Monday, February 20, 2012

‘Bahrain Uprising May Lead to Civil War; Saudi Troops Gunning Down Bahraini Doctors, Nurses, Women, Children


Fat, bloated, apostate, filthy rich Saudis (made so with YOUR MONEY) ripe for take-over, invasion by other Arab states; drug, alcohol-addicted, HIV infested Saudi Royals need to be deposed, replaced with government of The People headed by Saudi women

Press TV
02/19/2012

There is a “dangerous possibility” of civil war in Bahrain unless the government starts opening a dialogue to democracy and discussing the serious qualms of the people, an analyst tells Press TV.

Bahraini protester killed by Saudi "army" mercenary guns-for-hire
The comments come a few days after the first anniversary of popular protests in Bahrain that have been repressed by the Saudi-backed regime forces.

Dozens of people have been killed and hundreds more arrested or fired from their jobs since the beginning of Bahrain’s popular uprising in February 2011.

Press TV has conducted an interview with Dominic Kavakeb, coordinator for Bahrain Justice and Development movement from London to discuss the situation.

The video also offers the opinions of two other guests, Beirut-based political analysts Sara Marusek and Jihad Mouracadeh. What follows is an approximate transcription of the interview:

Press TV: I want to ask you about the importance of your campaign, what you are doing of course in the case of the Bahraini people, the fact that international organizations, human rights organizations have said that the regime, the Bahraini Kingdom has not lived up to its promises.

What can you tell us about that and how come you don’t see more efforts to pressure the Bahraini Kingdom as we see for example in the case of Syria?

Kavakeb: Well, in terms of the work we do here in London, we try very hard to convince politicians- to work with the different politicians, the media people, to try and convince them that there does need to be some action taken on Bahrain. 


Funeral for Bahraini child gunned down by Saudis
I think there quite clearly does. The problem we’ve seen so far is that as the previous person alluded to the western governments are trying to basically create stability in Bahrain at any cost. That seems to be their main concern.

And I think there has been a sustained attempt to try and pull the will over the eyes by the Bahraini government, of the rest of the world to try and portray this conflict as being, you know, two equal sides or a sectarian divide, when I think the reality is the people in Bahrain are looking for democracy.

It’s not a question of just Tunisia; it’s not a question of Iran involvement as has been said in this discussion; it’s a question of democracy and that’s the real issue. That’s what the people are looking for in Bahrain. They’re looking to have an elected government.

Bahrain has got the same prime minister for the last 42 years. This is not appropriate in 2012. This needs to be changed. They need to have a complete overhaul, a democratic system. And I think that’s what the Bahraini people are looking for.

I think we need to try and make that clear, here in the West or anywhere else, to our politicians, to the media, that that’s the real antagonism that exists in Bahraini society.

Press TV: Something that we might point out to is that the population of Bahrain is about half a million and the death rate was about 60, I think, in one year. Don’t you think that is a bit high compared to the number of population. Does there have to be more killings in order for the people to be able see the injustice that’s happening in Bahrain?

Kavakeb: Well, I’d hope not. I’d hope that people would accept that one single death in this sort of situation is a tragedy. 


Another Bahraini victim of Saudi mercs using U.S. weaponry
And absolutely, you’re right to point out that the number of deaths that have happened in the past year are high considering the population which makes it- I think as a proportion more people have been killed in Bahrain in the last year than have been killed in Egypt in the past year.

And I think Bahrainis may be third or fourth in the Arab Spring for deaths per population.

So I don’t think that should really be a characteristic to decide whether or not the international community should support people in the struggle for democracy whether one person is killed or whether hundreds and hundreds of people are killed.

The people are looking for democracy and that’s what they want and that’s got to be the basis for support, the international community- not just the human rights violations but these people are looking for democratic values.

Press TV: Before I come back to my guest over here (in the studio) I want to ask you about the strategy that the anti-government protestors want to use in Bahrain. When you speak to them will they continue just peaceful demonstrations? Is that how they will continue their protests?

Kavakeb: It’s difficult to say. I mean no one can know exactly what will happen but I know certainly for the political parties the main opposition bloc are completely and one hundred percent committed to peaceful tactics as they have been for the past year of this conflict actually. 


