McCain’s Speech Prompts Obama Into Action

From Cypress Times:

Until now, until McCain’s speech yesterday on the floor of the U.S. Senate, Obama had described the protests and the violent reaction of the Iranian government as “a robust debate”.

Suddenly, Obama is “appalled and outraged” by the violence in Iran. President Obama also said that Iran would suffer consequences for the violence and death that is occurring. He warned that the way Iran responds will shape its future relationship with the United States. No specifics were offered as to what “consequences” might occur, nor how the future relationship between Iran and the United States might shape up.

I have taken Neda Soltani’s martyrdom video and added background music which many of you will recognize. I hope it is considered respectful:

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Commander Of Iranian Revolutionary Guards Arrested

General Ali Fazli, Commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards, has reportedly been arrested for failing to carry out an order to attack protesters.

IBTimes says that “General Ali Fazli, who was recently appointed as a commander of the Revolutionary Guards in the province of Tehran, is reported to have been arrested after he refused to carry out orders from the Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei to use force on people protesting the controversial re-election of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.”

Well good for him; chalk one up to the people!

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Iran Wants Hollywood Apology

Iran expects an apology from Hollywood over its depiction of Iranians as “decadent, sexually flamboyant and evil.”

The depiction of Iranians in the movies “300” and “The Wrestler” angered the country. It says members of Iran’s movie industry should not meet with a visiting Hollywood team unless an apology is issued.

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Ill Fated Somali Pirates Die Aboard Iranian Death Ship

Seems that a group of Somali pirates met Davy Jones prematurely after seizing an Iranian vessel.

After seizing the Iran Deyanat, “Somali pirates suffered skin burns, lost hair and fell gravely ill ‘within days of boarding… . Some of them died,” according to the Times.

According to PressTV, the US has offered $7 million for rights to board and search the vessel.

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Expert Fears “Terrible” Consequences Of US Attack On Iran

Martin van Creveld, a professor of military history and strategy at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, recently told Newsmax that militarily, the greatest risks [if the US attacks Iran] would be to U.S. troops in Iraq. Those soldiers are configured to fight an insurgency, and a conventional attack by Iranian forces could result in some U.S. troops being isolated and in danger, he said.

“You can well imagine a scenario where they are surrounded, and where the U.S. would use tactical nuclear weapons to extricate them,” he said.

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I received this excellent analysis from a friend which I share with you by permission:

Iran is doing its best to emulate the puff adder. If it weren’t for the more or less open backing of Russia, China, and Germany, Iran would have folded its hand already.

Professor van Creveld correctly analyzes that an Iranian terrorist response to American destruction of the nuclear assets has little strategic value.

His fears that the Iranians will respond by invading Iraq are ignorant.

Iran has no ability to invade Iraq. A war with the United States would risk the break-up of Iran.

Assuming that President Ahmadinejad and the Council of Guardians ARE completely insane, they could order an invasion, but the invasion force would be quickly decimated in a theatre dominated by American air power, and their units’ mobility, resupply, and extraction would be rendered impossible. Precision guided munitions would aerosolize Iranian supply convoys, troop concentrations, and command centers. An Iranian invasion would be a complete disaster.

The Iranian commanders know this.

Furthermore, a protracted war with the United States would lead potentially to the break-up of the Iranian nation, which is really an empire cobbled together by the imperialist Persians, from various and still unassimilated conquered peoples. There are four large subjugated populations that would welcome the opportunity that a real war would provide to break away from their Farsi speaking masters, the Azeris, the Kurds, the Balochi Pashtoons, and the Arabs.

Iran would experience the same consequences that the Ottoman and the Ethiopian Empires experienced.

The mullahs have to know this. That is why I think if we look serious enough, the theocrats will back down.

Professor van Creveld is correct that strategically, the Gulf States have more to fear from the Iranian bomb than Israel. The Iranians could use the nuclear threat to leverage their influence on OPEC policies.

Besides all this, we have more to fear, a LOT more, from the already existing nuclear arsenal of the world’s largest, open air, lunatic asylum, Pakistan. Especially, as our President assiduously insists that President Musharraf emulate the late Shah and hand the keys to the madhouse over to the elected representatives of the rabid mobs. You’d think he wouldn’t want to go down in History as the Repuglican Jimmy Carter. At least the Shah was a real ally.

But one never knows.

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Israeli Raid: Syria/Iran “Someone Set Up Us The Bomb”

This morning I was reading another theory about what Israel did to evade state-of-the-art Russian air defense radar. The new theory says the raid was part of a “MASINT” operation conducted by the US.

Back in September, Dr. Jack Wheeler said, “The identity of the target is not the story – for the primary point of the attack was not to destroy that target. It was to shut down Syria’s Russian air defense system during the attack. Doing so made the attack an incredible success. Syria is shamed and silent. Iran is freaking out in panic. Defenseless enemies are fun.”

Anyway, thought this video might be interesting:

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