Showdown with Iran on its Way?
Kinda sharpens the perspective, doesn't it.
No. I'm not letting Hameed write my blog for me, but he does such a good job of translating the jist of Arabic language news media, that I rely on him for the news that the MSM does not publish (ie. the good news about Iraq, for instance). Anyway, here is another comment, or a least part of a comment he posted at ITM.
Ps.I have just heard on TV in ARABIC, that Iran is opposing the Annapolis Conference and accused all of those taking parts as traitors- Dr.Bashar look out- whilst Syria agreed to attend?
hameed Abid | 11.25.07 - 8:38 am
Now, take that along with this:
Syria comes in from the cold
The decision by Syrian President Bashar Assad to send Mr. Mekdad opens the door for something real to come out of this process. But for that faint promise to be realized, it will require a rapid defrosting of relations between the United States and Syria, which Washington has for years treated as a pariah state, accusing it of supporting "terrorists" (note the quotation marks, but I digress) in Iraq and around the region.
Unlike all the other attendees at Annapolis, Syria holds real influence over Hamas, the militant Islamist group that trumped Mr. Abbas's Fatah movement in the parliamentary election last year and then trounced them militarily six months ago, seizing control of the Gaza Strip, half of the putative Palestinian state.
Syria has another card to play in Lebanon, where if it chose it could cut off the flow of arms to Hezbollah, another Islamist group sworn to Israel's destruction. So if Damascus gets what it wants, it can make life easier for Israel on both its southern and northern flanks. And if the real point of Annapolis, as many analysts contend, is about building an anti-Iran alliance as much as it is about securing Israeli-Palestinian peace, then flipping Syria, Tehran's staunchest ally, would be the biggest prize of all.
A plan to attack Iran swiftly and from above
'Quid pro quo' in store for US and Iran?
The United States, France, Germany and the United Kingdom spoke out this week against what Iran has not yet done. The Europeans took things even farther, calling for an "immediate suspension of Iranian nuclear activity which poses a proliferation risk."
Challenge to Iranian President
Two former presidents, Mr Rafsanjani and Mohammad Khatami, have warned that the country faces threats from foreign governments worried over the nuclear program. France and the US say they have not dismissed a military option if Iran does not halt uranium enrichment.
And Hassan Rowhani, a former nuclear negotiator and a close aide to Mr Rafsanjani, urged the Government to distance itself from tension with the West. "We must not give excuse to the enemy and provoke it with unwise statements," he said.
and add this synopsis of a Debkafile report by Bob in the ITM comments for good measure.
Something's afoot and it's about God damned time. Iraq does not need Imadinnerjacket meddling in its affairs, nor should the free world wait for him to get the bomb. Iran's decades long war with the US may soon be over.
Go George Bush!!!!
Note: Yo, lefties: Remember all those alienated allies like France and Germany? NAH,NAH,NAH,NAH,NAH,NAH! You were wrong.
UPDATE: Oooh. Another one. A bit dated, but very interesting. Bush and Putin Rough out Breakthrough Strategic Deal for Dumping Iran
UPDATE II: bin Laden doesn't like it. So sad.