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Ex-Israeli Intelligence Officer: “Pearl Harbor” Style Attack Will Be Pretext For War On Iran

Jerusalem Post article implies US will stage provocation to justify military assault
Former Israeli intelligence officer Avi Perry writes that a “surprise” Pearl Harbor-style Iranian attack on an American warship in the Persian Gulf will provide the pretext for the US to launch all-out warfare against Iran.
VIDEO: UK Police Accused of 2005 Bombings Cover-up

For years, the spectre of terrorism has been used to justify the UK’s aggressive foreign policy and the implementation of what many human rights groups consider draconian internal measures.
But several civil servants, including former police and intelligence officers, have questioned the official narrative. They say many questions remain unanswered over the alleged terrorist threat facing the UK. For example the government says the 7/7 London bombings were carried out by four Muslim men. But there’s never been an independent inquiry.
For ten years Tony Farrell worked as the principal intelligence analyst at South Yorkshire police, close to where three of the alleged London bombers came from. But he was removed from his job when he concluded that the real threat to the British public comes from within the UK’s establishment itself, which he believes is prepared to orchestrate bombings like 7/7 on its own soil for political ends.
His views will be dismissed by many in the UK as outlandish and fantasy. Farrell admits he personally didn’t see hard evidence of a cover-up, as intelligence was filtered before it reached him. But he claims there are others within the civil and security services who share his views, but don’t want to rock the boat.
There is a growing movement of people questioning the accepted narrative on terrorism.
For Tony Farrell this has also become personal. He’s appealing against his dismissal from the police. But for the moment he faces an uphill battle to get his views heard in the mainstream.
“The Man Who Knew Too Much”: In Memory of Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan, Great Iranian Scientist 
So, what is the sense in all of this? What kind of strong message is this supposed to send to the young generation of Iranians? That they should suspend their hopes for a better future? For development and education? That they should give up their inalienable right to want to live in their homeland, side by side their family and friends, and build it together hand in hand for a brighter future? No, make no mistake; such provocative aspirations will not be tolerated.
The trial of Galileo by the Catholic Church almost 400 years ago pales in comparison to the injustice that is unleashed against Iranian scientists in the 21st century. Imagine what would have happened if the Nazis had managed to assassinate Albert Einstein in his thirties as one of the enemies of the German regime. Imagine how the international community or the world’s physicists’ society would have reacted to the assassination of Stephen Hawking on his 70th birthday while he was struggling to survive and help us advance our so-called humanity.
But make no mistake; do not hold your breath; for no European street will be named after Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan; no scholarship in physics will be established in Cambridge, Princeton or MIT to uphold the memory of such young and lost talent; no Nobel Prize of any sort will be given under his name; no one in the fake international community of Netanyahu, Obama and Rajavi will shed a tear. No head of the so-called International Atomic Energy Agency will look down and share the responsibility for the crime that is committed against one of its member nation’s pursue of knowledge; no mouth in the so-called United Nations Security Council will care to find the right words to condemn such barbarism which is unleashed against the security of a nation; no world power will have the guts, let alone the heart to offer its sincere condolences to a nation which it has been busy victimising for decades.
It is ironic that the poem inscribed at the UN Hall of Nations in New York is in fact by a great Persian poet, and it says:
Human beings are members of a whole,
In creation of one essence and soul.
If one member is afflicted with pain,
Other members uneasy will remain.
If you have no sympathy for human pain,
The name of human you cannot retain.
So where are these human beings? How perverse for the United Nations to engrave Saadi’s poem on its doorstep on the one hand and put hopes and aspirations of Saadi’s nation in grave on the other hand. Moreover, as if subjugating a whole nation to rounds and rounds of crippling sanctions was not enough, some in the so-called Security Council have also managed to send a green light of toleration to those responsible for the barbaric acts committed against Iran’s youngest and most talented assets. This should put the whole United Nations in shame.
Loyalty to the Resistance bloc member, MP Nawaf Moussawi said that the agreement between the Lebanese is more productive than betting on a foreign force that strengthens one party against the other for its own ulterior motives, noting that the US of plotting the war against Syria. During a political meeting in south Lebanon on Sunday, Moussawi said that "The Lebanese must learn from history, which has shown that any party in Lebanon, relying on an external force, may benefit temporarily and then suffer a disaster. He further added "In this way, our call for dialogue ensures security to the Lebanese, especially since the balance of power in Lebanon is dependent on domestic considerations and not external developments, as some imagine." Moreover, the MP said that "The mission of the government is to prevent Lebanon from sliding into civil conflict, as some Western and regional governments encourage for." He urged the cabinet to fulfill its responsibility of building the state and economy in order to reduce the crisis suffered by the citizens and take the initiative to strengthen the Lebanese administration.Moussawi concluded that Hizbullah believed that a Western-American War was being waged against Syria in order to occupy it, and use its territories as bases to attack other countries in the region, including Iraq. "This campaign aims to weaken the Russian presence and hit the axis of the Resistance." he pointed out.

