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Iranian Alert -- August 11, 2003 -- LIVE THREAD PING LIST
The Iranian Student Movement Up To The Minute Reports ^ | 8.11.2003 | DoctorZin

Posted on 08/11/2003 12:02:55 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.

DoctorZin


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1 posted on 08/11/2003 12:02:56 AM PDT by DoctorZIn
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Join Us at the Iranian Alert -- August 11, 2003 -- LIVE THREAD PING LIST

Live Thread Ping List | 8.11.2003 | DoctorZin

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2 posted on 08/11/2003 12:03:43 AM PDT by DoctorZIn
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Iranian dissident Hachem Aghajari is a possible Noble Prize winner! Check this out. -- DoctorZin

Chirac Nobel peace prize winner? Don't hold your breath, Norwegians say

OSLO (AFP) Aug 10, 2003
French President Jacques Chirac's chances of winning this year's prestigious Nobel peace prize, for which he boasts a nomination, are microscopic, Norwegian experts say.
"Chirac's chances are infinitely small," said Stein Toennesson, head of the Peace Research Institute of Oslo PRIO, adding that Chirac's stance against war in Iraq did not amount to making him a man of peace.

"Chirac's position during the Iraq crisis was closely linked to national interests and not specifically to any desire for peace for the sake of peace. And looking back over his career, there is no trace of a continuous commitment to peace," he said.

Chirac's name was put forward, ahead of the February 1 deadline, by three Costa Rican sponsors who want to see the president rewarded for his Iraq stance and for peace efforts in Ivory Coast.

Parliamentarians, government ministers, some university professors and former laureates worldwide all have the right to propose their peace price candidates.

On March 4, Chirac got further backing when Algerian president Abdelaziz Bouteflika said that if Chirac could stop the war "I would like to say, in the name of all peoples, including the American people, that he should receive the Nobel prize".

But it was not to be, and the US-led army rolled into Iraq two weeks later.

"The Nobel committee cannot reward a failure," said Tove Gravdal, a journalist and France expert at daily Aftenposten, adding that the Nobel prize for Chirac would be extremely controversial in the United States, but also in Norway.

"Here we remember that one of Chirac's first decisions after being elected president was to resume nuclear testing in the Mururoa atoll. That's enough to outweigh his actions against war in Iraq," she said.

In general, students of French history were "not struck by the country's pacificism", she added.

Chirac is competing with 164 other names, on a list comprising 140 individuals and 25 organisations, which make up the longest ever submitted to the Oslo committee.

While there is agreement that the odds on Chirac are unusually long, experts acknowledged that there is no obvious frontrunner in this year's contest, which will take place in mid-October.

Toennesson thinks this year's winner could be Iranian dissident Hachem Aghajari, currently in prison in his country.

"This would send a message of democracy to Iran to encourage the reform process, and a peace message to the United States saying that change in Iran is not happening through war," he said.

But the only way of knowing whether Aghajari is even on the list is for his sponsors to tell the world, as the Nobel committee itself keeps the list of nominees secret.

Irish pop star Bono, Pope John Paul II, Vaclav Havel, Chinese dissident Wei Jingsheng as well as imprisoned Israeli nuclear technician Mordechai Vanunu have all been rumoured to be on the list.

Last year, the prestigious prize went to former US president Jimmy Carter.

The Nobel Peace Prize consists of a diploma, a gold medallion and a cheque worth about a million dollars (900,000 euros).

http://www.spacewar.com/2003/030810033001.bmsiy8kr.html

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3 posted on 08/11/2003 12:08:12 AM PDT by DoctorZIn
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This just in from Iran....

"A Huge Smoke is visible in West of city of Tehran now.
I can hear Fire Vehicles & Ambulances' sirens heading west."

I will keep you posted.

DoctorZin
4 posted on 08/11/2003 12:09:38 AM PDT by DoctorZIn
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Iran will try unextradited al-Qaeda members: official

TEHRAN (AFP) - Iran confirmed that it will put on trial those members of al-Qaeda in custody that Tehran has not been able to extradite, foreign ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi said.
their nationality is not clear and if no country will accept them, we will do what the information minister said," and try them in Iran, Asefi tol.....

http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/afp/20030811/wl_afp/iran_qaeda_justice_030811070552
5 posted on 08/11/2003 12:29:40 AM PDT by F14 Pilot
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bttt
6 posted on 08/11/2003 12:52:16 AM PDT by lainde
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MULLING THE MULLAH DILEMMA

Op/Ed - New York Post 8.11.2003

Democrats may not have finished bashing the Bush folks for having eliminated Iraq (news - web sites) as a threat, but it's none too early to consider another uncomfortable truth: Something will have to be done soon about Iraq's belligerant Islamist neighbor - Iran.

Certainly, there's plenty of time to figure out what .

Nor would it be at all surprising to learn that American agents have already been "in country" for some time, clandestinely.

But the status quo in Tehran is growing ever more untenable, from an American point of view. And time isn't exactly on the West's side.

First, Tehran admits it has "in custody" several senior al Qaeda operatives, possibly including the terror network's No. 3, Asif al-Adel. But the mullahs have spurned U.S. requests to hand them over.

If Iran is detaining top al Qaeda thugs, are the detentions really just "protective custody" from America? It certainly wouldn't be the first time Iran has been accused of providing a safe haven for al Qaeda.

Then there's Iran's nuclear program. The International Atomic Energy Agency says the Islamic republic is aggressively pursing atomic weapons.

Iran claims that its nuclear plants are for peaceful purposes. But the country's vast reserves of oil easily meet its energy needs.

Last week, the Los Angeles Times reported that "Iran appears to be in the late stages of developing the capacity to build a nuclear bomb."

Compounding that threat is Tehran's unveiling last month of the Shahab-3 missile, which can reach Israel. The L.A. paper also reported that the North Koreans "are now working on a longer-range Shahab-4 [for Iran] and providing assistance on designs for a nuclear warhead."

Then, of course, there's Iran's longtime, relentless support for terrorism.

Iran's proxy militia in Lebanon, Hezbollah - a terrorist group responsible for the murder (among many, many others) of 241 U.S. Marines in 1983 - continues to launch attacks against Israelis, the latest coming just over the past few days.

And Hamas - partly financed, armed and trained by Iran - is behind some of the bloodiest suicide bombings against civilian targets in Israel.

Meanwhile, a number of radical Shi'ite clerics in Iraq are believed to be taking orders from Tehran. And the mullahs continue to make trouble with inflammatory TV and radio broadcasts into Iraq.

For now, Iran seems to know just what it can get away with across its Western border. Perhaps the government fears intervention now that some 150,000 U.S. troops are within just a few days' trek of Tehran and President Bush (news - web sites) has made it clear "states that support terror will be held accountable."

