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Iranian Alert -- August 3, 2003 -- LIVE THREAD PING LIST
The Iranian Student Movement Up To The Minute Reports ^ | 8.3.2003 | DoctorZin

Posted on 08/03/2003 1:50:49 AM PDT by DoctorZIn

The regime is working hard to keep the news about the protest movment in Iran from being reported.

From jamming satellite broadcasts, to prohibiting news reporters from covering any demonstrations to shutting down all cell phones and even hiring foreign security to control the population, the regime is doing everything in its power to keep the popular movement from expressing its demand for an end of the regime.

These efforts by the regime, while successful in the short term, do not resolve the fundamental reasons why this regime is crumbling from within.

Iran is a country ready for a regime change. 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.

Please continue to join us here, post your news stories and comments to this thread.

Thanks for all the help.


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1 posted on 08/03/2003 1:50:50 AM PDT by DoctorZIn
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2 posted on 08/03/2003 1:52:15 AM PDT by DoctorZIn (IranAzad... Until they are free, we shall all be Iranians!)
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Iran: The biggest prison for journalists in the Middle East

01/08/2003 RSF
21 journalists held, making Iran the biggest prison for journalists in the Middle East

Amid continuing clamour about the death of photojournalist Zahra Kazemi while in custody at the start of July, Reporters Without Borders today voiced concern about the imprisonment of a total of 21 journalists in very harsh conditions in Iran, many of them in a wave of arrests in the past few weeks.

Secretary-general Robert Ménard said at least 14 journalists have been arrested in the space of a month, and in most cases the families have received no word about those detained. "Those lucky enough to have been freed have talked of very harsh conditions of detention, psychological pressure and mistreatment," Ménard said.

He stressed that the organisation is very worried about the fact that half of the detained journalists are being held by aides of Tehran state prosecutor Said Mortazavi and by revolutionary guards in the same centre where Kazemi, a photographer with Canadian and Iranian citizenship, received the blows to the head that caused her death.

The latest to be detained include Abolgasem Golbaf, editor of the monthly Gozarech, who was arrested on 20 July for "propaganda against the regime and publishing incorrect information." Three members of the newspaper’s staff, illustrator Arash Noporchian and journalists Mohammad-Amin Golbaf and Nader Karimi, were also arrested on 26 July and were then freed two or three days later.

Hossein Bastani, Vahid Pour-Ostad and Said Razavi Faghi, three members of the editorial staff of the reformist daily Yass-e No, and Chahram Mohamadi-Nia, editor of the weekly Vaght, were summoned for questioning by the Tehran public prosecutor on 11 and 12 July and were then imprisoned. Yass-e No had published a note on 10 July explaining that it had prepared a detailed report on the 9 July demonstrations but had received orders from the intelligence ministry not to publish it.

Accused of publishing "an improper photo and article," Mohamadi-Nia was jailed after failing to pay bail of 100 million rials (about 11,000 euros). Bastani, Pour-Ostad and Mohamadi-Nia were released between 16 and 20 July, but Faghi is still being held, as is freelance journalist Arash Salehi, who was arrested on a Tehran street.

Iraj Jamshidi, the editor of the economic daily Asia, was arrested together with his wife, managing editor Saghi Baghernia, on 6 July for "publicity against the regime" after publishing a photograph of People’s Mujahideen leader Maryam Rajavi the day before. Baghernia was released on bail the following day, but Jamshidi was put in Evin prison in Tehran and was then moved to an undisclosed location. Ismail Jamshidi, editor of Gardon (a monthly that has been closed by the authorities), was detained 7 July. Since then, there has been no word of him.

Ensafali Hedayat, a journalist in Salam, was released on 12 July after spending 27 days in solitary confinement in the main prison of Tabriz. In a letter to President Mohammad Khatami, he said he was beaten by senior police officials while detained. He said he was lucky not to have suffered the same fate as Zahra Kazemi.

The relatives and lawyers of four journalists thought to be detained by revolutionary guards - Taghi Rahmani of Omid-e-Zangan (detained on 14 June), Reza Alijani of Iran-e-Farda (detained on 14 June), Hoda Saber of Iran-e-Farda (detained on 14 June) and freelancer Amir Teirani (detained on 16 June) - have received no word of them since the moment of their detention.

Abas Abdi of Salam (who was arrested on 4 November 2002 and is being held in solitary confinement) Ali-Reza Jabari of Adineh (arrested on 17 March) and Siamak Pourzand (arrested on 30 March) described the illnesses, mistreatment and psychological pressure to which they are subjected in letters recently published in the Iranian press.

Reporters Without Borders
3 posted on 08/03/2003 1:55:25 AM PDT by DoctorZIn (IranAzad... Until they are free, we shall all be Iranians!)
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Iran: The biggest prison for journalists in the Middle East

01/08/2003 RSF
21 journalists held, making Iran the biggest prison for journalists in the Middle East

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4 posted on 08/03/2003 1:56:33 AM PDT by DoctorZIn (IranAzad... Until they are free, we shall all be Iranians!)
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"Judson Cox Asks: What If Islam Should Win?"

Posted by Marv Essary
Sunday, August 03, 2003

Judson Cox, a freelance writer from North Carolina, describes what America--and other countries--would be like if Islam were to prevail in its conquests. He writes that ''Islam wishes to stamp out every social advance mankind has made since at least the 1200s.'' This articles is condensed from an article on the website.

For decades, experts warned us of the dangers that Islamic terrorist presented to the United States. We watched as the Ayatollah rose to power in Iran, taking American hostages. We saw Palestinians target Americans and Israelis abroad. We saw our embassies and barracks bombed, and were shocked by the first attack on the World Trade Center. However, we ignored the threat.

Even when Osama bin Laden appeared on ''Sixty Minutes'' and told us in no uncertain terms that he planned to destroy America, barely an eyebrow was raised among politicians and the populace. Then, the morning came when Osama's threats came to life. Hijacked planes were flown into first one World Trade Tower, then the other, then the Pentagon, and then a field in Pennsylvania. Over three thousand innocent Americans lay dead, and we were shocked into recognizing a threat should have been obvious.

For a brief moment, politics and the digital distractions of modern life took a back seat to confronting a very real danger; suddenly we were vulnerable. For a brief moment, Americans of all reasonable ideologies united for the sake of our very survival. Unfortunately, in the time between that horrifying morning and this placid day, much of our resolve seems to have dissipated.

Most of those who share my political ideology and religion, still see the threat of Islamic fascism for what it is. We see a culture bent on destroying our nation, and eradicating Christianity and Judaism (as well as all other religions except Islam). However, most of us do not fully comprehend the implications of the ideology our enemy follows. We still see the conflict in the terms of those that have come before.

The left confuses the threat of Islamic fascism with the familiar ideology of communism. The fallacy of multiculturalism prevents them from recognizing Islamic fascism as the threat that it is. The left ignores the stated objectives of our enemy, and assigns root causes to their hatred. Leftists assume that the hatred of the Islamic fascist for America stems from economic disparity and our support of Israel. Out of habit, Leftists blame America for the animosity of our enemy.

In previous wars against nazism and communism, many on the left were sympathetic to our enemy. The left represents the academics of our culture, the artists, intellectuals, and the otherwise self perceived elite. This elite sees itself as above loyalty to any nation, and has no vested interest in seeing Americanism prevail. Indeed, in our previous struggles, leftist sympathies were quite to the contrary: many embraced the ideologies of our enemies for reasons of personal gain.

