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the only question that matters: is it true?

Iran has signed the NPT. As a signatory to the NPT, Iran may rightfully, legally, use nuclear technology for peaceful energy purposes. Iran has submitted to and passed repeated IAEA inspections. The US intelligence community (NIE) does not consider Iran a nuclear threat. Israel refuses to sign the NPT. Israel has an estimated several hundred undeclared nuclear weapons. Russia and China have warned that an attack on Iran will have global consequences. That's the situation in a nutshell. Where to next, people? Where to?

Have I now become your enemy by telling you the truth? - Galatians 4:16


clearing the way for expanding conflicts

1. Medvedev okays widened possible use of military force abroad

MOSCOW, November 9 (RIA Novosti) - The Russian president on Monday signed into law a bill expanding the use of the Russian Armed Forces abroad in certain situations.

The bill was passed by both houses of the Russian parliament in October.

Dmitry Medvedev said on Thursday Russia would use its Armed Forces outside the country only in extreme circumstances to protect Russian nationals.

"Such decisions will be made only when absolutely necessary," Medvedev said. "Our citizens must be protected in any part of the world, and they must feel protected by the state."

He stressed that such decisions "must be set in law."

Medvedev submitted the amendments to parliament in August, just after the first anniversary of Russia's five-day war with Georgia.

The amendments stipulate that Russian troops can be used abroad to repel an attack on Russian troops deployed outside the country, repel or prevent an armed attack on another state asking Russia for military assistance, defend Russian nationals abroad from an armed attack, fight sea piracy and ensure the safety of commercial shipping.

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2. Russian nationals are all over the world, therefore the Russian military may now protect them anywhere. For instance, there might be some in Venezuela working on joint ventures such as oil production.

september 2008: Venezuela and Russia are strengthening their strategic alliance with new plans to cooperate on oil production, weapons and even wireless technology, the governments said as two visiting Russian Tu-160 bombers left for home on Thursday.

enezuelan President Hugo Chavez, traveling to Moscow next week at the invitation of Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, is planning new oil projects with Russian companies and joint military exercises with Russian warplanes and ships in the Caribbean by December.

Venezuela also is in talks to buy Russian air defense systems and armored vehicles, and has expressed interest in the new Su-35 fighter, due off assembly lines in 2010, said Sergei Chemezov, general director of the Russian state holding company Rostekhnologii, according to Russia's Interfax news agency.

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3. Chavez calls on citizens to prepare for war

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has called on citizens to prepare for war after Colombia rejected his appeal to remove the US military bases from its territory that Venezuela believe is a threat to the country.

'Let them not make a mistake, because we are ready for anything,' the Venezuelan leader said, rejecting an offer by Brazil to arrange a meeting between Chavez and his Colombian counterpart Alvaro Uribe to settle the issue.

'One must speak with love and therefore I say to (US) president (Barack) Obama: don't make a mistake and order an open attack on Venezuela using Colombia,' Chavez said in the television programme Alo Presidente Sunday. Chavez also ordered the military to prepare for war.

'This world is infected by the virus of the terrible disease of violence by the most powerful against the weakest,' he said.


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