World View: John Kerry Condemns Israeli Settlements

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  • John Kerry condemns Israeli settlements
  • Pakistan will supply nuclear weapons to Saudi Arabia
  • British girls dress up as burning Twin Towers and win contest

John Kerry condemns Israeli settlements

John Kerry and Benjamin Netanyahu (AFP)
John Kerry and Benjamin Netanyahu (AFP)

In a desperate attempt to salvage the latest collapsing Mideast "peace process," U.S. Secretary of State met with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and said: 

"Let me emphasize at this point the position of the United States of America on the settlements is that we consider now, and have always considered, the settlements to be illegitimate. 
As in any negotiation there will be moments of up and moments of down, and it goes back and forth. But I can tell you that President Obama and I are determined, and neither of us will stop in our efforts to pursue the possibility (of peace)."

Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas was quoted as saying: 

"The Palestinians are committed to negotiations that would lead to the establishment of an independent Palestinian state with east Jerusalem as its capital."

Pakistan will supply nuclear weapons to Saudi Arabia

Reports indicate that Saudi Arabia has for years invested a great deal of money in Pakistani nuclear weapons, and that nuclear weapons made in Pakistan on behalf of Saudi Arabia are now sitting ready for delivery. Technology for the weapons comes from China. Saudi officials have been saying for years that they would not tolerate Iran having a nuclear capability unless the Saudis also had one. 

The Saudis could take delivery of the nuclear weapons in either of two different ways. First, Pakistan could just deliver nuclear weapons for Saudi Arabia to use, though that would be considered an extremely provocative action in international eyes. 

The second way would be for Pakistan to send its own troops to maintain the nuclear weapons in Saudi Arabia, and maintain control over them. This is similar to the way that the United States stations nuclear weapons in some countries, keeping them under control of U.S. armed forces. 

As I've been saying for years, the coming Clash of Civilizations world war will pit the United States, India, Iran and others against China, Pakistan, the Sunni Muslim countries, and others. When I first made that prediction in 2005, based on a Generational Dynamics analysis, it seemed completely likely to be unfulfilled, but the trend lines in the past couple of years indicate that the prediction will be fulfilled. BBC

British girls dress up as burning Twin Towers and win contest

Girls wearing burning Twin Towers costumes
Girls wearing burning Twin Towers costumes

Families of 9/11 victims are expressing outrage that two 19-year-old college girls at University of Chester in Britain won a costume contest by wearing two of the most grotesque costumes of all time: matching costumes labeled "North Tower" and "South Tower," with head pieces that represented smoke billowing from the tops of the doomed skyscrapers and individuals leaping to their deaths. They topped it all off with American flags. Rosie's nightclub in Chester gave them the "best dressed" award and a cash prize. NY Daily News

KEYS: Generational Dynamics, John Kerry, Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, Mahmoud Abbas, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, China, Iran, Twin Towers, University of Chester 

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