Hear O Israel.

Well, if you won’t listen to me, maybe you’ll listen to him. No disrespect intended, but it seems that Israel is in for another border invasion, and this one reportedly has between 300 and 500 busloads of Lebanese and Palestinians being moved to the borders… to say nothing of large numbers of others heading in the direction of the borders, as well. Not being one to say ‘I told you so’… I did note at the time of the article I wrote on Friday May 20, that it had all the hallmarks of a rehearsal.

"We are preparing on all possible fronts and we will position both command and troops at forward positions," IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz said ahead of upcoming Naksa Day border protests.

Now the Iranians, in the guise of the Muslim Brotherhood, are going to test the IDF to the max. The so-called ‘Nakba Day’ protests were something only an Arab could dream up. Commemorating a battle in which the collective armies of the Arab nations got the horse pucky kicked out of them by a tiny, almost insignificant, country would seem to the western mind to be a waste of time.

To the Arab mind, steeped in seventh century barbarity and fostered in a cult-like religion where fanaticism, sadism and brutality are everyday occurrences, the constant reminder serves to foster their rage, which is never far from the surface at the best of times.

They are going to attempt to cross in overwhelming numbers on four fronts. Sounds very much like an invasion, doesn’t it? The IDF had better hope there’s not a couple of regiments of tanks behind them.

I don’t mean to sound alarmist, and some of my Israeli friends will probably scoff at me, but I know at least one who doesn’t think it’s so crazy. Wars have been launched with less pretext.

Semper Vigilans, Semper Fidelis

© Skip MacLure 2011

Israel’s New Reality.

Iran is on the march all over the middle east. Its surrogates carefully chosen and in place. Iran spews venom and exports hatred, fear and murder. Iran’s reach is growing. The United States is viewing the detente between the Iranian-Venezuelan governments very closely.

Prime Minister Netanyahu has warned that Iran will turn Egypt into another Gaza. He urged the west to ensure that any new Egyptian leader respects existing peace treaties.

Egypt is still in chaos, though the army is firmly in control and plans to stay that way. Jordan is shaky… King Abdullah has released his cabinet and is forming a new one. The speed with which the unrest has traveled has left world leaders stunned and totally unprepared.

The intemperate and totally out-of-depth Obama administration’s official and unofficial encouragement of the Egyptian demonstrators is sophomoric and dangerous in the extreme. Barack Obama sounded like some petulant teenager with attitude, as he demanded Mubarak step down right now and that Egypt would have democratic elections… presumably presided over by Jimmy Boy Carter, middle east expert extraordinaire.

Our political capital in the entire region is negligible, after the incredibly stupid foreign policy that our boy president and Islamophile, Barack Hussein Obama, has pursued for the last two years. Israel’s options are even fewer now, with another 500 or so miles of border that will become hostile should Egypt and Jordan fall.

It may be that Israel should move on Iran soon. Cut the head from the snake which is fomenting world war. Hey, Danny! Time to lock and load.

Semper Vigilans, Semper Fidelis

© Skip MacLure 2011

The Gift That Just Keeps Giving.

All the world is finger-pointing at Israel and the United States as the authors of the Iranians’ nemesis Stuxnet. I think they / we should take credit for it. The Iranian capacity for dealing with Stuxnet has been nearly non-existent.

The car in which Majid Shahriari was killed.

The only pretense they had at combating the rampaging worm was taken out by assassins that everyone is assuming were the Mossad… or the CIA. Majid Shahriari and Fereydoun Abbasi were attacked using a ‘limpet’ type explosive device placed on their respective vehicle windows by ‘persons unknown’ on motorcycles, detonating the devices several seconds after adhering them to the windows.

Shahriari, one of Iran’s leading nuclear scientists and the only man in Iran with any hope of unraveling the complexities of the Stuxnet worm, was killed instantly. Abbasi was wounded but survived. Recently, things have been rather tough on Iranian atomic scientists because five other noted Iranian scientists have been killed. Sorry, folks, this has Israel, the US, and most especially Mossad, written all over it.

A look back at recent history will put things into perspective. First… Israel has been penetrating Iranian and Syrian airspace for some time, testing air defenses and, obviously, getting a good look around in the process. Second… Iran was busy touting the opening of its new Bushehr reactor and preparing it to be fueled. We suddenly hear stories out of Iran of three strange unknown missiles striking the dome of the reactor. The best the Iranians come up with is that it was a defense readiness drill. Even then, Stuxnet was gaining footholds in the Iranians’ computer networks and spreading patiently… waiting.

