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  • Hamas Ultimatum: Open Gaza Sea Port or We Start Firing on Friday

    08/07/2014 4:44:00 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 21 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 7/8/14
    A spokesman for Hamas's "military wing", the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, warned Thursday of renewed fighting with Israel if talks in Cairo to extend a 72-truce in Gaza collapsed. "We appeal to the Palestinian delegation to not accept a ceasefire, unless it satisfies the demands of our people," a spokesman using the nom-de-guerre Abu Obeida said in a televised address, adding that Hamas fighters were "ready to return to battle." The three-day truce ending four weeks of bloodshed between Israel and Hamas is due to end at 0500 GMT Friday. .....
  • John Kerry gives Syria week to surrender chemical weapons or face attack

    09/09/2013 5:11:20 AM PDT · by Netz · 50 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 9 September 2013 | Patrik Wintour
    The US secretary of state has said that President Bashar al-Assad has one week to hand over his entire stock of chemical weapons to avoid a military attack, but said he had no expectation that the Syrian leader would comply. John Kerry also said he had no doubt that Assad was responsible for the chemical weapons attack in east Damascus on 21 August, saying that only three people are responsible for the chemical weapons inside Syria – Assad himself, one of his brothers and a senior general. He said the entire US intelligence commnity was united in believing Assad was...
  • Video: Will Obama give Assad a 45-day ultimatum first?

    09/06/2013 1:26:27 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/06/2013 | Ed Morrissey
    Democratic Senator Joe Manchin announced his opposition yesterday to military strikes on Syria, at least as the situation stands now. Instead, he pressed Obama to play out the string on diplomacy with a 45-day ultimatum to Bashar Assad to sign the chemical-weapons ban and presumably either give up or destroy his stockpiles. New York Times reporter David Sanger told Morning Joe that Obama may end up trying that tactic (via The Corner):CLICK ABOVE LINK FOR THE VIDEO The Obama administration might consider a plan involving an ultimatum to Syrian president Bashar Assad as a diplomatic alternative to U.S. military action,...
  • Egyptian Army Gives Brotherhood a 48 Hour Ultimatum

    07/25/2013 11:01:08 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 12 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 26/7/13 | Elad Benari
    The Egyptian army on Thursday gave the Muslim Brotherhood until Saturday afternoon to sign up for political reconciliation, according to a military-linked website. “We will not initiate any move, but will definitely react harshly against any calls for violence or black terrorism from Brotherhood leaders or their supporters. We pledge to protect peaceful protesters regardless of their affiliation,” the statement said, according to Al Arabiya. The statement added that military chief Abdel Fattah al-Sissi issued the ultimatum in a Wednesday speech in which he called for all Egyptians “to return to the national fold and prepare for the future.” The...
  • Muslim Brotherhood Rejects Army's Ultimatum

    07/01/2013 2:34:12 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 24 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 2/7/13 | Elad Benari
    A senior member of the Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) rejected on Monday the army’s 48-hour ultimatum for politicians to settle the country's political standoff. "Everyone rejects the statement of the armed forces," Yasser Hamza, a member of the FJP's legal committee, told the Al Jazeera network. He added, "Solutions will be in the framework of the constitution. The age of military coups is over." Earlier on Monday, Egypt's top general, Abd al-Fatah a-Sisi, warned President Mohammed Morsi that he had 48 hours to resolve the crisis in Egypt. If he did not, the army would “intervene.” The...
  • Kerry: Year, Two Left For Peace, 'Or It's Over'

    04/17/2013 4:31:47 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 21 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 17/4/13 | Gil Ronen
    US Secretary of State John Kerry again warned Wednesday that time was slipping away to reach a Middle East peace deal, and for the first time said there may only be a year or two left. Appearing before US lawmakers for the first time since becoming America's top diplomat in February, Kerry said his three trips to the region already were proof of his commitment to try to find a way to resume peace talks, AFP reported. The Obama administration is "trying to find out what is possible," Kerry told the House foreign affairs committee, as he laid out the...
  • PA Issues Ultimatum to Israel: Talk - or Else

    12/10/2012 11:55:54 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 24 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 11/12/12 | Tzvi ben Gedalyahu
    The Palestinian Authority, feeling it is fully armed diplomatically after it won informal UN recognition, now says Israel has six months to talk – or else. Flying the “peace process” slogan despite Fatah’s unity with the Hamas terrorist organization, Palestinian Authority negotiator Saeb Erekat told PA radio the “peace process” is a golden principle but then incorrectly stated that “according to all previously signed agreements and international law, [it] is the withdrawal of Israel to the June 4, 1967 borderline, including Jerusalem.” Mainstream media have accepted his claims as fact, but in truth, the Oslo Accords “peace process” specifically calls...
  • Israel Sends Hamas 36-Hour Ultimatum

