Iran may HANG the jailed American pastor.
Obama’s Defense Secretary nomination leaves Israel worried and Iran cheering
Make no mistake. The media will say otherwise, but there is no space between Chuck Hagel’s anti-Israel policies and Obama’s own. Israel has every reason to be worried.
Iran’s Foreign Ministry says it is hopeful the appointment of former Nebraska Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel to lead the Pentagon would improve relations between Tehran and the U.S.
Asked about Hagel’s nomination, ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said Tuesday that Tehran was hopeful that there would be “practical changes” to U.S. foreign policy, and that nations would change their attitude towards the U.S. if it respected their rights.
Hagel was nominated Monday and faces tough confirmation hearings. Critics have said he is hostile toward Israel and soft on Iran.
Washington and Tehran have no diplomatic relations since 1979 when Iranian militants stormed the U.S embassy and took American diplomats hostages.
Tensions have spiked over America’s belief that Iran is pursuing nuclear weapon, a charge Iran denies.
Hagel’s nomination is causing jitters in Israel, on the other hand, where some view the former Nebraska senator as unsympathetic or even hostile.
Hagel’s positions on Israel’s two most pressing foreign policy issues — Iran’s nuclear program and relations with the Palestinians — appear to be at odds with the Israeli government, and critics here fear the appointment could increase pressure on the Jewish state to make unwanted concessions. The appointment could also signal further strains in what is already a cool relationship between President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is expected to win re-election later this month.
Republicans in the Senate need to grow spines and block this nomination.
Iranian Christian pastor, Yousef Nedarkhani, is currently on death row in prison and being pressured by authorities to renounce his faith.
Oh look, the tolerant and peace loving Islam is at it again! It has been revealed that he converted from Islam to Christianity as a teenager, yet the “authorities” are just now dealing with it. He has been fighting for his life in court, as it has been proposed that he either denounce Christianity or be executed, even though he was never a practicing Muslim anyway. Apparently though, according to the court, he has “Muslim ancestry” so what he is doing is clearly grounds for arrest. Imagine if we lived that way in America…I have family members that were alcoholics, does that mean I need to become one too? I also have current family members that are atheists…does that mean I need to stop believing in God so I don’t violate some unwritten code?
Nedarkhani was arrested in October 2009 and charged with “apostasy”, otherwise known as the “total abandonmentof one’s religion.” His first charge came several years ago when he publically opposed. Christian schoolchildren being taught Islamic fundamentalism in class. What is wrong with that picture?
This, ladies and gentlemen, is what our founding fathers fought against: theocratic government. THIS is what Jefferson meant by separation of church and state, not the oppression of any given religious faith by the state the way liberals (and clearly Islamists in countries like Iran) like to interpret it for Christianity. No religion should be silenced, religious freedom is a basic fundamental right that falls under the first amendment. Yet so is freedom of speech.
I realize that we’re talking about a country governed under Sharia law here. But take a moment to realize that this is what liberals are soft on. When has anyone ever complained about Muslims in America “violating separation of church and state?”Look at our president, giving the Muslim Brotherhood $1.5 billion and condemning even the poorest quality video that was apparently “slandering the prophet of Islam.” Yet he does nothing about the Atheist group in Times Square that put a large “keep the merry, not the myth!” Christmas ad in reference to Jesus, or Piss Christ going back on display in an art museum in New York. If you’re going to take issue with one group condemning religious freedom, you have to apply it to the other side too. I KNOW that if there would have been an ad saying Islam was a myth, Obama would have flipped his lid.
What’s sad is that the left is with him. They are all ever so quick to judge all Christians as “loony Bible thumpers” that “want to take our rights away” but say nothing when something like the Nedarkhani trials happen. My prayers go out to this poor man, as I will pray that God gets him through this alive.
Iran claims US drone capture; Navy denies loss
The Associated PressPublished: December 4, 2012
TEHRAN, Iran — Iran claimed Tuesday it had taken another prize in a growing showdown with Washington over drone surveillance, displaying a purported U.S. unmanned aircraft it said was captured intact. The U.S. Navy, however, said none of its drones in the region was missing.
The conflicting accounts could put pressure on both sides for more details on U.S. reconnaissance and Iranian counter-measures.
They also point to other questions, including how Iran could manage to snatch the Boeing-designed ScanEagle drone without noticeable damage to its light-weight, carbon-fiber body or whether the aircraft could be from another Gulf country that deploys it.
There is even the possibility the drone is authentic but was plucked from the sea after a past crash and unveiled for maximum effect amid escalating tensions over U.S. reconnaissance missions - including a Predator drone coming under fire from Iranian warplanes last month.
But unlike the larger Predator, which can carry weapons and sophisticated surveillance systems, the much smaller ScanEagle collects mostly photographic and video images using equipment with little intelligence value, experts said. One called the craft a “large seagull” with cameras.
Barack Obama’s boast, on the eve of the election of 2008— “We are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America”— can now be carried out, without fear of ever having to face the voters again.
This “transforming” project extends far beyond fundamental internal institutions, or even the polarization and corruption of the people themselves, with goodies handed out in exchange for their surrendering their birthright of freedom.
Obama will now also have more “flexibility,” as he told Russian President Medvedev, to transform the international order, where he has long shown that he thinks America has too much power and influence. A nuclear Iran can change that. Forever.— Thomas Sowell, “Nice Losers,” November 13, 2012 (via donttreadonvirginia)
Netanyahu promises: I’ll push the button on Iran if I must
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu promised the Israeli public that he is capable of “pushing the button” to strike Iranian nuclear facilities if he felt he had to, in a Channel 2 investigative report aired Monday.
“I guarantee that as if I’m re-elected as prime minister I will not allow Iran to get a nuclear bomb,” Netanyahu said in an interview. Asked if he was really capable of “pressing the button,” Netanyahu replied: “I am capable, if I have to. I hope that I won’t have to.”
He emphasized that he was not “rushing to war,” and indicated that he would prefer to solve the issue through international sanctions. “Iran is progressing, step by step,” he said. “Today we are not begging other people to help us. Today we are prepared ourselves.”
The first part of the report, previewed Sunday, detailed how Netanyahu and Barak ordered the IDF to raise its alert level ahead of a possible attack on Iranian nuclear facilities in 2010, a move which drew virulent objections from both the IDF and Mossad chiefs.