Archive for May 3, 2018

When a WWII Veteran Couldn’t Walk to His Wife’s Grave, Two Men Carried Him There

May 3, 2018

By McKinley Corbley – May 3, 2018 Good News Network

Source Link: When a WWII Veteran Couldn’t Walk to His Wife’s Grave, Two Men Carried Him There

{Our greatest generation. – LS}

When a 96-year-old veteran was too weak to walk to his wife’s grave, he was resigned to paying his respects from the car – until two onlookers insisted on going the distance for him instead.

George Boone had been a pilot who was a prisoner of war to the Nazis during WWII. As a means of paying tribute to his services, Boone was flown from North Carolina to Washington D.C. by the Honor Flight Network – an organization that pays for veterans to visit their respective memorials at the nation’s capital.

While they were in the city, Boone asked if they could visit the grave of his late wife Alma, who was laid to rest in 2008.

Though it was technically not a stop on the Honor tour, they were more than happy to oblige.

Unfortunately, they arrived at the cemetery on Saturday only for Boone’s son Jon to realize that he had forgotten his father’s wheelchair. When he asked if his father had the strength to walk, the veteran said no.

The two Honor Flight volunteers who had escorted the father and son then offered to carry George to the grave – and though he was initially reluctant, he eventually accepted. The men made a chair with their arms and carried the veteran all the way to the resting site. For ten minutes, they held George so he could pay his respects.

One of the men was so touched by the exchange, he offered to carry George back to the car on his back.

“He said, ‘This is my honor and privilege. I’m going to carry you. Wrap your arms around my neck, I’ve got you,’” Jon recounted to CNN. “And off they went.”

“Without a doubt, it gives you so much pride to be an American,” Jon Boone said. “It’s not all what we see on the news. There are incredible people out there waiting to do good things and show acts of kindness.”

Moscow welcomes Trump’s desire to meet Putin, mend ties & curb arms race – Lavrov

May 3, 2018
https://www.rt.com/news/425699-lavrov-trump-meet-putin/
Mikhail Klimentyev / Sputnik
Russia welcomes Donald Trump’s desire to engage with Moscow regarding an arms race and other global challenges, but the US leader’s deeds must match his words, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has said.

“We have repeatedly stated that we positively assess President Donald Trump’s desire to establish normal dialogue between our countries,” Lavrov told Italy’s Panorama magazine on Thursday. He added, however, that US desire for dialogue would be judged on its “practical steps.” 

The top diplomat noted that relations between the US and Russia are continuing to deteriorate at present. “Even if there is some positive input from the president, it is being reversed by Russophobic sentiments soaring in the US establishment,” Lavrov said.

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Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov © Sergei Karpukhin

In the meantime, the two leaders have managed to establish personal contact. Lavrov said that Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke by phone in early March, when the American leader proposing holding “a high-level meeting very soon.” Apart from inviting Putin to the White House, Trump spoke about “his desire to establish coordination of efforts in the international arena, to jointly curb the arms race.”

Lavrov said that the dire state of US-Russia relations has had a negative impact on moves to address pressing international challenges, which required shared efforts by the two powers. He expressed hope that “common sense” would prevail in Washington.

However, while Russia “would like to establish decent, predictable, and, if you wish, friendly relations with the US,” it will never compromise its principles and national interests, he added.

Lavrov said international politics is becoming “tenser and less predictable” because the US, along with several other Western countries “brought to heel” by the Americans, are trying to preserve “medieval-like domination in world affairs.” He accused them of fanning conflict, stirring mistrust and uncertainty, as well as freezing communication channels, adding that these governments “create situations in which the price of a bluff or a mistake can have global [consequences].”

Russia relies on “the triumph of common sense on their side,” because “we bear shared responsibility for the future prosperity of humankind,” the top diplomat said.

