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Hussein Allegedly Issues Threat - Showdown With US Near?
Earlier this week, Intelligence International LTD, the well regarded Britain-based intelligence advisory, sent an urgent "Private Alert" to its world wide subscribers.
Inside Cover has received a copy.
"Saddam Warns of Imminent Showdown with the U.S.," headlines the action gram.
Intelligence International reports that Iraqi diplomatic sources in Amman, Jordan, have claimed that Hussein recently sent a memorandum to "senior staff in the party, state, and the army."
The memo from Hussein asserts that "the showdown with the United States is not far away."
Hussein is said to be promising a "crucial confrontation that will end in Iraq's favour."
The memo continues, implying Hussein may use weapons of mass destruction, "Iraq will confront -- with determination, vigour, and a devastating response that will be remembered throughout history -- the latest U.S. attempt to inflict harm on it."
Intelligence International notes that Hussein has made vain threats before. This time, however, the intelligence advisory suggests Hussein should be taken seriously because President Clinton has entangled America's military in Kosovo.
Such an entanglement may have provided Iraq with an "unmissable opportunity," the advisory concludes.
Already NewsMax.com and other sources have reported a massive shift of American naval and air power from the Gulf -- leaving the region vulnerable to Saddam.
Top military commanders like General Jack Singlaub(ret.) and Admiral Thomas Moorer(ret.) stated at NewsMax.com's "America at Risk" Los Angeles Conference that American naval and air power has also been significantly drawn down in the Pacific.
They both stated that South Korea is extremely vulnerable to a North Korean attack in the near future.
Affirming those sentiments this week, General Hugh Shelton, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, told Congress that North Korea has engaged in a forward deployment suggesting a possible attack on the South. He said American troops have been on a heightened state of alert.
Several defense think tanks, including the Center for Security Policy headed by Frank Gaffney, have warned that America may be faced with several, simultaneous crises, including ones with Iraq and North Korea.
Clinton's defense policies have effectively "hollowed out" the American military. Experts say that the American military would be unable to deal with one crisis, let alone several.
-- Andy (2000EOD@prodigy.net), May 16, 1999
We saw both trains get switched to the same track 45 minutes ago in the start of the movie. Now we get to watch them crash. WONDERFUL! C
-- chuck, a Night Driver (email@example.com), May 17, 1999.
Clintons foreign policy (or lack thereof) is coming apart like a two dollar watch. In the words of the immortal Fred Sanford, "This is the big one!!"
-- Nikoli Krushev (firstname.lastname@example.org), May 17, 1999.
You said that one right Nikoli. My other big concern now is a real or manufactured "terrorist" incident in the USA. I fear a city may be sacrificed before the year is out.
Whadda we have now?
Israel/The Whole Islam World simmering.
What have I forgotten :)
PS who's Fred Sandford?
-- Andy (2000EOD@prodigy.net), May 17, 1999.
This dates you. It's an old sit-com, Sanford and son. Fred was always grabing his chest and saying " this is the big one "
-- CT (email@example.com), May 17, 1999.
Ah yes, I vaguely remember it, a black dude in a junk yard :) yep, the reason it's a little fuzzy is that they used to show it in England on Friday or Saturday nights around midnight and I was usually just staggering in from the pub :) Those were the days :)
-- Andy (2000EOD@prodigy.net), May 17, 1999.
LOL,, that's the one.
Thanx for all the updates, I kindda got out of the habit after the wall came down, silly me.
-- CT (firstname.lastname@example.org), May 17, 1999.
You didn't mention south american countries. Not a real freind in site there.
-- R. Wright (email@example.com), May 17, 1999.
Mr. Wright - I had forgotten, so many enemies, so little time...
Here is todays worldnetdaily article by Nyquist who now writes for them. He earlier reported that N. Korea had its special forces slip into Japan recently ready to destabilize its infrastructure.
Is a military offensive being contemplated?
