March 16, 2011

Free Persia from Muslim Occupation!

Today in history: Muslims invaded Zoroastrian Persia.

Muslims out of Persia! End the occupation!! Blah blah blah blah.

Thanks to her royal whyness.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 10:57 AM | Comments |

May 05, 2009

We're F*cked: Is Pakistan Lost?

Schippert thinks it's game over in Pakistan. I hope he's wrong. I fear he's right.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 05:35 PM | Comments |

April 29, 2009

Ahmadinejad catches Obama fevah!

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Translation: We Can!

Thanks to Kyros.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 10:40 AM | Comments |

April 20, 2009

Iranians Prepare for Future Amputee Army

The Iranian military frantically preparing for the day when those caught shoplifting on more than one occasion will have to fend off the forces of The Great Satan.

Fear the feet!

Seriously, this has to be right up there with flaming hoop jumping in the annals of military skills unlikely to see actually combat usage.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 01:32 PM | Comments |

June 11, 2008

For Wooga: Ridiculously Hot Chick Dances on Hilariously Cheesy Persian Music Vid

Wooga asks, we give. Plus GM seems like he needs a pick me up.

It reminds me of Bollywood, only you get an added smile from knowing that the Iranian regime hates this decadent garbage produced by the diaspora of creative (and even some of the not so creative) Persians that they themselves created by running off any one with even the slightest bit of talent. Anything to piss them off is worth wasting 3:33 of your life.

The hot undulating Persian chick? That's just a bonus.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 07:47 PM | Comments |

August 23, 2007

Iran Canes Man for Having Sex, Drinking

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The Jawa Report is banned in Iran for reporting on things like public lashings and the hanging of 16 year old girls for crimes such as making love, or fighting back against your rapist. Heh, the moderate Muslim State of Iran, looks like a repressive dictatorship to me.Via The Daily Mail:
His face covered by a balaclava, an official brandishing a cane repeatedly lashes the back of a man found guilty of breaking Iran's morality laws.

Two police officers hold the legs of 25-year-old Saeed Ghanbari and another his arms to ensure there is no escape from the punishment of 80 lashes handed down by a religious court.

Traffic was brought to a halt in Qazvin, 90 miles west of the capital Tehran, as more than 1,000 men gathered behind barricades to watch the public flogging...

...One police officer held his hands together beneath the bench, two others gripped his legs to ensure there was little movement.

Two police officers stood-by, their faces covered with balaclavas - each to administer 40 lashes.

Both men then lashed Ghanbari, taking the cane back behind their heads to guarantee maximum impact, each stroke leaving a distinctive red mark and bruising on his back.

Several wounds began to bleed.

It was unclear exactly what his offence had been as the country's strict morality laws cover many areas, but it was reported he had been convicted of abusing alcohol and having sex outside of marriage.

Somehow I fail to find much about Sharia law that is in any way moderate. But there is resistance amongst the people of Iran against the hard line religious regime. See this video for example.
Video hat tip to Gerald. If you are like me, you probably had a bit of trouble understanding what was said in the video. Garduneh Mehr has graciously provided us with these links about Iran shelling and massing troops on the border with Iraqi Kurdistan and also a full translation of the video above as well. See below the fold.

Here's a bit of background needed to understand the context of poem. The poem is by a great Iranian philosopher named "Hafez" who from childhood had been raised to be a Muslim scholar. However, as he matured and investigated Islam, he grew increasing disgusted with it and rather than promoting Islam he started encouraging the Iranian people to relearn our ancient pre-Islamic faith of Zoroaster. Needless to say this raised the ire of the Islamist who subjected him to decades of torment and exile. Despite this Hafez continued his subtly anti-Islam and pro-Iran message to the end of his life.
"Glad tidings that the days of sorrow will pass." "All things pass and this [day of sorrow] too will yet pass." "The song of the Court of Jamshid [a mythical king] it is said was this: Fetch the King a chalice of wine for the King too will pass." "Upon the tablet of wisdom it is engraved that all but the goodness of the righteous will pass." "You who are proud of your present might, your wealth and might too will pass." "[Heavenly] inspiration reassures me that the suffering of the meek and the iniquity of the tyrant too will pass." "I may have endured humiliation at the hands of my enemy; yet my enemy will taste greater humiliation." "Where the tyrant puts the innocent to the sword, no one's dignity is safe." "Be reassured fragile butterfly that your anguish will not last the night." "... Be reassured Hafez that every vesitge of tyranny too shall yet pass."
I guess the guy above should count himself lucky he was not a woman accused of adultry.
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For helping us out so much, I hereby issue an official Jawa Report Fatwa against Garduneh. Unlike the Mullahs of Iran, we won't be issuing and lashes with that. Did I mention The Jawa Report is banned in Iran?

PS. I also owe Cube Neighbor Dave a Hat Tip for the Iranian lashing story and Image, via no linky Drudge.

By Howie at 01:04 PM | Comments |

August 21, 2007

Iranian Hostage Haleh Esfandiari Freed!

Thank God! Dr. Haleh Esfandiari (right) of The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars had been held hostage on trumped up espionage charges by the Iranians since Dec. 30th of last year. It is not immediately clear if she will be allowed to return to her home in the U.S. or will be prohibited from leaving Iran pending trial on these trumped up charges.

Two other Americans are being held hostage by the Iranian government. They are Parnaz Azima from the U.S.-funded Radio Farda and UCI Professor Ali Shakeri. A third American, Kian Tajbakhsh of the Open Society Institute (above), is barred from leaving Iran.

I call them hostages because it has been clear from the beginning that these Americans lives were being to be used as leverage in the ongoing dispute over Iranian nuclear ambitions.

The Wilson Center has this up:

n Iranian official this morning announced that Dr. Haleh Esfandiari has been released on bail from Evin prison. Esfandiari, director of the Woodrow Wilson Center’s Middle East Program, was incarcerated in Tehran on May 8, 2007, on allegations of endangering Iranian national security.

“We rejoice at the news of Haleh’s release,” said Lee H. Hamilton, president and director of the Wilson Center. “This has been a long and trying ordeal for her and for her family. Her physical and mental well-being is now the urgent priority. We want to see her well, we want her to be permitted to return to the United States, and we want to see her reunited with her family.”

“Haleh has lost close to seven months of her life. She was subjected to untold hours of interrogation and an isolation that we cannot imagine. She was denied time with her husband, her daughter, her son-in-law, her two granddaughters, and literally hundreds of other family members, friends, and colleagues who care deeply about her.”

“We thank all who offered their prayers and their efforts on behalf of Haleh’s release. An extraordinary amount of people from around the world rallied to Haleh’s side. We have had many interlocutors—official and non-official—on Haleh’s behalf. We have had many staff members at the Wilson Center who worked tirelessly in the hope that this day would come. This outpouring only reinforces Haleh’s life’s work on behalf of dialogue, understanding, and bringing people together.”

