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Iranian Alert - October 12, 2004 [EST]- IRAN LIVE THREAD - "Americans for Regime Change in Iran"
Regime Change Iran ^ | 10.12.2004 | DoctorZin

Posted on 10/11/2004 9:43:47 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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2 posted on 10/11/2004 9:45:52 PM PDT by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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EU renews carrot offer to Iran in nuclear standoff

11 October 2004
The European Union reiterated Monday its willingness to renew dialogue with Iran on a host of issues, including trade, if it suspends uranium enrichment activities.

"If Iran on its side is willing to suspend all activities in the field of enrichment for peaceful purposes, we are willing to continue with the dialogue," said Dutch Foreign Minister Bernard Bot.

He described the EU's policy towards Tehran as one of "engagement with a large number of incentives," including a trade agreement "and a number of other measures ... to intensify our cooperation with that country."

He was speaking after the EU, which has long sought a policy of engagement with Tehran in contrast to the US isolationist stance, discussed the issue at a regular monthly meeting of foreign ministers.

Tension is rising ahead of a November meeting of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) directors, where Washington is expected to raise the stakes by calling for the Iran nuclear issue to be sent to the UN Security Council.

EU leaders have expressed disappointment with Iran since February elections there which saw the return to power of hardliners.

The Dutch minister added that human rights remains a key concern.

"We still should send a strong signal that we think that that aspect is very important in our policy," he said.

"We believe the EU should stand united and show its determination both as far as the engagement policy is concerned and of course as far as the condition is concerned that Iran suspends its enrichment activities," he added.

3 posted on 10/11/2004 9:46:39 PM PDT by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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HAMAS CONSIDERS MAJOR ATTACK OUTSIDE ISRAEL



NICOSIA [MENL] -- Hamas has been discussing with Iran the launch of a major attack against an Israeli or Jewish installation outside of the Middle East.

Western intelligence sources said Hamas has sought Iran's help in financing and planning a major strike on an Israeli embassy or Jewish facility that would deter Israel from attacking the leadership of the Islamic insurgency group. The sources said Hamas has urged Teheran to provide the same support granted for the mass casualty strikes against Israeli and Jewish targets in Buenos Aires in the early 1990s in which 114 people were killed.

"Hamas does not have the depth for any major attack on an Israeli installation outside of the Middle East," an intelligence source said. "For this, it needs an ally such as Iran, with experience in and capabilities for such attacks."

In September, Israel's intelligence community was on alert for a mass casualty attack on Israeli tourists in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula. Egypt has suspected Hamas or Palestinian involvement in the Oct. 7 bombings of tourist sites frequented by Israelis in the Sinai, in which 34 people were killed, 12 of them Israelis.


4 posted on 10/11/2004 9:47:07 PM PDT by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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US alleges new Iranian nuclear site

Jane's - By Andrew Koch
Oct 11, 2004

Washington, DC - The US is making new charges that Iran is secretly developing a nuclear bomb, with the latest revelations based on satellite images of an Iranian military-run industrial facility.

Washington says the facilities of the Defence Industries Organisation (DIO) in Parchin, 30km southeast of Tehran, are related to Tehran's nuclear programme and that this is probably the location where work on weaponising nuclear material into an atomic bomb is occurring.

Sources familiar with the site said it looks like Iran possesses "the whole package deal" needed for weaponising nuclear material, including test ranges for high-explosives, armaments facilities and precision machining capabilities. US officials said they suspect Parchin is the ultimate destination of a number of pieces of equipment suspected of being imported by Iran for its nuclear programme. That equipment, such as high-speed cameras, can be used in the production of nuclear weapons but also has civilian applications.

5 posted on 10/11/2004 9:47:33 PM PDT by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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NY Times Says 'Unfit for Command' May Defeat Kerry

NewsMax.com - Report Section
Oct 11, 2004

 

Unfit


After months of the book sitting atop the newspaper's own best-seller list, the New York Times Sunday Book Review has finally taken the time to review "Unfit for Command."

In the opening line of the review, the Times admits the serious influence the book could have in American political history:

"If John Kerry loses the presidential election, 'Unfit for Command,' by John E. O'Neill and Jerome R. Corsi, will go down as a chief reason. The book - a sort of companion piece to the political attack ads placed by O'Neill's group, Swift Boat Veterans for Truth - is a furious assault on Kerry's character and service in Vietnam."

6 posted on 10/11/2004 9:47:50 PM PDT by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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Press Conference on" Kerry-Islamic regime influence" on October 14th

SMCCDI (Public Announcement)
Oct 14, 2004

A SMCCDI Press Conference will take place on Thursday October 14, 2004, from 09:15 AM at the Washington DC's National Press Club located at 529 14th Street NW Washington, DC 20045. The  meeting will be held in the "1st Amendment room" located on the NPC's 13th floor.

The subject of the conference will be "Senator Kerry and the Islamic regime influence on US elections."

In addition to Aryo B. Pirouznia, the Movement's Coordinator, the guest speakers will be Dr. Jerome R. Corsi, writer of the No.1 New York Times best-seller "Unfit for Command - Swift Boat Veterans Speak Out Against John Kerry" , the investigative reporter Kenneth Timmerman ; And the Honorable Robert Jenevein (of the "Brady & Cole LLP") and Conselor Michael Payma (of the "Law Offices of Payma & Kuhnel PC") who are composing the Movement's defense team.

The SMCCDI and its Coordinator are in a juridical litigation with Hassan Nemazee, "Kerry's Iranian Connection", known as an Islamic republic apologist. A website that is launched by SMCCDI's Counselors to keep abreast of matters relating to this case is: www.regimeinfluence.com

A Q&A session will be held after the speeches with members of the Press.

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7 posted on 10/11/2004 9:50:05 PM PDT by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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Iraq Frees 130 Iran Prisoners, Hundreds Remain -TV

Mon Oct 11, 2004 12:57 PM ET

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iraq on Monday released 130 Iranians arrested for crossing the border illegally, but another 270 remain behind bars, Iran's top diplomat in Baghdad told state television.

Washington and some officials in Iraq's interim government have accused Iran of meddling in Iraq's affairs and allowing weapons and fighters to cross their long border. Iran denies this accusation.

Iranian Charge d'Affaires Hassan Qomi described the detainees as pilgrims who had tried to visit holy Shi'ite Muslim sites in Iraq without the proper documentation.

He said the 130 Iranians freed on Monday had all been held in the town of Kut. Another 71 were expected to be released in coming days. Before Monday's releases more than 400 Iranians were being held in various jails in Iraq, he added.

"In the next month we hope to solve the issue of Iranian pilgrims traveling to Iraq," Qomi said.


8 posted on 10/11/2004 11:08:41 PM PDT by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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Israel still stronger than Iran, says report

By Amnon Barzilai

Israel's strategic standing in the Middle East has improved and its security forces have registered impressive achievements in their war on terror in the past year, according to Tel Aviv University's Jaffee Center for Strategic Studies.

At the same time, the motivation of Palestinians to continue their struggle against Israel has not been undermined, says "The Middle East Strategic Balance 2003-2004," this year's volume of the Jaffee Center's annual publication, which was released yesterday to the media.

