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“We must kill Yasir Arafat because the world leaves us no alternative … if we are going to be condemned in any case, we might as well do it." [Jerusalem Post]

The death of Arafat will open the gates of Hell and turn the Middle East into a bloodbath. Arafat has made it clear that he will die rather than be deported and exiled, and who can blame him? He has the courage to stand up for his brutalized people, and for this, the Israelis will put the blame on him. This is yet another of their lies.

The hypocrisy of a man like Sharon, war criminal, active terrorist, (although a "state-sponsored terrorist" since the early fifties), makes him a worthy companion of that other hypocrite and international terrorist, George W. Bush.

The state of Israel was founded on terror, has been maintained by terror, and now they have announced their wish for ALL the world to be engulfed in flames: "if we are going to be condemned in any case, we might as well do it."

A little history.

The idea for a Jewish State in the Middle East emerged in the 1890s and was taken up by the World Zionist Congress, although as early as 1882 Baron Edmond de Rothschild of Paris started financial backing for Jewish settlement in Palestine. ( Palestinian timeline.)

After the dissolution of the feudal states in Europe where Jews had often played the role of middleman between the feudal lords and the peasants, collecting taxes and acting as the enforcers for the lords, many Jews in Europe had begun leaving the Jewish ghettos and becoming integrated into European society.

Prior antagonism against Jews was due mostly to their social position as middlemen and was not, as many people think, due to any deepseated antagonism toward their religion or ethnicity. On numerous occasions, when European peasants revolted against taxes and the oppression of their feudal lords, the target was often the Jewish middlemen. Again, NOT BECAUSE THEY WERE JEWISH, but because they were the visible arm of the oppressor.

This is important to understand when modern Jews or Zionists attempt to play the victim and speak of a trans-millennial hatred of the Jews.

Many Jews by the late 19th and early 20th centuries were thoroughly European. Many of them had abandoned Judaism as a relgion, though they treasured their ethnic identity.

Members of the World Zionist Congress entered into negotiations with the British Government, attempting to persuade the British that their interests would be served by having a Jewish state in Palestine. The success of these negotiations was crowned in the infamous Balfour Declaration.

The Balfour Declaration, 1917

Foreign Office
November 2nd, 1917

Dear Lord Rothschild,

I have much pleasure in conveying to you, on behalf of His Majesty's Government, the following declaration of sympathy with Jewish Zionist aspirations which has been submitted to, and approved by, the Cabinet.

"His Majesty's Government view with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people, and will use their best endeavours to facilitate the achievement of this object, it being clearly understood that nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine, or the rights and political status enjoyed by Jews in any other country."

I should be grateful if you would bring this declaration to the knowledge of the Zionist Federation.

Yours sincerely,
Arthur James Balfour

The consequences of the Balfour agreement, as well as the two other contradictory positions taken by the British at the same time, are analysed in detail in the following:

Zionism And Its Impact

By Ann M. Lesch

The Zionist movement has maintained a striking continuity in its aims and methods over the past century. From the start, the movement sought to achieve a Jewish majority in Palestine and to establish a Jewish state on as much of the LAND as possible. The methods included promoting mass Jewish immigration and acquiring tracts of land that would become the inalienable property of the Jewish people. This policy inevitably prevented the indigenous Arab residents from attaining their national goals and establishing a Palestinian state. It also necessitated displacing Palestinians from their lands and jobs when their presence conflicted with Zionist interests.

The Zionist movement-and subsequently the state of ISRAEL-failed to develop a positive approach to the Palestinian presence and aspirations. Although many Israelis recognized the moral dilemma posed by the Palestinians, the majority either tried to ignore the issue or to resolve it by force majeure. Thus, the Palestine problem festered and grew, instead of being resolved.

Part of the Zionist efforts to "secure" their homeland included a campaign of terror against the British and the Palestinians.

The Revolt is Proclaimed by the Irgun

(February 1, 1944)
By Prof. Yehuda Lapidot
Jewish Virtual Library

On Saturday night, February 12, 1944, Irgun fighters attacked immigration offices simultaneously in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and Haifa. The operation went smoothly and without casualties. Two weeks later, the fighters set out again, this time to blow up the income tax offices, again in the three large towns. An income tax law had been introduced in Eretz Israel in 1941 and, as anticipated, had proven highly unpopular, particularly since most of the burden fell on the Jewish population. One of the reasons for selecting this target was that even those who did not support the Irgun campaign against the British were unlikely to condemn an attempt to prevent the collection of income tax. This operation also proved successful and claimed no casualties.
British Intelligence office after bombing.

After the baptism of fire, it was decided to take a more daring step and attack the nerve center of British rule, British Intelligence and the police. Once again the operation was coordinated to take place simultaneously in the three large towns. In Jerusalem, the task was more difficult since the British Intelligence was housed in the Russian Compound, as were the police headquarters and the law courts. Despite the difficulties, the Irgun fighters, under Rahamim Cohen (Gad) succeeded in infiltrating the British Intelligence offices and placing the explosives. However, the duty officer that night, Sergeant Scott, on a routine patrol of inspection noticed a suspicious movement on the balcony. He was injured when fire was opened on him, but before he collapsed he succeeded in shooting one of the Irgun fighters, Asher Benziman (Avshalom). Despite the exchange of fire, the sappers succeeded in preparing the explosive devices and retreating. Several minutes later, there was a loud explosion and the building collapsed. Benziman succeeded in escaping, but died of his wounds shortly afterwards - the first casualty of the revolt. The British officer also died as a result of his injuries.

