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Obama promises new tack on Iran January 11, 2009

Posted by Some Muslim in Iran, Israel, News Commentry, USA.
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According to the BBC, Obama is promising a new tack on Iran once he begins his presidency on January 20th 2009:

President-elect Barack Obama says the US will take a new approach to dealings with Iran under his leadership.

Mr Obama said in a US TV interview screened on Sunday that “Iran is going to be one of our biggest challenges”.

He said he was concerned about Iran’s support for Lebanese Shia party Hezbollah and Tehran’s nuclear enrichment programme.

The incoming president told ABC’s This Week presenter George Stephanopoulos he would break away from President George W Bush’s policy on Iran and seek a much broader approach with the Islamic state.

“We are going to have to take a new approach. And I’ve outlined my belief that engagement is the place to start,” Mr Obama said.

Mr Obama, who won the US presidential election in November, takes office on 20 January.

In the interview, he promised “a new emphasis on respect and a new emphasis on being willing to talk, but also a clarity about what our bottom lines are.”

He added he believed his administration would “move swiftly” in its new approach with Tehran.

Mr Obama had earlier said there should be no pre-conditions in discussions with the Iranian leadership.

“Iran is going to be one of our biggest challenges and as I said during the campaign we have a situation in which not only is Iran exporting terrorism through Hamas, through Hezbollah but they are pursuing a nuclear weapon that could potentially trigger a nuclear arms race,” Mr Obama said.

I’m amazed and disappointed that president-elect Obama feels compelled to speak about Iran and say they are exporting terrorism, while failing to say anything about Israel’s terrorist actions against the Palestinians, and their on-going violence against Gaza.

However, he does say:

“What I am doing right now is putting together the team so that on 20 January, starting on day one, we have the best possible people who are going to be immediately engaged in the Middle East peace process as a whole,” Mr Obama said.

Let’s hope this team has some people who have the common sense to speak out against injustice and inhumanity, and hold Israel accountable for its war crimes against Palestine.

Blaming Iran for Lockerbie? June 28, 2007

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The BBC reports that the Lockerbie case has been reopened.

Was Libya implicated out of political expediency, when all along the main suspect was Iran?

The initial suspicion was that Iran had exacted revenge for the shooting-down of an Iranian civil airliner over the Gulf a few months before.

A US warship had mistakenly believed it was under attack from the plane, when in fact it contained pilgrims on their way to Mecca.

Iran offered a $10m reward to anyone who avenged the attack.

Another case of the media trying to sway the public into supporting the government when they choose to attack Iran? Who knows.

It’s unlikely we’ll ever know who was behind the Lockerbie bombing.

More US-Iran tension May 23, 2007

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You can just tell the US wants to fight…

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/business/6684745.stm

Nine US warships sailed through the Strait of Hormuz, off the coast of Iran, in a move interpreted by analysts as a show of strength.

Iran was not notified in advance of the US naval manoeuvres, involving 17,000 personnel.

Unsurprisingly, Iran continues to defy the UN. Can you blame them for wanting some protection against the world bully with nine warships and 17,000 troops so close by, gagging for some action?

Freed seaman closes six figure deal from her Iranian experience April 9, 2007

Posted by Some Muslim in Iran, Iraq War, News Commentry.
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The BBC reports that one of the UK’s Royal Navy captured by Iran and then released 13 days later, is making money by selling her story to the media:

Leading Seaman Faye Turney has told how she “felt like a traitor” when she was forced to write “confession” letters shown on Iranian television.

The only woman among the 15-strong Royal Navy crew has also defended her decision to sell her story to ITV1’s Trevor Macdonald and the Sun newspaper.

Some of the reported six-figure sum for the interview will go to navy families.

The paper’s defence editor, Tom Newton-Dunn, who refused to reveal how much she was being paid, said: “She has a right to do this. We are a free country. Faye has been through the most extraordinary ordeal, which is clearly graphically illustrated.”

It’s interesting that the story was bought by The Sun, one of the UK’s leading tabloid newspapers owned by Rupert Murdoch, and made famous by ‘Page 3’, where they display a naked women every day.

It’s no secret that Murdoch is pro-Israel, pro-war, and uses his media empire to enforce these views. In the UK, The Sun and The Times newspapers are his main media properties, and both frequently engage in Islam-bashing, using every opportunity to attack Muslims and Islam.

In the US, Murdoch’s empire includes The New York Post which is known for its unwavering support of Israel and constant Islam-bashing. Many years ago, Muslim merchants began boycotting the paper due to it’s anti-Muslim, anti-Arab, anti-Palestine bias.

Also included is the FOX News TV channel, which frequently has TV shows about Islam which are always badly researched and take things out of context to further their own causes.

Interestingly, Discovery Channel also seems to be engaging in airing many TV shows supporting the war, or attacking Islam. Along with others, the channel is owned by Liberty Media Corporation, which is an investor in Murdoch’s News Corporation and clearly shares his political views.

With such powerful media forces at play backed by virtually unlimited wealth, it’s obvious why The Sun newspaper is willing to pay six figures for this story, and it’s clear that Ms Turney will say whatever needs to be said to get her money. I’d be surprised if the story contains any truth, and serves any other purpose other than Islam-bashing and to try and persuade the British public for a war with Iran.

CIA torture Iranian diplomat April 7, 2007

Posted by Some Muslim in Iran, Iraq War, News Commentry, USA, War on Terror.
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The BBC reports that an Iranian diplomat freed last week claims that that his CIA captors tortured him. It wouldn’t be surprising; the US has a history of violating human rights, as previously stated.

