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30 April 2006
 
PRESIDENT 'IS LIKE HITLER'

ISRAELI Prime Minister Ehud Olmert yesterday compared Iran's president, right, to Adolf Hitler.

He said: "Mahmoud Ahmadinejad talks today like Hitler before he seized power in Germany ... a psychopath.

"God forbid this man ever gets his hands on nuclear weapons."


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Persia Rising – America and Western Europe put on notice.

  Written by F Rheins

Iran with the bomb? T.S. Eliot was wrong!!
Ali-McBealystan Network News—Iran has its back hunched, raring to take on the West, and its arsenal this go around doesn’t mainly consist of hostile words, backstabbing freedom fighters and suicidal human waves.

Sensing the time is ripe, Iran has recently and brazenly unveiled to the world it fully intends to claim its rightful place under the Sun, that really hot thing that burns the sands of the Middle-East.

State run Iranian Television has revealed film of successful tests of what are purported to be new high-tech. weaponry, equal to the task of shifting the balance of global power, militarily. And with pious Iran being whipped into a frenzy by a messianic hard-liner, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, its vast territory and sizeable population controlled by severe Ayatollahs, who answer only to Allah, this is one nation, already on the fast track to mastering the Nuclear fuel cycle, that is spurring Western Capitals to rethink long and hard foreign policy.

Fist put on display for the cameras was a stealth “flying boat,” capable of launching multiple missiles. Add to that a radar-evading missile, rocket-torpedoes, and a revolutionary leap in anti-ship missiles, projectiles that allegedly cannot be thwarted by the best of defensive systems, practical confidence is gaining an equal footing with fanatical arrogance in Tehran.

“The Iranian government, on the cusp of acquiring the A-bomb, has a lot of solid reasons to believe the path to regional geopolitical greatness has never been so open and beckoning,” says Professor Dexter Poin, head of international studies at Johnny Hopkins University.

“And one could see where they’re coming from: You got their once-greatest rival, Saddam, dethroned and making an ass out of himself in a Baghdad courtroom, daily. America and Britain appear to be mired, militarily and politically, in Iraq—particularly harassed by co-religionist Shiite militias that, some believe, are taking marching orders from the Ayatollahs.

"As for the rest of the so-called major players?"

“Western Europe’s collective approach acts little in the way of a deterrent, solidly committed as they are to peaceful negotiation, no matter how long it takes, even after clouds in the remote plateau of Iran start to ’shroom. Tacit backing of Iranian ambition by Russia and China, both of whom will most likely block any attempt of the U.N. to rein in its nuclear ambition, isn’t at all helpful. All that topped off with the Israelis persistently viewed as pariahs by most of the international community; well, the Jewish state might not go it alone to knock out their Nuclear facilities. It’s one raid which is fraught with failure from the get-go.

“With all those cards in your favor,” concluded the professor, his tone a tad excited, “why not strut your stuff, throw down your hand, and go for broke.”

Yes, it would seem Iran will have the Middle-East, at least the Sunni-part of it, cowering in awe, soon enough. And if the Satanic West doesn’t like it, they can just get the hell out of the region, the triumphant defenders of the Truest Faith will certainly roar.

Except. . . .

Experts in the Western military establishment, men with long-term defense associations and extensive military expertise in their backgrounds, and a bit more hands-on knowledge than the scholarly, gray-beared professor, privately say otherwise.

For one, they are convinced all of the “new” and “threatening” weapons Iran has been showboating lately are nothing more than localized knockoffs of Russian, Chinese and North Korean technology, all prettied up with sacred Red, Green and White paint. They further add if the psychotically pious Iranians honestly think that such post-Soviet, improvised gadgetry would deter an overwhelming attack by American jets and submarine-launched missiles, neither of which are needed on the ground in Iraq (they just don’t present themselves as very good targets, not like the backs of G.I.’s and Marines do for the local bands of “freedom fighters,” gloriously fighting for Theocracy and/or ethnic domination), then all their religious visions just must be nothing more than the byproducts of smoking exotic narcotics.

Taking out Iran’s nuclear infrastructure will be a challenge, the military-minded community holds as a consensus—challenging as in, say, a leisurely long “turkey shoot.” Just keep flying sorties and shooting off laser-guided missiles, and eventually anything and everything of significant military value will be blown to smithereens. Just ask Iraq, the Taliban and the former Yugoslavia, one and all experts asserted for this story.

Unfortunately, a whole lot of collateral damage will result; the lives of innocents will be cut short; deprivation is sure to be visited on many an Iranian once the bombing stops; and, puzzling, international condemnation will certainly rain down on the Americans.

“Ah, what the hell,” groused one ornery old fellow, an ex-Air Force general named Buck Hoff, whose square face and steel jaw evoke the tough military demeanor he still carries with him in retirement. “They’re all are, or are gonna grow up to be, religious bigots, gullibly following the orders of any bozo who puts on a turban, grows a beard and runs around in a moo-moo. Hardly what I call human beings. Collateral damage, schmateral damage, my super-sonic ass. The world can do without the little pissers, and the smug jack-asses that push their buttons!”

Yes, those who know high-tech., highly-skilled and highly motivated military application like the back of their hand have no doubt Western might will crush Iranian defenses, forcing the country to its knees, leaving its borders undefended. The ongoing, irksome Iraqi occupation will only be a relative distraction.

Now, if ground troops are landed for some insane reason, if at least a million men don’t comprise the occupation force, and if each soldier isn't issued orders to shoot anything that moves without prior permission?

Well, that’s a whole ’nother story. Then those fabled old weapons of the Iranian leadership, before they started dabbling in the big-boy’s game of military arms, will come back into play, with a vengeance:

Hostile words, colored by religious and national mania, will certainly whip up the ignorant; then come the backstabbing freedom fighters, sneaks who will lust to bite the hands that feed their people; and, lastly, suicidal human waves, largely composed of society’s dregs (slavish women, know-nothing children and guys who just can’t find any other purpose in life, even if they lived a thousand years). All of which will keep coming and coming at anyone unlucky enough to enter that Godforsaken country, till the peace promised by so many practitioners of Islam—death!! —overtakes the land.


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Iran cannot be forced to halt nuclear programme:

 

Larijani Sunday April 30, 02:29 PM TEHRAN (AFP)

 

Iran cannot be forced to halt its disputed nuclear programme and will defy any UN Security Council resolution demanding a freeze of uranium enrichment, the country's top national security official has said. "We will not accept any forced resolution," Ali Larijani told a group of students at Tehran's Sharif University, the Islamic republic's most prestigious scientific faculty.

 

"They should not think they can make us happy with sweets. Iran is allergic to the terms of the suspension. Our programme is to continue research and development in enrichment and to have the nuclear fuel cycle," he said Sunday.

"If they want to pressure us, our reaction will be to revise our relations with the IAEA," he said, referring to the UN's International Atomic Energy Agency. "The ball is in their court."

Larijani said the country's bid to master nuclear technology -- for peaceful purposes and not weapons as the United States alleges -- was "a strategic objective".

"We will use any means to achieve that objective," he said, drawing loud applause from students.

"If you want to harm Iran, you should know that we can also harm you. We are serious about that," he added, referring to the fact that Washington has not ruled out taking military action against the Islamic republic.

"We are ready for all scenarios. The government has set up a committee and has thought about all scenarios. If the situation becomes a military one, we have thought about that too," he said.

"What the supreme leader said was serious. If they harm us we will harm them," he said, several days after Ayatollah Ali Khamenei threatened the United States with global "harm" if a war broke out.

"If they attack us, they have to pay the price. It will have no effect on our nuclear programme. They say they will bomb us, but where do they want to bomb? We already have the know-how," Larijani said.

"I think that they are intelligent enough not to carry out such a mad thing."

Larijani, a hardliner and the secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council, also signalled that work on uranium enrichment was progressing, with uranium now being enriched to four percent purity.

Enrichment to levels of around five percent produces fuel for civilian reactors, but enrichment can be extended to make the fissile core of weapons -- hence Western demands for the work to be suspended while an IAEA probe is still in progress.

Atlhough Larijani repeated that enrichment work was not up for negotiations, he said the country was ready for "confidence building".

"We are ready to negotiate on several matters. Iran is a member of the IAEA and the NPT. Iran accepts the surveillance of its programme. The rights of Iran on research and development should be realised," Larijani said.

"The case should stay at the IAEA, because to send it to the Security Council would mean an end to negotiations. Iran will not accept negotiations under threat," he added. 


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1 May 2006
ISRAEL TO FENCE OFF HOLY CITY

JERUSALEM is to be fenced off to block suicide bombings, Israeli authorities announced yesterday.

The fences will be erected in areas where the controversial West Bank separation barrier has not yet been built.

The Israeli cabinet said it was a "quick solution" to prevent Palestinian would-be bombers reaching their targets.

But Palestinians said it would make life tougher for thousands of them who have crucial ties to the disputed city, and strengthen Israel's claims to all of Jerusalem.

Palestinian geographer Khalil Tafakji said: "They are keeping Palestinians outside the city in an effort to create facts on the ground and pre-empt a final agreement between the sides."

Palestinians view the mostly Arab eastern sector of the holy city as capital of a future state.


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The world has gone mad!

Mass hysteria has beset our leaders, the respectable media and the letter writers. If there was ever a time when blogdom was necessary to keep an even mental keel it is now.

