Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Thursday's Daily Briefing on Iran

DoctorZin reports, 7.27.2006:

Iran demands a seat at the table of any international peace deal in Lebanon.
  • The Guardian reported that Iran warned the west that attempts to broker a Lebanon peace deal at today's Rome summit are destined to fail and that the West ignores Iran "at your peril."
  • SF Chronicle reported that diplomats from the West and the Middle East gathered in Rome, two weeks after a cross-border attack spiraled into deadly warfare, minus Iran and Syria.
Iran appeals for Russian help in the current Middle East crisis.
  • The Jerusalem Post reported that Russian President Vladimir Putin and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad discussed the Lebanon crisis and tensions over Iran's nuclear program.
Chirac claims Iran is supplying Hezbollah with weapons & $.
  • Dow Jones Newswires reported that French President Jacques Chirac said Iran supplied arms and funds to the Lebanon-based Hezbollah guerrillas.
Is the UN spying for Hezbollah?
  • Alan Peters, AntiMullah argues that the UN is spying for Hezbollah.
Iranian backed Sadr militia in control of much of Iraqi intelligence?
  • Knight Ridder Newspapers reported that U.S. and Iraqi officials said the Iranian-backed militia the Badr Organization has taken over many of the Iraqi Interior Ministry's intelligence activities and infiltrated its elite commando units.
Here are a few other news items you may have missed.
  • Richard Foot, argued why attempts to appease Iran won’t satiate its quest for Arab world nuclear supremacy.
  • Mai Yamani, The Daily Star considered the question: Is the Sunni-Shiite divide in the Middle East now deeper than the antagonism between Israel and the Arabs?
  • B.Raman, International Terrorism Monitor published an Indian perspective on "Israel's Continuing Ordeal."
  • Michael Ledeen, The Corner published a parable relevant to the current Hezbollah war on Israel by Joshuapundit that Ledeen calls: History 404: What They Don't Teach You at the U.N.
  • Cox & Forkum published another cartoon: Cowardly Blending.