Sunday, March 25, 2007

Looks like you're on a roll, Siraj!

You know when people say, 'don't shoot the messenger', you better hope it's not you that they're talking about, cause one of these days, someone just might, y'know, take a shot.

Be careful, dude –I mean it–

Jasp

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From Al Jazeera International


UPDATED ON: TUESDAY, MARCH 25, 2007
7:29 MECCA TIME, 2:29 GMT
NEWS: AMERICAS – THE WAR ON EVIL
By Siraj Talal (Embedded in North Carolina)

COMBINED MUSLIM AND HINDU FORCES UP ANTE IN SEARCH FOR CHRISTIAN EXTREMISTS

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid Calls Surge 'Disappointing'

Ninety advance troops from India arrived in Asheville, NC, today. An additional battalion of roughly 800 troops from Indonesia, by way of Venezuela, are expected to arrive next week.

It is the first small wave of troops in a Combined Forces strategy that is expected to put more than 1,500 additional PMC troops on the ground in US territory, significantly escalating the search for Oliver Lowell and members of his organization, on the premise that he may be in possession of materials enabling him to build weapons of mass destruction.

The arrival of additional forces in North Carolina comes four days after leaders of the Combined Forces approved a 'surge' of additional military force, while attending a special emergency conference in Bali, Indonesia.

US Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-N.M., also responded to the report, calling the arrival of foreign troops on American soil "deeply disappointing."

Reid has said on previous occasions that Americans won't tolerate foreign forces in North Carolina, or anywhere in the country, and that he has been considering plans for an offensive offered by his congressional colleagues, in direct contrast to what the public now knows President Bush calls a policy of 'limited cooperation'.

Split Troops to Secure City

PMC Military commanders say there is more to this plan than boots on ground –it's also how they'll be used.

The idea is for members of Special Forces to become a more integral part of Appalachian neighborhoods like Asheville, which was secured earlier this month, only to see violence spike immediately after PMC forces declared their mission accomplished.

Under the new plan, the city of Asheville will be divided into nine separate sections at the request of Indian government who want one Army and police battalion devoted to section.

The additional PMC troops being sent to southwestern part of North Carolina will be divided among those nine sections of the city, nearly doubling PMC combat power in the region.

In a surprising switch from the current course of action, these PMC forces will be housed –not in encampments in the mountains– but rather in the very neighborhoods they patrol. Military planners told Al Jazeera International there will eventually be about 30 mini-bases, called joint security stations, scattered around the region housing both Indian and Indonesian troops primarily.

AJI

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Hey, I got another story published on the website last night. Not that it's good news. In fact, it' s looking bad, so why do I feel like celebrating?

Siraj

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From Al Jazeera International


UPDATED ON: SATURDAY, MARCH 21, 2007
12:02 PM Mecca time, 9:02 AM GMT
NEWS: AMERICAS – THE WAR ON EVIL
By Siraj Talal (Embedded in North Carolina)

WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION
Rapture or Rupture: Evangelicals and Weapons of Mass Destruction

Today at a press conference, Indonesian Military Chief Air Marshall Djoko Suyanto suggested that the Special Forces were lingering at their positions while analysts in Indonesia were examining reports pertaining to the discovery of a trove of partially burnt documents in Western North Carolina which detailed designs of missiles, bombs and nuclear weapons in a hastily abandoned safe house in the Asheville area.

One recovered document included A 39-page memo recovered from a laptop computer thought to belong to a member of PURE who abandoned the device during a recent raid by PMC Forces. Those who have seen the memo say it reads like an Bombmaking For Dummies. Forget military explosives or fancy detonators, it lectured. Instead, the manual advised a shopping trip to a hardware store or pharmacy, where all the necessary ingredients for a Crusader attack are stocked on the shelves.

"Make use of that which is available at your disposal and... bend it to suit your needs, improvise rather than waste valuable time becoming despondent over that which is not within your reach," counseled the author of the memo, Erland Roos, a Christian Extremist and retired technical expert with the US Navy and part of the original team from Norfolk that provided data analysis of the USS Cole (DDG 67) after the attack on it in Aden, Yemen, on Oct. 12, 2000, killing 17 and wounding 33. In the document, Roos is reported to have written that he developed his keep-it-simple philosophy by "observing senior planners" during his years of service to the US military.

But it is unclear whether the documents are actually US military in origin; or whether they were found by or delivered to a person or persons with ties to a Crusader militia.

As a result, combined, cooperative Malaysian and Indian special forces units have begun searching for potential weapons of mass destruction sites throughout the Appalachian chain, but have so far made no substantial finds.

"We know of 5 licensed commercial nuclear reactors in North Carolina, not to mention General Electric’s recent relocation of its nuclear energy division to Williamston, North Carolina," Djoko Suyanto noted.

"We are certain the US military diverts some of these radioactive byproducts to military industry and the creation of weapons of mass destruction for so-called defensive purposes. Thankfully, so far, none of it seems to have gotten into the hands of terrorists, although," the Chief Air Marshall further cautioned, "it is probably only a matter of time before the Americans lose control of some portion of their nuclear, biological or chemical stockpile, and we are attempting to learn whether or not that has already happened before we leave the country."

"The problem," Suyanto continued, "–is that the Christian Extremists recruit American and European military personnel, so even though we can damage their civilian terrorist network, it is really up to the US and the European governments to root out these criminals from the inside out. Although of course," the Chief Air Marshall added, "We would be more than happy to execute this task ourselves."


AJI

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

You guys have seen this, right?

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BBC BREAKING NEWS for March 21, 2007

ASIAN & GULF LEADERS GATHER TO DISCUSS WAR ON EVIL

Bali, Indonesian -- Asian leaders are gathering on Indonesia's Bali Island to discuss trade and the Global 'War on Evil' (WOE).

Additionally, representatives from Japan, China, India, Australia, South Korea, New Zealand and the Gulf Cooperative Council have also elected to take part.

Asian leaders open the emergency ASEAN summit Tuesday, The 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations is meeting here one year after the Bali bombings, eight months after the attack on 7/27, and three months after the incursion onto United States territory by Pan Moslem Forces seeking to show defiance in the face of international terrorism by Christian Crusaders.

The threat of terrorist attacks was widely dismissed in the region until the nightclub bombing last October killed 202 people.

A question has arisen on whether the US government will respect the extraditions rendered by Combined Special Forces units to black sites in the Indian Ocean, or whether they might at sometime in the future attempt to use force to rescue Americans charged with war crimes.

This compounded by a small arms limitations agreements now being offered by the International community and Washington's skepticism that any International agreements might infringe on the rights of Americans to bear arms. Especially in light of the mainstreaming of racism in American, many people believe that in fact Washington has long held sympathies for those affiliated with Crusader groups, and will do nothing to diminish the strength of these groups.

Still, at least temporarily, the Americans do not want to "make the situation any worse than it already is."

Diplomatically, sources acknowledged to India Abroad, that there was now "growing opposition by the Canadian government to hot pursuit of Lowell because of the precedents it could establish. Other countries could justify going after crusaders if they believed they had escaped into another country." It is understood that the reference to "other countries" is to Canada, where hardliners now believe Lowell has possibly fled.

And so, despite the announcement by Indonesian president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono of a 'mission accomplished', the Prime Minister of Malaysia, Dato' Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi has since added, "Every one of us wishes this conflict were over, yet it would not be like us to leave our promises unkept, our friends abandoned, and our own security at risk."

Badawi has also gone on to propose a surge of troops in order to secure Lowell, especially in the fact of concerns Lowell's PURE organization may have access to materials leading to the creation and manufacture of weapons of mass destruction.

