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Iranian Alert - September 30, 2004 [EST]- IRAN LIVE THREAD - "Americans for Regime Change in Iran"
Americans for Regime Change in Iran ^ | 9.30.2004 | DoctorZin

Posted on 09/29/2004 9:00:38 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.” As a result, 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. In fact they were one of the first countries to have spontaneous candlelight vigils after the 911 tragedy (see photo).

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

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1 posted on 09/29/2004 9:00:39 PM PDT by DoctorZIn
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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 09/29/2004 9:02:29 PM PDT by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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Wednesday, September 29, 2004

IRAN [Michael Ledeen]
I just got a long fax, in Farsi, from friends following the events in Iran. The bottom line is that, once again, the extreme instability of the country has been demonstrated. It seems that more than two thousand people have been arrested. Several members of the Revolutionary Guards have been killed. Depending on your point of view the catalyst for these clashes was either appeals from outside Iran, or the continued collapse of the mullahs (banks closed, salaries unpaid, teachers locked out of schools, etc.) or the incredible tempo of executions, notably of young people, on charges that seem preposterous. It is clear that opponents of the regime are increasingly armed, there are gunfights in the streets of several cities, and the clashes are going on all over the country. It is not just Tehran, or Tehran and Isfahan.

I'm leaving soon for a college weekend with #2 son, and probably won't get the full translation until we return on Sunday. By then there may be more, and I'll get back on it, natch.

Posted at 11:03 PM
3 posted on 09/29/2004 9:02:55 PM PDT by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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IRAN INTRODUCES NEW WARFARE DOCTRINE


NICOSIA [MENL] -- Iran has introduced what officials termed a new combat doctrine meant to repel any attack by Israel or the United States.

Officials have termed the doctrine "asymmetric warfare" and said it was aimed at countering a threat from a much larger and powerful adversary. They said the combat doctrine sought to identify and exploit Iranian military advantages in any war with a foreign power.

The new doctrine was said to have been demonstrated during the Ashura-5 military exercise in September. During the Sept. 12-18 exercise, the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps tested the effectiveness of coordinated air and ground strikes, strategic medium- and intermediate-range missiles as well as other weapons and methods.

IRGC commander Gen. Yahya Rahim-Safavi said Iran developed the concept of asymmetric warfare based on the assessment that Teheran's greatest threats came from Israel and the United States. He said Teheran has sought to deter these two countries by demonstrating Iran's deep-strike capability.


4 posted on 09/29/2004 9:03:13 PM PDT by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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5 posted on 09/29/2004 9:03:31 PM PDT by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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29 September 2004

''Washington's Iran Strategy: Ostracizing Tehran from the International Community''

hile impossible to confirm, there is a high probability that the leadership in Tehran is attempting to acquire a nuclear weapons capability. By achieving a nuclear weapons capability, Iran would be better insulated from foreign threats and would help to stabilize its regional power. While a nuclear-armed Iran would assist in securing Iranian interests, it would be a dangerous development for the interests of the United States and Israel.

Because Washington lacks a viable military strategy in dealing with Tehran, it is essential that it continues to garner the support of the European countries of France, Germany and the United Kingdom in order to adequately threaten Tehran with United Nations repercussions; the present U.S. strategy is to threaten Iran with international economic sanctions unless Tehran dismantles its enrichment-related programs.

Iran has many valid justifications for developing a nuclear weapons capability. This status would protect Iran from the United States which has labeled Iran an "evil" state subject to "regime change"; it would also remove the geopolitical growth restraints that Israel has placed on the countries of the Middle East.

Iranian acquisition of nuclear weapons would weaken U.S. hopes for external regime change in Tehran, thus protecting the regime, and would also give Iran the opportunity to expand its influence in the Middle East and Central Asia without certain fear of U.S. or Israeli reprisals.

Yet, while a nuclear weapons capability favors Iran's state interests, the opposite is true for U.S. and Israeli state interests. A nuclear-armed Iran would prevent the U.S. from executing a forceful change of government in Tehran, since if faced with regime termination, the Iranian leadership could possibly exercise its nuclear weapons option in a last ditch effort for regime survival. This uncertainty would guarantee a more prudent U.S. response to Iranian policy actions.

For Israel, which has, with the support of the United States, managed to keep the Middle Eastern states weak and disunited, a nuclear-armed Iran would hurt its ability to respond militarily to Iran's support of destabilizing forces that affect Israel, or to those actions that increase Iran's regional strength.

Weak U.S. Response

In light of Iran's potential pursuit of nuclear weapons, both the U.S. and Israel will need to take steps to secure their regional interests at the expense of Iran's. Due to Iran's military strength, Israel would prefer to rely on the U.S. to weaken the Islamic republic, for if Washington were to move on Iran, with Israel remaining on the sidelines, it would likely limit Iranian retaliation against Israel. But Washington has less leverage to act since it is bogged down in Iraq and overextended elsewhere due to its involvement in multiple theaters of conflict. Plus, in the midst of an election year, it is not clear how the U.S. public would respond to serious U.S. saber rattling on the issue.

Considering these restraints, Washington must refer the Iranian nuclear issue to the U.N. Security Council so it may threaten Tehran with economic sanctions. This type of threat could cause Tehran to comply with international pressure. However, this route requires the support of France, Germany and the United Kingdom. For these reasons, the U.S. must convince these states to join in efforts of intimidating Iran with punitive sanctions. This is the present course of the White House, with President Bush telling American television, "We are working our hearts out so that they do not develop a nuclear weapon, and the best way to do so is to continue to keep international pressure on them."

Until recently, Paris, Berlin and London have been loath to adopt the U.S. approach to the Iranian nuclear issue. Their motives rest in their heavy trade with Iran and also with the concern that threatening Iran could cause the state to act irrationally and potentially threaten the stability of the Middle East. The Europeans have few qualms about allowing Iran to pursue nuclear technology for peaceful purposes, but they recognize that a nuclear-armed could destabilize the region.

Destabilizing Forces

A nuclear-armed Iran could pose a great danger to the region's stability. Presently, the only truly powerful state in the Middle East is Israel, and its power has kept the other regional states weak and disunited. A nuclear-armed Iran would create a new power source that would reduce Israel's supremacy. A reduction in Israeli power could mean an increase in power for other Middle Eastern states since Israel would not be able to strike surrounding states, such as Syria, with impunity. Any such strike would have to consider the potential for Iranian retaliation, or at least heightened Iranian assistance to states or organizations focused on reducing Israel's regional power.

If Israel were to make a military move on Iran independently of the U.S., the military response from Iran would be harsh. Indeed, in recent weeks, the Iranian government has gone to extremes to emphasize the retaliatory actions it will take upon attack from Israel.

In the event of a decrease in Israeli power and an increase in the power of other regional states, the region could become a multi-polar mini-system, with each country competing with the other in the regional power balance. This competition would threaten regional stability and thus threaten the globe's oil supply -- a development that could cause oil prices to skyrocket, hurting the economies of oil dependent countries such as the United States and the European states.

It is this fear of regional instability that is a major factor in why the United States has consistently supported the state of Israel. Israel has managed to keep the power balance tilted in its favor, which has resulted in the Middle Eastern states remaining dependent and weak, a geopolitical status quo that provides stable, cheap oil prices due to little regional development.

Because Iran threatens this geopolitical status quo, the European states have been reconsidering the U.S. approach, and have shown signs of adopting parts of it. Their reconsideration is why Washington needs to capitalize on the opportunity and push the Europeans to adopt a more hard-line course toward Iran. If the Europeans were to follow the U.S. approach, it could delay Iran's acquisition of nuclear arms.

Avoiding International Condemnation

Despite its potential pursuit of nuclear arms, Iran does not wish to be ostracized by the international community. If Tehran were threatened with international economic sanctions, and loss of its European connections, it will prove to be counter-productive to the interests of the Iranian state. Thus, while the pursuit of nuclear weapons is a rational objective for Tehran, it is not rational if it comes at the expense of all other objectives. Tehran has recognized this predicament and has balked when faced with threats of isolation from Europe.

In the past, when threatened with isolation, Tehran has generally complied with European demands, such as by opening up its country to U.N. nuclear inspections, and by freezing the enrichment aspect of its nuclear program. To demonstrate this, upon the latest threat by the Europeans, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Asef said, "Iran will adjust its policies according to the performance and decision of the [Europeans]. We do not want Iran's file to be referred to the Security Council, but in case of a referral, the Europeans will be harmed more than us."

Conclusion

The preceding strategic analysis provides a course for the Bush administration to set if it wishes to secure its interests in the Middle East. After taking a serious hit to its military capability due to the unexpected level of violence found in the Iraq occupation, Washington cannot adequately threaten Iran with force. It must use the skillful art of diplomacy to coax the Europeans to adopt Washington's position. While there are signs that the Europeans are complying, it is far from certain that they will agree with the U.S. on referring Iran's nuclear issue to the U.N. Security Council.

After all, in the latest rounds of diplomacy, the Europeans did take the step of agreeing with U.S. demands for Iran to halt its uranium enrichment program, but they did not agree to place a "trigger mechanism" into the U.N. draft. Therefore, if, by November, Iran does not comply with U.N. demands, the issue will not be automatically referred to the Security Council. It will merely spark more debate and thusly more time for Iran to sprint down the path toward a nuclear weapons capability. All sides in this conflict know what needs to be accomplished -- the foreboding question, however, is which player will find itself in a better position at the end.

Report Drafted By:
Erich Marquardt

6 posted on 09/29/2004 9:03:54 PM PDT by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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September 29, 2004

Do Terrorists Prefer One Candidate Over Another?


By Ed Koch

Last Saturday, The New York Times, which has not yet formally endorsed a presidential candidate, published an editorial that could have passed for a piece of Kerry campaign literature.

The editorial was titled “An Un-American Way to Campaign.” The last paragraph summed up The Times' attack on Bush and its support for Kerry. “We think that anyone who attempts to portray sincere critics as dangerous to the safety of the nation is wrong. It reflects badly on the president's character that in this instance, he's putting his own ambition ahead of the national good.”

The editorial does not quote President Bush, but it does quote Vice President Cheney, Speaker Dennis Hastert and Senator Orrin Hatch. Cheney is quoted as saying “that electing Mr. Kerry would create a danger that we’ll get hit again.” Hastert, according to The Times, “said recently on television that al-Qaeda would do better under a Kerry presidency,” and wrote The Times, “Senator Orrin Hatch, the chairman of the Judiciary Committee, has announced that the terrorists are going to do everything they can do between now and November ‘to try to elect Kerry.’”

Are any of these statements beyond the pale of political discourse or un-American? I don’t think so.

The Times editorial went on to say that “It is absolutely not all right for anyone on [President Bush’s] team to suggest that Mr. Kerry is the favored candidate of the terrorists.” But shouldn't the real question be, "Do terrorists in fact prefer one candidate over another?"

