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Iranian Alert - September 18 - IRAN READYING FOR CONFLICT WITH US - New Intelligence Reports
Regime Change Iran ^ | 9.18.2005 | DoctorZin

Posted on 09/18/2005 9:36:10 AM PDT by DoctorZIn

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Iran Readying for Conflict With US

Amir Taheri

 

Incredible though it may sound there are signs that Tehran may be preparing for a military confrontation with the United States, and has convinced itself that it could win.

The first sign came last June with the election of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as president of the Islamic Republic, an event that completed the conquest of all levers of power by the most radical elements of the establishment.

Since then the revolutionary factions have conducted a little publicized purge of the military, the security, the civil service, and state-owned corporations and media.

The most significant purges have affected the military high command.

Among those replaced are the defense minister, the commander-in-chief of the regular army and his four deputies, 11 senior commanders of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), and five commanders of the paramilitary Mobilization of the Dispossessed. Some of the purged officers have been “parked” in a mysterious new organ called “The Defense Guidance Commission” attached to the office of the “Supreme Guide” Ayatollah Ali Khamenehi.

The minister of intelligence and security and the minister of the interior, who controls the police and the gendarmerie, have also been replaced.

Another sign that Tehran may be preparing for war is the appointment of military officers to posts normally held by civilians, such as governors, mayors and directors of major public corporations.

But, perhaps, the surest sign yet is the military build up under way in the five provinces bordering Iraq. The region, with a population of 20 millions, has been put under the control of the IRGC which has also taken over units of the regular army, including the 88th Division, and the border police. Iran is estimated to have 250,000 troops in the area, its biggest military build-up since the end of the Iran-Iraq war in 1988.

One of the first acts of the new Cabinet led by Ahmadinejad was to approve an “emergency” fund of $700 million to be disbursed at the discretion of “the supreme guide” for “sacred defense purposes.”

The new administration has also decided to speed up defense disbursements under a five-year plan approved by Khamenehi last year. The plan aims at doubling the military budget by 2010. But it now seems that, thanks to rising oil revenues, most of the plan could be completed by 2008.

In the past few weeks top regime figures, including Khamenehi and Ahmadinejad, have made a series of unscheduled visits to Mash’had, Iran’s second largest city. One curious fact revealed during these visits is that a bunker-like structure to house the “supreme guide” is being completed close to the “holy shrine” of Reza, the eighth imam. The complex could also house the top echelon of government, including the president, the Cabinet and members of the Islamic Majlis (Parliament).

The choice of Mash’had is not accidental. The city is located 1,000 km from Tehran and thus as far as possible inside Iran from American fire power in Iraq and the Gulf. The US is also expected to shrink from attacks against the Mash’had bunker for fear of collateral damage to the “holy shrine” of the imam a few hundred yards away.

The summer’s comings-and-goings in Mash’had have provoked rumors that Khamenehi plans to appoint Abbas Va’ez Tabasi, the mulla who runs the eighth imam’s foundation, as “deputy supreme guide”, just in case!

The belief that the Americans would not attack sites close to “holy shrines’ has also led to the creation of a massive new military base at Fadak, a suburb of the “holy city” of Qom where the eighth imam’s sister is buried, south of Tehran. Work on the base that covers an area of 7.2 square km started in August.

Piecing together the bits of the jigsaw one may guess the outline of Tehran’s scenario for what it believes is an inevitable clash with the US:

• The diplomatic tussle over Iran’s nuclear plans goes to the Security Council that will fail to take a decision thanks to Russian and Chinese vetoes.

• The US, after much huffing and puffing launches air strikes against Iran’s nuclear installations. (Tehran loves Israel to also participate because that would give the Islamic Republic a better claim to be fighting on behalf of Islam as a whole.)

• Iran retaliates by ordering the forces it controls inside Iraq to attack American and British troops. At the same time the Lebanese branch of the Hezbollah launches massive rocket attacks against Israel while Hamas and the Islamic Jihad, whose leaders spent the past month in Tehran meeting Khamenehi and his aides, organize a wave of suicide operations against Israel from Jerusalem and the West Bank.

• The US and its British allies, stationed in southern Iraq, launch a three-pronged attack, from Shalamcheh, Hamroun and Shatt Al-Arab to seize control of Khuzestan, the province that accounts for 70 percent of Iran’s oil production.

