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Iranian Alert - June 22, 2005 - Britian adopts a confontational policy towards Iran
Regime Change Iran ^ | 6.22.2005 | DoctorZin

Posted on 06/22/2005 9:20:48 PM PDT by DoctorZIn

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Don't pin hopes for reform on Rafsanjani, Britain warns

By Anton La Guardia, Diplomatic Editor
(Filed: 22/06/2005)

Britain adopted a more confrontational policy towards Iran yesterday when officials assailed the credibility of Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, the likely winner of Friday's presidential election run-off.

Many Iranian reformists, alarmed that his opponent, the hardline former mayor of Teheran Mahmood Ahmadinejad, came second in the initial round of voting, have called on supporters to switch their votes to the 70-year-old Mr Rafsanjani despite the fact that he is a veteran of the regime.

The wily cleric, who served as president from 1989 to 1997, has cast himself as a centrist, and has dropped several hints that he was open to dealing with America.

But a senior British diplomat dismissed Mr Rafsanjani's reputation as a "pragmatist", and cast doubt over whether he would make it easier to resolve the crisis over Teheran's nuclear programme.

"It's important that people do not see Rafsanjani as a white knight. He has been president for eight years, and a lot of bad things happened in those eight years," he said. "He does not have a record of reform, co-operation with the West or abiding by international standards.

"We hear what he says, and we like it. But there is a difference between talking the talk and walking the walk."

Mr Rafsanjani, a confidant of Ayatollah Khomeini, is believed to have been intimately involved in decisions over Iran's nuclear programme. He has been implicated in the murder of scores of dissidents by Teheran's intelligence services, which he controlled as president.

After years of "engagement" with Iran, in the hope of strengthening the outgoing reformist President Mohammad Khatami, officials now appear to given up on the view of Jack Straw, the Foreign Secretary, who once described Iran as an "emerging democracy".

Many in the Foreign Office believe that the Iranian regime is "dying" and are pushing for the Government to "align" itself more with calls for change. Options being discussed include increasing the number of hours broadcast by the BBC Persian service, and supporting the creation of a Persian-language satellite TV station.

Britain, France and Germany face a crucial round of negotiations with Iran later this summer, when they have promised to present Teheran with new proposals to resolve the crisis over the nuclear programme.

Teheran says it wants to develop nuclear power only to generate electricity, but America and Europe fear it is developing the technology to build a weapon.

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1 posted on 06/22/2005 9:20:52 PM PDT by DoctorZIn
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2 posted on 06/22/2005 9:22:27 PM PDT by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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What, someone tell me is so important about an election in Iran, when in Iran, the Mullahs are not elected and they have the real power?


3 posted on 06/22/2005 9:30:42 PM PDT by TomasUSMC (FIGHT LIKE WW2, FINISH LIKE WW2. FIGHT LIKE NAM, FINISH LIKE NAM.)
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To: TomasUSMC
Remember, it was a rigged election that brought down the Ukrainian government.
4 posted on 06/23/2005 12:33:42 AM PDT by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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To: DoctorZIn

So your saying that if the people can get angry enough, for whatever reason, .... ok I'll agree with that.


5 posted on 06/23/2005 2:42:39 AM PDT by TomasUSMC (FIGHT LIKE WW2, FINISH LIKE WW2. FIGHT LIKE NAM, FINISH LIKE NAM.)
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To: TomasUSMC

The Mullahs are not legitimate rulers of today Iran


6 posted on 06/23/2005 2:17:36 PM PDT by Khashayar (Screw You and Your Gas!)
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To: DoctorZIn

7 posted on 06/23/2005 2:37:06 PM PDT by F14 Pilot (Democracy is a process not a product)
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To: Khashayar

The Mullahs are not legitimate rulers of today Iran



Correct. The Mullahs are THE rulers of today Iran

The Dustaman of Freedom need to start killing those Mullahs off before the Mullahs kill off freedom.


8 posted on 06/23/2005 3:04:34 PM PDT by TomasUSMC (FIGHT LIKE WW2, FINISH LIKE WW2. FIGHT LIKE NAM, FINISH LIKE NAM.)
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To: TomasUSMC

I do not recognize them as real rulers of my homeland.


9 posted on 06/23/2005 4:17:34 PM PDT by Khashayar (Screw You and Your Gas!)
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To: Khashayar

"I do not recognize them as real rulers of my homeland."

Tyrants is a much better description of the Mullahs in Iran.


10 posted on 06/23/2005 5:45:31 PM PDT by mjaneangels@aolcom
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11 posted on 06/24/2005 4:19:21 PM PDT by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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I think Britain is having delusions of being a Superpower. I think she should stay the heck out of geopolitics, and let me add Germany and France to that list. If there is a country who could combat any threat of terrorism by simple not letting in individuals from the Muslim world, it would be England. She is surrounded by water on all sides and has only one rail link, "Chunnel". They aren't like us with thousands of miles of coast land, and two boarders. As for their need for a large nuclear deterrent, to my knowledge no one is pointing nuclear weapons at them. The cold war is over and Warsaw Pact is a thing of the past.
13 posted on 10/20/2005 11:18:58 AM PDT by Kuehn12 (Kuehn12)
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