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Iranian Alert -- August 16, 2004 [EST]-- IRAN LIVE THREAD -- "Americans for Regime Change in Iran"
Americans for Regime Change in Iran ^ | 8.16.2004 | DoctorZin

Posted on 08/15/2004 9:02:30 PM PDT by DoctorZIn

The US media still largely 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.

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.

DoctorZin


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1 posted on 08/15/2004 9:02:33 PM PDT by DoctorZIn
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2 posted on 08/15/2004 9:04:40 PM PDT by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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Allawi Stand Eases Iran-Iraq Standoff

August 15, 2004
AFP
The Peninsula



TEHRAN -- Iran’s official media yesterday hailed what it described as conciliatory remarks from Iraqi Prime Minister Iyad Allawi following a spate of angry accusations from other members of his US-backed government.

In an interview with the state IRNA news agency in Iraq’s Shiite holy city of Najaf, Allawi welcomed an invitation to visit Iran and said he looked forward to constructive relations between the former foes.

“We want establishment of good relations with neighbouring countries, especially Iran, and believe that our bilateral ties are based on common interests,” IRNA quoted him as saying.

Allawi distanced himself from US-led accusations, voiced by some in his administration, of Iranian interference in the new Iraq, notably by abetting infiltration of militants across the border.

“If there are any complaints, they are pointing to unofficial figures. We do not accuse the Iranian government of interference in Iraq’s domestic affairs,” the premier said.

“Some individuals penetrate Iraqi territory through neighbouring states, and that is true for Iran too.”

Relations between Tehran and Baghdad were severely strained earlier this month when Defence Minister Hazem Al Shaalan accused the Iranian authorities of trying to “kill democracy” in his country by fomenting unrest.

Shaalan also charged that Tehran had abandoned its longstanding favouring of the mainstream Shiite religious parties in Iraq and was arming the rebel militiamen of radical leader Muqtada Sadr in their deadly clashes with US-led troops.

IRNA also reported reassuring comments from Iraq’s charge d’affaires in Tehran, Khalil Salman Al Sabihi, about three of the news agency’s journalists detained in Iraq.

The Iraq embassy is “following the affair closely,” IRNA quoted the envoy as saying.

“We have asked the Iraqi foreign ministry for information about the circumstances of, and reasons for, the arrests, as well as the latest news” of the three detainees.

IRNA’s Baghdad bureau chief Mostafa Darban and journalists Mohammed Khafaji and Mohsen Madani were detained by Iraqi police on Monday night.

The news agency’s foreign editor Hassan Lavasani said yesterday that he still had no idea why his staff had been detained. The Iranian journalists’ association demanded an explanation from the interim Iraqi government on why the three were detained, in a statement carried by IRNA, whose journalists also signed a petition seeking their release.

There has been no word either on the fate of an Iranian diplomat who went missing on the road from Baghdad to the Shiite holy city of Karbala on August 4 and whose kidnapping was later claimed by a Sunni militant group.

Relations between Tehran and Baghdad have also been inflamed over the past week by a US-backed offensive on militia strongholds in Najaf, which is revered by the Shiite majority in Iran as well as Iraq.

http://www.thepeninsulaqatar.com/Display_news.asp?section=World_News&subsection=Gulf%2C+Middle+East+%26+Africa&month=August2004&file=World_News2004081574735.xml


3 posted on 08/15/2004 9:06:05 PM PDT by freedom44
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ARMED IRAQI ISLAMIST GROUP ORDERS IRAN TO FREE IRAQI POW’S

Posted Sunday, August 15, 2004

TEHRAN, 15 Aug. (IPS) The Islamic Republic regarded as “suspicious” a menace by the Islamic Army of Iraq, threatening Sunday 15 August 2004 to “punish” and Iranian diplomat it kidnapped last week.

Mr. Fereydoun Jahani was abducted on 4 August 2004 while on his way to Karbala where he had to open Iran’s fist consulate in to the holy city, but the news of his abduction was released three days later by an Arabic satellite television and confirmed by the Iranians.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi said the “identity of the group and the nature of its demand” -- that Iran release 500 prisoners allegedly held since the 1980-1988 War -- are “suspicious”.

"The case of the two countries’ prisoners of war has been closed and what still remains is the file of those missing in action", he said, referring to the threat by the Jeish-ol-Islam, or the Islamic Army of Iraq to “punish” Mr. Jahani within 48 hours if Iran did not release 500 prisoners captured in the former war, as reported by the Arabic satellite channel “Al-Alam”, the 24 hours Arabic language service of the Iranian Radio and Television Organisation.

According to the abductors, Mr. Jahani is an officer of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards sent to Iraq to create sectarian strife between Iraqi Shi’a and Sunnis.

Iran has strongly dismissed allegations of interference in Iraq, saying these were “without evidence” and an unnamed Iranian source has been quoted as saying that the group had acted in collaboration with the US Embassy in Iraq under direct supervision of US Ambassador John Negroponte.

Other sources said the abductors could be from the Mojahedeen Khalq Organisation acting under orders from the Americans in Iraq.

The Baghdad-based, oulawed MKO used to serve as a tool for the imprisonned Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein in his war against Iran, but it had been disarmed by the American forces after they occupied Iraq and recently, the group's members were granted the status of war prisoners.

"The Islamic Republic of Iran considers the interim Iraqi government responsible for the safety of Jahani and expects it to use all its means for his release", Asefi said, quoted by the official Iranian news agency IRNA.

"We have held various round of negotiations with the interim Iraqi government and all the groups which are thought to be able to help in this matter and this process still continues", he added.

