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Iran has NOT invaded anyone
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Saddam was taken out by the 'WEST' over his supposed Weapons of Mass Destruction while
Israel stockpiles thousands of nuclear weapons as the 'WEST' looks on as they
are all bought and paid for by the zionists terrorists freemasons.
Iran: No country permitted to see text of Tehran's secret agreement with IAEA VIDEO
Iran: Zarif calls for a nuclear-weapons-free Middle East VIDEO
In an article published on Friday, Mohammad Javad Zarif has written that the nuclear conclusion between Iran and the P-Five-Plus-One has created a platform for cooperation on nuclear non-proliferation. According to Zarif, while Iran and other non-nuclear states have sought to consolidate the non-proliferation regime, nuclear-states, most of the P-Five-Plus-One countries among them, have completely shunned their disarmament obligations under the NPT. The top Iranian diplomat noted that it’s the time to establish a new non-proliferation treaty. According to Zarif such an accord should not only address WMDs in the hand of nuclear powers but should also seek to disarm a regime in the Middle East that has undeclared atomic weapons.
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Rothschilds Want Iran’s Banks
Could gaining control of the Central Bank of the Islamic Republic of Iran (CBI) be one of the main reasons that Iran is being targeted by Western and Israeli powers? As tensions are building up for an unthinkable war with Iran, it is worth exploring Iran’s banking system compared to its U.S., British and Israeli counterparts.
Some researchers are pointing out that Iran is one of only three countries left in the world whose central bank is not under Rothschild control. Before 9-11 there were reportedly seven: Afghanistan, Iraq, Sudan, Libya, Cuba, North Korea and Iran. By 2003, however, Afghanistan and Iraq were swallowed up by the Rothschild octopus, and by 2011 Sudan and Libya were also gone. In Libya, a Rothschild bank was established in Benghazi while the country was still at war.
Islam forbids the charging of interest, a major problem for the Rothschild banking system. Until a few hundred years ago, charging interest was also forbidden in the Christian world and was even punishable by death. It was considered exploitation and enslavement.
Since the Rothschilds took over the Bank of England around 1815, they have been expanding their banking control over all the countries of the world. Their method has been to get a country’s corrupt politicians to accept massive loans, which they can never repay, and thus go into debt to the Rothschild banking powers. If a leader refuses to accept the loan, he is oftentimes either ousted or assassinated. And if that fails, invasions can follow, and a Rothschild usury-based bank is established.
The Rothschilds exert powerful influence over the world’s major news agencies. By repetition, the masses are duped into believing horror stories about evil villains. The Rothschilds control the Bank of England, the Federal Reserve, the European Central Bank, the IMF, the World Bank and the Bank of International Settlements. Also they own most of the gold in the world as well as the London Gold Exchange, which sets the price of gold every day. It is said the family owns over half the wealth of the planet—estimated by Credit Suisse to be $231 trillion—and is controlled by Evelyn Rothschild, the current head of the family.
Objective researchers contend that Iran is not being demonized because they are a nuclear threat, just as the Taliban, Iraq’s Saddam Hussein and Libya’s Muammar Qadaffi were not a threat.
What then is the real reason? Is it the trillions to be made in oil profits, or the trillions in war profits? Is it to bankrupt the U.S. economy, or is it to start World War III? Is it to destroy Israel’s enemies, or to destroy the Iranian central bank so that no one is left to defy Rothschild’s money racket?
It might be any one of those reasons or, worse—it might be all of them.
IRANIAN TV SHOWS 'PROOF' AMERICAN DRONE DECODED VIDEO
Iran for the first time showcased supposed evidence it has managed to access some of the data stored on a US RQ-170 Sentinel drone it captured back in December 2011. The claims are based on aerial footage aired by an Iranian TV channel
NUCLEAR SCIENTIST ONE OF THE DEADLIEST PROFESSIONS IN IRAN VIDEO
IRAN NUCLEAR SOAP OPERA ENTERS ITS TWENTIETH SEASON
In 1992 Bibi said Iran would have a nuclear weapon by 1997. Today he said Iran would cross the "red line" next summer (left). Zionist governments & media have been harping on this ad nauseam issuing empty and contradictory statements. What is their game?
It's called "regime change." Neo cons have been plotting regime change in North Africa & the Middle East for exactly the same length of time. "Regime change" means Zionist control.
By James Farganne (henrymakow.com)
According to such insider texts as the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, the Jewish power elite have made a virtual science of engineering desired changes by fomenting wars and revolutions. It is a dialectical strategy that has won them almost unimaginable power.
I think a reasonable argument could be made that there never has been a successful revolution that was truly grass roots, at least not in the last hundred years or so. Real revolutions, whether social or political, seem always to come to us from the top down.
Today, we watch from the edges of our seats as crazed men like Bibi Netanyahu sabre-rattle the Middle East toward igniting a Third World War. They decry Iran's "nuclear ambitions", when even Mossad has admitted Iran has no nuclear weapons in its arsenal.
In fact, such warheads require uranium that is at least 90% enriched. Iran's enrichment has pegged out at 20%, and they have shown no signs that they intend to take it higher. This is pretty much common knowledge by now. Even the MSM has admitted it. Yet the BeeBees and the Baraks continue to slaver their venom ... as if they were blindly adhering to a script. Why?
Because they are adhering, albeit not blindly, to a script. Their dialectic methods dictate that if you want to destroy a country, then you must demonize it first. We should remember that BeeBee's current campaign of virulent rhetoric against Iran is but the culmination of a series of outbursts going back some twenty years.
IRAN BOMB ACCUSATION TIMELINE (YAWN)
Iran's nuclear power program began in the late 1970s. Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, Iran's pro-West puppet leader, embarked on an ambitious program to build upwards of 20 nuclear reactors. But then Western intelligence agencies reported that the Shah had intentions of putting together a secret nuclear weapons program.
In 1979, a revolution deposed the Shah, and thus was born the Islamic Republic of Iran. If the Protocols are any indication, we can safely assume that the purpose of setting up the Islamic Republic was to create a bugbear, a Great Satan slated for destruction down the road.
