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How The U.S. Have Tried To Make Friends With Iran

Posted by Atilla89 on October 8, 2008

Many people believe that from 1979 onwards, the only contact that America has had with Iran is through proxy wars in Lebanon and Iraq. The view is completely wrong and in fact the opposite is true. While it would be correct to say that America has had a frosty relationship with Iran, this hasn’t stopped them from trying to be allies since the moment Iran, as we know it today, was born. More from the Jerusalem Post:

Almost 30 years ago, president Jimmy Carter tried to show what a nice guy he was by pressing the shah of Iran not to crush the revolutionaries. After the monarch fell, national security adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski met top officials of the new Islamist regime to pledge US friendship to the government controlled by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.

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Ruhollah Khomeini

This may seem strange, but don’t forget at this time, Khomeini was seen to have the majority of popular Iranian support, it would seem only natural to support the guy that everyone else likes. Plus don’t forget that Iran still hadn’t kidnapped anybody or started up Hezbollah, yet. However this all changed when only:

Three days after the Brzezinski meeting, in November 1979, the Islamist regime’s cadre seized the US embassy and its staff as hostages, holding them until January 1981. This was our introduction to the new Middle East of radical Islamism. Carter continued his weak stance, persuading the Teheran regime that it could get away with anything. The hostages were only released because Iran was suffering desperately from an Iraqi invasion and feared Carter’s successor, Ronald Reagan, as someone likely to be tougher.

This is just one of the many reasons why I view Carter as the worst U.S. President in history. As usual, Carter lost whatever backbone he had and instead of trying to get rescue the hostages (he held off until April 24, 1980 and even then the attempt failed) he negotiated with a rogue state, even when it was obvious that he was failing. Now this is where relations between Iran and America get really interesting:

On September 29, while [US Secretary of Defense Robert Gates] giving a lecture at the National Defense University in Washington, someone asked him how the next president might improve relations with Iran. Gates responded: “I have been involved in the search for the elusive Iranian moderate for 30 years.” Then Gates revealed what was actually said at Brzezinski’s meeting, in which he has been a participatant, summarizing Brzezinski’s position as follows: “We will accept your revolution… We will recognize your government. We will sell you all the weapons that we had contracted to sell the shah… We can work together in the future.”‘

Knowing this completely changes the view that America has always rejected diplomacy with its enemies. After reading this, it becomes clear that it was America who made the first move to try and open diplomatic relations with the new regimes only to be rebuffed and taken advantaged of.

Far from persuading Khomeini that the US was a real threat, the US government made itself appear a pitiful, helpless giant, convincing Teheran – as Khomeini himself put it – that America couldn’t do a damn thing. His revolution and ideology were too strong for it.

Now if this isn’t enough to persuade you how futile it is to try and negotiate with these people, maybe this will help:

Former US Marine Col. Timothy Geraghty was Marine commander in October 1983 when suicide bombers attacked the barracks of US peacekeeping forces in Beirut, killing 242 Americans. He now reveals that a September 26, 1983 US intelligence intercept showed Iran’s government ordering the attack through its embassy in Lebanon. The timid response to that operation set a pattern leading directly to the September 11 attack.

America has tried to help them, negotiate with them, only give them weak sanctions and after all that they get attacked in their own embassy and lose valuable military personnel to Iranian made and supplied bombs in Lebanon and Iraq. Maybe its time to take a real stand against terrorism and nuclear proliferation?

Posted in Hizbullah, Iran, Islamism, Lebanon, Middle-East, Military, Religion, Terrorism, U.S. Politics, US, War | 2 Comments »

New Developments In Iran

Posted by Atilla89 on September 9, 2008

I was just sent a worrying article about Iran and the possible Israeli strike on its reactors. There are still a couple a problems that have to be addressed. Firstly, the shortest flight path to Iran from Israel is obviously across Iraq. My reaction to that was how is this a problem, America pretty much owns that airspace? Well, according to senior journalist Ben Caspit:

Instead of the needed overflight codes, Caspit claims, the U.S. is offering Israel defensive radar—“‘We’ll help you defend yourselves, but we’ll prevent you from attacking,’ say the Americans.”