    11/19/2012 12:11:58 AM PST · by bruinbirdman · 88 replies
    IsraelNationalNews ^ | 11/19/2012 | Gil Ronen
    Diplomatic message to Egypt: Hamas terrorism must cease by Tuesday evening or we step up attack. Israel has delivered an ultimatum to Hamas through Egypt, according to which the IDF will widen its offensive in Gaza in 36 hours unless Hamas ceases firing rockets and smuggling arms into Gaza, IDF Radio reported Monday morning. Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz told the station that the time left before Israel steps up its attack can be measured in "hours, not days." "We are at a junction," he said. "Either we go toward a calm or toward a meaningful widening of the operation… including...
  • Report: US [Obama] gives Netanyahu ultimatum on resuming talks

    06/12/2011 12:05:47 PM PDT · by TaraP · 291 replies · 1+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | June 12th, 2011
    The United States gave Netanyahu an ultimatum on renewing negotiations with the Palestinians, according to reports cited by Israel Radio Sunday morning. According to the ultimatum, Netanyahu has to decide within a month whether he agrees to accept US President Barack Obama's platform and resume talks based on 1967 lines. Meanwhile, Netanyahu was expected to travel to Italy on Sunday where he will meet his Italian counterpart Silvio Berlusconi
  • Judge who declared Obamacare unconstitutional sends message to White House with second ruling

    03/04/2011 4:11:45 AM PST · by Scanian · 26 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 03/03/2011 | Amanda Carey
    Roger Vinson, the U.S. federal judge who ruled Obamacare unconstitutional in its entirety, has ruled again on the health-care law. On Thursday, Judge Vinson issued a stay on his earlier ruling that the law could not be enforced. In doing so, he sent a clear message to the Obama administration: Appeal my decision to a higher court or stop implementing the law. When Judge Vinson ruled on Jan. 31 that the health-care law was unconstitutional, the administration followed up by filing a motion for clarification rather than filing an official appeal. Vinson’s ruling criticized the administration for that action. “During...
  • Big Ten unaware of Big 12 ultimatums

    06/06/2010 4:11:38 PM PDT · by Bad~Rodeo · 1 replies · 98+ views
    ESPN ^ | June 6, 2010, 7:05 PM | Adam Rittenberg
    PARK RIDGE, Ill. -- Big Ten presidents and chancellors took no formal action on expansion Sunday at their annual spring meeting, but they acknowledged that their timetable to explore the topic could be impacted by what happens elsewhere. The Big Ten outlined a 12- to 18-month period to explore expansion in a Dec. 15 statement, and the league has since reiterated that the timetable hasn't changed. But recent events, such as the reports Saturday that the Big 12 has issued a stay-or-go ultimatum to Nebraska and Missouri, might accelerate what the Big Ten does. "Our announcement in December has caused...
  • Report: Huskers, Mizzou face ultimatum

    06/06/2010 6:19:58 AM PDT · by Bad~Rodeo · 18 replies · 517+ views
    espn ^ | une 6, 2010, 9:10 AM ET
    The Big 12 has drawn a line in the sand for at least two member schools. The conference, amid a chorus of story lines that would all significantly change the face of big-league college sports, has imposed a deadline of Friday for Nebraska and Missouri to state their intentions on whether they intend to bolt for the Big Ten, with the possibility of an extension for a decision by next Tuesday, The Austin American-Statesman has reported, citing two sources. The Big 12's university presidents decided on imposing the ultimatum, two highly placed officials within two of the conference schools said,...
  • Congressman To Introduce Resolution Supporting Israeli Strike On Iran

    03/23/2010 8:46:22 AM PDT · by Fennie · 26 replies · 1,590+ views
    NIAC ^ | March 23, 2010
    Washington, DC - A draft resolution is circulating among members of the House of Representatives that endorses an Israeli military attack on Iran "if no other peaceful solution can be found within reasonable time." The resolution, written by Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) and currently being circulated for cosponsors prior to its introduction, does not clarify what is meant by a "reasonable time."
  • China sets deadline for Tibet rioters to surrender (impending blood bath?)