“We look forward to the day when Haleh is fully recovered from this ordeal, and she can return to her colleagues and her important work. We continue to hope and pray for the safe and quick return of Kian Tajbakhsh, Parnaz Azima, and Ali Shakeri, who have also been unjustly detained in Iran.”

Amen.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 02:23 PM | Comments |

July 16, 2007

Iran TV Shows American Hostages

KianTajbakhshHalehEsfandiari.jpgI think it is proper to call Dr. Haleh Esfandiari, of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and Kian Tajbakhsh, a respected Urban planner, hostages and not political prisoners. Is there really any question as to why the Iranian regime has trumped up charges of treason and spying against them?

Leverage in Iraq and leverage in negotiations over the nuclear issue.

BBC:

Iranian TV has shown the first pictures of two Iranian American academics - Haleh Esfandiari and Kian Tajbakhsh - who have been held in Iran since May.

The footage was a trailer promoting a programme to be aired later this week.

Another American, a journalist named Parnaz Azima, is also accused of spying.

Hat tip: Fred Fry

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 11:44 AM | Comments |

June 25, 2007

The Ayatollah Needs A Dentist

My anti-mullah friend emails:

Hi Vinnie, This article reports three more agents of the Mullahcracy as having been detained (June 24th 07) by the coalition in Iraq. This is a significant kick in the Mullahs' teeth; since not only have they not succeeded in securing the release of their five agents arrested a few months back, they've lost three more.

I'm glad to see them kicked in the teeth, my friend, but I'd rather see them kicked square in the nuts.

;-)

By Vinnie at 05:02 PM | Comments |

May 25, 2007

"Children of Allah Influenced by International Imperialism"

This is what oppressing your population while blaming external forces to bolster support for a collapsing and failed regime really looks like. Right and Left wing conspiracists, Truthers, and Democratic partisans take note.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 10:52 AM | Comments |

April 04, 2007

Missing American in Iran being "Detained": The Spying, Antisemitism, or Counterfeiting Connection?

Iranian sources are indicating that an American missing in Iran, Robert A. Levinson, isn't really "missing", he's being "detained". I'm willing to bet that he was detained because he is a) American b) has a Jewish sounding name. Press TV (a pro-regime source) via a hat tip in the comments from Rodger Morrow:

The truth of the matter is he has been in the hands of Iranian security forces since the early hours of March 9, and his inability to communicate with his family or his company, has raised the alarm about his health, safety and whereabouts. Speaking to PRESS TV on condition of anonymity the sources made clear that aside from the obvious inconvenience, the person is being well looked after.....

The sources also said that the matter, though routine, has been complicated by the mounting tensions stemming from repeated American threats against Iran, actual ongoing covert actions within Iran run by the Americans and the particulars of the man's background with the FBI.....

His visit to Kish was supposed to be a one day affair but drew the attention of the security forces because his Iranian national host registered in the same hotel room as he did and local police thought they had discovered some discrepancy in the Iranians identification papers routinely handed into the hotel....

It is a case of ordinary business running into extraordinarily bad circumstances. It is expected the matter will be over in a few days time.

It mentions that he was "detained" during a time when U.S. - Iranian tension were high and when "ongoing covert actions within Iran run by the Americans" were happening. This suggests he was picked up because he was suspected of being a spy. But later the Iranians try to explain his detention as asimple mix up. But the mix up theory still doesn't explain why the local police were interested in him in the first place, other than the fact that he was an American.

But I'm willing to bet that the one thing which led police to suspect he was "spy" had nothing to do with his FBI past. How could it? There's no way the Iranians knew this about his former life with the FBI at the time of his initial detention. No, being an American was probably enough.

But having the last name of Levinson sealed the deal. Because in Iran, being a Jew makes you automatically suspect. Jews in Iran today are forbidden from even calling Israeli relatives on the phone.

That is, if there even was a reason for picking him up. Sounds to me like this could be yet another case of the Iranians capturing a Westerner and then acting as if they are being benevolant by letting him go. The closest American might do just fine.

You know: Ignore the gun we're holding to your head. The fact that we haven't pulled the trigger is proof that we're the good guys.

Seems to be a common theme coming out of the regime these days.

We hope, as the article suggests, that he will be released ASAP.

Brian from Snapped Shot has another angle on this. He speculates that maybe Levinson was in the country working on the connection between the Iranian financing of Hezbollah through counterfeit U.S. currency. Interesting theory, I've no idea. Most accounts, though, suggest he was there in a private capacity.

Let's also not forget that Levinson is a real man with a real family that is worried about his safety and well being. Here he is.


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His family is worried:

"We miss him and love him very much. We are worried about him and want him home safe and sound as soon as possible," his wife, Christine Levinson, and other relatives said in a statement to The Associated Press.

"This has been a very difficult time. In the past 48 hours, as this has become public, we've heard from many of our friends. We are touched and so grateful for the support and prayers we've received," the statement said.

The family asked for privacy "as we do everything possible to bring Bob home."

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By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 12:20 PM | Comments |

London Protest at Iranian Embassy Tonight

There will be protest tonight in front of the London embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran at 6:45. Info here. Maybe some New Yorkers should think of doing the same thing in front of the U.N.?

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 07:13 AM | Comments |

April 01, 2007

The Secret Hot War Against Iran: A pattern of hostage taking in Iraq by Iran

Has the hot war against Iran already begun, but we just didn't notice? Yes. Are the 15 British soldiers the first victims of Iranian attempts to take Coalition in Iraq forces hostage? No.

I think it is fair to say that there are several wars going on in Iraq. One of them is against Salafist (Sunni) jihadis--the war against al Qaeda and their fellow-travellers. But another front is against Shia millitia who's loyalty is not so much to Baghdad as it is to Tehran. This is a proxy war of the U.S. (and its allies) vs. Iran. This proxy war is just an extension of the Cold War between the Khomeinists and the West that has been ongoing since 1979.

The taking of the 15 British hostages should be seen in this light. Maneuvering by Iran to gain advantage in this Cold War game. Unlike most of Iran's acts of war against the West over the past 4 years, this one was not done by a proxy army. The benefit of getting a proxy to do your dirty work for you, as Iran is doing with Shia militia in Iraq, is that there is always a level of plausible deniability built into the relationship.

To commit troops with your nations flag to an act of war means something dramatic has changed. The nation no longer feels that it needs to hide behind its proxies. So, what has changed? The two main lines of thought are that either a) Iran needs some leverage in the conflicts over its nuclear ambition; or b) Iran needs leverage over the West due to information coming from the capture of 1) Iranian Quds agents helping al Qaeda linked terror organizations in Kurdistan 2) Iranian Quds agents behind the kidnapping and killing of American soldiers in Karbala 3) the possible defection of several high ranking Iranian general.

Either of these explanations work under the assumption that British hostage situation is a reaction to recent events.

But what if Coalition forces were already in a hot war with uniformed members of Iran's military? What if there was already a low-level shooting war going on between the U.S. and Iran in Iraq? And what if the 15 British soldiers were just the latest attempt by Iran to capture Coalition forces and hold them hostage?