The new Iranian regime had no love for things nuclear. Ayatollah Khomeini denounced all forms of the technology and suspended the country's nuclear activities. In 1984, engineers from West Germany visited the Bushehr nuclear facility. The reactor was still unfinished, and yet shortly thereafter, West German intelligence claimed that Iran's effort to produce a nuclear bomb was "entering its final stages".
It was in 1992 that Israel started sounding alarms about a supposed Iranian nuclear threat. Bibi himself, then a parliamentarian, broke the ice by claiming that Iran was within five years of having The Bomb, and calling for "an international front headed by the US". Sound familiar?
That same year, Foreign Minister Shimon Peres, appearing on French TV, upped the date to 1999. "Iran," he warned, "is the greatest threat and greatest problem in the Middle East, because it seeks the nuclear option while holding a highly dangerous stance of extreme religious militancy."
Talk about the pot calling the kettle black -- only this case, black was actually not the kettle's color. Israel already had nukes. Iran had never even made an attempt to develop them.
1992 also saw both the House Republican Research Committee and CIA chief Robert Gates leveling similarly empty accusations from the States. Meanwhile, a "Defense Strategy for the 1990s", leaked from the Pentagon, all but omitted Iran from its conflict scenarios. Why this discrepancy?
Blur forward to 1995, and we had The New York Times pounding this same ominous drum, reporting US and Israeli officials' "fears" that Iran, once again, was about five years from developing a nuclear arsenal. Then, in 1997, The Christian Science Monitor reported that, owing to political pressure on Iran's suppliers, Iran had been "forced ... to adjust its suspected timetable for a bomb." The dreaded new outlook was a nuclear Iran within eight to ten years.
The period in this saga from 1998 - 2002 began when we were told that Iran had test-launched a medium range missile. Now US and Israeli war hawks had a fresh new pretext for their allegations.
In 1998, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld told Congress that Iran would have an ICBM capable of hitting the continental US -- and can you guess how long he said it would take? Yawn. Five years.
In 2002, we were given a ludicrous new specter called the Axis of Evil, a fiendish chimera combining three bogeymen: North Korea, Iraq, and of course, Iran. The MEK, an Iranian opposition group, in August of the same year, accused Iran of hiding enrichment facilities. Belief that Mossad had put them up to this accusation was widespread.
In 2004, Secretary of State Colin Powell announced that Iran was trying to affix a nuclear warhead to a missile. In 2005, designs for nukes were alleged to have surfaced from an intercepted Iranian laptop. Iran categorically denied their authenticity, claiming intelligence agencies had forged them. Given such agencies' known antics, this is not a far stretch.
From 2006 to 2009, we saw intermittent flurries of thinly-veiled threats from the Bush administration and the Zionist-controlled media. All of them subsisted on the assumption that Iran would soon be a nuclear power and therefore a threat to the "free world".
Yet 2007 brought a harbinger to the present din of mixed signals. America's 16 spy agencies released a combined National Intelligence Estimate in which they opined, "with high confidence", that Iran's nuclear ambitions had evaporated in 2003. In June 2008, US Ambassador to the UN John Bolton predicted an Israeli attack on Iran by January 2009. In May of that year, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee emphatically concluded that "There is no sign that Iran's leaders have ordered up a bomb".
The foregoing timeline reveals Illuminati tactics at play. By periodically repeating the same lies, they condition the public into accepting a false premise. They use false flags (9-11) as a form of trauma-based mind control to sear that premise emotionally into the public mind. Then, while admitting truth that obviates the false premise, they steam ahead with their plans anyway.
In 2007 General Wesley Clark revealed that Paul Wolfowitz indicated in 1991 that the Neo Con plan was to destabilize and oust the regimes in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Iran.
This last stage is to use imaginary nuclear weapons as a pretext to satisfy an arcane legal requirement.
By then, the public are too disoriented to know what to think, so they can formulate no coherent opposition. The Illuminati use this non-reaction to justify their atrocities. This is an MO -- repeated, via predictive programming and doublethink, ad nauseam throughout the annals of Zionist media and Hollywood.
What about the dissenting military brass, both American and Israeli, who have called an attack on Iran a suicide mission? What about all the recent friction between Netanyahu and Obama?
I would like to believe, and indeed retain some hope, that these are signs of an unexpected turn of events, something the Zionist think tanks did not foresee. But my horse sense tells me it's just a big soap opera, with celebrity spats woven into the denouement for good measure.
USA AND UK LEAD HORMUZ POWER PLAY AS ISRAEL'S IRAN STRIKE RHETORIC RISES VIDEO
A major international armada of naval power has massed off the Iranian coast for what's believed to be the biggest military exercise ever seen in the region. The American and British-led show of force near the strategic Strait of Hormuz comes as Israel has ramped up its warmongering rhetoric against Tehran.
There are further indications that a showdown with Iran may be on the cards.
IRAN WANTS WAR
MOSSAD, CIA AND MI6 BEHIND IRANIAN ASSASSINATIONS?
Families of Iranian nuclear scientists assassinated in 2010 file lawsuits against Israel, U.S. and Britain for being responsible for their deaths
Relatives are demanding those behind the killings are brought to justice through 'international bodies'
State television broadcasts purported confessions of 14 suspects for the assassinations
Suspects claim they were trained by Israel
Iran claims attacks are campaign by the West to sabotage its nuclear programme
Widow: 'Assassinating nuclear scientists and elites is against human principles'
The families of nuclear scientists from Iran who were assassinated in 2010 have filed a lawsuit against Israel, the U.S. and Britain, saying the countries are responsible for the deaths of their loved ones.
Rahim Ahmadi Roshan, father of Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan, the slain chemistry expert and a director of the Natanz uranium enrichment facility in central Iran, said the families are demanding those behind the killings should be brought to justice.
At a press conference in Tehran today, he said: 'We've filed an indictment against the Zionist regime and the arrogant powers.
'(The judiciary) is to pursue this case with the relevant international bodies.'