The left found common ground with the ideologies of our enemies because communism and nazism purported to raise the intellectual and the artist to levels of higher economic standing and greater social acclaim. It would be Herbert Marcuse and Ed Asner who held the economic position of Bill Gates, and the leadership position of our president.

Having adopted the relativist world view, the left cannot differentiate between ideologies; all cultures, religions and ideologies are assumed to be equally valid. For this reason, the left cannot condemn our enemy, but demonizes our attorney general for his attempts at preventing terrorists from establishing beach heads within our nation. The leftists see Islamic fascism as merely another academic pursuit; they defend college professors who raise funds for terrorist groups, and who openly wish for America's defeat. They believe that as intellectual elites, their role is to increase understanding between our enemy and ourselves.

Faced with an uncompromising enemy, the urge to compromise is tantamount to surrender. When a terrorist attempts to murder innocent American civilians, the Left sends the ACLU to defend him. When our leaders attempt to prevent an Islamic State from amassing nuclear, chemical and biological weapons to destroy America, the left compares our president to Hitler. To the left, America's leaders are liars with evil intensions, and her enemies are noble and just. When viewed in this light, it becomes obvious why the left refuses to recognize that it has a dog in this fight.

Leftists see Americanism as a detestable evil, and assume that when it is destroyed, they will be held up as the only blameless and righteous members of the ''Great Satan.'' They assume that they will be celebrated as peace makers and moral leaders. Insulated in their ivory towers, think tanks, and foundations, and blinded by the footlights of the stage, they assume that their lives will continue unaffected regardless of who prevails.

It is time for the left to recognize our enemy. Islamic fascism is not merely a political ideology, or a spiritual hobby that one can put on and disregard like ever changing fashion styles. If our enemy prevails, all of our lives will be unimaginably altered. Consider the consequences if America were to fall under a Taliban government. Yes, Christianity and Judaism would be outlawed. The left may disregard that, but they will not be immune. Atheism, Agnosticism, Richard Gere's beloved Buddhism, and Tom Cruise's Scientology would all be outlawed. Indeed, all that the left holds dear would come to a swift and violent end.

Environmentalism would be outlawed as a form of Gaism. Women's rights would cease to exist. Women would not be allowed to attend school, work, or drive cars. Not only would fashion shows be replaced with burkas, but Hillary Clinton would be out of a job. The gay pride parades that the left so enjoys would be stopped, as would the much touted gay marriage movement. Tolerance would be an unthinkable heresy. Homosexuals would be executed in as painful a manner as possible.

Capital punishment would not only be the norm for murderers, but innocent rape victims would be executed as well. Movies and the theater would be outlawed. Sports and entertainment television would be banned. Dancing and non-religious music would be forbidden. Even the academic elite would not be able to find refuge in the university. Philosophy, art, literature, sociology, psychology, etc., would all be banned. The books on which our academics are based would all be outlawed. The works of the Greeks and Romans would be banned for polytheism. The plays of Shakespeare and the poems of Wordsworth, would be burned for containing Christian and pagan imagery. To possess a book, by Darwin, Freud, or Marx (the trinity on which most universities base their academics) would be illegal. To posses such a book would be punished by maiming, and to teach from it would warrant death. The Internet would be outlawed due to the difficulty of controlling the content. Libraries and schools would be burned, and the press would cease to have any freedom. Even slavery would be re-established, as non-Muslims are viewed as less than human.

If we are to withstand such enemies, we must understand that they mean to absolutely destroy all of western civilization. They would wipe out the religious and the secular, our hedonistic excesses, and our precious freedoms. To think otherwise is not only to ignore their stated aims, but to deny the reality of their successes.

The Islamic fascists have proven, repeatedly, that they are capable of establishing such a government, and forcing the adherence of their subjects. Witness Afghanistan under the Taliban, Iran under the Ayatollah, and to varying degrees Libya, Syria, Saudi Arabia and every Islamic nation on earth. This is truly a struggle between western civilization and barbarism, in which a pre-enlightenment ideology seeks to plunge the entire world into the dark ages. Islam wishes to stamp out every social advance mankind has made since at least the 1200s.

We have a choice to make. Will we have the resolve, as a culture and a nation to recognize our enemy and fight it, or will we surrender to primitive barbarians because we have become too enlightened to believe anything is worth fighting for?
5 posted on 08/03/2003 2:03:16 AM PDT by DoctorZIn (IranAzad... Until they are free, we shall all be Iranians!)
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What If Islam Should Win?"

Posted by Marv Essary
Sunday, August 03, 2003

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6 posted on 08/03/2003 2:05:39 AM PDT by DoctorZIn (IranAzad... Until they are free, we shall all be Iranians!)
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Khomeini's Grandson turns against Iran Regime

Ayatollah Khomeini'sBaghdad-based grandson said he was after overthrowing the regime his grandfather founded in Iran in 1979. “At the moment, Iran is ruled by a religious dictatorship, which is the harshest form of suppression,” Hossein Khomeini, a mid-ranking cleric, told the Dutch daily NRC Handelsblad. “The Iranian people are frustrated with what has taken place in the name of religion,” he said. “Our most important demand is to have a secular state.” Asked if he thought that the US could bring freedom to Iran, Mr. Khomeini said, “If it is only America that can bring freedom to us, let them do so.” This is the first time a close relative of Ayatollah Khomeini lashes out at the Islamic state explicitly. (Ardavan Niknam)

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7 posted on 08/03/2003 2:23:24 AM PDT by DoctorZIn (IranAzad... Until they are free, we shall all be Iranians!)
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Richard Armitage on Iran's Role in Iraq

August 01, 2003
Fox News
On the Record

This is a partial transcript from On the Record with Greta Van Susteren, July 14, 2003. Some of the text has been edited for clarity, not content.

GRETA VAN SUSTEREN, HOST: Tonight: Another soldier murdered in Iraq, No. 32 since May 1, when President Bush declared the major hostilities over, this as President Bush faces questions about his intelligence team and the war against Saddam. And new troubles with Iran. I asked Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage what kind of problems Iran creates for us, if any, in Iraq.


RICHARD ARMITAGE, DEPUTY SECRETARY OF STATE: Iran has interest in seeing that the Shia population of Iraq basically adhere to a line that comes from Iran. I don't think, ultimately, they'll be successful, but it's a bit of competition that we're engaged in right now.

VAN SUSTEREN: Is Iran actually going over into the border and not adhering to the Iraqi-Iranian border and trying to stir up Shi'ite Muslims there?

ARMITAGE: Well, there are two issues. One is the encroachment on the border, and that has happened in recent days. Now, to be true -- or to be truthful, the border is rather amorphous, but the Iranians have encroached upon it. The activities inside Iraq that are stirred up by Iranian money and Iranian clerics is another and a separate issue.

VAN SUSTEREN: Is that something that the State Department is heavily focused on, or is that more of a military issue, at this point, or both?

ARMITAGE: Well, I'd say both. Paul Bremer in Baghdad is very concerned with the encroachment of Iranians both on the border and their influence in the south. We have State Department officers who work in the south to try to, one, understand the depth of that Iranian involvement, and two, to try to blunt it where we can.

VAN SUSTEREN: In Iran today -- or at least, in the last few weeks -- there have been student demonstrations and it's pro-democracy. It's sort of interesting because 20 years ago or 30 years ago, it was students who created the Islamic Republic, who are now trying to stop this pro-democracy demonstration. What is our role, if any, on helping the pro-democracy movement?

