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No Victor, no Vanquished: War Divides Syria into three Separate Regions

July 31, 2013 Leave a comment

The regime’s new victory in Homs and rebel advances in the north and south of Syria are signs that both sides are looking to make headway before much-touted peace talks._60309_syria-rebels

“Having consolidated its victory in Homs, the regime controls all the area stretching from Damascus to the coast,” says analyst Karim Bitar of the French Institute of International and Strategic Relations.

“The rebels control the north and the Euphrates valley area (Aleppo, Raqa and Deir Ezzor), while the Kurds, who are growing increasingly autonomous, hold the northeast,” Bitar said.

The Syrian government announced Monday the capture of Khaldiyeh, a key rebel district in Homs, Syria’s third city and a symbol of the revolt against President Bashar al-Assad. Read more…

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Who Will Attack Iran – Israel or the U.S.?

July 30, 2013 Leave a comment

A crisis can define a leader. The looming showdown with Iran will almost certainly produce a great leader. However, the pertinent and still unresolved question is whether U.S. President Barack Obama ???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????? or Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu will ultimately emerge as that decisive leader.

As winter approaches and the window of opportunity for Israel to strike Iran’s nuclear facilities narrows, one of three scenarios is increasingly likely to occur: either that Israel will attack Iran or the U.S. will attack Iran; otherwise, the clerical regime in Tehran will complete the development of nuclear weapons (which will almost assuredly spark nuclear proliferation among the Sunni states).

However, both Israel and the U.S. have explicitly stated that the containment of a nuclear Iran is not an option. Almost by definition, then, either Israel or the U.S. must intervene militarily in order to prevent the possibility of a nuclear-armed Iran. Read more…

A Coerced “Faith” is No Faith At All

July 28, 2013 Leave a comment

A common theory about freedom of religion suggests that such a value is grounded in a modus vivendi (1), or compromise: People agree to respect each other’s freedom in order to avoid religiously Coerced faith is not a faith-1motivated strife. But the modus vivendi theory obscures the deep ground of principle on which the right of religious liberty rests and the true reasons for respecting the religious freedom of others.

As a Republican and a Democrat on the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, we are committed, with our colleagues, to advancing religious liberty around the globe. One of our goals is to make clear that such liberty is not simply a matter of sensible social compromise, or just an American ideal or a Western value, but an essential element of human dignity. Read more…

Wishing For An Iranian Moderate

July 26, 2013 Leave a comment

There’s nothing wrong with wishful thinking — unless it gets confused with serious thinking. Policy makers and legislators have a professional responsibility to resist that temptation.2013-07-22T190640Z_4_CBRE96L118F00_RTROPTP_3_EU-HEZBOLLAH

Yes, I have something in mind: a letter sent last week by 131 House members urging President Obama to “pursue the potential opportunity presented by Iran’s recent presidential election.” What “potential opportunity” is that? Hassan Rouhani, the new president-elect, they say, “campaigned on the promise to ‘pursue a policy of reconciliation and peace’ and has since promised ‘constructive interaction with the outside world.’”

Should we not expect American politicians (of all people!) to demonstrate a little skepticism when it comes to “promises” made by an Iranian politician? And how much research is required to figure out that Rouhani has said nothing even to suggest that he opposes Iran’s support for terrorism abroad (including its past attempts to blow up airplanes and restaurants in the U.S), gross violations of human rights domestically, threats of genocide against Israelis, and, of course, illegal nuclear-weapons program? Read more…

Chaos in US Foreign Policy

July 24, 2013 Leave a comment

This two-year delay and careless behavior of the Western communities with respect to Syrian dilemma has provided openings for radical Islamist groups including Al-Qaedahook72 and Iranian terrorist proxies such as Quds force and Hezbollah to enter the battle front, turning a domestic struggle for democracy and freedom into a regional religious and sectarian war. ……… [DID]  (read the full editor’s view at the bottom of the article )

President Barack Obama’s limited attempt to end more than two years of bloodshed in Syria and his insistence on U.S. assistance to a strife-riven Egypt have exposed deep divisions in Congress, with pockets of grudging support countered by fierce opposition toward greater American military and financial involvement among Democrats and Republicans alike.

The uneven reaction is partly a reflection of the Obama administration’s own uncertain foreign policy path as it sorts out America’s role in an increasing sectarian conflict in Syria that threatens the entire Middle East. The ouster of Mohammed Morsi, Egypt’s first freely elected president, also created a web of considerations related to advocating democracy or U.S. national security goals. Lawmakers too are grappling with these questions. Read more…

Iran: Missed Opportunities and False Hope

July 23, 2013 Leave a comment

Perhaps the greatest failing of the Obama administration was its inability and-or unwillingness to grasp the importance of 2009 Iranian grassroots’ US President Barack Obama and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan hold a joint news conferenceuprising for freedom, and to support its aims. But that is not the only stumble with regard to the Islamic revolutionary regime, not by a long shot.

