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Turkey Blocking Israel’s Participation in NATO Chicago Summit

Monday, April 23rd, 2012

Turkey blocked the participation of Israel in next month’s NATO Summit in Chicago, a Turkish newspaper reported.

Turkey’s Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu vetoed Israel’s participation during a NATO foreign ministers meeting last week in Brussels, the Hurriyet Daily News reported Monday.

“There will be no Israeli presence at the NATO meeting unless they issue a formal apology and pay compensation for the Turkish citizens their commandos killed in international waters,” a senior Turkish official told Hurriyet, referring to the deaths of nine Turkish citizens during an Israeli naval commando raid on the Turkish ship the Mavi Marmara as it attempted to break Israeli’s naval blockade of the Gaza Strip in May 2010.

“Those countries who wish to see normalization in ties between Turkey and Israel should advise Israel to apologize and to compensate the killing of Turks in international waters,” the official told the news service.

Israel, as well as other countries including Egypt, Mauritania, Algeria and Morocco, is a member of the Mediterranean Dialogue, a NATO outreach program.

Turkey has previously vetoed Israeli attempts to participate more fully in NATO. It vetoed an Israeli request to open an office at NATO headquarters and its participation in some Mediterranean Dialogue group activities, according to Hurriyet.

“You are talking about being partners and partnership values. But partners, first of everything, should act like partners, so that we’ll treat them accordingly,” Davutoglu said during last week’s NATO meeting, according to Hurriyet.

Afghanistan Burns

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

The more than weeklong series of violent demonstrations and attacks in Afghanistan, which came in response to the burning by U.S. military personnel of some copies of the Koran, is eerily reminiscent of the 1968 Tet Offensive that foreshadowed the collapse of the U.S. military position in Vietnam. The violence in Afghanistan has included the shooting deaths of two U.S. officers inside the Interior Ministry in Kabul and the wounding of several others in a grenade attack on an American military base.

No one with the exception of the rioters seems to think the burnings were intended as an act of disrespect. Rather, they were an effort by American military authorities to destroy documents containing secret codes penciled in by incarcerated terrorists as a means of communicating among themselves. And while many have criticized President Obama for apologizing to the people of Afghanistan, it can hardly be argued that it would somehow be in U.S. interests for the American military to even appear to have disrespected the religious culture of the host country.

Yet all things considered, the reaction in Afghanistan has, by any measure, not only been over the top but also extremely revealing.

We are now more than ten years into America’s invasion of Afghanistan, which was designed to rout the Taliban who had harbored Al Qaeda. The fighting has resulted in thousands of American and NATO deaths and casualties as well as billions of dollars spent. It would appear, however, that little has been accomplished in terms of American goals, with the Taliban still a formidable military and popular force in the country.

Nevertheless, declaring impending victory, the Obama administration many months ago announced plans for a military withdrawal and for turning over responsibility for securing Afghanistan against Taliban insurgencies. But not only does it now appear the Taliban can attack American and NATO forces at will, the widespread popular ferment over the Koran burnings demonstrates we have not come very far in gaining the respect of the people of Afghanistan or in moving Afghanistan out of the 10th century and into democratic nation-building mode.

Nor is the problem reflected purely in terms of rank-and-file Afghans. In response to the widespread attacks, the U.S. and its allies removed hundreds of military and civilian advisers in Kabul and across Afghanistan, which can only be seen as a signal that the international community is fast losing faith in President Karzai. Not only were the attacks an eye-opener with respect to his capacity to control his country, he did not endear himself to his ostensible allies in his news conference last Sunday.

Remarkably, he did not mention the U.S. deaths and casualties in his opening statement, focusing almost exclusively on the burning of the Korans. It was only when he was asked about the deaths by a reporter that he expressed his condolences, but even then pointedly refrained from apologizing. Coming after President Obama’s apology for what was at worst a misunderstanding, this will not go down well with the United States as it contemplates its future relations with Afghanistan.

In the larger sense, the Afghan experience only reinforces the lesson of Vietnam that military power alone, even of the overwhelming sort possessed by the United States, can no longer determine the course of another country’s history in the face of nationalism, ingrained sectarianism, and a lack of democratic tradition.

The idea that a lone superpower like the United States can use its power internationally in the long term, beyond putting out brushfires, no longer has currency. As the concept of the “Arab Spring” spreads, the further loss of dictators whom the U.S. could at least work with will contribute to increased international instability.

While the U.S. will still be able to maintain a key military presence around the world to maintain its strategic interests, it will no longer be seen as able to insinuate itself into ongoing local conflicts, particularly when those conflicts feature locals pursuing their own agendas and acting as surrogates for others.