"Ladies and gentlemen," the prime minister said, addressing diplomats in Indonesia, "On this day, at this hour, it is still within our power to shape the outcome of this battle. Let us find our resolve, and turn events toward victory."

ASEAN leaders have increased cooperation on security, and cores of individuals have been arrested on charges of plotting or aiding Christian crusader groups. Indonesian courts have convicted seventeen people for their responsibility in the Bali blasts. Three of them are facing the death penalty.

But a consortium of civic groups, holding its annual forum on the margins of the ASEAN summit, has issued a statement declaring that the war on evil is also undermining civil liberties in the region.

The head of the Altsean-Burma dissident group, Debbie Stothard, says there is a disturbing trend among ASEAN governments to use the war on evil to repress human rights and their advocates.

"ASEAN governments have hardened repressive laws. They have justified the use of violence against innocent civilians in the name of national security and the war on terrorism. It is turning into a war for terrorism," Ms. Stothard said.

The activists note that dozens of alleged crusaders have been detained in various Southeast Asian countries under emergency security laws that allow them to be held without charge and deny them legal representation. They say such actions are creating fear and resentment that are the seeds of further terrorism.

Nevertheless, Badawi spoke as though the course of action was already decided upon, and went on to say,

"If our combined cooperative forces step back before Lowell has been secured, the American government will be overrun by extremists on all sides. We could expect an epic battle between Christian extremists backed by America's Religious Right, and racists aided by the Ku Klux Klan and supporters of the old Nazi regime. A contagion of violence could spill out across the world -- and in time, our entire region would also be drawn into the conflict.

"My fellow citizens, our military commanders and I have carefully weighed the options. We discussed every possible approach. In the end, I chose this course of action because it provides the best chance for success. Many in this chamber understand that America must not fail in Iraq, because you understand that the consequences of failure would be grievous and far-reaching."

Then he vowed to capture Oliver Lowell 'dead or alive' and said that combined cooperative Pan Moslem forces will keep the terror suspect on the run. "The world is on the hunt for Lowell and he knows that we are on the hunt. And I like our position better than his."

Both Badawi and Malaysia's Chief of Army General (GEN) Datuk Muhammad Ismail bin Haji Jamaluddin, standing beside him, stressed that the operation is an open-ended one. "We will not be hurried," Haji Jamaluddin said. "It will take as long as it takes."

He further indicated that the nation needed to be patient in the anti-crusader fight and said, "Great causes are not easy causes."

During the summit, ASEAN leaders are to study further funding of the regional security community, Arc of Advantage that would deal solely with international security threats by Crusaders, though not internal ones.

They are also to examine a proposed timeline to lift sanctions in the United States within two months.

In other debates, Egypt demands return of obelisk from Central Park, and other artifacts from American museums and collectors, which that government has now claimed belong to the Egyptian people and have been stolen by 'western thieves'.

Other Mid East countries are expected to follow suit.


BBC UK

Saturday, March 17, 2007

Whooops! Here we go again!

–T.

FROM INTER MARKET NEWS

World Markets Plunge on Fears of Further Crusader Conflict
By Mark Timmons and Heather Landler
Updated: March 17, 2007, 9:42PM E

In the wake of the announcement by Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono of a "Mission Accomplished", the stock market saw a dramatic rebound on Monday. But in the intervening week the world has heard nary a peep from any of the Combined Forces leaders, which has since lead to a mid week dive. Friday's bell ended on a decidedly sour –if not panicked– note.

The angst from American investors enforces a current theory that Europe and Asia are no longer as dependent on the American economy as they once were, in part because they trade more with each other. The theory, known as decoupling, has been used to explain why economies like China and Germany have kept growing robustly, even as the United States has slowed, in larger part to the embargo.

But now, fears that PMC forces have not in fact accomplished their mission, and that the threat of further conflict by Christian Extremist Crusaders will compel them to maintain a continued presence in the United States –with sanctions in full effect, just as American Strategic Oil Reserves are running out– has sent stock markets from New York to Frankfurt into a tailspin, puncturing the hopes of many that the Gulf states and Asia would end the embargo and thereby sidestep further American downturn.

As exchanges opened on Tuesday in Asia, the American decline only seemed to accelerate. Markets in Tokyo, Hong Kong, Sydney and Seoul, South Korea, all fell farther in the opening hours of trading than they had all day on Monday. The Hong Kong market plunged another 14.44 percent by late morning after tumbling 10.98 percent on Monday. In Tokyo, the Nikkei hit a low not seen since September 2005.

Monday’s sell-off was evenly distributed from east to west. The DAX index of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange plummeted 16.2 percent, its steepest one-day decline since Sept. 11, 2001.

“There is indeed some panic,” Thomas Mayer, the chief European economist at Deutsche Bank in London said. “What we’re seeing, in Europe and Asia, is that the markets are pricing as though in a recession,” even though everyone knows the embargo is temporary and markets will lift once sanctions have ended.

The reason the embargo is thought to be temporary is because the markets are so intertwined that a drop in the Dow is reflected almost immediately in Mumbai' SENSEX, despite the decoupling theory. The members of the so-called Pan Moslem Combined Forces might be using the embargo to cripple the United States, but they know they can only hold out for so long before their own economies are affected, and many economists say global markets have reached their limit.

In reference to the global stock sell-off, Jeanie Mamo, a spokeswoman for the White House, said: “We don’t comment on daily market moves. We’re confident that the global economy will continue to grow and that the U.S. economy will return to stronger growth with the economic policies the president called for.”

Those jitters extended to fast-growing markets, like China and India, that are thought to be relatively insulated from the United States. The Shanghai composite index, which had risen nearly 88 percent in the year through Friday, closed down 10.2 percent on Monday, while Hong Kong’s Hang Seng fell 11 percent, also the most since Sept. 11, 2001. It had been up 12 percent in the year through Friday.

Investors in Asia have been in a state of denial about how events in the United States might impact regional markets, said Adrian Mowat, JPMorgan’s chief strategist in Asia. But now, he said, many believe “there’s no debate about it.” The only question, he added, is “how long and deep” a recession might be, even after sanctions are lifted.

While emerging markets may have been poised for a drop after their run-up, the rout on Monday may also signal a basic shift in sentiment, analysts said. Mr. Mowat of JPMorgan said that it did not matter whether markets were separated by geography or asset class because, he said, “we trade together in corrections.”

No matter how many bridges, roads, and power plants China builds, or how many new cars India sells, a downturn in the United States will ripple across the economies of Asia, experts said.

Also on Monday, Commerzbank warned it would make additional write-downs in the fourth quarter of 2007. This caught analysts off guard.

“The United States consumer has quit buying things, and that can't help but hurt Europe and Asia,” said Deborah Schuller, an Asia regional credit officer for Moody’s Investors Service.

In both Asia and Europe, there may be further shocks as banks tally the fallout from their investments in the American market.

“There’s an old saying in the market that banks lead us into recession and banks lead us out,” Mr. Boehm of Nordinvest said.

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Friday, March 16, 2007

It will be interesting to see how the analysts will interpret this story. The sea lanes are open, but the military alliances are tighter.

Can't be good–

Siraj


FROM ASIAN PACIFIC PRESS ONLINE:

Coalition Forces Train with Regional Neighbors
Cooperative Alliances Keep Sea Lanes Open
Release Date: 3/16/2007 2:25:00 PM
By Mass Communication Specialist Ramelan Putra
Indonesian Naval Forces Public Affairs

Strait of Malacca -- Indonesian, Chinese and Australian forces completed a mine countermeasures exercise March 14 in the Strait of Malacca, in the first cooperative exercise, which regional military commanders are calling the 'Arc of Advantage'.

