Leaping Lizards Day
Elaine Meinel Supkis
Prince Hal is being pulled out of Afghanistan. He loves it there because he can be 'normal'. HAHAHA. True to his royal roots. Iran and Russia grow closer and make more gas/oil deals. US talking heads worry about China muscling us out of the Middle East even as we send in yet more warships to patrol the seas there. Troops are going up, not down in Iraq except for Prince Hal who wasn't allowed to go there. And Turkey finishes killing Kurds and begins its exit while the Jews in Israel bomb little boys playing soccer. Sec. Gates warns Pakistan to not talk to Pakistanis who are revolting against our dictator there. HAHAHA.
Harry, 23, third in line to the British throne, deployed to Afghanistan on Dec. 14 and has been fighting Taliban forces from a forward combat base in southern Helmand province.
His presence there had been kept secret from the public in a remarkable deal between the British military and media. But the secret was revealed in two little-noticed articles in an Australian tabloid magazine, and then blasted into the global media spotlight Thursday by the Drudge Report Web site. Harry's deployment immediately became sensational news here, rekindling an emotional debate about whether the red-haired second son of Prince Charles and Princess Diana should be risking his life in war.
Up until the death of Bonnie Prince Charles, British royals still occasionally visited the battlefields. In days of yore such as the Battle of Hastings, the King was in the Van and not the van driving outside of London to a palace but in the van where the banner flew high and brave. Swinging his mace or sword, he led his troops into battle. More than one died this way. 'A horse! A horse, my kingdom for a...erp!' as King Richard III said. Now, as the empire is now dead and gone and the last shreds of sanity left the royals back in 1776, we have the spectacle of England still invading lands they invaded long ago only the poor little royal pets have to be penned up and muffled in cotton at home, except for Diana. She was killed. Um...on the battlefields of France, slain by freelance photographers.
The Prince wants to live brave and free and enjoy the honest prerogatives of his lineage. To kill peasants! Killing peasants has a long, long history. He can't go to Ireland to do this anymore. Certainly, he can't go to Scotland and lay land to waste! His mother's throne sat upon the rock of the Scottish kings, brought south after great slaughter. No, the poor lad is being forced by the poodles in Parliament to come home and live like a pampered Yorkie. He is to pose in picturesque ways for photographers who will hound him. And he can't get on a war horse and pound them into the ground with his battle mace! I feel his pain.
The ruling elites in the US are acting the same way. Unlike in WWII when all fought, since then, the spawn of the rich slink home and hide. They would love to be in Prince Hal's boots. To be forced into cowardice is their wet dream! But the Prince is true to his real calling. And I find this very amusing. I hope he quits the Royal Lists and goes out as a pirate. He can sail the Seven Seas and raid his mother's islands. Lots of loot there. I give him my blessings in this.
While Washington, facing European Union discomfort and frank opposition from Russia and China, remains obsessed with another round of United Nations sanctions against Iran, the facts on the ground spell an overwhelming "expansion of mutual cooperation" in the energy sector between Iran and Russia.
Iran holds the world's second-largest proven natural gas reserves, behind only Russia. Alexei Miller, chief executive of Russia's state-run gas exporter Gazprom, recently visited Tehran and met with Iran's Oil Minister Gholam-Hossein Nozari. The result is that Gazprom will develop "two or three" blocks of the monstrous South Pars gas field in Iran; and its daughter company, Gazpromneft, will also be part of a huge oil project in Iran. Gazprom has been in South Pars since 1997, alongsideTotalFinaElf of France and Malaysia's Petronas.
For Iran, this is really big news. Reza Kasaeizadeh, the managing director of Iran's National Gas Company, now insists that Iran will supply no less than 10% of the world gas market in the next 20 years; currently it's only 1%. Iran at the moment exports gas only to Armenia and Turkey. When South Pars phases 17, 18 and 19 are developed by 2013 that will be a whole different ball game. South Pars - which Iran shares with Qatar - is the largest gas field in the world. Annual output of its eight blocks on the Iranian side stands at 73 billion cubic meters; in the next few years it will easily reach 200 billion cubic meters.
So much for the US trying to kill Iran Kitty. I will have my art abilities back very soon and will be able to cartoon, etc, again! Today, my Adobe Photoshop arrives. At last. Iran Kitty has won every round with the World Empire. As we try to kill the cat, it kills us via high oil prices. $103 a barrel and climbing. Someone in the media ought to explain this matter. Attack Iran kitty: price of oil shoots up. Stop attacking=price of oil drops. See? How simple is this lesson? This news won't make much of a splash in the US, of course, but in Europe it is big, big news. Europe doesn't want the Russian bear chomping at their throats. This month, to prove how much contempt they all have for Russia, they chose to recognize Kosovo as a great causus bellus for WWIII. Isn't that darling of them?
