Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Media Wrong Again

Who would have thought the Wikileaks document dump would reveal that (a) China is about to dump North Korea

• South Korea’s vice-foreign minister said he was told by two named senior Chinese officials that they believed Korea should be reunified under Seoul’s control, and that this view was gaining ground with the leadership in Beijing…

In highly sensitive discussions in February this year, the-then South Korean vice-foreign minister, Chun Yung-woo, told a US ambassador, Kathleen Stephens, that younger generation Chinese Communist party leaders no longer regarded North Korea as a useful or reliable ally and would not risk renewed armed conflict on the peninsula, according to a secret cable to Washington…

and (b) the Ayrab world is desperate for the US to invade Iran

According to the documents, Saudi King Abdullah frequently urged the United States to destroy Iran's nuclear facilities, to "cut off the head of the snake." According to the Guardian, he warned that Iran's program could trigger a nuclear arms race in the region.

and (c) North Korea has just sold Iran 19 ICBMs capable of hitting Moscow and a hell of a lot of other places a lot further away than Tel Aviv

Iran obtained 19 of the missiles from North Korea, according to a cable dated Feb. 24 of this year. The cable is a detailed, highly classified account of a meeting between top Russian officials and an American delegation led by Vann H. Van Diepen, an official with the State Department’s nonproliferation division who, as a national intelligence officer several years ago, played a crucial role in the 2007 assessment of Iran’s nuclear capacity.

The missiles could for the first time give Iran the capacity to strike at capitals in Western Europe or easily reach Moscow, and American officials warned that their advanced propulsion could speed Iran’s development of intercontinental ballistic missiles.

and (c) Israel is urging caution and advising against military action against Iran.

Summary: Israel urges international pressure on Tehran but worries US may move towards a less tough EU position. Israel is aware that it will be harder to destroy Iranian nuclear sites than it was Iraq’s reactor in 1981. Expects Iran to hit back at coalition forces in Iraq and the Gulf and launch terrorist attacks

Makes you wonder just who the hell all these unnamed 'senior sources' are who provide the media with the bullshit that passes for news and informed commentary.

Sounds to me like the New York Times rings up the Guardian who just phoned the BBC who just heard from the tea lady at the London School of Economics who overheard someone talking about their latest Middle East computer models.



These world events you mention Adolf just show how much media coverage has got it wrong in recent years.
The leaks also show how much the Obamination has it wrong too.
I have just noted some of the UK coverage and they note Turkey's islamism and desire to retake Andalusia in Spain.
That looks set to damage the UK governt's support for Turkey's entry into the EUSSR.

I was watching Glenn Beck just now and he says Wikileaks revealed little new, well, little new on what he had already told his viewers.

Anonymous said...

This why these leaks are good. The truth is never a bad thing and it seems we can't get it any other way.

Adolf Fiinkensein said...

I must say that so far these leaks don't appear to be terribly damaging to Western interests. They certainly have set Iran and North Korea back on their arses.

Anonymous said...

seems to me that the bombing of the Sth Korean island was actually an invitation to send in the Military to take control of Nth Korea. Given the Wikileaks, it would seem appropriate to confirm the Chinese position, and then getthem to stand aside, have Sth Korea roll in after a few tactical missile strikes and depose the Communist Junta, thus allowing re-unification. But this would a big drain on the Sth Korean Economy and may push them to the brink of depression with the additional population to be fed. The social advancement to bridge the gap between both populations would be a massive drain on funds... but might be achievable from the savings in the military budget in the longer term.