The Arc of Advantage is designed as a pan-Asian military community encompassing the Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN), China, Japan, Korea and India.

The exercise demonstrated the ability of Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) to counter potential mine laying and maintain open sea lanes, as well as to increase interoperability between regional partners.

The events of 9/11, 7/27, the Global War on Terrorism, the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and the Pan Moslem War on Evil, have all served to heighten both China and Japan's sense of insecurity and vulnerability. Both governments are increasingly concerned about the risks of possible terrorist or Crusader attacks on oil production and export facilities in the Persian Gulf and attacks on key maritime transit points.

The two major chokepoints for Asia’s supplies are the Straits of Hormuz exiting the Persian Gulf and the Malacca Straits between Indonesia and Malaysia entering the South China Sea.

The Strait of Malacca is a narrow, 805 km (500 mile) stretch of water between Peninsular Malaysia (West Malaysia) and the Indonesian island of Sumatra, linking the Indian and Pacific Oceans, making it one of the most important shipping lanes in the world, equal or of greater importance than the Suez Canal or the Panama Canal.

In 2003 roughly 16 million barrels of oil per day (MMBD) passed through the Straits of Hormuz, with around 11 MMBD of that headed to Asia through the Straits of Malacca.

Today more than 50,000 vessels per year transited the 621-mile long Strait of Malacca, including almost 12 million barrels per day passes through the Straits of Malacca from Africa.

As a result, more than 50% of Asia’s daily oil supplies must transit the narrow Malacca Straits.

While traffic to the United States has greatly diminished, distribution continues to Indonesia, Malaysia, India, Japan, of course to energy hungry China, and to a lesser extent Australia.

China faces a growing vulnerability for the majority of its oil needs on tanker flows from the chronically unstable Persian Gulf and other potentially unstable exporting regions such as Central Asia and Africa. Not to mention up until the embargo, China felt increasingly threatened by U.S. strategic dominance in the Persian Gulf and other key oil exporting regions and critical transportation routes, which until recently gave the U.S. the power to deny vital oil supplies to China in the event of a confrontation, particularly over Taiwan.

These concerns have been further aggravated by deeper extension of U.S. power into the Persian Gulf and Central Asia in the wake of 9/11, the Global War on Terror, the Afghanistan and Iraq wars, not to mention the events of 7/27.

"It's important that we show resolve and determination to protect ourselves, and therefore deny PURE safe havens," the Malaysian Prime Minister Dato' Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi commented, who is on a visit to Australia, where Aussie officials are hoping Badawi will help them broker a negotiation giving them freer access to local shipping lanes, especially the Strait of Malacca, whose waters the Arc of Advantage have strictly policed since the beginning of the conflict with the west.

Australia has been particularly vulnerable to an interruption in petrol supply because of its declining self-sufficiency in oil. The nation imports 40 per cent of it’s oil needs - has no strategic oil stockpiles, and has long emptied its a 10-day supply of crude oil and refined products.

But importing oil is only part of the problem. With shipping lanes down much of the time, Australia’s 5 billion dollar export trade with the Mid East has dropped to precarious levels since the War on Evil began.

"It's important that we're out here, not just to find mines after they've been laid, but to do exercises like this with our Gulf neighbors," Badawi said. "It acts as a deterrent to those who would consider laying mines. Freedom of the seas is what we're all about."

As it happens, Asia has not been particularly supportive of U. S. policy on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict historically. So, as the Sino-Indian-Middle East nexus grows rapidly over the next two decades, it seems inevitable that the range of potentially significant disagreements over how to ensure the stability of the Gulf region will grow and with it will grow the complications for ASEAN policy in the region, and potentially the military role played by cooperative forces, such as the Arc of Advantage.

ASIAN PACIFIC PRESS ONLINE

Monday, March 12, 2007

Terry, Jasper–

Boys, energy independence and alternative, renewable fuels sounds great and all, but neither of you mentioned the real reason why we should pursue these ideas: Climate change !

Our planet is undergoing a profound change and human activity is responsible for it.

But we know that already!

Stop and think about this for a moment – we are fighting a silly war on behalf of the automobile! But if we destroy our atmosphere and burn the planet’s crust to crisp in the process, all this death, destruction and policy wonkery will be pointless.

Global warming is melting the permafrost in Canada and people are losing their homes. The streets of San Francisco may not be flooding yet, but the streets of New Orleans already have! It’s a big deal!

So, if ever there was a reason to forgo petroleum, it's not because Christians and Muslims want to kill each other –at this point, I say let them–, it's because we are killing the planet. It’s dieing and all we care about is being able to run to Dunkin Donuts for a cappuccino. Hey, I'm as guilty as anybody.

Yes, we need to explore alternative options, but that said, let's be sure that we chose fuels that really are renewable and leave behind minimal toxins –to ourselves and the planet. It would be a terrible irony if we transitioned from oil only to find ourselves dependent on something equally expensive, toxic and hazardous.

By the way, Terry, I have to tell you, I'm so NOT a fan of wind power. Wind power is nowhere as environmentally benign as they would have you believe.

We all feel bit of a compassion whenever we see a devastating picture of an oil soaked bird blackened by a tanker spills.

And it’s not just oil from tankers, by the way, like the Exxon Valdez.

Millions of water birds die every year due to oil from a plethora of sources, from jet skis and motorboats, to oil washed off streets and into storm drains after rain.

But I digress. –Getting back to wind power: It's not as messy and there's never any danger of a spill, but they are just as potentially devastating on the aviary population: windmills kill thousands of birds annually, and we've just started implementing them.

Go ahead and laugh at me if you want to. I probably sound like I’m trying to prevent an aviary holocaust. Well, I am!

But what I’m really saying is I hope those scientists take into account the other beings we share the planet with as they go about searching for alternative energy sources.

Can we please do something for once that leaves not just no carbon footprint behind, but not a drop of blood as well?

By the way, did either of you realize that the incursion into the USA seems to be a good thing for wildlife. It’s true! Apparently the oil embargo has served to keep traffic off roads. For that reason alone, 28,000 animals a month(!) that would otherwise end up as road kill don’t end up under the tires of a cell phone toting idiot. And that’s just in North Carolina alone.

I'm also not convinced that bio diesal is the answer, either. The world has millions of starving people living on it, and now, suddenly, someone thinks that it's a good idea to turn grains into fuel so that fat Americans can go for joy rides? I’m opposed. That's just so shortsighted and selfish. Feed the world first, and then come and tell me if there's a surplus of grain.

My advice to the good people who inhabit the third planet from the sun:

Reverse climate change with ORTHO TRI-CYCLEN ®.

You'll be doing the world a favor.

Tee hee.

Annika Satannika

haha!

Sunday, March 11, 2007

Terry,

You don't need to wipe your ass, honey. The Japanese have paperless toilets. It's like a commode, a bidet and blow dryer all in one. I kid you not. Laugh now, but in 2025 we'll all be air drying our butts.

Of course, I don't expect high tech bidets to save the Amazon–

Annika :)
Intense and thorough, Jasper! Kudos.

That said...

If the war really is about oil, the future doesn't have to be.

Obviously, oil will run out one day. Some people say that it will sooner than later. I think if the petroleum companies were smart they'd start repositioning themselves right now as energy companies, or fuel-technology companies, instead of investing in more drilling more black sludge. But maybe they are already doing that? All I know is what I see on the news, although, yeah, I read a lot of news, sure. We're all news junkies a bit, aren't we.

Anyway, it seems to me that right now –in light of current events– it's also the time for both Industry AND Government to actually do something to make all our green dreams of a sustainable global civilization a reality.

