PipeLineNews Archives: September 2013

Boko Haram Suspected In Murder Of 40 Nigerian College Students

 

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The Nairobi Al-Shabaab Terrorist Massacre

By WILLIAM MAYER

September 23, 2013 – San Francisco, CA – PipeLineNews.org – As PipeLineNews.org has been highlighting now for many years [please reference for example, Emerson Vermaat, The Al-Qaeda Threat From Africa, PipeLineNews.org, May 18, 2010] the threat posed by al-Qaeda linked jihadists has grown exponentially in Africa.
“…With 1.2 million Somali immigrants and hundreds of thousands of restive Somali refugees, many Kenyans now fear that the bloody conflict in neighboring Somalia could spill over to their country. Kenya shares a 420-mile porous border with Somalia. In the past Islamic radicals crossed the border undetected. About 11 percent of the Kenyan population is Muslim, most of them are moderates, but there are Islamic courts (or Kadhi’s courts) and these are recognized by the government. Abdulkarim Jimale, a Somali journalist in Eastleigh, Kenya, told Dutch “NRC Handelsblad" correspondent Kurt Lindijer in January 2010 “that wounded Al-Shabaab fighters travel to Kenya to be treated in Kenyan hospitals. They recruit Somali youths in northeast Kenya and Al-Shabaab seeks to pursuade preachers to disseminate their (Al-Shabaab’s) radical message in mosques..."
Aside from the Nigerian based Boko Haram Islamic butchers, al-Shabaab [Arabic, Harakat ash-Shabab al-Mujahideen, transltated as the Mujahideen Youth Movement] arguably represents the most serious threat to the fragile governments of the countries from which it operates.

Al-Shabaab is one of many dozen Islamic terrorist organizations associated with al-Qaeda. So common have such linkages become the groups are often referred to as “al-Qaeda franchises,” just like your local McDonald’s [hold the blood and gore sauce please] in form.

Kenya, Africa is located in East Africa and borders the Indian Ocean. Unfortunately the country is adjacent to Somalia, a jihadist stronghold for al-Shabaab against which Kenyan Defense Force troops have been actively engaged in cross-border operations.

The groups hazy roots can be traced back at least to 2006, perhaps longer ago than that, as small organizations morphed into larger ones, sometimes were defeated and then sprung anew under a different banner but with the same basic message, the imposition of Islam along and the Shari’a [Islamic law] through jihad.

Perhaps no other country in Africa better demonstrates the reason why terror based irregular warfare is required to place the yoke of Islam throughout the continent, since the overwhelming majority of Kenyan’s are Christian – upwards of 80%.

Three days ago al-Shabaab launched its most ambitious attack yet in the country, attacking and then occupying the Westgate Shopping Mall in Nairobi. As we go to press over 60 have been murdered and nearly 200 have been reported to have been wounded.

The complex is still [nominally?] under control of the terrorists, though government’s Kenyan Defence Force seems to be slowly gaining the upper hand in a counter-attack against an unknown number of jihadis.

Though such statements must be evaluated against the often inflated claims of the government in such matters, Kenyan officials have announced that they are in full control of all floors at Westgate Mall.
“Cabinet Secretary for Interior Joseph Ole Lenku has said that in the ongoing security operation at the Westgate shopping mall… Kenyan forces have control of all the floors of the building. In a joint press briefing…Ole Lenku said that the number of hostages in the building has reduced.

‘The number of hostages in the building is minimal if at all there are any left in the building,’ Ole Lenku said. He added that the lists compiled from crisis centres of those missing has only very few persons unaccounted for…” [source, Ole Lenku: Kenya: We Have Control of All Westgate Floors, AllAfrica.com]
Regardless of what the eventual death toll turns out to be, the events of the last three days offer more proof [as if it was needed] that this administration’s  foreign policy, especially as it pertains to dealing with the “Muslim world,” has utterly failed. Instead of placating fanatical Muslims with kind words and gestures, President Obama’s Chamberlain-like response to the global Islamic jihad has emboldened the mujahideen.

Until this president is willing to accept the fact that this is a religious war, pitting the Muslim world against that of the “unbelievers,” nothing will change and the jihad will grow inexorably more violent and threatening.

End Notes:

For further reading, please refer to - PipeLineNews.org,  Islamic Violence In Mombasa Escalates, Imams Call For Boycott Of Upcoming Elections
“As we noted yesterday in Mombasa Kenya New Flashpoint For Muslim Aggression the Kenyan city of Mombasa, the country's largest, has been hit by a wave of Muslim on Christian violence recently. The pretext being used to fuel the aggression was the government's assassination of a major al-Shabaab terrorist, Aboud Rogo. Rogo has a long jihadist history.

