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Israel-Egypt Cooperation-Message To Iran?

A common view is that Iran poses greater threats to Israel and western powers than to the remainder of the Middle East. However, actions by Egypt suggest many Arab nations fear Iran’s development of a nuclear program as much as do western societies. The passage of two Israeli warships through the Suez Canal sent an Egyptian message to Iran that it would work with Israel if Iran demonstrated an ability to employ nuclear weapons. Arab countries do not regard Iran as “Arab” and view the growing military power of that nation as a direct threat to the remainder of the Arab world. The vast majority of Muslims are Sunni, but Iran represents the most powerful Shiite society in the world. Hezbollah leaders were furious that Egypt cooperated with the Zionists instead of being its enemies.

George Bush lacked a sophisticated understanding of the Middle East, let alone of the Muslim world. Neither he nor fellow members of his Cabinet even grasped differences between Sunni and Shiites. America continues viewing the Middle East through an Israeli-Arab lens instead of gathering a more encompassing view of divergent threats and fears. It is no all Jew vs Muslim, it is also Muslim vs Muslim.

Tehran Youth Continue Demonstrating!

At least twenty Iranian protestors have been killed, hundreds had their heads bashed in by the thugs of President Ahmadinejad, but the spirit of democracy will not die in Iran. Even as Tehran’s governor, Morteza Tamaddon warned, “if some individuals plan to conduct anti-security moves through listening to a call by counter-revolutionary networks, they will be smashed” hundreds of students gathered to shout “death to the Dictator.” Groups of students have been gathering at street corners to hurl words of defiance at authorities. Security forces run toward them with batons held high, but the young people flee only to return elsewhere. It is estimated a group of 700 Tehran University students gathered to express their disdain for the illegal government of Iran.

Ahmadinejad and Khamenei have won the first round of a struggle that will go on for years. The young people of Iran will not accept defeat and they will continue challenging the power elite. Some will die, many will be beaten, and hundreds will wind up in prison, but their spirit lives on and the world will support them in any way that can be done.

Was Khamenei Architect Of Election Fraud?

Bolhassan Banisadr, the initial president of Iran after the 1979 overthrow of the Shah, chatged that Ayatollah Khamenei was the guiding spirit behind the decision to steal the presidential election and then crack down on those opposing that decision. ‘Khamenei ordered the fraud in the presidential elections and the ensuing crackdown on protestors.” He charged that Khamenei seeks to use the military to maintain control of a theocracy and will use any power they possess to destroy opposition parties. “They don’t want Iranians to be able to even think about protests in their own homes” charged the former Iranian leader.

One would assume a religious leader might seek to play the role of the guiding force who is above those fighting, but Ayatollah Khamenei has been actively engaged in every aspect of the use of force against young people and those seeking a free Iran. There has been no moderation in the voice of Khamenei, not desire to reach out to youth, and certainly no attempt to compromise with those who believe the election was stolen.

Did Biden Give Israel Iranian Bombing Green Light?

It is sometimes difficult knowing whether Vice President Joe Biden is just shooting off his mouth without serious reflection or whether he is expressing the views of the Obama administration. Over the weekend, Joe Biden made outrageous comments that threaten to endanger peace in the Middle East. He told ABC the United States “cannot dictate to another sovereign nation what they can and cannot do. Israel can determine for itself–it’s a sovereign nation– what’s in their interest and what they decide to do relative to Iran and anyone else.” Admiral Mike Mullen, chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, expressed a rather different perspective on the possibility of an Israel bombing of Iran. “I have been, for some time, concerned about any strike on Iran. I worry about i t being very destabilizing.”

It is time for President Obama to have a talk with this loose mouth vice president who actually believes an Israel air strike on Iran has no impact on American policy in the Middle East. Such an attack would result in hundreds of missiles directed at Israel, Iraq and other areas of the Middle East which, most probably, would result in the death of thousands, including American soldiers. If Israel even hints at such action, the United States has no other recourse other than to halt any aid to Israel and withdraw its ambassador to express our concern for any such irresponsible actions.

Yes, Iran is a difficult nation. But, recent events indicate division in the country. Several important clerics have condemned the presidential election. An Israel air strike would unite Iranians behind Ahmadinejad.

Mir Mousavi Denounces Iran Election As Illegal

There is an erie quiet in many parts of Iran as protestors gather together in hope of uncovering new ways to protest the brutality of their nation’s government against those expressing their ideas in public. Presidential challenger, Mir Hossein Mousavi, refuses to remain silent and continues openly demanding a new election to replace the fraudulent stealing of the presidency by Ahmadinejad. “It is our historical responsibility to continue our protests and not to abandon our efforts to preserve the nation’s rights.” He wants the constitution respected and rights to free speech, assembly and the press allowed. Former Iranian reform president Mohammed Khatami said the “election” kwas a “velvet coup against democracy.” He noted that while the government press speaks of national reconciliation, protestors still are beaten and imprisoned.

The only response from Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is to continue blaming everything on “foreign interference.’ Every time clerics or government officials make this claim it only reinforces belief within the country that the election was a fraud. The people of Iran witnessed their genuine complaint about an election lead to beatings by the government.