The kidnapping followed the arrest of IRNA’s Baghdad bureau chief Mostafa Darban and two Iraqi staff, Mohammed Khafaji and Mohsen Madani.

Iranian officials say the fate of the fourth is still unaccounted for.

Iran twice summoned last week Iraq’s charge d’affairs to Tehran for explanation following the arrests and certain Iraqi officials” allegations against Iran.

Iraqi Prime Minister Iyad Allawi said Saturday that the accusations, including by Iraqi Defence Minister Hazem al-Sha’lan, had been directed only at “unofficial figures” in Iran.

"We do not accuse the Iranian government of interference in Iraq’s domestic affairs", he told IRNA reporter in Najaf.

"We want establishment of good relations with neighbouring countries, especially Iran, and believe that our bilateral ties are based on common interests", Allawi said.

Iran’s State-owned, conservatives-controlled television also reported that four Iranians on a trip to promote trade ties between Tehran and Baghdad had been arrested by U.S. troops in Iraq.

Tehran’s relations with Baghdad clouded badly after Mr. Hazem Sha’lan, the Defence Minister labelled the Islamic Republic as Iraq’s “number one enemy” and the Interior Minister’s announcement of the arrest of four Iranian officers charges with “espionage”.

In response, Iranian press said Mr. Sha’lan is a “petty CIA informer” and accused him to obey orders from his “American masters”.

ENDS JAHANI 15804

http://www.iran-press-service.com/ips/articles-2004/august/jahani_15804.shtml


4 posted on 08/15/2004 9:06:33 PM PDT by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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Israel is in our range, says Iran

Reuters in Tehran
Monday August 16, 2004
The Guardian

An Iranian military chief said yesterday that Israel and the US would not dare to attack his country since it could strike back anywhere in Israel with its latest missiles, a news agency reported.
"The entire Zionist territory, including its nuclear facilities and atomic arsenal, are currently within range of Iran's advanced missiles," the Isna students news agency quoted Yadollah Javani, the head of the Revolutionary Guards political bureau, as saying. "Therefore, neither the Zionist regime nor America will carry out its threats" against Iran, he said.

Officials have highlighted Iran's military capabilities in recent weeks in response to some media reports that Israel or the US could try to destroy its nuclear facilities.

Last week Iran said it had successfully tested an upgraded version of its Shahab-3 ballistic missile. Military experts said the unmodified Shahab-3 was capable of striking Israel or US bases in the Gulf.

America and Israel have accused Iran of developing nuclear weapons, a charge it denies. Defence experts say air strikes are unlikely to disable Tehran's nuclear capability.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/iran/story/0,12858,1283819,00.html


5 posted on 08/15/2004 9:06:43 PM PDT by freedom44
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Chairman of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee urges to "Get very tough with Iran"

United Press International - World News
Aug 15, 2004

WASHINGTON - chairman of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee urged the United States Sunday to get "very tough" to prevent Iran from making a nuclear bomb.

"We're going to have to get very tough" said Sen. Dick Lugar, R-Inc., when asked how to prevent Iran from making nuclear weapons.

Iran denies working a nuclear-weapons project, but says it will continue its program to enrich uranium to produce electric power. The United States rejects the Iranian argument, saying an oil-rich country such as Iran does not need nuclear technology to produce electricity.

In an interview with Fox News Sunday, Lugar said: "The Iranians are moving toward weaponization of the uranium experiment that they have. And they've been clearly doing this. I suspect to begin with economic sanctions on Iran ... but not ruling out at the end of the day military sanctions against Iran."

Asked would the United States support a preemptive strike, such as Israel's against Iraq in 1981, to end Iran's nuclear program, Lugar said, "I'm not going to speculate for a moment on a preemptive strike or any specific action."

http://www.daneshjoo.org/generalnews/article/publish/article_7643.shtml


6 posted on 08/15/2004 9:07:27 PM PDT by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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Missing Iranian envoy faces "punishment" threat: Iran TV


TEHRAN, Aug 15 (AFP) - An armed Iraqi group has threatened to "punish" an Iranian diplomat missing since August 4 unless Iran releases within 48 hours 500 prisoners still said to be held since its 1980-88 war with Iraq, Iranian state television said Sunday.

But Tehran denied it still held any prisoners of war, saying the last had been sent home more than a year ago.Iran's Arabic-language satellite channel Al-Alam said the threat came from the Islamic Army in Iraq, which claimed a week ago to be holding Fereydun Jahani but had made no demands.

The same group is believed to have executed two Pakistanis last month for "collaboration" with the US-led occupation forces in Iraq.

"The government must respond within 48 hours, otherwise Fereydun Jahani will be punished," Al-Alam quoted the group as saying.

"There are no more Iranian prisoners of war in Iraq and Iran sent home the last group of Iraqi prisoners of war it was holding in May 2003, after the US attack" on Iraq, the student news agency ISNA quoted a senior Iranian official as saying.

General Abdollah Najafi, head of the Iranian POW commission, said they had been handed over through the Red Crescent.
Iraqi charge d'affaires Khalil Salman al-Sabihi told ISNA that Iran and Iraq were cooperating over Jahani's case.

But he added, "We have no information on the measures taken" to try to free the diplomat, and "no information on those who call themselves the Islamic Army."

Asked about prisoners of war, he said that joint commissions were still winding matters up."Some Iraqi women claim that their children are still missing or prisoners in Iraq," Sabihi said.

The Islamic Army of Iraq said on August 8 that it had detained Jahani "for stirring sectarian strife and for activities outside his diplomatic duties".

