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Hey Stupid! It’s Not About Nukes, It’s About Life and Death

January 26th, 2014 - 7:18 pm

● In Iran itself, the tempo of executions is surging, as it has for more than a year.  Hardly a day goes by without an announcement of multiple hangings, and those who closely follow this nasty business invariably find that the real numbers are significantly higher than the official ones.  Even the UN has taken notice, but the dips and businessmen are jockeying for position to make deals with Zarif and Rouhani.

● Iran continues its activities in our hemisphere, working ever more closely with Uruguay and Bolivia and continuing its operational activities with Venezuela.  According to the Uruguayan foreign minister, his country holds “identical view on international affairs” with Tehran.

● Finally, Iranian-sponsored terrorists continue to plot very nasty operations against us.  There’s a court case under way, involving two men arrested in Canada and another in New York.  They are accused of planning to attack a passenger train traveling between the two countries.  According to documents made public in Canada, one of the two Canadians was trained in Iran.

While Iranian President Rouhani and Foreign Minister Zarif whisper sweet words to reporters and businessmen, and even dangle the possibility of reopening the American Embassy in Tehran, the regime continues to wage war against us and our friends and allies.  Instead of simply crunching numbers on centrifuges and sanctions, it behooves serious strategists to pay attention to Iranian activity, now as ever aimed at our global defeat.

Our former close friends in the area know full well what’s going on, and they are acting accordingly.  The Gulf countries have just agreed to unify the command of their armed forces, creating an army of roughly 100,000 men to defend themselves against the ever-more threatening crowd around Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei.

Anyone with minimal understanding of human nature knows where all this is headed:  to ever more violence, and eventually to a war with Iran that everyone says they don’t want.  The hell of it is that the regime has never been so riven with internal conflict as it is today, as the various factions maneuver for position in the succession struggle that has intensified over the past couple of years.  The wave of executions is a sign of weakness and fear, not evidence of a regime that is firmly in control.  If Khamenei and Rouhani were confident they were firmly in control of Iran, they would fulfill some of Rouhani’s “moderate” promises, from greater rights for women to greater press and assembly freedoms, to release of political prisoners.  Instead they are nastier than in Ahmadinejad’s time.

If we were serious, we would support the oppressed people of Iran instead of making deals with their evil tyrants.  But, as throughout the past 35 years, our leaders keep trying to reach that elusive grand bargain with the mullahs.  Our leaders have confused the Iranians’ bark with a real ability to bite, when the sharpest teeth in Iran belong to the people.  As Winston Churchill once remarked, “Dictators ride to and fro upon tigers which they dare not dismount. And the tigers are getting hungry.”

I’m not holding my breath for Obama to embrace the cause of democratic revolution in Iran.  He’s already abandoned the freedom fighters from Tunis to Tehran, and from Aleppo to Cairo.  But he’s losing.  His pals in the Muslim Brotherhood have been routed, Tunisia has turned around, and his best friend in the region, Turkey’s Erdogan, is beginning to sense a hard wall at his back.  Life is full of surprises, sometimes even pleasant ones.  Obama’s betrayals may paradoxically be catalyzing revolutionary change more powerfully than his support could have accomplished.

Or not.  You never know.  But it’s wild out there…

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Comrades Gorbachev and Jaruselski can explain to you how supporting oppressed people brings down evil tyrannies...without bombing the tyrants. Pope John Paul II can also enlighten you. As can Ronald Reagan, his secretaries of state Haig and Schultz, and Bill Casey.
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"Turkey’s Erdogan, is beginning to sense a hard wall at his back."

Next step - somebody get him a blindfold.
31 weeks ago
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It's Iranian influence in South America that especially has me worried. The triangle region between Bolivia, Argentina, and Brazil is largely lawless -- and home to a population of Hizbullah sympathizers. And I've read credible reports of Hizbullah training camps and Shiite missionaries in Venezuela. Our porous southern border isn't that far away. :/
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Meanwhile, we could be seeing the last days of NATO.

When you have Erdogan making nice with Khameini, it makes me wonder why NATO is still around, for Turkey is, at least for the time being, still part of NATO.
30 weeks ago
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Michael, the speech that Canadian Prime Minister Harper gave to the Knesset can be a source of solace to those who are currently oppressed.

The US, under current management, is no different than what Orwell said about the influence of the Cliveden Set before September 1939, "The wrong family members are in charge".

This is where Canada, Australia, and others come in to stick up for the oppressed.

True, we don't have the largest of militaries, even when combined, but at least we don't pay lip service to why people still try to reach our countries.
30 weeks ago
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"and elsewhere regime enemies are being starved to death."

Yes, Assad regime uses starvation as tactic against its opponents. In general there is a humanitarian catastrophe in Syria, the Syrian people are starve to death!
30 weeks ago
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Those that don't starve are the ones who swear fealty to Assad.

I think what will really scare Assad, and those who view him as a client is this: A redrawing of the borders, if not a recognition of governments in exile.
30 weeks ago
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Mr. Lincoln, the Syrian people today has become between the hammer of Al-Assad and his allies on the one hand, and the anvil of the jihadis Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham and its allies on the other hand whose impose a Taliban-style on Syrian people. the last is the worst, even so, both brought a reign of terror on the region. Yes, we needs a real Cowboy!
30 weeks ago
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The Gulf states must be wary of Iranian expansion in the region, and any a threat by the mullahs' regime must be taken very seriously! Iran's nuclear weapons program is not only a great threat to Israel and the USA. It's also a real threat to its friends and allies of the moderates in the region, such as "Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, UAE, Iraq, Bahrain and Turkey". Above all it is a comprehensive threat to international security in general, therefore, if the international community would allow Iran to continue uranium enrichment research which use it in the development of its nuclear weapons program, this threat will increase dramatically, which is why, the major world powers must put an end to this madness, not to endanger the world's security. Negotiations with the evil tyrants are just a waste of time because they never intended to negotiate of good faith!
30 weeks ago
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Dr. Ledeen:

What can WE do to help the Iranian opposition? It's a foregone conclusion that President Obama won't lift a finger to help Iranians overthrow their government. It is increasingly becoming a figment of popular culture to regard President Obama as more eager to make war upon fellow Americans – the sort who are “not welcome” in the Empire State – than do anything against the mullahs.

