CNN – Oct 22, 2011
The revelation that Iran was planning to assassinate Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the United States by blowing up a restaurant he frequented in Washington, D.C. should finally put to rest any hopes that the regime in Tehran is a credible partner for peace. This brazen attempt to carry out a terrorist act on American soil, potentially killing Americans in the process, represents a significant and dangerous escalation that demands a firm and determined response from the U.S. and its allies.
The plot fits squarely into an overall pattern of warlike escalation on the part of Tehran: for some time now, the regime has been increasing its direct assistance and material support to the Taliban in Afghanistan and Shia extremists in Iraq — two groups directly responsible for killing U.S. and NATO forces. Even worse, this past summer
the U.S. unveiled evidence that Iran is directly aiding al-Qaeda, an alliance once thought unlikely. That Shia-controlled Iran is now aiding the Sunni perpetrators of 9/11 signals just how radical and intransigent the current leadership in Tehran has become.
How should the U.S. respond? First and foremost, we must reject the outdated notion that we are in a ‘cold’ or proxy war with Iran that should be dealt with in a diplomatic vacuum. Iran is directly responsible for killing U.S. forces in Iraq and Afghanistan, and is now plotting to kill Americans and foreign diplomats inside U.S. borders. That is the definition of a ‘hot’ war, and U.S. policymakers must accept that, particularly since Iran is aggressively pursuing a nuclear weapons capability. If Iran is a threat now, imagine it with the capability to launch a nuclear terror attack against the U.S. or its allies.
Second, the U.S. must aggressively pursue a strategy to isolate Iran further — much further. Outrageously, a number of international companies like Nokia-Siemens, Fiat, Honeywell, and Daelim still do business in Iran, many of them in Iran’s energy sector, which is dominated by known terrorist entities like the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). The hard currency these business activities provide Iran directly funds its ability to acquire and develop weapons of mass destruction, and pursue terrorist activities around the globe.
United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI) has worked hard at the grassroots level to pressure companies into ending their irresponsible business activities in Iran. Yet in the case of the many international companies that continue to do business there, it is necessary for governments to act. The U.S. and international community must make clear, through the imposition of much tougher sanctions, that doing business in Iran will no longer be tolerated. This requires serious action, including sanctioning Iran’s Central Bank to sever the regime from the international financial system, imposing an asset freeze and travel ban on top Iranian officials, banning imports of Iranian oil, and passing legislation such as the Iran Transparency and Accountability Act, which would require companies that avail themselves of U.S. capital markets to publicly disclose their Iran business.
In the event the UN Security Council will be unwilling to adopt these sanctions given likely Chinese and Russian vetoes, the U.S., EU, Asian allies, and other like-minded nations should harmonize efforts and adopt coordinated multilateral sanctions that will give Iran no choice but to change course.
Third, the U.S. and other countries must work to actively support pro-democratic elements in Iran. It is no coincidence that Iran ramped up its efforts to aggressively crack down on internal protests earlier this year, as its neighbors were dealing with uprisings like those the regime faced in 2009 and 2010. Back then, the U.S. was reluctant to support the protestors due to the mistaken assumption that the current leadership in Tehran could be persuaded into peace. Now, it’s time to get serious. As part of a strategy to support opposition groups in Iran, America should state clearly and unequivocally that it no longer bestows any legitimacy on the current regime in Iran, and U.S. policy should affirm that.
President Obama extended an olive branch to Iran within the first two months of his taking office in 2009. Yet since then, Iran has responded by killing U.S. forces, aiding al-Qaeda, and plotting to detonate an explosive device at an American restaurant. The Iranian regime has been emboldened by American inaction and reliance on diplomatic overtures, and the U.S. should now make clear that it is willing to respond to acts of war by Iran with swift and effective financial and military action.
Iran clearly sees itself as a nation at war with the U.S. It is time for America to recognize that grim reality, and act accordingly.
Ambassador Mark D. Wallace is President of United Against Nuclear Iran. He served as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Representative for U.N. Management and Reform. Frances Townsend is a member of the United Against Nuclear Iran Advisory Board. She served as Assistant to President George W. Bush for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism and chaired the Homeland Security Council.
Oct 28, 2011
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C-SPAN – Oct 26, 2011
Witnesses testified on recent allegations that Iran attempted to assassinate the Saudi ambassador in the U.S., and Iran’s other international covert operations. Among the topis they addressed were cooperation between Iran and organizations such as Hezbollah and Mexican drug cartels, the effectiveness of sanctions, and strategies to counter Iran’s influence
Parazit DJ interview Hillary Clinton
Her remarks are not promising at all, in fact it is like a lullaby for putting Iranians into another winter sleep of unresponsiveness. i.e., she encourages Iranian students to “come and study in the United States”. In other words, hey kids you are not going to have a land for living and studying for some years if not decades to come, get ready to get out of that country !!!! See we are here to help you out !!!! [DID]
extending the U.S. stay into 2012, and almost every Iraqi political party approved. General Lloyd Austin asked that 14-18,000 troops remain; a number that did not make President Obama happy. The number was reduced to 10,000, earning the support of Secretary of State Clinton. That, too, was too much for President Obama. It fell to 3-4,000, raising significant concern about whether it’d be enough. Now, it has been announced that all of the remaining 39,000 troops will come home by Christmas, except for 160 attached to the embassy in Baghdad.