Of course, it may be that the days of the hard-line Islamist regime are numbered anyway; regime change in Iran may come from within. Consider:

* Its population is young (mostly born after the '79 revolution) and restive.

* Its reformist politicians are increasingly willing to challenge the hard-liners - for instance, over murdered Canadian journalist Zhara Kazemi.

* Thousands of its students have risked their lives to protest the mullahs.

Surely, Iran's theocratic thugs must be dismayed, to say the least, that a grandson of Ayatollah Khomeini (who took power in the revolution of 1979), attacked it last week as "the worst dictatorship of the world." On a visit to Iraq, Hossein Khomeini also praised the U.S. overthrow of Saddam.

On the other hand, the hard-liners have a large and brutally effective security apparatus. Regime change may well require direct military intervention.

Prudence dictates that Americans, as the old adage advises, hope for the best - but plan for the worst.

http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=106&ncid=742&e=4&u=/nypost/20030811/cm_nypost/mullingthemullahdilemma
7 posted on 08/11/2003 12:54:53 AM PDT by DoctorZIn
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The War on Terror: A War for Human Rights

August 11, 2003
FrontPageMagazine.com
Robert Spencer

The Indonesian terrorist group, Jemaah Islamiyah (JI), demonstrated last week that the war on terror is not just an effort to prevent recurrences of September 11; it is a struggle for human rights.

As JI celebrates (yes, celebrates) its murder of fifteen people and the wounding of 150 more in a suicide attack on the Marriott Hotel in Jakarta last Tuesday, as well as the death sentence given Thursday to JI member Amrozi bin Nurhasyim, the “smiling bomber” who murdered 202 people in Bali last October, it is instructive to remember that JI is doing all this killing for the Sharia.

The Sharia is the classic code of Islamic law that mandates stoning for adulterers and amputation for thieves, disallows a rape victim’s testimony in her own case, and hamstrings freedom of conscience by prescribing death for apostates from Islam and those who have blasphemed the Prophet — an offense that Christians in Pakistan and other beleaguered minorities in the Islamic world have found to be distressingly elastic. Jemaah Islamiyah, al-Qaeda’s southeast Asian affiliate, dreams of the day when the Sharia holds sway over the entire world, or at least its own corner of it.

Jemaah Islamiyah is fighting to create a Sharia-ruled Islamic megastate in Southeast Asia, comprising Indonesia, Malaysia, southern Thailand, Singapore, Brunei, and the southern Philippines island of Mindanao. In a certain sense it’s fitting that they see blowing up innocent people as a viable means to attain this end, for the utopia that group members envision is just as brutal and unreasoning. There have been numerous indications of that recently in places where the Islamic law that JI reveres is already (in varying degrees) in force:

- The supreme court of Afghanistan on Thursday upheld death sentences for two journalists, Sayeed Mahdawi and Ali Reza Payam. Their crime? Criticizing what they called the “holy fascism” that still holds sway in Afghanistan, and asking: “If Islam is the last and the most complete of the revealed religions, why are the Muslim countries lagging behind the modern world?”

- A court in Pakistan on Tuesday sentenced another man, Bashir Ahmed, to death for making “derogatory remarks against the Holy Prophet and his companions.”

- Women’s groups in Malaysia protested, thus far in vain, against a decision by that country’s Sharia court that men could divorce their wives by leaving a message on their mobile phones.

- The Jordanian parliament rejected on Islamic grounds a measure that would have given women the legal right to file for divorce, as well as another that would have led to stiff penalties for “honor killings”: the barbaric murder of young women by family members who believe that they have committed adultery, thereby shaming the family honor. Many young women have even been murdered after being raped, since traditional Islamic law allows a rape charge to be established only by the testimony of four male witnesses who saw the act itself.

- In Iraq, Muslim authorities in the Shiite holy city of Najaf overruled, also on Islamic grounds, the appointment by American authorities of a woman judge, Nidal Nasser Hussein. Afrah Najem, who like Nidal Nasser Hussein is a female lawyer in Iraq, knows that she has hit the mother of all glass ceilings: “Ours is an Islamic society that would not tolerate a woman judge.”

Draconian blasphemy laws, appallingly loose divorce laws (for men only), a totalitarian resistance to self-criticism, institutionalized brutality and oppression of women — these are the features of the Sharia law that forms the centerpiece of JI’s dream state. Their path to this utopia is stained with the blood of the nightclubbers, businessmen and bystanders that JI is rejoicing over having slaughtered in Indonesia.

Donald Rumsfeld has declared that the United States will not accept an Islamic state in Iraq. One may hope that this indicates that the human rights component of the war on terror has at least some advocates in high places. For the events recounted above illustrate why everyone who values freedom and basic human rights should oppose the Sharia, whether it is implemented in whole or part, not just in Iraq or Indonesia, but everywhere that it hinders the liberty of human beings — including Saudi Arabia.

Like a peevish schoolmarm, the judge who sentenced Amrozi scolded him for perverting Islam and jihad. But it is unlikely that any of the Muslim onlookers who cheered and shouted “Allahu Akbar” (Allah is great) when Amrozi entered the courtroom were brought to a moment of theological reckoning by the judge’s lecture. After all, moderate Muslims still have not answered the nagging question of why, if Islam forbids terrorism and the Qur’an teaches nonviolence, have so many devout Muslims around the world misinterpreted it so thoroughly and repeatedly. Where are the moderate Muslims who can teach not Western non-Muslims, but their fellow Muslims that Islam is peaceful?

If the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) and other Muslim advocacy groups really want to demonstrate that “Muslims follow a religion of peace, mercy and forgiveness that should not be associated with acts of violence against the innocent,” let them definitively renounce the Sharia for which Jemaah Islamiyah kills, and which brings anything but peace and mercy to those who must suffer under it. Let them work to create in the United States a truly moderate Islam that accepts the principles of Western secular society and coexistence with non-Muslims. If they do not do this, it is clear: history will judge them as being on the wrong side of this great struggle for the rights of mankind.



