THE CRITICAL EVIDENTIARY QUESTION:  Why was a small harbor craft-- a RUBBER RAFT. Can anyone believe this rubber raft thing? What kind of top-level warship uses rubber rafts operated by unknown personnel for mooring?  The rubber raft was used to help tie up the warship's mooring lines at the fueling facility in the middle of Aden harbor?  Who authorized that death trap?

Whose surprising who? YEMEN IS BEHIND THE TERRORIST ATTACK ON THE USS COLE. Click. In an interview with Abu Dhabi TV, president Saleh said that he wished that Yemen was one of the neighboring countries of the Palestinian people so that it would have opened the borders before the Palestinian mujahidin and supplied the Palestinian people with weapons to force that entity recognize the Palestinian rights by force.

Arafat is full of surprises. ARAFAT IS HEADED FOR WAR. Click.

Iran, who dealt with Bill Casey to create the first October Surprise, is at work again. IRAN MET WITH THE PALESTINIANS TO DISCUSS HOW TO CONTINUE UNREST IN JERUSALEM. Click.

SURPRISE IRONY OF OCTOBER 2000. Canadian Occidental Petroleum is the largest exploratory acreage holder in Yemen.  Looks like the Gore family political and oil interests (tied to Oxy since Armend Hammer financed the Gore family) will be adversely affected by any crackdown on Yemen's terrorist hit on US sailors, and Gore could be more than embarrassed.

Check out facts about Occidental in Yemen.

Click. WHY WAS THE US DESTROYER IN YEMEN? Who profits from that one? Making love to the enemy!

PRESIDENT GEORGE BUSH, , RAY HUNT, AND BIG OIL DEALS IN YEMEN. A decade after Watergate, it was revealed that the Hunt family had controlled about 15 per cent of Gulf Resources shares. This Texas oil family hired George Bush in 1977 to be the executive committee chairman of their family enterprise, the First International Bank in Houston. In the 1980s, Ray Hunt secured a massive oil contract with the ruler of North Yemen under the sponsorship of then-Vice President Bush. Ray Hunt continues in the 1991-92 presidential campaign as George Bush's biggest Texas financial angel.

RAY HUNT, YEMEN OIL MAN,  IS A BIG-TIME BACKER OF GEO. W. BUSH'S CAMPAIGN FOR PRESIDENT. "The Bush donors for the Iowa effort are all from outside the state and are major figures in GOP and Bush fund-raising. They include two Texas oilmen, Ray L. Hunt, who oversees fund-raising for Bush in Texas, and Louis A. Beecherl, who gave $395,000 to various GOP candidates and state parties in the 1996 and 1998 campaigns." October 12, 2000Yemen Times

UN SC Condemns Israeli Aggression
Nationwide Angry Demonstrations

Yemeni diplomacy has intensified its highest level contacts in regard to the convening of an emergency Arab summit to discuss the ongoing Israeli aggression on the Palestinian people. President Ali Abdulla Saleh has held consultations with the Arab leaders on hold an Arab summit as soon as possible. Thus Yemen has made a speedy response to holding the summit which it has repeatedly called for on many occasions. It is of particular importance that Yemen is the sole Arab country that proposed a mechanism for amending the Arab League Charter, creating a periodical organization for holding the summit annually.

The Yemeni republic has closely followed up developments of the situation in the Palestinian territories resulting from the Israeli brutal military hostilities against the defenseless Palestinians. Yemen has witnessed massive nationwide protest demonstrations. Opposition parties, unions, syndicates and civil society organizations have condemned the Israeli crimes and sent dispatches to the UN secretary general urging him for immediate action to stop the Israeli aggression. In this regard, massive demonstrations marched Sanaa streets yesterday. Demonstrators stopped at the gate of the United Nations’ office where they clashed with policemen. They also went to the American Embassy which was intensively surrounded by security people and delivered a letter of condemnation of the American position towards the aggressive acts against Palestinians.

As regards holding the Arab summit, the Yemeni and Libyan stand has been identical. Both Arab leaders, Ali Abdulla Saleh and Muamar Gaddafi have played down the significance of holding the summit, indicating that it would be a cover for maneuvers or concessions and, consequently, shift the Arab fury against Israel to an anger against the Arab rulers. This attitude shared by the two leaders came in a letter president Saleh has received from president Gaddafi. The letter contained Libyan proposals for holding an Arab foreign ministers emergency meeting to discuss the Israeli crimes against the Palestinian people.