Moussawi Calls for Confronting US-“Israeli” Intervention in Affairs of Syria, Region 
Iran: a quickly evolving geopolitical imbroglio – part V

Events continue to progress at blinding speed and only seem to be getting increasingly dangerous.
While the United States has been building up a considerable military presence in the Persian Gulf region for years, in recent weeks and months this effort seems to have accelerated.

Don’t forget to read parts onetwothree, and four of this series to get familiar with the complex geopolitics at work.

Mossad Assassinations: Antiwar’s Chomskyan Covering of US-Israel Relationship

On the Blog, John Glaser seeks to diminish Eli Lake’s report of Israeli responsibility for the assassination of Iranian scientists:
Lake discounts charges that the U.S. had any direct involvement in the kills and points to his earlier reporting which tried to show the U.S. working to dissuade the Israelis from a unilateral attack. I would only say that, given the reality of U.S. support to Israel – it exceeds any other state in the world – it’s fair to characterize Israeli policy, whether in the West Bank, Gaza, or towards Iran, is de facto sanctioned by the U.S. It’s possible these assassinations are solely the work of Mossad with no direct help from the CIA or the Obama administration. But even if that’s the case, Israel would not be able to do such things without faithful economic, military, and diplomatic support from America.
Antiwar favourite Stephen Zunes, a leading provider of Chomskyan protective cover for the Zionist lobby, couldn’t have said it better.
Truth about Syria: Crazy Men in Grey Suits