He had disappeared as he was travelling to the central Iraqi city of Karbala to open an Iranian consulate.The Iranian government said Monday it was working around the clock to secure his release, but it believed he was "alive and well".

Jahani's disappearance came amid an ongoing war of words between Iraq and Iran over the latter's alleged interference in Iraqi affairs, which Tehran denies.

Sabihi was summoned twice last week following remarks by Iraqi officials critical of Iran and in the wake of Jahani's abduction and the reported arrest of three employees in Iraq of the official Iranian news agency IRNA.

An interior ministry official alleged that four Iranian spies had been arrested, while Defence Minister Hazem al-Shaalan branded Iran Iraq's "number one enemy" and accused it of arming rebel Shiite militia fighting government and multinational forces.

Iran denied the allegations but the Revolutionary Guards, the ideological spearhead of the Iranian regime, called on Shiites to resist, amid strong emotions in the Shiite-majority Islamic Republic over fighting around holy sites in Iraq.

A video announcing Jahani's detention showed the diplomat's business and identity cards, some bearing the logo of the Revolutionary Guards, often accused of leading Iranian operations in Iraq.

Iran insisted however that he was a veteran career diplomat.

http://www.iranmania.com/news/150804e.asp


7 posted on 08/15/2004 9:07:51 PM PDT by freedom44
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US carrier rescues six Iranian sailors in Persian Gulf waters


MANAMA, Aug 15 (AFP) - The US aircraft carrier John F. Kennedy rescued six Iranian sailors after their cargo vessel started taking on water in the Persian Gulf, the US Navy's Fifth Fleet said Sunday.

After a distress signal was received, "Kennedy dispatched two H-60 helicopters from (squadron) HS-15 to the scene" early Saturday morning, said a statement.

"Aircraft ... monitored the dhow and coordinated helicopter rescue operations," it said, adding that all crew members were rescued from the Iranian-flagged Naji dhow and later treated on the carrier.

The Bahrain-based Fifth Fleet is working to repatriate the six Iranians "as soon as possible", the statement said. The United States and Iran have no diplomatic relations.

http://www.iranmania.com/news/150804d.asp


8 posted on 08/15/2004 9:08:23 PM PDT by freedom44
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Bush begins targeting Iran's nuclear program

Bradenton Herald - Warren P. Strobel
Aug 15, 2004

WASHINGTON - Get ready for another crisis over weapons of mass destruction.

Convinced that Iran is covertly speeding toward making nuclear weapons, the Bush administration has begun a diplomatic campaign to sharply increase the pressure on Tehran.

The sudden sense of urgency follows the apparent collapse of a three-nation European initiative to persuade Iran to freeze its nuclear program. Iran is trying to renegotiate the deal and insists that its program is for civilian energy purposes.

The Bush administration faces a fundamental dilemma similar to the one it faced two years ago in Iraq: Should the United States continue to work with allies who favor negotiation, or should it take pre-emptive, unilateral action to stop Iran?

Iran at forefront

President Bush's go-it-alone course in Iraq continues to draw criticism, both from foreign allies and many Americans as they prepare to select their next president. But action to confront Iran may be more necessary than against Iraq, some officials and private experts argue, because Iran has a far more advanced nuclear program and much closer ties to terrorist groups than Iraq did in 2003.

Concerns about Iran's nuclear ambitions have bubbled for more than a decade, but they've taken a back seat to Iraq and the war on terrorism. That could soon change.

"Iran is going to be the 800-pound gorilla of American foreign policy come September," said a State Department official.

A senior European diplomat in Washington agreed. It is "one of the two or three biggest issues that we'll have to deal with in the next period," he said. Both spoke on condition of anonymity, citing diplomatic sensitivities.

U.S. officials say they will begin a new push to have Iran's nuclear activities referred to the United Nations Security Council, which can impose sanctions. The next crossroads is a mid-September meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency, which has been monitoring Iran's nuclear work.

Possible force

"This is a troubling development . . . and you just can't ignore it any longer," Secretary of State Colin Powell said recently.

A senior administration official went further in an interview last week. He hinted that if Bush is re-elected, the use of U.S. military force to stop Iran from going nuclear - even by overthrowing the government in Tehran - wouldn't be out of the question.

U.S. credibility on Iran, however, has been undercut by the failure to find the weapons of mass destruction the White House warned of in Iraq.

"This administration has been discredited by the WMD experience" in Iraq, said Zbigniew Brzezinski, the national security adviser to President Jimmy Carter.

Said another State Department official, "Would it have been better if prewar Iraq intelligence had been better? Sure. . . . But it doesn't mean we're wrong" on Iran.

Brzezinski co-chaired a task force sponsored by the private Council on Foreign Relations that last month called on the White House to open a broad dialogue with Iran, rather than waiting until the nuclear issue is settled.

"The problem with this administration is, it doesn't know the difference between diplomacy and unilateralism," Brzezinski said. "If it simply uses inflammatory rhetoric, it will make the Iranians dig in their heels." Moreover, Iran, which borders Iraq and Afghanistan, could make life much more difficult for the United States in those places if it chose to, he said.

Deadline approaches

The CIA's rough estimate is that Iran could have a nuclear weapon by the end of the decade. Israel puts the date at 2007.

But the real crunch date could come sooner, when Iran's nuclear program becomes self-sufficient, rendering trade bans and other sanctions irrelevant.

Vastly complicating matters, Iran's suspected weapons program uses the same basic technology involved in a civilian nuclear energy program, which it's permitted to have under the 1968 Non-Proliferation Treaty.

"Our ability to stop that program is very limited," said former CIA Director Robert Gates, who co-chaired the task force with Brzezinski.

