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Monday Winds of War: May 02/05

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Welcome! Our goal at Winds of Change.NET is to give you one power-packed briefing of insights, news and trends from the global War on Terror that leaves you stimulated, informed, and occasionally amused every Monday & Thursday. In addition, we also have our in-depth Iraq Report today.

Today's Winds of War briefing is brought to you by Bill Roggio of the fourth rail and evariste of Discarded Lies.

Top Topics

  • The co-opting of pirates by al Qaeda should come as no surprise. We ought to pay attention, though - many high piracy areas are also key chokepoints for the world economy. The Fourth Rail offers a comprehensive briefing on the issue, with maps.

Other Topics Today Include:

Do the Iranians want regime change?; EU-3/Iran nuke talks collapse; Iranian nukes scares Russia; Israel gets bunker-busters; Abbas' "iron fist"; The Saudi's strategic shift?; Saudis whip terrorism (wink-wink); Chavez, Castro heart the "Axis of Subversion"; Akbar gets death; GIA leader bagged; AU commits to Darfur; Tired Taliban; Tough times in Jammu and Kashmir; Norks' missiles; European arrest roundup; The Balkan beat; ETA on the move; Death to Sweden; Kofi's lynchers; CEOs VIPs for AQ; Osama kicks it? Nope; and much, much more…


  • Have the Iranian people lost the will to fight the Islamic regime? Iranians Masoud Kazemzadeh and Shahla Azizi look at the motivations of the Iranian public and speculate on the types of events which can cause them to rise against the theocratic government.


  • Abbas wants to maintain the truce with Israel and orders police to use an "iron fist" to keep law and order among Palestinian terrorists. Best 'o luck. Israel believes the peace will shatter as soon as the Gaza withdrawal is complete.




  • Lean times for Lashkar-e-Toiba, Jaish-e-Mohammad, and Hizb-ul-Mujahhiddin in Jammu and Kashmir?



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Tracked: May 2, 2005 4:16 AM
Excerpt: The Monday Winds of War Briefing is up. I am collaborating on this effort with evariste of Discarded Lies. The briefing is a roundup of the latest news on the Global War on Terror with a quick summary of each...
Tracked: May 2, 2005 5:48 AM
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Tracked: May 3, 2005 8:10 PM
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Excerpt: It is that time of the year again (exam time), so to make up for the diminished posting here, be sure to read: an examination of the similarities between President Bush and President Wilson. Pay particular attention the evidence suggesting...


Perhaps the impact this nation could have on the nuclear proliferation prospects of the rest of the world would be better if we were not in possession of such a large store of outmoded weapons ourselves.

An interesting proposal is presented on today's WaPo by John Hamre, former deputy defense secretary and now president of the Center for Strategic and International Studies, one suggestion being that he "believe[s] we should commit to retiring all our existing nuclear warheads and building a small number of new-design weapons in their place."

I am shocked, shocked, to read that this country is hampered by its own aging stockpile. Perhaps the ongoing review of the administration of Los Alamos' nuclear research facilities will lead to updating of our strategic direction.

A suspect in the Theo van Gogh murder has been detained by Dutch police.

Are you sure Nouredine El F. has been detained?
He was arrested last year when he went to Portugal. He than warned the AIVD that Bouyeri wanted to kill Theo van Gogh

Perhaps the ongoing review of the administration of Los Alamos' nuclear research facilities will lead to updating of our strategic direction.

Put Hazel O Leary back in charge ?


You are correct, the bullet on Nouredine El F. has been corrected. He is believe to have visited and was not detained.

Israel rejects a US plan to arm Palestinian police forces. The last time that happened, they were turned on Israelis, so perhaps their apprehension is understandable.

Less understandable is the Americans' eagerness to arm the PLO.

He is believed to have been in Belgium, that is close to Holland but it still isn't in Holland.

But on Sunday there was a newscast with a lot of new information. If you understand dutch you could watch it

But this has some of that information in English.

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