Beyond the Cusp

October 19, 2014

Iran’s Ayatollah Khamenei Tweets Nuclear Red Lines

Perhaps Tweeting is the new diplomatic courier for national figures and even the leaders of nations for making their desires, positions and calls for actions known to the world. Maybe the press conference is passé and nobody let me know. I wonder sometimes why I’m almost always the last to know these things. Perhaps it’s because I don’t have a Facebook presence. Anyway, the Ayatollah Khamenei issued his eleven demands in a tweet which was then made into a nice diagram by Mark Langfan which included his eleven red lines for the upcoming talks with the P5+1 (United States, Britain, Russia, France, China plus Germany) which are depicted in the cutest little diagram shown below.

 

Iranian Red Lines for Nuclear Talks

Iranian Red Lines for Nuclear Talks as stated by Ayatollah Khamenei

 

These are the actual demands in an easier to read listing:
1) Nuclear science movement should not come to a halt or even slow down.
2) Iranian Delegation should insist on continuing nuclear research and development.
3) No one has the right to bargain over nuclear achievements and no one will do so.
4) Our delegation should not accept any impositions from the other side.
5) International Atomic Energy Agency should establish normal and non-extraordinary relations with Iran.
6) Officials should have meetings and talks at the level of foreign ministers.
7) Protecting an organization like Fordow which the enemy is not able to destroy and is inaccessible to them.
8) Supplying the final need of the country’s enrichment capacity which is 190 thousand SWUs.
9) Basic needs of the country and some issues like the sanctions should not be tied to the nuclear talks.
10) These talks are only centered on the nuclear issue and not anything else.
11) As long as Americans continue their enmity and their hostile remarks about Iran, interactions with them will bears no practicality.

Information for this article taken from Mark Langfan’s article titled Iran’s Red Line: Centrifuges for 38 A-Bombs Per Year.

 

The demands set forth by Iran’s Supreme Leaders leave little if any doubt what their intentions are, to make as many nuclear warheads as they possibly are capable and to continue their research into making bigger and more powerful nuclear devices with a definite intention of gaining the knowhow to manufacture thermonuclear devices and warehousing sufficient nuclear warheads of varying sizes, multiple warheads, and yields such that they will be prepared at some point in the near future, within the decade, to make a swarm attack with nuclear devices against the United States, the European capitals and largest twenty-five cities and Israel with the intents of laying waste and completely destroying the American and Israeli society and populations and leaving Europe destroyed and rendered back to the Dark Ages. After the Iranians have obliterated the Western world their next move will be to demand that the entirety of Islam surrender and accept Shia Islam as their religion and the Iranian Mullahs and their Supreme Leader, the Grand Ayatollah, as the leadership of all Islam. They will demand the right to rule over the Holy cities of Mecca and Medina and will order that all the holy cities of Shia Islam be placed as the highest holy sites with any Sunni holy sites being rendered to lesser levels of holiness by comparison. The Iranian Mullahs have made no bones about their intention to become the leadership of a pure Islamic Caliphate consisting of a Shia body without any other sect or forms of Islam which might challenge their supremacy. There is nothing terrible about the desires by the Iranians to become the rulers and leaders of what they believe the only true form of Islam, and basically they have achieved this already as they basically are the de facto rulers in Iraq and control Syria and Lebanon outright before the civil war began in Syria and then spilled into Iraq and threatens Lebanon all indirectly resulting from the impetus which resulted from the Arab Spring turned Arab Winter and now becoming rapidly Arab Apocalypse, all of which could be indirectly traced as being tangential to President Obama’s Cairo speech and the policies which led to the United States withdrawal from much of their military locations within Middle East and North Africa nations and supporting the Arab uprisings while not nurturing or even policing the aftermaths.

What is a fear for the future concerning Iran is their desire to force all of Islam to follow their version of Islam or face the sword, as it is stated in the Quran, and then force the rest of the world to also be followers of Islam and by the manner by which they define it or face the sword. What makes their desire for world control is their willingness to go to extremes of destruction against any and every nations, peoples and followers of different faiths that the Iranian leadership has actually stated they are willing to utilize any and all facilities, weapons and other resources and methodologies in their conquest and reordering of the world. What is not surprising is that the majority of the world has either ignored or simply not bothered to listen or care enough to show concern over the Iranian threats. Even those who have noted and stated recognition of the Iranian aims have, for the most part, dismissed these threats as inconsequential or not realizable and thus there is no actual need to address or dedicate any resources or efforts to mitigate the threat. This is most evident in the P5+1 negotiations with Iran which actually could be better defined as negotiations between Iran supported for the most part by Russia and China negotiating with Britain and France who wish to slow if not prevent the Iranian nuclear program. Meanwhile, the United States holds the deciding weight but displays little desire to actually prevent Iran from their development of nuclear weapons in their nuclear program and even appear to be turning a blind eye and only wishing to end these discomforting negotiations which are causing high expectations from many outside concerned nations, Israel being the most vocal and even having carried their concerns long and loud even at the United Nations recently. United States leadership from President Obama to Secretary of State Kerry seem to only wish to be done with the entire responsibility for preventing Iran from producing nuclear weapons to the point of a willingness to simply surrender if making any stand proves to possibly force the negotiations to fail by the deadline of November 24, 2014.

