Shimon Perez “Dont place Russian Missiles in Syria”

And yes they are surface to surface missiles not anti missile system

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Israel Expresses Concerns Over Possible Russia-Syria Arms Deal

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(RTTNews) - Israel's President Shimon Peres and Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni on Thursday expressed concerns over a possible Russia-Syria arms deal, saying it would destabilize the Middle East.

Earlier, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad had offered to let Russia deploy surface-to-surface Iskander missiles in its territory to counter the US missile shield program in Eastern Europe.

Israel's Prime Minister Shimon Peres expressed concerns over the possibility of Russia deploying missiles in Syria and warned that such a move would destabilize not only the Middle East, but the entire world as well.

"Weapons of mass destruction are less dangerous without a means for launching them, but once a launching system is developed, the situation will be terrible," Israel's Army Radio quoted Peres as saying.

Meanwhile Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni also expressed her concerns about the possibility of a Russia-Syria arms deal, saying that it would destabilize the entire Middle East.

"It is a mutual interest of Russia, of Israel and of the pragmatic leaders and states in the region not to send long-range missiles to Syria," she said, pointing out Syria's alleged links with Iran, Hamas and Hezbollah.

Their remarks came after Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov said earlier on Thursday that Moscow is prepared to supply Syria with defensive weapons that would "not disturb the strategic balance in the region."

First Presidentual Debate set at Ole Miss involves Foreign policy

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McCain, Obama to debate foreign policy at Ole Miss on Sept. 26

In what could turn into a duel of “told you so” and “did not…did too,” the first presidential debate, hosted by the University of Mississippi in Oxford on Sept. 26, will focus on foreign policy and national security.

That represents an unexpected change from the domestic-issue theme the Commission on Presidential Debates had promised Ole Miss, which will hold the debate at the Gertrude C. Ford Center.

The switch comes as a result of negotiations between presumptive Democratic nominee Barack Obama (D-IL) and presumptive Republican nominee John McCain (R-AZ), both U.S. Senators. Their campaign staffs reached an agreement on the format of the debates and released a statement Thursday morning.

Public television news anchor Jim Lehrer will moderate the debate.

The second presidential debate, being held at Belmont University in Nashville on Oct. 7, will follow a Town Hall format with no set theme. Tom Brokaw of NBC News will moderate.

According to the statement: “Campaign-appointed debate negotiators House Democratic Caucus Chairman Rahm Emanuel (D-IL) and Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said they were pleased to have reached an early agreement to provide the American people with the opportunity to see and hear the candidates debate the critical issues facing the country.”

The campaigns claim it is “the earliest agreement on presidential debates reached in any general election in recent history,” but for Ole Miss the switch comes late in their preparations for the debate.

The Commission on Presidential Debates long ago instructed Ole Miss that the first debate would focus on domestic issues, and university has planned forums and events based on domestic issues.

Andy Mullins, executive assistant to the chancellor and the university’s point man on the debates, said the change is a huge surprise. He said the first he heard about any proposed switch came when he got a call at 7:45 a.m. on Thursday, while moving his daughter into her dorm room.

“We aren’t planning on changing any of our events,” Mullins said.

For example, on Aug. 28, Dr. Dan Jones, immediate past president of the American Heart Association and vice chancellor for health affairs and dean of the medical school at the UM Medical Center, is discussing health care in America in his lecture, “Health Care Disparities in the American Health Care System.”

The change in formats will mean the first debate, which usually draws the largest audience but may not this year because it is being held on a Friday, will likely be dominated by discussions of Iraq, Afghanistan and proper responses to the Russia-Georgia conflict.

Expect McCain to trumpet his support of the so-called “surge” in troops in Iraq, and Obama to volley back by pointing out the Bush Administration and the Iraqis are now agreeing to the timetables he has called for since 2007 in order to adjust the focus to securing Afghanistan.

Obama and McCain will almost certainly spar over who was right or wrong in pushing for the 2003 invasion of Iraq in order to establish a democracy in the Middle East (McCain) or opposing it because of misgivings over intelligence and a potential quagmire and thouands of deaths for U.S. troops (Obama).

McCain has also signaled he would urge a more confrontational U.S. response to Russia for its military actions in Georgia; Obama and a Sen. Joe Biden, considered one of the front-runners for the imminent vice-presidential pick, have urged $1 billion in aid to rebuild Georgia and support its democratic institutions.

Russia “The whole 1968 Prague invasion was really overblown western Propaganda”

RUSSIA TODAY

World remembers Prague Spring

Forty years ago Russian tanks rolled into Czechoslovakia to kill the country’s liberal reforms. The leaders of the small central European country were trying to create what they called ‘socialism with a human face’. Military intervention by the USSR and other countries of the Warsaw Pact put a stop to the changes.

Today in Prague there are no tanks and virtually no reminder of the dramatic events that took place here in 1968.

On August 21 1968 troops from five Warsaw Pact countries entered Czechoslovakia, an action that has stuck in people’s memories over the years. Miloslav Vlcek, speaker of the Czech Chamber of Deputies, says people do not remember it was not only about August 21.

