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Iranian Alert - October 22, 2004 [EST]- IRAN LIVE THREAD - "Americans for Regime Change in Iran"
Regime Change Iran ^ | 10.22.2004 | DoctorZin

Posted on 10/21/2004 10:17:31 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 10/21/2004 10:20:23 PM PDT by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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Iran Unlikely to Make Nuclear Concessions Yet

[Excerpt]
October 21, 2004
Dow Jones Newswires
The Associated Press


VIENNA -- Iran is unlikely to accept European incentives aimed at getting it to suspend uranium enrichment, Western diplomats said Thursday, raising the likelihood of a showdown with the U.N. nuclear watchdog agency next month.

Envoys from the U.K., France and Germany offered civilian nuclear technology and a trade deal to the Iranians in a private meeting at the French mission to international organizations in Vienna. But Western diplomats said they doubt the Tehran regime will back down easily.

The incentives included the promise of lucrative trade, a light-water nuclear research reactor and the chance to buy nuclear fuel from the West.

"The negotiations occurred in a friendly atmosphere," Sirus Naseri, a member of the Iranian delegation, told The Associated Press. "We will go back to our capital to try to find a compromise which is acceptable to both sides."

Amir-Hossein Zamaniyan, director-general of international affairs for Iran 's Foreign Ministry, would take the proposal back to Tehran for study, the Iranians said.

The offer came a day after President Mohammad Khatami said Iran wouldn't give up uranium enrichment, which can be used both to generate electricity or build a nuclear weapon.

Iran insists its nuclear activities are peaceful and geared solely toward generating electric power. The U.S. contends that Tehran is running a covert nuclear weapons program.

Nov. 25, the Vienna-based International Atomic Energy Agency's 35-nation board of governors will deliver a fresh assessment of Iran 's cooperation with the nuclear agency. The U.S. is pressing to report Iran 's noncompliance to the U.N. Security Council, which has the power to impose sanctions.

Iran is unlikely to cave in quickly to demands that it suspend enrichment, a Western diplomat familiar with the nuclear agency's dealings with Tehran told The Associated Press.

"I wouldn't be surprised if Iran doesn't react until the eve of the board meeting" with any significant concessions, said the official, who wasn't directly involved in Thursday's meeting.

Although the IAEA also had no hand in the European offer, agency chief Mohamed ElBaradei has said he welcomes any attempt to negotiate an end to the standoff - so long as Iran consents to continued comprehensive inspections that can verify it doesn't pose a nuclear proliferation threat.

The Bush administration - which labeled Iran part of an "axis of evil" along with North Korea and Iraq when it was still ruled by Saddam Hussein - said this week that it didn't endorse the European allies' plan.

U.S. State Department spokesman Richard Boucher said the Iranians "have shown a pattern of not being willing to comply and of not being willing to be transparent and open about their intentions and programs."

The U.K. and German foreign ministers have urged Iran to indefinitely suspend its nuclear program. Iran has resumed testing, assembling and making centrifuges used to enrich uranium, heightening U.S. concerns that its sole purpose is to build a bomb.

Iran 's long-range ballistic missile capabilities, combined with its nuclear know-how, pose a threat not only to Israel but to Europe, Israeli President Moshe Katsav said Thursday in Vienna.

"Why does Iran need rockets with a range of 3,000 kilometers? Why is Iran investing money in the development of weapons of mass destruction?" Katsav said during the first visit to Austria by an Israeli head of state.

If Tehran doesn't accept the European incentives, suspend enrichment and agree to IAEA verification that it has done so, the U.K., France and Germany likely would back the U.S. push to report its defiance to the Security Council, diplomats said. ...

3 posted on 10/21/2004 10:20:56 PM PDT by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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IRAN, BIG-3 TO CONTINUE CONSTRUCTIVE DIALOGUE

By Safa Haeri
Posted Thursday, October 21, 2004

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VIENNA, 21 Oct. (IPS) Iran’s crucial talk with the European Union’s so-called Big 3, namely Britain, France and Germany on the Trio’s latest “package” to Tehran ended Thursday with both sides agreeing to continue the dialogue on Iranian controversial nuclear programs.

"Both sides agreed to pursue the talks and hold meetings before
25 November", the official Iranian news agency IRNA quoted Mr. Sirous Naseri, a member of the Iranian delegation at the talks as having said, referring to the next meeting of the Board of Directors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

Led by Mr. Amir Hoseyn Zamani-Nia, the General Director for International Affairs at Iran’s Foreign Affairs Ministry, diplomats from Iran met on Thursday counterparts from the “Big 3” in Vienna to review European Union’s latest offer to Tehran aimed at diffusing the Iranian nuclear deadlock.

The talks were “positive and constructive”

Describing the talks, held at the French mission in Vienna behind
closed doors as “positive and constructive”, Mr. Naseri stressed that the meeting was conducted in a “friendly atmosphere, with no threats or intimidations from any side”.

“In the meeting that lasted for three hours, Iran presented its offer and also received the offer jointly suggested by the three European states”, he added, without disclosing any detail on the substance of the talks.

“The atmosphere of the dialogue was positive. We got the impression that the European side wanted to reach a mutual understanding with Iran and a peaceful solution to the misunderstandings”, Mr. Naseri said, adding, “we try to act in a way satisfactory to the two sides”.

As Mr. Zamani-Nia was receiving the Trio’s proposals, in Tehran, Ayatollah Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, the influential Chairman of the powerful Expediency Council said the problem "must be solved with dialogue and diplomatic channels".

Speaking to reporters, the former president said Iran’s position concerning its controversial nuclear activities is “known and unchangeable”, but added that one has to try to address the problem by diplomatic means.

“We shall not welcome challenge, but at the same time we shall not sacrifice the right of the nation, the people and the revolution”, he said, adding that “the difficulties could be solved if we carry out our diplomatic efforts in a more serious and deeper way”, a veiled criticism of Hojjatoleslam Hasan Rohani, Iran’s senior negotiator on the nuclear question.

Asked about the possible outcome from the Thursday meeting, Mr. Hashemi Rafsanjani said final decisions would not be taken in Vienna, where IAEA is based.

“Our envoys would study the proposals and then they would come back to Tehran to report to the authorities for decision. The other side would do the same”, he pointed out.

[According to an IRNA dispatch, Mr. Rohani, who is also the Secretary of Iran’s Supreme Council for National Security cancelled sine die a scheduled visit to Rome, where he was expected to meet with the Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi and his Foreign Affairs Minister Franco Fratini.

Though there was no explanation for the cancellation, but some sources speculated that it might have been the result of criticism made earlier on the day by Mr. Hashemi Rafsanjani on Iran’s conduct of the nuclear talks].

According to a document obtained by the French news agency AFP, the European Trio is ready to promise Iran nuclear technology, including supplying a light-water nuclear reactor, if Tehran takes steps to show it is not secretly trying to make atomic weapons.

"We would support the acquisition by Iran of a light water research reactor", said the seven-page document presented by Britain, France and Germany to the G8 group of industrialized nations last week in Washington ahead of to day's meeting of the so-called Euro-3 with Iran.

The goal of the meeting was to give Iran a last-chance to come clean and to agree to suspend all activities related to uranium enrichment before IAEA decides on November 25 in Vienna whether Iran is cooperating or not with the Agency, diplomats said.

Washington, which accuses the Islamic Republic of ambitions to build a nuclear arsenal by diverting the atomic technology for civilian use has not endorsed nor rejected the latest proposals that warns there was only "a short period of time left to secure a comprehensive and acceptable understanding from Iran".

President Mohammad Khatami repeated that Iran was "ready to assure the world that we are not pursuing nuclear weapons and I believe the only way is through talks and reaching an understanding".

He expressed surprise that Iran that has not yet mastered the nuclear technology is awakening concerns but not countries that have already the atomic bomb and nuclear arsenal?, a reference to Israel or Pakistan, two countries that have atomic bombs.

But Western diplomats and experts say the difference is that the structure of the Iranian theocratic system is such that contrary to all other nuclear powers, there is no a central command and if the regime is in possession of an atomic bomb, several centre of powers can reach the nuclear button.

Another big concern is that not only Iranian ruling ayatollahs have repeated that they want to annihilate Israel, but also nuclearisation of Iran would certainly trigger an atomic race in the volatile Middle East region, the add.

Iran has adopted an ambiguous attitude towards the suggestions, saying it can not depend on other nations for the fuel needed for its nuclear reactors.