The negotiations are soon to be resumed which likely will be painstakingly tendentious as the United States continues to offer little resistance or make any meaningful input. The world may be once again hanging by the thread relying hopefully that Britain or France take the position of protector of the future and sanity of the world. This is not as far out of bounds as it may first appear as during an earlier session almost a full year ago early in November 2013, Britain was apprehensive and France simply was unaccepting leading to their veto of the agreement put forth by both the Iranians and United States. Both other Western nations suspected the deal was simply ceding too many points and demands to the Iranians. When this occurred was when I realized beyond reasonable doubt that President Obama was not only willing to relent on any and all principles simply to curry favor and appear to be actually finally earning that Nobel Peace Prize. I already knew that President Obama was mostly all about image, winning favor and being accepted as a friend willing to go that extra step, as long as that step was not difficult or requiring any great efforts including standing on principles. We are very likely about to witness another grand surrender once again in November as both President Obama and Secretary of State Kerry see no problems with the Iranians gaining nuclear weapons, period. They have both stated on numerous occasions that they believe that Iran having nuclear weapons would be no different than when the Soviet Union and China gained nuclear weapons capability and the Iranians will be deterred from ever deploying their nuclear weapons by the threat of mutual destruction. They both probably also see an Iranian nuclear weapon arsenal as a balancing against the presumed Israeli nuclear arsenal. They further believe that because any use of a nuclear weapon by terrorists, the weapon could be traced back to the source country which provided the weapon and this would prevent Iran or any other nuclear power from ever arming terrorists with such a weapon. All this trust and faith between the United States administration personnel and the Iranian Mullahs and Ayatollahs is just so warm and fuzzy, what is not to like. Well, other than such things as potential terrorist gaining nuclear weapons and the certainty that Iran becoming a nuclear power will without a doubt result in an arms race throughout the MENA countries (Middle East and North Africa) which will result in Saudi Arabia initially joining the nuclear club followed relatively soon by Turkey and Egypt and then Syria and Lebanon, providing Syria and Lebanon are still functioning nations, and eventually to most of the rest providing this arms race does not trigger the final Biblical Armageddon. Let’s party like it’s the end of the world, it very well might be being setup right now as we watch powerless to press any stop button and without any chance to interject our fears and realize our grandest hopes.

Beyond the Cusp

September 2, 2014

Easters Ukraine Simply the Battleground Against Russian Imperialism

Many, initially including myself, thought that Putin was attempting to reestablish Russian influence over the former nations within the Soviet Iron Curtain. I have come to adjust this assessment to believing he is simply attempting to restore the Russian influence and extend its borders to include the areas which came under Czarist control at the peak of the Russian Empire. This is supported by the limited attempts to expand the Russian grab to the northernmost regions of Georgia and now eastern Ukraine as well as Crimean Peninsula. Should this prove to be real then most of the nations of Eastern Europe and Central Asia can feel less threatened as Putin may have a more limited scope than many initially feared. Either scenario places Eastern Ukraine as on the immediate short list for Russian adventurism and the rest of the Ukraine for eventual consumption should Putin’s aims be for the furthest extremes of Czarist expansionism. There is the possibility that the Russian appetite will be satiated by taking the Eastern Ukrainian provinces as those would also give Russia the necessary land access to the Crimean Peninsula. The other interest in the Eastern Ukraine is the factories which includes a number of arms factories as well as other industries vital for the Ukrainian economic wealth. Could the Ukraine remain as a viable nation if they were forced to cede the eastern provinces to the Russians? That is something which has been debated with inconclusive results but the majority view is in favor of survival though lacking much of their arms trade, currently one of the Ukrainian’s most profitable industries.