According to the Jaffee Center report: "From its current position of strength, Israel is striving to advance its planned disengagement from the Palestinians."

Alongside the successes, notes the head of the Jaffee Center, Prof. Shai Feldman, the past year has also been characterized by a failure to exploit opportunities - first and foremost in the disregard shown for signs of Syria's willingness to renew peace negotiations.

The Jaffee Center publication also notes that alongside Israel's supremacy in the region's conventional balance of power, the past year has seen dangerous developments in Iran's nuclear program.

The deputy head of the Center, Dr. Ephraim Kam, said the United States seemed closer to the possible use of force to prevent Iran from completing its nuclear program. According to Kam, any Israeli military operation against Iran would require dialogue with the United States because U.S. forces are currently positioned between the two countries.

Prof. Feldman believes the improvement in Israel's strategic standing is not limited to the field of conventional warfare only, and notes that Israel has maintained exclusive capabilities in the non-conventional field too. He also stressed, however, that the last year had seen significant advances in Iran's nuclear program, particularly in the field of uranium enrichment.

Thus, noted Feldman, Iran is now closer than ever before to the production of fissile material, which is essential for the manufacture of nuclear weapons. Feldman added, however, that global attention to the inherent dangers in Iran's nuclear efforts had increased, especially among the United States and key European states.

Dr. Kam noted that the current situation in Iran was more complex than existed in Iraq on the eve of the Israel Air Force's strike on the latter's nuclear facilities in 1981. Iran, Kam said, had 4-5 nuclear reactors, and maybe even additional ones that had been built in secret. Hence, he said, multiple strikes may be needed in order to neutralize Iran's nuclear capabilities completely.

Kam said that the coming two months would be critical with respect to the international community's attitude to the development of nuclear weapons in Iran. Over this period, he said, the International Atomic Energy Agency would have to decide whether to ask the UN Security Council to adopt a resolution against Iran's nuclear program.

At the same time, Kam added, Israel and the United States would have to decide whether to consider a military option.

Jaffee Center researchers Brigadier General (ret.) Shlomo Brom and Yiftah Shapir came to the conclusion that despite Egypt's acquisition of advanced American arms, the IDF has preserved its qualitative edge in the Egypt-Israel military balance.

Brom said the balance of power between states was not measured only in terms of the quantity of weapons each had, but also on the ability of each to operate its arms and command and control systems.

"Underlying the ongoing gap is Egypt's failure thus far to implement fully the Revolution in Military Affairs - that is, to integrate information technologies and advanced means of command, control and communication completely to allow optimal use of force in the battlefield," the Jaffee Center report notes.

Brom said he did not believe that Egypt could surprise the IDF as it did during the Yom Kippur War because Egypt currently relied on U.S. technology and U.S. experts in Egypt were reporting on the status of the Egyptian military.

The Jaffee Center researchers believe that the biggest danger facing Israel today stems from the non-conventional field and the increased activity of terror organizations.

According to the Jaffee Center, "Iraq has now become a convenient arena for jihad ... With the growing phenomenon of suicide bombing, the U.S. presence in Iraq now demands more and more assets that might have otherwise been deployed against various dimensions of the global terrorist threat."

Prof. Feldman also warned that Israeli leaders were suppressing the threat that international terrorists could get their hands on non-conventional weapons.

Jaffee Center staff member Yoram Schweitzer warned of the danger of the terror seeping out of Iraq, with one of its possible objectives being to exploit the instability in Saudi Arabia and take control of the country from within. "Conquering Saudi Arabia is Bin Laden's wet dream," Schweitzer said.


9 posted on 10/11/2004 11:15:51 PM PDT by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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U.S. in Talks With Europeans on a Nuclear Deal With Iran

By STEVEN R. WEISMAN

Published: October 12, 2004

WASHINGTON, Oct. 11 - The Bush administration is holding talks with its European allies on a possible package of economic incentives for Iran, including access to imported nuclear fuel, in return for suspension of uranium enrichment activities that are suspected to be part of a nuclear arms program, European and American diplomats said Monday.

The diplomats said that while the administration had not endorsed any incentives for Iran, it was not discouraging Britain, France and Germany from assembling a package that the administration would consider after the American presidential election on Nov. 2, for likely presentation to Tehran later in the month.

Any support of a package of incentives, even if it is to be offered only by the Europeans, would indicate a significant shift in the Bush administration policy of demanding penalties, but not offering inducements, to get Iran to halt activities that are suspected to be for a nuclear arms program.

European diplomats said that the administration was very squeamish about even discussing incentives, in part because it would represent a policy reversal that would provoke a vigorous internal debate, and in part because of the presidential campaign. Senator John Kerry, the Democratic candidate, has made Iran an issue, criticizing the administration for not working more closely with European nations. Mr. Kerry has said that if elected he would endorse a deal supplying Iran with civilian nuclear fuel under tight restrictions and would press for sanctions if Iran refused.

Under prodding from the United States, the International Atomic Energy Agency has set late November as the deadline by which Iran must comply with demands that it do more to disclose its nuclear activities. The United States wants to send the matter to the United Nations Security Council for discussion of sanctions if there is no compliance.

"The Europeans are in discussion to present some kind of package to present to Iran within the short window of opportunity between the American election and the end of November," said a European diplomat. "If it works, fine. If it doesn't work, we are going to have to talk about sanctions."

The package under discussion, besides allowing Iran to import nuclear fuel for the civilian reactor it is planning to install at Bushehr, might also lift certain economic penalties on Iran, allowing it to import spare parts for its ailing civilian airline.

But the discussions with the Europeans are also said to include specifics on what sanctions would be sought if Iran turns down any incentives presented by the Europeans, the European and American diplomats said. Because there may not be enough votes for sanctions on the Security Council, sanctions might only be adopted by the United States, Britain, France, Germany and Japan.

"If there is going to be a substantial Iran policy, it has to have incentives for Iran or it may not work," said a European diplomat. Another European diplomat said that although the incentives had not been fleshed out for endorsement in Washington, there had been "an ongoing process of discussion between the Europeans and the Americans" and that whatever the Europeans come up with next month "will not come as a surprise" to Washington.

European officials said that whether or not President Bush is re-elected, the administration could find itself facing a tough deadline and divided over how to proceed.

Details of the highly sensitive talks on Iran between Europe and the United States have begun to leak out in Europe and were disclosed by European officials who advocate an approach of some conciliation toward Iran as the only way to change its behavior.

Foreign ministers of the European Union, who met Monday in Luxembourg, said that they supported the approach of what officials called "carrots and sticks" for the government in Tehran.

After these disclosures, an administration official subsequently confirmed that the discussions with European nations were under way. "We are still dealing with theoreticals," said the American official, adding that the discussions were intense.

Officials knowledgeable about the package under discussion say that many of the details still need to be fleshed out. But they say that American sanctions on Iran would have to be lifted in order for the package to be accepted.