"No country with a large-scale nuclear program can allow itself to depend on foreign suppliers of nuclear fuel”, Mr. Mohammad Hoseyn Moussavian, Iran’s second in command on nuclear issue told The Asia Times Online at the sideline of the last meeting of IAEA’s Board of Director last September.

In the interview, Mr. Moussavian, who is also the Secretary of the SCNS’s Foreign Policy Department had proposed that France and Germany, “and why not the United States” invest in Iran’s future nuclear powered electricity projects.

Iran says to satisfy its needs of electricity in the future estimated at 7.000 megawatts, it plans to build another six reactors en plus the one it has already under construction in the Persian Gulf port of Booshehr with the help of Russia.

“We must be able to produce some of our fuel in Iran itself but that does not mean we are turning down fuel offered by the European countries or even the United States", he said on Wednesday, adding that Iran will be obliged to buy some of its fuel from abroad “but the production in Iran of fuel is much more economical".

"We are insisting on our legitimate right to enrich uranium while the Europeans are saying they will provide us both with the fuel and the nuclear plants because, they say, we would be able to enrich uranium to build a bomb. This is totally unacceptable", Moussavian stated.

We shall not welcome challenge, but at the same time we shall not sacrifice the right of the nation, the people and the revolution.

“Iran has yet to give us the confidence we need about its intentions," British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw told reporters in London with German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer. "We cannot go on indefinitely, but Iran could still give us that confidence by introducing an indefinite suspension of its enrichment and processing activities".

Fischer for his part urged Iran to continue working with France, Britain and Germany to resolve the issue. "We are very concerned about the developments and I think it is very important that there is not a miscalculation in Tehran", he said, urging Tehran to "stick to the agreement" they made.

But Mr. Qolamali Haddad Adel, the Speaker of the conservatives-controlled Majles reiterated on Wednesday 20 October 2004 that “if the European trio’s proposals falls short of what he also described as “Iran’s legitimate rights”, the parliament might not ratify the Tehran Agreements, including the Additional Protocol that allows international nuclear experts and inspectors full and unrestricted access to all Iranian nuclear sites and projects, except some military installations.

However, the Big 3 that signed an agreement in Tehran on October last year in which Iran pledged to suspend enriching uranium and signing the Additional protocol to the Non Proliferation Treaty have so far opposed American’s efforts to take Iran’s nuclear case from IAEA to the United Nations Security Council hoping for economic sanctions against the Islamic Republic.

"We intend to put to the Iranians an approach containing the immediate decisions we require from them on suspension and draft elements for a long-term agreement which we could start to negotiate as soon as the IAEA verifies that the suspension is in place", the EU3 paper said.

"The suspension will be indefinite, until we reach an acceptable long-term agreement," the three European nations said.

They said that if Iran failed to suspend all uranium enrichment activities, the Euro 3 would join the United States in calling for the Islamic Republic to be taken to the Security Council.

In its last resolution, the 35-members IAEA Board of Directors called on Iran to stop all enriching activities and suspend work on a heavy water reactor.

Iran’s Permanent Representative to the UN Mohammad-Javad Zarif and Iran’s Ambassador to the IAEA Pirouz Hoseyni were among the members of the Iranian delegation.

Meanwhile, Iran conducted a new test of its Shahab-3 ballistic missile, which it says has a range of 2,000 kilometres, adding to concerns over Iran’s nuclear projects, as the improved missile can take a one tonne charge to places as far as Israel and southern Europe.

ENDS IRAN NUCLEAR 211004

4 posted on 10/21/2004 10:21:24 PM PDT by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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Reza Pahlavi's Letter to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

October 20, 2004
RezaPahlavi.org
Reza Pahlavi

Farsi (Persian) translation Original letter


Her Excellency Louise Arbour

High Commissioner for Human Rights
United Nations
1211 Geneva 10
Switzerland
October 20th, 2004

Your Excellency,

I am writing to you with a profound concern about the fate of Ms. Jilla Izadi, a thirteen-year-old girl who has been condemned to death by stoning in the city of Marivan, Iran.

According to substantiated reports from Iran, Jilla is presently in prison for being impregnated by her fifteen-year-old brother. Since this is not the first time that a woman is to be stoned to death for such charges, I am deeply concerned that the Islamic regime might indeed carry out the sentence in defiance of all civilized norms and protocols.

My compatriots are rightfully alarmed by these reports and are engaged in an international campaign to reflect Jilla's condition in Iran and to save her from further trauma and violence. Apart from the inhumane cruelty of stoning, we are concerned about the future treatment of Jilla and other children who are victims of their life condition and, regardless of their age, are placed in prisons. Children like Jilla and her brother are victims themselves and have no guilt in their sad circumstances. They need counseling and protection and not imprisonment.

The clerical regime in Iran is a signatory to the United Nations' Declaration of the Rights of the Child and as such, is obligated to fully respect the basic rights of the Iranian children. Iranians have the right to due process and fair treatment in accordance with all of the United Nations' declarations and charters on human rights.

I urgently ask your Excellency's good offices to utilize all its available resources to save Jilla from undue and unfortunate conditions that she has been subjected to. The Islamic Regime of Iran must be held accountable for its violations of human rights against the people of Iran and its failure to comply with the UN charter.
With warmest regards,

Reza Pahlavi

5 posted on 10/21/2004 10:21:57 PM PDT by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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Iranian Journalists Protest Media Clampdown With Sit-in

October 21, 2004
Agence France Presse
AFP


TEHRAN -- Around a hundred journalists took part in a sit-in in Tehran on Thursday to protest at a recent wave of arrests of journalists, an AFP correspondent reported.

Iranian authorities have in recent weeks clamped down on what they call illegal websites, detaining a number of reformist journalists.

The demonstration was called by the pro-reform Iranian Press Organisation and the Association for the Defence of Freedom of the Press.

Reformist and opposition leaders also took part in the sit-in.

Iran's hardline judiciary has said a number of the detained journalists will go on trial charged with "publishing propaganda against the regime, acting against national security, disturbing the public mind and also insulting religious sanctities".

On 10 October, in reaction to the crackdown, a pro-reformist Iranian journalist group wrote a letter to the judiciary, warning of "harmful repercussions" for the regime if a wave of arrests continues.

Iran's judiciary has maintained a crackdown on the pro-reform press for several years, with scores of papers shut down and journalists frequently detained.

Around 15 journalists are currently being held in Iranian prisons.

6 posted on 10/21/2004 10:22:20 PM PDT by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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Top Iranian energy official warns Europe of dangers of low gas prices

Brussels, Oct 20, IRNA -- The current high oil prices resulting partly form insufficient supplies should signal a warning to gas consumers, particularly in the European Union, warned Nejad-Hosseinian, deputy minister for international relations in Iran's Oil Ministry.

Speaking at an international energy conference in Brussels Wednesday, he noted that in the past few years low oil prices hampered investment in production projects which resulted in the current undesirable situation.

"The same scenario can happen to natural gas, given the current low gas sales prices,'' said Nejad-Hosseinian.

"Energy transit in Eurasia: challenges and perspectives'' is the theme of the 2-day conference which started on Tuesday.

The conference, organized by the Energy Charter Treaty (ECT) has brought together representatives of governments, businesses and academic community from Europe, Central Asia and the Middle East to discuss the existing legal framework for energy transit and future perspectives for ensuring unimpeded flows of energy.

The Brussels-based ECT was formed in early 1990s to help maintain energy security in Europe. It has been signed or acceded to by fifty-one states.

Nejad-Hosseinian stated that gas pricing mechanisms have always been a controversial issue between suppliers and customers.

He said Iran has the potential to export natural gas both to the EU markets and the emerging markets with huge demands such as India, Pakistan, China and even Japan.

"Iran the biggest natural gas producer and consumer in the Middle East, with the second largest proven natural gas and oil reserves, is emerging as a major supplier of natural gas to the world," he said.

Nejad-Hosseinian said Iran has plans to increase oil production capacity from the present 4.2 mb/d to around 6 mb/d in 2015 in order to maintain its current share in OPEC's production.

The Islamic Republic also has plans to increase its gas production capacity from 130 bcm/y to 300 bcm/y in the next ten years and to 400 bcm/y in the next 20 years.

Iran is planning to invest some 100 billion dollars in oil and gas by the year 2015. During the past seven years, Iran has invested more than 46 billion dollars in this sector, 65% of which have come from foreign investors.

