Thursday, November 02, 2006

Iran flexes its' muscles...again

Thursday's Daily Briefing on Iran.
Iran flex's its muscles again.
  • Reuters reported that Iran 's Revolutionary Guards fired missiles with the capability of carrying cluster warheads at the start of 10-days of military maneuvers on Thursday.
  • Monster and Critics reported that Iran is to hold renewed military exercises throughout the country, including in the Persian Gulf and Sea of Oman where naval maneuvers led by the United States currently take place.
Many Brits want a tougher stance on the Islamic Republic...
  • The Scotsman reported that Scotland 's oldest university yesterday took the controversial step of honoring a former president of Iran , amid angry protests that he allowed students to be persecuted in his home country.
  • Peter Tatchell, The Guardian argued why the former president of Iran should be put on trial, not feted by St Andrew's University.
  • Ha'aretz reported that British Foreign Office minister, Kim Howells, said that Iran is "hell-bent" on trying to build a nuclear bomb and should try to resolve its domestic problems rather than threaten Israel.
But other Brits continue to give the Islamic Republic a pass.
  • Bloomberg reported that London Police have concluded there is insufficient evidence to pursue a criminal investigation against Iran 's former president Mohammad Khatami, after two exiled Iranians said they were tortured by his government.
  • Middle East Newsline reported that the British government has acknowledged arms sales to Iran and Syria . A British Foreign Office report said the government has granted licenses for dual-use equipment to Iran and Syria.
Russia also sends mixed signals on the Islamic Republic.
  • The Jerusalem Post reported that the Russian defense minister defended Moscow 's deal to supply air defense missiles to Iran , saying they were purely defensive weapons with a limited range.
  • The International Herald & Tribune reported that two senior Russian officials indicated that Moscow could back a draft UN Security Council resolution imposing sanctions on Iran, in an apparent sign of the Islamic Republic's growing isolation over its nuclear program.
The Islamic Republic is aggressively seeking to reproduce itself.
  • Amir Taheri, The Jerusalem Post reported that little attention is being paid to an Iranian plan to remodel Syria into a Khomeinist state.
  • The reported that the United States has accused Syria , Iran and Hezbollah militants of plotting to topple the Lebanese government and warned them to keep their "hands off."
Here are two news items you may have missed.
  • Daniel Pipes, Union Leader argued that the situation with Iran has become crude and binary: either the U.S. government deploys force to prevent Tehran from acquiring nukes, or Tehran acquires them.
  • Michael Ledeen, The National Review Online argued that it appears president Bush has made a conscious decision to not act on Iran.
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