What we need to see is Big Oil become Big Energy and start spearheading research and investment into renewable hydrogen and renewable diesel, perhaps from waste biomass; and they also need to lead the charge in the development of a standard for pure bio diesel for use as a fuel.

As for the Government, I know Bush and Cheney are ex-oil execs, so they probably can’t see beyond petroleum, but I can.

We need more men and women in government with vision for a cleaner, more efficient and more compassionate future.

How about instead of spending the next two decades doubling our Strategic Petroleum Reserves, why not halve that goal so that we also have the resources to spend the next twenty years building a hydrogen fueling infrastructure? Then Washington might also begin executing policy solutions that accelerate early deployment and market development for hydrogen and fuel cell, bodies, and biomass-to-energy technologies. Does that make sense to anybody with legislative power, or just us plebes?

Someone also needs to start examining options for policy directives to convert agricultural waste into energy in a cost-effective manner?

Not to mention we need to start getting lawyers involved in order to get the way clear for new technology, and before the naysayers think up so many rules and regulations that it'll be illegal or outrageously costly to buy into hydro. We need legal experts to to begin anticipating, exploring and addressing the issues that I know will surely come into play once alternative fuel options scale up into commonplace reality, whether that's 25 years from now or a hundred –we need to start now.

For instance, does anyone know if there are any safety issues associated with replacing the local gas station with a hydrogen plant? Cause I don't know the answer to that. Just how is handling hydrogen different from liquid hydrocarbons? Let's get community planners and administrators to start thinking about these things now so that we're prepared for such a transition when the technology has reached such critical mass that they can roll it out at affordable prices.

What about windmills? Big blades whirring in the sky? Seems okay to me, but is it really?

While we're at it we need to address and contain urban sprawl. If energy production is half the problem, sprawl is the other half. Sprawl supports continued reliance on the automobile –instead of walking and or using mass transit– and therefore it shares much blame for our dependence on foreign oil. Our civic planners need to start dealing with sprawl as though they have a fire under their collective asses.

Just because we have cars in the future doesn't mean we should drive them everywhere for every little thing.

When I think about it, if you take a good look at New York, it seems to me that Manhattan might turn out to be the greenest city on the planet today, –not because of any current environmental policy or recycling program, but because of the sheer fact the borough is limited to a single island with the only place to build being up or down, and a it's all threaded together by an exceptional mass transit system. Metropolitan hive living, it seems to me, might be the most ecological conscientious lifestyle for a planet that supports millions and millions of ceaseless replicating destructive human beings.

Now I’d hate to force everyone into a city dwelling, but I also hate the fact that humans feel no compunction whatsoever about leveling the entire Amazon forest so that they can wipe their butts with toilet paper. Isn't that a sad end to a mighty oak? I think so.

Still, what are you going to do? You’ve got to wipe your ass, right?

Terry

Saturday, March 10, 2007

Here's the deal, those fuckers–

Based on what I've read, and what I've been told, I have no doubt that the REAL and ORIGINAL mission set forth by the Combined Forces was accomplished, just as Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono declared it to be on Tuesday.

All along we were told the incursion onto US Soil by the Special Forces of a foreign nation was solely about the capture of a wanted individual. Yudhoyono and his PMC cronies justify his bombing of the Blue Ridge as a war against evil.

But it was NEVER about Lowell. In fact, it wasn't a 'War on Evil', but a 'War for Oil', and more specifically about controlling the price of oil in the years following peak oil.

For all we know, the Malaysian government took down the Petronas Towers themselves. Although more likely Gulf Cooperation Council and/or OPEC operatives were responsible, knowing they could use a victimized Malaysia to unite the Combined Forces of Southeast Asia, Gulf states and OPEC member nations on the premise of 'catching a handful of Crusaders', when in fact what has unfolded over the past three months flows from much larger strategic calculations.

It doesn't matter that they didn't capture Oliver Lowell. Make no mistake: Neither the embargo nor the incursion was ever about Lowell, and Team Sherpa was NOT sent to North Carolina in order to secure his band of Neo Nazi, Christian Extremist, screwball, ideologues. It was always and only been about leveraging energy assets and expanding spheres of influence.

I know it sounds sarcastic, but in this case it's true:

"It's the oil, stupid."

This cynical conflict has its roots in the war on Iraq and in Afghanistan, which the United States has been executing in order to implement nothing less than the establishment of complete control over all significant sources of oil, especially of the Middle East, which holds roughly two thirds of the world's proven reserves, but also –in the case of Afghanistan– in order to secure safe harbor for the transportation of fuel from the Caspian Sea.

In fact, the use of military power to ensure free flow of oil from the Persian Gulf has been a tenet of U.S. national security strategy for some time now. As you may or may not recall, according to the Carter Doctrine, put forth by President Jimmy Carter in 1980, any effort by a hostile power to block the flow of oil from the Persian Gulf to the U.S. will be viewed as an attack on America's vital interests and will be repelled by any means necessary including military force.

Thirty years later, what's an American President to do when the hostile power in play is not a tyrant with weapons of mass destruction, but in fact competing economic forces created by Globalization?

By far the most 'hostile powers threatening to block the flow of oil from the Persian Gulf to the U.S', (and therefore the important markets for countries like Iran and Saudi Arabia) are CHINA and INDIA.

China is today the world's second largest oil consumer and by 2030 is expected to import as much oil as the U.S. does today. And in order to do that, it must find a way to divert the sale of Gulf oil to Asia from America.

India, too, has grown increasingly interested in signing energy deals with Iran, Saudi Arabia and the UAE. As it turns out, India's engagement with Iran provides the Islamic Republic with an economic lifeline at a time when the West is trying to isolate it, a situation that has necessarily compromised India's relations with the U.S.

It follows that as China and India's dependence on the Middle East grows, they will increasingly challenge U.S. policy there, turning the region from a unipolar region (in which the U.S. enjoys a near uncontested hegemony) into a multipolar system in which more and more global powers vie for influence.

Some may think it might make more sense if the U.S. to directed its aggression towards China (than to Iraq, for instance), but it was thought much easier to secure military presence throughout the Mid East, thereby controlling the flow of oil at the spigot, rather than from Washington, Wall Street or –God Forbid– on the shores of the Yangtze River.

The result is that since 1991, the United States (and Britain) have led relentless assaults on the people of Iraq, using an economic blockade to deny food, medicine and other resources to the Iraqi people that, along with an endless bombing campaign over two-thirds of the country.

But of course, Operation Iraqi Liberation was never about toppling Hussein as much as it was about securing geo-strategic control of the world's second largest proven reserves (before the onset of Peak Oil), and interrupting the momentum the Euro was gaining as an oil transaction currency standard.

Bush and Cheney have long attempted to open the Alaska Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to drilling, but the public would have none of it. I wonder what conservationists expect our government to do? Are American mothers supposed to switch to the power of prayer to get the kids from school to soccer camp?

It says a lot about the American people that they are more willing to invade another sovereign nation –killing upwards of a million people in the process (if the figures are true)– and maintain a large and permanent military presence in the Gulf region– all in the quest for petroleum–, rather than kick up the dirt in their own backyard. Save the reindeer, yes, but the Iraqis? Who gives a flying fuck?

With Iraq under new control, American friendly management would break the OPEC oil cartel once and for all, replacing it perhaps with Halliburton Incorporated, which would power the Dow with the fortunes earned rebuilding Iraq's oil infrastructure.

The twin requirements of U.S. imperial control and the constant feeding of an industrial system based on ever-increasing levels of fossil fuel consumption dovetails with the systematic U.S. attempts to keep Mid East countries from developing solidly independent economies.