    03/15/2008 3:04:20 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 8 replies · 514+ views
    Reuters ^ | 03/15/08 | Chris Buckley and Benjamin Kang Lim
    China sets deadline for Tibet rioters to surrender By Chris Buckley and Benjamin Kang Lim 32 minutes ago China set a "surrender" deadline after riots in Lhasa that it said killed 10 innocent people, launching a crackdown on Saturday after the worst unrest in Tibet for two decades. The response came after torrid protests on Friday which flew in the face of official claims the region was immune from unrest as Beijing readies to hold the Olympic Games in August. Xinhua news agency said 10 "innocent civilians" were shot or burnt to death in fires that accompanied street clashes in...
  • Lebanon issues ultimatum to militants (Surrender or face a military onslaught)

    05/23/2007 2:35:31 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 80 replies · 3,543+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 5/23/07 | Scheherazade Faramarzi and Sam F. Ghattas - ap
    NAHR EL-BARED REFUGEE CAMP, Lebanon - Lebanon's defense minister issued an ultimatum Wednesday to Islamic militants barricaded in this Palestinian refugee camp to surrender or face a military onslaught. Fighters from the al-Qaida-inspired Fatah Islam militant group vowed not to give up and to fight any Lebanese assault. Storming the Nahr el-Bared camp — a densely built-up town of narrow streets on the Mediterranean coast — could mean rough urban fighting for Lebanese troops and further death and destruction for the thousands of civilians who remain inside. It could also have grave repercussions elsewhere across troubled Lebanon, sparking unrest among...
  • U.S. Episcopal Church Faces Ultimatum

    02/23/2007 3:19:42 PM PST · by SirLinksalot · 48 replies · 969+ views
    NEWSMAX ^ | 02/23/2007
    U.S. Episcopal Church Faces Ultimatum NewsMax.com Wires Friday, Feb. 23, 2007 NEW YORK -- Three years of emergency summits, nuanced apologies and behind-the-scenes negotiating failed. Anglican leaders this week gave the U.S. Episcopal Church an ultimatum: Halt your march toward full acceptance of gays, or lose your place in the global Anglican family. Now, Episcopalians are asking themselves whether the cost of membership has become too high. "We made our 'yes' to gays and lesbians," wrote the Rev. Ann Fontaine of the Diocese of Wyoming, in an examination of the Anglican demands. "Let it stand." The global Anglican Communion, represented...
  • IRAN NUCLEAR: "MEDIATING COUNTRIES TO ISSUE LAST ULTIMATUM" REPORT

    09/21/2006 11:40:56 AM PDT · by WmShirerAdmirer · 22 replies · 541+ views
    Adnkronous International .com ^ | September 21, 2006 | Rak of Adnki.com
    New York, 21 Sept. (AKI) - Six world powers trying to solve an international crisis over Iran's nuclear programme could issue one last ultimatum - the fourth in four months - demanding that Iran halt sensitive nuclear work or face UN punitive measures. A report in the Washington Post citing diplomatic sources said the decision was taken at a dinner on Tuesday attended by government officials with the five permanent members of the Security Council plus Germany and Italy, also involved in the Iran talks, who were in New York to attend a UN General Assembly. Iran ignored economic, diplomatic...
  • Ultimatum Expires on Hostage Soldier Shalit

    07/03/2006 9:43:02 PM PDT · by Nachum · 10 replies · 608+ views
    Arutz 7 ^ | Jul 04, '06 | Yechiel Spira
    At 6:00am this morning, Tuesday, the terrorist-imposed ultimatum on hostage soldier Corporal Gilad Shalit expired. There has been no official word since the deadline ran out, but statements released from Gaza indicate there would be no more talk regarding the soldier’s condition and fate. Terrorists demanded the release of over 1,000 prisoners held by Israel, but Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, Defense Minister Amir Peretz and cabinet ministers rejected any form of negotiations with terrorists towards Shalit’s release. Olmert stated Israel would not capitulate to blackmail and extortion, with Interior Minister Ronnie Bar-On warning terrorists that they will pay an unprecedented...
  • PM rejects Tues. 6 A.M. prisoner swap ultimatum, Ramon: If Shalit hurt, Gaza raids will be far worse