We have Arab-born desperadoes that have been conflated into a mass invisible army of jihadists coming to destroy our Western ‘values’ and everything we hold dear. Coming to kill us in our beds while we sleep the sleep of the just.

Myriad letters published thundering on the pervasive sickness of the Muslim world.


The Israeli appropriation of Palestinian territory is just. The Western superpower and Israeli satrap hegemony over the Middle East is just. It appears that it is mandated that we subscribe to the
Law of Acceptable Beliefs.

People who we shot while trying to escape from the Fallujah bombings or who died seeking assistance from Fallujah hospitals previously bombed do not register. They are not human. They are mere ants who scurry around and who may or may not be crushed in the whirlwind of happenstance. They are nothing. They had no emotional connections. There are no surviving people with emotional connections who grieve.

People who died in the World Towers or in a Bali nightclub or in the London tube are real human beings, flesh and blood with souls, with emotional bonds, integral members of families, clans, broader society. These real people had a past and a future. Their departure is a devastating blow.

So to revenge ourselves for our grief we rain more terror upon the non-humans ‘out there’. We don’t storm the houses of democracy to rid us of our leaders that have despoiled those houses; we don’t flagellate ourselves to cleanse our own souls for our contribution to the deaths and grief of our own kind. Because we refuse to make the obvious connections.


Bin Laden declared war on the west long before we started to try free either of those countries [Afghanistan and Iraq] from tyranny. The London bombers were inspired by a fascistic ideology which will not be altered by the west condemning Iraq, Afghanistan or anywhere else to theocratic hell.

Whatever motivates the suicide bombers, it isn’t ‘fascism’ which is currently one of the most abused words in the lexicon, but as a throwaway line it excuses Shawcross and others from having to think about what they say.


Can apologists for terrorism (and there appear to be a few such individuals among us) name one cause anywhere in the world that justifies the surreptitious, pre-meditated, killing of innocent men, women and children – particularly children? I can't think of any. Please terrorphiles let me know if there is such a cause.

Tariq Ali’s apologist rationalisation of the London bombings falls into the hands of the bombers. In desperately searching for a rational cause for these attacks, Mr Ali states: “The real solution lies in immediately ending the occupation of Iraq, Afghanistan and Palestine”.
Just a cursory glance of any al-Qaeda or Hamas literature shows a pan-Islamist myopic view of the world, bent on detailing any hope of peaceful coexistence.

Actually a cursory glance at al-Qaeda or Hamas literature would show no such thing. No matter. The view from Double Bay is clear.

One thing one cannot accuse Tariq Ali of is ‘desperation’. Ali is a model of sobriety, not least because he knows a great deal of which he speaks and writes. In particular, he knows a great deal about his native Pakistan, whose autonomous and secular development has been so cruelly inhibited since the 1950s by superpower interventions. Tariq Ali knows from first hand experience that the West (and not just the Russians) reaps what it sows.

For some intelligence on the matter go to a minor Iranian cleric, Mohammad Emami Kashani, his address at Tehran University reported in Monday’s
Tehran Times (via Kurt Nimmo at Another Day in the Empire):
Al-Qaeda is the illegitimate child of the United States and Israel.
Tony Blair has in his yesterday remarks asked, 'Is this Islam? What kind of Islam do they (Al-Qaeda) believe in? This is a fake version of Islam.'
Has the British prime minister forgotten who Al-Qaeda's parents are? I remind him then that the United States is Al-Qaeda's father and Israel is the mother of that illegitimate child (Al-Qaeda).
It was you yourselves that created this group in the name of Islam and therefore the conduct of a child whose father is the global arrogance, or the White House, and its mothers are the Israeli butchers should not surprise anyone. …
You also armed the former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein to teeth with all kinds of armaments to create problems for Iran, but it is again you yourselves that are caught in Iraq's quagmires.

Things are desperate when you have to go to a minor Iranian cleric to make sense of the madness.


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A Jewish demographic state...

 

Having lodged itself close to the top of the national agenda, the issue of demography is forcing both the right and the left to grapple with the difficult dilemma at the heart of the state's character. Can Israel be a Jewish and democratic state? Is there any such animal?

 

About three months ago Prof. Arnon Sofer sent an urgent letter to Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. The subject was the need for separation from the Palestinians. "Most of the inhabitants of Israel realize that there is only one solution in the face of our insane and suicidal neighbor - separation," wrote Sofer. "You should have known this months before they did, as the grave demographic data were put on your desk many months ago.

 

In the absence of separation, the meaning of such a majority (of Arabs - L.G.) - is the end of the Jewish state of Israel. You should remember that on the same day as the Israel Defense Forces is investing efforts and succeeding in eliminating one terrorist or another, on that very same day, as on every day of the year, within the territories of western Israel, about 400 children are being born, some of whom will become new suicide terrorists! Do you realize this?"

Prof. Sofer is not one for understatement. Behind his back he is called "Arnon the Arab-counter" (in Hebrew his surname means, among other things, "he counts"), because of the obsessiveness with which the geographer from the University of Haifa is engaged in counting the Arabs in order to prepare demographic forecasts. This nickname, which has also been brought to his attention, does not really offend him.

"Because I'm worried about the Jews - they say I'm a racist? I think I deserve a medal," he says. "Anyway, if I say that, for the sake of the demographic balance, it is necessary to dismantle 50 Jewish settlements in the territories and separate from 219,000 Arab residents of East Jerusalem - am I a right-winger at all?"

Sofer links the issue of separation to the demographic issue. This is one of the earmarks of the new discourse on both these issues. During the past year, ever since the talk of separation began, especially as a security necessity, the discussion of demography has also increased. The left enlists demography to give validity to its call to end the occupation by means of separation; the right and the Jewish settlers in the territories argue that the demographic problem is so big that in any case it cannot be solved by giving back territories or by building a fence.

There are those who come to separation straight from demography, like Minister Dan Meridor, who has even gone so far as to create a link between the two. "Had Jabotinsky known that 6 million of the Jewish people would perish in the Holocaust, perhaps he would not have said `both banks of the Jordan,'" remarked Meridor sadly in a conversation this week.

Demography, as the science that examines changes in the make-up of the population, has always existed. But there is no doubt that the sense of the threat that has been felt by the Jewish population of Israel during the past two years has removed it from the academic realm to daily discourse.

 

From it, transfer has now sprouted as a legitimate outlook; it is part of the infrastructure that has given rise to the thinking about a binational state and it is one of the elements upon which the plans for separation are growing. Sometimes the demographic debate accompanies the question of separation. Sometimes it stands on its own.

In recent months a permanent team has been meeting at the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute, headed by Dr. Shimshon Zelniker and run by lawyer Gilead Sher and Major General (res.) Uri Saguy. Had the Jewish underground operated with the same degree of secrecy as the team that meets at Van Leer, it is doubtful that it would ever have been exposed. Appearing before the group are experts from various disciplines - among others, demographers, geographers and Jewish settlers from the territories.

 

The team is examining the various separation plans with the aim of forming a crystallized joint opinion. Toward the end of the prolonged deliberations, it is clear that the demographic issue is the most important element in determining the lines of separation.

During the work process, the team has conducted what is called "sensitive examinations" of the various separation lines. On the basis of the assumption that a Jewish majority inside the State of Israel is a balance of 80 percent Jews and 20 percent Arabs, every dunam that is added to Israel should preserve this balance of eight to two.

"The place where it is necessary to cut is the demographic line," confirms Yiftah Spector, a businessman, former pilot and member of the team. "In paving the current route some basic mistakes have already been made. Thus, for example, it left inside it a number of Palestinian villages in the northern part of the Triangle. Thus, by merely drawing a line, they have added 11,000 Palestinians to our camp. There is a constant tension between separating territories and separating populations.

 

Separation has to be between populations. If we continue to hold on to the territories, we will be a minority that is ruling a majority, like it was in South Africa. Alternatively, the new majority could, through democratic means, eliminate the Jewish state."

Van Leer is not the only place where they are discussing demography. They are also examining it at universities, at the National Security Council and even in home discussion circles throughout the country. Reports indicate that men tend to go more for the security argument; women are more sensitive to demography. The U.S. State Department and the CIA are also taking an interest. The demographic calculations that have been gathered there are similar to those that are being analyzed in Israel.

Richard Harris, the head of the planning department at the U.S. State Department, some time ago asked Arnon Sofer what percentage of his separation map is based on security and what percentage on demography. "One hundred percent demography," replied Sofer.

At the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya, a team of academics and senior security people has met several times to discuss the issue of demography in the State of Israel. Among other things, they discussed the idea of moving Umm al-Fahm into the Palestinian state. A similar idea was proposed by Transportation Minister Ephraim Sneh on the basis of a proposal formulated by Arnon Sofer about a year ago. The idea came to Sofer after he got annoyed by some remark by former MK Abdelwahab Darawshe.

 

Thus Sofer decide that it was worth separating from the Triangle. "This isn't expulsion, it's irredentism," is how he explains the idea of handing over tens of thousands of Israeli citizens, with their homes and possessions, to another country.

The difficulty in the discussion of the demographic issue is not in recording the data or forecasting the trends. On these, there is nearly complete agreement among the researchers. The difficulty lies in the inevitably racist tone of the discourse. The definition of non-Jewish Israeli citizens or even Palestinians in the territories as a "problem" or a "demographic threat" makes use of racist language.