“We forget it was the reforms of ‘the Prague Spring’ that led to this. Today we must not put all the blame on Russia – it did apologise for the Soviet Union’s deeds. But take other countries of the Warsaw pact who were also involved – we have good relations with them today,” says Vlcek.

Creating ‘socialism with a human face’ was in people’s hearts and minds. The Soviet Union trusted Alexander Dubchek, the new leader of the Czechoslovak Communist Party, to build any kind of socialism – as long as it did not hamper the interests of the Warsaw Pact treaty.

Marat Kuznetsov, a former Russian diplomat in Czechoslovakia, who worked in the Soviet Embassy in Prague back in 1968, says the Warsaw Pact bringing troops into Czechoslovakia should be put into the geopolitical context of the time.

“It was at the height of the Cold war, not just a confrontation of two socio-political systems but also of two political blocks: NATO and the Warsaw Pact. The military parity was fragile and unstable – but the whole world depended on it.”
In the summer of 1968 western media suggested that as a result of reforms Czechoslovakia would become a knife in the back of the Warsaw Pact countries. According to Kuznetsov peace in Europe was at stake and it could have been shattered by this geopolitical shift.

Those events are a part of history now. A recent opinion poll for the Czech newspaper “Lidove Noviny” revealed that 70% of the country’s youth knew little about the Prague Spring.

“We are already two generations away from those events. For the people who witnessed them, they’re alive. But today’s generation simply can’t understand them,” says Czech MP Tomas Hasil.

Syria “We will host a Russian Missile system in our country to counter the US”

RUSSIA TODAY

We’ll host Russian missile system – Syria

Syria says it’s ready to put a Russian missile system on its soil as a counterweight to U.S. plans to deploy a missile shield in Poland and the Czech Republic. The offer was made during a meeting between Syrian leader Bashar Asad and President Dmitry Medvedev in the Black Sea resort of Sochi.

Meanwhile, Moscow is considering a request from Syria for more Russian-made weapons.

It was the first meeting between the two leaders, and President Al-Asad was keen to show Syria’s support for Russia.

“We understand what is behind Russia’s position … We believe this is a response to Georgian provocation. We support Moscow in this and are against any attempts to blacken Russia,” Al-Assad said.
 
Many expected a tit-for-tat response after the US sealed a deal to deploy interceptors in Poland as a part of their missile defence system.

Ahead of the visit, there were reports that Russia might deploy a missile system in Syria – in particular, the Iskander system.  It’s something Syria has been requesting for a long time. After Friday’s meeting, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that Russia is ready “to consider the offers of the Syrian government in connection of the delivery of new weapons, only for defence purposes”.

Moscow has temporarily suspended cooperation with NATO.  It follows NATO’s criticism of Russia’s actions in South Ossetia and threats to shut down the NATO-Russia Council. Lavrov was clear on Russia’s course: “We are not going to slam the door on NATO. NATO could slam this door, though. Everything depends on NATO’s priorities: if the priorities are absolutely supportive of Saakashvili’s bankrupt regime to the detriment of partnership with Russia, then it is not our fault,” he said.
 
Meanwhile, the withdrawal of Russian troops from the conflict zone is well under way. There will be at least 500 peacekeepers deployed in the so-called security zone near the border. The rest of the peacekeepers will remain within the de facto borders of South Ossetia. The rest of the troops in the area will return to Russia.

Russia says it’s fully committed to the six principles of the cease-fire, but, according to Lavrov, some countries are resorting to diplomatic tricks.

Both South Ossetia and Abkhazia, Georgia’s two separatist regions, have again asked Moscow to recognise their independence.

The House of Saddam

A BBC/ HBO series. Interestingly they arent showing it in the US

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/House_of_Saddam

Part I

1979

Summer 1979 sees Deputy President Saddam Hussein gather his inner circle for his daughter Hala’s 7th birthday party. Amongst the group are Ba’athist Party members.

Saddam, fearing the increasing power of Khomeini in Iran and a proposed union with Syria, instigates the overthrow of President al-Bakr. The newly-appointed President Saddam Hussein orders his half-brother Barzan to initiate a bloody purge of the Ba’ath Party leadership. Saddam himself executes his closest friend and ally Adnan Hamdani as a show of strength. The Islamic Dawa Party rock Baghdad with a series of terrorist attacks while Saddam is on a hunting trip in Tikrit with his wife Sajida Talfah and son Uday.

Saddam attempts to maintain good relations with the U.S. as he takes his country into the Iran–Iraq War, whilst beginning an affair with married school teacher Samira Shahbandar. He also orders the execution of two top Iraqi generals after a military defeat at Al-Muhammarah and begins to turn against Barzan following the death of their mother, putting the arranged marriage of Saddam’s daughter, Raghad, with Barzan’s son, Mohammed, in jeopardy. After Saddam narrowly survives an assassination attempt in the Dawa stronghold of Dujail, Barzan fears for his own life and razes the city in retribution. Despite his pleas with Saddam not to dishonour him, Barzan is exiled and Saddam marries Raghad to Hussein Kamel instead, to form an alliance with his late father’s al-Majid clan. Hussein Kamel takes over Barzan’s post and becomes Saddam’s new Iraqi Special Republican Guard leader.