Consider this. Stuxnet will be there waiting for the Iranians when they get up this morning… and every morning. It’s quiet, it’s patient and it’s rapacious. In short, it’s perfect. Estimates are that Iran’s nuclear ambitions are taking about a two year hiatus. Stuxnet is a very sophisticated, complex and efficient creation, almost guaranteeing its authorship by a state, as opposed to groups of anarchistically-bent hackers such as those associated with WikiLeaks or other left wing hacker groups.

Don’t expect this latest assault against the Iranian threat to be the last, or nearly so. Remember… Israel is going to do what you’d least expect it to do, when you least expect it to do it.

Semper Vigilans, Semper Fidelis

© Skip MacLure 2010

Whistleblower? More Like An Executioner!

It appears that the WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange, is somewhere in Britain. To be more precise, latest reports indicate that he is waiting to be arrested, in a house somewhere in south east England. Given the response rate of British police, he may be waiting for some time.

The media is buzzing, looking at the various possibilities for prosecution under a host of different violations. Privacy laws, endangerment and treason have all been mentioned. More than one influential figure has called for him to be ‘taken out’.

Much of the ‘revelations’ were nothing new to some of us. Personal remarks from politicians about foreign counterparts… well, unless you take those smiley, handshakey press photos at face value, it’s not hard to imagine. Darned embarrassing the next time they meet though.

Some of the more ‘sensitive’ items are not ‘hot press’ items either. Saudi Arabia possibly supporting a strike on Iran? Although not widely covered in the lame stream, this was revealed months ago when the Saudi authorities guaranteed a safe path through their airspace for the IAF. In fact, it was covered in this column.

The most dangerous aspect of these publications is the level of detail, giving dates, names and places. To name the sources of military information in, say, Iraq or Afghanistan, is to paint a target on that person’s back. Forget laws and regulations. Common sense and respect for human life should be enough to prohibit someone from revealing life-threatening details.

Which brings us to the question of why WikiLeaks, whoever they are, are so determined to make such volatile information readily available. A spokesman for the organization in London, Kristinn Hrafnsson, denied any wrongdoing. They have also indicated their intention to release confidential information regarding large corporations.

I still hold the view that Assange is nothing more than a front-man for a far larger, more sinister network. The President is strangely quiet on the subject. The reason for his silence is a matter for conjecture that I will not enter into. What is certain though, is that he should be instructing intelligence agencies to track down all individuals and groups associated with WikiLeaks.

With all the talk of net neutrality and the fairness doctrine, both pet subjects for the Democrats with their predilection for control of all things media, they seem to overlook the real threats that exist. This is not just some bored teenage hacker, infiltrating some secure sites from his mom’s basement. It is an organized group whose aim is the destabilization of the western world.

This sort of tactic immediately throws a few names into the ring. If this is the case, could that also explain the silence of Barack Obama?

(Editor Dee is in for Skip today)

What’s With The Brits?

It’s not your grandpa’s MI6. Britain behaves like a defeated nation. The government so fears the muslims in its own population that they would align themselves with those who would see them destroyed.

MI6 Headquarters, London

Stuxnet is raising Cain with not only Iran’s centrifuges but, as I predicted, their military targeting computers as well. It’s no coincidence that there are reports of penetration of Iranian air space during such periods.

I have no idea where Stuxnet was spawned. The implication was that it was done by hackers… I believe that it was a creation of Israel with the aid of the US.

I said that Iranian claims that they had cornered the critter and all was rosy were so much garbage. It turned out that I was right. Stuxnet is the gift that keeps giving… it works by being patient and opportunistic. Then, when it does strike, it spreads like crazy.

Is it possible that Britain can be that badly deceived? As reported, MI6 thinks the Stuxnet worm is national enemy #1. News reports on British television, by so-called ‘experts’, have completely omitted the fact that in every country where the worm has been detected it has been benign… except Iran.

American intelligence would like to see Stuxnet pay a visit to North Korea and her nuclear program. Whether it would be possible to plant the worm, in as tightly-controlled a country as N. Korea, remains to be seen.

Korea or not, I think that Britain should consider her position with regard to Stuxnet, and the real reason for pandering to muslims by the condemnation of the virus with regard to Iran.

Semper Vigilans, Semper Fidelis

© Skip MacLure 2010

Shades Of A Bond Thriller.

It’s pretty incredible stuff, more so as hard information coming out of Iran is so fragmented and sketchy. I’m speaking, of course, of the ‘accidental’ explosion at the Imam Ali base, an Iranian Revolutionary Guard’s arms and ammunition depot at a ‘secret’ facility, which had extensive underground storage and launching facilities for the Shahab-3 long-range missile.