) 1999 WorldNetDaily.com
"Only the offensive leads to the attainment of victory over the enemy," wrote Col. Sidorenko, a Soviet military strategist in the 1970s. "As a type of combat, the offensive has incontestable advantages over the defense." Why is the offensive so incontestably superior?
Sidorenko explained, "The attacker has broad capabilities for launching surprise strikes, for the rapid exploitation of the results of nuclear attacks. ..."
On Dec. 15, in a Washington Times op-ed piece, J. Michael Waller broke a mainstream media taboo. He noted that Russia's new hard-line leaders had been "spending their time and money preparing for ... nuclear war against the United States and its allies."
Waller's statement, of course, is correct. As crazy as it sounds, the Russians have been preparing for a Third World War, even as Russia's leaders have warned that such a war may be imminent. In recent years, the Russians have built huge underground shelters, bunkers, and nuclear-proof cities. Under Yamantau Mountain in the Urals, the Russians have built an underground city the size of metropolitan Washington. But that is not all the Russians have done.
According to Bill Lee, a former official with the Defense Intelligence Agency, the Russians have 10,000 to 12,000 ABMs defending their country. These ABMs have been deceptively described to the outside world as Surface to Air Missiles (SAMs), but as Lee told me in Washington last February, many of these so-called SAMs can carry one-megaton warheads far above the earth's atmosphere. Lee also explained how a special type of nuclear warhead, which puts out x-ray radiation, could be used in these "SAMs" to kill American nuclear warheads as they travel towards Russia, along flight-paths outside the earth's atmosphere. Inside the earth's atmosphere, explained Lee, "the Russians would use interceptor missiles with neutron bombs. The peculiar characteristics of this warhead give it a better kill radius against warhead electronics."
Another peculiar move in recent months, the Russians have been upgrading 180 MiG-29s to what they call the MiG-29 SMT. The upgrade involves the addition of a fuel tank and in-flight refueling capabilities that would give the MiG-29 intercontinental range. Why the Russian Federation would need a jet fighter that could fly to Chicago is something curious. If you put this together with the stockpiling of strategic metals, food, and fuel, a more ominous picture begins to unfold.
Since the NATO bombing began against Yugoslavia, Russian war preparations have accelerated. Over 80,000 Russians have volunteered to fight the West. Last month, the Russian Defense Ministry called up a draft of 170,000 recruits. Russia also called up a large number of naval and marine reserves, which have been used to man Russia's Black Sea Fleet.
In terms of naval deployments, the Russians have mobilized their Northern, Pacific, Baltic and Black Sea fleets for unprecedented training exercises, which have been held almost continuously since 27 March. These exercises have involved marine amphibious landings, missile launches, and mock air-strikes.
But Russia is not alone in preparing for war. China, too, has been engaged in a serious buildup of forces opposite Taiwan. There is also China's invasion of the Spratly Islands, which are located more than 800 miles from China yet 140 miles from the Philippines. In January, Manila was alarmed to discover that the People's Liberation Army was erecting gun and anti-aircraft emplacements on Mischief Reef. The Chinese ambassador to the Philippines, Guan Dengming, insisted that China was merely constructing "shelters for fishermen." But a leading Philippine official countered this, saying, "We strongly believe a fortress is being built. ..." Philippine Defense Secretary Orlando Mercado stated that concrete buildings in the Spratlys "are beginning to look more like military structures rather than the so-called fisherman's refuge the Chinese claimed it to be." Mercado further accused China of bullying the Philippines, referring to recent Chinese moves as a "a creeping invasion."
As it happens, Taiwan's lifeline runs near to the Spratlys. On Jan.12 of this year, Taiwan President Lee, taking note of Beijing's obvious attempts to encircle his small island country, called on his fellow citizens "to raise their vigilance against the military threat from China." Four days earlier, on Jan. 8, Chinese President Jiang Zemin laid out the mission of the People's Liberation Army in a speech: "We must resolutely safeguard the unity of the motherland and the nation's territorial integrity."