    07/03/2006 9:59:30 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 17 replies · 1,159+ views
    Ha'aretz ^ | 7/3/06 | Aluf Benn, Avi Issacharoff and Amir Oren
    Justice Minister Haim Ramon on Monday warned of a harsh military response in the Gaza Strip if an abducted Israeli is harmed by his Palestinian captors. Justice Minister Haim Ramon made the threat after the militants holding Israel Defense Forces Corporal Gilad Shalit implied the soldier would be killed if Israel does not begin releasing Palestinian soldiers by Tuesday morning. "If God forbid, they should hurt the soldier, our operations will be far far worse," Ramon told Channel 2 TV. The bureau of Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said Monday that Israel rejected an ultimatum issued earlier in the day by...
  • CA: Parra extends ultimatum to troubled secretary of state (Kevin Shelley/ShmelleyGate)

    01/12/2005 8:57:46 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 1 replies · 260+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 1/12/05 | Vic Pollard
    SACRAMENTO -- Assemblywoman Nicole Parra on Tuesday gave beleaguered Secretary of State Kevin Shelley two more days to decide whether to testify voluntarily before her audit committee about his handling of federal election funds. At the conclusion of a committee hearing late Monday night, Parra said she would seek a subpoena if Shelley had not agreed by noon Tuesday to appear before the committee's next hearing. Tuesday afternoon, she released an exchange of letters between herself and Shelley in which the secretary of state asked for more time to consult with his attorneys before responding. "As you might imagine, your...
  • France Refuses Iraqi Kidnappers' Ultimatum

    08/30/2004 4:59:30 PM PDT · by blam · 28 replies · 775+ views
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 8-30-2004 | AP
    France refuses Iraqi kidnappers' ultimatum Associated Press Monday August 30, 2004 The French government today refused to bow to the demands of militants who have kidnapped two French journalists in Iraq, insisting that a law banning Muslim headscarves in school would go ahead. Government spokesman Jean-Francois Cope told Canal Plus television that France would not compromise its values to win the release of the journalists. Militants claiming to hold them demanded the law be overturned within 48 hours, a deadline that expires later today. "The law will be applied," Mr Cope said, rejecting the militants' warning. The law, which bans...
  • Al-Sadr 'rejects ultimatum' to surrender (Al Jazz)

    08/19/2004 6:22:10 AM PDT · by epluribus_2 · 139 replies · 5,513+ views
    Shia leader Muqtada al-Sadr has rejected an Iraqi government ultimatum to renounce violence and disband his militia, says a senior aide. The head of al-Sadr's office in the southern Iraqi city of Nasiriya, Aus al-Khafaji, told Aljazeera Thursday afternoon that the Shia leader had refused to accept a list of tough conditions set out a few hours earlier by Minister of State Kasim Daud. The rejections raises the prospect of a major assault by US and Iraqi forces to retake the area of Najaf where al-Sadr and his al-Mahdi Army militia are holed up. At least five people have been...
  • US Saudi Hostage Ultimatum Looms

    06/18/2004 8:32:36 AM PDT · by blam · 13 replies · 287+ views
    BBC ^ | 6-18-2004
    US Saudi hostage ultimatum looms People in Mr Johnson's hometown are rallying round his family Saudi authorities are stepping up their search for a US hostage whose captors have threatened to kill him on Friday if their demands are not met. Paul Johnson, 49, was seized in the Saudi capital, Riyadh, last Saturday. The group said on Tuesday he would be killed within 72 hours if al-Qaeda members in Saudi jails were not freed. Mr Johnson's Thai wife, Thanom, pleaded for his release on Arabic TV, as the US and Saudi Arabia insist they will not negotiate with hostage-takers. Door-to-door...
  • Assad (Syria) Given Weapons Ultimatum

    01/06/2004 5:10:09 PM PST · by blam · 9 replies · 137+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 1-7-2004 | Anton la Guardia
    Assad given weapons ultimatum By Anton La Guardia, Diplomatic Editor (Filed: 07/01/2004) America and Britain rebuffed President Bashar Assad of Syria yesterday, telling him bluntly that Damascus must give up its weapons of mass destruction or face ostracism - even if neighbouring Israel keeps its nuclear arms. "Israel is in a unique position as the only state whose very existence is threatened," said a senior British Government source yesterday. "There is no point in asking for a WMD-free Middle East while there are countries parading missiles with a sign up the side saying Death to Israel."Isolated since the fall of...
  • Israel Gives Arafat Reform Ultimatum