Robert Spencer is author of "Islam Unveiled: Disturbing Questions About the World's Fastest Growing Faith" (Encounter Books) and Onward Muslim Soldiers: How Jihad Still Threatens America and the West (coming this September from Regnery Publishing). An Adjunct Fellow with the Free Congress Foundation, he writes frequently on Islam in a wide variety of publications.

http://www.frontpagemag.com/Articles/ReadArticle.asp?ID=9319
8 posted on 08/11/2003 1:41:06 AM PDT by DoctorZIn
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Great article.I was very disappointed about the death sentences in Afghanistan for the journalists.Islam doesn't seem to be strong enough to withstand scrutiny.Sharia is an anthema for freedom loving people.May Iran be able to break the bonds.
9 posted on 08/11/2003 3:10:16 AM PDT by MEG33
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Hey Doc, I'm still trying to get off the ping list. Thanks.
10 posted on 08/11/2003 4:11:08 AM PDT by Those_Crazy_Liberals (Ronaldus Magnus he's our man . . . If he can't do it, no one can.)
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It seems that I have mixed up Hassan and Hussein Khomeini here
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/957322/posts?page=16#16

they are two different persons. This explains the strange things that Hassan has done. It is not easy when their names are similar and are transcribed ;-)

IMAM'S GRANDSON DEFENDS IRAN'S ACCOMPLISHMENTS.

Recent statements by grandchildren of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the father of Iran's Islamic Revolution, have contributed to the insider-outsider debate in Iran.

The 30-year-old Hojatoleslam Seyyed Hassan Khomeini comes across in his statements as a trusted defender of the Iranian political and social system. He said in a meeting with members of the University Basij on the evening of 5 July that public morale should not be harmed by drawing a negative picture of events, "Entekhab" daily newspaper reported on 7 August. He said negative comments by the factions of the left and right do not represent reality and, in fact, many great things have been accomplished since the 1979 revolution. Among them he cited is the increase in the number of university students (from 70,000 to 1.5 million), the acquisition of nuclear know-how, and an increase in electricity generation.

Hassan has carried out representational duties for the current Iranian regime. For example, in July 2001 he was sent to Cuba where he met with President Fidel Castro and members of his delegation participated in an anti-U.S. march across from the U.S. Interests Section in Havana. In February 2000, furthermore, he visited Islamabad to participate in a conference called, "Imam Khomeini's Role in Revival of Islamic Thoughts." In February 2002, Hassan criticized President George W. Bush's statement about Iran being part of the "axis of evil" that included Iraq and North Korea.

It would be cynical to suggest that there is a connection between Hassan Khomeini's loyalty to the system and his leadership of the Iran-based Imam Khomeini mausoleum foundation, which is worth millions of dollars. Control of a shrine can become "a trump card to play in the political struggle, even an entry ticket to the political scene," Fariba Adelkhah notes in her 1998 book, "Being Modern in Iran." Hassan may be destined for greater things, then.

In contrast with his cousin Hassan, 46-year-old Hojatoleslam Seyyed Hussein Khomeini has, so to say, "gone off the reservation." The London-based Arabic daily "Al-Sharq al-Awsat" reported on 29 July that Hussein had moved from Qom to Al-Najaf to continue his studies, stating that his move to Al-Najaf will contribute to the revival of the Iraqi Howzeh-yi Elmieh (Shia theological schools) at the expense of the politicized one in Qom. According to the Arabic daily, Hussein opposes politicization of the Al-Najaf seminary.

Once in Iraq, Hussein began making highly controversial statements about his former hosts. According to "Al-Sharq al-Awsat" on 4 August, Hussein supported Iranian President Abol-Hassan Bani-Sadr and opposed the Islamists behind Bani-Sadr's 1981 downfall, such as then-Hojatoleslams Ali-Akbar Hashemi-Rafsanjani and Seyyed Ali Khamenei. Hussein believes that these individuals prolonged the 1980-1988 war with Iraq in order to stay in power. He also termed the Iranian theocracy "the worst dictatorship in the world," according to the "Al-Sharq al-Awsat" report, and said, "If the Americans provide [freedom], then let them come."

Hussein was very critical in an interview that appeared in the 2 August issue of the Netherlands' daily "De Standaard." He described Iran's leaders as "irresponsible and immature," adding that the Iranian people know that evil things are being done in the name of religion. Hussein also called for the separation of mosque and state in Iran. Hussein went on to suggest in the "De Standaard" interview that Iranian intellectuals, nationalists, and freedom lovers would come to Iraq when the situation stabilizes. "Free Iraq will become a place from where Iran's freedom will be prepared."

Hussein has become so worrisome, "Al-Sharq al-Awsat" reported on 4 August, that an Islamic Revolution Guards Corps assassin has been sent after him. (Bill Samii)

source:RFE/RL Iran Report Vol. 6, No. 33, 11 August 2003
11 posted on 08/11/2003 5:31:35 AM PDT by AdmSmith
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Middle East

COMMENTARY
Iran: The ongoing threat
By Stephen Blank

When President George W Bush labeled Iran part of the "axis of evil" along with Iraq and North Korea, this dismayed many observers for several reasons. Not the least of them was that it is, or was nearly impossible, to discern any collaboration between Iran and Saddam Hussein's Iraq. Indeed, not only did these two countries fight a bloody and inconclusive war from 1980 to 88, Iran was one of the Iraqi tyrant's targets for the use of chemical weapons.

This Iraqi attack, which went unanswered by the rest of the world, must be reckoned as one of the principal reasons for Iran's continuing nuclear, chemical and biological weapons programs. But even though there has been no conceivable Iraqi threat since 1991, these programs continue. And since the termination of Saddam's regime by the United States, all signs are that Iran's nuclear program is accelerating at speed.

Worse yet, Iran's partnership with North Korea unfortunately lends credence to Bush's "axis" remarks and Tehran's continuing support for terrorism to derail the Middle Eastern peace process between Israel and the Palestinian Authority does so as well.

The other two principal justifications that are often advanced to defend Iran's nuclearization are that it is responding to the threat of Israel, which has nuclear weapons, and the US threat. However, both of these are smokescreens. Allegedly Iran fears that Israel will do to it what it did to Iraq in 1981, namely bomb its nuclear weapons program. Therefore, much of that program is dispersed and underground.

Yet if Iran was not the principal state sponsor of global terrorism, according to the State Department, and terrorism that is directed on a global basis against Jews, not just Israelis, not to mention a state where domestic anti-Semitism is a state sanctioned policy, Israel would not even think of threatening Iran.

Indeed, under the US-backed Shah up to his ouster in the Islamic revolution of 1979, Israel and Iran had exemplary, almost alliance-like relations for sound geopolitical reasons. And Tehran's policies are no longer driven by the same kind of crusading religious zeal that was the case under Ayatollah Khomeini in the post-revolution era. Although Iranian-backed groups apparently function in Azerbaijan, Iran has virtually given up that kind of overt agitation in the Persian Gulf. Yet it clearly supports terrorism, as most assessments of the 1996 bombing of the Khobar Towers US barracks in Saudi Arabia suggest, for reasons of national interest, not Islamic ideology as such.