The package being discussed would, among other things, let Iran import nuclear fuel from Russia for its reactor at Bushehr, under an agreement in which Russia would then re-import the spent fuel and store it. In return, Iran would suspend its enrichment of 37 tons of yellowcake, which is nearly raw uranium.

In addition, the package would lift a ban on exports to Iran of certain badly needed civilian aircraft parts, without which its fleet of civilian airliners has been virtually grounded.

The discussions also concern what to do if Iran turns down the offer, European officials said. One possible step under discussion would be to circumvent the United Nations Security Council, because two members of that body with vetoes, Russia and China, oppose sanctions. Instead, the United States, Britain, France, Germany and Japan, the five biggest economic powers in the world, would impose penalties on Iran.

A European diplomat familiar with the discussions with the Bush administration said that Britain, France and Germany were discussing the package of incentives to be offered Iran but that its ingredients were far from settled.

"We need to have a quiet discussion with the Americans to know what we put in the package," he said.

He added that there was "an ongoing process of discussion between the Europeans and the Americans" so that, even though the United States does not know the details of the incentive package, "the final proposal will not come as a surprise."

There are actually two late-November deadlines looming on Iran. One is the scheduled meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency, which is supposed to rule on the American demand that its board of governors refer Iran's actions to the Security Council.

Another is the late-November meeting of an international conference on Iraq, which is to occur in Egypt and involve Secretary of State Colin L. Powell and his Iranian counterpart, in what would be their first face-to-face encounter.

The main focus of American and European concern, administration and European officials and experts say, is the recent finding by the atomic energy agency that Iran possesses 37 tons of yellowcake and that it appears determined to enrich the material with the use of centrifuges, producing material suitable for a weapon.

Another concern is the nuclear reactor at Bushehr, which Russia has agreed to supply with fuel, taking the spent fuel back for reprocessing once it has been used in Iran. That deal has been suspended at the request of the United States. It would resume under the plan being discussed by the Europeans, according to European diplomats.

Iran maintains that it only wants to enrich the yellowcake for energy purposes, and that it has the right to do so under all international agreements that it has signed. The European approach is to use the incentives to get Iran to suspend its enrichment activities permanently, in a way that respects its sovereign right to enrich for fuel purposes.

The delicacy of confronting Iran has been underscored by its injection in the last two presidential debates.

Administration officials say that their preferred approach so far has been to let the three European Union nations take the lead with Iran and report back to Washington, rather than have the United States get involved in dealing directly with Iran.

10 posted on 10/11/2004 11:20:30 PM PDT by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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Oct. 12, 2004 0:04  | Updated Oct. 12, 2004 1:16

A partial attack would set back Iran's nukes - Jaffee Center head

By ARIEH O'SULLIVAN


The Natanz nuclear facility in Iran is seen in this Aug. 29, 2002, satellite image taken by DigitalGlobe's high-resolution imaging satellite QuickBird.
Photo: AP (File)

Even a partial strike on Iranian nuclear facilities would set back Teheran's efforts to get nuclear weapons, the head of the Jaffee Center for Strategic Studies said Monday.

Presenting the center's annual Middle East Strategic Balance, Prof. Shai Feldman also said the US-led war in Iraq "has become a major distraction from the global war on terrorism."

"Iraq has now become a convenient arena for jihad, which has helped al-Qaida to recover," the annual report said. "The US presence in Iraq now demands more and more assets that might have otherwise been deployed against various dimensions of the global terrorist threat such as the kind we saw this past weekend."

He was referring to the two bombing attacks in the Sinai that killed at least 32 people, including 12 Israelis.

Still, the think tank based at Tel Aviv University held that Israel's overall strategic situation has improved. It said, though, that despite tactical success in quashing Palestinian terror, there is currently no resolution of that conflict in sight and growing extremism on both sides.

The threat of conventional war is low and the qualitative gap, even between Israel and Egypt, is increasing.

Feldman also pointed out that Israel did not reach out to the extended Syrian overtures to resume peace talks, thus losing an opportunity to reap considerable positive strategic benefits.

Iran is said to be "closer than ever before" to producing fissile material essential for making nuclear bombs. Consequently, the US "seems closer to the possible use of force to prevent Iran from completing its nuclear program."

Ephraim Kam, deputy head of the center, said any military strike would be very complicated and not at all resemble the surprise 1981 IAF strike on the Iraqi reactor at Osirak. Iran learned from that and has spread out its installations.

Feldman said this should not prevent the option of military strike.

"There is a logic to operating against Iran even if the location of every facility is not known, because just taking out the facilities that are known, especially if they include the enrichment and heavy water plants, would in itself create a serious degradation of the Iranian potential," he said.

Brig.-Gen. (res.) Shlomo Brom, a senior researcher at the center, said that theoretically a nuclear balance could be forged between Israel and Iran. But he warned that a nuclear-armed Iran would likely set off a chain reaction, with nations like Egypt and Saudi Arabia seeking to obtain atomic bombs, further destabilizing the Middle East. He also said it was "wishful thinking" to believe that the mullahs in Teheran would become more responsible leaders once they obtained nuclear weapons.

He said an Israeli military option exists, but is highly problematic and requires a sustainable operation beyond the IDF's capability.

"Iran is far away and to reach it you have to pass over Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, or other Persian Gulf states. You can get entangled along the way. It is hard for me to imagine that the Americans would coordinate or cooperate with us, because if that was ever published it would greatly harm their position, which is already at a low point in the Middle East," said Brom, a former air force intelligence officer.

The think tank's annual report marked Israel's impressive achievements in the war on Palestinian terror. This is particularly impressive, it said, in contrast with experiences elsewhere, especially in Iraq.

But the experts said the virtue of this tactical "success" in defeating Palestinian terror is also its major flaw since it creates extremism on both sides.

"We did not succeed in breaking, halting, or even significantly reducing the Palestinian motivation against Israel, maybe the contrary," said Brig.-Gen. (ret.) Meir Elran, an expert on national security. "The situation actually feeds the hatred and opposition to the occupation."

On the other hand, he said, the four-year conflict also shows that Israeli society is not crumbling in the face of terror but rather displaying amazing normality.

"But the situation in 2004, even though it is better tactically, is not much better than in the past. We cannot point at anything that says we are headed toward stability and calm," he said.

Feldman said Israel's failure to take up peace talks with Damascus was unfortunate because it could have led to considerable strategic benefits, such as restricting Hizbullah.

"A peace treaty with Syria would also diminish the political context of continuation of tension with Iran," Feldman said. "I'm not sure people on our side take into account the full array of implications of a peace treaty with Syria."

But he added that there is no certainty a peace treaty with Syria can be achieved.

He said that this situation was created by the government which feels it cannot hold negotiations on two fronts. The public, too, is not free of blame as they have not taken to the streets pushing to renew talks with Damascus.


11 posted on 10/11/2004 11:25:33 PM PDT by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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Iran plots Ramadan infiltration in Iraq

By Jennifer Joan Lee
THE WASHINGTON TIMES

PARIS — A top Iranian dissident living in Paris says up to 800 clerics and theology students from Iran are in the process of infiltrating cities in neighboring Iraq in time for the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, which begins Friday.

