“Bravo, bravo, bravo, Columbia!” (& Hillary Clinton “confirms” Israel took out Syrian nukes)

September 27, 2007

* Arab Al-Sinara paper reports today on secret Syrian-Israeli foreign minister meeting yesterday
* Iranian daily Kayhan hints Iran is hiding various nuclear facilities from the IAEA: “Iran’s strategic facilities are scattered across the breadth of Iran, and are completely camouflaged”

 

CONTENTS

1. Hillary Clinton “confirms” widespread rumor that Israel took out Syrian nukes
2. Arab paper reports on secret Syrian-Israeli meeting yesterday
3. A dictator lunches
4. “Bravo, bravo, bravo, Columbia!”
5. The front page of today’s (New York) Daily News sums it up
6. Forgotten victims (forgotten by most of the media that is)
7. Iranian daily: IAEA ignorant of full extent of Iran’s nuclear program
8. Apparently, we’re in the dark ages
9. Muslim demonstrator in New York calls for murder of Jews
10. “Bush quietly advising Hillary Clinton, top Democrats about Iraq”
11. “F*** Bush” editorial in college paper draws complaints


PRESIDENT AHMADINEJAD COMES TO TOWN

[Note by Tom Gross]

I attach some of the items written by myself this week for “media section” of National Review Online (one of the two most read opinion websites in America). These ones mainly concern Iran, and also the high-profile two-and-a-half-day visit to New York this week of the Iranian president.

These items can also be read here.

I would like to draw your attention in particular, to the photograph linked under item 5 below (“Forgotten victims”).

-- Tom Gross

 

HILLARY CLINTON “CONFIRMS” WIDESPREAD RUMOR THAT ISRAEL TOOK OUT SYRIAN NUKES

(Thursday, September 27, 2007)

In last night’s televised debate in New Hampshire, when asked about Iran, leading Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton came close to confirming the widespread rumor that earlier this month Israel took out a Syrian nuclear facility, built with North Korean aid.

When asked if she would support a U.S. air strike against Iran’s nuclear program, she dodged the question but instead said: “Attacking Iran is a hypothetical question... What Israel did in Syria is real life.”

She went on to say (according to press accounts): “What we think we know is that with North Korean help, both financial and technical and material, the Syrians apparently were putting together, and perhaps over some period of years, a nuclear facility, and the Israelis took it out. I strongly support that... there was evidence of a North Korea freighter coming in with supplies. There was intelligence and other kinds of verification.”

 

ARAB PAPER REPORTS SECRET SYRIAN-ISRAELI MEETING YESTERDAY

(Thursday, September 27, 2007)

Meanwhile the Al-Sinara newspaper today reports that Israeli foreign minister Tzipi Livni held a secret meeting for over an hour yesterday with Syrian foreign minister Walid Moallem at the U.N. headquarters in New York. The meeting was arranged by Qatari Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, according to Al-Sinara.

An Arab source told Al-Sinara that Israeli ambassador to the U.N. Danny Gillerman and Syrian ambassador to the U.S. Mohammed Nassif were also present at the meeting.

Neither Israeli nor Syrian officials will confirm the report.

 

“BRAVO, BRAVO, BRAVO, COLUMBIA!”

(Monday, September 24, 2007)

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has plenty of fans if you look at the readers’ comments section of the New York Times website.

Apparently “Ahmadinejad is intelligent, honest and reasonable” and “zionist terrorists” are behind the “dictator Bush.” “Bravo, bravo, bravo, Columbia!” writes another Times reader.

These are the kind of comments one might expect on the Daily Kos, but on the esteemed New York Times website?

Mind you, I was just listening to the BBC Radio World Service’s call-in show and one of only two emails the BBC chose to read out was “it doesn’t hurt anyone to deny the Holocaust”.

Really?

Thank you, BBC.

 

A DICTATOR LUNCHES

(Monday, September 24, 2007)

Rumors of a luncheon today between the New York Times editorial board and Iran’s Holocaust-denying president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, appear to be unfounded.

But the Iranian dictator has got the next best thing. He is currently being feted at a luncheon thrown for him at the National Press Club – and it is being shown live on C-SPAN2.

Maybe tonight C-SPAN will show vintage footage of the Nuremberg rallies?

 

THE FRONT PAGE OF TODAY’S (NEW YORK) DAILY NEWS SUMS IT UP

(Monday, September 24, 2007)

Click here to look at the front page.

 

FORGOTTEN VICTIMS (FORGOTTEN BY MOST OF THE MEDIA THAT IS)

(Wednesday, September 26, 2007)

In their near saturation coverage of the Iranian president’s high-profile visit to New York over the last two days, almost none of the mainstream media found space to mention the Islamic regime’s victims.

Here is one: Shiri Negarin, one of 19 people (mainly children on their way to school) who were murdered on a bus in Jerusalem when Iranian-funded terrorists detonated a large bomb packed with ball bearings to maximize death and injury.

