Oct 06 2009

Iran negotiating in good faith? Maybe when polar bears are found in Hawaii

Category: Iran,Israelharmonicminer @ 9:12 am

Obama is negotiating with Iran, without preconditions, apparently, as he said he would during the campaign. Sometimes we wish he wouldn’t keep his promises.

But Israel isn’t fooled.

Long strident in its calls for tougher international action over Iran’s nuclear program, Israel has fallen silent as world powers try to convert last week’s talks with Tehran into a lasting deal.

Israeli officials have declined comment on Thursday’s meeting in Geneva, which yielded agreements to open a newly disclosed Iranian uranium enrichment site to inspection and follow-up negotiations.

Former defense minister Shaul Mofaz, however, told Israel Radio on Sunday that he did not see Iran’s recent cooperation as any other than a “strategy of buying time.”
“The chance of the Iranians agreeing to a complete halt of the nuclear program looks relatively slim, in my view,” Mofaz said. “Theirs is a strategy of buying time.”

“Therefore, in my view, moving to a next stage of harsher sanctions, in global partnership, and with an emphasis on Russia and China, is inevitable.” Mofaz told Israel Radio. “My assessment is that 2010 will be the year of sanctions on Iran.”

Under the previous government, Mofaz was Israel’s strategic liaison with the United States and set a core demand that any deal with Iran rule out uranium enrichment on its soil.

That stance could be challenged by Iran’s offer, at the Geneva talks, to send low-enriched uranium (LEU) to Russia and France for further processing and then re-import it to fuel a U.N.-monitored Tehran reactor to produce medical isotopes.

It seems likely that Obama knows that Israel was on a countdown to military action, and this was the only way he could forestall it, by making it politically harder for Israel to attack when Iran is “negotiating.”  Of course, unlike Obama’s vocabulary, Israel’s includes the word hudna.

It’s really interesting how these multi-cultural types operate.  They are always the first to tell us that other cultures are different, don’t have the same values as ours, that words don’t translate directly between different languages with different cultural assumptions, that we really can’t understand other cultures in the terms of our own…

And then when Iran offers to “negotiate” with the possibility of an “agreement” if terms can be met, the multi-cultural negotiators (that would be the Obama administration) act like they’re contemplating signing a manufacturing contract with Dupont or Boeing, complete with penalty clauses and mutual understanding.

The problem in this case, of course, is that in case of failure to comply, by all parties, to any agreement that is reached with Iran, it is Israel that will pay the penalty.

My recommendation to Israel, for what it’s worth:  instead of getting stuck with the penalty clause later, it might be better to consider some penalty claws now.

Sep 26 2009

Counterpoint to Netanyahu’s speech to UN: new Iranian nuke facility

Category: Iranharmonicminer @ 8:59 am

A secret Iranian nuclear facility has been announced, incredibly, by the UN (incredibly):

In what might be described as a bombshell, the International Atomic Energy Agency has announced that Iran had informed the agency earlier this week that it has a covert underground uranium enrichment plant in addition to the one known at Natanz.

The admission to the IAEA in Vienna comes on the heels of reports that the US, Britain and France were about to reveal the plant’s existence at the meeting of the G-20 this week in Pittsburgh.

The revelation will make it harder than ever for Iran to claim its uranium enrichment programme is for peaceful purposes. Natanz itself was a secret until rumbled in 2003, and put under inspection by the IAEA. It is hard to imagine why Iran would need to keep yet another enrichment plant, near the holy city of Qom, a secret if it was merely to make yet more fuel for its still-uncompleted nuclear power plants.

More at the link above. In the meantime, Obama continues to talk about nuclear disarmament. Maybe something else is going on behind the scenes.

We can hope.

Aug 26 2009

Ignoring Iran at our peril

Category: Iranharmonicminer @ 12:32 pm

In a report that pulls no punches, published in the Christian Science Monitor, a former spy for the CIA tells us that the West cannot ignore Iran any longer, and just hope for the best.

Today the West must make one of the most important decisions of our era. Will we defend what remains of democracy and freedom in Iran, or will we succumb to Tehran’s murderous government?

It’s a question that goes to the heart of our own security. Iran is a thugocracy of Islamic mullahs, and it will soon have nuclear arms. Any misconception about the intentions of fanatics with nuclear bombs will have grave consequences.