The new interest in demography touches the core of the state's being - its definition as a Jewish state. For the first time in the history of public discourse here, even the most devout leftists are being required to confront their inner truth. It is no longer possible to seek refuge in banal statements like "there is no contradiction between a Jewish and a democratic state," or hollow slogans about coexistence.

 

Anyone who clings to the concept of a Jewish state cannot ignore the demographic figures laid out in black and white in dozens of publications on the subject. The character of the state, its identity card, now depends on the definitions derived from these figures. The fact that the vast majority of Jewish citizens cling to the definition of Israel as a "Jewish state" leaves no way out.

At Bar-Ilan University there has been an examination, in a series of surveys, of attitudes toward basic values like peace, democracy and a Jewish state. At various points in time, the Jewish state has been perceived as the value of supreme importance. Peace and democracy alternate among themselves in secondary places after this value, in accordance with events in the background of the particular survey.

 

This is no doubt the reason so many people avoid discussing the issue, as they are aware of the fact that behind "the demographic issue" there are masses of people whose very existence is defined as a problem.

One of those who is put off by the discussion of demography is Prof. Ehud Sprinzak, the head of the school of government at the Interdisciplinary Center. "I don't like the concern with this issue," he says. "Those guys, the demographers, think that demography explains everything. Sofer has been making those calculations for 25 years now, but during a time of conflict this frightens people.

 

For me,demography is an abstract concept that should be dealt with only in the context of additional concepts. A narrow perspective cannot explain the reality, I refuse to go into a bunker because of numbers."

Sprinzak's anger derives in part from the image that has clung to the Interdisciplinary Center after a comprehensive discussion of the demographic issue at the last Herzliya Conference. At that conference Sofer presented his data and Major General (res.) Shlomo Gazit from the Jaffee Center for Strategic Studies responded by saying: "Democracy has to be subordinated to demography."

In a conversation with him this week, Gazit reiterated this, stressing that this is a time of emergency. Sprinzak calls Gazit's remark "a miserable statement," and explains that "Gazit was upset by the numbers and exaggerated." Sprinzak disassociates himself from Sofer - "He's from the University of Haifa, anyway," he stresses repeatedly, as if to call attention to the fact that the racist talk about the demographic issue did not spring up at his school.

In a pamphlet entitled "Israel, Demography 2000-2020" put out by the chair of geostrategy at the University of Haifa, Sofer defines the demographic changes in the region as an "existential threat." He formulates the plethora of implications in three processes that will take place in this region: a decline toward becoming a Third World country, a flight of the strong and an "existential threat." No less.

 

According to updated figures that Sofer presents, in the year 2020 the population of the land of Israel (including the territories) will reach 15.5 million; 40 percent of them will be Jews. Within the State of Israel in 2020, the proportion of Jews will be 64 percent.

According to figures presented by Dr. Yitzhak Ravid of the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya, in 2020 the population of the land of Israel will reach 15.1 million, of whom 6.5 million will be Jews. Sofer says that in 2020 the number of Arab citizens of Israel will reach 2 million, and the Jewish majority will shrink to 65 percent.

 

According to Ravid the number of Arabs will come to about 1.9 million. Prof. Sergio della Pergola presents identical numbers. According to demographic assumptions that are accepted throughout the world, a minority of more than 30 percent defines a state as binational. There are also demographers who are following the foreign workers, as well as the non-Jews, particularly among the immigrants from the Commonwealth of Independent States.

 

Certain demographers put these in the category of "Others," as an additional demographic threat to the Jewish majority; others see them as reinforcements for the Jewish majority, as they are "non-Arabs."

Lutfi Mashour, the editor of the newspaper Al-Sinara that is published in Nazareth, took up the issue of the growth in the number of non-Jews in Israel in a lecture he delivered this month at the University of Haifa.

 

There too - how could it be otherwise? - they are looking into the demographic issue. Mashour argued that it is not the Arabs, but rather "a demographic solution in the style of the non-Jewish immigration from Russia or other immigrations like it, which are planned as a demographic solution for the Jews - that are the demographic danger to the state."

Mashour sounded upset by the obsessive concern with the subject. "If you move Umm al-Fahm to Palestine, the border will be at the village of Musmus," he said. "Then you will get a little more annoyed, and give back all of the Triangle and the Galilee, and thus we will go back to the Partition lines of 1947. Do you really want all of Israel to be one big Masada? And altogether, what is this craziness? After all, until October, 2000, your biggest demographic problem was the ultra-Orthodox.

 

In your democratic-demographic game, we won't be the factor. If you keep on this way, emigration from Israel for security and economic reasons will be your problematic demographic factor."

Dr. Aziz Haider, a sociologist at the Truman Institute of Hebrew University of Jerusalem, disagrees with the nature of the concern with demography. "In the past, very few Arabs dealt with the demographic issue, because they did not feel that it was a threat to them," says Haider. "Recently, when there has been talk of exchanges of populations and territories, they are also beginning to talk about this, because they are feeling an existential threat.

 

I am not sure about the figures people are presenting. Even supposedly objective data can be biased. All the estimates are based on the current birthrates in the Arab population. As a sociologist, I take into account social and cultural processes as well, for example processes of modernization that change trends. The development of a society is not a linear process; the ideological discussion of demography is a big lie that people create to serve their interests."

The manipulative use of the "demographic threat" was manifested in the television appearance last week by the director-general of the Zionist Council, Moshe Ben-Attar to explain the Council's recommendation to cut the National Insurance Institute's child allowances starting from the fifth child, to limit the birth rate.

 

As it is clear to everyone that the ultra-Orthodox who have large families will find some arrangement, especially in the age of the demographic struggle, this is obviously an attempt to limit the birth rate in the Arab sector. From Ben-Attar's remarks it could have been understood that all his concern is about the sixth Bedouin child, who will not have a personal computer.

The Zionist Council is not alone: all kinds of proposals are being tossed around in the Knesset and elsewhere. One of these is National Union-Yisrael Beiteinu MK Avigdor Lieberman's plan to expel from the country any Arab who refuses to sign a loyalty oath to Israel when he gets his identity card. There are also proposals to cut National Insurance Institute allowances and to change the Law of Return, all of them having to do now with the demographic issue.

"Transfer Now," a placard that is now posted on every empty wall throughout the country - is the decisive answer from one side; a binational state is the less popular answer from the other side of the political fence.

"It's frightening when Jews talk about demography," says Dr. Amnon Raz-Krakotzkin of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. "There were those who believed that the ethnic cleansing of 1948 solved the problem. Now they are discovering to their dismay a reality in which the Jews will always be a minority in the Middle East." By "they," Raz-Krakotzkin means the Israeli left. As he sees it, the left's view of the world is based on a demographic principle, just like the worldview of transfer.

"The peace discourse of the Israeli left in fact proposes getting rid of the Arabs, and therefore it sounds exactly like the talk of transfer," he argues. "I share the sense of anxiety among the Jewish public in Israel. It is justified. I am in fact thinking about Jewish existence, but I refuse to think about it in demographic terms.

 

The binational framework is the only one that allows the separation of Jewish existence from the demographic issue. In demography, the Jews are losing. It exposes all the internal contradictions of Zionism. The binational approach is aimed at solving this problem, and there really are Arabs who accuse me of supporting binationalism in order to preserve the Jewish people."

Throughout the conversation, Raz-Krakotzkin calls Israel a "Jewish-demographic state," usually as a slip of the tongue. In the atmosphere of the past months, this is perhaps the most accurate definition.


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A PROMINENT Iranian philosopher and writer has been arrested on suspicion of espionage, it was reported yesterday.

Iran's judiciary confirmed the arrest, without specifying the charges brought against Ramin Jahanbegloo, who also holds Canadian citizenship.

The first high-profile intellectual arrested since the election of the president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad last June, Jahanbegloo is being held at Tehran's notorious Evin prison, where most of Iran's jailed political dissidents are kept.

 

Several newspapers carried reports linking the top writer's arrest to "espionage".

Joe Stork, the deputy Middle East director at Human Rights Watch, said: "The arbitrary arrest of Ramin Jahanbegloo shows the perilous state of academic freedom and free speech in Iran today."

But Iran's culture minister, Mohammad Hossein Saffar- Harandi, said: "In the Islamic Republic, no-one is arrested for expressing their views."

 


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Iran to bail out hard-up Palestinians...

IRAN is to give nearly £30 million to the Hamas-led Palestinian Authority to fill a gaping financial hole left by cuts in western aid following the militant group's refusal to renounce violence and commit to peace with Israel.

The announcement came as Hamas proposed a "national unity" coalition with its main rival Fatah and other groups within the Palestinian territories amid signs of increasing factional tensions that have prompted fears of a civil war.

 

The shock election victory for Hamas, which advocates the destruction of Israel, sparked a financial crisis for the Palestinian Authority when the United States and the European Union responded by cutting off millions of pounds in aid, and Israel deciding to stop the transfer of about £30 million a month in tax and customs receipts.

Yesterday Iran, whose hard-line president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has called for Israel to be "wiped from the map", said it would help the Palestinians to carry on paying the salaries of its public sector staff.

