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The Right of the People to be Secure in their Persons, Houses, Papers, and Effects,
Against Unreasonable Searches and Seizures,
Shall Not Be Violated


Saturday, February 25, 2012

Who is to Blame for Islam's Relentless Encroachment?

WE'VE MENTIONED a page of comments about sociopaths (see article here). In the comments, several sociopaths have posted something. But mostly the posts are from victims of sociopaths — ex-lovers, parents, children, siblings of sociopaths. They tell their story of woe, how they were abused, taken for all their money, toyed with in a cruel way, heartlessly hurt, etc.

The point of view of the victims is almost always the same:
How can anyone do this to another human being?

The point of view of the sociopaths is also consistent: How can anyone be naive, trusting, and foolish enough to let someone do this to them?

The same question could be asked of modern Western society. If we didn't have so many people who believed that everyone is good, that every culture is equally deserving of respect, and that every religion is at its core the same as every other religion, we wouldn't be in this mess, regardless of what orthodox Muslims were doing.

The reason sociopaths are able to take advantage of their victims is because the victims do not believe someone can be so cold and unfeeling. They don't know anything about sociopathy. They don't know it is possible. And they assume everyone else is like them: Good at heart. A decent, law-abiding citizen who tries to be fair with everyone and who feels empathy for others.

The assumption is their undoing. Sociopaths exploit that assumption for all its worth, and leave a trail of broken lives in their wake.

Same with the West. The assumptions many of us are making has allowed Islamic supremacism to get as far as it has gotten.
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Koran-Burning In Afghanistan Connected To Cemetery Desecrations

World War 2 graves in Libya after Islamomaniacs raged:

From Mail Online, dated February 25, 2012:
A furious mob has desecrated dozens of Commonwealth War Graves in a Libyan cemetery amid continuing fury in the Middle East over the burning of the Koran by U.S. soldiers.

Headstones commemorating British and Allied servicemen, killed during World War II campaigns in the Western Desert, lay smashed and strewn across Benghazi Military Cemetery.

Protesters rampaged through site on Friday, despite efforts by America to calm tensions sparked when it emerged U.S. soldiers had burned Muslim holy books in a pile of rubbish at a military base in Afghanistan....


Military sources said that books were removed from the library of a nearby detention center because they contained extremist messages.

Prisoners had been writing in the books as way of communicating....
Much more about the Koranifada at the above link.

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Attacking those who insult Muhammad trumps Freedom of Speech: IN PA? (Video added)

A state judge in Pennsylvania has dismissed an assault and harrassment case against a Muslim defendant who admitted attacking the victim. Magistrate Judge Mark Martin, a veteran of the war in Iraq and a convert to Islam, ruled that Talag Elbayomy’s sharia defense — what he claimed was his obligation to strike out against any insult against the prophet Mohammed — trumped the First Amendment free speech rights of the victim.
Yes, you read that correctly.
There will be much more to say about this. For now, you can find details, here, including the YouTube recording of Judge Martin hectoring the assault victim, Ernie Perce, an activist atheist who paraded last October in a “Zombi Mohammed” costume. Before dismissing the case, Martin lectured Perce about the principles of Islam and the tender sensibilities of Muslims, calling him a “dufus” for failing to appreciate same.
In 27 years of trying and analyzing legal cases, this performance is as shocking and disgraceful as anything I’ve ever seen from an American trial judge.
Let’s get something straight here about the case..the person attacked, an official of an ATHEIST group was parading next to a ZOMBIE POPE. As far as I know, no catholics were arrested for attacking that person.
Worse by far…this whole thing is UNBELEEEEEEEEEEVABLE
Judge Martin then offered a lesson in Islam, stating,
“Islam is not just a religion, it’s their culture, their culture. It’s their very essence their very being. They pray five times a day towards Mecca to be a good Muslim, before you die you have to make a pilgrimage to Mecca unless you are otherwise told you can not because you are too ill too elderly, whatever but you must make the attempt. Their greetings wa-laikum as-Salâm (is answered by voice) may god be with you. Whenever, it’s very common when speaking to each other it’s very common for them to say uh this will happen it’s it they are so immersed in it.
Judge Martin further complicates the issue by not only abrogating the First Amendment, but completely misunderstanding it when he said,
“Then what you have done is you have completely trashed their essence, their being. They find it very very very offensive. I’m a Muslim, I find it offensive. But you have that right, but you’re way outside your boundaries or first amendment rights. This is what, and I said I spent about 7 and a half years living in other countries. when we go to other countries it’s not uncommon for people to refer to us as ugly Americans this is why we are referred to as ugly Americans, because we are so concerned about our own rights we don’t care about other people’s rights as long as we get our say but we don’t care about the other people’s say”
But wait, it gets worse. The Judge refused to allow the video into evidence, and then said,
All that aside I’ve got here basically.. I don’t want to say he said she said but I’ve got two sides of the story that are in conflict with each other.”
“The preponderance of, excuse me, the burden of proof… “
“…he has not proven to me beyond a reasonable doubt that this defendant is guilty of harassment, therefore I am going to dismiss the charge”
Maybe this judge thinks he is in Egypt and the rest of us are Copts. He has NO RIGHT to serve. He can think his thoughts all he wants as a private citizen, but as a judge, SEEYA
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The only solution in Kabul ..Oderint dum Metuant, BY DRONE, B-1, B-2, F-18, whatever...