In an interview with Abu Dhabi TV, president Saleh said that he wished that Yemen was one of the neighboring countries of the Palestinian people so that it would have opened the borders before the Palestinian mujahidin and supplied the Palestinian people with weapons to force that entity recognize the Palestinian rights by force.

On the other hand the U.N. Security Council Saturday evening adopted a resolution condemning Israel’s “excessive use of force” against Palestinians, though the United States abstained. The vote came after intensive consultations over the wording of the draft. The final version has kept some major points unchanged against the U.S. demand.

The resolution deplores the provocation carried out in Jerusalem on September 28 and the subsequent violence in other areas throughout the territories occupied by Israel since 1967, resulting in over 80 Palestinian deaths and many other casualties. It calls on Israel to abide scrupulously by its legal obligations and responsibilities under the Fourth Geneva Convention to protect civilians in times of war. It calls for immediate cessation of violence and for all necessary steps to be taken to ensure that violence ceases, and new provocative actions are avoided. It stresses the importance of establishing a mechanism for a speedy and objective inquiry into the tragic events of the last few days with the aim of preventing their repetition. The council calls for the immediate resumption of negotiations within the Middle East peace process on its agreed basis with the aim of achieving an early final settlement between the Israeli and Palestinian sides. It invites the U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan to continue following the situation and keeping the council informed. The U.N. Security Council also voiced grave concern on Saturday with the escalating tensions and violent clashes that occurred in the border areas between Israel and Lebanon over the weekend. In a presidential statement, the Security Council asked all conflicting parties to exercise their utmost restraint. The council also welcomed the decision by U.N.

Secretary-General Kofi Annan to dispatch his special envoy to the region in order to send the message directly to the leaders of all the states concerned. Annan’s special envoy is expected to ask the leaders to take immediate steps for the restoration of calm.

In another development, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak has ordered to shut Gaza airport, except Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat’s plane, shortly after an Israeli bus was attacked in an Arab town, Israeli radio reported. An Israeli bus was attacked by unknown gunmen Saturday night in the Arab town of Rafah in southern Gaza near the Egyptian border and eight people were injured.

Barak said Saturday that Israel would use all means to stop the violence in the West Bank and Gaza Strip if Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat fails to halt it within 48 hours. ‘’ If we do not see a change in the patterns of violence in the next two days, we will see this as the cessation of the peace talks by Arafat.... and will instruct the Israeli Defense Forces and security troops to use all means at their disposal to stop the violence.’’ Barak said in a televised address.

On their part Palestinian officials Saturday rejected Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak’s threats to halt the Palestinian-Israeli peace process and to stop the violence by force in the Palestinian territories. Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat’s adviser Nabil Abu Rdaineh accused Barak of putting the heat on the Palestinian leadership. Palestinian Minister of Culture and Information Yasser Abed Rabbo also said that Barak knows very well that the Palestinians will not yield to such threats and if the peace process is dead, it is Barak who killed it.

The latest wave of clashes between the Palestinians and Israeli forces were triggered by Israeli opposition Likud leader Ariel Sharon’s visit to a disputed Jerusalem shrine on September 28. The bloody confrontations, the worst in four years, have claimed 80 lives and injured nearly 2,000 others, mostly Palestinians and Arabs living in territories occupied by Israel since 1948. Barak voiced the threats after three Israeli soldiers were kidnapped Saturday by Lebanese Hezbollah guerrillas on the Israeli-Lebanese border.

Abed Rabbo said that Barak and Sharon collaborated in the provocative visit to the Jerusalem holy site revered by both Jews and Muslims. Sovereignty dispute over the site is the chief obstacle to a Palestinian-Israeli peace deal.

He added that through the “provocative move,” Barak paved the way for freezing the peace process and for forming a national unity government that will include the right-wing Likud party. He also said that Arafat has received a telephone call from U.S. president Bill Clinton and the two leaders agreed to further consultations on the formation of an international inquiry commission and ways of stopping the violence. The dispute over the constitutions of the commission to investigate the violence in the Palestinian territories is the deal-breaker at the Paris summit between Barak, Arafat and U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.

In Paris two to three thousand people demonstrated on the Saturday afternoon to protest against “Israeli aggression in Palestine and the massacres” of Palestinians by Israeli troops. The demonstrators called for the withdrawal of Israeli troops from the occupied territories and called on France and the European Union to intervene in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Meanwhile, hundreds of people demonstrated in the south-central city of Lyon to show solidarity with the Palestinian people. The demonstration in Paris was organized by the General Union of Palestinian Students in France and some other non-governmental groups.