ARMITAGE: I think, as a general matter, clearly, the United States globally supports the development of democracy and the democratic yearnings of all people. In this particular family spat, as Secretary Powell calls it, we probably ought to stay out of it and try to create the conditions that would allow democracy to flourish but not interject ourselves in something the dimensions of which we may not fully understand.

VAN SUSTEREN: In terms of -- and there's a Canadian journalist who was beaten to death in the last couple of days in Iran. Any of our business?

ARMITAGE: Well, yes, it's a great violation of human rights. Of course, it's our business. It's our nation's business. But I'm saying I don't think any of us understand fully the parameters of what's going on in Iran, and we ought to approach it gingerly.

VAN SUSTEREN: What about the nuclear program that we're -- I assume we're suspicious that Iran is creating one?

ARMITAGE: We're very suspicious. We've been very active with the international community and the IAEA. We have to stop that program. The development of weapons of mass destruction and the missiles to carry them would be a very destabilizing effect, should Iran be able to accomplish that.

VAN SUSTEREN: Iran says they're doing it for energy, but they've got a lot of oil, haven't they.

ARMITAGE: Oh, they've got a lot of oil, and I think a peaceful use of nuclear energy is one thing, but I think we have good reason to wonder if there aren't covert programs and programs which we haven't seen to develop fissionable material for weapons. And it's a huge concern of the United States.

VAN SUSTEREN: Is there a time problem? I mean, at what point should we really be worried about Iran?

ARMITAGE: Well, I would say about a year ago. This is not something that's not right around the corner. We've been worried for some time. We've been working with the international community, and it's our view and my view that we're making some progress, particularly with our European friends, who seem to share this concern.

VAN SUSTEREN: And what's our status in Iraq? How do you assess how we're doing in Iraq?

ARMITAGE: I think it's mixed. Each day is better than the last, but the security situation stays very neuralgic. We unfortunately lost another serviceman today and had several wounded. So it's a day-to-day thing. But Jerry Bremer feels that each day we make progress. I think we made progress yesterday when we stood up the interim governing council. And this puts an Iraqi face to what will be ultimately Iraqi decisions, and that's a step in the right direction.

VAN SUSTEREN: Do you expect that other countries will be giving us some support in Iraq, in terms of forces?

ARMITAGE: Oh, yes, sure. I certainly do. The Poles are moving in. We've had several others. El Salvador recently announced that they were willing to take a niche capability and sort of relief us of some of our duties in that regard. So it's moving forward with some -- apace.

VAN SUSTEREN: You say mixed. What are the good points and what are the bad points?

ARMITAGE: Well, the good point are Iraqis are free of Saddam Hussein. The region is not afraid of weapons of mass destruction. People aren't afraid of a midnight knock on their door from the Mukhabarat of Saddam Hussein. The bad news is that there are still pockets of resistance and there's still violence occurring. There's still difficulties in some areas in providing goods and services. And it's a matter of priority for the coalition provisional authority to be able to provide these.

VAN SUSTEREN: What do you make of the controversy that's been going on the last couple days about the statement that the president had in his State of the Union that there -- that Saddam was getting some uranium from Africa, and that that made it into the State of the Union, and apparently, the intelligence community in this country, up until that point, said it was not true?

ARMITAGE: I think Secretary Powell said the other day it's overblown, overdrawn and overwrought. There's quite a frenzy about it, and it's a pretty small item. We didn't go to war because of some report about Uranium in Niger. I think at least political Washington is quite shocked that someone like George Tenet, our excellent director of the Central Intelligence Agency, would stand up and actually accept responsibility for this. And they don't know how to deal with it, and so they're gumming it to death.

VAN SUSTEREN: How does a mistake like that happen? Is it the bureaucracy?

ARMITAGE: I think that's exactly -- it's a mistake. It's not good. It was a bad thing, but it was a mistake. And it just happened. Someone took their eye off the ball. George Tenet accepted responsibility, and it's a really stand-up thing to do.

VAN SUSTEREN: Liberia -- your thoughts. What's going to happen in Liberia?

ARMITAGE: Well, Kofi Annan this afternoon spoke with Secretary Powell, and latterly with President Bush about the situation. I think there's a great anticipation that we will participate in some manner. It would be a great disappointment in Liberia and elsewhere if we didn't. The exact form and shape of that participation, whether it's military or humanitarian or what, is going to await the outcome of those discussions and some assessment teams which are in the area now.

VAN SUSTEREN: All right, someone sitting in the Midwest watching TV tonight has the question, Why would we spend the money and risk lives in Liberia? What's in it for us?

ARMITAGE: Well, first of all, a philosophical -- if you're a fan of John Donne's, there's no man is an island. We're all part of a whole, and any man's suffering would diminish us. And there's plenty of suffering to go around in Liberia. But historically, we do have a role in Liberia. It was established as a home for freed slaves, and we've had very close ties there. So it's time for us to step up.


VAN SUSTEREN: More with Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage is next.



VAN SUSTEREN: Back with more of our interview with Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage. How does the State Department decide to send American troops to a certain area when there are many regions with similar problems?


ARMITAGE: I don't think there is a set criteria. Each situation is sui generis. In this case, we have some historic ties to Liberia. Also, the French have stood up in Cote d'Ivoire, the British in Sierra Leone. It's generally seen as our time to stand up in an area of historic interest to us in Liberia. Beyond that, I think that although we say we don't want to be the policeman of the world and et cetera, when 911 is dialed, it's the United States that has to answer the call.

VAN SUSTEREN: You mentioned France. What sort of relationship -- I mean, how would you describe our relationship it today?

ARMITAGE: Well, it was quite neuralgic a couple of months ago. I think we're a little better off now. President Chirac, President Bush had a pretty good discussion at the G-8. And I don't think any of us have forgotten the recent unpleasantness, but we're going to get past it because we've got great interest, and our two peoples have a lot of work to do in the world.

VAN SUSTEREN: Does Liberia focus or play into this at all, in terms of helping the relationship or hurting it?

ARMITAGE: No, I don't think Liberia, per se. The French have stood up in Cote d'Ivoire to try to dampen down the violence there. And I think they set a good example, and we're going to probably do something like that in Liberia, but the final decision hasn't been made.

VAN SUSTEREN: All right, let's jump across to North Korea.


VAN SUSTEREN: All right, what about North Korea?

ARMITAGE: A bad situation. What about it?

VAN SUSTEREN: Well, what are we going to do about it, if anything?

ARMITAGE: Well, we're go to let diplomacy play out. We've been delighted with activities of China. They've taken a very robust leadership, and indeed leadership role in trying to bring the North Koreans to the table with the United States and with South Korea and Japan, as well as China. This is a noteworthy development and one that we want to encourage, but we're not in a hurry.

VAN SUSTEREN: But -- you say we're not in a hurry, but some people have said that North Korea is going to become the Wal-Mart of weapons of mass destruction.

ARMITAGE: Yes, I probably said that.

VAN SUSTEREN: Well, maybe it's you I'm quoting. Wasn't that a good source? I mean, and it seems like there must be some timeline, where we better get -- we better make -- fish or cut bait on something.