The U.S. made a serious mistake by not responding more assertively to an alleged Iranian plot to kill the Saudi ambassador to the United States in a bomb attack on a popular Washington restaurant, just-retired CENTCOM commander James Mattis said Saturday. . . . Politico reports

“When we finally caught them in the act of trying to kill Adel, we had a beleaguered attorney general, a fine man but beleaguered politically, stand up and give a legal argument that frankly I couldn’t understand,” Mattis said at the Aspen Security Forum. “We caught them in the act and yet we let them walk free.” Read more…

EU Names Hezbollah Military Arm Terrorist

July 22, 2013 Leave a comment

 This verdict legitimizes Hassan Nasrallah’s acts of terrorism. The military wing of Hezbollah is the executive power of the Hezbollah organization, which takes orders from eu-set-brand-lebanons-hezbollah-terrorists-1369155886-authintmailits leaders to pursue terror acts; the army wing cannot commit such acts on its own. So the question is why not branding the whole  infrastructure of Hezbollah organization including it leadership as terrorist?! [DID]

The European Union’s 28 governments blacklisted the military wing of Hezbollah, striking a political blow against the Iranian-backed Shiite group that is helping President Bashar al-Assad cling to power in Syria.

Britain and the Netherlands led the push for the EU to brand the Lebanese group’s military arm a terrorist organization, making it harder for it to raise funds and recruit in Europe. The EU stopped short of the U.S. and Israeli policy of proscribing all of Hezbollah, seeking to maintain leverage in Lebanon by not cutting off contact with the group’s officials in the Beirut government. Read more…

America Joins the Jihad

July 20, 2013 Leave a comment

Instead of presenting a firm defense of American principles based on the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, the entire U.S. national security leadership simply caved in to this attempt to 189suborn the government. The FBI submissively complied with these jihadist demands, purging its anti-terrorist curriculum of hundreds of pages that an undisclosed group deemed “offensive to Muslims.”

It is not just that the United States government has aligned itself with the avowed vanguard of Islamic jihad — the Muslim Brotherhood [MB] — or committed American troops to battle (in Libya, and maybe soon in Syria) to ensure the victory of al-Qa’eda-linked militias. It is not just that whenever an opportunity has arisen, as in Iran in 2009, or pre-and-post revolutionary Egypt, or the Syrian civil war, the U.S. deliberately has chosen to side with the forces of jihad and shariah law and against the voices of civil society and genuine democracy. Read more…

131 House Members sign Letter Supporting U.S. Diplomacy with Iran

July 20, 2013 Leave a comment

After 34 years being tangled in “cat-&-mouse” game with the terrorist Mullahs of IRI, the Confused congress members are advising the more-confused U.S. administration to start another round of the same old diplomacy game again and again, and again, and again, and again, ………….. Bunch of Idiots are Running the World!  [DID]43D52487-0988-4956-943E-FE0788A248E6_w640_r1_s_cx0_cy19_cw0

Some 131 House members have signed onto a bipartisan letter calling on President Obama to try to advance opportunities for a diplomatic resolution with Iran in the wake of the election of Hassan Rouhani last month.

The letter, being circulated by Representatives David Price (D-North Carolina) and Charles Dent (R-Pennsylvania), is the biggest ever pro-Iran diplomacy letter from the Hill, those supporting the initiative said.

Shawn Millan, a spokesperson for Rep. Dent’s office, told the Back Channel the letter had gotten 131 House members to sign on as of Friday afternoon, 17 of them Republican, 114 of them Democratic. (Full list of signatories below the jump.) Read more…

Senator Graham: Congress Should Approve Military Strike Against Iran

July 19, 2013 Leave a comment

Congress would authorize President Barack Obama to use military force to stop Iran’s nuclear weapons program, under legislation Sen. Lindsey Graham plans to offer later this year.130205104529_157009991

“My goal is to avoid war, and the best way to avoid war is to let the Iranians know they’re going to face one and lose,” Graham said.

The Seneca Republican, in an interview Tuesday at the Capitol, said he wants Congress to reinforce Obama’s position of not ruling out the use of military power to prevent Iran from building a nuclear bomb.

“What I want to do this fall is try to get my colleagues to speak up at a time when it will matter to get on record and let the Iranians know that when the president says all options are on the table, including military force, it’s not just an idle threat Read more…

KERRY GETS AN EARFUL FROM ANGRY SYRIAN REFUGEES

July 18, 2013 Leave a comment

Angry Syrian refugees confronted U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday with demands for the United States and the international community to do more tod94d137e07eeee18370f6a706700e5b9 help opponents of President Bashar Assad’s regime, venting frustration at perceived inaction on their behalf.

Visiting the sprawling Zaatari refugee camp in northern Jordan near the Syrian border, Kerry met six representatives of its 115,000-strong population, all of whom appealed to him for the U.S. and its allies to create no-fly zones and set up safe zones inside Syria to prevent the Assad regime from inflicting additional destruction. The United Nations says the conflict has killed more than 93,000 people and become the world’s worst humanitarian crisis since the 1994 Rwandan genocide. Read more…

Iranian Nuclear Crisis Nearing a Critical Tipping Point

July 17, 2013 Leave a comment

Iran is edging closer toward its goal of nuclear weapons possession and is leading the already deeply unstable Middle East region down a path to a new crisis.848_large

The warning signs are being drowned out somewhat by the horrors of the Syrian civil war and deteriorating unrest in Egypt, but they are present for any observer to see.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu recently voiced his concern that regional instability is causing the international community to take its eye off the swiftly-approaching Iranian nuclear crisis. “They’re getting closer” to the nuclear red line, Netanyahu told CBS’s Face the Nation. “They should understand that they’re not going to be allowed to cross it.”

Netanyahu stressed that the Israeli and U.S. clocks on this matter are “ticking at a different pace.” Read more…