In this way the invasion of Iraq serves both the president's energy goals and his foreign policy ones.

It is worth pointing out that Saddam Hussein had offered exploratory concessions (which remained inactive because of the UN sanctions) to France, China, Russia, Brazil, Italy, and Malaysia. If Saddam were replaced by a new client regime –as he has been– obviously WE would supersede these concessions with our own agenda. You think Malaysia is happy with that?

Regardless, the U.S. Empire is predicated on economic control. The control of the flow and pricing of oil is a potent source of such power, as well as a significant source of profits –and we're not about to share that with anyone, if we can help it.

But there's one hitch –or, rather, one of many, as it turns out:

The rest of the world did not perceive the Bush's invasion of Iraq as simply a war on Iraq, but rather on ALL the people of the developing world, if those hailing from energy producers in particular. They speak of it as a war –however bungled– executed by the U.S. solely for the purpose of influencing transnational capital.

The reason the Americans stay in Afghanistan and Iraq is because by crippling OPEC they hope to influence a return to the maintaining dollar hegemony over the world oil economy, before a complete transition to Euros is complete.

In contrast, the Europeans won't do more for the United States, especially even if things are going as badly as they are, is precisely in order to seal the Euro deal. At a time when the U.S. dollar is weak and U.S. national debt is at a historical high the specter of OPEC countries forgoing the dollar in favor of the Euro is a boon to Europeans, more worthy in fact than their membership in NATO or any other alliance in which the United States dominates.

The story is the same across the globe. Money traders say that institutions as diverse as Bank of Canada, People's Bank of China, and Central Bank of Taiwan are giving more weight to the European currency.

The cycling in of Petro-Euros is the price the US has paid for overreaching its empire and treating oil-producing countries as clients instead of partners. The Europeans –ever gracious to the hand that feeds them– will not make the same mistake.

Which is how last summer a coalition of Southeast Asian and Gulf countries (supported by the promise of China's growing economy) took one look at the mess the United States was making in the region and decided to knock Uncle Sam back down on his ass.

Now U.S. domination of the Persian Gulf –if not the world– has gone to shit.

Cheney can hold meetings all day for the next hundred years, if he wants to, with executives from Halliburton, Schlumberger, ExxonMobil, ChevronTexaco and ConocoPhillips to plan the post-war expansion of oil production from Iraq, but little good that will do in the light of this New Asian Century. Arab countries have grown more dependent on imported goods from Europe and Asia rather than the U.S., so they have everything to gain from attempting a shift in power, and little to lose. Multinationals will still benefit from a profit perspective, but they will hold little political influence in the territories where they drill.

Also, OPEC cartel owns 78 percent of the world's proven reserves and produces about 40 percent of its oil. Of course, the Bushies wanted to break its stranglehold, but did anyone think that the OPEC nations were going to sit still while that happened?

So of course OPEC member nations are angry. Of course The Gulf Cooperating Countries are bitter. Of course the Southeast Asians are frustrated, in particular Malaysia. Of course the Indians are enraged. And of course the Chinese are simply high and giddy with the recent turn of events.

Someone likely stepped forwarded immediately after the 7/27 event and posited the idea that the Muslim commonality of the Crusader targets could be used to create a coalition large enough to leverage the western world into doing just about anything it wanted.

Meanwhile, the ongoing effort of Operation Iraqi Freedom to create a democratic government in the Garden of Eden has illuminated a globe tipping problem: the international political framework that reliably produced a steady supply of oil at acceptable prices has now decided to take matters into their own hands.

U.S. global over-reach in the ‘war on terrorism’ and it's heavy handed tactics executed in order to maintain the Petro-Dollar standard after peak oil has in fact served to usurp both diplomatic goals, with devastating results –as we have all seen.

U.S. vulnerability on matters of energy isn't lost on radical Islamic terrorists, or their government backers. They have identified the world energy system as the Achilles' heel of the West and have made attacking it a central part of their plan. One jihadist site notes that killing of 10 American soldiers is nothing compared to the impact of the rise in oil prices on America and the disruption that it causes in the international economy.

The result allows for a remarkable state of global instability making the return of cheap oil a remote outcome. In fact, we will definitely see oil prices escalate to levels once thought impossible, even absurd.

Any fool can see that the 'War on Evil' is a complete fabrication based on the illusion that one man, Oliver Benjamin Lowell, outwitted the $40 billion-a-year American intelligence apparatus. The 'War on Evil' is a war of conquest. Globalization is the final march to the 'New World Order', at first initiated by Wall Street and the U.S. military-industrial complex, but now demanded upon by the developing worlds.

July 27, 2006 provided a justification for waging a war without borders. The Petro-Islamic Military agenda consisted in extending the frontiers of Ottoman Empire aspirations to facilitate complete PMSA (Pan Moslem/Southeast Asia) control, while installing within America some of the aspects of the non-western influence.

What follows is easily foreseeable:

As fuel prices increase consumers will pay more for transportation. The rise in oil prices means slower growth rate, inflation, loss of jobs and burgeoning trade deficits. The biggest casualties should be the developing nations some of whom still carry debts which go all the way back to the oil crises of the 1970s, but their debt will be forgiven as a result of their alliance with the Coalition of Gulf and Southeast Asian countries.

On the other hand, the escalating cost of transporting manufactured goods to, from and within North America will result in a slowdown of economic activity in the United States. Disposable income will drop. For a brief but inescapable period, high Oil prices will serve not only to enrich producer nations, they will most definitely weaken western economies, and by extension, US military capability and political influence.

But if all this were true, the question is why would the Bush administration so willingly allow foreign forces to mount an incursion into US territory?

The answer is simple: Bush is a friend of the Royal Saudi family, and both Bush and Cheney –as former oil executives– hope to continue to be players of some sort as this new world order shakes out. He's certainly okay being known as the President who lied us into war, but he doesn't want to go down in history as the man who stopped the free flow of oil, even if the resulting price of gas goes through the roof.

Not to mention that even if we remain a powerful empire, the US military –at this time– is too weakened by the tandem wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to even think about stopping an incursion on US soil, but not weak enough that the empire will be toppled.

So once you run a cost analysis you realize it's just cheaper to let a few hundred or a few thousand foreign militia freeze their asses off all winter in the mountains, even if a few hundred American citizens get killed along the way.

Bush can do that, not because America is weak but because the US is strong. A horse can't kill every fly that lands on its ass, but that doesn't make a stallion any less a stud.

Speaking of cost analysis, Bush also realizes that oil production -even in the Mid East– will continue to drive profits up for American contractors and subcontractors for years to come (once this is over). Once the embargo ends, he knows its back to business as usual, even if the price at the pump is exorbitant. But so what, if he's actually prevented the nationalization of overseas oil production?

Five bucks a gallon may not be good for America for the American economy, but in the long run it's great for American multinational companies who have arrangements with foreign Energy Producers. The five largest oil companies, pulled in $113 billion in profit in 2005 –compared to a piddly $34 billion in 2002 (before Operation Iraqi Liberation). Now think about how much they're going to make after this conflict!

Bush also knows that if he delivered Lowell to the Coalition members immediately, that would not have dissuaded them from their collective mission, and he would have also set a legal precedent whereby any future rinky-dink nation might step forward with an unreasonable and unsubstantiated extradition claim for a U.S. citizen. Give them Lowell today, and tomorrow they'll come back and ask for Kissinger, Paris Hilton or even you!

Therefore, the best strategy is the current strategy: The United States can only extricate itself from this stalemate by accommodating the presence of foreign forces in U..S territory and let them run around searching for some so-called crusaders. That's why 'Limited Cooperation' is also the most appropriate response to a 'Limited Incursion'.

