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Posted on Jun 10, 2010
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By Juan Cole

(Page 3)

Washington, however, faced a problem: Russian Prime Minister and éminence grise Vladimir Putin initially opposed such sanctions, as did China’s leaders.  As Putin observed, “Direct dialogue… is always more productive… than a policy of threats, sanctions, and all the more so a resolution to use force.”  Moreover, the non-permanent members of the Council included Turkey and Brazil, rising powers and potential leaders of the non-permanent bloc at the Council.  Neither country was eager to see Iran put under international boycott for, from their point of view, simply having a civilian nuclear enrichment program. (Since such a program is permitted by the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, any such Security Council sanctions on Iran represent, at best, arbitrary acts.)

By mid-May, Obama nonetheless appeared to have his ducks in a row for a vote in which Russia and China would support at least modest further financial restrictions on investments connected to Iran’s Revolutionary Guards.  Many observers believed that such a move, guaranteed to fall far short of “crippling,” would in fact prove wholly ineffectual.

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Only Turkey and Brazil, lacking veto power in the Council, were proving problematic for Washington.  Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey leads the Justice and Development Party, which is mildly tinged with Muslim politics (unlike most previous strongly secular governments in Ankara).  Viewing himself as a bridge between the Christian West and the Muslim world, he strongly opposes new sanctions on neighboring Iran.  In part, he fears they might harm the Turkish economy; in part, he has pursued a policy of developing good relations with all his country’s direct neighbors. 

Brazil’s President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva has led a similar charge against any strengthened punishment of Iran.  He has been motivated by a desire to alter the prevailing North-dominated system of international relations and trade.  Popularly known as “Lula,” the president has put more emphasis on encouraging South-South relations.  His country gave up its nuclear weapons aspirations in 1980, but continued a civilian nuclear energy program and has recently committed to building a nuclear-powered submarine.  Having the Security Council declare even peaceful nuclear enrichment illegal could be extremely inconvenient for Brasilia.

On May 15th, Erdogan and Lula met with Ahmadinejad in Tehran and announced a nuclear deal that much resembled the one to which Iran had briefly agreed in October.  Turkey would now hold a majority of Iran’s LEU in escrow in return for which Iran would receive fuel rods enriched to 19.75% for its medical reactor.  Critics pointed out that Iran had, by now, produced even more LEU, which meant that the proportion of fuel being sent abroad would be less damaging to any Iranian hopes for nuclear latency and therefore far less attractive to Washington and Tel Aviv.  Washington promptly dismissed the agreement, irking the Turkish and Brazilian leaders.

Meanwhile, throughout May, a conference of signatories to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty was being held in New York to hammer out a consensus document that would, in the end, declare the Middle East a “nuclear free zone.”  Unexpectedly, they announced success.  Since Israel is the only country in the Middle East with an actual nuclear arsenal (estimated at about 200 warheads, or similar to what the British possess), and not an NPT signatory, Tel Aviv thundered: “This resolution is deeply flawed and hypocritical… It singles out Israel, the Middle East’s only true democracy and the only country threatened with annihilation… Given the distorted nature of this resolution, Israel will not be able to take part in its implementation.” 

The hypocrisy in all this was visibly Washington’s and Israel’s.  After all, both were demanding that a country without nuclear weapons “disarm” and the only country in the region to actually possess them be excused from the disarmament process entirely.  This was, of course, their gift to Tehran.  Like others involved in the process, Iran’s representative to the International Atomic Energy Agency immediately noted this and riposted, “The U.S… is obliged to go along with the world’s request, which is that Israel must join the NPT and open its installations to IAEA inspectors.”

A Windfall for the Hardliners: The Flotilla Assault

With the Tehran Agreement brokered by Turkey and Brazil—and signed by Ahmadinejad—and Israel’s rejection of the NPT conference document now public news, Obama’s sanctions program faced a new round of pushback from China.  Then, on May 31st, Israeli commandos rappelled from helicopters onto the deck of the Mavi Marmara, a Turkish aid ship heading for Gaza.  They threw stun grenades and fired rubber-jacketed metal bullets even before landing, enraging passengers, and leading to a fatal confrontation that left at least nine dead and some 30 wounded.  An international uproar ensued, putting Israel’s relations with Turkey under special strain.

