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The KGB state of Russia opposes further sanctions on Iran because they might “increase tension.” Russian move comes even as France endorses tighter sanctions and expects war with Iran. Russian denunciation of sanctions is symbolic: previous sanctions had no effect on Iran and new sanctions would be equally worthless. Russia completes Bushehr nuclear reactor and supplied Iran with advanced air defense system whose only targets are Israeli and American aircraft.
Russia also installed air defense systems in Syria, builds a huge military base in Syria, and condemned recent Israeli attack against Syria which probably aimed at destroying Syrian-North Korean nuclear installations.
Russia supplies advanced weapons including aircraft, missiles, and air-, tank- and missile defense systems to rogue regimes.
Russia put its strategic bombers back on active duty and upgrades its park of ballistic missiles with nuclear warheads.
Russian military budget for procurement is a little bit higher than Israel’s in purchasing parity terms.

Dozens of Syrian and Iranian military personnel died during unsuccessful joint test of Iranian missile with sarin chemical warhead.

Despite the information of Syria’s cooperation with North Korea and Iran over their nuclear programs and Syria’s close ties with Iran, Syria became a co-chairman of the international nuclear watchdog.
International Atomic Energy Agency doesn’t perceive a conflict of interest on the part of Syria.

Al Hamad ship that allegedly brought to Syria nuclear materials and equipment from North Korea made stops in Egypt and Lebanon. Such stopovers are unnecessary for a freighter carrying cement. Al Hamad is a Syrian ship oddly maintained in North Korean register, thus apparently leased by North Koreans.
Al Hamad likely unloaded part of its nuclear cargo in Egypt.

Egypt, a recipient of $1.4 billion American aid for decades, sided with Iran against the American demands for ending its nuclear program. Egypt works to restore diplomatic ties with Iran which Iran cut after the Egypt-Israeli peace agreement.

Israeli government finally declared Gaza enemy territory, two years late. Thousands of rockets and mortar shells were launched at Israel from Gaza.
Olmert’s government adopted a plan previously denounced as right-wing nut scheme of cutting electricity supply to Gaza. Israel will still supply her enemies with water. Gazans don’t pay for the electricity, and Israeli government covers the costs from Israeli taxpayers’ money while continuing tax transfers to Palestinian Authority.
Israeli cessation of electricity supply to Gaza will cause outrage among human rights organization and cannot last long. It’s mainly designed to press foreign governments into intervening with Hamas to temporarily stop rocket attacks on Israel.
UN envoy already condemned cutting electricity supply to Gaza as violation of international law. The loony UN considers Gaza an Israeli-occupied territory even after Israeli disengagement from Gaza two years ago. Equally loony Israeli Supreme Court is also unlikely to approve cutting fuel and electricity supply to Gaza. Fatah and Hamas decry the Israeli decision. Israeli move is coordinated with the US; Rice called Gaza “hostile territory to us [Americans] as well” but decried suffering of “innocent Palestinians” (who voted Hamas into power).
Even though Gazans overwhelmingly voted for Hamas, leftists consider sanctions against Gaza an illegal collective punishment. Leftists will embrace the occupation controversy to strengthen their calls for Palestinian statehood which would allow Israel to impose sanctions in accordance with international law. Israel, however, only needs to abandon formal restrictions at the crossings with Gaza in order to end the status of occupation. Informal restrictions, such as hours-long border searches, will work as well.
Israel will also close the crossing from Gaza. That moves conforms to Rabin’s idea of closing Gazans off like spiders in a can.

Iran warned the world about the major response to “Zionist supporters” on October 12, which is the day for anti-Israeli rallies. A missile test? Accumulation of the sufficient amount of weapon-grade uranium? Merely a lot of demonstrations?

Bush nominated Orthodox Jew Michael Mukasey, a long-time colleague of Giuliani and a professional of impeccable credentials.

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