Arguments against "Palestinians in 1948 left their homes based on the orders of their leaders at the time, & that was their choice"

Neither the Israeli Army boot camps, nor the Israeli schools attempted to disclose the truth to its subjects. The truth is most Palestinians were terrorized out of their homes, farms, and businesses, literally they were driven out under the threat of the gun. Palestine Remembered is extremely lucky to receive sample pictures of such terror perpetrated against the Palestinian people. Click here to witness the ethnic cleansing and destruction of 'Imwas by the conquering Israeli soldiers, and make sure to browse through all images posted in its Pictures section. What happened to 'Imwas was a copycat war crime to what was already perpetrated against 85% of Palestine's towns and cities during the 1948 war.

The Ethnic Cleansing of Ramla June7th,1967

Based on the orders of the Nobel prize winner, Yitzchak Rabin, an armored jeeps broadcasted orders for the immediate eviction of the three villages of 'Imwas, Yalu, and Bayt Nuba to the East Bank. The terrorist, Yitzchak Rabin, gave the inhabitants only few hours to gather their possessions, and got them on their way to Ramallah.

To expedite the ethnic cleansing process, as in 1948 war, the Jewish Army shot over the heads of the fleeing villagers to make sure they will never come back. (see al-Masmiyya al-Kabira, Gaza for an eyewitness account of such terror practices).

The villages were bulldozed and dynamited by the Jewish Army soon after cleansing process. Based on eyewitness account, 12- 15villagers went back to their villages soon after occupation, which until this date they are still unaccounted for.

Zionists Frequently Asked Questions

How to respond to any number of Zionist lies about Palestine.

Palestine Remembered

Palestinian-Israeli Conflict For Beginners

A collection of articles giving an historical and political overview.

And so we say: for Sharon and the other Butchers in power in Israel or in the media to refuse to deal with Arafat because they label him a "terrorist" is sickening hypocrisy.

Either you see it or you don't.

We are sickened by what is transpiring on our planet in the present day. The coming bloodd bath will make what has happened in the last few decades look like children playing cowboys and Indians with sticks.

One thousand years ago, prior to the Crusades, the Arabs were the only "civilization" in the West. Europe had gone into a dark age in the middle of the 6th century due to a comet, an event carefully erased from history. See Michael Baillie's Exodus to Arthur: Catastrophic Encounters With Comets for more on that. Or read our article Independence Day.

When Europe rediscovered the Greeks, it was through the Arab translations of Aristotle and other classical authors whose books had been destroyed in the West.

In the intervening centuries the West has conquered the world, imposing its own version of "civilization", that is, money talks and any kind of moral code in dealing with one another is just not profitable enough. Of course, for those raised within the tentacles of its profit-motive morality and practical "the world's always been this way" pragmatism, it is difficult to see and feel in the pit of your gut just how deep the lies go, just how wrong it all is, just how perverted is this perspective on things.

And so we face the consequences.

Bloodcurdling Libel (a Summer Story)

By Israel Shamir

The thought to write this essay came to me as I watched the body count of massacred Palestinian children grow daily. Since the start of the Second Intifada on September 29, 2000, 2,237 Palestinians have lost their lives. This total includes 430 children who were killed; 228 kids were under age 15, and 202 others between 15 and 17 years old. This is more than all the children that Jews were accused of murdering since William of Norwich. Why should one think of the old accusations, when there is a fresh new and incontrovertible crime?

We present the revolting report of Sharon paying his respects to Gandhi during his recent trip to India to cement the Alliance of the sun worshippers so as to engage in their global ritual of mass human sacrifice. This article looks at what Gandhi thought of Zionism.

Mahatma Gandhi Rejected Zionism

by Professor A.K. Ramakrishnan

[Gandhi said] "The cry for the national home for the Jews does not make much appeal to me. The sanction for it is sought in the Bible and in the tenacity with which the Jews have hankered after their return to Palestine. Why should they not, like other peoples of the earth, make that country their home where they are born and where they earn their livelihood?"

He thus questioned the very foundational logic of political Zionism. Gandhi rejected the idea of a Jewish State in the Promised Land by pointing out that the "Palestine of the Biblical conception is not a geographical tract."

[...] "Palestine belongs to the Arabs in the same sense that England belongs to the English or France to the French. It is wrong and inhuman to impose the Jews on the Arabs... Surely it would be a crime against humanity to reduce the proud Arabs so that Palestine can be restored to the Jews partly or wholly as their national home."

[...] Later, Gandhi clarified in one of his final pieces on Zionism and the Palestine question on 14 July 1946 that "I did say some such thing in the course of a conversation with Mr. Louis Fischer on the subject." He added, "I do believe that the Jews have been cruelly wronged by the world."

Gandhi went back to his initial position by categorically stating that "But in my opinion, they [the Jews] have erred grievously in seeking to impose themselves on Palestine with the aid of America and Britain and now with the aid of naked terrorism... Why should they depend on American money or British arms for forcing themselves on an unwelcome land? Why should they resort to terrorism to make good their forcible landing in Palestine?"

There were an influential number of Jews who thought that force, only force, could ensure the establishment of a Jewish national home in Palestine. They adopted terrorism as the method to achieve their national goal. This policy of subjugation of the Palestinians by Zionist terror was totally rejected by Gandhi in no uncertain terms.

A few months before his assassination, Gandhi answered the question "What is the solution to the Palestine problem?" raised by Doon Campbell of Reuters:

"It has become a problem which seems almost insoluble. If I were a Jew, I would tell them: 'Do not be so silly as to resort to terrorism...' The Jews should meet the Arabs, make friends with them and not depend on British aid or American aid, save what descends from Jehovah."

Pictures of Palestinian Victims of Israeli Terror

An Introduction to the Israel-Palestine Conflict
(Updated: September 2002)

The Holocaust Industry: Reflections on the Exploitation of Jewish Suffering

A book by Norman Finkelstein on how the Jews are exploiting the holocause and using it to justify their slaughter of the Palestinians.

