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Leviathan run amok

Hezbollah may be writing the book - at least for now - of fourth-generation war. Hezbollah had a reputation as an extremely disciplined, mobile guerrilla force. Now Hezbollah has fully revealed itself as a more than competent asymmetrical actor.

Hezbollah controls a great deal of territory - Beirut's southern suburbs, vast areas in southern Lebanon and the Bekaa Valley, which is sandwiched between two mountain ranges along the Syrian border. Hezbollah enjoys staunch popular support running to probably one and a half million people, almost half the population of Lebanon. And Hezbollah has been capable of unleashing some relatively sophisticated military operations against Israel using both conventional and unorthodox weapons.


Bill Kristol is a Maniac

Bill Kristol has never seen a war he didn't like. No, that's too soft. A war he didn't love and lust after. Here's a wolf in sheep's clothing pretending to be serious, sober minded analyst on television when in reality he is trying to get us sucked into horrific wars that other people will die fighting. Will he ever put on a uniform and fight any of the wars he so desperately wants to start? Hell no. Will anyone in his family or friends? Hell no.They love to start wars, not fight them. That's for the poor schmucks who don't know any better and sign up to run the fool's errands Kristol wants to send them on. On Thursday, we had Ben Barnes, the former Lt. Governor of Texas on our show talking about how he got all the rich kids of Texas out of the Vietnam War, including George W. Bush. There was something about hearing him say it that struck me. It isn't just theoretical; they really do get their kids out of war while they send poor kids to get ground up by the war machine. There is something infinitely sick about that.

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Juan Williams Confronts Kristol: 'You Just Want War, War, War, and You Want Us In More War'

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This morning on Fox News Sunday, William Kristol argued that the Bush administration's "coddling" of Iran had "invited" the latest outbreak of violence, and that the United States should join in the current fighting. Juan Williams pushed back:
You just want war, war, war, and you want us in more war. You wanted us in Iraq. Now you want us in Iran. Now you want us to get into the Middle East. ... You're saying, why doesn't the United States take this hard, unforgiving line? Well, the hard and unforgiving line has been, we don't talk to anybody. We don't talk to Hamas. We don't talk to Hezbollah. We're not going to talk to Iran. Where has it gotten us, Bill?

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SOTT Focus: SOTT Podcast: Zinedine Zidane, Israeli Crimes Against Humanity, and Ten Films to Better Understand our Reality

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The Signs editors join with guest Jason Knight to discuss the head-butting incident in the last match of the World Cup and salute Zinedine Zidane for standing up and saying "No" to psychopathy in professional sport. We then draw parallels between the provocation of Zidane and the current situation in Palestine where Israel has unleashed its mad dogs against the Palestinians and Lebanon. We finish with a discussion on ten films that will help you to better understand the nature of our reality.

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Is The Israeli Military Using Depleted-Uranium Weapons Against The Palestinians?

International Action Center calls for an investigation

27 Nov 2000-- The International Action Center calls upon international organizations, NGOs, environmental and health organizations to investigate the Israeli military's use of prohibited weapons in the West Bank and Gaza, and to mobilize to stop it. These weapons include dumdum bullets and CS gas. The IAC believes it also includes depleted- uranium weapons.

The effect of dumdum bullets and CS gas is immediate, easily shown and obvious. Using radioactive and toxic depleted-uranium weapons is an additional crime that has an insidious long-term effect, not only on combatants and civilians in the vicinity, but over a broad area and to the general environment, as has been shown by the Pentagon's massive use of DU weapons in Yugoslavia and especially in Iraq.

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Olmert rejects EU criticism of Israel's Gaza raids

JERUSALEM - Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert on Monday rejected European Union criticism of Israel's military offensive in the Gaza Strip, saying the EU should focus instead on Palestinian rocket attacks on Israel.

"When was the last time that the European Union condemned this shooting and suggested effective measures to stop it?" Olmert said in remarks to the foreign press.

"At some point, Israel had no point but to take some measures in order to stop this thing."The European Union accused Israel on Friday of a disproportionate use of force against Palestinians in Gaza and of making a humanitarian crisis there worse.

Comment: And that is the point, a massively disproportionate use of force AND the fact that Israel's continued flaunting of international law means that, in the final analysis, it is ISRAEL that is the SOURCE of the conflict.

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SOTT Focus: SOTT Podcast: One Degree At A Time - Part 2

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A look back at developments around the world in the last year by the editors of Signs of the Times. In Part 2, we look at the bellicose attitude of the US towards Iran, the successes of Hugo Chavez in inspiring Latin American to throw off the domination of its northern neighbour, and the deterioration of rights and liberties in the United States. How much more brazen can it get before people stand up and say "Enough!"? Like the proverbial frog in boiling water, the heat is being turned up one degree at a time. How close are we to being cooked?

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SOTT Focus: SOTT Podcast: One Degree At A Time - Part 1

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A look back at developments around the world in the last year by the editors of Signs of the Times. In Part 1, we look at changes in Britain since the Tube bombings one year ago, the open warfare against the Palestinians in the Occupied Territories waged by Israel, and the continuing resistance of the Iraqi people against the US invader in Iraq. Like the proverbial frog in boiling water, the heat is being turned up one degree at a time. How close are we to being cooked?

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BBC had MI5 watch its staff

IT IS a tale of secret agents and surveillance that could have come straight out of the BBC's classic John le Carre spy drama, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.

Confidential papers show that the BBC allowed Britain's domestic security agency, MI5, to investigate the backgrounds and political affiliations of thousands of its employees, including newsreaders, reporters and continuity announcers.

The files, which shed light on the BBC's hitherto secret links with MI5, show that at one stage it was responsible for vetting 6300 BBC posts - almost a third of the total workforce.

Comment: You see? There is no control of the press, there is no such thing as conspiracy.


EP president says "China is a lion awakening"

STRASBOURG, France, July 6 (Xinhua) -- European Parliament (EP) President Josep Borrell, who will leave for China on Friday for a seven-day visit, on Wednesday hailed the rapid economic growth of China.

Comparing China to an "awakening lion," Borrell said China has undergone "huge" changes over the past 13 years.