Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Wednesday's Daily Briefing on Iran

DoctorZin reports, 9.13.2oo6

Sharansky: A troubling story from Putin.
  • Natan Sharansky, Los Angeles Times reported that in 2000, Russian President Vladimir V. Putin told me a story that he has been unable to get out of his mind. The story involves a nephew, a suitcase, a train to Manhattan and a nuclear bomb.
France's Sarkozy: Iran is an outlaw nation.
  • NDTV reported that French Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy said that Iran had "made itself into an outlaw nation" and must not be allowed to develop nuclear weapons.
Did Bush promise a pre-emptive attack on Iran?
  • Mario Loyola, The Corner argued that President Bush is promising preemption against Iran when he said in his 9/11 address to the nation: "If we do not defeat these enemies now, we will leave our children to face a Middle East overrun by terrorist states and radical dictators armed with nuclear weapons."
  • The Corner published a rough transcript of Senator Santorum's speech from a Senate floor commented on Bush's 9/11 speech where he said: "We just can't get past the politics around here, just can't get past the partisan advantage around here, can't face the reality that we have a dangerous enemy out there, an enemy that wants to destroy everything we hold dear."
Did Iran offer to suspend enrichment?
  • The Financial Times reported that Europe is poised to compromise on Iran’s nuclear program.
  • Reuters reported that the State Department said Iran has not offered to temporarily suspend its uranium enrichment program.
  • Dow Jones Newswires reported that a senior U.S. envoy said the U.N. Security Council still intends to "move forward" toward sanctions if Tehran refuses to freeze uranium enrichment.
  • Forbes reported that the six world powers abandoned attempts to issue a joint statement criticizing Iran's nuclear defiance.
  • The Israel Project has created a petition so you may tell Kofi Annan in your own words why Iran should not get the nuclear bomb.
Ahmadinejad writes Merkel, again.
  • Bridget Johnson, Daily News reported that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad penned a tome to new German Chancellor Angela Merkel, in which he said: "The propaganda machinery after World War II has been so colossal that has caused some people to believe that they are the guilty party..."
Iraq's PM visits Iran.
  • USA Today reported that Iraq's prime minister received a red-carpet welcome at the Iran's presidential palace on Tuesday.
  • NewsOne reported that Iraq‘s prime minister made his first official visit to Iran on Tuesday, asking Tehran to prevent al-Qaida militants from slipping across the border to carry out attacks.
Brits oppose military action against Iran.
  • Angus Reid reported that most Britons believe their government should not participate in any military effort against Iran.
Here are a few other news items you may have missed.
  • World Politics Watch published it most recent Iran Watch: Activists Arrested, Execution Scheduled. Under-reported translations of Iranian news reports.
  • United Press International reported that Iran has taken measures to counter a U.S. decision to cut off the Iranian state-owned Bank Saderat from any dealings with the U.S. financial system.
  • Fortune Magazine reported that Iran's auto industry commissioned a study of how to run their businesses in a war zone.
  • The Jerusalem Post reported a campaign to expel Iran from the United Nations.
  • The Jerusalem Post reported that Vladimir Putin, in a rare note of criticism, said he has also deplored Iranian calls for the destruction of Israel.
  • Amir Taheri, Gulf News considered where are we now in the war on terror?
  • Caroline Glick, The Jerusalem Post reported that Harvard University's student newspaper ran as its top headline read, "Students plan to protest Khatami's visit." But ran a second headline, "Cheney visits Harvard Club through backdoor." On the surface, these stories seem to perfectly balance one another.
  • You Tube has a video of the protest of Khatami's Harvard speech.