Turkey Condemns Rick Perry’s “Islamic terrorist” Comment

Wednesday, January 18th, 2012

Turkey condemned comments made by Republican presidential hopeful Rick Perry on Monday in which he said that the country is being ruled by “Islamic terrorists.”

“We strongly condemn the unfounded and inappropriate allegations expressed yesterday evening about our country during a debate held in South Carolina by Texas Governor Rick Perry …,” a Turkish Foreign Ministry spokesman said on Tuesday.

Perry is quoted as saying: “Obviously when you have a country that is being ruled by what many would perceive to be Islamic terrorists, when you start seeing that sort of activity against their own citizens, then yes – not only is it time for us to have a conversation about whether or not they belong in NATO, but it’s time for the United States, when we look at their foreign aid, to go to zero with it.”

Russia Expresses Solidarity With Iran

Sunday, January 15th, 2012

In a veiled threat to Western powers, a Russian diplomat implied that an attack on Iran would be considered an attack on Russia.

“Iran is our neighbor,” Russian ambassador to NATO Dmitry Rogozin said in Brussels on Friday. “And if Iran is involved in any military action, it’s a direct threat to our security.”

 

Winds Of War: Syria’s Assad Threatens To Destroy Tel Aviv

Wednesday, December 7th, 2011

JERUSALEM – The Mideast war of words heated up this week as Syrian president Bashar Assad threatened to destroy Tel Aviv in six hours with a volley of upgraded Scud missiles if Turkish or NATO forces threatened his teetering regime.

 

According to Israeli military sources, Iranian Revolutionary Guard forces are on the ground in Damascus, Beirut and Gaza, directing attacks on civilians and anti-government forces in Syria, integrating sophisticated weapons, including Scud missiles, into Hizbullah’s formidable arsenal and smuggling weapons into Gaza via tunnels along the porous Egypt-Gaza border.

 

On Monday, recently retired IDF Southern Command General Yoav Gallant backed IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz’s call for a lightning invasion of Gaza to wipe out Hamas’s terror infrastructure. Gallant chided the previous Israeli government for not finishing the job in Gaza during the course of Operation Cast Lead.

 

On Tuesday, a large garrison of IDF infantry and tank forces was positioned between the metro Eilat region and Egypt’s Northern Sinai desert after military intelligence once again warned of an impending attack on Israeli civilians by Islamic Jihad and al-Qaeda groups operating along the lawless Sinai corridor. Annual high school and youth group trips to the mountainous desert regions around Eilat were canceled due to the terror threats. (Hotels in Eilat, which are currently filled with domestic and foreign tourists, were operating normally.)

 

Last week, the IDF conducted a series of intense drills to defend against conventional and unconventional attacks on major population centers. High-ranking Pentagon and IDF officials have also met in recent days to map out plans to defend Israeli and American forces in case of an Iranian attack.

 

The London Daily Telegraph reported on Tuesday that Iranian Revolutionary Guard units were moving medium and long range missiles into secret bunkers in anticipation of either an American or Israeli attack on nuclear and ballistic missile facilities.

 

The Revolutionary Guards threatened to retaliate against American targets after a U.S. Air Force stealth drone was shot down over Southern Iran last weekend.

Iranian Officials Threaten Counterattacks in Israel, Turkey

Sunday, November 27th, 2011

Regional tension over Iran’s nuclear capability is escalating, with Iranian officials threatening that their country will attack Israel and NATO missile defense installations in Turkey if Iran is attacked by Israel or the United States.

 

General Amir Ali Hajizadeh, head of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards aerospace division, warned Saturday that Iran would respond to any military action by the West.  “Should we be threatened, we will target NATO’s missile defense shield in Turkey and then hit the next targets,” said Hajizadeh, according to Iran’s Mehr news agency.  Iran says the shields, located 435 miles into Turkish territory, is in place to protect Israel from Iranian missiles.

 

Also on Saturday, Brigadier General Yadollah Javani said that Iran will not only repel attacks against it, but will issue counter attacks.

 

“If Israel fires a missile towards our nuclear or critical facilities, it should know that every inch of Israel, including its nuclear centers, are a target for our missiles and we have this capability today,” Javani said, according to Iranian state-owned PressTv.

 

Israel has ramped up insinuations that it would attack Iranian nuclear reactors following the release of a report this month by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) that Iranian nuclear facilities were working to build atomic weapons.  Iran says the purpose of its nuclear program is to create energy.

Quick Takes: News You May Have Missed

Sunday, October 16th, 2011

Mayor Bloomberg Going Easy
On Wall Street Protesters?