Thanks to Scott, this Time article describes a firefight between U.S. and Iranian soldiers in Iraq on September 7th of last year:

Everyone seems to sense the possible consequences of revealing that a clash between U.S. and Iranian forces had turned deadly.....

A short Army press release issued on the day of the skirmish offered the following information: U.S. soldiers from the 5th Squadron 73rd Cavalry 82nd Airborne were accompanying Iraqi forces on a routine joint patrol along the border with Iran, about 75 miles east of Baghdad, when they spotted two Iranian soldiers retreating from Iraqi territory back into Iran. A moment later, U.S. and Iraqi forces came upon a third Iranian soldier on the Iraqi side of the border, who stood his ground. As U.S. and Iraqi soldiers approached the Iranian officer and began speaking with him, a platoon of Iranian soldiers appeared and moved to surround the coalition patrol, taking up positions on high ground. At that point, according to the Army's statement, the Iranian captain told the U.S. and Iraqi soldiers that if they tried to leave they would be fired on. Fearing abduction by the Iranians, U.S. troops moved to go anyway, and fighting broke out. Army officials say the Iranian troops fired first with small arms and rocket-propelled grenades, and that U.S. troops fell further back into Iraqi territory, while four Iraqi army soldiers, one interpreter and one Iraqi border guard remained in the hands of the Iranians.

The official release says there were no casualties among the Americans, and makes no mention of any on the Iranian side. U.S. soldiers present at the firefight, however, tell TIME that American forces killed at least one Iranian soldier who had been aiming a rocket-propelled grenade at their convoy of Humvees.

The implication seems to be that the Iranians wanted to abduct U.S. soldiers as early as last September--at least if the soldiers interviewed were correct in their perceptions. Since this was very near to the border with Iran, would the Iranians have made the claim that the American soldiers had wandered into Iran?

One is left to wonder if this was an isolated case? Or if other firefights have broken out between U.S. and Iranian troops?

In addition, the operation against U.S. forces in Karbala on January 20th also seemed to have hostage taking as the goal. Four U.S. soldiers were abducted by people suspected to be linked to Iranian al-Qods forces. Those four soldiers were later murdered as they were transported in seperate cars away from the scene. The cars were found abandoned with the bodies of the victims. Speculation, at the time, was that those responsible had ditched the cars and hostages when they got nervous about getting caught.

Let's also not forget that an American soldier, Spc. Ahmed K. Altaie, was abducted by Shia militia in the home of his Iraqi wife's family in October of last year. At first it was believed he would be ransomed for money as part of a criminal hostage-taking ring. But later a video emerged of the American soldier which had the all too familiar demand of America leaving Iraq. There is now speculation that Altaie has been taken to Iran.

Add to all this the fact that the abduction of the British soldiers was videotaped--which suggests the operation was planned in advance-- and we seem to have a pattern emerging.

September: Uniformed Iranian military attempt to capture U.S. soldiers. At least one Iranian killed.
October: American soldier kidnapped by Shia militia. Either held by proxy agents of Iran or has been moved to Iran (if still alive).
January: Four American soldiers kidnapped by suspected Iranian agents, and then murdered. Presumably because there was a hot pursuit.
March: 15 British sailors abducted by Iranian forces.

And really, that's not all. There have been many other report, preceeding these, that Iranian al-Quods agents were operating in Iraq.

If all of these events are part of an orchestrated attempt by Iran to take U.S. or other Coalition soldiers hostage, then it would seem that recent events were not the motivation. Instead, these hostage takings should probably be seen as part of Iran's larger Cold War strategy.

For some reason, which is hard to fathom, Iran believes that taking hostages is a good tool to gain leverage over the West. Imagine. That.

This is not to say that the recent defections or events in Irbil and Karbala aren't the proximate cause of the present hostage crisis. Only that since it looks like Iran was already engaged in similar operations around Iraq that there might be an underlying cause. The best candidate for that underlying cause is that Iran wants leverage in its ongoing struggle to show that it is the only regional power capable of "standing up" to the West.

Iran's proxy war with Israel last summer was a different manifestation of the same underlying cause. They wanted to show Muslims in the region that its proxies in Hezbollah could "stand up" to the perceived U.S. proxies of Israel.

The underlying cause was this Cold War between the West and the Khomeinsts. But the proximate cause of that war, if you'll remember, was the kidnapping of two Israeli soldiers.

But if I am right that Iran has been attempting to take uniformed hostages since last September, then what was the real proximate triggering event? Was there something that happened in late August or early September? That's not a rhetorical question. I'm open to suggestions.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 05:45 PM | Comments |

March 30, 2007

Incalcitrant Iran

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A Ronny Gordan editorial cartoon: Appeasing the unappeasable.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 09:05 AM | Comments |

March 28, 2007

(Video) Full Video of Hostage Faye Turney on Iranian TV

Full video of Iranian state television's broadcast of British hostage Faye Turney and her "confession".

Where are the human rights organizations for this intentional breaking of the Geneva Conventions which explicitly forbid this kind of public display of P.O.W.'s?

Here is the text of the letter, allegedly written by Faye Turney:

Dear Mum & Dad,

I am writing to you from Iran where I am being held.

I will try to explain to you the best what has happened.

We were out in the boats when we were arrested by Iranian forces, as we had apparently gone into Iranian waters.

I wish we hadn't because then I'd be home with you all right now.

I am so sorry we did because I know we wouldn't be here now if we hadn't.

I want you all to know that I am well and safe.

I am being well looked after. I am fed three meals a day and have a constant supply of fluids.

The people are friendly and hospitable, very compassionate and warm.

I have written a letter to the Iranian people to apologise for us entering into their waters.

Please don't worry about me, I am staying strong.

Hopefully it won't be long until I am home to get ready for Molly's birthday party with a present from the Iranian people.

Look after everyone for me, especially Adam and Molly.

I love you all more than you will ever know.

All my love,

Faye

Update: It looks like the vid was uploaded by Shawn Wassan to Liveleak, who adds, "Clearly These Statements Were Made Under Duress".

UPDATE: Brits governement reacts to video:

Britain called the broadcast "completely unacceptable" and said it was concerned that the statements from sailor Faye Turney were coerced. The British government earlier released what it called proof the boat crews were seized in Iraqi waters, and said it was freezing all contacts with Iran except negotiations to release them....

Before the video was broadcast, a Blair spokesman said any showing of British personnel on TV would be a breach of the Geneva Conventions.

"It's completely unacceptable for these pictures to be shown on television," the Foreign Office said after the broadcast. "There is no doubt our personnel were seized in Iraqi territorial waters."...

The Foreign Office said it had "grave concerns" about Turney's state of mind when she spoke on video.

"I am very concerned about these pictures and any indication of pressure on or coercion of our personnel," said Foreign Secretary Margaret Beckett. She added that Britain had "comprehensively demonstrated today that our personnel were operating inside Iraqi territorial waters."