Bush administration officials argue that momentum is moving behind the U.S. position, with the collapse of a deal struck by Britain, France and Germany in which Iran agreed to stop enriching uranium and associated activities.

If the international community agrees Iran is moving toward a nuclear weapons capability, "then you have to ask yourselves, what are you going to do?" said the senior administration official.

Iran has resumed assembling centrifuges to enrich uranium, in violation of its pledges. At a stormy meeting with diplomats from the three European nations in late July, Iranian representatives demanded a series of concessions, including security guarantees.

Yet the Europeans remain cautious about taking the issue to the Security Council.

"The question is, what then?" said the senior European diplomat. "Taking it to the Security Council does not automatically mean you are taking a step toward solution."

U.S. plans to squeeze Tehran hit another speed bump last week when IAEA inspectors appeared to verify one of Iran's central contentions about its nuclear research.

The inspectors determined that particles of enriched uranium found at Iranian industrial sites came from equipment purchased abroad, buttressing Iran's denial that it has been conducting home-grown enrichment of uranium for a bomb program.

http://www.daneshjoo.org/generalnews/article/publish/article_7642.shtml


9 posted on 08/15/2004 9:08:30 PM PDT by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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Iran benefits from increasing oil prices: minister


TEHRAN, Aug 15 (AFP) - Iran is benefitting from the current increasing oil prices in the short term, Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh said on Sunday.

"Given the increased revenues from crude exports, hiking oil prices will be to the benefit of Iran," Zanganeh told the oil ministry's news agency Shana.

"The higher the oil price, the more profitable oil industry development projects," he added.Zanganeh said "political tensions" were the main reason for skyrocketing prices on the world oil markets.

"Market factors under the current conditions have not played any role in pushing prices higher and political crisis and tensions have kept prices high," he told Shana.

He echoed Iran's envoy to the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries, Hossein Kazempour Ardebili, who said Saturday there is no reason for OPEC to raise production to bring prices down.

"Currently, there are over 2.8 million barrels of oil (per day) as surplus supply in the world's stockpiles, therefore there is no reason to supply more oil, even if feasible," Kazempour told Shana.

But he added, "Obviously, oil prices will have an upward trend regardless of the fundamental factors of the market, namely supply and demand."

Kazempour said: "OPEC cannot do anything about the current situation, because the situation has nothing to do with OPEC, and the more OPEC members produce oil, the higher the global stockpiles will become."

He attributed the record prices to political and military events, concerns over future oil supplies and OPEC's inability to pump more oil than current levels.

Iran is currently the second-largest producer in the 11-member oil cartel.Oil prices broke the 46 dollar per barrel mark Friday in New York amid fears over wartorn Iraq's ability to maintain exports, political crisis in Venezuela and legal threats hanging over giant Russian oil company Yukos.

http://www.iranmania.com/news/150804c.asp


10 posted on 08/15/2004 9:09:03 PM PDT by freedom44
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To: DoctorZIn

IRAN FREEDOM BUMP


11 posted on 08/15/2004 9:14:12 PM PDT by GeronL (Viking Kitties have won the GOLD MEDAL in the 2,000 meter ZOTTING)
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Chairman of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee urges to "Get very tough with Iran"

Not very sensitive huh?

12 posted on 08/15/2004 9:15:17 PM PDT by GeronL (Viking Kitties have won the GOLD MEDAL in the 2,000 meter ZOTTING)
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To: DoctorZIn

Couple of reactions on Iranian discussion board on Iranian Judo fighters withdrawal.

http://www.mashregh.com/iranian/viewtopic.php?p=6802#6802

Sasuke
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Posted: Sun Aug 15, 2004 3:19 pm Post subject: iranian athlete refuses to compete against israeli




in the INTERNATIONAL OLYMPICS.

story:

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2004/olympics/2004/08/15/bc.olympics.sun/index.html


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my opinion:

What the hell? if he hates israeli so much then why not BEAT the isreali athlete? what a coward. This is PATHETIC. NO. THIS IS BEYOND PATHETIC.

islamist countrires have no place in the olympics anyway. why the hell go? it's all just infidels and women in shorts. why pretend to be part of the international community you want to destroy and convert?

I hope the ENTIRE iranian team IN EVERY SINGLE SPORT gets kicked out of the olympics. let it be a lesson to iran and the loser muslim world.

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sepehr
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if that was his reason.. he's an idiot


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I can just imagin Miss Sakineh with her chador and Seyyed Ali in his Abaa and Amaameh, competing in the world Figure Skating Championship.

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These people are not Muslims, nor Iranians. They're Arabist Islamists sub-humans who have done everything to destroy our culture, heritage, history, and embarass us across the world.

The majority of Iranians condemn this Islamist idiot.


13 posted on 08/15/2004 9:16:46 PM PDT by freedom44
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http://www.iran-press-service.com/ips/articles-2004/august/jahani_15804.shtml

ARMED IRAQI ISLAMIST GROUP ORDERS IRAN TO FREE IRAQI POW’S
Posted Sunday, August 15, 2004

TEHRAN, 15 Aug. (IPS) The Islamic Republic regarded as “suspicious” a menace by the Islamic Army of Iraq, threatening Sunday 15 August 2004 to “punish” and Iranian diplomat it kidnapped last week.

Mr. Fereydoun Jahani was abducted on 4 August 2004 while on his way to Karbala where he had to open Iran’s fist consulate in to the holy city, but the news of his abduction was released three days later by an Arabic satellite television and confirmed by the Iranians.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi said the “identity of the group and the nature of its demand” -- that Iran release 500 prisoners allegedly held since the 1980-1988 War -- are “suspicious”.