    12/18/2003 5:46:51 PM PST · by blam · 9 replies · 95+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 12-19-2003 | Toby Harnden
    Israel gives Arafat reform ultimatum By Toby Harnden in Herzliya (Filed: 19/12/2003) Ariel Sharon, the Israeli prime minister, delivered a stark ultimatum to Palestinians last night, demanding that they dismantle the apparatus of terrorism within "a few months" or face a "disengagement plan" that would redraw the de facto borders of Israel.He told a security conference in Herzliya, near Tel Aviv, that unless there was a transformation of Yasser Arafat's Palestinian Authority Israel would take "unilateral steps" in its own interests. Yasser Arafat (Deeply saddened) The "new security lines" would result in dismantling some Israeli settlements on the West Bank...
  • Palestinians Angry With Sharon Ultimatum

    11/28/2003 9:38:59 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 2 replies · 138+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 11/28/03 | Dan Perry - AP
    TEL AVIV, Israel - Palestinians reacted with anger at Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon (news - web sites)'s warning that Israel might seize land if peace negotiations fail, though Sharon also said Israel must give up territory for peace. "You do not have unlimited time," Sharon told a news conference on Thursday, addressing the Palestinians. He added that if he feels the Palestinians are not serious about negotiating a peace deal, he may take unilateral steps. "Maybe (the Palestinians) can get things now that they won't be able to get then." The Palestinians, who claim all of the West Bank...
  • Qureia Gives Arafat Final Ultimatum

    10/12/2003 3:56:26 PM PDT · by blam · 3 replies · 99+ views
    Independent (UK) ^ | 10-13-2003 | Eric Silver
    Qureia gives Arafat final ultimatum By Eric Silver in Jerusalem 13 October 2003 Ahmed Qureia, the Palestinian Prime Minister, told Yasser Arafat yesterday that he will resign in another three weeks if the men fail to resolve a dispute over control of Palestinian security services. He would be the second Prime Minister to throw in the towel within two months - his predecessor, Abu Mazen, lost a power struggle with the President. Mr Qureia, who has a reputation as a more skilled political operator, tried to avoid a clash, but Mr Arafat is still refusing to take a back seat....
  • Baghdad ultimatum for US troops (Shiites want US troops out of Sadr City)

    08/14/2003 12:01:28 PM PDT · by Moose4 · 26 replies · 229+ views
    MSNBC.com ^ | 14 August 2003 | MSNBC News Services
    BAGHDAD, Iraq, Aug. 14 — A Shiite Muslim group on Thursday demanded that U.S. troops withdraw from a Baghdad neighborhood within 24 hours, a day after American forces fired on protesters and killed at least one person. A senior U.S. officer issued an apology and promised to “punish” those responsible, but the commander of coalition forces in Iraq, Lt. Gen. Ricardo Sanchez, later appeared to defend how U.S. troops handled the incident. Sanchez said troops try to keep Iraqi culture in mind but must remain aggressive in light of recent attacks. On Thursday in southern Iraq, a British soldier was...
  • Kurdish Fighters Face Deadline in Mosul

    04/27/2003 1:51:42 PM PDT · by a_Turk · 16 replies · 272+ views
    AP ^ | 4/27/2003 | DAVID RISING
    MOSUL, Iraq - Kurdish paramilitary forces have been given an ultimatum: Halt armed patrols around Mosul by Monday, or the U.S. Army will stop them by force. Col. Joe Anderson, commander of the 101st Airborne's 2nd Brigade, said his troops are prepared to enforce the edict against fighters from the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan and the Kurdistan Democratic Party. Militia members will be allowed to keep their weapons at their headquarters or militia compounds but will be banned from bringing them on patrol, Anderson said. Anderson said Kurdish patrols carrying weapons after 10 a.m. Monday will be forcibly disarmed. Militia...
  • HYPHENATES LOWER THE BOOM ON PANDERING DEMS Hispanic leaders give McGreevey ultimatum

    04/26/2003 7:37:32 AM PDT · by Liz · 46 replies · 282+ views
    GANNETT STATE BUREAU | 4/26/03 | LILO H. STAINTON
    TRENTON -- Hispanic leaders, still steamed over Gov. James E. McGreevey's failure to nominate one of their own to the state Supreme Court, gathered on the Statehouse steps yesterday to give the governor and lawmakers an ultimatum: Count us in, or we'll take you out. "Our message to elected politicians is clear: If you seek the support of the Latino community, we will hold you accountable, and you shall reap what you sow," said Martin Perez, president of the Latino Leadership Alliance, a collection of community, church and business organizations. "Those who want our support will have to earn it,...
  • WASHINGTON DRAFTS SECRET ULTIMATIUM FOR DAMASCUS-DEMANDS HANDOVER OF 55 IRAQI LEADERS (debka)