Manouchehr Mottaki, the Iranian foreign minister, said yesterday: "I am honoured to announce that Iran has donated $50 million [£28.5 million] to help the Palestinian nation." He added that the gift was Iran's duty as a friend of the Palestinians, but did not say how or when it would reach them.

Iran has been at odds with the United States since the 1979 Islamic revolution, and has refused to recognise Israel.

Washington and the European Union froze aid to the Hamas-led government because the Islamic group did not comply with their demand that it recognise Israel, renounce violence and abide by interim peace agreements.

The Palestinian economy has been crippled during years of fighting with Israel, and Palestinians are dependent on foreign aid totalling more than £500 million a year.

Mr Mottaki called on Muslims around the world to support the Palestinians. "The Islamic world should help the new Palestinian government to overcome its current problems," he said.

Hamas, which took office on 29 March, faces a financial crisis and a struggle to revive an economy suffering from widespread poverty, corruption and high unemployment.

It has called on Arab states to make up the shortfall but has not even been able to find a bank willing to handle its finances. The 22-member Arab League promised last month to maintain aid to the Palestinian Authority.

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Ahmadinejad sends letter to Bush
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
The letter comes at a time of acute tension between the US and Iran
Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has written to George W Bush proposing "new solutions" to their differences.

The letter will be sent via the Swiss Embassy which represents US interests in Iran, a government spokesman said.

Mr Ahmadinejad proposes "new solutions for getting out of international problems and current fragile situation of the world", he said.

Reports say it is the first letter from an Iranian president to a US leader since the Iranian revolution in 1979.

The spokesman, Gholam-Hossein Elham, did not say whether the letter mentioned the nuclear dispute, currently one of the major issues between Iran and the US.

The US has accused Iran of seeking to develop nuclear weapons - a charge Iran strongly denies.

Last week, the US tabled a draft resolution at the United Nations Security Council calling on Iran to suspend uranium enrichment or face "further action".

Foreign ministers of the council members plus Germany are due to meet in New York on Monday night to discuss how to proceed with Iran.

Significant timing

Iranian foreign ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi told Iran's Isna news agency that once Mr Bush had received the letter, the contents would be made public.

The BBC's Frances Harrison in Tehran says whatever is in the letter, it is significant because it is the first such high-level communication between Iran and America for almost three decades.

As such it is a bold step by Mr Ahmadinejad, and the timing is key - just as the West is trying to persuade Russia and China to back tough action against Iran, she says.

Mr Ahmadinejad is reinforcing the point that he is willing to negotiate with anyone, including the US president, to avoid conflict over the nuclear issue, our correspondent adds.

The US and Iran have not had diplomatic relations since Washington severed ties with Tehran after Iranian students occupied the US embassy there and took 52 Americans hostage in 1980.


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Quatrains of Nostradamus - Interpretations

    The year 1999 seven month,
    From the sky will come a great King of terror:
    To bring back to life the great King of Angolmois, (the Mongols),
    Before after Mars to reign by good luck
    (Century X, Quatrain 72)

By John Hogue

Nostradamus' most famous doomsday prediction warns future generations of a King of Terror descending from the skies in July 1999. This holy terror could be linked to the Third Antichrist who may be the fearsome Mabus of C2 Q62 or the North African Terrorist from C2 Q30 who is from the land of the infernal Hannibal's God. "Baal" was also called "Hammon," a name that can mean "Lord of the Sky."

Many interpreters have tried to understand the prophetic significance of Nostradamus bringing back to life the Roi 'Angolmois (the great King of the Mongols) by the last July of this millennium. Genghis Khan united the Mongolians of the Central Asian steppes into an all-conquering army that forged the largest land empire in history. The vast Islamic western wing of his empire included modern-day Iraq, Iran, Pakistan, and the Central Asian republics of the former Soviet Union.

Genghis Khan was one of history's greatest kings of terror. Tens of millions died in the bloody conquests initiated by the warlord and his successors, and his record of devastation and genocide is appalling. According to the prophet, Genghis Khan and his empire are now returning: the warlord has been brought back to life. In 1990 in a major propaganda campaign, the leaders of the People's Republic of China restored Genghis Khan to his "rightful" place in Chinese history.

The final line makes a cryptic reference to Mars. A consideration of the occult meaning of this planet which, in conventional wisdom, represents the God of war and mayhem, opens up the possibility of a positive outcome in the future. The phrase "before and after Mars rules happily" can be interpreted to mean that the higher aspect of Mars, as the God of magic and spiritual transformation, "rules happily" in the new millennium.

By Eric Cheetham

In this gloomy prediction of the coming of the Third Antichrist in July 1999, Nostradamus seems to foresee the coming of the Millennium. He was greatly influenced towards this opinion by contemporary thought. This quatrain indicates that it will be preceded by the coming of the Third Antichrist from the East, "the king of the Mongols," before the Final Coming of the Great King of Terror. It is interesting to note that Nostradamus foresees war both before and after his coming. He, therefore, does not envisage an instant End of the World.

At forty-five degrees, the sky will burn,
Fire approaches the great new city,
Immediately a huge, scattered flame leaps up
When they want to have verification from the Norman
(Century VI, Quatrain 97)

In this phrase, Nostradamus refers to a great city in the new world of America near forty-five degrees latitude. Experts agree this could only be New York.

The king will want to enter the new city,
Through its enemies they will come to subdue it
Captives liberated to speak and act falsely,
King to be outside, he will keep far from the enemy.
Garden of the world near the new city,
In the path of the hollow mountains,
It will be seized and plunged into the Vat,
Drinking by force the waters poisoned by sulfur.
(Century X , Quatrain 49)

By fire he will destroy their city,
A cold and cruel heart,
Blood will pour,
Mercy to none.

Earth-shaking fire from the center of the Earth.
will cause the towers around the New City to shake,
Two great rocks for a long time will make war,
And then Arethusa will color a new river red.
(Century 1, Quatrain 87)


Notes on the Quatrains

Century 10, Q 72
L'an mil neuf cens nonante neuf sept mois,
Du ciel viendra vn grand Roy d'effrayeur:
le grand Roy d'Angolmois,
Auant apres Mars regner par bon-heur.

In the year 1999 and seven months
The Great King of Terror will come from the sky,
He will bring back to life the great king of the Mongols (Ghengis Khan?)
Before and after the God of war reigns happily.

Century V. 70

The Eastern kings shall carry out the Divine Justice.
Turkey shall be devastated.

Les regions suvjettes a la Balance
Feront trembler les monts par grande guerre
Captif tout sexe deu et toute Bizance
Qu'on criera a l'aube terre a terre

NOTE:
Suvjettes: subjected; Balance: (fig.) Divine Justice, the army of Divine Justice or Muslims; Bizance: Turkey; on: one; aube: dawn.

The regions subjected to Muslim armies
Shall cause mountains trembling with great war
Prisoners of both sexes and throughout Turkey
One shall cry at dawn from land to land

COMMENT: The Eastern kings shall carry out the Divine Chastisements to punish the Great Harlot or Western countries at an appointed time (The Book of Revelation). The brutality of Muslims on both men and women.

V.25 The full-scaled invasion from the sea.
Le prince Arabe, Mars, Sol, Venus, Lyon
Regne d'Eglise par mer succombera
Devers la Perse bien pres d'un million
Bisance, Egypte, ver. serp. invadera

NOTE: Succombera (succomber): to succumb, to be defeated; devers: toward; Perse: Persia or ancient Iran; bien pres de: very close to; ver. serp.: versus serpens (latin) means the returning serpent, the Devil One.

Muslims, wars, the Day of the Lord, the Harlot, the Lioness Beast
The reign of the Church from the sea shall be succumbed
Toward Iran one shall see nearly one million troops
Turkey, Egypt, evils shall invade

COMMENT: The invasion shall occur on Mediterranean shores.

II.4 Muslims shall brutalize the Italian coast.
Depuis Monach jusqu'au pres de Sicile
Toute la plague demourra desolee
Il n'y aura faux-bourgs, cite, ne ville
Que par Barbares, pille soit et volee

NOTE: Depuis: from; Monach: Monaco; jusqu'au pres: as far as; plague: beach, shore; demourra: demolished; desolee: desolated; il: there; il n'y aura: there shall not be..; faux-bourg: false market town or suburb; ville: village; barbare: barbarian or Muslims; pille (piller): to loot, to ransake; vole (voler): undone.

From Monaco as far as Sicily
All the coast demolished and desolate
There shall not be any more suburb, city, nor village
That the Muslim invaders shall leave undone

COMMENT: The Muslims shall attack and destroy the Italian coasts and Rome in the most brutal fashion.

V.26 Russian troop shall advance over high mountains.
La gent esclave par un heur martiel
Viendra en haut degre tant esleve
Changeront prince, naistra un provincial
Passer la mer, copie aux monts leve

NOTE: Gent: (latin = gens) race, population; esclave: ancient Russian; heur: good fortune; martiel: martial, military; haut: high; degre: degree; tant: so, so much; escleve: elevated; changeront (changer): to chage; naistra (naistre): to be born; mer: sea; copie: (latin = copia) army, troop; levee: raised, high; mont: mountain.