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You know, they’ve been far more peaceful than many of the other activists in the Arab Spring in other countries. You know, they’ve gone on for a year now and they’ve seen no changes, really no changes just a few barely cosmetic changes happening in the country.

And you have to start to wonder that given the amount of time that’s past by without anything really happening, will the people start to consider less peaceful tactics. I certainly hope not but the people are being forced into a desperate situation now.

They’ve been met with repression, time and time again. It is going to sadly raise the question perhaps the people need to start defending themselves.

Press TV: I think Mr. Kavakeb has something to tell us on this issue [referring ton what the other two speakers were talking about]. Go ahead Mr. Kavakeb.

Kavakeb: Well, the Bahrain independent commission of inquiry spent, you know, 6 months in Bahrain looking at the situation, looking at what happened in the course of February and March and they came back and said that we have absolutely no evidence that Iran has had any involvement with Bahrain whatsoever.

So I think the fact that people can still sit there or stand there and say the Bahraini protesters are being told what to do from Iran, they have major links to Iran is just complete nonsense, it’s a smokescreen.

It’s an attempt to completely smear the genuine democratic demands of the Bahraini people and try to focus elsewhere and actually it’s a very clever tactic those who support the government try to use because they know that they are exploiting the tensions that exist between Iran and the West to try and damage the opposition in Bahrain.

Mouracadeh: Excuse me have you been listening to the statements of the Iranian government?

Kavakeb: Of course.

Mouracadeh: As I said the first statement of the Iranian government was we would like to intervene on behalf of the poor population, poor Shia population, which is being massacred.

Kavakeb: But did they?

Mouracadeh: When they said they wanted to intervene and that was a foreign threat to the government of Bahrain. Then the government of Saudi Arabia and Bahrain triggered the defense back, which is absolutely normal.

Kavakeb: That’s not true. Cause even Bahrain officials would tell you today that’s not why Saudi forces came in. They came in apparently to protect installations- that’s the official line.

Mouracadeh: Absolutely, not to intervene on either side, just to protect installations.

Kavakeb: The fact that they came into the country was an intimidation, it was a threat against Bahraini protesters. If you send tanks into a country, over a bridge, you know with weapons and this and that, are you telling me that’s not going to threat and intimidate people?

Of course it is. That’s why they did it. That’s the real reason why they did it- nothing to do with Iran, nothing to do with Shia populations.

Mouracadeh: If you threaten to intervene on behalf of the Shia population as Iran, don’t you think it threatens the government?

Press TV: I think we’ve had enough of this issue Mr. Kavakeb I also want to ask you about the demands of the people. Do you think that if the crackdown continues we might see more radicalized demands?

Kavakeb: I think that’s already happened. I think over the past year people began talking about, you know, making minor democratic changes here and there, you know, but I think now more and more people are becoming more radicalized and that’s creating a much more polarized situation on both sides.

You know, I think people on the extreme of both sides of this are getting increasingly stronger because of the political stalemate and I think that’s really the reason why more than anything else Bahrain needs to turn around.

The Bahraini government needs to turn around and say we need to start opening a dialogue to democracy; we need to start discussing the serious qualms of the Bahraini people before the situation gets even worse and before we see the real prospects of civil war.

That is a dangerous possibility that may happen unless there is serious dialogue happening now and I really call on the Bahraini government to do that immediately, to set the ground work for discussion, a real discussion, not a sort of fake discussion that they’ve had so far.

But a real discussion that addresses why you have a prime minister for 42 years? Why you have a judicial system which is completely non-independent, which is completely run by the royal family.

You know, all these sorts of questions need to be addressed and that’s how the country will move forward, not any other way. 


 




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Iran cuts oil exports to British, French firms


Predictably, as with Japan prior to WWII Iran responds to acts of war (sanctions) with acts of war; taking no shit from cowards Obama, Clinton, Panetta and pansy, cross-dressing English

PRESS TV
02/19/2012

Iran’s Oil Ministry announces it has cut oil exports to British and French firms in line with the decision to end crude exports to six European states.