The west is on the hunt for another war in the Middle East.
By Jeremy Salt
January 13, 2012 “Information Clearing House” — -  In his speech to university students this week, Bashar al Assad spoke of a conspiracy against Syria. Use another word if you like, but of course there is one. The foot soldiers in the campaign to bring down the Syrian government are the armed men calling themselves the Free Syrian Army and the random armed gangs. None of them could maintain their violent campaign without outside support. Short of open armed intervention from the outside, they cannot overthrow the Syrian government. All they can do is keep killing and causing chaos in the hope that it will eventually collapse. Their sponsors  are the US, Britain, France, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, the Muslim  Brotherhood, the Syrian National Council, assorted  ‘activists’ in exile, some closely linked to the British Foreign Office and the US State Department,  and every salafist across the region. Reform is not the issue. Their agendas vary but converge at one point:  their determination to destroy the Baathist government. For the US, Britain and France – ‘the west’ – the destruction of a government and a political party that has long got in their way is the issue. For Saudi Arabia, the issue is confronting Iran and containing Shiism across the region. For the Muslim Brotherhood, the issue is revenge for Hafez al Assad’s repression of their revolt in 1982, the destruction of a secular government and the installation of a sharia-based substitute which they expect to dominate. For both the Muslim Brotherhood and the salafists the issue is also the destruction of the Alawis as a socio-political force in Syria.
For the US and Saudi Arabia, Iran, Syria and Hizbullah are three parts of the same problem. Saudi Arabia regards Iran as the ‘head of the snake’ and wanted it attacked in the last years of the Bush administration, but a direct attack, removing the veil from the covert war already being involved, would be enormously dangerous to the countries waging it. This is what hinders them from going ahead, not the catastrophe that such a war would be for the people of Iran and the region. (It is extraordinary that although Iran has lived under the threat of such an attack for years, the western media still has not deal with the consequences of a military attack on live nuclear reactors.)  Iran would be seriously weakened by successful open (as opposed to the covert war presently being waged) armed intervention in Syria. Such an attack would have much the same immediate effect as a direct attack on Iran. In 2006 the two countries signed a defence agreement to confront ‘common threats’, and Iran would regard open intervention in Syria as the prelude to an attack on itself. The most likely form of armed intervention would be the declaration of a no-fly zone or a ‘humanitarian corridor’ just over the Turkish-Syrian border. The template for this kind of war was Libya, where up to 50, 000 people were killed after France, Britain, the US and their lesser allies decided to attack in the name of maintaining a no-fly zone. Russia and China have indicated that they would block any moves at the UN Security Council to set up such arrangements.  In the light of these difficulties, destabilising Syria with the aim of achieving the same objectives as an open attack is a second best option. Bringing down the Syrian government, rupturing its strategic relationship with Iran and Hizbullah, is an end in itself for the US and its western and gulf allies. Insofar as Iran is concerned, removing Syria from the calculus of war by throwing it into such turmoil that it could not respond would significantly strengthen the US-Israeli position and perhaps make war more likely.
Since the beginning of the year the geopolitical map of the region has been significantly redrawn.   Islamist parties have come or are coming into government in Morocco, Tunisia and Egypt, and are likely to do well when elections are held in Libya. What parties say when in opposition and what they feel obliged to do in office are usually two different things and the Islamist parties are no different. On the critical question of relations with Israel, Rashid Ghannushi, the leader of Tunisia’s Al Nahda party has held quiet talks with the Israelis in Washington and has indicated that Palestine will not be a priority for the new Tunisian government. Conflicting signals are coming from the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt. According to the US State Department, the brotherhood has given an assurance that it will uphold the 1979 treaty with Israel. Almost immediately this was denied, with senior brotherhood figures saying that the treaty could not be regarded as sacrosanct and repeating the possibility of a referendum being held so the people could decide. This will be the trickiest of  questions for the new government to handle but as the new Egyptian government will need  the billions of dollars of aid pledged  by the US,  Saudi Arabia, Qatar  and the IMF (last year an offer of $3 billion was not taken up  but will be discussed again this January),  pragmatism  is likely to  win out,  in the short term and perhaps for as long as Israel itself does not put the treaty at risk through another savage attack on Gaza or Lebanon.
