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Sarah Palin’s Corporate Welfare Proposal For Gigantic Natural Gas Pipeline

Posted by Job on August 29, 2008

As one who recognizes that we would never have nuclear power or much of anything else in our modern lifestyle were it not for government (or government funded) research, I have little principled opposition to this. Instead, I just find it odd how global economic interests keep popping up with people running for the White House. In this case, soon to be vice president Sarah Palin tried to give $500 million to a CANADIAN company to build a natural gas pipeline through her state. Another story on this called the pipeline project the biggest public works project in the history of this country! 

This is a pretty good indication that Palin is cut from the same cloth as Bush, Bush II, Clinton, and Reagan in being willing to transfer our tax dollars and natural resources and control thereof into the hands of the global economic and political conglomerates. As a matter of fact, this article compares her with Hugo Chavez

Now connect the dots here. There is this big push to get us off oil though we have enough proven oil reserves to last for at least the next 70 years. What are they trying to get us to transfer to? Natural gas in our cars. So here pops up this T. Boone Pickens fellow to run ads from now to November “from his own money” to promote windmills to create electricity instead of natural gas so that we can instead start putting the natural gas in cars. Why? To reduce our dependency on foreign oil. When we have PLENTY of our own oil!?!? And so the future vice president cut this deal to provide this huge conduit for natural gas through her state that will be of great strategic importance. But instead of paying $650 million to help an AMERICAN company do it, she pays $500 million to help a CANADIAN company do it? Will the CANADIANS have a stake, a controlling interest, in this pipeline as well? If so, this sounds very “North American Union” ish to you, doesn’t it? (See this story by a CANADIAN paper titled North American union warrants discussion) I suppose that the social conservatives and evangelical Christians that so in love with McCain over his Rick Warren performance and picking a woman with five kids are ready to start spending their ameros? 

Well you evangelicals, you might want to reconsider. The economic and political union of Canada would mean our assimilating certain points of Canadian law. Well, right now, Christians are being sued and thrown in jail in Canada for stating that homosexuality is a sin and Islam is false. Evangelicals, do not think that Palin will have your side, because she supports gay rights. This article states: Although she’s a social conservative who opposes abortion and gay marriage, Palin signed into law a state bill giving benefits to same-sex couples. Since social conservatives supported the 100% pro homosexual George W. Bush administration, that should be changed from “although she is a social conservative” to BECAUSE she’s a social conservative. Seriously, homosexuals have advanced further in the GOP than blacks have. 

So, evangelical Christians fattening frogs for the anti – Christ snake by rushing to support this Palin woman (I heard the folks on Christian talk radio embracing her already … one fellow called in to say that Obama is not a true Christian, while that is factually accurate the context should be AS IF THE BACKSTABBING LYING CHEAT MCCAIN IS!?!?), do not think that she will advocate you when in order to conform to the global consensus it becomes illegal to repeat what the Bible says about homosexuality or about law and order (the illegal immigrant invasion from Mexico) or about economic justice. Nope, she and her boss McCain will turn the lot of you in and sell you out just as quickly as Obama will.

Christians, I recall a former Republican state representative hosting a Christian radio political show; the fellow was betrayed and turned out of office by his party mates for standing up to and exposing the wickedness of his party (including their clear collusion with the other side). The fellow stated that he believes that the new world order globalists really don’t care which party wins the White House … so long as they get to pick the nominees. The people who control the media and the purse strings made sure that the nominees would be limited to people like Clinton, Romney, McCain, and Obama. After that field was set, they just sat back and watched the show as if it were a professional wrestling match or football game. I suppose that it was compelling and entertaining in an odd sort of way, to see the pathetic spectacle of people falling over themselves, selling their bodies and souls for a title and a little bit of power. But since Judas Iscariot sold God in the flesh, Jesus Christ, for a few pieces of silver why should be surprised at what man will do in his totally depraved state? 

But what is surprising and sad is how so many people with the title “Bible – believing born again Christians” are like Saul when they are consenting to this madness. I go back to the scene of Stephen’s stoning in Acts. The narrative never stated that Saul himself threw a stone. It merely said that Saul was consenting to the death of Stephen. So, while these evangelical Christians are not going to be committing the evil acts of McCain, Biden, Palin, or Obama, they will be consenting to it with their votes and other measures of support. That is why we must intercede, people. We must intercede with our prayers. We must intercede with our works. We must intercede with our words. We must intercede with our love. We must stop our born again Christian brothers and sisters from furthering the anti – Christ agenda with their actions and hearts. 