No one is suggesting that Islamic terrorists approve of any American presidential candidate, all of whom are Christians. According to Bernard Lewis, America's foremost scholar on Islam, “The Wahhabi demand, as far as I know, is not that Christians and Jews convert to Islam, but that they accept the supremacy of Islam and the rule of the Muslim state. On that condition, they may continue in the practice of their religion.”

But just as I and millions of Americans believe Kerry and Bush differ in their approaches to international terrorism, you can be certain that bin Laden, al-Zarqawi and other Islamic terrorists recognize these differences. Surely they know which presidential candidate would be more likely to wage war against them and the countries that harbor them, with or without United Nations support, and pursue them until they are defeated.

Kerry apparently believes we should never have waged war to liberate Iraq in the first place, and that we should get out of Iraq as soon as possible, preferably within a year. Indeed, Kerry and 46 other U.S. Senators, including Senator Ted Kennedy, voted against the Gulf War of 1991. Remember, the U.S. responded to an attack by Iraq on Kuwait and a threatened attack by Iraq on Saudi Arabia. Kerry still has not explained his opposition to waging war against Iraq on that occasion. In Gulf War II, he has flipped-flopped: voting for it, then opposing it. Bush’s statement, “We'll get the job done as quickly as possible, and then we'll bring our troops home — not one day longer than necessary," evinces a commitment to get the job done.

Kerry’s supporters, especially the so-called "Deaniac" delegates, believe we should have been out of Iraq yesterday, and Kerry has donned the mantle of Howard Dean as the anti-war candidate. Is it unreasonable to think that the Iraqi insurgents, Jihadists and terrorists would prefer a president whose policies seem most likely to give radical Islam the ultimate victory? If they didn’t, they would be stupid, and stupid they are not.

The terrorists who blew up the commuter trains in Madrid a few days before the Spanish elections in March 2004 , timed their attacks to influence the outcome of those elections. The attacks had their intended effect. The 200 deaths and 1,400 casualties caused a Spanish government committed to the war against terrorism and a military commitment to assist us in Iraq to topple. Similarly, the terrorists who destroyed the World Trade Center on 9/11 may have hoped to undermine U.S. resolve. If a person with less steel in his spine than George W. Bush had been in the White House, our resolve might have crumbled in the face of that horrific terrorist act.

There are five weeks left to the campaign. Kerry supporters in large part realize the country is headed in a direction different than where he and The Times would take us. I predict a margin of victory approaching eight points for President Bush. Adding to Kerry’s problems is the fact that he stirs no passion among his supporters. Contrast that with the deep passion Bush supporters have for their candidate. Many of Kerry’s current followers can be persuaded to switch to Bush. Many more may stay home on November 2nd. I fear that Kerry will drag many moderate Democrats down to defeat.

For The Times to attack the President’s character is truly injurious to the nation. Referring to his campaign as un-American is ludicrous.

Ed Koch is the former Mayor of New York and a partner in the law firm Bryan Cave LLP.


7 posted on 09/29/2004 9:04:12 PM PDT by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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Blair Hopeful on Iran, N. Korean Compliance

Wed Sep 29, 2004 03:54 AM ET

LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Tony Blair said on Wednesday the international community was closer than ever to making North Korea and Iran accept its demands to halt nuclear programs.

"A couple of weeks ago Libya finally wound up its WMD (Weapons of Mass Destruction) program. America has lifted sanctions. We have a better chance of getting Iran and North Korea into compliance than we have ever had," Blair told BBC radio.

Defending the decision to go to war in Iraq, Blair added: "I thought and I still think it was absolutely essential we took that step. I don't accept that containment was working."

Both Iran and North Korea, along with pre-war Iraq, were labeled by President Bush as part of an "axis of evil" and have been under pressure from the West over their nuclear programs.

North Korea canceled a scheduled September round of talks over scrapping its nuclear program in exchange for security guarantees, while the International Atomic Energy Agency has said it will take tough action if Iran defies its call to stop uranium enrichment.


8 posted on 09/29/2004 9:04:31 PM PDT by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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Iran wins S. African help to resolve nuclear row

AFP - World News
Sep 29, 2004

JOHANNESBURG - South Africa on Wednesday called for an urgent solution to the row over Iran's nuclear program following a meeting here between President Thabo Mbeki and Iranian national security adviser Hassan Rowhani.

Iran is under threat of being hauled before the UN Security Council amid suspicions it is seeking the capacity to develop nuclear weapons.

South Africa "believes that a confrontation should be avoided and a solution should be sought urgently," said Abdul Minty, South Africa's representative to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

"Such a solution should be possible by finding a balance between the rights of the NPT members to nuclear technology for peaceful purposes and the need to build international confidence," said Minty in a statement.

He added that South Africa would "be interacting intensively with all parties concerned and work for a satisfactory solution."

Mbeki met with Rowhani in Cape Town for about an hour to discuss the nuclear standoff, said presidential spokesman Bheki Khumalo.

The IAEA called on Iran earlier this month to halt its uranium enrichment-related activities amid suspicions that they could be used to develop weapons.

The United States claims Iran is hiding a covert weapons development program and wants the agency to bring Iran before the UN Security Council in November.

9 posted on 09/29/2004 9:04:51 PM PDT by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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Armitage lauds Iran's role in Afghanistan



Washington, DC, Sep. 29 (UPI) -- A top U.S. official Wednesday had rare words of praise for Iran, lauding Tehran's cooperation with Afghanistan.

Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage told the House International Relations Committee Iran was cooperating with the Afghan government in stemming the sale of drugs, and the influx of Taliban and al-Qaida.

"They signed a good neighborly agreement with the Afghan government," he said. "They're very rigorous on the prosecution of drugs."

He noted, however, Tehran was "not as helpful" in Herat, anti-American sentiment runs high.

Iran was included along with Saddam Hussein's Iraq and North Korea in President Bush's "axis of evil." The State Department accuses it of supporting terrorism and the administration is trying to prevent Iran from possessing nuclear weapons.

10 posted on 09/29/2004 9:05:08 PM PDT by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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US slaps sanctions on 14 firms, people for arms and missile sales to Iran

WASHINGTON, Sept 29 (AFP) - The United States on Wednesday slapped sanctions on seven Chinese firms, two Indian men, and companies from Belarus, North Korea, Russia, Spain and Ukraine for selling weapons or cruise and ballistic missile technology and equipment to Iran.

The penalties were imposed for the transfer of "equipment and technology controlled under multilateral export control lists or otherwise having the potential to make a material contribution to the development of weapons of mass destruction or cruise or ballistic missile systems, the State Department said.

The sanctions include a bar on the firms and individuals doing business with the US government, a ban on US assistance and the automatic denial of US export licenses to them, the department said in a notice published in the Federal Register.

The notice did not elaborate on the specifics of the alleged sales which are punishable under the Iran Nonproliferation Act of 2000.

Many of the companies, in particular the Chinese and North Korean firms, have been under US sanctions for previous transgressions and are unlikely to be significantly affected by the new penalties.

The firms and individuals identified in the notice are:

The Beijing Institute of Aerodynamics of China, the Beijing Institute of Opto-Electronic Technology (BIOET) of China, Belarus Belvneshpromservice of Belarus, the Changgwang Sinyong Corporation of North Korea, the China Great Wall Industry Corporation of China, China North Industries Corporation (NORINCO) of China,

Dr C Surendar and Dr YSR Prasad of India, Khazra Trading of Russia, the LIMMT Economic and Trade Company of China, Oriental Scientific Instruments Corporation (OSIC) of China, South Industries Science and Technology Trading Company of China, Telstar of Spain, and the Zaporizhzhya Regional Foreign Economic Association of Ukraine.

AFP- 253
11 posted on 09/29/2004 9:05:24 PM PDT by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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Self-styled Iranian prophet vows to oust clerics

Tue 28 September, 2004 14:13

By Christian Oliver

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran's clerical leadership will fall on Friday, if Iranian self-styled prophet Ahura Pirouz Khaleghi Yazdi -- whose broadcasts on a U.S.-based satellite channel have become hot gossip in Iran -- is to be believed.

Khaleghi's Web site (www.ahura.info), based in California, says he will return to Iran on Friday to remove the "Terrorist Regime" using good thoughts, good words and good deeds, the central tenets of Zoroastrianism, Iran's pre-Islamic religion.

But Khaleghi's rhetoric has ruffled few feathers among the country's rulers.

"If they wanted to, they could easily have blocked his Web site. It is a sign they are not that worried," said one Tehran resident, Karim.

Although many Persian Weblogs dismiss the man as a lunatic, numerous protesters at minor pro-democracy demonstrations on Sunday said they were responding to his call.

Khaleghi, an aviation consultant, says he will charter 50 aeroplanes to bring the Iranian diaspora back from exile, in a clear parallel to Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini's arrival at the advent of the 1979 Islamic revolution.

"Everybody says Ahura is coming," said one grocer in central Tehran. "Even I know his Web site address and I do not have access to a computer. It is crazy, my friends in (the cities of) Shiraz and Isfahan are talking about him."

A state radio comedy on Friday mornings has turned Khaleghi into a figure of fun, dancing the "babakaram", a sultry Arabian-style dance on his return to Iran.

SELF-STYLED SAVIOUR

His choice of arrival date is no accident. Friday is not only a major Zoroastrian festival but also the birthday of the Mahdi, the 12th of the Shi'ite Imams, descendants of the prophet Mohammad, who disappeared in the ninth century.

Iranian Shi'ites, many of whom believe the Mahdi will return to save the country, will be celebrating on Friday, packing the streets under gawdy decorations, handing out pastries.

Although Khaleghi's Web site is loaded with Zoroastrian iconography, the hardline newspaper Jomhuri-ye Eslami pointed out that his real name was the Muslim-sounding "Fatollah", and played on his lowly origins as a sergeant in the Shah's airforce.

"Ahura Pirouz" means victory of Ahura, the Zoroastrian good God who fought Ahriman, the embodiment of evil.

"The risible claims of this charlatan, using U.S. satellite channels, have brought a few impressionable people onto the streets," Jomhuri-ye Eslami wrote in its editorial.

While some Iranians complained on Tuesday that Khaleghi's platform, the "Rangarang" (Multicoloured) channel, was being scrambled, Persian gossip columns have mainly suggested that he needs urgent psychiatric attention. Some joke the Iranian airforce will simply shoot him down in mid-air.

But his Web site still sports a digital clock, counting down to the day he will arrive in Tehran's Azadi (Freedom) Square.

"If there is chelo kebab, I am there," one blogger quipped.

12 posted on 09/29/2004 9:05:47 PM PDT by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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Several killed and dozen injured in northwestern Iran clash


Reuters - World News
Sep 29, 2004

TEHRAN - Four people were killed and a dozen were injured in northwestern Iran when police attacked the hideout of an extremist Shia Muslim religious group, an interior ministry official said on Wednesday.