Oct 24, 2011
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AlJazeeraEnglish on Oct 20, 2011
Al Jazeera has acquired exclusive footage of the body of Muammar Gaddafi after he was killed in his
hometown, Sirte. Abdul Hafiz Ghoga, vice chairman of Libya’s National Transitional Council, confirmed
that the ousted leader had been killed on October 20, 2011 near Sirte.”We announce to the world that Muammar Gaddafi has been killed at the hands of the revolutionaries,” Ghoga told a news conference in Benghazi.The news came shortly after the NTC captured Sirte after weeks of fighting.
The mysterious executions at Vakilabad prison in Mashhad in eastern Iran were highlighted in a report compiled by Ahmed Shaheed, the new UN special rapporteur on the human rights situation in Iran.
The report, which is to be presented to the UN General Assembly on Wednesday, details a raft of abuses from the denial of women’s rights to torture, but the most shocking data was the skyrocketing rate of executions.
The report, obtained by AFP after first appearing on the Foreign Policy website, said 200 officially announced executions had taken place in 2011 with at least 83, including those of three political prisoners, in January alone.
“Furthermore, authorities reportedly conducted more than 300 secret executions at Vakilabad prison in 2010,” the report said.
“Vakilabad officials, in violation of Iranian law, allegedly carried out the executions without the knowledge or presence of the inmates’ lawyers or families and without prior notification to those executed,” it said.
“It has also been reported that at least 146 secret executions have taken place to date in 2011.”
Shaheed also noted that four percent of executions stipulated no charges, that 100 juveniles were on death row, and that more than 100 executions this year alone were for drug-related offenses.
Human Rights Watch counted 388 executions in Iran in 2010, while Amnesty International put the figure at 252, ranking the Islamic republic second only to China in the number of people put to death last year.
Tehran says the death penalty is essential to maintain law and order, and that it is applied only after exhaustive judicial proceedings.
Murder, rape, armed robbery, drug trafficking and adultery are among the crimes punishable by death in Iran.
Oct 17, 2011
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Iranian oppositions should spit over the faces of UN members. 33 years of worthless UN Security Council resolutions have not only overshadowed the violations of human rights by IRI but have provided the leisure and tranquility for the regime in Iran to commit its mass murder genocide against our young generation.
United Nation (United Governments fits much better word), has literally bought time for the criminal regime of IRI to annihilate the young generation of Iranian intellects and nationalists. This is exactly the approach of new Imperialism in 21st century in which they use their puppet regimes to get rid of the obstacles on their way of domination, exactly the patterns we are witnessing in Iran and Syria today.
United Nation which is supposed to be the alarming voice against human rights violation wherever it strike in the world, has become a hypocrite by undermining its responsibility and becoming the protector of human rights violators and in the service of Imperialist governments.
Muslims have been persecuting Christians ever since the time of Muhammed. But in the wake of the so-called “Arab Spring,” such activity seems to be on the rise throughout much of the Islamic world, now that Muslims in several countries are enjoying greater freedom to do things they felt more restrained from doing before. Christians are being beaten and murdered, churches attacked and destroyed.
If there is a positive side of this terrible development, it is this: if there’s more such persecution going on, more attention is finally being paid to it in the mainstream Western media. Yet even as some of the media are daring to report on these events, there remains a strong disinclination to suggest that this pattern of persecution has anything whatsoever to do with Islam.
Last Thursday, USA Today ran an op-ed which did a splendid job of presenting the persecution of Christians as un-Islamic. The author of the op-ed, a Muslim named Qasim Rashid, chided his coreligionists for persecuting Christians, and quoted the Prophet Muhammed against them: “Christians are my citizens, and by God, I hold out against anything that displeases them.” And: “We defend Christians. … No Muslim is to disobey this covenant until
Rashid went on to catalog various horrendous punishments that have recently been meted out in Muslim countries to Christians, blasphemers, apostates, and so on. In response to these acts, Rashid insisted that all of them were at odds with the dictates of Islam, because, he insisted, “the Quran commands Muslims to protect churches from attack,” “Islam requires equal rights and protection for minorities,” “the Quran forbids punishment for blasphemy,” “the Quran forbids punishment for apostasy,” “Islam does not sanction the mixing of mosque and state,” “the Quran protects the rights of women and children, condemns rape, forbids inheriting women (let alone children) against their will, and forbids compulsion in religion,” and “Islam demands absolute justice in all affairs.” Islam, in short, is not the problem – it is the solution.
