“Soft despotism is a term coined by Alexis de Tocqueville describing the state into which a country overrun by "a network of small complicated rules" might degrade. Soft despotism is different from despotism (also called 'hard despotism') in the sense that it is not obvious to the people."

Friday, March 21, 2014

Israel and Saudi Arabia Support al-Qaeda Operatives in Syria

Israeli officials have even expressed a preference for Saudi-backed Sunni extremists winning in Syria if that is the only way to get rid of Assad and hurt his allies in Iran and Lebanon’s Hezbollah. Even to the point of forming a 'de facto' alliance with Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah, the Wahhabi Sunni monarch (known for his gross anti-Semitism and the "Golden Chain' that financed the September 11, 2001 attack upon the United States).

Last September, Israel’s Ambassador to the United States Michael Oren told the Jerusalem Post that Israel so wanted Assad out and his Iranian backers weakened, that Israel would accept al-Qaeda operatives taking power in Syria.

Michael Oren

“We always wanted Bashar Assad to go,  we always preferred the bad guys who weren’t backed by Iran
 to the bad guys who were backed by Iran.”

Even if the other “bad guys” were affiliated with al-Qaeda.  
“We understand that they are pretty bad guys,” Oren said in the interview.

Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah

It is important to remember that the attack upon the US 
was funded and organized by Saudi Arabians, not by Iran.

 Saudi Arms Shipments to Al Qaeda Rebels 
Waiting behind Iraq’s Borders with Syria

Following the Iraqi Army’s operations against Al-Qaeda forces in Al-Anbar province, the Saudi arms shipments have been stuck behind Iraq’s borders with Syria. The Saudi arms shipments entered Iraq from the Saudi city of Nakheib and via Ar-Ar border crossing.

Nearly 70 2-ton vehicles are waiting for the Iraqi army forces to end its operation and withdraw from the region giving them a chance to cross the border with Syria.

 The vehicles are packed with explosives used for suicide attacks as well as anti-armor and anti-aircraft weapons.

Saudi Arabia is still supporting the Al-Qaeda terrorist groups in Iraq, Syria and Lebanon.

While Turkey has closed a large part of its borders to terrorists and Jordan has also considered restrictions for the Saudi nationals who intend to sneak into Syria, Iraq’s desert borders where the government does not have a lot of military and security supervision are regarded as the best route for Saudi Arabia’s logistical supports for the terrorists in Syria. 

 Israel Attacks Syria in Support of al-Qaeda 
Israeli struck Syria from the air at least five times in the past year in support of al-Qaeda elements in Syria. In January 2013, Israel struck a Syrian Army convoy carrying weapons while it had stopped at a Syrian research center on the outskirts of Damascus. 

CNN) -- A series of massive explosions illuminated the predawn sky in Damascus, prompting more claims that Israel has launched attacks
Israel attacked twice more, over the course of one weekend in May, targeting a shipment of advanced surface-to-surface missiles at the Damascus international airport. 
The Israeli Air Force struck at Assad's forces at least twice in October of 2013 and then again this past week with another pair of airstrikes and an artillery barrage, in support of al-Qaeda forces, in Syria.

Covert Israeli Forces Inside Syria Within al-Qaeda Ranks
 Israeli Military Vehicle Seized in al-Qasayr 

Media sources confirm the seizure of an Israeli military vehicle in Al Qseir inside Syrian territory.

The vehicle’s licence plate corresponds to that of the Israeli military with a black background and the letter Tsade (צ) (see image below)

Al Qseir is a strategic border town on the Northern frontier of Lebanon. Occupied by rebels, it was taken back by Syrian forces on Monday.

Al-Qseir  controls the highway which runs from the Lebanese border to Homs. It is through this border city that weapons and foreign mercenaries have entered Syria.

According to SANA, quoting (unconfirmed) media source:

“The seizure of an Israeli military vehicle which terrorists had been using in al-Qseir refutes the allegations made by Israel to justify its aggression on Syria and proves the scale of Israel’s military and intelligence involvements in the events in Syria.”

Israeli military vehicle which terrorists had been using in al-Qseir
  “The source said that the Israeli military support for the armed terrorist groups proves the involvement of Qatar, Turkey and Israel in the aggression on Syria which is waged through a single central operations room.

 Israeli military support for terrorism in Syria proves once more that Israel was and still is 
adopting the policy of organized state terrorism,  stressing that the world must act to confront this terrorism.


  1. See, nothin' to it, but to do it.


  2. You see, if desired we can get in the 'Way Back' machine and get back to when the discourse was reasonablly polite, for hose that want to read the repartee.

    The messages have not really changed, all that changed, the temperament of the 'new' contributors.
    So, for those that enjoy that type of thing, if there is demand, we can bring some of it back.

    May or may not make it a 'regular' feature, but there is lots of content, some of it 'fun'.


    1. That was before your death threats to Bob and myself? Your claims of being a special forces "wet ops" under Ollie North?

      A lot of water under the bridge, and now? you're one bats hit crazy jew hating, anti-semitic, low life, pot smoking, drug smuggling, gun running asshole...

      Hope the cops bust your ass sooner than later...


    2. You had your chance at the archive, you should have spent your time searching, fruitless as the search would have been.

      Instead you had other priorities, see where those got you.

      You should have spent your time reading Sun Tsu, like Ms T recommended ...
      but you wouldn't take advise from a woman, fool.