The Mavi Marmara assault was more splendid news for Iran’s hardliners at the very moment when the Green movement was gearing up for demonstrations to mark the one-year anniversary of the contested presidential election.  Around the Israeli assault on the aid flotilla and that country’s blockade of Gaza they were able to rally the public in solidarity with the theocratic government, long a trenchant critic of Israeli oppression of the stateless Palestinians.  Green leaders, in turn, were forced to put out a statement condemning Israel, and Khamenei was then able to fill the streets of the capital with two million demonstrators commemorating the death of Imam Ruhollah Khomeini, the founder of the Islamic Republic. 

The flotilla attack also gave the hardliners a foreign policy issue on which they could stand in solidarity with Turkey, Iraq, Syria, and the Arab world generally, reinforcing their cachet as champions of the Palestinians and bolstering the country’s regional influence.  There was even talk of sending a new Gaza aid flotilla guarded by Iranian ships.  Because Turkey, the aggrieved party, is at present a member of the Security Council, this fortuitous fillip for Iran has denied Obama the unanimity he sought on sanctions.  Finally, the incident had the potential to push international concern over Tehran’s nuclear enrichment program and that country’s new assertiveness in the Middle East into the background, while foregrounding Israel’s brutality in Gaza, intransigence toward the peace process, and status as a nuclear outlaw.

In the end, President Obama got his watered-down, non-unanimous sanctions resolution.  There is no doubt that Netanyahu’s reluctance to make a just peace with the Palestinians and his cowboy military tactics have enormously complicated Obama’s attempt to pressure Iran and deeply alienated Turkey, one of yesterday’s holdouts.

His election as prime minister in February 2009 turns out to have been the best gift the Israeli electorate could have given Iran.  The Likud-led government continues its colonization of the West Bank and its blockade of the civilian population of Gaza, making the Iranian hawks who harp on injustices done to Palestinians look prescient.  It refuses to join the NPT or allow U.N. inspections of its nuclear facilities, making Iran, by comparison, look like a model IAEA member state. 

Juan Cole is the Richard P. Mitchell Collegiate Professor of History at the University of Michigan and director of its Center for South Asian Studies.  He maintains the blog Informed Comment. His most recent book is Engaging the Muslim World (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009).

Copyright 2010 Juan Cole


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By drbhelthi, June 15, 2010 at 3:53 am Link to this comment

The vast majority of folk did not have access to the information,
and those who did were largely insiders or accomplice-treasonists. 

Logically, stooges of the CIA, MOSSAD, similar destructive
groupage, and their string-pullers, refute the info.

Within law enforcement, the concept that criminals often return to
the scene of the crime, has been repeatedly, historically verified.

Observing how well one has done “ones job” is gratifying.

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By Night-Gaunt, June 14, 2010 at 3:05 pm Link to this comment

So far the only evidence I have seen was that Mossad was in the area and saw what happened. They might have known considering all the intelligence sources that warned the Bush/Cheney regime that ignored it all. Maybe they were tasked with observing how the USA does things.

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By tropicgirl, June 14, 2010 at 10:29 am Link to this comment

““only the CIA or Mossad would attack the USA. Right?”“

Right. The way its always been.

In fact, let me say, American involvement in wars, at least since the turn of the
century, if not further back, are ALL a results of a series of false flag events
designed to get our kids to fight and die for things like OIL, MINERALS,
GOVERNMENT DRUG DEALING, GAS, other VALUABLE resources, LAND AND
MILITARY BASES.

Mostly we split the spoils with England and such. That’s basically it.

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By drbhelthi, June 13, 2010 at 11:43 am Link to this comment

The opinion of every commenter is based on information sources. My information is based on “hard facts,” which very rarely reach TV screens.

Such “hard facts” are only presented in partial segments, when they do, and comparatively few Americans have adequate insider experience to understand them, excepting insider propagandists who distort, distract and cover them up.