So far most of the attacks have targeted Christian churches:

A dispatch from McClatchy Newspapers, Kenya Church Attacks Latest Sign of Tension Between Christians and Muslims, states:

"...At least five churches, including the Salvation Army one in the poor Muslim district of Majengo, were attacked during heavy rioting, local religious leaders say. Other churches have been attacked with grenades in separate incidents over the past year..."

The last 24 hrs have seen the undertow of violence escalate into major riots accompanied by looting. The Kenyan government is taking a stern approach and over 40 rioters have so far been arrested, though keeping on top of the latest developments is difficult given the paucity of media coverage of African news…”
 
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Obama Administration’s Continuing Malfeasance In Libya

September 26, 2013 – San Francisco, CA – PipeLineNews.org – According to an exclusive report by Fox News, the Obama administration has allowed hundreds of sophisticated weapons as well as military rolling stock to fall into the hands of Islamic terrorists.
“The recent theft of massive amounts of highly sensitive U.S. military equipment from Libya is far worse than previously thought, Fox News has learned, with raiders swiping hundreds of weapons that are now in the hands of militia groups aligned with terror organizations and the Muslim Brotherhood...” [source, Adam Housley, Theft of US weapons in Libya involved hundreds of guns, sources say, Fox News]
The theft included over a hundred Glock pistols, a similar number of M4 assault rifles, the most advanced night vision equipment currently in U.S. inventory and top-of-the-line Ground Mobility Vehicles [GMVs] - advanced versions of the HumVee used by U.S. operators.

The effect these weapons are having has been immediate with al-Qaeda affiliated groups now boldly operating out in the open during daylight.

Libya’s borders have reportedly become non-existent as jihadists can now travel to just about anywhere with no fear of retaliation by Team Obama.

It appears that Fox is the SOLE news source running with this story, though, knowing the nature of the modern journo trade, certainly the legacy MSM must be aware of this development to one degree or another.

They remain silent as they continue to actively conspire with Obama to deny American citizens access to news which is highly relevant to U.S. national security interests in the region.

This state of affairs has become worse than deplorable, never in the history of the United States has the Fourth Estate so openly and cavalierly sought to keep citizens ignorant of an administration’s malfeasance.

Obama’s disregard for the most basic security precautions in Libya now borders on treasonous. It’s as if Barack Hussein Obama is intentionally gifting these weapons – wrapped in a box - to Muslim terrorists.

Mr. Obama’s utter failure to secure these weapons, in light of the already horrendous problems we have had in Libya, is in itself an impeachable offense.

It’s not only the Benghazi attack, which found Obama with his pants down using his ambassador to run guns to Syrian terrorists and the subsequent cover-up [whatever “investigation” that was underway is now dead in the water].

Every action taken by this craven fool of a president in Libya has been to the detriment of the United States.
In the short space of less than 24 months [Muammar Gaddafi was overthrown on October 13, 2011] this bunch of clowns has:
1. Intentionally overthrown what passes for a U.S. ally in the ME, installing in its place a ruling structure that at best can be called terror friendly.

2. Allowed approximately 20,000 weapons of war, looted from Gaddafi’s armories, to fall into the hands of jihadists of every stripe.

3. Failed to provide even cursory security to protect our Benghazi Embassy, resulting in the death of Ambassador Stevens and three U.S. special operators, all of whom were abandoned by the administration, ensuring their death.

4. And now permitted a breach of security so serious as to raise the question as to whether Obama is willfully aiding the mujahideen with the intent of furthering the global jihadist movement.
Bottom line…

Barack Hussein Obama is the most dangerous, anti-American - possibly deranged – president in the history of the United States. This is no longer a case of mere ignorance; no one who has risen to this level in the world of cutthroat U.S. politics could possibly be this clueless.

Sadly, this is being done on purpose for reasons only Obama knows.
 
 
 
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Administration Ripped By House Report On Benghazi
 
September 17, 2013 – San Francisco, CA – PipeLineNews.org – In a still developing story dealing with the Benghazi tragedy, the State Department is in the crosshairs due to a blistering critique of both its review of the matter which led to it taking no significant actions as well as State’s failure to act to reinforce security - despite multiple and sometimes frantic requests - by Ambassador Stevens at the Benghazi Embassy, in the days leading up to the terrorist attack.