Today’s NEW news that 2 MORE americans are dead and that:
At least two Americans were killed inside the interior ministry in Kabul, a senior Afghan police official said Saturday.
According to the International Security Assistance Force, initial reports indicated that “an individual” turned his weapon against NATO service members.
The agency did not provide the nationalities of the victims, but the Afghan police official confirmed they were American.


"An individual turned his weapon against International Security Assistance Force service members in Kabul city today," an Isaf statement said. The BBC's Orla Guerin in Kabul says eight shots were reported inside the building, which should be one of the safest in the capital, and that any Afghan who carried out the attack would have had the highest clearance.

This entire affair, brought about by Taliban/Al Qaeda captives passing messages to each other via pages in Qurans, causing their burning (regrettable or not) cannot help help but demonstrate not only that Huntington was right, but that he IS right by the will of the people.
NO middle eastern nation WILL EVER govern themselves in a way we can recognize as a democracy, except as a quasi religious mob which avoids laws regarding so called freedom of religion when arbitrarily acceptable by the Quran (can anyone say COPT?).
We will always be mistrusted, hated and when a man like Obama is the leader. regarded with a sneering contempt, and confidence on the haters part that our day is over, and they can act without fear.
The men who murdered those americans this week who had NOTHING to do with the burning of the Qurans should not be the subject of a demand for an apology by Karzai, THEY SHOULD BE CAPTIVES EXTRADITED TO THE USA FOR TRIAL.
Of course, our feckless leader will tell us (if he says anything) that their deaths were regrettable, due to a religious insensitivity on our part, for which those at fault will pay.
Time’s up.
While I believe ABSOLUTELY, that no men on the ground in that horrific nation filled with incomprehensible religious hates will engender attempts to repeat 9/11 sooner or later, we should be preempting these attacks by air attack WHEN EVER WE DEEM NECESSARY in a declared war.

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Robbie Robertson

Rumcrook -- this is the last song I heard when I was driving to see my dad in the hospital. 20 minutes later he stood up then rolled up his eyes in front of me and my mom. His death rattle in my ear as I lowered him to the bed.

I'd never heard the song before that.

It's A Good Day To Die

Ghost Dance


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Friday, February 24, 2012

Charles Mingus & Eric Dolphy
Peggy's Blue Skylight

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Afghanistan demands NATO put Koran-burners on trial

KABUL (Reuters) - Afghanistan wants NATO to put on public trial those who burned copies of the Koran at a NATO base, President Hamid Karzai's office said on Thursday, after a third day of bloody protests over the incident.

It said NATO had agreed to a trial, but that could not be immediately confirmed.

Karzai had earlier accused a U.S. officer of "ignorantly" burning copies of the Koran, in an incident that has deepened anti-Western sentiment in a country NATO is trying to stabilize before foreign combat troops leave by the end of 2014.

Demonstrations have drawn thousands of angry Afghans to the streets, chanting "Death to America!" amid violence that has killed 11 people including two U.S. service personnel.

"NATO officials, in response to a request for the trial and punishment of the perpetrators ... promised this crime will brought to court as soon as possible," Karzai's office said in a statement.

President Barack Obama sent a letter to Karzai apologizing for the burning of the Korans, after Afghan laborers found charred copies while collecting rubbish at the sprawling Bagram air base.

Obama told Karzai the incident was not intentional.

The letter, which the White House said was a follow-up to a phone call earlier this week between the two leaders to discuss a "long-term partnership" between Washington and Kabul, was delivered to Karzai by U.S. Ambassador Ryan Crocker.