Christianity was indeed born in the Roman Empire. Paul, the very same one that consented to the death of the first Christian martyr, acting as Christianity’s first systematic theologian did tell us to submit to proper authorities in Romans 13. But Christians in the early church refrained from burning incense to Caesar even under the pain of torture and death! Let us pray that people such as the ones below open their eyes to the wickedness that is going on and stop rooting for it. I am of the opinion that choosing sides between Obama and McCain and supporting one or the other is the same as deciding which director, movie, or actor to support in the awards ceremony that they have for the pornographic movie industry and then going out and buying whatever movie wins. How ironic that the very Christians that would never go near the “best adult movie” award winner are going to gladly willingly go pull the the lever for people whose hearts (with their words and works as evidence thereof) are just as wicked in November. And yes, this applies to you Christians planning on supporting idolator in chief anti – Christ superstar wannabe Barack HUSSEIN Obama as well. 

Wow! Palin is great! I just became a McCain supporter!

Update: turns out that the fight between Georgia and Russia where we so quickly intervened because of our commitment to human rights, freedom, and humanitarianism (yeah right) was actually over control of a huge NATURAL GAS pipeline. So Russia (and Georgia) knows what is up even if our own citizens, including Christians that are supposed to be discerning of the times, are clueless.

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How The Russia – Georgia War Changes The World Political Order

Posted by Job on August 22, 2008

What Israel Lost in the Georgia War

“It is important that the entire world understands that what is happening in Georgia now will affect the entire world order,” Georgian Cabinet Minister Temur Yakobashvili said last weekend. “It’s not just Georgia’s business, but the entire world’s business.” Such sentiments would have been unremarkable but for the fact that Yakobashvili was expressing himself in fluent Hebrew, telling Israeli Army Radio that “Israel should be proud of its military, which trained Georgian soldiers.”

However, the impression that Israel had helped bolster the Georgian military was one the Israeli Foreign Ministry was anxious to avoid. Last Saturday it reportedly recommended a freeze on the further supply of equipment and expertise to Georgia by Israeli defense contractors. (Israel doesn’t supply foreign militaries directly, but its private contractors must get Defense Ministry approval for such deals.) The Israelis decided to refrain from authorizing new defense contracts, although those currently in effect will be fulfilled. Israel stressed that the contracts are to provide equipment for defensive purposes. But if the Israelis were looking to downplay the significance of military ties, they weren’t helped by comments like Yakobashvili’s — or by Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili’s enthusing at a press conference earlier this week that “the Israeli weapons have been very effective.”

Nor did the Russians fail to notice. “Israel armed the Georgian army,” grumbled General Anatoly Nogovitsyn, deputy chief of staff of the Russian military, at a press conference in Moscow earlier this week. An Israeli paper had, last weekend, quoted an unnamed official warning that Israel needed “to be very careful and sensitive these days. The Russians are selling many arms to Iran and Syria, and there is no need to offer them an excuse to sell even more advanced weapons.” As if on cue, on Wednesday, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad arrived in Moscow hoping to persuade Russia to sell him sophisticated air-defense systems — and reportedly offering the Russian navy the use of one of its Mediterranean ports. Late on Wednesday, the Israeli Foreign Ministry announced that Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Russian President Dmitri Medvedev had spoken on the phone to clear the air over the Georgia conflict and Russian arms sales to Syria.

The extent of involvement in Georgia by Israeli defense contractors may be overstated, and most of the equipment used by the Georgian military comes from the U.S. and other suppliers. Still, Israeli companies had been sufficiently involved in supplying specialized equipment and advanced tactical training to the Georgian military that the connection — and Russia’s perception of it — created a ripple of anxiety in Israeli government circles. Israeli officials say that, in anticipation of a showdown between Georgia and Russia, Israel began to scale back the involvement of Israeli companies in Georgia as early as the end of 2007. Georgia’s Yakobashvili charged this week that Israel, “at Russia’s behest,” had downgraded military ties with Georgia, a decision he branded a “disgrace.”