Ayatollah Jalal Ganje'i, a prominent critic of the Iranian regime, said in an interview with The Washington Times that the influx is part of continuing efforts by Tehran's power brokers to exploit the crisis in Iraq in order to set up a sister fundamentalist Islamic republic.

The religious leaders, dispatched by the Islamic Propaganda Organization, plan to use the holy month to propagate militant Islamic views, he said, with the goal of strengthening Iraqi political groups whose philosophy and aims coincide with those of Iran's theocratic regime.

The cleric said the religious leaders will take their message into Kut, Nasariyah, Amarra, Najaf, Basra and Baghdad, joining a massive network of other Iranian agents already in Iraq, many in armed underground cells.

"I expect the violence to increase, and this will also set the stage for further meddling in upcoming Iraqi elections," said Ayatollah Ganje'i, who is affiliated with the National Council of Resistance, a State Department-designated terrorist group.

Also known as the People's Mujahideen Organization of Iran, the group was the first to reveal details of Iran's nuclear activities.

"Iran is hoping to use the January elections to bring its own Islamic fundamentalists to power," the cleric said. He did not specify which leaders Tehran was working with in Iraq.

Speaking at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York last week, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld similarly said there has been "a lot of meddling" by Iranians in Iraq.

"They clearly want to affect the outcome of the election, and they are aggressively trying to do that," he said. "They're sending money in, they're sending weapons in, and they're notably unhelpful."

Mr. Rumsfeld said millions of refugees and pilgrims regularly travel between the porous border separating Iran and Iraq, adding, "There's no way we could stop the flow of these pilgrims."

An official at the Iranian Interests Section in Washington referred a request for comment to a telephone number in New York, which was out of service.

Ayatollah Ganje'i is a former student of Iran's revolutionary leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, who fled the country in 1982 after being sentenced to death for his anti-fundamentalist views. He cited his network of contacts among Iran's clergy as the source of his information.

He said four Iranian institutions — the Revolutionary Guards, the Ministry of Intelligence and Security, the state radio and television and the clergy — are coordinating the activities in Iraq. He also charged that Tehran has spent $70 million sending weapons and manpower, including suicide bombers, into Iraq.

Since the overthrow of Saddam Hussein in April 2003, thousands of Iranian clerics have crossed into Iraq, bringing books, compact discs and audiotapes promoting their version of Islam.

Ayatollah Ganje'i said they had devised a two-pronged strategy to take over the country: first, by opening charities, clinics and health care centers to win the hearts of the local people, and second, by spreading armed underground cells that would conduct strikes against coalition forces.

In an interview with the Arabic newspaper Asharq Al-Awsat in July, Iraqi Defense Minister Hazem Shaalan declared that the Iranian intrusion had been "vast and unprecedented since the establishment of the new Iraqi state." He said Iranians had "penetrated the country's sensitive centers and set up many intelligence and security centers."

"In the last year and a half, there has been a concerted effort to intervene in Iraqi affairs. This is something that has been widely underestimated by the West," Ayatollah Ganje'i said.

•Sharon Behn contributed to this report in Washington.
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PLANS PROLIFERATE FOR INTELLIGENCE AND SECURITY MINISTRY REORGANIZATION.

During the Pahlavi regime, Iran had one main intelligence agency -- Sazeman-i Ettelaat va Amniyat-i Keshvar (SAVAK, the Intelligence and Security Organization) -- and several smaller bodies that dealt with oversight activities, such as the Daftar-i Vizhe-yi Ettelaat (Special Intelligence Bureau) and the Bazrasi-yi Shahanshahi (Imperial Inspectorate). SAVAK was eliminated after the 1979 revolution and a number of competing organizations emerged to deal with intelligence and security. In 1984 the parliament passed legislation that centralized these organizations into one ministry.

Top officials gathered in Tehran on 5 October to commemorate the Intelligence and Security Ministry's 20th anniversary. First Vice President Mohammad Reza Aref-Yazdi said on 5 October that the government is working on reorganizing the ministry's administrative structure, the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) reported. Aref-Yazdi added that the ministry should consolidate and assume its appropriate place in the country's management system. The actual structure of the ministry is unimportant, Intelligence and Security Minister Hojatoleslam Ali Yunesi said in a 4 October interview on state television. He said the Intelligence and Security Ministry needed restructuring after a number of crises (a reference to the 1998-99 serial killings of dissidents by alleged rogue elements within the ministry), and "the ministry made itself up to date." Yunesi said the experience of Intelligence and Security Ministry specialists is being documented in a way that can be passed on to future generations -- "We see this as part of the renovation of the ministry."

Parliamentarians affiliated with the conservative Islamic Iran Developers Council (Etelaf-i Abadgaran-i Iran-i Islami) are working on legislation that would place the Intelligence and Security Ministry under the conservative-controlled judiciary, according to a 1 October article about Iranian neoconservatives on the Eurasia Insight website (http://www.eurasianet.org/departments/insight/articles/eav100104.shtml ). Such a development would consolidate control of security institutions in the hands of regime hard-liners who are said to control their own, extra-governmental surveillance structures. These "parallel intelligence organizations" are allegedly controlled by an "antireform headquarters" that emerged after reformists won the 2001 parliamentary elections (see "RFE/RL Iran Report," 16 July 2001, 15 September 2003, and 19 January 2004). Yunesi said that his priority has been winning public trust and eliminating fear, state television reported on 4 October. "An intelligence service should bring people peace of mind and tranquility rather than fear," he explained. Yunesi said that counterterrorism is the ministry's main duty, and because the armed opposition is concentrated in one organization this is relatively easy. He added that the ministry has assets in many of the overseas opposition groups and knows ahead of time about their agents' trips to Iran. Dealing with social and financial corruption is more complicated, Yunesi said, because it occurs throughout society.

Referring to the country's ethnic and religious minorities, Yunesi said, "We have good cooperation with all religious sects and denominations." He said the Intelligence and Security Ministry will not allow Iran's enemies to infiltrate these groups to spread dissent, adding, "Attempts have always been made to identify extremist and radical views among these religious sects and denominations and to aggrandize them." Yunesi did not specify when this has occurred, but he said the ministry has always taken action when appropriate. Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on 4 October praised the efforts of the ministry as the organization marked its establishment 20 years earlier, IRNA reported. (Bill Samii)

Source: RFE/RL Iran Report Vol. 7, No. 35, 11 October 2004
15 posted on 10/12/2004 1:14:50 AM PDT by AdmSmith
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A New Birth of Freedom

Afghanistan votes.

Three years ago, the people of Afghanistan suffered under the rule of the Taliban — the "students" — who were subjecting them to an experiment in utopianism. I will not catalogue here the record of inhumanity of the former regime — there is hardly space — but we can at least recognize it for what it was, a totalitarian police state exploiting religion as the legitimizing agent for its excesses, a case study in millenarian ideology made manifest. In its symbols, its structures, and its practices, Taliban Afghanistan was on par with any of the great modern autocratic experiments. Their body count may not rival the extraordinary totals racked up by the Khmer Rouge, but in hostility to the human spirit the Taliban took a backseat to no one. This is the necessary context to appreciate 65-year-old grandmother Zahooba's statement on her way to cast her ballot in the Afghan presidential election, "I am so happy, it's like a dream. I feel that we are finally human."