Karzai's office said in a statement Obama had promised to investigate those involved in the incident.

Karzai said the American officer had acted "out of ignorance and with poor understanding" of the Koran's importance, a presidential statement said.


The Taliban urged Afghan security forces to "turn their guns on the foreign infidel invaders," it said on its site shahamat-english.com.

A U.S. official in Washington said two NATO soldiers killed by a man in Afghan army uniform were Americans.

NATO confirmed a man in Afghan army uniform had killed two of its troops in the east, but declined to say if the shooting was connected to the protests.

Muslims consider the Koran the literal word of God and treat each copy with deep reverence. Desecration is considered one of the worst forms of blasphemy.

A protest of around 500 people turned violent in the capital Kabul, with police and plain-clothes intelligence officers charging demonstrators wearing bandanas and hurling rocks and sticks, firing low above their heads and sending them fleeing.

A wounded youth lay on a road, blood pouring from his side. Crouched over and cradling him, a relative appealed to the Afghan government.

"Ministry of the Interior! Don't you see we are fighting NATO?" said the man.

Masked men sped by on a motorcycle blasting a battle song played by the Taliban insurgency, while police in machinegun-mounted pick-up trucks picked up the wounded.

"Our brave people must target the military bases of the invaders, their military convoys and their invader forces," read an e-mailed Taliban statement released by the insurgency's spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid.

"They have to kill them (Westerners), beat them and capture them to give them a lesson to never dare desecrate the holy Koran again."


Most Westerners were confined to their heavily fortified compounds, including the sprawling U.S. embassy complex and other embassies in central Kabul.

Around 400 protesters hurled rocks and set fire to cars at a Norwegian-led military base in Faryab province on the Turkmen border, which is centre for around 500 soldiers and civilians from Norway, Latvia, Macedonia, Iceland and the United States.

Twelve protesters were wounded in the attack, the head of the regional hospital Abdul Alim said, but Norway's ambassador to Kabul, Tore Hattrem, told Reuters no one was hurt and there was minimal damage.

A small number protested at a French military base in the eastern Kapisa province but police deterred them successfully, its police chief Abdul Hamid said.

The uproar could complicate efforts by U.S. and NATO forces to reach agreement with the Afghan government on a strategic pact that would allow a sharply reduced number of Western troops to stay in the country, well beyond their combat exit deadline, to oversee Afghan forces.

Hundreds of protesting students in Jalalabad rejected any strategic pact with the United States, saying they would "take up jihad" if one were sealed.


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Daily Caller:

Iran’s grand ayatollahs: Earth belongs to Muslims, end is near

Published: 12:03 PM 02/23/2012 | Updated: 12:25 PM 02/23/2012
By Reza Kahlili

Iran’s economy is struggling because of crippling new restrictions on the country’s financial system, but no amount of sanctions will keep the mullahs from their headlong pursuit of nuclear weapons, which they hope will help usher in Islamic dominance of the world. The religious leaders believe it is their responsibility, as foreshadowed by the Quran, to bring about nuclear war to facilitate the coming of the last Islamic Messiah.

Two Iranian grand ayatollahs are now saying that the Earth will soon be under the feet of Muslims, as promised by the Quran.

The clerical establishment in Iran has long believed that the Islamic Revolution of 1979 was a sign by Allah that the end of times is near and that the duty and responsibility of the believers is to become ready for such an event.

Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the founder of the Islamic Republic of Iran, indicated to his close associates that he saw a mandate for the final glorification of Allah to overthrow the Shah, establish an Islamic state and then pass the flag of Islam to the last Islamic Messiah. When asked if he would be the one to pass the flag, he responded that “the one after me will be the one” who will create the circumstances for the reappearance of Imam Mahdi, the Shiites’ 12th Imam.

Many in the Islamic regime believe that Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who became the Iranian supreme leader after Khomeini’s death, is the chosen one to pass the flag of Islam to Imam Mahdi. In fact, statements made by close associates of Khamenei indicate that the supreme leader himself is convinced that he is the one who will trigger the coming.

Mahdi, in Shiite belief, will reappear at the time of Armageddon.

In a recent statement, Grand Ayatollah Jafar Sobhani, a top Iranian Twelver Shia and a “Marja” (source to follow), addressed the future of the world as per the Quran.

