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G8: World Leaders ‘Believe Absolutely’ That Israel Will Attack Iran

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June 27, 2010: Yossi Melman / Haaretz – June 27, 2010

World leaders “believe absolutely” that Israel may decide to take military action against Iran to prevent the latter from acquiring nuclear weapons, Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi said Saturday.

“Iran is not guaranteeing a peaceful production of nuclear power [so] the members of the G-8 are worried and believe absolutely that Israel will probably react preemptively,” Berlusconi told reporters following talks with other Group of Eight leaders north of Toronto.

The leaders of the G-8, which comprises Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, Canada and the United States, devoted much of their two-day session to discussion of the contentious nuclear programs unfolding in North Korea and Iran. The leaders issued a statement on Saturday calling on Iran to “respect the rule of law” and to hold a “transparent dialogue” over its nuclear ambitions.

In their communiqué, the leaders of the world’s richest countries said they respected Iran’s right to a civilian nuclear program, but noted that such a right must be accompanied by commitment to international law. “We are profoundly concerned by Iran’s continued lack of transparency regarding its nuclear activities and its stated intention to continue and expand enriching uranium, including to nearly 20 percent,” they said in a communique.

“Our goal is to persuade Iran’s leaders to engage in a transparent dialogue about its nuclear activities and to meet Iran’s international obligations,” adding that they urged the Islamic Republic “to implement relevant resolutions to restore international confidence in the peaceful nature of Iran’s nuclear program.”

Their conclusions followed Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s declaration late last week that Tehran was prepared to lay down its conditions to the international community regarding discussion of its nuclear program.

The Tonka Report Editor’s Note: The talking points of propaganda are preparing the world for a joint US-Israeli attack on Iran. Unfortunately for the world and quite unlike the paper tiger in Iraq, Iran (Persia) will actually fight back with ferocity as allies Russia and China hang in the wings of WWIII- SJH 

Link to original article below…

http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/g-8-fully-believes-israel-will-attack-iran-says-italy-pm-1.298597

CIA: Panetta States Iran Has Enough Uranium For 2 Nuclear Bombs

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June 27, 2010: Anne Flaherty / Associated Press (AP) via Yahoo News – June 27, 2010

WASHINGTON – CIA Director Leon Panetta says Iran probably has enough low-enriched uranium for two nuclear weapons, but that it likely would take two years to build the bombs. Panetta also says he is doubtful that recent U.N. penalties will put an end to Iran’s nuclear ambitions.

He says the penalties could help to weaken Tehran’s government by creating serious economic problems. But he adds, “Will it deter them from their ambitions with regards to nuclear capability? Probably not.” Panetta tells ABC’s “This Week” that there is “some debate” as to whether Iran will proceed with the bomb.

Asked about a potential Israeli military strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities, Panetta said he thinks Israel is giving the U.S. room on the diplomatic and political fronts.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP’s earlier story is below.

WASHINGTON (AP) — CIA Director Leon Panetta says Iran probably has enough low-enriched uranium for two nuclear weapons, but that it likely would take two years to build the bombs. Panetta also says he is doubtful that recent U.N. penalties will put an end to Iran’s nuclear ambitions.

He says the penalties could help to weaken Tehran’s government by creating serious economic problems. But he adds, “Will it deter them from their ambitions with regards to nuclear capability? Probably not.” Panetta tells ABC’s “This Week” he isn’t convinced that Iran will go ahead and build the weapons.

Asked about a potential Israeli military strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities, Panetta said he thinks Israel is giving the U.S. room on the diplomatic and political fronts.

The Tonka Report Editor’s Note: This coming from the same CIA that runs the opium out of Afghanistan? The propaganda and rhetoric is in full force as the countdown to the ‘imminent’ attack on Iran ticks closer to WWIII- SJH   

Link to original article below…

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100627/ap_on_go_ca_st_pe/us_us_iran

Report – Israel And US Are Preparing For “Imminent” War With Iran

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June 27, 2010: Israel Today Editors / Israel Today - June 24, 2010

A flurry of news reports over the past week indicate that Israel and the US are readying for an imminent military strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities.

On Wednesday, Iran’s semi-official Fars News Agency reported that about a week ago a squad of Israeli military aircraft landed at a military airstrip in Saudi Arabia, of all places. It was reported earlier this month that Saudi Arabia had agreed to let Israel pass through its airspace in order to strike Iran. The Israeli aircraft reportedly landed at the airport in Tabuk in northwest Saudi Arabia, which according to the report will act as the central base of operations for the Israeli air campaign against Iran.

Fars cited a local Saudi resident who said the Israeli presence and cooperation between the ruling local Saudi prince and the Jewish state was the talk of the town.

Saudi Arabia does not have formal relations with Israel, and publicly refers to the Jewish state as an enemy. But Riyadh is just as fearful of an Iranian nuclear bomb as Israel, and would likely resort to any means to avoid having its regional economic influence disturbed.