    3. Instead you spent your time insulting a person MUCH smarter than you have proved to be.

  3. BTW, regarding the Gulf:

    The Gulf is, Now, producing 65,484 bbls / day Less Oil than it was in Dec. 2006.

    1. See, there is editorial VALUE in getting nto the 'Way Back' machine, every once in a while.

      It could become a 'regular feature', like the 'Thread Break Girl'



    2. Hugo died of natural causes and his replacement is ruling Venezuela with a fist.
      All that was old, is new again.

      And all that 'Good News' wasn't.

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    4. Isn't Gulf production up from the Bush post Katrina, and then the early Obama pre BP blow-out days?

    5. Shit, I should have looked at your chart, before asking the question, not after.


    6. Why did GW have those huge troughs?

    7. trough___ I assume the second was the BP blowout fallout period.

    8. The spike after Ike was Thunderhorse coming online. It was a 12 Year Project, and you see how long that production affected the overall trend.

    9. As for the "shale," it is a real thing, and it came along at a crucial time, BUT, remember that old Jimmy Buffet song "A Pirate turns 40"?

      I made enough money to buy Miami, but I pissed it away so fast.

      Never Meant to Last. Never meant to last.

    10. If you will go


      you will see that they added 140 Producing Wells to the N. Dakota Bakken in December, and January, and

      Production Fell by 40,060 bbls / day.

      That is the kind of Decline Rate you're looking at with "Shale."

    11. Of the 18, I think it is, producing counties in N. Dakota, only 2 (McKenzie, and Mountrail) are still increasing production.

      Never meant to last


    12. Switchgrass, grows up fresh each year, on those 300 million acres laying fallow ...

    13. Pirate, ranks right under 'Cowboy in the Jungle' on the list of favorites.

      Through in some Warren Zevon, and there we be.
      Down in Honduras, surrounded by 'Lawyers, Guns and Money'.
      Looking like an 'Expatriated American'.


    14. That should have been

      Throw in ...

      mea culpa.

    15. We've, also, been proven right about Solar, and Wind,

      and if someone comes back in 5 more years, I think they'll say, "damn, that Rat and Rufus were Right about the 'Cellulosic Ethanol' thing." :)

  4. Well, here is some interesting news, from 'Forbes - the Capitalists Tool'

    Another Sign ObamaCare Works: Wellpoint Boosts Profit Forecast

    Wellpoint WLP +0.06% Inc. (WLP), one of the nation’s largest health insurance companies, raised its full-year earnings forecast, citing more than 1 million new health plan members related in part to new business from the Affordable Care Act.

    When a company raises its earnings forecast, that means it will make more money than it originally thought. In Wellpoint’s case, the company raised its 2014 “earnings outlook from greater than $8.00 per share to greater than $8.20 per share,” company chief executive officer Joseph Swedish said this morning. Swedish cited “growth of 1 to 1.3 million net new medical members and mid-single digit percent increases in both operating revenue and operating gain.”

    Wellpoint specifically cited its ability to successfully manage new business coming from Americans signing up for coverage via the state and federal marketplaces known as exchanges. President Obama last week said that enough Americans have signed up to private health plans under the health law that it will work even though there could be up to two million fewer Americans covered than the White House had hoped.

    Wellpoint is a major operator of Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans, including those operated under the Anthem brand. In addition to selling health benefits to employers and individuals, Wellpoint is a major contractor to states and the federal government by providing coverage under Medicaid programs for the poor and the Medicare health insurance program for the elderly.

    “While it is early in 2014, we are encouraged by results thus far across our businesses and we believe exchanges are tracking our general expectations,” Swedish said in a statement released this morning prior to addressing analysts and investors at a conference in New York. “We are building on the positive operating momentum we’ve achieved across the organization over last year.”

    Wellpoint’s rhetoric is a continuation of positive financial projections that were issued in January and February during fourth-quarter earnings from insurers including Aetna AET +0.42% (AET), Cigna CI -0.91% (CI), Humana HUM -1.51% (HUM) and UnitedHealth Group UNH -0.23% (UNH).

    Insurance companies for much of this quarter having been telling Wall Street that they are going to be able to manage the first year of risk from newly insured customers buying subsidized private health plans via government-run exchanges. Under the law, millions of Americans can get subsidies to purchase an array of health plan choices.

    Swedish also indicated the business outlook for the insurance company wouldn’t be short-lived.

    “Our outlook also remains prudent in light of the dynamic nature of the marketplace, and we believe this is a point from which we will grow in the future,” Swedish said. “We have entered a period of tremendous change across the health care system and are confident that WellPoint has the leadership, assets and strategy to drive profitable growth over the next several years.”


  5. (CNN) -- A federal judge on Friday ruled that Michigan's prohibition on same-sex marriage violates the U.S. Constitution, ordering the state to stop enforcing the ban.

  6. Why are about 98% of the comments on the last few threads by this Jack Hawkins idiot and Rufus?

    Is this a blog or an e-mail correspondence?

    This place sucks.

  7. Charles Gaba is figuring

    6.2 Million Exchange Enrollments.

    Not quite 7 million, but pretty good, considering they lost a month and a half due to the website debacle.

  8. Well, anonymous, maybe we're just place-holding until someone shows up to tell us about their bathroom adventures.

  9. ?

    You prove my point. It's that Rufus fellow again.

    This place is a laughing stock. It's not a blog.

    NSA must have hooked in to the Rufus and Jack Hawkins email accounts and somehow it got here.

    Why even NSA would want to read this shit I don't know, but they seem to read anything. Maybe they want to get something more on Jack.