It would be a mistake to see the Taliban, or indeed any similar regimes in the developing world as being an inevitable or natural consequence of human social or political development. After all, 50 years ago Afghanistan was relatively peaceful and prosperous. A test election was held in 1952, and women first voted in 1965. But the notion that history evolves in linear and predictable stages has become so ingrained in people's thinking about development that episodes such as the socialist and Taliban periods are seen as inevitable features of an unfolding plan. This usually unspoken premise leads to acceptance; whatever happens probably has to happen, regardless of how evil it may seem. Anyway "evil" is a subjective value judgment, and who are we to question the cultural constructs of the Afghan people? However, the Taliban interregnum was not a natural episode through which Afghanistan had to pass; it was the preventable product of a decade of neglect by the civilized world. It resulted in part from the withdrawal of the international community (in particular the United States) following the defeat of the Soviet Union and the eventual collapse of the Afghan socialist government. The fractious coalition that followed, which included members such as Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, a U.S. ally against the Soviets who declared jihad against us in 2002, was not given the support it needed to succeed. It became an easy target for the Taliban, a young movement given significant support by Pakistan. Pakistan too had been neglected by the West after 1989. Neglect turned to estrangement in 1998 after Pakistan tested a nuclear weapon, which evolved to total isolation in 1999 after a military coup installed General Pervez Musharraf. Pakistan was backed into a corner, and responded by reaching out to countries with common interests, such as North Korea and China. Meanwhile Osama bin Laden had established his terror base in Afghanistan working with his Taliban patrons. The U.S. policy failures and strategic myopia of the 1990s helped create the problems that we are now working vigorously to solve.

The election is a milestone on the new road to Afghan democracy, but not the first one. The election was the result of many measured steps, from the June 2002 Loya Jirga (grand council — in this case of Afghan leaders, most of whom were elected) that selected Hamid Karzai as interim president, to the eleven months of work by the constitutional commission that held local meetings for public input, to the constitutional convention that debated the draft. There has been a great deal of democratic politics — and by that, I mean compromise — leading up to this election. In addition, in early 2005, Afghans will elect members of the bicameral National Assembly, completing a process begun three months after the 9/11 attacks. It is noteworthy that the election came off without significant violence, especially after the Taliban had threatened to create nation-wide chaos. "The Taliban warned us but we are not scared," said Rahgul, a 45-year-old woman. "We are Afghans." Taliban spokesman Mufti Larifullah Hakimi, conceded that Saturday just wasn't their day. "We tried our best to strike in the urban centers," he said, "but the tight security foiled our plans." The Australian elections held on the same day were also free of an Al Qaeda attack, though rumor has it that a terrorist operation was broken up before it could be executed. The terrorists are trying to replicate the effect of the March 11 Madrid bombings that contributed to changing the Spanish government, which does not bode well for the U.S. in the next few weeks, though hopefully our security will be effective.

The election was not only peaceful but also mostly free and fair, according to international observers. Nevertheless, this did not stop 15 of 18 candidates from threatening to boycott the results of the election for alleged irregularities. Their timing was perfect, registering their complaints on the day of the election but before the polls closed, so they could get credit for participating, but not be accused of sour grapes. But the move was probably a negotiating posture. Yunus Qanooni, the strongest challenger to Karzai, quickly backed out of the boycott, saying he would accept the verdict of a three-person panel convening to review the election process. Others soon followed. It is believed that Qanooni secured an understanding for a position in the new government. As well, he may have been trying to jump-start a united front in case Karzai did not achieve the necessary majority to forestall a runoff, but exit polls indicated Karzai won outright, so it was a good time for Qanooni to cut a deal. Democracy takes many forms.

Saturday was a great day for freedom. More than anything the Afghan election reaffirms that given the opportunity people will exercise their sovereign rights to self-rule, that they understand what the process is and what it means. It is the natural state of humanity to desire this ability to influence events, even if it is historically rare that they get the chance. Afghanistan is a poor country, emerging from three decades of civil war, foreign occupation, and extremism, with low life expectancy, less than 50-percent literacy, and no deeply rooted electoral traditions. Nevertheless, the Afghan people rejoiced in their exercise of the franchise; freedom is not something that needs to be taught. Likewise it was a bad day for the enemies of liberty, and it must be galling for them as they crouch in their caves and peer through the window slats of their safe houses to think about the sense of elation and optimism throughout their former dismal paradise. Those ingrates.

James S. Robbins is senior fellow in national-security affairs at the American Foreign Policy Council and an NRO contributor.

16 posted on 10/12/2004 8:09:26 AM PDT by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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Iranian Nuclear Threat 'Out of Control', Analysis Says

Jerusalem (CNSNews.com) - Despite extensive international pressure, the threat of Iran becoming a nuclear power has not been neutralized and is "out of control" at the moment, analysts here said.

The International Atomic Energy Agency has given Iran until late November to give a complete report on its nuclear development program.

Oil-rich Iran insists that its nuclear program is intended for peaceful purposes. But the U.S. is convinced that Iran is using the cover of a civilian nuclear program to pursue an atomic bomb.

U.S. Undersecretary of State John Bolton recently said that the Iranian nuclear weapons program, which the U.S. has been trying to refer to the U.N. Security Council for more than a year, amounts to "a threat of international peace and security." He said Iran needed to be put in the "international spotlight" to explain what it is doing.

But analysts here said despite the world attention focused on Iran, Tehran has not backed down from its nuclear aspirations.

Dr. Shai Feldman, head of Tel Aviv University's Jaffe Center for Strategic Studies, said over the past year, there has been "dangerous progress in Iran's nuclear program, particularly in the realm of uranium enrichment."

Feldman said Iran is now closer than ever to producing the fissile material from which nuclear weapons can be manufactured. "This is of course a major challenge to the international community," he said.

However, there is also a growing "international awareness" of the problem -- unlike the situation in the late 1970s and 80s, when Iraq was also pursuing nuclear weapons.

In 1981, Israel bombed Iraq's Osirak nuclear reactor shortly before it was to become radioactive. The bombing brought Israel international condemnation, but 10 years later at the start of the 1991 Gulf War against Iraq, Western leaders thanked Israel for its foresight.

"To the extent that the Israeli military operation in 1981 was propelled by the international indifference to what the Iraqis were doing -- that is not exactly the case right now with respect to Iran," Feldman said.

While he was not willing to guess at the likelihood that Israel might launch a military strike against Iran's nuclear reactor, Feldman said that the U.S. seemed closer than ever to possibly using force against Iran.

"The U.S. has stated on more than one occasion that Iran's possession [of nuclear weapons] is unacceptable. There is a process to prevent it through diplomacy [but] time is running out," Feldman said.

Iran has continued to work on its equipment for the enrichment of uranium, a process that can be used for civilian purposes or to make an atomic bomb.

The U.S. and other are realizing that the situation is "reaching a critical point," he said, where the "means of dissuading" the Iranians are being exhausted.