The Russians through an military good fortune
Shall be elevated to a high degree
Shall change their prince, one born in a province
Shall pass sea, troop shall climb over high mountains

COMMENT: Russia's leadership shall belong to an outsider who shall appeal to the common population. Russian troops shall attack Western Europe or more specifically Italy via two routes: from the south near the Black Sea and from the north by crossing the Alps. IV.82 Through Russian hands, the old Destroyer shall destroy Romanie.

Amas s'approche venant d'Esclavonie
L'Olestant vieux cite ruinera
Fort desolee vera sa Romainie
Puis la grand flamme estaindre ne scaura

NOTE: Amas: mass, accumulation; venant: coming; Esclavonie: Russia; Olestant: (Greek) destroyer, Abbadon mentioned in the Book of Revelation; vieux: old; ruiner: to ruin; cite: city, Vatican City; fort: hard, violently; desolee: desolate; puis: then, afterwards; estaindre (eteindre): to quench; saura (savoir): to know how, to manage.

The mass shall approach coming from Russia
The ancient Destroyer shall ruin the city
Violently desolated Romanie shall see
Afterwards the great flame of war shall not be quenched

COMMENT: Russia shall start the WW III in Europe by invading its Western neighboring countries who shall recently join NATO. The war shall spread and cannot be contained.

X.32 Russian navy shall dominate only for two short years.
Le grand Empire chacun en devoit etre
Un sur les autres le viendra obtenir
Mais peu de temps sera son regne et etre
Deux ans aux naves se pourra soustenir

NOTE: Chacun: each, each one; devoit (devoir): to owe, have to, to be bound to; autre: other; obtenir: to gain, to secure; mais: but; peu: little, little time; etre: existence; naves: (latin = navis) vessel, boat; pourra (pourrir): to get rotten, decay; soustenir: to maintain, sustain.

In the great Empire with everyone's existence hung in desperation
One over the others shall secure it
But little time shall last for his reign and existence
Two years the navy shall be rotten due to poor maintenance

COMMENT: Russia shall be in the state of desperation nationwide. Each person shall have to survive on his own without relying on his government (Verse 2). Russia's power and her very existence shall be threatened due to the European offences and later by the bloody hands of the neighboring China. Their navy shall dominate the war for the first two years then shall collapse due to the lack of spare parts and resources.

VI. Both northern and southern Europe shall be attacked.

Norvege et Dace et l'isle Britannique
Par les unis freres seront vexees
Le chef Romain issu du sang Gallique
Et les copis aux forest repoulsees

NOTE: Norvege: Norway; Dace: Denmark; freres: brothers; Gallique: French; copie: troops; repoulsee: repulsed.

Norway and Denmark and British island
Through the united brothers shall be vexed
The Roman ( Italian) chief issued from French blood
And his troops shall be repulsed into the forests

COMMENT: The northern front of Europe including Norway, Denmark and Britain shall be attacked by Russia naval forces. In the south, Italy and Muslims shall push north starting on French soil.

I.73 French fleet shall be surrounded...

France a cinq parts par neglect assaillie
Tunis, Argiel esmeuz par Persiens
Leon, Seville, Barcelone faillie
N'aura la classe par les venitiens

NOTE: Cinq: five, assaillie (assaillir): to attack; Tunis: Tunisia; Argiel: Algeria; esmeuz (emouvoir): to move, stir up; faillir: to fail, to fall short of; classe: fleet, Venitien (Venise): Italian.

By negligence French fleet shall be attacked by five parties
Tunisia and Algeria stirred up by Iran
Leon, Seville, Barcelonia shall fall (into Muslim hands)
Italian fleet shall not fare any better

COMMENT: At the onset of WW III or European war, Spain and Italy shall quickly fall into Muslim hands and later become Eastern allies ( We have to remember that the Muslim populations in those two countries are quite large, probably majority by now in Spain.) Tunisia and Algeria shall side with Iran. French fleet shall be sunk in Adriatic Sea leaving Marseilles naked.

II.86 French fleet shall wrecked in Adriatic Sea.
Naufrage a classe pres d'onde Hadriatique
La terre emeu sur l'air en terre mis
Egypte tremble augment Mahometique
L'Heraut se rendre a crier est comis

NOTE: Naufrage: shipwreck; classe: fleet; pres:near; onde: sea; Hadriatique: Adriatic; emeu (emu): moved; augment: faction; Heraut: public officer; rendre: to render; crier: to cry; commis (commettre): to commit a wrong, endanger oneself .

Shipwreck of a fleet near Adriatic Sea
The earth quakes, moved with the air above
Egypt trembles due to Muslim extremist faction
A public officer renders a loud cry before committing suicide

COMMENT: French fleet shall be wrecked in Adriatic Sea by a surprised attack by Muslims. The Muslim extremists loyal to Iran shall dominate all Muslim governments around the region.

III.88 Barcelonia and Marseilles shall fall.
De Barcelone par mer si grande armee
Tout Marseilles de frayeur tremblera
Isles saisies de mer aide fermee
Ton traditeur en terre nagera

NOTE: Frayeur: fear; saisie (saisir): to seize; aide: aid, reinforcement; fermee (fermer): to lock up, shut up; traditeur: traditor; nager: to swim.

A great army from Barcelonia by sea shall attack
All Marseilles shall tremble with fear
Islands shall be seized, reinforcement from the sea halted
Traditors shall swim in land

COMMENT: After defeating French navy in Adriatic Sea, the Muslims shall advance to Marseilles through Spain. Marseilles shall be vulnerable due to no protection from French navy.

I.72 Southern France devastated, million suffered.
Du tout Marseilles des habitans changee
Course et pour fuitte jusques pres de Lyon
Narbon, Tholoze, par Bordeaux outragee
Tuez, captifs, presque d'un million

NOTE: Habitan: inhabitant; course: run ,race, journey; fuite: flight, fleeing; pres: near; jusque: till as far as; Narbonne: city of S. France near Mediterranean; Toulouse: city, SW France on Garonne River; Bordeaux: city and port SW France on Garonne river, tuez (tuer): killed, slaughtered; presque: almost.

Throughout Marseilles the inhabitants shall change
French citizens shall flee as far as Lyon
Narbonne and Toulouse shall become outraged by Bordeaux
Killed, captured, almost one million French

COMMENT: The present population in Marseilles is about 900,000, Narbonne 40,000, and Toulouse 400,000. Thus the approximation of one million is amazingly accurate. That also indicates a total defeat under Muslim hands. The military French leader in Bordeaux shall decide to abandon those captured cities into their enemies's hands to consolidate the remaining French troops in order to save the rest of the country.

IX.69 Chemical warheads upon Lyon & Vienna by Italian force.
Sur le mont de Bailly et la Bresse
Seront cachez de Grenoble les fiers
Outre Lyon, Vien, eulx si grand gresle
Langoult en terre n'en restera un tiers

NOTE: Cachez (cacher): to hide, conceal; fier: fierce, cruel; outre: beyond; eulx (eux): them; gresle (grele): hail, hailstorm; langoult (langoureux): languishing; rester: to remain, last; un tiers: one third.

Upon Mount Bailley and Bresse
Shall be hidden in Genoa fierce weapons
Beyond Lyon and Vienna, great hail upon them
Languished on the ground, less than one third shall survive

COMMENT: From northern Italy, on high mountains, the Muslim and Italian forces shall bombard Lyon and Vienna with missiles carrying the chemical warheads which shall wipe out more than two-thirds of the population. The survivors will wish to die instead.

III.70 Great Britain shall suffer floods and war.
La Grande Bretagne comprise l'Angleterre
Viendra par eaux si fort inondre
La ligue neufue d'Ausonne fera guerre
Que contre eux il se viendront bander

NOTE: Grande Bretagne: Great Britain; Angleterre: England; eaux: water; inonde: flooded; ligue: league; neufue: new; Ausonne: Italy; guerre: war; il: he; se: himself; bander: to bandage, to dress wound.

Great Britain including England
By sea shall suffer great floods
The new league including Italy shall raise war against her
Italy herself shall dress all her wounds

COMMENT: The new league of Ausonne include Muslims (Iran-led), Italy, Russia, and Spain.

II.68 USA rescues England by sea.
De l'aquilon les efforts seront grande
Sur l'ocean sera la porte ouverte
Le regne en l'isle sera reintegrande
Tremblera Londres par voile descouverte

NOTE: Aquilon: (latin) northern country or eagle, here USA;ouvert: open, liberated; regne: reign; l'isle: island, England; reintegrande (reintegrer): to reinstate; Londres: London; voile: sail; descouverte: discovered.

USA shall exert a great effort
Across the Atlantic Ocean to open English shore
The sovereignty of England shall be reinstated
As London is trembling in discovering enemy sails

COMMENT: USA shall rescue England from the siege of Muslim and Italian league.

III.99 Muslims shall be defeated on French soil.
Aux champs herbeux d'Alein et du Varneigne
Du Mont Lebron proche de la Durance
Camp des deux parts conflit sera si aigre
Mesopotamie defaillira en la France

NOTE: Champs: open field, arena; herbeux: grass-grown; aigre: bitter, fierce; defaillira: to faint, collapse, fail; Allein, Varneigne: French towns near River Rhone; Lebron: region around Alps Mountains. Mesopotamie: ancient region which is now Iran and Iraq.