Except for a few commenters such as “aarky”, who try to keep their heads low.

My source-type persons are usually not publicized on TV. or anywhere. For very long. . . .
With an occasional exception such as the valiant American, Mr. Scott Ritter.

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By Peter Knopfler, June 13, 2010 at 8:18 am Link to this comment

Lots of opinions little hard facts. Check out the experts, on http://www.foratv.org
Hirsi Ali; Islam needs more competion from Christianity!
Free Press and Free speech in IRAN.
Global perspectives on Iran.
Under the mushroom cloud; Europe , Iran, and the Bomb!
Iran needs tougher sanctions!
I listen to these, 5, videos, easy way to get informed. Give it a try!

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By drbhelthi, June 13, 2010 at 4:45 am Link to this comment

An accurate, political, jewish historian, Mrs. Mae Brussell, a patriotic American,
attended the “general assembly“ meeting called in 1981 by William
J. Casey, after his appointment to chief of the CIA by Ronald
Reagan.  Brussell recorded a key statement by Mr. Casey: “- we will
know that our disinformation program is successful when everything
the American public believes is false.“ 
It is interestingly distressing to me that the “Disinformation
Program” publicized by CIA chief, Bill Casey, at the first general
assembly of the CIA in 1981, has been successful in turning
Americans against Americans, and polluting the intelligence of a
large percentage of interested, non-Americans. 

Much of the falsification has been cleared up and continues to be
cleared up via the internet, and public media leadership, who are
becoming more honest.  Thanks to the scientific and professional
organizations who have verified that the WTC was destroyed via
internal, special-steel-melting explosives, planted by MOSSAD
operatives, disguised as students, over a 4-months period prior to
detonation of the explosives.  And the hoax, “Moslems flying
airliners into the twin towers” is revealed to have been
disinformation funded by the NAZI-israeli-Bilderberger group. 

Little wonder that David Rockefeller and kin, all members of the
Bilderberger “groupage,”  want Kenyan Obama to take over or
destroy the internet and freedom of expression.  Right.  Hide
behind a foreigner - or anyone- to avoid detection and culpability. 
The israeli trade-mark. 

“Uncle Sugar, you attack Iran, at your cost, munitions and lives, and
we wiill back you.” 
T O T A L   N O N S E N S E
Like the recent piracy on the high seas - - similar to the USS
Liberty attack +forty years ago, still politically “white-washed.” 
Israeli cowardice and deception.  Funded by a US “good will
stipend” daily to the tune of +-15 million dollars ?  Plus a billion here
and there - - ?

What with the 41st US “president” having been a NAZI spy, born in
Doerlitzsch, Germany, and the current US “president” being a
Kenyan who doesn’t even qualify to run for the US Presidency, both
of whom were installed via NAZI-israeli-Bildergerger group monies,
via their major tool, the US CIA, _ _ _ and the US Military being
manipulated into committing genocide on the Arab cousins of the
alleged “israelis,”  and the majority of US Congresspersons bribed
and intimidated into supporting such treason against the US
Constitution, thus the USofA - - - - - ???

http://www.angelfire.com/falcon/stopthefourthreich/eight.htm

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By Inherit The Wind, June 12, 2010 at 5:31 pm Link to this comment

Arabian Sinbad, June 12 at 10:53 am #

By rico, suave, June 12 at 10:01 am #
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Honestly poor “rico,” are you the next Mossad-CIA agent being trained to fly airplanes into buildings as they did in 9/11, 2001?!

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Yeah no way people who call the US “The Great Satan”, load their websites with posts glorifying “Jihad”, chant “Death to America” and discuss ways to attack Americans, blow themselves up in Kenya, Lebanon, Yemen , pizza shops full of children and buses full of commuter could ever POSSIBLY consider attacking America…only the CIA or Mossad would attack the USA. Right?

You are as illogical as a flat-earther, but espouse a far greater evil.

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By Mariategui, June 12, 2010 at 3:07 pm Link to this comment

re: Juan Cole’s Gift to US hardliners

The continuing claims of voter fraud in Iran, in the absence of any credible evidence for such fraud—not to mention the extensive circumstantial evidence that the elections were clean—would seem to give great comfort and aid to US hardliners.

