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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,...
  • IRAN'S NEW PURGE - Slapping the 'Moderates'

    01/27/2008 6:09:07 AM PST · by nuconvert · 5 replies · 132+ views
    NYPost ^ | January 26, 2008 | Amir Taheri
    IRAN'S NEW PURGE - Slapping the 'Moderates' January 26, 2008 -- OPPONENTS of taking a tough line on Iran have always claimed that imposing sanctions (not to mention threatening military action) would strengthen the Islamic Republic's most radical elements. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice looks to have bought that argument. Last week, she agreed to water down the new sanctions that her advisers had devised against the Islamic Republic. -excerpt- Events inside Iran, however, provide a different picture. The Council of the Guardians of the Constitution, a 12-man committee of mullahs and their legal advisers, this week rejected applications from...
  • The Duel in Islam, Turkey's New Model VS. Iran's

    01/04/2008 9:36:01 AM PST · by nuconvert · 6 replies · 86+ views
    New York Post ^ | January 04, 2008 | Amir Taheri
    The Duel in Islam, Turkey's New Model VS. Iran's New York Post January 04, 2008 Amir Taheri For centuries, Iran and the Ottoman Empire, of which modern Turkey and Egypt were parts, fought for influence in the Muslim world. That changed when Turkish westernizers under Kemal Ataturk and their Iranian counterparts under Reza Shah Pahlavi decided that religion was the cause of their nations' decline. -excerpt- Turkey and Iran have reverted to their traditional roles by offering rival models of political Islam. -excerpt- The Iranian model began to emerge after the mullahs seized power in 1979 and proceeded to invent...
  • Lebanon Between Democracy and Civil War

    12/30/2007 6:30:18 AM PST · by nuconvert · 11 replies · 115+ views
    Asharq Alawsat ^ | Amir Taheri
    Lebanon Between Democracy and Civil War December 29, 2007 Ashrq Alawsat Amir Taheri As 2007 draws to a close it seems as if Lebanon is likely to replace Iraq in Middle East headlines. Still without a president and limping along under a caretaker government, Lebanon is manifesting the early signs of a failed state. At first glance, the crisis appears to have been prompted by the failure of the parliament to elect a new president. In reality, however, the problem goes beyond the mere election of a president. After all, the Lebanese political system is centred on the parliament with...
  • Iran : Hope Is No Substitute for Policy

    11/24/2007 4:21:46 AM PST · by gusopol3 · 8 replies · 242+ views
    Asharq Alawsat ^ | 11/23/07 | Amir Taheri
    Iran: Hope is No Substitute for Policy 23/11/2007 Amir Taheri With all attention focused on the conflict between the Islamic Republic and the United Nations over the nuclear issue, little notice is taken of the power struggle within the Khomeinist ruling elite in Tehran. What impact will that struggle have on the broader conflict between Tehran and the UN? Would the outcome of that struggle determine whether Iran would provoke a new war in the region? These questions are currently debated within policymaking circles in both Europe and the United States. While the predominant American view is that any effect...
  • Who Are Iran's Revolutionary Guards? (informative read)

    11/16/2007 6:34:38 PM PST · by nuconvert · 7 replies · 110+ views
    BenadorAssociates ^ | November 15, 2007 | AmirTaheri
    Who Are Iran's Revolutionary Guards? November 15, 2007 Amir Taheri The scene is a board meeting of Bank Sepah, Iran's second-largest financial institution, in Tehran. The directors are waiting for the sardar (literally "head-owner") to arrive. But the sardar is in a changing room, shedding his uniform for a civilian suit. The man in question is Gen. Mohammad Ali Jafari, the new commander-in-chief of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), which owns and controls the bank. Most Americans already know more about the IRGC than they'd like to. In September the Senate voted overwhelmingly in favor of a nonbinding resolution...
  • MAD MULLAHS PUZZLED PUTIN ... (bizarre Iranians urged Putin to convert to Islam)

    11/09/2007 4:46:26 AM PST · by IrishMike · 49 replies · 543+ views
    New York Post ^ | November 9, 2007 | Amir Taheri
    <p>'EDUCATIONAL": That's how President Vladimir Putin's entourage described the Russian's recent whirlwind trip to Tehran.</p> <p>Islamic Republic President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad hyped the 36-hour visit as a "historic event." Some Western commentators even suggested that Putin and Ahmadinejad planned to create an axis to counter Western influence in the Middle East.</p>
  • 'Che Like Chamran' is a Paradox (the "Islamist-Marxist alliance")