The Road Map of Marquis de Sade

By Israel Shamir

The Road Map is not a compromise between Palestinians and Jews, but between Jews and Jews, none of whom lives in the Middle East, namely, between Jewish liberals of New York and Jewish neo-cons of Washington. Both groups are devoted to preservation and prosperity of the Jewish State, but they disagree on strategy: while neo-cons such as Perle would exterminate and evaporate its enemies a la Joshua bin Nun, Tom Friedman and other liberals think the goyim could be safely jailed in security of Gaza strip guarded by NATO soldiers.

[...] France is the shining star in the constellation of Europe. Let this wonderful country of small winding roads, vineyards and farms, great cathedrals and parish churches, but also of modern industry and communications, of friendly and thoughtful people, be its guiding star as well. France is important to Eastern Europe, for the EU membership should bring its people respite from their present pro-American and pro-Zionist Soros-trained leadership. France is important for Russia, its traditional ally, so the Russians would shake off the vestiges of the CIA-installed Yeltsin's regime.

[...] For after all, in civilised France Marquis de Sade was sent to a psychiatric asylum, and was not asked to draw up Road Maps.

There are days when the staff here at Signs Central has as difficult a time facing the Signs as our readers. Like many of you, when we confront the growing chaos on our planet that was incepted on September 11, 2001, we often experience uncontrollable feelings of revulsion against the monsters among us masquerading as human beings.

Sharon, Bush, and their hit squads, both military and intellectual, are sowing the wind, and we shall all reap the whirlwind. This world of theirs, hidden from the awareness of their supporters/victims by tight media control, is a world that worships death. They have brought back human sacrifices in the view of all the people in the form of Human Sacrifice News Network, broadcasting their bloody rituals 24/7.

Who knows what this world was like at its origin, whether it was ever the Eden we would like to believe it was. If Eden - a world of love and truth and peace - ever existed, one thing we can say for certain, there has certainly been no trace of it for many thousands of years.

We are told that violence is evil, and yet all around us there is nothing but violence. The violence of today has been made an abstract thing in the minds of the viewers of the sacrifices. The fact is, violence is always concrete. The victim of violence is never abstract. The propagandists of the powerful, the scribes who justify spending $400,000,000 dollars on the US defence budget, never discuss the specifics of violence when it comes to the Palestinian resistance.

Is there a difference between Israeli violence and Palestinian violence? When it is phrased in such a way, you are encouraged to say, "No, they are the same." But if someone broke into your house, stole your goods, murdered your brother and raped your wife, would your defence of your home and family be of the same order as that of the attacker?


Arafat Israel and the Palestinians

The Israeli cabinet has been ramping up the rhetoric about Arafat for years, so the publicly announced move to expel and/or kill him comes as no surprise. Israel was founded on deception, violence and racism, and as such, it is not surprising that these same 'virtues' are used to ensure it's continuance and growth.

A look at history suggests that the entire Israeli-Palestinian relationship has been one protracted game of cat and mouse with Israel attempting to corner the Palestinian leadership and people to implement it's 'final solution' to the 'Palestinian problem'.

To garner international support for it's brutal treatment of the Palestinians, Israel relies on obscure biblical citations about an Israeli 'homeland' and uses the 'terrorist' card when required.

The Palestinians for their part have been left with the short straw, they apparently are forced to die in large numbers before international attention is drawn to their plight. As is the case with the US 'war on terror', 'terrorist' always has at least two definitions depending on which side you are on, for example:

There is the violent act done to destroy or disrupt an oppressive or tyrannical institution which has violated the legitimate rights and offended the fundamental values of a society or people;

and

There is the act of an institution or body against a society or people which tends to force or enforce its will and achieve thereby the surrender of principles and rights maintained by the society or people being acted against.

We are told that the difference is more or less "semantic." We are told that one man's "oppressive or tyrannical institution" is another man's benevolent government and one man's "enforcing of will to achieve the surrender of principles and rights maintained by a society or people" is another mans' 'liberation' It's just depends which side of the fence you sit on.

But is that true?

Our world seems to have been invaded and taken over by individuals whose approach to life and love is so drastically different from what has been the established norm for a very long time that we are ill- prepared to deal with their tactics of what can be called the "plausible lie."

The philosophy of the "plausible lie" has overtaken the legal and administrative domains of our world, turning them into machines by means of which human beings are destroyed.

Take, for example, the "legal argument." The legal argument seems to be at the foundation of our society. This amounts to little more than con-artistry: the one who is the slickest at using the structure for convincing a group of people of something, is the one who is believed. It has nothing to do with semantics.

Because this "legal argument" system has been slowly installed as part of our culture, when a conflict ensues, we automatically fall into the cultural assumption that in any conflict, one side is partly right one way, and the other is partly right the other, and that we can form opinions about which side is mostly right or wrong.

Because of our exposure to the "legal argument" norms, when any dispute arises, we automatically think that the truth will lie somewhere between two extremes.

In this case, I would like to apply a little mathematical logic to the problem of the legal argument.

Let us assume that in a dispute, one side is innocent, honest, and tells the truth. It is obvious that lying does an innocent person no good; what lie can he tell? If he is innocent, the only lie he can tell is to falsely confess "I did it."

But lying is nothing but good for the liar. He can declare that "I didn't do it," and accuse another of doing it, all the while the innocent person he has accused is saying "I didn't do it," and is actually telling the truth.

The truth - when twisted by good liars, can always make an innocent person look bad - especially if the innocent person is honest and admits his mistakes.

The basic assumption that the truth lies between the testimony of the two sides always shifts the advantage to the lying side and away from the side telling the truth.

Under most circumstances, this shift put together with the fact that the truth is going to also be twisted in such a way as to bring detriment to the innocent person, results in the advantage always resting in the hands of liars - psychopaths. Even the simple act of giving testimony under oath is useless. If a person is a liar, swearing an oath means nothing to that person. However, swearing an oath acts strongly on a serious, truthful witness. Again, the advantage is placed on the side of the liar.

And so it is with the conflict between the Palestinians and the Zionists.