Earlier this month, Iran's state television broadcast the purported confessions of 14 suspects held in connection with the killing of five nuclear scientists since 2010.
The television also showed pictures from a military garrison, said to be a training camp outside Tel Aviv in Israel.
It said the suspects took courses there, including how to place magnetic bombs on cars, which was the method used to assassinate the scientists.
The suspects said in the purported confessions that they received training in Israel.
Iran claims the attacks are part of a covert campaign by Israel and the West to sabotage its nuclear programme, which the US and its allies suspect is aimed at producing nuclear weapons. Iran has denied this.
The country has also blamed Israel's Mossad, as well as the CIA and Britain's MI6 for the assassinations, with support from some of Iran's neighbors.
Tehran University professor Massoud Ali-Mohammadi who was killed by a bomb in front of his home in north Tehran January 12, 2010
The U.S. and Britain have denied involvement in the slayings. Israel has not commented.
'Through this complaint, we declare to the world that actions of arrogant governments, led by the U.S., Britain and the occupying Zionist regime, in assassinating nuclear scientists and elites is against human principles,' said a statement read out by Mansoureh Karami, wife of slain Tehran University physics professor, Masoud Ali Mohammadi.
She added: 'While filing our complaint and announcing our protest, we resolutely declare that not only will such disgraceful acts not prevent the advancement of the children of this land in science, it will cause them to take more effective steps with greater determination.'
The killing suspects are accused of assassinating a physicist at Iran's Atomic Energy Organisation (file picture)
In May, Iran hanged Majid Jamali Fashi, 24, who was sentenced to death for the 2010 killing of Ali Mohammadi.
Fashi, who said in televised confessions that he was recruited by Mossad, was convicted last August.
Officials say the campaign against Iran includes the abduction of Iranian scientists, the sale of faulty equipment and the planting of a destructive computer worm known as Stuxnet, which briefly brought Iran's uranium enrichment activity to a halt in 2010.
At least 20 aftershocks have been recorded, and the death toll is expected to rise. Villages were heavily damaged and thousands of people fled their homes.
IRAN STILL BUYS AND SELLS AMERICAN HIGH TECH GOODS DESPITE BLOCKADE VIDEO
Despite US imposed sanctions, the Iranian capital's Apple stores are full and thriving. The high-tech youth of Tehran love iPods and Macs as much as anyone. And creative businesses aren't letting a little thing like an international blockade get in the way of feeding that appetite.
OBAMA COMPLICIT IN WAVE OF STUXNET CYBER ATTACKS ON IRAN
In May 2011, the Obama administration published an admirable document setting out the US's international strategy for cyberspace. It was subtitled "Prosperity, Security, and Openness in a Networked World", and contained a foreword signed by the president himself.
"Today," wrote Obama, "as nations and people harness the networks that are all around us, we have a choice. We can either work together to realise their potential for greater prosperity and security, or we can succumb to narrow interests and undue fears that limit progress. Cybersecurity is not an end unto itself; it is instead an obligation that our governments and societies must take on willingly, to ensure that innovation continues to flourish, drive markets, and improve lives."
Stirring stuff, eh? Obama goes on. "The digital world is no longer the province of a small elite. It is a place where the norms of responsible, just, and peaceful conduct among states and peoples have begun to take hold. It is one of the finest examples of a community self-organising, as civil society, academia, the private sector, and governments work together democratically to ensure its effective management. Most important of all, this space continues to grow, develop, and promote prosperity, security, and openness as it has since its invention. This is what sets the internet apart in the international environment, and why it is so important to protect."
I couldn't have put it better myself. But there is a small problem. At the time when he signed that stirring declaration, Obama knew something that the rest of us didn't – namely that the Stuxnet worm, which caused such havoc at the heart of Iran's uranium-enrichment process had been written, under his authorisation, by programmers in the US National Security Agency (with some assistance from software engineers working for the Israeli military).
When Stuxnet was first discovered in 2010, it attracted a great deal of attention for several reasons. For one thing it was so remarkably sophisticated and complex that its creation would have required a large software team. This led many of us to suppose that it must be the work of the security services of a major industrial country: it was hard to imagine run-of-the-mill malware authors going to all that trouble when they could be harvesting stolen credit-card numbers without getting out of bed. But the most intriguing thing about Stuxnet was the way it targeted a very specific piece of equipment: the Siemens Simatic programmable logic controller. It is commonplace in industrial operations everywhere – oil refineries, chemical plants, water-treatment facilities and so on. And it is also the device that controlled the centrifuges of the Iranian nuclear programme. Stuxnet could – and did – instruct the Siemens controller to cause the centrifuges to accelerate until they disintegrated.
All this pointed toward one conclusion – that Stuxnet must have been the creation of either the US or Israel. But no one knew for sure. Now, thanks to some fine investigative reporting by David Sanger, we do. The Stuxnet project – codenamed "Olympic Games" – was actually started by the Bush administration and accelerated by Obama in his first months in office. What's more, Sanger claims that Obama took a detailed, personal interest in the progress of the Stuxnet attack and that there were some agonised discussions in the White House when it was realised that the worm, instead of remaining inside the Natanz nuclear plant, had escaped into the wild, as it were. An error in the code led it to infect an engineer's computer. When he left the plant and hooked up his laptop elsewhere the software didn't recognise that its environment had changed. And then the cat was out of the bag – which is how we first got to hear of it.
Sanger's revelations raise some thorny issues, of which two immediately spring to mind. One: does Obama's duplicity – publicly espousing the internet as a space that is unpolluted by cyberwar and cyberespionage while covertly sponsoring a cyberweapon like Stuxnet – fatally undermine America's credibility as a defender of internet freedoms?
Or should it be seen as a defensible exercise in realpolitik – on the grounds that using software to sabotage Iran's nuclear ambitions would cause less collateral damage than an Israeli airstrike? And two: given that (a) software like Stuxnet could bring our entire industrial infrastructure to a halt, and (b) the likelihood that any piece of malware will escape into the wild, should we treat cyberweapons like biological weapons and ban their use entirely? Discuss, as they say in politics exams.