In the grassy fields of Alein and Varneigne
Upon Mount Lebron near Durance
Conflict between two sides shall be very fierce
Mesopotamie shall fall on French soil

V.68 Muslims shall advance as far north as Germany, then shall be defeated by French troops.
Dans le Danube et du Rhin viendra boire
Le grand Chameau, ne s'en repentira
Trembler du Rhone et plus fort ceux de Loire
Et pres des Alpes Coq les ruinera

NOTE: Boire: to drink; Chameau: camel, here means Muslims; repentir: to repent; fort: strong, violent; coq: cock, used by Nostradamus to indicate France; les: them; Rhone & Loire: two rivers in southern France; Danube & Rhine: two rivers in Germany.

By River Danube and Rhine shall come to drink
The great Camel which shall not repent
Trembling is River Rhone and most violent for those near River Loire
And near Alps the Cock shall ruin them

COMMENT: Muslims shall advance as far north as Germany, shall terrorize the area between two Rivers Rhone and V.42 World War III at its climax.

Mars esleve en son plus haut beffroy
Fera retraire les Allobrox de France
La gent Lombarde fera si grand effroy
A ceux de l'aigle compris sous la Balance

NOTE: Esleve: elevated; plus haut: the highest; beffroi: watch tower, bell tower; retraire (retrait): retreat, withdrawal; Allobrox: Italians (inhabitants of Savoy); effroi: terror, horror; aigle: eagle, hawk; Balance: balance, here means Divine Justice or Chastisement.

War shall be elevated to its highest
Italians shall retreat from France
Inhabitants in Lombardy shall be terrified
Of those hawkish (brutal) troops who carry out the Divine Justice

III. 31 Final battle in Middle East.
Aux champs de Mede, d'Arabe et d'Armenie
Deux grands copies trois fois s'assembleront
Pres du rivage d'Araxes la mesnie
Du grand Soliman en terre tomberont

NOTE: Champs: field; copie: army; trois: three; fois: time; rivage: shore; mesnie (messie): the chosen people, the anointed ones, Messie: Messiah; Soliman: Soloman; la messie du grand Soliman: Israelites; tomber: to tumble, fall.

In the fields of Media, Arabe, and Armenia
Two great armies shall assemble three times
Near the Arabic shore or Persian Gulf
The Israelites on land shall tumble

COMMENT: Western armies shall pursue the Muslim armies all the way to Iranian soil or Middle East. The Jews shall be drawn into the conflict and shall suffer greatly.

V.14 At the end of the European War...

Saturn et Mars en Leo Espagne captive
Par chef Libique au conflit attrape
Proche de Malte, heredde Prince vive
Et Romain scepter sera par coq frappe

NOTE: Saturn: (fig.) the Lord, the Day of the Lord; Mars: (fig.) war; Leo: (fig.) the pope; Espagne: Spain; Libique: Lybian; attrape (attraper): to trap, to catch; proche: near; vive (vivre): to live; vive: long live!; heredde (hereditaire): heralded; frappe (frapper): to strike, tap; coq: cock or France.

Saturn and Mars in Leo, Spain captive
Lybian chief in the battle shall be caught
Near Malta, the heralded Prince (Henry) shall be cheered
And Roman Scepter shall be struck by a Frenchman

COMMENT: The pope shall be killed near the end of the War. Spain shall surrender. Lybian leader shall be captured. King Henry of France shall be heralded in Malta. The newly elected French Pope shall anoint him as the Roman Emperor of the world, the Charlemagne of our modern time.

IX.62 The battle of Armagaddon.
Au grand de Cheramonagora
Seront croisez par rangs tous attachez
Le Pertinax Oppi et Mandragora
Raugon d'Octobre le tiers seront laschez

NOTE: Cheramonagora: anagram of Armageddon or Harmageddon (Greek), the final battle mentioned in Rev 16:14-16; croisez (croiser): to cross, to join a crusade; rang: row, range, rank; attachez (attacher): to attach, fasten; Pertinax: (latin) unyielding, pertinacious, determined; oppi: (latin = copie) army; Mandragora: man-dragon, the troop of the ancient serpent or dragon, probably Chinese; raugon: dragon; Octobre le tiers: the third of October; laschez (lacher): loosen.

At the great battle of Armageddon
Shall join the crusade through rows totally attached
The pertanious army of God against the army of the evil Serpent
The Dragon shall be loosened on October third

COMMENT: Man-dragon might indicate Chinese troops. The battle begins on October third and from Quatrain III.77, Iranian leader shall be captured on October 7th 2025 indicating that this great decisive battle might be between Western allies and Muslim alliance. Also Armageddon might be the battle between Western and Chinese troops as the latter shall decide to engage in war at the end of the conflict while all parties are almost exhausted. And the national symbol of China has always been the Red Dragon.


FAMOUS FULFILLED PROPHECIES

Death of Henry II

The young lion will overcome the older one,
On the field of combat in a single battle;
He will pierce his eyes through a golden cage,
Two wounds made one, then he dies a cruel death.
(Century 1, Quatrain 35)

This quatrain foretelling the death of King Henry II of France in a jousting accident is one of the most famous, predocumented, and successfully fulfilled prophecies in history.

In June 1559, Henry II ignored all warnings that Nostradamus gave him and participated in a jousting tournament against the Comte de Montgomery. Both men used shields embossed with lions. Montgomery was six years younger than Henry. A tournament is a field of ritual single combat.

During the final bout, Montgomery failed to lower his lance in time. It shattered, sending a large splinter through the king's gilded visor (golden cage). Along with minor punctures in the face and throat, there were two mortal wounds. One splinter destroyed the king's eye; the other impaled his temple just behind the eye. Both penetrated his brain. Henry lingered for ten agonizing days before dying a cruel death.

THE FIRE OF LONDON

The blood of the just will be demanded of London,
Burnt by the fire in the year 66

The Great fire destroyed London in 1666.

THE FRENCH REVOLUTION


From the enslaved people, songs, chants and demands,
The princes and lords are held captive in prisons:
In the future by such headless idiots
These will be taken as divine utterances.
(Century 1, Quatrain 14)

Before the war comes,
the great wall will fall,
The King will be executed, his death coming too soon will be lamented.
(The guards) will swim in blood,
Near the River Seine the soil will be bloodied.
(Century 2, Quatrain 57)

On July 14th, 1789 the walls of the Bastille, the prison which stood as a symbol to the detested monarchy, were stormed. This was a precursor to the revolution that shook France, and to the rise, and fall, of the guillotine, that stood on the banks of the River Seine.

EMPEROR NAPOLEON

PAU, NAY, LORON will be more of fire than of the blood,
To swim in praise,
the great one to flee to the confluence.
He will refuse entry to the Piuses,
The depraved ones and the Durance will keep them imprisoned.
(Century 8, Quatrain 1)

This quotation is vintage Nostradamus. He is employing one of his favourite devices: the anagram. "PAU, NAY, LORON" when rearranged becomes NAPAULON ROY, or Napoleon the king, given the Corsican spelling of his name, Napauleone. The text also describes him as a man of 'fire', or of war, rather 'than of the blood', or of royal lineage. The 'Piuses' of the third line are the Popes Pius VI and Pius VII, who were both imprisoned by Napoleon as the fourth line suggests.

WW II AND HITLER

From the deepest part of Western Europe
A young child will be born to poor people
Who will by his speech seduce a great multitude,
His reputation will increase in the Kingdom of the East"
(Century 3, Quatrain 35)

Beasts ferocious with hunger will cross the rivers,
The greater part of the battlefield will be against Hister.
Into a cage of iron will the great one be drawn,
When the child of Germany observes nothing.
(Century 2, Quatrain 24)

In the year very not far from Venus,
The two greatest ones of Asia and of Africa:
They are said to have come from the Rhine and from
Hister Cries, tears at Malta and the Ligurian sea-coast.
(Century 4, Quatrain 68)

Liberty will not be regained,
It will be occupied by a black, proud, villainous and unjust man:
When the matter of the Pontiff is opened,
The republic of Venice will be vexed by Hister.
(Century 5, Quatrain 29)

The shocking and infamous armed one will fear the great furnace,
First the chosen one, the captives not returning
The world's lowest crime, the Angry Female Irale - Israel - not at ease,
Barb, Hister, Malta, and the Empty One does not return.

Hitler is referred to as Hister - not only be name but by birthplace. Hister is the Latin for the river Danube on whose shores Hitler was born. The first quatrain provide general background - his parents were poor - his power as an orator needs no description here - and of course Hitler had a catastrophic influence over Japan, the Kingdom of the East.

THE KENNEDY ASSASSINATIONS

The ancient work will be accomplished,
And from the roof evil ruin will fall on the great man:
They will accuse an innocent, being dead, of the deed:
The guilty one is hidden in the misty copse.
(Century 6, Quatrain 37)

The great man will be struck down in the day by a thunderbolt,
The evil deed predicted by the bearer of a petition:
According to the prediction another falls at night,
Conflict in Reims, London, and pestilence in Tuscany.
(Century 1, Quatrain 27)

As per his prediction - JFK was shot in the day, at 12 noon, and his brother Robert Kennedy was shot at night, at 1 am. The last line dates the assassinations. For there were student riots in London and Paris in 1968, and in 1966 a flood hit Florence that prompted fears of pestilence. JFK was shot in 1963 and his brother in 1968. The alleged conspiracy that surrounded the assassination was the subject of another of Nostradamus' quatrains.