This is a real problem, Israel (nor America really) can’t abide a nuclear Iran yet at the same the same time America is directly hindering the operation, I still don’t understand that. However later on in the article it becomes a little clearer.

A security source told Caspit that “the Americans have accepted a nuclear Iran and are trying to get us [Israel] to accept it.”

Personally, I don’t believe that. America must know that a nuclear Iran is bad news for everybody, not just Israel. However, moving on to a more a serious problem. Further on in the article a bombshell is dropped:

Britain’s Sunday Telegraph reports that both the U.S. and Israel now fear that Russia stands to supply the sophisticated S-300 air-defense system to Iran in retaliation for Washington supporting NATO membership for Georgia and Ukraine.

More information from this article titled Israel’s Red Line: The S-300 Missile System:

Although on July 9 U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates denied the possibility of Iran acquiring the missile — known as the S-300PMU-1 by its Russian designers — “anytime soon,” defense reporters have speculated widely that the operational deployment of the S-300 air-defense system would represent a “red line” for an Israeli air strike on Iran. This is because the SA-20/S-300 represents a nearly insurmountable obstacle for conventional aircraft, according to air power experts.

“For non-stealth aircraft, the SA-20 represents a virtual no-fly zone,” said retired United States Air Force General Richard E. Hawley.

Additionally, the SA-20 is much more resistant to electronic countermeasures that are typically used by strike aircraft to defeat such weapons and is capable of engaging targets with far smaller radar cross-sections.

Should Iran obtain Russian S-300 missiles along with their mobile launchers, such as this one bearing four S-300-capable missile tubes, the Israel Defense Forces may be unable to mount a successful attack against any Iranian military nuclear facility. Credit: Russian Federation Ministry of Defense [Source for image here]

This is a HUGE development if it is true because it means that Israel may be well and truly screwed in that sense. Their only hope is for an F-22 Raptor which is almost impossible to detect, expect the only country that has these is America and they are not allowed to export them. Israel may have to rely on America for this one.

However it’s not all bad news, first we have an awesome quote from former Deputy Defence Minister Ephraim Sneh (head of a new political party started by himself called Strong Israel)

Sneh told them [Switzerland and Austria – both of which have large invesments in the resource sector of Iran] it was “too bad” about their investments, “because Iddo’s going to set it all on fire”—referring to recently appointed Israeli air force chief Iddo Nehushtan. “‘Investing in Iran in 2008,’ Sneh told the Austrians, ‘is like investing in the Krupp steelworks in 1938, a high-risk investment.’ The Austrians, according to Sneh, turned pale.”

Now for some good news, Iran’s economy is supposedly down in the doldrums.

As Ahmadinejad increases subsidies and spending, inflation has become Iran’s chief domestic issue. While the government acknowledges an inflation rate of 18 percent, parliamentarians and central bank officials say the real rate is closer to 25 or 30 percent.

Privatization schemes have also languished. While announcements of impending factory privatizations are many, sales are few. The reformist daily Aftab-e Yazd observed, “The misguided policies of the government hit us harder than the sanctions of the foreigners.”

I’m no economist so I’m not going to comment directly on these issues, all I can say is that I hope this impacts on their foreign military spending, maybe that S-300 will remain just a rumour…

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On Georgia And Hezbullah

Posted by Atilla89 on September 8, 2008

Hey everyone, sorry for not posting in a while, I have been quite swamped with work. There still won’t be regular posting for a time as I have a few deadline coming up, however here’s a few links to whet your appetite.

Firstly, on the Georgian issue, all I wish to say is that I fully support Georgian independence and what Russia did was not only wrong but also illegal. If you want to know the history behind that conflict then you should read this article called The Truth About Russia in Georgia by Michael Totten here. The territories that have been taken from Georgia include South Ossetia and Abkhazia, both of which have had their independence recognised by only one country, Russia. In the meantime, Georgia has decided to try and get the UN to protect them, for all the good that will do. The UN has barely any power as it is; I hope Georgia gets the ‘protection’ they deserve, but I doubt it would stop a Russian advance if they decide to go at it again.

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague will hear three days of argument in a Georgian application for interim protection against “ethnic cleansing” it accuses Russia of committing on Georgian territory.