Likewise, Iran's animosity to America is not only founded on Islamism or whatever sins Washington may have committed toward Iran under the Shah, but on the quite rational basis that its consistent anti-American policies, support of terrorism and alleged proliferation of weapons of mass destruction directly counter vital American interests throughout the Middle East and the former Soviet Union.

If Iran was to cease support of terrorism and its aggressive policies in those areas, which have yielded little except to maintain a kind of state of siege with the outside world that perpetuates the oppressive Iranian internal regime, it would stand to benefit immensely and in very tangible fashion.

Yet, instead, and despite the war in Iraq it has redoubled its efforts to provoke not only Washington and Jerusalem, but also its neighbors. In 2001 and 2002 it threatened Azerbaijan and Kazakstan over Caspian Sea exploration issues. Since the war in Iraq it has not only accelerated its nuclear program and maintained a truculent attitude of denial towards the International Atomic Energy Agency and all other concerned parties, it apparently has now entered into discussion with North Korea to develop nuclear warheads jointly.

This new alliance would represent an enormous magnification of the nightmare scenario for many Asian governments, not just Israel and America, because it means the full materialization of the worst case scenario of what analysts call secondary proliferation, ie one proliferating state assisting another in its weapons development programs. There is no doubt that this alliance would rattle security agendas from the Gulf to South Korea and pour much oil on already troubled waters. But this is not all.

Despite official optimism in Washington concerning the rejuvenated peace progress between Israel and the Palestinians, in fact since June 29, when some of the Palestinian groups involved, Hamas and Islamic Jihad, announced a truce, there have been 178 terrorist attacks in Israel, including the pre-1967 boundaries, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. Israeli officials, whose intelligence has been exceptional throughout this war, say that Iran and Yasser Arafat's Fatah organization have been behind most of these attacks and that Iran is ordering and financing the attacks carried out by what they call rogue cells of the al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade.

Thus Iran is clearly intensifying its efforts to derail both the peace process between Israel and the Palestinians, and to obtain nuclear weapons. It obviously is doing this in part to solidify the hold of its clerical elites at home by playing the cards of foreign threats and anti-Semitism to perpetuate the mullahs' despotic power. But it is also no less clear that Iran still aims to be able to destabilize its neighbors and to retain the capacity to intimidate them, and thereby dominate the Persian Gulf.

Ultimately, this course of action is unacceptable as far as the other Gulf states and other Middle Eastern nations are concerned. As long as there is the threat of terrorism or of weapons of mass destruction in the region, real peace and stability are unlikely to occur. Indeed, any effort to bring peace to troubled areas cannot then come about because other states must be able to defend themselves against these threats.

Among other things, this means bringing in the US military to defend Gulf states against threats to their sovereignty, integrity and independence, and to counter the linked threats of terrorism and weapons of mass destruction. Thus the consuming ambition of Iran's mullahs to retain power by any means possible and to pursue an expansionist foreign policy entail both the subjugation of Iran's peoples and also consigning all the people within reach of Iran's missiles to varying degrees of insecurity and fear.

As Iran's terrorist reach through groups it sponsors is global, and the expected reach of the missiles it is developing, whatever their warheads will contain - conventional, chemical, biological or nuclear warheads - is growing to include Europe and much of Asia, clearly this is a threat that must be reversed and terminated sooner rather than later.

For the moment, the powers that Iran threatens have resorted to diplomatic and economic pressure, but if the resort to terrorism and nuclear weapons, combined with an alliance with North Korea are true indicators of Iran's trajectory, then that forbearance may not last very long.

Stephen Blank is an analyst of international security affairs residing in Harrisburg, PA.

http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/EH12Ak04.html
12 posted on 08/11/2003 5:54:21 AM PDT by F14 Pilot (Governator wins?)
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http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/EH05Ak01.html
13 posted on 08/11/2003 5:57:14 AM PDT by F14 Pilot
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Bush babble?..
14 posted on 08/11/2003 6:11:55 AM PDT by MEG33
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LABELED! ;-) (( LOL ))
15 posted on 08/11/2003 7:37:47 AM PDT by F14 Pilot
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"Chirac's position during the Iraq crisis was closely linked to national interests and not specifically to any desire for peace for the sake of peace.

This is the problem with the Nobel committee--that they want politicians to pursue "peace for the sake of peace." In other words, they think that peace not a means to an end, but the end itself--that a nation's leaders should strive for peace at any price. Even if that price is the nation's complete annihilation!

Actually, there is nothing wrong with a nation's leaders pursuing the nation's interests--as long as those are defined as freedom and the rule of law.

16 posted on 08/11/2003 7:43:45 AM PDT by Smile-n-Win (Just government means organized self-defense. A "compassionate" government is organized crime.)
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From the VOA
Iran Says It Will Try Al-Qaida Members
VOA News
11 Aug 2003, 12:12 UTC


Iran says it may put some of the suspected al-Qaida members it is holding on trial in Iran if they cannot be extradited to their home countries.

A spokesman for Iran's foreign ministry, Hamid Reza Asefi, says Monday some of the suspects have either been stripped of their citizenship or their nationality is not clear.

Iran has said it is holding a number of suspected members of the al-Qaida terrorist network, but it has not identified them.

U.S. officials have said those in Iran may include Saif al-Adel, the number three man in al-Qaida who is wanted by the United States for the bombings of embassies in Africa.

Last week, Iran said it would not send any of the al-Qaida suspects to the United States. It earlier said it planned to send the men to their home countries or the country from which they came.


17 posted on 08/11/2003 7:45:13 AM PDT by Valin (America is a vast conspiracy to make you happy.)
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I am of the opinion that the American GI should be nominated(at the least) for a peace prize. Can't think of anyone else who has done more peace and freedom in the world for the last 50 years.
18 posted on 08/11/2003 7:48:57 AM PDT by Valin (America is a vast conspiracy to make you happy.)
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I like your suggestion but ice crystals will be forming in hades when that happens!
19 posted on 08/11/2003 7:57:51 AM PDT by MEG33
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Ture but,
"A man's reach should exceed his grasp, or what are a heaven for?"
20 posted on 08/11/2003 8:09:25 AM PDT by Valin (America is a vast conspiracy to make you happy.)
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Israel, Iran, and U.S. Have Secret Contacts

August 11, 2003
Radio Free Europe
Bill Samii

The public displays of mutual hostility between the governments of Israel, Iran, and the U.S. make it very difficult for any of the governments to engage in normal and open relations, regardless of any shared concerns or interests. This situation results in a lack of transparency in their relationships and necessitates secret contacts -- with at times embarrassing results, as illustrated by three recent cases.

