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Monday, September 16, 2013

British government says it has legal authority to attack Syria without UN ruling

August 30 |  ABC

The British government has published internal legal advice it says shows it is legally entitled to take military action against Syria even if the UN Security Council ruled against it.

The news comes as both Britain and Russia deploy military resources to strategic areas as tensions grow in the Syrian crisis.

Key points

Russia sends warships to the Mediterranean, but says it is nothing out of the ordinary. Britain sends six Typhoon jets to base in Cyprus. France says strike plans against Assad regime "difficult to develop". UN team investigating chemical weapons use to leave Syria on Saturday

The British government is insisting there should be a military response to the use of chemical weapons, but getting political and popular backing for intervention will not be easy.

British MPs were recalled early from their summer holidays in the hope of gaining parliamentary support for military action against Syrian president Bashar al-Assad.

The leader of Britain's opposition Labour Party, Ed Miliband, says parliament should not have to decide whether to approve military intervention in Syria on what he calls an "artificial timetable".

"This is a very grave decision to take military action that the House of Commons is deciding," he said.

"And I didn't think that that decision should be made on an artificial timetable when the House of Commons wouldn't have even seen the evidence today from the United Nations weapons inspectors.

"I'm determined we learn the lessons of the past, including Iraq."

US report confirms Israel has at least 80 nuclear warheads

View of the Israeli nuclear facility in the Negev Desert outside Dimona
View of the Israeli nuclear facility in the Negev Desert outside Dimona

A newly released report in a US professional journal confirms that the Israeli regime possesses at least 80 operative nuclear warheads and has enough material to produce up to 190 more.

The report published in the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, nuclear weapon proliferation experts Robert Norris and Hans Kristensen estimate that Israel halted its production of nuclear warheads back in 2004 “once it reached around 80 munitions,” RT reports Monday.

However, the experts add, the Tel Aviv regime “can easily double its arsenal since it has enough fissile material to build at least another 115 bombs.”

  • “There are rumors that Israel is equipping some of its submarines with nuclear-capable cruise missiles,” the report says, echoing the 2013 Stockholm International Peace Research Institute Yearbook on Armament and International Security, which also implied that the Israeli regime may have nuclear-capable submarine-launched cruise missiles and reported the same assessment of nuclear stockpiles.

It is still not known how many nuclear warheads of the total inventory could already be deployed, as Israel continues to maintain its long-held policy of nuclear ambiguity, under which it never confirms nor denies its possession of nuclear and other Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD).

In December 2012, Tel Aviv once again dismissed the latest demand from the members of the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) to join the accord.

The suspicions about Israeli nuclear warheads were fueled by the fact that Germany supplied Israel with five Dolphin-class submarines, which are supposedly capable of launching nuclear missiles, and signed a contract to build yet another one.

Israeli regime’s stockpiles of WMD have come under particular scrutiny following the US-Russian recent agreement for the destruction of Syrian chemical weapons, which is seen as a significant step towards a WMD-free region.

This is while Syria’s UN Ambassador Bashar al-Jaafari also stated last Thursday that “The main danger of WMD is the Israeli nuclear arsenal,” stressing that the Tel Aviv regime also possesses chemical weapons but “nobody is speaking about that.”

The Syrian envoy further described his country’s chemical weapons as “a mere deterrence against the Israeli nuclear arsenal” and other WMD, referring to a declassified CIA report on Israel's chemical weapons program.

Moreover, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday: “It's well known that Syria has a certain arsenal of chemical weapons and the Syrians always viewed that as an alternative to Israel's nuclear weapons.”

This is while recently declassified CIA documents suggest that the Israeli regime secretly built up its own stockpile of chemical and biological weapons decades ago, adding more fuel to the lingering complaint of Arab states, who constantly accuse Tel Aviv of possessing nuclear weapons.

Meanwhile, during a speech on Sunday before talks with US Secretary of State John Kerry, Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu said that "in any case, Israel must be poised and ready to defend itself, by itself, against any threat - and this capability and readiness are more important now than ever."

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Public response to Obama's war drums!

Walking up to the tricks?

Published on Aug 31, 2013 | A PR problem & nightmare for the neo-liberals or the Project New America Century.