ARAFAT 'HEADING FOR WAR'.  Ananova 10/13/00

Israeli Deputy Prime Minister Binyamin Ben-Eliezer says Yasser Arafat is heading for war with Israel and peacemaking is dead.

"Arafat decided at some stage to choose the path of violence, the path of confrontation. We are on a collision course. This is war," he told Israel Radio.

"There is no diplomatic process today and the diplomatic process is dead."

Ben-Eliezer's comments came as Israeli helicopter gunships hit Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat's residential compound in the Gaza Strip, and tanks and helicopters attacked the West Bank town of Ramallah.

The Palestinian leadership has called the attacks a "declaration of war".

Rockets struck the police station in Ramallah and the official Palestinian TV station, which had been broadcasting footage of the violent clashes of the past two weeks for hours at a time.

Israel has said the broadcasts were inflammatory.


Courtesy of Reuters

DAMASCUS, Oct 11 (Reuters) - Iranian Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi held talks here on Wednesday evening with leaders of radical Palestinian groups on how to ensure the continuation of anti-Israeli protests in the Palestinian territories.

"The talks covered ways of ensuring the continuation of the uprising against the Zionist enemy," Ahmed Jibril, head of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command (PFLP-GC), told Reuters after attending the meeting.

He said the talks covered "all possibilities regarding the future of the blessed Palestinian uprising and how to escalate the protests against the Israeli enemy's forces who are killing the unarmed Palestinians in occupied Palestine".

More than 90 people, most of them Palestinians or Israeli Arabs, have been killed during two weeks of clashes between Israeli forces and Palestinians in the West Bank, Gaza Strip and Jerusalem.

Iranian sources said the meeting, held at the Iranian embassy in Damascus, was also attended by Ramadan Abdullah Shallah, head of the Islamic Jihad group, Moussa Abu Marrzouk, politburo member of the Islamic group Hamas, Colonel Abu Moussa, head of the Fatah Uprising, Abu Nidal al-Ashkar, head of the Palestinian Popular Struggle Front (PPSF) and others.

All belong to an eight-member Damascus-based alliance which has vowed to wreck the 1993 interim Palestinian-Israeli peace deal which gave Palestinians limited self-rule in part of the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Iran backs the alliance.

Hamas and Islamic Jihad, who maintain a strong presence in the Palestinian territories, have claimed responsibility for attacks since 1993 in which scores of Israelis were killed or wounded.

"The Iranian minister reaffirmed his country's support for the uprising of the Palestinian people and their legitimate rights for self-determination and the establishment of their independent state with Jerusalem as its capital," the PPSF leader told Reuters.

"The discussion also dealt with the practical steps necessary to maintain and continue the uprising against the Zionist occupation and the aggression against the Palestinian people."

Kharrazi held separate talks with Syrian Pesident Bashar al-Assad and Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov earlier on Wednesday on the escalating Middle East violence before leaving for Beirut.

Rutland Herald on line
October 13, 2000

SOUTH POMFRET - A highly respected Vermont-based military expert says the apparent suicide attack on the USS Cole that claimed the lives of several sailors raises serious questions about the U.S. role in the Middle East.

"What is the USS Cole doing in Yemen?" asked William M. Arkin, who has more than 20 years experience as a military observer, writer and consultant.

The Cole, an Arleigh Burke class destroyer, was refueling in the port of Aden on Thursday when a boat apparently laden with explosives blew up, tearing a hole in the ship and killing at least six sailors.

Arkin said given Yemen's history and the current violence in the region, a much safer refueling stop would have been Djibouti, only 100 miles away.

He said despite the risks, however, the United States was determined to increase its influence in that part of the world.

"We're trying to improve our relations because we're expanding our military presence in the Middle East and the fact that we're expanding our military presence in the Middle East is something that should concern most Americans," Arkin said Thursday during an interview at his South Pomfret home.

He said in 1997 the United States decided to increase its level of contact with Yemen, "one of the few countries that was firmly allied with Iraq during the Gulf War." He said he believed the change in policy was based on a desire to shift the balance of power by drawing Yemen into the Western camp.

"I'm not sure that's a sufficiently justified objective, and here's the end result of that," said Arkin, who writes a bi-weekly column on defense issues for the Washington Post.

Arkin, who spent much of the day being interviewed on the Cole incident, said the attack was just the latest blunder by the United States that had put the country's military personnel in harm's way. As an example, he cited the 1996 bombing of Khobar Towers in Saudi Arabia, which took the lives of 19 U.S. servicemen.

He said Iraq was another country where U.S. policy had failed to bring about a resolution to the conflict there. A decade after the Gulf War, Arkin said, "we're still stuck in the sand."