    10/22/2007 8:20:28 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 3 replies · 43+ views
    Gulf News/benadorassociates ^ | October 17, 2007 | Amir Taheri
    'Che Like Chamran' is a Paradox October 17, 2007 Gulf News Amir Taheri In his latest video-taped message, Al Qaida leader Osama Bin Laden tried to lay the foundations for an alliance between radical Islamism and Western leftist "progressisim". He quoted with admiration a number of American and European leftists, including Noam Chomsky, the polemicist-cum-linguist who believes that the United States is a "rogue state" and the source of all evil on earth. The dream of an Islamist-Marxist alliance, however, is not confined to Bin Laden and Al Qaida. It also plays a part in the overall strategy of Iran....
  • TEHRAN'S PRICE FOR 'SOLIDARITY' - MULLAHS SEEK USEFUL MARXIST IDIOTS

    10/13/2007 5:57:21 AM PDT · by Argentine-Firecracker · 20 replies · 375+ views
    New York Post ^ | 10/12/2007 | Amir Taheri
    ANXIOUS to create what they call "a global progressive front," Presidents Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran and Hugo Chavez of Venezuela are sponsoring projects to underline "the ideological kinship of the left and revolutionary Islam." The theme - hammered in by Ahmadinejad during his recent visit to Venezuela, Nicaragua and Bolivia - inspired a four-day seminar organized by his supporters at Tehran University last week (partly financed by Chavez). The hope was that the conference would produce a synthesis of Marxist and Khomeinist ideologies and highlight what the Iranian leader has labeled "the divine aspect of revolutionary war." But the event...
  • New French Foreign Policy Takes Shape

    09/23/2007 4:01:03 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 2 replies · 95+ views
    Asharq alAwsat ^ | September 22, 2007 | Amir Taheri
    New French Foreign Policy Takes Shape September 22, 2007 Asharq alAwsat Amir Taheri Earlier this week, French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner set the cat among the pigeons by announcing that the Western democracies had to prepare for war to stop the Islamic Republic in Tehran from developing a nuclear arsenal. To be sure, Kouchner, always a man of peace, did not present war as the only option. In fact, he went out of his way to insist that every effort should be made to resolve the crisis through peaceful means. What was refreshing in Kouchner's comment was the fact that...
  • Don't Sell Out Lebanon's Hopes

    09/19/2007 6:56:07 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 3 replies · 314+ views
    New York Post ^ | September 19, 2007 | Amir Taheri
    Don't Sell Out Lebanon's Hopes September 19, 2007 New York Post Amir Taheri Ever since it was driven out of southern Lebanon in last year's mini-war, Hezbollah has pursued a strategy aimed at replacing the government of Prime Minister Fouad Siniora with one in accord with the regional ambitions of Syria and Iran. The strategy started with the withdrawal of Hezbollah ministers from Siniora's coalition Cabinet in the hope that this would force the premier either to adopt policies that Iran and Syria wanted or face the collapse of his government. When that didn't work, Hezbollah allied with a faction...
  • Tehran's Campus Crackdown

    09/19/2007 6:28:21 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 16 replies · 579+ views
    N.Y. Post ^ | September 17, 2007
    Tehran's Campus Crackdown New York Post Amir Taheri As millions of Iranians prepare for the new school year, the scene is being set for what could be a long hot autumn on university campuses across the nation. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has promised to "cleanse" the Iranian educational system of what he calls "the corrupt influence of the infidel" and has mobilized a special militia to crush the expected student revolts. The radical president refers to his "academic cleansing" plan as "The Second Great Islamic Cultural Revolution." The late Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini closed the universities and launched the first "Great Islamic...
  • Defeat Made in Washington (Good Read)

    09/17/2007 3:02:07 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 7 replies · 111+ views
    Asharq Alawsat ^ | September 14, 2007 | Amir Taheri
    Defeat Made in Washington September 14, 2007 Asharq Alawsat Amir Taheri While some US politicians claim that the war is lost, a broader analysis of the existential struggle between two visions of the world may provide a different picture. The trick that the party of defeat uses is simple: reduce the larger struggle to the war in Iraq, then further reduce it to the success or failure of the so-called "surge"; then proceed to show that, despite the presence of 22,000 additional US troops, the terrorists still manage suicide attacks. The conclusion: the war is lost; let's run away as...
  • Iran's War on the Kurds