“The Quran is very clear that the inheritors of the Earth will be those of the righteous who represent the force of the truth against the force of the false,” Sobhani says. “The Quran is the proof that the world will be controlled and managed by the forces of truth and that there will be one government ruling everyone throughout the world.”

The Quran twice promises worldwide rule of Islam and its victory over all other religions, Sobhani says. According to hadiths, which have the tacit approval of the Prophet Muhammad, that will only happen when the last descendant of Muhammad, Imam Mahdi, returns and takes the rule of Islam from the East to the West.

The grand ayatollah then quotes the Quran (Altobeh, 33): “It is He Who hath sent His prophet with guidance and the Religion of Truth, to proclaim it over all religions, even though the infidels may detest it.”

Sobhani calls the Internet another sign of the end of times and the coming of Imam Mahdi as hadiths indicate that at the age of the coming, people in the East will be able to see people in the West while in a stationary position.

The ayatollah reiterates the promised victory by the Muslims in referring to the Quran (Al Anbiya, 18): “We hurl the truth against falsehood, and destroy it, and behold falsehood doth perish.”

Grand Ayatollah Nouri Hamedani, also a Twelver and a “Marja” with followers around the world, says the recent progress of Iran’s nuclear program is hailed as “significant and one that has shocked the infidels.”

Hamedani states that it is said that in the end of times, the city of Qom will be the center of science and an elevated center for learnings of Allah. He says the current Arab Spring in the region is due to the Islamic regime in Iran and that this awakening must expand to the world stage for the coming of the last Islamic Messiah.

The clerics in Iran have set up a center in the city of Qom specifically to track signs for the coming as they rely on centuries of hadiths from Muhammad and his descendants that have predicted signs in which the end of times will come and the last Islamic Messiah will reappear, killing all infidels and those who won’t convert to Islam and raising the flag of Islam across the globe.

The coming of Mahdi only awaits these last signs, as all of the signs that the hadiths herald have already taken place: Chaos, famine and havoc will engulf the Earth; major wars with dark clouds (atomic wars) will burn the Earth; one-third of the Earth’s population will be killed, and the rest will suffer hunger and lawlessness.

As revealed last year, an Iranian secret documentary, “The Coming Is Upon Us,” clearly indicates that the radicals ruling Iran believe that worldwide war and the destruction of Israel will trigger the coming of the last Islamic Messiah.

See the video:

Reza Kahlili is a pseudonym for a former CIA operative in Iran’s Revolutionary Guards and the author of the award-winning book, A Time to Betray. He is a senior fellow with EMPact America and teaches at the U.S. Department of Defense’s Joint Counterintelligence Training Academy (JCITA).


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Thursday, February 23, 2012

Most journalists don't carry guns into conflict zones so they can't be considered a combatant or mistakenly shot/killed/captured as one.

That said, when they go into a conflict zone they know, or should, the risks they face. If not they don't belong there. And they need to accept these risks.

That said it is another matter entirely when a government orders it's army to shoot and kill any journalist they find. Yet it is still a risk they accept.

Marie Colvin's last report:

The Telegraph:

Marie Colvin: Britain summons Syria ambassador over killing

Britain has summoned the Syrian ambassador, Dr Sami Khiyami, to the Foreign Office to lodge a protest over the killing of Sunday Times war correspondent Marie Colvin.

Its political director Sir Geoffrey Adams expressed the Government’s “horror” at the continued violence and demanded Syria's co-operation in repatriating the bodies and evacuating the wounded journalists.

Syrian forces murdered Colvin after pledging to kill "any journalist who set foot on Syrian soil".

The 55-year-old Sunday Times reporter was killed alongside French photographer Remi Ochlik, 28, in a rocket attack on the besieged city of Homs this morning.

Now communication between Syrian Army officers intercepted by Lebanese intelligence staff has revealed that direct orders were issued to target the makeshift press centre in which Colvin had been broadcasting.

If journalists were successfully killed, then the Syrians were told to make out that they had died accidentally in firefights with terrorist groups, the radio traffic revealed.

Just before she died, Colvin had appeared on numerous international broadcast networks including the BBC and CNN to accuse Syrian dictator Bashar Al-Assad's forces of murder'.

Jean-Pierre Perrin, a journalist for the Paris-based Liberation newspaper who was with Colvin in Homs last week, claimed they had been told that the Syrian Army was "deliberately" going to shell their centre.

Mr Perrin said: "A few days ago we were advised to leave the city urgently and we were told: 'If they (the Syrian Army) find you they will kill you'.