In this rapidly changing environment Syria is a holdout state, standing firm against the US and Israel on the one hand and the rising Islamist/salafist trend on the other.  The peaceful opposition was swamped in violence a long time ago, with the army still battling ‘defectors’ and the armed gangs the media keeps telling us are an invention of the state. The western media has yet to interview the families of the thousands of soldiers and civilians who have been killed by ‘defectors’ and other armed bands to see what they think about what is happening in their country. Relying on the unverified accusations of ‘activists’ or suspect sources outside Syria, the media has played a critical role in the development of a false narrative. Last week the Guardian hit a new low point with the accusation by of a London-based ‘activist’ that the Syrian security forces are packing detainees into container ships and dumping them at sea. It had no evidence for this claim, but then this is how the Guardian has been ‘reporting’ this crisis throughout. When Damascus was bombed, both the Guardian and the BBC led with the claim that   these bombings were the work of the government – according to activists. They had no evidence for this accusation either, literally made while Syrians were still washing the blood off the streets and picking up the body parts of the civilians who had been killed. When the Arab League issued an interim statement on the work of its monitors in Syria, it called for an end to the violence by the state and by armed gangs. On its web page, the BBC reported only that it called on the Syrian government to end the violence.
The west is on the hunt for another war in the Middle East. This is the essence of the campaign against Syria. Iran is being provoked every other day. This week another nuclear scientist was assassinated. The clear intention is to goad Iran into retaliating, providing the pretext for the armed attack that many in Israel and the US want. There is no question that Syria needs to reform but anyone who thinks that the US, Britain, France, Saudi Arabia and Qatar are campaigning against Syria for the cause of reform is living in a dream world.  Every wild accusation made by activists and dutifully reported by the media is grist to their mill. They don’t want the violence to end. They want it continue until the Syrian government is destroyed, and they have the resources to keep this going virtually endlessly. If they take the plunge and launch an open attack on Syria or Iran they are likely to trigger off a regional war and, in the view of some, a global war. In their grey suits and pastel ties, these people are as crazy as any fascist in a brown uniform.

“Technical stopover” in Syria of Russian aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov
Aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov, the jewel of the Russian fleet, reset sail on Tuesday, 10 January 2012, after a three-day stopover at the Syrian port of Tartous, ostensibly to refuel.The ship was flanked by five other boats and several submarines. Normally, this type of ship requires escort vessels, but, in this case, it was the other way around. Two of the boats were transporting large equipment, likely to include batteries of S-300 surface-to-air missile systems, the most sophisticated in the world. In addition, a hefty shipment of Russian munitions for the Syrian army was briefly held up in Cyprus before being allowed to return to sea.Experts agree that Moscow could have manifested its support for Syria without setting the bar so high. Russia’s aim was mainly to warn against any attempt by the U.S. of exclusive domination of the region and against any temptation on Turkey’s part to play a prominent role in Central Asia.The fleet was greeted by General Daoud Rajha (center of photo). Many Syrian voices spoke out their gratitude to the Navy and the entire Russian people for such a powerful show of solidarity at a time when the country is in the throes of a destabilization offensive by Western, regional and world powers.The port of Tartous is being renovated to accommodate in future all types of Russian Navy vessels. It hosts the Russian Navy at no charge.