MORE Updates and background below-->

From Vicki's previous post: Iran to Release Female Sailor

Iran's Foreign Minister said today that Faye Turney, the 26-year-old British sailor who was captured along with 14 male colleagues last week, would be freed on Wednesday or Thursday. (Rusty: the price of her freedom was to be her taped 'confession')

"Today or tomorrow, the lady will be released," Manouchehr Mottaki said Wednesday on the sidelines of an Arab summit that he was attending in the Saudi capital.

The British released the GPS coordinates of the vessels seized by Iran, showing that they were well inside Iraqi waters.

Vice Adm. Charles Style said the British vessels were 1.7 nautical miles inside Iraqi waters when Iran seized the sailors and marines on Friday. He gave the satellite coordinates of the British crew as 29 degrees 50.36 minutes north latitude and 048 degrees 43.08 minutes east longitude, and said it had been confirmed by an Indian-flagged merchant ship boarded by the sailors and marines.

Style told reporters that the Iranians had provided a position on Sunday — a location that he said was in Iraqi waters. By Tuesday, Iranian officials had given a revised position 2 miles east, placing the British inside Iranian waters — a claim he said was not verified by global positioning system coordinates.

"It is hard to understand a legitimate reason for this change of coordinates," Style said.

Foreign Secretary Margaret Beckett said today that Britain is freezing all ties with Iran until the abducted sailors and Marines are released.

"They should not be under any doubt at all about how seriously we regard this act, which is unjustified and wrong," Mrs Beckett said.


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By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 12:17 PM | Comments |

March 25, 2007

Brit Hostages Are Bargaining Chips for 300 Iranian Linked Prisoners in Iraq

Can you say: Rusty's insane speculations are almost always nearly right?*

Pajamas Media:

American forces in Iraq now hold some 300 prisoners tied to Iran’s intelligence agencies, Pajamas Media learned from both diplomatic and military sources.

This is believed, by both sources, to be a record number of prisoners tied to Iran. Virtually all were captured in the past two months.

This week’s seizure of 15 British sailors by Iran in the contested waters of the Shattab al-Arab, the ship channel that divides Iraq and Iran, may have been payback for the capture of record number of Iranian operatives inside Iraq. “It may be a bargaining chip,” one diplomatic source said.

Well, well, well. You laughed when I said that perhaps, just maybe, the Iranians intentionally planned the seizure of 15 British sailors. But are we now seeing the underlying motivation here? Vicki reported the 'bargaining chip' angle yesterday, but the 300 number puts a whole new spin on it.

But, the worst part? The U.S. State Department:

The Pentagon received “considerable pressure” from officials in the State department and CIA to release some or all of the Iran-linked prisoners to facilitate discussions between Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Iranian officials.
Lord, is there anything the State Department ever gets right?

State's incompetence gives me a good lead into posting this editorial cartoon by Ronny Gordon. He calls it "Frankenstein peace" or "Condi re-animates the peace process", and its intended to be commentary on moves to reignite the Israeli-PA talks, but I think its apt here as well.

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So, why now? JPOST confirms the details of the PJM report above, but adds this:

According to the official, Iran was worried that its detained people would leak sensitive intelligence information.
Allah has pretty good coverage here.

*Except, of course, when they're not. In which case they're never just slightly off target, but way off.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 06:08 PM | Comments |

March 23, 2007

Iran Funding Attacks in Iraq

Color me unsurprised. Personally, I'd hold out for $1,000 a month. But I guess the labor market for would-be infidel bombers is pretty much flooded these days.

Garduneh Mehr e-mails this piece from the The Australian:

IRANIAN agents are paying local Iraqis around the southern city of Basra as much as $500 a month to carry out attacks on coalition forces.

British Lieutenant Colonel Justin Maciejewski said contact with locals suggested that the “vast majority” of violence against British troops stationed in the city came from outside Iraq. ...

Lt-Col Maciejewski, who is the commanding officer at the British base at Basra Palace, went on: “Local sheikhs and tribal leaders here in Basra - who are desperate to prevent this violence escalating - are telling us that Iranian agents are paying up to $500 a month for young Basrawi men to attack us.

You know what would raise demand? A shooting war, rather than a proxy war, between Iran and the infidels......

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 12:41 PM | Comments |

Hostage Crisis: Iran Captures 15 British Sailors & Marines

What's old is new. Iran is insisting that the 15 marines and sailors were in their waters, the British claim they were in Iraqi waters. The truth? Come on. Do you really have to ask? Unless, of course, the Iranians now consider Southern Iraq an extension of Iran. Which may not be too far off the mark.

Leonidas, where art thou?

BBC:

Fifteen British Navy personnel have been captured at gunpoint by Iranian forces, the Ministry of Defence says.

The men were seized at 1030 local time when they boarded a boat in the Gulf, off the coast of Iraq, which they suspected was smuggling cars....

The Ministry of Defence said: "The group boarding party had completed a successful inspection of a merchant ship when they and their two boats were surrounded and escorted by Iranian vessels into Iranian territorial waters.

"We are urgently pursuing this matter with the Iranian authorities at the highest level.

"The British government is demanding the immediate and safe return of our people and equipment."

Hat tip: Tim at Opinion Bug

P.S. & Update: Isn't this an act of war?

Another update: Given that embassies in Tehran were making evacuation plans yesterday.....er, I hate to place the tinfoil hat on here, but what are the chances that this was a planned operation?

Allah provides video of the last time Iran took British personell hostage and says:

Iran can’t have meant to do this, not with Ahmadinejad set to address the Security Council tomorrow about the nuclear program and not to the British, who’ve been adamant in opposing any military action on Iran.
Maybe, and in my heart of hearts I'm a Realist--which posits that nations are rational actors that act in their own interests. But rationality is constrained by culture and what may seem rational in Tehran may seem crazy-insane to the rest of us. Case in point: all of Iranian history since 1979.

Anyway, I agree that they'll probably be let go unharmed. And it's far more likely that Allah is right and that this is probably nothing more than a bunch of Iranian sailors working from the cuff and egged on by years of propaganda, but never completely write off the crazy. Especially when you're dealing with Iran.

If our resident Persian expert, GM, is around, I'd like to hear your thoughts.

