Blogroll Me! How This Old Brit Sees It ...: Wanna Bigger, 'Better', Wider War ? Or Maybe Worse ?

07 October 2006

Wanna Bigger, 'Better', Wider War ? Or Maybe Worse ?

We bet not many of you read about this earlier in the week. We wonder why.

But better late than never, eh?

In a scenario reminiscent of the Cold War era, US and Canadian fighter aircraft intercepted Russian Tu-160 planes off the Alaska coastline:

U.S. and Canadian fighter aircraft intercepted Russian planes off the Alaska coast, but it was not considered a hostile incident, the North American Aerospace Defense Command said on Friday.

NORAD said the aircraft never violated U.S. or Canadian airspace... But fighters were launched because the Russians had entered a zone around North America in which NORAD considers uninvited aircraft to be potential threatening.

The Tu-95 Bear heavy bombers had been participating in an annual Russian air force exercise near the coast of Alaska and Canada, NORAD said. It did not specify how many Russian planes were involved. (Reuters, 2 October 2006)

And there's lots, lots more where that came from; all in addition to the related report from The Centre For Global Research, which we wrote about recently.

Look at this for example:

It is essential that people across America and around the World take cognizance of the dangers of a Middle East war directed at Iran and act decisively to challenge the US military agenda and reverse the tide of war.

The World is at the crossroads of the most serious crisis in modern history. The US has embarked on a military adventure, "a long war", which threatens the future of humanity.

This article documents recent developments, focusing on military deployment and preparations in the event of a US led war on Iran. This text follows a number of earlier reports published by Global Research pertaining to the War on Iran (See Iran dossier, Nuclear War dossier, Lebanon dossier )

We suppose some will say we're spreading alarm and despondency. So what? Stuff 'em. Somebody's got to say what needs to be said. Somebody's got to shed some light on the shocking scenario already underway, even as we 'speak'.

Read on.

The militarization of the Eastern Mediterranean (on land and sea) is under the control of several NATO member countries including France, Germany and Turkey. This military build-up is conducted under the facade of a UN peace-keeping mission (UNIFIL) pursuant to UN Security Council Resolution 1701. In this context, the war on Lebanon must be viewed as a stage of the broader US sponsored military road-map, which targets Syria.

In September, Germany dispatched a fleet of eight ships including 2 frigates, with up to 2,400 personnel aboard. The German navy will be in charge of the multinational naval force, which has an official UNIFIL mandate "to prevent arms shipments to Hezbollah". The German naval force will operate out of the Lebanese port of Limassol.

In early October, Turkey dispatched several warships, which will join the multinational naval force under German command. While Turkey is part of the UN international force (UNIFIL) is a close military ally of Israel. Greek, Bulgarian and Italian warships have also been dispatched to the Lebanese coast.

France has dispatched armored vehicle and infantry units.

Sounding scary enough for you yet?

So, see some more of the same.

Moreover, barely acknowledged by the Western media, both China and Russia have conducted war games in Central Asia, in collaboration with their coalition partners. In late September, Russia conducted air war exercises over a large part of its territory, extending from the Volga to the frontiers of Alaska and North America. These war games prompted the scrambling of NORAD fighter planes.

Military exercises involving the participation of Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan under the Collective Security Treaty Organization, (CSTO) were launched in August. These war games, officially described as part of a " counter terrorism program", were held barely a week before those conducted by the Iranian military. (See Michel Chossudovsky, 24 August 2006)

Broadly coinciding with both the Iranian and CSTO military exercises, China and Kazakhstan also conducted military exercises in August under the auspices of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO). Iran is an observer member in the SCO.

Okay, so much for the now traditional (almost bordering on obligatory), quick clips & pastes.

If you can bear, for even a few minutes, to tear yourself away from the farcical, Foley-fag-fuss-fest in the US and/or the stupid, Straw-veil-spat in the UK -- you may well learn something worth knowing. Something much more worthy of your worry -- like maybe a million times more worthy.

This is a MUST read.

"Cold War Shivers": War Preparations in the Middle East and Central Asia

- by Michel Chossudovsky - October 6, 2006 -

And when we say MUST READ, we definitely do not mean maybe. Since suddenly we're seriously speaking of the clear & present danger of a (western inspired), whole, world-wide war.



Anonymous walter said...

This is really going to happen isn't it?

Is there ANYthing ANY of us can do to stop it? Short of riots in our streets?

6:53 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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8:05 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

One thing that our country's people (young people) can do - is to STOP enlisting, RIGHT NOW!!!!

Let the war-mongers and war-profiteers fight their own f*cking fights.

8:44 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How am I to know what is right? Maybe Iran and North Korea really are a threat.
I'm not educated enough or intelligent/wise enough to be able to work out what is right.

8:58 pm  
Blogger bootlian said...

Then settle for just becoming 'informed' anon. It's a heck of a big step in the right direction - toward educating yourself

It's already obvious you have access to the internet, so make the most of it. Here's a little help.

Bookmark-favorite this link - to the online editions of ALL the world's newspapers - and lots more.

9:16 pm  
Anonymous Griffon said...

That's a great link, Bootlian. Thanks

12:24 am  
Blogger Sophia said...

Our ofrmer Liberal government refused to enter the anti-missile defense system but our oresent conservative governt. is very pro-Bush and the opposition party (liberal) seems to b following. The defense committee composed in its majority by liberals in the senate recommanded recently closing some old canadain bases in the North (Goose bay) and using the money in the anti-missile defense. Onse you start to have warmongerers in the government, everybody else follows because they fear being labeled as cowards. So it all boils down to the image these men want to project of themselves. Pity the nations !

5:45 am  
Anonymous denk said...

NORAD said the aircraft never violated U.S. or Canadian airspace... But fighters were launched because the Russians had entered a zone around North America in which NORAD considers uninvited aircraft to be potential threatening.......

but its alright for us spy planes going halfway around the world
looking for trouble, at china's doorstep eh?

7:42 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

bootlian - thank you for the link. I do already read from a variety of news sources, but I don't feel I have the skills/judgement to work out what is right.

12:39 pm  
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6:06 pm  
Blogger Tom said...

Linked and appreciated accredited to you as the finder in chief. Thanks again, Richard.

9:53 pm  
Blogger Richard said...

Thanks for your comments, all. And for the cite, Tom.

5:54 pm  

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