Members of the group, which authorities did not name, attacked police on Tuesday near the northwestern city of Miandoab, an official in the city told Reuters by telephone.

The group, whose leader Seyyed Agha Nezam claims to be the last imam of Shi'ite Muslims, has repeatedly caused civil disorder in Miandoab, the source said.

Shi'ite Muslims believe their 12th and last imam Mahdi, who went into hiding in the year 874, will return to earth one day to usher in an era of perfect justice.

"Three members of the group and one police officer were killed during the fight," said the official who declined to be named. "The leader of the group managed to escape."

At least 12 police officers were injured and some eight gang members were arrested.

Police seized a large amount of weaponry including rifles and hand-grenades when they entered the group's hideout near Miandoab, city governor Hamid Shokri was quoted by student news agency ISNA as saying.

Clashes between Iranian authorities and extreme religious groups are rare.

13 posted on 09/29/2004 9:06:07 PM PDT by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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Libya Tells Iran: Be Like us and Comply with IAEA

Mon Sep 20, 2004 10:53 AM ET

VIENNA (Reuters) - Libya, which last year renounced its nuclear weapons program, Monday urged Iran to follow suit and comply with the demands of the U.N. nuclear watchdog to stop enriching uranium which can be used to make atomic bombs.

"As (IAEA chief Mohamed ElBaradei) said today, some things have to be fulfilled by Iran," Libyan Deputy Prime Minister Matouq M. Matouq told reporters after meeting U.S. Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham at the International Atomic Energy Agency's (IAEA) annual general conference.

"The Iranians have to meet these obligations because of the agreement with the IAEA, and we hope that we can have another example (of) Iran of fulfilling the obligations and following the IAEA agreements," he said.

Saturday the IAEA Board of Governors passed a resolution calling on Iran to end uranium enrichment. Tehran rejected the resolution, calling the demand illegal.

Matouq also said Tripoli's December 2003 decision to abandon all weapons of mass destruction could be seen as an example for Iran and all other countries.

"Libya has set an example for everybody," he said.

Washington accuses Iran of developing nuclear weapons, but Tehran insists its atomic ambitions are peaceful.

14 posted on 09/29/2004 9:06:40 PM PDT by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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Four killed in Iran

TEHRAN: A policeman and three members of an obscure Shi'ite Muslim cult have been killed and 12 other people injured in fresh clashes in northwestern Iran, the student news agency Isna reported yesterday.

According to Hamid Chokri, prefect of the region of Mian-Doab near the city of Mahabad, police seized a "large quantity of firearms and grenades" after they came under attack on Tuesday by members of the group. Last week news reports said two senior local police officials died in clashes in the same area with a "heretical" group called the Ali Allahi.


15 posted on 09/29/2004 9:06:56 PM PDT by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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Kim Jung Il says he supports Kerry.


16 posted on 09/29/2004 9:19:31 PM PDT by nuconvert (Everyone has a photographic memory. Some don't have film.)
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Bump!


17 posted on 09/29/2004 9:35:23 PM 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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Iran 'liberator' bit too busy to invade this week


By Mohsen Asgari and Gareth Smyth
Published: September 30 2004 03:00 | Last updated: September 30 2004 03:00

Tehran's bush telegraph has been abuzz in recent days in expectation that amysterious exile would return to Iran and overthrow the Islamic Republic.

Taxi-drivers, housewives and shopkeepers have been talking about little else other than Ahura Pirooz Khaleghi Yazdi, a 57-year-old businessman based in Los Angeles who is promising through satellite television broadcasts to land in Iran with 50 aircraft full of exiles, journalists and United Nations monitors.

Mr Yazdi originally set September 25 as the date for the "liberation" of his country but this has now been postponed until October 1 owing to his being "busy with preparations".

The whole affair highlights weaknesses of the Iranian political opposition more than any real threat to Tehran's 25-year-old clerical- led regime.

Despite US pressure on Iran over its nuclear programme and Washington's occasional flirtation with a policy of "regime change" in Tehran, the CIA reported to Congress this year that Iran's rulers were secure for the foreseeable future.

Recent street gatherings called by Mr Yazdi have attracted only a handful of well-heeled young people.

"I just went to see what is going on, for fun, like I go to the cinema to watch Godzilla," said Reza Abdullahi, a student who turned out on Sunday.

Mr Yazdi is managing director of Rangarang, one of 23 LA-based satellite Iranian language television stations that beam into Iran a diet of music videos, political programmes calling for the return of the royalist system overthrown in 1979 and advertisements for liposuction and weight-reducing vibrating belts.

Since Iran's judges closed more than 100 reformist newspapers and magazines, Iranians have tuned into satellite television as an alternative to the mainly state-run domestic media.

But despite an avalanche of publicity through Rangarang and his website, Mr Yazdi remains an enigmatic figure. He speaks up-to-date colloquial Farsi and, according to his biographical details, gained a PhD at 16.

Sceptics include Zia Atabai, a chat-show host on the rival LA-based station, National Iran TV, who suggested that Mr Yazdi was a "puppet of the Islamic Republic" and not to be trusted. "If he goes to Iran and liberates the country, I will cut my own throat," vowed Mr Atabai.

Washington has cast round without success over many years for a credible opposition force. This year it enraged Tehran by giving "protected status" under the Geneva Convention to the Mujahideen-e Khalq, a cult-like Iraq-based group once armed by Saddam Hussein, which has mounted periodic attacks in Iran.

The US has also reportedly had talks with Ali Chehregani, a Washington-based activist calling for independence for Azeris living in north-west Iran.

The most public face among the US-based opposition has been the 42-year-old Reza Pahlavi, eldest son of the Shah deposed by the Islamic Revolution in 1979. Mr Pahlavi has appeared regularly on LA-based television to assure Iranians that a restored monarchy would be democratic and secular.

The remoteness of the opposition and the failure of President Mohammad Khatami's reformist project have together produced a mixture of fatalism and alienation from politics that can build an attractive fantasy round a figure such as Ahura Yazdi.

The Islamic Republic was unperturbed. Hossein Shariatmadari, editor-in-chief of the conservative Kayhan newspaper, called Mr Yazdi and his followers "the army of the insane". www.ahura.info

18 posted on 09/29/2004 10:28:11 PM PDT by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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The liberal facist media largely contributed to the downfall of the Shah with assurances of a Democratic Party victory in the US and an Islamist dictatorship to replace the pro-West regime in Iran. Twenty five years later the liberal media are virtually silent on the weekly demonstrations for freedom, democracy and secularism in Iran mainly because this particular movement is largely pro-American.

The leftist media have been virtually silent on SEVERAL dozens of demonstrations against the Mullahs in Iran reported by other news agencies, b/c they a) Reporting the truth on Iran is tremendously against their agenda b) they hate to see a pro-US government take shape in Iran b/c the current regime gives them immense ratings and allows them to keep their offices in Iran and c) and finally they do not want to see President Bush's Mid-East Doctrine emerge.

The last thing on earth the liberals, EU, China, Russia, and far right wing fundamenalist - kill the Muslims on the right group wants to see is a free, secular, democratic Iran.


19 posted on 09/29/2004 11:58:01 PM PDT by freedom44
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VERGE OF REVOLUTION: Intense Fighting Throughout Iran!


by ActivistChat.com

Reports over the past 24 - 48 hours via several important information services such as SMCCDI, Peykeiran, Zagros and direct email reports and phone calls from Iranian citizens is beginning to shine light on what at this time looks to be country-wide fighting and quickly escalating into what could potentially become a freedom revolution.

Several independent citizen sources have reported the formation of significant crowds throughout the country, and have heard many loud explosions and gun shots, including in the cities of Tehran, Esfahan, and Shiraz.

SMCCDI and Peykeiran have both reported intense battles between freedom-loving Iranian citizens and the regime's fanatical militias in the village of Meeyan Do Ab. Both sources are reporting many deaths and injuries both to the villagers and regime's forces.

In the past week and recent days, many regional commanders and leaders of the regime's militias have been targeted and killed along with many of their militiamen.

Initial reports from Iranian online news sources as well as from western satellite news media are reporting intense fighting throughout Iran, and report that such fighting is increasing at a constant rate.

On September 28th, SMCCDI reported that in Iran's main southern port of Bandar-Abbas located by the Hormoz Strait on the Persian Gulf, heavy fighting between Elite commandos of the Pasdaran Corp and Iranian residents who were protesting the regime's murder of three fishermen broke out. Angry residents attacked several public buildings as well as regime vehicles with incendiary devices.

Reports also indicate that Bandar Abbas is the main commercial entry to Iran and its paralysis could help spark unprecedented chaos that would severely threaten and likely cause the fall of the Islamic Regime.

Regime forces are also acknowledging the discovery of several ammunition depots used by Iranian citizens against the Mullah's militias.

At this time and for several months now, regime security forces have remained heavily deployed in the most strategic areas of Iranian cities in an effort to prevent the spread and growth of any major uprising.

The current situation appears to be quite explosive at this time.

20 posted on 09/30/2004 12:22:59 AM PDT by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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Dems Talk Tough On Iran


By E.J. KESSLER
October 1, 2004

Even as Senator John Kerry suggests that better diplomacy could have kept America out of war in Iraq, his advisers are warning that the Democrat could wind up ordering military intervention against another Middle Eastern power: Iran.

"John Kerry has been crystal clear that a nuclear Iran is intolerable to the U.S.," the head of the Democratic candidate's Middle East task force, former California congressman Mel Levine, told the Forward. "He would not rule out the use of force [to block Iran from developing nuclear weapons]. Obviously, force should be the last resort here, but if Iran refused to do what the entire international community wanted and what the U.S. needs from Iran, no options would be removed from the table."

Levine's comments echoed those of another top Kerry foreign policy adviser, former ambassador to the United Nations Richard Holbrooke. On September 23, Holbrooke told Bill O'Reilly of Fox News that "there is no way the United States can allow the Iranians to go nuclear, and I don't think the Israelis will allow it either."

"You cannot rule out the fact that military force may be used, and it is rather significant that the United States is now selling Israel over $300 million worth of bunker busting bombs," Holbrooke said, referring to a recent news report on a pending U.S. arms sale to Israel. "They don't need those for the Palestinians."

The tough talk comes as Kerry seeks to walk a tightrope with his base. He hopes to attract centrist voters who believe the Iraq war was a mistake because it diverted attention from a more aggresive war on terrorism, without alienating the antiwar elements of the Democratic Party. Some traditional liberals have become increasingly resistant to U.S. military intervention.

With the first presidential debate, focusing on foreign policy, set to take place Thursday night, the issue of Iran may take on greater prominence in the campaign.

Asked to flesh out Kerry's position, Levine said the candidate supports the sale of the bunker-buster bombs to Israel. Levine said he did not want to speculate about what Jerusalem might do about Iran's nuclear threat, but said: "Israel has made it very clear it looks to the United States for leadership on this issue."

