1.Reuben on the Warpath.
Why is France so Eager to Destroy Syria
but not Nuclear Iran?
From: Steven Shamrak <email@example.com>
US President Obama recently vetoed a detailed Franco-Saudi plan for ending
President Bashar Assad's rule by means of a massive air strike against his
palace that would, with one fell swoop, wipe him, his family and top leadership
circle out. Their plan was for French warplanes to take off from the Charles de
Gaulle aircraft carrier off Syria's Mediterranean coast and Saudi and United
Arab Emirates bombers to fly through Jordan. (Because it will install another
unpredictable Islamic regime on Israel's border!)
2. British SAS [and US Seals] free four
hostages in daring Afghanistan raid
by Sean Rayment and Ben Farmer in Kabul
The dramatic details of how the SAS completed a "brilliant" rescue of a British
aid worker and three other female hostages in Afghanistan can be revealed.
Defence sources said the "surgical" operation showed the "precision, skill and
courage" of British special forces after they stormed the cave where Helen
Johnston, 28, was held, and killed her kidnappers.
David Cameron spoke individually to the soldiers to thank them for an
"extraordinarily brave" mission. He warned that anyone who took British citizens
hostage faced "a swift and brutal end".
Miss Johnston, a committed Christian, along with Moragwa Oirere, a Kenyan
colleague, and two Afghan women who worked for the same aid agency, were said to
be physically well after their ordeal.
Miss Johnston's parents expressed their gratitude to the SAS and American Navy
Seals from the same unit that killed Osama bin Laden, for freeing their
daughter. Mr Cameron spoke to the rescued aid worker as she recovered at the
British embassy in Kabul.
The raid was ordered by commanders amid mounting fears that Miss Johnston and
the other three captives, who were seized on May 22, were in danger of being
killed or handed over to more dangerous terrorists.
On Saturday night, sources said it had been a "classic operation" that was
"brilliantly executed" after days of painstaking intelligence gathering. The
hostages' exact location was pinpointed early last week using mobile phone
interception technology. Predator drones flying silently at 20,000ft kept their
captors under 24-hour surveillance.
International Security and Assistance Force (ISAF) commanders hoped initially
that the kidnapping would be resolved peacefully. Shortly after the four women
were seized, the kidnappers, who were known to have close links to the Taliban,
released a video in which they demanded a ?6 million ransom and the release of a
But by Wednesday analysts had received intelligence that the hostages had been
spilt into two groups and were being held in separate caves in a forest in a
mountainous valley in Badakhshan, north-east Afghanistan.
Concern for the women's safety increased when a member of the Taliban was
overheard in an intercepted mobile phone conversation pressurising the
kidnappers to put on a "show of intent".
The plan went into action almost straight away. The team of around 70 special
forces troops were already at a forward operating base in Badakhshan province,
with a fleet of Black Hawk helicopters and Apache gunship escorts.
They flew to a pre-arranged rendezvous in a high mountain valley around two
miles from where the hostages were being held and marched two miles through
thick forest, moving into assault positions around the caves.
Around 7pm local time the US and British troops stormed the two caves, killing
11 kidnappers within minutes. There was a moment of alarm when the US troops
reported back that although they had shot dead seven kidnappers, the cave they
assaulted did not contain any hostages. The tension was broken, however, when
the SAS commander on the ground reported that his team has successfully rescued
all four hostages.
A military source said: "This was a classic operation. All the bases were
covered and it was executed brilliantly. The strike was made with surgical
precision - we were 95 per cent sure of the kidnappers' exact location, weapons
and motives. The SAS and the US special forces were always ahead of the game
once the kidnappers' position had been fixed."
Lt Gen Bradshaw said: "This was an operation in very demanding terrain, high
mountains and deep gullies, and very arid and demanding. It was carried out by
immensely professional troops who applied precision, skill, and courage."
In Downing Street yesterday, Mr Cameron said: "It was an extraordinarily brave,
breathtaking even, operation that our troops had to carry out. I pay tribute to
their skill and dedication."
3. The problem was Oslo - not the
Dr. Aaron Lerner Date: 24 May 2012
"The truth is harsh. The occupation is destroying Israel. It is undermining
Israel's ethical, democratic and diplomatic foundations."
So claimed Haaretz Correspondent Ari Shavit on 17 December 2009.
I would suggest that, in retrospect, much of the activity surrounding Oslo -
rather than the "occupation" - has been "undermining Israel's ethical,
democratic and diplomatic foundations."
#1 Respect for Human Life
Oslo corrupted our respect for human life. Soldiers and civilians alike
became no more than pawns in a game of peacemaking under the gun.
violence in the schoolyard.
#2 Israel's intelligence system
Oslo corrupted the very top of Israel's intelligence system. Some allowed
their ideology to seriously cloud their judgment as they naively thought
they could sub-contract Israel's security to their Palestinian pals ..
#3. Political system
Oslo corrupted the political system, with it becoming acceptable to make
bare-faced lies to the Knesset... when time and again the
explicit policy choices made by the citizens was ignored after election day.
... Oslo introduced brazen and open foreign interference in the Israeli
democratic process with money from
the European Union and other nations financing various leftist groups in
Israel and even some politicians.
Oslo corrupted the news media as reporters abandoned their critical
"watchdog" role, opting to either distort or ignore the truth as their
contribution to the "peace process".
Oslo corrupted our society. Oslo corrupted our democratic system. Oslo
corrupted our security.
Thanks to Oslo instead of knives, guns and an occasional homemade bomb we
find ourselves facing trained armies in our backyard and even living room.
#5. Flood of foreign workers
Thanks to Oslo our country is swamped with the foreign workers who were
brought in to replace the masses of Palestinian workers who, thanks to the
Oslo security fiasco, could no longer be trusted.
#6. Diplomatic standing
And Oslo - not the occupation - served to undermine Israel's diplomatic
... We didn't get into this mess because of the "occupation". It's the
reckless ideologically blinded pro-withdrawal policies that got us into this
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