Of course it would be marvelous if good were good and bad were bad and all agreed and understood them as such. Unfortunately that is not the case. Go ask your average American, and then go ask your average Iraqi.

The only defence then that the Palestinians have against the US sponsored Israeli war machine is international public opinion. As long as it is clear to all that they remain the brutalised and aggrieved party then they are afforded some protection from the Israeli mob outside their door. It seems however that the Israeli government is growing tired of playing the waiting game.

With their threatened expulsion of Arafat, Israel is apparently 'upping the ante', attempting to force a response from the Palestinians that would justify the all out war and resulting 'cleansing' that people like Sharon have for so long desired.

In the event of the expulsion or death or Arafat, should the Palestinians take the bait? Without doubt the mobilisation of the 35,000 strong Palestinian army would simply play into Israel's hands, sufficiently blurring the, up to now, well defined lines between aggressor and aggrieved. Perhaps there is no longer any hope for negotiation or a peaceful settlement anyway; in truth was there ever one?

A basic requirement of any possible peaceful settlement is that all parties at the table have peace as their goal. It is patently obvious that Sharon and his government do not want a peaceful settlement.

When you have placed yourself in a position of power and control that is based on forcibly imposed inequality and discrimination, any talk of 'agreement' requires that some of that 100% share you possess be given up. It is something of a paradox then that a person or group possessing the 'virtues' required to seek and achieve absolute power is supposed at the same time supposed to possess the virtues that would allow them to give up that power.

And this is Sharon's predicament: He wants to maintain Israel's barbaric treatment of the Palestinians while at the same time appearing to the world as a peace-lover. A tough one for sure. It has forced Sharon into some pretty creative logic and even the possibility that he is fighting the war on BOTH sides.

The more we look at the history of the Israel-Palestine conflict the more it seems that a trap has slowly been closing, and with the skill and surety of the hunter that knows the nature of his prey, the pieces have been put in place to facilitate a very specific outcome. The final chapter of which we may be seeing at present.

Israel decides to expel Arafat

Thursday 11 September 2003 18:11 GMT

Israel's security cabinet on Thursday agreed in principle to expel Palestinian President Yasir Arafat from the region.

But an immediate expulsion of the 74-year old Palestinian leader has been kept on hold for the time being keeping in view US opposition. "Arafat is an obstacle to peace and Israel will take steps to rid itself of that obstacle," an Israeli cabinet statement said.The Israeli army has meanwhile been asked to prepare a plan for Arafat's exile.

The decision to expel Arafat comes amid spiraling violence in the region coupled with heightened tensions between the Palestinians and Israelis.

Palestinians, led by none less than Arafat himself reacted to the Israeli decision with unrestrained rage.

"No one can kick me out. They can kill me with bombs but I will not leave," Arafat told reporters. Islamic Jihad, the Palestinian resistance group, also promised to stand up to the Israeli threat of expelling Arafat.

"No one can kick me out. They can kill me with bombs but I will not leave"

Its spokesman said Palestinian resistance would intensify if the leader was to be expelled.

"It would lead the region into a cycle of violence and the Palestinian people are ready to defend our leaders and our rights," spokesman Khaled al-Batch said.Nabil Abu Rudeina, a top aide of Arafat said Israel "will pay a high price" if it expelled the Palestinian leader.

The Jerusalem Post told its readers on Thursday that "we must kill Yasir Arafat because the world leaves us no alternative…if we are going to be condemned in any case, we might as well do it."

Comment: The above allegation from the Israeli cabinet that "Arafat is an obstacle to peace" is patently absurd. Was it not Israel that deliberately and unprovoked broke the most recent ceasefire by continuing their assasinations of what they term "Palestinian terrorists"? Taking a leaf out of Bush's book, Israel sees that on the current world stage allegations need not be backed up wth evidence, warmongers are given a free rein, with "do as thou wilt" apparently being the whole of the law.

World decries move to oust Arafat

12 Sept 2003

The international community has warned Israel against expelling Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, after Israel vowed to "remove" him from the area. The United States said expelling Mr Arafat would be unhelpful, while Russia - a co-sponsor of the roadmap peace plan - said such a move would be a "grave mistake".

Yasser Arafat himself told a crowd of hundreds of supporters in Ramallah he would never leave what he called his homeland. The Israeli cabinet decided in principle on Thursday night to expel Mr Arafat following two suicide bombings in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, which killed 15 people.

The Palestinian Prime Minister-designate, Ahmed Qurei, reacted to the news by announcing he was suspending his bid to form a new government, saying that Israel's decision threatened the stability of the entire region.

The BBC's James Reynolds in Jerusalem says political sources in Israel say they do not expect Israel to carry out its threat immediately. But, he says, it looks like Israel's decision has effectively put efforts to restart the roadmap on hold.

In a show of support, huge crowds gathered at Mr Arafat's battered compound in the West Bank and there were similar scenes in the Gaza Strip where thousands took to the streets.

Mr Arafat appeared on the steps of his office to acknowledge them, urging Palestinians to resist any attempt to remove him and blowing them kisses.

"You are brave people, my loved ones. Abu Ammar is staying here," he said, using his nom de guerre. The BBC's David Chazan in Jerusalem says Mr Arafat is clearly revelling in the international attention he is getting.

Senior Palestinian officials have warned Israel not to implement its decision, describing the possible consequences as catastrophic. Mr Arafat's Fatah movement urged Palestinians to mount a round-the-clock guard at the headquarters to block any Israeli moves to remove Mr Arafat forcibly.

Israel's announcement has provoked a chorus of disapproval around the world. Fatah has called upon Palestinians to mount a 24-hour guard

US State Department spokesman Richard Boucher said: "We think that it would not be helpful to expel [Arafat] because it would just give him another stage to play on". [...]

Our correspondent says the Americans are concerned that anger at Mr Arafat's expulsion would reverberate throughout the Muslim world and hinder US foreign policy, especially in Iraq.