• Iranian Special Forces attack Iraq from the Zaynalkosh salient, south of the Kurdish provinces, some 80 km from Baghdad’s first defenses in Ba’aqubah.

• Hazara Shi’ites strikes against Kabul, the Afghan capital, from Maydanshahr while Pushtun warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar and the remnants of the Taleban, some of whom are under Iranian protection, attack across Afghanistan.

• The Americans and their allies attack Khuzestan.

• Iran closes the Strait of Hormuz.

• The Americans attack the Iranian provinces of Kermanshahan and Kurdistan.

• US-led forces attack across the Mandali-Ilam axis. The Iranians retreat to the Zagross mountain range, the first line of Iran’s natural defenses. (To fight along the Zagross the IRGC is building new bases at Khorramabad, Pessyan, Borujerd, Zagheh and Malayer in the province of Luristan. The bases would assure the logistics of a quarter of a million troops, and provide temporary shelter for half a million refugees from the border. These bases will complement older ones further west, at Sahneh and Kangavar. )

• Oil prices top $100 and the global economy plunges into a crisis.

• Americans launch cruise missiles against “regime targets” in Tehran. But the regime is already in Mash’had.

• Global TV networks air images of “indiscriminate carnage” and “wanton destruction” in Iranian cities.

• The Security Council meets in emergency and orders a cease-fire while the American media and Congress revolt against President George W Bush and his “pre-emptive” strategy.

• Anti-Bush marches in Washington and dozens of other cities with Hollywood figures and other celebrities calling for Bush to be overthrown.

• Bush accepts a UN-brokered cease-fire and withdraws his forces.

• The Islamic Republic emerges victorious from what Ahmadinejad sees as “a clash of civilizations.”

• The Americans leave Iraq and Afghanistan as Bush becomes a lame duck for the rest of his presidency.

• The Islamic Republic gains new domestic legitimacy and proceeds to crush its opponents as “enemies of the nation and of Islam.”

• Iran can speed up making its nuclear weapons and long-range missiles without being harassed by Washington.

• Iran becomes “the core power” of a new “Islamic pole” in a multipolar system with China, the European Union and Latin America, Under the Bolivarist leadership of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez emerging as other “poles”.

• Bush’s successor acknowledges Iran’s new status and sends Bill Clinton, who apologized to Iran for “our past misdeeds” in 2000, to Tehran to offer another formal apology on behalf of Bush’s successor and offer Ahmadinejad “a grand bargain”.

• The Islamic Republic is now free to proceed to address what Khamenehi has described as its “greatest historic task” which is the destruction of Israel.

Sounds outlandish? Well, it is. The Islamic Republic is a fragile structure in a zone of political earthquakes. Logically, the last thing it should want is war. Nevertheless, former President Muhammad Khatami has warned that Tehran may be boxing itself into a position in which it will either have to surrender or fight.

  • Iranian blogger, Mehrangiz Kar, Rooz Online reported that in Iran these days there is talk of replacing detention and flogging as forms of punishment with something more human.
  • Iranian blogger, Mehdrad Sheibani, Rooz Online reported that President Ahmadinejad surprisingly spoke of the grandeur of Iranians. Yes, these are the words of a president whose normal speeches at home repeat Islam or Islamic in every sentence he pronounces.
  • SMCCDI (Information Service) reported that Iranian political activists gathered, yesterday afternoon, in front of the building which is hosting the Islamic Republic regime's Representation Office at the UN.
  • Iranian blogger, Vahid Sabetian, Rooz Online reported that the new hardline government of Iran has tasked the new Minister of Justice to write the bill for defining political crimes in Iran.
  • Kenneth R. Timmerman, NewsMax reported that former hostage from the U.S. embassy in Tehran, said: out of his 51 interrogations, Ahmadinejad personally had conducted one-third of them.
  • BBC News reported that the UK government has described as "unhelpful" a speech by the Iranian president in which he asserted Iran's right to produce nuclear energy.
  • Ynet News reported that Prime Minister Ariel Sharon met with South African President Thabo Mbeki and asked him to advance the referral of Iran’s nuclear program to discussion at the United Nations Security Council.
  • Roger Kimball, The NY Sun reported on the Hitchens, Galloway clash ina debate on the Iraq War. Plus a video.
  • CNN reported that Iran's president is absolutely "determined" to pursue a nuclear energy program and will "use every resource" it has to battle the United States and European nations trying to prevent it.
  • Reuters reported that U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice urged the United Nations on Saturday to stand up to Iran.
  • The Financial Times reported that Iran is seeking a compromise in its nuclear-fuel stand-off.
  • The Washington Times reported cracks appeared in the U.S.-European diplomatic drive to curb Iran's nuclear weapons program, when Paris would not object to Mr. Ahmadinejad's suggestion that Iran share its nuclear energy technology with other Islamic countries.
  • IranMania reported that Iran's President Ahmadinejad met with UN Chief Kofi Annan. a photo.
And finally, Media Clips:
  • Ken Timmerman's Speech outside of the UN.
  • A video of the George Galloway and Christopher Hitchens debate on Iraq in New York.