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s girlfriend serves on the board of directors of the private company that owns the park which Occupy Wall Street protesters have used as their home base for the past few weeks, KleinOnline has learned.

The protesters have reportedly been making a mess of Zuccotti Park, a public space that’s owned by a private financial giant, Brookfield Office Properties Inc. The park, close to Wall Street, is named after Brookfield’s co-chairman, John Zuccotti.

According to the Wall Street Journal, Brookfield wanted the protesters removed, but it was Bloomberg’s New York Police Department that urged the private company to allow the protests to stay in the park. There actually isn’t much Brookfield can do to evict the protesters since the park’s charter allows for 24 hour public access.

The company complained in a statement on Friday that “because the protestors refuse to cooperate the park has not been cleaned since Friday, September 16th and as a result, sanitary conditions have reached unacceptable levels.”

On his weekly radio show Friday, Bloomberg had harsh words for the Occupy Wall Street movement, which has already cost the city a reported $2 million in police overtime. However, it has emerged that Bloomberg’s long-term girlfriend, Diana L. Taylor, serves as one of nine members of Brookfield’s board of directors.

Ironically, the Occupy Wall Street movement’s landlord at Zuccotti Park is itself tied to some of the biggest corporate names. Among Brookfield’s properties are One, Two, Three, and Four of the World Financial Center complex, One Liberty Plaza, and One New York Plaza.

 

Controversial Figure Stands
Behind Unrest On Wall Street

Stephen Lerner, a controversial anti-Capitalist SEIU organizer, is one of the forces behind the protests on Wall Street and nationwide, according to quotes obtained by a socialist activist who doubles as a Washington Post columnist.

KleinOnline was first to report that Lerner was the brainchild of some of the economic protest templates being used by the Occupy Wall Street campaign.

Lerner recently laid out a mass economic protest plan intended to bring down the stock market. Lerner boasted that his plan could be used to cause a new financial crisis. Lerner’s ideology prompted some conservative critics to go so far as to label him an economic terrorist.

Writing in the Washington Post on Tuesday, columnist Harold Meyerson, vice-chair of Democratic Socialists of America, quoted Lerner describing how a coalition of various groups are fomenting the current economic protests. Lerner described himself as part of those groups, referring to the organizations behind the demonstrations as “we.” Lerner told Meyerson: “It’s a confluence of planned and unplanned demonstrations . We build on each other. We go ping-ponging back and forth.”

Lerner came under fire in the conservative blogosphere and digital news in March after he laid out an economic plan some claimed amounts to economic terrorism.

In an op-ed entitled, “This Can Be Our Moment,” published in the radical These Times Magazine, Lerner calls on followers to “go on offense” and “make Wall Street pay for the trillions it stole from us.”

Lerner outlined his campaign to “stoke simmering discontent into concrete, concerted direct action to challenge corporate extremism.” Lerner’s campaign was intended to sow “the seeds of a movement that turns the tables on [Wall Street].”

TheBlaze.com first posted a video of Lerner addressing a conference in which he stated the aim of such an economic campaign would be, among other things, to “bring down the stock market” and “literally cause a new financial crisis.”

 

NATO Gearing Up
For War In Syria?

NATO troops are training in Turkey for a Turkish-led NATO invasion of Syria, a senior Syrian diplomatic official claimed to this column.

Separately, informed Middle East security officials said Russia has been inspecting Syrian forces and has been advising Syria about possible Syrian military responses should NATO attack the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

The officials said Russia recently sold Syria a large quantity of Iskander ballistic missiles, and that, in light of the NATO threat, the Russian government renewed its pledge to sell Syria the advanced S-300 anti-missile system.

The Syrian diplomatic official, meanwhile, recognized his country receives general support from Russia, but told this column that Assad’s regime is concerned the European Union and U.S. may offer Russia an economic incentive to scale back Russian support for Syria.

The report comes as Assad reportedly warned he will set the Middle East on fire if NATO forces attack his country. He warned he would fire rockets in Tel Aviv while Iran could attack U.S. warships in the Persian Gulf.

 

Panetta’s Remarks Seen
As Assault On Netanyahu

Some in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office are taking comments this week by Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta as a direct assault against the Israeli leader.

Upon arriving in Israel on Sunday, Panetta argued Israel carried a portion of the blame for its deteriorating relationship with Turkey and Egypt.

Panetta made the remarks at a press conference. He was flanked by Israel’s defense minister, Ehud Barak, who is also an opposition leader.

There have been indications Democrat operatives may be attempting to unseat Netanyahu. According to an investigative report in Israel’s Maariv’s newspaper, the country’s mass social protests were engineered by a group of media strategists directed by prominent Democratic strategist Stanley Greenberg, a former adviser to Bill Clinton, John Kerry and others.

