Archive for December 1st, 2011

December 1, 2011

‘Many countries need Arab Spring’

The Arab Spring ousted the leaders of Tunisia, Egypt, and finally Libya, while pushing Syria and Yemen to the brink of civil war. In Bahrain protesters were driven from the streets by a massive military force. ­Bahraini Foreign Minister Khalid Ibn Ahmad Al Khalifa told RT that bringing democracy and the rule of law to the Gulf states was never going to be easy.

December 1, 2011

Chinese General Zhang Zhaozhong: “China will not hesitate to protect Iran even with a third world war,”

A professor from the Chinese National Defense University says that China should not hesitate to protect Iran, even if it means launching world war three, as more US warships are dispatched to the region amidst heightening tensions.

According to NDTV, a Chinese news station based outside the country, in regard to recent speculation that Iran would be the target of a US-Israeli military assault, Major General Zhang Zhaozhong commented that, “China will not hesitate to protect Iran even with a third world war,” remarks described as “puzzling to some”.

The news report also quotes Professor Xia Ming as paraphrasing Zhaozhong’s quote that, “not hesitating to fight a third world war would be entirely for domestic political needs.”

China has vehemently reaffirmed its alliance with Iran in recent weeks, most notably yesterday when it refused to criticize Iran for a raid on the British Embassy in Tehran launched by Iranian students earlier this week.http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia-pacific/china-refuses-to-criticize-i…

Both China and Russia have made it clear that they will veto any UN authorization of military action against Iran in the aftermath of claims that Iran is on the verge of developing a nuclear weapon.

“China has noted the tough reactions made by the relevant countries over this event and is concerned over the development of the situation,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hong Lei told reporters today.http://www.nowlebanon.com/NewsArticleDetails.aspx?ID=338228

“We hope relevant countries will keep calm and exercise restraint and avoid taking emotional actions that may rachet up the confrontation.”

Meanwhile, in a related development, three more US warships have been dispatched to join the USS John C. Stennis in the 5th fleet region.

With the Stennis, a Nimitz-class nuclear-powered supercarrier, already stationed just outside Iranian territorial waters, the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier has just been deployed from its home port to join the U.S. 5th Fleet AOR.

“In addition to the USS Carl Vinson’s departure, guided-missile cruiser USS Bunker Hill and guided-missile destroyer left in the morning, and the USS Halsey will depart at 2 p.m,” reports NBC SanDiego, adding that the ships are headed for the Middle East.http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/45493028#.TtdpAGMr2dB

Fears of an imminent military assault on Syria were sparked when the USS George H.W. Bush left its usual theater of operations to position itself just off the Syrian coast, but the warship has now completed its mission and is sailing back to its home port in Norfolk Virginia. View the latest naval update map: http://www.stratfor.com/

December 1, 2011

Italy’s F-35 ‘suicide mission’ – Italians wants to scrap the assembly and purchase of the US F-35 stealth fighter

Italy has found itself in a severe economic crisis, with the country’s debt reaching over two trillion euros. But at a time when Italians want to cut costs and create jobs, the government has another plan in the works, which critics say, is nothing more than ‘economic suicide.’