Israeli political turmoil is expected after the disengagement. One possibility is the formation of a new centrist party including Ariel Sharon, prime minister, Shimon Peres, Labour party leader, and other centrist leaders. A poll yesterday in the Yedioth Ahronoth daily showed that such a party would win 38 seats in the 120-seat Knesset or parliament.This is also quite sinister in my eyes:
Israeli and Palestinian security officials will operate a joint operations centre from Sunday to monitor the withdrawal.Israel and the Palestinians are running a joint military command to make part of Israel Judenrein. That is seriously creepy.
Me: You want an Islamic state?
Her: Yes I do.
Me: Okay but which version of Islam you want? For example will you accept a Sunni interpretation of Sharea to replace the civil law?
Her: No, the Islam I want is the one that most Muslims agree with.
Me: Fine but different factions have different opinions in almost everything.
Her: Then we shall put a judge from each faction in the courts.
Me: But this way we'll be empowering sectarianism!
Her: No, this way we'll be empowering freedom of religion.
Me: You are a physician as I understood and according to the 137 law your testimony in a court of law will equal half that of any man even if he was illiterate. Will you accept that?
Her: It's an honor to me to be half of a garbage collector because that's what Allah said and it's not you who can explain to me what Allah said.
(a thimbleful of cognac to cba)
WASHINGTON (AFP) - US intelligence believes that a cache of manufactured bombs seized in Iraq about two weeks ago was smuggled into the country from Iran by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, an intelligence official said.They can't be too upset that we found these-they serve as yet another reminder that Iran can set the entire Mideast on fire if it so chooses. I can tell without even looking for a quote that Rumsfeld has called it "unhelpful", because that's what he always does when he wants to complain about a country but isn't about to bomb it. If you hear Rumsfeld calling someone unhelpful, know that he's not gonna do anything about it.
"We believe they came from Iran's Revolutionary Guards," the official told AFP, speaking on condition of anonymity. The find is significant not only because of the Iranian connection but also because it indicates manufactured bombs are now being introduced in a conflict that has seen the widespread use of mainly improvised explosive devices. "I think we believe there is more of them out there, that this is just the first cache we've actually obtained," the official said. He said intelligence analysts had "fairly high confidence" that the bombs came from the Iranian Revolutionary Guard. NBC News, which first reported the development last week, said US soldiers discovered dozens of recently manufactured "shaped" charges smuggled into northeastern Iraq from Iran. Shaped charges focus the force of an explosion to blast through even the heavy armor on an M-1 tank. They were first reported to be turning up in Iraq several months ago, amid a general escalation in the size and deadliness of the bombs being devised by insurgents. Triple stacked anti-tank mines were reported to have been used in an explosion last week that flipped over an armored amphibious assault vehicle, killing 14 marines and an interpreter in one of the biggest single losses of the war. US military officials estimate that some 70 percent of US casualties stem from improvised bombs. "We are seeing larger amounts of explosives," Brigadier General Carter Ham of the Joint Staff told reporters last week. "We are seeing different techniques that are being used in an effort to counter the efforts of coalition and Iraqi security forces to protect folks while they are moving -- different types of penetrators, different techniques of triggering the events," he said. If US intelligence is correct about the latest find, it would suggest Iran's Revolutionary Guard is moving into a conflict that for the past year has been dominated by Sunnis rather than Shiites. Until recently, the Pentagon has aimed its complaints at Syria over the infiltration of fighters, money and weapons across its border. But during a visit to Baghdad last month, US Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld pointedly accused Iran as well as Syria of seeking to undermine the US-backed transition in Iraq. The commander of the British-led multinational division in southern Iraq on Friday told reporters here there has been "a lot of speculation," but not many facts, about Iranian activities in his sector. But Major General James Dutton said an Iraqi border enforcement unit in southern Iraq found a major arms cache about two weeks ago near Route Six, which runs from Basra to al-Amarah. "We don't know exactly where that came from. We are keen to find out, and investigations are ongoing," he said. "There have been suggestions that they could have come from Iran, but I certainly can't prove that."
Bomb cache found in Iraq believed to be from Iranian Revolutionary Guard: official
EL PASO, Texas - Texas has become the fourth state to have a non-white majority population, the U.S. Census Bureau said Thursday, a trend driven by a surging number of Hispanics moving to the state.Your children will speak Spanglish. The ones who don't speak Chinese, anyway, when the Communists invade and send us all to slave away in their underground sugar mines.
According to the population estimates based on the 2000 Census, about 50.2 percent of Texans are now minorities. In the 2000 Census, minorities made up about 47 percent of the population in the second-largest state.
Texas joins California, New Mexico and Hawaii as states with majority-minority populations — with Hispanics the largest group in every state but Hawaii, where it is Asian-Americans.
Five other states — Maryland, Mississippi, Georgia, New York and Arizona — aren't far behind, with about 40 percent minorities.
Public policy analysts said these states and the country as a whole need to bring minority education and professional achievement to the levels of whites. Otherwise, these areas risk becoming poorer and less competitive.
William Frey, a demographer at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C., said lawmakers need to start with immigration reform, while striving to bring minorities' education and salary levels in line with Anglos.
"Immigration is good for the United States ... it's important for us to keep our doors open, but we need to keep an eye on the people coming in," Frey said. "While initially it will be a state problem, eventually it will be a national issue, and education is the best way to deal with it."
Complications from the cultural shift aren't likely to be exclusive to states that already have majority-minority populations, Frey said.
Nevada, for instance, has seen a massive influx of minorities in the last 15 years, reducing the percentage of Anglos since the 1990s from nearly 80 percent to about 60 percent. Such a rapid shift is likely to cause growing pains that include trying to balance the needs of a bigger and younger minority community with an aging Anglo community, Frey said.
"That's the kind of state that is going to have to deal with quick transition," Frey said.
Though some areas may never see this shift, the country as a whole is expected to continue the trend first noticed more than a decade ago.
The nation should be more than half minorities by 2050, said Steve Murdock, a demographer at the University of Texas at San Antonio.
"If you look in the 1990s, in every one of the 50 states, non-Anglo Hispanic populations grew faster than Anglo populations," Murdock said. "It's a very pervasive pattern."
WASHINGTON -- The four-star Army general relieved of command this week is alleged to have had an extramarital affair with a female civilian who does not work for the military or the federal government, the general's attorney said Wednesday.
Gen. Kevin P. Byrnes was abruptly sacked as commander of the Army's Training and Doctrine Command at Fort Monroe, Va., and the Army has not ruled out taking additional disciplinary action against him.
Army officials declined to discuss any details of the accusations, except to say they involved sexual misconduct.
Byrnes' attorney, Lt. Col. David H. Robertson, said Byrnes and his wife separated in May 2004 and they remained separated until their divorce became final on Monday _ the same day Byrnes was removed from command.
"The allegation against General Byrnes involves a consensual, adult relationship with a woman who is not in the military, nor is a civilian employee of the military or the federal government," Robertson said in an e-mail exchange. He said Byrnes approved the statement but was not willing to be interviewed directly about the matter.
Robertson did not say whether the allegation is that the affair took place before Byrnes' separation from his wife. Under military rules of behavior it would be considered adultery as long as it took place before the divorce became final.
Robertson referred to the Army's allegation against Byrnes but he neither confirmed nor denied an affair.
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