"I then left the city with the journalist from the Sunday Times but then she wanted to go back when she saw that the major offensive had not yet taken place."

Mr Perrin, who headed to Beirut from Homs, said the Syrians were "fully aware" that the press centre was broadcasting direct evidence of crimes against humanity, including the murdering of women and children.

"The Syrian Army issued orders to 'kill any journalist that set foot on Syrian soil'."

It was in Beirut, the capital of Lebanon, that Mr Perin received news of the intercepted Syrian Army radio traffic.

The Syrians knew that if they destroyed the press centre, then there would be "no more information coming out of Homs", said Mr Perrin.

Mr Perin said the centre had a limited electricity supply and internet access, thanks to a generator. This made it a privileged location' compared to the rest of the decimated city.

In her broadcasts on Tuesday night, Colvin had accused the Syrian Army of perpetrating the "complete and utter lie that they are only targeting terrorists." Describing what was happening as "absolutely sickening", Colvin said: "The Syrian army is simply shelling a city of cold, starving civilians."'

Other sources in Damascus confirmed that Syrians, including senior Army officers and Al-Assad himself, would have been able to watch Colvin's broadcasts.

Syrian authorities however have claimed they were not aware the journalists had entered the country.

“The authorities had no information that the two journalists had entered Syrian territory,” Adnan Mahmud told AFP.

Mr Mahmud said that he had asked “specialised authorities in Homs to look for them (Colvin and Ochlik).” He did not acknowledge whether they were dead or alive.

“The ministry urges all foreign journalists who entered Syria illegally to report to the nearest immigration office to legalise their presence,” he added.

Frederic Mitterrand, the French culture minister, said Colvin and Ochlik had been "targeted and tried to flee the bombardment", and eyewitnesses in Homs said were killed as they fled the centre.

Nicolas Sarkozy, the French president said of the attacks: "That's enough now. This regime must go and there is no reason that Syrians don't have the right to live their lives and choose their destiny freely. If journalists were not there, the massacres would be a lot worse."

Reporters working in Homs feared the Army had "locked on" to their satellite phone signals and targeted the buildings they were coming from.

Abu Abdu al-Homsi, an opposition activist, confirmed that the Army had cut phone lines into the city and were bombing any buildings where they detected mobile phone signals.


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It may not be a good idea to arm Syrian rebels

Ben Shapiro talks on Big Peace about how GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum supports the idea of arming the opposition in Syria, as he told Hugh Hewitt in the podcast above.

But it's something easier said than done. The problem is that a lot of the opposition themselves are Muslims, and what if, like in Egypt, once they've overthrown the previous government, they too seek to impose a regime with quintuple the sharia? And what if they turn against any and all Christians in the region too? Then the US will have only succeeded in replacing one problem with more of the same.

That's why just giving arms to Syrian rebels may not be advisable if we don't know what their next moves after overthrowing Assad would be. If they too are Muslims, then we could wake up one day to discover that the only way they're thanking the western world is by imposing a continued dictatorship with additional sharia upon their country, laced with more socialism to boot, instead of emulating the concepts that the USA championed to great effect in days gone by.
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My picture of the day

Syrians living in Jordan hold a Syrian national flag during a protest against Syria's President Bashar Al-Assad outside the United Nations office in Amman, the word "freedom" is printed on the flag, (Photo: Reuters).

Doesn't freedom look beautiful?

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This Week On The Gathering Storm

Listen to The Gathering Storm Radio Show, hosted by WC and Always On Watch. The show broadcasts live every Friday beginning at noon, Pacific Time, for 30 minutes.

The call-in number is 646-915-9870.

This week's scheduled guest is Bill Warner.

Listen to the February 24, 2012 edition of The Gathering Storm Radio Show, live or later, by CLICKING HERE.

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Wife of Assassinated Scientist: Annihilation of Israel "Mostafa's Ultimate Goal"

TEHRAN (FNA)- The wife of Martyr Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan Behdast, who was assassinated by Mossad agents in Tehran in January, reiterated on Tuesday that her husband sought the annihilation of the Zionist regime wholeheartedly.

"Mostafa's ultimate goal was the annihilation of Israel," Fatemeh Bolouri Kashani told FNA on Tuesday.

Bolouri Kashani also underlined that her spouse loved any resistance figure in his life who was willing to fight the Zionist regime and supported the rights of the oppressed Palestinian nation.

Iran's 32-year-old Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan Behdast, a chemistry professor and a deputy director of commerce at Natanz uranium enrichment facility, was assassinated during the morning rush-hour in the capital early January. His driver was also killed in the terrorist attack.