As Fox’s Catherine Herridge reports:
"...The nearly 100-page report concludes that the State Department’s internal…[review process on Benghazi, conducted by],,,the Accountability Review Board, or ARB -- was flawed…the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee alleges the board’s probe was not comprehensive, its interviews were not thorough, and the investigation itself may have been damaged by conflicts of interest.” [source, Catherine Herridge, Pamela Brown,  State Department’s Benghazi review let senior officials off the hook, report finds, Fox News]
The draft report specifically deals with the Administration’s failure to provide adequate security and the sham investigation which State instituted in what seems another layer in Team Obama’s cover-up of the Benghazi matter.

In a previous story Herridge concluded:
"...The decision to keep U.S. personnel in Benghazi with substandard security was made at the highest levels of the State Department by officials who have so far escaped blame over the Sept. 11 attack, according to a review of recent congressional testimony and internal State Department memos by Fox News. [source, Catherine Herridge, Pamela Brown, Trail of Benghazi security lapses leads to State Department senior leadership, records show http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/06/22/trail-benghazi-security-lapses-leads-higher-at-state-department-records-show/#ixzz2f0v41tbf]
Given the way that Congress deferred to Mrs. Clinton during her single appearance before the Senate Intelligence Committee it was clear from the beginning that Congress really had no stomach for connecting the dots in this matter.

Specifically we refer to Clinton’s January 23, 2013 appearance and the Secretary’s cavalier response to a question by Senator Ron Johnson [R-Wisconsin].
 
“…With all due respect, the fact is we had four dead Americans. Was it because of a protest or was it because of guys out for a walk one night who decided that they’d they go kill some Americans? What difference at this point does it make?...” [source, John Nolte, Hillary on Libya: “What Difference Does It Make?”, Breitbart]
While criticism of State’s internal investigation [which everyone knew would be a sham in the first place] is certainly due we believe that the Senate Intel Committee is largely to blame for its letting Mrs. Clinton off the hook during her appearance.

So this appears to be typical DC politics, contrived outrage at a result which was already a foregone conclusion upon Hillary’s fist-pumping, near hysterical dog-and-pony show.

Perhaps Issa’s Committee will pursue this with some vigor, though looking at the Committee’s willingness to allow AG Holder to stonewall them during the height of the gun running controversy does not inspire much hope.
 

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Obama’s Syrian "Rebels" Gang Rape 15 Year Old

September 11, 2013 – San Francisco, CA – PipeLineNews.org – According to Middle East scholar, Raymond Ibrahim, the al-Qaeda linked Syrian "rebels" which Obama supports are engaging in wide scale atrocities, especially towards young Christian women.

As Ibrahim [fluent in Arabic] observes:

"…The degradation of Christian women living in the Islamic world continued in the month of June. In Syria, after the al-Qaeda linked rebel group conquered Qusair, a city of the governate of Homs, 15-year-old Mariam was kidnapped, repeatedly gang raped according to a fatwa legitimizing the rape of non-Sunni women by any Muslim waging jihad against Syria’s government, and then executed.

According to Agenzia Fides, "The commander of the battalion ‘Jabhat al-Nusra’ in Qusair took Mariam, married and raped her. Then he repudiated her. The next day the young woman was forced to marry another Islamic militant. He also raped her and then repudiated her. The same trend was repeated for 15 days, and Mariam was raped by 15 different men. This psychologically destabilized her and made her insane. Mariam became mentally unstable and was eventually killed." [source, Raymond Ibrahim, Muslim Persecutions of Christians: June, Islam Translated]

We evaluate the above in light of last night’s incoherent address by Obama, claiming that the United States had to attack Syria’s Assad government, "for the sake of the children."

Sorry Mr. President, if there is something on which we both might agree on it’s that being gassed is, most likely, preferable to the way this little girl was brutalized then killed.

Regardless, this administration continues, with the assistance of the lap-dogs in the MSM, to ignore the real atrocities [especially those committed against women and Christians] which are going on every day in Syria and the Muslim world at large.

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Former U.S. Ambassador To Egypt – Anne Patterson – Savaged In Arab Press

September 11, 2013 – San Francisco, CA – PipeLineNews.org – It’s no secret that Ambassador Anne Patterson, recently recalled from her post in Cairo, served as Obama’s right hand gal in undercutting the Mubarak regime and then saddling the Egyptian people with the theocratic rule of the Muslim Brotherhood.

