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Hezbollah, Iran, and Saudi Arabia: The Middle East triangle that could lead to full regional (or world) war

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The Middle East rarely gets a break from conflict. In recent decades, it seems there is nothing but strife in the region. As one armed conflict is suppressed, another flares up. The latest potential conflict is between Saudi Arabia and Hezbollah, Iran’s proxy in Lebanon. This one has all the ingredients necessary to lead to the biggest war the region has seen in decades.

It could even lead to war for the rest of the world.

Background

Late last week, Lebanon’s Prime Minister Saad Hariri shocked the world when he resigned, citing a “plot to target his life.” The announcement was made from Saudi Arabia where Hariri accused Hezbollah of being a militant arm beholden to Iran.

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri steps down in shock move

http://www.dw.com/en/lebanese-prime-minister-saad-hariri-steps-down-in-shock-move/a-41235250Hariri announced his resignation from Saudi Arabia, saying he sensed a “plot to target his life” as he accused Iran and its Lebanese Shiite ally Hezbollah of taking control of the country and destablizing the region.

“Iran has a grip on the fate of the region’s countries… Hezbollah is Iran’s arm not just in Lebanon but in other Arab countries too,” Hariri said. “Iran’s arms in the region will be cut off. The evil that Iran spreads in the region will backfire on it.”

On Tuesday, the Saudis accused Iran of “direct aggression” in the attack on Riyadh airport. They said Hezbollah and the Lebanese administration would now be “dealt with as a government declaring war on Saudi Arabia.”

World War 3 alert: Saudi Arabia says Lebanon has declared WAR

http://www.express.co.uk/news/world/876337/World-War-3-Saudi-Arabia-Lebanon-Hezbollah-YemenHe claimed Hezbollah’s actions “were considered acts of a declaration of war against Saudi Arabia by Lebanon and by the Lebanese Party of the Devil”.

Al-Sabhan said the message had also been delivered to Lebanese prime minister Saas al-Hariri, a Saudi ally.

Today, Hassan Nasrallah, leader of Lebanon’s Hezbollah, accused Saudi Arabia of holding Hariri against his will, inciting Israel against Lebanon, and declaring war on the nation.

Saudis ‘declared war on Lebanon’ – Hezbollah leader

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-41946310Mr Hariri said in a TV broadcast from Riyadh on Saturday he was stepping down because of an unspecified threat to his life. He also attacked Hezbollah and Iran.

However, Lebanese President Michel Aoun and other senior politicians have demanded his return, amid suspicions that he is being held by the Saudis under house arrest and forced to do their bidding.

Mr Aoun has not accepted Mr Hariri’s resignation.

What this means

This is more than just another potential conflict for Saudi Arabia. Ties between Hezbollah and Iran would add to the potential for the first armed conflict between Saudi Arabia and Iran. They represent two of the three largest and most advanced military forces in the region with Israel’s being the third.

Saudi Arabia already believes Iran is the source of weapons for Yemen and Qatar, aiding them in their conflicts with the Saudis. Hezbollah believes the Saudis are going to attack by paying their “allies” in Israel to do it for them. Israel is never far from conflict with Hezbollah or Iran.

If Saudi Arabia decides it’s had enough with Iran’s meddling, it may choose to preemptively strike their Lebanese proxies. If Iran wants to provoke the Saudis without direct involvement (a path they’ve demonstrated they prefer), they could instruct Hezbollah to attack the Saudis through proxies in Yemen and Qatar.

There are other scenarios in play, including an unlikely direct attack from Iran or giving Lebanon direct access to Saudi Arabia thorough Syira down to Iraq. Nobody can predict exactly how this will play out. All we know is that every action, every moment brings us closer to war.

Escalation

The longstanding conflict between Shiites and Sunnis may be due for for a massive regional war. Iran and Saudi Arabia are the champions of each sect. The difference is that there are enough potentially militant Shiites in Saudi Arabia – a population estimated around 20 million – that could be brought into the mix by Iran and Hezbollah.

Saudi Arabia and other Arab nations have already called for their citizens to leave Lebanon. We are one or two triggers away from war. In fact, there may already be plans in place to escalate at any moment.