Iran to EU, US, UK:  No More Bullshit
The move comes as Iranian Oil Minister Rostam Qasemi had earlier hinted at the possibility of Iran’s halting oil exports to certain European countries.

Iranian Oil Ministry Spokesman Alireza Nikzad-Rahbar said Sunday that Iran has no problem in exporting and selling crude oil to its customers.

“We have our own oil customers and replacements for these [British and French] companies have already been chosen and we will sell the crude oil to new customers instead of the British and French companies,” Nikzad-Rahbar pointed out.

European Union foreign ministers agreed to ban oil imports from Iran on January 23 and to freeze the assets of the Iranian Central Bank across the EU in a bid to pressure Iran over its nuclear program.

The sanctions will become fully effective on July 1, 2012, to give EU member states enough time to adjust to the new conditions and find alternative crude oil supplies.

Despite the widely publicized claims by the US, Israel and some of their European allies that Iran's nuclear program may include a military aspect, Tehran insists its nuclear work is civilian in nature.

Iran argues that as a signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), it has the right to develop and acquire nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.

The IAEA has conducted numerous inspections of Iran's nuclear facilities but has never found any evidence indicating that Tehran's civilian nuclear program has been diverted towards nuclear weapons production. 


 




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Iran, Russia naval presence in Syrian waters message to US: MP


Israel out of control; nutcases Obama, Netanyahu, Clinton, Panetta believe they can survive WWIII they initiate in underground Four Seasons paid for with YOUR MONEY; Obama promises JCS, Senators, Congressmen, CEO's and families will kick back underground eating, drinking, smoking, snorting the best while watching U.S. peasants destroy themselves, country

PRESS TV
02/19/2012
A senior Iranian lawmaker says the presence of Iranian and Russian naval forces in Syria’s coastal waters is a clear warning to the US to refrain from any possible military adventurism. 
 
Predictable:  Iranian Navy now training Syrian naval counterparts
“The United States should take Iran's warning about [refraining from any possible] military intervention in Syria seriously,” Hossein Ebrahimi, deputy chairman of Iran Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Committee, said Sunday.

He added that in the event of a US strategic mistake in Syria, Washington may receive a crushing response from Iran, Syria and a few other countries.
 
On Sunday, January 8, a large Russian navy flotilla led by an aircraft carrier arrived at the Syrian port of Tartus in the Mediterranean Sea for a six-day port call, to show Moscow's solidarity with Damascus.
 
"The port call is aimed at bringing the two countries closer together and strengthening their ties of friendship," the official SANA news agency quoted a Russian naval officer Yakushin Vladimir Anatolievich as saying.

Two Iranian Navy ships also docked in the Syrian port of Tartus on Friday, February 17, to train Syrian naval forces under an agreement signed between Tehran and Damascus one year ago.

“Syrians are against any form of foreign intervention in their country, but the United States by arming opposition groups is trying to harm the [anti-Israeli] axis of resistance in the region [in order to] affect Islamic Awakening in regional countries,” Ebrahimi added.
 
The lawmaker went on to say that the recent dispatch of a number of unmanned military and intelligence drones for operations in Syrian skies by the US military will only result in more solidarity among the Syrians.

NBC News quoted unnamed US defense officials as saying on February 18 that US drones are monitoring “the Syrian military attacks against opposition forces and civilians.”

Syria has been the scene of unrest since mid-March, 2011, with demonstrations being held both against and in support of President Bashar al-Assad's government.

The West and the Syrian opposition accuse the government of killing protesters. But Damascus blames ''outlaws, saboteurs and armed terrorist groups'' for the unrest, insisting that it is being orchestrated from abroad.





 

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Millions of Evangelical Christians Want to Start World War III … to Speed Up the Second Coming


Christers have death wish for everybody but selves; believe they will join dead family members sitting on clouds playing harps after rising from graves -  and no more of that nasty, filthy SEX

Global Research
02/18/2012


Psycho Christian fundamentalist vision of  "The Rapture:  Everybody dies except us"

According to French President Chirac, Bush told him that the Iraq war was needed to bring on the apocalypse:

In Genesis and Ezekiel Gog and Magog are forces of the Apocalypse who are prophesied to come out of the north and destroy Israel unless stopped. The Book of Revelation took up the Old Testament prophesy:

“And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison, And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them.”