To be sure, Rashid is an Ahmadi Muslim – a member of a sect that really does believe in all these good things. Describing the Ahmadi movement as being “at the forefront of taking Islam back from the corruption of such ‘Muslim’ nations” as Pakistan and Iran, he explains that “Ahmadi Muslims believe in absolute justice, reject religious compulsion, are loyal to their nations of residence, uphold the absolute sanctity and equality of human life, believe in gender equity and spiritual equality, condemn religious aggression, and champion universal religious freedom.” Rashid identifies these as Islam’s “founding principles.”
Alas, Ahmadi Muslims represent a tiny minority of Muslims around the world. Other Muslims do not even consider them Muslims, and in many Islamic countries they are persecuted and punished for identifying themselves as members of the Muslim faith. While Ahmadis, moreover, consider these “nice” passages from the Koran to be at the center of their faith, mainstream Muslim theologians overwhelmingly disagree. For them, it is not just the Koran but also the Hadith, or sayings of Muhammed, that are legitimate sources of Islamic law. Also, there’s the question of which parts of the Koran you prioritize over the others. Like those who prefer Woody Allen’s earlier, funnier movies, Ahmadi Muslims tend to stress the older, more humane portions of the Koran, while virtually all other Muslims consider those benign passages to have been abrogated by the more violent and intolerant material that came along later.
If Rashid wants to influence the conduct of Christian-baiting Sunni and Shi’a Muslims, he will have to wrestle with some of the harsh Koranic passages by which they live, such as the following:
* “O ye who believe! Take not the Jews and the Christians for friends. They are friends one to another. He among you who taketh them for friends is (one) of them. Lo! Allah guideth not wrongdoing folk.” (5:51)
* “Fight against such of those who have been given the Scripture as believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, and forbid not that which Allah hath forbidden by His messenger, and follow not the Religion of Truth, until they pay the tribute readily, being brought low.” (9:29)
* “O ye who believe! Lo! many of the (Jewish) rabbis and the (Christian) monks devour the wealth of mankind wantonly and debar (men) from the way of Allah. They who hoard up gold and silver and spend it not in the way of Allah, unto them give tidings (O Muhammad) of a painful doom.” (9:34)
* “O ye who believe! Fight those of the disbelievers who are near to you, and let them find harshness in you, and know that Allah is with those who keep their duty (unto Him).” (9:123)
There’s a lot more where these came from, of course.
Rashid means well. His goal is a reformed, humane Islam. The faith he outlines is the one he actually believes in. But newspapers like USA Today have no business publishing a piece like Rashid’s without asking that he make it clear that his interpretation of Islam is that of a minuscule minority of believers. The premise of Rashid’s piece is that the Muslims who are tormenting Christians are betraying the Koran – and he supports this argument by purveying a highly selective account of that book’s contents. This is no way to persuade any fierce jihadist to cease and desist – for the jihadists, quite simply, know better.
No, those anti-Christian and anti-Jewish passages, and all the other brutal precepts found in the Koran, need to be acknowledged and dealt with – because the people who are burning down churches and tormenting Christians have read their Koran, and they’re doing no more or less than what they think their God wants them to do.
Bruce Bawer is a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center and the author of “While Europe Slept” and “Surrender.”
Fox News – Oct 16, 2011
A number of high-rank U.S. officials wrote Obama a letter requesting delisting of MEK.
There is nothing democratic about the MEK group whose infrastructure is based on ideology of religion Islam. By default the operation of such organization is based on the principle of Islam, which is in contradiction with preserving every single principle of human rights of the people. If you inquired enough about the rules of this organization
you would find that under no circumstances a female person who does not obey the Islamic body coverage “Hijab” can be a member of this organization. Is this a democracy? MEK is in fact, on numerous aspects, more dangerous than IRI since they are not sincere enough to talk transparent about their Islamic rules and regulations and behind their masks have managed to fool the world’s mind that they have respect for democracy and human rights, which is not true.
Besides, MEk is unpopular among Iranian public. People of Iran know MEK as a traitor group because of launching war against its own people in the 8-year Iran-Iraq war. MEK has caused the death of thousands of its own members by leaving them helpless in the hands of IRI while their leaders fled the country to save their own lives.
U.S. along with NATO force most probably plan to use MEK as a domestic ground force in their aerial attack on Iran, similar to models they have used in Afghanistan and Libya, following link:
MEK has a long record of killing Americans in Iran during the Shah’s time, and for that reason it has been listed as the terrorist group, it would be a big mistake of U.S. policy to delist the group since it would damage the credibility of U.S. among Iranians big time.