Unity, of course, is the war cry of the Communist Chinese against the Nationalist Chinese on Taiwan. President Jiang also warned that the Chinese People's Liberation Army should prepare itself for two things: nuclear war and internal uprisings. Soon thereafter, in mid January, China conducted bomber and missile exercises in which Chinese forces practiced targeting American troops in the Far East. The Chinese have also announced radical changes in military doctrine. The Chinese Air Force was placed in "offensive mode" in January, and China's army doctrine was altered to one of global war-fighting.
Chinese war preparations have also been unmasked, more recently, by the United States Congress. The House select committee's long-awaited report, slated for release this week, describes the emergence of China as a serious military threat, claiming that: 1) China has stolen five of America's most modern nuclear warheads through "pervasive" spying at U.S. nuclear laboratories; 2) China has stolen satellite and missile technology; 3) China has illegally acquired supercomputers, telecommunications equipment, jet engines and sophisticated machine tools.
Meanwhile, in a Senate Appropriations subcommittee on defense, America's top general said last Tuesday that North Korea was continuing to strengthen its military, which is mobilized and poised to attack South Korea. According to General Henry Shelton, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, North Korea has deployed most of its one million troops near the South Korean border to prepare for war. "Despite its collapsed economy and struggle to feed its own population," explained Shelton, "the North Korean government continues to pour resources into its military and to pursue a policy of confrontation with South Korea and its neighbors in the region." Shelton further said that the threat from North Korea is serious.
In recent months the North Koreans, who are close allies of Moscow and Beijing, have declared, "The United States will [soon] be reduced to ashes and will no longer exist. ..." North Korean headlines from the first week of 1999 proclaimed that: "U.S. Imperialist Aggressors Will Be Unable to Avoid Annihilating Strikes." Another North Korean newspaper stated that the Americans would be wiped "from this planet for good." In the New Year's message of the North Korean government, the Communists called on their citizens to "love rifles, earnestly learn military affairs and turn the whole country into an impregnable fortress."
South Korean President Kim Dae-Jung, fearing the Communist threat, warned his people to be ready for a surprise attack from the North.
While the Far East appears on the brink of war, the Middle East is equally bad. Intelligence International has reported that Saddam Hussein recently sent a memorandum to "senior staff in the party, state, and the army." The memorandum says that war is imminent. It says that "the showdown with the United States is not far away." Further along, Hussein promises a "crucial confrontation that will end in Iraq's favor." Saddam's memo also stated: "Iraq will confront -- with determination, vigor, and a devastating response that will be remembered throughout history -- the latest U.S. attempt to inflict harm on it."
Small countries like Iraq and North Korea could not, by themselves, defeat the United States in any kind of war. However, if Iraq and North Korea are supported by the Russian-Chinese alliance, then we are talking about World War III. In that event, all bets are off. Presently the United States is not prepared for a global war, and is certainly unprepared to fight a nuclear war.
From the statements of Iraqi and North Korean officials, one might get the idea that these small countries know that something is about to happen. The Iraqi and North Korean statements, as quoted above, seem to indicate that weapons of mass destruction will be used against the United States and its allies.
"A massed nuclear strike is a strike inflicted by a large number of nuclear weapons simultaneously," wrote Col. Sidorenko in his book, The Offensive. "Its goal is the destruction of enemy means of nuclear attack, the inflicting of destruction on the main formations of his troops, and disorganization of the rear, economy, and troop control."
Is a military offensive against the U.S. being contemplated by Russia, Iraq, North Korea and China?
To this question there is only one right answer. Let's not get it wrong.
-- BB (firstname.lastname@example.org), May 17, 1999.
-- Andy (2000EOD@prodigy.net), May 17, 1999.
You forgot these countries...(Ezek 38:5 KJV) "Persia, Ethiopia, and Libya with them; all of them with shield and helmet:" ETC.ETC.ETC.
-- Mark Hillyard (email@example.com), May 17, 1999.