 

The claims that there are no Russian troops taking part in the fighting in the Ukraine are no longer debatable, let alone believable. There are the Russian troops which the Ukrainian paratrooper forces captured last week, forces that Russian spokespeople claimed had simply become disorientated and had inadvertently crossed over the border and were not taking any part in the ongoing fighting. The doubts about Russian intervention and joining the separatists have completely evaporated with the presence of Russian main battle tanks joining the insurrection. This is no longer a civil war but an invasion of an independent nation by Russia. This invasion by Russia of another independent member nation of the United Nations places Putin’s Russia in contravention of numerous United Nation rules and declarations which protect the individual member states from aggressions by other member states. The United Nations presumably offers methods for mediating any differences between member nations thereby providing peaceable means for resolving differences. Somehow, knowing some of the history of what duties and responsibilities Putin was required to perform, and which he appeared to relish, for the KGB; it is not surprising that he would play fast and loose with any rules and ignore any restriction supposedly enforced by the United Nations and simply rely on brute force of arms to accomplish his goals concerning Russian absorption of Ukrainian lands. The announced annexation which was the initial move against Ukrainian national lands was an early indicator of the extent to which Putin was prepared to go to realize his goals. The only problem has been the undetermined extent to which Putin aims to carry the Russian expansion over Ukrainian sovereign lands. Many have initially hoped that Russian appetite would be satiated with the Crimean Peninsula which included the main Ukrainian naval base and port, facilities which were shared by the Ukrainians with the Russians by treaty, the same treaty which also required that Ukrainian sovereignty to be defended from any and all incursions by foreign powers in exchange for the Ukraine releasing the entirety of their nuclear arsenal, a significant number of soviet ICBMs which had been placed within the Ukrainian borders by the Soviet Union while they occupied all of the Ukraine as a Soviet province. These ICBMs and their nuclear warheads at that time had made the Ukraine the nation with the third largest nuclear weaponry even ahead of Mainland China. Presumably, in exchange for surrendering these nuclear weapons systems the Ukrainians received assurances against any incursions on their borders which the United States, United Kingdom and Russia who were obligated to aid the Ukraine in such circumstance. The treaty made the obligation to be less binding than requiring an actual defense or intervention by the guaranteeing nations and apparently this opt out option appears to have become the selection most favored. At least Putin has not elected to try and excuse his troops intervening in the violence ongoing over the past several months as their intervention under the nuclear treaty with the Ukraine.

 

One might then ask what about the United States and United Kingdom and their treaty obligations to assist the Ukraine. Well, we are talking about an incursion by Russia which, even if it has a declining economic picture, a negative population growth and a slowly but inexorably crumbling infrastructure, it is still the nation with one of the largest nuclear weapons inventories in the world and a formidable military force available with a KGB trained officer at its head. Unfortunately for the Ukraine, the world has reached the twenty-first century where bad actors, even Russian leaders, are threatened with being on the wrong side of history which presumably guarantees that their unsocial behaviors will fail, eventually, as history will right all wrongs. This similar to the threat from ISIS being determined to be an irresponsible set of actors who are guaranteed to also fail as the twenty-first century will belong to the builders and not those who are the purveyors of destruction. These have been the forces which apparently the forces of western principles and virtues which will reign in the twenty-first century and there will no longer be any need for such primitive reliance on violence and the clash of arms deciding the outcomes of good versus evil, the twenty-first century itself will defeat those evil forces which are reliant on destruction and thus fall on the wrong side of history. What a relief, I thought for a moment that there might be a problem with Russian expansionism threatening the independence and sovereignty of the Ukraine but apparently this is simply the machinations of an evil leader who once he realizes that history will place him on its wrong side will repent and immediately cease from his errant ways. What a relief knowing that the twenty-first century is out there guarding the world from the depravations of those who practice destructive influences or other evil inclinations which land them on the wrong side of history. Hopefully I can now sleep assured that the twenty-first century is out there guarding the world from any violence or other malicious and malevolent forces which might have designs of crossing history and pulling it to the wrong side, that dark side which resides on the wrong side of history with the destroyers and against those who promise to build despite any destructive entities.

 