Israel and Iran have been negotiating an exchange of prisoners since May, as reported in the 7 August edition of the Tel Aviv Russian-language daily newspaper "Novosti Nedeli." The contacts initially were an outgrowth of Tehran-Washington discussions begun in Geneva in July. According to the report, the interlocutors were a former U.S. official named Frank Andersen and a former Islamic Revolution Guards Corps officer identified as "Mohammad Khatami." Former government personnel were used in order to ensure the deniability of these official contacts. Tehran expressed a willingness to extradite Al-Qaeda's Sayf al-Adel (see above) in exchange for Mujahedin Khalq Organization leaders, but Washington rejected this offer.

Tehran then tried to get custody of the MKO personnel by involving the Israelis, "Novosti Nedeli" reported. In a meeting with an Israeli intermediary identified as "Amnon Zikhroni," Khatami said that, in exchange for MKO personnel, Iran would deport al-Adel, ensure the release of captured Israeli reserve officer Elhanan Tenenbaum, return the remains of Israeli soldiers captured by Lebanese Hizballah, and seek information on captured Israeli pilot Ron Arad. Washington again rejected the deal, according to "Novosti Nedeli," but the Iranian side insisted that the so-called "Jewish lobby" pressure the White House.

The case of Palestinian, Lebanese, Syrian, Jordanian, and Iranian prisoners in Israel was added to in subsequent discussions. According to "Novosti Nedeli," some Israelis would like to have the U.S. release convicted Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard in exchange for al-Adel. These discussions reportedly are continuing, but Pollard's release is not open for discussion.

In another recent case, two officials from the Pentagon working for Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Douglas Feith held "several" meetings with notorious Iran-Contra figure Manuchehr Ghorbanifar, "Newsday" reported on 8 August, citing anonymous "administration officials." Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld confirmed later the same day that the meetings had occurred, but he said they took place more than one year ago, were part of an effort to gather information on Iran, and they had gone nowhere, Knight-Ridder reported.

The White House had not authorized the meetings, and it was only by chance that it, the State Department, and the CIA learned about them, "Newsday" reported. Rumsfeld said that information on the meetings was shared with other government agencies. According to "Newsday's" sources, the "ultimate policy objective of Feith and a group of neo-conservative civilians inside the Pentagon is regime change in Iran." Administration policy, however, is one of engagement over issues such a nonproliferation and the Al-Qaeda extraditions.

An anonymous "senior U.S. official" told Knight-Ridder that Ghorbanifar wanted to be paid for introducing the U.S. officials to Iranian moderates. Michael Ledeen of the American Enterprise Institute opened the Ghorbanifar channel, "Newsday" reported, citing a former CIA officer who learned this from current intelligence officers. Neither Ledeen nor Ghorbanifar would comment, according to "Newsday."

Israeli officials introduced Ghorbanifar to Ledeen -- who was a consultant to the National Security Council -- in the mid-1980s. Ghorbanifar claimed at the time to know Iranian moderates. This eventually would become the arms-for-hostages scandal (see Theodore Draper, "A Very Thin Line: The Iran-Contra Affairs," [New York: Hill and Wang, 1991]; see also Michael Ledeen, "Perilous Statecraft," [Scribners, 1988]).

Late on 8 August, an anonymous "senior defense official" said that another meeting with Ghorbanifar took place in Paris in June, and this one resulted from "an unplanned, unscheduled encounter," "The Washington Post" reported on 9 August.

In a different matter, Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Assefi said on 7 August that President Khatami has not written a letter to any U.S. official, Fars News Agency reported. Assefi added that Iran has transparent relations with other countries and it does not need to establish secret relations with any country and, in the case of the U.S., "Over many long years, official channels have existed for regulating relations between the two countries and Iran has conveyed its views to the opposite side through these official and legal venues."

Assefi was reacting to a 6 August report in the Saudi Arabian "Al Watan" newspaper which stated that Khatami had written a letter to U.S. Secretary of State Powell calling for the continuation of the secret and official Iran-U.S. talks that are reported to have taken place in Geneva.

http://www.rferl.org/iran-report/
21 posted on 08/11/2003 8:26:22 AM PDT by DoctorZIn
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Israel, Iran, and U.S. Have Secret Contacts

August 11, 2003
Radio Free Europe
Bill Samii

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/961759/posts?page=21#21

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22 posted on 08/11/2003 8:27:56 AM PDT by DoctorZIn
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Thank you all for your posts!
23 posted on 08/11/2003 10:03:27 AM PDT by dixiechick2000 (Two fish are in a tank. One says to the other ......."I'll man the guns, You drive")
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"Can't think of anyone else who has done more peace and freedom in the world for the last 50 years."

Are ya' ready for a big ol' bump?;o)

24 posted on 08/11/2003 10:05:10 AM PDT by dixiechick2000 (Two fish are in a tank. One says to the other ......."I'll man the guns, You drive")
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That is an idea that deserves a bump!
25 posted on 08/11/2003 10:59:56 AM PDT by Steelerfan
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"Chirac's position during the Iraq crisis was closely linked to national interests and not specifically to any desire for peace for the sake of peace. And looking back over his career, there is no trace of a continuous commitment to peace," he said.

Peacenik norwegians figured this out? How about our own "media?"

26 posted on 08/11/2003 11:20:19 AM PDT by Shermy
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A Grandson’s Remarks Hint at Unrest in Iran And Iraq

August 11, 2003
EurasiaNet
Nicolas Birch

The image of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, founder of Iran’s theocracy, looks down from posters in Shia districts of Baghdad. Iran, officially neutral in the US-led invasion of Iraq, has bristled when American President George W. Bush has warned it against interfering in Iraq’s post-invasion chaos.

But an August 5 statement by Khomeini’s 45-year-old grandson, Sayyid Hussein Khomeini, shows how that chaos can have Iran’s ruling clerics on the defensive.

"Iranians insist on freedom, but they are not sure where it will come from," Khomeini told journalists in Najaf August 5. "If it comes from inside, they will welcome it, but if it was necessary for it to come from abroad, especially from the United States, people will accept it." These startling remarks quickly circulated around the world’s newswires, deepening awareness that Iran’s ruling clerics are facing unprecedented challenges to their legitimacy. Khomeini, by vaulting himself into the global spotlight, may have been positioning himself as a champion of Iran’s millions of disaffected youth. If he taps Iraqis’ yearnings for freedom as well, Khomeini could contribute to turbulence in both countries.

A little over a year ago, Iran’s fundamentalist strain seemed to be growing inexorably stronger.The clerics who retain final authority in the government are still pressing to capitalize on reform-minded voters’ impatience with President Mohammed Khatami and his allies. But they are being careful about making overtures to Iraq. The country has responded to Bush administration scolding by saying that "no one has the right to interfere in another country’s affairs." Amir Mohebbian, a columnist for the hard-line daily Resalat, professes that Tehran’s policymakers have "no intention" of forcing their "political model" on Iraq. Khomeini’s remarks may suggest that the model in question faces too much friction at home to be exportable.