Comment: So the US is not against Arafat's expulsion in principle, but only insofar as it would not help to facilitate their continued bloody pillaging of Arab countries under the guise of "liberation"

Expelling Arafat would be "serious" mistake: Russia

AFP
Friday September 12, 2:53 PM


A move by Israel to expel Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat would be a "serious political mistake with the most negative consequences," Russia said.

"Such a step would remove the possibility of peacefully resolving the Israeli-Palestinian crisis and would lead to an uncontrollable chain of events in the worst case scenario," said a statement from Russia's foreign ministry. [...]

USS Liberty - The Smoking Gun

Liberty deniers continue to insist that, despite all the evidence, the attack on our ship must have been a mistake. "Israel would not do such a thing to its best friend," they insist. They persist in presenting silly arguments such as "poor memory," "fog of war," and "transmitters were 1KC off frequency for a few seconds." No serious researcher to our knowledge has ever bought into those stories, yet they persist.

Recent claims by Liberty deniers, however, has brought a number of insiders out of the closet. Several were revealed in the June 2003 issue of Naval Institute Proceedings, which brought supporting statements from such senior intelligence authorities as Oliver Kirby, Admiral Bobby Inman, former CIA Director Richard Helms, General John Morrison and many others of unimpeachable stature. Yet the deniers continue to deny reality.

We have known for years that communications between the attacking Israeli jets and their headquarters were intercepted as the aircraft approached our ship. The Israeli pilots were clearly told by their controllers to find and quickly sink "the American ship" which was USS Liberty. Those communications were almost simultaneously translated and broadcast from a US Air Force C130 near the scene to an intelligence site at Crete where they were sent to Washington and to other stations as "Critical Intelligence," the fastest and most secure means available. Known as CRITICs, these reports routinely arrived in the White House, State Department and Pentagon within ten minutes or less.

Thus Liberty's attackers were caught in the act and their treachery was known to the highest levels of the US government even before the attack was completed.

Comment: By way of deception thou shall wage war - Israeli Mossad's motto

New 'Bin Laden' videotape warns of real battle to come

David Teather in New York
Thursday September 11, 2003
The Guardian

A chilling videotape, purportedly of Osama bin Laden, was released yesterday on the eve of the second anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks, warning that the real battle with America and the west has not even started.

The tape shows a figure believed to be Bin Laden, the leader of the al-Qaida network, dressed in Afghan-style robes and walking in rocky mountainous terrain, apparently accompanied by his chief lieutenant, Ayman al-Zawahiri. It was aired on the Arab television network al-Jazeera.

Comment: More BS from the White House. Osama's "chief lieutenant" in the video was captured over a year and a half ago so this tape is bogus. See below:

Flashback

Bin Laden's No 2 'captured in Iran'

Rory McCarthy in Islamabad and Luke Harding in Kabul
Monday February 18, 2002
The Guardian

Osama bin Laden's most senior lieutenant, the Egyptian militant Ayman al-Zawahiri, has been captured and jailed in Tehran, a leading Iranian newspaper reported yesterday.

Zawahiri, the founder of the Egyptian Islamic Jihad, was arrested several days ago and has been imprisoned in the city's Evin jail, where political prisoners are usually held, the Hayat-e-Nou newspaper said.
[...]

Blair 'overrode terror warnings'

Tony Blair got the warning a month before the war

Tony Blair led Britain to war against Iraq despite intelligence chiefs' warnings it could increase the risk of terrorists getting weapons of mass destruction, it has emerged.

The revelation comes in an Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC) report gave its verdict on how intelligence was handled in the run-up to the war, saying the key dossier was not "sexed up".

Ahead of the war, says the report, Mr Blair was told the threat from al-Qaeda and allied terrorist groups would be made worse by invading Iraq.

US troops kill 11 Iraqi policemen

12/09/2003 - 10:07:46

American soldiers mistakenly killed 11 Iraqi policemen today as they chased a car through a US checkpoint in a small town west of Fallujah, witnesses said.

The US military in Baghdad had no information on the incident.

Fallujah police were chasing a white BMW without licence plates that they identified as one used by highway bandits on the road connecting Baghdad with the Jordanian border.

The officers chasing the four men in the BMW were in pick-up trucks. US troops manning a checkpoint on a road leading to the resort of Saddamiyat al-fallujah, formerly used by senior officials of the Saddam regime, opened fire on the BMW and the trucks when they did not stop.

Witnesses said 11 police officers and all four men in the car were killed in the hail of fire.

The chase began when the BMW drove by a bakery owned by Ibrahim Alawi, the Fallujah police chief who recognised the BMW as one being used by the bandits to rob travellers along the Amman highway.

The Horror of 9/11 That's All Too Familiar

By Richard Drew, Richard Drew, an Associated Press photographer, won a Pulitzer Prize in 1993.

One photo said it all, but for many it said too much. Now get the view of the man behind the camera.

Picture: 'Falling' (Richard Drew / AP) 9/11, 2001

My family calls it "the picture that won't go away." Most newspaper editors refused to print it. Those who did, on the day after the World Trade Center attacks, received hundreds of letters of complaint.

The photograph was denounced as coldblooded, ghoulish and sadistic. Then it vanished.

Yet, two years later, I still get asked about it. I've been invited on national talk shows, interviewed by foreign TV crews and asked to speak about it at universities across the country. Esquire magazine just published a 7,000-word essay that hails it as an icon, a masterpiece and a touching work of art.

All this for a single frame out of hundreds shot in haste before I was pulled to safety as the second tower of the World Trade Center tumbled toward me. My fellow photographers call it "the most famous picture nobody's ever seen." [...]

One editor who objected to my photo said, "Americans don't want to look at pictures of death and dying over their morning cornflakes." I disagree. I think they're fine with it, as long as the victims aren't American.