According to the abductors, Mr. Jahani is an officer of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards sent to Iraq to create sectarian strife between Iraqi Shi’a and Sunnis.


"The case of the two countries’ prisoners of war has been closed and what still remains is the file of those missing in action", he said, referring to the threat by the Jeish-ol-Islam, or the Islamic Army of Iraq to “punish” Mr. Jahani within 48 hours if Iran did not release 500 prisoners captured in the former war, as reported by the Arabic satellite channel “Al-Alam”, the 24 hours Arabic language service of the Iranian Radio and Television Organisation.

According to the abductors, Mr. Jahani is an officer of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards sent to Iraq to create sectarian strife between Iraqi Shi’a and Sunnis.

Iran has strongly dismissed allegations of interference in Iraq, saying these were “without evidence” and an unnamed Iranian source has been quoted as saying that the group had acted in collaboration with the US Embassy in Iraq under direct supervision of US Ambassador John Negroponte.

Other sources said the abductors could be from the Mojahedeen Khalq Organisation acting under orders from the Americans in Iraq.

The Baghdad-based, oulawed MKO used to serve as a tool for the imprisonned Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein in his war against Iran, but it had been disarmed by the American forces after they occupied Iraq and recently, the group's members were granted the status of war prisoners.

"The Islamic Republic of Iran considers the interim Iraqi government responsible for the safety of Jahani and expects it to use all its means for his release", Asefi said, quoted by the official Iranian news agency IRNA.

An unnamed Iranian source accused that the group had acted under direct supervision of US Ambassador in Iraq John Negroponte.


"We have held various round of negotiations with the interim Iraqi government and all the groups which are thought to be able to help in this matter and this process still continues", he added.

The kidnapping followed the arrest of IRNA’s Baghdad bureau chief Mostafa Darban and two Iraqi staff, Mohammed Khafaji and Mohsen Madani.

Iranian officials say the fate of the fourth is still unaccounted for.

Iran twice summoned last week Iraq’s charge d’affairs to Tehran for explanation following the arrests and certain Iraqi officials” allegations against Iran.

Iraqi Prime Minister Iyad Allawi said Saturday that the accusations, including by Iraqi Defence Minister Hazem al-Sha’lan, had been directed only at “unofficial figures” in Iran.

"We do not accuse the Iranian government of interference in Iraq’s domestic affairs", he told IRNA reporter in Najaf.

"We want establishment of good relations with neighbouring countries, especially Iran, and believe that our bilateral ties are based on common interests", Allawi said.

Iran’s State-owned, conservatives-controlled television also reported that four Iranians on a trip to promote trade ties between Tehran and Baghdad had been arrested by U.S. troops in Iraq.

Tehran’s relations with Baghdad clouded badly after Mr. Hazem Sha’lan, the Defence Minister labelled the Islamic Republic as Iraq’s “number one enemy” and the Interior Minister’s announcement of the arrest of four Iranian officers charges with “espionage”.

In response, Iranian press said Mr. Sha’lan is a “petty CIA informer” and accused him to obey orders from his “American masters”.


14 posted on 08/15/2004 9:38:34 PM PDT by freedom44
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To: freedom44

Final Result Iran Poll:

http://www.iranian.ws/poll/poll-5.php

Do you believe in separation of religion from state in Iran?

Yes, of course 78.3%
No way 18.8%
Don't Know 2.9%

Total votes: 4744


15 posted on 08/15/2004 9:43:56 PM PDT by freedom44
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To: DoctorZIn

Persian Journal

Iran News
MP: U.S. Accuses Iran to Stop Its Scientific Advance

Aug 15, 2004, 17:40

Hamdan's representative to the Majlis said on Saturday that the accusations of the U.S. and its allies that Iran is using nuclear weapons is only a pretext to stop the country's scientific research.

Ebrahim Karkhaneh added "although the Islamic Republic of Iran has fulfilled all its commitments towards international rules and regulations, Washington and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) are trying to exert pressure on the country to stop Iran's nuclear studies," IRNA reported.

Iran is the 16th country which has "thigs to say" regarding nuclear activities, he said, adding that any country has the right to access to this science. There are currently 105 nuclear power plants in the United States, while the construction of the first nuclear power plant in Iran has been faced with harsh protest, Karkhaneh noted.

According to IAEA regulations, the agency must help member states that enjoy nuclear knowledge promote their nuclear activities, he said, stressing that the agency has not fulfilled its commitment towards the Islamic Republic.

http://www.iranian.ws/iran_news/publish/printer_3317.shtml


16 posted on 08/15/2004 9:44:59 PM PDT by freedom44
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Japan`s trade minister rejects US demand to give up oil deal with Iran

Aug 15 - Japan`s Trade Minister Shoichi Nakagawa said Sunday his country has no intention of changing its policy of pursuing an oil development deal with Iran due to a US request to reconsider.

"We won`t say we`ll give up just because we were asked to do so," Economy, Trade and Industry Minister Nakagawa told reporters when asked to comment on US Secretary of State Colin Powell`s remarks Thursday.

"There will be no policy reversal at the current stage," Nakagawa said.

But he noted that Tokyo will stay in close contact with Washington in proceeding with the oil deal and in dealing with Iran`s suspected nuclear energy programs.

"We can`t just disregard the nuclear problem," he said.
Japan and Iran signed an agreement in February to develop the Azadegan oil fields in southern Iran, one of the world`s largest oil fields.

