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    Congratulations, Cold War coming back. The Associated Press Thursday, February 1, 2007
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      Congratulations, Cold War coming back.
      The Associated Press
      Thursday, February 1, 2007
      http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/02/01/AR2007020100462_pf.html


      MOSCOW -- President Vladimir Putin on Thursday scoffed at Washington's
      claims that possible deployment of U.S. missile defense sites in
      central Europe was intended to counter threats posed by Iran and said
      that Russia would take countermeasures.

      U.S. officials have said that proposed missile defense sites in Poland
      and the Czech Republic will be designed to intercept missiles planned
      by Iran that would be capable of reaching eastern Europe and will not
      affect Russia's security. But Putin said the Kremlin didn't trust that
      claim.

      "Our military experts don't believe that the missile defense systems
      to be deployed in eastern Europe are intended to counter the threat
      from Iran or some terrorists," Putin said at his annual news
      conference, adding that Iran only has missiles which aren't capable of
      reaching Europe.

      "We consider such claims unfounded, and, naturally, that directly
      concerns us and will cause a relevant reaction. That reaction will be
      asymmetrical, but it will be highly efficient," Putin said.

      Putin said that Russia's latest Topol-M intercontinental ballistic
      missiles were capable of penetrating missile defenses and added that
      more effective weapons systems are being developed.

      "We will have next-generation systems immune to any prospective
      missile defense," Putin said. He said that while missile defense
      systems under development will only be capable of tackling ballistic
      missiles, the new weapons will be capable of changing the altitude and
      direction of their flight on their way to target.

      "Missile defense systems are helpless against that," Putin said.

      He rejected allegations that the planned deployment of U.S. missile
      defense sites in Europe could be a response to Russia's growing
      defense spending, saying the U.S. move had been planned long before
      growing oil revenues gave Russia a chance to increase its defense
      spending. He said Moscow's military budget is still 25 times smaller
      than Washington's defense spending.

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      Russia Orders US Embassy `Lockdown' After Disappearance Of Israeli
      Defense Minister
      Sorcha Faal
      January 25, 2007
      http://www.whatdoesitmean.com/index978.htm


      Russian Military Intelligence Analysts are reporting today that
      President Putin has ordered the immediate lockdown of all Russian
      Embassies in both the United States and Europe over fears of an
      `imminent' terrorist strike.

      According to these reports, the fears of the FSB were heightened after
      the disappearance of David Dahan who is the head of the Israeli
      Defense Ministry Mission to Europe, and who many in the World's
      Intelligence communities consider to be Israel's top spy running
      `rogue' agents in both the United States and Europe.

      These reports further detail the alarming tracing of the route, and
      agents, involved in the joint CIA-Georgian undercover operation which
      led to the recovery of nuclear-bomb-grade uranium being smuggled out
      of Russia, but, and according to these reports, was only a small
      portion of the full amount that has been declared missing.

      These latest fears come also at a time an Israeli attack upon Iran
      appears imminent, and as we can read as reported by the Independent
      Online News Service in their article titled "Israel raises nuclear
      stakes with Iran", and which says:

      "The Israeli Prime Minister, Ehud Olmert, dramatically raised the
      stakes in the international showdown with Iran last night, with a
      clear warning that his country was prepared to use military force to
      prevent Tehran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.

      "The Jewish people, with the scars of the Holocaust fresh on its body,
      cannot afford to allow itself to face threats of annihilation once
      again," Mr Olmert said in a speech to a high-level security conference
      in Herzliya. "No nation has the right even to consider its position.
      It is the obligation of every country to act against this will all its
      might." "We can stand up against nuclear threats and even prevent
      them," he said.

      Israeli military officials warned this week that Israel – acting alone
      or in coordination with the US – could launch preemptive military
      strikes against Iran before the end of this year."

      The American War Leader has likewise warned his citizens of the coming
      `epic battle' coming to their Nation in the Middle East, and to which
      the Iranian Leader has replied:

      "The United States is incapable of inflicting "serious damage" on
      Iran, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Tuesday, as a US Navy
      carrier group steamed toward Iran in what Washington has termed a warning.

      Speaking in an interview with Iranian state television, Ahmadinejad
      said that "wise" Americans would not let U.S. President George W. Bush
      attack Iran. "They (U.S.) are not really in a position to carry out
      this action (of attacking Iran). I believe there are many wise people
      in the United States who would not let it happen," he said."