 1988

Lt General Hussein Kamel witnesses (via CCTV) Uday losing control in a Baghdad nightclub in 1988. His behaviour includes brandishing a gun under the influence of alcohol and firing it recklessly, before ordering the clubbers to be happy as they have ‘just won the war’.

Saddam commissions Mohammed Ghani to construct the Hands of Victory in celebration of his declared victory over Iran but post-war Iraq faces bankruptcy as Kuwait drives down the price of oil by increasing production. Sajida learns that Saddam has remarried to Samira and blames his trusted valet Kamel Hana Gegeo for assisting their affair. Uday also blames Kamel Hana and almost kills him for the sake of his mother’s honour, sparing him only so that he can control him when he takes over from his father as President.

Meanwhile, Hussein Kamel, spotting an opportunity to rise within Saddam’s inner circle, begins to sow mistrust between Saddam and his popular brother-in-law, General Adnan when Adnan requests Saddam to let his soldiers come home. Tariq Aziz, at an OPEC meeting in Geneva, reveals that Kuwait has been slant drilling into Iraqi oil fields and orders them to cease and apologize.

Not long after drunkenly sharing his concerns with brother Qusay that any children Saddam has with new wife Samira could jeopardise his status as rightful heir, Uday confronts Kamel Hana again at a late night party and beats him to death to the horror of witnesses. Saddam has him arrested and almost kills his first-born son in his cell. Adnan calls into question the ability of Uday to lead Iraq when his time comes, but is not supported by Hussein Kamel, who continues to gain Saddam’s trust. Not long after, Adnan is killed in a suspicious helicopter explosion.

Sajida confronts Saddam about the death of her brother but he dismisses her with claims that it was merely an accident. Saddam meets with the U.S. Ambassador April Glaspie and takes her statement of “No Opinion” as giving him to go ahead for the invasion of Kuwait but U.S. President Bush immediately decries the action and organises a coalition to drive out Iraqi forces. Saddam refuses to back down and is forced to move between safe-houses as the Gulf War commences with the bombing of Baghdad. The Iraqi army is quickly forced into retreat but the Americans declare a ceasefire and withdraw to the border leaving Saddam defiant.

1995

Iraq has survived the Gulf War but is crippled economically with the UN refusing to lift sanctions unless the government co-operate with their weapons inspectors. Saddam states he has nothing to hide resulting in a stand-off between him and chief UN inspector, Rolf Ekeus. Despite this, Saddam is more interested in tracing his roots. When Qusay comes to warn him about Uday’s erratic behaviour Saddam ignores him, presenting him his family tree and the “proof” that they are direct descendants of the prophet Muhammad. Qusay, clearly worried about his father’s state of mind, leaves him to his devices. Later, Saddam has the Qur’an written in his own blood.

The rivalry between General Hussain Kamel and Uday swiftly goes out of control, as the erractic son of the president humiliates Hussain Kamel by pelting him with food at a dinner with Saddam’s closest allies. The frustrated General states his disillusionment with Saddam’s regime that allows the spoilt Uday to run wild, unable to be reined in by anyone. His patience ends when Uday hijacks a shipment of medical supplies that he was intending to sell with his brother Saddam Kamel. Hussein Kamel tells his brother about his plan to oust Saddam by co-operating with UN inspector Ekeus as well as the CIA, whom Hussein Kamel hopes will topple Saddam and allow him to become the new president.

During a holiday celebrating Iraq’s “victory” over Iran Hussain and Saddam Kamel make the trip over the border to Jordan taking their wives – Saddam’s daughters, Raghad and Rana – who warn their husbands of what their father would do if he ever caught them. At the holiday party, Uday indulges his appetites by raping a waitress, but Qusay realises that something is wrong, warning his father. In Jordan, King Hussein grants the exiled group asylum just as Saddam declares them traitors in Iraq. Hussain Kamel plans to oust Saddam with Western co-operation and to ingratiate himself with the West by revealing state secrets. His plans are undermined when Saddam decides to reveal all the information himself. The Kamel brothers are increasingly isolated in Jordan and begin to lose the support of the king and their CIA contacts. Saddam phones Hussain Kamel and offers him and his brother a pardon if they return with their wives to Iraq. Believing he will be forgiven, and disturbed by his increasing loss of social status, Hussain persuades the others to return.

Hussain and Saddam Kamel are met by Uday and Qusay, who humiliate them by forcing them to divorce their wives and stripping them of their Iraqi uniforms. However they allow them to return to their family home. Saddam Hussain then tells Ali Hassan al-Majid (“Chemical Ali”) that the honour of the al-Majid clan will be tainted as long as the pair are unpunished. Ali surrounds the brothers’ house with troops and offers the brothers weapons so that they can die fighting. In a pitched battle Hussain and Saddam Kamel are killed.

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