Some observers dispute this, noting that senior ayatollahs in Qom have backed a young cleric in the holy Iraqi city of Najaf and that Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has been known to work closely with Iraqi-born members of the Iran-backed Supreme Council for Islamic Revolution in Iraq. A Khamenei representative accompanied that group’s leader, Ayatollah Bakr al-Hakim, when he returned to Iraq in May. Seyed Mostafa Mohaghegh Damad, an expert on Islamic law at Tehran University, argues that Iranian fundamentalist rulers see attractive prospects for a "clone theocracy" in Iraq. He sees liberation from Saddam as a chance for "those wishing to conform to the age-old precepts of Shia tradition – the pious, apolitical links between senior ayatollahs and their followers." But these links would not necessarily entail political devotion. Indeed, shortly after al-Hakim arrived in Iraq, Iranian press said he professed himself "a religious clergyman" rather than a politician.

It is not clear how Iranian fundamentalists can deploy client Iraqis like Hakim, who have at times made conciliatory gestures toward the Bush administration. Western observers who have fixated on Khatami’s failure to push broad reforms through the power structure may overestimate the fear that the ruling clerics command in Iran. One London-based clerical opposition group estimates that of approximately 5,000 ayatollahs in Iran, only 80 wholeheartedly support the regime. And of 14 exalted "Grand Ayatollahs" inside Iran, many ayatollahs now question the marriage of governing power with religious purity. And the younger Khomeini’s remarks about freedom indicate that the clerics’ muted ideology corresponds to a muted authority.

Some Iranian analysts see signs that dissatisfaction in Iran is beginning to spread to traditionally pro-regime clerics. They point to remarks in May 2002 by Ayatollah Ebrahim Amini, deputy head of the conservative Assembly of Experts. "The regime cannot maintain itself in power by force," he told a crowd in Qom then. "Society is on the verge of an explosion." More than a year later, these remarks by an official of a group that can appoint or remove the Supreme Leader cannot easily be discounted as alarmist.

One phenomenon that the young Khomeini’s remarks highlighted was the contrast in reputation between his grandfather and the current Supreme Leader. The older Khomeini, for all his vitriol, had a reputation as a peerless scholar. Khamenei does not. "Senior clerics treat his theological pronouncements with disdain," says Nadeem Kazmi, spokesman for the London-based Imam Al-Khoei Benevolent Foundation, a charity with close links to a revered but apolitical ayatollah based in Najaf. Critics say that Khamenei has compensated for his lack of credentials with efforts to stifle dissent among clerics. An indeterminate number of dissenting clerics – perhaps as many as 60 – have been executed on the orders of special clerical courts since 1989.

In this context, the young Khomeini’s remarks about the United States looking like an acceptable agent for liberation may block any inroads clerics might have hoped to forge into Iraq. Some doubt whether Shia in general can incite Iranians who have lived with a generation’s worth of disappointment under the clerics. "Young people are far more interested in Cyrus the Great and all that nationalist claptrap" than in Shia, says Ali Ansari, who teaches Middle Eastern history at the University of Durham. Sayyid Hussein Khomeini’s ideas may tap those young Iranians’ anxiety for a new political model. That could foster instability in Iran and Iraq.


Editor’s Note: Nicolas Birch specializes in Turkey, Iran and the Middle East.

http://www.eurasianet.org/departments/insight/articles/eav081103.shtml
27 posted on 08/11/2003 5:09:03 PM PDT by DoctorZIn
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Judiciary Admits its Officials had a Hand in Canadian's Death

August 11, 2003
AFP
Yahoo News

TEHRAN -- Iran's hardline judiciary admitted for the first time that individual officials may have had a hand in the death of Iranian-Canadian photojournalist Zahra Kazemi, but insisted all the evidence suggested they were acting without orders.

"The information made available to the investigating magistrate by the presidential commission of inquiry has allowed us to advance the investigation, particularly concerning the journalist's movements in the crucial hours and the blow to her head," the judiciary's official spokesman Gholam Hossein Elham told the Iranian Student News Agency.

"No institution is under suspicion, it is individual officials that are facing charges. We have not concluded that official agencies or bodies committed any crime, it was individuals who broke the law," said Elham.

On July 26, the prosecutor's office announced that it had arrested five people in connection with Kazem's death, two of whom have been subsequently released.

But Elham's comments marked the first admission by the judiciary that murder charges might be pressed in the affair which has rocked Tehran's relations with Ottawa.

Previously the conservative-controlled body had insisted there was no evidence to suggest the brain haemmorrhage which killed the Canadian journalist was the result of foul play.

http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/afp/20030811/wl_canada_afp/iran_canada_media_030811152151
28 posted on 08/11/2003 5:10:24 PM PDT by DoctorZIn
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Keeping it BTTT
29 posted on 08/11/2003 5:11:57 PM PDT by austinTparty
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Judiciary Admits its Officials had a Hand in Canadian's Death

August 11, 2003
AFP
Yahoo News

TEHRAN -- Iran's hardline judiciary admitted for the first time that individual officials may have had a hand in the death of Iranian-Canadian photojournalist Zahra Kazemi, but insisted all the evidence suggested they were acting without orders.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/961759/posts?page=28#28

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30 posted on 08/11/2003 5:15:10 PM PDT by DoctorZIn
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Like Grandfathers, Like Grandsons

August 11, 2003
Iran va Jahan
Reza Bayegan

Countdown to a Referendum, XIV

The following column marks the author's own countdown to a true national referendum and the end of the rule of fear in Iran. It is dedicated to two rare human virtues, patience and courage.

The grandson of a man who took Iran out of the dark ages and brought peace, unity and progress to a country left at the mercy of disease and armed bandits is telling the Americans that his nation is capable of deciding its own political future and the only help he expects from the international community is for it to refrain from doing anything that might strengthen the oppressors of his homeland.

The grandson of a man who plunged our nation back into the dark ages and brought war, terrorism, poverty, insecurity and dishonor to a country at the height of its affluence is calling upon the Americans to make Iran next on the list of their armed interventions.

While the grandson of the builder of modern Iran carries around Iranian soil in a box, using it like rare jewels to adorn the coffin of a beloved sister, the grandson of a man who admitted to having no feelings for his homeland is signing blank checks from his zero credit account, dispensing away Iranian national sovereignty as if it was his own.

The grandson of the man who twenty-five years ago promised Iranians freedom, dignity and democracy, but brought them persecution, oppression and humiliation is opining how "American liberty and freedom is the best freedom in the world".