Israel’s weapons sales, just like Russia’s, are driven by the commercial interests of domestic arms industries. Israeli military exports to Georgia are driven more by the logic of business than by a strategic choice to back Tbilisi against Moscow — indeed, the Israeli response since the outbreak of hostilities is a reminder that, on balance, even a relatively cool friendship with Russia may be more important to Israel than a close alliance with tiny Georgia. Despite Israel’s pecuniary imperative, Georgia has used these commercial military ties to press closer ties on Israel.

President Saakashvili has noted that both his minister responsible for negotiations over South Ossetia (Yakobashvili) and his Defense Minister, Davit Kezerashvili, had lived in Israel before moving to post-Soviet Georgia. According to the Israeli daily Haaretz, the Georgian leader this week enthused that in Tbilisi, “both war and peace are in the hands of Israeli Jews.” Working through the Georgian Defense Ministry (and with the approval of its Israeli counterpart), Israeli companies are reported to have supplied the Georgians with pilotless drones, night-vision equipment, anti-aircraft equipment, shells, rockets and various electronic systems. Even more important than equipment may have been the advanced tactical training and consultancy provided, as private contractors, by retired top Israeli generals such as Yisrael Ziv and Gal Hirsch, the man who commanded Israeli ground forces during their disastrous foray into Lebanon in 2006. (Never one to resist an opportunity to mock his enemies, Hizballah leader Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah quipped in a speech this week, “Gal Hirsch, who was defeated in Lebanon, went to Georgia, and they too lost because of him.”) Not necessarily: Russia applied overwhelming force against the tiny Georgian military, which, according to Israeli assessments, still managed to punch above its weight.

The Russians were piqued by Israel’s military trade with Georgia even before the latest outbreak of hostilities — Moscow expressed its annoyance over the pilotless drones supplied by an Israeli company to the Georgians, three of which were downed by Russian aircraft over South Ossetia in recent months. Obviously mindful of the need to avoid provoking Russia, Israel declared off-limits certain weapons systems the Georgians had asked for, such as Merkava tanks and advanced anti-aircraft systems. “We have turned down many requests involving arms sales to Georgia, and the ones that have been approved have been duly scrutinized,” a Defense Ministry official told the Israeli daily Yediot Ahoronot amid concerns raised over a possible fallout from the Israeli ties to the Georgian military. The extent of damage to the Israeli-Russia relationship — if indeed there is any — remains to be seen. Despite General Nogovitsyn’s comments, Israeli officials say they have received no formal complaints from Russia over ties with Georgia.

Israel’s strategic priority now is countering the threat it sees in Iran’s nuclear program, and on that front, Russian cooperation is essential. If the Israelis are to achieve their objective of forcing Iran to end uranium enrichment through diplomatic coercion, they will need Russian support for escalating U.N. sanctions — a course of action for which Russia has thus far shown little enthusiasm. And if Israel were to opt for trying to destroy Tehran’s nuclear facilities through a series of air strikes, then the presence of the sophisticated Russian S-300 missile system in Iran would considerably raise the risk to Israeli pilots. Unfortunately for Israel, however, there may be little it can do to shape Moscow’s Iran policy for the simple reason that Israel is not a major factor in Russia’s strategic outlook. Moscow’s actions on Iran are less likely to be determined by Israel supplying a few drones to Georgia than they are to be shaped, for example, by the deployment over extreme Russian objections of U.S. interceptor missiles on Polish soil.

With reporting by Aaron J. Klein / Jerusalem

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Assad: Syria may host Russian missiles in its territory

Posted by Job on August 21, 2008

I wonder if the John Hagee/Rod Parsley/Pat Robertson/Steve Munsey cult is at it again over these developments. I still remember that group claiming that the Israel/Lebanon “war” was going to lead to Jesus Christ coming back by 2007 a little while ago, and it wouldn’t surprise me if the Hal Lindsey types were hyping the dispensational alarmism while (of course) promoting books and asking for donations. 

Assad: Syria may host Russian missiles in its territory

Aug. 20, 2008
JPost.com Staff , THE JERUSALEM POST

Syrian President Bashar Assad has pledged to support Russia in its conflict with Georgia and said that Damascus was ready to consider deploying Russian Iskander missile systems in its territory, in response to the US missile shield in Europe.

In an interview with the Russian paper Kommersant, cited by the Interfax News Agency, Assad said regarding the option to install Rusian missiles on Syrian ground “In principle, yes. We have not thought of it yet. No such proposal has been received. In any case, all similar projects must be first studied by military experts. And when everything is decided, we will
make an open and public announcement,” Assad said in the interview, published on Wednesday, the day before his visit to Russia was scheduled to begin.