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1 posted on 09/18/2005 9:36:25 AM PDT by DoctorZIn
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2 posted on 09/18/2005 9:37:55 AM PDT by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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To: DoctorZIn

Memo to the mullahs: better lay in a large supply of Sharia-approved body bags.


3 posted on 09/18/2005 9:39:59 AM PDT by clee1 (We use 43 muscles to frown, 17 to smile, and 2 to pull a trigger. I'm lazy and I'm tired of smiling.)
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To: DoctorZIn
Might be a great place to retest tactical nukes if it comes to that. I think Iran would hot hesitate to use one if it has one.....the only downside would be that it might incite the whole Mid East Arab population. But if the future holds a major conflict with us, then it might be better to settle it now.
4 posted on 09/18/2005 9:40:54 AM PDT by Meadow Muffin
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To: DoctorZIn

The best thing that could happen is if Iran attacks us before they get the bomb. We're certainly not going to pre-empt them. But if they attack us, we'll have no choice but to take it to them.


5 posted on 09/18/2005 9:41:30 AM PDT by Brilliant
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To: Meadow Muffin

Smallpox don't leave big holes in the ground, though.


6 posted on 09/18/2005 9:45:20 AM PDT by Brilliant
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To: DoctorZIn

> ... purge of the military ...

So what characterizes those purged, and their replacements?
The article doesn't say.

If this is a purge of legacy military for reasons of
religious zealotry, and replacement by religiously-correct
beard-brains in uniform, then it suggests a further
degrading of Iran's former military capabilities, rather
than preparations for a successful war.

The article also suggests that Iran is expecting direct
attacks on the nuke sites. My advocacy would be to
merely take down the power grids that run those sites.
This can be done with almost no collateral damage. We
can keep them down as long as necessary, and even expand
the outages to further instruct the mullahs.


7 posted on 09/18/2005 9:45:56 AM PDT by Boundless
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To: DoctorZIn

We're Doomed!!!!

Just kidding.

Read through the story. All the key parts have the US doing the atacking except for the terrorists and the Iranian SF. The terrorists are attacking now. The Iranian SF, bit better trained terrorists. The 250,000 man army in the desert? Multiple targets for precission munitions.

My take on the story? PZZZZPPUT.


8 posted on 09/18/2005 9:48:34 AM PDT by PeteB570
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To: Boundless
" Iran is estimated to have 250,000 troops in the area, its biggest military build-up since the end of the Iran-Iraq war in 1988.

The problem with that, is you gotta feed them while you wait, and wait, and wait, and wait...

In the past few weeks top regime figures, including Khamenehi and Ahmadinejad, have made a series of unscheduled visits to Mash’had, Iran’s second largest city. One curious fact revealed during these visits is that a bunker-like structure to house the “supreme guide” is being completed close to the “holy shrine” of Reza, the eighth imam. The complex could also house the top echelon of government, including the president, the Cabinet and members of the Islamic Majlis (Parliament).

The choice of Mash’had is not accidental. The city is located 1,000 km from Tehran and thus as far as possible inside Iran from American fire power in Iraq and the Gulf. The US is also expected to shrink from attacks against the Mash’had bunker for fear of collateral damage to the “holy shrine” of the imam a few hundred yards away.

I think we can reach out and touch somebody there. They might be right about the mosk thing though. In fact, that's a given. We are too afraid of Media opinion to hit good hard targets like mosk bunkers.

