IRAN WATCH: Nuke watch, EMP awareness, backing Terror, proxy wars, U.N., plotting Israels demise, Columbia U, and more…

Posted on September 19, 2011


TIME FOR A NATIONAL EMP AWARENESS

NATIONAL EMP AWARENESS
An electromagnetic pulse (EMP) produced by the detonation of a nuclear weapon at high altitude or as the result of unusually powerful solar activity (often called severe space weather) could produce catastrophic destruction in the United States. Congress has long deliberated this threat, but it has not produced substantive legislative guidance or demonstrated effective oversight. The Administration and federal agencies remain mostly ambivalent. It is time to make August 15 National EMP Awareness Day to wake up America’s nation’s leaders. This should be recognized as a clear and present danger—one that could be devastating if it finds the nation ill-prepared. Lights Out!  more…

Iranian Ambassador: U.N. Vote On Palestinian Statehood Is a ‘Step Towards Wiping Out Israel’Iranian Ambassador: U.N. Vote On Palestinian Statehood Is a ‘Step Towards Wiping Out Israel’

“The Palestinians must…prevent the Zionist Entity from depriving them their rights.”

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Iran’s Ahmadinejad: No Place for Israel in Region

Posted August 26, 2011 by

The Iranian president said on Friday there will be no room for Israel in the region after the formation of a Palestinian state, and that once the state is established, the liberation of all Palestinian lands should follow.  Full Story »

Iranian President Set to Speak at U.N.

Ahmadinejad taking podium in New York once again

(UPDATE: Look’s like Ahmadinejad’s dinner at Columbia has been nixed, the unfortunate thing is that he hasn’t been nixed!)

Dennis Miller: Students Should Blow Ahmadinejad’s Head Off

Columbia Invites Iran’s Ahmadinejad To Be Feted at Banquet

by Roger L Simon

Jewish civil rights group warns Columbia University about entertaining the Iranian president…again.

Obama Admin. Ignored Saudi Pleas to Combat Takeover of Lebanon

by Phillip Smyth

Nervous Saudis urged Obama to confront the Iranian influence. He didn’t.

Once a key U.S. partner in the Middle East, the Saudis are unhappy with the Obama administration, and thus the United States. They are angry that the White House never consulted them about helping to bring down the Mubarak regime in Egypt. But their greatest wrath is reserved for the U.S. government’s failure to oppose the Iranian regime’s expansionism and subversion.

In one Wikileaks-leaked State Department document after another, Riyadh’s anger is apparent. The “traditionally confrontation-averse” Saudis — as a phrase in one of the reports calls them — also make clear that the threat of force as well as words is necessary to stop Iran. A recently released secret 2009 U.S. State Department memo written for General Petraeus discussed this Saudi view of Iran and U.S. policy toward Iran at length:

The Saudis see a dangerous Shia power bent on destabilizing the region. … They remain concerned that we might be prepared to accept an enhanced role for Iran in the region in exchange for concessions on its nuclear program.

In other words, the Saudis thought the United States might sell them out. The king correctly predicted that the Obama engagement policy toward Iran would fail.

The Saudis described Iran’s power, the spread of its radical Shia Islamist ideology pushing Shia minorities to revolt in Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, and its nuclear program as the main threats to Saudi Arabia. Israel and the Palestinian issue didn’t make the list. In a meeting with U.S. Air Force Lt. General Mike Hostage, Saudi Air Force General Faisal al-Saud “asserted that he had conclusive proof of Iranian involvement in the Houthi insurgency” in Yemen.

In the spring of 2011, Saudi forces arrived in Bahrain, where the U.S. Fifth Fleet is based, to quash a mainly Shia uprising — in part backed by Iran — against the ruling Sunni minority. Additionally, the Saudis didn’t stand idly by as pro-Iranian Houthis (whose slogan is: “God is greatest, death to America, death to Israel, God curse the Jews, victory for Islam”) in neighboring Yemen attacked Saudi forces in 2009. In private, the Saudis were vocal in calling for Israel to strike Iranian nuclear facilities.

Faisal al-Saud offered a parable to show the Saudis’ critical view of U.S. policy toward Iran:

A neighbor’s house bursts into flame, and the closest neighbor [the United States] says he will come to help soon but then doesn’t, citing policy as preventing him, but hoping he will still be considered a very good friend. Meanwhile, others who are not close friends are helping.

In Lebanon, the government was ruled by the pro-Western, pro-Saudi March 14 alliance. That Sunni Muslims, Christian, and Druze coalition was a bulwark against the heavily armed, pro-Iranian Hizballah, and to Iranian and Syrian influence. The Saudis early on appreciated the danger of a takeover by radical forces and the need to do something about it. In 2007, Saudi Ambassador to Lebanon Abdulaziz Khoja told then-U.S. Ambassador Jeffrey Feltman that he doubted “whether the GOL [Government of Lebanon] and the March 14 forces had the strength to sustain the fight over the long term” without significant outside help.

