Daily Archives: August 17, 2008

more from dugin

Elias Dmitriev, Evrasia

While between the Kremlin and the USA there is a languid firing by legal arguments with use of the set the teeth on edge turns and labels, now we can see the parameters of global strategic plan there intrusion of the Georgian armies on territory of Ossetia is its part. Becomes obvious, that one of the leading parts in it plan is allocated to Ukraine. So, the reality is those, that actually, without declaration of war, official Ukraine has joined to military operation of atlantic forces against Russia. As is known, among mercenaries supporting the Georgian troops who destroyed Zhinvall, Ukrainian militants made the most part. Also Ukraine, alongside with the USA and Turkey was the basic organizer of emergency deliveries of the weapon to Georgia from the moment of intrusion. At last, threat of emergency deducing of the Russian fleet from Sevastopol – all this allows strong reasons to consider Ukraine as a belligerent party. The major moment – threats of the Ukrainian government to stop Russian vessels, that based in Sevastopol base which are being now at coast of Abkhazia. The doctor of political sciences, the professor of the Moscow State University Alexander Dugin is convinced, that to not allow to ensnare itself, the Russian government is simply obliged to consider deeper cut of a political reality, to expand a picture of the conflict, having included in it all real participants and to operate in appropriate way.

“War provocation of Russia with Georgia served as blind,” mister Dugin is assured, “the real purposes were preparation under this noise of attacks to Iran and emergency inclusion of Ukraine in NATO. To accept in NATO of the country with territorial claims according to the charter of this organization is impossible. At Georgia they were, means, the question on acceptance was a bluff from Washington. And to Ukraine of claims while is not present. Under aegis of the Russian aggression against Georgia, the USA can urgently accept Ukraine into NATO. For this purpose it is necessary to expel the Black Sea fleet from Sevastopol – as a matter of fact and has occurred – it now at coast of Abkhazia. Back it will not start up, as promises Kiev. The Ukrainian militarians try to disconnect at present the electric power on the base of the Black Sea fleet. Ukrainians provided to Georgians armies also human stuff. Ukraine at present is at war with Russia. No other script, except for section of Ukraine on two parts – western and east together with Crimea – is present.”

So, the reality is those, that actually, without declaration of war, official Ukraine has joined to military operation of atlantic forces against Russia – now to deny this formulation equivalently to losing. Thus it is important to emphasize: speaking, that Ukraine has no the problems similar Georgian, the professor means the formal party of business. At a level of political realities the situation in Ukraine a little than differs from Georgian – unless a stage of ripening of the conflict in its case earlier. But that this conflict will ripen, considering official anti-Russian nationalism of an orange management of republic, doubts are not present. However, imposing of political cycles, that is a specific combination of internal processes and a foreign policy conjuncture – will be other. Which – directly depends on Russia. As Dugin has emphasized, Americans will try to use today’s events as trump argument for the prompt and urgent reception of Ukraine in NATO – with all following. And in fact we and today should be justified constantly, motivating the actions on border of Ossetia and Georgia! That can Russia undertake in the event that Russian population of Crimea will comprehend what today has comprehended rebellious ossetic people (and on humility Crimeans to count Yushcenko it is not necessary – we shall recollect even last excitements in Sevastopol and Odessa)? If by then Ukraine will be in NATO, Russia cannot undertake anything! When Ukraine will be in NATO (we shall repeat what exactly to the prompt realization of it conducts now has put Washington), all words of our politicians that it is measured to defend interests of Russian population of Crimea will remain the empty promise. Let alone claims for contest of the status of the Crimean coast.

To what from this the conclusion follows? Plans of Russia on contest of the status of Sevastopol and Crimea, and also maintenance of interests of Russian population of Ukraine can be realized only under condition of the urgent military answer to Ukraine. It is impossible to underestimate gravity of the moment. If the today’s opportunity will be missed, we shall not simply lose historical chance of success, we shall allow to be realized the American strategy on a final strategic environment of Russia. Therefore in the military attitude for Russia all only begins – there is nothing to slobber and to shake by resolutions. To us war is declared. On a first line the crushed Georgia (though where it is not taken by Tbilisi to speak about a victory prematurely) is replaced by Ukraine, and stands up for them both as before – the USA. To prevent realization of a strategic combination of Washington and to secure itself against military blockade, after a capture of Tbilisi the Russian armies should go to Kiev. Parallel operation on support of emancipating struggle in Crimea (which all actually goes these years and now reaches “hot” level) will provide section of Ukraine, overthrow of occupational government Jushchenko and as consequence, will eliminate global threat to the Russian sovereignty.

defending us against al qaeda’s ICBMs

U.S.’ Gates scoffs at Russian warnings to Poland
Susan Cornwell, Retuers, Aug 17, 2008