    04/12/2003 9:58:06 AM PDT · by ewing · 62 replies · 289+ views
    DEBKAfile Security Newsletter ^ | April 12, 2003 | Gioria Shamis-Retired Economist Magazine Reporter
    Demanding handover of wanted Iraqi regieme leaders, including Saddam Hussein's top biological and chemical warfare scientists.Earlier DEBKAfile revealed that many of Iraq's 55 most wanted leaders were granted asylum in Syria.
  • Powell Issues Warning to Iran, Syria

    03/31/2003 7:07:27 AM PST · by JohnHuang2 · 4 replies · 588+ views
    AP | Monday, March 31, 2003 | By BARRY SCHWEID
    Powell Issues Warning to Iran, Syria By BARRY SCHWEID .c The Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) - Secretary of State Colin Powell says Iran must stop its drive for weapons of mass destruction and Syria must end its support for terrorism. In a strongly worded speech to a pro-Israel lobby, Powell bracketed Iran and Syria with Iraq as promoters of terrorism and suggested they faced grave consequences. His tough words matched those last week of Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld and served to signal unity within the Bush administration on the anti-terror front. Both Iran and Syria have shown no inclination...
  • POWELL ISSUES ULTIMATUM TO SYRIA

    03/31/2003 2:33:05 AM PST · by kattracks · 9 replies · 162+ views
    New York Post ^ | 3/31/03 | DEBORAH ORIN
    <p>March 31, 2003 -- WASHINGTON - Secretary of State Colin Powell last night issued a new warning to Syria to end its support for "the dying regime of Saddam Hussein" in next-door Iraq, or face the consequences.</p> <p>Powell's warning came two days after Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld threatened to hold Syria accountable for "hostile acts" in allowing military gear to be shipped to Iraq.</p>
  • Final Days

    03/19/2003 7:46:17 AM PST · by Stavka2 · 201+ views
    Washington Post | March 17, 2003
    <p>PRESIDENT BUSH and his Azores allies yesterday gave the United Nations one day to agree to decisive action on Iraq. In the event that there is no such decision today, Mr. Bush will probably announce a second deadline, this time addressed to Saddam Hussein. If neither ultimatum proves effective, which seems likely, tens of thousands of American military personnel will be ordered on a mission to disarm Iraq and remove its dictator by force. In our view, military action has been made necessary by Saddam Hussein's repeated defiance of U.N. disarmament orders; we believe Mr. Bush is right to go forward despite opposition from France and other nations. Mr. Bush spoke angrily about France's threats of vetoes in the Security Council, but he and Prime Ministers Tony Blair of Britain and Jose Maria Aznar of Spain also committed themselves to preserving the transatlantic alliance and the United Nations, which Mr. Bush stressed would have a role in the postwar reconstruction of Iraq. "I understand the wars of the 21st century are going to require incredible international cooperation," Mr. Bush said. If the Security Council fails to act, he said, "all of us need to step back and try to figure out how to make the U.N. work better."</p>
  • The Ultimate Ultimatum Speech: Aristotle & W.

    03/18/2003 7:51:36 AM PST · by xsysmgr · 2 replies · 175+ views
    National Review Online ^ | March 18, 2003 | Gleaves Whitney
    President George W. Bush has been delivering ultimatum speeches to Saddam Hussein for at least six months. Back on September 12, 2002, he told world leaders at the United Nations that the Iraqi regime is a "grave and gathering threat," and that "we cannot stand by and do nothing while dangers gather." Last night the president delivered his final ultimatum to Saddam & Sons: either get out of Dodge within 48 hours or face a hanging posse. The speech was a textbook example of Aristotle's "three modes of persuasion": ethos, logos, and pathos. In his famous treatise on rhetoric,...
  • Iraq Replies with Ultimatum to George Bush

    03/18/2003 6:13:17 AM PST · by Hadean · 8 replies · 152+ views
    Rosbalt ^ | March 18, 2003
    BAGHDAD, March 18. George Bush is the greatest enemy of the Iraqi and the American population. As a Rosbalt correspondent reports, this announcement was made by Iraqi Foreign Minister Naji Sabri at a press conference in Baghdad today. He warned that America's aggressive policy in the Persian Gulf could bring a new wave of terrorist acts in the US. 'George Bush must resign,' said the Iraqi foreign minister, 'and only then will the American people be able to sleep at night and only then will the Iraqi people be able to live in peace.' Representatives of the Iraqi foreign office...
  • France terms Bush ulimatum "contrary" to U.N. will