"They've been given one last chance before this is referred to the UN Security Council. This is an indication that this problem has not been dealt with [and] to a large extent is out of control at the moment," he said.

According to an article in the New York Times on Tuesday, the Bush administration is talking with its European allies on the possibility of offering Iran a package of "economic incentives" -- including the possibility of importing nuclear fuel and the lifting of economic penalties that would allow Iran to import spare parts for its aging civilian airlines -- in exchange for a suspension of its uranium enrichment program.

Such a move would be a complete turnaround for the administration, which has been reluctant to offer incentives and instead has been calling for the matter to be referred to the Security Council, where sanctions would be slapped on Tehran for non-compliance.

Despite the situation, Feldman said, as long as the Iranians have not yet begun enrichment, they have not reached the point of no return.

While Iran would probably never declare all its nuclear activities, the IAEA would be involved in verifying if Iran was fulfilling steps to which it had committed itself.

There have been many cases in the past, he said, where countries reversed their course under international pressure and abandoned their pursuit of or possession of nuclear weapons, such as in South Africa, South Korea, Sweden and Taiwan, he said.

If the acquisition can be postponed for five or 10 years, leaders can change, he said. "Time is very important."

17 posted on 10/12/2004 8:12:08 AM PDT by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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Iranian Minister Reaffirms Right To Enrich Uranium

IRAN -- Kharrazi, FM
Foreign Minister Kharrazi (file photo)
Tehran, 12 October 2004 -- Iranian Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi said today that if Iran's right to enrich uranium is recognized, Tehran will guarantee not make atomic weapons.

Kharrazi's remarks come a day after Iran said it remains committed to international nuclear safeguards only if it is allowed to master the entire nuclear fuel cycle, including enriching uranium.

The UN's atomic energy agency has called on Iran to halt all activities related to developing enriched uranium -- which can be used to produce nuclear weapons.

Earlier today, an IAEA inspection team arrived in Tehran on a routine visit to inspect a military complex near the Iranian capital.

(dpa/AP/AFP/RFE/RL)

18 posted on 10/12/2004 8:16:34 AM PDT by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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With Russian Help, Iran Edges Closer to Nuclear Status

Moscow (CNSNews.com) - Shrugging off Western concerns, Russia is moving ahead with plans to supply Iran with nuclear fuel while trying to convince the Islamic republic to comply with U.N. calls to stop enriching uranium.

Iran and Russia have negotiated an agreement under which Tehran will return spent nuclear fuel to Russia, paving the way for a Russian-built 1,000-megawatt light-water nuclear reactor at Bushehr to be completed and eventually begin operations.

"The agreement on returning spent nuclear fuel is in the final stage," Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told reporters during an Oct. 10-11 visit to Iran. "I think it will be signed soon."

Moscow said earlier it would not send any nuclear fuel to Iran until the deal is signed. The head of Russia's nuclear energy agency, Alexander Rumyantsev, said that should happen this month.

Under the deal, waste produced at Bushehr containing plutonium that could be used for bomb-making would be shipped back to Russia for storage.

But the material must first be cooled, providing Iran with up to two years during which -- some Western countries fear -- it could extract the plutonium for weapons purposes.

Despite signs that an agreement on returning spent fuel was imminent, Russia and Iran remain at odds over Iran's uranium-enrichment program.

Under the nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT), Iran is allowed to enrich uranium, but it has come under international pressure not to do so because of concerns that it may be pursuing a nuclear weapons program.

Lavrov noted that the board of the U.N. nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), has called on Iran to stop enriching uranium.

It would be in the interests of Iran and others if it responded positively, the Russian said.

But his host, Iranian Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi, made it clear that would not happen.

"Nuclear technology, including enriching uranium, is Iran's legitimate right," he said. "There is no talk of stopping it."

Lavrov voiced concern that if Iran did not comply, it could face referral to the U.N. Security Council, which could in turn lead to sanctions.

If imposed, sanctions could threaten the lucrative Bushehr project.

Lavrov said Russia would oppose any attempt to refer Iran to the Security Council, as such a move would be "counter-productive."

Russia has long resisted outside pressure to stop helping Iran develop a nuclear capability by building the Bushehr plant.

Russian officials allege that the criticism is prompted by commercial considerations, saying "competitors" were trying to undermine Russia's nuclear energy exports.

The U.S. and Israel accuse Iran of seeking nuclear weapons, and critics warn that the collaboration could destabilize an already volatile Middle East.

The Sunday Times of London has cited an unnamed Israeli defense source as saying Israel would never allow the Bushehr reactor to go critical and a senior U.S. official as saying it was unlikely Washington would try to block any Israeli strike against Iranian nuclear facilities.

Three months ago, Israel reportedly conducted exercises for a pre-emptive strike against Iranian nuclear targets using long-range F-15I jets.

Israel estimates that without intervention, Iran -- a sworn enemy of the Jewish state -- will be able to build a nuclear bomb by 2007, according to a leaked intelligence report.

19 posted on 10/12/2004 8:19:07 AM PDT by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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Top Kerry Donor Faces Iranian Propaganda Allegations
By Marc Morano
CNSNews.com Senior Staff Writer
October 12, 2004

(CNSNews.com) - A pro-democracy Iranian group based in the United States accuses a top fund-raiser for Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry of aiding radical Iranian clerics.

The Kerry fund-raiser is scheduled to be deposed in a civil lawsuit next week involving accusations that he has served as an agent for the Islamic government of Iran.

A group of Iranian expatriates, the Student Movement Coordinating Committee for Democracy in Iran (SMCCDI), and two American authors plan to hold a press conference this week to discuss the Iranian regime's influence on Sen. John Kerry's presidential campaign. The event will take place Thursday at the National Press Club.

SMCCDI has alleged that Kerry presidential campaign fund-raiser Hassan Nemazee, a New York-based investment banker, has used his position to advance the agenda of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

That agenda includes normalizing relations between Iran and the United States and opening trade and investment, according to SMCCDI. The group has called Nemazee one of "Iran's American propagandists."

Nemazee has denied charges that he served as an agent for Iran's government, and he has filed a $10-million civil lawsuit in Texas against SMCCDDI's coordinator, Aryo Pirouznia, alleging defamation of character. Pirouznia has counter-sued Nemazee, and Nemazee is scheduled to give a deposition next week.

"Perhaps because [Nemazee] knows the suit would embarrass the Democrat nominee, Nemazee has sought to postpone if not avoid answering questions about his suit in a deposition. Thanks to [SMCCDI's] counter-suit, faith in democracy, and a clear-headed judge in Texas who refused [Nemazee's] delay, SMCCDI is going public with the evidence," read SMCCDI's press release for Thursday's press conference.

Author and political scientist Jerome Corsi, who plans to attend Thursday's press conference, told CNSNews.com, "The Democratic Party and John Kerry have been funded by pro-mullah groups who have Israel as their sworn enemy. They are funding insurgents to go against our troops in Iraq, and John Kerry wants to give them nuclear fuel."