A series of CIA memos describes how Israeli Mossad agents posed as American spies to recruit members of the terrorist organization Jundallah to fight their covert war against Iran.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 Jundallah by passing themselves off as American agents. According to two U.S. intelligence officials, the Israelis, flush with American dollars and toting U.S. passports, posed as CIA officers in recruiting Jundallah operatives — what is commonly referred to as a “false flag” operation.The memos, as described by the sources, one of whom has read them and another who is intimately familiar with the case, investigated and debunked reports from 2007 and 2008 accusing the CIA, at the direction of the White House, of covertly supporting Jundallah — a Pakistan-based Sunni extremist organization. Jundallah, according to the U.S. government and published reports, is responsible for assassinating Iranian government officials and killing Iranian women and children.But while the memos show that the United States had barred even the most incidental contact with Jundallah, according to both intelligence officers, the same was not true for Israel’s Mossad. The memos also detail CIA field reports saying that Israel’s recruiting activities occurred under the nose of U.S. intelligence officers, most notably in London, the capital of one of Israel’s ostensible allies, where Mossad officers posing as CIA operatives met with Jundallah officials.
The officials did not know whether the Israeli program to recruit and use Jundallah is ongoing. Nevertheless, they were stunned by the brazenness of the Mossad’s efforts.
“It’s amazing what the Israelis thought they could get away with,” the intelligence officer said. “Their recruitment activities were nearly in the open. They apparently didn’t give a damn what we thought.”
Interviews with six currently serving or recently retired intelligence officers over the last 18 months have helped to fill in the blanks of the Israeli false-flag operation. In addition to the two currently serving U.S. intelligence officers, the existence of the Israeli false-flag operation was confirmed to me by four retired intelligence officers who have served in the CIA or have monitored Israeli intelligence operations from senior positions inside the U.S. government.
The CIA and the White House were both asked for comment on this story. By the time this story went to press, they had not responded. The Israeli intelligence services — the Mossad — were also contacted, in writing and by telephone, but failed to respond. As a policy, Israel does not confirm or deny its involvement in intelligence operations.
There is no denying that there is a covert, bloody, and ongoing campaign aimed at stopping Iran’s nuclear program, though no evidence has emerged connecting recent acts of sabotage and killings inside Iran to Jundallah. Many reports have cited Israel as the architect of this covert campaign, which claimed its latest victim on Jan. 11 when a motorcyclist in Tehran slipped a magnetic explosive device under the car of Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan, a young Iranian nuclear scientist. The explosion killed Roshan, making him the fourth scientist assassinated in the past two years. The United States adamantly denies it is behind these killings.
According to one retired CIA officer, information about the false-flag operation was reported up the U.S. intelligence chain of command. It reached CIA Director of Operations Stephen Kappes, his deputy Michael Sulick, and the head of the Counterintelligence Center. All three of these officials are now retired. The Counterintelligence Center, according to its website, is tasked with investigating “threats posed by foreign intelligence services.”
The report then made its way to the White House, according to the currently serving U.S. intelligence officer. The officer said that Bush “went absolutely ballistic” when briefed on its contents.
“The report sparked White House concerns that Israel’s program was putting Americans at risk,” the intelligence officer told me. “There’s no question that the U.S. has cooperated with Israel in intelligence-gathering operations against the Iranians, but this was different. No matter what anyone thinks, we’re not in the business of assassinating Iranian officials or killing Iranian civilians.”
Israel’s relationship with Jundallah continued to roil the Bush administration until the day it left office, this same intelligence officer noted. Israel’s activities jeopardized the administration’s fragile relationship with Pakistan, which was coming under intense pressure from Iran to crack down on Jundallah. It also undermined U.S. claims that it would never fight terror with terror, and invited attacks in kind on U.S. personnel.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Iran entitled to produce N-energy: India
Civilian nuclear program, highlighting Tehran’s right to develop nuclear energy.
“Well, we have taken a very consistent position. We respect the right of every nation to pursue its nuclear energy ambitions to its logical level,” said Indian Foreign Minister Somanahalli Mallaiah Krishna in a press conference in al-Quds (Jerusalem) on Tuesday, quoted by Reuters.
Senior American officials and the israeli regime have repeatedly threatened Tehran with the “option” of a military strike against the Islamic Republic, citing its increasingly self-sufficient nuclear program.
Despite the widely publicized claims by the US, israel and some of their European allies that Iran’s nuclear program may include a military diversion, Iran steadfastly insists on its civilian nature, arguing that as a signatory to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), it has the right to develop and acquire nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.
This is while the israeli regime is widely known to possess over 200 nuclear warheads, a fact that it has never denied, citing its so-called policy of nuclear ambiguity. Furthermore, Tel Aviv refuses to allow its nuclear facilities to come under international regulatory inspectors and rejects signing into any international nuclear regulatory agreements.
The IAEA has conducted numerous inspections of Iran’s nuclear facilities but has never pointed to any evidence indicating that Tehran’s civilian nuclear program has been diverted to nuclear weapons production.
Furthermore, US President Barack Obama on December 31, signed into law fresh economic sanctions against Iran’s Central Bank in an apparent bid to punish foreign companies and banks that do business with the Iranian financial institution.
The bill requires foreign financial firms to make a choice between doing business with Iran’s Central Bank and oil sector or with the US financial sector.
Energy experts say the sanctions could lead to a major hike in crude oil prices and disrupt the interests of the US and its allies that depend on oil imports from Iran.