    03/18/2003 12:29:01 AM PST · by kattracks · 15 replies · 103+ views
    Agencia EFE | 3/18/03
    Paris, Mar 18, 2003 (EFE via COMTEX) -- French President Jacques Chirac on Tuesday described the U.S. ultimatum to Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein as "contrary to the will of the U.N. Security Council and the international community." A statement from Chirac's office also argued that only the Security Council was capable of legitimizing the use of force against Iraq. The statement came after U.S. President George W. Bush announced in a televised speech to the nation that he was giving Saddam and his sons 48 hours to leave Iraq or face a military attack. Chirac's statement noted that the ultimatum...
  • Asian Stock Markets Higher After Bush Delivers War Ultimatum to Saddam

    03/17/2003 8:38:52 PM PST · by Mr. Mulliner · 4 replies · 175+ views
    Tampa Bay Online/Associated Press ^ | March 17, 2003 | Dirk Beveridge
    Mar 17, 2003Asian Stock Markets Higher After Bush Delivers War Ultimatum to SaddamBy Dirk BeveridgeThe Associated Press HONG KONG (AP) - Shares in Asia's biggest stock markets rose more than 2 percent Tuesday morning, as many traders bet a war in Iraq will be short and decisive after U.S. President George W. Bush's ultimatum to President Saddam Hussein. Still, some traders remained cautious and some shares failed to hold on to all early gains after Bush delivered a live television address that gave Saddam and his sons 48 hours to quit Iraq or face war. "Most people think that...
  • Bush Ultimatum Earns Support, Ire as Markets Rally

    03/17/2003 8:09:10 PM PST · by Jean S · 9 replies · 187+ views
    Reuters ^ | Mon March 17, 2003 10:39 PM ET
    SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Australia kicked out Iraqi diplomats while Canada and Indonesia called for more diplomacy after President Bush gave Iraqi President Saddam Hussein 48 hours to leave or face war. Oil prices fell, the dollar was firm and Asian stock markets galloped higher after Bush, in a grim 13-minute televised address to his people, said, "The tyrant will soon be gone." Bush set the clock ticking to war, which could start as early as early Thursday morning Iraq time, after abandoning diplomatic efforts to resolve the Iraqi crisis through the bitterly divided U.N. Security Council. Australian Prime Minister John...
  • Text of Bush Ultimatum

    03/17/2003 5:56:59 PM PST · by steveegg · 107 replies · 669+ views
    <p>THE PRESIDENT: My fellow citizens, events in Iraq have now reached the final days of decision. For more than a decade, the United States and other nations have pursued patient and honorable efforts to disarm the Iraqi regime without war. That regime pledged to reveal and destroy all its weapons of mass destruction as a condition for ending the Persian Gulf War in 1991.</p>
  • Bush sets 48-Hour ultimatum for Saddam: Leave country or face war

    03/17/2003 4:04:16 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 94 replies · 269+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 3-17-03 | RON FOURNIER, AP White House Correspondent
    <p>15:55 PST WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Bush said Monday Saddam Hussein must flee Iraq or face a U.S.-led invasion, abandoning U.N. diplomacy to brace Americans for war within days. Bush was giving the Iraqi leader 48 hours to comply, administration officials said.</p>
  • France, Russia and Germany reject 24 hour ultimatum

    03/17/2003 6:41:01 AM PST · by areafiftyone · 60 replies · 271+ views
    France, Russia and Germany today delivered a defiant response to the 24 hour ultimatum on Iraq laid down yesterday by the US and UK. The three countries are standing firm in their opposition to any resolution that would authorise military action against Iraq while UN weapons inspectors continue to make progress. The French foreign minister, Dominique de Villepin, today told a French radio station: "France cannot accept a resolution that sets an ultimatum and envisages an automatic use of force."He reiterated France's threat to use its veto to block a resolution paving the way to war in the UN security...
  • Details of Prez Bush Speech

    03/17/2003 2:18:19 PM PST · by The Magical Mischief Tour · 20 replies · 183+ views
    Per FOX News Speech will last 10 to 30 minutes Bush will give Saddam "Less than one week to leave Iraq" Bush will also "give one more speech, on the eve of war, if and when that comes".
  • NBC News: Bush To Give Saddam Ultimate Deadline to Evacuate Iraq In Speech Tonight

    03/17/2003 2:15:18 PM PST · by Timesink · 172 replies · 261+ views
    NBC News | March 17, 2003
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  • White House Sources After Top Level Briefing: Saddam May be Given 48 Hours to Leave

