Friday, September 23, 2016

Golan Heights.

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Also from the latest edition of the DEBKAfile newsletter

"Syrian buildup with Druze OC for major Golan op"

22 September..

"A series of steps by the Assad regime in the last few days, reported by DEBKAfile's military sources, point to preparations for a massive Syrian army offensive, backed by Hizballah, pro-Iranian Shiite militias and Iranian Revolutionary Guard officers, for clearing the strong rebel presence out of the Syrian Golan. These include the arrival in the Quneitra area of the armored brigades of Syria's 4th Division, including advanced Russian T-90 tanks, as well as Hizballah's elite fighting unit, the Radwan Force, and pro-Iranian Shiite militia forces. Syrian President Assad also took the unusual step of appointing a senior Druze officer, Brig. Gen. Osama Zhar a-din, as the Golan front's new commander. Our sources add that Iran, Hizballah and Syria will henceforth hit back at any Israeli air or artillery strikes against a Syrian target on the Golan. This was decided in high-level three-way consultations in Damascus on Sept. 15"

A THREAT NOW EXISTS ON THE BORDER BETWEEN SYRIA AND ISRAEL [GOLAN HEIGHTS], AN IMMINENT DANGER OF SERIOUS COMBAT WHERE NO SUCH POTENTIALITY HAS BEEN THE CASE FOR OVER FORTY YEARS?

THAT DECISION TO ENGAGE ISRAELI TARGETS HAS ALREADY BEEN MADE AND WILL PROMULGATED AT THE DISCRETION OF THE COMMANDER ON THE SCENE?

The situation goes from bad to worse!!

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Rage.

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From the latest edition of the DEBKAfile newsletter it is alleged that the American military leadership to INCLUDE the Secretary of Defense is not fully compliant with the expressed intentions and wishes of President Obama and Secretary Kerry!!

"Rockets on Golan, Pentagon flouts Obama, no truce"

17 September.

"The Pentagon and US army are not following the orders of their Commander-in-Chief Barack Obama in the execution of the military cooperation accord in Syria concluded by US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Geneva on Sept. 12. Five days after the truce they agreed would go into effect Monday, fighting was still raging Saturday, Sept. 17. DEBKAfile was the only Western publication to foresee this eventuality in an article published on July 18. It was already evident then that any military cooperation agreement between the two powers would be contingent on America exposing its intelligence-gathering methods to Russia - not just in Syria but worldwide. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter and Chairman of the US Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph F. Dunford will never on any account admit that, in the execution of military collaboration with Russia in the Syrian conflict, they are not exactly carrying out the president's precise instructions".

SOME SORT OF AGREEMENT AS MADE WITH THE RUSSIANS WILL NEGATE AMERICAN "INTELLIGENCE GATHERING METHODS" WORLDWIDE!

COMMAND AT THE HIGHEST ECHELONS OF THE AMERICAN DEFENSE ESTABLISHMENT MILITARY AND CIVILIAN ARE FLOUTING ORDERS AS ISSUED BY DULY CONSTITUTED LEGAL AUTHORITY?

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Thursday, September 22, 2016

Moorfield Storey.

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"by patriotic man I do not mean him who measures his country's greatness by the extent of her territory, the size of her armies, the strength of her fleets, or even by the insolence with which she tramples upon her weaker neighbors, but him who knows that the true greatness of a nation, as of a man, depends upon its character, its sense of justice, its self-restraint, its magnanimity, in a word upon its possession of those qualities which distinguish George Washington from the prize-fighter — the highest type of man from the highest type of beast." - - Moorfield Storey.

Before there was Vietnam there was the Philippine Insurrection.

And before anti-war protests of the Vietnam War era there were the anti-war protests of the Philippine Insurrection era.

"The Anti-Imperialist League and the Battle Against Empire"

""In April 1898 the United States went to war with Spain for the stated purpose of liberating Cuba from Spanish control. Several months later, when the war had ended, Cuba had been transformed into an American protectorate, and Puerto Rico, Guam, and the Philippines had become American possessions."

"When the US government decided not to grant independence to the Philippines, Filipino rebels led by Emilio Aguinaldo determined to resist American occupying forces. The result was a brutal guerrilla war that stretched on for years. Some 200,000 Filipinos lost their lives, either directly from the fighting or as a result of a cholera epidemic traceable to the war."

Read it all. Very good stuff!

MOORFIELD STOREY IT SHOULD BE NOTED A PACIFIST/ABOLITIONIST/CIVIL RIGHTS ADVOCATE AND AS DESCENDED FROM THAT ORIGINAL GROUP OF ENGLISH-SPEAKING WHITE SETTLERS TO BRITISH NORTH AMERICA!