Bush believed the time had now come for that battle, telling Chirac:

“This confrontation is willed by God, who wants to use this conflict to erase his people’s enemies before a New Age begins”…

There can be little doubt now that President Bush’s reason for launching the war in Iraq was, for him, fundamentally religious. He was driven by his belief that the attack on Saddam’s Iraq was the fulfilment of a Biblical prophesy in which he had been chosen to serve as the instrument of the Lord.

And British Prime Minister Tony Blair long-time mentor, advisor and confidante said:

“Tony’s Christian faith is part of him, down to his cotton socks. He believed strongly at the time, that intervention in Kosovo, Sierra Leone – Iraq too – was all part of the Christian battle; good should triumph over evil, making lives better.”

Mr Burton, who was often described as Mr Blair’s mentor, says that his religion gave him a “total belief in what’s right and what’s wrong”, leading him to see the so-called War on Terror as “a moral cause”…

Anti-war campaigners criticised remarks Mr Blair made in 2006, suggesting that the decision to go to war in Iraq would ultimately be judged by God.

Bill Moyers reports that the organization Christians United for Israel – led by highly-influential Pastor John C. Hagee – is a universal call to all Christians to help factions in Israel fund the Jewish settlements, throw out all the Palestinians and lobby for a pre-emptive invasion of Iran. All to bring Russia into a war against us causing World War III followed by Armageddon, the Second Coming and The Rapture.

This all revolves around what is called Dispensationalism. So popular is Dispensationalism that Tim LaHaye’s Left Behind series has sold 65 million copies.

Dispensationalists include the following mega-pastors and their churches:




They are supported by politicians such as:




Texas Senator John Cronyn

Former House Minority Whip Roy Blunt

Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay

And others

As professor emeritus of history Paul S. Boyer notes:

Abundant evidence makes clear that millions of Americans — upwards of 40 percent, according to some widely publicized national polls — do, indeed, believe that Bible prophecies detail a specific sequence of end-times events. According to the most popular prophetic system, premillennial dispensationalism … the Islamic world is allied against God and faces annihilation in the last days. That view is actually a very ancient one in Christian eschatology. Medieval prophecy expounders saw Islam as the demonic force whose doom is foretold in Scripture.

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The prophecy magazine Midnight Call warmly endorsed a fierce attack on Islam by Franklin Graham (son of Billy) and summed up Graham’s case in stark terms: “Islam is an evil religion.” In Lindsey’s 1996 prophecy novel, “Blood Moon,” Israel, in retaliation for a planned nuclear attack by an Arab extremist, launches a massive thermonuclear assault on the entire Arab world. Genocide, in short, becomes the ultimate means of prophetic fulfillment.

Dr. Timothy Webber – an evangelical Christian who has served as a teacher of church history and the history of American religion at Denver Seminary and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Vice-President at Northern Baptist Theological Seminary in Lombard, IL, and President of Memphis Theological Seminary in Tennessee – explains:

In a recent Time/CNN poll, more than one-third of Americans said that since the terrorist attacks of 9/11, they have been thinking more about how current events might be leading to the end of the world.

While only 36 percent of all Americans believe that the Bible is God’s Word and should be taken literally, 59 percent say they believe that events predicted in the Book of Revelation will come to pass. Almost one out of four Americans believes that 9/11 was predicted in the Bible, and nearly one in five believes that he or she will live long enough to see the end of the world. Even more significant for this study,over one-third of those Americans who support Israel report that they do so because they believe the Bible teaches that the Jews must possess their own country in the Holy Land before Jesus can return.

Millions of Americans believe that the Bible predicts the future and that we are living in the last days. Their beliefs are rooted in dispensationalism, a particular way of understanding the Bible’s prophetic passages, especially those in Daniel and Ezekiel in the Old Testament and the Book of Revelation in the New Testament. They make up about one-third of America’s 40 or 50 million evangelical Christians and believe that the nation of Israel will play a central role in the unfolding of end-times events. In the last part of the 20th century, dispensationalist evangelicals become Israel’s best friends-an alliance that has made a serious geopolitical difference.

