US, ISRAEL OPERATE IN IRAN THROUGH KURDS AND MEK
General Janis Karpinski discussed the MEK operations in Iran (via the
JINSA/PNAC Neocon cabal out of AEI and Dick Cheney's office) with a
caller on her radio program from April 22nd, 2006 (click on the link
for the second hour of her broadcast for April 22nd at the following
URL - there is music that plays for a few minutes before the second
hour of her broadcast begins):
Additional about the JINSA/PNAC Neocon connection to the MEK via
Richard Perle and others:
Terrorist Group to Hold Convention in Washington, DC,
Blocks from White House
This is another post in which I feel it necessary to point out at the
outset that it isn't a belated April Fools joke. Would you believe
that the Mujehidin-i-Khalq, an organization on the State Department's
official list of terrorist organizations, which has been involved in
attacks on Americans in the past, is being allowed to hold a
convention in the Daughters of the American Revolution Hall, just
blocks from the White House? Check out their website. At first glance,
it seems quite reasonable -- quotes from George Washington and Martin
Luther King Jr., until you notice the sponsor's name the the bottom --
Maryam Rajavi, leader of the cultlike terrorist organization.
For some insight on their efforts to buy influence in Washington,
check out this page, which has a list of MEK-affiliated people who
have made campaign contributions and a downloadable spreadsheet of the
FEC data on these people. To be sure, it isn't a vast amount of money
by Washington standards, but it is interesting to notice who it has
targeted the last few years -- people like Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL)
and Gary Ackerman (D-NY), who are stalwarts of the Israel lobby (which
of course would like nothing better than to induce the world's only
superpower to whack all of Israel's enemies), and general sleazoids
like Bob Toricelli (D-NJ, former, also big AIPAC stalwart) and Jim
Traficant (D-OH, former). Bob Filner (D-CA), who hosted the event last
week, apparently is whoring himself out on the cheap -- only $2,400 in
the 2004 election cycle. A good DC politico like Dick Morris in his
1990s heyday probably spent more than that in a month on escort
services -- and for the same low low price, the MEK gets Filner's
support to get them cleansed of their sins and off the terrorist list
(actually, I'm being facetious, Filner's support from AIPAC donors is
much more substantial, and he knows what they want too).
They've apparently invited a large number of members of Congress, and
reportedly 80 of them turned up at an event on Capitol Hill to hear a
sales pitch on why the MEK should be dropped from the terrorist list.
Richard Perle was a featured speaker at their last event in Washington.
Of course, the real reason for all of this is that the MEK is a ready
"off the shelf" vehicle for furthering the neocons' ambitions in Iran.
They're against terrorism, except when it suits their purposes.
US spells out plan to bomb Iran (for Israel):
US spells out plan to bomb Iran
IAN BRUCE, Defence Correspondent
May 16 2006
THE US is updating contingency plans for a non-nuclear strike to
cripple Iran's atomic weapon programme if international diplomacy
fails, Pentagon sources have confirmed.
Strategists are understood to have presented two options for pinpoint
strikes using B2 bombers flying directly from bases in Missouri, Guam
in the Pacific and Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean.
RAF Fairford in Gloucester also has facilities for B2s but this has
been ruled out because of the UK's opposition to military action
The main plan calls for a rolling, five-day bombing campaign against
400 key targets in Iran, including 24 nuclear-related sites, 14
military airfields and radar installations, and Revolutionary Guard
At least 75 targets in underground complexes would be attacked with
waves of bunker-buster bombs.
Iranian radar networks and air defence bases would be struck by
submarine-launched Tomahawk cruise missiles and then kept out of
action by carrier aircraft flying from warships in the Indian Ocean
and Persian Gulf.
The alternative to an all-out campaign is a demonstration strike
against one or two high-profile targets such as the Natanz uranium
enrichment facility or the hexafluoride gas plant at Isfahan.
