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Iranian Alert -- July 6, 2004 [EST]-- IRAN LIVE THREAD -- "Americans for Regime Change in Iran"
The Iranian Student Movement Up To The Minute Reports ^ | 7.6.2004 | DoctorZin

Posted on 07/05/2004 9:00:33 PM PDT by DoctorZIn

The US media still largley 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.” 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. I began these daily threads June 10th 2003. On that date Iranians once again began taking to the streets to express their desire for a regime change. Today in Iran, most want to replace the regime with a secular democracy.

We are now just a few days away from the anticipated July 9th demonstrations.

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.


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Join Us At Today's Iranian Alert Thread – The Most Underreported Story Of The Year!

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2 posted on 07/05/2004 9:03:10 PM PDT by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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Assad Winds Up Iran Visit

July 05, 2004
The Jerusalem Post

Amid accusations by US and Iraqi leaders that Syria and Iran were behind political incitement and terrorist acts aimed at destabilizing the new Iraqi government, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Monday ended a two-day surprise visit to Iran. The tow countries have been united in their opposition to the presence of US troops in Iraq.

Assad met with top officials including leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and President Mohammad Khatami. He was accompanied by Vice President Abdel Halim Khaddam, Foreign Minister Faruq al-Shara and other Syrian officials.

"There is no ambiguity between us and Syria where Iraq is concerned. The solution is the quick end to the occupation, the installation of a government comprising all elements of the Iraqi people and the cooperation of the international community to bring stability and reconstruction," Khatami said.

The US and Iraq have accused insurgents of actively smuggles weapons, fighters and money into Iraq from Syria and Jordan.

According to the British Sunday Telegraph, Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari said his government had gathered information from intelligence services showing support for the insurgents from some neighboring countries.

3 posted on 07/05/2004 9:04:11 PM PDT by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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Torture Ongoing in Iranian Prisons

July 05, 2004
The Associated Press
WKRC 12 Cincinatti

TEHRAN, Iran -- Iranian authorities have fired the head of a prison where an inmate lost his hands after being suspended from the ceiling in handcuffs, an independent newspaper reported Monday.

The prisoner, a 21-year-old man identified only by the first name Afshin, was handcuffed to the ceiling last month as punishment for starting a fight with another inmate at the prison in Dezful, a city 375 miles southwest of Tehran, the Sharq newspaper said.

When he was released, doctors at a local hospital found his injuries to be so severe that they to amputated his hands to save his life, the newspaper said.

The prisoner's family complained to the Prison Authority, and the head of the prison was fired.

The Prison Authority and the office of the governor of Dezful refused to comment when contacted by The Associated Press on Monday.

The paper said the Prison Authority offered Afshin the equivalent of $25,000 in compensation for the maltreatment. It was not clear if he had accepted the offer. It also reported that members of parliament and government officials are to visit Dezful prison to investigate the case.

Afshin was jailed for drug smuggling.

4 posted on 07/05/2004 9:05:01 PM PDT by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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Show your support of Iranians by participating in commemoration of the Students Uprising (UPDATED)

SMCCDI (Urgent Action) Updated for Iran (*) and for Palo Alto (CA) and addition of Geneva (Switzerland) and Copenhagen (Denmark)
Jul 6, 2004

Honored struggling Iranian compatriots, Dear World's Freedom lovers,

As it was to be expected, the Islamic Republic has mobilized, once again, all its forces and repressive arsenal in order to try to smash the peaceful and no- violent demonstrations planned across Iran for the commemoration of the fifth anniversary of the Students Uprising of July 1999. Iranian cities have taken once again the aspect of occupied zones and the regime's militiamen and foreign mercenaries are arresting, beating or harassing our captive fellow countrymen under various pretexts.

But despite all these measures which are intending to extend the life of the shaky and illegitimate theocracy, Iranians are expected to respond, massively, to the calls made by our country's students and secularist forces. These calls are nothing else than the request from the Iranians who are exasperated by quarter of century of rule of terror and dictatorship to show their rejection of the Islamic republic and their support of the legacy of July 1999 Uprising.

(*) They will gather and demonstrate in the main areas of most Iranian cities from the early hours of the afternoon of Thursday, July 8, 2004 around the universities and in a wide scale manner from 19:00 (local time)!

In such conjuncture, it's the duty of any Iranian, residing abroad, and the mission of anyone seeking to put an end to the main generator of terror and fanatism, in the middle east, to support the People of Iran in their legitimate struggle! Such support can't find a better expression than participating in one of the several rallies and gatherings planned in most European and N. American cities and as listed below!

Just remember that the events of "18-23 of Tir 1378" (July 9-14, 1999) provided without a doubt a turning point in the contemporary history of the Iranian politics and will affect the entire region and our world. This uprising heralded the coming freedom of Iran from the dictatorship of this anti-democratic and terrorist regime when students as the flag-bearers of wisdom and awareness rose up and took on the forces of self-serving ignorance and fanatism. Now with the passing of five years from that uprising, still the violent wounds of that barbaric day have not found solace and many of our loved-ones continue to be killed or incarcerated by the forces of the despotic end evil power, and are at the mercy of their instruments of suppression and torture. Still the sounds of the crushing of the bones and prides and honor of these freedom and peace seeking men and women is heard from the dungeons of the Islamic Republic, and everyday, we are witnesses to the violence, torture, and evil-spiritedness of those who will not fall short of any criminality to prolong the reign of their unjustified violence.

Dear all,

By supporting our countrymen's protest actions, we will put, together, shivers to the structure of the system of absolutism and obscurantism! We will show our rejection of fanatism and terror! We will contribute to the creation of a safer and peaceful world for all! Let us turn, together, this anniversary into another day of worldwide support of the struggle for freedom, democracy and accountability in Iran!

Let's send a clear message to the Mullahcracy that its days are over and that we will not sit idle by just contemplating the continuation of its crimes and conspiracies!

Just remember, Together we stand, divided we fall !!!

Here is the worldwide partial listing, in alphabetical order, of these support gatherings and rallies in their local timing (Some cities will host actions in two different days):

A) In Europe:

1) Denmark:
- Copenhagen on July 8th, from 04:00 PM, front of the Islamic Republic Embassy located at Engskiftevej 6
- Odense on July 8th, from 04:30 PM, In front of the City Hall (Mayor's office)

2) Belgium:
- Brussels on July 7th, from 02:00 PM, In front of the EU building in Place Maurice Schumann

3) France:
- Paris on July 8th, from 07:00 PM, At the Place de l'Iena (Close to the Islamic regime Embassy)
- Paris on July 10th, from 04:00 PM, At the Place du Trocadero

4) Finland:
- Helsinki on July 8th, from 12:00 PM, In front of the main church of Helsinki

5) Germany:
- Düsseldorf on July 10th, from 02:00 PM, A march from Banhoff toward the City Court
- Hamburg on July 8th, from 12:00 PM, At west side of the Central Train Station (Hopt Banhoff)
- Heidelberg on July 10th, from 03:00 PM, At the Bismark Platz
- München on July 8th, from 05:00 PM, At the Stachus square
- Nuremberg on July 10th, from 03:00 PM, At the Halle Platz Konik Strasse

6) Netherlands:
- Den Haag on July 7th, from 12:00 PM, In front of the Dutch Parliament
- Den Haag on July 8th, from 01:00 PM, In front of the Dutch Parliament

7) Sweden:
- Göteborg on July 8th, from 05:30 PM, A march from the Gustaf Adolfs Torg toward Glatsen
- Stockholm on July 8th, from 04:00 PM, At the Sergels Torg (Center of the city)

8) Switzerland:
- Geneva on July 8th, from 02:30 PM, In front of United Nations Building located at the Place des Peuples

9) United Kingdom:
- London on July 8th, from 12:00 PM, In front of the Islamic republic Embassy

B) In N. America:

1) Canada:
- Ottawa on July 7th, from 04:00 PM, In front of the Islamic republic Embassy located at 245 metclafe
- Ottawa on July 8th, from 10:00 AM, In front of the Islamic republic Embassy located at 245 metclafe
- Toronto on July 8th, from 04:00 PM, At the Mel Lastman Square, (hear of North York, north of the city)
- Vancouver on July 7th, from 04:00 PM, At the Victoria Park located in North of the city

2) United States of America:
- Atlanta (GA) on July 7th, from 06:30 PM, At the Amphitheater of Centennial Park Downtown Across from CNN building
- Dallas (TX) on July 11th, from 05:00 PM, At the Intercontinental Hotel located at the junction of Arapaho and N. Dallas Pkwy
- Los Angeles (CA) on July 7th, from 05:00 PM, In front of the Federal Building located at Wilshire Blvd.
- Palo Alto (CA) on July 7th, from 07:00 PM, At the junction of University Ave and Emerson
-Washington (DC) on July 8th, from 11:00 AM, the West side of the US Capitol Building

Also, following are some of the slogans we can chant:
Iranians must go free !
Stop abuses in Iran !
Human Rights for Iran !
Democracy for Iran !
Referendum, Referendum; this is the slogan for Iran !
Democratic Regime change in Iran !
Down with Islamic republic !
United Nations pay Iran attention !
No to Theocracy in Iran !
Stop business with mullahs !
Down with Islamic republic !
Down with terrorists !
Down with mullahs !

The "Student Movement Coordination Committee for Democracy in Iran" (SMCCDI), is of the firm conviction that this show of sympathy on your part with the dear loved-ones who are for years now chained in the dungeons of this despotic, religious and terrorist regime, will make the gift of light to their hearts, and it won't be long until the day when with firm steps and ironed wills, we will celebrate the explosion of the light of freedom and deliverance of all of Iranian nation.



July 5, 2004 (15th Tir 1383)
The "Student Movement Coordination Committee for Democracy in Iran" (SMCCDI)

5 posted on 07/05/2004 9:08:02 PM PDT by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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By Safa Haeri
Posted Monday, July 5, 2004

PARIS, 5 July (IPS) The surprise hand over of powers from the Americans to the Washington-installed Iraqi government on 28 of June, 48 hours before the official date surprised the Iranians as well.

Being one of the very few nations to recognise the Iraqi Provisory Council when it was installed by the Americans six months ago, Tehran rather quickly reacted to the event, albeit cautiously.

Iran's Foreign Affairs Ministry Spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi described the formal handover of authority to the Iraqi interim Government of Mr. Iyad Alawi on Monday as “a step toward establishing a popular government and restoring full popular sovereignty”.

"The transfer of power to the Iraqi government and end of occupation, which is taking place on the basis of the United Nations Security Council resolution 1546, is a positive step", he said, quoted by the conservatives-controlled Radio and Television.

"We welcome any step which is taken in line with handing over Iraq's affairs to the country's public majority as well as ending occupation", Mr. Abdollah Ramezanzadeh, the official government spokesman said last week.

"We hope the transfer of power will be in this direction and help end occupation and establish a system based on the views and votes of the people," he told reporters at a weekly news briefing, referring to the low-key ceremony in Baghdad, during which the US “Vice Roy” Paul Bremer handed the transfer document to Iraq leaders, formally ending 14-month “occupation” of the oil-rich Middle Eastern nation. "This is a historic day, a happy day, a day that all Iraqis have been looking forward to", Iraqi President Sheykh Ghazi Yawar told the semi secret ceremony.

The two countries are starting to come to terms with a destructive war, which they fought between 1980 and 1988 under the regime of Saddam Hussein, who also attacked neighbouring Kuwait.

Either they would embark on a marriage of raison, like the one signed between France and Germany after the last World War, -- a liaison that turned into a love affair, as seen from the latest polls that shows that eighty per cent of Germans consider France as their most trusted and closest allies and friends – and together, becoming the political and economic locomotive of the region, the same role Paris and Berlin plays in Europe, or revert to old rivalries, antagonism, animosity and hating, paving the way for another war, Iranian analysts said, talking to Iran Press Service.

Even if the transfer of power is more virtual than real, the event opens new chapter in the tumultuous, love and hate relations between Iran and Iraq, but the big question is whether the two neighbours could turn it into a love or hate chapter.

“Iran’s Arab and Iraq relations are full of mutual hate having their roots in both history and religion. Both they need very wise, broad minded and courageous leaders to make full use of the new situation. For the time being, we don’t see any personality of the calibre of a (Charles) De Gaulle or (Konrad) Adenauer pointing in the horizons, at least in Tehran, where the present clerical leaders are too short sighted of Lilliputians and in Baghdad, we don’t know who might emerge and which direction the country might go”, one analyst told us, referring to the French and German leaders that signed the Franco-German Pact of Friendship more than fifty years ago.

Although the interim government led by Prime Minister Iyad Allawi will have full sovereignty, there are important constraints on its powers. Not only it can not make long-term policy decisions and has not control over more than 160,000 foreign troops who will remain in Iraq “on his demand”, but also faces growing insecurity due to the activities of a number of criminal groups, foreign-paid terrorists, islamist suicide-squads and local guerrillas to name some.

“The iraquisation of the situation in Baghdad would place in a new dimension the Iran-Iraq relations. Until now, Iran’s declared opposition to the presence of occupation forces in Iraq and its backing of groups fighting the Americans was welcomed by the majority of the Iraqis and even many members of the government. But from now on, whatever Tehran says or does concerning Iraq would be dealt directly by the Iraqi government, regarding it as a hostile or friendly act”, said Mr. Sa’id Shervini, an Iranian analyst specialising in the Middle Eastern affairs based in Germany.

In his view, the continuation of the presence of American forces, “a liability that Prime Minister Alawi can not govern without it” can provide the “necessary” pretext to any force that, for whatever reason, does not want to see peace and stability coming back to Iraq.

Some pundits places the Islamic Republic in this category, observing that the emergence of a real democracy in Iraq, -- one that would be more of the American type -- would be a “tremendous” encouragement to Iranian forces fighting for the rule of democracy and secularism in their own country.

But others are more optimistic. “Not only many of the present Iraqi ministers and personalities are friends of Iran, not only some of them have lived in Iran and enjoyed protection and assistance, but also Iran has been one of the first nations to officially recognise the Provisory Council and kept an embassy in Baghdad”, Dr. Assadollah Athari, a University professor in Tehran told the semi-independent Iranian students news agency ISNA.

“Although Iranians are happy with the fall of Saddam Hussein, but at the same time are unhappy with the occupation of Iraq by the Americans and the presence of a huge American force at their doors”, he added.

Dr Mohammad Ali Basiri, another scholar in Tehran says maybe the Iraqi government is not to the Iranians liking one hundred per cent, but one has to agree that it is one hundred per cent better than that of Saddam Hussein.

“Anyway, this (the transfer of powers to the Iraqis) is a good start allowing Iran to establish sound and friendly relations with its neighbours, promising better days for the future”, he told the same ISNA agency.

Dr Mohsen Jalilvand, a professor of international relations is also convinced that Iran would “do its best” to accommodate Mr. Alawi’s government, “but, he points out, Iraq must also keep in mind the conditions, situation and interests of Iran as one of the region’s most powerful nations”.

There is no doubt that with their natural resources, mostly oil, an energy that places them behind Saudi Arabia but combined together, makes them the largest producer and exporter in the world, enjoying the region’s most educated cadres and strongest armies, both war experienced and bound by the same Shi’a faith, the Tehran-Baghdad couple would be a tremendous force that every one would have to reckon with.

As Mr. Athari had said, the Kurdish and the Shi’a members of the Iraqi government are among Iran’s best friends, since the Sh’ia-based Supreme Council of the Islamic Revolution of Iraq (SAIRI) was formed in Iran and the leaders of the two main Kurdish parties have always maintained close ties with Tehran.

But the speculative creation of such a strong tandem not only would also change dramatically the traditional game play of the strategic region, but also raising hairs in Tel Aviv, Ankara and Riyadh in the one hand, Washington and London on the other.

Thinking that the Iraqi government, because it is installed and backed by the Americans would cross the Rubicon and recognise Israel is just a wishful thinking, as seen by the Afghan experience, where President-Prime Minister Hamed Karzai, also placed on the saddle in Kabul by the Americans, has yet to establish relations with the Jewish State, even in the de facto form.

“In the best of situations, Mr. Alawi would close his eyes to the presence of Israel in the region and live the problem for the future Iraqi parliament”, said one Iraqi journalist.

