Thursday, September 14, 2006

Friday's Daily Briefing on Iran

DoctorZin reports, 9.15.2oo6

Bernard Lewis: The West may lose the war on terror.
  • The New York Sun reported that historian Bernard Lewis warned that the U.S. may lose the war on terror. He said during the darkest days of the fight against Nazism he "had no doubt that in the end we would triumph." But he does not "have that certitude now."
Ahmadinejad: "Iran will win the coming war with America."
  • Arnaud De Borchgrave, United Press International reported that Ahmadinejad said America and Britain "may have won World War II" but they will most assuredly "lose World War III" because "Iran will win the coming war and America will be beaten."
Is Iran now using lasers to enrich uranium?
  • International Herald Tribune reported that an Iranian opposition group claims that Iran has secretly revived a program to enrich uranium using laser technology, reportedly with favorable results, at Lashkar Ab'ad, about 25 kilometers (about 15 miles) northwest of Tehran.
France warns the world to remain united on Iran.
  • Yahoo News reported that French Foreign Minister Philippe Douste-Blazy warned "If the international community were to become divided, Iran would continue" its enrichment work.
Voice of Israel broadcaster: People power can work in Iran.
  • The Jerusalem Post published an interview with Voice of Israel Farsi broadcaster Menashe Amir who said the Iranian people "don't buy [President Mahmoud] Ahmadinejad's view" of the world and emphasized the urgency of American intervention to inspire insurgency in Iran.
Senator Santorum needs our help on Iran.
  • DoctorZin reported that a number of bloggers had the opportunity to speak with Senator Santorum on a conference call. The Senator appealed to bloggers to support the passage of the Iran Freedom and Support Act. Write your Senators now.
  • Yahoo News reported that US Senators Rick Santorum (R-PA) and Mel Martinez (R-FL) hosted Reza Pahlavi of Iran who affirmed the world needed to focus on the big picture regarding the crisis facing his homeland and proposed an integrated three- pronged policy approach to the clerical regime of Iran.
Here are a few other news items you may have missed.
  • The Washington Post reported that U.N. inspectors investigating Iran's nuclear program angrily complained to the Bush administration and to a Republican congressman yesterday about a recent House committee report on Iran's capabilities.
  • Kenneth R. Timmerman, reported on the latest Senate intelligence reports on the build up to the war with Iraq.
  • The New York Sun reported that a deputy prime minister of Iraq offered a sharp contradiction of the conventional wisdom here that Saddam Hussein's Iraq and Al Qaeda had no connection before the 2003 war. He said: "I know this at first hand. Some of my friends were murdered by jihadists, by Al Qaeda-affiliated operatives who had been sheltered and assisted by Saddam's regime."
  • The Independent reported that Ahmadinejad's exhibition of cartoons about the Holocaust, some suggesting it was fabricated or exaggerated, has been a flop in Tehran. It attracts just 50 people a day.
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