Levine and Holbrooke each appeared to sound a more hawkish note on Iran than the one struck by the Democrat vice presidential nominee, Senator John Edwards of North Carolina. In a August interview, Edwards called for a dialogue with Iran, offering it help on its nuclear energy aims in return for verifiable assurances that its nuclear program remains focused on peaceful purposes. That stance drew the fire of hawks, including Senator John Kyl, an Arizona Republican, who charged that Iran would flout any American strictures.

At the same time, Democrats are criticizing Bush on the issue.

Noting that Bush did not say a word about Iran during his speech before the United Nations General Assembly on September 21, Levine accused the president of failing to address the issue adequately

"This is an administration that has denigrated the notion of seeking help from our traditional European allies," Levine said. "While this administration was obsessed with Iraq, Iran and North Korea became much more dangerous. Iran is a charter member of the state-sponsored terrorism club and has made it quite clear it is developing a nuclear weapon and a delivery capability. This administration has sat on the sidelines."

The administration, for its part, has taken pains to stress that international diplomatic efforts constitute the preferred method for dissuading Iran from using its reactors to make nuclear weapons. President Bush's national security adviser, Condoleezza Rice, told CNN earlier this month that "we believe that this is something that is best resolved by diplomatic means, and that can be resolved by diplomatic means." Underscoring the point during a recent trip to Jerusalem, Bush's top official on nuclear nonproliferation, Undersecretary of State John Bolton, said the president was "determined to try and find a peaceful and diplomatic solution" to the Iranian problem.

This week, however, Newsweek reported that the CIA and the Pentagon's Defense Intelligence Agency have conducted war games to calculate the cost of the likely consequences of a pre-emptive strike on Iran's nuclear facilities. The magazine reported that the agencies were not satisfied with the outcome, which showed that such a move would only lead to an escalating conflict.

Democratic hawks were undeterred. Whatever the cost, said Rep. Jerrold Nadler, a New York Democrat, "Iran cannot be permitted to have nuclear weapons. Period. Not this regime." Nadler described Iran as a "mortal threat to the United States and Israel."

Even so, Nadler said, he advocates what he called "carrot and stick" engagement with the Iranians.

Knocking out Iran's reactors "is not that simple" a step because they're dispersed and hardened targets and many of them are "hot," which could lead to a Chernobyl-like meltdown, Nadler said.

"That's another reason I was opposed to the war in Iraq," Nadler said. Saddam Hussein was "a fascist thug," but he "could be contained."

The absence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq makes it look like we "cried wolf," Nadler said. "The question is: Was it worth it, the loss of credibility against a real nuclear threat?"

21 posted on 09/30/2004 12:29:03 AM PDT by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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EDITORIAL

One way to stop Iran

IRAN announced last week that it had begun enriching uranium, defying a call by the United Nations' International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) for the country to suspend all such activity. The Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) that Iran has signed does in fact allow signatories to enrich uranium. The process involves converting uranium into the gas needed to turn the radioactive material into nuclear fuel. Enriched uranium with a sufficiently high concentration of uranium-235 isotope can be used as fuel for nuclear reactors producing electricity, which is precisely what the Iranian government says it is doing. The trouble is that uranium, with an even higher concentration of the isotope, can be used to produce a nuclear bomb. The same process to enrich uranium for the purposes of generating electricity can easily be extended to make fuel for producing bombs. 'We are determined to obtain peaceful atomic technology even if it causes a halt to international supervision,' Iranian President Mohammad Khatami said last week. The question is: Can the world believe him when he says Iran's intentions are peaceful? Should it?

Most experts believe that Iran is within a year from assembling the necessary components for a bomb. North Korea, which may well have already assembled several bombs, poses a more immediate problem, but Iran is a close second. As a result, there is open talk now of the United States or Israel acting militarily to prevent Iran from becoming a nuclear power. 'If the state decides that a military solution is required, then the military has to provide a solution,' Israel's Air Force Chief of Staff, Major-General Elyezer Shkedy, said recently. But American military experts doubt if Israel can pull off something similar to its 1981 air strike against an Iraqi nuclear reactor. For one thing, Iran's nuclear facilities are located beyond the range of Israeli aircraft. For another, they are widely dispersed and some are underground. According to Newsweek, the US too would have difficulty undertaking a surgical strike on these facilities. The US does have the capacity, but US intelligence agencies 'have war-gamed the likely consequences of a US pre-emptive strike on Iran's nuclear facilities' and no one liked the outcome, said the magazine. 'As an air force source tells it, 'The war games were unsuccessful at preventing the conflict from escalating'.' This has not prevented some within the Bush administration from contemplating more drastic measures - including an invasion to force 'regime change' - but no senior US official has openly advocated such a step. After Iraq, it would not be surprising if they hesitated.

That leaves the diplomatic option. This would require the US and its European friends and allies to jointly bring pressure to bear on Iran. The US, France, Germany and Britain have acted together in the IAEA to demand Iran stop its uranium enrichment activity, and the next step may be a referral to the UN Security Council. But that cannot be the end of the matter. Diplomacy, to be credible, must be backed up with muscle. If push comes to shove, if Iran refuses to submit its uranium enrichment to close international inspection, will Europe consider sanctions? If push comes to further shove, will it be prepared to consider even more drastic measures? It is essential that the US and Europe act in concert, for any hint of division between them on this matter will only embolden Teheran. Iraq showed the US can win a war alone but it cannot win the peace by itself. Iran will show if Europe and the US can act together diplomatically so as to avoid the necessity of war.

22 posted on 09/30/2004 12:32:49 AM PDT by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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To: DoctorZIn

Is activistchat.com a credible source?


23 posted on 09/30/2004 2:28:16 AM PDT by Reader of news
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To: Dubya's fan

They have been in the past.


24 posted on 09/30/2004 2:30:50 AM PDT by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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To: DoctorZIn

What about the oppositor who is arriving in Iran tomorrow?


25 posted on 09/30/2004 2:32:38 AM PDT by Reader of news
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To: Dubya's fan
...What about the oppositor who is arriving in Iran tomorrow?...

I don't know what to think about him. I have heard so many conflicting reports on him. I have been publishing all the reports I can find to this thread.

Iranian opposition groups have been asking him to hold off a month or so to better prepare for his flight to Iran.

But Yazdi's web site still claims he is leaving in 1 day and 12 hours...
26 posted on 09/30/2004 8:56:35 AM PDT by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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Iranian Officials Mock Self-Styled Exile Savior

Thu Sep 30, 2004 05:17 AM ET

By Paul Hughes

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iranian officials have poured scorn on a self-styled "savior" who says he will return from exile on Friday to witness the collapse of the Islamic state's clerical leadership.

Ahura Pirouz Khaleghi Yazdi, who lives in California, says he will join celebrations in Tehran on Friday to mark the end of the 25-year-old Islamic Republic -- but has not explained how this political upheaval will occur.

Khaleghi's broadcasts on U.S.-based satellite television channels have become hot gossip in his native country, though very few people take his claims seriously.

"This person (Khaleghi) has serious psychological problems and is trying to brainwash Iranian youth," the Etemad newspaper on Thursday quoted Tehran police chief Morteza Talai as saying.

"He has five wives and is not even able to manage his own personal life."

Khaleghi, an aviation consultant, says he will charter 50 aeroplanes to bring exiles home to see Islamic rule end.

"The Persian people have the ability to take back their country and it will happen in a short period of time," he says in an interview published on his Web site (www.ahura.info), which features a clock counting down to his return.

Khaleghi said he was ready to die for his cause, but that Iran's leaders knew that "if they kill me they make me a hero for our history."

Riot police were called out in the capital this week to control a small pro-democracy demonstration that appeared to have been inspired by Khaleghi.

Government spokesman Abdollah Ramazanzadeh said it was "of no importance."

"The country's enemies are trying to portray a shaky image of Iran's political situation which in fact is more stable than ever," Talai said.

Among ordinary Iranians, conspiracy theories abound. Some even say the clerical leaders are using him as a ploy to discredit opponents.

Adding to the intrigue are Khaleghi's allusions to pre-Islamic Persian heritage and his use of symbolism from Zoroastrianism, Iran's pre-Islamic religion. Friday is a major festival for Zoroastrians, for whom the name Ahura is sacred.

But leading followers of the religion question his credentials.

"There is no such person in the Zoroastrian community as Ahura Khaleghi Yazdi. We do not name our children Ahura because that is the name of (the Zoroastrian) God," said Kourosh Niknami, the Zoroastrian representative to Iran's parliament.

"I believe people like Ahura Khaleghi are trying to damage the country's culture and independence. He is playing with people's emotions by using their culture."

Reuters was unable to reach Khaleghi directly for comment


27 posted on 09/30/2004 9:01:59 AM PDT by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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Official building set on fire in N. Iran


SMCCDI (Information Service)
Sep 30, 2004

An official building harboring an Islamic propaganda and surveillance office was set on fire, on Tuesday, in the northern city of Rasht located in the Guilan province near the Caspian sea. The building is the  center of the "Rasht's Followers of Imam" group and the Islamist "Guilan weekly" magazine.

Unidentified assailants were able to inflict heavy damages to the building and escape without being harmed.

More and more exasperated Iranians are sizing any occasion to protest or are choosing violent manners in order to destabilize the Islamic regime. Armed actions are in constant raise as an increasing number of Iranians are believing that the mullahs won't step down from political power by just peaceful means.

28 posted on 09/30/2004 9:04:25 AM PDT by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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FOCUS ON IRAN

Khamenei: 'Have 2 bombs ready to go in January or you are not Muslims'


Iranian leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has urged his country's weapons developers to step up work on making a nuclear bomb, a U.S. official said.

According to the official, an authoritative source in the Iranian exile community has stated that Khamenei met recently with senior government and military leaders on the nuclear weapons program.

Khamenei told the gathering, "We must have two bombs ready to go in January or you are not Muslims," the official said.

Jafari-Jalali, a member of the National Security and Foreign Policy Committee of the Majles, stated in an Iranian press interview last week that the recent International Atomic Energy Agency resolution calling on Iran to halt uranium enrichment could lead to Tehran withdrawing from the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty.

Iran's military announced earlier this month that it would test-fire a "strategic" missile during the Ashura 5 military exercises of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps.

Brig. Gen. Hossein Salami announced the missile test on Sept. 18. "The climax of this stage of the exercises is the actual missile operations and the testing of a series of missiles with different ranges," he said.

Iranian Defense Minister Ali Shamkhani said earlier this month that, "given that an effective deterrent policy does not halt at a certain point, the Islamic Republic of Iran continues upgrading its defensive capability." Shamkhani said Iran has acquired an effective deterrent power to confront its enemies in the region.

Iran test-fired a Shihab-3 on Sept. 18 and had also tested one in August.

Meanwhile, British intelligence, working with Iraqi security, has uncovered a cell within the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps that is working to destabilize Iraq.