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By rico, suave, June 12, 2010 at 1:34 pm Link to this comment

nemesis:

Speaking of which- the US lucked out against England.

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By nemesis2010, June 12, 2010 at 11:09 am Link to this comment

By rico, suave, June 12 at 10:01 am

” Indeed. Show me some logic John and I’ll stay away from your personality.“

Standing next to John Ellis, even Spooky43 appears like he might have at least one coherent thought in every 1,000. Given that, what are the odds that a self-absorbed ass like John Ellis might present you with a logical and coherent comment?  You’ll get better odds betting that soccer might be more entertaining than watching paint dry. Both of which are much more entertaining than anything that burro has to say.

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By nemesis2010, June 12, 2010 at 11:07 am Link to this comment

By John Ellis, June 11 at 8:29 pm

”Nemesis2010
Comes now above poster, and he to have blind faith in the biggest religion in all the world, atheism.“

I could start explaining how atheism isn’t a religion and teach you about the suffix “ism” but to tell you the truth I find you so ghey with that utterly stupid “Darkness vs. Light” thing that you do that I always prefer to ignore your grossly uninformed, uneducated, unenlightened, incognizant, oblivious, clueless, incoherent, obtuse, pointless, superstitious, naïve, oafish, addle-brained, wrongheaded, unintellectual, mindless, vacuous, irrational, illogical, dull-witted, incompetent, inept, feckless, and turgid, tripe.

Believers in mythology are like pigs; just as pigs enjoy wallowing in their feces, believers enjoy wallowing in their stupidity. As a matter of fact the only thing a believer enjoys more than wallowing in his stupidity is murdering other human beings in the name of and for the glory of their imaginary friends.

”Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I’m not sure about the former.” –Albert Einstein

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By drbhelthi, June 12, 2010 at 10:28 am Link to this comment

Aarky, is the CIA handler whom you mention in your previous note, the
same CIA operative whom the israeli-Bilderberger group promoted into
the US presidency in 2008? 

The one who made all the promises that the “poorfolk”
wanted to hear, similar to the Austrian immigrant to
Germany in the 1930s, and who after being installed into the position,
reversed his tactics?

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By Ed Harges, June 12, 2010 at 9:38 am Link to this comment

re:By Arabian Sinbad, June 11 at 8:54 pm:

I agree: aarky has reminded us a of a lot of valuable facts which have been
disappeared - if ever mentioned in the first place - by the msm.

But I would encourage Aarky to register, so that when (s)he posts a comment, it
appears right away.

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By rico, suave, June 12, 2010 at 7:16 am Link to this comment

Sinbad:

Damn! Busted AGAIN! You guys are REALLY good!

But as the good Dr. John Ellis would say, “And how can you debate an issue when they attack your person to draw attention away from the issue?”

It’s people like you who make me keep coming back to truthdig. You whack jobs are SOOOOO EASY!!

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By Arabian Sinbad, June 12, 2010 at 6:53 am Link to this comment

By rico, suave, June 12 at 10:01 am #
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Honestly poor “rico,” are you the next Mossad-CIA agent being trained to fly airplanes into buildings as they did in 9/11, 2001?!

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By rico, suave, June 12, 2010 at 6:01 am Link to this comment

drbhelthi:

Damn! Busted! You are good! But you’re just a propagandist for Ellis.

Ellis:
“So,  our CIA ordered the IDF to execute precisely nine on the Freedom Flotilla, to put bags over the heads of six others and be sure to heave them into the sea.”

Followed by this,

“How can you have a debate with an illogical person?”

Indeed. Show me some logic John and I’ll stay away from your personality.

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By drbhelthi, June 12, 2010 at 1:38 am Link to this comment

There you go, John Ellis, being accurate, logical and outspoken again. As per ususual.

Seems that “rico, suave” is interested in your bod ?
I wonder if the hired propagandist who pens “this person´s” script used a rented uniform with a fictitious face?

