Monday, June 28, 2004

Iran to Become Most Powerful State in Southwest Asia

Description of Selected News: "Iran to Become Most Powerful State in Southwest Asia: Rezaei

Yazd (IRNA) -- Secretary of the Expediency Council Mohsen Rezaei said here Thursday night that Iran will become the most powerful country in Southwest Asia in the next 20 years. Talking to members of political and student associations and NGOs of Yazd province, central Iran, the EC secretary added, 'All of us should join hands to help develop the country and turn it to the mightiest country in the region.' Pointing to a U.S.-backed Greater Middle East Initiative, he said, 'The plan was supposed to include Syria, Iran, Iraq, and Afghanistan. The United States achieved its goals in Afghanistan and Iraq but the developments in Iraq raised serious doubts about following up the policy.'
Rezaei said Iran's nuclear policy is based on the peaceful use of nuclear energy."

Pat Buchanan: Whose War? - The Likudniks are really in charge now

Whose War?: "In a Feb. 9 front-page article in the Washington Post, Robert Kaiser quotes a senior U.S. official as saying, ?The Likudniks are really in charge now.? Kaiser names Perle, Wolfowitz, and Feith as members of a pro-Israel network inside the administration and adds David Wurmser of the Defense Department and Elliott Abrams of the National Security Council. (Abrams is the son-in-law of Norman Podhoretz, editor emeritus of Commentary, whose magazine has for decades branded critics of Israel as anti-Semites.)
Noting that Sharon repeatedly claims a "special closeness" to the Bushites, Kaiser writes, ?For the first time a U.S. administration and a Likud government are pursuing nearly identical policies.? And a valid question is: how did this come to be, and while it is surely in Sharon?s interest, is it in America?s interest?
This is a time for truth. For America is about to make a momentous decision: whether to launch a series of wars in the Middle East that could ignite the Clash of Civilizations against which Harvard professor Samuel Huntington has warned, a war we believe would be a tragedy and a disaster for this Republic. To avert this war, to answer the neocon smears, we ask that our readers review their agenda as stated in their words. Sunlig

Iran has its own security woes

Iran's Nuclear Shell Game:

"Iran, on the other hand, has its own security woes. Iran?s chief concern is, in fact, Israel; not just for what the Israeli military might dare do as Israel has repeatedly threatened to do, but for Israeli interests? well established influence over American policy in the Middle East. American forces now form a complete circle of fire around Iran, from Uzbekistan to Afghanistan and the Persian Gulf, to Iraq and even more recently Azerbaijan. At the same time, Israel?s German-made diesel submarines, armed with guided missiles and, more than likely, tipped with nuclear warheads, patrol the waters of the southern Persian Gulf and the eastern Mediterranean. As has been recently brought to the open, Israeli agents have long been active in the Iraqi Kurdistan, training insurgents that could have no other logical function but to infiltrate Iran for sabotage and information gathering (Seymour Hersh article in June, 04, New Yorker magazine). "

Duluth News Tribune | 06/28/2004 | Big winner in Iraq may be Iran

Duluth News Tribune | 06/28/2004 | Big winner in Iraq may be Iran: "Big winner in Iraq may be Iran

MIDEAST:Iran may dominate the Persian Gulf region after the U.S. defeated two of its enemies in Iraq and Afghanistan.

BY SORAYA SARHADDI NELSON

KNIGHT RIDDER NEWSPAPERS


ANALYSIS
TEHRAN, Iran - President Bush freed Afghanistan from the Taliban and toppled Saddam Hussein in Iraq, but in doing so he also may have unshackled an even more dangerous foe: Iran.
Western diplomats and local officials in the Middle East say Iran, widely considered a supporter of international terrorism that's trying to develop nuclear weapons, is emerging as the unintended winner of Bush's war on terrorism.
Iran's rise as a key power broker in the Persian Gulf is an alarming prospect for the United States, which has used political and economic sanctions to contain the Islamic Republic and its radical government for a quarter century, since Iranian radicals seized the American Embassy in Tehran.
'Iran has definitely come to be a major beneficiary' of U.S. policy since Sept. 11, 2001, said Mohammed Hadi Semati, a political scientist from Tehran University now at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington. 'With the exception of the current chaos, everything that comes out of the Iraqi operation is good for Iran's national interests.'
The logic of Iran's ascendance is simple. Iran sat back as the United States launched expensive wars and defeated Iranian enemies on two of its borders, in Afghanistan and Iraq. Iran's population is predominantly Shiite Muslim, and with Iraq's Shiite majority certain to dominate any new Iraqi government, the two nations will share cultural and religious ties that will probably bring the formerly warring neighbors closer.
Senior U.S. officials in..."