UPDATE exctracted from the comments of Garduneh Mehr:

Thanks Dr. S., I don't know for sure but I suspect this transgression like the last one (mentioned above by Randman) has been committed by the naval branch of the IRGC (the idealogical terrorist army that's the mullah's main prop). And again I speculate that they've done this so as to dissuade the coalition from aggressively inspecting ships which would make it easier for the IRGC to smuggle arms and/or terrorists into Iraq. Looking at the bigger picture, it seems to me that the terrorist acts in Iraq are basically a proxy war conducted on behalf of the IRGC and the Mullahcracy's ministry of intelligence VEVAK. Ken Timmermann had a very insightful article on this recently. As for removing the gloves vis-a-vis the Mullahcracy, that is long long over due. There is one more thing I'd like to mention. These IRGC/Basiji types are basically thugs and bullies; when it comes to dealing with them one most forget all niceties and ceremonies and courtesies of international law because the IRGC/Basiji/VEVAK do not represent a nation. As they themselves will tell you, they represent an idealogy. In brief, I believe the Royal Navy ought to have made quick work of the f**kers.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 07:13 AM | Comments |

March 07, 2007

Iran Cracking Down On Dissenters

My anti-mullah friend emails again:

Hi Vinnie, Here is a report from Radio Isreal's Persian service: [My comments are enclosed in square braces.] There are reports of unrest in the city of Andi'meshk in the province of Khuzestan [south west corner of Iran]. On Sunday a group of Andi'meshk residents who are dissatisfied with the current [economic and political] situation engaged in demonstrations. However, they were violently set upon by the state security forces who still [The report is dated Tuesday March 6th, 2007] prevent people from congregating even in small numbers. The residents of Andi'meshk who are mostly from the under-privileged Arab minority claim that on Sunday five or six demonstrators were killed by the security forces, and that these deaths have further angered the youth of the city resulting in even more attacks on the SSF's.

In Tehran, the SSF's attacked a peaceful meeting of Iranian women [I suspect in connection
with the international women's day] arresting a number of them. Those arrested are still in prison, although
there is talk of releasing seven of the women described as journalists.

Incidentally with the Iranian Spring and New Year festivals approaching,
I just remembered that during last year's festivities,
one of which traditionally involves jumping
over bundles of burning deadwood, many Iranians were using pages of the Qoran as kindling to light the fires.
They would purposely scatter half-burnt pages of the Qoran in the streets to let the regime know
what they think of it and the Arabic religion that it holds so dear. Heh heh heh heh heh heh
I wished I had saved a few of the photographs; I think you would've liked them.
I'm looking forward to seeing what happens this year.

By Vinnie at 10:42 PM | Comments |

February 28, 2007

I Call Quagmire In Iran

My anti-mullah friend sends another dispatch:

Hi Vinnie,

The same two websites as before (Radis and [Redacted, mullahs don't like blogs - Vinnie]), report clashes between certain groups and the agents of the Mullah regime.

But this time the clashes have taken place in the south-east corner of the country in the province of Baluchistan. (Baluchistan straddles the borders of Iran, Pakistan and Afghanistan.)

There is a slight difference between the two reports, though. Radio Israel reports 2 government agents killed by the Baluch and 4 more captured.
The other website reports 4 governments agents killed and 4 taken prisoner.

Also FYI, Iranians have a co uple of festivals coming up one on March 14 and another on March 20th. The mullahcracy has for the past 27 years done everything it can to suppress these as the festivals are truly Iranian and completely non-Islamic.

So, I'll probably have reports of clashes between the regime and the people around that time.

The more you tighten your grip, the more star systems slip through your fingers...

By Vinnie at 08:09 PM | Comments |

February 27, 2007

Iranian Kurds: Just Doing The Jobs Americans Won't Do (Yet)

My favorite anti-mullah source sends this:

Hi Vinnie, I thought you might be interested in this snippet of news. Two days ago in northwest Iran, the Iranian Kurds brought down a chopper belonging to the IRGC (the main prop of the mullahcracy) killing 14 "Pasdaran" including two of their battalion commanders. The regime of course blamed inclement weather for causing the crash. My sources are the links below (unfortunately in Persian)

1. http://radis.org/ Radio Israel Persian service
2. [redacted for obvious reasons - Vinnie] an Iranian anti-Mullah blogger who quotes Reuters as claiming the chopper was brought down by ground fire by a Kurdish group called "Pezhak". Even the mullah regime admits that there have an increasing number of clashes between the IRGC and what they call "the criminal and anti-revolutionary element" in that region. This blogger makes the interesting speculation that the Kurds may have used shoulder-fired ground-to-air missiles provided to them covertly by the coalition.

I wouldn't be surprised if the coalition or Israel did provide Iranian Kurds with anti-aircraft weapons in retaliation for the Islamic Republic and/or Syria providing anit-aircraft missiles to the terrorists in Iraq and to the Hizbullah of Lebanon.

By Vinnie at 06:04 AM | Comments |

February 13, 2007

Iranians Supplying .50 cal Sniper Rifles to Iraqi Insurgents

SeeDub sent me a link to a post of his about tunnels across the U.S. border. Good find. But right underneath is, what I think, an even more important story.

Iran Ships Austrian .50-cal Sniper Rifles To Insurgents

If you've ever seen the kind of damage a .50 cal can do, you don't need to ask why this is a huge problem. They were developed to take out lightly armored vehicles, but can also be used against people. If you get hit by one of these, there is no hope for survival.

Bill Roggio, citing the same report, says:

Over twelve percent of Iran's Steyr HS50 sniper rifles purchased by the "National Iranian Police Organisation" in 2005 have been found inside Iraq.
Not. Good.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 10:18 AM | Comments |

February 08, 2007

The Uprising That Wasn't

Remember the report of a gunbattle inside Iran?

Well, this is the Jawa Report, and we know people. And those people know people, some of whom live inside Iran.

A reader sent this on Feb. 3rd:

This morning I had a phone conversation with some people in the city of Isfahan which is the capital city of the province with the same name. They couldn't say very much since the phone conversations with the outside world are monitored by the regime. But they did confirm the news of clashes reported by the Aryamehr blog and that even in the city of Isfahan itself (not in Aryamehr's original report) there were clashes taking place and that gunfire could be heard. They just said: "Please pray for us!"

The only other thing I could find out was that unknown craft were seen flying over the cities of Qazvin, Alvand
and the industrial city of Alborz for about 90 minutes; these crafts were probably surveillance UAV's.

Sounded promising at the time to me, but, alas, all of our hopes were dashed when our intrepid reporter sent this:

I think that situation may have unfortunately fizzled out. From what I can gather the event summary is that the regime's Basiji agents harassed and murdered four tribesmen. The tribesmen then started retaliating by going village to village and attacking the regimes elements killing at least 14 of them and wounding a whole bunch more. In the city of Isfahan as a show of sympathy with the tribesmen some people clashed with security forces. The people I know in Isfahan are older folks and certainly aren't able to participate in such things themselves and their children were forced to flee the country some twenty years ago.

Inicidents like this have been happening every year in the past few years. But the regime keeps coming back on top.
One incident in the province of Sistan involved people attacking AhmadiNezhad's motorcade and killing one of his body guards.
And a couple of years ago people attacked and killed the commander of the so-called Qods force of the IRGC (you've probably seen the name of the Qods force mentioned in connection with the recent arrests of Iranian agents in Iraq).

Although this obviously didn't indicate the start of a revolution to overthrow the mullahs, it still is important, because, if you remember, the state-run media of Iran painted this as a battle against drug smugglers.

If they're willing to do that, then they know that they are in a race against time. It's people like these tribesmen that faced down the British in the Boston Massacre.

