care, won't mind, probably won't even notice a difference in their own lives. And you thought those movies about the grim future were science fiction. Hah!

4:31 PM  
Blogger Eric Soderstrom said...

Jeez! My little flower that grew up between the cracks in the sidewalk has been thoroughly stomped by the big black boots of the anonymi. Anonymatti?

Some of that may come to pass. But I'll bet you a dozen tomatoes and a head of lettuce from my Victory garden that we don't Nuke Iran (DU munitions aside).

8:19 PM  
Blogger Eric Soderstrom said...

Um...what the fuck? Where was this news today? Nothing on the idictment of Rove. Nothing on Cheney's handwritten notes?

11:23 PM  

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