The likelihood is the formation of an opposite axis made of Israel, Turkey and Saudi Arabia, all three American’s best allies in the region, backed by Washington, to the Iran-Iraq duo that, in turn, would have the “natural” support of the European Union, -- plus or minus Britain --.

Ankara and Tel-Aviv are already working closely together in the military, security and intelligence fields, to the ire of Iran, Egypt, Jordan and Syria and although Turkish-Israeli relations had been downgraded by the Turkish government and parliament controlled by the moderate Islam-based Justice and Development Party because of Israel’s operations against the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, the military cooperation continues unabated.

For its part, Saudi Arabia had offered the Jewish State normalisation of relations with all Arab nations under Crown Prince Abdollah’s “peace for land” plan that was submitted to the Arab Summit in Beirut two years ago, but “dismissed” by Israel. Besides, the Saudis, who in great majority are Wahabites, considers the Shi’a as “heretics” and “outside” the Islam faith in the one hand and hates the Kurds, regarding them as being of Iranian “ajami” (stranger) extract, therefore “enemies of the Arabs”.

“The big question now is whether Iranians and Iraqis could be wise and intelligent enough to resist all sorts of provocations, manipulations, political manoeuvrings and malicious propaganda that the enemies of the Iran-Iraq rapprochement would downpour on them, pushing for a new war”, asked Mr. Parviz Mardani, a Germany-based independent Iranian journalist.


6 posted on 07/05/2004 9:10:02 PM PDT by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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The solution is the quick end to the occupation, the installation of a government comprising all elements of the Iraqi people and the cooperation of the international community to bring stability and reconstruction.

Except for the verious interpretations of what constitutes 'quick', how exactly does this differ from the current U.S. plan? We don't want to be there any longer, or in any greater numbers than we have to in order to help the intirim government maintain stability and plan for elections. The international community is there, except for a few holdouts. What is the big deal?

7 posted on 07/05/2004 9:12:40 PM PDT by farfromhome (Was Clinton a good president? That depends on what your definition of 'was' is.)
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Iran got tough – Blair just crumpled

By Mark Steyn
(Filed: 06/07/2004)

This past week these pages have been filled with daily meditations on the British embrace of loserdom - Boris Johnson, James Delingpole, our friends in the leader pen opposite. I'm not sure I'd pass Norman Tebbit's cricket test myself, but, if I did, I'd be as upset as the rest of the Telegraph types at Accrington Stanley losing in straight sets or Annabel Croft blowing the penalty shoot-out. Hard to take, year in, year out.

None the less, it seems to me this morbid obsession with the national loser fetish obscured the really big British defeat - to Iran, in the Shatt al-Arab water polo. Six Royal Marines and two Royal Navy sailors were intercepted in Iraqi waters, forcibly escorted to Iranian waters, arrested, paraded on TV blindfold, obliged to confess wrongs and recite apologies, and eventually released. Their three boats are still being held by the Iranians.

Mullahs 8, HMG nil.

The curious thing is the lion that didn't roar. Tony Blair has views on everything and is usually happy to expound on them at length - if you'd just arrived from Planet Zongo and were plunked down at a joint Blair/Bush press conference on Iraq or Afghanistan or most of the rest of the world, you'd be forgiven for coming away with the impression that the Prime Minister's doing 90 per cent of the heavy lifting and the President's just there for emergency back-up. Yet, on an act of war and/or piracy perpetrated directly against British forces, Mister Chatty is mum.

Likewise, Jack Straw. The Foreign Secretary goes to Teheran the way other Labour grandees go to Tuscany. He's got a Rolodex full of A-list imams. When in the Islamic Republic, he does that "peace and blessings be upon his name" parenthesis whenever he mentions the Prophet Mohammed, just to show he's cool with Islam, not like certain arrogant redneck cowboys we could mention. And where did all the ayatollah outreach get him? "We have diplomatic relations with Iran, we work hard on those relationships and sometimes the relationships are complicated," he twittered, "but I'm in no doubt that our policy of engagement with the Government of Iran… is the best approach."

Even odder has been the acquiescence of the press. If pictures had been unearthed of some over-zealous Guantanamo guards doing to our plucky young West Midlands jihadi what the Iranian government did on TV to those Royal Marines, two thirds of Fleet Street (including many of my Spectator and Telegraph colleagues) would be frothing non-stop.

Instead, they seem to have accepted the British spin that there's been no breach of the Geneva Convention because the Marines and sailors weren't official prisoners of war, just freelance kidnap victims you can have what sport you wish with.

Why didn't Bush think of that one?

The only tough talk came from an unnamed official, briefing correspondents on the Iranian ambassador's summons to the Foreign Office for a diplomatic dressing down: "It was very much a one-way conversation," the FCO wallah assured the gentlemen of the press.

Do you think that's true? Or do you think it more likely that it was, in fact, a two-way conversation with lots of cajoling and pleading on the British part and reminders that London and Teheran are supposed to be friends?

Washington's position is clear: Iran is a charter member of the axis of evil. (Well, it's clear-ish: State Department types are prone to Jack Straw moments.) But London opted for "engagement" on the usual grounds that if you pretend these fellows are respectable they're more likely to behave respectably. In return, Britain's boys got hijacked and taken on a classic Rogue State bender. And the version being broadcast throughout the Muslim world is that Teheran swatted the infidel and got away with it.

That's what matters: getting away with it. Do you think Mr Straw, fretting over the "complications" of Anglo-Iranian relations, will make the mullahs pay any price for what they did? And, if he doesn't, what conclusions do you think the Islamic Republic will draw from its artful test of Western - or, at any rate, European - resolve? Right now, the British, French and Germans are making a show of getting tough on Iran's nuclear ambitions. Is that "tough" as in "Go ahead, imam, make my day"? Or is it "tough" as in that official's "one-way conversation"? Just a bit of diplo-bluster. If you were the mullahs, you might well conclude that the Europeans don't mean it, that they've decided they can live with a nuclear Iran, and you might as well go full speed ahead.

One difficulty in dealing with the Islamic Republic is that the fellows out in front are sock puppets. Jack Straw is the real British Foreign Secretary. His Iranian counterpart is a man playing the role of foreign minister for international consumption. The big decisions are taken elsewhere. A couple of years ago, there was a lively speech by Hashemi Rafsanjani, the former president and now head of the Expediency Council, which sounds like a committee of EU foreign ministers but is actually Iran's highest religious body. Rafsanjani was looking forward to the big day when his side got nukes and settled the Zionist question for ever "since a single atomic bomb has the power to completely destroy Israel, while an Israeli counter-strike can only cause partial damage to the Islamic world."

I'm inclined to take these fellows at their word. Next to Mr Straw and his "complications", these dudes are admirably plain-spoken. But let's suppose Rafsanjani is more cunning, and he understands that perhaps he won't have to use his bomb - that the mere fact of it will enable the country to get its way, in the region and beyond. Wouldn't the events of recent days have confirmed this view? And, if this is what he can get away with now, what might he try to pull when Iran is the first nuclear theocracy?

We Bush warmongers have grown fond of Mr Blair: often, he's a better salesman for American policy than the President. But in the Shatt al-Arab incident for once he was on his own, and Britain's Number One seed was unable to return a single volley. Iran is emboldened, and that's bad news for everyone else.

8 posted on 07/05/2004 9:15:00 PM PDT by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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This article has some great lines.....

""Go ahead, imam, make my day""

A good Steyn piece.

9 posted on 07/05/2004 9:26:13 PM PDT by nuconvert ( "Let Freedom Reign !" ) ( Azadi baraye Iran)
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European nuclear deal with Iran 'falling apart'
By Stefan Smith
Agence France-Presse

TEHRAN — There was plenty of diplomatic drama last October when the foreign ministers of Britain, France and Germany jetted into Tehran to bring Iran back from the brink of sparking a major nuclear crisis.
But nearly nine months on, diplomats are cannily admitting their bid to strip Iran's ruling clerics of gaining A-bomb potential is falling apart. And perhaps more alarmingly, there does not appear to be a great deal that they can do about it.

The problem, say diplomats who were close to hammering out the "Tehran declaration," lies not so much with Iran's recent backing away from certain technical aspects of it, but with its firm rejection of the accord's more ambitious premise. "We wanted the same kind of agreement with Iran as what we had with Libya. Iran had an opportunity to abandon its more sensitive nuclear work, and in return win greater trade and better relations with the West," recalled the senior diplomat.

This was an effort to get around the inherent weakness of the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) — a text of good intention in so far as member states are allowed to master the entire nuclear fuel cycle for peaceful purposes as long as they commit themselves not to take the relatively easy next step to military usage.

"Iran is a special case. There was a pattern of years of deception, so we needed to go beyond the NPT," explained another EU diplomat working on the nuclear dossier. "We wanted Iran to give up the nuclear fuel work in exchange for guaranteed supplies of fuel from overseas, as well as improved trade and diplomatic relations." But for Iran's 25-year-old Islamic regime, it was an existential leap too far. While careful to repeat denials of any nuclear weapons ambitions, officials have described the fuel cycle as an "inalienable right", while supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has said it is "essential".

Iran may be only interested in generating nuclear power for now, but having a full fuel cycle under its belt means that having a nuclear deterrent would become a feasible strategic option — and a tempting display of muscle if the present regional climate does not cool.

Last October Iran did agree to suspend uranium enrichment pending the completion of UN inspections, but it is still working full throttle on other key parts of the fuel cycle — a uranium conversion facility in Isfahan, a heavy water reactor in Arak and now centrifuge construction and testing. Officials are also threatening to resume enrichment too, if things do not go Iran's way at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) — the UN's nuclear watchdog and guardian of the NPT.

And to add insult to injury, Tehran is saying it is the Europeans who have failed to meet their side of the agreement.

So what now for Europe's so-called "big three"?

In diplomatic circles, the three are drawing unflattering jokes that compare their mission last October to British prime minister Neville Chamberlain's attempted appeasement of Adolf Hitler in the fateful Munich agreement of 1938.

"Ah yes, we have in our hand a piece of paper," laughed one European diplomat when asked to reflect on Jack Straw, Joschka Fischer and Dominique de Villepin's convergence on Tehran last year.

The bottom line, he said, is that the deal "has not brought peace in our time. In fact it is falling apart, and Iran has been gaining time."

There are several options, none of which are tempting.

The most extreme — declaring war against Iran by launching air strikes on nuclear facilities — could only serve to galvanise the regime, and spark a host of retaliatory measures in an already explosive region.

What's more, unless IAEA inspectors manage to turn up a "smoking gun" here, they still have no concrete proof that Iran is seeking nuclear weapons — meaning they will have to again tackle the uncomfortable debate on "preemptive" attacks that so badly split the international community ahead of the war with Iraq.

In addition, analysts point out, regional developments are working against them: Iraq is still unstable and Saudi Arabia's predicament means that few have the will to pick yet another fight.

One oft-cited option could be to side with the United States and send the dossier to the UN Security Council — even if gaining a consensus there on tough sanctions may be impossible given Russia's attachment to its lucrative contract to build Iran's first nuclear power plant in the southern city of Bushehr. Such a move could bring Iran back into line.

But it also send Tehran the other way — chastised by the IAEA, Iran's now-dominant hardliners could abandon the NPT altogether and adopt the so-far effective diplomacy of "axis of evil" bedfellow North Korea.

The EU has already frozen talks on a Trade and Cooperation Agreement, but even that has a hollow ring.

European firms have been queuing up for contracts here — Total and ENI among others in Iran's oil and gas sector, and giants such as Renault and Volkswagen in the car industry. The next IAEA meeting is in September.

Iran looks unlikely to be satisfied by seeing its case taken off the agenda, and for the Europeans — still chewing over their uncomfortable options — it may very well result in yet more "wait and see."

10 posted on 07/05/2004 10:34:35 PM PDT by freedom44
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TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - The arrest of two Iranians suspected of attempting to carry out a vehicle bombing in Iraq on Monday focused new attention on how Tehran is trying to protect its interests in the country it fought for eight years in a devastating war. So far, Iran is believed to have used money, not guns, to influence Iraq - particularly by spreading wealth among Shiite political factions - while avoiding a direct confrontation with its longtime rival, the United States.

Monday's arrests came on the heels of comments by Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari saying some neighbouring countries were financing and training terrorists in Iraq, apparently referring to Iran and Syria.

The announcement of the arrests by the Iraqi Interior Ministry was a rare instance of tying Iranians to a particular attack.

But there was no indication that the two men, who the ministry said were caught trying to detonate a car bomb in an eastern Baghdad neighbourhood Monday, were Iranian government agents.

They might instead be working on their own. Iranians enraged that Shiite shrines in Iraq were damaged in fighting between U.S. troops and Iraqi insurgents have volunteered to join the battle against the Americans.

Iranian officials have said they would try to stop zealots from crossing the border and Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has refused to give a green light to one group, the Devotees for Martyrdom, that says it's eager to fight in Iraq.

Tehran insists it has no interest in fomenting instability in its neighbour to the west and many observers say that a smooth path to elections could benefit mostly Shiite Iran, since a vote will likely bring an Iraqi government dominated by Shiites.

Hamid Reza Asefi, a Foreign Ministry spokesman, told reporters Sunday that Tehran wants only "stability and security in Iraq."

"We haven't done any action that may smell of an act of interference in Iraq's internal affairs from the very beginning, and won't do so in the future either," Asefi said.

Tehran fears the United States is cementing its influence in Iraq. But at the same time, Iran can little afford an open clash with the Americans, something that backing for anti-U.S. violence would likely bring about.

To date, Iran has not been considered a source of manpower or financing for Iraq's mainly Sunni Muslim insurgency, said a Western diplomat in Baghdad who spoke on condition of anonymity.

Instead, it is believed to be involved in intelligence gathering inside Iraq, while quietly funding Shiite political parties in a bid to influence the government that emerges from January's elections, the diplomat said.

"Iran wants to be a silent power broker," said Iranian political analyst Davoud Hermidas Bavand. "And Iran needs to make sure that the government in Iraq will not be America's puppet."

The United States, which has been at odds with Iran since the pro-U.S. shah was toppled in the 1979 Islamic revolution, fears Iran wants to establish a fundamentalist Shiite regime in its own image in Iraq.

Saddam brutally suppressed Iraq's Shiites and fought a devastating war with Iraq from 1980-88 that is thought to have killed a million people from the two sides.

Since Saddam's fall, Washington has repeatedly accused Tehran of sending money to various Iraqi groups, dispatching intelligence agents and allowing foreign anti-American fighters to travel to Iraq through its territory. Iran has persistently denied the charges.

Iranians have been detained previously in Iraq - U.S. records show several people listed as born in Iran as currently in American custody - but none has been publicly accused of involvement in violence.

Members of Devotees for Martyrdom, a loose grouping of Iranian religious extremists, have said they will go to Iraq as soon as Khamenei gives them the go-ahead.

But Khamenei did nothing when Iranian officials barred volunteers from entering Iraq earlier this year when fighting between U.S.-led coalition forces and militiamen loyal to Muqtada al-Sadr damaged Shiite shrines.

Grand Ayatollah Kazem al-Hosseini al-Haeri, al-Sadr's Iran-based spiritual mentor, has said it wasn't yet time for military confrontation with the United States.

Iran is believed to be trying to win influence with both al-Sadr and Iraq's most influential Shiite cleric, the Iranian-born Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Husseini al-Sistani.

Iraqis in the southern holy cities have expressed suspicions that offices set up by Iranians ostensibly dispensing charity or providing assistance to Shiite pilgrims might be covers for Iranian government agents.

Mohammad Ali Samadi, a spokesman for the Devotees for Martyrdom, said private Iranian charitable funds were going to a variety of Iraqi groups. He would not specify the groups.

"Iran enjoys a lot of spiritual influence in Iraq," Samadi told The Associated Press. "Iran does offer financial support to Shiites, but in the form of charity. However, it doesn't send any intelligence agents."

Iran long has maintained close ties with a variety of Iraqi groups, including Iraq's largest Shiite group, the Supreme Council of the Islamic Revolution of Iraq, and the two powerful Kurdish groups controlling northern Iraq, the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan and the Kurdistan Democratic party. The Kurdish parties are not Shiite.

