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Iranian Alert - August 26, 2006 - Analysts Say War In Lebanon Strengthened Iran
Regime Change Iran ^ | 8/26/06 | freedom44

Posted on 08/26/2006 1:18:47 PM PDT by freedom44

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PRAGUE, August 25, 2006 (RFE/RL) -- There have been different views on Iran's role in the war between Hizballah and Israel. Some observers suggested that Iran had given Hizballah orders to attack and kidnap Israeli soldiers in order to divert the world's attention from Iran's controversial nuclear program. Others said the conflict was the result of a miscalculation by Hizballah -- which likely didn't expect such a fierce reaction from Israel.

Many blamed Iran for the conflict because of reports that they were helping Hizballah financially and supplying it with weapons and missiles. Iran says it gives Hizballah -- which it helped create in the early 1980s -- only spiritual and moral support. But most analysts agree that the 34-day war has strengthened Iran and boosted its regional standing. Dr. Hermidas Bavand, a veteran diplomat, teaches international law in Tehran. He tells RFE/RL that Iran has emerged from the conflict politically and psychologically more powerful.

"Some said it was an indirect confrontation between Iran and the United States and also Israel," he said. "On one hand the invincibility of Israel is now questioned, and the huge and systematic destruction [it levied upon Lebanon] tarnished Israel's image in the world, while U.S. support [for Israel] to a certain point damaged [Washington]. Hizballah is among the levers used or influenced by Iran; if Israel takes any action against Iran well, then, Iran has this lever on the border with Israel."

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1 posted on 08/26/2006 1:18:49 PM PDT by freedom44
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To: freedom44
Though not entirely reliable, I had read a Debka article concerning sophisticated electronic warfare devices being used by Iran via hezbolla. This would make sense for them to test to test their capabilities in this way, but like I said it was Debka.
2 posted on 08/26/2006 1:30:53 PM PDT by kinoxi
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To: Pan_Yans Wife; fat city; freedom44; Tamsey; Grampa Dave; PhiKapMom; Hinoki Cypress; ...
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3 posted on 08/26/2006 6:02:43 PM PDT by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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To: DoctorZIn

Well, I am not a veteran diplomat and I see, bunk to this theory.

4 posted on 08/26/2006 6:22:37 PM PDT by the Real fifi
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To: freedom44
Must read the topic in the list above:
(2nd from the bottom: Ahmadinejad would destroy Iran to wipe out Israel) and follow the link at the bottom of the article for a brief history of Iran and the series of occupying powers that have rule Iran.
5 posted on 08/28/2006 7:45:46 AM PDT by Edgerunner (The greatest impediment to world peace is the UN and the Peaceniks)
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