Q2N Relentless: MI6 War Pimp Chums Up With Mossad

That’s ‘Sir’ John Scarlett (y’know dodgy dossier with Campbell, Knighted by Blair for services rendered…)

Sir John Scarlett, the head of the British Intelligence Agency MI6 is expected to visit Israel for talks with his Israeli counterpart, Mossad chief Meir Dagan, The Sunday Times reported on Sunday.  In a bid to step up what Israeli officials call “strategic dialogue,” Dagan is expected to brief Scarlett on Israel’s latest information on the Iranian nuclear program, which was described as “a breakthrough”.

This is another example of why not holding people accountable, prosecuting them, simply means they keep on working in the same bloody and dishonest way and here we are 5 years later, here comes another war. Blair was not impeached, Bush has not been impeached and for that another tide of blood is coming.

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Clinton Stands By ‘Obliterate’ Line

Courtesy of blogmig@ GodlessLiberalHomo

ABC News’ Mary Bruce reports: Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., defended this morning her comments that she would “obliterate” Iran if Iran ever attacked Israel with nuclear weapons.

“Why would I have any regrets?” she asked in an exclusive appearance on a special edition of “This Week” from Indianapolis, Ind. “I’m asked a question about what I would do if Iran attacked our ally, a country that many of us have a great deal of, you know, connection with and feeling for, for all kinds of reasons. And, yes, we would have massive retaliation against Iran.”

But Iran knows that, they know as everyone does despite the persecution of Mordechai Vanunu that Israel has a big pile o’ nukes. So what she is really doing is putting the thoughts into the minds of the hard of thinking *Iran has nuclear weapons* (which it doesn’t) and *they are aggressors* (which they aren’t America & Israel are) all a part of the increasingly belligerent & jingoistic political process of the Empire’s homeland where she feels she needs to compete in the- who will kill more foreigners if given the chance- competition. Still beats talking about socialised healthcare, growing inequality, Iraq, war crimes, ubiquitous surveillance etc. that the race revolves around distracting demagoguery is bad enough, but that it is about the abstract discussion of the killing of millions more people is a red flag as to what the military-industrial-congressional-media complex will be looking to do next regardless of the Whitehouse’s next occupant. You only have to look at how Jimmy Carter is treated for trying to negotiate peaceful resolutions to see how hated the peacemakers are by the voracious & invasive engines of Empire.

Q2N Relentless: Bush Plotting ‘Surgical Strike’ in Iran

All the reasoning (Sadr, Quds force, yadda yadda) from those ever so helpful unnamed sources is of course as fanciful as ever, from Murdoch Times (all war pimping, all the time)-

The US military is drawing up plans for a “surgical strike” against an insurgent training camp inside Iran if Republican Guards continue with attempts to destabilise Iraq, western intelligence sources said last week.

The CBS television network reported last week that plans were being drawn up for an attack on Iran, citing an officer who blamed the “increasingly hostile role” Iran was playing in Iraq.

The American news reports were unclear about the precise target of such an action and referred to Iran’s nuclear facilities as the likely objective.

According to the intelligence sources there will not be an attack on Iran’s nuclear capacity. “The Pentagon is not keen on that at all. If an attack happens it will be on a training camp to send a clear message to Iran not to interfere.”

President George W Bush is known to be determined that he should not hand over what he sees as “the Iran problem” to his successor. A limited attack on a training camp may give an impression of tough action, while at the same time being something that both Gates and the US commander in Iraq, General David Petraeus, could accept.

Erm Iran problem? You mean the one of Bush’s making, and the training camp is this time arounds WMD, even Maliki is kicking back against the war pimping (although not surprising he is much closer to IRI than Sadr)-

Iraq said on Sunday it has no evidence that Iran was supplying militias engaged in fierce street fighting with security forces in Baghdad. Government spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh said there was no “hard evidence” of involvement by the neighbouring Shiite government of Iran in backing Shiite militiamen in the embattled country. Asked about US reports that weapons captured from Shiite fighters bore 2008 markings suggesting Iranian involvement, Dabbagh said: “We don’t have that kind of evidence… If there is hard evidence we will defend the country.”

That’s the Empires own puppets kicking back against the ignorance and belligerence of the occupation’s imperial ambitions. In other words everything the Bush regime has done has been an abominable murderous catastrophe so what do they intend to do now? More of the same- Kill, dominate, sow sectarianism and steal. (ht2 Atlargely)

351 Reported Dead From Cyclone Nargis in Burma

Via Jotman

“Utter war zone,” one Yangon-based diplomat said in an email to Reuters in Bangkok. “Trees across all streets. Utility poles down. Hospitals devastated. Clean water scarce.”
“I have never seen anything like it,” one retired government worker told Reuters. “It reminded me of when Hurricane Katrina hit the United States.”
“It was a direct hit on a major city,” said Terje Skavdal, regional head of the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA).

