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Iranian Alert -- December 23, 2003 -- IRAN LIVE THREAD
The Iranian Student Movement Up To The Minute Reports ^ | 12.23.2003 | DoctorZin

Posted on 12/23/2003 12:03:58 AM PST by DoctorZIn

The US media almost entirely ignores news regarding the Islamic Republic of Iran. As Tony Snow of the Fox News Network has put it, “this is probably the most under-reported news story of the year.” But most American’s are unaware that the Islamic Republic of Iran is NOT supported by the masses of Iranians today. Modern Iranians are among the most pro-American in the Middle East.

There is a popular revolt against the Iranian regime brewing in Iran today. Starting June 10th of this year, Iranians have begun taking to the streets to express their desire for a regime change. Most want to replace the regime with a secular democracy. Many even want the US to over throw their government.

The regime is working hard to keep the news about the protest movement in Iran from being reported. Unfortunately, the regime has successfully prohibited western news reporters from covering the demonstrations. The voices of discontent within Iran are sometime murdered, more often imprisoned. Still the people continue to take to the streets to demonstrate against the regime.

In support of this revolt, Iranians in America have been broadcasting news stories by satellite into Iran. This 21st century news link has greatly encouraged these protests. The regime has been attempting to jam the signals, and locate the satellite dishes. Still the people violate the law and listen to these broadcasts. Iranians also use the Internet and the regime attempts to block their access to news against the regime. In spite of this, many Iranians inside of Iran read these posts daily to keep informed of the events in their own country.

This daily thread contains nearly all of the English news reports on Iran. It is thorough. If you follow this thread you will witness, I believe, the transformation of a nation. This daily thread provides a central place where those interested in the events in Iran can find the best news and commentary. The news stories and commentary will from time to time include material from the regime itself. But if you read the post you will discover for yourself, the real story of what is occurring in Iran and its effects on the war on terror.

I am not of Iranian heritage. I am an American committed to supporting the efforts of those in Iran seeking to replace their government with a secular democracy. I am in contact with leaders of the Iranian community here in the United States and in Iran itself.

If you read the daily posts you will gain a better understanding of the US war on terrorism, the Middle East and why we need to support a change of regime in Iran. Feel free to ask your questions and post news stories you discover in the weeks to come.

If all goes well Iran will be free soon and I am convinced become a major ally in the war on terrorism. The regime will fall. Iran will be free. It is just a matter of time.


TOPICS: Extended News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: iaea; iran; iranianalert; protests; southasia; studentmovement; studentprotest
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Iran's Careful Pursuit of Nuclear Weapons

December 23, 2003
Erich Marquardt

On November 26, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) condemned Iran for an 18-year cover-up of its nuclear research program. Iran’s failure to disclose certain details of its nuclear research program has raised speculation that Tehran is attempting to research and develop nuclear weapons.

The leadership in Tehran, on the other hand, considers nuclear weapons a strategic goal, because the country is located in a volatile region that has been historically manipulated by outside powers due to the huge oil and gas reserves found there.

In recent years, Iran has stood by idly as the United States has projected its influence into the Middle East. At the end of 2001, the Bush administration launched a military invasion of Afghanistan. Afghanistan has now become an outpost for US forces, giving Washington the ability to influence political events throughout Central Asia and the Middle East. Then, in March of 2003, the Bush administration overthrew Saddam Hussein’s Ba’thist government in Baghdad and established a large-scale US occupation in the strategically significant state.

The US invasion of Iraq demonstrated to the world that the Bush administration was prepared to risk the political, economic and military fallout connected with a large-scale invasion of a Middle Eastern country. The symbolism of Washington effectively executing a policy of “regime change” in one member of its “axis of evil” proved to Tehran that the United States was a serious threat.

In addition to the United States, Iran also has concerns over the state of Israel, a country that has military dominance in the Middle East and has shown that it will forcefully limit the growing power of rival Middle Eastern states. This commitment was best displayed by Tel Aviv’s attack on Baghdad’s Osirak nuclear reactor in 1981. Tehran, which does not want to accept any outside restraints on its power, realizes that by acquiring nuclear weapons it will be better able to achieve its foreign policy interests.

Washington is justifiably concerned over Tehran’s covert activities. The Bush administration has tried to get the UN Security Council to place sanctions on Tehran for failing to comply with its obligations under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. For Washington, it would become a foreign policy dilemma if Tehran were to acquire nuclear weapons; a nuclear-armed Iran would greatly reduce Washington’s foreign policy leverage in shaping developments in the Middle East and Central Asia.

Indeed, Washington officials have admitted as much. In September, State Department official Paula DeSutter said, “The impact of a nuclear-armed Iran in an already volatile region cannot be underestimated. As President Bush had made clear, that cannot be allowed to happen.” Tel Aviv has issued similar proclamations; Israeli Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz recently warned that “under no circumstances would Israel be able to abide by nuclear weapons in Iranian possession.”

Unfortunately for Washington and Israel, other powerful states do not share their geopolitical interests. The European Union, for instance, has important diplomatic and economic ties with Tehran; the bloc is Iran’s biggest trading partner. This relationship explains why the UK, France and Germany sent their foreign ministers to help negotiate Iran’s decision to comply with the IAEA. Rather than join the US in referring Iran’s transgressions to the UN Security Council, the three states promised Tehran that if it complied with IAEA demands, the EU would be willing to actually assist Iran’s nuclear research program.

Tehran applauded the EU’s decision. Hassan Rowhani, secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council, confrontationally exclaimed: “The United States did not achieve a single one of its objectives concerning Iran’s nuclear activities.”

Russia does not share Washington’s interests in weakening Iran, either. Moscow has been the integral force behind Tehran’s nuclear ambitions. Russian engineers are building the Iranian nuclear reactor at Bushehr. Moscow is also Iran’s major military supplier; in the past decade, it has provided Tehran with MiG-29 fighter aircraft, Su-24 fighter bombers, T-72 tanks, and Kilo class attack submarines.

Moscow doesn’t want the US heavily involved in the Middle East and Central Asia anymore than Tehran does. Since the September 11 attacks, Washington has been increasing its influence all across Russia’s southern borders, establishing military bases in former Soviet republics. Moscow has found itself having to compete with Washington in areas often considered part of Russia’s backyard. These diverging strategic interests between the two superpowers explain Moscow’s support for Iran’s nuclear research program.

The differing interests between regionally significant states will make it tough for any form of international consensus on Iran to form. As long as Tehran proceeds carefully and works with the European Union and Russia, it will come closer to acquiring the technology and resources needed to develop nuclear weapons. Because a nuclear-armed Iran would seriously threaten US and Israeli interests in the region, it will be vital to watch the countermeasures to this program devised in Washington and Tel Aviv.
21 posted on 12/23/2003 4:41:19 PM PST by DoctorZIn (Until they are free, we shall all be Iranians!)
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22 posted on 12/24/2003 12:02:42 AM PST by DoctorZIn (Until they are free, we shall all be Iranians!)
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