Pentagon chief Robert Gates dismissed as “empty rhetoric” on Sunday Russian warnings that Moscow would target Poland for a possible military strike because Warsaw agreed to host part of a U.S. missile shield. “Russia is not going to launch nuclear missiles at anybody,” Defense Secretary Gates said on ABC News’ “This Week.” “The Poles know that. We know it.” Col-General Anatoliy Nogovitsyn, deputy chief of the Russian general staff, told Interfax on Friday that Russian military doctrine would allow for a possible nuclear strike, after Warsaw agreed to deploy 10 interceptors at a site in Poland as part of the missile shield. This was “strident rhetoric and probably fairly empty rhetoric,” said Gates. “I’m not quite sure why this deputy chief of staff felt compelled to make those kinds of threats,” Gates said, adding that the threat was a throwback to the days of the old Soviet Union, when Moscow was Poland’s overlord in the Warsaw Pact. Washington says the shield will be aimed at protecting the United States and its allies from long-range missiles that could be fired by Iran or groups such as al Qaeda. In a separate interview with CNN, Gates said Washington had agreed to give Moscow physical and technical access to the missile shield installations. “We have agreed, along with our partners in Poland and the Czech Republic, to give the Russians access both physical and technical access so they know what’s going on every step of the way,” he said. “We’ve agreed not to even make the interceptors operational until the Iranians have test-launched a missile that has the range to hit much of Western Europe, not to mention Russia. So this (Russian warning) is really an old song that they’re singing and it really just doesn’t play,” he said.

explosives expert abdul ghani suleiman wanked

that’s what it says, in Chavez’ Darkest Side, JPost :

“The region’s real instruments of aggression, meanwhile, find in Chavez a reliable ally. Venezuela harbors Hizbullah terrorists like Hakim Mamad Ali Diab Fattah and explosives expert Abdul Ghani Suleiman Wanked. And in Lebanon, Hizbullah trains young Venezuelans, members of Chavez’s PSUV party, who are recruited by, among others, Tarek el Ayssami, Venezuelan vice-minister of the interior, and Gahzi Nasr Al Din, a diplomat at Venezuela’s embassy in Beirut.”

the swan song of israeli satire

Doron Rosenblum, Haaretz

If no one instructed the people of the bombarded city to drink water, it’s because the military heritage and combat doctrine of a certain Middle Eastern power, which is Georgia’s main source of support and hope, have so far been focused mainly on the front lines and have yet to seep into the local home-front command. “I don’t know what to do,” a panicked local confessed to us. “The Russian bear is charging at us from the north, the city is being bombed. I’m thirsty as a dog, but no one on the radio or television has said that we should be drinking water. Help me, please!” We recommend that he indeed drink some water, and the man kisses our hands gratefully: “What would we do without you Israelis?” In the meantime, we survey the extent of the damage: we, as Israelis, find it hard to understand how half a country can be bombed for days on end with no one offering a flash victory as a solution.

“Believe me, we are doing the best we can,” says G., a reserve brigadier-general and one of the Israeli instructors who have been training the Georgian army over the last year. “In the meantime we have managed to instill in them the legacy of ‘the few against the many’ and the spirit of Massada. We were in the midst of teaching them the commission-of-inquiry and cover-your-own-ass mentality when the fighting suddenly broke out with no prior intelligence warning. Well, at least we still managed to instill that.” Brigadier-General G. – one of the people who conquered the town of Bint Jbail three times before it noticed – knows that he still has much to do: Moscow today, tomorrow St. Petersburg … Ever since the second Lebanon War, he and his friends have enjoyed an international reputation, especially beyond the Sambation River, and they are in particularly high demand among armies that have not been listening to the radio. Be that as it may, wherever there is a smell of napalm in the morning, in any country whose leader grows bored or loses his temper – we can count on our boys to be there; a flare to light the way of the gentiles.

On the other hand, when Putin embarked on his military adventure, he apparently did not factor in the presence of Israeli genius on enemy soil. That may be why, panicked, he rushed to hold an emergency meeting with Shimon Peres when they were both in Beijing. He was afraid that his army would suffer the same fate that Hezbollah met with in Lebanon, and that Hamas has endured in Gaza. Yesterday panic broke out in Georgia over the rumor (which has since been denied) that Moscow had decided to use its doomsday weapon: It would ask the Israeli battalion commander who was dismissed following the shooting incident in Nil’in to train its army. As another instructor, Captain (Res.) R., told us: “At 14.00, 14.30 we came through the rocky terrain and entered the minefield under fire; faced with fortified bunkers and 120-mm mortars … They had a method: first they threw a grenade, then they fired off a round, then they rested … I don’t know why they paid me 50 million lari. All I wanted was to make it home in one piece.”

some put their trust in princes

U.S., Israel seal deal for missile radar defense system
Amos Harel, Haaretz, 17/08/2008

The United States and Israel have agreed on the deployment of high-powered, early-warning missile radars in the Negev desert, to be manned by U.S. military personnel. The radars, known as X-Band, will be linked to a U.S. satellite-based alert network. A spokesman for the Pentagon’s Missile Defense Agency (MDA) said the new system could double or even triple the missiles’ range of identification, which would be particularly useful should Iran launch an attack on Israel. Details of the deal, which caught the public’s attention at the end of July, were reported yesterday in the periodical Defense News, and were corroborated by senior U.S. and Israeli officials. The agreement had previously been discussed in meetings with Israel Defense Forces Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi and his American counterpart, Admiral Mike Mullen, and by civilian defense leaders of both countries.