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By rico, suave, June 11, 2010 at 7:05 pm Link to this comment

Ellis:
“Bless your darling heart, this WEB page is a free service for liberals to have an open and friendly discussion of liberal views.”

Oh, I see. We can’t have any flavor but plain vanilla here at td. It might upset your fragile psyches to learn that there is a whole different world of opinion out there.

You know, your ego is as fragile as your body looks in that avatar.

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By Arabian Sinbad, June 11, 2010 at 4:54 pm Link to this comment

By tropicgirl, June 11 at 4:56 pm #

“The only thing happening here is that Petreus spilled the beans and the truth came out. He’s the betray-us SECRET MAN, setting BROTHER AGAINST BROTHER, KILL YOUR FATHER, HERE’S SOME MONEY, DESTROY YOUR OWN
COUNTRY if we make you do it, kind of man…”
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Thank you tropicgirl for a well-articulated piece; the type of words expected from a free thinker and a lively critical mind! I really enjoyed reading your piece and adding it to my my file of “The Best Things I Read This Week.”
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By Aarky, June 11 at 7:05 pm #
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Thank you Aarky for another excellent piece of educated critical thinking! If I am not mistaken, you are totally new to these threads and I want you to know that your piece is a hit with me. Keep up the good work of educating the less fortunate!

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By Aarky, June 11, 2010 at 3:36 pm Link to this comment
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I posted earlier and presume it will be displayed. If you read enough you find many surprising things about Iran. The CIA lost an entire string of secret agents in Iran a couple years back. The CIA dispatcher made the mistake of sending a message to all persons rather than one spy and one of them was a double agent. It sounds too simple, but it apparently had a list of addresses, sort of like a CC list. OUCH!!

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By Aarky, June 11, 2010 at 3:05 pm Link to this comment
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Why is it that no one mentions that credible polls taken before the election in Iran showed that Ahmadinejad was going to win the election? All the rednecks of Iran help him win the elction, quite like the US variety helped re-elect Bush in 2004.
Why is it that no mentions the secret Bush program from late 2007 to spend up to $400 million to attempt to destabilize the government of Iran? We have to presume the new Petraeus directive is an extension of that program. Why doesn’t anyone ask why the US government keeps re-creating our $100 bills? It just might be that the Iranians decided to play tit for tat when they realized we were dumping fake Iranian money on them. Why is no one talking about the letter the White House sent to Silva of Brazil asking him to work with the Turks to encourage Iran to accept some sort of fuel swap in return for the 20% enriched fuel rods? When Iran accepted the deal, the White House started all sorts of objections to the deal. The Turks and Brazil were rightly P OFF at the apparent treachery from the WH. They even published the letter to show that they had acted in good faith. Why is it that no one asks why the WH still has Rahm Emanuel or Dennis Ross on the payroll? These men have effectivly sabotaged any meaningful conversations with Iran and Hillary parrots all the talking points that they pass to her.
No one in the US seems to know that a number of US airlines routinely overfly Iran on the way to India. We need to fire every one on the Iran desk at State and bring in a group of airline executives to deal with Iran. I guarantee our relations would start to improve with one month. But first, fire Rahm and Dennis so they can’t sabotage any agreements.

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By rico, suave, June 11, 2010 at 1:33 pm Link to this comment

Ellis:
You send us a transcript of Pacifica Radio and use THAT for proof of anything??

Do you have any real proof that the CIA had anything to do with this? And what six bag-headed people were heaved into the sea?

What the HELL are you talking about?

Who am I trying to fool, John?

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By tropicgirl, June 11, 2010 at 12:56 pm Link to this comment

The only thing happening here is that Petreus spilled the beans and the truth
came out. He’s the betray-us SECRET MAN, setting BROTHER AGAINST
BROTHER, KILL YOUR FATHER, HERE’S SOME MONEY, DESTROY YOUR OWN
COUNTRY if we make you do it, kind of man…

The “Green Movement” was invented by Henry Kissinger and other criminals.
There is video on the internet, of Kissinger speaking about his part in the
Green movement, on the internet, and, if it didn’t work, they would invade.
Google it, unless it has been scrubbed. I saw it a few months ago.