Satellite imagery of the area around Imam Ali base.

In fact, practically all of Iran’s inventory of the Shahab-3 was reportedly destroyed when (as the Iranians spun it) a fire got out of control at the base. Other Iranians blamed the Kurds. Kurds?! It must have been one hell of a raid. Just think about it… hundreds of miles through the mountains and desert to attack one of Iran’s most carefully secured military bases. Sure! Tough dudes, those Kurds.

That Israel has been able to penetrate Syrian air space, pretty much at will, is no secret. As far back as Sept. 5, 2007, Israeli fighter-bombers attacked a Syrian nuclear site at the village of Tal Abyadh, destroying it totally. The Israelis returned to base unscathed. The IAF has made numerous incursions into Syria, testing its air defense capability… now more important than ever, especially in view of Russian and Chinese technology being introduced into the theater.

The worm, that wonderful burrowing worm, is still raising hell with Iranian technology. The creators of that worm really attached some legs to that thing, ’cause it’s still runnin’.

The ‘Kurds’ presumably started the fire that ‘somehow’ penetrated a secure launch and storage facility a hundred or so feet below the ground, buried in bedrock and built with reinforced concrete. There were reports of three separate explosions on three levels(?)… that part is unclear. What is clear is that this missile base won’t be launching anything at Israel anytime soon. This sounds like a raid, and it’s got Israeli written all over it. As our friend Drudge would say… developing. While you’re at it, don’t forget the mysterious missiles that struck the Bushehr reactor building. We were told that they were ‘testing’ the plant’s security. Right!

I’m out of the business of predicting when Israel is going to go after Iran. You know, the Israelis know, and I know that, sure as sunrise, they’re going to have to go, probably sooner rather than later. They can’t expect any help from Imam (thanks, Rush) Obama in Washington. Maybe they’re counting on a more friendly Congress come November, that will be able to counter the worst of Barry Hussein’s depredations. That Conservative Republican Congress will most certainly not obstruct the Israelis, should they feel as though they cannot wait any longer for the sake of their national security, and I feel that time is very close. Whatever they do, they cannot accede to Obama’s wishes. There is no two-state solution.

More treachery, lies, and aid and comfort to Israel’s enemies is what can be anticipated with regard to Obama. These events appear to be a softening of anticipated military targets. I sincerely hope so.

Semper Vigilans, Semper Fidelis

© Skip MacLure 2010

Mullahs Purge Nuclear Scientists And Technicians.

I can truthfully say that I fully expected this. It’s part and parcel of the way out-of-control totalitarian societies operate. It’s amazing how much alike they really are.

Bushehr Nuclear Plant

Perhaps I should let the poor seventh century throwbacks off the hook a little. It’s increasingly apparent that the Revolutionary Guard is calling virtually all the shots. They have garnered so much power to themselves that they form what, for all practical purposes, is a shadow government. They know how to play the game though… they always make sure that there’s a tame Mullah or two around to rubber stamp their activities which is, these days, just about everything.

The Revolutionary Guard would be the equivalent of Hitler’s Waffen SS divisions. Hitler’s secret nuclear and guided missile technologies were also under the gentle tutelage of the SS. Dictatorships cannot survive without having control of the populace, either through elections or through out-and-out military coup. Fostering unrest in neighboring countries is another hallmark of totalitarian states.

There is a double threat with dictatorial regimes in the middle east as well. We have the added factor of a religious war, perpetrated by members of a death cult who have sworn to destroy the west including, specifically, the United States of America.

The vaunted Iranian Intelligence agency (also under the auspices of the Revolutionary Guard) quickly scoured the country’s nuclear sites. They then proceeded to execute many supposedly guilty nuclear scientists and technicians that Iran can scarcely afford to lose. But (and this is another characteristic of totalitarian societies) the government of Iran murdered these men without hearing or trial, because that’s how dictatorships maintain control over their populations… by intimidation, fear and the brutal use of unbridled power.

No wonder I had heard that foreign scientists and workers had been exiting the country as fast as they could, after the discovery of the Stuxnet worm. I have a pretty good idea that, for all their bravado, the worm did far more damage than they wanted to admit. The viciousness of the reprisals and the fact that the men were killed, without so much as a sham trial, is an indicator of that.

My best guess is that the Stuxnet worm isn’t done with our Iranian friends yet. It may have several nasty little surprises left. I don’t have any insight into this other than a strong suspicion that they may have left some cute tricks behind like altering the programming of their missiles and fire control systems. Couldn’t happen to a nicer bunch.