He noted that Iran is exporting gas to Turkey and very soon the Islamic Republic will start exports to Armenia and Nakhichevan and the UAE.

http://www.payvand.com/news/04/oct/1166.html


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Fist-fight at Iran’s Majlis Thu. 21 Oct 2004

http://www.iranfocus.com/modules/news/article.php?storyid=568

Iran Focus

Tehran, Oct. 21 – A fist-fight broke out yesterday between a current and a former member of Iran’s parliament (Majlis), ILNA news agency reported. Mayhem prevailed in the Majlis building as deputies, staff members and journalists crowded the corridor where the fighting was taking place.

Mohammad-Ali Moqanian, member of the current seventh Majlis had originally requested that Majlis security guards refuse entry to Mohammad Rezai. Eye-witnesses reported that once Moqanian saw Reza’i in the Majlis corridor, he yelled out and ran towards the former deputy, repeatedly striking him.

Deputies who know the two men said Moqanian despised Rezai’s constant protests that he had won the February 2004 election only through rigging. The two men intensely disliked each other, the deputies said.


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Student union leader sentenced to flogging, prison time Wed. 20 Oct 2004

http://www.iranfocus.com/modules/news/article.php?storyid=560

Iran Focus

Tehran, Oct. 20 - The secretary of the student union of Azad University in Iran’s Central province was sentenced to 40 lashes, one year in prison and fined one million rials in the town of Arak.

Soroush Farhadian was charged with ‘spreading false propaganda’ against the regime. His sentence has reportedly been suspended.

Farhadian had written about the extent of voter apathy during the election period of Iran’s seventh Majlis. He had also been very vocal of the regime’s press censorship.


9 posted on 10/21/2004 10:27:10 PM PDT by freedom44
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10 posted on 10/21/2004 10:28:06 PM PDT by freedom44
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Its only a matter of time

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11 posted on 10/21/2004 10:29:41 PM PDT by Stellar Dendrite (These Commies are ruining our country...........WAKE UP AMERICA BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE)
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WND Exclusive Commentary
John Kerry's Irangate?

Posted: October 22, 2004
1:00 a.m. Eastern

© 2004 WorldNetDaily.com

On Monday, Oct. 18, 2004, Hassan Nemazee, an Iranian-American, one of John Kerry's top fund-raisers, was deposed in New York City. Under oath, Nemazee acknowledged that he has raised over $500,000 for the Kerry presidential campaign.

Iran had slipped into the first presidential debate virtually unnoticed. Near the end of the debate, John Kerry restated his position that the United States should supply Iran with nuclear fuel. 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.

Alarm bells should have been sounding for any listener who cared about international peace or the security of Israel. The Islamic government ruling Iran is by all rational analyses a rouge, terror-supporting, mullah-dominated regime with a history of suppressing freedom with a fierce hand of violence. This is the same Iranian regime that held our diplomats hostage for 444 days under President Carter.

These mad Mullahs have sworn death to Israel – a policy they have emphasized by openly funding the terrorist organizations Hezbollah and Hamas, known for sending suicide bombers into Israel. The 9-11 commission's report devotes pages 240-241 to a section describing the "assistance from Hezbollah and Iran to al-Qaida." Even today, Iran sends insurgents across the border into Iraq to cause instability and attack American troops.

Yet, Sen. Kerry boldly states he wants to give these international criminals free access to nuclear fuel, all under the presumption that they will keep their word and use the uranium for peaceful purpose only?

Under oath, even Mr. Nemazee, John Kerry's top Iranian fund-raiser, completely repudiated John Kerry's policy. Mr. Nemazee testified that Sen. Kerry had not asked his opinion, but if the senator had asked, Mr. Nemazee would have advised that the Iranian Islamic regime cannot be trusted but to have any intention other than to build nuclear weapons. Mr. Nemazee freely agreed that the current Iranian government is a terror-exporting regime, and he openly stated his wish for regime change.

What possibly could be going on here? Did Nemazee back the wrong candidate? Please, somebody give Mr. Nemazee a telephone. He needs to call the candidate before Sen. Kerry makes a horrible mistake and gives the mad mullahs nuclear fuel.

Or, was Nemazee not stating his true position under oath? Could we be experiencing a repeat of Bill Clinton's infamous Chinagate? Was Kerry willing to trade access to nuclear technology and nuclear fuel in return for generous campaign contributions? These are important questions. Maybe the truth was spoken by Nemazee's money, not the words he uttered at his deposition. Maybe Mr. Nemazee had achieved with Sen. Kerry's nuclear policy statement in the debate result he had intended.

One thing was for sure: The liberal, mainstream media were nowhere in sight. ABC, NBC, CBS, the New York Times, and the Washington Post wanted to be as far away as possible from the Nemazee deposition ... a story that might taint their predetermined candidate.

How did Mr. Nemazee's deposition come about? He started it by suing Iranian freedom-advocate, Aryo Pirouznia, the leader of the Student Movement Coordination Committee for Democracy in Iran. Nemazee charged Mr. Pirouznia with defamation for stating that Mr. Nemazee was an agent of the Iranian Islamic republic. Mr. Pirouznia filed a countersuit, locking Nemazee into a deposition. A judge in Texas, where the suit was filed, set the deposition for a date before the November election, despite the objections of Nemazee's leader.

Make no mistake about it: Iran is a clear and present danger to the world. Iran's leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has urged his country to develop a nuclear weapon as a top priority, exhorting his followers that, "We must have two bombs ready to go in January or you are not Muslims."

Iran's former president, Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, claims Iran has already developed a satellite-launching rocket with a range of 2,000 kilometers – more than enough to reach Israel. Right now, Iran's Russian-constructed nuclear power plant at Bushehr is completed, waiting only for the delivery of nuclear fuel to be operational. The nuclear fuel need to operate Bushehr would be about half the way there to being weapons grade.

The moment Iran has in its possession a nuclear weapon capable of being unleashed on Israel, the entire calculation in the Middle East changes. Israel will immediately fear for survival and millions of Christians all around the world will be rushing to their Bibles to reread the story of the apocalypse. A nuclear-armed Iran, sitting on an estimated 40 percent of the world's known oil reserves might well venture into petroleum blackmail, with the price of oil reaching $100 or even $200 a barrel.

Should John Kerry and the pro-Iran lobby in the United States have its way, and should we normalize diplomatic relations with Iran, instantly the terror-supporting regime could take advantage of relaxations in Patriot Act protections, using the diplomatic cover as an easy excuse to slip terrorists more readily across our borders.

We are now sounding the alarm bell. Before Americans vote for president, just a few days from now, we need answers. Why, Sen. Kerry, is your policy for Iran any more secure than the nearly identical policy the last Democratic president followed for Korea? If Mr. Nemazee wants to stand by his deposition, we now have a videotape of his testimony ready to play for the world.

We will keep you posted as to where the streaming video can be viewed and we stand ready to get Mr. Nemazee in touch with Sen. Kerry so he can explain to his candidate of choice the tragic mistake the senator is ready to make.




Jerome R. Corsi received a Ph.D. from Harvard University in political science in 1972 and has written many books and articles, including the No. 1 New York Times best-seller, "Unfit for Command – Swift Boat Veterans Speak Out Against John Kerry." Dr. Corsi is an expert on political violence and terrorism and is currently writing a new book titled, "Atomic Islam," due to be released in 2005 by WND Books.
12 posted on 10/22/2004 4:10:32 AM PDT by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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13 posted on 10/22/2004 5:29:24 AM PDT by nuconvert (Everyone has a photographic memory. Some don't have film.)
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The Axis of Evil Endorsement

By Ben Johnson
FrontPageMagazine.com | October 22, 2004

“You shall judge of a man by his foes as well as by his friends.” – Joseph Conrad in the novel Lord Jim.

Months after John Kerry boasted of having received secret endorsements from anonymous foreign leaders around the world, many of the gaps have been filled in. The leaders of the world have weighed in on the 2004 presidential election . Let’s run down the list of nations supporting each candidate:

John Kerry

North Korea: Although north Asia’s gulag archipelago has not formally endorsed a candidate, official Communist organs have shown a pronounced affinity for John Kerry. In March, the Financial Times noted, “John Kerry, the presumptive Democratic candidate, is also getting good play in Pyongyang.” North Korean radio has aired several of Kerry’s anti-Bush speeches, and the Korean Central News Agency has given the Democratic candidate “glowing” coverage. Kerry has publicly called for bilateral discussions with North Korea, such as those conducted by Jimmy Carter on behalf of the Clinton administration in 1994, although analysts agree these would be counterproductive.