In an interview with Japanese news organizations Thursday, Powell said the United States hopes Japan will take into account Tehran`s suspected nuclear energy development programs in tacitly urging Tokyo to reconsider the oil deal with Iran.

Washington believes the uranium enrichment program by oil-rich Iran is intended to develop nuclear weapons.
Iran says it needs enriched uranium for power stations being built to meet booming domestic demand for electricity.

The United States has indicated its intention to bring the Iranian nuclear case before the UN Security Council for sanctions.

"I would hope that the Japanese government, Japanese business, would take this into account as they make judgments as to whether this is the place that one should be making investments in or be doing this kind of energy business with," Powell said. /-

http://www.iranwpd.com/


17 posted on 08/15/2004 9:49:04 PM PDT by freedom44
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To: freedom44

BTTT!


18 posted on 08/15/2004 9:52:08 PM PDT by Yehuda (http://PostNineEleven.blogspot.com/)
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BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- Twenty-five heavily armed foreigners holed up inside the Imam Ali Mosque in Najaf have rigged it with explosives and are threatening to blow up the building if attacked

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1192149/posts

Expect the Mosque to blow up. This is the purpose of the operation by these "foreigners". Objectives:

1) engage the Shi'ia into a full conflict
2) make sure that Najaf (in Iraq) will not take over the role of Qom (in Iran) as the center of Shi'ia interpretation.

This points to the Revolutionary Guards as the source.
However, the destruction would as well fit into the plan of the Salafists/Wahhabis to destroy all "polytheistic" shrines.

I think that the Revolutionary Guards accept the loss of the Mosque if they obtain 1) and 2) above.
Blame it on al Qaeda and the West
19 posted on 08/16/2004 12:08:34 AM PDT by AdmSmith
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To: freedom44

It's good to read the outrage from Iranians regarding his 'apparent' anti-Semitism.
But, now that it seems the story is that he came in overweight and then made his statement about not competing against Israeli athlete, I'm wondering if this was an excuse on his part to try to avoid punishment when he got home?


20 posted on 08/16/2004 5:11:19 AM PDT by nuconvert (Everyone has a photographic memory. Some don't have film.)
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To: AdmSmith

Hmmm.........I don't really understand what this would accomplish now that word has gotten out that the mosque is rigged with explosives. (if that's the case).
Seems to me, people would be really angry at al Sadr and his guys for doing that. Had they kept it a secret, that would be different.


21 posted on 08/16/2004 5:16:13 AM PDT by nuconvert (Everyone has a photographic memory. Some don't have film.)
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To: nuconvert

No, go to the Arab street and listen to the conspiracies. Do you think that it is logical?


22 posted on 08/16/2004 5:59:08 AM PDT by AdmSmith
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To: AdmSmith

It's the Revolutionary Guards or the Basiji [volunteer hard-liners who regularly come to the calling of Iran's leader].


23 posted on 08/16/2004 8:17:34 AM PDT by freedom44
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To: DoctorZIn

US Navy Rescues Iranian Boatmen

August 15, 2004
BBC News
BBCi

A US naval ship in the Gulf has rescued six Iranian sailors from their sinking vessel, the US navy's Fifth Fleet says. The navy's John F Kennedy aircraft carrier despatched helicopters to winch the Iranians to safety after receiving a distress signal from their boat.

The six sailors had a medical check and a meal aboard the US ship before being put on an Iranian boat passing nearby.

The US and Iran do not have diplomatic relations and recent dealings between the two have been marked by suspicion.

The Iranian dhow, named the Naji, had a broken propeller seal which was letting in water, the US navy spokesman said.

Lt Bill Speaks said he believes the vessel to which the six men were transferred took them to an Iranian port.

The fate of the Naji is not known.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/3568250.stm


24 posted on 08/16/2004 9:21:33 AM PDT by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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Iranian Economic Reform Falters

August 16, 2004
BBC News
BBCi

The Iranian parliament on Sunday voted against key parts of a reform plan aimed at opening up the economy to foreign investment. The rejected proposals would have given oil exploration companies the right to exploit their discoveries.

They would also have paved the way for the sale of state-run banks, and allowed foreign banks to open in Iran.

The vote marks a setback for Iran's reformists, who lost control of the parliament in February.

Oil economy

The rejected measures formed a central plank of an ambitious five-year reform plan aimed at stimulating Iran's battered economy by privatising some state-owned companies, and attracting more foreign investment.

Analysts say that without foreign money, Iran is unlikely to achieve its objective of doubling its oil output to 8 million barrels a day by 2020.

Foreign oil firms had welcomed the proposal to give exploration companies the automatic right to exploit reserves they discover.

At present, successful exploration companies must enter a state-run tender to develop their discoveries, with no guarantee of success.

The failure of the proposed overhaul of the banking sector looks set to scupper tentative plans by some western banks to set up shop in Iran.

Standard Chartered and HSBC are among big-name banks thought to have expressed an interest in opening branches in Tehran.

Foreign influence

Mohammad Mir-Mohammadi, a conservative member of parliament, said the vote had prevented "foreign dominance over Iran's economy".

Iran is under pressure to maintain high rates of economic growth so as to provide employment for its large and fast-growing workforce.

High oil prices have fuelled strong expansion in recent years, but economists say the country urgently needs to reduce its dependence on oil.

The Iranian economy is dominated by the state and its infrastructure, battered by the Iran-Iraq war and starved of investment as a result of US-imposed economic sanctions, is in urgent need of upgrading.

Iran's reformist president, Mohammad Khatami, has championed efforts to modernise the economy and attract foreign investment since taking office in 1997.