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Starting in the 1970s, dispensationalists broke into the popular culture with runaway best-sellers, and a well-networked political campaign to promote and protect the interests of Israel. Since the mid-1990s, tens of millions of people who have never seen a prophetic chart or listened to a sermon on the second coming have read one or more novels in the Left Behind series, which has become the most effective disseminator of dispensationalist ideas ever.

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During the early 1980s the Israeli Ministry of Tourism recruited evangelical religious leaders for free “familiarization” tours. In time, hundreds of evangelical pastors got free trips to the Holy Land. The purpose of such promotional tours was to enable people of even limited influence to experience Israel for themselves and be shown how they might bring their own tour group to Israel. The Ministry of Tourism was interested in more than tourist dollars: here was a way of building a solid corps of non-Jewish supporters for Israel in the United States by bringing large numbers of evangelicals to hear and see Israel’s story for themselves. The strategy caught on.

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Shortly after the Six-Day War, elements within the Israeli government saw the potential power of the evangelical subculture and began to mobilize it as a base of support that could influence American foreign policy. The Israeli government sent Yona Malachy of its Department of Religious Affairs to the United States to study American fundamentalismand its potential as an ally of Israel. Malachy was warmly received by fundamentalistsand was able to influence some of them to issue strong pro-Israeli manifestos. By the mid-1980s, there was a discernible shift in the Israeli political strategy. The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), the Jewish state’s major lobbying group in Washington, D.C., started re-aligning itself with the American political right-wing, including Christian conservatives. Israel’s timing was perfect. It began working seriously with American dispensationalists at the precise moment that American fundamentalists and evangelicals were discovering their political voice.

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Probably the largest pro-Israel organization of its kind is the National Unity Coalition for Israel, which was founded by a Jewish woman who learned how to get dispensationalist support. NUCI opposes “the establishment of a Palestinian state within the borders of Israel.”

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In their commitment to keep Israel strong and moving in directions prophesied by the Bible, dispensationalists are supporting some of the most dangerous elements in Israeli society. They do so because such political and religious elements seem to conform to dispensationalist beliefs about what is coming next for Israel. By lending their support-both financial and spiritual-to such groups, dispensationalists are helping the future they envision come to pass.

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Dispensationalists believe that the Temple is coming too; and their convictions have led them to support the aims and actions of what most Israelis believe are the most dangerous right-wing elements in their society, people whose views make any compromise necessary for lasting peace impossible. Such sentiments do not matter to the believers in Bible prophecy, for whom the outcome of the quarrelsome issue of the Temple Mount has already been determined by God.

Since the end of the Six-Day War, then, dispensationalists have increasingly moved from observers to participant-observers. They have acted consistently with their convictions about the coming Last Days in ways that make their prophecies appear to be self-fulfilling.

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As Paul Boyer has pointed out, dispensationalism has effectively conditioned millions of Americans to be somewhat passive about the future and provided them with lenses through which to understand world events. Thanks to the sometimes changing perspectives of their Bible teachers, dispensationalists are certain that trouble in the Middle East is inevitable, that nations will war against nations, and that the time is coming when millions of people will die as a result of nuclear war, the persecution of Antichrist, or as a result of divine judgment. Striving for peace in the Middle East is a hopeless pursuit with no chance of success.

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For the dispensational community, the future is determined. The Bible’s prophecies are being fulfilled with amazing accuracy and rapidity. They do not believe that the Road Map will-or should-succeed. According to the prophetic texts, partitioning is not in Israel’s future, even if the creation of a Palestinian state is the best chance for peace in the region. Peace is nowhere prophesied for the Middle East, until Jesus comes and brings it himself. The worse thing that the United States, the European Union, Russia, and the United Nations can do is force Israel to give up land for a peace that will never materialize this side of the second coming. Anyone who pushes for peace in such a manner is ignoring or defying God’s plan for the end of the age.

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It seems clear that dispensationalism is on a roll, that its followers feel they are riding the wave of history into the shore of God’s final plan. Why should they climb back into the stands when being on the field of play is so much more fun and apparently so beneficial to the game’s outcome? As [one dispensationalist group's] advertisement read, “Don’t just read about prophecy when you can be part of it.”