ARMITAGE: You know, it's very bad policy for any U.S. official to put our government, our country in a cul-de-sac by having some artificial timeline. However, your basic premise that the North Koreans could be a proliferator and proliferate fissile material and weapons of mass destruction is a very real one. Hence, that's why the president announced in Poland a couple of months ago his proliferation security initiative, which has at its heart the ability of the international community to reach out and stop proliferation when it's seen either by air or at sea.

VAN SUSTEREN: Are you satisfied that we can gather enough intelligence so we know exactly what North Korea is up to or is not up to?

ARMITAGE: I don't know that we'll ever know with 100 percent clarity what anyone is up to, but I noted that we gathered enough intelligence to be able to stop a North Korea ship several months ago on the way to Yemen with Scud missiles after they'd taken great pains to disguise both the cargo and the destination. So I think we're not as good as we need to be, but we're better than the North Koreans probably think we are.

VAN SUSTEREN: All right. Well, it makes a big difference -- or at least, I think so -- whether we get them before they can make these weapons or whether we get them after they have the ability to make these weapons.

ARMITAGE: Oh, of course.

VAN SUSTEREN: Do we know where they are in this continuum of making weapons of mass destruction?

ARMITAGE: We have a view on where they are. It's gained from intelligence, and we won't discuss it. But why don't we just take them at their word? They say they're reprocessing the spent fuel rods at Yongbyon, and generally, that's seen as in six or eight months giving them enough fissile material for a weapon or two.

VAN SUSTEREN: In terms of all of those countries -- Iran, Iraq -- I'll leave France out of it -- Liberia and North Korea, which one of those countries, you know, has the potential to keep you up at night?

ARMITAGE: For different reasons, they all keep all of us up at night. But North Korea and Iran are the ones that have the biggest potential to be more global in scope. And Liberia is, of course, a regional problem. But as I say, we have historical relations with them, and we need to step up.,2933,93579,00.html
8 posted on 08/03/2003 8:08:11 AM PDT by DoctorZIn (IranAzad... Until they are free, we shall all be Iranians!)
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Richard Armitage on Iran's Role in Iraq
August 01, 2003
Fox News
On the Record

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9 posted on 08/03/2003 8:09:57 AM PDT by DoctorZIn (IranAzad... Until they are free, we shall all be Iranians!)
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"Judson Cox Asks: What If Islam Should Win?"

A couple of problems I(among other here) have with Judson Cox's premises.
1 It assumes that Islam is practiced the same in Morocco as in Bangladesh.
2 That all Muslims think the same.
3"We see a culture bent on destroying our nation, and eradicating Christianity and Judaism (as well as all other religions except Islam)."
If this were true I'd like to ask the writer why there were so many Jews living in Bagdhad, Damaascus. Why Jews were such a large part of the vairous goverments in Moorish Spain, Why so many Jews when kicked out of Christian Spain in 1492 went to live with the Ottoman Turks.
Why there are still Christians sects living in much of the middle east?

I would recomend the writer look here
The Evil Isn't Islam
by Daniel Pipes
New York Post
July 30, 2002
For a start.

10 posted on 08/03/2003 8:46:38 AM PDT by Valin (America is a vast conspiracy to make you happy.)
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Thanks for the link to Daniel Pipes article.
11 posted on 08/03/2003 8:58:22 AM PDT by DoctorZIn (IranAzad... Until they are free, we shall all be Iranians!)
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Thanks for the pings
12 posted on 08/03/2003 9:40:32 AM PDT by firewalk
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Israel not seen as preparing for attack on Iran
Report Section
Aug 3, 2003

ABU DHABI - Arab strategists do not see Israel as preparing for an attack on Iran's nuclear weapons infrastructure.

Strategists from such countries as Egypt and Jordan have concluded that Israel will rely on the United States to halt Iran's nuclear weapons program. They said the U.S. military presence in neighboring Iraq provides Washington with unrivaled capability in destroying suspected Iranian weapons sites.

Many of the strategists dismissed Iran's nuclear program. They said Iran need larger facilities and remains far from nuclear weapons capability.

"Iran's nuclear reactor is too small to produce weapons," Sayed Ali Al Mungi, a physics professor at Egypt's at Ain Shams University and regarded as a leading nuclear strategist. "Yet Israel sees Iran as a direct threat. But I don't think Israel will launch a pre-emptive strike against Iran as it did to Iraq in 1981."

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13 posted on 08/03/2003 9:50:49 AM PDT by DoctorZIn (IranAzad... Until they are free, we shall all be Iranians!)
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Good morning bump!

Nice interview with Armitage.

Thank you for all of your posts.
14 posted on 08/03/2003 10:39:06 AM PDT by dixiechick2000 ("The Prez is as focused as a doberman on a hambone!"---Dennis Miller)
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That was an excellent interview !

I haven't did the big ping recently, probably time to do so!

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15 posted on 08/03/2003 12:33:48 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach (All we need from a Governor is a VETO PEN!!!)
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To: DoctorZIn
Here is something about Khomeini's Grandson:

Khomeini's Grandson Slaps Iran's Radicals, Leaves Qom to Najaf

Date : 7/29/03 Time : 11:46:07 AM

The grandson of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, founder of Iran's Islamic Republic, was reported Tuesday to have left the nation's holy city of Qom to live permanently in the Iraqi holy city of Najaf, apparently snubbing the radical clerics of current spiritual leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Grandson Hussein Khomeini, 46, is living at present at the Najaf house in which his grandfather lived for 13 years before returning to Tehran upon the overthrow of Shah Mohammed Riza Pahlavi in 1979, Asharq Al Awsat newspaper reported.

Hussein is the elder son of Khomeini's elder son Mustafa, who died of a heart attack a year before the Islamic revolution in Iran. Saddam Hussein had ordered Khomeini's house in Najaf closed since the outbreak of the 1980-1988 was with Iran. The house was reopened for Hussein Khomeini.


here is a historical extract about him from earlier times source

"Mr. Ayat, who was one of the leaders of the Islamic Republican Party conspired to undermine the war effort against Iraq, so President Bani Sadr would not get the credit and become even more popular. The tape of the meeting of the Islamic Republican Party in which Ayat said that Pasdaran should not try to be effective and that the ammunition for the armed forces should be withheld... was apparently revealed to the public by Ayatollah Khomeini's grandson. If I recall correctly, his name is Hussein Khomeini, the son of Khomeini's eldest son Mojtaba who died about a year before the revolution in Iraq. Hussein Khomeini had taped the conversatin and gave it to Bani Sadr. Hussein was sentenced to death; he was held in prison until a few years ago. He has apparently been released on the condition not to get involved in politics. He was attacked by a group of Hezbollahi thugs when he was giving a talk in a Mashhad moque a few days before Bani Sadr was overthrown."

source here is another from Nov 2002:


Khomeini's grandson, Hojjatoleslam Hassan Khomeini, a midlevel cleric who usually keeps a low profile and is in charge of his grandfather's shrine outside Tehran, joined students in their demand that the sentence be reversed, IRNA reported.

On Friday, Hassan Khomeini visited Aghajari's family to express his regret over the sentence, the Farsi-language daily Iran reported Saturday. It said Khomeini expressed hope that the judiciary will soon "solve the problem and make the right decision."

Hassan Khomeini rarely makes public statements, and his position is not considered to be influential."


and from IRNA:

Imam Khomeini's grandson rues death verdict for Aghajari:

Tehran, Nov 16, IRNA -- Hassan Khomeini, founder of the Islamic Revolution late Imam Khomeini's grandson, has expressed regret over a court's sentencing of outspoken university professor Hashem Aghajari to death, press said Saturday.