Iran’s atomic countdown

US / UN strategy has done the job, Not!

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Peter Brookes

Can anyone give me some good news on how the Obama administration’s doing (after 2 1/2 years) on preventing the Islamic Republic of Iran from developing nuclear weapons and the ballistic missiles that’ll carry them?

Didn’t think so.

The latest news suggests that, despite all the bloviating, finger-wagging and sloppy United Nations sanctions, there doesn’t seem to be much — if anything — holding back the ayatollahs’ atomic aspirations.

The always-cautious-and-slow-to-accuse International Atomic Energy Agency has come out with some startling info about Iran’s nuclear know-how recently: Iran is installing a new generation of centrifuges at its facility at Natanz, equipment that reportedly will allow Tehran to enrich uranium three times faster.

PLUTONIUM PALACE: Iran’s Ahmadinejad touring the Natanz plant, where new centrifuges will enrich potential bomb fuel three times faster.

PLUTONIUM PALACE: Iran’s Ahmadinejad touring the Natanz plant, where new centrifuges will enrich potential bomb fuel three times faster.

Plus, Iran is outfitting its new nuclear facility at Qom with new centrifuges — which experts believe will permit it to further increase uranium-enrichment levels far beyond what’s needed for peaceful nuclear-reactor fuel.

The “fissile fortress” at Qom — located on a Revolutionary Guard base and securely tucked into the side of a mountain — is pretty clearly meant to produce the highly enriched uranium needed for the making of Iran’s first bombs.

It’s been estimated Iran already has enough low-enriched uranium on hand to produce enough highly enriched uranium for two to three bombs in relatively short order. And the IAEA (from its own detective work and intel provided by members) has “increasing concern” that Iran’s peaceful nuclear program has a military angle.

That is, the IAEA fears Tehran is working on a nuke warhead to put that uranium in.

Courtesy of Russia, Iran’s first nuclear plant is also online now, surging watts to the country’s electrical grid. Tehran claims the Bushehr reactor is for power only, but many see a second use for the facility. At some point, the 1,000-megawatt nuclear plant — perhaps the first of many — could help Iran build a plutonium-based bomb, quickly pumping up the muscle of a nuclear arsenal.

Meanwhile, Tehran’s burgeoning ballistic-missile program is building the capacity to deliver those nuclear payloads. A number of countries, including ours, claim Iran is violating a ban on its missile activities. UN Security Council Resolution 1929 bars Tehran from “any activity related to ballistic missiles capable of delivering nuclear weapons, including launches using ballistic missile technology.”

Iran has been as busy as a beaver with its satellite program, which allows it to develop — under cover of a seemingly-innocent civilian space program — the same missile technology needed for long-range military missiles.

From all accounts, the various pieces for a nuclear Iran are rapidly falling into place, should the regime decide to cross the atomic threshold: sufficient fissile material, a warhead to put it in and a vehicle to deliver it to a target.

And all of this atop other recent troubling tales, such as word that Tehran is facilitating al Qaeda operations, including the movement of operatives, money and (probably) arms into Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Not to mention its holding of American hikers, political and social repression at home; meddling in Egypt and Bahrain; supporting Syria’s bloody crackdown — and its arming of the Taliban and anti-US militias in Iraq.

Bottom line, there’s no good news regarding Iran. The situation is getting worse on a number of fronts, especially concerning the mullahs’ drive to build an arsenal of nuclear missiles.

It should be plain to even the most casual observer that what we’re doing isn’t moving us in a direction of increased security, but the exact opposite. We need a new game plan for Iran now, Mr. President — before it’s too late.

Peter Brookes is a Heritage Foundation senior fellow and a former deputy assistant secretary of defense.

Iran and the EMP Threat

by ‘Reza Kahlili’

We are not prepared for an electromagnetic pulse attack. Iran is almost prepared to launch one. (Also read: “Lawsuit: Iran behind 9/11?“)

Iranian Revolutionary Guard Activities

Maj. Gen. Paul Vallely, US Army (Ret)

The nuclear ambitions of Iran have not abated, and the regime is getting closer to having nuclear payloads that can deliver a burst of EMP radiation above American cities.

 

Chavez Says Iran’s Ahmadinejad to Visit Venezuela

 

POLIWOOD:Latest Hollywood Insanity: Sean Stone (Oliver’s son) Loves Ahmadinejad.