Please do click here to look at this picture.

(For more, see: www.shiri.us)

 

IRANIAN DAILY: IAEA IGNORANT OF FULL EXTENT OF IRAN’S NUCLEAR PROGRAM

(Thursday, September 27, 2007)

The Iranian daily Kayhan, which is close to Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, on Tuesday strongly suggested that Iran is hiding various nuclear facilities from the IAEA, and that the West does not have all the intelligence information that it needs to completely destroy Iran’s nuclear program.

The paper wrote, according to a translation by MEMRI:

“The important questions are: How wide is the gap between the exact point to which Iran’s nuclear program has progressed and what the Americans perceive to be the point of no return ?...

“The intelligence that the West currently has on Iran’s nuclear program is limited to the sites accessible to IAEA inspectors, and more than that they do not know...

“Is the number of Iran’s nuclear facilities limited to those facilities that have been reported – so that America can be certain that by destroying them it will destroy Iran’s entire nuclear program, or at least set it back for a very long time?...

“Iran’s strategic facilities are scattered across the breadth of Iran, and are completely camouflaged.”

 

APPARENTLY, WE’RE IN THE DARK AGES

(Wednesday, September 26, 2007)

Addressing the U.N. General Assembly yesterday in a speech again televised live by major news networks the world over (as was his speech at Columbia University on Monday), Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said “the people of America and Europe will be free of the pressures exerted by Zionists.”

The “era of darkness will end,” he announced, and the world would soon have a “bright future” ushered in by the “return” of the 12th imam, a messianic figure in Shia Islam.

“Without any doubt, the Promised One who is the ultimate Savior will come. The pleasing aroma of justice will permeate the world,” he said.

On many other previous occasions when speaking in Farsi in Iran, Ahmadinejad has said he needs to “hasten the imam’s return” through a “great thunder.”

Is the West really going to stand by and let this man develop a nuclear weapon?

In fact the only dark ages today are not in the West or democracies like Israel, but in places like Iran.

Ahmadinejad said at Columbia that there are no homosexuals in Iran. This is because his government is slowly murdering them.

 

MUSLIM DEMONSTRATOR IN NEW YORK CALLS FOR MURDER OF JEWS

(Tuesday, September 25, 2007)

Free speech?

Although the vast majority of those demonstrating in New York today and yesterday were doing so against the “petty and cruel dictator” Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, some were in support of him. See here, for example.

 

“BUSH QUIETLY ADVISING HILLARY CLINTON, TOP DEMOCRATS ABOUT IRAQ”

(Tuesday, September 25, 2007)

Writing in The Washington Examiner today, Bill Sammon relates the following:

President Bush is quietly providing back-channel advice to Hillary Rodham Clinton, urging her to modulate her rhetoric so she can effectively prosecute the war in Iraq if elected president. In an interview for the new book “The Evangelical President,” White House Chief of Staff Josh Bolten said Bush has “been urging candidates: ‘Don’t get yourself too locked in where you stand right now. If you end up sitting where I sit, things could change dramatically.’”

Bolten said Bush wants enough continuity in his Iraq policy that “even a Democratic president would be in a position to sustain a legitimate presence there.”

“Especially if it’s a Democrat,” the chief of staff told The Examiner in his West Wing office. “He wants to create the conditions where a Democrat not only will have the leeway, but the obligation to see it out.”

To that end, the president has been sending advice, mostly through aides, aimed at preventing an abrupt withdrawal from Iraq in the event of a Democratic victory in November 2008.

It’s different being a candidate and being the president,” Bush said in an Oval Office interview. “No matter who the president is, no matter what party, when they sit here in the Oval Office and seriously consider the effect of a vacuum being created in the Middle East, particularly one trying to be created by al Qaeda, they will then begin to understand the need to continue to support the young democracy.”

Asked by The Examiner whether the Democrats were reluctant to have private contacts with the administration, the White House official replied: “No, I think they sort of welcome conversation.”

Besides, he said, Democrats understand the negative consequences of moving too quickly to reverse Bush’s Iraq policy. The official noted that in the wake of Vietnam, anti-war Democrats “suffered for 20-some-odd years because they were identified as the party, when it came to national security, of being weak.”

 

“F*** BUSH” EDITORIAL IN COLLEGE PAPER DRAWS COMPLAINTS

(Tuesday, September 25, 2007)

Student journalists, great minds of tomorrow?

A four-word editorial published in the student newspaper at Colorado State University has landed the paper’s student editors in hot water with campus administrators, reports The Coloradoan.

The Rocky Mountain Collegian published an editorial that reads, in total, “Taser this... F—- BUSH,” spelling out the expletive, along with an explanation that “this column represents the views of the Collegian’s editorial board.”

The second two words of the editorial are printed in extremely large print, about twice the size of a headline.

In a letter addressed to the university community and Collegian readers, Jeff Browne, director of student media, said he is planning to launch an internal investigation into “the decision-making process” followed in publishing the editorial.


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