Lee Harvey Oswald was reputed to have shot Kennedy from the sixth floor of the Book Depository, is this 'the roof' that is mentioned in second line? Or is 'the roof' a metaphor for the conspiracy performed by the CIA, previously Kennedy's protection, his 'roof'. The third line suggests that Lee Harvey Oswald was in fact innocent, and 'the misty wood' of the fourth line may describe either the trees around the grassy knowle, or the misty woods of the secret service.


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Ahmadinejad's letter came at a time of heightened tension
Details have emerged of the surprise letter written by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to US President George W Bush.

In it, Mr Ahmadinejad criticises the US invasion of Iraq and urges Mr Bush to return to religious principles.

US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has dismissed the letter, saying it contained nothing new.

The letter was issued as foreign ministers met in New York for talks on the Iranian nuclear crisis.

But after three hours, the ministers failed to agree on a unified position on how to tackle the problem of Iran's atomic programme.

Iraq 'lies'

The letter - thought to be the first from an Iranian president to a US leader since Iran's 1979 revolution - sparked intense interest, coming at a time of acutely tense relations between Washington and Tehran.

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The 18-page document has not yet been made public, but according to leaks, Mr Ahmadinejad spoke of the invasion of Iraq, a US cover-up over the 11 September 2001 attacks, the issue of Israel's right to exist and the role of religion in the world.

"On the pretext of the existence of WMDs [weapons of mass destruction], this great tragedy [the US invasion of Iraq] came to engulf both the peoples of the occupied and the occupying country.

"Lies were told in the Iraqi matter," Reuters news agency quoted the letter as saying. "What was the result? I have no doubt that telling lies is reprehensible in any culture, and you do not like to be lied to," Mr Ahmadinejad is quoted as saying.

The president also questioned the creation of Israel, asking "how can this phenomenon be rationalised or explained?", Reuters reported.

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In an apparent allusion to Iran's nuclear programme, Mr Ahmadinejad is quoted by the Associated Press as asking: "Why is it that any technological and scientific achievement reached in the Middle East region is translated into and portrayed as a 'threat to the Zionist [Israel] regime'? Is not scientific R&D [research and development] one of the basic rights of nations?"

In another part of the letter, Mr Ahmadinejad suggests Washington has concealed elements of the truth about the 11 September 2001 attacks on New York and Washington, Reuters reports.

"Why have the various aspects of the attacks been kept secret? Why are we not told who botched their responsibilities?" he asks.

The president ends the letter by appealing to Mr Bush to return to religion.

"We increasingly see that people around the world are flocking towards a main focal point - that is the Almighty God.

"My question for you is, 'Do you not want to join them?'"

Divisions exposed

Washington swiftly dismissed the letter as a ploy, saying it contributed nothing towards helping resolve the stand-off over Iran's nuclear programme.

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"This letter is not the place that one would find an opening to engage on the nuclear issue or anything of the sort," Ms Rice told AP.

"It isn't addressing the issues that we're dealing with in a concrete way."

Hours after the letter was sent, Ms Rice held an inconclusive meeting with her UN Security Council counterparts and the German foreign minister on what action to take over Iran.

BBC diplomatic correspondent James Robbins says that far from drawing the key powers at the UN towards agreement on how to confront Iran, the meeting seems to have exposed the scale of division.

The UK's newly-appointed foreign minister, Margaret Beckett, acknowledged the meeting had been important but difficult.

She refused to repeat her predecessor Jack Straw's insistence that military action against Iran was inconceivable.

Mrs Beckett said she preferred to make clear that no-one was discussing military action. This language, our correspondent says, was far more welcome to the Americans.

After the meeting, an unnamed senior US state department official said prospects for an agreement this week on a UN Security Council resolution were "not substantially good".

However, the official said the US was "very satisfied and confident" at this stage.

Washington has pushed for any resolution to be adopted under the terms of Chapter Seven of the UN Charter.

These are binding on all UN members, but do not automatically lead to sanctions or military action. Further decisions would be needed for such measures.

But China and Russia have resisted such a move, fearing it could lead to a new war.


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Governor Pataki Announces Local Government Summits on the Statewide Wireless Network

Office of Homeland Security Issues
Requests for Proposals For Homeland Security Preparedness Training Instructors and Institutional Delivery of Homeland Security Preparedness Training Programs

THE NEW YORK STATE OFFICE OF HOMELAND SECURITY (OHS) was created by Governor George Pataki on October 10th, 2001 as the Office of Public Security, in direct response to the September 11th terrorist attacks.

 

It is a cabinet level office and reports directly to the Governor.

 

The Director has full authority and responsibility to implement the Office mission overseeing, coordinating, and directing State resources related to the detection, identification, response, prevention, and recovery from a terrorist act or threat in New York State. 

 

The “Anti-Terrorism Preparedness Act of 2004” (Chapter 1 of the Laws of 2004) was signed by the Governor on July 23, 2004. Among many critical provisions, the new law included

a codification of OPS and its renaming as the Office of Homeland Security (OHS).

 

The legislation requires OHS to:Oversee and coordinate the state’s homeland security resources, subject to any laws, rules or regulations governing the budgeting and appropriation of funds; Review homeland security policies, protocols and strategies of state agencies.

 

The agencies shall include, but not be limited to, the division of state police, division of military and naval affairs, state emergency managementoffice,departmentofhealth,department of environmental conservation, division of criminal justice services, department of state, office for technology, and the department of transportation; Develop policies, protocols and strategies, which may be used to prevent, detect, respond to and recover from terrorist acts or threats; Identify potential inadequacies in the state's policies, protocols and strategies to detect, respond to and recover from terrorist acts or threats;

 

Undertake periodic drills and simulations designed to assess and prepare responses to terrorist acts or threats Coordinate state resources for the collection and analysis of information relating to terrorist threats and terrorist activities throughout the state subject to any applicable laws, rules, or regulations;

 

Coordinate and facilitate information sharing among local, state and federal law enforcement agencies to ensure appropriate intelligence to assist in the early identification of and response to potential terrorist activities, subject to any applicable laws, rules, or regulations governing the release, disclosure or sharing of any such information; Assess the preparedness of state and local public health systems to respond to terrorist acts, including ensuring the availability of early warning systems designed to detect potential threats and determining adequacy and availability of necessary vaccines and pharmaceuticals and hospital capacity;

 

Coordinate strategies, protocols and first-responder equipment needs that may be used to monitor, detect, respond to and mitigate the consequences of a potential biological,chemical or radiological terrorist act or threat; Work with local, state and federal agencies and private entities to conduct assessments of the vulnerability of critical infrastructure to terrorist attack, including, but not limited to, nuclear facilities, power plants, telecommunications systems, mass transportation systems, public roadways, railways, bridges and tunnels, and develop strategies that may be used to protect infrastructure from terrorist attack; develop plans that may be used to promote rapid recovery from terrorist attacks, to ensure prompt restoration of transportation, utilities, critical communications and information systems and to protect such infrastructure; Develop plans that may be used to contain and remove hazardous materials used in a terrorist attack; Act as primary contact with the federal department of homeland security; Adopt, promulgate, amend and rescind rules and regulations to effectuate the provisions and purposes of this article and the powers and duties of the office in connection therewith; Consult with appropriate state and local governments, institutions of higher learning, first responders, health care providers and private entities as necessary to effectuate the provisions of this article, and work with those entities to establish, facilitate and foster cooperation to better prepare the state to prevent and respond to threats and acts of terrorism.To serve as a clearinghouse for the benefit of municipalities regarding information relating to available federal, state and regional grant programs in connection with homeland security, disaster preparedness, communication infrastructure and emergency first responder services, and to promulgate rules and regulations necessary to ensure that grant information is timely posted on the office's website; and Request from any department, division, office, commission or other agency of the state or any political subdivision thereof, and the same are authorized to provide, such assistance, services and data as may be required by the office of homeland security in carrying out the purposes of this article, subject to applicable laws, rules, and regulations.


Terrorism Preparedness Act of 2004

Governor Pataki signed the “Terrorism Preparedness Act of 2004” that provided New York's law enforcement agencies with additional tools to detect and prevent acts of terrorism, toughen penalties for those who provide support to terrorists and enact new preparedness efforts to help prevent terrorist acts from occurring.

 

It also renamed and codified the Office of Public Security as the State Office of Homeland Security; requires a statewide security review of chemical facilities, required general

aviation airports to register with the Department of Transportation to document their security procedures;

created an advisory council to assist the State in developing

a new Statewide Wireless Network; and required more frequent training for first responders in dealing with hazardous materials incidents. [July]

Under this law, the Office of Cyber Security and Critical Infrastructure Coordination, (CSCIC), whose mandate is to identify and mitigate the state’s cyber security infrastructure vulnerabilities, was formally designated a division of OHS. Additionally, all State agencies, departments, offices, divisions, public authorities, boards, bureaus, commissions and any other entities over which the Governor has executive power were directed to cooperate fully with the Director of Homeland Security and provide any assistance necessary to fulfill the statutory mandates of OHS.

The Office of Homeland Security is responsible for the development and implementation of a comprehensive state strategy to prevent, detect, respond to and recover from acts of terrorism.

