NEW FORMAT! Nine Circles of Hell!: Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Time for today’s Nine Circles of Hell! – all the news that gives you fits in print – the nine most hellish news stories now in an all-new format including three bonus stories, for Tuesday, March 20, 2012.
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When a ‘classified war simulation’ by US officials – which determined that an Israeli first strike on Iran would likely have ‘dire consequences across the region and for United States forces there’ – is reported in The New York Times, you can bet US leadership ain’t crazy about the idea … and they want everyone to know it. (But just in case there is a war, the US is ready to roll out some cool new weapons for the news cameras.) Iran’s Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei ain’t any more crazy about an Israeli strike than US leadership is – and he’s gonna do something about it if necessary. (Russia’s foreign minister Sergei Lavrov, meanwhile, says Iran doesn’t have nukes, but count on Iran building ‘em if they get attacked.) Back in the old war, dozens more Iraqis died as eight different cities experienced deadly attacks. In the even older and, like Iraq, still ongoing war in Afghanistan, the commander of American-led allied forces says there’s no sudden rush to leave Afghanistan and the US is staying the course on the military withdrawal schedule. When it comes to a job after the service, there’s no rush for the troops to come home as Gulf War II-era veterans’ unemployment is still much higher than the rest of the US population – and rising. (It’s a bit risky, as some British security contractors found out, but there is some coin to be made in gun-running in Afghanistan.) The West is now exporting the majority of their weapons sales to China, India and South Korea, so we now know where the next war after Iran will be. Maybe, some day, with increased scrutiny of the secretive worldwide banking system, we’ll know where all that blood money goes. If we ever do, it will likely be due to the brave efforts of people like the Occupy protesters, who apparently got their ass kicked by the NYPD this weekend. The Occupy crowd isn’t just about opposing the war and financial transparency, they also stood up against Keystone XL and fracking, which yet another study has shown to be dangerous to human life.
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