Rumors are flying about a massive purchase of coffins by FEMA in preparation of crushing an armed rebellion. Although I don't believe those rumors myself, the fact that such rumors are flying around speaks volumes about the political atmosphere that President Obama has gone out of his way to foster. These rumors illustrate a widespread belief that President Obama actively desires an armed rebellion because that would give him a pretext to crush his domestic opponents.

Yes, President Obama could do many things to undermine the Iranian regime. But he won't. What can the rest of us do? I'll put it another way – the United States only slapped sanctions on South Africa after a major social movement put pressure on Congress to act; Ronald Reagan believed in “constructive engagement” with the Apartheid regime and had vetoed sanctions. Don't you think there is any room for social movements to reach out to the Iranian people so Americans and Iranians together can avoid the nuclear war that is inevitable if Iran's present regime stays in power?
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I believe the USA is in the midst of a second civil war;

Those who voted for Obama support his policies of "keep the dictators in Iran in power at all cost" & believe a new palesteinian state, even with no rights for women or gays et al: good!

Those that want your stuff because they can vote for: "Obama to take it" against those who believe everyone has the right to earn it;

Those who believe in: MLK's: ..."content of character", against those who seem to be at war with jobs and job creators.

Those who, like those from Sodom and Gomorrah, believe "travellers" should be subject to random forced genital assault against those who are willing to be subject to genital assault as a condition for travel!

Those who believe welfare is the same as: government created jobs (pay/employment) for infrastructure projects against those who believe it is different. (just because you never heard it, does not mean it is not one sides dogma".

Those who believe in the USA as what they use to believe it was, against those who see the USA as better off being what ever Obama wants it to be.
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Mr. Ledeen..as Americans we seem to have lost sight of the fact that our own betrayal happened all over the United States of America by our own elected president.That being the attempt to close sacred memorials to those that perished in wars fought all over the globe
To expect this president to do what is right is hopeless.
30 weeks ago
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Then strengthen those who are more prepared than Obama, to do the right thing.

Stephen Harper is on the list, Tony Abbot and his Foreign Minister Julie Bishop also show up on the list.
30 weeks ago
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Really, "It's about life and death..." ....inside the Muslim held territories, inside their own turf.

Read:
Daniel Pipes in the ME Forum, "Islamism in Disarray
by Daniel Pipes
October 3, 2013
updated Jan 3, 2014" ....get this via our Captain Google.

My point in mentioning this article of Pipes' is that we [particularly we Americans] seem to be spinning our wheels in our dealings against our apparently not so well accepted enemies, these troublesome Muslims. We've managed to squander our very bloody gains in Iraq and Afghanistan...just look at those Maliki and Karzai characters and their machinations...using our supplied materiel and our cash, after so many young Americans bled there and died there.

So, let's [Westerners] capitalize on this internal disarray, this intra-Muslim throat slitting and domestic hanging of dissidents here and there, encourage more civil wars inside their fractious borders [remember - their artificial borders were created by Sykes and Picot, crossing into and divvying up traditional ethnic and tribal areas furthering only their colonial interests of that period.]

Why don't we use Churchill's memorable term, "an Iron Curtain", and create our own isolating Curtain around West and Central Asian Muslim territory? We probably won't get many "allies"on our side, but we seem to control enough of the area's straddling financial movements to make them squirm internally. The results will not be immediate, but let's monitor them carefully while these competing Muslims eat on each other.

Save our young lives and cash. We need these here at home right now.
30 weeks ago
30 weeks ago Link To Comment
Really, "It's about life and death..." ....inside the Muslim held territories, inside their own turf.

Read:
Daniel Pipes in the ME Forum, "Islamism in Disarray
by Daniel Pipes
October 3, 2013
updated Jan 3, 2014" ....get this via our Captain Google.

My point in mentioning this article of Pipes' is that we [particularly we Americans] seem to be spinning our wheels in our dealings against our apparently not so well accepted enemies, these troublesome Muslims. We've managed to squander our very bloody gains in Iraq and Afghanistan...just look at those Maliki and Karzai characters and their machinations...using our supplied materiel and our cash, after so many young Americans bled there and died there.

So, let's [Westerners] capitalize on this internal disarray, this intra-Muslim throat slitting and domestic hanging of dissidents here and there, encourage more civil wars inside their fractious borders [remember - their artificial borders were created by Sykes and Picot, crossing into and divvying up traditional ethnic and tribal areas furthering only their colonial interests of that period.]

Why don't we use Churchill's memorable term, "an Iron Curtain", and create our own isolating Curtain around West and Central Asian Muslim territory? We probably won't get many "allies"on our side, but we seem to control enough of the area's straddling financial movements to make them squirm internally. The results will not be immediate, but let's monitor them carefully while these competing Muslims eat on each other.

Save our young lives and cash. We need these here at home right now.
30 weeks ago
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Apologies for this unintended double posting....my screen is jumping, and the red-font warning popped up saying "no more editing".. so I stopped, too late.
30 weeks ago
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Anyone that believes a word from the Iranian gov't is a total fool.
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