The United States has interests in Saudi Arabia, Israel, and troops in various countries in or near the region. Russia is backing Iran and Syria. It’s not too hard to see the potential of bringing the rest of the world into a regional conflict if it does erupt into war.

Final Thoughts

It’s time to stop pretending like this is just another problem in a region known for constant problems. This is the closest we’ve been to full-blown war involving multiple nations in the region since 1967. Since none of the three nations have any intentions of backing down, it may no longer be a question of if war will break out. We should be asking, “when?”

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Navy apologizes for sky penis

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Navy apologizes for sky penis

The skill level of naval aviators is top notch. We’re the envy of the world when it comes to air superiority because of the technological advances and extreme skill level our pilots possess. They put their skills on display in a strange way and now the U.S. Navy is having to apologize for it.

Navy apologizes over penis drawn in the sky, grounds aircrew involved

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/navy-apologizes-over-penis-drawn-in-the-sky-grounds-aircrew-involved/article/2641075“The Navy apologizes to anyone who was offended by this unacceptable action,” according to a statement from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island. “The Officers and Sailors of the United States Navy are professionals, held to the highest standards, while serving our nation with pride around world. The actions of this aircrew were wholly unacceptable and antithetical to Navy core values. We have grounded the aircrew and are conducting a thorough investigation – and we will hold those responsible accountable for their actions.

“The Navy apologizes for this irresponsible and immature act.”

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Muskets are now in the cross-hairs

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Muskets are now in the cross-hairs

It’s been a staple of the gun grabber left to invoke muskets when referring to the 2nd amendment. The contention is usually that the founding fathers wouldn’t have affirmed the civil right of self defense IF they had known what the future would hold with ‘military style’ and repeating firearms. Of course, this is balderdash of the first order given that they were learned men with knowledge of how technology had progressed from the past and what it would do the same in the future. In addition, repeating firearms had already been created at the time (e.g. the Puckle gun), the technology was in a nascent state at the time and the military was the source of most firearms.

That being said, there is now a report from the Free Beacon that Former congresswoman Gabby Giffords’s gun control group has released a warning of the danger of muzzle loaders [Essentially muskets] and other devices:

Muzzleloaders are firearms that must be loaded through the end of the barrel with powder, wadding and a projecticle [sic]. Muzzleloaders fell out of favor as a firearm of choice almost a century ago, and are generally seen as primitive antiques. That’s why federal law generally exempts them from regulation. Cue the .50 calibre muzzleloader, which delivers a particularly lethal .50 caliber round.

Granted, this is within the context of a musket with suppressor, but the gun grabber refrain has always been that we’re only ‘allowed’ these weapons under the auspices of the 2nd amendment. So now they have ‘jumped the shark’ and are now going after technology from centuries past.

By the way, one of the best known examples of the ‘Military Style’ of the day was the .75 calibre ‘Brown Bess’ musket carried by the Redcoats in the Revolutionary war. This was the reason the founding fathers placed the commonsense civil right of self defense near the top of the Bill of Rights, and now even that technology is unacceptable to the gun grabbers.

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Yesterday was Veteran’s Day and I’m mad as hell

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It’s difficult to type, my vision blurred by welled up tears. I am internally grappling with an unanticipated soup of emotions, boiling and bubbling, bubbling and boiling: I am infuriated, I am flabbergasted, I am frustrated, embittered, and bereaved.

I loathe.

I weep.

I type.

Flashback to 1972

TiltonHe had been sitting alone, fingers trembling as he reached forward to press record, a deep ache in his throat. What do you say to you wife… to your two little daughters… The chaplain had just left the room. You need to record a final message to your family.

The memory of that conversation with the chaplain, still so fresh, flashed through his mind as he wiped the saliva from his cheek and his eyes. “Baby killer!” she screamed at him, her face contorted in hate and revilement. “Baby killer!” she hollered in disgust just before spitting in his face once more. In uniform, he had been spotted by a radical leftist, roughly 15 years of age, while he was walking through the Los Angeles airport on his way home, returning to his family after years of service in the Vietnam War. “Baby Killer!” she hissed, spitting in his face in a state of agitation like that of a rabid beast, eyes filled with madness.