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August 5, 2014

Imperative for Israel to Ignore World Counsel

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Thus far, throughout the entirety of the Israeli response to the escalations by Hamas called Defensive Shield, the demands from around the world were almost universally to call for Israel to implement a ceasefire even if said ceasefire had to be observed unilaterally by Israel while Hamas would be permitted to continue launching rockets and attempting infiltrations to inflict terrorist strikes. The result from heeding this worldly advice and counsel resulted in an additional number of IDF casualties, both fatalities and serious, life-threatening injuries. When the world was not calling for an Israeli ceasefire, they were insisting that Israel resume the peace process with Mahmoud Abbas who presumably leads the unity government which presumably includes Hamas possibly also Islamic Jihad as if either of these two hardened terrorist entities would heed any agreement entered into and agreed by Israel and Mahmoud Abbas. The reason behind Hamas and Islamic Jihad enjoining to form a unity government with the Palestinian Authority was tactical as by doing so their leadership became absolved of any responsibility for the ensuing acts which included the abduction and murder of the three Israeli teens before the ramping up of their rocket assaults on Israel which led to this conflict. The United States, most of Europe and the European Union all took the bait and included in their demand and advice that Israel meet with Mahmoud Abbas as only resuming the peace process and establishing an independent and viable Palestinian state can resolve the reasons behind and motivating such terrorist and military attacks as witnessed from out of Gaza by Hamas, Islamic Jihad and the other terrorists for over a month. Every one of the six ceasefires entered into by Israel, four originating in Egyptian, United Nations, European Union or United States offered terms and two unilaterally offered by Israel, were used by Hamas, Islamic Jihad and allies to attack Israel during the calm without fear of intervention or immediate response. The obvious message from these abortive efforts is that nonviolence, peace and passive talk rather than use of arms will be met by force of arms and further attempts aiming to murder as many Israeli civilians as well as military and destruction of Israeli infrastructure as possible without threat of suffering serious and immediate counterattacks by Israel. These good-hearted and well-meaning leaders of the United Nations, European Union and United States Administration all had one last piece of wisdom they insisted on imparting; that the only possibility for resolving the current conflict is through political methods consisting of talks and finding some common ground and that Israel could never hope to find a military solution to the threats from Hamas, Islamic Jihad and the other terrorists as violence has never solved anything.

The obvious flaw in their logic and their duplicity of holding Israel to a different standard than they hold themselves or each other is evidenced by the study of history, ancient or recent. Everywhere one looks throughout history every occasion where nations faced off over vital and deep differences the ensuing efforts have always been pure diplomacy and never a call to arms. Well, not so much as we can illustrate with a simple look at historical examples. Before the beginning of World War II there were efforts between Britain and France to reach some agreement and compromise with Germany. Their efforts to find some common ground went to some extremes, especially if you lived in Czechoslovakia which was sliced in half permitting the Germans to swallow the entirety of the nation in two easily digested servings virtually with the accommodations of Britain and France, two friends of Czechoslovakia who were bonded by mutual defense treaties to come to the others’ aid in case of foreign invasion. Yes, those treaties are so helpful when somebody decides to eviscerate the treaty with the hot fire of military invasion. Eventually, when Germany attempted to swallow one nation too many and that nation was Poland, the allies of France and Britain finally realized their errors and that talks had failed and war had come. Had Britain and France honored their treaty with Czechoslovakia and demanded that Germany not transgress beyond their border and threaten their neighboring nations they might have stymied German aspirations of conquest before Germany had constructed a military force which threatened the peace of the entire world. So, the muted response of all talk and the promise of no use of military force really succeeded at establishing, as British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain said so succinctly, “My good friends, for the second time in our history, a British Prime Minister has returned from Germany bringing peace with honour. I believe it is peace for our time. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Go home and get a nice quiet sleep.” What followed was a direct result of the refusal to use military force to prevent the aggressive hopes of conquest by attempting to feed this urge hoping to satiate the hungry alligator hoping it would not require subsequent feeding. They will always require subsequent feeding and the end result is always greater carnage. The only solution is not to feed the alligator your neighbor but to stand firm with your neighbor and restrain the alligator within his swamp and prevent its feeding outside its recognized boundary. Allowing the alligator to taste a new food source can only implant in it a desire to continue to consume that new taste and will eventually have the alligator come for you. Such has been the lesson repeatedly told throughout history.