I know because I spent years alongside them as a CIA spy working under cover in Iran’s Revolutionary Guards starting in the 1980s.

The Guards Corps was set up as a check on the regular Army and to serve and secure the Islamic revolution. Thirty years of Western appeasement hasn’t stopped them from terrorizing the West, or Iranians. Today, with Tehran’s leaders caught in a power struggle over the June 12 election and the legitimacy of the regime, the Guards, led by zealots, are calling the shots.

The Guards, and the hardliner clerics they protect, are vulnerable, however. This summer’s grass-roots uprising has put them on the defensive. A strong Western hand now could tip the balance.

We don’t have a moment to lose. If we can’t upend the Guards now, how can we do so once they have nuclear bombs?

The story he tells is not flattering to Europe or the US in past dealings with the mullahs.  It lays bare the selfish acquiesence the West has sometimes practiced regarding Iran, and says the bill is coming due now.  It’s a very powerful piece, and I hope you read it all.

Aug 19 2009

Iran raping jailed protesters?

Category: Iran,Islamharmonicminer @ 9:08 am

Under Sharia, a rape victim must produce FOUR MALE MUSLIM WITNESSES who will testify to the rape.  Otherwise, the guilt is assumed to be on the part of the victim.

And now, it appears that Iran’s ruling Mullahs are telling detained protesters of the recent “elections” that if they want to complain of being raped while in jail, they must produce FOUR MALE MUSLIM WITNESSES to prove it, or risk further punishment for sexual misconduct themselves.

If you’re not familiar with the origin of the FOUR MALE MUSLIM WITNESS policy in Sharia, it arose because one of Mohammed’s wives was accused of adultery.  Mohammed happened to like that particular wife, and soon reported that Allah had revealed to him that such cases could only be prosecuted if there were FOUR MALE MUSLIM WITNESSES.  Thus, he saved his favorite wife from punishment, and made it essentially impossible for Muslim women to ever prove rape in an Islamic court.

In Islamic countries, most women who allege rape are themselves imprisoned for adultery or fornication….  or worse.

Very convenient for the Iranian mullahs who want those protesters to be taught a lesson, both male and female, it seems.

Obama wants to negotiate with these guys without pre-conditions.  Better keep the Secret Service really, really close.

Jul 19 2009

The grand Islamic choral tradition. Not.

Category: Iran,Islam,musicharmonicminer @ 8:30 am

Iran: Artist gets five year jail term for musical Koran

An Iranian artist has been sentenced to five years in prison for having put the Koran to music. According to ‘Fardanews’, the Iranian authorities considered the move “offensive to Islamic morality”.

Mohsen Namju is accused of having ridiculed the Koran, “reciting it in a western and anti-Islamic style”.

One of the major experts on recitation of the the Koran in Iran, Abbas Salimi, reported the musician to the Islamic court in Tehran.

The court found the artist guilty for having breached “Islamic morality”.

After the sentence, Abbas Salimi was reportedly “very satisfied” and underlined the importance of “defending the sacredness of god’s book”.

“No-one should be able to ridicule it,” he said.

Under Islamic law, music is allowed if it does not result in provoking the faithful.

Combining the recitation of the Koran and popular songs, like the Iranian artist, is not tolerated under Islamic Sharia law.

And you thought your local church was musically conservative. Along these lines: is there any equivalent to jazz in Islam?

Just kidding.

Jul 09 2009


Category: Iranharmonicminer @ 5:30 pm

I was asked to do something today that took a small amount of courage. Not a huge big deal, I hope, but some risk is involved. I did it. The result will become clearer as time goes on. The protestors in Iran gave me an object lesson in courage:

Continue reading “Courage”

Jul 02 2009

NOKIA: the real sellout to IRANIAN MULLAH’S TERROR

Category: Iran,Islam,terrorismharmonicminer @ 9:00 am

The American Islamic Conference, an organization that promotes western style pluralism to Muslims, and is an example of what a truly moderate Muslim organization looks like, has called on us to Boycott Nokia for Iran Crackdown

Nokia recently provided the Iranian regime with a “monitoring center” that enables security forces to tap cell phones, read e-mails, scramble text-messages, and interrupt calls. Nokia’s new surveillance system has enhanced the regime’s ability to crack down on dissent during recent protests. The monitoring technology is being deployed on a massive scale, with hundreds arrested thanks to Nokia’s technology.