Corsi, co-author of the best-selling book Unfit for Command: Swift Boat Veterans Speak Out Against John Kerry, is working on another book called Atomic Islam: Iran, Oil, Terrorism and the Democratic Party. WorldNetDaily Books plans to publish it in 2005.

"Nemazee is one of Kerry's top fund-raisers. He is listed on Kerry's website as a top tier fund-raiser," Corsi said.

"Nemazee has raised over half-a-million dollars for Kerry. He has been at all kinds of events for Kerry, and Kerry is proposing normalizing relations with Iran and giving Iran nuclear fuel," he added.

Kerry called for normalizing relations with Iran in December 2003 in a speech to the Council on Foreign Relations: "As president, I will be prepared early on to explore areas of mutual interest with Iran, just as I was prepared to normalize relations with Vietnam a decade ago," Kerry said.

The U.S. State Department consistently has labeled Iran as a leading state sponsor of terrorism, and human rights groups have accused the Iranian government of human rights abuses. The Bush administration opposes normalizing relations with Iran and also has denied nuclear fuel to the country.

In the first presidential debate in Miami on September 30, Kerry said, "I think the United States should have offered the opportunity to provide [Iran] nuclear fuel, test them, see whether or not they were actually looking for it for peaceful purposes."

Corsi said Kerry's policy could prove very dangerous to the U.S.

"Trusting the Iranians not to make bombs when they have been funding Hezbollah and Hamas for a quarter century is like thinking [Japan's former Emperor] Tojo was not going to attack the United States when he had a chance," Corsi said.

Ken Timmerman, author of several books on the Middle East, believes that Kerry "has adopted many of the positions that Tehran's lobbyists in America are trying to champion."

"Mr. Kerry has not only adopted the policies that the Islamic government in Tehran would like to see pursued by the U.S., he has accepted money by their lobbyists and has been the featured speaker at prominent fund-raising events," Timmerman told CNSNews.com.

Iran and its ability to produce nuclear weapons has been raised during the presidential campaign; and on Tuesday, TehranTimes.com quoted the secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council, Hassan Rowhani, as saying that Iran no longer has to abide by the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty if the West "tries to deprive it of its legitimate nuclear rights."


20 posted on 10/12/2004 8:28:32 AM PDT by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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Why the Election Will Change Afghanistan

[Excerpt] October 12, 2004
The Wall Street Journal
George Melloan


An elderly Afghan voter told my colleague Mike Gonzalez Saturday that he wasn't afraid of terrorists. "I am an Afghan," he said, proudly. That conveyed more than defiance, although his countrymen's defiance of terrorist attempts to block Saturday's national election must be greatly admired. The voter also was displaying his sense of national identity. He sees himself not as a warlord's minion or a Tajik or Pashtun -- but as an Afghan.

If the election instilled in the millions of others who voted a sense of nationality, it achieved one thing that gives democracy its power. Transitional president Hamid Karzai -- who is favored to emerge the winner of the country's first presidential election when all votes are counted -- on Saturday conducted something Afghans have rarely seen, a press conference. He fielded the usual questions about glitches and fairness and then delivered eloquent praise of his fellow citizens:

"We are not like America or like France or other European countries, which have had this freedom and right of franchise for centuries. We are not like Indians who have done this for 50 years. We are just emerging from the bed of thorns, misery, poverty, homelessness and destruction and interference. We have succeeded in just three years. There are countries which could not do this in years. . . . We should not weaken this foundation. Rather we should make it even stronger. This is the national responsibility of every Afghan. ..."

For all its past failings, the nation-state is still the fundamental instrument of security and order in the world. With the advance of democracy its positive attributes have become dominant in the form of greater order and security, and political and economic freedom. If the Afghans can succeed in emulating the modern structure of the more advanced states, last Saturday was the beginning of a less violent and more constructive chapter in their history.

Initially, the most important institution will be a national army and police force that are strong and respected enough to maintain order and security without the aid of foreign troops. At that point, they can disarm the militias of the warlords and thereby rob them of their means of challenging the legitimate government in Kabul. To build this force, the national government will have to attract young men with a firm allegiance to Afghanistan as a nation. Saturday's election will further that cause by establishing the legitimacy of the national government. That legitimacy will also further the development of other institutions vital to a modern state, such as an independent judiciary and a fair and reliable system of taxation to finance state institutions.

None of this will be easy. Saturday's dramatic demonstration of a zest for self-rule is only the beginning, however vital. The rest will require the emergence of leaders at all levels whose ambitions go beyond the mere exercise of power in search of constructive achievement. There will be enemies of the project, and not only al Qaeda or the fanatical remnants of the former Taliban government. The mullahs of Iran certainly do not welcome Afghan democracy and will continue to try to keep the country divided into warlords' fiefs. Democratic, Western-oriented governments in neighboring Iraq and Afghanistan will only make the mullahs' subjects, already restive, more resentful of clerical dictatorship.

Interim President Karzai clearly is wary of the potential for renewed divisiveness. He declared last week that if he wins permanent election, the days of horse trading in Afghan politics will be over. By that he meant that he will feel no obligation to hand out power and favors to warlords in return for their loyalty. By virtue of the national election, he will have earned the loyalty of the Afghan people as a whole and will no longer need to bargain with the tough guys who hold regions hostage through their command of private militias.

The allegiance the president will command has been bought with personal freedom, not political favors. Women, oppressed by the Taliban, voted in great numbers and will now increasingly take their rightful roles in nation building. Education will be a big task in a country where illiteracy is widespread, particularly among women. But schools are up and running again and girls as well as boys are in the classrooms. They will be needed to serve as teachers for the next generation. Their loyalty to the principles of democracy and social and cultural modernization will be vital to future economic progress.

If this project succeeds, George Bush will have some justification for his arguments during the U.S. presidential campaign that the Afghan election was one of his proudest achievements. He ordered the invasion of Afghanistan after 9/11 to root out al Qaeda and its Taliban backers. But of course, when you invade a country its politics become yours. So the American battle against terrorism morphed into a particularly difficult exercise in nation building, something Mr. Bush was not enthusiastic about at the outset of his administration. But he rightly discerned that the job requires the establishment of representative government, a national constitution and free elections.

The process will now be repeated in Iraq, with elections scheduled for January. Gaining mastery over the insurgency in Iraq will be just as hard and maybe harder than it was in Afghanistan; but the coalition and Iraqi forces are making progress, most recently with the promise of the al Sadr militia in Baghdad to disarm. The Afghans have led the way bravely with Saturday's free elections. They should be congratulated for yet another display of persistence and courage.

21 posted on 10/12/2004 9:03:02 AM PDT by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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Iran vice-president quits
Tue 12 October, 2004 16:53

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iranian vice-President Mohammad Ali Abtahi, one of the Islamic state's most outspoken liberal clerics, says he has left his post because religious hardliners were preventing him from carrying out his job.

"Yes, it's true I have been replaced," Abtahi told Reuters on Tuesday, confirming his third resignation letter in eight months had been accepted by his close ally President Mohammad Khatami.

Reformist cleric and former parliamentarian Madjid Ansari takes Abtahi's post as vice president for legal and parliamentary affairs. Iran's cabinet has six vice presidents.