Here's why, also from our inside source:

First a bit of background: The primary resistance seems to have come from the Qashqai and the Lor and other (semi-migratory) tribes men who live off their cattle which they herd between their (fixed) summer and winter quarters every spring and fall. They are simple folk who don't take shit from anyone. Also, they've always insisted on owning firearms (mostly old double-barrel shotguns) to protect themselves and their livelihood against wolves and packs of wild dogs and other pests.

So while the uprising I'd hoped for didn't happen, the pot certainly simmers.

We can only hope that the Iranians do for themselves what the Iraqis could not, or would not.

By Vinnie at 11:32 PM | Comments |

February 01, 2007

Let's Have Our Own Ten Day Celebration

More blather from President Ahmaretardforjihad:

Kicking off 10 days of celebrations to mark the 28th anniversary of the 1979 Islamic revolution that brought hard-line clerics to power, Ahmadinejad said Iran will celebrate next week "the stabilization and the establishment of its full right" to enrich uranium at the facility.

Well, I'd like to commemorate the 28th anniversary of the invasion of our Iranian embassy too. I won't enrich uranium, but my celebration just might include using pages of the Koran as toilet paper and lots of target practice.

What would be even better, if this nation could actually come together to confront the common enemy, would be Take An Iranian Hostage Week. Every year, at this time, Special Forces could run in and snatch some Iranians and hold them for 444 days.

Problem with that, of course, is that most of the snatched wouldn't want to go back.

Anyway, with that being said, I found the last paragraph of the linked article to be quite telling:

"The general policies of the system are made by the Exalted Supreme Leader, and the government is required to carry them out," the state news agency quoted Ahmadinejad as saying. "The president, as the head of the country's executive body, pursues and announces the nuclear position."

The "Exalted Supreme Leader" isn't Mahmoud, it's Ayatollah Khamenei. I bring this up because various accounts I've read claim that the Ayatollah and his supporters are at odds with Mahmoud and his.

I don't buy it. Ahmaretardforjihad wouldn't be where he is without the tacit support of the "Exalted Supreme Leader."

By Vinnie at 11:47 PM | Comments |

January 31, 2007

Iran Orchestrated The Karbala Attack

According to no-linky Drudge:

NBC NEWS confirms a secret U.S. military report that says 'Iranian Agents' may be behind a deadly ambush in Karbala, Iraq that left five American soldiers dead. The report also claims the Iranian revolutionary guard is providing intelligence on U.S. and Iraqi military to Shiite extremists, in addition to sophisticated weaponry. Developing...

As the Jawa Report's official Iranophobe, I'll follow no-linky Drudge's developing developments, if he has any.

By Vinnie at 12:20 AM | Comments |

January 30, 2007

All Moonbats, Please Assume Human Shield Positions

The pieces are falling into place.

Open, unrestricted warfare with Iran is coming.

Sure, he said that we have no intention of invading Iran, but Bush lies, right? As a matter of fact, you're protesting against an invasion that isn't happening.

Of course, you're not protesting the invasion of Iraq by Iran.

Now is the time for all good Susan Sarandon's to come to the aid of our enemy.

By Vinnie at 01:07 AM | Comments |

January 23, 2007

State Of The Union, Crazy Like

Ynet:

Israel and the United States will soon be destroyed, Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Tuesday during a meeting with Syria's foreign minister, the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) website said in a report.


"Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad… assured that the United States and the Zionist regime of Israel will soon come to the end of their lives," the Iranian president was quoted as saying.

And this from the MEMRI Blog:

The Iranian news agency Mehr reported that in light of the increasing U.S. presence in the Persian Gulf, and the continuing Iranian nuclear crisis, Iranian Expediency Council Secretary Mohsen Rezai has said that "the Iranian nation will strike 10 slaps to the face of America, in such a way that it will no longer be able to get up on the stage."

Source: Mehr, Iran, January 20, 2007

Eh, for every 10 slaps in our face, jackass, you get 80-odd kicks in the balls.

stein hoists to Howie and Larwyn

By Vinnie at 09:26 PM | Comments |

January 12, 2007

Top Iranian Detained in Iraq?

That's what the anti-establishment Iran Press Service is reporting. Abbasi is apparently a big fish among the powers that be in Iran. Oh, and he also helps run paramilitary operations for the Mullahs.

However, the English version of the state run IRNA has nothing on the Abbasi's alleged detention. So, we'll have to wait and see if the reports pan out.

Here's the English version:

Based on unconfirmed received reports from reliable sources in Iraq, Hassan Abbasi was among those who was arrested in the Thursday, January 11th early-morning raid in the Iraqi town of Erbil.

Hassan Abbasi known by his friends as "The Dr. Kissinger of Islam," is the guru of the Islamic Republic's revolutionary guard corps which puts volunteers and recruits through rigorous training in four camps funded and run by the Revolutionary Guard....


Abbassi has been among the highest ranking members of the Islamic regime’s terror operations for many years, acting as the Fuehrer Mullah, Khamenei’s foreign policy and defense advisor. Abbassi has had an active voice under not only Khamenei but also Rafsanjani and Khatami as well....

Among others, Abbassi works very closely with Muqtada Al-Sadr in running the Mahdi army and other insurgency groups; it is entirely possible that Abbassi would have been in Erbil. Anti-Mullah is apparently hearing the same thing, and adds:

Abbassi has been among the highest ranking members of the Islamic regime’s terror operations for many years, acting as the Fuehrer Mullah, Khamenei’s foreign policy and defense advisor. Abbassi has had an active voice under not only Khamenei but also Rafsanjani and Khatami as well.
Regime Change Iran has lots more on Abbasi.

Hat tip: Fred Fry

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 12:30 PM | Comments |

January 11, 2007

Report: Nuclear Explosion in Iran (UPDATE: 3 explosions)

nuclear_explosion.jpgA major explosion is being reported in the Iranian desert. It said to be a nuclear explosion. In the general area of one of Iran's nuclear testing sitees.

The alternative theory is that a UFO crashed. That is what one Iranian blogger is reporting, anyway. Anti-Mullah:

Reports emanating from Iran on Wednesday indicate a huge explosion - reportedly NUCLEAR - from the Kerman area at the edge of the Kavir Lut (major desert).

I waited to get confirmation of the event that was felt a 100 kilometers away but apart from on the ground phone reports, the local Islamic Iranian news media reported that an UFO had crashed and blown up to explain the incident.

The explosion took place at what would be the Islamic Regime's testing ground for an atomic weapon.

Since even North Korea tested its nuke underground, I'm guessing that the even the Iranians aren't stupid enough for an above ground test.

Which leaves the UFO theory. Kerman: Iran's Roswell. Now excuse me while I go feed my pet sasquatch.

But GM seems to think that the explosion might have been a detonator test. My guess is that this is just rumor compounded by fear.

Lots of updates below the fold.

UPDATE: Our resident Iran expert, GM, clarifies two points. One, Anti-Mullah is an American. Two, SMCCDI (Daneshjoo to you oldtimers) reported this yesterday.

