Here it comes……
Two Iranian warships have entered the Suez Canal on their way to the Mediterranean Sea, Canal officials said Tuesday. “They entered the canal at 0545 (0345 GMT),” the officials told reporters.
Iran claimed that the warships were headed to Syria “for training.” Israel’s Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman and others called the move a “provocation”.
Iran can claim whatever they want and train wherever they will. But if either one or both of those ships cross into Israeli waters by as little as one millimeter certified by GPS, I’m betting nothing larger than plankton-sized pieces will remain.
……and if ‘something’ is sent towards Israel without any provocation ?
Naaaaaaaah, I won’t go there.
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The shut down continues.
Cairo (AP) – Egypt’s stock exchange says it has postponed the resumption of trading on the market until next week.
The Egyptian Exchange said in an e-mailed statement Tuesday the decision was taken after consultations with the Egyptian Financial Services Supervisory Authority and brokerage houses. It did not specify a date for the relaunch.
The exchange has been shuttered since Jan. 27, after its benchmark index shed almost 17 percent in two consecutive trading sessions as massive anti-regime protests gripped the country.
Wait…… I thought everything was fixed and good to go in Egypt. Why doesn’t the exchange open ? I guess they need more hope for change from The MB, eh ?
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The Israeli Defense Ministry’s Research Authority and the United States’ Missile Defense Agency conducted a successful joint test of the Arrow anti-missile system Monday night off of the US’s west coast.
This was the 18th test of an interceptor from the Arrow “family” of anti-missile missiles. The Arrow was launched from an American test site on the West Coast, and the target – which simulates a threat that Israel may have to face in battle – was launched toward the shore from a platform in the heart of the Pacific Ocean.
The cynic in me says that at least one person in our administration classified this test as ‘an Israeli missile launch against America’.
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The UN Security Council (Re. Libya).
The meeting in New York, which will take place at 9 a.m. US East Coast time, was convened at the urging of diplomats at the Libyan UN mission who took a stand against their government.
Speaking in Los Angeles on Monday night, UN Secretary General Ban-Ki Moon told reporters that the Libyan violence was a “serious violation of international law” that was “unacceptable” and “must stop immediately.”
Really ? Is that a fact ? You don’t say ? Whatcha gonna do Ban Ki, stamp your little feet and hold your breath until they see the errors of their ways ?
What about Iran’s treatment of their own civilians since 1979……… The daily peace-loving exhibitions against Israel……… How about the Dar…… Oh right…… The agenda…… How silly of me.
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Are you freakin’ kiddin’ me ?
The spokesman for the Iranian Foreign Ministry condemned, on Tuesday, Libyan government violence against anti-government demonstrators, especially air attacks that the Libyan government has denied. Iran called the violence unacceptable.
Um…… How can I put this…… Got it…… Tain’t ’nuff black floatin’ around the universe for that kettle of Hell to call out the p-pot.
I know what it is: Jealousy. Iran is envious that Libya is taking away some of the spotlight.
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Additional items as warranted will be added in the commentary section below, along with possible top-of-the-diary headlines.
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Tool up…… It’s coming…… You know…… “It”.
Additional news items from after the above was posted.
All entered on 22 February 2011.
UK — Peace Lovers Celebrate Peace With Infidel School Teacher.
East London – The Daily Mail.
Four men launched a horrific attack on a teacher in which they slashed his face and left him with a fractured skull because they did not approve of him teaching religion to Muslim girls.
Akmol Hussein, 26, Sheikh Rashid, 27, Azad Hussain, 25, and Simon Alam, 19, attacked Gary Smith with a knife, an iron rod and a block of cement. A fifth defendant, Badruzzuha Uddin, 23, admitted assisting the thugs by hiding blood-stained clothing.
Detectives made secret recordings of the gang’s plot to attack Mr Smith prior to the brutal assault. The covert audio probe captured the gang condemning Mr Smith for ‘teaching other religions to our sisters’, the court heard.
1. They shouldn’t face a jail sentence, they should face a firing squad.
2. They admitted doing it as if they were proud of the deed – and most assuredly are.
3. Police knew about this, that it was going to happen and did NOTHING to stop it, even as it went down. They’re accessories to the crime.
4. The media world-wide will not identify the problem at hand due to their agenda at hand and also their not wanting to be considered hate-mongering profiling Islamophobes.
5. Anyone thinks this can’t happen here in America is insane.
Libya — Bodies all over and ambulances taking fire.
AP report at the Jerusalem Post……
The bodies of scores of protesters shot dead by security forces loyal to longtime leader Muammar Gaddafi littered the streets of a restive district in the Libyan capital on Tuesday, according to a Libyan opposition activist and a Tripoli resident.
Tripoli’s inhabitants hunkered down in their homes after the killings and warnings by forces loyal to Gaddafi that anyone on the streets would be shot, Mohammed Ali of the Libyan Salvation Front and the local resident said.
Ali, reached in Dubai, and the Tripoli resident said forces loyal to Gaddafi shot at ambulances and some protesters were left bleeding to death.
It’s really amazing how much peace loving goes into maintaining the peace.