Iran's contacts with Ahmad Chalabi's Iraqi National Congress led to U.S. accusations that Chalabi, once a U.S. favourite to replace Saddam, passed classified intelligence to Iran. Iran said it has had a constant dialogue with Chalabi, whose group had offices in Tehran before the war, but denied that he handed over sensitive information.

11 posted on 07/05/2004 10:35:33 PM PDT by freedom44
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-Good article.

Persian Journal
Secularism & Iran
Ardavan Bahrami
Jul 6, 2004, 00:21

According to the Chambers dictionary secularism is defined as; the belief that the state, morals, education, etc. should be independent of religion; G J Holyoak's (1817-1907) system of social ethics.

Have those of us who have defended democracy for a long time but been more vocal about secularism in recent years asked ourselves how secular are we prepared to be in a future democratic Iran?

Majority of the democratic governments are secular in one shape or another. From the French and the Turkish forms of republics where principles of secularism is strictly observed and defended, to those European monarchies where religious minority immigrants have been allowed to impose their customs to a degree that is beginning to test the host nation's level of tolerance.

Theodore Roosevelt once said, "Aggressive fighting for the right is the noblest sport the world affords." My question to our fellow Iranians is that how aggressively are we prepared to defend such noble principles once democracy and secularism are established by a majority vote in our country?

One of the recent challenges and at times heated debates in the Western secular democracies has been the issue of banning the religious symbols including that of the Islamic headscarves in French schools. The new regulation bans Muslim headscarves as well as Jewish yarmulkes and wearing of other ostensible religious symbols in French public schools.

Such decision has even invited opposing views from within Western democracies. Many journalists in Britain for example, have objected the French decision, regarding it as interference in one's personal freedom. However, they have failed to iterate the fact that the French government's proposal was democratically submitted to the French assembly which was in turn accepted by a majority who equally address all religious symbols including that of the Catholics who make the majority of the French nation. Nevertheless some fanatic Muslim groups like to portray such decision as a fight against Islam.

E.J. Dionne Jr. in an article in Washington Post dated 12/23/2003, under the title of "In France, Scarves & Secularism" wrote: "The Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman, Hamid Reza Assefi, condemned the Chirac government for "an extremist decision aimed at preventing the development of Islamic values". He continued, "Imagine being called 'extremist' on a religious question by an official of the Iranian government!".

Secularism and democracy are like two sides of a brain. In order to have a fully functional body, both sides of the brain with their specific responsibilities are needed in order to achieve the desired being. Therefore, those who comically advocate baseless concepts such as the Islamic Democracy can never deliver the true freedom our people are fighting for when divine rules and restrictions would oversee every aspects of their daily life.

The question that eventually we have to face is are we going to adhere to principles that would declare Iran a country with no official religion; hence, no advantages given to an Iranian Muslim over those Iranians from other religions? I am talking of a society that goes further than pre-1979 where an Iranian Jew, Baha'i, Christian or a Zoroastrian can become our country's prime minister or in case of a republic, its president.

Prince Reza Pahlavi if not the only Iranian political leader believing in such principles, is definitely the only one who has been brave enough to publicly state his vision for a country with no official religion. He has defended the freedom of all political beliefs/parties, guaranteeing individual rights such as; regional languages and dialects, sexual orientations, religious beliefs as well as all social freedoms that many other progressive and democratic nations in the world enjoy or may take for granted.

However, he or any other Iranian politically active cannot and will not succeed if we as individual Iranian do not participate or take steps for our future. At times in meeting other compatriots I feel we are still blurred in our understanding of secularism or that of a true democracy. Do we really understand what it is all about? If we do, how far are we prepared to go in a free, democratic and secular Iran of the future to defend its principles? Will we make concessions every now and then and therefore, undermining the principles of secularism for religious beliefs of one or two religious public figures or groups?

In order to guarantee and protect the sacrifices of so many pro-democracy and secular activists, we need a modern constitution written by elected experts to meet the modern world's requirements; to respect our true national values and to promote the two unbending pillars of that society; secularism and democracy.

In an article "Defending Secularism, Turkey's Military Warns Islamic Leaders" in New York Times, dated March 2, 1997 journalist Stephen Kinzer wrote; "The communiqué issued by the Turkish military states that the Turkish National Security Council had decided that "no steps away from the contemporary values of the Turkish Republic would be tolerated." "It has been decided that destructive and separatist groups are seeking to weaken our democracy and legal system by blurring the distinction between the secular and the anti-secular," the communiqué continued "It has been decided that in Turkey, secularism is not only a form of government but a way of life and the guarantee of democracy and social peace."

The communiqué further adds: "It has been decided that it is impossible to step back from our understanding of the social and legal principles which form the structural core of the state, and that out-of-date measures which are taken without regard for these principles do not coincide with our legal system."

It may seems at times; in particular in countries where some believers take religious beliefs out of proportion that it is the secularist factor which comes to the rescue of the democratic values of those societies; hence, giving secularism even a more important of a role to play.

What force is going to safeguard our future secularism? Is it going to be the will of the majority - a new constitution? But that can change or be influenced, particularly in countries like ours. Or is it going to be a strong army as in the Turkish case to stand by the constitution? But then again our history has already proved that our military may abandon once again the constitution and hence, jeopardizing the principles of our secular state. Or do we need to achieve a Kemalist like ideology and developing it into a national party that would stand by its principles no matter what the case may be?

Unlike what the leaders of the Islamic Republic like to portray secularists are no atheists. A secular Muslim woman or a man could be a staunch secularist while observing her/his religion in the privacy of their home.

Today our country has a majority of nearly 97% Muslims, but this majority are composed of youths who are the main forces of change in today's struggle against the Islamic Republic's barbarity. Masses that are least religious and most eager to grasp the most progressive ideas the world can offer. These youngsters very rightly do not care what Western politicians think or like in Washington, London or Paris. They are an educated generation with access to the latest communication equipments and are quite well aware of what is going on around the world.

This generation demands total transparency, freedom of expression followed by all social liberties thinkable to mankind. A democratic political system based on a society with its foundation on secular principles; demands that an Islamic republic under whatever shape or form cannot deliver.

Whether the West, or for that matter the world supports us or not is not going to alter the path our movement has chosen. Though their understanding and acceptance of our nation's will can speed up the process and therefore, guarantee a better life for them as well as for my compatriots. The European allies of the Islamic Republic can continue their "constructive engagement" for as long as they find it profitable; but the reality is that when almost forty million Iranians mobilize, no power in the world can stop them.

Iranians have made it very clear and have given enough chances to those who had promised them heavens but instead opened the doors to hell. Establishment of democracy and secularism through a national referendum is the only solution we see for the future of our country. Today is the last chance for those who want to be with the people of Iran.

12 posted on 07/05/2004 10:37:28 PM PDT by freedom44
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Iran News
Iran's Aghajari Says He Was Questioning Clerics, Not Insulting Islam
Jul 6, 2004, 00:15

Iranian Dissident Hashem Aghajari told the Islamic Republic's hardline Judiciary yesterday he had merely been questioning clerics and not insulting Islam in a speech two years ago that landed him in court on charges of apostasy.

In the second hearing of his re-trial, the academic and disabled veteran defended his speech in the summer of 2002, in which he had said Muslims were not "monkeys" and "should not blindly follow" religious leaders. "When I said monkeys, in no way was I talking about the sources of emulation," said the history professor, who arrived in court on crutches and minus his artificial leg.

The concept of emulation is one of the core doctrines of Shiite Islam. Under it, each believer chooses a "person worthy of emulation," usually an ayatollah or grand ayatollah, as a spiritual guide. Aghajari's speech had initially been seen as blasphemy and apostasy a court in the western city of Hamedan was sentenced him in November 2002 to hang. That verdict was overturned amid widespread protests.

After the same court defiantly upheld its verdict in a retrial, a second retrial was ordered to take place in Tehran. The Judiciary has allowed a public hearing and has dropped all charges that could lead to the death penalty. Aghajari still faces between five and 10 years in jail on lesser charges of insulting religious sanctities, propagating against the regime and spreading false information to disturb the public mind. The professor, looking scruffy and with his hair uncombed, dismissed these allegations and put his whole ordeal down to politics. "From the beginning I said this was a political case against reforms.

You say I was talking about politics, but this was not politics," Aghajari told the tiny Tehran courtroom where family members, colleagues and a few reporters were squeezed in. Judge Mohammad Eslami frequently told Aghajari to "get back to the main point". "When you criticize something, it is not insulting something," Aghajari continued. "I consider the (12 Shiite) Imams, the Koran and Prophet to be sacred, but the clergy are not sacred. And I only criticized the clerics, not insulted them," he asserted.

"I am a believer in the Islamic Republic of Iran. I am a religious intellectual, and what I am saying is that modern Islam is at risk from the fundamentalism we see in the Taliban and Osama bin Laden," he asserted, adding nevertheless that "I never said fundamentalists are in the (Iranian) system". He also challenged the judge to "bring me any ayatollah, and I will have a face to face discussion with them on Islam."

Aghajari, who lost a leg in the 1980-1988 Iran-Iraq war, sparked the wrath of Iran's powerful hardliners who had taken his speech as an attack on Shiism and of Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. The judge said a final verdict may be expected by Thursday or Friday.

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Jewish leader slams Argentina on bomb probe

BUENOS AIRES, July 5 (AFP) - The chairman of the World Jewish Congress, Rabbi Israel Singer, said President Nestor Kirchner was like prior Argentine leaders in failing to get to the bottom of a deadly 1994 bombing of a Jewish center.

"I've met with President Kirchner once already. He said that he would see to that it will be dealt with strongly. I've heard it from all the previous presidents and I trusted them all. But trust is not as good as success," he told a small group of reporters, including AFP.

"As the time gets longer away from the crime, the trail gets colder and the possibility of capturing the people is less," Israel said on the sidelines of a meeting of Jewish and Catholic leaders.

The attack on the Jewish Argentine Mutual Association center killed 85 and injured 300. Argentina marks the tenth anniversary of the attack on July 18, but with little to show in prosecuting the case.

Kirchner opened up secret service archives on the bombing shortly after taking office, but that move failed to jump-start the investigation.

"I believe it's a scandal," Singer said."I believe it was part of the test that was done by violent people, to see if the world cares, and the first country not to care was Argentina. And it showed that there is no anger for the death of civilians and it showed that
there is no justice against those who did these crimes," he said.

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-More radically anti-American jibberish from Ebadi. Her anti-Americanism makes the Ayatollahs in Iran look like American patriots.

Shirin Ebadi: US war in Iraq 'cowardly, barbaric'

RIO DE JANEIRO, July 5 (AFP) - The US war in Iraq is "lawless, cowardly and barbaric" 2003 Nobel Peace Prize winner, Iranian lawyer Shirin Ebadi, said in an interview published Monday.

"The Iraqis have no water nor electricity in the cities," she told Brazil's O Globo newspaper."But oil continues to flow as never before.

"If the United States really had the goal of protecting Iraq's democracy, it would have done something else," the Iranian lawyer said.

The human rights defender recalled that Iraq had launched a seven-year war on Iran."At that time, Saddam (Hussein, the ousted Iraqi leader) was a great friend of the United States. He purchased chemical weapons from the United States," she said.

"The most interesting thing is that the United States attacked Iraq on the pretext of searching for the arsenal, as though they had nothing to do with it.

"They have not found chemical weapons. They have begun to justify the invasion with the desire to bring democracy.""The United States forgot that it is impossible to send the message of democracy at the same time as a bomb," she told the Rio de Janeiro daily.

She also recalled that the first Gulf war, after Iraq invaded Kuwait, was with the authorization of the United Nations."But not now. This is a lawless war that is cowardly and barbaric."

"If the United States invested not even one percent of what it has spent on the war, the Iraqi people themselves would have toppled Saddam Hussein," she said.

Saddam was arraigned on war crimes charges last week and could face the death penalty.However, Ebadi said she is "radically opposed to the death penalty."

"Killing a criminal does not reveal the truth," she said.Ebadi said that the current situation in Iraq will have a chilling effect
on democratic movements in the region.

"Now, anytime someone talks about change and the democratic process in Iraq, people will ask: 'Oh, of course, they want to do what the United States has done in Iraq?'"

15 posted on 07/05/2004 10:43:47 PM PDT by freedom44
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The Real Jimmy Carter

How Our Worst Ex-President Undermines American Foreign Policy, Coddles Dictators, and Created the Party of Clinton and Kerry
by Steven F. Hayward
Regnery, 272 pp., $27.95

DURING THE FUNERAL CEREMONIES for President Reagan, few people mentioned the fortieth president without paying tribute to the job he did in dispelling the national mood that he met at the start of his mission: the enervation and horror, the malaise and bad feeling, the gloom and despair. The person most representative of this mood was carefully not mentioned: James Earl Carter. What was also not mentioned was that Carter was key to the legend of Reagan, symbolizing the darkness in which Reagan shone brighter, the ashes from which he would rise.

Carter is surely one of the worst failures in the history of the American presidency, but he is a failure of a special sort: He did not overreach, as did Lyndon Johnson, or seek to deceive, as did Richard Nixon. Rather, like Herbert Hoover, he seems a well-meaning sort overcome by reality. But while Hoover was blindsided by the depression, Carter failed on a broad range of matters and faced few crises he didn't first bring on himself. Most presidents, even the good ones (sometimes especially even the good ones) leave behind a mixed record of big wins and big errors, but with Carter, the darkness seems everywhere: He is all Bay of Pigs and no Missile Crisis, all Iran-contra and no "Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall."

PBS, whose American Experience series on the presidents has done some fascinating things with such novelistic lives as those of Reagan, Kennedy, Nixon, Johnson, and both the Roosevelts, seemed (in a two-part series first aired two years ago and now reappearing) at a loss for how to handle this long dirge-like story, and, to its credit, the program did not flinch from portraying his actual presidency as the total disaster it was. In the end, however, it made a stab in the direction of uplift by portraying his post-presidency as a heart-warming success, the tale of a man who turned defeat in the cruel world of power into a lifetime of unselfish service.

This is the conceit ripped into shreds by Steven F. Hayward in his new book, The Real Jimmy Carter, which maintains that in his current carnation Carter is as wrongheaded and hapless as ever, that he has learned nothing at all from his-tory, and, in his new guise as a globe-trotting statesman, is reprising his role as a bringer of chaos, this time on the stage of the world.

Using a process of selective exclusion, PBS gives Carter credit for hammering away at Habitat for Humanity and raising money to fight diseases in Africa. Hayward concedes this, but then paints a less pleasant picture: Carter the ex-president has been more destructive than Carter the president, and, if possible, still more annoying, undermining later presidents with the ruthless ambition that marked his career.

Carter began, in the contentious post-civil-rights era in the deep South, by beating Carl Sanders in the 1970 race for governor of Georgia, by running as a segregationist, at least by implication: portraying himself as a "redneck" and cultivating the endorsement of Lester Maddox. Once elected, he used his inaugural speech to stun both the state and the nation by declaring that the time for segregation was over, and disowning, in effect, his prior campaign. It may have distressed his original voters (whom he no longer needed), but it was a huge hit with the national press, which may have been his target, and overnight it made him a red-hot political property. Time magazine, which had planned a general story on the new class of southern governors, suddenly came out instead with a story on Carter--with a cover that made him resemble John Kennedy.

Hayward credits Carter with transforming the way men now run for president (he was the man who gave us the Iowa caucus) and with perfecting the role of the outsider-insurgent which since then has dominated national politics. Before Carter was elected, presidential contenders had been creatures of Washington: Nixon, Kennedy, Johnson, Goldwater, McGovern, and Humphrey all had been senators, and Ford was a longtime House fixture. Three of Carter's successors--Reagan, Clinton, and the current Bush--were instead governors who ran against Washington (while, of course, longing to get there).

CARTER ALSO HAD THE SENSE to craft himself a profile as a religious, moral, culturally conservative moderate. He suggested that welfare should be connected to a work incentive, that power in some ways should be decentralized, and that people should take more responsibility for their own lives. "Reagan could hardly have put it differently," Hayward tells us, and sometimes he didn't. Both Carter and Reagan began their campaigns by quoting the same verse from the Bible.