A huge mysterious explosion rocked Iran's main south central region in the early morning of today.

The mysterious explosion is believed to have happened in the mountains located at about 100 KM of the city of Kerman.

So far no official explanation has been given despite the fact that the shake impact of the explosion was felt in a big part of the region.

But since the sources seem to be the same--mainly, phone calls and e-mails from friends and relatives in Iran, I'm still sticking with the UFO theory. Ledeen, at The Corner, thinks the Ethiopians are behind it.

And Good Lt. is quick to remind us that this is a seismically active area. So, an earthquake? An alternate theory could be that this is another Sunni attack. Many don't realize that Iran has been having its own troubles from their Sunni minority. Any one know if this is a Sunni area?

UPDATE II: When I'm on to something, man, I'm really on to something! Ace brings us this update from al Reuters: 3 explosions in Iran:

Three strong explosions jolted southern Iran on Thursday, the semi-official Fars news agency reported, but gave no information about possible casualties....

Khuzestan, the heartland of Iran's oil industry, has been simmering with unrest among the province's mostly Arab population for more than a year.

Which means this is an active area for Sunni Arab unrest. Which is deliciously ironic since Iran seems to be actually helping to fund Sunni insurgents in neighboring Iraq.*

I believe Ward Churchill calls this type of thing "chickens coming home to roost."

UPDATE III: Yet another update from Ace that the Mullahs are about to execute some Arabs from the area. Which is more evidence of my Sunni theory. Payback: 'tis a bitch.

UPDATE IV: From GM, a Christian originally from Persia:

Dr. S.,

I'm under the impression that the explosion near Kerman (central Iran) was exceptionally powerful. The three explosions in the Arab area of Khuzistan (the south west corner of Iran) were relatively ordinary bombs. There is quite a distance between the two areas. In the past couple of years Khuzistan has been the scene of clashes between the Arab minority and the regime's thugs including a few bombings.

Isn't it interesting that the same AhmadiNezhad who cries rivers for Arab terrorists of Palestinian areas, subjects the Arab minority of Iran to torture and execution.

*Why would Iran fund Sunni insurgents? For the same reason they fund the Sunni group Hamas--common enemies.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 02:10 PM | Comments |

December 08, 2006

Iranian Students Protest For Freedom

howieiranprotestgroup1208.JPGOnce again the TJR is bringing you the news no one else seems to notice.

Iran Press News: Despite unprecedented security plans and repressive measures by the fascist regime of the Islamic republic to prevent the gathering commemorating the occasion of “students’ day”, students and brave Iranians who were informed about today’s protests showed that the university is still alive and despotism against religious tyranny blazes on.

According to received reports, today on this anniversary more than 4000 students of the Tehran University were able to gather; as they chanted slogans such as “Death to despotism” and “death to the dictators” they were battered by herds of the regime’s agents and disciplinary guards. The number of intelligence and security agents is reported to have been more than 5000.

The students who are enraged by censorship and suppression of the universities, clashed with the regime guards and broke down the gate of the technical school of Tehran university and entered.

The regime’s officials, agents and guards had put their security measures in place and had surrounded the entire area since early in the morning, bringing the campus under siege. Students had been threatened and told that if they gathered and continued their protest, they would be arrested. But student activists ignored the threats and escalated their protest.

After singing the popular student anthem “Yaar’eh Dabestaani” (old schoolmate) they began chanting slogans:

“Death to despotism”

“Death to the dictators”

“Political prisoners must be freed”

“Students with stars[i] wear them like a medal of honor”

“Freedom, equality, boycott the elections”

“Students would rather die than to accept further abjectness”

Mr. Ahmadinejad, are you a puppet of the theocracy? As the president you have an obligation to work for the future of the Iranian people. How can you do the business of Iran if you cannot even spend time with other leaders without losing a year of your term? They are interfering in your work. You need to stand up to them.

If you continue on the path the religious leaders have laid out for you these students will be the ones who die in the Ayatollahs’ mad scheme. And, as already proven, if they are displeased with judgments you make in the execution of your duty then they will dispose of you too.

You could use the support that is there to set Iran on a new road, a road that leads to a better life in Iran. Or you can continue the puppet dance you are doing. These people don’t want the west to have to come and solve your problems. They don’t want to die trying to create a new Persian Empire and destroy Israel.

They want to solve thier own problems, They want a future for themselves and their children in a free Iran. Give it to them or else continue to live as a coward in the shadow of the religious zealots who control your every move.

hwoeiranprotest1208.JPG
AP Via YahooAn Iranian student holds a photo of Iran's president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad upside down to show his disapproval of Ahmadinejad's policies during a demonstration at Tehran university, Tehran, Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2006, to mark Iran's student day, held annually after 3 students were killed in a protest to a visit by then U.S. vice-president Richard Nixon to the university in 1953. (AP Photo/Hasan Sarbakhshian)
More information here.

Hat Tip: Garduneh Mehr.

Image Hat Tip :Snooop1e.

Who found the only major MSM outlet to run this story, Guess who, FOXNEWS.

The theme of Wednesday's protest was Student Life is Alive.

The police apparently made no effort to stop the demonstration, which ended peacefully.

One banner, in Persian, read: "If I rise up and you rise up, everyone will rise up."

Another read: "Our struggle is twofold: Fighting against internal oppression and external foreign threats."

By Howie at 11:10 AM | Comments |

December 04, 2006

Iran Bans Major Websites.

No word yet if The Jawa Report is banned but we sure hope so. The Guardian Via Michelle Malkin.

Iran yesterday shut down access to some of the world's most popular websites. Users were unable to open popular sites including Amazon.com and YouTube following instructions to service providers to filter them.

Similar edicts have been issued against Wikipedia, the internet encyclopaedia, IMDB.com, an online film database, and the New York Times site. Attempts to open the sites are met with a page reading: "The requested page is forbidden."

What kind of does Iran want to suppress.?

Maybe Maryam Namazie's speech to the UN? Or Maybe this one, entitled Save Nazanin & Kobra from Execution? Or Possibly this series about the hanging of a 16 year old girl from “crimes against chastity” Or maybe just the hangings and exposure of their religious propaganda.

Iran’s Mullahs fear the truth almost as much as they fear women.

By Howie at 12:53 PM | Comments |

December 02, 2006

Darth Sadr

Darth_Sadr.jpg

Is Muqtada al Sadr aligning himself with Syria and making a move against Iran? A move which is in the interests of the US, Israel, and the entire Middle East?

That's what the anti-clerical Persian Journal claims. Sadr's anti-Americanism, from this article's perspective, seems more in line with that of Syria. Iran, in this view, is pushing Hezbollah to topple the Lebanon government because the anti-Israeli card is the only thing on which Syria and al Sadr's forces in Iraq will play ball on. And al Sadr is someone who the US can play ball with, much like we do with the Syrians, not because he is pro-American but because of his own self-interest.

If that is the case, then al Sadr may be playing Darth Vader to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's Emperor Palpatine. Viewed as the lapdog but who, in fact, cautiously awaits the right time to make a move and take the reigns of leadership in the Middle East.