Georgia instituted proceedings against Russia before the ICJ on August 12, accusing it of breaches of the 1965 International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (CERD). As it can take months for the court to decide whether or not to entertain the case, Georgia brought another application two days later asking for interim protection measures.

The ICJ has no powers to enforce its judgments, which have on occasion been simply ignored by state parties. (Edit: bold text added)

Moving south now to the issue of Hezbollah, there has been some unsettling news regarding the leadership of Hezbullah. As most people know, Hezbullah is directly connected to Iran, however it was believed that the general-secretary of the terrorist group, Nasrallah did have some measure of independent control over the group. This is significant because if Israel were to ever go to war with Iran, most likely Nasrallah would be urged to attack Israel. He may have or he may not have, the point is now mute because Iran have decided to take full control over Hizbullah.

Iran is consolidating its grip on Hizbullah and has instituted a number of structural changes to the Lebanese group, under which Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah no longer enjoys exclusive command over its military wing, top Israeli defense officials have revealed.

“There is real Iranian command now over Hizbullah,” a top IDF officer said. “This doesn’t mean that Nasrallah is a puppet, but it does mean that whenever he pops his head out of his bunker he sees an Iranian official standing over him.”

Nasrallah walks between...

Nasrallah walks between crowds in south Beirut [file]. Photo: AP

Now we know that Hezbullah, acting as an extension of Iran will attack Israel in the event of a war with Iran, they may even be used as a spark to set off a much larger regional war with nearby countries such as Iran, Syria, Hamas and possibly even Fatah (who we, Israel, supplied weapons to).

Posted in Arabs, Hamas, Hizbullah, Iran, Israel, Middle-East, Military, Palestine, Syria, Terrorism, US | 3 Comments »

Ahmadinejad Threatens Use Of Force Against ‘Enemies’

Posted by Atilla89 on August 3, 2008

There we have it, Ahmadinejad is trying to further develop a pretext for striking out against his enemies, namely Israel and America.

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“For them, subjects like the nuclear issue are pretexts. The key reason for the hostility of the enemies in the past 30 years against Iran is that they want us to pull back so that they can say we have given in,” President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on state television on Friday. “But the Iranian people will resist with force against the enemies.”

Of course this is nothing new as Ahmadinejad already believes that this pretext was realised in 1979 with the imposition of sanctions and their renewal in 1995 and 2006.

The comments came as the United States set a weekend deadline for Iran to respond to an international offer to freeze its nuclear drive. “We want and we expect a response this weekend,” US State Department acting spokesman Gonzalo Gallegos said.

But a European Union diplomat said in Brussels that the EU was in no rush for a response from Iran.

“There’s no real limit,” said the diplomat, on condition of anonymity, after Washington set the deadline.

And now you have just seen how seriously the EU is taking this threat. It all starts to make sense why they are fine with pathetic sanctions and furthering deadlines. It also reveals the double standards that take place in these types of organisations, imagine for a moment if Israel or even America stated their intention to wipe out a democratic country within the UN? There would be an absolute outcry across the the entire world. Resolutions would be coming thick and fast from the UN with tough sanctions not far behind.

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Iran Is Head Of Group Charged With: ‘Taking The First Steps To Producing A Durban II Manifesto’

Posted by Atilla89 on August 2, 2008

Most people have realised by know that the second Durban Conference will be quite similar to the last one, Antisemitic and Anti-Zionist. We’ve already had a foretaste of what’s to come in the “Ad Hoc Committee of the Human Rights Council on the Elaboration of Complementary Standards” which was put into place in order to “heed the decision and instruction of the 2001 World Conference against Racism.” Need I say more? Indeed, once Canadian Senator Jerry Grafstein saw the signs and realised that the next Durban Conference known as UN Durban Review Conference scheduled for April, 2009 in Geneva was going to be much of the same thing, he started organising a counter-conference.

However, this is all just background information. In the latest development coming from the planning on the next conference, Eye on the UN reports that:

‘Iran has become a member of the “Group of Friends of the Chair”, an informal group of states charged with taking the first steps towards producing a Durban II manifesto.’