Greenberg reportedly is working with Israeli strategists who were behind left-wing leader Ehud Barak’s successful race for prime minister in 1999. Greenberg himself helped to run Barak’s campaign.

Quick Takes: News You May Have Missed

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

Syria Preparing For U.S-NATO Attack

Syrian President Bashar Assad is taking military measures to prepare for a possible U.S.-NATO campaign against his regime, this column has learned.

While Assad struck a conciliatory tone in an interview today with his state-run television network, he also instructed the Syrian military to be prepared for an air or ground campaign if the international community determines his pledges of reform are not enough.

Last week, this column reported that Turkey secretly passed a message to Damascus that if it does not implement major democratic reforms, NATO may attack Assad’s regime, according to Egyptian security officials. The Egyptian officials said the message was coordinated with NATO members, specifically with the U.S. and European Union.

Assad has been widely accused of ordering massacres on militants and protesters engaged in an insurgency targeting his regime.

The Egyptian officials said Turkish leaders, speaking for NATO, told Assad that he has until March to implement democratization that would allow free elections as well as major constitutional reforms.

This past Thursday, Obama officially asked Assad to step down to pave the way for a democratic system in Syria.

According to informed Middle Eastern security officials, Assad asked his military to make specific preparations in the event of a U.S.-led NATO campaign similar to the military coalition now targeting Libyan leader Muammar Khaddafi.

 

Attacks Intended To Avenge Bin Laden’s Death

Last week’s deadly attacks that resulted in the deaths of eight Israelis were meant to avenge the death of Osama bin Laden, jihadist sources within an al Qaeda group in the Gaza Strip told this column.

The sources come from inside two al Qaeda-affiliated organizations, Jihadiya Salafiya and Jaish al-Islam.

The sources said both groups were planning to officially take credit for the attack but delayed their announcement fearing major Israeli reprisals inside Gaza.

According to Egyptian security officials speaking to this column, it was an al Qaeda front group headquartered in the Gaza Strip that was behind a series of coordinated attacks targeting Israelis near the southern border resort town of Eilat.

The officials said the attackers originated in Gaza, crossed into the neighboring Egyptian Sinai peninsula and then penetrated Israel along the Jewish state’s border with Egypt.

The Egyptian officials are coordinating a joint response to the attacks with Israel.

 

Radicals Serving Coffee Neat Fort Hood

 

How about some antiwar activism to flavor your coffee? A slew of radicals are behind Under the Hood, a coffee shop near the Fort Hood, Texas, Army base that is a central site of antiwar activities targeting enlisted soldiers.
 
Under the Hood opened its doors in 2009. It hosts the Fort Hood chapter of the Iraq Veterans Against the War organization, or IVAW, one of the nation’s largest anti-war groups.
 
As this column recently reported, IVAW aided in the petition for conscientious objector status of Pfc. Naser Abdo, the Muslim soldier arrested earlier this month after reportedly admitting he planned a terror attack on Fort Hood soldiers.
 
More than a year after the Fort Hood shooting massacre by Muslim U.S. Army major Nidal Malik Hasan, Abdo was caught with a bomb in a backpack and weapons stashed in a motel room meant for another attack at the base.
 
Abdo was eventually granted conscientious objector status after he wrote in an application that he was conflicted about “whether going to war was the right thing to do Islamically.”
 
Besides aiding in Abdo’s petition against being deployed, IVAW featured the volunteer recruit in its newsletter, branding him a “Muslim peacemaker.”
 
IVAW holds many of their events at the Under the Hood caf?.
 
Under the Hood was founded in 2009 by Cindy Thomas, a member of the radical anti-war group Code Pink.
 
Under The Hood says it provides support services for soldiers, including referrals for counseling, legal advice and information on so-called GI rights.
 
The section on Under the Hood’s website for GI rights forwards to a “GI Rights Hotline,” which says it is a “a consortium of more than twenty non-governmental, non-profit organizations located in more than fifteen states and in Germany.”
 
That list of organizations includes the Military Law Task Force of the National Lawyers Guild, Quaker House, another anti-war cafe and the War Resisters League.
 
The National Lawyers Guild has a long history of defending communists and Weather Underground members.
 

Under the Hood is blunt about its political activism, stating outright on its website that the cafe is an “anti-war” establishment.

 

 

Aaron Klein is Jerusalem bureau chief and senior reporter for WorldNetDaily.com. He is also host of an investigative radio program on New York’s 770-WABC Radio, the largest talk radio station in the U.S., every Sunday between 2-4 p.m. His new website is KleinOnline.com.

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