But in February, his followers in parliament lost their majority to conservative hardliners after voters became disillusioned with a lack of economic progress.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/3568712.stm


25 posted on 08/16/2004 9:23:41 AM PDT by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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Lugar: Get Very Tough With Iran

August 15, 2004
UPI
The Washington Times

Washington -- The chairman of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee urged the United States Sunday to get "very tough" to prevent Iran from making a nuclear bomb.

"We're going to have to get very tough" said Sen. Dick Lugar, R-Inc., when asked how to prevent Iran from making nuclear weapons.

Iran denies working a nuclear-weapons project, but says it will continue its program to enrich uranium to produce electric power. The United States rejects the Iranian argument, saying an oil-rich country such as Iran does not need nuclear technology to produce electricity.

In an interview with Fox News Sunday, Lugar said: "The Iranians are moving toward weaponization of the uranium experiment that they have. And they've been clearly doing this. I suspect to begin with economic sanctions on Iran ... but not ruling out at the end of the day military sanctions against Iran."

Asked would the United States support a preemptive strike, such as Israel's against Iraq in 1981, to end Iran's nuclear program, Lugar said, "I'm not going to speculate for a moment on a preemptive strike or any specific action."

http://washingtontimes.com/upi-breaking/20040815-125653-6403r.htm


26 posted on 08/16/2004 9:25:37 AM PDT by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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Lugar: Get Very Tough With Iran

August 15, 2004
UPI
The Washington Times

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/1192259/posts?page=26#26


27 posted on 08/16/2004 10:57:31 AM PDT by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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To: DoctorZIn

Bump!


28 posted on 08/16/2004 11:52:12 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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The Terror Masters Revisited
Let’s go to the videotape.

August 16, 2004, 8:34 a.m.
National Review Online

Saturday's Washington Post had an article that quotes the usual unnamed intelligence sources saying that they are surprised to discover that al Qaeda has "reconstitute[d]" itself. This surprise derives from, inter alia, the computer data found recently in Pakistan, intelligence sources (both ours and friends'), and simply looking at the range of activities in which the terrorists engage.

This surprise is, as usual, unsettling, since it has been quite clear for some time now that al Qaeda and the other major terrorist groups — Hezbollah, Islamic Jihad, Hamas, Jamaa, etc. — are all working together, and have been ever since we went into Afghanistan. The cooperation increased in the run-up to Operation Iraqi Freedom, and was only possible because the regimes who gave the bulk of the operational support to the terrorists — Syria, Iran, Iraq, and Saudi Arabia — worked closely to coordinate the anti-American jihad. That coordination has, for the most part, continued (note the visit of Bashar Assad to Tehran at the time of the turnover of "sovereignty" in Iraq. At those meetings, Syria and Iran agreed on a five-point plan to attack us in Iraq, Europe, and at home, and to do everything possible — including massive efforts to get the price of oil as high as they can — to defeat President Bush in November's elections).

This helps understand the coordination between, say, attacks by the forces of Moqtada al Sadr and Baathist "loyalists." The infrastructure was created before we ever arrived in Iraq.

I wrote about this phenomenon at the time, and it enabled me to accurately forecast what happened in Iraq: the active cooperation among terrorists of widely diverse ideological, religious, and national backgrounds and convictions, in a desperate effort to drive us out of Iraq.

The war in the Middle East — for it is a regional war, not merely a battle for Iraq — cannot be analyzed at the level of the individual terrorist groups, because the terrorists are part of a larger context. The organizing center is, as Spanish Magistrate Balthazar Garzon publicly put it, a "directorate" located in Iran, that works closely with Iranian intelligence organizations, including the Revolutinary Guards. Those organizations, in turn, work with their counterparts in other friendly countries.

BLIND ANALYSTS
In order to conceal their activities from us, the Iranians have deployed several deceptive myths. The two most effective are "al Qaeda" and "Zarqawi." I believe I was the first American writer to call attention to Zarqawi (long before he was named by secretary of State Colin Powell in his presentation to the U.N. Security Council). I was able to do that because I had read German and Italian court documents that proved Zarqawi, operating from Tehran, had organized a European terrorist network. I'm sure that fact was known to Garzon, as it was to the Italian military intelligence organization, SISMI, which came to similar conclusions (published a few months ago in the Corriere della Sera).

This was the period when, according to our intelligence analysts, Zarqawi became a major player in al Qaeda.

It follows that the Iranians were involved in the marriage between al Qaeda and Zarqawi. To believe otherwise, you'd have to believe that Zarqawi and top al Qaeda officials were operating freely and independently of the Iranian regime. I don't think any serious person would buy that one.

But the notion that radical Sunni terrorists like Zarqawi and bin Laden and Zawahiri were working hand in glove with the radical Shiite regime in Tehran was an impossible hypothesis for most of our analysts, who believed that strategic cooperation between Sunnis and Shiites was not possible (even though, for example, the Sunnis of Arafat's Fatah-trained Khomeni's Shiites — the embryonic Revolutionary Guards — in the Bekaa Valley as early as 1972. I have personally interviewed the person who organized that training program). Those analysts were working with false assumptions within the wrong context.

By now, an Iranian role is obvious, as is the Syrian component. More evidence pours in every hour. Just look at the best Iraqi bloggers, or, if that's too hard, just listen to the Iraqi defense minister or the Iraqi interior minister. But I don't think we have accepted the full context, and we won't get it right so long as we continue to obsess over al Qaeda and/or Zarqawi.