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AMERICA LAUNCHED AN UNDECLARED WAR ON IRAN LONG AGO
The US launched an undeclared war on Iran long ago and Iran has not retaliated in any serious way so far.
by Branden Moore (henrymakow.com)
Despite attempts by Western media whores to portray Iran as a grave threat to US national security, the truth is far more sinister.
The US has been at war with Iran since the 1950's at least, starting with operation AJAX, also know as TPAJAX. This was a joint US-British intelligence operation that overthrew the democratically elected government of Prime Minister Mosaddegh in 1953.
The media whores characterize Iran as an evil aggressor who must be neutralized by Western intervention. The accusations include: conspiring to attack a neighboring country with nuclear weapons, orchestrating 9/11, creating instability in Iraq and cooperating with Al-Qaeda.
How dumb they think we are? The US (and Israel), fronts for the central banking cartel, are the aggressors.
For example: Al-Qaeda is a Sunni group and a sworn enemy of the predominantly Shiite population in Iran. Al-Qaeda was created by US government officials to create instability.
The US put Saddam Hussein into power and backed his regime during the Iran-Iraq war from 1980 to 1988. Like so many others, Saddam was betrayed by the US when he became a liability to the globalist agenda. 
The invasion of Iraq by the US in 2003 was not done solely to take over the natural resources, but to use Iraq as a launch pad against Iran.
IRAN SLOW TO ACKNOWLEDGE UNDECLARED WAR
As early as 2005 former UN weapons inspector, Scott Ritter, was sounding the alarm on US covert operations in Iran, stating: "The US war with Iran has already begun. As we speak, American overflights of Iranian soil are taking place, using pilotless drones and other, more sophisticated, capabilities. The violation of a sovereign nation's airspace is an act of war in and of itself. But the war with Iran has gone far beyond the intelligence-gathering phase." 
He also stated that the MEK (The People's Mujahedin of Iran) once run by Saddam Hussein's intelligence services was working exclusively for the CIA's Directorate of Operations to carry out bombings in Iran.
In February 2007, a high-ranking CIA official reported anonymously to the Telegraph newspaper, that terrorist funding in Iran comes directly from the CIA's classified budget and is "no great secret".
The claim was backed by former State Department counter-terrorism agent, Fred Burton who said: "The latest attacks inside Iran fall in line with US efforts to supply and train Iran's ethnic minorities to destabilize the Iranian regime." 
In 2010, The New York Times revealed that Gen. David H. Petraeus had signed a secret directive that: "authorizes the sending of American Special Operations troops to both friendly and hostile nations in the Middle East, Central Asia and the Horn of Africa to gather intelligence and build ties with local forces".
According to the report the directive was intended to make previous activities initiated under the Bush administration more "systematic and long term" 
The number of "mysterious" bombings and "unexplained" fatalities in Iran since 2005 has increased dramatically. The events are virtually impossible to compile due to the reluctance of Iran's media to report them and its government to address it.
Only recently has Iran reacted to these events via military exercises and threats to close down the Strait of Hormuz. These reactions have been strategically characterized as "aggressive" behavior by Western media whores.
EXAMPLES OF COVERT OPERATIONS
The Israeli newspaper Ha aratz has compiled 8 documented explosions and assassinations from 2010 - 2011 alone, and those are only the incidents related to Iran's nuclear development at the time.
The most recent fatality according to the report occurred on January 11, 2012 when nuclear scientist, Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan was killed by a magnetic bomb placed on the side of his car by a motorcyclist. 
In November, 2011 an Iranian missile base was completely destroyed after an explosion which Iranian authorities had described as an "accident". Satellite images of the site before and after the explosion reveal the extensive damage. The blast occurred just as Iran had achieved a milestone in the development of a new missile. 
Iran just happens to be one of the few countries left on the planet that refuses to allow the banks and their fortune 100 front companies to operate on it's soil with impunity.
If the bankers succeed in using America to colonize Iran they will take control of the Iranian central bank which will operate as the shadow government of Iran. Americans will experience a similar demise once the bankers have full control of the planet and America has been exhausted of it's use.
IRAN WARSHIPS ENTER MEDITERRANEAN AS TENSIONS WITH ISRAEL GROW
Iran's warships entered the Mediterranean on Saturday to show its 'might' to regional countries, as a high-level American official arrived in Israel.
Iran sent two of its warships into the Mediterranean on Saturday as tensions with Israel worsened and a senior American official arrived in Tel Aviv.
State television presenters in Tehran were triumphant after Iranian ships passed through the Suez Canal for only the second time since the Islamic revolution in 1979.
Reports said they had docked in Tartus, the main port for Iran’s embattled ally regime Syria which has been convulsed by an uprising for almost a year.
“The strategic navy of the Islamic Republic of Iran has passed through the Suez Canal for the second time since the (1979) Islamic Revolution,” said navy commander Admiral Habibollah Sayari.
He claimed that Iran was showing its “might” to regional countries - with Israel the one the Iranians most want to impress. The admiral also made the unconvincing claim that the mission sent a “message of peace and friendship.” Israel immediately put its navy on alert.
The deployment raised tensions with Israel at a dangerous time, with speculation growing that air strikes are being prepared against Iran’s nuclear programme before it reaches a point where it cannot be stopped.
Dan Fayutkin, an Israeli Defence Force officer and expert in military strategy, said that the movement of Iranian vessels into the Mediterranean risked starting a war.
“Any military move made now by either Israel or Iran would be hostile,” he said.
Iranian spokesmen did not say how many vessels had passed through the canal, or what missions they were planning, but said the flotilla had previously docked in the Saudi port city of Jeddah. Two Iranian ships, the destroyer Shahid Qandi and supply vessel Kharg, docked in the Red Sea port on February 4, according to Iranian media.
In February last year two Iranian vessels passed through the Suez Canal, soon after Egypt’s revolution, for the first time since 1979.
Iran’s navy has been used for sabre rattling several times in recent months, especially in the strategic Strait of Hormuz where it faces powerful American naval forces.
