Sunday, July 04, 2004

Whose War? Paul Wolfowitz, Richard Perle and Douglas Feith betray American interests

Whose War?:

"And this time the boys have cried "wolf" once too often. It is not working. As Kaus notes, Kaplan"s own New Republic carries Harvard professor Stanley Hoffman. In writing of the four power centers in this capital that are clamoring for war, Hoffman himself describes the fourth thus:

And, finally, there is a loose collection of friends of Israel, who believe in the identity of interests between the Jewish state and the United States. " These analysts look on foreign policy through the lens of one dominant concern: Is it good or bad for Israel? Since that nation"s founding in 1948, these thinkers have never been in very good odor at the State Department, but now they are well ensconced in the Pentagon, around such strategists as Paul Wolfowitz, Richard Perle and Douglas Feith.

If Stanley Hoffman can say this, asks Kaus, why can"t Chris Matthews? Kaus also notes that Kaplan somehow failed to mention the most devastating piece tying the neoconservatives to Sharon and his Likud Party.
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.)"

"On Sept. 15, according to Bob Woodward’s Bush at War, “Paul Wolfowitz put forth military arguments to justify a U.S. attack on Iraq rather than Afghanistan.” Why Iraq? Because, Wolfowitz argued in the War Cabinet, while “attacking Afghanistan would be uncertain … Iraq was a brittle oppressive regime that might break easily. It was doable.”

On Sept. 20, forty neoconservatives sent an open letter to the White House instructing President Bush on how the war on terror must be conducted. Signed by Bennett, Podhoretz, Kirkpatrick, Perle, Kristol, and Washington Post columnist Charles Krauthammer, the letter was an ultimatum. To retain the signers’ support, the president was told, he must target Hezbollah for destruction, retaliate against Syria and Iran if they refuse to sever ties to Hezbollah, and overthrow Saddam. Any failure to attack Iraq, the signers warned Bush, “will constitute an early and perhaps decisive surrender in the war on international terrorism.”

Here was a cabal of intellectuals telling the Commander-in-Chief, nine days after an attack on America, that if he did not follow their war plans, he would be charged with surrendering to terror. Yet, Hezbollah had nothing to do with 9/11. What had Hezbollah done? Hezbollah had humiliated Israel by driving its army out of Lebanon." - Human rights activist says war hurts efforts - Human rights activist says war hurts efforts: "Human rights activist says war hurts efforts
By Barbara Slavin, USA TODAY

WASHINGTON Shirin Ebadi, the first Muslim woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize, says the Bush administration has made her work of promoting democracy and human rights harder by invading Iraq.

While President Bush says the invasion will spread democracy in the Middle East, Ebadi, an Iranian lawyer awarded the peace prize in December, says the toppling of Saddam Hussein has strengthened Islamic fundamentalists in both Iraq and Iran and given her country's theocratic regime a new justification 'to keep people silent.'
'Under slogans such as protecting national security or fighting terrorism, there's always a reason to act against and silence human rights advocates,' she says. 'So the U.S. military attack on Iraq ... hurt the democracy process in Iran and in the region.'"

Eight Iranian Kurdish Rebels Killed In Iran - Turkish Daily News from Turkey

Eight Iranian Kurdish Rebels Killed In Iran - Turkish Daily News from Turkey: "Eight Iranian Kurdish Rebels Killed In Iran
CihanNews: 7/4/2004
TEHRAN (CIHAN) - Eight Kurdish rebels were killed in a clash between the Iranian security forces and Iranian Kurdish separatists. Some rebels were wounded while 2 Iranian soldiers were killed in same gunbattle.
The separatists Iranian Kurdish groups based on the mountainous Northern Iraq region have recently infiltrated into Iran to collect money from the villagers in border to overcome their economic difficulties and to carry out guerilla war against the Iranian soldiers.
Iranian security forces engaged in gunfire with the Kurdish separatists and killed 8 of them while 2 Iranian soldiers lost their lives in the same fire exchange in Cermi region of the province of Urumiye which is situated in cross points of the Turkey, Iran and Iraq borders.
Iranian sources said that the operation in region were underway. "

Gulf Daily News - Iran gas field to go onstream in months

Gulf Daily News: "Iran gas field to go onstream in months

TEHRAN: Phases four and five of Iran's giant South Pars gas field in the Gulf will come onstream in the next two months, an official said yesterday.
'Phases four and five of the South Pars gas field will start pumping in the next two months,' Gholamreza Manouchehri, managing director of Iran's Petropars company, told state television.
The television said the phases would come onstream at 500 million cubic feet of refined natural gas per day and 80,000 barrels of condensate.
Phases four and five of South Pars, are jointly operated by Petropars and Italy's ENI.
Iran, which has the world's second-largest reserves of natural gas, has been slow to develop its resources."

Russia, Iran promote cooperation

: "Russia, Iran promote cooperation

Moscow, July 4 (VNA) - Russia's Security Council secretary, Igor Ivanov, paid a working visit to Iran on July 4-5 at the invitation of Hasan Rowhani, secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council.

The two sides will dicuss a host of issues such as cooperation between the two countries, the use of atomic energy for peaceful purposes and urgent international problems, especially the situation in Iraq.

Ivanov will hold talks with Roihani, Irani Foreign Minister Kamal Harrazi and Congress chairman Haddad Adel.