Roshan was killed on the second anniversary of the martyrdom of Iranian university professor and nuclear scientist, Massoud Ali Mohammadi, who was also assassinated in a terrorist bomb attack in Tehran in January 2010.

The method used for Roshan's assassination was similar to the 2010 terrorist bomb attacks against the then university professor, Fereidoun Abbassi Davani - who is now the head of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization - and his colleague Majid Shahriari. Abbasi Davani survived the attack, while Shahriari was martyred.

Another Iranian scientist, Dariush Rezaeinejad, was also assassinated through the same method on 23 July 2011.

Iran has condemned the CIA, MI6 and Mossad for the five assassinations.

A series of CIA reports revealed that Israeli Mossad agents, posing as American spies, have recruited members of the terrorist organization Jundollah to stage terrorist operations against Iran.

Foreign Policy magazine cites CIA memos from 2007-2008 that Mossad recruited members of Jundollah terror group to fight a covert war against Tehran.

Buried deep in the archives of America's intelligence services are a series of memos, written during the last years of President George W. Bush's administration, that describe how Israeli Mossad officers recruited operatives belonging to the terrorist group Jundollah by passing themselves off as American agents. According to two US intelligence officials, the Israelis, flush with American dollars and toting US passports, posed as CIA officers in recruiting Jundollah operatives - what is commonly referred to as a "false flag" operation.

The sources - one of whom has read the memos and another who is intimately familiar with the case - said the memos investigated and debunked reports from 2007 and 2008 accusing the CIA, at the direction of the White House, of covertly supporting Jundollah - a Pakistan-based extremist organization responsible for numerous terrorist attacks against Iranian civilians and military officials. Even according to the US government and published reports, Jundollah is responsible for assassinating Iranian government officials and killing Iranian women and children.


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So, attack Iran and face possible annihilation from Russia or others or do nothing and face certain annihilation when Iran attacks but not before you can fire off your Sampson option and attack Iran anyway. . .

Ynet News:

Russia warns Israel not to attack Iran

Russian deputy FM says military action in Islamic Republic would be catastrophic for region, world

Russia warned Israel on Wednesday that attacking Iran would be a disastrous and played down the failure of a UN nuclear agency mission to Tehran, saying there is still a chance for new talks over the Iranian atomic program.

"Of course any possible military scenario against Iran will be catastrophic for the region and for the whole system of international relations," Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov told a news conference.

It was one of Russia's starkest warnings against resorting to force, an option Israel and the United States have not ruled out if they conclude that diplomacy and increasing sanctions will not stop Iran from developing a nuclear bomb.

"I hope Israel understands all these consequences ... and they should also consider the consequences of such action for themselves," Gatilov said. "I hope a realistic approach will prevail, along with a sensible assessment."

Russia, China as well as many allies of the United States are concerned that any military action against Iran could engulf the Middle East in wider war, which would send oil prices rocketing at a time of global economic troubles.

Iran has threatened to retaliate for any attack, or even if it feels endangered, by closing the Strait of Hormuz, the conduit for Gulf oil exports crucial to the global economy, and hitting Israel and US interests in the Middle East.

'Nuke talks could be revived'

Tehran has refused to stop sensitive nuclear work such as uranium enrichment despite four rounds of UN sanctions and a slew of additional measures imposed by the United States and the European Union, which fear Tehran is seeking nuclear weapons.

The Islamic Republic says its efforts to produce nuclear fuel are solely for electricity generation.

Addressing the failed round of talks between the Islamic Republic and the International Atomic Energy Agency, Gatilov suggested that Iran should be more cooperative but there is more room for diplomacy. He said Iran's discussions with Russia, China, the United States, Britain, France and Germany, frozen for a year, could still be revived.

"Iran and IAEA should boost their dialogue in order to rule out the ... possibility of the existence of military dimensions in the Iranian nuclear program. We hope that this dialogue will be continued," he said.

"I think we still have opportunity to continue diplomatic efforts, to renew the six-nation talks."

Russia, which built Iran's first nuclear power plant, has often stressed the need for talks and that too much coercive pressure on Iran is counterproductive, a stance that has prompted concerns Moscow has helped Tehran play for time.

Last week, Russia said global powers must be serious about proposing solutions Iran might accept, warning that Tehran's desire for compromise was waning as it moved closer to being technically capable of building atomic weapons.


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