Israeli defense chief tells Russian daily: If air defense systems fire on us, we will respond 

May 3, 2018

Source: Israeli defense chief tells Russian daily: If air defense systems fire on us, we will respond – Israel News – Haaretz.com

Israel always takes Russian interests into account and hopes they take Israel’s security interests into account, Avigdor Lieberman tells Kommersant

Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman at an event in Jerusalem, May 2, 2018.
Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman at an event in Jerusalem, May 2, 2018.Emil salman

Israel doesn’t want a fight with Russia, Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman told the Russian newspaper Kommersant, in an interview published Thursday. “We always take Russian interests into account, and hope they take Israel’s security interests into account,” he said.

His comments follow several aerial attacks on Syria that have been ascribed to Israel, including an attack on the T4 airbase, which Russia claimed undermined Syria’s stability.

Relations between Israel and Russia took a tense turn recently because of the Russian plan to arm Bashar Assad’s regime in Syria with advanced anti-aircraft defense systems, despite Israeli objections.

“If the S-300 systems aren’t aimed at us, that’s one thing,” Lieberman said. “If they open fire on our aircraft, we certainly will respond.”

Last week Kommersant reported that top Russian officials said that if Israel attacked the S-300 system, it would have “catastrophic consequences.”

Lieberman also told the paper that Israel won’t be interfering with Syria’s internal affairs, but said that what cannot be tolerated is “Iran’s attempts to turn Syria into a forward position against Israel. Every attempt by Iran to establish itself in Syria will be frustrated. It would be very wise of Assad not to interfere.”

On Israeli-Russian relations, he said, “We aren’t looking for any conflicts in recent years. On the contrary, in recent years, we have had open, clear and transparent dialogue with Russia, when our views agree and even when they do not.”

The defense minister noted that there is a hot line between the Israel Defense Forces and the Russian forces in Syria.

The minister also noted Israel’s special relations with Russia going back decades, calling them “highly efficient and transparent.” Israel highly values its relationship with Russia, Lieberman said, noting that even when Israel’s closest allies exerted pressure, as in the case of sanctions against Russia (over the takeover of Crimea), “we did not join them.” Nor was Israel among the countries that recently expelled Russian diplomats (over the poisoning of a double agent and his daughter in London), he added.

Asked about information that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had presented on the Iranian nuclear program, Lieberman said the documents categorically prove that Iran not only enriched uranium but set out to develop nuclear weapons: “They simply froze the program in order to gain maximal benefit from the agreement, so later they can transition to making nuclear weapons.”

On Iran’s statements that it would like to destroy Israel, Lieberman said, “We expect a clear, categorical response from Russia to Iran’s statements and moves.”

Satellite images show unusual activity at Iran nuclear site

May 3, 2018

Source: Satellite images show unusual activity at Iran nuclear site

Photos taken by ImageSat International show unusual activity at the Fordow underground nuclear facility, including the entrance gate being left open and cars and buses parked outside; the facility appeared vacant for two years before the recent activity, ISI says.
New satellite images released Thursday show unusual activity at Iran’s underground nuclear enrichment facility in Fordow.The images, taken by satellites that belong to ImageSat International (ISI) on April 29, show the entrance gate leading to the tunnels of the enrichment site open, which is unusual. (Photo: ImageSat International ISI)

(Photo: ImageSat International ISI)
 (Photo: ImageSat International ISI)

(Photo: ImageSat International ISI)

The images also show some 30 vehicles and four buses parked outside on April 29, something that hasn’t happened in months.

 (Photo: ImageSat International ISI)
(Photo: ImageSat International ISI)

The underground facility is located inside a mountain and is meant to be under supervision of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

  (Photo: ImageSat International ISI)
(Photo: ImageSat International ISI)

According to ISI, the Israeli satellite AROS-B showed the site, which appear to be vacant for the past two years, is now seemingly active again.The photos also show that progress has been made on some structures being built outside the facility. For comparison, ISI also released satellite images from July 2016 of the same place.These structures are believed to be meant for production, research and development work. (Photo: ImageSat International ISI)

(Photo: ImageSat International ISI)

The images were released just three days after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu presented documents and images that he said proved that Tehran had lied “big time” to world powers about its military nuclear program.The Israeli intelligence agency Mossad was able to smuggle half a ton of documents—some 55,000 physical documents and an additional 50,000 files on CDs—from Tehran. These documents, according to Israel, make up a significant portion of Iran’s nuclear archive.

