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Religious Leaders Call for Talks With Iran

Posted by alanmirs on December 20, 2007


National Briefing | Religion

Religious Leaders Call for Talks With Iran

Published: December 20, 2007

More than 60 Christian, Jewish and Muslim leaders have signed a call to the American government and the religious authorities in Iran to open direct negotiations and stop planning for war. The statement, “A Pax on Both Our Houses” (“pax” is Latin for “peace”) says the war in Iraq demonstrates how war wastes lives and resources, and violates human rights. The statement was released Wednesday in Des Moines, to remind the presidential candidates and reporters now crisscrossing Iowa that many religious constituencies are still focused on foreign policy, organizers said. The full text of the statement is available on interfaithpeacecommittee.org

http://interfaithpeacecommittee.org/Statement.html?aid=3273


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President Bush approach and reasoning image of Taliban

Posted by alanmirs on December 18, 2007


President Bush approach and reasoning image of Taliban

"If the Russians are willing to do that, which I support – then the Iranians does not need to learn how to enrich," President George W. Bush said yesterday

Taliban: Women should not learn to write as they might write to their lovers and act adultery and sin!

“If the Iranians accept that uranium for a civilian nuclear power plant, then there’s no need for them to learn how to enrich.”

Having the peaceful nuclear energy hence having the knowledge of building the bomb takes away the importance of possession and helps the destruction of such weapons

One should realize Iranians are very logical, what can one or two bomb do when countries have hundreds of new generation bombs? Clever as they are they won’t ravage the effort for waste; instead they are building their future with peaceful atomic energy, as should other nations do!

Centuries of civilization and culture merged, progressed to a way of life many possess through out of the vast region, if they left alone the life of those who matters most, could be changed to a better one

 

Mixed up
The Taliban and or al Qaeda established by Americans to be used for purposes serving the need of the day, today all the Moslems are terrorists!
Hamas or Hezbollah are freedom fighters and as long as their homes are occupied and their rights are violated, they shall fight as South Africans did

Alan Mirs

http://irangardi.spaces.live.com/blog/cns!DCEFD19FCE0CE692!1373.entry

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Notes From the Global War on Terror

Posted by alanmirs on December 14, 2007


Editorial

Notes From the Global War on Terror

During the presidential campaign, candidates from both parties will warn of the risk of another terrorist attack on this country. Americans should insist that they also explain how they will repair the damage President Bush has done to America’s intelligence-gathering capabilities in the name of fighting terrorism

http://select.nytimes.com/mem/tnt.html?_r=1&emc=tnt&tntget=2007/12/14/opinion/14fri1.html&tntemail1=y&oref=slogin

 

 

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What to Do About Iran

Posted by alanmirs on December 14, 2007


What to Do About Iran

What should we do now about Iran?

 

1. Tone down the rhetoric. Iran has been practically docile in the face of a U.S. invasion of not one but two of its neighbors, and its military has done little to threaten U.S. forces or to foster tensions. But combative words could reverse that.

2. Recognize the competence and mandate of the International Atomic Energy Agency. Sure, U.S. intelligence has to remain vigilant. But the IAEA should be accorded the respect and the resources it deserves to do its job; it is the only real pre-war hero of Iraq and Iran

http://blog.washingtonpost.com/earlywarning/2007/12/iran_wants_dialogue_heres_a_10.html

 

 

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Contain and Engage: A New Strategy for Resolving the Nuclear Crisis with Iran

Posted by alanmirs on December 11, 2007


Contain and Engage: A New Strategy for Resolving the Nuclear Crisis with Iran

WAKE UP

Having the peaceful nuclear energy hence having the knowledge of building the bomb takes away the importance of possession and helps the destruction of such weapons

For six years, the United States has ineffectively confronted Iran over its nuclear program. Bush administration officials had several opportunities to constrain, perhaps even end, programs that could eventually give Iran a nuclear-weapons capability, but they rejected negotiations in favor of efforts to replace the ruling clerical regime. These efforts failed

http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/2007/02/iran_report.html?_kk=iran&_kt=0263be8a-a8af-4dce-8826-da809e568abb

 

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Olbermann’s Special Comment on Iran NIE

Posted by alanmirs on December 8, 2007


Olbermann’s Special Comment on Iran NIE: "Bush, Pathological Liar or Idiot-in-Chief?" [VIDEO]

Posted by Adam Howard, AlterNet at 5:51 AM on December 7, 2007.

 
 

Presidents who will be remembered only as functions of those who opposed them, the opponents whom history proved right. Grant, Hayes, Garfield, Arthur, Cleveland … Bush

This transcript comes from MSNBC

There are few choices more terrifying than the one Mr. Bush has left us with tonight.