What was it that had elicited such hatred from an American teenager? What had fueled a rage so powerful that it had driven this young woman to accost a uniformed member of the US Air Force, to accost my dad? The simple answer: lies, treasonous lies.

The liars of yesterday: the AmeriCong

Sadly, many Vietnam veterans experienced this type of vile assault. Other experienced much worse: including mob attacks right here on American soil. The viciousness of those belonging to the anti-America cult during the Vietnam War was born out of lies and propaganda, orchestrated by leaders in Hanoi and put into action right here in the American homeland.

“Hey, Hey, LBJ. How many kids did you kill today?”

  • Antiwar slogan/chant

The treasonous liars, like pied pipers of the ignorant masses, hollered such untruths as, America is imperialist and fascist! America’s troops are drug addicts and murderers; baby killers, every one of them! America isn’t fighting for the freedom of the South Vietnamese: America’s corporate, capitalist system and its interests are an evil, occupying force, bent on the oppression of the marginalized Vietnamese people! The National Liberation Front forces are merely freedom fighters working to secure liberty from the evil, imperialist Americans; they fight for democracy! Persistently they rallied, and they hollered, and they lied through their teeth, and, sometimes, they threw bombs.

“The spontaneous antiwar movements in the US have received assistance and guidance from the friendly [Viet Cong/North Vietnam] delegations at the Paris Peace Talks…. The PCPJ [People’s Committee [sic] for Peace and Justice]…maintains relations with us…”

-from the Viet Cong’s Circular No. 33/VP/TD.

Busy RebelThese AmeriCong (now assisted by sympathetic “historians”) routinely denied their frequent dealings with the top brass of North Vietnam (Zaroulis, Who Spoke Up, xii; Tom Wells, The War Within, 211).  Yet, during the war, the “peace” lovers were often seen publically wearing rings, necklaces, and medals given as gifts from a grateful North Vietnamese government, often made from US airplanes shot down in the war. The infamous Bill Ayers has fondly recalled being given a ring at a Toronto conference sponsored by Women’s Strike for Peace (WSP). On the inside of the ring was inscribed, “500,” to commemorate the 500th US plane shot down (Bill Ayers, Fugitive Days, Penguin Books, 2001, 74).  Featured on the cover of Life Magazine (April 23, 1971) was Jane Fonda (“Hanoi Jane”) wearing her own necklace made from America’s downed aircrafts (Canfield, Comrades in Arms). As the daughter of a USAF pilot of the Vietnam War, I am disgusted, sickened, horrified.

In a speech given at a Congressional seminar in 1985, former leftist radical (aka communist), David Horowitz, stated, “Let me make this perfectly clear. Those of us who inspired the antiwar movement did not want just to stop the killing, as so many veterans of those battles now claim. We wanted the Communists to win. It is true that some of may have said we only wanted the United States to get out of Vietnam, but we understood that meant the Communists would win. ‘Bring the troops home’ was out slogan; the fall of Saigon was the result.”

The liars of today: Kaepernick and the NFL

In the same speech, Horowitz described the hypocrisy which characterized the minds of the Vietnam era communist activists in America, explaining that “…activists had a double standard when it came to making moral and political judgements. We judged other countries and political movements – meaning socialist and revolutionary movements – by the futures we imagined they could have if only the United States and its allies would get out of their way. We judged America, on the other hand, by its actual performance, which we held up to a standard of high and even impossible ideals. Of course, if we had been able to look at the facts we would have seen that America was more tolerant, more democratic, and more open to change than the countries and the movements to whom we gave support. But we were unable to do that. We were, in the then-fashionable tern, ‘alienated’ from what was near to us, unable to judge it objectively.”