Of course, the incursion can't go on forever. For one thing, it's expensive. But Combined Forces Governments have staked their credibility on this plan, and are thus under great pressure to produce real results –and then get out. The incursion was supposed to last all of three days, then two weeks, and now it's in its third month. All those starving towel heads back in India don't want to pay for a war, they just want fresh water to drink, and an opportunity to become a software engineer. AND continuation of U.S. sanctions has proven itself an economic and political burden that the oil and energy-producing cartel doesn't want to bear much longer. So, of course, they had to declare the mission accomplished.

No doubt perpetual high oil prices will create a new economic world order, shifting the economic balance between OPEC and the West in the direction of those who own the precious commodity.

Higher oil prices mean a transfer of wealth of historical proportions from oil-consuming countries –primarily the United States –to the Muslim world, where 70 percent of global oil reserves are concentrated. The windfall also benefits jihadists as Petro-dollars trickle their way through charities and government handouts to madrassas and mosques. Let me put that in real terms everyone can understand: At $100 oil OPEC could potentially buy Bank of America with two months worth of revenue, Apple Computers in two weeks and General Motors in just 6 days. It would take less than three years of production for OPEC to own a 20 percent (which essentially ensures a voting block in most corporations) of every S&P 500 Company.

In other words, a mere three months after the invasion, the Moslems can say the attack and occupation is, indeed, a 'Mission Accomplished', and Bush can say he's served his constituency well by compromising a bit of American pride for prolonged access energy.

As for Lowell, the mongrels don't even want to catch him, or shut down his Crusader network. In fact, just the opposite, because now every time these anti-Globalization screwballs do something somewhere and cause ordinary citizens to panic; every time Oliver Lowell threatens to inconvenience the global economy; he's just driven the price of oil up on a product that is in no danger of anyone ever stopping buying.

Mission Accomplished: INDEED.

At the Peak of My Considerable Powers–

THE JASP

Friday, March 09, 2007

What did I tell ya' guys!

Siraj, Annika –When you guys coming back to New York?

–meanwhile–

Rock on,

t.

Excerpted from the New York Times

RALLY ON WALL STREET: DOW SURGES
By COLE J. ROBERTS
Published: March 9, 2007

The stock market caught fire yesterday, scoring strong new gains in heavy trading and rising to its highest level since just before the incursion into US territory by foreign Special Forces.

Building on a 100-point advance from the day before, the nation's most widely followed market index –the Dow Jones industrial average– soared 71.54 points yesterday, a high for the year.

Stock prices were battered by the start of the December '06 oil embargo on the US, which subsequently led to a dire economy and soaring prices for basic goods, –not to mention the prospect of a war enlarged beyond the search for terror suspect Oliver Benjamin Lowell.

Lowell, whose whereabouts are unknown, remains a primary suspect in the Crusader attacks in Southeast Asia on 7/27, and a person of intense and continued interest by investigative agencies abroad.

Nevertheless, leaders throughout the Islamic world hailed the incursion as a victory, despite the fact that Lowell remains at large.

The stock surge is a clear sign of confidence that Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono's Tuesday afternoon announcement of a 'mission accomplished', signals a pull out of all foreign special forces from US territory is imminent.

A coalition of primarily sub-equatorial countries affiliated with organizations such as ASEAN, OIC and OPEC, but also including Norway, has been scouring the Appalachian Mountains since the beginning of January searching for those responsible for the attacks on Southeast Asia last summer.

Observers on Wall Street expect the embargo to end, the economy to lift out of recession and business in the west to return to normal, simultaneous with an announcement of an evacuation of Pan Moslem military forces...(More)

Thursday, March 08, 2007

They say it's true! Looks like the war is over! I guess now we can all get back to doing whatever it was that was so important before this madness started. -Terry

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Yay!

Just when you though it would never end, it looks like the crazy incursion in the States is over, and the Muslims are actually going home without Lowell.

They say it's a success, but you know they probably just ran out of money haha.

Well, it's all been very interesting. Now if we can just get your gobsmacked mooching American compatriots –er, refugees– back over the border and home again, maybe they can teach you all a thing or two about health care.

What a hoot it's been, right?

Missing you all, you bunch of cranky cowbabies,

xoxoxo,

Annika

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From USA TODAY:

INDONESIAN PRESIDENT SUSILO BAMBANG YUDHOYONO TO SPECIAL FORCES: MISSION ACCOMPLISHED
Posted 3/7/2007 3:31 AM Updated 3/7/2007 8:10 PM

Caracas, Venezuela — Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono ended a diplomatic trip to Caracas on Tuesday afternoon by making a special announcement to a contingent of Pan Moslem Special Forces stationed at a naval base in the country that the War Against Evil had been won.

Throughout the base, one could hear the simultaneous approving roar of troops, Arab, Hindu, Christian, –Southeast Asian and Mid Eastern men alike, recruited from all walks of life, and representing more than half the world between them.


The President then gave a "thumbs up" as he was commended for his leadership by both Indonesian Military Chief Air Marshall Djoko Suyanto and Indonesia’s Maj. Gen. Mayjen Syahrir, commanding general of that country’s Special Forces Command.

Following three days of strategic air strikes upon a particularly mountainous region of the Southeastern United States, in tandem with the extraordinary rendition of over forty individuals and their relocation to black sites in the Indian Ocean, leaders of the Pan Moslem Coalition decided their original military goals have been accomplished, despite the fact that neither Lowell nor many of his top lieutenants where in custody.

Nevertheless, the recent managed attacks and captures caused the total destruction of numerous facilities and infrastructure belonging to organizations associated with the Christian Identity, Separatists, the Ku Klux Klan, Aryan Brotherhood and Neo Nazi movements, and other like groups linked to Lowell's PURE network.

In addition, bank accounts belonging to those organizations in the United States and Europe have been frozen to the tune of well over a hundred million dollars.

The common conclusion is that all these activities have rendered Lowell's capabilities largely impotent.

MISSION ACCOMPLISHED

Linking victory in the United States with the broader war on evil, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, harked back to his visit to the former site of the Petronas Towers days after July 27, when all 57 members of the Organization of the Islamic Conference, the world's largest Muslim political alliance, gathered for an emergency summit in Malaysia. At the time he spoke of increased Muslim unity.

Addressing the multinational military forces Tuesday, he said:

"The Southeast Asian coalition and our Muslim fellowship sent you on a mission to remove a grave threat to our oppressed people, and that mission has been accomplished," he said.

Despite doubts at home and abroad, he reiterated that troops would eventually secure Oliver Lowell, whose capture was, after all, the rationale for launching an incursion into the United States in the first place.

A squadron of Indonesian aircraft flew a victory lap across the Caribbean sea skimming the coast of Florida before returning to Venezuela, where the bulk of PMC Forces have been stationed.

MORE OBSTACLES AHEAD

Unsurprisingly, observers say what happens next will be more far-reaching and pose more obstacles:

Leaders from all 57 members of the Organization of the Islamic Conference, including Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, now want to win America back as a partner in international trade as they now turn and confront a global economic slowdown, largely of their own making.

Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono smoothed over personal and cultural differences with Bush but didn't change his mind about the wisdom of the war.

"Most of the reconciliation ... was theater," says Ted Galen Carpenter, a foreign policy analyst at the Cato Institute. "It created a reasonably credible image of reconciliation and future solidarity. ... But international policy plays in the coming days and weeks will likely test that newfound unity."

Still, the trip was a heady one for Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono; and it is reported that India's President, APJ Abdul Kalam, and the Prime Minister of Malaysia, Dato' Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi have each held similar celebrations in their own respective nations.

There is still a long diplomatic road ahead, –and forces left in the United States to evacuate.