Is anyone else getting that queasy feeling in their stomachs again? I mean, the country’s President is a Holocaust denier, has threatened to destroy Israel numerous times and has stated that there are no homosexuals in Iran, which can be loosely translated as, because I killed them all (or am trying to). Am I missing something here? Now who else is on this “Group of Friends of the Chair’?

The role of his “friends” is described by Armenian Chairman Zohrab Mnatsakanian as “engaging in brainstorming and consolidating inputs.” Other members of the behind-the-scenes group are Azerbaijan, Pakistan and Egypt.

Um yeah… This is going to be interesting. Anne Bayefsky, Editor of Eye on the UN hits the nail on the head with this comment:

‘…one shudders to imagine the brainstorming among such human rights paragons.’
‘The first contribution of the “Group of Friends” will be filed at the next stage of the process, the ‘Intersessional Open-Ended Intergovernmental Working Group’ session to be held in Geneva September 1-5, 2008.’

I would be very interested to read exactly what they believe should be in the Durban ll manifesto, obviously I’m expecting more of the same that seen in Durban I but you never know…who am I kidding?

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Iran Overcompensating For Something

Posted by Atilla89 on July 11, 2008

Hezbollah’s done it, now their masters want a piece of the action as well. Iran has decided to visually alter a missile test photo.

The Photoshopped version for comparison:

Photos curtesy of LGF.

“There’s no doubt the photo was doctored,” said Mark Fitzpatrick, director of the Non-Proliferation Program for the London-based International Institute For Strategic Studies. The image, posted yesterday on a website owned by Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, showed four missiles moments after launch, leaving trails of glowing exhaust and clouds of billowing brown dust. The scene was described as part of military maneuvers in which nine missiles were test fired, including an enhanced version of the Shahab-3.

The most obvious reason, of course is that there was a misfire, something that most men try to cover up and not talk about.

There was no immediate comment from Iranian government officials on the photos. “The whole purpose of these launches was to demonstrate Iran’s capabilities and a photo showing one out of four rockets failing doesn’t have the intended impact,” Mr Fitzpatrick said.

Of course there is always consequences for such a failure to impress.

Total, the French energy group, said that it was freezing its role in a $US10 billion project to develop the South Pars fields in the Gulf, the world’s largest gas reserves. The decision was a big step in a US campaign to put pressure on Iran to stop enriching uranium.

Dr Rice, who was speaking in the former Soviet republic of Georgia, said that Iran’s missile tests justified US plans for an anti-missile shield with bases in Eastern Europe. Russia is strongly opposed to the plan.

However, maybe protection might not be needed against such a pathetic attempt to make an impact.

Posted in Europe, Hizbullah, Iran, Israel, Middle-East, Military, War | 4 Comments »

Rudd Calls For Nuclear Disarmament

Posted by Atilla89 on June 9, 2008

I use to really dislike, scratch that, hate Krudd, but know, I just think of him as a poor naive little fool. Just look at his latest announcement, ‘Rudd Calls for Nuclear Disarmament’, I mean what world is he living in? Nuclear disarmament didn’t solve anything, it certainly didn’t solve the Cold War. Unless he mean forcibly taking off nukes off everybody that is to juvenile to use it, *cough* Iran, North Korea and Pakistan *cough*. Then I completely disagree with his statement. One of the key reasons that Israel exists amid a sea of enemies and still survives (besides it wonderful army) is undoubtedly due to its nukes.

“In this 21st century that we, the people of the Asian-Pacific region, should resolve afresh to make the Asia-Pacific century a century of peace and that the world at large should aspire now for a world free of nuclear weapons.”

Anyway, its not like anyone will be taking his suggestion seriously, he has just made himself out to look like an idealistic idiot.

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The Syria-Israeli Peace Process

Posted by Atilla89 on May 31, 2008

A few days ago I mentioned that I talked with Mr Dor Shapira about the chances of peace between Israel and Syria in regards to Israel returning the Golan Heights. I also linked you to this article which summed up the peace talks in a couple of sentences:

Cynics might also suggest that Israel’s beleaguered prime minister, Ehud Olmert, is using talks with Syria as a diversion from his troubles with the police in connection with allegations of corruption and money laundering.