Horowitz then went on to describe his personal awakening, his sudden awareness that America was not the oppressive monster which he had long envisioned. “As our opposition to the war grew more violent and our prophesies of impending fascism grew more intense, I took note of how we were actually being treated by the system we condemned. By the decade’s end we had deliberately crossed the line of legitimate dissent and abused every First Amendment privilege and right reserved to us as Americans. While American boys were dying overseas, we spat on the flag, broke the law, denigrated and disrupted institutions of government and education, gave comfort and aid, even revealing classified secrets, to the enemy. Some of us, like Tom Hayden and Jane Fonda, provided a protective propaganda shield for Hanoi’s Communist regime while it tortured American war-prisoners; others engaged in violent sabotage against the war effort. All the time I thought to myself: If we did this in any other country, the very least of our punishments would be long prison terms and the pariah status of traitors. In any of the socialist countries we supported – from Cuba to North Vietnam – we would spend most of our lives in jail and, more probably, be shot.” Instead, the capitalist, repressive, evil, imperialist America only handed out slaps on the wrists, here and there. Some activists did do some time in jail, “but basically the country tolerated” them.

So, is it just me or does old propaganda die hard?

Today, with the help of educational indoctrination, we have historical imbeciles like Colin Kaepernick moaning on and on about America’s “oppression” of “marginalized” people, wearing t-shirts emblazoned with the faces of dead socialist murderers such as Che Guevara and Fidel Castro – a flabbergasting act of moral and political hypocrisy – and blurting out lie after lie about “systemic racism” and “bodies in the streets.” With a straight face, Kaepernick blabbers away about America’s repressive “system,” simultaneously exulting Cuba’s equality, or claiming Ghana, a known abuser of human rights, to be his true “home.”

“How can we truly celebrate independence on a day that intentionally robbed our ancestors of theirs? To find my independence I went home.”

-Colin Kaepernick calling Ghana his home on America’s Independence Day, 2017

It has become ever apparent that far too many childish ninnies play professional football. Evidently, the are equally as skilled at playing “Follow the Leader” as they are on the football field. The kneeling trend had become a ritualistic alternative to chanting for the anti-America cult. Although the kneelers themselves are swimming in money and fame, the thirst of their egos remains unquenched. These kneeling players have chosen a collective lie: This isn’t about the flag. This isn’t about the anthem. This isn’t about Veterans. We are kneeling for social justice. We are kneeling against inequality.

Oh, please! Give me a break!

The fact of the matter is that this herd of man-children – radical shepherds in cleats and their foolishly egotistical sheep, I mean, teammates – have shown zero concern for the ways in which their actions affect others, hurts others. Yes – kneeling hurts others, especially veterans and families of veterans, and it hurts America as a whole. When it comes to the matter of kneeling, “because they can” does not mean that “they should.”

Yes, I am mad as hell!

Yes! I am mad as hell, because the real tragedy is that, just like the Hollywood radicals of the “antiwar” movement, NFL players have tremendous influence over society. The attitudes and actions of players like Kaepernick who are so woefully unable to appreciate the bounty of this great country, have spread into a vast swath of the citizenry, too ignorant to know better. The virulent resentment, hate and victimhood has now become enmeshed in the minds of Americans from coast to coast. The socialist ideals that Kaepernick so foolishly espouses, ideals that have caused millions upon millions of deaths worldwide, has reached endemic proportions among significant segments of America. When a society has lost its gratitude, it has lost its empathy and its ability to reason as well.

“On this Veterans Day, the mistreatment of American troops remains a red line that few dare to cross. But with every new protest, it seems that line gets a little less clear.”

-US Army Officer Jeremy C. Hunt, November 10, 2017

Yes! I am mad as hell, because I am spending my first Veteran’s Day without my father, without my veteran, while watching padded chumps denigrate the country that my dad was willing to die for. Through my sadness in missing my dad, I am watching an influential group of millionaire meatheads peddle Marxian lies and push the same socialist ideals my father was willing to give his life to defeat. I am watching levels of ingratitude that I never imagined possible.

Yes! I am mad as hell, because – worst of all – I am watching today’s enlisted veterans begin to worry that, soon, the vicious treatment toward the veterans of the Vietnam War will become their own reality. I am watching veterans wonder whether it will soon become too dangerousfor them to wear their uniforms in public. This is a problem, folks.

So, yes, I am mad as hell.

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