According to the periodical, the radar will be operated by staff from the U.S. European Command, starting in early 2009. The system’s deployment may even be moved up to this autumn, in order to integrate it with the Arrow missile defense system. Under the terms of the agreement, U.S. military staff will be permanently based in Israel for the first time. U.S. Army personnel were temporarily based in the country during the first Gulf War in 1991, and during brief periods of tension with Iraq following that conflict. Lt. Gen. Henry Obering, the head of MDA, told Defense News that from his perspective, “We’re moving ahead as quickly as we can.”

The IDF’s current early-warning system, known as Green Pine and a component of the Arrow network, has a range of 800-900 kilometers. When combined with the American satellite system, its range expands to 2000 kilometers. “We’ve been studying architectures to provide an integrated layered defense that will plug into various architectures for the region for many years,” he said. “And having an X-Band radar, like the one we have in Japan, has always been part of our calculation.” An Israeli security expert said the significance of the deal lies primarily in its linking Israel with the U.S. satellite system, which will add “precious minutes” to its early warning ability.

sauds offer to take pak under wing

Saudi oil facility linked to Musharraf’s safe exit
Mehtab Haider, Pakistan Daily News, Aug 17, 2008

ISLAMABAD: The desperately-needed Saudi Oil Facility (SOF) worth $5 billion for Islamabad has been linked to a political deal between the coalition government and Musharraf for giving safe exit to the latter. Also, Saudi authorities are annoyed over the coalition government’s failure to follow up its requests for obtaining the SOF in an effective manner as neither the finance minister nor the petroleum minister paid any visit to Saudi Arabia as a follow-up. Pakistan’s dwindling economic indicators really require breathing space in the shape of the SOF in the current fiscal year. If the Saudi intelligence chief fails to strike an acceptable deal between the two sides, Pakistan’s economic woes will become worse in the months ahead.

Official sources confirmed that the Saudi authorities were engaged in striking a deal between the coalition government and Musharraf in order to avoid the impeachment, which would oust Musharraf if he refused to resign. “But this move will aggravate the economic difficulties,” sources in the government said and added that the PPP wanted to kill two birds with one stone — to oust Musharraf without plunging into any controversy and to please Saudi Arabia in order to get a favourable decision in the shape of the oil facility worth $5 to $6 billion.

A high-level official in the Finance Ministry told The News here on Saturday that it depended upon the Saudi king to rescue Islamabad by giving the SOF on deferred payments, which would help in reducing vulnerabilities on the external front. The sources also said that the Saudi government had clearly told the coalition government to adopt a reconciliatory approach for settling issues within the country and then they would be ready to extend all-out support to them for removing economic woes in the months ahead. Even US officials, who recently visited Islamabad, had clearly conveyed to the PPP government that the economy was not in the radar screen of the government though economic difficulties were increasing by every passing day. The US told the finance minister that there should be a clear-cut vision, along with applicable strategy, to rescue the economy from the existing economic mess, especially on the external front.

Pakistan’s oil import is set to surge to $14 billion during the current fiscal year and oil facility on deferred payments will be the greatest relief for economic managers. At present, precious foreign currency reserves are depleting by around $300 million per week in the wake of the rising import bill of the POL and food product prices in the international market. Owing to the rapidly depleting foreign currency reserves, the rupee also shed its value by around 26 per cent in the last few weeks and touched 76.35 mark against the US dollar. When another high-level official of the government was contacted for seeking official comments, he said that Pakistan was waiting for formal approval of the Saudi authorities for obtaining the SOF on deferred payments. “I don’t know about the political discussions going on and its linkage with the SOF,” he added.

The sources also mentioned that the Saudi authorities were annoyed over the coalition government’s failure to follow up its requests for obtaining the SOF in an effective manner. “Neither did the finance minister nor did the petroleum minister pay any visit to Saudi Arabia as a follow-up for obtaining the SOF on deferred payments,” added the sources. The sources said that the Saudi authorities were likely to give their consent for the SOF by early next month and Islamabad was desperately waiting for this generous favour. If Islamabad fails to materialise the SOF by the next month, there will be no other option for Pakistan but to again pick the begging bowl and approach the IMF to remove its Balance of Payment (BoP) difficulties.