But Tuesday night, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono was so ebullient that he gave reporters a lengthy interview and a tour of the Venezuelan military facility housing Pan Moslem troops that even included peeks at his sleeping quarters and bathroom. "It's been worth it," the Indonesian President said jubilantly.


USA TODAY ONLINE EDITION

Monday, March 05, 2007

Unbelievable. The world is going to hell; I can't get online for days –and when I finally do I'm greeted with phishing scam spam! Are these guys the most creative writers on the planet, or what?

From: "Rudolph S. West" < RudolphWest@malaysiaglobalmail.com>
To: terryogara@hotinternetmailco.com
CC:
Subject: Get Back To Me
Date: Mon Mar 05 03:53:15 AM 2007

Hello Fellow American,

This mail correspondence may come to you as a surprise due to the fact that we have not met, I know that this is an unlikely platform to start this kind of relationship but I am constrained by the present situation of my circumstance and I request that you permit me use this medium to introduce myself.

I am a former marine retired to Kuala Lumpur where I met and accepted part time employment as a reconnaissance operative to a man who’s name you no doubt know by now. My former employer is and was Oliver Lowell. At the time of my employ I did not realize Mr. Lowell was a racist or that he would soon become a fugitive wanted by governments of half the world over.

At the time, I honestly thought Lowell worked for the World Bank and needed some help diverting some frozen funds out of a national bank account and back into the Humanitarian Aid program he said was his pet project.

But following the events of 7/27, and upon learning Lowell was a suspect, I dissolved my relationship with Lowell, but not before he gave me the account and bank routing numbers ostensibly belonging to his illegal operation. Shortly before the accounts were frozen, I was able to move a substantial sum into a personal escrow account, but I still need a trustworthy contact to help me make a series of discreet international transfers.

I’m still currently in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, where I have been stranded since this God forsaken war broke out. I used to love it here, but there's so much conflict that now I’d like nothing better than to get back home to Nebraska as soon as possible. I’m sure I can finagle a trafficker and some fake passports and thereby get me and my family out –or at least to Australia. Personally, I’d like to come home rich and I figure Lowell owes me a substantial sum for my efforts.

I would therefore need your co-operation in moving out some funds from here back to the good old US of A, while I concentrate on the evacuation and relocation of myself and my loved ones.

For your help, I will be happy to share the funds with you according to a mutually agreed percentage, and not less than eight percent of the full sum.

The amount I need to transfer is: US $30,899,769.35

(THIRTY MILLION, EIGHT HUNDRED, NINETY-NINE THOUSAND, SEVEN HUNDRED SIXTY-NINE DOLLARS and THIRTY FIVE CENTS).

I figure this is all completely legal, by the way, as I’m just taking what I Lowell owes me, plus interest and an additional fee to cover the potential and probable damage to my reputation once I get back home and this gets in the press.

Please indicate your interest in working with me so that I can give you full details.

I heard there's a lot of power outages in the US now, and that may affect your ability to get online, but if I do not hear from you in 7 days, I shall consider it that you are not favorably disposed to accept my offer.

Sincerely,


Capt. Rudolph S. West, USMC Retired
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


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So, just how pathetic is our species? No matter what’s going on in the world, there's still someone out there who's looking for his next helpless victim. –Terry

Sunday, March 04, 2007

From THE TORONTO STAR
Last Update: March 3, 7:36PM

Air Strikes Against American Crusaders Won't Stop

BADAWI PLEDGES MORE AIRSTRIKES ON BLUE RIDGE

Amidst reports that the leadership among Christian Extremist groups was 'crumbling', PMC leadership, including Prime Minister of Malaysia, Dato' Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, rejected calls to halt the airstrikes to enable aid to reach sections of the Blue Ridge region.

"We will continue to seek out the heads of the terror organizations," Badawi said, "We will get all those who are responsible. The terror organizations feel this and will feel this in full force in the near future."

But Badawi also promised $1 million worth of aid to America in order to provide medical relief to civilian casualties.

A geologist who specialized on the Appalachian Mountains said the background of Lowell's December video address was unique to Virginia's Blue Ridge Highlands, indicating that the Christian crusader could be hiding there.

CRUSADER CASUALTIES

Yesterday 22 Chrisitian militants belonging to North Carolina based Klan groups were killed in raids on Abingdon.

The Pan Moslem Coalition also executed another round of attacks on Christian Extremist positions in Round Hill, directly west of Washington DC, apparently paving the way for the possible entry of Coalition Forces northward into the Allegheny region.

Representatives of PURE claimed that Indonesian and Indian bombs had hit a several churches, killing scores of innocent people.

Meanwhile, a collective of PURE, American evangelicals, and European Neo Nazi parties, appeared to be strengthening its resistance to the 'Islamic warriors', by increasing recruiting drives from US military facilities throughout the world.

Members of PURE threatened "a wave of Crusader operations" –in response to what it called "a big loss."

MEXICO CONNECTED TO ILLEGAL ARMS TRADE

In a related story, Mexico denies reports that it is paying Oliver Lowell millions of dollars to acquire any unexploded missiles used in the attacks on the renegade's hideouts.


Related Stories

Saturday, March 03, 2007

Reprinted from The Washington Post

AIRSTRIKES TAKE TOLL ON CIVILIANS

Eyewitnesses Cite Scores Killed in Offensive in US South East

Pan Moslem airstrikes targeting Christian Extremists sheltering in the Blue Ridge Mountains are killing civilians in residential neighborhoods as well as Crusader groups along the North Carolina-Tennessee border and up to Virginia, according to US townspeople, officials and Amnesty International.

Just how many civilians have been killed is strongly disputed by the Pan Moselm Coalition and, some critics say, too little investigated. But townspeople, city leaders, medical workers and accounts from witnesses at the sites of the strikes, at hospitals and at graveyards indicated that scores of noncombatants were killed Sunday night in the wake of a intense bombing across the Appalachian Mountains.

"These people died silently, complaining to God of a guilt they did not commit," Thomas Mahan, a physician, said in the town of Big Stone Gap, Virginia. Mahan said that in the aftermath of Sunday evening's bombing, medical workers had recorded 17 civilians killed in Wise County.

Over at Wise County Memorial Hospital Mahan, four other doctors and a nurse treated wounded Americans, examining six bloodied children as anxious fathers soothed them and held them down.

Representatives of Pan Moslem Special Forces in Virginia say they take pains to spare innocent lives and almost invariably question civilian accounts from the battleground communities. They say that townspeople who either support the crusaders or are intimidated by them are manipulating the number of noncombatant deaths for propaganda purposes –a charge that some Americans acknowledge is true of some residents and medical workers in Virginia.

"I wholeheartedly believe the vast majority of civilians are killed by crusaders," particularly by improvised bombs, said Indonesian Military Chief Air Marshall Djoko Suyanto. The precision-guided munitions used in all airstrikes in the Blue Ridge region "have miss rates smaller than the size of this table," he added.

Suyanto acknowledged that the Appalachian Mountain region was "a very, very difficult place to fight." He added, however, that "It's almost impossible to fight a war in which engagements occur in urban areas [and] to avoid civilian casualties, not to mention that the crusaders will kill civilians and try to blame it on us."

Indonesian commanders insisted they did everything possible to avoid civilian casualties, but overall, Suyanto said, "I think it would be very difficult to prosecute the Crusaders" without airstrikes.

Moreover, townspeople, medical workers and officials often exaggerate death tolls, either for effect or under orders from local Christian Crusaders. However, accounts from other officials and residents are borne out at least partially by direct observation of bodies and other evidence.