From Google to Nokia, we have a problem with multinational communications companies aiding repressive regimes, apparently just to do more business.  Signup for the Nokia boycott here, and send a personalized message to Nokia at the same time.

For a broader approach to “divesting terror,” i.e., ceasing financial support of companies and organizations that do business with terror-related organizations, start your reading here.

Jun 29 2009

Sometimes the Crystal Ball works

Category: Bush,Iran,Iraqharmonicminer @ 8:51 am

Read the following, and understand that it was written SEVEN YEARS AGO by Reuel Marc Gerecht. This was before the Iraq insurgency, before Iraqi elections, before the the surge, before any of it.

Much interesting analysis at the link above, all worth reading:

If the United States stays in Iraq after the fall of Saddam Hussein and his Baathist regime, and ushers in some type of a federal, democratic system, the repercussions throughout the region could be transformative. Popular discontent in Iran tends to heat up when U.S. soldiers get close to the Islamic Republic. An American invasion could possibly provoke riots in Iran–simultaneous uprisings in major cities that would simply be beyond the scope of regime-loyal specialized riot-control units. The army or the Revolutionary Guard Corps would have to be pulled into service in large numbers, and that’s when things could get interesting. The clerical regime fears big street confrontations, afraid that it cannot rely on the loyalty of either the army or the Guard Corps.

And if an American invasion doesn’t provoke urban unrest, the creation of a democratic Iraq probably will. Iraq’s majority Shiite population, who will inevitably lead their country in a democratic state, will start to talk to their Shiite brethren over the Iran-Iraq border. The collective Iranian conversation about American-aided democracy in Iraq will be brutal for the mullahs (which is why the Bush administration should prepare itself for Iranian mischief in Iraq’s politics once Tehran determines that the Bush administration is indeed serious about ensuring a democratic triumph in Baghdad). The Bush administration should, of course, quickly and loudly support any demonstrators who hit the streets in Iran. America’s approval will not be the kiss of death for the brave dissidents who challenge the regime’s armed defenders. On the contrary, such psychological support could prove critical to those trying to show to the people that the die is now decisively cast against the regime.

Jun 24 2009

The annointed one speaks — at last

Category: Iran,Obamaharmonicminer @ 9:33 am

Obama condemns violence against Iran protesters

Dramatically hardening the U.S. reaction to Iran’s disputed elections and bloody aftermath, President Barack Obama condemned the violence against protesters Tuesday and lent his strongest support yet to their accusations the hardline victory was a fraud.


Obama, who has been accused by some Republicans of being too timid in his response to events in Iran, declared himself “appalled and outraged” by the deaths and intimidation in Tehran’s streets, and scoffed at suggestions he was toughening his rhetoric in response to the criticism.

I’m sure it was just his spontaneous response to the murders of a week ago.  He was just busy watching reruns of Gilligan’s Island.

He suggested Iran’s leaders will face consequences if they continue “the threats, the beatings and imprisonments” against protesters. But he repeatedly declined to say what actions the U.S. might take, retaining, for now, the option of pursuing diplomatic engagement with Iran’s leaders over its suspected nuclear weapons program.


“We don’t know yet how this thing is going to play out,” the president said. “It is not too late for the Iranian government to recognize that there is a peaceful path that will lead to stability and legitimacy and prosperity for the Iranian people. We hope they take it.”

Sure. And we hope that the national health care system that the Democrats are pushing won’t result in everyone having their health care rationed like in the UK or Canada.

Same chance of both.

Jun 21 2009

You have to read this

Category: Iranharmonicminer @ 6:29 pm

Neutrality Isn’t an Option by Mark Steyn

You always have a dog in the fight, whether you know it or not.

I refuse to summarize this, because every paragraph is worth your time to read. But here’s the money line (don’t use this an excuse not to read it all). Regarding Obama’s attempt to cut the Islamist government some multi-cultural slack, by making presidential comments of “concern” without any tinge of real criticism of the treatment of peaceful protesters, Steyn characterizes the response of the “Supreme Leader” of Iran this way:

Offered the world’s biggest carrot, Khamenei took it and used it as a stick.

Now go read it all.

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