As American power wanes due to military and political failures, other nations are seeking to take advantage of the vacuum being left behind, and now China has threatened the United States with nuclear retaliation if we attempt to help our ally Taiwan if mainland China decides to invade. The London Financial Times reports quotes General Zhu Chenghu as saying that in such as scenario, “I think we will have to respond with nuclear weapons. If the Americans are determined to interfere [then] we will be determined to respond.” Chinese authority Rick Fisher reminds us that China’s official doctrine has been not to use nuclear weapons in a first strike attack. China held its first atomic weapons test in 1964.
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Newswise – About 20% of all nations in the world face a serious risk ofcivil war or governmental collapse, and a half dozen of themare at high risk of future mass genocides, according to anew report. The greatest risks are in Sub-Saharan Africa andthe Muslim world. Nearly half of the 161 nations studied arefacing serious threats that may require internationalaction. The “Peace and Conflict 2005” report writer RobertGurr says, “We are witnessing the end of the post-Soviet eraof conflict and the rise of a more globalized threat thattranscends borders.The strategies that worked so wellresolving dozens of bloody national conflicts over the past15 years may not be adequate to the emerging challenges.”
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We’ve written before that the problem with Iraq is that itis really threedifferent countries. The recent Shi’ite and Sunniinsurgencies make this clear. Now a report by the RoyalInstitute of International Affairs says there will be civilwar in Iraq when the U.S. pulls out.

The report says that not only will the three major factionscontinue fighting each other (the Kurds, the Shi’itemajority and the Sunni minority, who were in power duringthe reign of Saddam Hussein), but Iran and Turkey willprobably join the fighting as well. Since Iran either has orsoon will have nuclear weapons, this could be a major problem.
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According to DNA studies, Jews are the genetic brothers ofPalestinians. Geneticist Harry Ostrer says, “Jews and Arabsare all really children of Abraham. And all have preservedtheir Middle Eastern genetic roots over 4,000 years.” The researchers analyzed the Y chromosome, which passesunchanged from father to son, of more than 1,000 menworldwide. Every so often, mutations occur in thischromosome, leaving variations that identify people who areclosely related. Jewish men shared a common set of geneticsignatures with non-Jews from the Middle East, includingPalestinians, Syrians, and Lebanese, and these signaturesare very different from those of non-Jewish men outside ofthe Middle East, meaning that Jews and Arabs share a commonancestor.
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