The Iskander missile (NATO reporting name SS-26 Stone) is a short range, solid fuel propelled, theater quasi-ballistic missile system.

The system is intended to use conventional warheads for the engagement of small and area targets, such as hostile fire weapons (missile systems, multiple launch rocket systems, long-range artillery pieces), air and antimissile defence weapons, especially those located in relatively fixed sites, command posts and communications nodes, critical civilian infrastructure facilities and other vital small and area targets.

During his visit, Assad will meet with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev.

Assad’s visit to Moscow is primarily meant as an introduction between him and Russia’s recently appointed Medvedev, but the visit follows on the heels of Russia’s attack on Georgia and a top Russian general’s remarks that Israel was one of Georgia’s key arms suppliers.

Syria was a client state of Russia during the Soviet era and the Syrian military is equipped mostly with Soviet-made weapons.

The Qatari-based Al Wattan quoted Syrian sources as saying the meeting would deal with the crisis in Georgia and with the importance of the strategic alliance between Damascus and Moscow, which, the sources said, “has always been a stabilizing factor in the Middle East.”

Syria kept its strategic ties with Russia after the fall of the Soviet Union, and is still a buyer of Russian arms.

Al Wattan analysts assessed that during Assad’s present visit, as in the past, Russia and Syria would sign deals for the sale of advanced weapons. The sources quoted by the paper said Syria’s interest in the Russian-Georgian conflict grew “following the surprising discoveries of the dangerous role Israel played in transferring weapons to Georgia and the involvement of Israeli Mossad in carrying out terror attacks against Russian citizens in South Ossetia and Abkhazia.”

Besides the military cooperation, the two countries also have economic interests. Tatneft, one of Russia’s 10 top oil producers, is conducting geological surveys in Syria and plans to drill exploratory wells in Syria under a 2005 contract.

Despite speculation that this visit could up the ante in the region, from Syria’s perspective, bolstering defense ties with Russia is entirely defensive, Dr. Samir A-Taqi, director of the Damascus-based Orient Center for Studies said.

“It’s mainly repelling dangers more than anything else,” he told The Media Line. “The balance of force in the region is broken and a restoration of balance would be positive to allow and convince different belligerents to come to the table. The Syrians are fighting to negotiate,” he said.

The Media Line News Agency (www.themedialine.org) contributed to this report.

The Jerusalem Post could not independently confirm the veracity of Al Wattan‘s report.

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Russia threatens sale of offensive weapons to Israel’s enemies

Posted by Job on August 21, 2008

MOSCOW — Russian security officials threatened retaliation against Israel for its weapons exports to Georgia including eight different aerial drones.Russian Deputy Chief of Staff Col. Gen. Anatoly Nogovitsyn said Israel supplied at least eight different models of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to Georgia. Nogovitsyn said Israel has also sold a range of weapons and sought to export main battle tanks to Georgia.

Russian diplomatic sources said the government of Prime Minister Vladimir Putin was furious over Israel’s refusal to impose a military embargo on Georgia. The sources said Putin’s aides had urged Israel several times to halt weapons exports.”We asked Israel not to sell offensive weapons to a hostile neighboring state, but they said they’re a sovereign state,” a diplomatic source said.

“Well, Israel shouldn’t be surprised if we sell offensive weapons to Israel’s neighbors.”

Already, Russia, in wake of its military victory over Georgia, has scheduled a summit with Syria to discuss offensive weapons sales, the sources said. Syrian President Bashar Assad was scheduled to meet Putin in Moscow on Aug. 20.

Tbilisi has asserted that Israel continued to ship weapons and platforms to Georgia throughout the Russian war. But Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili reported delays in the supply of Israeli unmanned aerial vehicles to his country.”The Israeli weapons have proved very effective,” Saakashvili told a news conference on Aug. 13.

So far, the diplomatic sources said, Putin has been careful to limit Russian military sales to Iran and Syria to defensive systems. In 2007, they said, Putin, who remains in charge of defense export policy, vetoed efforts by the Defense Ministry and the state-owned arms agency Rosoboronexport to sell the Iskander-E long-range rocket to Syria.