If Carter had governed with the skill he campaigned, PBS might have had yet another inspiring story. Alas, he did not. Frequently, the ability to run a successful campaign presages some talents at governing, but Carter would prove a catastrophe. As party leader, he inspired both a challenge from the left by Ted Kennedy and a revolt from the right among Scoop Jackson Democrats, who in 1980 would find a soulmate in Reagan and a permanent home in the Republican party. "I never understood how Carter's political mind worked," his vice president remarked. "Everything [Carter] touches turns to ashes," the New Republic added.

As a domestic manager, his crowning achievement was to take the old liberal creed of big government and hitch it to the new liberal creed of "limits to growth" and create incoherence. "We have learned that 'more' is not necessarily 'better,' and that even our great nation has its recognized limits," he scolded, taking on two hundred years of the American temperament. Thus he tried to damp down the consumption machine that drives the economy, while balking at the tax cuts that might have spurred on investment. The result was stagflation, a condition economists had once thought impossible, of soaring inflation and no growth in jobs. Interest rates soared, and Carter's approval ratings sank into the thirties. For this he blamed the American people, for being too immature to realize the good times were over for good.

Carter the candidate owed at least some of his votes to his prior career as a career naval officer, where he was a disciple of Admiral Hyman Rickover, a notoriously hard-edged military martinet who made Donald Rumsfeld seem cuddly. Once in office, however, the ex-naval officer infused the office with liberal guilt. Gerald Ford may have lost the election in the one debate in which he insisted the Soviet Union no longer controlled Poland, but Carter behaved as if this were truly the case. In an address at Notre Dame on May 22, 1977, he denounced the "inordinate fear of communism" that had produced the containment theory that had kept the peace for three decades. In his first month in office he announced his intention to withdraw nuclear weapons and ground troops from South Korea, cut six billion dollars from the defense budget, cancel development of the Trident nuclear submarine, and defer construction of the neutron bomb.

All of these proposals were made unilaterally, with no effort to induce concessions by the other side. Cyrus Vance, Carter's first secretary of state, was described by Democrat Morris Abrams as the closest thing to a pure pacifist since William Jennings Bryan, and by Defense Secretary Harold Brown as a man who believed the use of force was always mistaken. Paul Warnke, Carter's chief arms-control negotiator, held views described by George Will as "engagingly childlike"--believing that if we disarmed, the Soviet Union would follow us. Early on, the centrist Committee for a Democratic Majority sent Carter a list of moderates, Jeane Kirkpatrick among them, for consideration for appointment for foreign policy posts. Of fifty-three names, just one was appointed, to a minor trade post.

EVEN CARTER'S MUCH VAUNTED human-rights effort, which gave some people hope he would use it as a moral weapon against the Soviet Union, quickly lost much of its power and luster when it became evident that he intended to use it less against Communists than against the more marginal despots in the non-Communist orbit. Thus he embraced Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev at the 1979 arms-control summit and assured an assemblage of East Europeans that "the old ideological labels have lost their meaning," even as they remained under the Soviet boot. In Carter's State Department, the Sandinistas were thought to be moderates and the Ayatollah Khomeini a saintlike figure surrounded by "moderate, progressive individuals" with a notable "concern for human rights."

Carter's meddling in Central America led to a civil war that killed 40,000 people, left 100,000 homeless, and installed a Soviet-supported totalitarian government that for ten years was a source of unrest in the region. On November 4, 1979, a group of Khomeini's progressive moderates stormed the embassy in Tehran and held Americans hostage for the next fourteen months. The regime that replaced the disposed shah became a major backer of the fundamentalist terrorist movement. As a reward for his efforts to wind down the arms race, the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan--astounding the president, who nonetheless told a group of moderate Democrats that current events would do nothing to alter his policies. Carter had done more in three years to weaken the country and destabilize the world than all the other presidents since the Cold War had started. It was Senator Moynihan who gave him his epitaph: "Unable to distinguish between our friends and our enemies, he has adopted our enemies' view of the world."

Carter kept breaking haplessness records, at the rate of one every two or three months. In April 1980, an attempt to rescue the hostages ended when three of eight helicopters developed mechanical problems, one killing eight soldiers when it crashed. An Israeli officer delivered the verdict: "the planning and execution were too incompetent to believe." In June, Carter's failures in the Middle East and in economic and energy policies coalesced in a gasoline shortage that caused long lines and panic at the pumps. There was a two-day riot at a Pennsylvania gas station; over the July 4 weekend, 90 percent of the stations in the New York City area were closed.

CARTER FLEW OFF to an energy summit where he found no relief and came back to the classic Carterian moment: the flight to Camp David, followed by the purge of the cabinet and the world-famous speech on "malaise." Among the millions who were less than impressed was Ronald Reagan, then running against him. Vice President Mondale, who was so enraged he considered resigning, warned Carter: "You can't castigate the American people, or they will turn you off once and for all." And so they did. No one was surprised when Carter was attacked by a "killer rabbit" in Georgia, or when Reagan finished him off in November in a landslide so sweeping that the networks announced it only minutes after the first polls had closed.

Herbert Hoover accepted the verdict of history when he lost in 1932 to Franklin Roosevelt, keeping a profile so low he was all but invisible. Carter instead reacted as if he had retired by choice with the thanks of the nation. He did some good work for general charities, and he was useful at least twice in his international forays: in Panama in 1986 when he faced Noreiga, and unexpectedly in 2002 in Cuba when he went against type to tell Castro off. He also acquired a lengthy record of criticizing, weakening, and undercutting a series of American presidents.

He publicly attacked Reagan's morals and competence. In 1990 and 1991, as George Bush was assembling the Gulf War coalition, Carter wrote secretly to Margaret Thatcher, François Mitterand, Mikhail Gorbachev, and a dozen others, asking the U.N. Security Council not to back Bush. (Bush only found out what had happened when a stunned Brian Mulroney called Dick Cheney up to complain.) Bill Clinton soured on the ex-president after Carter's trip in 1994 to North Korea, in which he publicly embraced the dictator Kim Il Sung and negotiated a wholly worthless treaty banning production of nuclear weapons, which that country proceeded to break.

Carter of course made the same vehement objections to George W. Bush's war on terror as he had made to his father's war in the Gulf ten years earlier, going so far as to happily accept an award from the Nobel Prize committee that was given to him solely for the purpose of giving a black eye to America. "It should be interpreted as a criticism of the line that the current administration has taken," the Nobel committee chairman said helpfully, "a kick in the leg to all those that follow the same line as the U.S." Carter's "Lone Ranger work has taken him dangerously close to the neighborhood of what we used to call treason," Lance Morrow wrote in Time. As Hayward notes, Carter's successors have done far more than he did for human rights and for the nation's security. Iran and Nicaragua, the twin targets of his attention as president, turned on his watch into hell holes. And we can safely say that had he been reelected, or had his way afterward, the Soviet Union might still be in existence, and the oil fields of Kuwait and possibly Saudi Arabia might be in the hands of Iraq.

Nonetheless, Carter is a historic figure, one of the hinges on which history swings. No man has done more than he to create and empower the modern Republican party, which, when he became president, seemed down for the count. If he had been the man he seemed when he was running for president--an integrationist but a social conservative, a small businessman and ex-naval officer, a Rickover protégé with a keen sense of power--he might have recreated the party of Truman and Kennedy. As it was, his incompetence and his blundering, coming after McGovern's extremism and the implosions of Humphrey and Johnson, was the last straw for a great many Democrats, who decided the chances they were willing to give to their party had more or less run their course. Under his goading, millions who had never believed they could vote for a Republican president crossed over to vote for an ex-movie actor.

Some would later cross back, but they were never anchored quite so securely as they had been, and they remained available to a plausible Republican candidate as they had not been before. The end of the Democrats as the national majority begins with Carter--as does the end of liberalism as the national creed. A lot has been written about the maturation of the conservative movement from Goldwater to the present day, but this of course is only one half of the story. It was not enough for the Republicans to become more poised and accessible. The Democrats had to collapse, freeing millions of voters to look at an alternative. No one symbolized this collapse more than did Jimmy Carter, victim of rabbits and America's muse of malaise.

Noemie Emery is a contributing editor to The Weekly Standard.

16 posted on 07/06/2004 12:01:02 AM PDT by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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Analysis: Iran ignored at Saddam's trial?

By Modher Amin
Published 7/5/2004 6:48 PM

TEHRAN, Iran, July 5 (UPI) -- Iranians are indignant at the Iraqi court's failure to include the 1980 attack on Iran and the use of chemical weapons on its fighters as the charges read out during Saddam's Hussein's court appearance last Thursday.

Tehran said Sunday it was drawing its own list of charges against the ousted leader for crimes relating to the 1980-1988 Iran-Iraq war, during which close to a million people -- mostly Iranians -- were killed.

"One of the crimes of Saddam Hussein is the attack of Iran, the death of Iranians, and the use of chemical weapons in Halabja (within Iraq) and other places (in Iran) during the war," Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman, Hamid Reza Asefi, told reporters. "Iran will definitely file a complaint with the Iraqi court."

Preliminary charges against Saddam Hussein cover invasion of Kuwait in 1990, crushing Kurdish and Shiite revolts after the 1991 Persian Gulf war, ethnic cleansing of Kurds in 1987-1988, gassing Kurds in Halabja in 1988, killing religious leaders in 1974 and killing of political activists over three decades.

"We have asked the Iraqis to explain why the attack on Iran did not feature among the charges against him, even though the judge said it would be addressed at a later date," Asefi said.

The trial of the 67-year-old Saddam has provoked anger among other Iranian officials, who described Saddam as a war criminal, having committed atrocities beyond the borders of his country.

The officials also called for the transparency of the trial, with some urging the case to be referred to the Hague, to, apparently, obtain international recognition of the "crimes committed."

Addressing an open session of the new conservative-held parliament on Sunday, Speaker Gholam-Ali Haddad Adel denounced the trial as "American."

"The Iraqi attack on Iran was the most important chapter in Saddam's dossier," he said. "The prosecution will have to reveal if they really intend to prosecute him for his crimes or if this will be a show trial."

On Friday, the influential former president, Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, said Saddam's trial should be totally public, accusing, at the same time, the United States of imposing censorship.

"Saddam's extraordinary crimes must be exposed but from the first words pronounced by Saddam, the Americans imposed censorship and broadcast only what they wanted," Rafsanjani told worshippers at the weekly prayers in Tehran.

Rafsanjani called on all Iranian authorities to press charges against Saddam for using chemical weapons on Iranian soldiers and civilians within the country during the eight-year war between the two nations.

"We faced severe chemical attacks at the beginning of the war when world powers were giving Saddam the green light to do anything to prevent Iran from winning," he said.

Rafsanjani, head of Iran's top political arbitration body -- the Expediency Council -- and still one of the clerical regime's most powerful figures, condemned the absence of the Iran-Iraq war from the main charges leveled against the deposed Iraqi dictator.

"Why is the war against Kuwait, which only lasted several months, among the major charges while the war against Iran, which lasted eight years, is omitted?" he asked, casting doubt on the self-reliance of the Iraqi court.

"If the Iraqi court refuses to include (Saddam's responsibility) in the unleashing of the war against Iran, it means it is on an order from the Americans," Said Rafsanjani, adding that 100,000 Iranians suffered from Iraqi chemical weapons. Iranian officials put the annual cost of treatment alone of the chemically injured victims at $20m.

Once the war ended in 1988, peace negotiations between Iran and Iraq got underway in the U.N. premises in Geneva. Iran's attempts, however, to receive compensation for war damages, which Tehran puts at $1,000 billion, has so far failed.

Tehran says its call for reparations was partially approved by the former U.N. Secretary-General Javier Perez de Cuellar in 1990, who later on December 9, 1991, declared Iraq as the initiator of the war. But, Saddam's Iraq insisted it was Iran that provoked the war with border shelling and skirmishes, as well as by threatening to export the late Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini's Islamic revolution of 1979.

A U.N. fact-finding mission confirmed the use of banned weapons by the Iraqi regime against Iranian troops in a trip they made to Iran in March 1984.

"The specialists unanimously concluded that chemical weapons in the form of aerial bombs had been used in the areas they inspected ... and that the type of chemical agents used were ... mustard gas, and ... a nerve agent known as Tabun," read the 1984 U.N. Yearbook.

It remains uncertain, however, if such agents were developed inside the country or supplied to Iraq by external sources. But Iran believes the U.S. and other Western governments provided Saddam with equipment that helped him use chemical weapons against the Islamic republic.

In its Editorial on Monday, the pro-reform English-language Iran News daily, stresses the prosecution of Saddam for what it calls "unspeakable atrocities against Iran," but, at the same time, criticizes Iranian foreign policy for failing to pursue a strong, effective diplomacy in securing war reparations.

"... Not all fault should lay with the new Iraqi government for this gross oversight of justice (absence of Iran-Iraq war from the charges brought against Saddam Hussein)," it said.

"U.N. Resolution 598 (by which Iran agreed to a cease-fire) expressly stated that Iran was entitled to billions of dollars worth of war damages but our foreign ministry officials were indecisive and not as resolute as needed to secure payment."

The paper compared Iranian situation with that of Kuwait, asking: "Notwithstanding that having U.S. support is a plus, why couldn't we get the kind of deal Kuwait secured?"

After the 1991 Persian Gulf war, the Iraqi regime was ordered to pay $48 billion worth of war reparations. Reports say that Kuwait has already received $18 billion of that money and the U.N. has obtained a guarantee from Iraq's new interim government whereby 5 percent of all Iraqi oil proceeds would be set aside for Kuwait.

"It is high time for Iran's foreign ministry to once again get the ball rolling on Resolution 598," the paper concluded. "In fact, the first step should be a thorough review of the Resolution by our seasoned diplomats and legal experts toward reviving and recovering our long-overdue rights."

17 posted on 07/06/2004 12:09:19 AM PDT by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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The Movement's Call for the Commemoration of the July 1999 Students Uprising

SMCCDI (Public Statement)
Jul 6, 2004

We commemorate and honor the anniversary of July 1999 uprising for freedom and justice

Honorable and freedom loving nation of Iran,

Once again the anniversary of the students' epic uprising of 8-13 July 1999, which bore the message of your oppressed and deprived nation's rightful demands and desires, arrives with its splendid and proud heritage.

It was five years ago during such days that thousands of university students, meaning your own children, aiming to restore your legitimate demands, spilled into the streets and chanted loud the slogans of justice and freedom. They did that after the barbaric attack of the Islamic Republic's oppressive forces on their dormitories which resulted in the death and injury of several progressive and intellectual children of our homeland. Surprised by the dimensions of such unprecedented popular reaction, the heads of the Religionist-Mafia oligarchic regime were undoubtedly in a state of paralysis. But after five days of silence, after Khatami called the same very students who catapulted him to electoral victory in 1997 a "bunch of hoodligans and ruffians," after recognizing that the masses unaware of the students' demands were failing in their support, they got their wits about themselves and seized on the opportunity and began their bloody and widespread systematic crack down.

Yes, that heroic five day student revolt didn't only help to gradually remove the disguise of kindness and lawfulness from the ugly face of the totality of the anti-national, anti-constituent Islamic regime. It also became an intellectual platform for the deprived and oppressed masses of Iran. It revealed the fallacy and contradictory nature of the oxymoronic term "Islamic Democracy." And finally it initiated propagation of belief in possibility of a democratic and secular revolution through national solidarity and unity. It led the way for teachers, workers, farmers and nurses protests in one direction, and in another, announcement of solidarity by the Iranians with the bereaved Americans in the aftermath of the 9/11 tragedy and denouncement of terrorism, soccer game protest movements, nightly anti-regime activities of June 2003, and massive boycotts of the regime's made-for-TV protests and sham elections.

On the international level, the students uprising succeeded in getting the attention of the world and making the world and particularly the United States of America (USA) aware of how much the Iranians were for peace and humanity and how very much they hated the government of the mullahs. Therefore, it isn't without reason that the presidency of the United States, Mr. George W. Bush, has time and again expressed the moral and diplomatic support of his government for Iranians in their quest for freedom and the political structure of their liking, and is taking steps towards observance of human rights in Iran.

And now, in such time that the shaky government of Islamic Republic, faced with disastrous internal and international situations, is futilely trying to prevent its collapse by announcing official ban on any student or popular gatherings and increasing its campaign of fear and intimidation in hopes to prevent commemoration of the historic 8th of July, and while hundreds of students and activists are still languishing in the governments dungeons and torture chambers as governments plundering of our national resources and their crimes continue, and as its agents of oppression like General Talaii ask the students to "forget" about the unforgettable historic 8th of July, you noble and free nation must rise in support of your children and deliver another heavy blow into the mouths of the oppressors!