A series of assassinations in Iran of nuclear scientists, and terrorist attacks against Israeli diplomats in New Delhi and Bangkok in the past week, have raised tensions between the two enemies to new levels.
Hours after the ships passed through the Suez Canal, the US National Security Advisor, Tom Donilon, arrived in Israel for talks with senior officials about Iran and the crisis in Syria. Senior US officials have warned in recent weeks that Israeli opinion is starting to favour the air strike option.
However, the US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, and Catherine Ashton, the European Union’s foreign policy chief, voiced cautious optimism yesterday about the prospect of Iran returning to nuclear talks with six world powers. At a joint press conference they said they had received a promising new overture from Tehran.
Mr Donilon’s visit came ahead of a visit to Washington by the Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, for White House talks with President Obama in early March, where the leaders are likely to focus on Iran and the failure to find a deal on resuming direct talks between Israeli and Palestinian negotiators.
Meanwhile, on a visit to Tokyo, Israeli defence minister Ehud Barak said a nuclear-armed Iran would trigger an arms race in the Middle East. “Crippling” sanctions should be imposed on Tehran to force it to give up its atomic programme, he said. In The Daily Telegraph yesterday the Foreign Secretary, William Hague, also warned of the danger of a nuclear Cold War in the Middle East because of Iran’s nuclear programme.
AYATOLLAH CAST AS HITLER IN ILLUMINATI SEQUEL 'WORLD WAR III'
Ayatollah Khameini (left) has been cast in the role of Hitler in the Illuminati's
spectacular new sequel, "World War Three." Once again the West rides to the rescue
of Jews threatened with "annihilation."
by Henry Makow Ph.D
The ducks are lined up for another world war. As in previous world wars, Zionists are conscripting the United States. If Americans get suckered again, they deserve the consequences.
The headline on Drudge.com was: "Ayatollah: Kill all Jews, annihilate Israel..." Americans are expected to rally to their defense, like a trained dog.
Drudge links to an article on the NeoCon web site "World Net Daily." (Obviously Drudge is another Zionist asset.)
The article, written by "a former CIA operative" says, "the Iranian government, through a website proxy, has laid out the legal and religious justification for the destruction of Israel and the slaughter of its people....The doctrine includes [preemptive strikes] wiping out Israeli assets and Jewish people worldwide."
The source of this sabre rattling is an article on a Farsi website by one "Alireza Forghani, a conservative analyst and a strategy specialist in Khamenei's camp."
However, an Israeli website identifies Alireza Forghani as merely "an Iranian blogger:"
"Alireza Forghani, a computer engineer, wrote in his essay that Tehran should exploit the West's dawdling over a strike on Iran to "wipe out Israel" by 2014 - that is, before President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's term runs out. The post was widely covered in the Iranian media on Saturday."
So rather than a government spokesman, Forghani is really "a blogger," with a two year time horizon for a "preemptive attack."
This is how the Zionists beat the drum for war.
d what did Khamenei actually say?
The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution said the regional uprisings will bring about decline and isolation for the Zionist regime and stressed:
"One of the outcomes of these movements is decline and isolation for the Zionist regime, which is very important, because the Zionist regime is truly a cancerous tumor in the region and it must be, and will be, cut off."
Saying the "Zionist regime" is a cancerous tumor is hardly the same as the advocating preemptive attacks and the genocide of every Jew on earth.
It sounds like regime change to me. Even Israelis would welcome that.
But the Zionists and their many proxies want you to believe the worst, because they want to sucker the US into another self-destructive world war. Russia, China and even Pakistan have said they will support Iran.
BTW, why is it OK for Pakistan to have nuclear weapons but not Iran? Why is it OK for Israel to have more than 200 nuclear warheads? But we know, WMD's are just an excuse for aggression and war. Iraq proved that.
"THREE WORLD WARS"
It's time to remember that "Islamists" like Ayatollah Khameini and the Zionists are actually Masonic brothers. They form two arms of a pincer designed to throw the world into chaos, out of which will emerge Illuminati tyranny.
Like the Zionists, Khameini and Islamic fundamentalists were put into power by the Illuminati, i.e. the Masonic Central Bankers. (See also, David Livingstone's Islamists/Zionists: Following the Hegelian Dialectic.)
Let's review General Pike's famous 1871 Letter to Giuseppe Mazzini:
"The Third World War must be fomented by taking advantage of the differences caused by the "agentur" of the "Illuminati" between the political Zionists and the leaders of Islamic World," Pike wrote.
"Agentur" means "agent." The same term is used in another Illuminati document "The Protocols of the Elders of Zion" which dates from the same period.
The key point here is these wars are contrived. They are "caused by agentur of the Illuminati" on both sides. These agents owe their first loyalty to the Illuminati not to their countries.
Their aim is to destroy their respective countries and profit from the carnage.
Pike continues: "The [third] war must be conducted in such a way that Islam (the Moslem Arabic World) and political Zionism (the State of Israel) mutually destroy each other."
The rest of the world will be drawn in. "Meanwhile the other nations, once more divided on this issue will be constrained to fight to the point of complete physical, moral, spiritual and economical exhaustion..."
At this point, they will be constrained to accept the Luciferian one-world government.
"Zionism is but an incident of a far-reaching plan," leading American Zionist Louis Marshall, counsel for bankers Kuhn Loeb said in 1917. "It is merely a convenient peg on which to hang a powerful weapon."
Zionism has been effective in conscripting the US into World War One and World War Two. Now, they are going for a hat trick.
Americans, and Westerners in general, have forfeited their sovereignty and culture to an alien movement which is itself a tool of Satanists. The "far-reaching plan" is to use war to establish a Satanic dominion over humanity.
SATANIST INSIDER: IRAN ATTACK "FIRST HALF OF MARCH"
"Iranian missiles can hit Israel and American bases in Saudi Arabia. Try to imagine the costs of oil, the global explosion of prices and the nuclear waste. This has been planned for about nine years now with NATO. This year the American dollar dies. America will take a little longer."