"During a meeting with Aghajari's family Friday night, Hojjatoleslam Hassan Khomeini expressed regret over the death verdict and cited it as disproportionate for a war disabled with a revolutionary record," the Persian daily Iran said.

"He also hoped that the Judiciary will soon tackle the problems caused by making an appropriate decision," the paper added."

He has some ballast:August 2, 2001 Ayatollah Khomeini's grandson visits Cuba

"CUBA'S decision to resist and win and its prestige in the world is something that cannot be bought at any price," was one of the messages that Hojjatoleslam Hajj Seyes Hassan Khomeini left for the Cuban people a few hours before ending his six-day stay in Havana at the invitation of President Fidel Castro.

Grandson of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini—leader and founder of the Islamic Republic of Iran—the distinguished guest accompanied Fidel and more than 1.2 million Havana residents on the 26th of July march to the U.S. Interest Office located in the Cuban capital, in response to U.S. aggression against the island.

Hojjatoleslam Hajj Seyed Hassan Khomeini was one of the Cuban president's hosts when the latter visited that Arab nation in May, and accompanied Castro to the house where his grandfather Iman Khomeini lived, where Fidel placed a wreath at the grave of the late political and religious leader.

As a result of this visit and others with the Khomeini family, Fidel invited him to Cuba. 1998: Ayatollah Khomeini's grandson Hasan Khomeini, defended his grandfather's legacy by demanding recognition of the principle of velayat-i faqih (rule of the religious leader); for him, it is fundamental to obey the faqih, and anyone who opposes him "will be taken care of by the Revolution." (Speech on the ninth anniversary of Khomeini's death, Iranian television, June 4, 1998)


Here is something from 1998 that I anticipate that he do not subscribe to nowadays

: Tehran - With the rift widening between supporters and foes of Iran's president, the grandson of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini urged Iranians toward unity on Thursday's anniversary of Khomeini's death.

Speaking to a crowd at the religious leader's gold-domed shrine outside the capital, Hassan Khomeini called President Mohammad Khatami the best proponent of his grandfather's teachings.

"Today, Khatami is the man who is providing the best assistance for the thoughts of Imam Khomeini and the current leadership of the country," the young Khomeini said. "Khatami is establishing the pillars of the thinking of the Imam in the society."

While appearing to voice support for the president, the younger Khomeini, also invoked a familiar theme of the Islamic revolution that Khatami has tried to soften: anti-Americanism.

"Whoever talks about relations with the U.S. government ... is far from the thinking of the Imam (Ayatollah Khomeini)." Invoking the words of his late grandfather, Hassan Khomeini declared: "Relations with the United States are as (impossible as) relations between the wolf and the lamb."

That brought the crowd to its feet in the revolution's battle cry of "death to America."

The crowd appeared to number in the tens of thousands, not the hundreds of thousands that came in previous years."


here is a picture of him
16 posted on 08/03/2003 1:01:45 PM PDT by AdmSmith
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They said the U.S. military presence in neighboring Iraq provides Washington with unrivaled capability in destroying suspected Iranian weapons sites.

I find it hard to beleive that Israel would have such comfort in relying on the U.S. to prevent such an attack. I have no doubt that Israel WILL do what is necassary to protect their people and as shown in the past have the ability to determine when it is needed and how to stiffle such a concern.

17 posted on 08/03/2003 2:14:39 PM PDT by EGPWS
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"ABU DHABI - Arab strategists do not see Israel as preparing for an attack on Iran's nuclear weapons infrastructure.

Strategists from such countries as Egypt and Jordan have concluded that Israel will rely on the United States to halt Iran's nuclear weapons program."

This is quite a collection of countries.
18 posted on 08/03/2003 4:04:46 PM PDT by nuconvert
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Still reading these threads nearly daily DocterZIn, your efforts are well appreciated.
19 posted on 08/03/2003 4:32:07 PM PDT by JerseyHighlander
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can you put me on your ping list?
20 posted on 08/03/2003 4:35:10 PM PDT by Tribune7
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Tilting the axis of evil

By James T. Hackett

President Bush made one of those rare presidential statements that go down in history when he called the regimes in Iraq, North Korea and Iran the "axis of evil." That will rank with Ronald Reagan's call to then-Soviet President Gorbachev to "tear down this wall" as an example of a leader using words to reshape the future.

Diplomats who agonize over what other countries think, and those who believe in paying off the world's evil forces, were aghast at both remarks. Yet, we now know President Reagan's call to tear down the Berlin Wall was like a thunderbolt to the captive peoples of Eastern Europe. They knew then that their plight was understood in the West and proceeded to overthrow the tyrants who controlled them.

But even after the fall of the Ba'ath Party dictatorship in Iraq and the unearthing of mass graves of people executed by the regime, the president's critics still sneer at his reference to the axis of evil. That comment, they say, has complicated efforts to negotiate with North Korea and reach out to the "moderates" in Iran.

But past negotiating with North Korea led to payoffs that helped keep that evil regime in power, while failing to prevent the North from producing missiles and nuclear weapons. Similarly, years of trying to deal with moderates in Iran has shown they have little power, while the anti-American mullahs really control things.

By linking the three evil regimes and then forcibly removing one from power, President Bush sent a strong signal to the other two. Their reactions have been sharply different. The North Korean regime has issued increasingly hysterical threats. The Iranian mullahs, by contrast, are being conciliatory. They now say they will not withdraw from the nuclear nonproliferation treaty and will consider a new protocol to allow short notice inspections of suspect nuclear sites.

Despite the critics, the president was right in naming these three regimes. All had leaders who persecuted and repressed the majority of their citizens. They had chemical weapons and were trying to develop nuclear and biological ones, and all had ballistic missiles to deliver them. Saddam Hussein was removed from power because he was the most dangerous. He had twice invaded neighbors (Iran and Kuwait), used chemical weapons in the Iran-Iraq war and against his own Kurdish citizens, and continued to threaten his neighbors.

The fall of Saddam in Iraq and the Taliban in Afghanistan leaves North Korea and Iran as the principal state threats to peace. North Korea makes and exports ballistic missiles, and now claims to be producing nuclear weapons. The North recently moved long-range artillery closer to Seoul, deployed a second battalion of Nodong missiles aimed at Japan, and says it reprocessed enough nuclear fuel rods to make a half-dozen nuclear weapons.

North Korea is pressing the U.S. for a security guarantee and large amounts of aid. During the Clinton years, its bluster led to gifts of food and fuel. But not under the Bush administration, which has coolly ignored North Korea's threats, while organizing a new international coalition to begin stopping some of its exports.

Eleven countries, including Britain, France, Germany, Japan, Spain and Australia have joined Mr. Bush's Proliferation Security Initiative to intercept shipments of missiles, weapons of mass destruction materials and narcotics. This new coalition soon will begin training to stop and search suspect ships, and force cargo planes to land. Other countries will be asked to deny refueling and overflight rights. This approach to the North's tantrums — ignore them, make no concessions, and slowly tighten an international noose — is exactly right, despite the wailing of former Clinton administration officials, who want to resume making concessions.