AND WHAT EXACTLY WOULD BE THE RESPONSE OF MR. STOREY TO THE CURRENT THREAT AS POSED BY THE ISLAMIC STATE?

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Oto Melara.

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From Sputnik and the story by Georgiy Zimarev and thanks to the tip from Freeper the Russian Navy goes Italian.

"Watch Out, NATO: New Russian Warship Gun Second to None"

"With a sophisticated gun due to be put into service by the Russian Navy in the near future, its warships will have an advantage over NATO vessels, according to the Russian newspaper Izvestia."

"The Russian Navy has decided to equip all of its small missile ships and boats with a unique high-precision digital 76 mm automatic gun, the Russian newspaper Izvestia quoted a Russian navy source as saying. Designed to contain NATO warships equipped with Italian-made Oto Melara guns, the АК-176МА is equipped with an all-weather electro-optical system which shares its characteristics with a sniper rifle, according to the source."

And concerning all things military AND Italian at the same time we rely on the comments of the Soviet era defector Suvorov:

"There may be some people who underestimate Italy as a country of great thinker, but not the GRU. The GRU know that the Italians have very good brains, the brains of great inventors. Few people realize that before the Second World War Italy's technology was at an incredibly high level. The Italians were not especially brilliant in battle, and that obscured the extent of Italian achievement in military technology."

As it was seventy years ago as it is now and presumably always will be!

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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Escalation Syria III.

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Conclusion!

Even far worse we have this item courtesy of the Iranian Far News Agency.

It all comes hot and heavy and one bad news item right after another.

"30 Israeli, Foreign Intelligence Officers Killed in Russia's Caliber Missile Attack in Aleppo"

"TEHRAN (FNA) - The Russian warships stationed in Syria's coastal waters targeted and destroyed a foreign military operations room, killing over two dozen Israeli and western intelligence officers"

"The Russian warships fired three Caliber missiles at the foreign officers' coordination operations room in Dar Ezza region in the Western part of Aleppo near Sam'an mountain, killing 30 Israeli and western officers," the Arabic-language service of Russia's Sputnik news agency quoted battlefield source in Aleppo as saying on Wednesday."

. . . .

"Several US, Turkish, Saudi, Qatari and British officers were also killed along with the Israeli officers. The foreign officers who were killed in the Aleppo operations room were directing the terrorists' attacks in Aleppo and Idlib".

Such an attack can be considered to be deliberate, calculating, malicious and down-right evil? If it indeed all be so and as reported. Some sort of misplaced and counter-productive Russian revenge that does no one any good at all!!

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Escalation Syria II.

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Please don't let it be even if we know it to be so.

As reported with much graphic images by the Daily Mail:

"Moscow claims drone footage shows Syrian 'militants' travelling with UN aid convoy as cover moments before trucks exploded as it denies claims they carried out air strike"

* "Lorries packed with medicine and food went up in a giant fireball close to Aleppo province on Monday"

* "A US-led coalition official has suggested that Russia was directly involved in the attack on the aid convoy"

* "They added the attack was carried out in revenge for an earlier airstrike that had killed 60 Syrian soldiers"

* "But Russia has released drone footage they claim show militants seeking cover behind the aid convoy"

Russia has done this in a malicious manner seeking revenge for "an earlier airstrike" that killed Syrian troops in an ACCIDENTAL MANNER? Pray it is not so!

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Escalation Syria I.

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Please don't let it be so, even if we know it is so.

From the New York Times:

"U.S. Admits Airstrike in Syria, Meant to Hit ISIS, Killed Syrian Troops"

"BEIRUT, Lebanon — The United States acknowledged on Saturday that its warplanes had carried out an airstrike in Syria that resulted in the deaths of Syrian government troops. American military officials said the pilots in the attack, in the eastern province of Deir al-Zour, believed they were targeting the Islamic State."

"Russia’s defense ministry said the United States attack had killed 62 Syrian troops, wounded 100 more and opened the way for an Islamic State offensive."

NO WHERE is it mentioned that the Syrian troops as bombed were in CIVILIAN DRESS, BEING HELD AS PRISONER-OF-WAR, AND HUDDLED AMONG VEHICLES THOUGHT TO BE HEAVY MACHINE GUN EQUIPPED ISIL TECHNICALS!

Those pilots of the American warplanes reasonably thought they had Islamic State combatants in their sights and carried out the aerial raid in good faith? Pray that it is so!

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