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The latest madness in our world of war (3/30/2012)
On the brink of Third World War
It seems that 2012 onwards, the world is on the brink of Third World War. All sane and peace loving men would pray that it is averted. For, the horoscope of the times, points towards a global catastrophe in the making. The guns of August 1914 - First World War - paled in front of the Panzer Blitzkrieg of September 1939 - Second World War. The Third World War during the Cold War was averted between the Nato and the Warsaw Pact forces. If a war breaks out in 2012 onwards, nukes shall speak and, tragically, billions may die; it will most likely be global. This apocalyptic scenario may yet come to pass, unless it is stopped in its tracks.
JERUSALEM — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak have turned into the odd couple of Israeli politics in whose hands sits the prospect of an attack on Iran. From opposite political traditions with distinct experiences and worldviews, the two have forged a tight bond, often excluding the rest of the Israeli leadership.
Western partners in UN try to downplay NATO’s victims in Libya - Churkin
UNITED NATIONS, March 31 (Itar-Tass) —— Russia continues to ‘closely address’ the issue of civilian casualties in Libya as a result of NATO bombardments, Russia’s UN envoy Vitaly Churkin confirmed on Friday.
“Regrettably, our Western partners in the UN Security Council have been trying to play down and hush up the affair in every way they can,” Churkin told Itar-Tass. “Last time the issue was brought up in the UN Security Council they put forward an amazing excuse to the effect it would be far better to look into the future.” The Russian diplomat said this attitude “does not hold water.” He pointed out that for the Security Council the question of civilian victims of NATO’s bombardments in Libya “is important, because the death of civilian population was a result of operations approved in this building, and the whole operation was conceived as a means to protect civilians.”
Churkin recalled that as he addressed the UN Security Council on March 12, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov demanded investigation into reports of civilian victims of bombardments in Libya and urged the UN Secretary-General to shed light on that issue, using the Declaration on UN/NATO Secretriat Cooperation, signed in 2008.
Russia, China against any bid to put the five nations under threat of intervention
On Thursday morning, the strategic community around the world will be focussed on the outcome of the hour-long restricted meeting between the heads of government of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) to see if they can forge an effective and common approach to the problems facing Syria and Iran.
UK to help Syrian opposition unite against Assad with £500,000
Thirteen Years Later, Effects Of NATO Bombing Of Serbia Still Linger
March 24, 2012 marked the 13th anniversary of the start of the U.S.-led NATO bombing of Serbia. That war lasted 78 days. It is now almost totally forgotten as NATO’s focus turns to the Middle East.
Yet those who care about the poisoning of our planet should know that NATO’s 1999 bombing escapade resulted in contamination in Serbia and throughout the Balkans from an assorted arsenal of ammunitions containing depleted uranium, dumped on that region on a daily basis.
North Korea test fires short-range missiles: reports
SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea fired two short-range missiles off its west coast on Thursday believed to be part of a test to upgrade capabilities, said news reports published on Friday, quoting South Korean military officials.
North Korea has raised tensions in recent weeks by announcing it would launch a rocket to put a satellite into orbit, but regional powers are urging Pyongyang to drop the plan, saying it would violate U.N. Security Council resolutions.
North Korea launched two short-range missiles believed to be surface-to-ship missiles from its west coast Thursday morning, South Korea's Chosun Ilbo newspaper quoted government officials as saying.
"The launch is believed to be to upgrade missile capabilities and not related directly to the North's long-range missile launch," the newspaper quoted a military official as saying.
US President Barack Obama paid his first visit Sunday to the demilitarized zone (DMZ) that splits the Korean Peninsula, where he thanked US troops for guarding the "freedom frontier."
The date of Obama's visit is virtually two years to the day since the sinking of the Cheonan, the South Korean warship, as well as the day that marks 100 days since the death of Kim Jong-il.
Obama's border stop and his speeches there will have effects on the Nuclear Security Summit in Seoul today. Apparently, Obama considers his visit to the 38th Parallel as a political show to win votes for the November presidential election. It's annoying and disappointing. Leaders and senior officials from over 50 countries are attending the summit to discuss nuclear issues rather than participate in US politics.
The US was signaling its support to South Korea through Obama's border visit. However, it was unwise to do so before the Nuclear Security Summit. The summit is not an anti-North Korea summit. South Korea, as the host country and the US, as the biggest nuclear country, should understand this.
Tension in the Peninsula has become a normal state. The US-North Korean agreement in late February was applauded for raising hopes of a resumption of the Six-Party Talks, under which North Korea agreed to halt its nuclear program and long-range missile tests in return for US food aid. Uncertainty was then caused by the North's announcement in mid-March that it would launch a satellite in April.
The DMZ is one of the few places in the world that is still under the shadow of the Cold War. It can still cause serious clashes and involve the major powers of the world.
Obama is the fourth US president to visit the DMZ following Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. North of the 38th Parallel, North Korea has been left behind by the boom in East Asia. It is mired in poverty while strenuously pursuing its sense of security.
Security is the overwhelming top goal of North Korea, something that Seoul, Tokyo and Washington have failed to help with. The national strength of the US and South Korea is several times greater than that of North Korea. But the two never miss an opportunity to put pressure on North Korea, as if they could be attacked by North Korea at any time.
The Korean Peninsula remains a diplomatic hot button in the world. Handling the issue needs rationality and calmness. Unfortunately, South Korea and the US are too anxious.
The United States and South Korea are carrying out a joint military exercise within the East Asian country's territories despite opposition from neighboring North Korea.
The Ulchi Freedom Guardian (UFG) annual military drill, launched on Tuesday, is reportedly aimed at strengthening the defense capabilities of the alliance against any possible attack by North Korea, South Korea's Yonhap News Agency reported.
The Combined Forces Command (CFC) has said in a statement that the UFG will try to enhance the US-South Korea's joint ability "by exercising senior leaders' decision-making capabilities and by training commanders and staffs from both nations in planning, command and control operations, intelligence, logistics, and personnel procedures."
"It is challenging and realistic training focused on preparing, preventing and prevailing against the full range of current and future external threats to the Republic of Korea and the region," claimed the commander of CFC, General James D. Thurman.
This is while North Korea has appealed to both countries to cancel the exercise, warning that it would damage efforts to resume talks aimed at denuclearizing the Korean peninsula.
Pyongyang usually views such exercises as a rehearsal for invasion, and launches its own counter-maneuvers.
Tensions have been running high on the Korean Peninsula since November 2010, when an exchange of artillery fire left four South Koreans dead on a border island.
The North accuses US President Barack Obama of plotting with regional allies to topple the country's government, insisting that its nuclear program is a deterrent to US forces in the region.
N Korea warns over S Korea war games
North Korea's military has threatened to shell the islands near its disputed Yellow Sea border with the South if Seoul violates its territorial waters in an upcoming naval firing drill.
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Seoul warned Monday that it might shoot down parts of a North Korean rocket that violate South Korean territory, as worries about what Washington calls a long-range missile test overshadowed an international nuclear security summit.
As reported by The New York Times, the United States military has decided that no service members will face disciplinary charges for their involvement in a NATO airstrike in November last year that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers.
And the recent payment of “blood money” to families of the people killed by Sgt. Bales is a clear indication that the U.S. is ready to wash its hands completely.
The amount of money paid for each killed person – $50,000 – allows for further considerations. Following this logic, would it not be a more lucrative way for the U.S. strategists to deal with the Afghan problem by just totally wiping out the whole population. Given that Afghanistan’s population amounts to little less than 30 million, this would probably not be a much more expensive way than the futile 11-year war.