In this venue and per its historic mission, once again in the run up to the momentous anniversary of the 8th of July, the "Student Movement Coordination Committee for Democracy in Iran" (SMCCDI), as it remembers those who have given their lives in the student movement and expresses its sincerest gratitude to those students who have been hurt or captured by the regime's henchmen, hereby congratulates all Iranians for arrival of the anniversary of this gallant revolt.

This committee, believes that commemorating and honoring such a day is another opportunity for expanding the scope of the civil disobedience and solidarity of Iranians in their fight for freedom, another chance for delivering a decisive blow to the decaying body of the Islamic regime, and an occasion for sending a clear message to certain profiteering European governments to abandon at once their financial and political support of the government of Mullahs.

Therefore, all students and teachers and every individual in the nation is invited to express their support of the progressive and valiant children of Iran and their own deep seated desires by their massive and peaceful presence around the universities from 12:30 PM; And in all of the public squares and main streets of the cities from 7 PM on Thursday 8 July 2004, and if possible chant such slogans as:


Also it is being requested from all those compatriots who may not be, due to physical or age or other limitations, able to attend the gatherings, just as in the years past, at 10:30 PM on Thursday 8th July, after turning off all the lights in the house, to go up on the roofs and chant slogans and make a ruckus by any means possible. Last but not least, cooperation of individuals who may be in cars or other motorized transportation means in those hours by sounding horns and slowing traffic can definitely be a great help to the protestors and it will slow down reaction and cause the confusion of the government forces.

Be it that on the 8th of July we roar for freedom and justice.

Long live freedom!
Long live secularism!
Established be democracy!

Tehran, July 6, 2004 (16th Tir 1383)

The "Student Movement Coordination Committee for Democracy in Iran" (SMCCDI)

18 posted on 07/06/2004 12:12:26 AM PDT by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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Aghajari who lost a leg during the Iran-Iraq war, is led by a security official to his trial in Tehran July 5, 2004
19 posted on 07/06/2004 12:58:04 AM PDT by freedom44
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A riot policeman looks disapprovingly at a woman whose scarf does not fully cover her hair as he monitors traffic on a Tehran intersection, July 4, 2004 [anniversary feature]. Iran's conservative establishment was showing its strength ahead of the anniversary of violent 1999 student unrest by deploying thousands of troops to the streets, student leaders said on Monday [related photo]. REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl
20 posted on 07/06/2004 1:00:58 AM PDT by freedom44
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A riot policeman looks disapprovingly at a woman whose scarf does not fully cover her hair

As Khatami has pointed out, a woman's hair emits dangerous radiation that drives men mad.

And Jean Kerry will restore relations with that enlightened regime.

21 posted on 07/06/2004 1:23:20 AM PDT by PhilDragoo (Hitlery: das Butch von Buchenvald)
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22 posted on 07/06/2004 3:01:23 AM PDT by windchime (Podesta about Bush: "He's got four years to try to undo all the stuff we've done." (TIME-1/22/01))
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My suggestion, is to have several Iranians testify on behalf of Iranian people. The Iraqis can screen them ahead of time. They will be witnesses only. This way, the regime doesn't send lawyers or their own reps, but the Iranian people can still be heard.

23 posted on 07/06/2004 7:20:58 AM PDT by nuconvert ( "Let Freedom Reign !" ) ( Azadi baraye Iran)
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"Unlike what the leaders of the Islamic Republic like to portray secularists are no atheists. A secular Muslim woman or a man could be a staunch secularist while observing her/his religion in the privacy of their home."

"This generation demands total transparency, freedom of expression followed by all social liberties thinkable to mankind."

" Establishment of democracy and secularism through a national referendum is the only solution we see for the future of our country. Today is the last chance for those who want to be with the people of Iran."


24 posted on 07/06/2004 7:37:23 AM PDT by nuconvert ( "Let Freedom Reign !" ) ( Azadi baraye Iran)
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Iran Police Deploy for Traffic; Students See Threat

Tue Jul 6, 2004 05:00 AM ET
By Parisa Hafezi

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iranian riot police have lined the streets of the capital, Tehran, to crack down on chaotic traffic but students see a show of strength ahead of this week's anniversary of unrest in 1999.

July 8 is a time of tension as students mark the pro-reform protests that turned violent after attacks by hardline militia killed at least one person inside a university dormitory.

"Special police forces are helping the traffic police to restore order and enforce traffic laws," the official IRNA news agency quoted police chief Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf as saying.

"The plan has helped the flow of traffic in major cities, especially in Tehran," deputy police chief Mohsen Ansari told IRNA. With some 22,000 deaths on Iranian roads each year, few doubt something needs to be done.

But others were less than reassured by the special police units in camouflage paramilitary uniforms dangling batons and pepper spray at junctions around Tehran.

Student leader Abdollah Momeni told Reuters the presence of special police forces created "a menacing atmosphere to prevent student protests."

Since the 1999 pro-reform protests, the student movement has been severely weakened by the arrest and imprisonment of many of its leaders. Students said they doubted any protests would take place this year in Tehran.

President Mohammad Khatami has been sidelined by powerful conservatives and retains little of the popularity that swept him to office in 1997 due to his failure to stand up to hard-liners.

Since April, new traffic rules have banned sharing a front seat, using a cell phone or smoking while driving, and made the use of seat belts mandatory.

But student leader Matin Meshkini said riot police were put in the streets several months ahead of the student anniversary to conceal their real motive.

"They wanted to show that no special forces were brought to the streets just because of the anniversary," he said.

Some analysts said the conservatives, who won parliamentary elections in February, are on course to complete their political comeback in presidential elections in mid-2005.

"By using troops they want to show people that they were able of doing everything including solving the traffic issue," said Saeed Leylaz, a political analyst.

A European diplomat in Tehran called the display of special forces a show of strength by conservatives.

"There has to be a worry that it is part of something more significant," the diplomat said.

Some analysts said the conservatives wanted to militarise the atmosphere and said troops could stay on the streets after July 8, to strengthen conservatives grip on authority.

"They want to display their power by using force and reminding people that they are ready to use force," said an analyst who asked not to be named.

But many Iranians say that whatever the motif for deploying the riot police, they have solved Tehran's traffic problem and cut pollution.

"Although watchful presence of police is scary, the traffic is much better than before," said Hassan, 45, a taxi driver.

25 posted on 07/06/2004 8:25:56 AM PDT by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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Iran Police Deploy for Traffic; Students See Threat

Tue Jul 6, 2004 05:00 AM ET
By Parisa Hafezi

26 posted on 07/06/2004 8:51:18 AM PDT by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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Iranian Airliner Opens Direct Flight to Birmingham, UK

Jul 4, 2004, 08:36

Iranian Mahan Airlines launched its first direct flight from Tehran to Birmingham on Friday. The airliner, with 70 passengers and 10 crew on board, landed at Birmingham international airport, northwest of London, at 17:30 local time.

Iranian diplomats and embassy staff along with a number of officials from Britain-based foreign airlines and a representative of the Muslim community were present in a ceremony held on the occasion of the Mahan Airlines first flight to Birmingham.

Regional director of the Iranian airline in Britain Ali-Reza Moqimi expressed hope the number of Mahan Airlines weekly flights between the two cities would increase to three in the near future.

At present, Mahan Airlines carries two weekly flights to Birmingham on Fridays and Saturdays and the return flights take place every Friday and Saturday afternoon, Birmingham time.

Moqimi said launching direct flight between Tehran and Birmingham is aimed at solving the existing problems of Iranian businessmen and tourists residing in the central and northern cities of Britain who are willing to travel to Iran. He added the flights are carried by Airbus planes in the economic and business classes.

Having made direct flights from Tehran to Bangkok, New Delhi, Dubai and Duseldrof, Mahan Airlines is going to launch direct line from Manila, the Philippines, to Tehran in the near future, Moqimi concluded.

27 posted on 07/06/2004 8:54:57 AM PDT by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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Dead bodies in South Kensington plan sparks fresh Iran, Britain spat

TEHRAN, July 6 (AFP) - A Iranian plan to bury the remains of some of its war dead in its embassy in one of London's most swanky neighbourhoods has sparked yet another row with Britain, an official told AFP Tuesday.

Iran's Sacred Defence Preservation Foundation -- the body that guards the memory of soldiers who died in the 1980-88 war with Iraq -- told AFP that it was trying to send a number of "unknown martyrs" for burial at the Islamic republic's mission in South Kensington.

"Iranians across Europe told us that they wanted to commemorate those who defended Iran, and they wanted a place to go on Sundays," explained Daoud Ghiasirad, head of public relations for the foundation.

"But the British have refused," he complained, describing this as "unfair" given that a British diplomatic residential compound in Tehran contain the graves of British troops who died in Iran during the two World Wars.

"We have every right to do the same under international law and customs," Ghiasirad asserted.The British embassy here said it was unaware of such a request having been made, let alone rejected, but nevertheless said the idea of having Iranian corpses sent over to London in Iran's diplomat baggage for burial was "not something that is very customary".

"As far as we know, no official request has been made. If there is a request, it will be forwarded to the relevant local authorities," a British diplomat told AFP.

He also pointed out that the hundreds of British and Commonwealth troops buried in a British compound here had merely "been laid to rest in the country where they fell".

Close to a million people -- most of them Iranians -- died in the Iran-Iraq war, and the remains of identified soldiers are still being dug up today. As recently as a week ago, some 200 bodies were recovered from the border area with Iraq.

The remains of unknown soldiers are buried in special cemeteries across the Islamic republic, and even in locations such as universities, parks and government buildings.

Britain and Iran have recently suffered a fresh downturn in their relations.Last month eight British soldiers were detained for three days and paraded blindfold on television after allegedly straying into Iranian territorial waters along the Shatt al-Arab waterway which demarcates Iran's border with British-occupied southern Iraq.

Britain has complained that the troops were forced into Iranian waters, and is demanding the hardline Revolutionary Guards also return the unit's three boats and equipment.

Also last month, British was the co-sponsor of a resolution passed at the UN's International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) that criticised Iran for failing to show full transparency over its suspect nuclear programme.

Iran's diplomacy with Britain is also no stranger to hiccups.In the early 1980s, the road behind the British embassy in Tehran was
renamed from "Winston Churchill" to "Bobby Sands Street", in honour of the late IRA hungerstriker. Iran continues to turn down polite and discreet British requests change the name back.

The British embassy here has also more recently been pelted with rocks and home-made bombs during protests against the US-led occupation of Iraq and the Iraqi prisoner abuse scandal.

28 posted on 07/06/2004 8:56:28 AM PDT by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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Tehran's Contemptuous Response

July 06, 2004
The Washington Times
Editorials / Op-Ed

The latest rebuke from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) last month has done nothing to alter Iran's continuing pursuit of an illicit nuclear weapons program. If anything, it appears to have intensified the regime's defiant response to the concerns of the United States and its European allies.

Tehran announced last week that it will resume building centrifuges — a sure sign of its determination to go forward with its atomic-weapons program. During a visit to Mexico on Wednesday, Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi declared that Iran has a legitimate right to produce these nuclear components. The issue is but the latest example of Tehran's acting in bad faith.

Last fall, Iran reached an agreement with Britain, France and Germany to suspend its uranium processing and enrichment activities. But in January, the regime brazenly announced it was building centrifuges — wrongly asserting that the agreement didn't apply to them. Then, on April 9, Iran promised to suspend production of centrifuge parts. But, as the IAEA reported last month, Tehran decided to apply the suspension only to three state-run facilities (while centrifuge work continued at three private companies). Instead of rectifying the situation by stopping the illicit activity, Iran effectively is telling the IAEA that it will do whatever it pleases.

Mr. Kharrazi's statements are illustrative of Tehran's long-standing approach to international concern about its nuclear-weapons program: Cheat for as long as possible. When caught in the act, promise to reform. When caught breaking this promise, act defiantly and tell the international community to get lost.

This sort of behavior has been going on in one form or another for decades. In November, the IAEA issued a 30-page report showing how the Islamist regime in Tehran has been deceiving the world about its nuclear efforts since the mid-1980s.

The effort by the so-called "EU 3" — Britain, France and Germany — to put together a compromise in which Iran ends its effort to develop nuclear weapons is essentially dead. While the United States has taken a somewhat tougher stance, it has shown no stomach for setting a deadline for Iran to comply with its commitments under the international Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. The toughest action that Washington seems prepared to take right now is to try to muster support for a U.N. Security Council resolution denouncing Tehran's noncompliance. That would not occur before September — when the next meeting of the IAEA's governing board will take place.

In House testimony last month, Undersecretary of State for Arms Control John Bolton emphasized the fact that Iran's nuclear program is at the center of a dangerous military-industrial complex. Tehran is forging ahead with nuclear, chemical and biological weapons programs and developing the means to deliver deadly payloads to targets in Western Europe, Israel and Turkey. The question now is whether Washington and its allies have a strategy — beyond moral suasion and the threat of U.N. condemnation — that will stop Iran from making this arsenal more dangerous in the months ahead.

29 posted on 07/06/2004 9:00:49 AM PDT by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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Iran's Suicide Registration Service

July 06, 2004
Nir Boms

Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) are usually associated with humanitarian relief and peaceful advocacy work. As such, it is not everyday that an NGO is in charge of recruiting “suicide volunteers” to dispatch overseas to strike at “world arrogance.”

Yet that was precisely the case at a three-day conference in June sponsored by the Iranian government and its state-financed “Committee for Commemoration of Martyrs of the Global Islamic Movement,” which the mullahs bill as an NGO.

According to the Tehran-based daily Sharq, the conference — which was held in Tehran — provided a forum for volunteers to register their names for suicide attacks. Over 10,000 candidates from around the world reportedly signed on.

The calls to join the “Army of Martyrs” began at mosques across Iran following Friday prayers, after which registration forms were distributed by the tens of thousands at local Islamic universities to prospective male and female suicide attackers.

At the conference — which was held in a government-owned hall — Brigadier General Sardar Salami, Director of Operations for the Revolutionary Guards, delivered a keynote speech titled “Suicide Operations: A Security and Military Strategy Perspective.”

“Sometimes, creating a tactical incident brings about strategic results,” said Salami. “As you see, the explosion of two World Trade Center towers divided history to before and after [Sept. 11]. And with this minor incident, policy of the United States and other world and regional powers changed…”

In an indirect reference to Iran’s nuclear weapons program, Salami added: “The Americans now know that the Muslims with tendencies for suicide missions have acquired new technology and have technological capabilities which have caused more fear for them.”

Another high ranking Revolutionary Guards commander present at the meeting stated: “Since the Committee for Commemoration of Martyrs is an NGO, it does not need to ask for permission of the country’s military institutions if it decides to carry out an operation. Their operations would be similar to those by Palestinians and have nothing to do with the regime in Iran.”

In a speech entitled, “Suicide Operations: The Last Resort,” the conference’s closing speaker, Hassan Abbassi—one of the top officials of the Revolutionary Guards—actually tried to rationalize Iran’s support of terrorism.

Calling terrorism “asymmetric defense,” Abbassi added: “If Muslims create fear in the heathen world, this fear is sacred; it is not terrorism or violence.”

These comments followed ones made by Abbassi in May at the Technical College of Tehran, where he stated: “We have identified some 29 weak points for attacks in the U.S. and in the West. We intend to explode some 6,000 American atomic warheads. We have shared our intelligence with other guerilla groups and we shall utilize them as well…We have contacted the Mexicans and the Argentineans and will work with anyone who has an axe to grind with America.”

This is an unequivocal admission to carrying out state-sponsored terrorist activities inside Iran and abroad. The Iranian regime provides the organization, logistics, funding and recruitment under a front group, in this case an NGO, to ensure plausible deniability while reaping the political windfalls of such operations. In 1979, students calling themselves the “Followers of the Imam [Khomeini] Line,” served the same purpose.

The behavior of high-ranking Iranian officials at the recent “suicide bombers conference” kept with a growing pattern of incendiary behavior by Iran’s ruling regime.