During the Vietnam War, my friend and colleague Nick Ut took a photograph of a girl who'd been napalmed, running down the road in flames. The picture became an instant icon and won the Pulitzer Prize. But no one in the States worried about getting napalmed. The photo evoked sympathy, not empathy.[...]

Comment: Are 'national outcries' the exclusive right of the American people? When 2,794 civilians die in an attack on America there is international outrage. When 10,000 civilians are slaughtered in Iraq, the Iraqi outcry is drowned out by American cheering and flag waving.

"Sleeping with the Devil: How Washington Sold Our Soul for Saudi Crude."

Robert Baer, Former CIA Case Officer and Author

BuzzFlash Interview
September 12, 2003

Think About This: Whenever You Buy a Tank of Saudi Arabian Gas, You are Helping to Finance Terrorism. [...]

Annan: World Unity Needed to Fight Terrorism

Thu September 11, 2003

GENEVA (Reuters) - International cooperation is vital if the fight against terrorism begun after the September 11, 2001, attacks in the United States is to be successful, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan said on Thursday.

Speaking to Reuters Television, Annan said last month's bombing of the U.N. office in Baghdad and Wednesday's fatal knifing in Stockholm of Swedish Foreign Minister Anna Lindh showed that terrorism was not defeated.

"Obviously we will remember those who died on September 11. I was in New York when it happened and I know what a traumatic and tragic incident that was," the U.N. chief declared.

"I think it (the anniversary of the incidents) should also remind us that we need to cooperate across borders, that we need international cooperation and to work together to be able to counter terrorism," Annan said.

"The fight against terrorism is not over, as we saw in Iraq recently with the attack against my own colleagues of the U.N., and what we've seen yesterday in Sweden with the death of the wonderful and great foreign minister of Sweden."[...]

Violence Breaks Out As Chile Marks Coup

By EDUARDO GALLARDO
Associated Press Writer


SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) -- Violent protests erupted in several working class neighborhoods of the capital as Chileans marked the 30th anniversary of the coup that deposed President Salvador Allende and brought Gen. Augusto Pinochet to power.[...]

India has ruled out sending troops to Iraq, UN mandate or not: reports

NEW DELHI (AFP) Sep 12, 2003

India will not send troops to Iraq even if the United Nations mandates multinational peacekeeping operations in the strife-torn country, the Indian media reported Friday.

Quoting top government sources, newspapers said the line New Delhi is now pushing is that it cannot spare any of its million-strong army for peacekeeping operations due to security threats within the country and on its borders.

However, the real reason, the reports said, was that national elections are due in India by October 2004 and the ruling Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) believes it would be politically disastrous if any Indian soldier died in Iraq. [...]

France, Germany, Russia offer US trade-off on Iraq

Reuters
September 12, 2003 - 1:06AM

France, Germany and Russia have offered the United States a deal on Iraq: approving US military leadership but downgrading US civilian control in favour of Iraqis and the United Nations.

The three nations submitted amendments, circulated on Wednesday, to a US-drafted Security Council resolution shortly before a weekend foreign ministers meeting in Geneva to see if a compromise can be reached.

However, US Secretary of State Colin Powell immediately ridiculed the idea of giving up power quickly during an interview with the Arabic television channel Al-Jazeera. [...]

France and Germany made no objection to the force but they want the United States and Britain to accelerate the end of the occupation and give Iraqis more authority over civilian life, including oil resources. [...]

Clark Poised for 2004 Presidential Race

By WILL LESTER, Associated Press Writer
September 12, 2003

WASHINGTON - By all appearances, retired Army Gen. Wesley Clark is poised to enter the presidential race as the 10th Democratic candidate.

He's told friends he's leaning strongly toward entering the contest, he's contacted potential campaign advisers, and he's asked for political advice from many party veterans. The 58-year-old former NATO commander could shake up the crowded field. [...]

Clark has a resume that unnerves potential rivals — Rhodes scholar, first in his 1966 class at West Point, White House fellow, head of the U.S. Southern Command and NATO commander during the 1999 campaign in Kosovo. [...]

Draft Gore: Gore in Statistical Dead Heat with Bush, Leads All Democrats in Zogby/Draft Gore Poll

U.S. Newswire
9/11/03 6:51:00 PM

OAKLAND, Calif., Sept. 11 -- For the first time since the 2000 elections, a major poll shows the country split evenly between former Vice President Al Gore and President Bush. The same poll also shows that half the voters in America have not forgotten the controversy of the 2000 election.

The results of the Sept. 5-9 Zogby poll show Bush with less than majority support and only with the narrowest of margins over Al Gore, 48 percent to 46 percent -- a difference that's within the poll's margin of error (3.2 percent). Moreover, Gore leads Bush among independent voters by 47 percent to 43 percent. [...]

The poll, conducted on Sept. 5-9 by Zogby International for Draft Gore (draftgore.com), also shows Gore easily leading all major contenders for the Democratic nomination with 24 percent compared to 16 percent for Dean, 12 percent for Lieberman, 11 percent for Kerry, 7 percent for Gephardt, and 2 percent for Edwards. [...]

Report: China Probably Saw U.S. Spy Plane Secrets

Thursday, September 11, 2003; 11:53 PM

BEIJING (Reuters) - U.S. investigators have concluded that China almost certainly gained access to classified information as a result of a mid-air collision between a Chinese fighter and a U.S. spy plane, Jane's Defense Weekly says in its next edition.

An official U.S. report, obtained by Jane's last week under the Freedom of Information Act, blamed the Chinese F-8 fighter for the April 2001 collision over the South China Sea off China's southern island province of Hainan. [...]

The report said the spy plane crew had been unable to destroy all classified "materiel" on board in time before making their emergency landing. [...]

'Future pope' investigated in money laundering probe

Associated Press
07:39 Friday 12th September 2003

A Roman Catholic cardinal mentioned as a possible future pope is being investigated for possible money laundering.