Survivors in Big Stone Gap said Crusaders had been training in the area at undisclosed facilities dotted throughout the mountainous region. Residents pleaded with the Crusaders to leave for fear of drawing attacks on the families, they said, but were told by the representatives of the Christian Extremists that they had few other spaces from which to plan either defensive measures or future campaigns.

"I don't blame the Moslems," one local official said. "I blame Oliver Lowell and his militant Christian separatist group, PURE, who were using the people of Wise County as a human shield for their activities."

But Sarah Sewall, US deputy assistant secretary of defense from 1993 to 1996 and now program director for the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at Harvard, said the Pan Moslem Coalition's resistance to acknowledging and analyzing so-called collateral damage is a serious failure on an already misguided campaign.

"I have enormous respect for the extent to which the combined Mid East and Southeast Asian air power is discriminate," Sewall said. "But when you're using force in an urban area or using force in an area with limited intelligence," and facing an enemy actively "exploiting distinctions between combatants and noncombatants, air power becomes challenging no matter how discriminate it is.

"When it comes to the extent to which they are minimizing civilian harm, the question becomes: How do you know?" Sewall said.


Who's Blogging This Article
Siraj, good reporting, dude,

BUT–

–cut the crap–

You FAILED to mention casualties ON-AMERICAN-SOIL.

Hello! –INNOCENT PEOPLE ARE DEAD.

And MORE ARE DYING thanks to the mess your so-called anti-terrorist pals have left behind them with every missile blast and continued shelling.

Maybe it's because you're still new at this game of reportage, but –no offense, bro–, THANK GOD there are still some experienced journalists left at American papers like THE WASHINGTON POST, cause someone needs to stay on top of of THE REAL NEWS.

Hey, you and I both know, it's not like a lame Arab outlet like Aljazeera would ever report what's REALLY GOING ON.

Well, of course, this demonization of Christians by Moslems really isn't surprising, is it. And they're so good at it because they've spent years practicing on JEWS.

But seriously, buddy, who ya gonna trust, your own friends and neighbors? Or a bunch of dirka dirka commandos from another country that can't even speak english?

LOWELL IS A RACIST ASS BUT AT LEAST HE'S STILL AN AMERICAN!

JASP

Friday, March 02, 2007

AL JAZEERA, FRIDAY, MARCH 2, 2007. Accompanying photo to NEWS: AMERICAS – THE WAR ON EVIL – INDONESIAN JETS BOMB BLUE RIDGE [By Siraj Talal/ Photo Credit: Durham Herald-Sun]. On Sunday Evening, Pan Moslem Special Forces unleashed heavy attacks across parts of the Blue Ridge Mountain area in the South Eastern United States as a means to soften entrenched Christian Crusader positions in the region. Among the targets, this building belonging to a fundamentalist group with links to the Christian Identity and Neo Nazi movements.
Al Jazeera
UPDATED ON: FRIDAY, MARCH 2, 2007
02:15 PM Mecca time, 11:15 AM GMT
NEWS: AMERICAS – THE WAR ON EVIL
By Siraj Talal, embedded in Watauga County, NC

INDONESIAN JETS BOMB BLUE RIDGE
Christian Identity Positions Targeted as Hunt for Lowell Continues

Giving a new dimension to the South Asian-led campaign against terrorists in America, about 100 Islamic and Hindu commandos were deployed Thursday evening to various parts of the Appalachian mountain chain in order to procure a series of extraordinary renditions.

At the same time, the Pan Moslem Coalition unleashed one of its heaviest attacks across the Blue Ridge Mountains as a means to soften entrenched Christian Crusader positions in the region.

Buildings belonging to at least two fundamentalist groups, –Stone Kingdom Ministries in Asheville, NC; and Virginia Christian Israelites in Round Hill, VA– were said to be among the several targets of the bombing raids.

Virginia Publishing Company in Lynchburg, VA, was also hit, knocking out what some have called significant source of Fundamentalist Christian propaganda.

Other targets designated for destruction by precision-guided munitions included several citizen militia paramilitary camps throughout the region.

The Christian Identity movement holds particular interest to developing nations because its adherents believe themselves 'God’s Chosen People', and 'Vigilantes of Christendom'. It is from this pool of self-appointed warriors that militant groups such as PURE recruits from, experts say.

While Pan Moslem military officials confirmed the raids on the Blue Ridge Mountains they would not say if they acted with or without US cooperation.

In a rare moment of support, crossing cultural, political and religious lines– Israel's Prime Minister Ehud Olmert praised the attacks, even if at the same time the US president, George Bush, denounced them:

BUSH DENOUNCES STRIKES

In bluntly worded statement, Bush condemned the strikes as 'heavy handed'.

Speaking in a hastily arranged public appearance from his dusty Texas ranch where the President is taking a vacation, a visibly angry Bush said:

"The civilized world will not be intimidated, and these killers will not determine the future of America. The Pan Moslem Coalition Forces who struck today again have shown their contempt for the innocent. They showed their fear of progress. And their hatred of peace. They are the enemies of freedom loving, Christian people."

Separately, Vice President Dick Cheney also promised to deal harshly with Pan Moslem Special Forces activities.

"The only way to ultimately deal with this threat is to destroy it," Cheney said in Washington, speaking from the White House steps.

Following Bush’s statement, the Malaysian government immediately responded with its own statement, saying the government "had no choice but to attack the persons who were directly responsible" for the attacks last July in Kuala Lumpur and South East Asia.

Off record several officials in Washington and in Jakarta have intimated that US officials had long given the Moslem military team permission to execute the strikes in the Blue Ridge Mountains, so long as aircraft remained at a distance of no less than 50 miles from the nation’s capital.

Nevertheless, British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw described today's Blue Ridge bombing as an "outrage" and said the forces of Western Civilization would not be deterred by the attack.

"I am appalled by this callous attack on Christian targets in the United States. My thoughts are with the relatives and friends of those who have been killed and injured," Straw said.

American Government officials will meet next week to reassess the situation and decide whether to bring troops back from Iraq in order to oust the Coalition Special Forces, or if it is better to wait until they secure Lowell and leave of their own accord –which has been the thinking thus far.

But North Carolina's Governor, Mike Easley, said his state would not tolerate the air strikes and vowed to lobby Washington to strike back at the visiting militia "without compromise, without concessions and without mercy.”

Reuters reports say that in the wake of the attacks, the Militant Christian underground network is now digging in and building new defensive positions in order to defend spiritual leader Oliver Lowell.

Amnesty International said over 50 civilians were killed in raids in and around Round Hill, VA, alone.

The attacks and renditions spanned the entire stretch of the the Blue Ridge Parkway, which stretches 469 miles (750 km) along the crests of the Southern Appalachians and links two national parks: Shenandoah to the north and the Great Smoky Mountains, to the South.

Some reports suggested that Pan Moslem forces captured Asheville Regional Airport, but CNN said it seemed they were holding off an attack on the town itself.

It is said that Indonesian warplanes focused their bombing campaign on a remote south western region of Great Smoky Mountains, about 84 miles south of Boone, believed to be another possible hideout of Oliver Lowell and operatives of his Christian extremist PURE network.

Boone's Cave Park, –a 110-acre cave complex in Lexington, NC– is said to also have come under heavy, relentless overnight bombings, witnesses reported.


THE WAR ON EVIL

Thursday, March 01, 2007

Oh those wacky, wacky Christian Fundamentalists!


Ummmm..., maybe sweeties I should be thrilled there's a redneck out there that still cares about my purity. LOL! Oh boy, the world is full weirdos, which would actually be funny if I didn't also think that those Nazi clowns wanted to kill or exile all the rest of us! Yup, Not good!

Annika