Meanwhile, international pressure on Iran to allow more intrusive inspections of its nuclear facilities, plus the presence of U.S. troops in adjoining countries, seems to be having a positive effect. The mullahs continue to follow a hard line, cracking down on demonstrators and boasting of their Shahab-3 missile, which they pointedly note can reach Israel. But they also deny they have enriched uranium and suggest they may cooperate with International Atomic Energy Agency inspections.

The Bush administration's approach to North Korea and Iran is exactly right: Ignore the threats, make no concessions, lead international coalitions to restrain them, press Russia and China to cooperate, and slowly tighten an international noose. After all, it is in the interest of most countries to prevent these rogue regimes from obtaining and selling nuclear weapons and missiles.

With Saddam removed from power and the other members of the axis of evil under growing pressure, President Bush's cool determination is paying off.

James T. Hackett is a contributing writer to The Washington Times and is based in San Diego.
21 posted on 08/03/2003 4:50:31 PM PDT by DoctorZIn (IranAzad... Until they are free, we shall all be Iranians!)
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Tilting the axis of evil
By James T. Hackett
Washington Times 8.3.2003

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22 posted on 08/03/2003 4:52:41 PM PDT by DoctorZIn (IranAzad... Until they are free, we shall all be Iranians!)
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Khomeini's grandson says...


AMSTERDAM 3 Aug. (IPS) "If my grandfather would be alive now, he would have joined the rank of all the Iranians opposed to the present regime", a Dutch newspaper quoted Hojjatoleslam Hoseyn Khomeini, the nephew of the founder of the Islamic Republic of Iran as having stated.

In an interview carried Saturday by the Amsterdam-based "NCR Handelsblad", the nephew of the founder of the present Islamic Republic of Iran who now lives in Baghdad also expressed the hope to see the ongoing popular protest movement against the regime becoming a basis for "a great and surprising event that would happen in Iran in the near future".

Mr. Khomeini called for the establishment of a secular, democratic system in Iran and accused the present ruling ayatollahs of "abusing" Islam and the revolution for their own interests.

Opening "the lock off his mouth", Mr. Hoseyn Khomeini said though his grandfather left an "important legacy" in the form of the velayat faqih, or the rule of Juristconsult for his successors, yet, if he would be alive, he would have changed the system.

In the one-page interview carried in the Iraqi capital where the 45 years-old Khomeini has taken residence, Hoseyn said if the United States is the only nation that can bring freedom and democracy to Iran, he is ready to cooperate.

"Freedom must be for everyone and everywhere. If the Americans are the only ones capable to bring it for Iran, let them do, why not?" he told the paper.

He said if stability and democracy is returned to Iraq, all Iranians struggling for freedom in their homeland, "clerics as well as intellectuals and nationalists" could make Baghdad a base for their liberation movement.

Asked if the present leader of the regime, Ayatollah Ali Khameneh'i had been able to carry properly the legacy of his grandfather, the young Khomeini answered by the negative, pointing to the fact that Mr. Khameneh’i lacked the rank, legitimacy and authority of the late Grand Ayatollah Roohollah Khomeini.

"He (Khameneh’i), like the other ruling clerics are mediocre people who abuses of the name of Khomeini to legitimise their shameful rule, one of worst forms of religious dictatorship that governs by ruthless oppressive actions", he said.

Commenting of the present situation and the crackdown of the students protest movement, Mr. Khomeini said the people are "deeply deceived" and "extremely dissatisfied".

"The people see by themselves how they are unjustly treated and oppressed in the name of God, religion and the Shi’ites twelve imams and they don’t want to see Islam be abused by clerical rulers who do not care less about Islam or the revolution. If my grandfather would have been alive, he would have been one of the first ones to join the protesters", he added with conviction.

Asked to comment on the situation of President Mohammad Khatami and his failed reforms, Mr. Khomeini said Mr. Khatami is "finished", having "no future".

"People have lost their fate and confidence with both the President and the reformists. Mr. Khatami could have been successful in the process of reforms, but his mission has ended in fiasco. He exists by name only", he observed.

Asked if he agrees with the majority of Iranian intellectuals and scholars who wants the religion be kept outside of the sphere of politics, he said secularism was one of his most important desires "both in religious and in political term".

"All political system must be based on the separation of religion from the state and anyway, until the return of the Shi’ite’s twelfth imam Mahdi, no one can rule in the name of God and Islam", he noted.

Asked about the present Iranian Islamic system of velayat faqih, Mr. Khomeini said this is something that must be reviews, adding that though the system was one of the "most important legacy’ his grandfather left for his successors, yet, "if he would have been alive and in regard of what is happening in the country, "he would have certainly changed it".

In an obvious effort to belittle Mr. Hoseyn Khomeini’s declarations to NCR Handelsblad, the daily "Jomhoori Eslami (Islamic Republic) that belongs to the leader of the regime said the Grand Ayatollah had ordered his nephew from talking politics, "knowing his eccentricities".
23 posted on 08/03/2003 4:59:21 PM PDT by DoctorZIn (IranAzad... Until they are free, we shall all be Iranians!)
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24 posted on 08/03/2003 4:59:54 PM PDT by DoctorZIn (IranAzad... Until they are free, we shall all be Iranians!)
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That's nice to know.
25 posted on 08/03/2003 5:00:47 PM PDT by nuconvert
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Khomeini's grandson says...


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26 posted on 08/03/2003 5:00:52 PM PDT by DoctorZIn (IranAzad... Until they are free, we shall all be Iranians!)
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Iran’s Missile Capabilities to "Guarantee Regional Peace"

By Mehr News Agency
Aug 3, 2003

TEHRAN - Iran’s missile capabilities are a deterrent which guarantees its security and brings about peace to the region, Commander of the Army Air Force, Brigadier General Seyed Reza Pardis, said. Talking to the Mehr News Agency, Pardis said, “today’s world has become an arena for the global arrogance to attack other countries and if we want to confront it we have to be equipped with defensive technology and equipment.”

The equipment of the country with the sophisticated technology aims to defend he territorial integrity of the country, he added.

“Our defensive power enables us to give befitting response to any invader,” the senior army official announced. “We had some shortcomings during the time of our sacred defense, but thanks to God today we are equipped with suitable equipment.”

Referring to the propaganda of the Zionist regime against Iran’s Shahab-3 missiles, the commander of the Air Force said, the Zionist regime’s hands are tainted with the blood of the oppressed Palestinians, but it introduces Iran as a threat to peace.

“We announce that we will equip ourselves with whatever is necessary for the defense of our country and its territorial integrity,” the general noted

"If you want on or off this Iran ping list, Freepmail me”
27 posted on 08/03/2003 5:08:57 PM PDT by DoctorZIn (IranAzad... Until they are free, we shall all be Iranians!)
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28 posted on 08/03/2003 6:38:44 PM PDT by nuconvert
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29 posted on 08/03/2003 6:43:01 PM PDT by nuconvert
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Iran’s Missile Capabilities to "Guarantee Regional Peace"

By Mehr News Agency

"Fair and Balanced"
"We report, you decide"
30 posted on 08/03/2003 6:50:31 PM PDT by nuconvert
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Excellent article. Pity the left never thinks about this.

Although, actually, one of the serious threats we are facing is that much of the left is very attracted to Islam because it is as authoritarian and irrational as Marxism. I think you're going to see more and more of the Marxist left and the Islamicist movement coming together, to the peril of us all.
31 posted on 08/03/2003 8:06:29 PM PDT by livius
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This is a change of pace. Not a news article. And humor.