The Iranians had paid insurgents to conduct attacks in southern Iraq.

"I don't think there's any doubt that the Iranians are involved and are providing support" to the Iraqi insurgents, Secretary of State Colin Powell said last week.


Western intelligence debates features of Iran's newly designed missile


Iranian Defense Minister Ali Shamkhani announced on Sept. 25 that Teheran had launched what he termed a "strategic surface-to-surface missile" a week earlier during the Ashura-5 military exercise in western Iran.

Western intelligence sources said the Iranian Defense Ministry has redesigned the original Shihab-3 warhead to accommodate nuclear weapons. The sources said the new warhead was smaller and had a bottleneck design, a throwback to U.S. and Soviet intercontinental ballistic missiles of the 1960s.

The new Shihab-3 warhead was displayed on Iranian television during a report on Aug. 11. The sources said the Shihab warhead was changed from a conical design to that resembling a baby bottle.

The re-entry vehicle resembled the Soviet-origin SS-9, a 1960s liquid-fuel intercontinental ballistic missile launched from a silo and carried a nuclear warhead.

Western intelligence sources have argued over the purpose and results of the Aug. 11 Shihab-3 test. CIA analysts determined that the launch -- which took place in a ravine in central Iran -- was a failure because the missile exploded soon after firing. But other analysts said the flight was aborted intentionally and that the exercise was meant to test the Shihab's command and control system.

Uzi Rubin, former director of Homa, Israel's Ballistic Missile Defense Organization, said the redesigned Shihab-3 appeared to comprise the first prototype of the longer-range Shihab-4, which Iran said would be used as a satellite launcher. Rubin said the Shihab seen on the Aug. 11 Iranian television broadcast showed a different re-entry vehicle.

"From the re-entry vehicle [RV] base down to the fins, the missile looked like the long familiar Shihab-3 as seen in previous flight tests," Rubin said in an analysis. "The front section of the missile, however, was radically different. Instead of its usual 'Dunce Cap' RV of all the Shihab missiles displayed to date, the Aug. 11 images show a completely different RV, consisting of a conical front section, a cylindrical mid section and a flared skirt at the rear section."

The enhanced Shihab-3 was also said to contain an instrument section located in the RV's flared skirt. Rubin said the new design reflected an upgrade in control programming suitable for precise altitude fusing of nuclear warheads.

The Shihab-3 shown in the Aug. 11 broadcast could travel 1,450 kilometers and would eventually reach 2,000 kilometers. Iran announced plans to use an enhanced version of the Shihab-3 to launch a test satellite into space before March 2005. The reference was to the Safir-313, a 20-kilogram experimental satellite to be launched into an orbit at an altitude of 250 kilometers.

"The release of such an extensive and detailed photographic material is by itself a clear message, not only of self-confidence, but also of warning," Rubin said. "The Shihab-3 is approaching maturity not only as a missile, but also as an integrated weapon system. Clearly, Iran is sending here a powerful warning, and is willing to show its hand in doing so. That she decided to broadcast such a forceful message at this time indicates a serious measure of concern and alarm on Iran's side."

Ashura-5, sponsored by the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps, comprises 12 mechanized divisions and includes the Shihab-2, which has a range of 700 kilometers.


Additionally, this item comes from Middle East Newsline - I don't have a subscription to this site, so I could only get this part of the story. The main reason it seems important is the term "Asymmetric Warfare". Yes, the very same doctrine as employed by CHINA. Surprise, surprise.

IRAN INTRODUCES NEW WARFARE DOCTRINE

NICOSIA [MENL] -- Iran has introduced what officials termed a new combat doctrine meant to repel any attack by Israel or the United States.

Officials have termed the doctrine "asymmetric warfare" and said it was aimed at countering a threat from a much larger and powerful adversary. They said the combat doctrine sought to identify and exploit Iranian military advantages in any war with a foreign power.

The new doctrine was said to have been demonstrated during the Ashura-5 military exercise in September. During the Sept. 12-18 exercise, the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps tested the effectiveness of coordinated air and ground strikes, strategic medium- and intermediate-range missiles as well as other weapons and methods.

IRGC commander Gen. Yahya Rahim-Safavi said Iran developed the concept of asymmetric warfare based on the assessment that Teheran's greatest threats came from Israel and the United States. He said Teheran has sought to deter these two countries by demonstrating Iran's deep-strike capability.

29 posted on 09/30/2004 9:09:09 AM PDT by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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Iran's Supreme Leader Khamenei: 'Have 2 bombs ready to go in January or you are not Muslims'

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/1231108/posts?page=29#29


30 posted on 09/30/2004 9:11:41 AM PDT by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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To: DoctorZIn

If he's a oppositor, why will the mullahs let him return?


31 posted on 09/30/2004 9:15:55 AM PDT by Reader of news
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Act on Iran. Now!

by Hedayat Mostowfi
30 September 2004CSRI

The West must refer Iran’s nuclear dossier to the United Nations Security Council for the adoption of sanctions in order to thwart its nuclear ambitions.

Mohammed Khatami, the so-called reformist and pro-Western Iranian president, announced last week that the Islamic Republic will continue enriching uranium in defiance of a resolution adopted by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) that demanded Iran stop all nuclear-related activity. Once again, the international community has failed to convince mullahs to curb their nuclear procurement through dialogue.  Meanwhile Iran has gained valuable time to continue its efforts to obtain the A-bomb.

This must be a big blow for the policy makers who are in the favor of a “Grand Bargain” strategy and who have been aimlessly prescribing engagement and dialogue with the tyranny in Iran for more than twenty-five years. In fact, those European countries and those in the United States who endorse the appeasement policy are partially responsible for the catastrophic outcomes of giving the mullahs of Iran time to work toward the realization of their dangerous ambitions.

Iran has been the major sponsor of global terrorism for a quarter century. From sponsoring terrorist groups in the Middle East to bombings of Khobar and Buenos Aires and fueling the insurgency in Iraq, it is not difficult to imagine how Iran would use or distribute its nuclear weapons. It is a mystery that while countries with much lower risks to world stability have been confronted, the mullahs in Iran have been spared.

The Iranian leaders have used a variety of tactics to circumvent decisive international action. They use the insurgency in Iraq to weaken the coalition forces and to divert attention from their plans. They offer lucrative trade contracts to their European partners in return for political concessions. They use everything in their power to silence dissent at home and abroad. Inside Iran, they use executions, inhumane punishments and severe abuse of human rights. Abroad, they have so far killed 450 exiles.  After the European Union began engaging Iran  under the cloak of ”critical dialogue,” the mullahs demanded the blacklisting of Iran’s main opposition group, the People's Mujahedeen of Iran (MEK), effectively restricting the activities of their opponents outside the country. Ironically, the MEK and its affiliated organizations were the key source of information that shed bright lights on Iran’s clandestine nuclear weapons program two years ago.

Today’s chaos in Iraq and elsewhere in the Middle East could be explained in the context of a policy of mollifying the mullahs in Tehran, who have realized that either for pure economic reasons or political considerations, the West is willing to turn a blind eye on their excesses at home and sponsorship of terror abroad.

The world has always limited itself to two options when considering what to do about the Iranian danger: appeasement or military action. Both are misguided. The former has proven futile in the past decade and the latter ignores the role the Iranian people and the organized opposition could play in bringing about regime change in that country. 

The fact is that Iran is perhaps the only country in the world today where the overwhelming majority of its citizens (ninety-four percent according to a government poll two years ago) oppose the clerics. This explains why tens of thousands of Iranians have been imprisoned, tortured or executed by the current government. Unfortunately, Europe’s policy of all carrot and no stick has impeded efforts by Iranians and dissident forces to unseat the regime in Tehran.

If the West is seriously concerned about Iran’s mischief in Iraq, nuclear intransigence, and sponsorship of terror, it has no choice but to reach out to Iranian opposition groups who are seeking to replace the current regime with the secular, democratic government. As a first step, Europe and the U.S. should remove the MEK from their list of terrorist Organizations. The group’s designation several years ago was politically motivated and designed to placate the Iranian theocracy.

Parallel to working with Iranian dissident groups, the West must refer Iran’s nuclear dossier to the United Nations Security Council for the adoption of sanctions in order to thwart its nuclear ambitions.

These initiatives would weaken the Iranian regime from inside and outside and give the Iranian people the hope and power to topple the mullahs. The world would be a better and safer place without the turbaned tyrants in Iran. The clock is ticking for Iran and our indecisiveness is the key to achieve nuclear weapons. Act firmly on Iran, now!

Hedayat Mostowfi is the Executive Director for nationwide Committee in Support of Referendum in Iran.

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32 posted on 09/30/2004 9:18:35 AM PDT by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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Kharrazi: Iran-U.S. relations worse than ever

9/30/2004 12:30:00 PM GMT



''Just leave us alone," kharrazi said, referring to the U.S. government

Iran's foreign minister stated that his country's relations with the United States are getting worse than ever, yet he hopes that November’s presidential election could open avenues for renewed dialogue between the two countries, even if President Bush was reelected.

At a breakfast with American editors, Kamal Kharrazi said the U.S. government’s hostility toward Iran over the past years has resulted in animosity and mistrust. He, moreover, cited U.S. support of exiled Iranian opposition groups as evidence of U.S. malice.

Although Bush had previously described Iran as part of the ''axis of evil" and has stepped up accusations against Iran over its nuclear ambitions and other issues, Kharrazi hinted that if Bush was re-elected, that would not necessarily mean another era of unending conflict between the two countries.

''Experience shows that a president who is in office for a second term usually becomes more realistic," Kharrazi said with a smile.

When asked whether he favors Bush or Democrat John F. Kerry, Kharrazi replied, ''I'm not sure." Saying that he is awaiting the outcome of the vote to decide on that.

He also said that if the elections in Iraq and Afghanistan resulted in giving those nations credible, democratically elected leaders, ''that would have a very positive impact in the whole region." He disputed the notion that such governments would probably be against Iran's interests, saying, ''Democracy does not necessarily bring pro-U.S. governments."

Commenting on the insurgency in Iraq, Kharrazi said Al Qaeda-linked militants and remnants of Hussein's Ba'ath Party regime were just factors, but ''there is also a huge category of ordinary people, Iraqis who have been humiliated by U.S. forces. Their families have been killed or tortured. So they are ready to resist against the Americans."

He said that the resistance will carry on ''as long as foreign troops are there under U.S. command."

According to Kharrazi, the only solution for the Iraqi crisis is to provide the Iraqi government with help to assume responsibility for security, and putting international forces under United Nations command.

Kharrazi reiterated that Iran has no intention of developing nuclear weapons. He said Iran insists on its legal right to develop nuclear energy for peaceful purposes.

When asked whether he expects Iran’s relation with the U.S. to improve, Kharrazi refused to answer directly.

