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  • BACK TO JIMMY - What Biden Pick Really Signals

    08/26/2008 2:32:47 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 11 replies · 137+ views
    NY Post ^ | Aug. 25, 2008 | Amir Taheri
    BACK TO JIMMY - What Biden Pick Really Signals BY choosing Sen. Joseph Biden as his vice-presiden tial running mate, Barack Obama sent three messages. The first two are implicit admissions that Hillary Clinton had a point in the primaries. The third tells us more of what Obama means by "change." Biden is supposed to make up for Obama's lack of the knowledge and experience needed to leader on national security and international affairs. And the Delaware senator, with his humble working-class origins, is also meant to reassure the "simple folk" that Obama seems to be losing. But the third...
  • Missiles of Illusion

    08/09/2008 2:50:55 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 13 replies · 174+ views
    Asharq Alawsat ^ | Aug. 8, 2008 | Amir Taheri
    Missiles of Illusion Remember al-Qaher and al-Zafer? You don't? Well, what about al-Hussein and al-Abbas? No, again? The first two were the names of missiles that the Egyptian dictator Gamal Abdul Nasser relied upon as "secret weapons" in his promised "Battle of Destiny" in 1967. The other two were names of Saddam Hussein's missiles that were supposed to secure him victory in his "Mother of Battles" in 1991. We now have to learn the names of two other missiles, Shahab and Zelzeleh presented by Iran's Khomeinist rulers as in what they regard as an inevitable war against the United States...
  • Tehran's Tricks: Plays Rope-A-Dope On Nukes

    08/01/2008 8:03:50 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 22 replies · 210+ views
    NYPost ^ | August 1, 2008 | Amir Taheri
    Tehran's Tricks: Plays Rope-A-Dope On Nukes August 1, 2008 TOMORROW is the deadline for Iran to respond to the latest offer on its nuclear program. The package, shaped by the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany and offered in Geneva two weeks ago, offers a way out of the impasse. But don't expect Tehran to call the lead negotiator, European Union foreign-policy czar Javier Solana, to say it's accepted the deal. Iran has made it clear it doesn't intend to show any flexibility. "Supreme Guide" Ali Khamenei and President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad set the tone Wednesday in...
  • Spiderman in Tehran

    07/28/2008 4:49:36 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 12 replies · 227+ views
    Asharq Alawsat ^ | 7-25-08 | Amir Taheri
    Spiderman in Tehran 25/07/2008 By Amir Taheri "A picture is worth a thousand words!" This is the proverb invented by an American photographer in the 1920s but ascribed to the Chinese for good effect. While not always true, like all other proverbs, it is surprisingly accurate on some occasions. No picture could replace a thousand words by Neffari or Roumi. But no number of words could replace the 1990 photo of an Afghan teenage girl with terror in her green eyes, reflecting two decades of war and famine. Sometimes, however, words are needed to reveal the hidden meanings of a...
  • Iran's Brutal Labor Crackdown

    07/19/2008 5:04:58 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 4 replies · 147+ views
    New York Post | July 17, 2008 | Amir Taheri
    Iran's Brutal Labor Crackdown New York Post Amir Taheri A year ago last Saturday, Ali Khamenei ordered the abduction of trade-union leader Mansour Osanloo. In so doing, Iran's top ruling mullah hoped to kill in infancy the independent trade-union movement that Osanloo had launched in '05 with the help of colleagues among bus drivers and conductors in Tehran. A year later, Osanloo is still in prison, sentenced to five years on a charge of "undermining the security of the Islamic Republic." Yet the free-union movement that he inspired has spread like wildfire. Transport workers in Tehran and its suburbs have...
  • Sufism, Sophistry and Politics

    06/29/2008 6:48:37 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 9 replies · 241+ views
    Asharq Alawsat ^ | 06/27/2008 | Amir Taheri
    Sufism, Sophistry and Politics 27/06/2008 By Amir Taheri Bombing the Islamic Republic's nuclear installations would turn the Middle East into a "ball of fire". The warning comes from Director of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Muhammad El-Baradaei. The "ball of fire" is a poetic expression, and I wondered where it came from. I thought of Johnny Cash's famous song, The Ring of Fire. However, a friend suggested that the image came from a qasida by the great Egyptian Sufi Ibn al-Farid. That Egyptians, besides being masters of jokes (nokats), have a poetic bend of mind is to their credit....
  • Bombs Away - Why The US Policy Isn't Working - and Iran Will Get Nuclear Weapons

    06/15/2008 10:39:42 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 51 replies · 1,045+ views
    nypost.com ^ | June 15, 2008 | Amir Taheri
    "Hit us and we shall hit you ten times harder!" This is how General Muhammad-Ali Jaafari, the newly appointed commander-in-chief of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard (IRGC) has responded to speculation about a possible attack by the United States and/or Israel on Iran's nuclear installations. Jaafari replaced General Yahya Safavi last year after the latter made a speech in which he implicitly warned the mullahs that Iran's military was not ready for war against far more powerful enemies. Those familiar with Iranian military capabilities know that it is Safavi's sober assessment, and not Jaafari's bluster, that reflects the true situation. The...
  • The Offer He Will Refuse