Who should be searched? Khalid Akhmed Al-Habibi Bin Hamal or Sister O'Connor, the Irish nun
Iranian ^ | 08/02/03 | Sean Tohibi

I am outraged. Not a day goes by without talking to a fellow Iranian who tells me about a friend who's neighbor's cousin's classmate's brother told him that his girlfriend's uncle had a friend who was treated very harshly during a security check at some US airport.

As an Iranian-American I am outraged by this treatment of Iranians and all Middle Eastern men especially, for that matter. I travel quite often for work and have been through at least 34 airports in the last year. I have never been subjected to this harsh treatment myself which is strange given the fact that the odds are certainly against me. Actually everybody is always very nice to me at the airport. I even got free upgrades a couple of times but that doesn't matter. I am outraged nevertheless.

It is totally unacceptable to subject people to tougher standards just because they fit a certain profile. Imagine you own a store and a guy wearing a "Metalica" T-shirt and a "F#ck U" hat comes to your store and buys a pack of gum and malt liquor and pays with a check. The check bounces and you are stuck with the bill. Another guy wearing the same kind of "Metalica" T-shirt and "F#ck U" hat comes in a couple of days later and writes you a check that again bounces.

After a while you have 19 bounced checks all given to you only by guys who wore "Metalica" T-shirts and "F#ck U" hats. Does this mean you should stop honoring checks from guys who wear "Metalica" T-shirts and "F#ck U" hats? That would be profiling and you would be a racist pig! Think about that before you start treating people who wear "Metalica" T-shirts and "F#ck U" hats any differently!

Anyway, I decided to do something about this very alarming trend. I wanted to do my part and I decided to write to my congressman to express my concerns and to demand that something be done about it. So I sat down at the kitchen table and fired up the old laptop and started to type a letter. I even told my dear wife to take the trash out by herself because what I was doing was very important and that I couldn't be bothered with trivial things. I didn't understand why she gave me the finger later when I ask her for help in writing the letter!

Anyway, the letter was coming along quite nicely. This whole thing was very appropriately timed since I had a flight to Miami the next morning for a meeting with some clients. So I kept pounding on the keyboard and words kept popping up on the screen. I have to confess I was very pleased with myself. I was doing something, I was taking action and it filled me with a nice warm and fuzzy feeling inside. I guess sometime between page 17 and 22 I dozed off right there at the kitchen table. Must have been the Chelokabab and the double mast-o-khiar my wife told me not to eat so late in the evening.

When I woke up it was 7:35 in the morning. My flight was for 10 and I didn't have much time. Fortunately I had already packed the night before and we only live about 15 minutes from the LA airport. I took a quick shower, called for a cab, got dressed, picked up my bags, kissed my wife good-bye and headed out the door.

I made it to the airport with plenty of time to spare. Checked in at the counter and picked up my boarding pass and kept waiting for someone to pick on me. But to my disappointment everybody was quite nice. I tried to put on my 'mean look' when I checked in and later when I went through the security checkpoint. I had all the lines ready in my head and was planning on giving a grand performance about injustice and racism. It was going to be a performance worthy of an Oscar.

When standing in line to go through the security check, I noticed something peculiar. It was a pretty long line so I had time to confirm my suspicion. It appeared that the guards at the checkpoint were only selecting one in every 15 passenger for a thorough search. I guess that's what they call random checks. Great! All I needed was random checks. What if I don't get picked? I was really looking forward to giving my performance. Well, maybe I'll get lucky, I thought.

As the line moved ahead I noticed this other guy in the line. He looked like he was also Middle Eastern. I am pretty sure he wasn't Iranian. He was too hairy even for an Iranian! He was looking very intently at the guards and seemed like he was counting something. After a few minutes I realized that he was counting the number of passengers going through the checkpoint and the number of people ahead of him in the line. A couple of times he even repositioned himself by moving back a couple of spaces in the line. It kind of looked strange but I didn't give it much thought. I was too busy thinking about my performance and rehearsing the lines in my head.

I was trying to count the people in front of me so I could be the 15th passenger to get searched but I must have lost count when I was distracted by the blonde I thought was giving me the eye. I got to the checkpoint and after getting my carry-on bag x-rayed I was waved through. Nobody even looked at me funny. I was so mad at them. I had this long speech ready and never even got to deliver it. To make matters worse people kept being all nice and pleasant. I think they knew I was on to them and were just trying to piss me off.

I picked up my bag and walked pass the checkpoint. As I looked back I saw the hairy guy got through as well. He seemed relieved and I could swear I saw a little flash in his eyes after he was cleared to go through. The security guards then stopped this Irish nun for the random check. This was as close to a perfect world as possible.

What is the world coming to, I thought to myself. They let me and this Khalid Akhmed Al-Habibi Bin Hamal guy go through and instead search Sister O'Connor the Irish nun. Then I thought, this is what I wanted, right? This is how it should be in a perfect world. No profiling, only random checks. Actually, in a perfect world there wouldn't be any searches at all and there wouldn't be terrorists who want to blow things up. But at least we now have random checks. I think I am going to call this "Almost a Perfect World".

So we were off and it seemed like it was going to be a nice flight. About an hour into the flight I was still trying to get the last peace of crumb out of the little peanut bag. Why do they have to make these bags so small? I rang the little bell to ask the flight attendants for more peanuts and that's when all hell broke loose.

I saw the hairy guy get out of the lavatory. He had a red bandana around his head with Arabic stuff written on it that I couldn't make out without my glasses. He had what looked like a bomb strapped to his belt with a wire coming out of it to a little button that he was holding in his hand.

The scene back at the airport flashed in my head. As I was counting the passengers trying to get picked for the search so I can bitch about it later, he was counting the passengers to not get picked. Looked like he succeeded too. I didn't have much time to think about anything. All I could think about was this asshole is going to blow us up at 30,000 feet because O'Connor, the Irish nun was searched instead of him. So much for my "perfect world".

The hairy guy then gave us all a crazy look and shouted something that sounded like "All you infidel pigs are going to die now." I wanted to get up and say "Hey man, I'm Iranian. I'm a Muslim just like you. I'm no infidel. Please don't kill me!" But I didn't have time. Next thing, there was a big flash. I felt the warmth of the explosion on my face. It was all over. My entire life flashed before my eyes and it was boring as hell. It was so boring I wanted to walk out in the middle of it but I didn't have much choice at that point. It all became dark after that.

I woke up at the kitchen table and felt the warmth of the blast on my face again. I opened my eyes and it was already morning. The sun coming through the blinds was right on my face. Thank God it was a dream. I got up and walked around a little to make sure I was alive. I don't think I like this Almost Perfect World at all. That could have actually happened. I could have turned into shark food all over the Gulf of Mexico. Not that I have anything against sharks. I think they are fine animals, I just don't think I like the idea of them munching on my body parts.

I sat back down at the kitchen table. My laptop was still on. I moved the mouse and the screen came back on. The curser was blinking at the last thing I wrote before I dozed off. The words were "racial profiling". That's as far as I got. I read the whole thing from the start. I wrote this for a perfect world, I thought. I'm not so sure about our Almost Perfect World now. This would be a great letter to send if there weren't any lunatics in the world. But...

The last thing I did before shutting off the laptop was to highlight the entire document and hit the delete button. I still think this letter is very important and I sure hope someone writes it and sends it to as many people as possible. I just know that I am not going to. But what the hell do I know. I am just shark food!

