Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Message of Guns Missing

Reuters reported that several pistols belonging to bodyguards of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took an unexplained cross-country US detour this week before four of them went missing.
According to the news agency, a spokesman for Israel's Shin Bet security service confirmed that the four handguns "were part of the equipment sent ahead (of Netanyahu) to Washington, and got lost," adding that Israeli and US authorities were investigating.
A US source familiar with the matter told Reuters that two suitcases bearing seven handguns in all -- four in one bag, three in the other -- arrived at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York with Israel's security detail and were rechecked for a flight to Washington. But neither bag made it there.

Later the guns were recovered.

One might well think that this was a quick lesson about how the US can demilitarize Israel, like snapping fingers.

UAE Ambassador to US Agitates for War

United Arab Emirates Ambassador to the United States Yousef al-Otaiba openly advocated a US military attack on Iran, saying he was willing to “live with” damage such an attack would do to the security of the tiny country.

The United Arab Emirates ambassador to the United States said Tuesday that the benefits of bombing Iran's nuclear program outweigh the short-term costs such an attack would impose.
In unusually blunt remarks, Ambassador Yousef al-Otaiba publicly endorsed the use of the military option for countering Iran's nuclear program, if sanctions fail to stop the country's quest for nuclear weapons.

However, the UAE’s Deputy Foreign Minister Tareq al-Haidan suggested that the comments by Ambassador Otaiba may have been “taken out of context” and that at any rate the tiny collection of monarchies flatly opposes any military attacks on Iran.

Assuming the statement is accurately reported, it would be an odd way for the UAE to announce policy that would have damaging diplomatic and economic effects on its relationship with Iran.
It is more probable that the CIA sacrificed an asset in an attempt at further US imperialist war-mongering.