The grandson of a man who in May 1928, annulled all special legal privileges to colonial powers and ended the "capitulation rights", reminds the president of the United States of the political self-reliance of the Iranians, and of their by and large lonely struggle against repression and tyranny:

"My compatriots demand for secularism and democracy is on its way through an exclusively homegrown nonviolent national campaign of civil disobedience".

If Iranian nationalists were duped twenty-five years ago into seeing black and white turbans as signposts leading them to a glorious future, today they cannot play colorblind and ignore the green - white - red flag of our national survival and the man who has devoted his life to the cause of restoring its dignity, honor and significance.

http://www.iranvajahan.net/cgi-bin/news_en.pl?l=en&y=2003&m=08&d=11&a=8
31 posted on 08/11/2003 5:16:12 PM PDT by DoctorZIn
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Ten more detained Iranian students to be freed
World News
Aug 11, 2003

TEHRAN - Ten Iranian students arrested during pro-democracy protests in June and July will be released on Monday bringing to 22 the number freed since last week, the ISNA student news agency reported.

The releases follow an order by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei -- the head of Iran's ruling clerical establishment -- for the judiciary to show leniency to the detained students.

Quoting Tehran MP Mohsen Safai Farahani, part of a parliamentary team charged with following up on the fate of the arrested students, ISNA said the 10 detainees would be freed from Tehran's Evin prison on Monday night.

He said the releases would bring to 22 the number of students freed since last Thursday.

Judiciary officials have said 4,000 people were arrested in the June and July demonstrations in which hundreds of people took to the streets at night to protest against Iran's clerical leaders in several cities.

More than half of those arrested were quickly released but legislators said last week that at least 30 students were being held in Evin prison from the recent protests.

Local analysts said the move to release students indicated an effort by Iran's ruling clergy to ease lingering social tensions in the wake of the protests and wave of arrests.

University students have been at the forefront of protests against Iran's clerical leadership in recent years, staging occasional rallies and protests calling for the release of political prisoners and greater freedom of speech.

But they have paid a high price for their political activism. Many student leaders remain behind bars after being arrested during street demonstrations in 1999. Others have fled the country.

http://www.daneshjoo.org/generalnews/article/publish/article_1689.shtml
32 posted on 08/11/2003 5:18:16 PM PDT by DoctorZIn
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To: DoctorZIn
DoctorZIn, this article unmistakably reveals my ignorance. I can identify some, but not all, of the paragraphs' subjects.

Trying hard, I would guess (Para. 2) Pahlavi, (3) Khomeini, (4) ?Pahlavi? and ?Khomeini?, (5) Khomeini, (6) Pahlavi.

33 posted on 08/11/2003 5:35:34 PM PDT by Eala
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To: Eala
I believe you're correct. Here's how I thought of it:

#2) Shah's son, #3) Khomeini's grandson, #4 Shah's son(1st part), Khomeini's grandson (2nd part), #5) Khomeini's grandson, #6) Shah's son

How are we doing, Doctor?
34 posted on 08/11/2003 8:15:26 PM PDT by nuconvert
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To: nuconvert
The author of the article was speaking to Iranians who already know their history (sorry I didn't think about this).

The first grandson he is talking about is Reza Pahlavi and the second is Hussein Khomeini.

Interestingly, both want an regime change in Iran.
35 posted on 08/11/2003 9:16:16 PM PDT by DoctorZIn
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Iran: The Ongoing Threat

August 12, 2003
Asia Times
Stephen Blank

When President George W Bush labeled Iran part of the "axis of evil" along with Iraq and North Korea, this dismayed many observers for several reasons. Not the least of them was that it is, or was nearly impossible, to discern any collaboration between Iran and Saddam Hussein's Iraq. Indeed, not only did these two countries fight a bloody and inconclusive war from 1980 to 88, Iran was one of the Iraqi tyrant's targets for the use of chemical weapons.

This Iraqi attack, which went unanswered by the rest of the world, must be reckoned as one of the principal reasons for Iran's continuing nuclear, chemical and biological weapons programs. But even though there has been no conceivable Iraqi threat since 1991, these programs continue. And since the termination of Saddam's regime by the United States, all signs are that Iran's nuclear program is accelerating at speed.

Worse yet, Iran's partnership with North Korea unfortunately lends credence to Bush's "axis" remarks and Tehran's continuing support for terrorism to derail the Middle Eastern peace process between Israel and the Palestinian Authority does so as well.

The other two principal justifications that are often advanced to defend Iran's nuclearization are that it is responding to the threat of Israel, which has nuclear weapons, and the US threat. However, both of these are smokescreens. Allegedly Iran fears that Israel will do to it what it did to Iraq in 1981, namely bomb its nuclear weapons program. Therefore, much of that program is dispersed and underground.

Yet if Iran was not the principal state sponsor of global terrorism, according to the State Department, and terrorism that is directed on a global basis against Jews, not just Israelis, not to mention a state where domestic anti-Semitism is a state sanctioned policy, Israel would not even think of threatening Iran.

Indeed, under the US-backed Shah up to his ouster in the Islamic revolution of 1979, Israel and Iran had exemplary, almost alliance-like relations for sound geopolitical reasons. And Tehran's policies are no longer driven by the same kind of crusading religious zeal that was the case under Ayatollah Khomeini in the post-revolution era. Although Iranian-backed groups apparently function in Azerbaijan, Iran has virtually given up that kind of overt agitation in the Persian Gulf. Yet it clearly supports terrorism, as most assessments of the 1996 bombing of the Khobar Towers US barracks in Saudi Arabia suggest, for reasons of national interest, not Islamic ideology as such.

Likewise, Iran's animosity to America is not only founded on Islamism or whatever sins Washington may have committed toward Iran under the Shah, but on the quite rational basis that its consistent anti-American policies, support of terrorism and alleged proliferation of weapons of mass destruction directly counter vital American interests throughout the Middle East and the former Soviet Union.

If Iran was to cease support of terrorism and its aggressive policies in those areas, which have yielded little except to maintain a kind of state of siege with the outside world that perpetuates the oppressive Iranian internal regime, it would stand to benefit immensely and in very tangible fashion.

Yet, instead, and despite the war in Iraq it has redoubled its efforts to provoke not only Washington and Jerusalem, but also its neighbors. In 2001 and 2002 it threatened Azerbaijan and Kazakstan over Caspian Sea exploration issues. Since the war in Iraq it has not only accelerated its nuclear program and maintained a truculent attitude of denial towards the International Atomic Energy Agency and all other concerned parties, it apparently has now entered into discussion with North Korea to develop nuclear warheads jointly.