American-backed Terrorists In Iran

US State Department tells bold lies regarding the latest assassination in Iran as it harbors MEK terrorists in Iraq.

Syria: Endgame approaches as conspiracy continues
Three people have reportedly been killed by security forces across Syria on Wednesday. Bashar Al-Assad has spoken to supporters in Damascus for the second time in the last 24 hours, reiterating his dismissal of calls to step down. He's blaming the ten-month-long unrest in the country on foreign-funded terrorists, promising to crush them with extreme prejudice. The UN says Damascus has stepped up its crackdown on protesters, but Assad claims no order was ever given to fire on civilians. The President's pledged commitment to Democratic reform, promising a referendum on a new constitution by March, and free elections soon after. RT talks to independent news editor James Corbett.

Iran's Letter to UN Lambasts Foreign Terror Campaign against Iranian Scientists
Iran's Ambassador to the United Nations Mohammad Khazaee in a letter to the UN condemned the assassination of a young Iranian scientist in Tehran on Wednesday, and said Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan Behdast was the latest victim of a foreign terror campaign against top Iranian scientists.

Iran's ambassador to UN, in a letter to United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, the President of the UN General Assembly Joseph Deiss, and UN Security Council member states as well as the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) countries stated that the civilian nuclear scientist who was killed by in bomb attack Wednesday was the latest victim of a foreign terror campaign against top Iranian scientists.

The complete text of the letter is as follows;

In the name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

11 January 2012


On 11th January 2012, another prominent Iranian scientist, Mostafa Ahamdi Roshan fell victim of a blind terrorist attack in Tehran. The victim was a Sharif University of Technology graduate in chemical engineering and served as deputy of Iran's Natanz nuclear facility. In this incident two other innocent people were seriously injured, one of whom died later at the hospital as a result of his wounds.

As you are aware, this is not the first time that the Iranian scientists come under malicious terrorist attacks. Previously, I have informed you (letter contained in document A/65/622-S/2010/634) about the assassination attempts against two Iranian prominent physicists: Majid Shahriari and Fereydoun Abbasi Davani (currently heading Iran's Atomic Energy Organization) on 29 November 2010 as a result of which Majid Shahriari was martyred and Fereydoun Abbasi Davani and his wife were seriously injured. In the same series of terrorist attacks another Iranian scientist Professor Massoud Ali Mohammadi, was martyred in front of his house on 12 January 2010.

Based on the existing evidence collected by the relevant Iranian security authorities, similar to previous incidents, perpetrators used the same terrorist method in assassinating Iranian nuclear scientists, i.e. attaching a sticky magnetic bomb to the car carrying the scientists and detonating it. Furthermore, there is firm evidence that certain foreign quarters are behind such assassinations. As has been claimed by these circles, such terrorist acts have been carried out as part of the efforts to disrupt Iran's peaceful nuclear program, under the false assumption that diplomacy alone would not be enough for that purpose. These quarters have spared no efforts in depriving the Islamic Republic of Iran from its inalienable right to peaceful nuclear energy and called for conducting covert operations ranging from assassinating Iranian nuclear scientists to launching a military strike on Iran as well as sabotaging Tehran's nuclear program. 