The statement of Whitehouse spokesman, Gordon Johndroe, is amusing:

This is just the latest theatrics of a government trying to deflect attention away from its own unacceptable actions

The irony of this statement is hilarious, coming from the spokesman of a government that invaded one country and wrecked it (Afghanistan), so it invaded another to deflect attention away from this, and made an even bigger mess (Iraq), and is now trying to deflect attention away from that, and get support for a war on Iran.

Oh, and not one of the British sailors released by Iran was tortured. The US could learn a thing or two from the Iranians about how to treat captives.

Rosie O’Donnell speaks out on Iran and 9/11 April 3, 2007

Posted by Some Muslim in Iran, Islam, USA, War on Terror.
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Another excellent video, Rosie O’Donell speaks out on Iran, 9/11, and America’s war on terror.

Iraq war parody by Mad TV March 26, 2007

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Mad TV has a funny video about the US approach to the Iraq war, though it holds a lot of truth.

Israel & Iran top ‘negative list’ March 6, 2007

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The BBC reports that Iran and Israel are at the top of the list of negative influences in the world, according to a BBC poll.

A majority of people believe that Israel and Iran have a mainly negative influence in the world, a poll for the BBC World Service suggests.

It shows that the two countries are closely followed by the United States and North Korea.

Both weigh in at a massive 56%, though the United States is not far behind at 51%. Wonder how long it’ll be until the US closes those five percentage points to get the top spot.

US ‘Iran attack plans’ revealed February 19, 2007

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Unsurprisingly, the US’ plans to attack Iran have been revealed.

US contingency plans for air strikes on Iran extend beyond nuclear sites and include most of the country’s military infrastructure, the BBC has learned.

After completely making a mess of Afghanistan and Iraq, and wasting an estimated $320bn to date, Bush has still not learned his lesson, and now wants to wage war on yet another country.

Supposedly:

The US insists it is not planning to attack, and is trying to persuade Tehran to stop uranium enrichment.

Does anyone really believe this?  Just as the US made up it’s mind about Iraq long before it attacked, it’s quickly becoming clear that the US has also made up it’s mind about Iran too.

Earlier this month US officials said they had evidence Iran was providing weapons to Iraqi Shia militias.

This is complete rubbish. Even a top US general doubts Iran proof.

It’s certainly not implausible that the big increase of negative news about Iran, blaming the dire situation in Iraq on them, is merely a tactic to soften up the public for this attack.

With the US and Israel both threatening action, and after seeing the mess Bush has made in both Afghanistan and Iraq, it should come as no surprise that Iran wants to protect itself.

Any attack from the US is going to have very bad consequences, and I hope that they think very carefully before carrying out such stupid actions.

Bush maintains pressure on Iran February 14, 2007

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Despite everything, Bush is maintaining pressure on Iran.  He continues to insist that Iran is responsible for attacks on US troops in Iraq.

However, he denies that such claims are to lay the groundwork for an attack on Iran.

But he said he did not know who was directing the force, and denied laying the groundwork for an attack on Iran.

Major General William Caldwell claims that the leader of the Mahdi Army, Moqtada Al-Sadr, has fled to Iran.

A U.S. military spokesman insists the leader of the Shi’ite militia Mahdi Army, has left Iraq. But Moqtada al-Sadr’s office in Najaf denies he fled to Iran because of internal disagreements among his followers. His office said he remains in Najaf, but has reduced public appearances for security reasons.

Major General William Caldwell told reporters in Baghdad that, despite the denials, U.S. officials still believe Sadr left Iraq, but the general refused to say why.

The Washington Post reports that Sadr’s [alleged] trip to Iran was first revealed by ABC News on Tuesday.

Just a few days ago, the US accused Iran over Iraq bombs and said that it has proof that the ‘highest levels’ of the Iranian government are supply arms used by Shi’ite militants in Iraq.

But this claim is disputed by the military itself.  General Peter Pace has voiced his doubts about this, stating that all the evidence proves is that things made in Iraq are being used in Iraq. Not that the Iranian government is actively involved.

In general, it seems like the US is making a big effort to put Iran in Iraq.

Faced with growing public opposition to the U.S. war in Iraq, the Bush administration has been desperately trying to divert attention to Iran. Washington has gone so far as to make a series of dubious and unfounded charges that blame the Iranian government for the difficulties facing American forces fighting the Iraqi insurgency.

BBC Middle East Correspondent, Paul Reynolds, also offers his analysis on why the US is actively blaming Iran for the problems in Iraq in his report, US claims against Iran: why now?

Clearly, Bush intends to do something about Iran.  Are all the US claims and accusations designed to soften us up?  I remember seeing a very similar pattern in the build up to the Iraq war.

Speaking of which, this war has already cost the US approximately $320bn.  It is estimated to go up to $2tn, with all the associated costs. The US already has $8tn of debt. It can’t afford to keep going on these conquests.

Combine that with the fact that Iran is not Iraq.  It is three times the size, predominantly shi’ite (and therefore doesn’t suffer from the sectarian problem like Iraq), and relatively united.  Attacking them is not a wise move.

Iran’s President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, has repeatedly denied US claims and is willing to talk. He’s also said that he will protect Iran, and that any attack from the US on his nation will be severely punished.

With tensions clearly rising, seems like the US should stop throwing around accusations and start a dialogue with Iran. Sooner than later.