    09/12/2007 6:55:24 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 5 replies · 413+ views
    N.Y. Post ^ | September 12, 2007 | Amir Taheri
    Iran's War on the Kurds September 12, 2007 The New York Post Amir Taheri For the last year at least, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, the back bone of the Islamic Republic in Iran, has been engaged in a bloody war against Kurdish rebels in four provinces bordering Iraq. Initially, the authorities in Tehran tried to keep the war a secret, referring to it only occasionally as "operations against evildoers." However, things changed last February when "evildoers" destroyed a Revolutionary Guard combat helicopter, killing nine officers - including the regional military commander, Gen. Saeed Qahhari. The incident took place in...
  • Iran: Muscle Power vs. Brain Power

    09/08/2007 5:50:26 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 6 replies · 481+ views
    Asharq Alawsat ^ | September 08, 2007 | Amir Taheri
    Iran: Muscle Power vs. Brain Power September 08, 2007 Asharq Alawsat Amir Taheri What are the duties of a true believer on the first night of his burial? How did Ayatollah Dast-Ghayb achieve martyrdom? What was the name of the lion who cried over Imam Hussein's martyred corpse in the desert of Karbala? These are some of the questions that young Iranians must answer before gaining admission to higher education. The new interview system is part of a project designed by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to "cleanse" Iranian higher education from what he regards as "the polluting influence of the Infidel"....
  • When People Refuse to be Terrorized

    08/24/2007 5:10:12 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 24 replies · 706+ views
    Asharq Alawsat ^ | July 27, 2007 | Amir Taheri
    When People Refuse to be Terrorized 27/07/2007 In every terrorist war there comes a time when even the deadliest operations begin to lose impact. Every human endeavor is subject to the law of diminishing returns. In the case of terrorism, whose aim is to cow the adversary into submission, this means a growing refusal by the adversary to be cowed. In time, terror also loses whatever initial support it might have enjoyed as more and people discover its ugly face. This maybe what is happening in the Muslim world now. The latest surveys show that support for suicide-murder operations is...
  • Iran's Revolutionary Guard: Monolith or Jigsaw? (good info)

    08/24/2007 3:48:19 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 3 replies · 306+ views
    Asharq Alawsat ^ | Aug. 24, 2007 | Amir Taheri
    Iran's Revolutionary Guard: Monolith or Jigsaw? August 24, 2007 Asharq Alawsat Amir Taheri For a quarter of a century, the regime established by Khomeini has been labelled a “mullahrchy”, a theocracy dominated by the Shi’ite clergy. Now, however, those familiar with the Iranian situation know that a majority of Shi’ite clerics never converted to Khomeinism and did not endorse the Islamic Republic. In the past few years, especially since the election of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as President in 2005, those mullahs who had converted to Khomeinism have lost some of their power privileges. Today, it is safe to say that the...
  • Sarkozy 'corrects' Chirac's errors

    08/23/2007 1:38:17 AM PDT · by Cincinna · 37 replies · 1,125+ views
    Gulf News ^ | August 22, 2007 | Amir Taheri
    One of the key promises that Nicolas Sarkozy had made during his presidential election campaign last spring was to "correct" foreign policy "mistakes" made by his predecessor Jacques Chirac. Chief among these was Chirac's desperate efforts to prevent the liberation of Iraq from Saddam Hussain's regime of terror. Chirac failed to save his friend's regime but managed to do serious damage to relations with the US, Great Britain and more than 40 other nations that joined the coalition of the willing to liberate Iraq in 2003. Sarkozy's moves to correct the mistake started even before his election when he met...
  • Domestic Terror in Iran

    08/05/2007 9:07:20 PM PDT · by gpapa · 10 replies · 825+ views
    OpinionJournal.com ^ | August 6, 2007 | AMIR TAHERI
    Iran has just carried out the largest wave of executions since 1984. It is early dawn as seven young men are led to the gallows amid shouts of "Allah Akbar" (Allah is the greatest) from a crowd of bearded men as a handful of women, all in hijab, ululate to a high pitch. A few minutes later, the seven are hanged as a mullah shouts: "Alhamd li-Allah" (Praise be to Allah). The scene was Wednesday in Mashad, Iran's second most populous city, where a crackdown against "anti-Islam hooligans" has been under way for weeks. The Mashad hangings, broadcast live on...
  • Saving the Iraqi Situation