Abtahi was retained as an adviser to Khatami whose second and final term in office ends in mid-2005.

A rotund and jovial figure who expressed liberal views on issues such as human rights that drew the ire of hardliners in the Islamic state, Abtahi told Khatami he was unable to work with the new parliament elected in February.

Islamic conservatives won a comfortable majority in the February polls after hundreds of reformist candidates were barred from running.

"Since the formation of the parliament until now I have submitted my resignation to the president three times," Abtahi wrote on his often-entertaining Web site (www.webnevesht.com) where he often posts pictures of senior officials snapped by a camera on his mobile telephone.

"I was unable to create any cooperation between parliament and government," he said.

Since taking their seats in May, lawmakers have drastically revised a government economic plan which was aimed at opening up the state-run economy to foreign investment and voted to impeach Transportation and Roads Minister Ahmad Khorram.

Abtahi, who is best known abroad as the first Iranian official to publicly acknowledge that Canadian photojournalist Zahra Kazemi was killed in a Tehran prison last year, said he remained faithful to the reformist cause.

"I believe the only way to rescue this country is Mr Khatami's pro-reform thoughts," he said. "Although there are many problems and there may be more in the future, I will help this nation."

22 posted on 10/12/2004 9:27:55 AM PDT by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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Here is his resignation letter:
http://www.webnevesht.com/en/weblog/?id=950748022
October.4.2004
My resign


Today and yesterday some news agencies mentioned my resign from being the vice president in parliamentary legal affairs. I found it better to set up the text of my resign which I gave to President Khatami before his trip, for today's webnevesht. President Khatami is supposed to announce who will take my place after he comes back.

As soon as this resign be formally accepted by president Khatami, I will explain more about it.


Dear President Khatami;

The honorable president of Islamic Republic of Iran


Undoubtedly, the grounds for works and offering services for public will be prepared under the umbrella of coexistence between the government and the parliament and if this coexistence does not take place, people will suffer mostly.

Since the vice president in parliamentary legal affairs have the main role in coordinating between the government and the parliament, I offered you my resign right after the seventh parliament election and when this parliament started officially because I'm not able to make this coexistence and coordination happen in the best way but you didn't accept it.

Now after 4 months of beginning of the seventh parliament, I feel it more that this important task is not of my ability and therefore I offer my resign once again and hope you do accept it.

It is natural that wherever I am, I will work hard for the country's development and also for your great ideas and thoughts as the only way of the success of this country.

Sincerely

Seyed Mohammad ali


23 posted on 10/12/2004 12:13:11 PM PDT by AdmSmith
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Despite Threats, Iranian Expatriots Allege Kerry Campaign Welcomed Terrorist Money & Influence; Press Conference Oct. 14 in Washington

10/12/2004 4:01:00 PM


To: Assignment and National desks, Daybook Editor

Contact: Aryo Pirouznia of Student Movement Coordinating Committee for Democracy in Iran, smccdi@daneshjoo.org or 972-504-6864 or Fax: 972-491-9866

News Advisory:

When the Student Movement Coordinating Committee for Democracy in Iran (SMCCDI) -- http://www.daneshjoo.org/generalnews/article/ publish/article_8640.shtml -- and its coordinator, Aryo Pirouznia, uncovered evidence that totalitarian Iran's American propagandists were channeling hundreds of thousands of dollars to the Kerry campaign, SMCCDI shouted it from the cyber mountain tops. The Kerry Campaign is now desperately trying to distance itself from one of its Iranian-American "Trustees" and his highly questionable lawsuit against SMCCDI.

These propagandists know that the best defense is a good offense, and Hassan Nemazee filed a $10 million suit against SMCCDI and Pirouznia in Texas in March and immediately adopted a strategy of delay until after the presidential elections. Perhaps because it knows the suit would embarrass the Democrat nominee, Nemazee has sought to postpone if not avoid answering questions about his suit in a deposition. Thanks to a counter-suit, faith in democracy, and a clear-headed judge in Texas who refused the delay, SMCCDI is going public with the evidence.

Joining SMCCDI are two journalists: Insight Magazine's Kenneth Timmerman and the author of the bestselling "Unfit for Command: Swift Boat Veterans Speak Out Against John Kerry," Dr. Jerome Corsi -- http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0895260174/ 104-0642313-4295949 -- who is writing a book based on the Kerry-Namazee nexus.

Corsi, Timmerman, SMCCDI, and their legal counsel will hold a press conference, "The current Iranian Regime's Influence on Senator John Kerry's Presidential Campaign," -- http://www.regimeinfluence.com/ -- at the National Press Club on Thursday, October 14, 9:15 AM, in the First Amendment Room on the 13th floor.

The event is scheduled to be satellite uplinked for US-based TV and radio networks. Those interested must call 214-906-8181, on Wednesday, in order to obtain the downlink references or to check the SMCCDI's Website -- http://www.daneshjoo.org ("Public Statements" section).

Key statements by the Kerry Campaign on Iran

Before the Council on Foreign Relations in December 2003, Kerry announced "As president, I will be prepared early on to explore areas of mutual interest with Iran, just as I was prepared to normalize relations with Vietnam a decade ago."

Then the Kerry Campaign sent out an email that somehow made its way to the government-controlled Mehr News Agency in Tehran, where it was trumpeted as evidence of his resolve to patch things up with the mullahs. "It is in the urgent interests of the people of the United States," the message read, "to restore our country's credibility in the eyes of the world. America needs the kind of leadership that will repair alliances with countries on every continent that have been so damaged in the past few years, as well as build new friendships and overcome tensions with others."

Kerry's senior foreign affairs advisor, Rand Beers, confirmed the message was genuine, saying: "I have no idea how they got hold of that letter, which was prepared for Democrats Abroad. I scratched my head when I saw that. The only way they could have gotten it was if someone in Iran was with Democrats Abroad." (R. Beers' statement was made in an interview with K. Timmerman which was published by Insight Magazine on March 1, 2004.)

Then in the first Presidential Debate Kerry said, "I think the United States should have offered the opportunity to provide the nuclear fuel, test them, see whether or not they were actually looking for it for peaceful purposes."

Statement by Hassan Nemazee at AIC Fundraiser

Hassan Nemazee spoke at an American Iranian Council (see page 6) dinner declaring that the AIC "does not attempt to explain or rationalize the position of the government of Iran, nor does it attempt to do so for the government of the United States. Its mission is to educate both sides and to attempt to establish the basis and the vehicle for a dialogue which will ultimately lead to a resumption of relations." (Nemazee's statement was made on June 1, 2002, at the San Francisco Ritz-Carlton Hotel in presence of Sen. Kerry during an AIC event organized for boosting relations with the Mullahs' regime).

If Kerry registered any protest against this assertion that the United States should normalize relations with one of the worlds bloodiest dictatorships, it was not recorded.

http://www.usnewswire.com/

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24 posted on 10/12/2004 1:20:05 PM PDT by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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25 posted on 10/12/2004 1:24:00 PM PDT by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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26 posted on 10/12/2004 9:33:14 PM PDT by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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