Saturday, February 18, 2012

Iraq/Iran Rerun: Media Schills For Obama and Pentagon For Unnecessary War Against Iran

"We don't believe they've (Iranians) actually made a decision to go ahead with a nuclear weapon" James Clapper 

"There is no specific threats of any attacks to take place in the US" Janet Napolitano

"The intelligence does not show that they've(Iran) made the decision to proceed with developing a nuclear weapon": Leon Paneta
via Salon and TYT

First an update on US and NATO bringing security and democracy and peace to Libya:

Democracy Now Libyan Militias Murdering Qaddafi Supporters

US backed Libyan government allowing militias to murder supporters of former Pres. Qaddafi  and  Libyan Gov't  accused of Torture on detainees. Well if the USA can use torture why shouldn't Libya or any other nation. If the US uses indefinte detention and suspends Hapeas Corpus why shouldn't other governments do the same. Obama and former Pres. Bush think human rights laws and rules such as the Geneva Conventions are merely quaint relics of our naive past.

Cenk Uygur exposes the media's lies and propaganda being pushed to get Americans on board for another unnecessary war this time with Iran while also preparing for American and Nato intervention in Syria while acting as the covert hand in Yemen backing the Islamic extremists to get a more US friendly regime in Yemen .

Are these really about spreading democracy and human rights and freedoms or just about the oil and taking control of the Gulf Region while defending at all cost Israel and Saudi Arabia.

James clappers testimony is that Iran has not taken any major steps towards building a nuclear weapon and does not have missiles that could reach more than a hundred miles or so let alone reach Europe or the USA.

Sh*t Erin Says' about Iran: We're not going to let you drive us into another war

Though Iran has no nuclear weapons and hasn't developed long range missiles to attack other nations including the USA public opinion polls of the US citizens documents that 71% of Americans erroneously believe Iran has nuclear weapons and long range intercontinental ballistic missiles.
But Obama wants war and so does the media especially the cable news networks since at the beginning of a war these news channels such as CNN and Fox can expect massive increases in their TV ratings .Americans in general do like their spectacles like the Super bowl the Rose Bowl Parade and 4th of July fireworks and 24/7 Shock and Awe. For some reason many Americans don't bother to think about the innocent civilians being torn to shred or obliterated by Shock and Awe bombings of cities in foreign nations as they did in Iraq.

And it completely undermines Ford’s contention that: “There is no evidence that the opposition…has access to or has employed such heavy weapons. “

High-Tech Trickery in Homs? By Sharmine Narwani February16, 2012 "Al-Akhbar "

-- What was surely meant to be a clever display of media-friendly visuals to illustrate Syrian regime violence in Homs, has instead raised more questions than answers.
US State Department satellite images of the embattled city were posted on Facebook last Friday by US Ambassador to Syria Robert Ford, who complains: “A terrible and tragic development in Syria is the use of heavy weaponry by the Assad regime against residential neighborhoods.”

The “satellite photos,” says Ford, “have captured both the carnage and those causing it -- the artillery is clearly there, it is clearly bombing entire neighborhoods…We are intent on exposing the regime's brutal tactics for the world to see.”

But within 24 hours, the blog Moon of Alabama had taken a hammer to the ambassador’s claims. A detailed examination of satellite imagery by the bloggers revealed numerous discrepancies in Washington’s allegations. Mainly, their investigations point to the fact that Ford’s satellite images were “of guns training within military barracks or well known training areas and not in active deployment.”

Moon of Alabama posts its own satellite images, graphics and diagrams to bolster its argument – and these are well worth a look.

The US envoy’s questionable claims don’t stop at satellite images, however. In his Facebook post, Ford insists: “There is no evidence that the opposition -- even those opposition members who have defected from the military -- has access to or has employed such heavy weapons. “ By this, he means the “artillery” used “to pound civilian apartment buildings and homes from a distance.”

...An image is no longer worth a thousand words

Photos and video footage showing scenes of violence have been streaming out of Homs since reports of heavy fighting first broke on February 3. It is hard to glean much from these because there is not enough information in the visuals to confirm the source of gunfire or shelling. The satellite images posted by the State Department on February 6 – according to the Moon of Alabama blog – do not actually show the Syrian army engaged in battle, as suggested by Ambassador Ford when he claims:

“Satellite photos have captured both the carnage and those causing it -- the artillery is clearly there, it is clearly bombing entire neighborhoods.”

But his statement about armed opposition groups not having the weaponry to fight from afar is now questionable given the CNN shots of damaged buildings and “burn craters” in the road – yet even this is not conclusive.

If you don’t believe an image any longer, what do you do about this kind of allegation by Ford? One of the few videos I find credible – and that, only because in it we see the death of an actual “known” person that has not been contested – is this footage of Gilles Jacquier (warning: graphic images contained), the France 2 cameraman killed while participating in a government-sponsored tour of Homs. Jacquier was killed in the pro-regime neighborhood of Akrama, home mainly to a mix of Alawis and Christians who originally migrated from rural areas. Pro-opposition journalist Omar Idilbi had once dubbed this area “the castle of the regime.”

When allegations flew left and right about the source of the projectile that killed Jacquier and reportedly eight others that day, the Arab League monitors on the ground in Syria investigated and concluded: “mission reports from Homs indicate that the French journalist was killed by opposition mortar shells.”

and concludes thusly:
Governments and media should be taken to task for their complicity in the dissemination of false information. There are lives at stake, after all – the very lives that fuel their pitiful “outrage.”

Pakistan government has decided not to cooperate with the Obama administration and is going ahead with its pipeline deal with Iran.

Pakistan's president vows to continue with Iran pipeline deal despite US sanctions warnings AP via Orlando SentinelFebruary 17,2012

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's president vowed to continue with a proposed pipeline project with Iran despite American warnings of sanctions, saying Islamabad's relations with Tehran would not "be undermined by international pressure of any kind."

Asif Ali Zardari made the comments alongside Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who is facing fresh Western pressure over his country's nuclear program.

Pakistan faces chronic energy shortages that feed anti-government anger, hobble industry and trigger unrest in an already poor country. The proposed pipeline would deliver natural gas from Iran to Pakistan, and go some ways to improving the situation.

But the U.S. wants Pakistan to halt the project because it would undercut international pressure to isolate Iran over its nuclear program. The issue is an irritant, though by no means the largest, in already badly strained relationship between Islamabad and Washington.

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