    05/10/2008 5:26:46 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 2 replies · 86+ views
    Asharq Alawsat ^ | May 09, 2008 | Amir Taheri
    The Offer He Will Refuse May 09, 2008 Asharq Alawsat Amir Taheri Will you take an offer if you knew that by refusing it you would get a better one? The answer from Tehran is an emphatic no, and concerns the latest "generous package" that the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany put together in London last week. The “package” shaped after days of hard bargaining between the United States and the European Union on one side, and Russia and China on the other, is designed to persuade the Islamic Republic to break the diplomatic logjam...
  • Why Does Ahmadinejad Want Russian Troops in Iran?

    04/29/2008 3:26:54 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 16 replies · 308+ views
    Asharq Alawsat ^ | 25/04/2008
    Why Does Ahmadinejad Want Russian Troops in Iran? 25/04/2008 By Amir Taheri Why is the leadership in Tehran anxious to give Russia the right to land troops in Iran? The question is not fanciful. The Islamic Republic is conducting a devious campaign to prepare public opinion for that eventuality. The message is relayed through deliberately vague terms that diplomats understand immediately while the general public does not. The device is to revive two treaties that most students of Iranian history thought were dead and buried long ago. The first is the 1921 Treaty that the government of Sayyed Ziauddin Tabatabai,...
  • Murder's Mess for Muqtada

    04/16/2008 5:42:05 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 7 replies · 197+ views
    New York Post ^ | April 16, 2008 | Amir Taheri
    Murder's Mess for Muqtada April 16, 2008 New York Post Amir Taheri Riad al-Noori liked to boast that a "host of angels" protected him, along with his 250 heavily armed bodyguards. Yet, he has just been gunned down in his home in Najaf, Iraq's principal "holy" city, by a three-man hit team that managed to get away without any of the angels or bodyguards making a move. Noori was a bad man but an important player in the dirtiest corner of Iraqi Shiite politics. He headed the special bureau of Muqtada al-Sadr, the maverick mullah sponsored by Tehran. Himself a...
  • IRAN'S BUSTED IRAQ BID (BASRA 'RISING' WAS TEHRAN'S OP)

    04/10/2008 12:52:27 PM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 22 replies · 125+ views
    NY Post ^ | April 10, 2008 | Amir Taheri
    April 10, 2008 -- A GAMBLE that proved too costly. That's how analysts in Tehran describe events last month in Basra. Iran's state-run media have de facto confirmed that this was no spontaneous "uprising." Rather, Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) tried to seize control of Iraq's second-largest city using local Shiite militias as a Trojan horse. Tehran's decision to make the gamble was based on three assumptions: * Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki wouldn't have the courage to defend Basra at the risk of burning his bridges with the Islamic Republic in Iran. * The international force would be...
  • IRAN'S BUSTED IRAQ BID (Iran's Quds unit failed to destabilize Iraq)

    04/10/2008 2:23:16 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 43 replies · 146+ views
    NY Post ^ | 04/10/08 | AMIR TAHERI
    IRAN'S BUSTED IRAQ BID By AMIR TAHERI April 10, 2008 -- A GAMBLE that proved too costly. That's how analysts in Tehran describe events last month in Basra. Iran's state-run media have de facto confirmed that this was no spontaneous "uprising." Rather, Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) tried to seize control of Iraq's second-largest city using local Shiite militias as a Trojan horse. Tehran's decision to make the gamble was based on three assumptions: * Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki wouldn't have the courage to defend Basra at the risk of burning his bridges with the Islamic Republic in...
  • The Battle of Basra

    03/31/2008 8:58:25 AM PDT · by moderatewolverine · 14 replies · 978+ views
    Primetime Politics ^ | March 31, 2008 | Amir Taheri, Anthony Cordesman, Bill Roggio
    Among the worst mistakes of the Iraq war has been starting battles we weren't prepared to finish. Think Fallujah in 2004. We hope Iraq Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki absorbed that lesson before he began his campaign last week to defeat rogue militias in Basra. Yesterday's political maneuvering amid a new cease-fire offer by radical cleric Moqtada al-Sadr is hard to read from afar. "Anyone carrying a weapon and targeting government institutions will not be one of us," Mr. Sadr said. The government welcomed the offer while saying it would continue its Basra campaign, and it wasn't clear how many in...
  • Unconditional Talks with Iran Could Lead to War