And when asked to describe the current relationship, he said, ''I believe it is very bad."

Kharrazi suggested one solution as a step toward improving relations: ''Just leave us alone."

No nuke activity at Iran site

Tests on samples taken from soil have proved that there are no nuclear activities at a site in northern Iran that the U.S. claims Tehran could have used to covertly develop uranium enrichment programs, diplomats said Tuesday.

However, the diplomats, who spoke on condition of anonymity, warned that the investigation of the Lavizan Shiyan site was not complete.

"We have still not looked at all results" of environmental sampling, one diplomat said.

The International Atomic Energy Agency has been investigating for nearly two decades Iran’s nuclear activities. Tehran has repeatedly denied U.S. claims that it was covertly trying to develop nuclear weapons, and asserted that its program is meant to generate electricity.

A senior diplomat who is familiar with Iran's nuclear dossier said that the agency "needed to have all testing finished" - including environmental samples beyond the soil that was carted away from Lavizan Shiyan - before it could draw definitive conclusions.


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Iran: Small Depositors Lose their Savings and Get Shot

September 30, 2004
Agence France Presse
AFP


TEHRAN -- A string of Islamic interest-free loan funds have been collapsing across Iran in recent months, sparking anger and violence from small depositors, with the latest unrest leaving one person dead and several others hurt.

State television reported earlier this week that the judiciary had declared yet another fund bankrupt in the central town of Nourabad, near Shiraz, with the resulting clashes between furious customers and police causing the bloodshed.

The loan-granting system of the Zolfaghar-Ali fund was "illegal", the report said.

According to the conservative-run news website Baztab, residents of the southwestern city of Nourabad in the southwestern province of Fars had more than 360 billion rials (almost 41 million dollars) deposited in such funds.

The student news agency ISNA said some 400 clients gathered in protest and proceeded to burn down the fund's offices, before moving on to attack several public buildings.

Before order was restored, at least one demonstrator was shot dead. At least 14 others were hurt and ISNA said 47 arrests were made.

The banking operations by such loan funds, founded by conservatives to follow an Islamic banking system, have caused several crises throughout Iran in recent months and triggered street protests.

The system allows depositors after a few months to take interest-free loans of double the amount deposited. But the funds invest and speculate with the deposits, often leaving them without resources to meet high demand for loans.

Furthermore, clients are usually from poorer sections of the population -- prone to trusting anything "Islamic" yet badly in need of cheap loans.

What appeared to have happened in the case of the latest failure was that amid several other failures, more and more depositors were trying to get their money back -- eventually forcing the fund under.

In recent months, several districts around the central city of Isfahan have reported similar bankruptcies.

One official was quoted as saying in the press that "thirteen funds there have had liquidity problems and could not refund money" to some 600,000 investors who had placed up to 5 trillio rials (570 millions dollars) with them.

Several hundred of the cheated savers even headed up to Tehran to demand the intervention of supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

But the topic remains ultra-sensitive, given that the banks are presented as "Islamic" and, in addition, are thought to be well connected.

"There are something like 6,000 of these funds, and some of them are bigger than Iranian banks," one national banking expert told AFP on condition that he not be identified.

The reformist government and its allies who sat in the previous parliament had attempted to place these funds under the control of the Central Bank, but the expert pointed out that they are "mostly controlled by people close to the conservatives" -- the dominant political current in the regime.

"In the absence of any sort of control, we see all kinds of funds. There are cases of embezzlement, robberies and scams," said the source.

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Police Commander Defends Actions in Recent Tehran Disturbances

September 30, 2004
BBC Monitoring
BBC Monitoring Middle East


The commander of the Law Enforcement Force, Commander Qalibaf, has said some people were arrested in Tehran on Sunday [26 September] following clashes instigated by "counter-revolutionary elements" and opposition currents. There were similar but "unimportant" incidents in Esfahan and another city, he said. He said recent arrests of journalists were carried out on the instructions of the judiciary.

Answering a series of questions on the Pakdasht child murder case, Qalibaf stressed that the police force was very short staffed. He said that despite falls in the crime rate over the past two years, there was still a feeling of insecurity in the country. the following is the text of a report by the Iranian newspaper Etemaad web site on 28 September

The activities and approaches of the Law Enforcement Force on Sunday night in certain districts were in complete accordance with its legal responsibility to ensure security in the society.

Commander Qalibaf, the Commander of the Law Enforcement Force, made this statement in an interview with reporters. He then set out to elaborate on the performance record of the Law Enforcement Force in recent years, and went on to say: Unfortunately, every now and then, some foreign media channels, some counter-revolutionary elements and political currents opposed to the political system try to raise some issues as a pretext to invite the people to gather in the streets of the city [as a protest action]. The events of Sunday night should be placed in that category.

He emphasised that in some areas there had been scattered clashes as well, and in the process some people had been arrested. The E'temad correspondent then asked: "Do you not think that the large scale presence of the police force at the level and concentration which was witnessed on Sunday night in some streets of Tehran, or even the disruption in the operation of the timer systems of traffic lights which in turn led to a heavy traffic jam across Tehran were in themselves factors which provoked the people and created a tense, police atmosphere?" Commander Qalibaf responded: Whenever and wherever we feel the safety and security of citizens is under threat, we will use all our means in order to control the situation and bring about security. We will do this even if it gives the impression of a so-called police state. All of the measures adopted on Sunday night were within this framework.

He then referred to similar incidents in two other cities, including Esfahan, and described these incidents as unimportant.

In response to a question by another newspaper reporter, Commander Qalibaf explained the nature of the Premises Bureau [Persian: Edareh-ye Amaken; part of Law Enforcement Force in charge of ensuring compliance with the Islamic code of conduct at public premises] and its recent arrest of some writers and newspaper journalists. He said: In the last two years, we have announced time and again that the HQ of the Premises Bureau has moved to another location, and right now, the old building is being used by the Intelligence Bureau of the Law Enforcement Force.

He went on: However, with regard to the recent arrests, I must say that we are only here to implement the instructions and warrants of the judiciary power. With regard to the recent cases, all the arrests and detentions took place with the consent of the judiciary organs, and the fact remains that the Law Enforcement Force can never take independent and autonomous action to arrest and detain any of the country's citizens.

Touching on the incidents at Pakdasht and the LEF's approaches towards them, Commander Qalibaf said: This case is going through its normal stages at the present, and if during the investigations it is ascertained that one or more personnel of the Law Enforcement Force have committed offences, you can rest assured that the guilty parties will be handed over to the relevant judicial authorities.

He added: As I have said time and again in the past, we are facing severe shortage of manpower in most regions of the country, and this shortage is not confined to areas such as Pakdasht and Qiyamdasht. However, this cannot be used as an excuse for failing to do our job properly. With regards to the specific case of the incidents in Pakdasht, the people should be confident that even if all the other organs and officials which have been involved in the case decide to abandon the case, personally, I will not let the issue rest until a definite conclusion is reached and a final verdict is issued.

Commenting on the rumours suggesting that the first defendant in the Pakdasht case had in the first instance been released on the basis of formal guarantees given by one of the personnel of the Law Enforcement Force, Commander Qalibaf said: The person mentioned in this connection is a member of the traffic police who a distant relative of the defendant. At that particular juncture, on the basis of a decision by the judge in charge of the case and completely legally, this person became the official guarantor of the first defendant. Subsequently, again on the basis of a formal decision by the judge, the defendant was lawfully released from detention. On the basis of the same mode of reasoning, this affair was completely based on kin relations, and as such, it had nothing to do with the intervention of the Law Enforcement Force or its personnel in this legal case.

In his interview, Commander Qalibaf referred to the phenomenon of improper Hijab [Islamic dress code for women], and said: Although we believe the use of police methods and tactics is not the best way of approaching moral and social ills, those people who appear on the streets dressed as mannequins will certainly be confronted.

Asked about the crimes committed in Pakdasht, Commander Qalibaf said: No one can deny that the number of police personnel and the force's facilities and equipment are in any way proportionate to the current population of the country. To give you an example, to investigate and process a criminal case for instance murder requires an average of 336 hours of investigation, while a lesser offence such as theft requires an average of 37 hours. This should be seen against the background that we currently have only one officer for every 66 cases.

He went on: We face this problem in Pakdasht and many other regions as well. In a town like Pakdasht, with a population of around 300,000 which includes around 100,000 Afghans - even if a Law Enforcement Force station with some 100 personnel operates around the clock, the police force is still not going to be able to ensure the necessary security in the area. To make things worse, I am being asked to utilise 300 personnel in order to ensure the security of the Imam Khomeyni International Airport. Of course, I did not agree to this request. Unfortunately, in 1381 [year which ended on 21 March 2003], in spite of all the efforts made and all the correspondence and exchanges, a scheme to recruitment the necessary personnel for the Law Enforcement Force was shelved, because one of the relevant officials failed to pay enough attention to the decisions of the Government and the Majlis. I felt so strongly about this issue that I lodged a complaint against this person with the State Supreme Administrative Court.

Furthermore, he acknowledged that compared to other countries of the world, the feeling of insecurity in Iran was relatively high, and went on to say: In spite of a drop in the crime rate in 1381 by around 97 per cent, and by around 43 per cent in 1382 [figures as published], the feeling of insecurity in the country has not diminished.

The Commander of the Law Enforcement Force commented on the supervision methods adopted to ensure the security of historical and cultural heritage sites and the country's tourism industry in general, and said: The Law Enforcement Force as a whole has embarked on a review of the existing procedures in order to protect the country's cultural and historical heritage and look after the needs of tourists. We hope that with this, and also with the contacts which have taken place with other departments, the problems in this field are going to be resolved in the near future.

Source: Etemaad web site, Tehran, in Persian 28 Sep 04

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Iranian Supports Reinstating Al-Baradi'i as IAEA Chief

September 30, 2004
BBC Monitoring
BBC Monitoring Middle East


"US Secretary of State Colin Powell has officially opposed to reinstating [Mohammad] Al-Baradi'i, the Director-General of the International Atomic Energy Agency.

Powell's reason for his opposition is that Al-Baradi'i cannot serve in the same post for more than two terms of office. Of course, based on the agency's history, this seems to be a weak reason; because Hans Belix, the agency's former director-general had served in the same post for more than three terms. Meanwhile, there is no hindrance to Al-Baradi'i reinstatement in the agency's charter.

Currently, Al-Baradi'i is the only nominee for this post and the most experienced individual who could lead this international institution in a situation in which America wants to hinder the transfer of technology of peaceful use of nuclear energy to other countries, that is the main responsibility of this institution.

Political observers believe Al-Baradi'i's performance in the arms inspection in Iraq, his opposition to America's attack on Iraq, as well as his relatively fair reports about Iran's nuclear activities in the past 18 months are the main reason's of America's dissatisfaction.

Nevertheless, one should say that the current director-general of the agency enjoys extensive support of the 35 members of the Board of Governors.