At the same time, Iran’s Press TV reported that a very large contingent of US ground forces had massed in neighboring Azerbaijan. The independent Azerbaijani news website Trend confirmed the report.

Those reports came just days after the Pentagon confirmed that an unusually large fleet of US warships had indeed passed through Egypt’s Suez Canal en route to the Persian Gulf. At least one Israeli warship reportedly joined the American armada.

The Tonka Report Editor’s Note: And just exactly how trading partners Russia and China will react to an ‘imminent’ strike on Iran remains the wild card in this deck of horrors- SJH

Link to original article below…

http://www.israeltoday.co.il/default.aspx?tabid=178&nid=21385

Corexit 9500 ‘Dispersant’ Suspected In Widespread Crop Damage

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June 27, 2010: Yobie Benjamin / San Francisco Chronicle (SF Gate) – June 26, 2010

UPDATE: June 26, 2010 – Last May 24 [2010], EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson promised, “We will conduct our own tests to determine the least toxic, most effective dispersant available in the volumes necessary for a crisis of this magnitude… I am not satisfied that BP has done an extensive enough analysis of other dispersant options.” Promises, promises… As of today, those tests have not been completed, according to the EPA. In the meantime, BP has dumped 1.4 million gallons of Corexit on the Gulf. Next week, we could have a hurricane pushing Corexit inland.

ORIGINAL POST: June 10, 2010

Just when you thought the damages BP could cause was limited to beaches, marshes, oceans, people’s livelihoods, birds and marine life, there’s more…

BP’s favorite dispersant Corexit 9500 is being sprayed at the oil gusher on the ocean floor. Corexit is also being air sprayed across hundreds of miles of oil slicks all across the gulf. There have been widespread reports of oil cleanup crews reporting various injuries including respiratory distress, dizziness and headaches.

Corexit 9500 is a solvent originally developed by Exxon and now manufactured by Nalco of Naperville, Illinois. Corexit is four times more toxic than oil (oil is toxic at 11 ppm (parts per million), Corexit 9500 at only 2.61ppm).

In a report written by Anita George-Ares and James R. Clark for Exxon Biomedical Sciences, Inc. titled “Acute Aquatic Toxicity of Three Corexit Products: An Overview” Corexit 9500 was found to be one of the most toxic dispersal agents ever developed. According to the Clark and George-Ares report, Corexit mixed with the higher gulf coast water temperatures becomes even more toxic.

The UK’s Marine Management Organization has banned Corexit so if there was a spill in the UK’s North Sea, BP is banned from using Corexit. In fact Corexit products currently being used in the Gulf were removed from a list of approved treatments for oil spills in the U.K. more than a decade ago. The Environmental Advisory Service for Oil and Chemical Spills at IVL, Swedish Environmental Institute, has, upon request of the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency evaluated Corexit extensively and recommended it not be used in Swedish waters. The Swedish study concludes:

“The studies suggest that a mixture of oil and dispersant give rise to a more toxic effect on aquatic organisms than oil and dispersants do alone… The research on toxicity of oils mixed with dispersants has, however, shown high toxicity values even when the dispersant per se was not very toxic.”

A report for the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation Division of Spill Prevention and Response concluded that Corexit actually inhibits bacterial degradation of crude oil. It may look good on the surface, but it will take longer for natural bacteria to eat up the crude oil.

The simple question I ask is: If the UK bans Corexit and Sweden recommends against it, why the hell are we using it on American waters?

The danger to humans can be expected. The warnings on the Corexit packaging is straightforward. In the tech world, you’ll hear the acronym RTFM- Read the Friggin’ Manual!!! Breathing in Corexit is not recommended. It’s not good for your lungs, eyes, skin or even your clothes! If you’re really geeky like me, you can read that Corexit is not good for marine life either.

Video: Air Force Delivering Wide Spread Aerial Spraying Of Corexit

It seems like damage brought by the oil gusher has spread way beyond the ocean, coastal areas and beaches. Collateral damage now appears to include agricultural damage way inland in Mississippi.

A mysterious “disease” has caused widespread damage to plants from weeds to farmed organic and conventionally grown crops. There is very strong suspicion that ocean winds have blown Corexit aerosol plumes or droplets and that dispersants have caused the unexplained widespread damage or “disease”.

Video: Wide Spread Mysterious Crop Damage In Gulf Region

There is no other explanation for the crop damage. It’s conjecture on my part but everything points to something that has a widespread effect on plants and crops. Studies on Corexit and its effects on plants are consistent with the damage sustained in the lower Mississippi area. Check out the table on page 877 of the study. While no one precisely knows, all the signs point to BP’s use of aerosolized Corexit brought inland by the ocean winds or rain. Remember acid rain? Now it seems we could have toxic dispersant rain.

The Tonka Report Editor’s Note: As I’ve stated before, this is all shaping up to be the ‘perfect storm’ for mass evacuations and Martial Law in the entire Gulf region- SJH

Link to original article below…

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/blogs/ybenjamin/detail?entry_id=65552

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