(A bit predictable, but a break from the usual)
32 posted on 08/03/2003 8:34:46 PM PDT by nuconvert
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Iran might swap terrorists for help from U.S.

By Barbara Slavin, USA TODAY

WASHINGTON — Iran might be willing to hand over al-Qaeda terrorists it is holding if the United States cracks down on an Iraq-based terrorist group that Iran says is carrying out a propaganda campaign against the Tehran regime.
A top-level Iranian official, who asked not to be named, confirmed that his government is holding several al-Qaeda prisoners. According to U.S. intelligence, the detainees include Seif Al-Adel, the terrorist network's No. 3 leader and its chief of military operations.

U.S. interrogators badly want access to Al-Adel and the others, who they believe might be able to shed light on plans to attack the United States, or even help point the way to al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden. The Iranian official, who has direct knowledge of the negotiations between Iran and the United States, suggested that Iran might be willing to comply with U.S. requests to extradite the prisoners to their home countries, such as Egypt and Saudi Arabia. There, U.S. intelligence officials would have access to the prisoners that they do not have in Iran.

But for now, the Iranian government is refusing to do that because it says the Bush administration has failed to rein in a violent Iranian exile group called the Mujahedin el-Khalq (MEK). Tehran had hoped that the United States would neutralize the MEK once coalition forces toppled Saddam Hussein. Instead, the Iranian official says, the MEK has been allowed to resume broadcasting anti-government propaganda into Iran, has kept its light weapons and has retained access to its heavy weapons — which are under U.S. guard — to maintain them.

The MEK is a group of Iraq-based Iranian exiles who fought on Iraq's side during the 1980-88 Iran-Iraq war. Their continued attacks on Iranians have landed them on the State Department's list of terrorist groups. Iranian officials want MEK leaders sent back to Iran, but they might settle for a crackdown on the group's activities against the Tehran regime.

A Defense Department official denied the Iranian accusations about lax treatment of the MEK: "The policy of the U.S. government is to eliminate the MEK's ability and intent to engage in terrorist activity and to prevent its reconstitution as a terrorist organization."

The controversy has highlighted internal Bush administration conflicts over policy toward Iran, which President Bush included in his "axis of evil" along with Iraq and North Korea. The administration has conducted secret talks with Iranian officials to try to reach understandings about Iraq, al-Qaeda and the nuclear weapons it says Iran is seeking to develop.

But it has also been publicly hostile. It has warned the Iranian regime not to interfere in post-Saddam Iraq and has made no secret of its desire to see the regime collapse. Some intelligence experts say elements in the administration want to use the MEK to pressure the Iranian government.

Vince Cannistraro, a former director of counterterrorism for the CIA, says the State Department and the CIA killed proposals by hard-liners in the Pentagon and Vice President Cheney's office to use the MEK as a U.S. military surrogate after Saddam's fall. "But the broader covert action plan is not fully set," Cannistraro says. "There's no question that we have not disbanded them, and there is an ongoing debate about them between the Office of the Secretary of Defense and the State Department."

This year, the administration started a radio station, Radio Farda, that beams pop music and U.S.-approved news into Iran, and there are proposals on Capitol Hill to spend millions of dollars on other anti-regime activities.

At a news conference last week, Bush repeated support for Iranians who seek to overturn the government. "The people of Iran are interested in freedom, and we stand by their side," Bush said.

Capturing Al-Adel would be a significant intelligence coup. An Egyptian, Al-Adel is believed to have knowledge about suicide bombings May 12 in Saudi Arabia that killed 25 people, including nine Americans. He is also linked to bombings at two U.S. embassies in Africa that killed 224 people in 1998 and is believed to rank third in al-Qaeda after bin Laden, the group's Saudi founder, and Ayman Al-Zawahiri, another Egyptian.

U.S. officials believe that Iran is also holding an al-Qaeda spokesman, Suleiman Abu Gheith, who is a Kuwaiti, as well as one of bin Laden's sons.

The Bush administration has pressed for a handover through the Swiss Embassy in Tehran, which represents U.S. interests in Iran in the absence of formal U.S.-Iranian diplomatic relations. Iranian officials have responded with complaints about the MEK.

"We will reciprocate any gesture on the part of the United States," the Iranian official said.

Harbored by Saddam since falling out with Iran's Islamic government after taking part in the 1979 Iranian revolution, the MEK has taken responsibility for numerous attacks in Iran, including assassinations of regime figures and mortar attacks on government buildings.
33 posted on 08/03/2003 10:02:16 PM PDT by F14 Pilot (Hi)
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Middle East analyst: Iran should hand over Al-Qaeda suspects

Brussels Aug 3, IRNA -- Iran should hand over suspected members of
the Al-Qaeda who have been arrested in the Islamic Republic to the
International Criminal Court (ICC) at the Hague to stand trial for
crimes against humanity, said a Brussels-based analyst on Middle East
The analyst, who requested anonymity, said the handover should be
done especially in the case of suspects who are refused to be taken by
their own countries and those that cannot be extradited.
"This would be the best way for Iran to defend itself against
US-Israeli accusations that Tehran is sheltering terrorists," said
the analyst.
"In this way the world would see how Iran is cooperating in
combating terrorism and how the US allegations are false.
"Iran would get her name written in history as one of the first
defenders of the global justice system," he said.
The US does not recognize the ICC and has no influence on it.
Moreover, the ICC does not recognize the death penalty given by
military and civilian courts in Arab countries and in the US.
"Through a fair trial by ICC, Iran wouln't be guilty of punishing
any innocents among the suspects or sending the perpetrators to the
gallows of their countries of origin," added the analyst.
34 posted on 08/03/2003 10:05:00 PM PDT by F14 Pilot
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Australian Paper:

Iran detains al-Qaeda No.3

From correspondents in Washington
August 2, 2003

IRAN is holding Saif al-Adel, the third-ranking member of al-Qaeda, but has refused to hand him over to the United States, the New York Times reported today.

Iran will only surrender al-Qaeda members in its custody in exchange for members of the Iranian opposition group Mujahideen Khalq, many of whom are in US-supervised camps in Iraq, the daily said.

A US official approached Tehran through a third party about taking custody of Adel and other al-Qaeda figures but "did not receive a positive response," the Times quoted a US official as saying.

Among those held in Iran, according to US and Middle Eastern officials, are al-Qaeda's Kuwaiti-born spokesman Sulaiman Abu Gaith; Osama bin Laden's Saudi-born son, Saad; and Abu Masab al-Zarwaqi of Jordan, a close aide to bin Laden.

"We are confident that Iran is holding these people," a US official said.

Adel is thought to have arranged the triple suicide bombings in Riyadh on May 12 that killed 35 people, and to have played a part in the 1998 bombings of US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, which killed more than 200.

Tehran admitted in late July that it was holding prominent members of the al-Qaeda network but did not identify them.

It was "completing the files" on members of the terror network in its custody before deciding on their fate, foreign ministry spokesman Hamid-Reza Asefi said in a press conference on Monday.,4057,6855087%255E1702,00.html
35 posted on 08/03/2003 10:15:08 PM PDT by F14 Pilot
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To: F14 Pilot
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36 posted on 08/03/2003 10:26:33 PM PDT by DoctorZIn (IranAzad... Until they are free, we shall all be Iranians!)
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37 posted on 08/04/2003 2:10:56 AM PDT by DoctorZIn (IranAzad... Until they are free, we shall all be Iranians!)
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