Thursday, January 11, 2007

Arabs see no choice but war: DBI

Thursday's Daily Briefing on Iran.
Arabs see no choice but to prep for war.
  • Amir Taheri, The New York Post reported that the Arabs are increasingly worried because Iran 's new leadership under President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad refuses even to consider their concerns over its nuclear ambitions. During the 2005 presidential campaign, Ahmadinejad described the GCC states as "gas stations, not countries."
  • Adnkronos International reported that there is widespread fear among Persian Gulf nations over Iran ’s nuclear program in light of the fact that Iran is considered a highly seismic country and thus prone to devastating earthquakes.
What exploded in Central Iran?
  • Fars News Agency reported that an Unidentified Flying Object crashed in Barez Mounts in the central province of Kerman Wednesday morning.
Russian Admiral Predicts Impending US Strike Against Iran.
  • Kuwait News Agency reported that former Russian Black Sea Fleet Commander Admiral Edward Baltin said Tuesday that the presence of so many nuclear submarines in the Arab Gulf waters pointed to likely plans for a US attack against Iran.
To Counter Iran’s Role in Iraq, Bush Moves Beyond Diplomacy.
  • The New York Times reported that President Bush returned Wednesday night to a strategy of confrontation in dealing with Tehran , casting aside what had been a limited flirtation with a more diplomatic approach toward it.
  • The White House published the full text of President Bush's speech on Iraq with excerpts on Iran noted.
Khamenei: Color Me Agnostic, But it's Hell over There.
  • Michael Ledeen, Faster Please reported on a conversation with a senior Western intelligence official who said: “It seems pretty clear that Khamenei is either dead or dying.
Why A nuclear Iran will change everything.
  • S. Enders Wimbush, The Weekly Standard argued that many European strategists speak of "managing" a nuclear Iran , as if Iran and the new nuclear actors that will emerge in Iran 's wake can be easily deterred by getting them to sign documents and by talking nicely to them. This is a lethal naiveté.
U.S. Treasury Escalates Financial War on Iran.
  • Eli Lake, The New York Sun reported that the Treasury Department barred Iran 's oldest bank from American financial markets yesterday, escalating America 's financial war on Iran.
  • The Wall Street Journal reported that the U.S. government's attempt to isolate Iran's economy will get a significant boost this month when the last European bank known to be clearing large volumes of that country's dollar transactions in the U.S. halts the practice.
Here are four news items you may have missed.
  • The Telegraph reported that Ahmadinejad, the president of Iran , is to fly to Latin America this weekend in search of new international allies.
  • Iran Press News reported that the Hamas terrorist group has just taken delivery of advanced communications equipment in the Gaza strip.
  • Iran Press News reported that members of the Jordanian parliament in a letter have demanded Amman cut off diplomatic relations with Tehran ’s regime.
  • Google Video published a video of drug addiction In Shiraz In Farsi with English subtitles.
Thank you, Doctor Zin and Team, for all your efforts to get us the news coming out of Iran. Keep up the great work!

Labels: ,