“Putin will now offer Iskander to Syria,” another Russian source said. “Whether this will be a serious offer or something just to scare the Israelis we’ll know in another few months.”

In December 2007, Israel agreed not to sign new contracts for offensive weapons to Georgia. But the Israeli Defense Ministry, supported by the United States, maintained it would honor existing arms deals with Tbilisi.

“We told the Israelis that this was a very unwise move and that Russians were being killed because of Georgia’s policy,” the Russian source said. “They didn’t take us seriously, probably because they were encouraged by the United States.”

“In 2007, Israeli experts trained Georgian commandos in Georgia, and there were plans to supply heavy weaponry, electronic weapons, tanks and other arms at a later date,” Nogovitsyn told a news conference on Aug. 19. “But the deal didn’t work out.”

Officials said Moscow’s assertion was based on a review of weapons and military installations captured in Russia’s invasion of Georgia. They said Israel also trained Georgia’s military, particularly its special forces.

At the news conference, Nogovitsyn did not identify the Israeli UAVs. Israel has acknowledged the sale of UAVs to Tbilisi.

The Russian deputy chief said Israel also exported bombs, mines and mine-clearing systems to Georgia. He said the systems were comprised of munitions that could explode landmines.

In late 2007, Israel agreed to end the sale of offensive military systems to Georgia. The decision by the Israeli Defense Ministry did not affect weapons already ordered by Tbilisi.

On Aug. 20, Russia and Syria were scheduled to begin a two-day summit meant to focus on defense and military cooperation. Syrian President Bashar Assad was scheduled to meet Russian President Dmitri Medvedev and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin in what officials said could result in arms sales to Damascus.

“The significant military aid provided by Israel to Georgia in its war against Russia will affect in the future — probably in the near future — relations between Russia and Israel, as well as Russia’s attitude toward Arab states,” an unidentified Russian analyst said in an interview to Syrian state television on the eve of Assad’s visit. “Russia will reassess its relations with Israel, and it is likely that Moscow will decide to increase its military aid to Arab countries in conflict with Israel, including Syria.” 

 

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Iran And Russia Sign Major Oil Deal

Posted by Job on July 15, 2008

Even so, come Lord Jesus Christ. 

Link from Worthy News.  Link from Jerusalem Post

Iran and Russia sign major oil deal
Jul. 14, 2008  The Media Line News Agency , THE JERUSALEM POST

A few days after French oil giant Total withdrew from its planned multi-billion dollar gas investment project in Iran, Russia’s Gazprom is entering the market in a multi-billion-dollar deal.

Gazprom’s Chief Executive Alexei Miller met on Sunday with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and went on to sign an agreement for developing Iranian oil and gas fields.

Iran, according to the agreement, has offered Gazprom an extended package for the development of oil and gas fields; construction of refineries; transfer of oil from the Caspian Sea to the Sea of Oman; development of Iran’s North Azadegan oil field; exchange of technology and experience; and the possible participation of Gazprom in the planned pipeline between Iran, India and Pakistan.

Azadegan is Iran’s biggest onshore oil field with an estimated 42 billion barrels of crude oil. Iranian firms began working on the field in February after the Japanese partner, Inpex, quit the project. (Thought Japan and France were our allies against Iran?)

The accord also includes the future formation of a joint company between the two countries, for cooperation in oil and gas.

Official reports from both countries have not yet revealed if the South Pars gas field will also be part of the deal. Last week, France’s Total decided to freeze its investments in South Pars, following Iran’s test-fire of long-range missiles. (When the heat got too much for the French. They will start it back up when the heat dies down.)

“After Total’s announcement that because of political risk they do not want to commit themselves to the South Pars multi-billion-dollar project, it was natural that Iran would continue and expedite its current negotiations to use other companies,” Manouchehr Takin of the UK-based Center for Global Energy Studies, told The Media Line.

The South Pars field in the Gulf has around 500 trillion cubic feet of gas, which accounts for about eight percent of the world’s gas reserves.

Takin was however skeptical regarding whether or not it was the American pressure on European companies that made Total withdraw from the project.

“I think it is more within Total’s shareholders and board of directors, who have looked at every aspect, and decided not to take too much political risk in their portfolio,” he said.

“However, I do agree that one cannot help but think of the pressure from the US Department of Treasury, who had been directly talking to managements of banks and big companies, twisting their arms not to get involved with Iran,” Takin added.

The Media Line News Agency

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