The truth is that the only solution to the Hamas, Islamic Jihad and terrorist support threats is the military response. Attempting to bruise the terror forces of Gaza and bloodying them sufficiently to force their retreat and agreement to a cessation of hostilities promising quiet for the future has resulted in a resumption of violence usually within a few months. Then the raining of rockets and other acts of violence would inevitably begin to escalate until Israel again saw no alternative than to remind the Gaza terror forces the strength and overwhelming power the IDF can unleash and then we repeat the smashing bruises given to the Gazan terrorists and the suffering and deaths of innocents whose only offense was their electing Hamas to govern them and permit the terrorists to build a terror infrastructure and tunnels in which the terrorists seek safety from Israeli weaponry while leaving the civilians vulnerable on the surface and often even corralled into harm’s way. This cycle has been repeating ever since the initial violence between the hardened terrorists of Hamas pulled off a murderous coup against the Palestinian Authority replacing them as the ruling force in Gaza. This was followed by a senseless murdering of Fatah members in a purging of any opposition. Since then the terror forces within Gaza has been unleashed on Israel every two to three years no matter how severe the Israeli response each time. But still the similarity between these actions and the repeated attacks by Germany during the buildup to World War II are not witnessed or discerned by the leaders of the Western world who are willfully blind again refusing to learn from history and demanding the world repeat that disastrous history one more time. Germany did not enter an agreement, the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, before having revealed their intents through definitive actions before invading Poland with the Soviet Union dividing up the overmatched Polish army which relied on cavalry against armored columns of the Soviets and Germans. The Germans absorbed Austria before they swallowed up Czechoslovakia. After incorporating the military equipment and those soldiers who desired to remain and serve in the German army, then an invigorated and strengthened German military juggernaut rolled across Poland from the west as the Soviet Union rolled across from the east and Poland was swallowed up in an unbelievably rapid and total eviscerating assault. The allies had no time to react and assist Poland but that was the step which triggered World War II.

Meanwhile, not learning from even history less than a century old, there are demands that Israel utilize worlds instead of bullets to find a resolution to the Gaza threats. Never mind the fact that Hamas, Islamic Jihad and the other terror forces have ignored every syllable, let alone each word, and have answered every attempt at ceasing the violence by escalating their levels of violence. Never mind that there were Israeli casualties which predated the first Israeli offensive act nor that tens of thousands of rockets and mortars since the last conflict back only a couple of years in 2012 into Israel. The world and its media never notice any actions which preface the initial Israeli defensive response to those assaults and their effects in Israeli blood. The only injuries which exist are those of the Palestinians and until there are Palestinian casualties with which to minimize any Israeli losses, the media remains silent. Since the Israeli response to the greatly escalated rocket fire out of Gaza the news reports have mostly ignored the other terrorist criminal act in which three Israeli teens were abducted and murdered, though there have been some mentions of the Palestinian youth who was murdered horrifically in revenge, the Israeli youths responsible for that act have been arrested and will face long prison terms for their vile actions while the three Palestinians who Israel has identified and requested their arrest from the Palestinian Authority, as they had fled into autonomous Palestinian areas completely controlled both civil and security responsibility placing them beyond Israeli reach, the Palestinian authorities have claimed to be unable to arrest the suspects. The media just desires to be permitted to return to their normal news coverages and end their coverage in Gaza as it can be dangerous, though for reasons you may not suspect as detailed in this report by French 24 news correspondent’s report by Gallagher Fenwick embedded somewhere in central Gaza as he describes. If the video fails, it can be viewed on YouTube and is most definitely worth the time and effort as it makes everything understandable and so vividly clear beyond most anything I have ever witnessed.

Sometimes the launch of a single rocket, or possibly three rockets fired, can bring clarity and focus beyond words. They say a picture is worth a thousand words, well, this video is worth the thousands of pictures it compiles and the words that would imply. The truth is had the world’s media bothered to honestly cover the periods of so-called quiet where Israel and the Israeli Defense Force (IDF) are standing down while Hamas and cohorts in arms launch rockets and set off improvised explosive devices (IEDs) attempting to kill whoever is the unfortunate individual or car load which pass by the device first. Just today there were two terror attacks in Jerusalem which might get coverage as the reporters are already making their reports so they might include these stories. The first attack consisted of a Palestinian man who resides in Jerusalem driving a frontend loader backhoe into a bus and utilizing the backhoe to force the bus onto its side. As result there was one fatality and six people injured and requiring hospitalization. The bus was fortunately arriving at its first stop and thus nearly empty though the bus driver was among those requiring hospitalization. Within the next hour there was a shooting of an Israeli man in the stomach at the entrance to the Har Hatzofim (Mount Scopus) tunnel. The young man has also been hospitalized and is in moderate to serious conditions. The fear is that these two attacks could signal the beginning of a second front with the Palestinians from east Jerusalem and Judea and Samaria (West Bank) are responding to the Hamas and Iranian leadership’s insistence that they start a third Intifada to compliment the efforts in Gaza and try to overwhelm Israeli resources and capabilities. The odds of success is next to nothing but would definitely ramp up the violence and potentials for casualties and more breathless coverage of the plight of the Palestinians at the hands of the Israeli forces attempting to restore order. A second front will simply lead to additional demands that Israel return to the peace negotiations rather than attempt to restore calm. After all, the entire problem is that Israelis, for reasons which appear to escape most of the rest of the world, actually believe that order needs to be restored before even considering the solutions demanded by those who have in the past only managed to prolong the disastrous status-quo. Imagine that.

 

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