The Arab world has taken note…

In a piece published today in the English version of the Egyptian news source Al-Ahram, entitled – A Mournful Legacy – Patterson was called to task over her heavy-handed role in destabilizing what was once an American ally, Egypt.

"…A few hours before leaving Cairo for Washington, Anne Patterson…held a farewell party attended by a group of journalists where she expressed her considerable satisfaction with her time in the Egyptian capital…Patterson’s words did not reflect the tense atmosphere that surrounded her in her last few months on the job, particularly during the countdown to the popular upheaval against former president Mohamed Morsi. Patterson had tried to help the Muslim Brotherhood avoid disaster, but she lacked any real vision of how to play a useful role in the political crisis in the country before the big bang on 30 June…the way she meddled in Egyptian domestic politics has caused a lot of problems for American diplomacy, especially regarding how to deal with the dramatic changes that have taken place in Egypt following the ousting of the former regime…"

As The Daily News Egypt, notes:

"…The US ambassador in Cairo has garnered wide criticism from Egyptian political movements and media outlets lately due to statements Patterson had made which were seen to support the now ousted Muslim Brotherhood regime…" [source, Rana Muhammad Taha, Patterson’s term in Egypt officially ends]

Such open criticism of U.S. embassy level officials in the Egyptian press would have almost been unthinkable two years ago, but due to the actions taken by Mr. Obama that has all changed. Now the country’s media is expressing the widely held-belief – on the Arab street, to use the MSM’s mainstay colloquialism – that America is no longer a friend and is not to be trusted.

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Rep. Frank Wolf Blasts CIA Director Brennan

September 11, 2013 – San Francisco, CA – PipeLineNews.org – In a breaking development, Frank Wolf [R-VA] today blasted current CIA Director, John O. Brennan, during an appearance on Fox News.

The matter being discusses was a letter sent by Brennan to the Chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, Mike Rogers, responding to numerous requests over the last year to allow the CIA’s Spec Ops assets who where in theater during the Benghazi embassy attack to be made available, without restrictions, to the committee.

The visibly angered Wolf as much as suggested that Brennan was engaging in a shell-game with Congress over the matter and that the Director’s statement, that the CIA had done nothing to prevent the Special Operators from testifying, was untrue.

The Representative continued on, charging that Brennan had been part of the WH team responsible for handling the Benghazi matter from the beginning, suggesting that he was complicit in the affair from the get-go.

Brennan has been intimately involved with Team Obama’s disastrous foreign policy. Before his appointment to CIA he served as Obama’s Deputy National Security Advisor for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism, and also as Assistant to the President.

Brennan is not the brightest light in DC...his warn and cuddly relationship with Islam and the Arabic world has caused him to either manifestly misunderstand or misrepresent the threat posed by jihadism.

In a May 2010 speech delivered at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Brennan defended Islamic jihad as being a "legitimate tenet of Islam." [source, Kerry Picket, Obama CIA Pick John Brennan in 2010: Jihad a 'Legitimate Tenet of Islam', Breitbart].

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California Public School Education – Lesson In Debauchery
By CAMILLE GIGLIO

September 9, 2013 – San Francisco, CA – PipeLineNews.org – The effect that government meddling has had on the educational process has been almost unfailingly negative. In contemporary times, perhaps President Lyndon Johnson’s overly ambitious, ultimately failed idea of building a utopian system [the Great Society] through bureaucratic management might be the place to start if one wishes to trace the pernicious effect that top down regimentation and rule making has had on the learning process.

Adding to the dysfunctions caused by legislative efforts at the federal level have been state and local governmental intrusions. With very few exceptions all of these forces when added together have succeeded in creating the worst of all possible worlds – a highly systematized but failed educratic complex which not only fails to provide the minimal level of instruction necessary to prepare the young for dealing with the real world but instead has made its prime directive the inculcation of children into a rigid and intolerant leftist ideology

Not the least of the negative effects of this vast bureaucracy has been the severing of parental authority and ultimate control matters such as moral teaching. Thus students become de-facto wards of the state, guinea pigs in a grand scheme of creating a society wedded to the idea of equality of outcome rather than equality of opportunity which in the real world has resulted in dumbed-down education and social experimentation.

With this in mind please consider some of the major aspects of this systematized social engineering project.

Lesson 1 - In 1965, as a part of President Lyndon B. Johnson's War on Poverty he signed into law the Elementary and Secondary Education Act - ESEA - created by the United States Department of Education.