Now, the question remains whether resorting to all unlawful and coercive measures, even terrorist acts, to prevent developing nations from exercising their right to development, including peaceful use of nuclear energy are permissible? While reiterating the peaceful nature of Iranian nuclear activities, I would like to emphasize, once again, that the Islamic Republic Iran would not compromise over its inalienable right to use nuclear energy for peaceful purposes and any kind of political and economic pressures or terrorist attacks targeting the Iranian nuclear scientists, could not prevent our nation in exercising this right. The Islamic Republic of Iran expresses its deep concern over, and lodges its strong condemnation of, such cruel, inhumane and criminal acts of terrorism against the Iranian scientists. My country has suffered the most from acts of terrorism in terms of human losses and material damages in the past decades. It is highly expected from the Secretary-General of the United Nations, and President of the Security Council of the United Nations as well as all other relevant organs and bodies to condemn, in the strongest term, these inhumane terrorist acts and to take effective steps towards elimination of terrorism in all its forms and manifestations. Furthermore, I am sending identical letters to the President of the Security Council and the President of the General Assembly. It would be highly appreciated if this letter could be circulated as a document of the Security Council and of the General Assembly under the agenda item 109.
Please accept, Excellency, the assurances of my highest considerations.
Mohammad Khazaee
Permanent Representative
H.E. Mr. Ban Ki-moon
Secretary General
United Nations, New York 
Saudi security forces have fired live bullets to disperse an anti-government protest rally in the eastern city of Qatif, reports say.

Saudi protesters were demanding the release of political prisoners. There were no immediate reports of casualties. 

Saudi Arabia's Eastern Province has been witnessing demonstrations almost on a daily basis over the past months. Protesters demand political reforms, greater liberties, freedom of expression and the release of political prisoners some held without trial for more than 16 years.

They have also condemned economic and religious discrimination in the oil-rich region and their government's involvement in a brutal crackdown on protesters in neighboring Bahrain. 

Activists say there are more than 30,000 political prisoners held in jails across Saudi Arabia, who, the Saudi-based Human Rights First Society says, are being subjected to both physical and mental torture. 

According to rights activists, most of the detained are being held without trial or legitimate charges and have been arrested on grounds of mere suspicion. 

Anti-government protests in the Kingdom have intensified since November, when security forces opened fire on protesters in Qatif, killing five people and leaving many more injured. 
Israeli Source: Assassination of Iranian Nuclear Scientist Joint Mossad-MEK Operation
An Iranian news agency reports that a fourth Iranian nuclear scientist has been assassinated. Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan was a professor specializing in petroleum engineering at a technical Israeli Source: Assassination of Iranian Nuclear Scientist Joint Mossad-MEK Operationuniversity and director of Natanz’s uranium enrichment facility. Mehr news agency said he was “deputy director of the commercial department of the Natanz nuclear enrichment facility.” He was killed by a bomb attached to the side of his car by two men on a motorcycle. My own confidential Israeli source confirms today’s murder was the work of the Mossad and MEK, as have been a number of previous operations I’ve reported here.The killing took place at or near a Teheran university. The method recalls another series of assassinations that occurred of Fereidoun Abbassi Davani (who was seriously wounded) and his colleague Majid Shahriari (who was killed). Today’s killing occurred two years to the day after the assassination of another scientist, Masoud Ali Mohammadi.Reuters also adds this:An [Iranian ] official [said]…”The bomb was a magnetic one and the same as the ones previously used for the assassination of the scientists, and is the work of the Zionists (Israelis)” Fars quoted Deputy Governor Safarali Baratloo as saying.Witnesses told Reuters they saw two people on the motorbike stick the bomb to the car.Time also offers a comprehensive report.France’s right-wing Le Figaro newspaper offers (this is an English language report on the story) a window into the types of training and recruitment the Mossad engages in to prepare for such sabotage missions. It reports that Israeli agents identify Iranian Kurdish recruits who are living in exile in Iraqi Kurdistan. There they train them in “spycraft and sabotage:”…The Iranian assets are being prepared for conducting operations inside [Iran] as part of Israel’s undercover intelligence war against Iran’s nuclear energy program. The Baghdad source told the French daily that part of Israel’s sabotage program against sensitive Iranian nuclear facilities, which includes targeted assassinations of Iranian nuclear experts, is directed out of the autonomous region of Iraqi Kurdistan, “where [Mossad] agents have stepped up their penetration.” For this, “the Israelis are using Kurdish oppositionists to the regime in Iran, who are living as refugees in the Kurdish regions of Iraq”, the source told Le Figaro.Although the article makes no mention of official or unofficial sanction of the Israeli operations by the Iraqi Kurdish authorities, it implies that the alleged Mossad activities are an open secret in Iraqi Kurdistan. This is not the first time that allegations have surfaced in the international press about Israeli intelligence activities in Kurdistan. In 2006, the BBC flagship investigative television program Newsnight obtained strong evidence of Israeli operatives providing military training to Kurdish militia members. The program aired video footage showing Israeli expects drilling members of Kurdish armed groups in shooting techniques and guerrilla tactics.The Israeli government denied having authorized any such training, while Iraqi Kurdish officials refused to comment on the report. But Israeli security experts told the BBC that it would be virtually impossible for Israeli trainers to operate inside Iraqi Kurdistan “without the knowledge of the Kurdish authorities.”Iraqi Kurdistan may be one of the few places in the Arab world in which an Israeli is welcome, even Israeli spies.There also can be little doubt that the U.S. comes into this mix, as the Iraqi Kurdish authorities maintain extremely good relations with U.S. officials in that country. And it’s hard to believe that we aren’t playing a role in expediting this mischief in any way we can.I’ve said it before and I’ll say it every time something like this happens: assassinations like the one today accomplish nothing. It doesn’t fundamentally harm Iran’s nuclear program. It doesn’t deter Iran or its scientists from pursuing the research and whatever scientific goals they may have. These are shameful acts by a shameful Israeli government exploiting Iranian terrorists for their own ends. I find it disgusting that Israel can get away with such acts with impunity.
I am not a supporter of Iran’s nuclear program. But I am even less a supporter of assassination as state policy, and that includes my own nation, whose president seems especially enamored of targeted killings, even of U.S. citizens.
Lebanese Army Arrests “Since 1977” Collaborator with “Israel” 
Once again, Lebanon achieves a triumphant victory over the claimed "Israeli" intelligence, which has also proved a weak spot before Lebanon. This comes as Lebanon's Army Intelligence captured another spy for the Zionist entity. Identified as Elias Younes, a reited employee at the Ogero telecoms company, was arrested in suspicion of collaborating with "Israel", reported al-Manar television on Wednesday. The "dean of collaborators", as labeled by Zionist top intelligence officers was arrested by the Lebanese intelligence. He has been dealing with the Zionist entity for over 35 years, staring from 1977. The tv station reported that Younes "supplied the enemy with details regarding marine security procedures and ships movement, in addition to information related to the Telecoms Ministry, as well as the detailed scheme of communication network in Lebanon."Over the past year, Lebanon's intelligence and army have arrested several suspects of "Israeli" espionage rings, all have worked in the Lebanese Telecoms sector. Younis, now in his third year of retirement from Ogero, had been arrested by the Lebanese Army Intelligence last Wednesday.