Semper Vigilans, Semper Fidelis

© Skip MacLure 2010

All Is Well. Iran Has Caught Nuclear Spies.

So says the most prestigious Iranian Intelligence apparatus. So, move along, there’s nothing more to see here… all is well.

I’ve always admired the Israeli ability to dissemble, when it comes to secrets. More often than not, the results are all that could be asked for. Israel very seldom tips its hand openly concerning anything, much less national security matters.

I had been aware that the Israeli Defense Forces, the IDF, had been developing some sort of military cyber-warfare capability in conjunction with the US for some time. It makes perfect sense, the two most sophisticated cyber brain trusts in the world team up to make Iran sit up and think about a few things.

I’ve stated several times before, Israel is never going to do what you expect she will. I was surprised, like everyone else, when Israel launched Stuxnet, a burrowing, self-replicating, self-mutating worm, launched specifically at military-industrial control systems. Iran wanted to keep quiet about the worm’s ravages, but was forced to go public and ask for help from the world at large.

Iran’s intelligence service then issues a statement saying, in essence, ‘we’ve caught the bad guys and all is well, there’s no damage’. The truth is that the worm was already well established in some thirty network systems, then it went off… and off… and off. Not only did it replicate itself with lightning speed, it mutated as it went… making stopping it very problematic.

Is this the first round in the drive to take out Iran’s nuclear threat? This is as good a place to start as any. Cyber attack or no cyber attack, Iran still has to be faced. Iran is a mortal threat to Israel and the whole world if not checked.

Our timid President Barack Hussein Obama doesn’t have the gonads for it, that’s if he could ever see his way to making war on his Muslim brothers. Whoops… did I say that?

Semper Vigilans, Semper Fidelis

© Skip MacLure 2010

Bulking Up – US Fuels Israeli War Machine.

And a thirsty one it is indeed, as they all are. The United States has sold Israel two billion dollars worth of military fuel stocks. That’s about 444 million gallons of JP-8, unleaded and diesel fuel.

Israel’s air force would use prodigious quantities of fuel in an all-out air assault against her enemies that could last for days. The tanks and mobile artillery won’t be slow consuming huge amounts of fuel either. This, right in the face of Barack Obama’s biggest push to neuter Israel, by promising a ‘nuclear shield’ to protect her from her enemies… if she promises not to attack Iran. Note to our Israeli friends: Barack Hussein’s promises are as empty as his economic policies.

It’s remarkable that the administration that has done everything in its power to prevent the Israelis from defending themselves against the real and present danger that is fundamentalist Iran, is the same one that is supplying the one strategic assurance Israel needed to prosecute a sustained military effort.

Israel’s quick and final solution to the Galant issue pretty much put a stop to the speculation that it was a red herring to distract the Arabs from Israeli war preparations. The US, Germany, France and UK air forces have been training, simulating operations over Iran.

Syria’s armed forces are at their highest alert status. Hamas continues to agitate and Hizballah concentrates forces in Lebanon. Israel must move soon. We should move with her.

Semper Vigilans, Semper Fidelis

© Skip MacLure 2010

Israel Braces Itself In Face Of Imminent Threat Of Hostilities.

The chatter among the bad guys, Syria, Hizballah in Lebanon, Hamas and the Palestinians and the Islamic Jihad, is all about the high state of preparedness for war.

Maj. Gen. Yoav Galant and Ehud Barak

Israel moved quickly to solve command issues, with Ehud Barak’s nomination of OC Southern Command Major General Yoav Galant to serve as the country’s Chief of Staff in February, when Lt.General Gaby Ashkenazi steps down. A wise and timely move by the Israeli government.

Iran has its surrogates threatening war, as it continues its insane race for more and more weapons and its relentless pursuit of nuclear arms. Iran may be goading its puppets into attacking Israel to bleed the Israelis as much as they can, before Israel launches an assault aimed at crippling Iran’s nuclear weapons program.

When you stop and consider that Hizballah has some forty thousand rockets and missiles hidden just over the border and the length of time they’ve had to fortify strong points inside Lebanon, it makes the prospect of combat there worth serious consideration.

I don’t know how brave the Syrians are. They talk up a great game but they don’t seem particularly eager to go mano a mano with the Israelis. As I recall, the last time the two armies met, the Syrians got fed their lunch. What is more worrisome are the missile batteries that she has concentrated in the border area.

Hamas and the West Bank… there won’t be much change here… Israel will still have to go in and dig them out, only this time the Palestinians will bring out all their toys. It’s a monumental undertaking that Israel has known was coming for years.

Semper Vigilans, Semper Fidelis

© Skip MacLure 2010

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