Tehran’s growing meddling in Iraq has come under increasing scrutiny, and the London-based daily Al-Sharq Al-Awsat reports that the recent apprehension of eight British servicemen in the Shatt-al-Arab waterway was due to the fact that Iran wanted to swap them for 40 suicide bomber volunteers that had been arrested at the Iraq/Iran border and handed over to British forces.

Moreover, the most recent report by the International Atomic Energy Agency on Iran’s nuclear program chronicles a long list of deceit, defiance, contradictory accounts and denial of access to some key sites. And new satellite photos reveal that Iran is hastily demolishing some facilities north of Tehran suspected of being a nuclear site before the IAEA has a chance to inspect them.

The mullahs, who are encountering roadblocks in advancing their plans in Iraq and in the area of nuclear weapons, are now resorting to blatant threats and even the use of state-sanctioned terrorism to intimidate their critics and force them into appeasement.

A strong message of support must be delivered by the United States to the courageous Iranians who are bent on unseating the ruling theocratic regime and who serve as our best hope for an Iran free of torture, terror, and WMDs. Only then we will be certain that Iran’s 10,000 candidates of terror will not have a chance to complete their training program.

30 posted on 07/06/2004 9:03:05 AM PDT by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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Iran: Campaign to Recruit Suicide Bombers Spreading

July 02, 2004
BBC Monitoring
BBC Monitoring Middle East

Iranian domestic media and opposition websites have provided new details about Iran's ongoing campaign to recruit suicide bombers and have suggested the campaign is spreading throughout the country. Media have also reported statements by Iran's leaders encouraging the suicide bomber campaign.

On 9 June, the weekly Ya Lesarat , the organ of the Iranian Ansar-e Hizballah [supporters of Hizballah], published an extensive report on the 2 June meeting organized by the General Staff for Glorification of Martyrs of the Global Islamic Campaign to recruit "martyrdom seekers."

According to the weekly, a Majlis deputy from Tehran, Mehdi Kuchekzadeh, spoke on the martyrdom culture and "declared his readiness to become a martyr seeker."

The paper said General Salami, deputy commander of operations at the Islamic Revolution Guard Corps (IRGC) Joint Chiefs of Staff Headquarters, appeared in full military uniform. He declared that the "Global Arrogance [the US and its allies] would come to its knees in the face of martyrdom operations, despite its technological superiority."

Ya Lesarat also reported that "charismatic" speaker Hasan 'Abbasi, the director of the Centre for Doctrinal Studies of Security Across Frontiers, an IRGC Imam Hussein University institution, gave the "most effective" presentation. According to the weekly, 'Abbasi said: "The West needs to know that we cannot stop our youth, and there will remain no security for the Jewish and Christian worlds . . . We will not and cannot stop the disruption of the present order." Before his departure, Dr. 'Abbasi "filled out the form to become a martyr."

Ya Lesarat also reported that IRGC General Sa'id Qasemi and Hojjat ol-Eslam Hamid Sabzevari addressed the gathering. Sabzevari spoke on the "religious basis and justification for seeking martyrdom." In addition, the weekly interviewed Mohammad 'Ali Samadi, an organizer of the campaign, who characterized the campaign as "global" in nature, embracing "all Islamic movements and both Shia and Sunni Muslims," and identified the "US, Israel, and their lackeys" as the targets of the "martyrs."

The 9 June Ya Lesarat also carried an interview with Mrs. Foruz Raja'eifar, the director of the recruitment campaign. A former US Embassy hostage taker, Raja'eifar stressed that "through this event, we are sending a message both to the Islamic world and its enemies." Raja'eifar is the editor of the hardline publication Sobhe-e Dukoheh , directed by the prominent Iranian Hizballah figure Masoud Dehnamaki. Raja'eifar had also expounded on the campaign in a 2 June interview with Hamshahri, the daily of Tehran Municipality. In that interview, she stressed the need to "adopt martyrdom-seeking as a strategic struggle, educate the Iranian youth until it becomes a fundamental cultural movement, and defend its religious and legal basis." She added that martyrs "don't lose anything but gain God's Paradise and eternal joy."

ILNA also carried a report on the 2 June meeting, pointing out that IRGC deputy commander Salami spoke on "martyrdom and military and security strategies," while Hasan 'Abbasi addressed "martyrdom as the last weapon." It also reported the presence of IRGC General Sa'id Qasemi (4 June).

Media Report Campaign Spreading

Since the 2 June meeting, Iranian media and opposition websites have offered further insights into the campaign to recruit suicide bombers. According to the opposition website R ouydad , located at , the General Staff for Glorification of Martyrs of the Global Islamic Campaign issued a statement on 18 June declaring that they are ready to move like "burning arrows targeting the heart of Americans." The statement added that "Iranian Muslim youth have their own special method to respond to the enemy."

The opposition website Peiknet suggested that posters for the campaign, which it said "involves the Basij and Hizballah elements," have been appearing at Shiraz University campus. The posters announce a campaign to recruit bombers by the Basij forces, headed by an individual named Puryazdanparast (, 23 June). The poster reads: "It is a short distance to Karbala" and "registration for martyrdom operations." Pictures of President Bush and Israeli Prime Minister Sharon are featured on the poster.

Opposition websites are carrying the application to register to become a suicide bomber. The application provides options for attacking Coalition forces in Iraq, Israel, and author Salman Rushdi, condemned to death by Imam Khomeyni in 1989 for writing Satanic Verses. The first reference to the General Staff for Glorification of Martyrs of the Global Islamic Campaign was observed in February when, according to the daily Jomhuri-ye Eslami , the group offered a ,000 reward for the "killing of British novelist Salman Rushdi" (16 February).

Leaders Support Suicide Bomber Campaign

Opposition websites have also reported Iranian leadership support for the campaign.

-- The Gooya news website reported that Hashemi-Rafsanjani spoke about "the capacity and preparation of mosques for organizing Kafanpushan [literally shroud wearers, those ready to be martyred]" at the same meeting where a member of the General Staff for Glorification of Martyrs of the Global Islamic Campaign "referred to the Japanese kamikaze during WWII and stressed that they should have targeted the civilians" (, 22 June).

-- The opposition website Peiknet reported on 8 June that Mayor of Tehran Ahmadinejad is one of the principal forces behind the campaign. [In recent weeks, a number of conservative dailies, including Resalat , have been widely promoting Ahmadinejad as the next President of Iran.]

-- Reporting on the suicide bomber recruitment campaign, the Rouydad website wrote that "Mohammad Mohammadi Golpaygani, the chief of staff of Leader Khamene'i, declared at a mosque in the western Province of Ilam that the Leader has soldiers in the four corners of the Earth who are ready to sacrifice their lives for him, and some of them live in the United States" ( , 14 June).

In an unusual move, the 13 June Keyhan , the hardline semi-official daily directed by Hussein Shariatmadari, representative of Leader Khamene'i, carried an unsigned editorial which called for a decisive stance against the West, similar to "Imam Khomeyni's handling of the Salman Rushdi affair." It added, "It is not right to think of defense and ignore operating deep in their land . . . and waging Islamic resistance." The editorial stressed that "we need to make them understand that we can disrupt their security, not necessarily with military action but with Basij [mobilization but also a reference to the Islamic militia in Iran] and concentrated effort . . . we can challenge them deep in their homeland." Encouraging action on the part of the "lovers of Velayat [Leader Khamene'i]," Keyhan urged them to get their cue from "his hints" [eshareh: love-glance] and not wait for his orders and "assignment of duties to the detriment of the religion, nation, and country." [Editorials in Kehyan are usually signed by Hussein Shariatmadari or his deputies.]

Source: Iran press review from BBC Monitoring in English 30 Jun 04

31 posted on 07/06/2004 9:04:42 AM PDT by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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Another 9/11?

July 06, 2004
National Review Online
Victor Davis Hanson

Almost daily we are assured that another attack on the homeland, commensurate with 9/11, is inevitable. What a scary mood of fatalism we are in! Where will it happen? The Olympics? The party conventions this summer? A week before the election? Chicago? L.A.?

Our experts weighed in over the 4th of July weekend and seemed to disagree only over the method of the mass murder to come. Will it be chemical, biological, radiological, or involve hijacked planes, car bombs, or waves of suicide terrorists? We talk endlessly about "they" without ever specifying exactly who "they" really are who are planning to butcher us at home. So in between our summer fare of televised beheadings, Michael Moore's latest pseudomentary, and Alfred Knopf novels about killing George Bush, we sit waiting, waiting, waiting.

While we speculate idly about the nature of the attack to come, and the inability of our homeland-security forces to stop it, very few talk about what we should do post-facto if the promised disaster actually transpires. This is a surprising lapse if one believes an understood response helps in advance to create deterrence.

Is our reluctance to discuss the unmentionable because we think we can do nothing in response — as if there is no culpable nation-state, a toothless CIA can tell us little, we dare not upset fragile gains in Iraq, or that violence only spawns violence? In a world in which Hezbollah promises to help out with peddling Fahrenheit 9/11, the Spanish people are led by the nose by al Qaeda, and Americans lose their heads to cheers in Middle East Internet cafes, have we given the fatal impression that we would grunt a few times, flip the channel, and then do nothing after a repeat of September 11?

And our silence is almost surreal given the standard past American policy in the Cold War of quietly announcing that a Soviet first strike on the United States would result immediately in massive retaliation. We caricature Mutually Assured Destruction today — indeed, it was a frightening Strangelovian concept. Yet in the absence of any better strategy, MAD kept the peace for 50 years and prevented millions of Americans from being incinerated.

So what would the United States do the next time we are hit? Strike who or what — and where, when, and how? The problem with the likes of a supposedly nation-less bin Laden, Zarkawi, or their copy-catters, we are told, is that they are like metastasizing brain tumors whose ganglia are deeply embedded in the surrounding tissue. Surgery or chemotherapy often kills the host as well as the cancer. They and their stealthy patrons both know and count on just that ambiguity and imprecision — as if Americans never operate on malignant brain tumors.

Thus the genius of the jihadists is that they provide psychological rewards on the cheap for millions of miserable in the Arab Street without costs, and in turn thrive on "credible deniability" of their tacit hosts. They smirk that postmodern Western liberality precludes Shermanesque collective punishment against the pre-modern. After all, a Christiane Amanpour can be at the front in 24 hours before a live 60-million-strong global audience to yell to U.S. troops on patrol "Don't step on that child!" — even as her husband advises the Kerry campaign back home. But do they also know that another 9/11 would throw such restrain out the window?

Without the direct aid of an Iran, Syria, and Lebanon, the secret support of rogue elements within the Saudi Arabian, Jordanian, and Pakistani governments, and millions on the Arab Street, the killer cadres simply could not carry out their next large attack. Most Arabs are shocked at the beheadings; but even those who know where the beheaders live and sleep are not so shocked at seeing Westerners sliced and diced to turn the killers in.

Thus on 9/12 we saw Middle East governments like the Saudis (whose 15 citizens spearheaded the murder), the Baathist Iraqis, the Syrians, the Iranians, the Taliban, and the Lebanese all sort of publicly disassociate themselves from the murder — even as many of their populations polled silent approval and their own smirking intelligence services shrugged that some such attack was always inevitable — and perhaps salutary after all given our support for Israel and our intrinsically satanic nature.

What to do? The key for the United States — in very quiet and deferential tones, in private, and to the albeit illegitimate leaders of these relevant countries — is to convey the message that if there should be a repeat of 9/11, the United States will hold any countries responsible who are proved to have aided or sheltered any of the guilty. Now what does that overused and near-meaningless phrase "hold responsible" really mean? A repeat of Afghanistan and Iraq in places like Iran or Syria?

We should be clear about a proper response now and inform the appropriate parties exactly of the real damage that they should expect — and it won't be moral fuzziness about guilt over endemic poverty, ancient support for the shah, past Aramco antics, the misery of the Arab Street, and all the other bottled causes and complaints that the Middle East counts on for its accustomed pass from a supposedly neurotic, decadent, and self-loathing West.

Perhaps it would be best to inform hostile countries right now of a (big) list of their assets — military bases, power plants, communications, and assorted infrastructure — that will be taken out in the aftermath of another attack, a detailed sequence of targets that will be activated when the culpable terrorists' bases and support networks are identified and confirmed. We would have to draft a formal declaration of war — as we should have against the Taliban, bin Laden, and Saddam Hussein — against those countries that harbored or even aided the next 9/11-like cell. Both sides should anticipate the consequences should another 3,000 Americans be incinerated at work.

In real wars of the past, Germans did not study in the U.S. in 1943. Third-Reich reporters did not mingle with Allied journalists. You could not just dial up Mainz or Kobe to chat. Americans did not watch documentaries alleging bloodguilt for B-17 raids. Our ancestors really did sacrifice for total victory. Something like all that is the awful nature of real war that would follow another mass murder here at home — and this presently deluded world right now should shudder at the very thought of it to come, try to prevent it, and stop looking at "war against terror" as some sort of parlor game. Honesty and resoluteness now might just saves lives later on, as the Middle East realized that it had a collective stake in preventing another calamity.

Oilmen would be aghast that we might hit a country that exports petroleum like an Iran. And we should assume that the Arab world, the Europeans, and many of the Michael Moore Left would hope that we simply take another massive attack, "learn" from our disaster, and then through such pain come to "wisdom" about the "futility" of war begetting war.

Yes, another 9/11 would be a watershed event where the tragic choices in responding would entail only "bad" and "much worse." If it were to occur again, then we would have to realize that we had no foolproof ability to stop such mass terror. And if we were to accept that death sentence and do nothing, then we would also accept the sure end of our civilization as we know it. Compared to that scenario, discussing a bleak response right now doesn't seem so stupid. Keeping silent about it does.

— Victor Davis Hanson, an NRO contributor, is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and author of The Soul of Battle and Carnage and Culture, among other books. His website is

32 posted on 07/06/2004 9:05:42 AM PDT by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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Official Launching of New Suicide Terrorist Organization in Iran Promises "Holy Terror"

“The September 11th incident demonstrated that in today’s world, by creating small (!) tactical incidents it is possible to attain strategic results”… “martyrdom operations …are the greatest advantage of Muslims over the superior technology of the global arrogance (the West)”.
General Salami, deputy chief of operations, joint headquarters of the Revolutionary Guards Corps, at the Gathering of Seekers of Martyrdom, Tehran, June 2nd 2004.

“If it is possible to cast terror into the hearts and lives of infidels (those not believing in Allah, Muhammad and foundations of Islam) and the enemies of Islam, which is in fact possible, then this terror is holy terror…Until we destroy Liberal Democracy, there will be no possibility for the Appearance (of the 12th Shiite Imam)”
Hassan Abbassi, President of the “Center for Security Without Borders” and Chief of External National Security Planning for the Revolutionary Guards Corps At the Gathering of Seekers of Martyrdom, Tehran, June 2nd 2004

“In order to eliminate the evil of modern infidelity, the evil of Liberal Democracy, and the evil of Human Rights, we must fight them and wipe them off the face of the earth”
‘Ya Lessarat Al Hussein’ Islamic publication, June 16th 2004, highlighting quotations from the Gathering of Seekers of Martyrdom, Tehran, June 2nd 2004

On Wednesday June 2nd 2004 the Islamic Republic in Iran (IRI) sanctioned the inauguration of a widely advertised and government sanctioned conference of the newly formed organization of worldwide Islamic suicide terrorists named the “Headquarters for Honoring the Martyrs of the Worldwide Islamic Movement” also referred to as “The Gathering of Seekers of Martyrdom”.

According to the Iranian and international news media, representatives of various Islamic terrorist groups and candidates for suicide terrorist attacks from around the world were present at the conference held in Tehran at the ‘Lord of the Martyrs’ Auditorium.

Special registration forms for candidates of suicide attacks had already been distributed in Iran, with the choices of volunteering to attack the occupiers of the holy shrines in Iraq, the holy temple in Jerusalem or Salman Rushdie. Mr. Mohammad Ali Samadi, one of the organizers and the spokesman for the gathering was quoted in “Ya Lessarat” as saying “Last Friday in just three hours we registered 2000 people. We predict that in today’s gathering our numbers will approach ten thousand ...”.