Atheist War Hawks Manipulate Believers to Beat the Drums of War

Leo Strauss is the father of the Neo-Conservative movement, including many leaders of the current administration.

Indeed, many of the main neocon players – including Paul Wolfowitz, Richard Perle, Stephen Cambone, Elliot Abrams, and Adam Shulsky – were students of Strauss at the University of Chicago, where he taught for many years.

The people pushing for war against Iran are the same neocons who pushed for war against Iraq. See thisand this. (They planned both wars at least 20 years ago.) For example, Shulsky was the director of the Office of Special Plans – the Pentagon unit responsible for selling false intelligence regarding Iraq’s weapons of mass. He is now a member of the equivalent organization targeting Iran: the Iranian Directorate.

Strauss, born in Germany, was an admirer of Nazi philosophers and of Machiavelli. Strauss believed that a stable political order required an external threat and that if an external threat did not exist, one should be manufactured. Specifically, Strauss thought that:

A political order can be stable only if it is united by an external threat . . . . Following Machiavelli, he maintained that if no external threat exists then one has to be manufactured

(the quote is by one of Strauss’ main biographers).

Indeed, Stauss used the analogy of Gulliver’s Travels to show what a Neocon-run society would look like:

“When Lilliput [the town] was on fire, Gulliver urinated over the city, including the palace. In so doing, he saved all of Lilliput from catastrophe, but the Lilliputians were outraged and appalled by such a show of disrespect.” (this quote also from the same biographer)

Moreover, Strauss said:

Only a great fool would call the new political science diabolic . . . Nevertheless one may say of it that it fiddles while Rome burns. It is excused by two facts: it does not know that it fiddles, and it does not know that Rome burns.

So Strauss seems to have advocated governments letting terrorizing catastrophes happen on one’s own soil to one’s own people — of “pissing” on one’s own people, to use his Gulliver’s travel analogy. And he advocates that government’s should pretend that they did not know about such acts of mayhem: to intentionally “not know” that Rome is burning. He advocates messing with one’s own people in order to save them from some “catastophe” (perhaps to justify military efforts to monopolize middle eastern oil to keep it away from our real threat — an increasingly-powerful China?).

What does this have to do with religion?

Strauss taught that religion should be used as a way to manipulate people to achieve the aims of the leaders. But that the leaders themselves need not believe in religion.

As Wikipedia notes:

In the late 1990s Irving Kristol and other writers in neoconservative magazines began touting anti-Darwinist views, in support of intelligent design. Since these neoconservatives were largely of secular backgrounds, a few commentators have speculated that this – along with support for religion generally – may have been a case of a “noble lie”, intended to protect public morality, or even tactical politics, to attract religious supporters.

So is it any surprise that the folks who planned war against Iraq and Iran at least 20 years ago are pushing religious disinformation to stir up the evangelical community?

Conservative Christians were the biggest backers of the Iraq war. And the Neocons are catering to them to try to talk them into supporting war with Iran, as well.

I’ve recently seen a swarm of spam claiming that all Muslims are evil, that they want to take over the world and establish a Muslim caliphate, and that they want to nuke Iran. They misquote Muslims and use false statements to try to stir up religious hatred.

They are simply using the Straussian playbook: stir up religious sentiment – even if you are personally an atheist – to create and demonize an “enemy”, to promote the war that you want to launch.

Not a Problem with a Particular Religion … But of Immaturity

Most Americans confuse Zionism and Judaism.   But many devout Jews are against Zionism, and Zionists can be Christian.

And as I’ve repeatedly noted, fundamentalist Jews, Christians, Muslims and Hindus are all very much alike, and often willing to use violence to spread their ideology … while more spiritually mature Jews, Christians, Muslims and Hindus are all much more tolerant and peaceful than their evangelical brothers:

As Christian writer and psychiatrist M. Scott Peck explained, there are different stages of spiritual maturity. Fundamentalism – whether it be Muslim, Christian, Jewish or Hindu fundamentalism – is an immature stage of development. There are peaceful, contemplative Muslim sects – think the poet Rumi the poet and Sufis – and violent sects, just as there are contemplative Christian orders and violent Christian groups (and peaceful and violent atheists).