UK sources say contingency plans have also been drawn up to cope with
the inevitable backlash against the Basra garrison in neighbouring Iraq.
Military action in Iran could make region 'explode': Russia
Thu May 11, 2006
MOSCOW (AFP) - Any military action against Iran could cause the
regional situation to "explode", according to the head of Russia's
Security Council Igor Ivanov.
Ivanov called for a diplomatic solution to the international standoff
over Iran's nuclear programme.
"Any military action in Iran will lead to consequences that could
seriously explode the situation in the region and beyond," he was
quoted as saying Thursday by ITAR-TASS and Ria Novosti.
The United States and its European allies fear Iran is disguising a
secret military programme behind the building of a civilian atomic
Iran insists its nuclear aims are entirely peaceful.
They have been pushing for a binding UN resolution on Iran that could
open the way to economic sanctions, possibly escalating towards
military action, but have met resistance from Russia and China, which
are also permanent members of the Security Council and have close ties
Ivanov described negotiations at the United Nations as "fairly
"Russia always stood for and stands for political-diplomatic methods
for resolving the problem," he was quoted as saying by RIA Novovsti.
"The most effective decision is one which is based on consensus in the
UN Security Council."
Middle East Experts Against Military Option in Iran
Sari Gelzer |
Friday 12 May 2006
On May 9th, 200 American Middle East experts sent a letter to the
White House warning President Bush against threatening US military
action against Iran.
"We started the letter out of a sense of frustration that the
experts in the field were not being consulted as the US develops
policy toward Iran," explained Professor Ahmad Sadri, the coordinator
of the project. "This is the same mistake the US government made
before going to Iraq. We're saying don't do that again."
This group of scholars, academics, commentators, and former US
government officials called on the Bush administration to enter into
face-to-face negotiations with the government in Tehran.
"As the International Atomic Energy Agency has found no evidence
of research or diversion of materials toward atomic weapons in Iran,
concerns about future dual use of nuclear technology ought to be
addressed in face to face negotiations," said the letter.
Their letter arrived one day after Iran's President Mahmoud
Ahmadinejad had written to George W. Bush proposing "new solutions" to
their differences. This letter was the first written communication
between the leadership of Iran and the leadership of the United States
since the Iranian Revolution of 1979.
Bush's response was to direct all diplomacy efforts toward the
United Nations Security Council, which is currently drafting a
resolution to present to Iran.
The UN Security Council meeting in New York this week did not come
to a conclusion on a resolution. The US, along with the British and
French, is encouraging a resolution that would make it mandatory for
Iran to suspend its uranium enrichment activities. Russia and China
oppose this approach that could provoke Iran to abandon cooperation
with international nuclear inspections, the New York Times reported .
Ahmadinejad says that Iran's nuclear program is only for the
generation of electricity, and he believes that it is Iran's right to
have access to this for purposes of technological advancement. He
further stated that he will reject any security council decision that
would restrict the country's nuclear activities.
In a press conference on Wednesday following the delivery of the
letter from Middle East experts to the president, Professor Sadri, one
of the coordinators of the letter, stated:
"We don't intend to apologize for lapses of democratic structures
or of the abuses of human rights in Iran. But we do contend that none
of those problems will improve by coercive diplomacy or military
attacks. We warn that threats of invasion and draconian ultimatums
will serve the interests of the Iranian right wing that has wrapped
itself in the national flag." The press conference was held by the
Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL), a non-partisan
Quaker lobby in the public interest that has worked for more than 60
years to support peaceful alternatives to war and for nuclear disarmament.
On May 18th, Cindy Sheehan will deliver a separate petition to the
White House opposing an attack on Iran. The petition, which can be
found at www.dontattackiran.org, has already been signed by over
40,000 people and is supported by a broad coalition of organizations
including Gold Star Families for Peace, CODE PINK, Progressive
Democrats of America, the Campus Anti-War Network, and United For
Peace and Justice.
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