With Mubarak no longer in Egypt, the hand that kept Iran at bay near Israel * in that region is removed.
Today – for the first time in their history – Egypt just granted 2 Iranian warships permission to travel through the Suez Canal, their destination is either Syria or Beirut. Israel has learned that the Iranian cruiser Kharg is carrying long-range missiles for Hizballah.
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Israel has an interesting decision to make.
From The Week magazine 2/11/2011 edition
Higher-wage jobs—paying $17.43 to $31 an hour—accounted for almost half the jobs lost during the recession, according to the National Employment Law Project. Of the jobs created during the first seven months of 2010, 76 percent paid $8.92 to $15 an hour.
2 cents: One of the key characteristics missing from the type of data O and Congress try to peddle while saying that the economy is beginning to recover. Adapting to changes does not mean recovery, it simply means surviving.
Can’t we organize and pressure O & Biden to step down prior to the November elections?
Can’t we also insist on Congress shutting down and be “rebooted”?
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A joint Hizballah-Hamas unit used the havoc in Egypt to storm the Wadi Natrun prison north of Cairo Sunday, Jan. 30, and break out 22 members of the Hizballah’s spy-cum-terror network, tried and convicted in Egypt for plotting terrorist attacks in Cairo, the Suez Canal and Suez cities and on Israeli vacationers in Sinai in 2007-2008. This is reported by debkafile‘s counter-terror sources.
The second object of the break-in was to release Muslim Brotherhood inmates to boost the anti-Mubarak street protests now in their second week across Egypt.
2 cents: surely not with good intentions
The US secretly agreed to give the Russians sensitive information on Britain’s nuclear deterrent to persuade them to sign a key treaty, The Daily Telegraph can disclose.
Information about every Trident missile the US supplies to Britain will be given to Russia as part of an arms control deal signed by President Barack Obama next week.
Defence analysts claim the agreement risks undermining Britain’s policy of refusing to confirm the exact size of its nuclear arsenal.
The fact that the Americans used British nuclear secrets as a bargaining chip also sheds new light on the so-called “special relationship”, which is shown often to be a one-sided affair by US diplomatic communications obtained by the WikiLeaks website.
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Mr. Levy, the former Israeli peace negotiator, said: “The problem for America is, you can balance being the carrier for the Israeli agenda with Arab autocrats, but with Arab democracies, you can’t do that.”
This circles Reagan’s words and rebuke about Carter’s administration and the Iran mess it created. With the Shah of Iran you had stability in the nation, someone doing his best to keep extremism at bay while trying to allow the culture flourish. True he was a autocracy but he was an allie of the USA and in many ways the region because of his allegiances to the West and a separation of religion and government. Our government’s meddling (OIL) and instigation led to his overthrow and the power that took the place of the vacuum was the Ayatollah and you know the rest.
Now this may tick someone off but it needs to be “said” – because of the attributes and philosophy of the Islam religion the risk to a nation and the world is exceptionally great when democracy is attempted. For example – central to its belief structure is the necessity of the religion being the government so with this ideology the different views/positions of Islam run the country literally. When you have a religion that encourages violence for the sake of their version of Islam, well then the liberal arm of Islam will always be killed by the extremists which means extremism will run the government.
If what some of the earlier reports are stating is true and this mess in Egypt had been encouraged & nurtured by USA meddling then our government has committed another atrocious act of disservice to the world.
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran’s supreme leader has called the uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia an “Islamic liberation movement”.
In his address, during Friday prayers at Tehran University in Iran’s capital, he said that people are witnessing the reverberations of Iran’s 1979 Islamic revolution.
“The awakening of the Islamic Egyptian people is an Islamic liberation movement and I, in the name of the Iranian government, salute the Egyptian people and the Tunisian people,”he said.
Khamenei has urged Egypt’s protesters to follow in the footsteps of the Iranian revolution which toppled a pro-US leader and installed an Islamic Republic, calling on Egyptians to unite around religion.
Khamenei added that the Egypt’s embattled president, Hosni Mubarak, is a “servant” of Israel and the United States.
The spiritual leader’s remarks were received by cheering crowds of worshippers who, raising their hands, chanted “Death to America! Death to Israel!”
2 cents: I believe this confirms my “in a nutshell” post