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Thursday, February 23, 2012

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  Iran protests to UN over Israel `war game`campaign

 Iran on Wednesday accused Israel of assassinating its nuclear scientists as part of a "war game" while it denied any role in attacks on Israeli diplomatic targets in several countries.

 Dire repercussions of Israeli attack on Iran

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American cost of war against terrorism“
You had me snorting in disgust at parroting the old lie of war against a tactic. It seems raising the cost of war is a feature based on past experience. Lost in projecting results is Russia`s involvement in using Iran as a strategic buffer zone. Just as much as China`s involvement in Korea or Russia`s involvement in Vietnam, there have been signs for those who chose to recognize them.
Russian intelligence has been warning of the danger of an attack on Iranian nuclear facilities for the first time since January 2007. Putin reflected the concerns of the Russian military vis a vis a customer for which it provided fuel and technical direction for power generation by flatly warning an attack on Iranian facilities would be regarded as if it was an attack on Russia two years ago.
Plus Russian scientists have been killed, not just Iranian nationals. Iranian defence chiefs have languished in Israeli jails thanks to NATO linked black ops.
And Iran has mobilized defence forces to repel attack.

 ( Strategically, Russia should not be amused at the prospect of Afghanistan, Iraq and Iran being turned into a continuous arms depot from which to be attacked - or from which sallies might be made against their interests, while controlling vast petroleum and mineral deposits. Meanwhile U.S. armed forces supervise the poppy fields of Afghanistan and protect Chinese miners there also.)

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