It seems that in the present situation when the agency is facing major issues including the North Korea crisis, South Korea's illegal activities in the area of enriching Uranium, the problem of global nuclear disarmament and the need for inspecting the nuclear activities of the Zionist regime [Israel], Al-Baradi'i is the best choice for the post of director-general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, thanks to his experience and the confidence the international community has in his relative impartiality."

Source: Voice of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Tehran, in Persian 0430 gmt 30 Sep 04

Text of report by Iranian radio on 30 September

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No One Is Safe

[Excerpt]

September 30, 2004
The Wall Street Journal Europe
Amir Taheri


Whom are we allowed to seize as hostage? Whom are we allowed to kill?

For the past few weeks these questions have prompted much debate throughout the Muslim world. The emerging answer to both questions is: anyone you like!

Triggered by the tragedy at a school in Beslan, southern Russia, last month, the debate has been further fueled by kidnappings and "exhibition killings" in Iraq.

Non-Muslims may find it strange that such practices are debated rather than condemned as despicable crimes. But the fact is that the seizure of hostages and "exhibition killing" go back to the early stages of Islamic history.

In the Arabia of the 7th century, where Islam was born, seizing hostages was practiced by rival tribes, and "exhibition killing" was a weapon of psychological war. The Prophet codified those practices, ending freelance kidnappings and head-chopping. One principle of the new code was that Muslims could not be held hostage by Muslims. Nor could Muslims be subjected to "exhibition killing." Such methods were to be used solely against non-Muslims, and then only in the context of armed conflict.

Seized in combat, a non-Muslim would be treated as a war prisoner, and could win freedom by converting to Islam. He could also be ransomed or exchanged against a Muslim prisoner of war. Non-Muslim women and children captured in war would become the property of their Muslim captors. Female captives could be taken as concubines or given as gifts to Muslims. The children, brought up as Muslims, would enjoy Islamic rights.

Centuries later, the initial code was elaborated by Imam Jaafar Sadeq, a descendant of the Prophet. He made two key rulings. The first was that whoever entered Islam was instantly granted "full guarantee for his blood." Non-Muslims, as long as they paid their poll tax, or jiziyah, to the Islamic authority would be protected.

Recalling this background is important because what we witness in the Muslim world today is disregard of religious tradition in favor of political considerations.

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A survey of Muslim views over the past weeks shows overwhelming, though not unanimous, condemnation of the Beslan massacre. But in all cases the reasons given for the condemnation are political rather than religious. Muslim commentators assert that Russia, having supported "the Palestinian cause," did not deserve such treatment.

Sheik Yussuf al-Qaradawi, a Sunni Muslim scholar based in Qatar, was among the first to condemn the Beslan massacre. At the same time, however, he insists that a similar attack on Israeli schools would be justified because Israeli schoolchildren, if not killed, could grow up to become soldiers. (Sheik Qaradawi also justifies the killing of unborn Israelis because, if born, they could become soldiers.)

That view is shared by Ayatollah Imami Kashani, a cleric working for the Iranian government. He claims that, regardless of what it has done against the people of Chechnya, Russia must not be attacked because it has supported "the greater cause" of Palestine. In other words Chechen Muslims are less worthy of consideration than Palestinian ones. That view is shared by the Organisation of the Islamic Conference, a grouping of 57 Muslim countries. Its secretary-general, Abdelouahed Belkeziz, has issued a strong condemnation of Beslan. But he has not said a word about dozens of other terrorists attacks carried by Islamists across the globe.

Implicit in all this is that killing innocent people in the lands of the "infidel" is justified for as long as the victims are not citizens of states sympathetic to "the Arab cause," whatever it happens to be at any given time. That position was highlighted in the Arab reaction to the kidnapping of two French journalists by Islamists in Iraq last month. Arab League Secretary-General Amr Moussa led the call for their release with these words: "France is a friend of the Arabs; we cannot treat friends this way."

This was echoed by Muhammad Hussein Fadlallah, spiritual leader of Hezbollah, who appealed for the release of the Frenchmen, something he has not done for any of the 140 foreigners who have been kidnapped in Iraq. Yasser Arafat has been more specific. "These journalists support the Palestinian cause and the Iraqi cause," he said in a statement issued in Ramallah. "We need guarantees for the security of friends who support us in battle."

In other words the Frenchmen must be freed because they support the Arabs, not because holding hostages is wrong.

The French authorities have reinforced that sentiment. Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin speaks of the Iraqi insurgency as "la resistance." And Foreign Minister Michel Barnier has announced that France would reject the international conference on Iraq, proposed by the Bush administration, unless "elements opposed to the occupation," meaning the terrorists, are invited.

OIC Secretary-General Belkeziz has also promised to leave no stone unturned to ensure the release of the French hostages. The same Mr. Belkeziz has said nothing about hostages from some 30 other countries, including some members of his own organization. Nor has he been moved by the coldblooded murder of 41 hostages, including Muslims, from 11 different nationalities.

Abbasi Madani, a former leader of the Front for Islamic Salvation, has started a hunger strike "in solidarity with our French brethren." This is rich coming from a man whose party and its allies caused the death of some 200,000 people in his native Algeria during the 1990s. Mr. Madani never missed a meal in solidarity with the countless Algerians, including women and children, that his fellow Islamists slaughtered.

Yet even more disturbing is the attitude of Muslim organizations in France and Britain. Both have sent delegations to Iraq to contact the terrorists and ask for the liberation of two French, and one British, hostages. The French delegation, led by Mohamed Bechari, went out of its way to advertise France's "heroic opposition" to the Iraq war in 2003. "I am here to defend France's Arab policy," Mr. Bechari told reporters. "In Iraq as well as in Palestine, France is for the Arabs."

The two British Muslim delegates made their case in a different way by arguing that, although Britain participated in toppling Saddam Hussein, a majority of the British were opposed to the war. Thus British hostage Ken Bigley should be released not because hostage-taking is wrong but because such a move could strengthen anti-war sentiment in Britain.

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By refusing to come out with a categorical rejection of terrorism, Muslim leaders and opinion-makers are helping perpetuate a situation in which no one is safe. The 9/11 attacks against the United States were based on the claim, made by al Qaeda's number two, Ayman al-Zawahiri, that all citizens of democratic countries could be murdered because, being actual or potential voters, they have a share of responsibility for the policies of their governments.

The assumption that only Americans and Israelis are targeted has proved false as Islamists have murdered hundreds of peoples from all faiths, including Islam, in a dozen countries in the past three years. Today, it is enough for anyone to designate himself as an Islamic "Mujahed," fighting for Palestine and opposing the "occupation" in Iraq, to get carte blanche from millions of Muslims, including many in authority, for kidnapping and "exhibition killing."

That no one, Muslim or "infidel," is safe was made clearer by a statement from Abu Anas al-Shami, the self-styled "mufti" of al Qaeda, who was reportedly killed in Iraq in an American air attack last month. "There are times when mujahedeen cannot waste time finding out who is who in the battlefield," he wrote. "There are times when we have to assume that whoever is not on our side is the enemy."

Al-Shami's position echoes a fatwa of the late Ayatollah Sadeq Khalkhali, one of the founders of the Islamic Republic in Iran. Ayatollah Khalkhali wrote: "Among those we seize hostage or kill, some may be innocent. In that case, Allah will take them to his paradise. We do our job, He does His."

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Mr. Taheri is an Iranian political commentator based in Paris.

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Inflation in Iran amounts to some 14.5% in five months

Mena Report-Business Section
Sep 30, 2004

Inflation in Iran increased to 14.6 percent in the year to Mordad, the fifth month in Iranian calendar year of 1383
(started on March 20). The price index for consumer goods and services in urban areas (inflation index) reached 269.5 points in Mordad, up 0.7 percent compared to the previous month of Tir, and up 14.9 percent compared to the corresponding month last year.

According to IRNA, the index was up 14.4 percent in the first five months of the year, ending in Mordad, compared to the same period of the previous year.

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Iran Becomes Greater WMD Threat Than Saddam’s Iraq

 

Iran may be closer to having nuclear weapons than the former Iraqi regime of Saddam Hussein, according to an article in the current issue of News Informant. Discoveries by inspectors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and certain admissions by the Iranian government lead officials in the United States and Israel to believe that Iran is not far from developing one or more nuclear weapons. The U.S. and Israel want the IAEA to push the matter to the UN Security Council immediately. The IAEA has given Iran a deadline of November 25th to comply with the demands of a recent IAEA report. However, the leaders of this Islamic theocracy have balked at this. And it is not clear, even if there is agreement by the international community, what can be done to stop Iran from moving forward with its program.

Chicago, IL (PRWeb) October 1, 2004 – An article entitled “Iran May Be Next To Go Nuclear” in the September 27, 2004 issue of the weekly web magazine News Informant poses the dilemma of what the international community can do to prevent yet another country, Iran, from becoming a member of the nuclear weapons club. A recent report by the IAEA questioned several discoveries concerning Iran’s nuclear program. The IAEA has found, in several places in Iran, traces of a gas formed by the enrichment of uranium, a step normally taken only when enriching for nuclear weapons grade uranium. They have also identified a second centrifuge, unreported by the Iranians, that can be used to produce weapons-grade uranium. This would be a violation of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), to which Iran is a signatory.

The report, authored by IAEA head, Mohamed ElBaradei, asks that Iran explain these findings to its satisfaction, and that it suspend its nuclear program until it satisfies IAEA demands. The U.S. and Israel requested that the issue be immediately sent to the UN Security Council for resolution. “The United States and Israel believe that Iran already has already produced weapons-grade uranium, or is no the verge of it,” says News Informant editor, Bernard Perlstein. “Iran’s lack of transparency in its nuclear program, the evidence of equipment and by-products related to weapons-grade enrichment of uranium, and even some of the Iranian government’s own admissions lend credence to this possibility,” he adds.

The IAEA selected a less drastic response to its concerns about the Iranian nuclear program. It has given Iran another deadline, November 25, to comply with the demands listed in its report. Iran’s immediate response, however, was to refuse compliance. The Iranian government insists that it is only enriching uranium for nuclear energy, not a weapon, which is allowed under the NPT.

As the News Informant article clarifies, Iran has several reasons for taking this approach. “Iran completed parliamentary elections last spring in which reformers were banned from running,” Mr. Perlstein commented. “The regime feels stronger and has backing for its hardline stand.”

There is also the international situation. “They see the U.S. military bogged down in Iraq, so it would be hard to change the focus to Iran,” Mr. Perlstein explained. “And getting the international community to agree to an economic embargo of this large oil producing country is unlikely, with oil prices at almost $50 a barrel.”

The News Informant article explains the difficult options ahead, if the world is going to prevent Iran from producing nuclear weapons.

The News Informant article in its entirety, and its sources, can be found on the web at: http://www.newsinformant.com/2004_09_27/foreign_relations.php#000814. A free registration is required to view the article.