Iran: A June editorial in the Tehran Times stated, “Kerry is exactly what the U.S. needs right now.” It is undisputed that Kerry has promised to give Iran exactly what it needs right now: nuclear fuel. Kerry pledged to supply Iran with nuclear fuel, just as Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton did to North Korea as it revved up its nuclear program during the 1990s.

Communist China: The state-controlled People’s Daily “news” website formally endorsed John Kerry in July. An unsigned editorial averred:

Comparatively speaking, Kerry is noted for being friendly with China. He was once firmly against linking the most-favored-nation status to China with human rights. From a long-term view, a Democratic administration, which stresses international cooperation, pursues “multilateralism” and stands for a policy of contacts, will be better for both world peace and Sino-U.S. relations.

The editorial also noted John Kerry opposes “containment of China.”

Palestinian Authority: PA foreign minister Nabil Shaath has said in a Kerry presidency, “it would be likely that several staff members during Clinton's administration would return,” adding, “that would be a good thing.” Kerry has vowed to name Bill Clinton or Jimmy Carter as Middle East envoy. The state-controlled Palestine Media Center bashed “Bush's refusal to deal with Arafat.” President Bush has said Yasser Arafat is not a worthy “partner” working for Mideast peace. Conversely, in his 1997 book The New War, John Kerry referred to Yasser Arafat as a “statesman.”

Malaysia: In a letter dated last Friday, former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad exhorted fellow Muslims to vote for John F. Kerry “in the name of Islam.” Mohamad said his co-religionists “have a duty to ensure that Bush will not be able to determine our fate for four more years…There is an obvious connection between the sufferings of the Muslims and the policies and thinking of Bush.” This is not Mohamad’s first foray into international controversy. As he prepared to step down from his 22-year-long reign as prime minister last year, he famously told the 10th Islamic Summit in Kuala Lumpur, Jews rule the world by proxy. (To counteract this, he has instructed Muslims to vote for John Kerry, the only ethnically Jewish candidate in the presidential race.) 

Socialist Spain: As early as March, Spain’s appeasenik prime minister and Socialist Party member Jose Luis Zapatero said, “I want Kerry to win.” Zapatero told the International Herald Tribune Spain’s Socialists – the party of unilateral surrender elected as the Madrid train bombing on March 11 – were “aligning ourselves with Kerry” to build an “alliance” for “peace, against war. Zapatero, who said he favors “a dialogue between the government of Spain and the new Kerry administration,” vowed the Kerry-Socialist axis would assure there will be “no more deaths for oil.”

France: According to all reports, John Kerry is wildly popular in the land of Gaul. A recent Le Monde poll found the Francs backing John Kerry over President Bush by more than three-to-one (72 percent to 19 percent). The Financial Times quotes an unnamed “French government official” pining for the return of the Democrats to Washington and the Ba’athists to Baghdad, saying, “A lot depends on who is in power in both Washington and Baghdad. If there's change in both countries then it's possible we would re-examine our position.” (Emphasis added.) The chairman of Democrats Abroad gave the “Ich bin ein Berliner” speech of the 2004 campaign, gushing Kerry “is the closest thing that you will have to a French politician.

Germany: The Financial Times quotes Gert Weisskirchen, the foreign policy expert for Germany’s ruling Social Democratic Party, as analyzing the presidential race thus:

I cannot imagine that there will be any change in our decision not to send troops, whoever becomes president. That said, Mr. Kerry seems genuinely committed to multilateralism and as president he would find it easier than Mr. Bush to secure the German government's backing in other matters.

Vietnam: An unnamed “Vietnamese diplomat” told the international press, “I think Vietnam would support Kerry because he has travelled many times to Vietnam and he understands better the situation here than Bush, who is a war-mongering president.” Why not? Kerry has 30 years experience negotiating with Vietnamese Communists and is immortalized in Ho Chi Minh City’s War Remnants Museum.

Others: International polls indicate the vast majority of Pakistanis, Jordanians, and Moroccans disapprove of President Bush and may be assumed to support Sen. Kerry by default.

Meanwhile, those engaged in the War on Terrorism have supported President George W. Bush.

George W. Bush

Russia: On Monday, Russian President Vladimir Putin told Russia’s RIA news agency Iraqi terrorism “aims at causing maximum damage to President Bush and to forestall his second term re-election.” He warned, “If they succeed, they would celebrate a victory against America and the anti-terror coalition, and this could lead to more acts of international terrorism.” Although Putin pledged to “respect any choice of the American people,” his comments were seen as a muted endorsement of President Bush. It seems, since mourning the tragedy of Beslan, he has discovered the wisdom of pre-emption.

Israel: Although Yasser Arafat’s Palestinian Authority favors John Kerry, the Israelis favor George W. Bush. Israel’s military intelligence chief, Major-General Aharon Ze’evi told the Israeli Cabinet he feared, “Arafat is now waiting for the month of November in the hope that President Bush will be defeated in the presidential election and turned out of his office.” Israeli citizens seem to agree. In a poll taken by the newspaper Haaretz, Israelis preferred Bush over Kerry by two-to-one. (In all, one may expect an improvement in domestic Jewish support for the president, but many American Jews remain steadfastly loyal to the Democratic Party.)

Japan: Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi divulged his support for the president last week. “I don't want to interfere in another country's election,” he said, “but I am close to President Bush so I want him to do well.” The Secretary-General of Japan’s Liberal Democratic Party, Tsutomu Takebe, told the media, “I think there would be trouble if it's not President Bush.” Takebe said Kerry’s plan for bilateral U.S.-North Korean negotiations “would be exactly what North Korea wants.”

The Philippines: Filipinos also support President Bush. “Filipinos...have a frontline appreciation of the threat posed by international terrorism,” according to political science professor Alex Magno, an adviser to President Gloria Arroyo. Over the past two decades, hundreds of Filipinos – and some Americans – have died at the hands of such al-Qaeda affiliates as  Abu Sayyaf and Jamaaat Islamiya. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Magno states, “If Filipinos were voting for the American president, George W. Bush would have this election in the bag.”

South Korea: South Koreans, who have been tending toward anti-Americanism for years, remain split on the election. However, polls show the most anti-Communist segments of South Korea favor President Bush.

Two More Important Endorsements

Finally, two non-state actors have made their preferences known: al-Jazeera Television and the Communist Party USA.

Osama bin Laden’s chosen media outlet, al-Jazeera – which regularly refers to suicide bombers as “martyrs” and may have direct ties to terrorism – now hopes to refer to John Kerry as “Mr. President.” The pro-terror Mideastern network referred to John Kerry as “a popular mainstream Democrat with liberal tendencies” and noted the junior senator from Massachusetts “has suggested Bush's handling of [Iraq] is ‘f****ed up.’” Although the National Journal named Kerry the Senate’s most liberal member, al-Jazeera claimed “Kerry is well placed politically between his party's radical left and arch conservatives.” (“Arch-conservative” Democrats?) After all, the Democratic Party gave al-Jazeera a skybox at its national convention this summer.

The Communist Party USA is not foreign, although it illegally received Soviet money for decades. It, too, has cast its lot with John Kerry. The CPUSA lists as election priority number one that Communists do their “utmost to help defeat Bush.” The communist website dedicates an entire page of internal articles to anti-Bush propaganda. Echoing John Kerry (or is it the other way around?), the Communist Party USA decries the well-financed campaign to weaken and destroy the impact of the African American vote.  Similarly, on September 11th of this year, Kerry told the Congressional Black Caucus, “We are not going to stand by and allow another million African American votes to go uncounted in this election.” The rhetorical similarities no doubt account for the CPUSA’s silent endorsement.

 In all, it appears those nations most opposed to the War on Terrorism – including the remaining two members of the Axis of Evil – endorse the foreign policies of the Left, which they see embodied in the person of John Kerry. On the other hand, those nations historically friendly to the United States back President George W. Bush. It is significant that those nations under the greatest terrorist threat – Russia, the Philippines, Israel and (if one counts nuclear threats from North Korea) Japan – all favor the aggressive policy of taking the war to the terrorists pursued by the Bush administration.  If we do not wish to share their peril, we would do well to heed their advice to reject the discredited, defeatist foreign policies of the Left.


Ben Johnson is Managing Editor of FrontPage Magazine and author of the book 57 Varieties of Radical Causes: Teresa Heinz Kerry's Charitable Giving.
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President Katzav: Iran Behind 'Terrorism' in West Bank

October 22, 2004
AFP
Daily Times

VIENNA -- Iran is behind “terrorism” in the West Bank, visiting Israeli President Moshe Katzav charged Thursday. “Iran is very active in the area of terrorism” and “between 60 and 70 percent of West Bank terrorism is carried out by the Hezbollah (Lebanese Shiite movement) which is financed by Iran,” he told the Austrian news agency APA.