Prince Hal may be fighting in a nuclear war at home! He can wave a sword at the missiles as they rain down. Why is the West doing this madness? Why are we digging up excuses for wars that go into the dim past? The cave of death is all about history! And history is that Bitch who laughs as she weaves our fates.
Europe was going to get gas from the Middle East rather than Russia. But this is not a working strategy. Germany recently had to cut all trade with Iran who has retaliated by trading with you-know-Hu! And Hu is HAPPY. Will we slit our wrists and throats as a means for winning WWIII? What the hell?
We are going bankrupt spending as if this were WWIII. And this is the plan: Russia, China, Bin Laden, Iran, Venezuela, Cuba and nearly everyone in the Middle East are hoping we go BANKRUPT. And money is war in another form. The refusal to understand this plagues Europe, Japan and the US. The G7 think they can play stupid monetary games of debt while going to war with half of the planet and this is a total failure.
Not that anyone listens to me when I channel the Norns, Fates and Furies.
The U.S. Navy is sending three ships to the eastern Mediterranean Sea in a show of strength during a period of tensions with Syria and political uncertainty in Lebanon.
Adm. Michael Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told reporters the deployment should not be viewed as threatening or in response to events in any single country in that volatile region.
"This is an area that is important to us, the eastern Med," he said when asked about news reports of the ship movements. "It's a group of ships that will operate in the vicinity there for a while," adding that "it isn't meant to send any stronger signals than that. But it does signal that we're engaged, we're going to be in the vicinity and that's a very, very important part of the world."
We should send the USS Liberty. Let Israel sink it again. They are the only nation on earth that can demand we do military moves for them even when they openly attack us. Not to mention, bankrupt us. Cut them off. Not one thin dime for Jewish colonialists.
The Global Power Barometer has been tracking for nearly two years the rise of Chinese diplomatic activity in Africa. It began first when countries such as South Africa, Kenya, Zimbabwe and many others switched their diplomatic penchant from Taipei to Beijing after heavy economic incentive packages were offered by China across the continent. Now only five countries in Africa still maintain ties with Taiwan: Burkina Faso, Swaziland, Malawi, The Gambia and Sao Tome and Principe. By 2006 many global analysts had taken significant notice of China's prowess in Africa, observing large Chinese expatriate communities across Africa, in charge of projects such as mining in Zambia, steel plants in Zimbabwe, transportation planning in Namibia and oil exploitation in Sudan. Beijing hosted a massive summit for African leaders in 2007 (with 43 member nations attending) and Chinese President Hu Jintao has visited more African nations than most people in the Bush administration could probably name.
Recently, global thought leaders have been taking note of a new trend: China's growing role in the Middle East. On Sunday, one of China's state news agencies, Xinhua, reported that an Egyptian leader praised Beijing for its positive role in Sudan. This is significant, given the massive international criticism China has been receiving for its blind eye turned toward Khartoum's role in the genocide in Darfur. China, a supplier of arms to Sudan, and with a large stake in Sudanese oil, now comes under fire from international rights organizations especially in light of this year's Olympics to be held in Beijing. Egyptian expert Hani Raslan, head of the Sudan and Nile Basin Studies Program of the Al-Ahram Center for Political & Strategic Studies praised China's role in Sudan, saying: "China provides humanitarian aid, builds water projects, hospitals and schools in Darfur to promote local development and improve people's lives. China doesn't interfere in Sudan's internal affairs. China's investment in Sudan can help improve the expertise of the local people." (For the full story, see China key articles).
This is the sort of childish analysis that passes for talking heads today. Obviously, China is going to do business with all the people we reject. The US loved to think of Africa as a 'Dead Continent Walking.' This was pure racism. And instead of paying reparations for the enslavement and looting of Africa, the G7 nations chose to push Africa into debt and then LECTURE THEM ABOUT FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY. This is going to hurt: the G7 are the most fiscally irresponsible collection of nations on earth, bar none. And all of Africa is waiting with bated breath to watch the IMF, World Bank and all these colonialist nations collapse into bankruptcy! China is not rich but will have money to lend in a world that is seeing nothing but wall to wall bankruptcies. And this is all our fault: we put our domination of the earth on our American Express Card and then threw away the monthly bill statements and paid nothing on it.
America is attempting to forge a strategic alliance with India with a series of arms deals as the South Asian nation bolsters its defences against China.
Robert Gates, the US defence secretary, will arrive in New Delhi to strike a common position on Beijing with the Indian government.
His arrival comes as New Delhi decides whether the US firms Lockheed Martin and Boeing, or Russian and European rivals, will win a contract to supply the Indian air force with 126 combat aircraft in a £5 billion deal.