 

It oversees and coordinates the collaborative counter-terrorism efforts of criticalstate agencies, departments, and authorities and works with local government and the private sector.

 

It serves as the primary point of contact for all state homeland security activity with the United States Department of Homeland Security and related federal agencies. The State Office of Homeland Security works to provide the greatest possible security for New York State.


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U.S. prefers diplomacy with Iran, but conflict possible...

Of all the foreign policy challenges facing President Bush in his second term, none — apart from Iraq — looms larger than Iran.

Twenty-five years after Iranian students seized U.S. diplomats as hostages, Iran and the United States are at the brink of a potentially more serious confrontation over Iran's apparent determination to develop a nuclear bomb.

Iran says it wants nuclear energy to generate electricity and has the right to manufacture reactor fuel. The United States has left negotiations to its European allies, who have managed to slow but not stop Iran's nuclear drive. Israel, which blew up an Iraqi reactor in 1981 when Iraq had begun a similar program, has warned it will not tolerate a nuclear Iran. So has President Bush. "Our position is that they won't have a nuclear weapon," Bush told Fox News Sept. 27.

The situation is so volatile that officials and foreign policy experts in both Iran and the USA say the possibility of armed conflict is real. "All options are on the table," Bush told Fox News.

Asked about the status of relations recently, Iranian Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi was blunt. "It's very bad," he told reporters Sept. 29 in New York, where he attended the United Nations General Assembly. "The question is if it can be changed or not, and if this is in the interest of Americans, Iranians and (other) people in the region to continue this animosity."

Iran is a top priority for at least three reasons:

Nuclear proliferation. U.S. estimates of how long it will take Iran to be able to make a nuclear weapon range from one to four years.

Iraq. Iran, which shares a lengthy border with Iraq, has close ties to Iraqi Shiite groups that could determine Iraq's political future. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld told the Council on Foreign Relations, a New York-based think tank, Oct. 4 that the Iranians "clearly want to affect the outcome of the (Iraqi) election, and they are aggressively trying to do that. They're sending money in. They're sending weapons in." Iraq's elections are set for January.

Terrorism. Iran supports Hezbollah and other anti-Israeli groups that have conducted numerous attacks and suicide bombings in Israel. Iran has also said it is holding al-Qaeda members who escaped from Afghanistan. In return for them, Iran wants the United States to hand over leaders of an Iranian opposition group based in Iraq.

Bush is pushing for an early confrontation with Iran at the United Nations by urging the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the U.N. nuclear watchdog, to refer Iran to the U.N. Security Council unless it promises not to produce nuclear fuel. The Security Council could levy punishing sanctions against Iran. The IAEA will meet to consider the issue Nov. 25. Iran has suspended enrichment of uranium, a nuclear fuel, for a year but is threatening to resume it.

But council action is by no means certain. Alternatively, the use of force could be ineffective and backfire. Destroying the nuclear program would be difficult if not impossible, because facilities are dispersed throughout Iran and much of the infrastructure is underground. Airstrikes could retard Iran's progress, but the cost could be high. Iran's hard-line Islamic government has warned that any attack on Iran would provoke a violent response, and the United States has much at risk in the region, with its troops fighting a growing insurgency in Iraq.

For a generation before the hostage crisis in 1979, Iran and the United States were close allies. In 1953, the CIA overthrew an elected government that had nationalized the oil industry, and it reinstalled a pro-U.S. monarch, Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlavi.

Relations reached their peak in the early 1970s when Richard Nixon was president. "Under the Nixon doctrine, the United States relied on regional powers such as Iran" to contain Soviet influence, says Shaul Bakhash, a professor of history at George Mason University in Virginia and an expert on Iran. Relations plummeted after the shah was overthrown in a revolution led by Islamic fundamentalists in 1979.

Asked to rate relations now on a scale of one to 10 — with 10 being relations under the shah and one the hostage crisis in 1979 — Bakhash says, "we're barely at four."

Iran's economy minister was even more negative. "We're at zero," Seyyed Safdar Hosseini said in an interview Oct. 6 in Washington, where he attended the annual meeting of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank.

He criticized the Bush administration for making demands on Iran but offering nothing in return. He blamed the administration for blocking Iran's repeated efforts to join the World Trade Organization, despite what he said was Iran's compliance with requirements that it eliminate many of its trade barriers. And he insisted the nuclear program was important for Iran's economic development: "After 25 years, the U.S. should admit that Iran is an independent country based on the support of its people and is following rational policies."

Despite having no formal diplomatic relations since 1980, the two governments have had contacts.

The most tangible thaw came after the election in 1997 of Mohammad Khatami, a moderate cleric, as Iranian president. The Clinton administration eased U.S. economic sanctions slightly in 2000 to permit trade in food, medicine and carpets. But divisions within the Iranian government between hard-liners who wanted no relations with the United States and moderates who favored engagement prevented direct official talks.

Direct talks finally began secretly in Geneva in 2002 as an outgrowth of the U.S. intervention in Afghanistan after the Sept. 11 attacks. The United States and Iran found common cause in deposing the Taliban government, which had persecuted Shiite Muslims and murdered Iranian diplomats and journalists. But the meetings ended in May 2003 after they were reported by the media and a series of bombings in Saudi Arabia was linked to al-Qaeda members who the Iranians say are under house arrest.

A new opportunity to talk at a high level could come this month, when Secretary of State Colin Powell is to attend a meeting in Egypt of foreign ministers from Iraq's neighbors and major industrial nations. Those attending will be "all together in a room, talking about the region and talking about how we can bring stability to that part of the world, beginning with Iraq," Powell said in an interview with the al-Jazeera television network Sept. 29. "And if the Iranians are in the meeting and wish to talk in a responsible manner about this problem, I will be in the room, too."

European officials say the Europeans have to be more willing to punish Iran, while the United States must be willing to offer Iran incentives for giving up efforts to produce nuclear fuel.

"An effective policy is bound to require carrots as well as sticks," says Chris Patten, former external affairs commissioner for the 25-nation European Union. "We have to be able to put a package to Iran that gives Iran an opportunity to play a normal role regionally and internationally." A must, Patten says, is assurances from the United States, which "as the world's only superpower is the country Iran is most concerned about."

Before the U.S. elections Nov. 2, Powell was cautious about making any promises. "I can't envision anything until I know whether the Iranians are willing to forewear their nuclear ambitions," Powell said in an interview Oct. 18.

Whether that attitude will change remains to be seen.

"We have very powerful mutual interests that need to be addressed," says William Miller, an Iran scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center, a Washington research organisation.


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Can America still count on one of its most important allies in the Arab world -- Saudi Arabia? Or does an undercurrent of militant Islamic fundamentalism threaten the stability of both Saudi Arabia and the entire region? FRONTLINE and The New York Times explore these and other questions in "Saudi Time Bomb?"

Through interviews with U.S. and Saudi officials, political analysts, religious experts, and observers, this report outlines the history of U.S.-Saudi relations, the internal problems and contradictions within Saudi society, the growing Islamic fundamentalist movement that threatens Saudi Arabia's stability, and the troubling connections between Saudi Arabia and some Islamic religious schools, or "madrassas," which propagate an extreme form of Islam, known as Wahhabism, throughout the Muslim world.

"Saudi Time Bomb?" explores how Wahhabism is one of the undercurrents of Islamic extremism. This form of Islam, rooted in Saudi Arabia, is based on a particularly austere, literal interpretation of the Koran. (Critics say that Wahhabism's rigidity makes it open to misinterpretation and distortion.) Observers say some madrassas -- though intended to spread literacy among underprivileged youth through study of the Koran -- have evolved into Wahhabi schools that use the Koran to justify waging war against non-believers.

FRONTLINE chronicles how these madrassas grew into the thousands during the ten-year Afghan war against the Soviets. And how -- because of the nature of that war -- the madrassas, most notably in Pakistan, became training centers for jihad.

"They were recruiting, organizing schools which used Islamic ideology as a way of creating a very efficient guerrilla army," says Vali Nasr, an authority on Islamic fundamentalism. "You have the whole rise, if you would, of Islamic West Points."

Exploring the far-flung influence of Wahhabism, FRONTLINE tells the story of an impoverished boy from the Comoros Islands, Haroun Fazul. Schooled by a Wahhabi cleric at a madrassa, he received a scholarship to study at a Wahhabi madrassa in Pakistan, and from there went on to join Al Qaeda in Afghanistan. In 1998, he bombed the U.S. embassy in Nairobi, Kenya.

This report also examines the role of Saudi charities in funding some of these madrassas; the Wahhabi sect's close ties to the Taliban, many of whom were educated in Saudi-financed madrassas in Pakistan; and the current tensions between the U.S. and Saudi Arabia arising from the kingdom's seeming reluctance to cooperate in the war on terrorism.

In his interview with FRONTLINE in late September, the Saudi ambassador to the United States, Prince Bandar bin Sultan, maintained that the kingdom's relationship with the United States remains strong. Yet former National Security Adviser Brent Scowcroft concedes that there is much resentment among Saudis and other Arabs over America's strong support of Israel. And U.S. policymakers say there is also lingering resentment over the presence of U.S. troops stationed in Saudi Arabia. But both Scowcroft and former Secretary of State James Baker maintain that America's Saudi-based troops are necessary to protect the region and its vast reserves of oil, on which the United States economy depends.

 

 


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