Pentagon Accelerates Testing Of New B61 Nuclear Gravity Bomb

May 3, 2018

by Tyler Durden Thu, 05/03/2018 Zero Hedge

Source Link: Pentagon Accelerates Testing Of New B61 Nuclear Gravity Bomb

{Speak softly and carry a big stick. – LS}

President Donald Trump’s promises to rebuild the American nuclear arsenal are starting to bear fruit, and according to a US Air Force general update from May 1, the US has already conducted more than two dozen tests of its new B61-12 guided nuclear gravity bomb.

As Military.com reports, plans to spend over $1 trillion to modernize the US “nuclear triad” – nuclear bombers and missiles launched from land-based silos and submarines – have been fast-tracked thanks to the new Nuclear Posture Review, as well as increased military spending authorized during the Trump administration.

As discussed before, the new gravity nuke has been in development for years, but Trump’s orders have sped up testing to the point where most of the air force’s mainstay military planes have been approved to carry it. And it’s widely expected that the B-2 Spirit and the futuristic B-21 Raider will be approved to carry the B61 as well. In addition to testing the B61-12, the NPR also calls for modernizing the air-launched cruise missile and intercontinental ballistic missile components of the nuclear triad.

As it stands, the US nuclear triad consists of the submarine-launched ballistic missiles, strategic bombers, which carry both gravity bombs and cruise missiles, along with land-based ICBMs. But the B61 possess an advanced capability that its cousins don’t: Underground penetration. This allows it to strike fortified command and control centers, while its explosive yield is estimated at 50 kilotons.

“We’ve already conducted 26 engineering, development and guided flight tests,” of the B61-121 gravity bomb Lieutenant General Jack Weinstein told the Air Force Association breakfast on Tuesday. “The program’s doing extremely well,” he said. – Sputnik.

{Actually, the above quote came from Military dot Com. – LS}

Weinstein explained that the bombs are capable of being carried by the B-52 Stratofortress and B-2 Spirit, which can launch both conventional or nuclear payloads, and also legacy fighters such as the F-16 Fighting Falcon and F-15E Strike Eagle.

“When I say ‘dual-capable aircraft,’ I need to be really specific,” he said. “Dual-capable aircraft is called the B-52 and B-2 – it does conventional and nuclear. It also means F-16s and Strike Eagles, and other aircraft our NATO partners fly.”

During tests back in 2015, the F-35 flew with the B61-12 to measure its vibration in the aircraft’s weapons bay. Both of the fourth-generation fighters will be able to deploy the B61-12 bomb. The B61-12 also conducted its third and final developmental test flight aboard an F-15E in 2015.

RT points out that the US could deploy its new B61 bombs to NATO bases in Europe – something Russia says would be tantamount to a violation of the nuclear nonproliferation treaty. {Of course, RT would say such a thing. – LS}

The US isn’t the only superpower revamping its nuclear arsenal: earlier this year, Russian President Vladimir Putin shocked the world by unveiling during his annual state of the union address a new nuclear ICBM capable of evading US anti-ballistic missile defenses.

One hopes that the US Military Industrial Complex will be foiled in its attempts to put these two weapons in head-to-head combat, even if it means lower profits for shareholders.

 

 

Israeli farmers powerless in face of Palestinian incendiary kite terror 

May 3, 2018

Source: Israeli farmers powerless in face of Palestinian incendiary kite terror – Israel Hayom

UN chief warns scrapping Iran nuclear deal could lead to war 

May 3, 2018

Source: UN chief warns scrapping Iran nuclear deal could lead to war – Israel Hayom