And we are trying to balance our trade deficit by selling arms. I remember when we wanted to punish both Pakistan and India for nuclear expansions. Now we are trying to rule both at the same time. China plays for one and then the other. The US rushes back and forth. Now, as we arm India, Pakistan will go to China for help! And China is giving them help! China is more concerned with Pakistan which shares borders that threaten to explode thanks to bin Laden. And China's borders with India are protected by Maoist revolutionaries in Nepal! India can't control Nepal. China waits for Nepal to fall into their lap. So India wants the US to stop this and the US is going bankrupt, as I have pointed out so often. We can't control the planet. We can't control ourselves and Prince Harry can't control England. And England is the Mouse that Roared only it is squeaking as it runs in circles.
Turkey's military operation in northern Iraq against Kurdish separatists could finish in as short a time as one day or take up to year, Turkish Chief of General Staff Yasar Buyukyanit said on Thursday.
On the sidelines of talks with US Defence Secretary Robert Gates in Ankara, NTV television said Buyukyanit repeated Turkey's promise that it will withdraw Turkish troops as soon as possible but refused to name an actual date.
"The shortest time is a relative concept. It may be one day or it might mean a year," Buyukyanit was quoted as saying.
Earlier, Gates said that Turkey should quickly wrap up its military incursion against Kurdish separatists in northern Iraq.
In order to stop "terror," not just military but also economic and political initiatives must be made, he said.
They are pulling out after scaring the G7 to death. Turkey wants to be part of the EU. Maybe this will scare Europe into letting them in. On the other hand, maybe they will decide to go the other route. If the US collapses, it is quite possible. Between themselves and Pakistan, dividing up the Muslim Sunni world. The Shi'as will form their own empire, I guess. The US/UK empire can't keep this process from happening much longer.
Israeli forces have kept up attacks on the Gaza Strip, where they have killed at least 32 Palestinians, militants and civilians, since Wednesday morning.
Four Palestinian boys were killed in an Israeli attack as they played in a field in northern Gaza on Thursday.
Life in the Gaza Warsaw Ghetto. The US watches and yawns. We lose more power with each massacre.
The Defense Department says it needs more troops to fight in Iraq and Afghanistan. But an Army general warns that troops already in the fight are under too much strain. The warning comes as violence in Afghanistan – unlike Iraq, where violence is down - is expected to increase.
We can't win. And so long as we think we can steal stuff in the Holy Land, we are doomed elsewhere. Either we pull out or we go bankrupt. These choices are not choices but inevitabilities. Note that no one running for office now, the top three, that is, are mentioning this terrible truth. McCain thinks we can be there forever. So does Clinton and Obama. Anyone who dares to suggest the Jewish coquistadores must stop will not ever be heard on TV again. Just as Paul and Kucinich were rubbed out. The American people are not being given a choice here because no one can talk about the choices nor talk about the LACK of choice here. The option of continuing on this disastrous course is NOT POSSIBLE. And we should know the details about why and be forced to understand that this is reality: we can't conquer the Middle East without nuclear war and if we have nuclear war, we all will die. So much for any overpopulation problems.
The winners won't be alive, by the way. Nor will the losers. Note the top of this news service here: cockroaches will win WWIII.
US Defence Secretary Robert Gates has said any new government in Pakistan should be wary of holding talks with the pro-Taliban insurgents. Gates told the BBC that efforts of the previous administration to negotiate with the militants had not worked out.
Speaking in Delhi, Gates said the polls had been bad for Musharraf. But Gates said the US hoped to continue working with the man he described as the elected president of Pakistan. Gates said the new government would have to face the reality that the al-Qaeda militants and insurgents were operating along the frontier.
"Even the Musharraf government tried talking and doing deals in Waziristan. That didn't work out very well," he said. "Maybe this new government in Pakistan will have to go through the same experience itself," he added. Opposition leaders have hinted they are willing to talk to the insurgents, with a view to drawing them into the political process.
I listened to Gates on the radio. He sounds exactly like Elmer Fudd. He looks like old Elmer, too. I once knew a monkey by that name. He was shot by the police. But this Elmer is roaming the planet talking about 'that scweeewy wabbit.' This is one step lower than Condi Rice striding about, flashing her comely legs while talking in a quavering, frightened little girl voice. She would make a fine consort but is a terrible strong arm man or woman. People were scared of the previous female Secretary of State, Kirkpatrick. She could turn Medusa to stone. And a good thing, too. When one negotiates and one is pretending to represent the top global power, quaking in high heel boots and stammering while eyes dart back and forth just doesn't work any more than sounding like Elmer Fudd.
Cheney shoots like Elmer Fudd but he is scary. Don't go hunting with him. Or if you do, make him walk in front. By at least 50 paces. And don't look for game, watch him like a hawk. Afterwards, you can say, 'I thought he was Dan Quayle.' And so it goes: we can't pretend we are a power if we are a weak.