Happy 239th Birthday America!
July 4, 2015 – San Francisco, CA – PipeLineNews.org – All of us who are blessed beyond measure to call America home, might well take a bit of time amidst all the fun associated with the 4th of July to remember the sacrifice made by our ancestors who risked everything to create then protect the most significant nation ever to exist, the United States of America.
Our Founding Fathers dedicated their "lives fortunes and sacred honor," as they took upon themselves the monumental task of forging a new nation, "conceived in liberty and the proposition that all men are created equal," words which Abraham Lincoln later spoke over the blood-soaked battlefield of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.
Though our republic is facing a new set of challenges today, we remain hopeful and confident that, as a nation we can rise above them as we have during some very bleak times in the past.
So have a wonderful and safe 4th but please keep in mind that our system of government, based upon informed consent of the people - though the most powerful and morally responsible on the planet - is remarkably delicate, as our numerous enemies, both foreign and domestic know.
With the increased national security concerns prompted by ISIS, similarly motivated Islamic jihadist groups and individuals, along with our home-grown Marxist cultural terrorists – some of whom we have allowed to occupy positions of great political power – keep your eyes open.
With that said, a very sincere and heartfelt - Happy Birthday America! - from the publisher and writers of PipeLineNews.org LLC.
Long may the Stars and Stripes fly over this hallowed land.
“Hatred Must Not Spill Over Into Our Streets” - The Terror Threat Posed By The Islamic State
By EMERSON VERMAAT
July 2, 2015 – San Francisco, CA – PipeLineNews.org - ISIS (ISIL or IS) is proud of the war crimes committed by its jihadists. The more brutal the atrocities...the better. Beheading of hostages or prisoners is one of those war crimes. Between August 19, 2014, and January 31, 2015, ISIS beheaded the following Western and Japanese hostages: James Foley, Steven Sotloff, David Haines, Alan Henning, Peter Kassig, Haruna Yukawa and Kenji Goto. Captured Jordanian F-16-pilot Moaz Al-Kasasbeh was burned alive in a cage early January 2015. ISIS terrorists also beheaded Coptic Christians in Libya. Moreover, ISIS jihadists raped numerous teen-age girls and women selling them as sex-slaves. This too is a war crime. ISIS represents dark and diabolical forces, just like Adolf Hitler, Heinrich Himmler and the Nazis between 1933 and 1945.
In a speech from the throne on September 16, 2014, Dutch King Willem- Alexander, referring to what was happening in Northern Iraq, Syria and Gaza, said that it had led to tensions, feelings of powerlessness and insecurity in the Netherlands, warning that:
“Hatred bringing ruin upon people living elsewhere in the world must not spill over into our streets.”
Jews in Holland and Europe have been harrassed by militant Muslim immigrants. One of those singled out was Dutch Chief Rabbi Binyomin Jacobs . In July 2014, three bricks were hurled through his home window. On more than one occasion, Muslim youths lashed out against him, calling him “dirty Jew.” “This never happened twenty years ago,” the rabbi told this writer.
Due to the rapidly increasing number of Muslim immigrants, Europe is importing the conflicts, the hatred and the anti-Semitism of the immigrants” home countries. This is also happening in North America and Australia. Migrant trafficking is a serious threat to Western security.
Too many second-generation Muslim immigrants and converts to Islam are susceptible to the call of jihad. By early 2015, over three thousand young European Muslims had joined ruthless terrorist groups in Syria and Iraq. Erich Fromm’s book Escape from Freedom is still very topical today. He writes about “the attraction to what is harmful in life which more than any other deserves the name of a pathological perversion.”[Read More]
Iranian Nuke Talks: the Endless Charade
July 1, 2015 – San Francisco, CA – PipeLineNews.org – With another “deadline” having passed [apparently a movable feast, this one, June 30] the Kabuki of the P5+1 negotiations on Iran’s nuclear program continues, apparently without end.
With the talks dragging on - absent any progress towards a reasonable protocol capable of stopping Iran from its headlong rush towards the deployment of nuclear weapons – it becomes ever clearer that the process is designed around legacy issues for the president with no thought given to containing the increasing threat. Hence the understanding by Khamenei’s government [correct] that Team Obama desperately wants some shred of tangible achievement at any cost, thus removing whatever leverage the U.S. might have had.
As the shuffling continues, the administration’s position steadily weakens, especially regarding the critical issue of verification and inspection, without which any agreement is DOA.
“The official, who spoke on background, was asked the question after telling reporters Monday that the Iranians will not be expected to allow International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspectors access to “every military site” since that would not be “appropriate,” and the United States would never agree to such access to every military site in the U.S.” [source, Patrick Goodenough, As Deadline Passes, U.S. Backs Away From ‘Anytime, Anywhere’ Access to Iran’s Military Sites, CNS News]
There are so many levels involved in this ruse - a public embarrassment - that realists have already concluded that under this CIC, Iran will remain not only unconstrained but enabled, the country being the beneficiary of previously impounded funds which will serve to both pump the economy as well as the theocracy's “peaceful” nuclear R&D program.[Read More]
Team Obama Awards Iran with 13 Tons of Gold - $370M Value
July 1, 2015 – San Francisco, CA – PipeLineNews.org – According to the state run Iranian news site Fars, yesterday the country took possession of 13 tons of gold [current value approximately $370M] which, until Team Obama’s team of “negotiators” [read, facilitators] permitted the transfer – sans agreement – had been quarantined in a South African bank for 2 years.
"A sum of 13 tons of gold that had been purchased before and was deposited in South Africa in the past two years and could not be transferred to Iran due to the sanctions … was delivered to the Central Bank of Iran's treasury last night," [see, CBI Governor: 13 Tons of Iran's Frozen Gold Consignments Back Home, Fars]
With U.S. media obsessed about about the horse-race aspect of the matter - whether or not a nuke deal will be consummated, assuming they are covering the issue at all - it's ignoring the cold reality that many of the sanctions, which had been responsible for the Iranian economy’s ill health, have already been lifted.
What we find especially alarming about this development is the potential impact it will have on the Shia theocracy’s nuclear program.
A little known fact is that for just about any moderate to large nation the cost of developing a nuclear processing plant is not all that constraining [approximately $3B, see Geoffrey Rothwell, Chaim Braun, The Cost Structure of International Uranium Enrichment Service Supply, MIT University], nor is the cost of the individual centrifuges themselves:[Read More]