Earlier, Ivanov met with International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General El Baradei, who officially declared that the Busher nuclear power project is an internal affair between Russia and Iran"

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Iran Should Use Influence To Help Convict Saddam: MP

TEHRAN (IRNA) -- Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Committee Chairman Ala'eddin Borujerdi here Saturday said that Iran should use its influence to get former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein convicted in court for the crimes he committed.
The lawmaker from Borujerd told IRNA that the United Nations had, at one point of time, acknowledged the Iraqi invasion of Iran under the rule of the former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein.
'While Saddam's court hearing focuses on the crimes committed by him, it is in conflict with wartime regulations. The use of chemical weapons is one such example,' he added.
He noted that the use of chemical weapons by the Iraqi dictatorial regime against Iran in Halabcheh has already been proved.
'Thorough investigation of the crimes committed by the Iraqi dictator should be added to the agenda if the court hearings are real and not just a formality,' he added.
He underlined that the Arab countries should not support Saddam merely because he was the leader of an Arab country.
'No one in the world approves Saddam and the crimes committed by him, with the exception of his accomplices.
'European countries such as Britain which oppose his execution should note that this would be the most natural punishment for someone who has murdered thousands of innocent people,' he concluded."

Iran FM meets with Cuban officials

Persian Journal Iran News - Latest Iran News, news Tehran Iranian News persian news web site sport irani news iranians site farsi women sport woman, newspaper football: "Iran FM meets with Cuban officials
Jul 4, 2004, 08:32

Kharrazi and Roque in the meeting termed as satisfactory relations between Tehran and Havana, and called for the expansion of mutual economic and cultural ties.

Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi told his Cuban counterpart Felipe Prerez Roque that the US does not want Iran to obtain nuclear energy technology.

Iran's Foreign Ministry in a statement on Friday quoted Kharrazi as saying that US opposition to Iran's nuclear energy program defies its silence toward the nuclear activities of the Zionist regime.

'Washington has adopted complete silence toward the nuclear activities of the Zionist regime and is even helping provide the regime with its required access to the nuclear technology,' he said.

Kharrazi lambasted US double-standard toward international issues, and regretted that the White House is manipulating such issues as democracy and human rights to promote its agenda against 'independent nations'."

Iran heads to one-million annual car production mark, eyes exports

: "Iran heads to one-million annual car production mark, eyes exports

TEHRAN, July 4 (AFP) - Iran's car producers, already the Middle East's leading manufacturers, are fast heading to annual production levels of one million units and are hoping to emerge as a top regional supplier, industry officials said.

'The various car constructors will this year produce one million cars, which still is below the needs of the domestic market,' explained Reza Veysseh, director of Iran's Industrial Development and Modernisation Organisation (IDRO).

In 2006, he said, production could hit 1.5 million cars. Manufacturing has already risen elevenfold over the past 10 years.But Veysseh acknowledged the assembly line acceleration also needed to be matched with a boost in quality. Iranian cars are renowned locally for being substandard when compared to even cheaper foreign products."

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to visit Iran on Sunday

: "Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to visit Iran on Sunday

TEHRAN, July 3 (AFP) - Syria's President Bashar al-Assad is due to arrive in Tehran on Sunday for a two-day visit of high-level talks, the official IRNA news agency said Saturday.

The IRNA report said Assad will be leading a high-ranking political delegation and would be officially greeted by President Mohammad Khatami.

The Syrian president paid a short visit to Tehran in February 2003 before the US-led war against Iraq.Khatami last visited Syria during a tour of Arab states in May 2003."

:: Xinhuanet - World Heritage site: Pasargadae of Iran

:: Xinhuanet - English ::: "World Heritage site: Pasargadae of Iran

SUZHOU, July 4 (Xinhuanet) -- Pasargadae of the Islamic Republic of Iran was inscribed on the World Heritage List as a cultural heritage at the 28th Session of the World Heritage Committee, scheduled from June 28 to July 7 in Suzhou of east China's Jiangsu Province.
The first dynastic capital of the Achaemenid Empire, was founded by Cyrus II the Great, in Pars, homeland of the Persians, in the 6th century BC.
Its palaces, gardens and the mausoleum of Cyrus are outstanding examples of the first phase of royal Achaemenid art and architecture and exceptional testimonies of Persian civilization.
Particularly noteworthy vestiges in the 160-hectare site include the Mausoleum of Cyrus II, Tall-e Takht or a fortified terrace, and a royal ensemble of gatehouse, audience hall, residential palace, and gardens.
Pasargadae was the capital of the first great multi-cultural empire in Western Asia. Spanning the Eastern Mediterranean and Egypt to the Hindus River, it is considered to be the first empire that respected the cultural diversity of its different peoples.
This was reflected in Achaemenid architecture, a synthetic representation of different cultures. Enditem "

:: Xinhuanet - Iran will submit a complaint against Saddam Hussein

:: Xinhuanet - English ::: "Iran to file complaint against Saddam

TEHRAN, July 4 (Xinhuanet) -- Iran will submit a complaint against former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein on the war he launched against Iran and the use of chemical weapons, Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid-Reza Asefi said Sunday.

'One of the crimes Saddam Hussein has committed is the attack on Iran and the use of chemical weapons. We have drafted a complaint and will submit it to the court trying him,' Asefi told reporters at his weekly press briefing.

'Saddam's trial should be transparent and deal with all his crimes so that the reasons behind such crimes would be clarified,' Asefi added.

He also criticized the special Iraqi tribunal for failing to count in the ousted-president's attack on Iran, which triggered the 1980-1988 war between the two countries.

Iranian Expediency Council Chairman and former President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani made similar comments last Friday, saying the weakest point in Saddam's trial was that his crimes against Iran had not been included in his indictment.

The trial against Saddam started Thursday in Baghdad, with seven charges against humanity leveled. Enditem"