“Iran is not just a totalitarian state, it also backs terror in the Middle East as well as international terrorism,” he added.

Katzav, who is on the first-ever visit by an Israeli head of state to Austria, also stressed that Iran’s nuclear program was a threat “to Israel and Europe”. “Why does Iran need rockets with a range of 3,000 kilometers (1860 miles)? Why does Iran invest in the development of weapons of mass destruction,” he rhetorically asked.
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Nuclear options


Leader
Friday October 22, 2004
The Guardian


No one knows exactly how Iran will react to the latest European proposals for reining in its nuclear ambitions and no one should underestimate the importance of its response. Britain, France and Germany - the EU3 - did the sensible thing yesterday when they set out their stall in Vienna. Their tempting idea is that the Islamic Republic will be helped to generate nuclear power if it agrees to stop enriching uranium, which can be used to make nuclear weapons. The United States is unhappy with this strategy of inducements. But with the American presidential election imminent and the Europeans desperately conscious of the shadow of Iraq, it is right to explore every diplomatic avenue. If there is no progress, the International Atomic Energy Agency, the UN's nuclear watchdog, will pass the dossier to the security council next month to consider "further steps", including the possible imposition of economic sanctions. It is hard to imagine that there will be a united international response at that point.

Iran maintains that its nuclear programme, a symbol of modernity and national pride, is for power generation and not for military purposes. It insists too that it is open to talks, but will never give up uranium enrichment - a process which can be used to produce fuel for nuclear reactors or material for atomic bombs. This is a murky area - though the US and Britain must be aware that their record on intelligence about Iraq's weapons of mass destruction will not inspire confidence that they are well informed about Iran. The studiously neutral IAEA has uncovered previously hidden activities that could well be related to a clandestine Iranian weapons programme. Crucially, though, it has found no "smoking gun".

President George Bush famously included Iran in his "axis of evil" in the state of the union address in 2002, citing its support for the Lebanese Hizbullah and Palestinian Islamic Jihad groups, as well as its nuclear ambitions and a fundamentalist regime which began life by overthrowing the Shah and humiliating America back in 1979. But the view from Tehran looks fairly ominous these days: two of Iran's neighbours - Russia and Pakistan - are nuclear powers. Israel has a formidable if undeclared nuclear arsenal and has hinted heavily that it might launch a pre-emptive strike on Iran's nuclear facilities, as it did against Saddam Hussein's French-built reactor in 1981. American forces are next door in Iraq and Afghanistan - hardly a recipe for studied calm among the hawks around President Ali Khamenei. You do not need a Farsi edition of Clausewitz to work out that a nuclear weapon might be a useful protection against efforts at regime change in Tehran - a thought surely reflected in Wednesday's launch of a new long-range ballistic missile.

Looking back a year or so ago, Iran looked like the case that could prove that European policies of engagement and persuasion would succeed where American sabre-rattling failed. The EU's strategic doctrine placed heavy emphasis on "effective multilateralism" (without referring to Mr Bush's disastrous unilateralism). The mission was important enough to unite London, Paris and Berlin, divided over Iraq, to try their luck with Iran. But barring some last minute surprise from Tehran, they seem to have failed. Understandably enough, the world is deeply preoccupied with Iraq, but the crisis brewing next door could be extremely serious. Nothing much will happen this side of November 2, though after that - especially with a re-elected President Bush - all bets will be off. The nuclear non-proliferation treaty has already been rocked by India and Pakistan acquiring nuclear weapons. Another breach could kill it off. That means that keeping the Iranian genie inside its bottle is a matter of global importance.

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Iran test launches enhanced missile

SPECIAL TO WORLD TRIBUNE.COM
Thursday, October 21, 2004

Iran has completed the first launch of its enhanced Shihab-3 intermediate-range missile.

The Islamic republic termed the Shihab-3 launch a success. Officials said the test took place on Wednesday and was a followup to an August missile exercise, Middle East Newsline reported.

"A few minutes ago, Iran test-fired a more accurate version of the Shihab-3 in the presence of observers," Defense Minister Ali Shamkhani said on Wednesday.

Shamkhani, speaking to reporters after a Cabinet meeting, said the test was within the framework of the "Defensive Shield Exercise." He would not disclose the range of the missile.

"We tested the range, the destructive capacity, the guidance system and its capability to strike a defined target," Shamkhani was quoted by the Iranian Student News Agency as saying. "We invited all those who had doubts, but there were no foreign observers. Some people had expressed doubts over the success of our test so we carried out a new test."

On Aug. 11, Iran held a command and control exercise for the enhanced Shihab-3, based on North Korea's No-Dong. Western intelligence sources said the exercise tested the speed with which the Shihab could be prepared for launch.

But the sources said the Shihab-3 test did not include full flight. They said this sparked a debate within the U.S. intelligence community over the success of the Iranian missile exercise.

Last month, Shamkhani said Iran introduced a "strategic missile" to its military arsenal after a successful test. The Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps was said to have obtained its first Shihab-3 in July 2003.

In early October, Iran said its enhanced Shihab-3 missile provided Teheran with the capability to launch a missile with a range of 2,000 kilometers. Officials have already deemed the Shihab-3 as capable of reaching a range of 1,700 kilometers.

Western intelligence sources said Iran has also completed the development of a warhead for the Shihab-3 that could carry a nuclear payload. The sources said the warhead resembled the design of 1960s-era intercontinental ballistic missiles.

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US presses Iran to respond to EU nuclear proposal

AFP - World News (via Yahoo)
Oct 21, 2004

WASHINGTON - The United States pressed Iran to respond to demands that it comply with the UN nuclear watchdog after three European nations made a last-chance proposal to entice Tehran into compliance.

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Washington, which has frowned on the incentives offered by Britain, France and Germany, would not comment on the European offer or whether Iran would accept it and said it was interested only in whether Tehran would meet its obligations to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

"The important thing about the meeting is what the Iranians say now ... as to whether or not, yes or no, they are going to comply with the requirements of the International Atomic Energy Agency board of directors," State Department spokesman Richard Boucher said.

"That's what we'll be looking for," he told reporters. "I don't know if it'll come today. I don't know if will come tomorrow. Unfortunately, history would lead us to think that the answer's going to be no."

His comments followed a meeting in Vienna on Thursday between officials from Britain, France and Germany -- the so-called "EU3" -- and Iran at which the Europeans offered valuable nuclear technology if Tehran indefinitely suspends all uranium enrichment activities and proves it is not secretly trying to develop nuclear weapons.

The EU3 package -- which also includes the provision of a light-water reactor if Iran complies with the request -- threatens possible UN sanctions if Iran does not comply.

An Iranian official said after the meeting that Tehran would study the European proposal and respond in the coming days.

But on Wednesday, Iran vowed not to give up on producing enriched uranium, the process used to make fuel for civilian atomic energy reactors but also the explosive core of nuclear weapons.

The United States wants the IAEA, which since February 2003 has been investigating Iran on US claims that the Islamic Republic has a covert nuclear weapons program, to send Iran before the UN Security Council, which could impose sanctions.

Washington has said it will push the IAEA governing board to refer the matter to the Security Council at its next meeting on November 25 if Iran has not agreed to the agency's demands.

Boucher reiterated that stance on Thursday, saying that it was up to Iran to provide the right answer if it wants to avoid such a referral.

"If it's not a yes, and it's not a yes by November, then clearly we'll be facing a situation in the board where everybody knows that Iran has failed to comply and (they) should be referred further to the UN Security Council," he said.

"That's the question. The question is on the Iranian side."

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EDITORIAL

Iran's Nuclear Threat


Published: October 22, 2004

One of the most serious questions raised by the debacle in Iraq is whether it has crippled the ability of the world's leading powers to contain dangerous states. Iran's nuclear program is a prime case in point: so far, neither threats nor inducements have persuaded its leaders to suspend their uranium enrichment program.

According to a stark assessment by the International Institute of Strategic Studies, based in London, Iran and North Korea, the other nuclear rebel, have been emboldened in their ambitions by the sorry plight of the United States and its coalition partners in Iraq. The perception is that the major powers no longer have the stomach, or the unity, to seriously threaten sanctions or military action. Nonetheless, the three main European powers - Britain, Germany and France - are trying one more time to reach a diplomatic agreement with Iran, and the United States is wisely keeping out of the way.