The speeches made during the conference however, pointed to much bigger military and terrorist targets around the world such as the countries of Qatar, Bahrain and Kuwait, even the concepts of democracy and modern science! According to the publication “Ya Lessarat Al Hussein” (Avengers of the Blood of Imam Hussein) of June 9th 2004, General Salami of the Revolutionary Guard Corps said that Globalism is not confined to the sphere of economics and with security becoming Global, so will insecurity which is at this point precisely the most vulnerable dimension of the great powers.

In its June 16th issue, Ya Lessarat quotes Mr.Hassan Abbassi, RGC external security planner, the main speaker at the conference, addressing Western countries as following: “… Yes! We know that oil is the blood that flows through your veins and your civilization is run on Arab oil, which is precisely why the departed Imam (Khomeini) said ‘shut down the oil flow’!

The Supreme Leader (Khamenei) also decreed that ‘if all the Arab countries shut down their oil for one full month, nothing will remain from this science which you think the West has, this freedom, liberalism, democracy and civil society for which the modernists crave’. We are issuing this serious warning” . This Mr. Abbassi is the same official who in May 2004 threatened that 29 locations around the world have been marked for terror attacks including American nuclear warheads.

IRI’s Past and Present Doctrine of International Terror

Mr. Abbassi in his “moving” speech at the suicide terror conference, elaborated on the “Doctrine of Asymmetric Defensive(!) Warfare” which basically means individual or mass suicide operations against a militarily superior force. Abbasi said “We overthrew the Shah’s regime which was armed to the teeth with only empty hands. We conquered the American Embassy with empty hands. Through the Lebanese Hizbullah, without having Israel’s superior weapons, we succeeded in expelling Israel from Southern Lebanon.

Our existing sporadic operations through The (Palestinian) Islamic Jihad and Hamas have until this moment paralyzed Israel”. Today, as such links including IRI-Al Qaedeh connections are being ‘discovered’ and reported daily, the ‘Gathering of Seekers of Martyrdom’ further cements extremist Shiite-Sunni terrorist solidarity ending all the whitewashing efforts of Western appeasers who have tried to absolve the IRI of complicity in many international terrorist attacks on the grounds of Shiite-Sunni religious incompatibility.

Iranians have known for a long time that both during the anti Shah movement of the late 1970s and during the Iran-Iraq war of the 1980s, the Islamic extremist leaders in Iran had sent thousands of children, young men and women to their deaths, in street confrontations as well as mine sweeping operations (walking across minefields) by teenage and pre-teen children, in order to claim victims and “martyrs” for propaganda purposes; now, in a rare admission, Abbassi recounts some of these experiences less known to the world and sometimes deliberately ignored by Western journalists and appeasing politicians. Emphasizing the decades long role of the Islamic republic in spreading terrorism and sacrificing young lives for the IRI ideological and security aims, Mr. Abbassi continued “Basically, the fundamentals of the military and defense doctrine of the Islamic Republic which was successful during the Holy Defense period (Iran-Iraq War) as well as the strategic doctrine which was designed and prepared for the Lebanese Hizbullah, was one of emphasizing the asymmetric (strategy). This defensive (!) doctrine also showed results in Bosnia(!)”

Mr. Mehdi Koochack-Zadeh, a member of the Islamic Assembly (“Parliament”) from Tehran who was the first speaker at the conference, actually volunteered for suicide terrorist operations. Quoting Ayatullah Khomeini,himself having had declared his readiness for “martyrdom” back in 1988, the “Parliament” Member said “the Palestinian youth today, following the above mentioned message of his eminence the Imam (Khomeini), sacrifice themselves for the liberation of the Holy Ghuds by carrying explosives”. In fact, trying to remind everyone of the IRI’s leading role in exporting terrorism, Islamic extremism and suicide operations, the “Ya Lessarat” of May 26th 2004 which carried a full page advertisement for the suicide conference, also printed an interesting article about the history of the IRI involvement in the region.

In the above mentioned article, covering the Revolutionary Guard’s role in Lebanon as far back as 1982, Ayatullah Rafsanjani said “We have weapons and forces there (in Lebanon); initiative and decision making is ours alone; we shall act ourselves and we shall never agree to reconciliation and surrender”. The article also quotes RGC General Haj Ahmad Motavasselian (sometimes referred to as the innocent Iranian diplomat kidnapped by the Israelis in 1982; executed by the Lebanese Phalange militia) regarding IRI military involvement against Israel :“… we shall fight and we believe that we must export the Islamic Revolution to the world … we shall fight with our faith, the army of God fights with its belief (exporting the revolution is called ‘Defensive Strategy’! because any alternative ideology anywhere is considered to be ‘confronting’ Islam). Let the propagandists of Zionist media and the Zionist leaders say that we have come to commit suicide! We shall prove that our blood will liberate the holy Islamic lands from the US imperialists and this corrupt and occupying Zionist Regime … As long as there are those who chant ‘there is no God except Allah’ (Muslims) in the farthest places in the world, those places are our Islamic borders…”

(further testimony to the claimed “defensive” nature of extremist Islamic goals!). Clearly, the IRI has succeeded in preventing any Arab Israeli peace and has exported the idea of suicide terrorism into the Palestinian and Islamic movement in the region.

Suicide Operations, Means Towards Martyrdom Not a Natural Reaction

Mr. Abbasi, reminded the Conference of the all too familiar theme of martyrdom, which from the point of view of suicide volunteers is neither rooted in any “reaction”, “defensive strategy”, “American or Zionist oppression” or other external actions as its causes nor even in territorial expansion as its final goal. The quotations below may serve to familiarize Western readers with the real nature of international Jihadists and refute the usual humanist, nationalist and legalist pretensions of the most dangerous terrorist individuals and governments in history. These educated,super rich and ruthless fanatics, only use Western language in their propaganda to disarm naïve Westerners, use terrorism to intimidate them and thus prepare the grounds for a world wide Jihad and global domination of their extremist ideologies, power for their leaders, paradise and martyrdom for their followers.

Mr. Abbassi describes three kinds of martyrdom: Martyrdom by accident, by necessity when the time comes and martyrdom by choice and initiative. He names a certain martyr of the third kind, named “Fahmideh”, whose act supposedly “laid the foundations for martyrdom operations in the culture of the Holy Defense Campaign (Iran-Iraq war) and the culture of the Islamic Revolution”. Abbassi then offers a 1981 quotation in this regard which according to the organizers of the conference is the Shiite Fatwa (Holy Decree) for suicide operations by Ayatullah Khomeini:

“Do not call me a leader … our leader is that 13 year old child (!) who wears a grenade around himself and goes under the enemy tank (Iraqi tank)”.

Mr. Abbassi then proclaims that “In any case, the important issue is martyrdom, whereas the martyrdom operations are secondary …” which can be interpreted as an admittance that external issues (such as the US attack on Iraq) are NOT the cause but only the opportunity or the excuse for a Jihadist to be martyred, “…All the martyr wants is to eat at the Court of the divine and holy being (Allah) …(Khomeini) decreed that … a nation for whom martyrdom is a desired fate is victorious. It is not important what the result will be. Was the result important for Imam Hussein? (Shiite 2nd Imam, who was militarily defeated at the battle of Karbala perpetuating the idea of martyrdom) … he decreed that ‘if you stand in front of our religion, we shall stand in front of your material world’. Since the modern man does not want anything outside this world and does not understand anything beyond it, if this materialism and world loving entity stands in front of our religion (according to extremists, simply the existence of a different religion or ideology not submissive to Islam, is ‘confronting’ Islam. See footnote 1b, below) we have the means of ruining the material world on top of his head …”.

Abbassi berates the West and even moderate Muslims for not understanding the essence of Martyrdom and informs them that “… history is nothing except human (endeavor) to sacrifice this body for God. Martyrdom has a road called Jihad … Jihad is more important than prayer, than pilgrimage, than fasting”.

Clearly prayer, pilgrimage and fasting are NOT reactions to persecution, real or perceived, but routine and continuous actions and choices; so is Jihad according to Abbassi.“ The martyr says: material belongings must be sacrificed for life, life for honor and all these three, for God”.

Abbassi, clarifies the basis of his military and “defensive” doctrine: “A humanist person (Western man) equips himself with weaponry in order to kill more, but a God-centered person, even though he prepares to neutralize that and also to kill, but he prepares himself mostly to be killed … and his prayer is ‘God! Grant me martyrdom …”

While Abbassi’s philosophical ranting is more geared towards followers and new suicide volunteers, Samadi’s simpler explanation on the other hand, better explains the practical aspects of suicide terrorism from the eyes of those who volunteer to live (!) and reap the benefits of such operations.
Mr. Samadi, one of the organizers of the conference, explains that “… these operations are launched out of desperation (dire necessity) and due to the higher technological advantage of the enemy which denies us the capabilities for classic (military) operations, with the principal aim (of suicide terrorism) of military and morale degradation of the (superior) enemy… these operations are in fact some kind of flaunting of the spirit and determination of the Jihadists and fighters …” .

In accordance with the IRI constitution which obligates the armed pursuit of Jihad all over the world (1) and the ‘sacred’ declarations of Ayatullah Khomeini (2) and other Islamic leaders in Iran as well as the leading traditions of the IRI in re-introducing the ancient Islamic martyrdom concept to the world, the Islamic Republic has launched yet another forum in support of international terrorism and a new organized effort for recruiting suicide terrorists. While certain appeasers in the West have been using their “expertise” and prominent positions to down play IRI’s open threats of Jihad, terrorism and nuclear war, the Islamic Republic has been successfully carrying out massive terrorist campaigns worldwide (US Marine barracks and US Embassy in Lebanon, Jewish centers in Argentina, US targets in Saudi Arabia, Iranian opposition activists in Europe…), triggered regional proxy wars (Lebanese Hizbullah vs. Israel), organized and aided extremist Islamic movements ( in Iraq, Chechnia, Bosnia, Kosovo, Palestine, Pakistan,Afghanistan, Persian Gulf region, and…) and has prevented peace in the Arab Israeli conflict. Therefore, this new and open threat must not be taken lightly or brushed under the rug.

When the powerful Ayatullah Rafsanjani threatened the annihilation of Israel by an atomic bomb, back in December 2001 and declared his willingness to absorb retaliatory nuclear strikes since it would only “cause damage” to the Islamic world (which Rafsanjani is presumably willing to accept on their behalf ! ), he was in fact threatening Israel and the West with a nuclear suicide confrontation scenario. Most of the world reacted to the “moderate” Rafsanjani’s threat with silence and considered it a joke. Today, the US, Israel and even the United Nations have begun taking such threats seriously, being faced with the “newly discovered” possibility of the IRI’s massive efforts towards building nuclear weapons. The IRI’s nuclear defiance,following a one year successful campaign of buying time, emboldened in particular by European appeasement, along with this new threat of suicide bombers is in fact a challenge to the world to choose between two losing options as the instruments of Western defeat and exporting the militant version of IRI Islam all over the world : A nuclear Islamic Republic or “ten thousand” suicide bombers . There must be another choice.


(1) IRI Constitution
a- Introduction, ‘The Form of Government in Islam’: “With regard to the Islamic content of the Iranian Revolution, which has been a movement aimed at the triumph of all oppressed and deprived persons over their oppressors, the Constitution provides the necessary basis for ensuring the continuation of the Revolution at home and abroad. In particular, in the development of external relations, the revolution will strive, in concert with other Islamic and popular movements, to prepare the way for the formation of a single global Umma (Islamic nation/ community)…” .

b- Introduction, ‘An Ideological Army’: “… The army of the Islamic Republic and the Corps of the Guards of the Revolution … will be responsible not only for guarding and preserving the frontiers of the country, but also for fulfilling the ideological mission of Jihad in God’s path; that is extending the sovereignty of God’s law throughout the world. This will be in accordance with the Qur’anic verse ‘Prepare against them whatever force you are able to muster, and horses ready for battle, striking fear into the enemy of God and your enemy, and others beyond them’ (8:60)”.

(2) Ayatullah Khomeini.
a- “…Those who say Islam is NOT a religion of war and that Islam must not kill people, do not understand Islam. The Koran says war! War! Meaning those who follow the Koran must continue the war until evil is taken out from the world. War is a blessing for the whole world and it is a blessing from God for any nation in any environment that it may be. Why do you constantly read the verses about mercy in the Koran and ignore the verses about killing(war)?” Ayatullah Khomeini, Tehran, December 20/21st 1984, on the occasion of ceremonies for the birth of Prophet Muhammad.

b- “We are after killing the corrupt roots of Zionism, Capitalism and Communism in the world. We have decided, with the blessing and grace of God, to destroy the systems built upon these three bases… If we are torn to pieces a thousand times, we shall not stop the fighting against the oppressor…” Ayatullah Khomeini, Tehran, 20/21st July 1988, following the acceptance of the UN resolution on cease fire with Iraq.

c- “Today, East and West know very well that the only force that is able to sweep them from the scene in Islam… Our officials should know that our revolution is not confined to Iran. The revolution of the Iranian people is the starting point of the great revolution of the Islamic world… One more time I am asking the high officials of the Islamic Republic system not to be afraid of any one and any thing except the great God, tighten their belts and refrain from abandoning the struggle and Jihad against corruption and prostitution of the Western capitalism and the nihilism and aggression of Communism. We are still taking our first steps in the global struggle against East and West. Will it be worse than apparently being defeated by world powers (devourers)? Will it be worse than being accused by the world of being violent and backward? … Will it be worse than beloved children of the pure Mohammadan Islam being hanged up on the gallows? Will it be worse than wives and children of Hizbullah being taken captive? Let the mean materialistic world treat us like that, but we shall continue acting according to our Islamic duty …” Ayatullah Khomeini, Tehran, 22/23rd March 1989.

Compiled by the Intelligence Council of the Marze Por Gohar Party, Iranians for a secular republic.

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33 posted on 07/06/2004 9:15:41 AM PDT by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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From our friends at
The complicit fools at Reuters are continuing to spread their pro-Mullah garbage and the same tired tactics of deception. LOOK for yourself and expose them!

Our comments are in

This is the link to the bogus article (EXPOSE THESE FOOLS):;jsessionid=WOWP23QPKURTKCRBAEOCFFA?type=worldNews&storyID=5594368&pageNumber=1

Our comments are in RED!

Iran Police Deploy for Traffic; Students See Threat
These are not police, they are mercenaries who the Mullahs pay big bucks to beat down and smother any demonstration.  The majority of the mercenaries and thugs who do the "heavy lifting" are non-Iranian's who are hired from neighboring countries.

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iranian riot police have lined the streets of the capital, Tehran, to crack down on chaotic traffic but students see a show of strength ahead of this week's anniversary of unrest in 1999.
Riot police?  More like ANTI-FREEDOM thugs!  Crack down on chaotic traffic?  You mean crack down, arrest and kill both STUDENTS and ADULTS who take to the streets in an effort to overthrow the Islamic Tyranny!  Regime thugs are not only deployed in Tehran but all the major cities!

July 8 is a time of tension as students mark the pro-reform protests that turned violent after attacks by hardline militia killed at least one person inside a university dormitory.
"Pro-Reform" protests?  This is the same Pro-Reform lie/angle/deception that the Europeans and many in the media have been pushing for years.  Iranian people are not protesting as PRO-REFORMERS they are protesting as PRO-FREEDOM Iranians!  Killed at least "one person" inside a university dormitory.  Does anyone notice how the writer of this article is twisting words and manipulating for the benefit of the Mullahs?  "One Person"?  Ohh, she means "ONE STUDENT".  Also, more than "one person", I mean "ONE IRANIAN" was murdered - thousands were arrested and tortured.. Thousands still remain in prison cells across Iran today.  Iranian's disapprove/despise the so-called "reformers" as they do the so-called "hard-line" mullahs!

"Special police forces are helping the traffic police to restore order and enforce traffic laws," the official IRNA news agency quoted police chief Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf as saying.
"Special Forces"?  They mean to say "Arab Mercenaries" who are hired from Palestinian region, elsewhere in Middle East - utilizing weapons and tools of repression from Russia/Europe.  "Helping the traffic police to restore order and enforce traffic laws"?  They really mean helping the mullahs, mercenaries and vigilantes repress any uprising and enforce the islamic regime's tyranny which has already been declared illegitmate by the Irnaian people.