They’re dead — All four — The “pirates” executed them.
U.S. Navy warship shadowing seized vessel takes action after gunshots are heard; 4 hostages apparently killed by captors, some pirates dead.
Hijacked last Friday off Oman, the Quest was being piloted toward the Somali coast – and was being shadowed by a U.S. Navy warship.
CBS News national security correspondent David Martin reports that gunshots aboard the yacht were heard, and the warship took action.
Toned down and civil commentary from me is not possible on this.
Not now and maybe not ever.
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Break – Two hours later.
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I want to hit something – hard.
For the love of……
President Barack Obama, who was notified about the deaths at 4:42 a.m. Washington time, had authorized the military on Saturday to use force in case of an imminent threat to the hostages, said White House spokesman Jay Carney.
Bovine excrement on steroids.
AN ACT OF WA……THESE ARE AMERIC…… THE IMMINENT THRE……
“PIRATES” ?!?…… THEY’RE MUS……
I’d better stop.
It’s been well over two hours and I still don’t trust myself to comment.
Did you know that Italy’s Stock Exchange never opened today ?
From The Financial Times*:
Borsa Italiana, the Italian exchange, failed to open as usual on Tuesday amid concerns in the Italian broking community about possible fallout from turmoil in Libya.
The outage, which left brokers unable to process orders, came a day after the main Italian stock market index closed down 3.6 per cent, making it the worst performing European market on Monday.
The Gaddafi family, either independently or through the Libyan investment fund, owns 7 per cent of UniCredit, Italy’s largest bank, 2 per cent each of defence company Finmeccanica and carmaker Fiat, and 7.5 per cent of Juventus, the football club.
Italy also purchases a nice-size percentage of their oil and natural gas from Libya.
Nothing to see here !
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Demand made to UN that Libya be removed from The Human Rights Council.
What the hell are they doing on the panel in the first place ?
Oops, tone…… civility…… be respectful……
Libya remains on the United Nations Human Rights Council as it continues to pay mercenaries and use tanks, planes and helicopters to massacre hundreds of protesters.
The American government has ordered all non-emergency personnel to leave Libya. The United States and many other countries have vested interests in Libya, whose oil reserves play a significant factor on world markers. The price of oil on world markets has soared more than 10 percent the past three days, sparking concerns of a new round of inflation and that could destroy the worldwide economic recovery.
The presence of thousands of foreign workers in the country has prompted efforts from various countries to protect their citizens. One unconfirmed report said that approximately 300 foreign construction workers, including 100 from Bangladesh, are being held hostage. It was not clear if their captors were government or opposition forces.
Hundreds of Chinese workers fled an armed attack, Turkey is sending three ships to evacuate 3,000 of its citizens, and Egypt said thousands of its nationals are trying to leave the country. More than 1.5 million Egyptians are estimated to be in Libya, and the Egyptian army is patrolling the Libyan border, which has been abandoned by Libyan forces.
There’s so much peace loving on the UNHRC, it’s a wonder Israel hasn’t been peaced to death from all the lovin’.
Bahrain, Djibouti, Jordan, Libya, Malaysia, Pakistan, Qatar and Saudi Arabia are all on the Human Rights Council. So are China, Mexico and Russia.
‘Bout time to do some defundin’ and legal fumigatin’.
Gaddafi: ‘I Will Die as a Martyr’ — Obama Remains Silent.
Article at Israel National News.
Muammar Gaddafi told his country Tuesday evening he is a “warrior” and that he “will die as a martyr.” World leaders denounce him, but U.S. President Barack Obama has remained relatively silent.
In an angry and rambling speech, the eccentric Libyan ruler declared, “I cannot leave the honorable soul of my country. I will die a martyr in the end.” Unknowingly reflecting the widely-held opinion that Gaddafi is eccentric if not berserk, he added, “Muammar Gaddafi is not a president, he is not a normal human being” but instead is a revolutionary leader.
World leaders, including United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, have urgently demanded that Gaddafi halt the massacre of hundreds of protesters, but U.S. President Barack Obama has remained relatively silent.
Politico’s Ben Smith wrote Tuesday, “The president hasn’t discussed the situation since calling generally for restraint on Friday. Then this afternoon, Secretary of State Clinton issued a truly pathetic statement: “The world is watching the situation in Libya with alarm. We join the international community in strongly condemning the violence in Libya… Now is the time to stop this unacceptable bloodshed.”
I think the next stage of the administration’s official stance will be to stamp their little feet and pout on camera.
They made it — Iranian warships are in The Med.
Now the fun starts.
Israel saw the passage as a provocation. Israeli officials refused to comment Tuesday, though earlier this week Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he viewed the move “with gravity.”
Iran’s request to send the warships through the Suez Canal came at a particularly difficult time for Egypt as the nation’s new military rulers try to focus on pressing domestic issues, including restoring security after the uprising that ousted longtime leader Hosni Mubarak. The military rulers apparently had no choice but to grant the ships passage because an international convention regulating shipping says the canal must be open “to every vessel of commerce or of war.” Egypt also cannot search naval ships passing through the waterway.
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