The overt original goal of the Act was to provide financial aid to schools with a certain percentage of low-income families in order to "close the skills gap in reading, writing and mathematics". Few people paid attention to the more subtle ramifications of this entry level move by the federal government to gain access to local school systems. The Act was amended about every three years. By 1972, a few parents and groups began putting out alerts about the ESEA containing authorization to instruct students in sex education. I attended one of those meetings.

You may recall the efforts made in the 1960's and 70's to stop the deceptively titled Family Life Education being promoted across the country and here in California. Many far-sighted parents and concerned citizens warned that the sex promoters wouldn't stop there.

Lesson 2 - Legislatively authorize bureaucrats to set universal standards.

In the succeeding years more emphasis and more fiscally punitive measures were placed on schools who failed to show federally required achievement of certain mandates. Greater emphasis came to be placed on all around student achievement otherwise known as Lifestyle choices, and specific classroom instructions. The collection of data on results was required. Development of parental involvement in achieving goals became a mandate.

In other words, as more and more state legislation authorized the funneling of federal money to states and from states to school districts and, ultimately to your school, the federal government slipped quietly into a major position of control of local school and curriculum and lifestyle goals. Local elected officials are being moved to the background while federal bureaucrats move into local prominence.

Lesson 3 - Challenge the ability of the local authorities to properly carry out their duties.

The California legislature and the state Department of Education have eagerly gone along with this federal intrusion in what formerly began early in life on American soil as private, religious and local parental control of the education of one's children. Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities

We, in California, are now at a point where the federal government, as a result of legislation authorizing federal funding in local schools, are beginning to directly receive grants, ignoring school district elected officials. Common Core (universal) Standards and International Baccalaureate Studies are examples such as SB 421, Exam Fees, International baccalaureate Diploma Program grants.

Other misuses of education include:

A. School nutrition/feeding programs, AB 626, Skinner,D-Oakland and AB290 , Alejo for breakfast, lunch (and in some cases dinner during school season and summer). Getting more and more students signed up for school meals, now, in California, allows the bureaucrats to also sign up the students for entry into the healthy family programs which aligns the students with all the reproductive services the state has to offer. Psychologists declare that family meals are important. the schools say that dinners at home aren't nourishing enough. What they are both really saying is that the school is the family and that's where children get nourished.

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Media Idiocy On Syria II – U.S. Strike Will Spell End Of Christianity In Syria

September 9, 2013 – San Francisco, CA – PipeLineNews.org – There would be numerous complications stemming from any missile strike by the Obama administration against the nation of Syria, all of them bad. But there is one issue on which the media has gone willfully blind; the fate of Syria’s Christian community should Assad be forced from power by the jihadists which this administration apparently wishes to serve as its Hessians.

In a recent interview, Raymond Ibrahim1 dealt with the Holocaust which Syria’s Christians will most certainly face if Assad falls. Below we have selected a few key sections of the interview, the complete text can be accessed at Has Syria Got A Prayer? Attacks On Christian Churches Near Damascus.

"…KJL: Are Syrian Christians better off if the U.S. does not strike against Assad?

IBRAHIM: Absolutely. That is not because Assad is a great guy, but because the alternatives — the same alternatives we saw in Libya and Egypt, that is, the Islamists and jihadis — are hostile to "infidel" Christians, a fact with ample doctrinal, historical, and current-affair proof…"

Two specific examples of this Muslim on Christian violence are mentioned in the piece:

"…On his website, Raymond Ibrahim, author of Crucified Again, posts a video of what appear to be Islamic extremists attacking Christian churches in Syria — St. Elias Church and St. Grace Church in the Christian village of Maaloula near Damascus – where villagers still speak Aramaic, the language Christ spoke…"

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Mainstream Idiocy Regarding Syrian Conflict

By WILLIAM MAYER

September 3, 2013 – San Francisco, CA – PipeLineNews.org – We are prepared to accept as fact that 1,400 Syrians were apparently gassed on or about August 21, possibly by Syria’s Bashar al-Assad, but much more likely by the opposing "rebels" since killing their own and making it appear to be the work of others is a shop worn tool in their bag of tricks - think Bosnia or HAMAS’ human shields by way of example.

When that many dead bodies are put on display, none of which seem to have sustained traumatic injuries - the type that conventional battlefield weapons cause – it leads us to believe that some form of CBN agent was used to hasten their demise.

