Archive for the ‘Iran’ Category

Condoleezza Rice

June 2, 2007

“We want Russia to be strong, but strong in 21st century terms.”

“Democratic institutions and an open society are not a source of weakness,” Rice said. “Nor is freedom of speech and freedom of the press just a nuisance.”

“I think the question isn’t why won’t we talk to Tehran,” she said. “The question is why doesn’t Tehran want to talk to us.”

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public statements

April 17, 2007

Statement From the National Rifle Association
Monday, April 16, 2007
The National Rifle Association joins the entire country in expressing our deepest condolences to the families of Virginia Tech University and everyone else affected by this horrible tragedy.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the families.

http://www.nra-ila.org/

“Iran condemns the killing of Virginia university students and expresses its condolences to the families of victims and the American nation,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Mohammad Ali Hosseini said in a statement, which was faxed to Reuters.

UPDATE:

The National Rifle Association joins the entire country in expressing our deepest condolences to the families of Virginia Tech University and everyone else affected by this horrible tragedy.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the families.

We will not have further comment until all the facts are known.

Andrew Arulanandam
Director of Public Affairs
National Rifle Association

http://www.nra.org/Article.aspx?id=8442

Iran

April 10, 2007

I have lived through a revolution and a war in Iran. As a matter of fact and ironically, it was the Iraqis who were bombing our cities with American weapons and full support.

http://maryamie.spaces.live.com/blog/cns!9592F3DEF41537A3!3300.entry

captivity over; Iran lost the most

April 5, 2007

Well, the British prisoners have been freed by Iran.

I did not follow all of the news reports very closely, but here is my country by country analysis:

*Iran’s government: There were many US citizens who thought that Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was a non-crazy and OK guy, and actually supported his resistance of American imperialism, hegemony, or whatever they want to call it; but he has now lost a lot of support from them because of the prisoner stunts that he seemingly ordered. Iran now will definitely get less support from anti-war people in the US should Bush order the US military to attack Iran.

(Interesting system we have here in the US. One man can seemingly order any employee of the US military to do anything at anytime.)

*England’s government: somewhat weak and ineffectual; seemingly with wimpy military personnel

*Iraqi government: seemingly weak and possibly lackadaisical in this situation

*US government: not really bellicose, but potentially a dangerous ally to have; it is also interesting to note how much the US media did not care about the story when they were first captured

UPDATES:

At Britain’s request, the two carrier groups, totaling 40 ships plus aircraft, changed their exercises to make them appear less confrontational, The Guardian said. London also asked Washington to tone down its rhetoric against Tehran, the newspaper added.

http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=viewArticle&code=20070408&articleId=5303

Overplaying the hurt factor when one’s own is aggrieved isn’t anything new – while part of the British public gaped in horror at the ‘torture’ that their 15 servicemen endured under Iranian capture, many were quick to point out that British servicemen in Iraq were never shy of using physical torture on their captives, either. At least all 15 British servicemen were released safe and sound – and few thousand quid richer. Baha Mousa was released in a body bag, and his murderers have yet to be brought to justice.

http://iam.subhumour.us/?p=2035

Bush Administration accused of illegal behavior

March 18, 2007

“This House cannot avoid its constitutionally authorized responsibility to restrain the abuse of Executive power,” Kucinich said on the floor today. “The Administration has been preparing for an aggressive war against Iran. There is no solid, direct evidence that Iran has the intention of attacking the United States or its allies.”

Kucinich noted that since the US “is a signatory to the U.N. Charter, a constituent treaty among the nations of the world,” and Article II states that “all members shall refrain in their international relations from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any state,” then “even the threat of a war of aggression is illegal.”

“Article VI of the U.S. Constitution makes such treaties the Supreme Law of the Land,” Kucinich continued. “This Administration, has openly threatened aggression against Iran in violation of the U.S. Constitution and the U.N. Charter.”

http://www.rawstory.com/news/2007/Kucinich_Impeachment_may_well_be_only_0315.html