This is MinnesotaSmith, author of the Y2K-preparatory website http://y2ksafeminnesota.hypermart.net. Andy, I think you can forget about Greece/Turkey and India/Pakistan, as those two seem to be conflicts that are unsettled mainly due to domestic political usefulness. The others -- you're right on target. I have long thought China would snatch Taiwan while Y2K had us preoccupied/enfeebled. I just do not know enough about N. Korea's gov't to guess at their intentions, but would not be surprised if they tried to take S.Korea soon; they are incredibly isolated intellectually, and may well believe their own propaganda. They seem to exhibit some of the same patterns of thinking that pre-WWII Japan did, e.g., excessive confidence in their capabilities (physical/spiritual) compared to their adversaries. Wonderful days we live in, yes? Yours in preparation, MinnesotaSmith
-- MinnesotaSmith (firstname.lastname@example.org), May 17, 1999.
If these intelligence reports are true, and I've been seeing other warning signals elsewhere, esp. regarding Korea, then we are in deep, deep shit.
-- Don Florence (email@example.com), May 17, 1999.
And please note I said "If." It really does seem likely that something ugly is going on; the problem is in determining just how big and dangerous it is. This is the first time in my life that I have really, seriously worried about WWIII. Too many things seem out of control internationally, as though everybody decided to go mad simultaneously.
-- Don Florence (firstname.lastname@example.org), May 17, 1999.
Don't worry too much about Sadaam. Our conventional cruise missiles are in short supply. We're saving the nuke-tipped ones just for his ass.
-- a (email@example.com), May 17, 1999.
We DO need to worry about Saddam.
The way things are working out, within eight months he will be able to do what he disn't accomplish in 1990-91; waltz right through Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Bahrain and the UAE until he owns the entire Arabian pennensula and controls access to the Persian Gulf. Taking Yemen is a toss-up as to whether he wants the heartburn or not.
Just like the leadership of North Korea, Saddam understands that the US is getting stretched militarily. And he obviously has one advisor who understands the potential Y2K offers. If the US is having serious internal Y2K problems, there's a war in Korea, we're bogged-down in Kosovo, our Middle-east concerns are consumed with a Y2K Arab- Palestinian war and the Persian Gulf nations are tied-up with major Y2K problems, then he will face no military opposition in taking the Gulf.
And then in a few years when the world is recovering and needs Persian Gulf oil to lubricate and fuel its recovery, the west and especially the United States will have to kiss his *ss to get that badly needed oil.
-- Wildweasel (firstname.lastname@example.org), May 18, 1999.
Hmmmmmm, WW, I'm catching a flight day after tomorrow, heading back over to the UAE on another contract. That's a pretty bold prediction... Tell you what, I got your email address down, I'll let you know if Saddam comes a-knockin' anytime soon.
-- Morgan (email@example.com), May 18, 1999.
Rollover would be a good time for Argentina to retake the Malvinas/Falklands. Britain would be too busy to deal with it. Not that such a conflict would compare with the potential big ones listed above, but there's apparently lots of oil down there, the Argy's might go for it.
-- humpty (firstname.lastname@example.org), May 18, 1999.
Easy on Wild, That WAS some interesting food for thought...Come on now, how many have been wondering "What's Sodamninsane waiting for? He isnt after us, he just wants it ALL....and a perfect time to go and fetch would be when chaos breaks out...And good point about our missle supply, Although my hubby is a Navy Vet, we both still be trying to figure out why we be wasting all these missles on Yugo..?? Better hurry up and get the clueless job done cuz doesnt that there Gps Dish a fixin to take a y2k hit soon? (some southern humor fer yens)
-- consumer (email@example.com), May 18, 1999.
What is scary about Hussein's memo is that it could be an indication that the Russians have let him in on when a good time to attack will be. It may indicate that, not Iraq, but someone else is planning to set off the big one.
Iraq, N. Korea, Lybia, Russia, China, Yugo, Cuba are all in cohoots. If there is anything planned, they will all do it at the same time.
-- BB (firstname.lastname@example.org), May 18, 1999.