A new peace process could divert international attention and persuade the major powers that making peace is more important than bringing Hariri’s killers to justice [Syria].

Now I’ve just looked at another article which confirms what I quoted above and also gives a few new interesting angles. It should be obvious now that even though Assad and Olmert are trying to get some sort of ‘peace’ and use it for their own political advantage its not going to happen as there are just to many factors that are coming into play.

First, not many people both in Israel and in the international community believe that Syria will actually honor any sort of agreement with Israel. Why should they? Most of their support comes from Iran which is absolutely committed to Israel’s destruction. Syria is Shiite, while most of the Middle East is Sunni, who else would they turn to if they isolate themselves from Iran, which is what Israel is asking for.

Second:

Assad reminds Israelis far more of Arafat than of Sadat. So far, Assad has refused even to hold direct negotiations with Israel, preferring Turkish interlocutors. Give me the Golan, he is in effect saying, and then we’ll see what kind of peace develops between us.

Not only is this guaranteed to have no positive outcome of the negotiations, it doesn’t take into account the fact that a lot of Israelis actually like the Golan with its natural beauty far more then they like the urban wasteland that is Gaza or the vast deserts of the Sinai.

View of the Golan Heights

View of the Golan Heights

Of coarse the most pressing issue of giving back the Golan Heights is the military strategic value that they hold. If Israel has no guarantee that Syria won’t break its links with terrorists, who says they won’t go back to their old game of shooting at Israeli civilians and soldiers alike from the Heights?

View of Syria from an Israeli Bunker

The article summarizes the situation quite nicely which shows just how correct the quote at the top is.

Israel’s Olmert hopes that peace negotiations will deflect attention from his own woes — allegations of corruption dating in part from his days as Jerusalem’s mayor. Other Israelis, though, are wondering how helping Assad destroy Lebanon and escape justice can possibly be confused for Israel’s national interest, let alone for a peace process.

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Talk With Spokesperson For The Israeli Embassy In Australia

Posted by Atilla89 on May 27, 2008

So sorry about the large gap between posts, I have been very busy with work and the like. I have another big load of work coming up in the next few weeks so regular posting won’t be back for a while yet, here’s a few tasters just to let you know that I’ve not given up on this blog. Anyway, two really nice articles from FrontPage.

  1. Iraq Rising
  2. Behind the Israel-Syria Talks

Just to let you know, last Wednesday (May 21), I heard Mr Dor Shapira, spokesperson for the Israeli Embassy in Canberra discuss the future of Israel for the next 60 years. I didn’t really learn that much primary because he went into the history of Israel, of which I am quite versed. Interestingly, one the questions asked was (paraphrasing here), what sort of contingency plan is there if talks with Fatah don’t work out (or Fatah is taken over by Hamas)? Mr Shapira didn’t really have an answer for it. He went on about trying to keep Fatah going but eventually admitted that Israel would be in ‘deep shit’ if that happened. I myself asked the question what sort of chance is there for Israel and Syria making peace? The answer that I got was its not likely that peace would achieved, it is doubtful that Syria would want to cut its relations with Iran and all the other terrorist groups. He also mentioned that it was a kind of cycle, every three years or so there would be talks but no real action.

That’s pretty much all the exciting things that have happened to me this week, yay… Once again hopefully I will have some more posts for you all.

Posted in Arabs, Fatah, Hamas, Hizbullah, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Lebanon, Middle-East, Palestine, Syria, Terrorism, Uni | 1 Comment »

Daily Kos Hits Earth’s Core, Digs

Posted by Atilla89 on May 14, 2008

Sorry guys for the large break. I’ve had a lot of work to get through, but know the worst is over, yay! Israel has made it to her 60th birthday which is something to celebrate, even if there those who can’t appreciate it, here and here, hat tip to LGF.

My favourite of these links is the Daily Kos one, just read this and laugh.

It thus emerged as a major power and a formidable challenger of existing Arabic powers that will decide the fate of the world, coordinated assassination of President Kennedy which unnaturally led to the hasty re-evaluation of American foreign policy for adjustion that align with the interests of Israeli state for total compatibility in irreversibly entangled alliance.

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