    03/22/2008 5:40:38 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 19 replies · 618+ views
    Asharq Alawsat ^ | Mar. 21, 2008 | Amir Taheri
    Unconditional Talks with Iran Could Lead to War Mar. 21, 2008 Talk to almost anybody in Washington about foreign policy these days and you are likely to hear that Iran is the number one "international problem" for the United States. Pundits and politicians are unanimous that dealing with the Islamic Republic will be one of the key issues of the presidential election campaign. The question is: what to do about Iran? It is clear that the leadership in Tehran, boosted by last week's parliamentary elections, is in no mood to offer concessions. The choice facing policymakers is between standing up...
  • NYP: OBAMA'S REAL MIDEAST PROBLEM--IT'S HIS POLICIES, NOT HIS HERITAGE, by Amir Taheri

    03/05/2008 9:57:57 AM PST · by OESY · 17 replies · 148+ views
    New York Post ^ | March 5, 2008 | Amir Taheri
    ...Most Americans judge a candidate based on his politics rather than his parents' religious background. In a country where everyone has a rich ethnic and religious background, Obama's family story wouldn't have sounded that exotic. Some Americans may have even regarded the Islamic part of Obama's family story as a plus for the candidate, if only because the biggest challenge to US global leadership todayscomes from forces speaking in Islam's name. Obama's efforts to distance himself from Islam contrasts with his innovative approach to US relations with its Islamist challengers. President Bush has chosen the "iron fist" - invading Afghanistan...
  • NYP: A BULLY GOES TO BAGHDAD (by Amir Taheri)

    02/28/2008 7:36:27 AM PST · by OESY · 6 replies · 123+ views
    New York Post ^ | February 28, 2008 | Amir Taheri
    Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad arrives in Bagh dad tomorrow for what both sides call an "historic visit."... As the possibility of al Qaeda and its allies winning recedes, Iran is starting to focus on the prospect that a Shiite-dominated but pro-American Iraq might offer Iranians a rival model. So the Islamic Republic has determined not to let the Americans and their Iraqi allies succeed beyond defeating al Qaeda and the Sunni insurgency. As Ahmadinejad has put it several times, Tehran won't allow Iraq to have an "American future." In Tehran's eyes, America's historic mission was to remove the Khomeinist regime's...
  • Islam at the Ballot Box

    02/23/2008 6:17:29 AM PST · by nuconvert · 13 replies · 153+ views
    WSJ ^ | February 21, 2008 | Amir Taheri
    Islam at the Ballot Box AMIR TAHERI February 21, 2008 Pakistan's election has been portrayed by the Western media as a defeat for President Pervez Musharraf. The real losers were the Islamist parties. The latest analysis of the results shows that the parties linked, or at least sympathetic, to the Taliban and al Qaeda saw their share of the votes slashed to about 3% from almost 11% in the last general election a few years ago. The largest coalition of the Islamist parties, the United Assembly for Action (MMA), lost control of the Northwest Frontier Province -- the only one...
  • IRAN'S LATEST ETHNIC REVOLT

    01/14/2008 2:39:53 AM PST · by SatinDoll · 11 replies · 193+ views
    The New York Post ^ | January 14, 2008 | Amir Taheri
    Facing ethnic revolts in both Baluchistan and Kur distan, the last thing that Tehran might have wanted was a similar problem in another corner of Iran with a non-Persian majority. Yet that seems to be happening in Golestan, one of Iran's 30 provinces, with the ethnic Turkmen community seething with anger against Tehran. It all started on Jan. 4, when a gunboat of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps shot and killed a 20-year-old Turkmen fisherman in the coastal waters of the Caspian Sea. The authorities claim that the fisherman, one Hissmauddin Khadivar, had been part of an illegal fishing expedition...
  • Arab States Wake Up

    02/06/2008 5:02:26 AM PST · by SJackson · 5 replies · 109+ views
    The Conference of Arab Interior Ministers held its 25th annual session in Tunis last week - and singled out terrorism as "the principal threat" to the national security of the 22 countries of the Arab League. What took the ministers so long to understand what terrorism is doing to their nations? In fact, their predecessors discussed terrorism at the inaugural session a quarter-century ago; it has been a key item on every year's agenda. The problem was, the Arab states couldn't agree on what constituted terrorism. They shied away from a clear definition for fear that it might apply to...
  • The 'Manchurian Mullah'

    02/04/2008 6:41:08 PM PST · by nuconvert · 14 replies · 149+ views
    New York Post ^ | February 01, 2008 | Amir Taheri
    The 'Manchurian Mullah' February 01, 2008 New York Post Amir Taheri AS the "student" arrives in a bulletproof limousine with heavily armed guards, his teachers, ignoring that he's two hours late, greet him deferentially. The scene takes place at the Shiite seminary in Qom, Iran's holy city. The 35-year-old "student": Muqtada al-Sadr, leader of the Mahdi Army, a militia often deemed one of Iran's chief assets in Iraq. Sadr has spent much of the last 10 months in Iran, living in a 14-bedroom villa in Tehran's posh Farmanieh neighborhood. From there, he travels 90 minutes to Qom twice a week,...