Zarqawi is an instrument of a far more powerful terrorist engine: the Iranian regime, allied with other terror masters. Zarqawi himself is only involved in a fraction of the actions for which he gets credit; the most important figure is actually our old enemy, Imad Mughniya, the operational commander of Hezbollah. And if you're in a betting mood, I'll give you even money that Hezbollah is the operational glue that binds together the various terrorist factions on the ground in Iraq.

TYRANNICAL TERROR TRIO
I think it's fair to say that my analysis has stood up pretty well, starting more than a year before Operation Iraqi Freedom. If I am right, then we cannot possibly "win" in Iraq, because Iraq is just one battlefield in a (at a mininum) regional war. The Iranians, Syrians, and (a significant group of) Saudis dare not acquiesce in the creation of a free and successful Iraq, because that would mortally threaten their own survival. The regimes in Tehran, Damascus, and Riyadh are extremely unpopular; their peoples are aching for the chance to remove the regimes and experiment with freedom. The regimes know that, and are ruthlessly oppressing their peoples.

Remember that Machiavelli said that tyranny is most unstable form of government. And precisely because the regimes are unstable, our most potent weapon against them is political, not military. I do not believe we can win the war by force of arms alone. It is certainly very important to defeat al Sadr in Najaf and Kut, and to liberate Fallujah, but even those victories will not suffice. Our regional enemies will find new instruments — indeed, I have no doubt they have them already in place. Victory, as the president has said, requires regime change and the spread of freedom. And this is not nearly so daunting as might appear.

We defeated the Soviet Empire at a time when only a small minority of the people was willing to fight for freedom. We overthrew Milosevic with a minority of the Yugoslavs. In Iran we have upwards of 70 percent of the people on our side. If we supported them, I think it quite likely that we could liberate Iran in a matter of a few months. And if Iran falls, Syria will most likely come right alongside.

If we do not quickly expose the vulnerability of mullahs and empower the Iranian people, I believe the next few months in Iraq will, if Tehran has its way, be bloodier than anything we have seen to date. Not to mention the planned attacks against us here at home.

Faster. Please?

— Michael Ledeen, an NRO contributing editor, is most recently the author of The War Against the Terror Masters. Ledeen is Resident Scholar in the Freedom Chair at the American Enterprise Institute.

http://www.nationalreview.com/ledeen/ledeen200408160834.asp


29 posted on 08/16/2004 2:57:01 PM PDT by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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The Terror Masters Revisited
Let’s go to the videotape.

August 16, 2004, 8:34 a.m.
National Review Online

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/1192259/posts?page=29#29


30 posted on 08/16/2004 2:58:15 PM PDT by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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REGION: Kidnappers of Iranian “Diplomat” Demand Release of 500 Iraqi POWs

RadioFarda

August 15, 2004 The kidnappers of Iranian consul in Karbala Fereydoun Jahani said they would “punish” him if the Islamic government did not release 500 Iraqi prisoners of the 1980-88 Iran-Iraq war within 48 hours. Tehran authorities, including vice president Mohammad-Ali Abtahi said the case of POWs has been closed. All Iraqi prisoners of war have been returned to their homeland, Abdollah Najafi head of the Iranian POW commission said. An Arabic TV channel of the state radio-TV monopoly accused MKO members and the US of planning the abduction.

http://www.radiofarda.com/en_news/2004/8/15/255af32d-fe8d-48a1-b972-45026a34f8cf.html#255af32d-fe8d-48a1-b972-45026a34f8cf


31 posted on 08/16/2004 5:57:20 PM PDT by nuconvert (Everyone has a photographic memory. Some don't have film.)
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REGION: Kidnappers Echo Iraqi Defense Minister’s Positions on Iran, Says Former Diplomat

RadioFarda

August 15, 2004 - In demanding the release of 500 Iraqi prisoners of the 1980-88 Iran-Iraq war in exchange for abducted Iranian consul in Karbala Fereydoun Jahani, the kidnappers echo the positions expressed in the past few weeks by Iraqi defense minister Hazim al-Shaalan, according to former diplomat Davood Hermidas-Bavand, who teaches international relations at the University of Tehran. “There are no POWs in Iran. This has been confirmed by the International Red Cross and by the Saddam Hussein government. The 500 whose release have been demanded are probably the POWs who joined the armed forces of the Supreme Council of the Islamic Revolution of Iraq (SCIRI), who returned to Iraq after the fall of Saddam Hussein,” Bavand tells Radio Farda’s broadcaster Siavash Ardalan.

“There demand, which has no basis, only heightens the position taken against Iran by some in the new Iraqi government, positions which are reminders of the rhetoric of the Saddam regime,” he adds.

“There may not be any systemic relations between the kidnappers and the defense minister, but both are reviving an old view,” he says.

“The kidnapping only confirms that when a society becomes insecure, it becomes insecure for everyone, not just for certain groups,” he adds.

“An anti-Islamic Republic movement is rising in Iraq, which may only result in marginalizing Iraqi Shiites, and prevent them from gaining the upper hand which they logically deserve in a democratically elected system of government, he says.

Iraq’s neighbors may be indirectly behind the kidnapping of the man, because none of Iraq’s neighbors, including Syria and Saudi Arabia, want Iran to have a dominant influence in Iraq, Bavand says.

The US has somehow linked the radical Shiite movement in Iraq to the Islamic government, and for that reason, the forces active in Iraq have taken a relatively confrontational position towards Iran, Bavand adds.

http://www.radiofarda.com/en_news/2004/8/15/255af32d-fe8d-48a1-b972-45026a34f8cf.html#255af32d-fe8d-48a1-b972-45026a34f8cf


32 posted on 08/16/2004 6:01:38 PM PDT by nuconvert (Everyone has a photographic memory. Some don't have film.)
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