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Demeter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-29-08 02:32 PM
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Saudi Newspaper: Prepare for radioactive fallout from US nuclear attack on Iran By Richard Clark
http://www.opednews.com/articles/opedne_richard__080328...


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Bush sends nuclear sub and more warships to the Gulf--Mon Mar 24, 2008 at 11:57:23 PM PDT


According to Chris Floyd at the Empire Burlesque web site:


The Saudi government is now preparing plans to deal with "any sudden nuclear and radioactive hazards" that may arise from an attack on Iran's nuclear reactors. This was reported by a top Saudi newspaper, Okaz, and relayed by a leading German news service, DPA -- one day after Dick Cheney paid a visit to the kingdom. As we noted, no one knows exactly what was said at that confab of allied authoritarians -- but something sure lit a fire under the Saudis, and convinced them that urgent action is needed to brace for the lethal overspill from a strike on Iran.


Floyd points out that nothing in Saudi Arabia becomes the top news story without government approval. That such a story should be released the day after Cheney's visit, sends a message to everyone about whats on Cheney's mind.


This, combined with the dismissal of Centcom chief, Admiral Fallon, Petreus' claim to have evidence (which he doesn't produce) that Iran was responsible for the recent shelling of the Green Zone, . . and the Egyptian report that a nuclear sub has been ordered by Bush into the Gulf, the bleak picture in both Pakistan and Afghanistan (accelerating collapse of Musharraf's power and strategy, the coming spring offensive in the Taliban's announced drive for Kabu),
. . plus the oft-stated desire of Bush and Cheney to attack Iran, and, as noted by former mideast policy official William K. Polk at Juan Cole's site just a few days ago, the last time Cheney visited the nations he visited this time was right before the Iraq attack, . . then only a moron would deny that Bush and Dick have nothing but contempt for the will of the people, congress and the courts, and that they crave war like a junkie craves his fix.


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Cheney Visits them, and Saudis then Prepare for "Sudden Nuclear Hazards"


One Tick Closer to Midnight


Last Friday, Dick Cheney was in Saudi Arabia for high-level meetings with the Saudi king and his ministers. On Saturday, it was revealed that the Saudi Shura Council -- the elite group that implements the decisions of the autocratic inner circle -- is preparing "national plans to deal with any sudden nuclear and radioactive hazards that may affect the kingdom following experts' warnings of possible attacks on Iran's Bushehr nuclear reactors," one of the kingdom's leading newspapers, Okaz, reports. The German-based DPA news service relayed the paper's story.


Simple prudence -- or ominous timing? We noted here last week that an American attack on Iran was far more likely than most people suspect. We pointed to the mountain of evidence for this case gathered by scholar William R. Polk, one of the top aides to John Kennedy during the Cuban Missile Crisis, and to other indicators of impending war. The story by Okaz -- which would not have appeared in the tightly controlled dictatorship without approval from the top -- is yet another, very weighty piece of evidence laid on the scales, pointing toward a new, horrendous conflict.


We don't know what the Saudis told Cheney in private -- or even more to the point, what he told them. But the release of this story now, just after his departure, would seem to be a clear indication that the Saudis have good reason to fear a looming attack on Iran's nuclear facilities, and that they are actively preparing for it.


And they certainly should be bracing themselves. A U.S. attack on Iran will come suddenly, and if it is indeed aimed at destroying Iran's nuclear capabilities -- a "threat" being talked up again with new urgency by both Cheney and Bush lately -- it has the potential for unimaginable consequences.






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gateley Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-29-08 02:37 PM
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1. I tried to find the article itself --
but have been unable to do so.

I went to the Okaz (Saudi newspaper) site, but it was in Arabic (duh, gateley).

Has anybody seen the actual article?

Thanks.


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Demeter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-29-08 03:11 PM
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5. This Is the Best I Could Do for Now
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bananas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-29-08 03:18 PM
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6. Here's the DPA article in English
Here's the wikipedia entry for DPA: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deutsche_Presse-Agentur

Here's the English version of the article at khaleejtimes.com and earthtimes.org:


http://www.khaleejtimes.com/darticlen.asp?xfile=data/mi...

Saudi Shura council to discuss plan for sudden radioactive hazards
(DPA)

22 March 2008

RIYADH - The Saudi Shura council will secretly discuss national plans to deal with any sudden nuclear and radioactive hazards that may affect the kingdom following experts’ warnings of possible attacks on Iran’s Bushehr nuclear reactors, media reports said Saturday.