Moussavi, the so-called “leader” of the Fake Green Movement, is a violent,
dangerous criminal, who has ties to CIA and Israel, and perhaps played a part
in incidents in which American servicepersons died.

Neda was an unfortunately misled person, who someone convinced that
outside American interests, agitating in her country, if successful, would
somehow be good for her country. She was tragically wrong.

America has nothing but death for her country. They just used her up and lead
her, in her unfortunate ignorance, into her own destruction. They will kill her
father, her brother, her mayor, her friends, with a nuke if necessary, to get
what they want. The neutering of Iran.

This is a broken record that I am tired of. The crack down was necessary, long
overdue, and I hope that ugly, “fake head of revolution” never rears itself,  ever,
ever again.

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By nemesis2010, June 11, 2010 at 12:24 pm Link to this comment

Adherents of the Big 3 (Judaism, Christianity & Islam) will never be happy or content until they are slaughtering each other by the millions. I say… good riddance! Let them die happy… by the multimillions!

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By rico, suave, June 11, 2010 at 9:11 am Link to this comment

Valatius:
“The mystery is why the Obama administration and the majority of the US political and media class consistently support the worst elements in Israel, rather than the best.”

I’m pretty sure the US-Israel relationship is at its lowest in quite a long time, thanks to the stupid choices Netanyahu is making.

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By Valatius, June 11, 2010 at 8:34 am Link to this comment

Ed Harges’ comment above is right on target: “So it’s probably “good for Israel”, according to Likudnik calculations, if the mullahs keep power in Iran.” All of their power is based on stoking the fears of a new holocaust in the Israeli electorate - the real enemy of the Likudniks and their allies is is not Iran but the ever-smaller Israeli Left, which still holds to the secular and socialist values of the state’s founders.

The mystery is why the Obama administration and the majority of the US political and media class consistently support the worst elements in Israel, rather than the best.

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By Peter Knopfler, June 11, 2010 at 8:13 am Link to this comment

Nice to hear or read everyones peace of mind. Iran a
land where homosexuals, lesbians get executed, where
journalists get trails and then executed, Women far
from equal, State and Religion ONE· SUPREME leader
the rest are suicide bombers in disguise as normal
people. Killer Koran still rules the day, No freedom
for Iran!The ideology in a life hereafter, Paradise
kill a Jew go to Heaven, virgins and all
included,timeshare resort, some where in Paradise”
The old rule the new by force and an entire
generation contaminated with violence for order. The
KING must die so the people can live! Change comes
from within, Kabbalist verse The Kingdom of Heaven is
within so says the RABBI on the cross!  Last Saturday
Obama got the green light to strike Iran and Israel
as back up! WE are on our way to WW3, most empires
lasted 120/40 years excluding Roman Empire, USA
EMPIRE QUESTIONED AGAIN, is time finished for this
American Republic/hope not!

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By LA Roth, June 11, 2010 at 7:17 am Link to this comment
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Too bad we lost assets in Iran when Valerie Plame was outed. That said, why would we expect things to be different?

There are certain people who make careers of being warriors. No war, no career. That’s the political and military people. Then there are the opportunists who make fortunes off conflict. No conflict or threat, no need for weapons, no profits.

And never mind religion, one justification for doing bad things to another group in order to gain personal power. It’s no different from wolf packs trying to control territory and mating rights.

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By rico, suave, June 11, 2010 at 7:14 am Link to this comment

Cole says, “Above all, the ayatollahs benefited from Israeli intransigence and American hypocrisy on nuclear disarmament in the Middle East.”

Oh, I see. If we would just let Iran have its nukes, they would stop killing their Greens and peace and freedom would prevail in Iran.

If Cole runs “the single best running commentary on the Middle East” ...

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By Arabian Sinbad, June 11, 2010 at 6:57 am Link to this comment

By dihey, June 11 at 10:21 am #

“What is the evidence that the Greens would have held “unrigged” elections had they won? Rigged elections are the rule in the Near/Middle East: Egypt, Iraq, Afghanistan and possibly Pakistan as well. Are there fair elections anywhere on the Arabian peninsula?”
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It’s interesting that all the countries you mention as candidates for rigged elections are either occupied, puppets or so-called allies of the US.