"The plan has helped the flow of traffic in major cities, especially in Tehran," deputy police chief Mohsen Ansari told IRNA. With some 22,000 deaths on Iranian roads each year, few doubt something needs to be done.
This article is nothing more than complete PRO-MULLAH propaganda!  Why is REUTERS doing this?  EXPOSE THESE FAKE NEWS AGENCIES!

But others were less than reassured by the special police units in camouflage paramilitary uniforms dangling batons and pepper spray at junctions around Tehran.

Student leader Abdollah Momeni told Reuters the presence of special police forces created "a menacing atmosphere to prevent student protests."

Since the 1999 pro-reform protests, the student movement has been severely weakened by the arrest and imprisonment of many of its leaders. Students said they doubted any protests would take place this year in Tehran.
This is incorrect.  The Movement which is not just "STUDENTS" but "ALL IRANIANS" has increased in strength every single day since the 1999 bloodbath.  Once again, 18 Tir is not about "Pro-Reform" it's about "Pro-Freedom".  THE REFORMERS are puppets or figureheads created by the so-called "Ingenuity" of the Mullahs and their European allies in an effort to keep the Iranian people at bay and quiet so they would have the hope that change will happen through reform.  The reformers have been exposed as mere puppets of the MULLAHS!

President Mohammad Khatami has been sidelined by powerful conservatives and retains little of the popularity that swept him to office in 1997 due to his failure to stand up to hard-liners.
Khatami was never "side-lined" because he never actually came out into the field.  He was always on the "sideline" and he never stood up for the people.  Khatami is the same as Rafsanjani, Khamenei, and all the other fascist CLERICS!  Iranian people demand that they all be removed from Iranian soil immediately!

Since April, new traffic rules have banned sharing a front seat, using a cell phone or smoking while driving, and made the use of seat belts mandatory.
Whatever REUTERS, you incompetent TOOL of the Islamic Republic and all other global tyrannys!

But student leader Matin Meshkini said riot police were put in the streets several months ahead of the student anniversary to conceal their real motive.

"They wanted to show that no special forces were brought to the streets just because of the anniversary," he said.

Some analysts said the conservatives, who won parliamentary elections in February, are on course to complete their political comeback in presidential elections in mid-2005.
These were not elections.. Less than 5% of population voted - and this includes the thousands upon thousand of Iranians from the countryside who were paid and bussed into the cities to vote.  Also - the Army is forced to vote.  On "ELECTION DAY" the STREETS WERE COMPLETELY DEAD - Everyone stayed in doors, but the media failed to relay this informtion.
This was not an election, it was the continued FRAUD and EXPLOITATION by the Mullahs and supported by the Europeans.  ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!

"By using troops they want to show people that they were able of doing everything including solving the traffic issue," said Saeed Leylaz, a political analyst.

A European diplomat in Tehran called the display of special forces a show of strength by conservatives.

"There has to be a worry that it is part of something more significant," the diplomat said.

Some analysts said the conservatives wanted to militarise the atmosphere and said troops could stay on the streets after July 8, to strengthen conservatives grip on authority.

"They want to display their power by using force and reminding people that they are ready to use force," said an analyst who asked not to be named.

But many Iranians say that whatever the motif for deploying the riot police, they have solved Tehran's traffic problem and cut pollution.
This is complete garbage... This article is nothing but pollution.

"Although watchful presence of police is scary, the traffic is much better than before," said Hassan, 45, a taxi driver.
What a lowsy article!  How much do the Mullahs and the Europeans pay REUTERS editors and writers?

34 posted on 07/06/2004 9:21:26 AM PDT by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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BUMP As usual, Reuters is shameful.

35 posted on 07/06/2004 9:50:09 AM PDT by Pan_Yans Wife (" It is not true that life is one damn thing after another-it's one damn thing over and over." ESV)
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Regime attacks dissidents homes

SMCCDI (Information Service)
Jul 6, 2004

The Islamic regime has started the attack of the dissidents homes in another step of the increase of its repressive policies. Homes of

Iranian activists are raided across the country, personal belongings are confiscated and the dissidents arrested. In some cases the families of those arrested, such as Mostafa Peeran, are ousted from their homes and doors are plumbed.

The regime intends by this way to create a dilemma for the dissidents by making them think of the fate of their families in case of their participation in the planned demos of July 8th.

But many dissidents strong of their families support are becoming firmer in their decision of protesting. As a flagrant case, the wife of Peeran has stated to foreign radios that" They can arrest all my other relatives as they did with my husband, they can bring all my belongings and put me in the streets, I declare support of all those fighting these criminals!"

Her husband's arrest follows her younger's son, Peyman, imprisonment happened last year for dissidence. Peyman has been condemned to 11 years of captivity.

36 posted on 07/06/2004 11:49:17 AM PDT by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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Yemen accuses Iran supporting rebel leader

United Press International - World News
Jul 6, 2004

Sanaa -- Yemen's ruling General People's Congress Party accused Iran of supporting an anti-U.S. Shiite rebel whose followers have been fighting police.

The party said on its Internet site Tuesday Hussein Badreddine al-Houthy, who has been hiding in a rugged mountain region on the border between Yemen and Saudi Arabia, has been inspired and supported by Iran.

"Al-Houthy has been campaigning and teaching his followers to carry the banner of new Islam and be ready for the battle against Jews, Christians and America and Israel because they are planning to hit Iran and Lebanon's Hezbollah," the party said.

Al-Houthy, whose followers have been fighting security forces in the rugged region of Saada for more than a week, is accused by the authorities of inciting violence against U.S. interests in Yemen. An estimated 300 people, including security forces and army troops, have been killed.

Al-Houthy's brother, Yehya a member of parliament, denied Hussein had any links with a foreign country, notably Iran.

37 posted on 07/06/2004 11:50:06 AM PDT by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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Arab Fears of a Persian Bomb

July 06, 2004
Arutz Sheva

"We live at the mercy of extremists in countries like Israel and Iran," the Arab News article laments. "I wasn't sad the day Israel destroyed the Iraqi Tamouz reactor 20 years ago," writes columnist Abdul Rahman Al-Rashid this past week, "and I will be a lot happier if the remaining reactors in Iran and Israel are also destroyed. How can a region full of idiots and ripe with disagreements keep such destructive weapons safe?"

Al-Rashid's column on nuclear weapons in the Middle East, which appeared in Saudi Arabia's English-language newspaper Arab News on Saturday, reflects a clear Arab concern over nuclear weapons in the hands of their Persian neighbors to the north. "The Iranians give paltry excuses, saying that the reactors produce cooking fuel and water reservoirs," Al-Rashid writes, "We would be also stupid if it didn't occur to us that they were in fact producing nuclear bombs by which they can threaten neighboring countries."

And Al-Rashid details exactly why he can so definitely accuse the Iranians of producing nuclear weapons: "It is unlikely that a country with a wealth of cheap oil would build expensive reactors that require rare technology and are dangerous to maintain just to produce electricity when it could easily do so using the available diesel for a quarter of the price and in huge quantities. They are trying to convince the world that the enriched uranium will not be used to build an arsenal of nuclear weapons. Only idiots would believe that."

Responding to the claim that if Iran is producing nuclear weapons, "the purpose... would be to create a balance of power with Israel and not to threaten Arab countries," the columnist scoffs, "This is dubious because Iran has never been a front in the confrontation with Israel and never will be."

Al-Rashid continues, "The Iranian people will save billions of dollars if their government abandons this huge military project, which can only mean poverty and destruction for Iranians and would destroy us all." In conclusion, he writes, "The fact remains that what the IAEA is doing in Iran is great work and greatly benefits the region. It is in the interest of our brothers in Iran to accept that too."

As for Israel, the Saudi writer calls Israel's "nuclear arsenal" a "threat to the region and the world" that "only encourages other countries to acquire them too." Even though Israel has never confirmed possessing nuclear weapons, Al-Rashid writes, "Israel justifies its huge arsenal as self-defense against the forest of monsters in which it lives. But if the forest goes up in flames, Israel will either get burned by the fire or the nuclear dust that will radiate."

"We live at the mercy of extremists in countries like Israel and Iran," the Arab News article laments, "now that Saddam and his hypothetical arsenal are gone...."

38 posted on 07/06/2004 11:51:03 AM PDT by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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Suspect Snapshots

July 06, 2004
Time Magazine
Adam Zagorin; Elaine Shannon

The U.S. expelled two security guards at Iran's mission to the United Nations last week for activities "inconsistent with their official duties," a euphemism for spying. The State Department says the pair were caught videotaping New York City landmarks and sensitive infrastructure, including a key subway tunnel.

And the event may not be an isolated one. Senior federal law-enforcement sources tell TIME it's just the latest in a spate of incidents of suspected "pre-operational surveillance" by people thought to have links to Middle Eastern extremist groups.

Individuals seen taking photos of landmarks and other potential targets are not usually arrested (it's not illegal), but U.S. officers check their pictures and enter their names in an interagency record base. On June 29, for example, a man claiming Swiss citizenship was questioned after he was seen photographing an oil refinery in Texas. Authorities examined the images and found pictures of nuclear-power plants in Ohio and Michigan. A senior official told TIME there have been two other incidents of suspected snooping at energy facilities in the past month.

Ports have been another site of suspicious activity. On June 24 at the Benicia Port terminal, 24 miles from the Golden Gate Bridge, a photographer fled as police approached him twice on the same day. A few days later, a Middle Eastern man was spotted training a camera on the terminal piers of New York City's Staten Island ferry. Law-enforcement sources have had reports of suspicious photography of ferries in California, Texas, Louisiana and Washington State. In yet another incident, a guard confronted three Middle Eastern men who were photographing and videotaping the Towne Square Mall in Boise, Idaho. A security guard said the three claimed to be "on holiday," but their pictures showed a survey of the mall, its stores, exits, corridors and support structures. Any or all of these incidents, of course, may have been innocent. But federal officials are reviewing them and urging local law-enforcement to be vigilant against a possible terrorist strike this summer or fall.

From the Jul. 12, 2004 issue of TIME magazine,9171,1101040712-660960,00.html

39 posted on 07/06/2004 11:51:35 AM PDT by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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Spooks, Lies & Videotape {Excerpt]

July 06, 2004
New York Post Online
Peter Brookes

Those security guards at the Iranian mission to the United Nations sure are avid shutterbugs. At least four times in the last five years, U.S. authorities have spotted them conducting highly suspicious camera shoots around New York City. (No telling how many photo sessions went unnoticed.)

Over the last two years, FBI counterintelligence officials found three of the incidents so alarming that they expelled the Iranians from the United States for "activities incompatible with their diplomatic status."

This euphemistic language means the Iranians were using their diplomatic accreditation (and immunity) to do work other than diplomacy. Of course, an official at the Iranian mission denies any such mischief, saying: "Like anybody who visits New York, they [security guards] visit tourist sites — sightseeing and videotaping themselves, looking at the Metropolitan Museum [of Art], places like that."

Now it's true that the Iranian mission security guards did videotape some predictable N.Y.C. landmarks such as Times Square, Rockefeller Center, St. Patrick's Cathedral and the Statue of Liberty.

But the pair most recently expelled from the U.S. also videotaped MTA buses and were noted trying to shield the camera with their bodies.

Over the last five years, security guards from the Iranian mission also were found filming critical infrastructure and transportation nodes such as the Brooklyn Bridge, a Queens subway station, the Queens-Midtown tunnel and the Staten Island Ferry Terminal. Should we be concerned about Iranian security guards running around the Big Apple taking happy snaps? Heck, yeah! These aren't security guards at all. They're members of the Iranian Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS) or perhaps even of the paramilitary Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).

And it's safe to say they weren't sightseeing. They were out gathering intelligence for possible terrorist strikes on N.Y.C. targets.

Videotaping is an excellent way to case a potential target. Terrorists have been doing it for years.

A number of videotapes containing surveillance footage of potential terrorist targets were found in al Qaeda camps in Afghanistan. ....

40 posted on 07/06/2004 11:52:52 AM PDT by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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Iraq Might Not Oppose Attacks on Syria

Kurdish Media ^ | July 5, 2004 | Reform Party of Syria
Posted on 07/06/2004 9:21:02 AM PDT by golden valley

41 posted on 07/06/2004 11:58:10 AM PDT by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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Very interesting. Mahan airlines is owned by Rafsanjani family.

42 posted on 07/06/2004 12:09:46 PM PDT by nuconvert ( "Let Freedom Reign !" ) ( Azadi baraye Iran)
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This just in from inside of Iran...

There are reports of fighting on Iran / Turkey border.
Some reports claim 2 Iranians dead, 8 Kurds killed.

I will keep you posted on further developments.

43 posted on 07/06/2004 1:49:04 PM PDT by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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American and Iraqi joint patrols, along with U.S. Special Operations (search) teams, captured two men with explosives in Baghdad on Monday who identified themselves as Iranian intelligence officers, FOX News has confirmed.

Senior officials said it was previously believed that Iran had officers inside Iraq stirring up violence, but this is the first time that self-proclaimed Iranian intelligence agents have been captured within the country.

The Defense officials also confirmed to FOX News that in recent days there has been significant success in tracking down "known bad guys" based on information from local citizens.

Iran caught in an act of war against Iraq? Hmm. What could that lead to? As Ed Morrissey points out:

Combined with their instransigence on their nuclear programs and their capture of British sailors just days ago, the Iranians have exhausted the patience of everyone involved. These explosives would have been used against American personnel in Iraq -- in fact, some or most of the attacks on Americans in Baghdad may have already been generated from Iranian intelligence.

One suspects that Bush will be happy for the leverage, and the cover, that this development provides, if this story pans out. I think it's also good news that Iraqis are cooperating more on tracking down bombers, something that's likely to increase if this is seen as an Iranian assault on Iraq.

44 posted on 07/06/2004 7:48:08 PM PDT by the Real fifi
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>>>Mahan airlines is owned by Rafsanjani family.

Old article:


TEHRAN 14 Dec. (IPS) One of Iran’s most influential ruling cleric called Friday on the Muslim states to use nuclear weapon against Israel, assuring them that while such an attack would annihilate Israel, it would cost them "damages only".

"If a day comes when the world of Islam is duly equipped with the arms Israel has in possession, the strategy of colonialism would face a stalemate because application of an atomic bomb would not leave any thing in Israel but the same thing would just produce damages in the Muslim world", Ayatollah Ali Akbar Hashemi-Rafsanjani told the crowd at the traditional Friday prayers in Tehran.

45 posted on 07/06/2004 8:04:46 PM PDT by Calpernia (Innocence seldom utters outraged shrieks. Guilt does.)
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2) United States of America:
-Washington (DC) on July 8th, from 11:00 AM, the West side of the US Capitol Building

Can anyone tell me how late they will go in D.C.? I am in the area (from Seattle), with sun & lion flag in hand... but I won't be able to get there until probably 6:30 PM.

Another chant (from last year in Seattle):

Iran, yes!
Mullahs, no!
They are killers,
They must go!

46 posted on 07/06/2004 8:27:09 PM PDT by sionnsar (Azadi baraye Iran ||| Resource for Traditional Anglicans:
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Place: Corner of 4th Ave. and Pike St.
Westlake Park (downtown Seattle)
Date & Time: 6 -8 PM, July 7th, 2004
Organized info: (425) 442-0853

LibreOuMort will be there. I would be too if I weren't in D.C.

"Azadi baraye Iran" : Freedom for Iran

47 posted on 07/06/2004 8:47:55 PM PDT by sionnsar (Azadi baraye Iran ||| Resource for Traditional Anglicans:
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48 posted on 07/06/2004 9:02:00 PM PDT by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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This Washington rally starts in the morning. I doubt it will go on past 2pm, but that's just a guess.

"Iran, yes!
Mullahs, no!
They are killers,
They must go!"

I like it

49 posted on 07/06/2004 9:04:51 PM PDT by nuconvert ( "Let Freedom Reign !" ) ( Azadi baraye Iran)
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This Washington rally starts in the morning. I doubt it will go on past 2pm, but that's just a guess.

Thanks! I got word from the wife at the Seattle demonstration (so lively it was hard to hear anything!)this evening (still going on as I write) that they are transferring to the Pakistani embassy at 6 PM. I've mapped out the subway transportation and hope to hook up there...

50 posted on 07/07/2004 7:54:39 PM PDT by sionnsar (Azadi baraye Iran ||| Resource for Traditional Anglicans:
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