After Kim Jong Un and North Korea conducted their biggest nuclear test yet, South Korea is bolstering its plan to “eliminate” the dictator should they feel threatened by nuclear weapons, according to CNN.
South Korean Defense Minister Han Min-koo revealed the information in parliament on Thursday, saying that a special forces unit is already on standby.
“South Korea has a general idea and plan to use precision missile capabilities to target the enemy’s facilities in major areas, as well as eliminating the enemy’s leadership,” he said.
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It is election season in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Palestinians are preparing to cast their votes in the local and municipal elections, scheduled to take place on October 8. The upcoming elections will be different from the last one, held in 2012 only in the West Bank, when Hamas boycotted the vote, allowing the rival Fatah faction to claim victory.
This time Hamas has decided to join the political fray — a move that caught Fatah and its leaders, including Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas, by surprise.
Hamas’s decision to participate in the local and municipal elections has further aggravated tensions with Abbas’s Fatah faction, which continues to suffer from deep internal divisions and rivalries.
In the past few weeks, Hamas and Fatah have been accusing each other of cracking down on each other’s supporters in the Gaza Strip and West Bank in a bid to affect the results of the election.
According to Hamas, the Palestinian Authority security forces have in recent weeks arrested scores of the Islamist movement’s supporters in the West Bank. Hamas claims that the crackdown intensified after its decision to participate in the election. Hamas also claims that some of its detained supporters have been tortured, prompting some of them to go on hunger strikes in Palestinian prisons.
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We know from Theresa May what Brexit means (answer: Brexit), and what she intends to make of it (answer: a success), but when will she kick off the process by which Britain actually leaves? Boris Johnson suggested yesterday that the UK could invoke Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, which starts the two year countdown in which it would negotiate its terms of exit, “early next year”. Tory Eurosceptics may well have been delighted by this, especially as he outlined a strategy that would see Britain able to control its borders and enjoying a “jumbo free trade deal”. But Downing Street has already stepped in with some cold water.
No 10 made clear who will be triggering Article 50 at the end of the day: Prime Minister May. “She will be doing it at a time when she believes it is in the best interest for Britain,” a source told Peter Dominiczak in today’s paper. “The Prime Minister’s position has not changed.” The Foreign Secretary is set to appear on the Andrew Marr show this Sunday, so he’ll can expect further questions about the Government’s Brexit strategy then.
The prospect of Theresa May delivering Brexit has already seen a number of Ukippers join the Conservatives, so could this trend continue? Paul Sykes, the millionaire Ukip donor, has signalled that he could defect back to the Tories in light of Britain’s vote to leave, as he writes in today’s paper that they are now best placed to redefine its relationship with Europe. “I want to return to the party to help them,” he says. But he wants Theresa May to ensure Britain leaves the single market and restores “full control of our borders and fishing rights” in order for him to move across. If she doesn’t, he warns, “the people of Britain will be able see our campaign posters from the moon.”
America’s settled policy of standing by while half a million Syrians have been killed, millions have become refugees, and large swaths of their country have been reduced to rubble is not a simple “mistake,” as critics like Nicholas D. Kristof and Roger Cohen have lately claimed. Nor is it the product of any deeper-seated American impotence or of Vladimir Putin’s more recent aggressions. Rather, it is a byproduct of America’s overriding desire to clinch a nuclear deal with Iran, which was meant to allow America to permanently remove itself from a war footing with that country and to shed its old allies and entanglements in the Middle East, which might also draw us into war. By allowing Iran and its allies to kill Syrians with impunity, America could demonstrate the corresponding firmness of its resolve to let Iran protect what President Barack Obama called its “equities” in Syria, which are every bit as important to Iran as pallets of cash.
And just like it sold its Iran policy through a public “echo chamber” of paid “experts” from organizations like Ploughshares and quote-seeking journalists and bloggers, some of whom also cashed White House-friendly nonprofit checks, the White House deliberately constructed an “echo chamber” to forward its Syria policy. The difference between the two “echo chambers” is that, absent any wider debate or the need for congressional approval, the Syria version was much more narrowly targeted at policy wonks and foreign-affairs writers, and the arguments it echoed were entirely deceptive in their larger thrust—the point of the Iran Deal was, in fact, to do a deal with Iran—rather than simply incomplete or false in their specifics.
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The Jewish state wants to share its knowledge and technology with the world, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Thursday…
The United Nations “began as a moral force and has become a moral farce,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu quipped on Thursday in his annual address to the UN General Assembly in New York City.
Nevertheless, Netanyahu predicted, “Israel has a bright future at the UN.”
“Back home, your governments are rapidly changing their attitudes toward Israel,” the prime minister said. “Everything will change, and a lot sooner than you think.”
More and more countries — including in Asia, Africa and Latin America — are seeing Israel as a potential partner in “fighting the terrorism of today and developing the technology of tomorrow.”
But the biggest shift, Netanyahu stated, was taking place in the Arab world, where many nations were coming to realize that Israel is an ally, not an enemy.“Our common enemies are Iran and ISIS,” he said.
“Our common goals are security, prosperity and peace.”
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One of my greatest fears today is that my children will never have time to become adults. As a teenager, my greatest fear was of having to go to war. I was raised next door to a Second World War veteran, and so I had heard discomfiting stories about soldiers’ sufferings, and also stories about the sufferings of civilians who were either the targets of tyrants or incidentally found themselves in the pathway of war. But as it turned out, thanks to the sacrifices of our brave soldiers, I had time to become an adult. All too many of today’s children are not so privileged.
The war we face today in North America, not as soldiers but as civilians, is a war brought to our very doorstep by the forces of the global jihad. Of course, there are conventional wars being fought abroad, wars that are like so many conflicts before them. But the war the Islamic jihadist is waging against the West is a terrorist’s niche because, typically, the terrorist loves “soft targets,” simply because soft targets require minimal planning. And soft targets are “terrorized” much easier than are military targets. Civilians doing their shopping, or riding a subway, or enjoying a day at the beach are not at all inured to the horrors of a terrorist strike as are, conversely, military personnel trained for the stress and brutality of combat. The naivete and ignorance of Western leaders today in insouciantly dismissing the raw evil of the Islamic jihadist is one of the greatest advantages enjoyed by the enemies of Western democracy.
The Islamic terrorist has Western civilians and their places of concourse at the top of his/her target list. They want to kill unarmed and therefore defenseless civilians. Hence I’m always puzzled whenever I read reports in newspapers referring to some unidentified “mastermind” who planned this or that terrorist attack on civilian targets. How much of a “mastermind” does it take to plan for a Muslim terrorist to drive a panel truck into a crowd on a balmy summer night in France? I’m also amused when I read of ISIS or other terrorist groups claiming responsibility for every lone wolf attack, as if their terrorist network were more extensive than it really is. I’m reminded here of the fact that Adolf Hitler’s party number was 555, although there were actually only 55 members when he joined: the Nazis had started numbering at 500 so as to make their movement appear more popular than it actually was.
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