[Disclaimer: While we do cannot confirm this information or endorse this point of view, we present it for your evaluation. AJF gave the world this important revelation. As he says, Satanists "feed on fear" so perhaps he is just stoking the fires.]
by Aloysius J. Fozdyke(henrymakow.com)
So does fear, but on a less intense level. We harness these energies. We create paradigms. We feed the Spirits and They get stronger. We are calling in The Usher of Desecration to make the way for Vindex.
This is the oldest battle - a spiritual battle for freedom and of honour, loyalty and revenge. 'We believe in Lucifer, the everlasting Light-bringer...And in the Self...which shares His potential [and] the supreme sanctity of the Will...We look forward to His reign and the pleasures which are to come!'
We work like history. We have a public and a private face. We give the masses what they want, to the degree they can tolerate.
Theirs is a simple herd mentality built upon conformity and debasement.
For them, limitation is security. We were forced to be shepherds. They demand what we provide, for we offer explanations and hold out hope. A perfect symbiosis. The more abuse and misuse the more familiar and therefore unaware sheeple grow to it. They are expendable extras: hardwired to suffer - but without awareness. Keep them diverted from their reality, help them find answers which suit Our agenda and they are tame.
Our initiates exist for themselves and the glory of Our Hidden God. Others are simply allies, obstacles or tools.
Very quickly they will know (if not understand) where they are in the food chain. The death cries of trash have been and will remain sacrifices to bring the strength, authority, order and joy that Our Father has promised through The Usher. Now is His time, and Ours.
As Europe, Britain, America, China and the world fall apart; as the resources rich Middle East and Africa are shattered, Europe looses it fuel and the international, cleansing apocalypse begins: We are ready and well pleased.
Iranian missiles can hit Israel and American bases in Saudi Arabia. Try to imagine the costs of oil, the global explosion of prices and the nuclear waste. This has been planned for about nine years now with NATO. This year the American dollar dies. America will take a little longer.
Truth be told, without the unfailing help of the sheeple, their pens and their slaughterhouses could not have been built. Your democracies are a sick joke.
Without your taxes, your Freemasons, your kiddies joining the police and military, evangelical churches, the flags and parades, media; whilst not forgetting C.I. Scofield - none of what is about to happen could have happened.
By sticking to the accepted plot ad absurdum we're convince the followers of Yeshua to support us. For them, the worse it gets the better it is. You guys and gals are going to be happy!
The word I have is the first half of March, but these things are obviously somewhat tentative and dependent on circumstances. Nonetheless, that's the time frame; give or take. Have no fear!
And I was never trying to convince anyone. I was just telling you.
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran's supreme leader has called the uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia an "Islamic liberation movement".
In his address, during Friday prayers at Tehran University in Iran's capital, he said that people are witnessing the reverberations of Iran's 1979 Islamic revolution.
"The awakening of the Islamic Egyptian people is an Islamic liberation movement and I, in the name of the Iranian government, salute the Egyptian people and the Tunisian people,"he said.
Khamenei has urged Egypt's protesters to follow in the footsteps of the Iranian revolution which toppled a pro-US leader and installed an Islamic Republic, calling on Egyptians to unite around religion.
He said events in Tunisia and Egypt, were a sign of "Islamic awareness" in the region and that these movements will spell an "irreparable defeat" for the United States.
'Servant of Zionists'
Khamenei added that the Egypt's embattled president, Hosni Mubarak, is a "servant" of Israel and the United States.
"For 30 years this country [Egypt] has been in the hands of someone who is not seeking freedom and is the enemy of those seeking freedom.
"Not only he is not anti-Zionist, but he is the companion, colleague, confidant and servant of Zionists. It is a fact that Hosni Mubarak's servitude to America has been unable to take Egypt one step towards prosperity."
The spiritual leader's remarks were received by cheering crowds of worshippers who, raising their hands, chanted "Death to America! Death to Israel!"
The sermon marked the first time in seven months that the leader has addressed the weekly Friday prayers, and came as protesters were massing in Egypt to participate in "departure day" demonstrations to force Mubarak to quit.
"Today's events in North Africa, Egypt and Tunisia and some other countries have different meanings for us," Khamenei said.
"This is what was always talked about as the occurrence of Islamic awakening at the time of the Islamic revolution of the great Iranian nation and is showing itself today."
Top Iranian officials have supported the protests in Egypt and have warned Tehran's arch-foe Washington against "interfering" in what they say is a movement of the people.
Khamenei said that Israel was the country most concerned about the Arab revolts.
"Today more than the fleeing Tunisian and Egyptian officials, Israelis and the Zionist enemies are the most worried about these events as they know if Egypt stops being their ally and take its rightful place, it would be a great event in the region," he said.
Dorsa Jabbari, Al Jazeera's correspondent in Tehran, said Khamenei "is asking them to follow through what he is calling a real earthquake in the region".
The Iranian people are supporting the uprising in Egypt as "they believe that it has been long time in the making and it is about time that [the Egyptian] people put an end to the dictatorship in their country", our correspondent said.
"They [the Iranians] see the events as extremely significant as they feel that it is the opportunity to change the religious field in the region."
MURDERED IRANIAN NUCLEAR SCIENTIST'S FUNERAL VIDEO
Thousands of mourners chanted "Death to Israel" and "Death to America" on Friday during the funeral of a slain nuclear expert whom Iranian officials accuse the two nations of killing in a bomb blast this week as part of a secret operation to stop Iran's nuclear program.
IRANIAN NUCLEAR SCIENTIST ASSASSINATED WITH A MAGNETIC BOMB ON HIS CAR
A leading Iranian nuclear scientist was assassinated today by two men who attached a magnetic bomb to his car.
They sped alongside on motorcycles and planted the bombs before escaping. Two people were hurt.
Chemistry expert and a director of the Natanz uranium enrichment plant, Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan died instantly after being thrown from the car. Iran immediately blamed the US and Israel for the assassination. No arrests have been made and witnesses said the killers executed their mission in seconds.
Israeli officials have hinted about covert campaigns against Iran without directly admitting involvement but have, along with the US, denied accusations of assassinations.