Who’s afraid of the Iranian opposition?
Fathiyeh Naghibzadeh and Andreas Benl
The West has spent more than thirty years looking for incentives for compromise with the Islamist regime in Iran. More
georgesorosIranian TV Loves Soros Report on Islam

September 8, 2011 – 3:57 pm EST

By: Cliff Kincaid Accuracy In Media As the tenth anniversary of 9/11 was approaching, a new report from the Soros-funded Center for American Progress (CAP) purported to examine a conservative network of people and groups described as “Fear Inc.” and said to be guilty of “Islamophobia” toward Muslims. The report seemed deliberately designed to take […]

Khamenei Must Go (and Take Ahmadinejad too, Please)

by Michael Ledeen Having finally brought himself to say “Qaddafi must go” and “Assad must go,” it is now time for Obama to say “Khamenei must go” and act accordingly.

Mahmoud AhmadinejadUN: Credible evidence Iran working on nuke weapons

Egyptian Politician: U.S. Is Impotent against Iran

Israeli PM Saw Iranian Nuke Readiness in 2009:

A leaked U.S. diplomatic dispatch states that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned in 2009 that Iran had achieved the capacity to produce a nuclear bomb, the Washington Times reported on Wednesday…

Iranian Commander: ‘We Have Infiltrated America and the UK’

by ‘Reza Kahlili’

Also: “At this point in time, the United States and the evil British, who are always looking to bluff us, will be outwitted until the point where they no longer have any cards to play.”

Iranian News Agency Publishes List of U.S. Citizens and Lawmakers

Clare M. Lopez, W. Thomas Smith, Jr.

A biased report by a leftist U.S. think tank has been taken up by an Iranian Khomeinist news network, and used to create a blacklist of American critics of Islamism.

Iranian Time Bomb: Iran Delivers Intimidation, Paranoia and Environmental Disaster

“Terrorists don’t wear uniforms” — Michael Ledeen

 

Boykin: Israel-Iran conflict likely inevitable

Chad Groening – OneNewsNow – 9/1/2011 4:25:00 AM

Gaza Israel mapA retired Army general and leading expert on terrorism says Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu may soon be compelled to take decisive action against the rogue regime in Iran.

Israel was recently compelled to dispatch two more warships to the Red Sea border with Egypt in response to a warning about another planned terrorist attack from Egypt against southern Israel. Fox News also reports that Iran dispatched its 15th fleet to the Red Sea, allegedly to combat piracy.

Lt. Gen. Jerry Boykin (USA-Ret) is an original member of Delta Force and author of the new novel, Kiloton Threat, which deals with the Iranian nuclear program. He reminds that Iranian strongman Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is committed to wiping Israel off the face of the globe.

William Boykin“It is heartfelt. It is essentially expressing his theology that says that the ‘Mahdi,’ or the 12th Imam, will only return in an atmosphere of chaos and bloodshed,” Boykin explains. “And as far as Ahmadinejad and the Supreme Council are concerned, the best way to create that chaos and bloodshed would be to just destroy Israel, particularly using a nuclear weapon.”

So the general believes Israel will have to prevent Iran from getting that weapon.

“I think that Benjamin Netanyahu is coming to a very critical point, where he’s going to be left with no options except to try and do a preemptive strike on this nuclear program,” Boykin “There is absolutely no other option … other than just taking out the leadership of Iran. But the probabilities of being able to do that are very, very slim.”

If Israel is compelled to launch that preemptive strike, Boykin believes it will do so without the help of the Barack Obama-led United States.

The Golden Veil Movie: The Iranian Hostage Movie

September 7, 2011  By

I received an email asking me to spread the word about the movie, The Golden Veil, which I’m told is the first movie about the Iranian hostage crisis. I believe it is out on DVD. I’m not familiar with this work or the people behind it. I was asked to subscribe to a YouTube channel and spread the word about the video.

The email said “I am an Iranian film maker. PLEASE support me in my fight against The Islamic Republic of Iran…Bahman Nassiri – Executive Producer – The Golden Veil LLC,” and it said Iran is trying to stifle the film. So, two videos below, the first the trailer, the second a 28-minute segment of the film. Visit the Golden Veil website here.

find the trailer here

and

the 28 minute segment here.

Iran Playing Games With Release of U.S. Hikers

Aaron Goldstein

Iran Sentences U.S. Hikers for Spying

Iran reportedly sentences detained American hikers Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal to eight years in prison on charges of ‘illegal entry’ and ‘espionage.’

Full Coverage: Iran

Ahmadinejad Meets with Russians

Post-Mubarak, a (more) emboldened Iran?

From Voices for Reason: “Where the revolts in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Yemen and Bahrain will lead remains a wide open question. But this perceptive NYT story weighs the plausible — and grave — scenario in which the Islamist regime in Iran may come out a big winner.” [read more]

Journo on Iran’s militant ambitions

On Voices for Reason, Elan Journo writes, “Iran’s attempts to turn post-war Iraq into an Islamist vassal is a way under-reported story. For a long time, that narrative was downplayed, minimized, denied.” But no more, perhaps. [more…]

Iran-backed Hamas Reiterates Intransigence, Commitment to Violence

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