      More ominously, perhaps, regarding these events are the reports from
      the United States Global Consciousness Project random number
      experiment that their `real time' results have `spiked' this week to
      their highest levels ever seen. This is significant because this
      experiment, apparently, `predicted' the terrorist strike upon the
      United States on September 11, 2001.

      As more is known about these events we will report them.

      ===

      Targeting Iran
      Why Can't Americans See What's Coming?
      By PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS

      January 27 / 28, 2007

      The American public and the US Congress are getting their backs up
      about the Bush Regime's determination to escalate the war in Iraq. A
      Massive protest demonstration is occurring in Washington DC today, and
      Congress is expressing its disagreement with Bush's decision to
      intensify the war in Iraq.

      This is all to the good. However, it misses the real issue--the Bush
      Regime's looming attack on Iran.

      Rather than winding down one war, Bush is starting another. The entire
      world knows this and is discussing Bush's planned attack on Iran in
      many forums. It is only Americans who haven't caught on. A few
      senators have said that Bush must not attack Iran without the approval
      of Congress, and postings on the Internet demonstrate world wide
      awareness that Iran is in the Bush Regime's cross hairs. But Congress
      and the Media--and the demonstration in Washington--are focused on Iraq.

      What can be done to bring American awareness up to the standard of the
      rest of the world?

      In Davos, Switzerland, the meeting of the World Economic Forum, a
      conference where economic globalism issues are discussed, opened
      January 24 with a discussion of Bush's planned attack on Iran. The
      Secretary General of the League of Arab States and bankers and
      businessmen from such US allies as Bahrain and the United Arab
      Emirates all warned of the coming attack and its catastrophic
      consequences for the MIddle East and the world.

      Writing for Global Research (January 24), General Leonid Ivashov, vice
      president of the Academy on Geopolitical Affairs and former Joint
      Chief of Staff of the Russian Armies, forecast an American nuclear
      attack on Iran by the end of April. General Ivashov presented the
      neoconservative reasoning that is the basis for the attack and
      concluded that the world's protests cannot stop the US attack on Iran.

      There will be shock and indignation, General Ivashov concludes, but
      the US will get away with it. He writes:

      "Within weeks from now, we will see the informational warfare machine
      start working. The public opinion is already under pressure. There
      will be a growing anti-Iranian militaristic hysteria, new information
      leaks, disinformation, etc. . . . The probability of a US aggression
      against Iran is extremely high. It does remain unclear, though,
      whether the US Congress is going to authorize the war. It may take a
      provocation to eliminate this obstacle (an attack on Israel or the US
      targets including military bases). The scale of the provocation may be
      comparable to the 9-11 attack in NY. Then the Congress will certainly
      say "Yes" to the US President."

      The Bush Regime has made it clear that it is convinced that Bush
      already has the authority to attack Iran. The Regime argues that the
      authority is part of Bush's commander-in-chief powers. Congress has
      authorized the war in Iraq, and Bush's recent public statements have
      shifted the responsibility for the Iraqi insurgency from al-Qaeda to
      Iran. Iran, Bush has declared, is killing US troops in Iraq. Thus,
      Iran is covered under the authorization for the war in Iraq.

      Both Bush and Cheney have made it clear in public statements that they
      will ignore any congressional opposition to their war plans.
      For example, CBS News reported (Jan. 25) that Cheney said that a
      congressional resolution against escalating the war in Iraq "won't
      stop us." According to the Associated Press and Yahoo News, Bush
      dismissed congressional disapproval with his statement, "I'm the
      decision-maker."

      Everything is in place for an attack on Iran. Two aircraft carrier
      attack forces are deployed to the Persian Gulf, US attack aircraft
      have been moved to Turkey and other countries on Iran's borders,
      Patriot anti-missile defense systems are being moved to the Middle
      East to protect oil facilities and US bases from retaliation from
      Iranian missiles, and growing reams of disinformation alleging Iran's
      responsibility for the insurgency in Iraq are being fed to the
      gullible US Media.

      General Ivashof and everyone in the Middle East and at the Davos
      globalization conference in Europe understands the Bush Regime's agenda.

      Why cannot Americans understand?

      Why hasn't Congress told Bush and Cheney that they will both be
      instantly impeached if they initiate a wider war?


      Paul Craig Roberts was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury in the
      Reagan administration. He was Associate Editor of the Wall Street
      Journal editorial page and Contributing Editor of National Review. He
      is coauthor of The Tyranny of Good Intentions.He can be reached at:
      PaulCraigRoberts @ yahoo.com

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