It’s true that most countries in the Middle East, specially those that are the puppets of the US, conduct rigged elections. By rigged elections I also mean where the power of dirty domestic or outside money determines the outcome of the elections whenever they take place.

By this definition, the first term election of George W. Bush was a rigged election and so was his second term election. These two elections were two examples that democracy, even in the US, is about all the democracy that money can buy.

However, one recent example of one “unrigged” election in the Middle East was that of the Palestinians three years ago, which by certification of all international observers ran a very clean and truly democratic election! But the rest of the story of this election is known to the whole world when the US and Israel rigged it from without, by refusing to accept the outcome because the winners were not their puppets!

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By dihey, June 11, 2010 at 6:21 am Link to this comment

What is the evidence that the Greens would have held “unrigged” elections had they won? Rigged elections are the rule in the Near/Middle East: Egypt, Iraq, Afghanistan and possibly Pakistan as well. Are there fair elections anywhere on the Arabian peninsula?

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By prosefights, June 11, 2010 at 6:01 am Link to this comment

We hope

[M]y guess is that neither the US nor Israel will attempt to take out their facilities in the year ahead. If Iran used a nuclear device against Israel, or anybody else, they would be asking to become, in turn, the world’s largest ashtray. ...

James Howard Kunstler

is correct.

Iran possession of nuclear weapons doesn’t appear to buy it anything but trouble.

And it looks as if all countries will face increased electricity costs and possible shortage in the future.

BTUs go in, kWhs come out. More than twice 3412.14163 in the case of most heat sources.

Solar and wind generation of electricity may be an exception according to PNM?  We’re investigating.

We’ll continue to try to find out if

http://home.comcast.net/~bpayne37/whitman59/bushschool/bushschool.htm#layne

was received.

Dig my 73rd birthday greeting!

From: “Iran Defense Forum” <support@irandefence.net>
To: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Sent: Thursday, June 10, 2010 11:01:02 PM GMT -07:00 US/Canada Mountain
Subject: Happy Birthday from Iran Defense Forum

Hello billp37,

We at Iran Defense Forum would like to wish you a happy birthday today!

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By shalom, June 11, 2010 at 5:59 am Link to this comment

Dear Professor Cole,

Your article sheds light on the dark side of the battle between the West and Iran while identifying that many American and Israeli actions have only strengthened Ahmadinejad’s power base both within Iran and beyond. As for the State of Israel’s recent interdiction of the Free Gaza Flotila and attack on the Mavi Marmara I believe we are all still struggling to confirm the chronology of events. It is difficult to know what is missing when Israel confiscated and utilizes all the photographic evidence as it serves it best. The simultaneous capture of the pasengers on all six ships and their detention including the violence on the Mavi Marmara only make clarity that much harder to come by. As the passengers, crew, journalists, soldiers and leaders of Israel, IHH, the Free Gaza Movement and others are interviewed increasingly by independent sources I hope that it will be possible to construct a chronology that is undeniable.

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By drbhelthi, June 11, 2010 at 4:37 am Link to this comment

How can “we” talk about “hardliners” in Iran - or the moslem world,  when only “israel” can repeatedly attack ships in international waters without reciprocity?

Or even the fear of reciprocity?

Has one American voter been asked for approval to send “US Special Forces” - or anyone- into Iran as spies?

When the US CIA assassinates via EMF-engendered “heart ttacks,” shooting with pistols, and stabbing with knives, who can fault Iranians or moslems for assassinating with swords and beheading?  Murder is murder and the victim is DEAD, regardless of method.

Which nation has Iran attacked or even threatened to attack? Is there a nation, other than the self-alleged nation of “Israel,” that is permitted to repeatedly commit attacks and piracy on the high seas without having a “bunker-buster” zeroed in on their underground HQ ??

Three scientific and professional organizations have officially gone on record to state that the World Trade Center was not destroyed by “Moslems” flying airliners into the towers.