Mexico's justice department received complaints from a former attorney general who has a long-running dispute with Guadalajara Cardinal Juan Sandoval.

The dispute stems from an investigation into the shooting death of Sandoval's predecessor. [...]

Why smokers could be programmed to kick habit

By Steve Connor
The Independent
12 September 2003

If nicotine patches, hypnosis and acupuncture don't work, you might want to try the digital age's answer to the problem of how to quit smoking.

Scientists are developing software that creates a series of flashing images on a hand-held computer screen that are designed to confuse pleasure-seeking centres of the brain and combat craving.

As soon as someone feels an urge to smoke they can switch on their Palm Pilot's anti-smoking program and feel their cravings melt away, said Jon May, an addiction specialist at Sheffield University. [...]

Comment: We wonder where else this technology might be being used...

Bottled water blamed for rush of cavities

Missing out on fluoride

Tom Blackwell
National Post
Thursday, September 11, 2003

Canadians' growing penchant for bottled water may help explain what some dentists are calling a steep jump in the rate of cavities among children.

As families increasingly opt for spring water, most of which contains only trace amounts of naturally occurring fluoride, they are avoiding tap water that in many cities is supplemented with the decay-fighting chemical.

"It's not just drinking the bottled water. It's the parents thinking the tap water is no good, whereas, in fact, there is fluoride in it," said Franklin Pulver, a pediatric dentist in Toronto.

"If they don't get it through prepared food and what-not, the kids are missing out on the fluoride." [...]

Comment: The swiss town of Basel has recently discontinued its flouridation of the water supply after findings suggested that flouride actually contributed to cavaties. The above sounds like an attempt by the authorities to combat the growing awareness among the population that flouride in fact has rather negative effects on humans

U.S. Diet Proposals Reflect Nation's Lack of Fitness

By MARIAN BURROS

The Department of Agriculture is proposing dietary advice that for the first time recognizes that a majority of Americans, 64 percent, are overweight and sedentary and need to eat less.

Food pyramid takes aim at couch potatoes

By ELIZABETH LEE
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution


The rising number of overweight, inactive Americans is shaking the Food Guide Pyramid to its foundation.

As the U.S. Department of Agriculture prepares to revamp the pyramid in 2005, it is proposing tailoring its advice to sedentary Americans to help them avoid overeating. The current pyramid, an at-a-glance portrayal of federal nutrition advice unveiled in 1992, assumes most Americans are healthy and active.[...]

"We need to actually invest in helping people put this advice into practice. We're really not doing that. With all the hand-wringing there is about obesity, the federal government is doing very little to address it. It's basically talk and very little action."

Study Suggests Smallpox Vaccine May Fight Aids

Thu Sep 11
By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Correspondent

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The smallpox vaccine may help protect people against the AIDS virus, U.S. researchers said on Thursday.

A team at Virginia's George Mason University said they had shown, in lab dishes, that blood cells from people vaccinated against smallpox were four times less likely to become infected by the AIDS virus.

They are now negotiating with Acambis Plc, which makes vaccines against smallpox and other diseases, to test their idea further.

"Our outcomes are very encouraging," Ken Alibek, a bioterrorism and smallpox expert at George Mason, said in a statement. "Additional studies that may lead us to more definitive conclusions already are under way."[...]

Smallpox was eradicated in 1979 through a global vaccination effort. Hundreds of millions of people have been vaccinated against the virus and the United States and other countries have resumed limited vaccination campaigns because of fears the deadly virus could be used as a biological weapon.

Fearless genes mean more autistic men

Abbie Thomas
ABC Science Online
Wednesday, 10 September 2003

A cross-section of the brain showing the fear-sensing part of the brain, the amygdala (NIH)

A region on the X-chromosome linked to the perception of fear may explain why men are 10 times more likely than women to have autism, report U.K. researchers.

The research, which includes a paper published last week in the journal Brain, was announced this week at the British Association for the Advancement of Science conference in Manchester.

Researchers had always suspected autism was related to a problem with the sex chromosomes, because the condition is so skewed towards one gender: men. Professor David Skuse from the Institute of Child Health in London and colleagues have now found a genetic component of the inability to recognise fear, which is a common symptom of autism.[...]

Fuji shaken but not stirred by volcano tests

By Hans Greimel, AP, in Tokyo
12 September 2003

Five massive explosions rattled the magma dome below Mount Fuji yesterday as part of an attempt to discover when Japan's most famous volcano might erupt again.

The underground blasts, each using 500kg (1,100lb) of explosives, triggered mini-earthquakes, which will help scientists to map the magma bubbling beneath and gauge the likelihood of Fuji blowing its top.

Keiji Doi, of Tokyo University's Earthquake Research Institute, said: "When the next eruption will happen is very difficult to forecast, but for these 300 years we've been waiting and waiting."

Mount Fuji is listed as an active volcano with moderate risk of eruption. It last blew in 1707, sprinkling Tokyo with ash. An estimated 12.5 million people, about 10 per cent of the population, live near the mountain, 70 miles south-west of Tokyo. A report last year said another eruption could spew lava and ash over hundreds of square miles, causing up to 2,500bn yen (£13.4bn) of damage..

Aid agencies prepare for possible volcano eruption (Comoros)

Martin Ottenheimer

Aig agencies are preparing for the worst should Kartala volcano erupt

JOHANNESBURG, 8 Sep 2003 (IRIN) - United Nations agencies in the Comoros on Monday said plans for the evacuation of civilians were underway following reports of a possible volcanic eruption on the main island of Grande Comore.

"Some of the major UN agencies are currently working together to come up with an emergency response contingency plan. It still is not clear when the eruption will occur, or if it will occur at all, but we are preparing for a number of possible scenarios," acting UN Resident Coordinator Kalula Kalambay told IRIN.

If asteroid dosen't get us the volcano will...