The issue is sufficiently fateful to warrant another round of diplomacy. But if this effort fails, it will be time to try a more punitive approach. At a meeting in Vienna, the Europeans told the Iranians that if they abandoned uranium enrichment, the Europeans would supply them with fuel for nuclear power reactors and trade. If the Iranians say no, the Europeans are likely to join the United States in seeking tough U.N. Security Council sanctions against Iran. The Iranians did not respond immediately - with less than two weeks until the United States' elections, nobody expected them to.

What is critical is for the winner of the presidential race, and for the three European nations, to make it urgently and abundantly clear to Iran's president, Mohammad Khatami, and his mullahs that the West will brook no further delays, and that it is serious and united about imposing stern sanctions if Iran won't abandon its nuclear fuel enrichment efforts. Iran has already broken one deal with the Europeans, and it has drawn sharp criticism from the International Atomic Energy Agency.

If the ruling mullahs continue to sense indecision and disunity in the West, they will surely continue with their program. The result would be a disaster. Joschka Fischer, Germany's foreign minister and a strong proponent of diplomacy, warned earlier this week that a nuclear Iran could set off a Middle Eastern arms race. And North Korea would see no reason to abandon its weapons.

A strong signal that the Europeans are ready to get tough is also vital for another reason. After the mess caused by going it alone in Iraq, Washington may now be more willing to return to multilateral methods of combating nuclear proliferation, but only if it is convinced that the Europeans are capable of waving a stick as well as a carrot.


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Powell: Time To Refer Iran Nuclear Matter To UN Council

[Excerpt]
October 21, 2004
The Associated Press
Dow Jones Newswires


Secretary of State Colin Powell said Thursday that the the issue of Iran 's nuclear program needs to now be referred to the U.N. Security Council. In an interview with Abu Dhabi television, Powell said "it is time for the matter to be referred to the Security Council unless there is a complete change in attitude on the part of the Iranians, and they come into compliance with their obligation under IAEA strictures, and also in compliance with the commitments they made to the European Union."

However, Iran is unlikely to accept European incentives aimed at getting it to suspend uranium enrichment, diplomats said Thursday in Vienna, raising the prospect of a showdown next month between Tehran and the International Atomic Energy Agency, the U.N.'s nuclear watchdog.

Envoys from the U.K., France and Germany offered civilian nuclear technology and a trade deal to the Iranians in a private meeting at the French mission to international organizations in Vienna. But Western diplomats said they doubt Iran will back down easily.

Iran didn't immediately respond to the incentives, which included the promise of lucrative trade, a light-water nuclear research reactor and the chance to buy nuclear fuel from the West.

An Iranian diplomat, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Thursday's meeting did not involve detailed negotiations, merely the formal presentation of the European offer.

Amir-Hossein Zamaniyan, director-general of international affairs for Iran 's Foreign Ministry, would take the proposal back to his government for study, the diplomat said.

The offer came a day after President Mohammad Khatami said Iran wouldn't give up uranium enrichment, which can be used both to generate electricity or build a nuclear weapon.

U.S. State Department spokesman Richard Boucher said Thursday the question is whether or not Iran intends to comply with IAEA requirements.

"Unfortunately, history would lead us to think that the answer's going to be 'no,"' Boucher said during the department's regular briefing.

Iran insists its nuclear activities are peaceful and geared solely toward generating electric power. The U.S. contends it is running a covert atomic weapons program.

On Nov. 25, the Vienna-based IAEA's 35-nation board of governors will deliver a fresh assessment of Iran 's cooperation with the nuclear agency. The U.S. is pressing to report Iran 's noncompliance to the U.N. Security Council, which has the power to impose sanctions.

Iran is unlikely to cave in quickly to demands that it suspend enrichment, a Western diplomat familiar with the nuclear agency's dealings with Tehran told The Associated Press. The official was not directly involved in Thursday's meeting.

Although the IAEA had no hand in the European offer, agency chief Mohamed ElBaradei has said he welcomes any attempt to negotiate an end to the standoff - so long as Iran consents to continued comprehensive inspections that can verify it does not pose a nuclear proliferation threat.

The Bush administration - which labeled Iran part of an "axis of evil" along with North Korea and Iraq when it was still ruled by Saddam Hussein - said this week it did not endorse the European allies' plan.

The U.K. and German foreign ministers have urged Iran to suspend its nuclear program indefinitely. Iran has resumed testing, assembling and making centrifuges used to enrich uranium, heightening U.S. concerns that its sole purpose is to build a bomb.

Iran 's long-range ballistic missile capabilities, combined with its nuclear know-how, pose a threat not only to Israel but to Europe, Israeli President Moshe Katsav said Thursday in Vienna.

"Why does Iran need rockets with a range of 3,000 kilometers? Why is Iran investing money in the development of weapons of mass destruction?" Katsav said during the first visit to Austria by an Israeli head of state.

If Tehran does not accept the European incentives, suspend enrichment and agree to IAEA verification that it has done so, the U.K., France and Germany likely would back the U.S. push to report its defiance to the Security Council, diplomats said. ...

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Powell: Time To Refer Iran Nuclear Matter To UN Council

[Excerpt]
October 21, 2004

The Associated Press
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10/17/2004 Clip No. 293

Iranian TV Compares President Bush to "Mr. Hitler"

The following are excerpts from the Iranian TV series "The New Fascism":

In his book Mein Kampf, Mr. Hitler explicitly referred to this, and when Goebbels wrote the Nazi party's platform, Hitler said to him: "Whenever you make a decision, the people will not be involved. Either the people is [sic.] with you or against you." This is exactly what Mr. Bush is saying today, following the events of 9/11. Today we are witnessing a new fascism, which is rooted in the old fascism. These are Mr. Hitler's words. Stalin, too, said to Trotsky, his last foreign minister: "If Russian society opposes you, it means its annihilation."

This is also what Genghis Khan wrote to his eldest son, Jochi, in his will. The message in all this is: Stay away from reason and logic, the public is not involved in your decisions or your government's decisions, and anything you decide– the public will either be with you or against you.

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MEK Included in Incentive Offer From Europe

[Excerpt]
October 22, 2004
Dow Jones Newswires
Associated Press


VIENNA -- An Iranian exile group bristled Friday at a European offer of incentives aimed at getting the Tehran regime to stop uranium enrichment, saying it included a promise that the European Union would continue viewing one of its key members as a terrorist organization.

In a statement made available to The Associated Press, the Paris-based National Council of Resistance of Iran said the text - formally presented to Iran this week by the U.K., France and Germany - "makes a mockery of the war against terrorism."

European negotiators included a reference to the Iranian resistance group MEK in their last-chance offer of a trade deal and peaceful civilian nuclear technology to entice Iran to give up enrichment and avoid the looming threat of U.N. sanctions.

The document presented to an Iranian delegation in Vienna Thursday included a pledge that the Europeans "would continue to regard the MEK as a terrorist organization." The MEK, the main group in the resistance council's coalition, also is on the U.S. State Department's list of terrorist organizations.

The council called the continued terrorist designation "shameful," and it accused the Iranian authorities of using the E.U.'s characterization as a pretext "to torture, execute and suppress dissidents."

The council urged the international community to stop blacklisting the group, which it contends will "only lead to the rise in human rights abuses in Iran and the increasing role of the mullahs in international terrorism."

Last month, the National Council of Resistance of Iran claimed to have uncovered more evidence that Iran 's nuclear activities are broader than it has publicly admitted. It alleged that Iran has a hidden uranium processing plant near Bandar Abbas, a major industrial port in southern Iran that is home to a missile production facility, an oil refinery and a large thermal power plant.

Two years ago, the Iranian opposition was the first to make public that Iran was running a secret uranium enrichment program.

Iran insists its nuclear program is peaceful and geared solely toward generating electricity. The U.S. contends it is covertly trying to build atomic weaponry and is pressing to report it to the U.N. Security Council, which has the authority to impose punishing sanctions.

Diplomats involved in the incentives package could not immediately be reached for comment Friday on the council's protest.

E.U. officials in Brussels, Belgium, said Friday they were pleased with the way the talks with Iran went and described the proposal under discussion as an E.U. initiative. They said there will be another meeting in Vienna next week on the package.

Thursday, Iranian delegates said they would take the proposal back to Tehran for study.

The Vienna-based International Atomic Energy Agency's 35-nation board of governors will deliver a fresh assessment of Iran 's cooperation with the nuclear agency on Nov. 25.

The U.K., France and Germany have said they likely will back Washington's call to report Iran to the Security Council as defiant and noncompliant at that meeting if Tehran does not agree to the incentives, suspend uranium enrichment and agree to IAEA verification that it has done so. ...