    08/04/2007 7:37:37 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 9 replies · 459+ views
    Arab News ^ | Aug. 4, 2007 | Amir Taheri
    Saving the Iraqi Situation August 04, 2007 Arab News Amir Taheri When President George W. Bush launched his so-called “surge” policy in Iraq last year he based it on a key assumption: The US would improve the security situation in Baghdad and its environs while the Iraqi leadership takes the steps to translate military gains into political progress. With the “surge” in its third months of full gear, even the most critical observers agree that while violence is still raging on a daily basis, the security situation in Baghdad and the two most turbulent provinces of Diyala and Anbar has...
  • Iranian Workers Are On the March

    08/04/2007 5:44:14 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 12 replies · 526+ views
    gulfnews ^ | Amir Taheri
    Iranian Workers Are On the March July 31, 2007 Gulf News Amir Taheri The way part of the Western left portrays Iran, one would believe that here we have a progressive regime opposed by small numbers of rich reactionaries beholden to the United States. Blinded by anti-Americanism, the so-called left in the US and the European Union fails to see the true nature of the current struggle in Iran. American intellectuals of the left such as Michael Moore, Sean Penn and Noam Chomsky have persuaded themselves that anyone who shouts "Death to America!" is fighting for "repressed humanity" and worthy...
  • Putting up the Family Jewels for Sale

    07/26/2007 7:35:01 AM PDT · by Valin · 29 replies · 1,068+ views
    Asharq Al-Awsat ^ | 7/20/07 | Amir Taheri
    What would you do when faced with a cash flow problem? You might try to curb expenditure, work harder to earn more, borrow money, or, when all else fails, put up the family jewels for sale. The latter is precisely what President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s administration is trying to do as it faces a cash shortage. Signs that the government may be running out of money have multiplied in recent months. Tens of thousands of civil servants, including school teachers, have not been paid since January. Bills from private contractors working for the government are piling up, threatening the survival of...
  • Iran: The Conspiracy that Wasn't (Amir Taheri)

    07/20/2007 5:56:29 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 5 replies · 419+ views
    New York Post ^ | July 20, 2007 | Amir Taheri
    Iran: The Conspiracy that Wasn't July 20, 2007 The New York Post Amir Taheri . . . THOUGH IT DOES SEEM A FINE IDEA Esfandiari: Hardly a "foreign plotter." EVER since its creation in 1979, the Islamic Republic in Iran has been obsessed with conspiracy theories, especially "foreign plots" to topple it. This paranoia was demonstrated again Wednesday with the televised confessions of two U.S. citizens of Iranian origin arrested in Tehran and accused of working for the "Great Satan." To most Iranians who watched the sordid show, the two "enemies of Islam" seemed unlikely heroes of an international conspiracy....
  • 'ISLAMOPHOBIA' IDIOCY [a great read]

    07/03/2007 7:06:53 AM PDT · by jdm · 10 replies · 943+ views
    NY Post ^ | July 03, 2007 | Amir Taheri
    THE car-bomb/suicide-terror operations in London and Glasgow should have provided a fresh opportunity for reminding everyone, especially Muslims in Britain, that terrorism in the name of Islam still poses a major threat to public peace and safety. Yet this is not what is happening. Prime Minister Gordon Brown keeps repeating that the attacks have nothing to do with Islam - but, at the same time, keeps inviting "Muslim community leaders" to Downing Street to discuss how to prevent attacks. If the attacks have nothing to do with Islam, why invite Muslim "leaders" rather than Buddhist monks?
  • IRAN: GENERALS WHO FEAR A FIGHT ...(Revolutionary Guard to force Ahmadinejad's ouster ?)

    06/12/2007 5:22:24 AM PDT · by IrishMike · 29 replies · 1,972+ views
    NY Post ^ | June 12, 2007 | Amir Taheri
    IN Persian mythology, no warrior worth his salt would enter battle before indulging in a good dose of rajaz. Put simply, rajaz translates as boasting. The term, however, encompasses other meanings. The hero steps into the battlefield, draws his sword, swirls several times and then stops to address the adversary who has likewise taken up position. He might recite an ode recalling the martial deeds of his ancestors. Or he might declaim a satirical sonnet mocking the enemy. In the modern military lexicon, rajaz functions as psychological warfare. ....................................................... The Guard's commanders prefer a strategy of low-intensity operations and proxy...
  • From Kunduz to Gaza: Who is Stirring Trouble and Why?