Once you heard this covered for one or two news cycles, that really should have been it. Sure you can interview sorrowful relatives and show the stock footage of a shrieking Muslimah, out of her mind with grief over the death of her children, husband, relatives or household pets, but what’s the point?

Ok we got it.

News flash: much of the Middle East is currently in similar turmoil, largely due to the machinations of Barack Hussein Obama. People are dying all over the place, Muslims killing Muslims, Muslims killing Christians, Muslims just wishing they could get their hands on some Jews.

Things are exploding; starting on fire, toppling over…you get the picture.

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Raoul Wallenberg Hussein Obama? Give Me A Break

September 4, 2013 – San Francisco, CA – PipeLineNews.org – Listening to Barack Obama’s remarks at a joint press conference in Sweden today was truly a jaw dropping experience.

His appearance was the center piece of a club-footed effort by this WH, turning the occasion into a shameless PR stunt while taking advantage of the solemn commemoration of the life of Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg, which had been held inside Stockholm’s "Great Synagogue."

At the presser, the president likened his on-again-off-again proposed war on Syria with the courageous actions of Raoul Wallenberg.

"Because he refused to stand by, Wallenberg reminds us of our power when we choose not simply to bear witness, but also to act," Obama said. His words invoked the deadly civil war in Syria and Obama's call for a global intervention to stop Syrian President Bashar Assad from using chemical weapons against his people…" [source, AP, Obama visits Swedish synagogue, alludes to Syrian crisis, Haaretz online]

Raoul Wallenberg was Sweden’s Special Envoy to Budapest, Hungary during the Second World War and is credited with saving the lives of tens of thousands of Jews from the Nazis. He was arrested by the Soviets during the Siege of Budapest and immediately carted off to the infamous Lubyanka KGB prison [located in Moscow] where he was most likely murdered [at the age of 35], though exact details of his death have still not been established.

That this was done as the celebration of Rosh Hashanah [Jewish New Year] begins only compounds the offensive nature of Obama’s actions.

The takeaway from this only serves to underline that Obama’s boundless ego remains unchecked while his delusional savior complex becomes ever more apparent.

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An Urgent Need for Military (Humanitarian) Intervention in Syria

By EMERSON VERMAAT

September 3, 2013 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - "Western intelligence agencies believe Syria has amassed sizeable quantities of blistering agents, such as mustard gas, which was widely used in the First World War and in the 1980-88 Iran-Iraq war, as well as nerve agents such as sarin and VX. These chemical agents are designed to be fitted to an array of delivery systems, from Scud missiles to artillery shells."

This quote is from an important editorial article on "Cache and Carry: Syria’s Chemical Stockpile Poses Regional Threat." This article appeared in the September 2012 issue of Jane’s Intelligence Review. It raises the alarm about weapons of mass destruction in Syria and the regional implications. "Syria today is the largest chemical stockpile in our region," Major General Yair Naveh, deputy chief of staff of the Israeli army told Israel’s Hayon newspaper in June (2012). "These missiles can reach every point in Israel, so we must not relax our vigilance."

"Of particular concern to Israel is the possibility that Syria will transfer its Scud-type short range ballistic missiles (SRBM) to Hizbullah," the editors of Jane’s Intelligence Review write. Syria is estimated to have between several hundred and a few thousand Scud-type missiles, including the Scud-D variant based on the North Korean NoDong missile. Those concerns have strengthened with a series of news reports since May 2012, highlighting the possibility that Hizbullah may be in possession of Scud-type ballistic missiles."

Abject and Stalinist North Korea closely cooperates with the equally abject regimes of Iran and Syria. Claudia Rosett recently pointed "to seizures in years past of North Korean goods evidently destined for Syria’s chemical weapons programs." There is "a fat record of North Korean-Syrian partnership in the internationally taboo proliferation of weapons of mass murder – not only chemical, but nuclear."

"There are the reports submitted in 2010 and 2012 by the U.N.’s own Panel of Experts on North Korean sanctions. In their 2012 report, these U.N. sanctions experts included a fascinating section on the seizure by Greece, in november 2009, of four shipping containers bound for Syria, originating in North Korea, and stuffed with such military gear as 13,000 protective coats, ‘reported to have military use for chemical protection,’ as well as 23,600 gas indicator ampoules ‘to detect specific chemical substances.’"

It was last November that a series of cooperation agreements were signed between North Korea and Syria – allegedly on "environmental" issues – a code word for chemical warfare capabilities.

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