9 posted on 09/18/2005 9:51:03 AM PDT by Nathan Zachary
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To: DoctorZIn
Striped of fantasy, their plan is

double dare us
when we do something, bleed on us and scream a lot
hope leftists here dislike our enemies bleeding and screaming
attack our friends, who then bleed and scream
hope rightists here don't care about our friends bleeding and screaming

So clever. But actually, the left doesn't give a darn whether they bleed or scream. It just wants power. Any excuse for any charge will suffice. The weather, for instance. Great whopping lies, for instance. So who needs Iranian nutjobs?

10 posted on 09/18/2005 10:05:29 AM PDT by JasonC
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To: Brilliant

You are correct, but a massive blast wave will clear the area so we can insert large oil sucking straws in the sand. Small pox would create a need to dig many smaller holes for the refuse.


11 posted on 09/18/2005 11:11:33 AM PDT by Meadow Muffin
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To: Meadow Muffin

I see Baghdad Bob is in Tehran now.


12 posted on 09/18/2005 12:12:00 PM PDT by MARKUSPRIME
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To: Meadow Muffin
the only downside would be that it might incite the whole Mid East Arab population.

Oh no! Oh no! Not the raging volcanic eruption of rage from the Arab street again...

The last 19 predicted eruptions were little more than barely noticle farts.

13 posted on 09/18/2005 12:31:36 PM PDT by AmericaUnited
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To: DoctorZIn
It is time to change the United States playbook. Fly over Iran, scramble the important targets with the best weapons available, and let the Iranians clean up the mess with their talent and at their expense.

If they continue or resume unacceptable behavior, do it again. At some point the penalty with exceed their reward, and the behaviors will cease.

14 posted on 09/18/2005 4:36:46 PM PDT by Joe Bfstplk (Charter Member of the VRWC.)
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To: Brilliant
Smallpox don't leave big holes in the ground, though.

Neither do neutron bombs - - they don't leave a lingering bio-hazard, they kill everything (including biological agents, but do leave infrastructure intact...

15 posted on 09/18/2005 5:02:24 PM PDT by Sir Francis Dashwood (LET'S ROLL!)
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To: Sir Francis Dashwood

two words: plausible deniability.


16 posted on 09/18/2005 6:47:27 PM PDT by Brilliant
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To: DoctorZIn

bump


17 posted on 09/19/2005 4:46:13 AM PDT by Khashayar (No Banana Allowed!)
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To: DoctorZIn

Have I missed something in the U.S. papers or TV news?
I've read several accounts in foreign news sources of Condi and/or Pres. Bush and/or Blair walking out when Ahmadinejad spoke at the U.N.

That's not news? Has anyone here reported this?


18 posted on 09/19/2005 7:28:56 AM PDT by nuconvert (No More Axis of Evil by Christmas ! TLR) [there's a lot of bad people in the pistachio business])
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To: DoctorZIn
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19 posted on 09/19/2005 8:54:45 AM PDT by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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To: nuconvert
Although shunned by U.S. officials, he met with the American press, with Mr. Putin, with Mr. Annan and European officials, and with leaders from Turkey, Nigeria and Kuwait, among other countries.

Alliance to curb Tehran weakens

20 posted on 09/19/2005 5:05:55 PM PDT by PhilDragoo (Hitlery: das Butch von Buchenvald)
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To: PhilDragoo

"shunned"?
I don't think that's quite the same as reporting that Condi and/or Bush and/or Blair walked out on him.

I did catch a glimpse of a mostly empty assembly hall while he was speaking.


21 posted on 09/19/2005 7:46:12 PM PDT by nuconvert (No More Axis of Evil by Christmas ! TLR) [there's a lot of bad people in the pistachio business])
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To: DoctorZIn

Guess they didn't get the memo about the change to our nuclear policy.


22 posted on 09/19/2005 7:48:04 PM PDT by billnaz (What part of "shall not be infringed" don't you understand?)
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To: DoctorZIn
Iran closes the Strait of Hormuz.

Would somebody please explain how this would be accomplished? The Iranian Navy? On shore anti ship missiles? Do they have an invulnerable weapons system or something?
23 posted on 09/20/2005 7:10:38 AM PDT by Edgerunner (Proud to be an infidel)
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