The Saudi-based King Abdul-Aziz City for Science and Technology has prepared a proposal that encapsulates the probabilities of leaking nuclear and radiation hazards in case of any unexpected nuclear attacks in Iran, the Okaz Saudi newspaper said.

The Saudi Shura or consultative council plans to debate the proposal on Sunday.

The power plants in the south-western Iranian port of Bushehr were built with German assistance in 1974 and resumed with Russian aid in 1992, after it had been stopped by the Islamic revolution.


http://www.earthtimes.org/articles/show/193981,saudi-sh...

Saudi Shura council to discuss plan for sudden radioactive hazards
Posted : Sat, 22 Mar 2008 12:05:04 GMT
Author : DPA
Category : Middle East (World)

Riyadh - The Saudi Shura council will secretly discuss national plans to deal with any sudden nuclear and radioactive hazards that may affect the kingdom following experts' warnings of possible attacks on Iran's Bushehr nuclear reactors, media reports said Saturday. The Saudi-based King Abdul-Aziz City for Science and Technology has prepared a proposal that encapsulates the probabilities of leaking nuclear and radiation hazards in case of any unexpected nuclear attacks in Iran, the Okaz Saudi newspaper said.

The Saudi Shura or consultative council plans to debate the proposal on Sunday.

The power plants in the south-western Iranian port of Bushehr were built with German assistance in 1974 and resumed with Russian aid in 1992, after it had been stopped by the Islamic revolution.

Copyright, respective author or news agency

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gateley Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-29-08 04:49 PM
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7. Thanks to you both!
I was hoping this was another baseless internet rumor. Looks like there's something to it... :( :scared:
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nealmhughes Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-30-08 07:52 PM
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15. If there are aircraft carriers in the Gulf, then I can pretty well guarantee that there are subs
there as well. All US submarines are nuclear and may or may not be equipped with nuclear weapons, but that is diplomatic speak for "are you crazy, of course we have them on both classes of submarines, SSNs and SSBNs."

The article tends to be hinting towards an attack on nuclear research facilities and that could well be with conventional weapons. In fact, were I to be a crazy president, I would not risk exposing the location of my subs, but use stealth bombers.


To lauch a unilateral attack on Iran would be an act of war, something reserved by the Constitution to Congress. I do not see how Bush could use any "finding," "evidence," or the IWR to justify war given the status quo at present. The one charge that all agreed on impeaching Nixon over was "waging war without the consent of Congress" for the secret bombing of Cambodia.

At one time people used to care about quaint Enlightenment documents such as the Cosntitution. . . .
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wildbilln864 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-29-08 02:43 PM
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2. k&r. nt
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Submariner Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-29-08 02:44 PM
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3. DU'ers need to bombard Pelosi's office with calls to IMPEACH
if for nothing else but to put Bush's ass under fire with subpoenas and questions of his intentions. Senior Senators need to drag this asshole out of office and stop the madness. Bush is a psychopathic asshole.
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Demeter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-29-08 03:02 PM
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4. Unfortunately, It Looks Like Nancy Is Another
We are so screwed...
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Voltaire99 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-29-08 08:47 PM
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10. Please. Won't do a bit of good.
You know they're no more going to impeach than they are going to block an attack on Iran. Many Dems, well-coached by AIPAC, will be as pleased by the attack as Bush or Cheney.

Stop fantasizing that we have an opposition party in Washington; it's two cheeks of the same giant ass!
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yurbud Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-30-08 11:53 AM
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11. they won't be pleased necessarily, but the will be compliant & complicit
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DavidDvorkin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-29-08 05:02 PM
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8. Why is Richard Clark planning to launch a nuclear attack on Iran?
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MasonJar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-29-08 08:03 PM
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9. Pelosi must be told that an attack on Iran must put impeachment squarely
on the table; there is no other way to stop these war goons.
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sce56 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-30-08 12:17 PM
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12. This is a recycle of a thread or two from last weekend, But glad to see more learning about it!
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yurbud Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-30-08 06:33 PM
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14. after we get tired of trying to get people to notice, it will sneak up and bite us on the ass
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Joanne98 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-30-08 12:22 PM
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13. Urgent action on Iran. petition...
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Doctor_J Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-30-08 09:21 PM
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16. If Cheney goes thermal, we might see this country awoken,
with millions descending on DC with torches, pitchforks, and some rope. I keep hoping that we can extricate ourselves from the BFEE grasp without violence, but our efforts at electoral/legal remedies have proven futile. We who really love the US need to brace ourselves for what might be coming. The downside is that Iran will unleash hell around the worked, including inside the US, within 10 minutes of Cheney pushing the button..
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