    03/17/2003 9:17:06 AM PST · by ewing · 23 replies · 179+ views
    DEBKAfile Security Newsletter ^ | March 17, 2003 | Gioria Shamis and Diane Shalem
    Last minute briefing summoned by President Bush is attended by Vice President Richard Cheney, Secretary of State Colin Powell, Secretary of Defence Donald Rumsfeld, CIA Director George Tenet and all chiefs of staff of the United States Armed Forces.United States President Bush's address at 0300 IST will be broadcast by all networks. He is expected to anounced that the diplomatic window is closed and Saddam must leave the country immediately.White House sources report after top level briefing: Saddam may be given 48 hours to leave the country.
  • Drudge: BUSH WARNS SADDAM: LEAVE IRAQ IN 72 HOURS

    03/17/2003 9:25:19 AM PST · by mhking · 63 replies · 1,409+ views
    Drudge / CNN ^ | 3.17.03
    Bush to address nation on Iraq Official: President to demand Saddam leave country Monday, March 17, 2003 Posted: 11:53 AM EST (1653 GMT) WASHINGTON (CNN) -- President Bush, during a Monday night national address, will make clear "time is very short" for Iraqi President Saddam Hussein to avoid military action, an administration official told CNN. A 72-hour ultimatum "is in the right ballpark," the official said. Bush, in a televised address set for 8 p.m. ET, will demand that Saddam yield power and leave the country, the White House said. Saddam has a "very small opening, several days at best,"...
  • Bush to Saddam: Leave Iraq or Face War

    03/17/2003 8:32:14 AM PST · by Indy Pendance · 20 replies · 157+ views
    AP ^ | March 17, 2003 | SCOTT LINDLAW
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Abandoning diplomacy, President Bush gave Saddam Hussein a final ultimatum Monday to leave Iraq or face a U.S.-led war. The president planned an address to the nation at 8 p.m. to explain his decision. "This matter cannot continue indefinitely," Secretary of State Colin Powell said. The development came as the United States, Britain and Spain ended diplomatic efforts in the United Nations to disarm Saddam Hussein, withdrawing their proposed resolution setting an ultimatum and clearing the way for a U.S.-led war without Security Council approval. "It was our judgment that no further purpose would be served by...
  • THE SCOTSMAN: Azores ultimatum brings the moment of truth

    03/16/2003 5:31:19 PM PST · by MadIvan · 9 replies · 196+ views
    The Scotsman ^ | March 17, 2003 | The Scotsman
    TODAY is indeed judgment day for the international community over Iraq. That is the central message of yesterday’s transatlantic summit in the Azores between the US, Britain, Spain and Portugal. The words of both President Bush and Tony Blair were straightforward. Security Council resolution 1441 had unanimously condemned Saddam Hussein as in material breach of his obligation to disarm. After three and a half months, Saddam was still trying hard to avoid fulfilling that obligation. Mr Blair listed the areas of non-compliance: no interviews with Iraqi weapons scientists had been permitted outside of the regime and Saddam still refuses to...
  • Atlantic alliance lays down the gauntlet

    03/16/2003 5:38:20 PM PST · by MadIvan · 20 replies · 189+ views
    The Scotsman ^ | March 17, 2003 | JASON BEATTIE AND JAMES HALL
    JACQUES Chirac was looking for 30 days. Yesterday he was given 24 hours. After a brief meeting in a huge aircraft hangar in the middle of the Atlantic, the four countries of the "trans-Atlantic alliance" simultaneously laid down the gauntlet to Saddam Hussein, the UN Security Council, France, Germany and Russia. As President George Bush put it, the "moment of truth" had arrived. "Tomorrow’s the day that we will determine whether or not diplomacy can work," Mr Bush said. The clock was already ticking. As Tony Blair flew back to London, he said UN members had to make their minds...
  • THE DAILY TELEGRAPH: When the talking stopped

    03/16/2003 4:05:38 PM PST · by MadIvan · 12 replies · 210+ views
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | March 17, 2003 | The Daily Telegraph
    The Azores Summit will go down in history as the time when the talking stopped. "Tomorrow is a moment of truth for the world," said George W Bush, before reiterating his support for an interim authority in a liberated Iraq. Mr Bush added that today would be the last day when diplomacy could work."Without a credible ultimatum," said Tony Blair, "more discussion just means more delay." Appealing for the world to unite behind such an ultimatum, he added that "we are in the final stages. Now is the time when we have to decide." This was an ultimatum in all...