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13-Years-Old Rape Victim Faces Death In Iran

Friday 22nd October 2004

Sr. Deirdre Mullan, from Derry who is Director of Mercy Global Concern, representing the Sisters of Mercy at the United Nations, has appealed to the people of the North West to make their voices heard in the growing campaign to try to save the life of a 13 years old Iranian girl who faces death by stoning.

Sr. Deirdre explained: "The fundamentalist regime of Iran is planning to stone a 13-year-old girl, Jila, in the city of Marivan in coming days. Jila was raped and impregnated by her brother and Iran's clerical judge has sentenced her to death by stoning. According to the Iranian regime's penal code, stoning is the punishment for those who commit adultery. Jila did not commit adultery; rather she is a victim of rape.

"The stoning in Iran is carried out as the condemned are wrapped head to foot in white shrouds and buried up to their waists. The misogynous regime of Tehran even details the difference between the stoning of men vs. women. The female condemned are buried up to their neck to prevent their escape. Furthermore, the stones are specifically chosen so they are large enough to cause pain, but not so large as to kill the condemned immediately. They are guaranteed a slow, torturous death. Sometimes their children are forced to watch. No other government in the world practices stoning like the Iranian regime."

Women's Forum Against Fundamentalism in Iran (WFAFI) is calling upon the international community and human rights organization to fight for Jila's life and stop Tehran's regime from stoning her. Iran's constitution does not offer women and young girls any protection or due process in the court. There are no legal avenues open to Jila to appeal the judge's decision. For this reason, WFAFI urgently calls upon Mrs. Shirin Ebadi, the 2003 Nobel Peace Prize winner, to intervene on Jila's behalf and save her.

WFAFI also calls upon UNICEF to dispatch a fact-finding mission on this case and save Jila. Gender violence in Iran is sharply rising and increasingly claiming younger lives everyday.

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Israel bides its time on Iran

By Harinder Mishra

JERUSALEM - While Israel is at daggers drawn with Iran, its preoccupation with its daunting domestic concerns that are tearing apart the Jewish population and the non-conducive international environment are likely to deter it from the earlier posturing of carrying out a preemptive strike to foil the Islamic Republic's nuclear ambitions.

The indications here suggest that Jerusalem instead would prefer sticking to its already-launched diplomatic initiatives that it sees as "working" and carry out a military offensive only as a last resort. While there was no dearth of rhetoric when Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom met with his French counterpart, Michel Bernier, here this week and branded Iran as the "world's No 1 state sponsor of terrorism", saying that its nuclear program was at the "top of our agenda", diplomatic and security sources have ruled out a "military option as the first line of action".

The Jewish state seems to be content with the outcome of the public relations blitz it launched this year, with Shalom raising the issue of Iran's nuclear program with every leader he met, including French, German, Irish, Polish and Russian foreign ministers, and the resulting initiatives in reaction and "softening" of Russia on the issue.

"Iran's nuclear program and its missile project is a threat not only to us but the entire world community and we have worked to draw everyone's attention to it. Everyone needs to think about it and look for possible solutions as it can hit any European city, including Berlin, London and Paris," said Foreign Ministry spokesman David Saranga, reacting to the successful testing of the Shahab 3 missile by the Islamic Republic on Wednesday.

The expected consternation after the missile test, which poses a direct threat to Israel, was completely missing this week, with domestic affairs taking the center stage and leaders locked in frantic efforts to garner support in favor or against a disengagement plan calling for the evacuation of the Gaza Strip and some isolated settlements in the West Bank.

Many here believe that the issue which has sharply divided the Jewish masses in Israel, creating a civil war-like situation, with the far right calling for soldiers to disobey orders to evacuate and threatening Prime Minister Ariel Sharon with assassination, combined with the past four years of ongoing violence, leaves no space for Jerusalem to ponder any military action against Iran in the near future, and it is in its interest to intensify diplomatic efforts instead. A preemptive attack on Tehran could also open another disconcerting front that Jerusalem can ill afford.

The initiatives launched by the leading European Union countries (notably the Big-3 of France, Germany and the United Kingdom) and the Group of Eight (G8) to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear capability has given a breather to the Jewish state, whose founders laid down the ground rule that it must maintain military superiority in the conventional as well as the non-conventional arena against any Arab or Muslim state at all costs to safeguard its survival. This principle saw Israel carrying out the much-talked-about preemptive raid on Iraq's nuclear facility in Osirak in 1981, and is at the root of its threatening note against Iran, which it sees as a hostile country that it accused of supporting radical groups such as Hezbollah in Lebanon against it.

On Thursday, Iran said it had not accepted a proposal of the EU to trade nuclear technology with its uranium-enrichment program. "It is just at the initial stage. The matter has to be considered on both sides," Sirius Naseri, an Iranian official, said on Thursday. At a three-hour closed-door meeting with Germany, France and Britain at the French mission to the United Nations, Iran and the EU trio agreed to have further talks before the November 25 meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Naseri said. If the November meeting is inconclusive, the matter will be referred to the Security Council for possible sanctions against Iran.

The EU offer, which included the provision of a light-water nuclear reactor, nuclear fuels and nuclear technology, received reluctant blessings from the US, which suspected that Iran was using the talks to buy time and that EU technology would be employed in developing nuclear weapons.

The EU offer came a day after Iranian President Mohammad Khatami said his country would not yield to pressure and stop enriching uranium, which he insisted was only for power generation and was totally transparent.

The United States declaration that Iran will be the "next big issue" for any administration taking charge after the November elections and its warning to the "rogue state" to stop aiding al-Qaeda leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi has strengthened the belief in Israel that the unfolding of events should be closely watched while the US carries on intensifying pressure on the Islamic Republic. In any case, Israel will coordinate its moves with Washington, its closest ally, which faces a Herculean task of restoring normalcy in Iraq, on which it has been widely criticized and isolated.

"We are capable of dealing with the development on our own and have the necessary preparations for it. But for any such action we need to take into account its implications. Iran's nuclear program, as we see it, is not only our problem. The establishment feels that it concerns the global community at large and any action against it, political or military, will be more effective if a consensus can be worked out on it. However, we do not rule out the possibility of unilateral measures if threatened with the prospect," a defense source told Asia Times Online.

Uzi Rubin, head of the Defense Ministry department responsible for ballistic missile defense, however, cautioned this week at the way Israel is ignoring Iran's missile development program that it has carried out openly, unlike the nuclear program, which is shrouded in secrecy.

"We go crazy about Iranian progress in the nuclear field, and forget that the missiles Iran is developing can do us damage even with conventional capabilities," Rubin told the daily Ha'aretz. The winner of two national-security prizes for his role in developing the Ofek spy satellite and the Arrow anti-missile missile, Rubin believes that expatriate Russian experts are aiding Iran in its missile program.

The new shape of the missile's cone, the part containing the warheads, is very similar to that found in old Soviet missiles, but different from the missiles Russia has produced since the Soviet Union collapsed, he said.

Israeli experts believe that the Shihab's new shape is meant to foil the Arrow anti-missile system, Jerusalem's indigenously developed system that formed its frontline defense against possible Scud strikes by Saddam Hussein during the US offensive against him last year.

"A military option in any case will be the last resort when everything else fails to make an impact. Israel can always retaliate, having a second strike capability if attacked, but the crucial factor to be observed in the coming days is how Russia behaves in the coming days," said Tel Aviv University Professor Martin Sherman, an expert on strategic affairs.

"Diplomatic initiatives have yielded good results in the recent past and when even Europe, which has a long record of appeasement, has shown concern on the matter convincing Israel to monitor the developments instead of a hasty response," Sherman said. However, he did not completely rule out a possible military action by Israel, especially a seaborne action, if Israel is convinced that the Islamic Republic is on the verge of acquiring nuclear capability. The indications of this are non-evident at the moment, he added, with no efforts being made by the establishment to build up public opinion in favor of such a strike.

Russia, indeed, has a defining role to play in the affair as it is building a nuclear reactor for Iran, but it is faced with a strange predicament where it cannot afford to upset anyone. Iran is already crying foul at Moscow joining hands with the G8 against it, which could adversely affect Moscow's strategic ties with Tehran, accompanied by financial losses. On the other hand, if Russia sides too much with Iran, it could upset the G8, and lose precious Western and US aid. Experts feel that Russia has "moderated" its stand and is trying to balance its position, but it is bound to face some tough moments during the coming days when it will have to take certain decisive steps on the issue.