I'm not convinced, but interesting nonetheless. Especially given allegations that al Sadr's militia is financed, trained, and armed not in Damascus, but in Tehran.

H/T to OpiniPundit for the the pic and the caption.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 03:03 PM | Comments |

November 29, 2006

Send Me A Letter

Send it by mail
Send it in care of
The well of the 12th Imam.

Robert Spencer says it's a call to Islam.

The blog grandfather calls it the "second warning."

Since no good deed goes unpunished, feel free to give 'ol Mahmoud your response.

I would print mine, but this is a PG-13 blog.

stein hoist: Hot Air.

By Vinnie at 05:49 PM | Comments |

November 28, 2006

Hezbollah Aids Iraq Deathsquads

Iran's proxy, Hezbollah, is helping to train the death squads of al Sadr's Mahdi Army. File under: no Shiite. The only question is: why send them to Lebanon for training when thousands have already been trained in Iran?

Reuters:

The Iranian-backed group Hezbollah has been training members of the Mahdi Army, the Iraqi Shi'ite militia led by Moktada al-Sadr, The New York Times reported on Monday, quoting a senior U.S. intelligence official.

Between 1,000 and 2,000 fighters from the Mahdi Army and other Shi'ite militias had been trained by Hezbollah in Lebanon, the unidentified official told the newspaper.

A small number of Hezbollah operatives had also visited Iraq to help with training, the official said.

Iran has facilitated the link between Hezbollah and the Shi'ite militias in Iraq while Syrian officials have also cooperated, but there is debate whether it has the blessing of the senior leaders in Syria, the official told the Times, speaking on condition of anonymity.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 10:08 AM | Comments |

November 27, 2006

Well, Thank You Very Much, Mr. Helper

According to what I hear on a daily basis, the Iraq Study Group, headed by James Baker, wants us to bring Syria and Iran in to help with Iraq.

Nov. 26 (Bloomberg) -- Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad predicted the collapse of Israel, the U.S. and Britain, attacking what he called their ``oppressive behavior.''

``The Zionist regime is on a steep downhill towards collapse and disgrace,'' Ahmandinejad told supporters at a rally of Basiji militia forces near Tehran today. In a reference to the U.S. and U.K., he said ``the collapse and crumbling of your devilish rule has started.'' The speech was carried live on state television.

In related news, the ISG wants to bring Russia in to help cure radiation poisoning, Cuba to help with the North Korea situation, and Dr. Rusty Shackleford to help out in case Brangelina have marital problems.

By Vinnie at 06:29 PM | Comments |

October 31, 2006

Netanyahu Interview: This is War with Iran

Listen to former Israeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu on the Bill Maher show. As he explains, Isreal's war with Hezbollah is really a war with Iran. A war, in fact, between the U.S. and Iran as well.

Pay attention to how militant Islam is both like and unlike Soviet Communism. Like in their ideological zealotry, unlike in that they put their fundamentalism before their sense of national survival. Scary.

Click to listen to stream. Hat tip: Michael.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 08:28 AM | Comments |

September 23, 2006

Wars and Rumors of Wars with Iran

Who am I to resist rumors of war with Iran?

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 09:17 AM | Comments |

September 22, 2006

Iran Will Stone Adulteress to Death

Iran is set to stone to death a young woman for the crime of adultery. Muslims constantly tell me that they believe Jesus is a prophet. Are we talking about the same Jesus here?

John 8: 3-11

And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a woman taken in adultery; and when they had set her in the midst,

They say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act.

Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou?

This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not.

So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.

And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground.

And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst.

When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee?

She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.

Michell Malkin puts out an urgent request to help Save Malak Ghorbany.

Her execution has been stayed, for now, thank God, but adultery is still a capital offense in Iran.

The disgusting part of what many human rights groups are urging is that Iran stop execution by stoning.

The real problem is not stoning, but the death sentence for adultery!

And many Lefties want to compare fundamentalist Christians with the mad Mullahs of Iran. Are they out of their frigging minds?

If Monica Lewinsky was Persian, she'd be dead.

John 11:35:

Jesus wept.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 04:27 PM | Comments |

September 05, 2006

Iran Purging Liberal Academics

It looks like Ahmadinejad is attempting to start his own cultural revolution by purging the universities of liberals and secularists. And, like Mao's culurual revolution, the madman of Tehran wishes the purges to come from the bottom up.

He's encouraging students to purge the universities. It may seem infeasible, given the anti-regime stance of students, but the right mix of top down pressure and looking the other way when "extremists" "go too far" has been known to get results in the past.

This is worrisome because Iran's universities are the locus of opposition to Khomeinism, sharia, and religious conservatism. When we hear, as we do so often, that the Iranian street despises the ruling Mullahs, it is almost always university students giving those sentiments voice.

If Ahmadinejad succeeds in purging the universities, then the last best hope for peaceful regime change in Iran will have been crushed.

AP:

Iran's hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called Tuesday for a purge of liberal and secular teachers from the country's universities, urging students to return to 1980s-style radicalism.

The president, in his role as head of the country's Council of Cultural Revolution, does have the authority to make such changes. But his comments Tuesday seemed designed more to encourage hard-line students to begin a pressure campaign on their own, thus forcing universities to oust the teachers.

Iran retired dozens of liberal university professors and teachers earlier this year. And last November, Ahmadinejad's administration for the first time named a cleric to head the country's oldest institution of higher education, Tehran University, despite protests by students.

UPDATE: PBS reporter ordered out of Iran. Given no reason, but she wanted to do an interview with the parents of student protester tortured and murdered in an Iranian prison.

HT: Howie

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 08:33 AM | Comments |

September 02, 2006

Khatami and Carter

As a followup to Rusty's previous post, there are some 'behind the scenes' efforts to get former Iranian President Mohammad Khatami hooked up with former President Jimmy Carter.

From Radio Free Europe:

There has been talk that Khatami's U.S. visit could eventually lead to a meeting with former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, whose presidency was marred by the taking of U.S. hostages in Tehran following the Islamic revolution in 1979.

"The Washington Post" reported that Carter has agreed in principle to host Khatami. There has been no official reaction from Khatami, but the "Financial Times" quoted Iranian sources today as saying Khatami would be unlikely to accept such an invitation.

Even so, some people are hopeful. In particular, Professor Houshang Amirahmadi of Rutgers University and the Iranian-American Council believes Khatami's presence is positive and a meeting with Jimmy Carter could be a real icebreaker.
"Before traveling to the U.S., Mr. Khatami should discuss the issue with Iranian leaders, with Ayatollah [Ali] Khamenei, and tell them that after meeting with Mr. Carter he would invite [Carter] to visit Iran," Amirahmadi says.
So, if birds of a feather flock together, I'd guess that Khatami and Carter would make the perfect anti-American pair of flocking caucusers.

Companion post at Interested-Participant.

By at 09:18 PM | Comments |