Pakistan Harbors Terrorists, Tests New Missile

{c/p @ Scrutiny Hooligans}

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Yesterday it was Sy Hersh explaining that the Bush administration is funneling money to radical Sunni groups to combat Iranian Shiite influence as the DoD draws up a 24-hour rapid attack strategy.

"The Saudis and some in the Administration have been arguing that the biggest threat is Iran and the Sunni radicals are the lesser enemies. This is a victory for the Saudi line."

Today it's news that Pakistan has dismissed the idea of doing any more to catch bin Laden or rein in terrorists within their borders while test firing a ballistic missile with a 1,200 mile range.  The missile is nuclear capable.

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Renewing Trident Is Illegal And Unnecessary

Today, the Prime Minister presented a White Paper outlining his (and Gordon Brown's) support for the renewal of Britain's `nuclear deterrent'. In doing so, he supported a policy that is illegal under international law. Article VI of the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), of which Britain is a signatory, states:

"Each of the Parties to the Treaty undertakes to pursue negotiations in good faith on effective measures relating to cessation of the nuclear arms race at an early date and to nuclear disarmament, and on a Treaty on general and complete disarmament under strict and effective international control."

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The Iran Crisis: Rhetoric vs. Reality

Reading about the Iranian nuclear "crisis", one gets the impression of two entirely separate and completely different "Iran crises" being described as if they were one and the same thing.

The first "Iran crisis" exists (only) in the rhetoric of political leaders. You've got President Bush declaring that "Iran's nuclear ambitions are not in the world's interests", describing an Iranian nuclear weapon as "unacceptable" and warning that, in the event of continued Iranian enrichment of uranium, "all options are on the table".

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A Military Strike On Iran Would Be Illegal, Regardless Of Its Nuclear Status

Speaking yesterday at the annual United Jewish Communities General Assembly (a tough crowd), Likud chairman and former Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu used apocalyptic language to emphasise the threat posed by Iran, not only to Israel but to the entire world. "Everything else pales before this," he intoned gravely.

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