While there are certainly some Arab terrorists, Islam cannot be blamed for their barbaric murderous actions, just as Christianity cannot be blamed  for the Norwegian Christian terrorist – Anders Behring Breivik’s actions.

University of Chicago professor Robert A. Pape – who specializes in international security affairs – points out:

Extensive research into the causes of suicide terrorism proves Islam isn’t to blame — the root of the problem is foreign military occupations.

The 9/11 hijackers used cocaine and drank alcohol, slept with prostitutes and attended strip clubs … but they did not worship at any mosque. See thisthisthisthisthisthisthis, and this. So they were not really Muslims.

And even atheists like Stalin can be terrorists, or at least genocidal maniacs.

Indeed, all religions teach compassion, love and the Golden Rule.  Likewise, atheism teaches respect for the individual,  the most good for the most people, and helping everyone reach their human potential.

Some within each philosophy follow these teachings, and others want to kill everyone who doesn’t agree with them.   The issue is not really the label of this religion or that, but of maturity and  true spirituality and compassion.





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ANDREW KREIG: EXPERTS REJECT FIRE AS CAUSE FOR 9/11 WTC COLLAPSES

The real truth on 9/11 slowly continues to bleed out

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Technical experts are mounting major challenges to official U.S. government accounts of how three World Trade Center skyscrapers collapsed in near-freefall after the 9/11 attacks 15 years ago.

Many researchers are focusing especially on the little-known collapse of

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The Geopolitics Of The United States, Part 1: The Inevitable Empire

The Empire and the inevitable fall of the Obama criminal regime

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STRATFOR Editor’s Note: This installment on the United States, presented in two parts, is the 16th in a series of STRATFOR monographs on the geopolitics of countries influential in world affairs.

Like nearly all of the peoples of North and South America, most Americans are not originally from the territory that became the United States.

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Geopolitics Of The United States Part 2: American Identity And The Threats of Tomorrow

A look back at 2011 predictions for the future in order to put events of today into perspective

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We have already discussed in the first part of this analysis how the American geography dooms whoever controls the territory to being a global power, but there are a number of other outcomes that shape what that power will be like. The first and most critical is the impact of that geography on the American mindset.

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By Robert S. Finnegan

This e-mail outlines and confirms the acts of espionage against Indonesia and Indonesians by Akiko Makino and the others involved both in Kobe University and in AI Lab at University of Airlangga, Surabaya; Bahasa Indonesia original follows English translation...

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UPDATED 01/07/2015 : New Analysis Challenges Tamiflu Efficacy; Hong Kong Corona Virus Outbreak

UPDATED 01/07/2015 : FOX NEWS CORPORATE PHARMA SHILL MEGAN KELLY AND FOX NEWS QUACK DOCTOR NOW PUSHING TAMIFLU FOR PREGNANT WOMEN AND CHILDREN;

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THE 5TH ESTATE UNEQUIVOCALLY WARNS THE PUBLIC NOT TO TAKE OR GIVE THIS PROVEN DANGEROUS, INEFFECTIVE DRUG TO ANYONE

Obama criminals now resulting to biowarfare in quest to destroy Chinese and ASEAN economy; "novel virus substrain" points directly to a Kawaoka / Fouchier / Ernala-Ginting Kobe lab virus weaponized and genetically altered to specifically target and infect the Asian population: Ribavirin...

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The 5th Estate has just purchased a library on H5N1 "Novel" virus pandemics, there are dozens of PDF and Exel documents we feel will assist you in saving lives following intentional releases of the H5N1 and now MERS viruses; we will begin by printing those that appear to be extremely relevant here: H5N1 Kobe-Kawaoka-Ernala series continues soon with more "Smoking Gun" e-mails from Teridah Ernala to The 5th Estate . . .

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By Robert S. Finnegan

On October 12, 2002 the Indonesian island of Bali experienced a terrorist attack that rocked the world. It was unquestionably well-coordinated and executed, the largest in the country's history.

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