To sum up, Jerusalem is likely to keep up its diplomatic offensive against Iran and wait and watch the outcome of the initiatives of the G8, the International Atomic Energy Agency, and leading EU countries now under way. With the US deeply involved in Iraq, it is highly unlikely that Israel will get a green light from Washington for carrying out a preemptive strike against Iranian nuclear facilities in the near future, and the Sharon administration will instead focus its attentions on the domestic challenges ahead. The Jewish state also seems to believe that diplomatic initiatives have done well and succeeded in deterring the Iranian regime for the time being.

A matter of pride for Iran
For a majority of Iranians, there is no doubt that the ruling clerics are after the nuclear bomb, but at the same time they are not certain that the weapon is to be used to annihilate Israel, nor do they buy the regime's "assuring" that the efforts to acquire nuclear technology are for civilian purposes only. The problem is that not only the international community, but also many Iranians do not believe the mullahs, accusing them of using and abusing the Shi'ite principle of taqiyeh, (dissimulation, or not saying the truth in the service of some interest).

Indeed, for a majority of Iranians, Arab nations are Iran's main and potential enemies, not Israel. The same kind of sentiment is shared by a majority of Arabs, who consider Iran and Israel as if not friends, certainly not enemies.

As Hussein Moussavian, the secretary of the foreign department of Iran's Supreme Council for National Security, explained in an interview with Asia Times Online, mastering the full circle of the nuclear process, above all enriching uranium, would give Iran's stature and status both in the region and in the world a new dimension. "No country with a program of producing 7,000 megawatts of electricity out of nuclear power can afford being dependent on a foreign provider of nuclear fuel," he said, explaining why Iran is determined to master the full cycle of the nuclear energy process.

Last month, Iran said it had 37 tons of uranium and was ready to begin converting it to uranium hexafluoride gas, a substance that can then be used to enrich uranium. Enriched uranium is a key ingredient in both the nuclear fuel needed to produce electricity in power plants - and in atomic bombs.

Two Iranian officials have admitted that a "few tons" of uranium already have been converted to the gas. Because little is lost in the process, Iran would now appear to possess a sizable amount of uranium hexafluoride gas, in defiance of a demand last month by the board of governors of the IAEA that Tehran stop all enrichment-related activities. Hussein Musavian, Iran's chief delegate to the IAEA, urged calm, saying the conversion process is only for what he called "experimental" purposes.

But at the State Department in Washington, spokesman Adam Ereli said this assertion is hard to believe, especially if Iran plans to convert all the uranium it has. "Clearly, 37 tons is not a test, as Iran suggests. It's a production run," he said. "It comes as no surprise that once again Iran is defying the board [of the IAEA] and is producing uranium hexafluoride feed material. There is no peaceful use for this enriched uranium at the present time, in our view. It clearly indicates that Iran is continuing its efforts in a nuclear-weapons program," Ereli said.

A source told Asia Times Online: "Iranian nuclear scientists are of two categories: one consisting of those who are devout Muslims and believe staunchly in the system of velayat faqih , or the rule of an absolute leader. The others are nationalist, aiming at restoring the grandeur of Iran. However, both are well paid and enjoy plenty of material and social advantages, but they are also tightly controlled by special security and psychological agents." The source added that one should not commit the mistake of comparing Iranian nuclear scientists to those of Saddam Hussein, meaning that there is almost no way to expect them to come out and provide details about Iran's nuclear programs.

Amir Jahanchahi, a Paris-based Iranian dissident, writing in the French centrist newspaper Le Figaro on September 29, said the Iranian ayatollahs want the atomic bomb to perpetuate their survival at a time that the theocracy is rejected by the majority of Iranians. "This regime cannot survive but by procreation of its model, by conquering other territories and exporting its ideology," he explained. "A nuclear arm would not be dissuasive, but offensive, one of conquest that would serve the expansion of the Iranian ruling fundamentalists' ideology, the source of modern-day terrorism."

Another reason is the presence of US forces all around Iran, in Afghanistan on the east, Iraq on the west, Turkey in the north and the Persian Gulf on the south. "Being a nuclear power would dramatically change the picture, making it more difficult for a possible attack on the Islamic Republic," observed Dr Mohammad Djalili, a professor at the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva.

Iran's nuclear program for producing electricity began under the shah in 1974, and highly informed sources have told Asia Times Online that though the monarch did not state officially his intentions on these projects, scientists formulated the works in such a way that in the event that the shah decided to produce an atomic bomb, it would be possible to develop a parallel program within a short time.

Hence Washington and Jerusalem insist that the present project in Bushehr, developed with the help of Russia and now in its final phase, is a lure for diverting the technology into military purposes. However, the US and Israel suffer from a "chronic" lack of "humint" (human intelligence) on Iran, for the simple reason that the country, immediately after the victory of the Islamic Revolution in 1979, cut all ties with both countries, the major sources of modern arms and intelligence-gathering in the former regime.

Iran's and Israel's military possibilities
Iran's Shahab 3 missiles could reach Israel, having a range exceeding 1,500 kilometers, but their accuracy is far from certain, and so far Iran does not have a nuclear warhead capable of dealing the Jewish state a "fatal blow". Reports from Russian technicians with experience in Iran indicate that even the civilian nuclear program lacks cohesion and is marked by technical deficiencies.

Israel has the capability of hitting Iran with its air force - capable of carrying nuclear warheads - and now "bunker buster" bombs promised from the US.

A major problem is that Iran's key military sites are disseminated across the country's huge geographic space. When the country was at war with Iraq in the 1980s, most strategic sites were moved to remote areas in the mountainous Iran-Afghanistan borders far away from the reach of Iraq's air force and missiles. (In 1987 and 1988, though, the reactor sites at Bushehr, under construction by Germany and partly finished at 75%, but halted with the coming to power of the Islamic Republic in 1979, were damaged by Iraqi air strikes.)

"Hitting the Bushehr nuclear-powered electric station or other atomic sites like Natanz and Esfahan will not solve anything, as Iran's alleged installations for making the nuclear weapon are elsewhere and well guarded from enemy eyes," one Iranian source with reliable information told Asia Times Online.

Another handicap for Israel in attacking Iran is the presence of a large Jewish community, estimated at 20,000-30,000 (against some 80,000 before the Islamic Revolution), the largest in the Middle East outside Israel, officially recognized by the constitution and enjoying one representative in parliament and freedom of cult and schools. The fear is that they could become hostages in the hands of Muslim extremists in the event of a major military showdown between the two countries.

Iranian officials, both civilian and military, "assure" that if Israel were to make a military move, the response from Iran would be "devastating" for the Jewish state.

In a recent article, Hoseyn Shari'atmadari, an intelligence officer appointed by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei as the editor of the hardline evening daily Keyhan, said, "Israel knows very well that if it commits the slightest mistake, it would face a catastrophe," and explained that "Israel has not yet met our martyr-seekers, an arm more destructive than any other weapon". He was referring to the mobilization and training of "thousands" of volunteers for suicide operations. Shari'atmadari is considered a mouthpiece for Khamenei.

(Additional reporting by Safa Haeri in Paris.)
26 posted on 10/22/2004 11:28:25 AM PDT by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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IRAQIS TO HOLD 'THANK YOU PRES. BUSH & AMERICA' RALLY AT WHITE HOUSE, Sat. 10/23/04

Posted on 10/22/2004 2:54:11 PM PDT by kristinn


FORMER REP. BOB DORNAN & MUSLIM CLERICS TO SPEAK

WHEN: SATURDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2004, 1 P.M. TO 4 P.M.

WHERE: LAFAYETTE PARK, 16TH & H ST., NW, WASH., D.C.

(Washington) The D.C. Chapter of Free Republic, an independent grassroots organization, is sponsoring a rally with Iraqi leaders from across the country to demonstrate the deep appreciation of the Iraqi-American community for the leadership of President Bush in liberating their country from the terrorist dictator Saddam Hussein.

The Iraqis will also be offering their gratitude to the American people for the sacrifices they have made to fight terrorists in Iraq and around the world.

Muslim clerics and secular leaders, including several who have been to Iraq since the fall of Saddam, will be speaking. They will be joined on stage by former Rep. Bob Dornan and other Americans who share their belief that the U.S. must stay the course in Iraq.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/1253878/posts?page=1


27 posted on 10/22/2004 3:03:42 PM PDT by nuconvert (Everyone has a photographic memory. Some don't have film.)
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28 posted on 10/22/2004 10:04:21 PM PDT by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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