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Edwards follows Obama and Clinton down Pakistan warpath

Posted by Charles II on September 9, 2007

And he’s just as wrongheaded as they were, in imagining that we can intervene in yet another country and have it come out less than disastrously.


John Edwards, another Democratic presidential candidate, has said he would send US troops into Pakistan to target ‘extremist hideouts’ if Islamabad refused to respond to reliable intelligence.

“I want to be clear about one thing. If we have actionable intelligence about imminent terrorist activity and the Pakistan government refuses to act, we will,” Mr Edwards said at a campaign rally on Friday.

Posted in international, John Edwards, Pakistan | 5 Comments »

US develops India as military counterweight to China

Posted by Charles II on September 9, 2007

Praful Bidwai, ATimes:

India’s hosting of large-scale military exercises involving five countries led by the United States has triggered spirited protests by left-wing parties that prop up the country’s ruling coalition.

The naval exercises, which began on Tuesday, are the largest and the most complex that India has ever participated in and feature as many as 25 ships from India, the US, Australia, Japan and Singapore. …

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Posted in China, international | 6 Comments »

This Is Unreal, Yet In A Sadly Realistic Way

Posted by Phoenix Woman on September 9, 2007

Look at this:

Police: Israeli neo-Nazi ring busted

By AMY TEIBEL, Associated Press Writer

JERUSALEM – In a case that would seem unthinkable in the Jewish state, police said Sunday they have cracked a cell of young Israeli neo-Nazis accused in a string of attacks on foreign workers, religious Jews, drug addicts and gays.

Eight immigrants from the former Soviet Union have been arrested in recent days in connection with at least 15 attacks, and a ninth fled the country, police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said, in the first such known cell to be discovered in Israel.

All the suspects are in their late teens or early 20s and have Israeli citizenship, Rosenfeld said.

“The level of violence was outrageous,” Maj. Revital Almog, who investigated the case, told Israel’s Army Radio.

How bad was this group?  This bad:

The gang documented its activities on film and in photographs. Israeli TV stations showed grainy footage of people lying helpless on floors while several people kicked them, and of a man getting hit from behind on the head with an empty bottle.

Police found knives, spiked balls, explosives and other weapons in the suspects’ possession, Rosenfeld said. One photo that was seized showed one suspect holding an M16 rifle in one hand and in the other, a sign reading “Heil Hitler,” he added.

Police discovered the skinhead ring after investigating the desecration of two synagogues that were sprayed with swastikas in the central Israeli city of Petah Tikva more than a year ago, Rosenfeld said.

Police computer experts have determined they maintained contacts with neo-Nazi groups abroad, and materials seized include a German-language video about neo-Nazis in the U.S.

The group planned its attacks, and its targets were foreign workers from Asia, drug addicts, homosexuals, punks and Jews who wore skullcaps. In one case they discussed planning a murder, Rosenfeld said, without providing details.

Some of the victims filed official complaints with police, and other victims were identified after police viewed the films and photos.

How did these young Russian neo-Nazis wind up in Israel?  By being part of the big ongoing drive to import hundreds of thousands of socially and politically conservative Russian Jews into Israel, both to provide warm bodies for illegal settlements (aka Menachem Begin’s “facts on the ground”) and (from the point of view of Likud, Shas and other conservative political parties) to provide a reliable anti-Labor/leftist voting base.    (Ironically enough, the bringing of Russian Jews en masse into Israel, a policy that began in the 1990s, was originally backed by Israel’s left, apparently in part because they thought the Russian immigrants would feel permanent electoral gratitude towards Labor for being allowed to enter Israel.  They thought wrong.)

Posted in israel, neo-Nazis, WTF? | 3 Comments »

Giving The Murkowskis And Stephens A Run For Their Money, I See

Posted by Phoenix Woman on September 9, 2007

Wow.  Larry Craig and his family are just such charming people.

Then again, this is the state Republican party that gave us Helen Chenoweth.

Posted in family values, Larry Craig, Republicans, Republicans acting badly, rightwing moral cripples, Silly Republicans, Ted Stevens | Comments Off on Giving The Murkowskis And Stephens A Run For Their Money, I See

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