To request a free copy of the article, or to obtain reprint rights or other use of the article, please contact Media@newsinformant.com.

About News Informant:
News Informant, a publication of News Informant Inc., is a weekly electronic magazine focusing on news analysis of important domestic and global issues that are not sufficiently covered by the U.S. media. The magazine uses respected worldwide online source material to render original information and perspectives. The periodical follows the slogan, “It’s Not Just the News – It’s What’s Behind the News.”

News Informant, founded in 2003, was the brainchild of Bernard Perlstein, who believed that broadcast and electronic journalism too often focused on the excitement of immediate events, to the detriment of analysis of causes and possible solutions.

The magazine is the premier electronic source for news analysis on issues significant to U.S. residents. Making use of features that can only efficiently be provided through the Internet, the magazine, in addition to articles, provides immediate links to additional sources of information concerning the topic at hand.

About Bernard Perlstein:
Bernard Perlstein, founder and editor of News Informant, as well as regular contributor, has had a life-long interest in what is known in the social sciences as “political economy.” Mr. Perlstein established this magazine in order to provide, “the depth of coverage of the vital political, economic and social issues, in a concise format geared for the information age.” His specialties are in Politics, Economics and Foreign Relations. Mr. Perlstein majored in Government and minored in Economics at Oberlin College. He earned his BS in Mathematics and Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Chicago and an MBA from De Paul University.

For additional information on News Informant or Mr. Perlstein, or for media inquiries, please contact:
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SA Calls for Peaceful Resolution to Iran Nuke Standoff

BuaNews (Pretoria)
September 30, 2004
Posted to the web September 30, 2004
Thabo Mokgola
Pretoria

Government has called for a peaceful resolution to the impasse surrounding Iran's nuclear programme, following a meeting between President Thabo Mbeki and Iranian Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council Hassan Rouhani, yesterday.

The two met to discuss wide ranging issues including developments relating to Iran's Nuclear Programme and its consideration in the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

Deputy Director-General in the Department of Foreign Affairs Abdul Minty explained that South Africa, as a member of the Board of Governors of the IAEA, had been active on the nuclear issue and believed that a confrontation should be avoided and a solution should be sought urgently.

"Such a solution should be possible by finding a balance between the rights of (Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty) NPT members to nuclear technology for peaceful purposes and the need to build international confidence," he said.

Towards this end, he added, South Africa would be interacting intensively with all parties concerned and working for a satisfactory solution.

Many countries have expressed concern at Iran's nuclear programme, leading to some threatening to push the matter to the UN Security Council.

UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan has repeatedly called on Iran to co-operate with the IAEA to avoid confrontation.
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Iran's parliament to impeach reformist minister

Reuters
Tehran, September 30

Iran's conservative-dominated parliament is to try to unseat the country's Transport Minister on Sunday, a move President Mohammad Khatami predicted would only boost his reformist government's standing with the public.

The impeachment bid was the latest effort to chip away at Khatami's authority by resurgent conservatives, who now control parliament as well as all the most powerful organs of state.

It is the first censure motion against a Khatami official since conservatives won parliamentary polls in February.

A motion against Roads and Transportation Minister Ahmad Khorram, filed early this month by 116 lawmakers, accused him of mismanagement, poor performance and inking a deal which, the supporters of the motion say, endangers the country's security.

A simple majority in the 290-seat assembly is enough to remove the minister from office.

But the President, a soft-spoken moderate cleric, said the impeachment would increase his government's popularity.

Khorram has survived impeachment votes after a series of fatal air crashes, but hit more flak for a deal with Turkish consortium TAV to operate Tehran's new international airport.

Khatami's conservative rivals have been gunning for Khorram as a way to undermine the President and his economic reforms aimed at opening up the Islamic Republic to foreign investment, one analyst said.

"They want to paralyse the government by scaring foreign investors," said economic analyst Mohsen Faraji.

The outcome of the Sunday's vote is uncertain. But analysts say hardliners, who enjoy a majority in the 290-seat parliament, would not have gone forward with the long-threatened impeachment drive without some assurance that they would prevail.


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***MEDIA ADVISORY***

 

Middle Eastern American Convention for Freedom and Democracy to Hold Forum, Dinner on Oct. 1

 

Americans of Middle Eastern descent unite to support war on terror, denounce oppression and radicalism

 

On Friday, October 1, Americans of Middle Eastern descent will gather in Washington D.C., to show their support for the efforts to defeat terrorism and radicalism and to create a free and peaceful Middle East. 

 

“At these dangerous and critical times, we want to provide a forum for all Middle Eastern Americans who support the United States in the war against terror and applaud the fact that the Middle East has one less tyrant after the fall of Saddam,” said Dr. Joseph Gebaily, the convention’s executive director. “As the primary victims of the prevailing intolerance in the Middle East, we strongly support the war on terrorism and efforts to promote democracy in all nations of the region.”

 

The convention will allow participants to exchange views and ideas with longtime veterans of the struggle against terrorism and tyranny.  Despite their diverse backgrounds, the participants share a historic and deeply motivated allegiance to the United States and aspire to see a free and peaceful Middle East.

 

The convention includes a discussion forum from 5 to 6:30 p.m. that will address U.S. foreign policy, Iraq, Afghanistan, al-Qaeda, Arab Israeli conflict, Syria’s occupation of Lebanon, the genocide in Darfur, women’s rights, and democracy.  From 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., the discussion will continue over dinner.  A representative from the Bush administration is expected to deliver a message from the President. Messages from Members of Congress will also be presented.  Both the discussion forum and the dinner are open to the press.

 

The convention is sponsored by American associations from Arab, Kurd, Chaldo-Assyrian, Iranian, Sunni, Shia, Christian, Sudanese, Maronites, Mauritanian, Berber, Aramaic, Jewish, and other backgrounds, including:

 

  • American Islamic Congress
  • American Islamic Forum for Democracy
  • American Coptic Association
  • American Lebanese Alliance
  • American Lebanese Coordination Council
  • American Libyan Freedom Alliance
  • American Maronite Union
  • American Middle-East Christian Association
  • Assembly for Lebanon
  • Assyrian Academic Society
  • Assyrian American National Federation
  • Center for Islamic Pluralism
  • Committee for the Defense of Human Rights in Mauritania
  • Committee in Support for Referendum in Iran
  • Free Muslim Coalition Against Terrorism
  • Iraq America Freedom Alliance
  • JIMENA, Jews Indigenous to the Middle East and North Africa 
  • Kabyle Berber Movement
  • Kurdish Patriotic Union
  • Lebanese Information Center
  • Reform Party for Syria
  • Southern Sudanese Voice for Freedom
  • Sudan-Darfur Organization
  • The American Coptic Association
  • The Centre for Freedom in the Middle East
  • The Saudi Institute
  • US Alliance for Democratic Iran
  • US Copts Association
  • Washington Kurdish Institute
  • Women's Forum Against Fundamentalism in Iran
  • World Lebanese Cultural Union - USA

 

Human rights and democracy organizations participating include:

 

  • Freedom House
  • Foundation for the Defense of Democracies
  • American Anti-Slavery Group
  • Christian Solidarity International

 

Forum speakers include:

 

  • Dr. Ali Attar, Iraq America Freedom Alliance
  • Dr. Najmedine Karim, President of the Washington Kurdish Institute
  • Farid Ghadri, Syrian Reform Party
  • Michael Meunir, US Copts Association
  • Mrs. Jila Kazeronian, Women’s Forum against Fundamentalism in Iran
  • Elie Khawand,  American Lebanese Coalition
  • Dr. Zuhdi Jasser, American Islamic Forum for Democracy
  • Ali Ahmad, the Saudi Institute
  • Barbara Anne Ferris, Mideast American Women
  • Nir Boms, Centre for Freedom in the Middle East
  • Yahia Mohammed Adam, RMCE, Massaleit Community in Exile, Darfur
  • Jimmy Mulla, Southern Sudanese Voice for Freedom   
  • Mohammed al Jahmi, American Lybian Freedom Alliance
  • Kamal Nawash, President, Free Muslims Coalition Against Terrorism
  • Resa Bulorchi, US Alliance for a Democratic Iran
  • Emmanuel Benhmou, JIMENA, Jews Indigenous from the Mideast and North Africa
  • Dr. Mohammed al Maitani, Middle East Forum for Democracy, Yemen
  • Mansour Kane, President, Committee for the Defense of Human Rights in Mauritania

 

Dinner speakers include:

 

  • Ms. Zainab al-Suwaij, American Islamic Congress
  • Attorney Robert Dekelaita, Assyrian American National Federation
  • Dr Joseph Gebeiley , Director, Executive Committee of the Convention
  • Professor Walid Phares, Coordinator, National Committee of the Convention
  • Walid Maalouf, USAID, Public Diplomacy, Middle East Office

 

 

Who:              Middle Eastern American Convention for Freedom and Democracy

 

What:             Discussion forum and dinner

 

When:             Friday, October 1, 2004

Forum, 5-6:30 p.m.

                        Dinner, 7:30-9:30 p.m.

                       

Where:           Wardman Park Marriott Hotel

2660 Woodley Road, NW, Washington, DC 20008

 

Contacts:

 

For convention background and forum speakers contact Professor Walid Phares

Phone: (202) 207-0188

Fax: (202) 207-0191

Email at Mideastoctober1@aol.com

 

For logistical and technical questions please contact Ms. Ramesh Separhad

Phone: 703-906-2671
Fax: (202) 318-0402

Email at Mideastoctober1@aol.com


42 posted on 09/30/2004 1:05:45 PM PDT by nuconvert (Everyone has a photographic memory. Some don't have film.)
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To: DoctorZIn

I just received this from Freedom44...

"Here's the scoop.

Apparently Dr. Yazdi got on the air at Rang-a-Rang last night around midnight central time. When he first arrived he said that the session will be short because he has lots of preparations for leaving. He took three or four calls from "friends" possibily their own people at the studio, and all the sudden changed his mind about going.

The other channels have been slamming him non-stop for his actions.

That's all so far. Will let you know more when i find out more.

Thanks

Freedom44"


43 posted on 09/30/2004 5:45:58 PM PDT by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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To: DoctorZIn

An enigma, wrapped in a mystery, wrapped in a strait jacket? Or just the regime up to the usual?


44 posted on 09/30/2004 8:44:50 PM PDT by nuconvert (Everyone has a photographic memory. Some don't have film.)
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To: DoctorZIn
This thread is now closed.

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

"If you want on or off this Iran ping list, Freepmail DoctorZin”

45 posted on 09/30/2004 9:51:54 PM PDT by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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To: nuconvert

THAT GUY IS A REGIME AGENT, LIAR AND IDIOT. He thinks people of Iran are idiot as he and his colleagues are.

I never byu the lies the LA TV Channels sell.


46 posted on 10/01/2004 8:03:49 AM PDT by Khashayar (R E S P E C T)
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