Archive for the ‘Iran’ Category

Disarm, or Die

January 10, 2007

This is the message the US military should be armed with in Iraq:

Message

Move Toward Impeachment for Ahmadinejad

January 9, 2007

Hot Air jumped on this one. Looks like another shot has been fired against Stinky McMonkeyface internally. First the Iranian parliament voted to cut his term short, and now this:

Iranian reformist lawmakers have started collecting signatures in Parliament to demand the impeachment of the country’s president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. So far, 38 signatures have been collected out of the 72 required to formally summon Ahmadinejad and request his impeachment…

Referring to a resolution of the UN Security Council unanimously approved on 23 December which imposes sanctions on Tehran over its nuclear programme, the MP said “it is the last straw which has made Iranians loose their patience.”…

Issa Saharkhiz, [reformist] editor and political analyst, told Adnkronos International (AKI) that “Ahmadinejad’s golden era is over.”

“I don’t think Ahmadinejad will leave the presidency before his mandate expires but I am also convinced he will not succeed in winning a second term,” added Saharkhiz. “Many factions and personalities who supported Ahmadinejad’s candidature at the 2005 presidential elections have already abandoned him and don’t spare criticism, even harsh and direct, of the president and his government.”

So it most likely won’t happen, but we can all dream right? On the bright side we’ll most likely avoid a conflict with Iran, since his chances of reelection look like they’re getting slimmer by the minute and the people seem to be growing weary of fundamentalist politicians.

Iran’s Post-Modern Proxy War Against the US

January 3, 2007

This is a new age in the proxy war in which Iran is pitting both sides against one another and the US.

This from the New York Sun:

Iran is supporting both Sunni and Shiite terrorists in the Iraqi civil war, according to secret Iranian documents captured by Americans in Iraq. 

The news that American forces had captured Iranians in Iraq was widely reported last month, but less well known is that the Iranians were carrying documents that offered Americans insight into Iranian activities in Iraq

An American intelligence official said the new material, which has been authenticated within the intelligence community, confirms “that Iran is working closely with both the Shiite militias and Sunni Jihadist groups.” The source was careful to stress that the Iranian plans do not extend to cooperation with Baathist groups fighting the government in Baghdad and said the documents rather show how the Quds Force — the arm of Iran’s revolutionary guard that supports Shiite Hezbollah, Sunni Hamas, and Shiite death squads — is working with individuals affiliated with al Qaeda in Iraq and Ansar al-Sunna.

This puts to bed any notion that the Sunni/ Shiite divide acts a sort of waters edge when it comes to supporting terror.  

This news also shines a light on Iran’s intentions in Iraq. While it was clear that they were supporting the violence, it was assumed that they were throwing their weight behind the Shiites and that that support was (at least in part) ideologically motivated. These documents show us that Iran is more interested in maintaining and controlling the chaos than it is in any ideological end.

This leads us to the logical conclusion that perhaps the Persian/ Arab divide is what really drives Iranian/ Iraqi relations.

Exit question: can this new information be used to drive a wedge between Muqtada al-Sadr and his Iranian sponsors?

Stop Me If You’ve Heard This One

January 2, 2007

Stinky McMonkeyfaceThis aught to take Stinky McMonkeyface down a peg or two. This from the London Sunday Telegraph

LONDON — Have you heard the joke about how Santa Claus passed out during a visit to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s house in Tehran? He was filling an unwashed presidential sock with presents when he was overcome by the smell.
    

For millions of Iranians, humor is proving the perfect way to let off steam, and jokes focusing on Mr. Ahmadinejad’s purported lack of personal hygiene have begun to proliferate via text messages and e-mails.

But this one by far is my favorite:

Other jibes are altogether more cutting, such as the tale of how the president finds lice when combing his hair one day. “OK, male lice to the left and females to the right,” he says — a reference to his reported attempt to introduce segregated corridors in the city hall during his previous job as mayor of Tehran. 
 

Looks like the bastard tries to take in in stride though:

Mr. Ahmadinejad has made recent efforts to shed his image as a stern and intolerant Islamist. After being fiercely heckled by reformists during a speech at a student demonstration last month, he surprised his audience by declaring that they should not be arrested or hurt. And members of the president’s personal staff say the boss likes a joke as much as anyone else.

See, Ahmadinejad’s not all bad…at least he’s got a sense of humor about himself…

However, rumor has it that Mr. Ahmadinejad took umbrage recently at a joke claiming that he needed to shower more often.
    

The gag was brought to his attention, not via Iran’s formidable secret intelligence services, but in a misdirected text message. In response, he is said to have lodged an official complaint with the judiciary.
    

According to Rooz Online, a pro-reformist Web site, a senior official with the country’s mobile phone network was fired and several others arrested and accused of being foreign spies.