    05/26/2007 6:19:36 AM PDT · by Valin · 9 replies · 518+ views
    Asharq Al-Awsat ^ | 5/25/07 | Amir Taheri
    Kunduz, northern Afghanistan: a series of suicide attacks against civilians and Nato forces breaks the calm that the city has enjoyed since 2002. Mandali, eastern Iraq: terrorists dressed in military uniforms go on the rampage, killing dozens of civilians and blowing up a few buildings. This ends the peace that the city had enjoyed since May 2003. Tripoli, northern Lebanon: a little-known terrorist group called Fatah al-Islam (Victory of Islam) attacks the Lebanese army from a Palestinian refugee camp, breaking the peace that the city has enjoyed since 1990. Jask Peninsula, the Gulf of Oman: small unidentified boats harass a...
  • Maybe Maliki is Doing Something Right

    04/13/2007 6:05:18 AM PDT · by Valin · 3 replies · 376+ views
    Asharq Al-Awsat ^ | 4/13/07 | Amir Taheri
    A few months ago, Washington circles saw him as "Tehran's man" in Baghdad. Today, Tehran circles label him "Washington's man" in Baghdad. The man thus targeted is Iraq's Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki whose coalition government has the unenviable task of keeping the Americans in, when they do not want to stay, and the Iranians out, when they want to come in. Those Americans, including some leaders of the new Democrat majority in Washington, who opposed the liberation of Iraq from the start, or changed their minds about it later, blame Maliki for doing nothing to hasten the departure of US...
  • Amir Taheri: What Pelosi Stands For (Pelosi doctrine and consequences -- "must read")

    04/06/2007 5:03:48 PM PDT · by FairOpinion · 33 replies · 1,896+ views
    Arab News ^ | April 7, 2007 | Amir Taheri
    The other face of America! This is how Arab media and political circles describe Nancy Pelosi as she winds up her tour of the Middle East amid criticism from the Bush administration. And, there is little doubt that much of the Arab elite likes that face better than the one presented by US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice in her trips to the region. Pelosi, the speaker of the US House of Representatives, describes her tour as a fact-finding exercise. But, judging by the substantial negotiations she engaged in, hers was a full-fledged diplomatic mission. At least, this is how...
  • Iran's Crackdown - Hostage Crisis a Distraction? (a look at what's happening behind the scenes)

    04/06/2007 7:31:06 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 7 replies · 724+ views
    New York Post ^ | April 05, 2007 | Amir Taheri
    Iran's Crackdown - Hostage Crisis a Distraction? April 05, 2007 New York Post Amir Taheri Was the crisis over the capture of the British host ages part of a smoke screen for a crackdown on dissidents in Iran? (excerpt) The crackdown is beginning to gather pace. Several publications critical of government have been shut down... (excerpt) And now the regime seems to be setting the stage for show trials that recall the worst days of Stalinism in the Soviet Union. Last month, a member of the Majlis, the regime's ersatz parliament, was sent to prison for six years on trumped-up...
  • Here’s a way to deal with the scorpion (Iran)

    04/06/2007 5:55:20 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 24 replies · 1,004+ views
    The Times,UK ^ | April 6, 2007 | Amir Taheri
    April 6, 2007 Here’s a way to deal with the scorpion Iran needs a taste of its own mischievous medicine Amir Taheri While everyone should be happy that the 15 British servicemen are home from Tehran, it is, perhaps, too early to uncork the bubbly. For the undeclared war that the Islamic Republic has waged against Western democracies since 1979 is far from over. A reminder of this came just as the 15 captives boarded a plane for London, when gunmen linked to Moqtada al-Sadr, the Iraqi cleric working for Tehran, killed four British soldiers in Basra in an ambush....
  • THE NEXT ATTACK The Failure of the War on Terror and a Strategy for Getting it Right

    03/28/2007 7:50:08 AM PDT · by Valin · 16 replies · 612+ views
    Asharq Al-Awsat.com ^ | 3/28/07 | Amir Taheri
    There are two things about which this book’s authors are certain. The first is that the United States is going to be attacked in a more deadly way than the 11 September 2001 raids on New York and Washington. The second is that President George W Bush’s so-called war on terror has only made the terrorists stronger. The two authors depict a bone chilling future in which America’s deadliest foes, the Islamist terrorists linked to Al Qaeda, will strike again and again, as the US behemoth wreathes in pain, unable to defend itself. One might say: wow!, and wonder why...