We have either a president who is too dishonest to restrain himself from invoking World War III about Iran at least six weeks after he had to have known that the analogy would be fantastic, irresponsible hyperbole, or we have a president too transcendently stupid not to have asked, at what now appears to have been a series of opportunities to do so, whether the fairy tales he either created or was fed were still even remotely plausible

A pathological presidential liar, or an idiot-in-chief. It is the nightmare scenario of political science fiction: A critical juncture in our history and, contained in either answer, a president manifestly unfit to serve, and behind him in the vice presidency an unapologetic warmonger who has long been seeing a world visible only to himself

http://www.alternet.org/blogs/video/69962/

 

 

 

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The Iran Agenda: The Historical Truth of Our Relations with Iran

Posted by alanmirs on December 7, 2007


The Iran Agenda: The Historical Truth of Our Relations with Iran

Nukes and Party-Mad Dictators

To fully understand the hypocrisy of U.S. foreign policy, we must travel back to the era of bell-bottoms, funny-looking polyester shirts, and party-mad dictators.

In the early 1970s, Iran’s repressive dictator was perhaps most famous for his prodigious partying. In October 1971, Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlavi celebrated the 2,500th anniversary of the Persian empire with a lavish, three-day party on the site of the ancient city of Persepolis. Luminaries such as Vice President Spiro Agnew, Britain’s Prince Philip, and Ethiopian dictator Haile Selassie consumed twenty-five thousand bottles of French wine, five thousand bottles of champagne, and massive quantities of caviar flown in by Maxim’s of Paris. Iran’s per capita income was only $350 per year; the party cost an estimated $100 million. The excesses of the party helped fuel anger against the shah at home and abroad

Need an ally for Israel in the surrounding Arab world? The shah entered into military and intelligence agreements with the Israelis starting in 1958. Got a rebellion in the Gulf state of Oman? In the early 1970s, the shah sent three thousand troops to put down the leftist rebels and to ensure the region’s oil fields remained safe for him and the United States. Iran became America’s single biggest arms buyer. It bought $18.1 billion worth of U.S. arms from 1950 to 1977

U.S. anticommunist diplomacy, military expansion, and business profit all melded together nicely. And that’s where nuclear power comes in

The United States established Iran’s first research reactor in 1967 at the University of Tehran. In November of that year, the U.S. corporation United Nuclear provided Iran with 5.85 kilograms of 93 percent enriched uranium

Nuclear expert Sahimi argued that presidents Nixon and Ford "would not have minded if the shah developed the Bomb because the shah was a close ally of the United States. Remember, Iran had a long border with the Soviet Union. If the shah did make a nuclear bomb, that would have been a big deterrent against the USSR."

Today when Iran demands that it be able to enrich uranium for nuclear power purposes, under strict international supervision, the United States says that’s proof Iran wants to develop nuclear weapons

Is Nuclear Power Islamic?

Shortly after coming to power, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini scrapped the shah’s nuclear power programs as un-Islamic. In fact, he called nuclear power "the work of the devil."

In 2003 Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei issued a fatwa, an official religious ruling, that declared Islam forbids the building or stockpiling of nuclear weapons. Before dismissing such a ruling as propaganda, it’s worth noting that similar religious reasoning stopped Iran from using chemical weapons during the Iran-Iraq War, despite Saddam Hussein’s numerous chemical assaults against Iranian troops and civilians

The Iranians argued that they had engaged in the secret activity to prevent the United States from stopping their plans for nuclear power development and that they had no intention of developing nuclear weapons

http://www.alternet.org/story/69701/?page=entire

 

 

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Bush On The Defensive Over New Iran Intel

Posted by alanmirs on December 5, 2007


Wednesday, December 5, 2007

WASHINGTON NEWS

Bush On The Defensive Over New Iran Intel

One day after the release of a National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) that concludes Iran does not currently have a nuclear weapons program, President Bush held a press conference in which he urged key allies to maintain the current pressure on the Islamic Republic. In fact, the AP reports, Bush said the new intel "contradicting earlier US assessments…would not prompt him to take off the table the possibility of pre-emptive military action against Iran."

 Media accounts of the press conference are almost universally negative toward the President. ABC World News, for example, said last night Bush "was instantly and consistently defensive." NBC Nightly News prefaced its report saying, "The ‘Washington Post’ is running an analysis story on the internet for tomorrow’s paper with the headline, ‘Neck Snapping Spin’ from the President. They’re talking about the President’s news conference today." (The piece NBC referred to was in fact an online opinion piece not intended for the newspapers’ print edition by Dan Froomkin.) NBC also reported Bush was "a president on the defensive."

http://www.usnews.com/usnews/politics/bulletin/bulletin_071205.htm

 

 

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Iran: Nuclear report a ‘victory’

Posted by alanmirs on December 5, 2007


TEHRAN, Iran (CNN) — Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Wednesday called a U.S. intelligence report that downgraded Iran as a nuclear threat "a declaration of victory" for the Iranian nuclear program.

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President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said earlier U.S. reports were based on "shoddy intelligence."

"The report said clearly that the Iranian people were on the right course," Ahmadinejad said according to a report from the official Islamic Republic News Agency

http://edition.cnn.com/2007/WORLD/meast/12/05/iran.nuclear/?iref=hpmostpop

 

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Forget War With Iran

Posted by alanmirs on December 5, 2007


THE WORLD FROM WASHINGTON

Michael Hirsh

 

Forget War With Iran

That’s the main implication of the startling new intelligence estimate that Tehran isn’t working on a bomb. But the long-term impact is just as significant. A look at the winners and losers

http://www.newsweek.com/id/73761

 

 

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