Unfortunately, hundreds are still in jail where they are beaten, and in some cases, there are reports of rape.

General Odierno Blames Iran For Iraq Violence

On the last day of American occupation of Iraq cities four American soldiers were killed in Iraq. General Ray Odierno places blame for much of violence in Iraq on the head of Iran. “Iran is still supporting, funding and training surrogates, who operate inside Iraq.” He complained they have refused to stop and he saw no prospect of their halting these attacks. There is no question that Iran plays a hand in Iraq violence, but to only look in that direction for an explanation of ongoing killing misses the point that, when all is said and done, Iraqis do not need Iran to kill one another. Prime Minister Maliki has done a terrible job of integrating Sunni Awakening Councils into the military and in so doing strengthens the ability of al-Qaeda to secure new recruits.

Ironically, the Iraq government has welcomed aid from Iran, most probably on the assumption they can control what happens in their country. Given the current instability within Iran we can expect more violence in Iraq as the struggle within the Iranian government plays out.

Iron Fist Of Iranian Theocracy Slams Down!

The iron fist of the Iranian theocracy has slammed down its fist on anyone who dares to speak with members of the foreign press or have contacts with non-Iranian sources. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has made clear that any problems with the Iranian presidential elections stem from interference by the world media so the solution is to ban any contact with those who created the problems. The German newspaper, Der Spiegel, which had an interview with President Ahmadinjad before the elections is now termed a “Zionist newspaper” because it also interviewed Hossein Mousavi. There is scant doubt in the immediate Iran’s government can beat, imprison and even kill those who have defied the Supreme Leader and his ill advised support of Ahmadinejad. Khamenei still does not grasp the extent of what he has done to the Muslim religion and the power of clerics. He has besmirched his reputation as a “leader” among millions of Iranians, and he has opened the door for the Ahmadinejad military alliance to take complete control of the nation.

What will happen four years from now when Ahmadinejad’s term of office concludes? Will he go quietly into retirement from politics? Or, will he use the military to overthrow clerical rule and declare himself president for life? I am certain he will find something in the Koran to justify such action.

Paranoia Paralyzes Iranian Government Thinking

The current Iranian government is led by individuals whose thinking is best guided by the power of paranoia which explains for them any and all events in life. The Ahmadinejad government arrested Iranian employees at the British Embassy in Tehran on charges they had played a “significant role” in the demonstrations by millions of people against the fraudulent election for president. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei apparently has decided to end his role as a spiritual leader and become part of the thugs who presently run Iran. He denounced “interfering statements” by western officials and appealed to all involved in the dispute “not to stroke the emotions of the young.” Unfortunately, his statements demanding severe punishment of all who demonstrated has done more to “stroke the emotions of the young” than anything said by western officials or Barack Obama.

Mir Hossein Mousavi, who most probably won the presidential election, continues to defy the Ayatollah and his henchmen in the government. The attacks on Iranian employees at the British Embassy most probably stem from the decision of BBC to launch a Persian TV program which offers accurate news for the people of Iran as to what is going on inside their nation.

Iranian Reformers Being Tortured To Confess Plot

There are unconfirmed reports the Iranian government has offered consultancy positions to former Vice President Cheney,former Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld, and members of the Bush administration who served in the Justice Department and developed a legal rationale for torture. It is apparent that many Iranian reformers who have been arrested are being subject to torture in order to elicit “confessions” which would be aired on TV in order to prove that demonstrations were organized by British and American agents. We assume George Bush would defend the use of torture by a government in the name of “national security.” Of course, in this case, “national security” is being used by thugs and murderers to justify their authoritarian regime.

Several people who were in prison report they heard screams coming from rooms where men like Motafa Tajzadeh and others were being “interrogated.” Perhaps, if the Iranians persuaded American specialists in torture they could get “confessions.”

We wonder if President Obama still believes it is important in the name of “national security” to protect those who torture and not reveal pictures or documents. It is quite evident Rush Limbaugh and Bill Bennett and Lou Dobbs and Bill O’Reilly are on TV decrying the use of torture by the Iranian government.

Republican Party And Ahmadinejad-Partners In Stupidity

The Republican Party has been attacking President Obama for failure to speak out against the crackdown in Iran. Obama has been attempting to prevent the Iranian government from using his words in being critical of demonstrators. After Obama finally made some comments, President Ahmadinejad swung into the attack by claiming his words were similar to those of George Bush. Only the Iranian people can fight for their freedom since outside nations simply have no leverage on the Iranian government and their words fall on deaf ears. Opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi continued to blame Ahmadinejad for rigging the election. Grand Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri, an opponent of Khamenei spoke bluntly: “if iranians cannot talk about their legitimate rights at peaceful gatherings and are instead suppressed, complexities will build up which could possible uproot the foundations of the government, no matter how powerful.”

The confusion of the Iranian government is best exemplified by its throwing the family of Neda Soltan from their apartment, refusing to allow a funeral and burying the young girl whose death was shown all over the world. The Iranian government is now claiming her death was staged by British television and that she really was a member of the Basij militia. If she was a member of the Basij militia, then why isn’t her family being allowed to bury her?

How does one explain to McCain, Rush, Ann and other ignorant leaders of the Republican party that the United States must remain out of this conflict?