Mr Roshan's death is a bitter blow to Iran's nuclear programme. The 32-year-old was seen as one of the leading specialists on building polymeric layers for gas separation.
Tensions between Washington and Tehran escalated yesterday when the UN revealed it had discovered an underground uranium enrichment plant near Q'om. But Iran continues to deny it is planning to build nuclear weapons, saying the enrichment is for civilian purposes.
A similar attack two years ago killed Tehran University professor Masoud Ali Mohammadi, a senior physics professor. He died when a bomb-rigged motorcycle exploded near his car as he was about to leave for work. And in November 2010, back-to-back bomb attacks in the capital killed one nuclear scientist and wounded another.
Theodore Karasik, of the Dubai-based Institute for Near East and Gulf Military Analysis, said: "Instead of actually fighting a conventional war, Western powers and their allies appear to be relying on covert war tactics to try to delay and degrade Iran's nuclear advancement."
TEHRAN, Dec. 26 (UPI) -- An Israeli attack on Iran will spell the end of Tel Aviv, Iranian Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi warned amid a wide scale navy drill in the Straits of Hormuz.
"The Zionist regime is completely isolated and under no circumstances it can attack Iran unless she wants to commit a suicide," the Iranian state news agency IRNA quoted Vahidi saying Sunday night. "It is due to the fact that it will receive deadly strikes from Iran which will make it unstable.
"Iran is in a unique position in all areas, including manufacture of unmanned reconnaissance aircraft, as well as defense and assault airplanes. Iran has also made great progress in electronic warfare technology, aviation industries and missile technology," Vahidi said.
Vahidi Saturday said the Islamic Republic's military forces have tracked down locations that will enable them to "paralyze the enemy" in any potential military engagement, Press TV reported.
"That war is a kind of war we are not looking for, however, if the enemy seeks to take action, we will use all aspects of our capabilities in sophisticated areas," the defense minister said.
Vahidi also lauded the recent interception of a U.S. drone, calling it a great achievement.
"The U.S. by violating Iran's airspace not only violated international law, it also undermined the rights of Iran and Afghanistan, which unfortunately faced silence of international bodies, especially in the United Nations," he said.
Iran launched a widespread navy drill Saturday spanning a 1,250 mile radius from the southern edge of the Arabian Sea into the Gulf of Aden. The drill is expected to last another eight days.
IRAN MAY NOW RANK NUMBER ONE IN WORLD NATURAL GAS RESERVES
Sanctions have no effect; EU will not impose oil sanctions, says oil minister.
Iran may rank first in the world in terms of gas reserves following the discovery of a new reservoir in the Caspian Sea, Iranian Oil Minister Rostam Qasemi said Sunday.
Also, the European Union "definitely" will not impose sanctions on OPEC member Iran's oil exports because such a measure would harm the global crude market, said Qasemi.
In an effort Friday to increase pressure on Tehran over its disputed nuclear program, EU leaders called for more sanctions against Iran to be put in place by the end of January.
A new gas reservoir was discovered 700-meters deep in Iran's Caspian Sea, with its reserves standing at 50 trillion cubic feet. "It is predicted that after examination, the gas in this field would add up to much more than this," Qasemi added.
Iran sits on the world's second-largest natural gas reserves after Russia, but international sanctions have frustrated plans to develop the country's gas sector for export, and booming domestic demand has made Iran the third-largest consumer of natural gas and a top-30 importer.
"Our policy is to maintain a sustainable supply of oil to Europe ... Iran is a major oil producer and any sanctions on our oil exports would harm the global market," Qasemi told a news conference.
Last week, EU foreign ministers agreed to formulate new sanctions for Iran's energy, transport and banking sectors.
Iran has been hit by four rounds of UN sanctions and international sanctions for refusing to halt its sensitive nuclear activities, which the United States and its allies say are aimed at developing weapons.
In its latest report, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA ) released new evidence confirming international concerns that Iran is developing nuclear weapons. Tehran denies the allegations, saying it needs nuclear technology to generate electricity.
Iranian authorities say the sanctions have had no impact on Iran's economy; authorities have defied the UN Security Council's demands to halt the country's nuclear project. "We (would ) have no problem in finding a replacement for the EU oil market," Qasemi said. On the country's oil swap, the oil minister said that currently the amount is not significant and stands at 25,000 to 30,000 barrels per day. Underlining the involvement of the private sector in oil swap, he said that the figure is expected to hit 400,000 to 500,000 barrels per day.
International sanctions have kept foreign investors away from the Islamic republic, which is OPEC's number two oil producer with 2.6 million barrels a day in oil exports. The United States, Britain and Canada announced new measures against Iran's energy and financial sectors last month, and France proposed new sanctions, including freezing the assets of Iran's central bank and suspending purchases of the country's oil.
France, backed by Germany and Britain, has led the push to ban Iran's crude, but some states - notably Greece - have expressed reservations because of their reliance on Iranian oil.
Iran's Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said attempts to impose a ban on Iran's oil exports were due to a rift among the European Union members. "When they [EU member states] have so many differences among themselves, they should know the unity they have is only superficial," Salehi said, according to Iran's semi-official Mehr news agency. "Each member goes after its own maximal interests ... they have this profiteering approach and, with this rift, such sanctions cannot be imposed."
Describing the oil market situation as balanced, Salehi also said that Iran will consider fair prices and the condition of the market in the upcoming OPEC summit, slated for December 14.
The report did not reveal details of initial estimates of the newly discovered reserves, nor did it list the exact location.
TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iranian media reported on Sunday that their country's military had shot down a U.S. reconnaissance drone in eastern Iran, but a U.S. official said there was no indication the aircraft had been shot down.
NATO's U.S.-led mission in neighbouring Afghanistan said the Iranian report could refer to an unarmed U.S. spy drone that went missing there last week.
The incident comes at a time when Tehran is trying to contain foreign outrage at the storming of the British embassy on Tuesday, after London announced sanctions on Iran's central bank in connection with Iran's nuclear enrichment programme.
Iran has announced several times in the past that it shot down U.S., Israeli or British drones, in incidents that did not provoke high-profile responses.