This new alliance would represent an enormous magnification of the nightmare scenario for many Asian governments, not just Israel and America, because it means the full materialization of the worst case scenario of what analysts call secondary proliferation, ie one proliferating state assisting another in its weapons development programs. There is no doubt that this alliance would rattle security agendas from the Gulf to South Korea and pour much oil on already troubled waters. But this is not all.

Despite official optimism in Washington concerning the rejuvenated peace progress between Israel and the Palestinians, in fact since June 29, when some of the Palestinian groups involved, Hamas and Islamic Jihad, announced a truce, there have been 178 terrorist attacks in Israel, including the pre-1967 boundaries, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. Israeli officials, whose intelligence has been exceptional throughout this war, say that Iran and Yasser Arafat's Fatah organization have been behind most of these attacks and that Iran is ordering and financing the attacks carried out by what they call rogue cells of the al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade.

Thus Iran is clearly intensifying its efforts to derail both the peace process between Israel and the Palestinians, and to obtain nuclear weapons. It obviously is doing this in part to solidify the hold of its clerical elites at home by playing the cards of foreign threats and anti-Semitism to perpetuate the mullahs' despotic power. But it is also no less clear that Iran still aims to be able to destabilize its neighbors and to retain the capacity to intimidate them, and thereby dominate the Persian Gulf.

Ultimately, this course of action is unacceptable as far as the other Gulf states and other Middle Eastern nations are concerned. As long as there is the threat of terrorism or of weapons of mass destruction in the region, real peace and stability are unlikely to occur. Indeed, any effort to bring peace to troubled areas cannot then come about because other states must be able to defend themselves against these threats.

Among other things, this means bringing in the US military to defend Gulf states against threats to their sovereignty, integrity and independence, and to counter the linked threats of terrorism and weapons of mass destruction. Thus the consuming ambition of Iran's mullahs to retain power by any means possible and to pursue an expansionist foreign policy entail both the subjugation of Iran's peoples and also consigning all the people within reach of Iran's missiles to varying degrees of insecurity and fear.

As Iran's terrorist reach through groups it sponsors is global, and the expected reach of the missiles it is developing, whatever their warheads will contain - conventional, chemical, biological or nuclear warheads - is growing to include Europe and much of Asia, clearly this is a threat that must be reversed and terminated sooner rather than later.

For the moment, the powers that Iran threatens have resorted to diplomatic and economic pressure, but if the resort to terrorism and nuclear weapons, combined with an alliance with North Korea are true indicators of Iran's trajectory, then that forbearance may not last very long.

Stephen Blank is an analyst of international security affairs residing in Harrisburg, PA.

http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/EH12Ak04.html

36 posted on 08/11/2003 9:18:12 PM PDT by DoctorZIn
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Was it good for you? It was good for me! :-)
37 posted on 08/11/2003 10:07:36 PM PDT by Valin (America is a vast conspiracy to make you happy.)
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An Interview with an Iranian Student
http://cgi.omroep.nl/cgi-bin/streams?/tv/nos/netwerk/bb.20030707.asf?start=0:12:32&end=0:24:24
38 posted on 08/11/2003 10:33:01 PM PDT by F14 Pilot
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http://www.washtimes.com/op-ed/20030810-103923-2945r.htm
39 posted on 08/11/2003 10:36:08 PM PDT by F14 Pilot
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Iran calls for strong ties with Iraq

Tehran, Aug 11, IRNA -- Iran on Monday said it sought to forge strong
ties with Iraq which waged an imposed war against the Islamic Republic
between 1980 and 1988 during the rule of ousted Saddam Hussein.
However, it called for patience to say when Tehran would recognize
a US-appointed Governing Council, a 25-member body which roughly
reflects Iraq's ethnic and religious make-up.
"Our official position will be announced (in due time) but we
should exercise patience in this respect," Foreign Ministry spokesman
Hamid Reza Asefi told reporters at a weekly news briefing.
Asefi said, "We would like to forge strong relations with our
neighbor now that its dictatorial government, which kept the two
countries separated for years, is gone."
The official called for the immediate pullout of occupying forces
from Iraq in order to end chaos in that country.
"To establish peace in Iraq, the occupying forces must immediately
pull out from that country and leave Iraq's future to its own people.
"It is only in this case that one can hope the internal chaos in
Iraq will end," Asefi added.
Iran recently dispatched its first high-ranking delegation for
discussions with the Governing Council to shore up fences between the
two countries.
Asefi hailed the trip as 'positive', saying it enabled Iran to
'clarify our stances, views and approaches towards Iraq and hear the
views' of the other side.
Iranian officials met with members of the Governing Council as
well as several Iraqi clerics and UN special representative on Iraq,
Sergio Vieira de Mello, he said.
"All the individuals whom the delegation met with ... described
the visit as very positive and valuable and stressed on expanding
and strengthening relations with Iran," Asefi said.
He described economic transactions between the two countries in
recent months as good, saying Iran exported 160 million dollars of
goods to Iraq in the period.
NO IRAQI POWS IN IRAN
Asefi stressed that Iran holds no Iraqi prisoners from the
1980-1988 war. "There is no Iraqi PoW in Iran and all the registered
PoWs and those who were in Iran have been freed," he said.
The statements apparently came in reaction to demonstrations held
by around 50 people in Baquba, 60 kilometers northeast of Baghdad, to
demand the release of Iraqi POWs in Iran and compensation for those
already freed.
Iran itself says that close to 4,000 Iranian prisoners of war in
Iraq still remain unaccounted for.
The country has appealed to the International Committee of the Red
Cross (ICRC) to help establish the fate of its remaining prisoners of
war in Iraq. Tehran has already accused US of intending to 'blackmail'
the Islamic Republic on the fate of missing Iranians.
The Islamic Republic has also said that it considers US-British
troops responsible for any threat against Iranian PoWs who may still
be in Iraqi prisons.

http://www.irna.ir/en/tnews/030812202539.etn01.shtml
40 posted on 08/12/2003 12:00:55 AM PDT by F14 Pilot
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41 posted on 08/12/2003 12:08:42 AM PDT by DoctorZIn
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I'm glad we all agree.
42 posted on 08/12/2003 4:22:56 AM PDT by nuconvert
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To: Valin
LOL! Always!;o)
43 posted on 08/12/2003 5:50:36 AM PDT by dixiechick2000 (Two fish are in a tank. One says to the other ---"I'll man the guns, You drive")
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To: AdmSmith
Your're certainly not the only one who has mixed up the Khomeini cousins. The press has also. Would have been helpful if he'd named one Fred or something. lol
44 posted on 11/06/2003 3:50:44 PM PST by nuconvert
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