Rather, MOSSAD operatives moved freely about the buildings for four months, setting the special explosives, required to melt the steel, supportive girders, and then disappeared two days prior to demolition of the towers.

Are the leaders of Iran the only folk who will not kiss the asses of the steering committee of the Bilderberger-israeli group, whose major puppets reside in the greater Washington D.C. area and the U.S. White House ?

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By Commune115, June 11, 2010 at 12:13 am Link to this comment

The Green movement’s decline is also somewhat it’s own fault. It never offered anything to Iran’s working class and rural/urban poor who for various reasons, remain loyal to Ahmadinejad. This is why it remains mostly regulated to the more upper class areas of Tehran.

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By Ed Harges, June 10, 2010 at 9:09 pm Link to this comment

Oh, goodness!

Israel’s intransigence will cause the hard-liners to remain in power
in Iran!

And so Iran’s government will continue to be easily portrayable in the Israeli-
controlled American press as a bunch of mad mullahs who can only be stopped by
being bombed back to the stone age! And so we’ll have war with Iran, instead of
peace!

I’m sure this is contrary to Israel’s intentions—because everyone knows
that Israel wants to avoid war!

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By Arabian Sinbad, June 10, 2010 at 8:14 pm Link to this comment

I find it difficult come up with my own words in response to this very scholarly and analytical article. Therefore, I opted to highlight the following words as a quotation from the article, which would be what I would say if it wasn’t already there in the article.
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“The hypocrisy in all this was visibly Washington’s and Israel’s.  After all, both were demanding that a country without nuclear weapons “disarm” and the only country in the region to actually possess them be excused from the disarmament process entirely.  This was, of course, their gift to Tehran.  Like others involved in the process, Iran’s representative to the International Atomic Energy Agency immediately noted this and riposted, “The U.S… is obliged to go along with the world’s request, which is that Israel must join the NPT and open its installations to IAEA inspectors.””

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By Night-Gaunt, June 10, 2010 at 6:46 pm Link to this comment

Yes like the crypto-fascists here ,they want to stay in power forever as the only viable party. Israel is just further along in their development to a more fascist state.

If Israel decides they would lose less by attacking Iran’s nuclear sites, and those they suspect as such, along with any military and logistical points on their target lists, they will. It will be a bad day that could stretch into a very bad decade for nearly everyone.

The whole reason for this is because the USA has a bug up its collective ass with Iran. Just like with Iraq before, they will lie, cheat, steal and maybe kill to fool enough of the people to mount an attack after the psychological and psyops ground had been laid. A blockade would percipitate it. We don’t get much of our oil form Iran but it won’t matter to the overall cost per barrel will sky rocket and Iran won’t sit idly by either. [This isn’t a crippled Iraq.]

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By Ed Harges, June 10, 2010 at 5:33 pm Link to this comment

In all likelihood, Israel’s right-wing crazies
want Iran’s hardliners to stay in power.

Israel’s supporters are only making a “mistake” by strengthening
the hardliners if you assume that they are telling the truth when
they claim to love the Iranian “Green” opposition and to hope that war can be
avoided.

This is a mistaken assumption. The Iranian “Green” opposition leaders believe
just as strongly as the mullahs that Iran has the right to control the full nuclear
enrichment cycle, as permitted by the NPT. The Iranian people themselves,
according to opinion surveys, also strongly support Iran’s right to the full
enrichment cycle. It is doubtful that any government could be elected to power
in Iran on a platform of surrendering to Israel’s dictates concerning the nuclear
cycle.

Israel’s intransigent position is that Iran must not be allowed to conduct
nuclear enrichment at all, even under the safeguards provided by the NPT.
Consequently, Israel’s fervent desire is that somebody, preferably the US,
should bomb Iran back to the stone age.

If the hardliners lost power, and the more liberal opposition replaced them, it
would be harder for Israel to continue to demonize Iran, claiming that its
government is crazy and requires immediate bombing.

So it’s probably “good for Israel”, according to Likudnik calculations, if the
mullahs keep power in Iran.

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