These are early reports and the toll is expected to be worse, how the regime reacts to this, if it can react and if it cancels the sham referendum remains to be seen, then will outside help be requested and how does this leave the pro-democracy forces. Also will reconstruction take advantage of this shock and impose further corrupt commercial ventures for the Generals and outside corporations gain or in the guise of being pro-democratic presage a corporate feeding frenzy as found in areas of South East Asia after the tsunami. The people need immediate help and from a junta that views many of them as enemies, the state authorities might use this as a means to further ravage opposition. But there may also be opportunities for the democracy movement who en masse have rejected the sham constitutional referendum. It would be massively helpful if external non-governmental aid can be delivered to them and not state authorities, it would be more effective, more equitably distributed and less likely to reinforce the military hegemony, how possible this is will become apparent in the coming week.

At least 351 people have been killed by cyclone Nargis as it tore through Burma this weekend.

Another 100,000 people were left homeless when the strom tore through the area, razing thousands of buildings and smashing up  streets.

Residents awoke this morning to scenes of devastation after the cyclone bore through swathes of southern Burma late on Friday and Saturday, uprooting trees, pummelling buildings and ripping up power lines.

The authorities have declared disaster zones in the five states and the regions of Rangoon, Ayeyawaddy, Bago, Mon and Karen.

The cyclone brought down power and phone lines, cutting off the military-run nation.

The coastal area of Ayeyawaddy appears worst hit by the natural disaster, but Rangoon was also battered.

The information ministry official said seven empty boats had sunk in the country’s main port, while Rangoon’s international airport as closed until further notice with flights diverted to the city of Mandalay.

Electricity supplies and telecommunications in Yangon have been cut since late on Friday night as the storm bore down from the Bay of  Bengal, packing winds of 190-240 kilometres per hour.

There are also fears that the poorer outlying areas of Yangon, with their flimsy houses, might have been hard hit.

Thailand’s meteorological department downgraded Nargis to a depression today, but warned of flash floods and heavy rains in  northern, central and eastern Thai provinces as the storm crept over the border from Burma.

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Burma Storm

Update: Storm round-up click here. Burma tags click here (which will update and stay current).

I was planning on writing about the upcoming referendum run by the junta, state of play is rejection-

Twelve ethnic political parties have urged the Burmese people to vote against the military regime’s draft constitution in the 10 May referendum. This puts the ethnic parties in line with the National League for Democracy and other pro-democracy groups who have also urged voters to reject the constitution. The Shan Nationalities League for Democracy, Mon National Democratic Front, Zomi National Congress, Arakan League for Democracy, Chin National League for Democracy, Karen National Congress for Democracy, Kachin State National Congress for Democracy, Kayah State Nationalities League for Democracy, Democratic Organization for Kayan National Unity, Mara Peoples’ Party, Shan State Kokang Democratic Party and Arakan Peoples’ Democratic Allies all put their names to an announcement calling for a “No” vote.

But right now after floods on Thursday they are now being hit with Cyclone Nargi, so a state of flux right now-

A severe tropical cyclone with winds of up to 240km per hour has hit Myanmar, cutting off electricity supplies in the city of Yangon and raising fears of serious casualties. Roofs were reportedly torn off buildings and trees blown over on Saturday, but details were difficult to come by as telephone and internet connections were affected. A UN official in neighbouring Thailand said that staff had managed to contact a colleague in the former capital as the eye of the storm passed overhead. “A lot of roofs from well-constructed buildings have been blown off,” Tony Craig, regional emergency co-ordinator for the World Food Programme (WFP), told the Reuters news agency. “That would lead you to believe that less well-constructed buildings will have taken a really big whack.”

The Associated Press news agency reported an official from the country’s meteorology department, who refused to be named because he was not authorised to speak to the press, as saying: “The cyclone wreaked havoc in Yangon. The damage will be extensive as the cyclone passed through many densely populated areas,” the official said.

The Federation of Trade Unions, Burma said from Thailand that the military government had declared states of emergency in five affected provinces, most of them in the low-lying floodplains of the Irrawaddy delta.

Cyclone Nargis made landfall around the mouth of the Irrawaddy river, about 220km southwest of Yangon, before hitting the country’s economic hub. Tens of thousands of people were made homeless in the Irrawaddy delta last August after unusually heavy rains triggered floods in the low-lying region.