11 September 2003

The biggest threat to mankind was revealed yesterday to be a deadly supervolcano bubbling away under one of the world's most famous national parks. Vulcanologists say the seismic hotspot is ready to blow and will spell Armageddon for our planet. [...]

The gigantic volcano has a crater bowl 53 miles long and 30 miles wide and lies below Yellowstone Park, in Wyoming in the United States.

If it erupts, it will be the loudest noise heard on Earth since 73,000BC.

The monster explosion would send fireball lava rocks shooting miles up into the atmosphere. The ground would be swamped by a red hot liquid sea while above, huge dust clouds would block out sunlight, sending global temperatures tumbling.

Vulcanologists have long known about the potential and explosive danger of the sleeping beast. The aftermath of an eruption would plunge the planet into a devastating nuclear-style winter. And all life would face an impossible struggle to survive as acid rain deluged the planet.

The latest warning about a future eruption came from Professor Bill McGuire, of the Benfield Greig Hazard Research Centre at University College, London. He said: "The Yellowstone super-volcano has been on a regular eruption cycle of 600,000 years. The last eruption was 640,000 years ago, so the next is long overdue.[...]

UA researcher’s work interrupted by volcano

BY DREW TERRY Northwest Arkansas Times
Posted on Sunday, September 7, 2003

A recent trip to install instruments measuring ground movement caused by volcanoes became a firsthand experience for a University of Arkansas geoscience researcher in the power of the landforming mountains.

Glen Mattioli, an associate professor in the Department of Geosciences in the University of Arkansas, and several students and other researchers traveled in July to the Caribbean island of Montserrat to install four strain meters around the active Soufriere Hills volcano.

Such instruments can provide short-term measurements of ground movement caused by a volcano.

But the active mountain didn’t wait for the team to finish installing the equipment before unleashing its force. "It was great. I was a little nervous, but we had to deal with it," Mattioli said. "The actual event was somewhat stressful and afterwards we had to deal with the misery of life with the ash." "On top of that, they turned the water off, and we were working in the field all day and you’d come home and couldn’t take a shower," he said.

"Extremely dangerous" Hurricane Isabel gains force over Atlantic

TERRA.WIRE
MIAMI (AFP) Sep 11, 2003

Hurricane Isabel is "extremely dangerous" and has gained strength Thursday as it rages over the Atlantic Ocean and heads west towards the Caribbean's northern Leeward Islands, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said.

The NHC said Isabel's maximum sustained winds have increased to 240 kilometers an hour (149 miles an hour) as it bears west at 15 kilometers an hour (nine miles an hour).

At 1500 GMT, the eye of the hurricane was located 865 kilometers to the east-northeast of the Leeward Islands on the eastern fringe of the Caribbean.

If Isabel continues along its current path, the hurricane is expected to hit seas to the north of Puerto Rico by the weekend.

Mission to Meteor Crater

By SETH MULLER
Sun Staff Reporter
09/11/2003

Although a manned mission to Mars remains in the realm of science fiction, more than a dozen NASA scientists and contractors have been conducting on-the-ground experiments with robotics, mapping and communication equipment around Meteor Crater.

The data they have collected during the two weeks of experiments, which end today, will help lay down the groundwork and identify challenges with missions to Mars. But no date has been set for that next great space adventure.

"We are developing space suits, robotics systems and communications," said Joe Kosmo, spokesman for NASA. "None of what you see will go to Mars, but the information we learn from it will be passed on."

Mysterious blast shakes Nanaimo

Canadian Press
3:19 AM EDT Thursday, Sep. 11, 2003

Nanaimo, B.C. — Was it a sonic boom, a dynamite blast, or an asteroid hitting the earth?

Government and local emergency services were stumped Wednesday afternoon, unable to explain a powerful blast that shook Nanaimo from stem to stern.

The blast, which occurred around 1 p.m., was heard and felt as far south as Chemainus, and as far north as Nanoose.

Nanaimo RCMP say no damage or injuries had been reported.

One thing is fairly certain: it was not an earthquake, although it did register on a seismograph in Nanaimo. [...]

They all want to see dead people

Contacting the dearly departed now all the rage

A bit like Morse code, says medium with the message

BARBARA TURNBULL
LIFE WRITER

Being in touch with the dead has been coming alive.

Conversations with people in the hereafter is so very now — in movies, on television, in best-selling books and in personal appearances before live audiences across the continent.

The widespread urge to get in touch with the dearly departed is making the afterlife mainstream.

That's no surprise to James Van Praagh. He's the medium whose show Beyond With James Van Praagh is one of two about communicating with the dead that airs on TV multiple times each day.

"We share two common experiences in this world — the first is birth and we have some idea what that's about," he says in a telephone interview from his Los Angeles home. "The second is death. We don't really know about death, but every one of us has this experience. People want to know more about what's going to happen to them."

Even more so, people want to know what happened and what is happening to those who have already passed into the hereafter.

About 700 people are expected at tomorrow's three-hour seminar, paying anywhere from $50 to $250 for the privilege of possibly making a connection. There are no guarantees. The dead are notoriously elusive and anything but predictable.[...]

Italy creates pizza-scented bubble bath

11:09 Friday 12th September 2003

An Italian cosmetics manufacturer has created a new range of bathroom products that smell of pizza.

Creator Ducio Cresci from Florence believes the traditional Italian dish should indulge all the senses, not just the stomach, and so created the luxury bubble bath, soap and body lotion.

The products are made from natural ingredients and contain tomato extract, essential oils of basil and oregano.

Cresci said: "The bubble bath smells especially strong when you are bathing in it, but once out of the water it leaves an irresistible trace of scent on your skin."

The former TV presenter said his products have been selling very well. Customers can also wash, moisturise and perfume themselves with an entire three course meal.

Cresci's Experimenta range also includes cappuccino soap, freshly baked Tuscan bread body lotion and oils smelling of chocolate, cake and chewing gum.

 


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