"Iran's military has downed an intruding RQ-170 American drone in eastern Iran," Iran's Arabic-language Al Alam state television network quoted a military source as saying.
"The spy drone, which has been downed with little damage, was seized by the Iranian armed forces," the source said. "The Iranian military's response to the American spy drone's violation of our airspace will not be limited to Iran's borders."
Iranian officials were not available to comment further.
NATO's International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan said in a statement: "The UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) to which the Iranians are referring may be a U.S. unarmed reconnaissance aircraft that had been flying a mission over western Afghanistan late last week.
"The operators of the UAV lost control of the aircraft and had been working to determine its status."
A U.S. official, who asked not to be named, said: "There is absolutely no indication up to this point that Iranians shot down this drone."
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ISRAEL'S MOSSAD BEHIND ASSASSINATION OF IRANIAN NUCLEAR SCIENTIST
Man pleads guilty to assassinating Iranian nuclear scientist
A man accused by Iran of carrying out an assassination "sponsored and designed by Israel" has pleaded guilty to the murder of an Iranian "nuclear scientist".
According to Iranian media, Majid Jamali-Fashi, 26, admitted killing Masoud Ali-Mohammadi, a particle physicist who Iran says was involved in the country's nuclear programme,
Jamali-Fashi confessed to having attached a remote-control bomb to a motorcycle parked on the street, which detonated and killed Ali-Mohammadi while he was leaving home for work in January 2010.
But seasoned observers questioned whether it was a show trial intended to cover-up Iran's embarrassment over its failure to protect its nuclear scientists.
The extent of Ali-Mohammadi's involvement in Iran's nuclear programme is still not clear. At the time of the assassination, some expressed skepticism over claims that he was a nuclear scientist, saying that he had voiced strong support for the opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi in the past.
But it emerged later that Ali-Mohammadi could have been associated with Tehran's nuclear ambitions after his name was seen on a list of an Iranian team at the Sesame Council, a joint-project involving different countries including Israel which runs a particle accelerator in Jordan.
Prosecutors in the case accused Israel and its intelligence agency, Mossad, of being behind "terrorist groups" trained to kill Iranian scientists in order to halt the country's Iran's nuclear programme.
"The defendant had travelled to Israel to receive training from Mossad and had agreed to assassinate Dr Ali-Mohammadi in return for $120,000," the English-language newspaper Tehran Times quoted the city's chief prosecutor, Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi, as saying.
According to the semi-official Fars news agency, Jamali-Fashi said he was also assigned to carry out five other "terrorist operations" after the assassination.
Ali-Mohammadi's family asked for death penalty for the accused, according to Fars, but Judge Abol-Ghassem Salavati said sentencing would be issued in due course.
Jamali-Fashi had previously appeared in a TV programme in January in which he confessed to having been hired by Israel and trained at a military base outside Tel Aviv before being dispatched to Iran to kill Ali-Mohammadi.
The programme described him as "the main element" of any Israeli-trained network involved in the assassination. At the time of the broadcast, Iran's intelligence minister, Heydar Moslehi, said Iran had uncovered "a US-backed Israeli operation" and arrested more than 10 people with links to Mossad.
In response to Jamali-Fashi's TV confessions, Israel denied any connection with him.
In recent years, Iran's nuclear programme has experienced a series of setback after the assassinations of its scientists and the Stuxnet computer worm, which was designed to sabotage its atomic facilities and halt its uranium-enrichment programme. The malware is believed to have targeted a control system used in Iran's nuclear sites in July last year.
In November, Majid Shahriari, a nuclear scientist, was killed and Fereidoon Abbasi Davani, Iran's current atomic chief, survived assassination in two similar attacks to the one which Ali-Mohammadi died.
In July, an Iranian academic, Darioush Rezaeinejad was shot dead by gunmen riding on motorcycles. He was initially described by state media as a nuclear scientist but officials later denied he was involved in Iran's atomic programme. Rumours spread that at the time that the 35-year-old masters student might have been mistakenly killed instead of a nuclear scientist with a similar name, Darioush Rezaei.
London Olympics chiefs today defended their logo after Iran claimed it concealed the word "Zion".
They insisted the £400,000 logo -made up of four jagged figures - "represents the year 2012, nothing else" despite claims from the Islamic state that it is racist.
Iran has threatened to boycott the London Games unless the logo is changed. In a letter to the International Olympic Committee, Iran's Games chiefs said videos on YouTube show the digits being reorganised, with the 2 becoming a Z, the 1 an I, the 0 a O and the final 2 being read as an N.
Zion is a hill in Jerusalem where the Jewish religion is said to have begun, and is taken as a synonym for Israel.
The IOC said it backed London's stance. The logo, by design agency Wolff Olins, was widely ridiculed when it was unveiled in 2007.
Iran's national Olympic committee have written to the IOC making an official complaint about the logo and threatening that they and other countries may not take part in the Games.
The first complaint was made by Iran's former IOC member Seyed Mostafa Hashemi Taba earlier this month to the IOC.
The Iran Labour News Agency have reported a letter from Mohammad Aliabadi, head of the National Olympic Committee in the Islamic republic, to IOC president Jacques Rogge.
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FIDEL CASTRO WARNS OF IMMINENT NUCLEAR CATASTROPHE
The escalating tensions between Iran and the United States could lead to a new worldwide nuclear catastrophe, former Cuban leader Fidel Castro warned on Monday, Xinhua reported.
If the United States and its allies try to inspect Iranian ships, "they will receive the proper answer," local media quoted an article written by Castro as saying.
"I have no doubt that as soon as U.S. and Israeli warships try to inspect the first Iranian cargo ship ... it will be the exact moment when the terrible war will begin," Castro said in the article, dubbed "Knowing the truth in time."
"A disaster" is coming "quickly" and a war would start even before the quarter-final of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, he added.
The UN Security Council adopted a resolution earlier this month imposing new sanctions against Iran over its controversial nuclear program, including restrictions on its shipping and air cargo operations.
Castro handed over power to his brother Raul due to health problems in 2006 and has since devoted himself to editorials on major world issues.