Eye on the Enemy: Cyprus’ Delegation in ’’Israel’’ to Discuss Oil, Gantz Denies Inviting Syrian Refugees 
A Delegation from Cyprus will land in "Israel" - to Determine gas field BoundaryClacalist Magazine
Calcalist magazine reported that a "High-ranking Cypriot delegation will arrive in "Israel" next week to discuss the determination of the economic water borders between the two countries."This is the first visit of its kind in this field, and its major importance lies in defining whether the oil and gas fields belong to "Israel" or Cyprus.In recent years, large oil deposits were discovered (such as Lavitan building which is close to "Israel" and Block 12 near Cyprus) located at the edge of "Israel's" economic water. To avoid conflict with hostile countries such as Lebanon, around the question of sovereignty over natural resources, the government defined in July the economic water limits and sent them to the United Nations.Economic water is the region located beyond the territorial waters. The country can use natural resources found in the economic waters, and according to international law, the acceptable range is between 300 and 400 miles of coastline. Over the years, "Israel" has abstained itself from an official definition, but in light of belligerent statements on the part of Turkey and Lebanon, "Israel" hastened to possess these natural resources for itself.

Deputy minister Kara: flooding northern borders with refugees - a real scenario Channel 7Following the statement of chief of staff at the foreign affairs and "defense" committee, Deputy Minister for the Development of the Negev and Galilee, MK for the Likud Ayoub Kara said, " We really have to prepare for a scenario where up tens or hundreds of thousands of Syrian Alawites refugees, and other minorities, flood to the northern border of "Israel" near the Golan Heights."I suggest the government, and in particular the Minister of "Defense" to prepare for this high eventuality, this scenario is very logical, it is possible to happen by today and tomorrow, because Syria is facing a terrible bloodbath."
Gantz clarifies: I did not invite Syrian refugees
Selma Piotrkowski - Channel 7
Chief of Staff, Benny Gantz, clarified yesterday evening (Tuesday) that his comments at the Foreign Affairs and "Defense" Committee on the Alawites in Syria were misunderstood and he has not invited refugees from Syria to "Israel".
He said that the "ISRAELI"ARMY is closely following the events in Syria, and Sinai has become a space of a security challenge. The present upheavals and insecurities in our region oblige us to be prepared and vigilant, to maintain high readiness levels and to consider the proper steps to take.
 "ISRAELI"ARMY spokesman Brigadier General Yoav "Poly" Mordechai said wrote on his facebook profile that journalists who reported on preparations to absorb Alawite refugees from Syria had taken Chief of Staff Benny Gantz "out of context."Mordecai wrote, "During the Foreign Affairs and "Defense" Committee meeting a Knesset member asked the CoS whether we are prepared for an eventuality in which Alawite refugees try to flee to the Golan. The Chief of Staff answered that we are prepared for such an eventuality.""I left the meeting and found "Israel's" media had reported the "ISRAELI"ARMY is preparing to receive refugee Alawites of Syria. Those headlines are misleading and wrong - that the "ISRAELI"ARMY has planned for an eventuality in which Israel absorbs Syrian refugees doesn't mean the plan will be put into effect," Mordecai stressed.During the meeting in question Gantz said that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad cannot hold on to power indefinitely and that his downfall was expected to cause a radical shift in power in Damascus. "On the short term the events will turn difficult on al-Assad and the Syrian leadership will act against us, but on the other hand we have to keep in mind that the "defense" systems in Syria exist and are maintained"
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The Cost of Full Spectrum Dominance
Israel to absorb Alawite refugees from Syria – Video
Israel Defense Forces Chief of Staff Benny Gantz said Tuesday that Israel is preparing to absorb Alawite refugees once Syrian President Bashar Assad’s regime collapses, which he expects to happen in the coming months.
Neocon Israel Mouthpiece Writes Syrian Opposition Intervention Paper

Al-Assad blames ‘external conspiracies’ for Syrian violence
“The mask has fallen off these faces,” [Syrian President Bashar al-Assad] said. “No wise person denies these international conspiracies that (are) being done in order to spread fear inside. But this time, it was done with people from inside.”
Bashar al-Asad is right. There are international conspiracies to take him down.
This is for example obvious when the expatriate Syrian National Council uses a policy papers arguing for military intervention in Syria that was written by a neocon and Israel supporter and paid for by the U.S. State Department. To further the military intervention the paper is defended by doing away with the local protesters in Syria who oppose any intervention.
Michael Weiss is Director of Communications and Public Relations for the Henry Jackson Society, a British neocon organization which patrons include the U.S. neocons Richard Perle, William Kristol and James Woolsey. He also has a blog at the Telegraph website.
Michael Weiss is also executive director of Just Journalism a “pressure group whose stated goals are to focus “on how Israel and Middle East issues are reported in the UK media.” Critics characterize Just Journalism as a “privately-funded mouthpiece for Israel”. Until the end of 2009 Weiss published a blog for the Jewish magazine Tablet.
Recently Weiss wrote a policy paper Safe Area for Syria – An Assessment of Legality, Logistics and Hazards (pdf) which is an amateur attempt (Weiss is, as far as can find out, neither a lawyer nor does he seem to have military experience) to write a playbook for military intervention in Syria:
In the interest of assessing all suggested options for hastening the end of a totalitarian dictatorship and/or averting a mass humanitarian catastrophe, this paper examines the way in which foreign military intervention could work for Syria.

Business as usual in bloody Bahrain

It’s no surprise the Countess of Wessex accepted jewellery from the Bahraini royal family: Britain has been its backbone for years  News that the Countess of Wessex accepted gifts of jewellery from Bahrain’s royal family is not surprising. After almost 200 years of British-supported rule by the House of Khalifa, Bahrainis are no closer to human rights or democracy. Meanwhile, British firms continue to profit from the ongoing crackdown, as the British government seemingly turns a blind eye to continuing abuses.Prince Charles rolled out the red carpet for the Sandhurst-trained king of Bahrain in December, soon followed by Prince Edward’s visit to Bahrain with his wife, the Countess of Wessex.British officials maintain there is nothing the British government can do to pressure the Bahraini government to stop its human rights atrocities. In reality, there isn’t much that they want to do. But the UK arguably has more leverage over Bahrain’s ruling family than any other Arab autocracy, because of its long historical connections.Britain has provided legitimacy for the Al Khalifa regime ever since it labelled them the “rulers of Bahrain” in an 1820 treaty. This arrangement assigned all power relating to foreign affairs to the British, who intervened twice to remove rulers they didn’t want, most recently in 1923.A long line of British “advisers” stiffened the backbone of the Al Khalifa’s security services. Charles Belgrave lasted 30 years until being forced out by anti-Suez protests in 1956. Ian Henderson lasted 32 years, and became known as the “Butcher of Bahrain” for his alleged role in torturing opponents of the regime. John Yates is the latest incarnation of Britain’s advisory role in Bahrain’s security services.