Secretary of State John Kerry said on Monday that negotiations with the Islamic Republic of Iran will “test” Tehran’s nuclear intentions, and impose “fully verifiable” steps to ensure that Iran does not develop nuclear weapons. And yet, he has already given in to Iran’s most significant demand: that they be allowed to continue enriching uranium.
This is a fatal negotiating mistake, which could have deadly consequences.
Iran enriches uranium hexafluoride gas in fast-spinning centrifuges. Spin the centrifuges for a certain period, and you get low-enriched uranium, which can fuel a nuclear power plant. Spin them a bit longer, and you get weapons-grade uranium to make a bomb.… Seguir leyendo »
A good measure of how a regime will behave toward its neighbors can be found in how it treats its own people.
As negotiations resumed this week in Geneva over Iran’s nuclear weapons programs, Iranian regime officials have taken an increasingly hard line, making it unlikely any progress will be made absent significant U.S. concessions.
Before Secretary of State John F. Kerry is tempted to give away the store in order to achieve a Pyrrhic victory, he would do well to listen to the voices of those the regime in Tehran has tried so hard to silence: its political prisoners.
Among the most prominent is a dissident Shiite ayatollah, Seyyed Hossein Kazemeini Borujerdi, who has been imprisoned and treated with ruthless brutality for the past seven years.… Seguir leyendo »
Every four years, the Islamic Republic of Iran engages in a closely choreographed farce of elections, aimed at maintaining the illusion that the Iranian people have a say in how their country is governed.
By all accounts, the farce has been successful — with Americans, if not with Iranians themselves. On June 14, the election show is set for another replay.
In February 2003, Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage famously called Iran a «democracy.» During his confirmation hearing this March, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel repeated the error, called the Islamist government in Iran «an elected, legitimate government, whether we agree or not,» before he was forcefully corrected by Sen.… Seguir leyendo »
Most Americans look at Iran with a mixture of revulsion and fatalism. The regime is about as bad as repressive regimes get, just behind North Korea. Like North Korea, it is working hard to develop a militarily useful arsenal of nuclear weapons in defiance of the international community. Yet, the United States has shown itself powerless to do anything about it.
Early on in the 1970s revolution, not long after well-organized “students” seized the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini sneered at aides who urged him to release the hostages. “America can do nothing,” he said.
Tehran’s ruling clerics are determined to prove Khomeini right yet again, as they stand defiant against five United Nations Security Council resolutions and an increasingly tight net of international financial and diplomatic sanctions that has devastated the value of their currency and hurt ordinary Iranians, but not the regime.… Seguir leyendo »
It has all the hallmarks of the perfect crime. On the surface, it appeared to be a suicide. The body was arranged peacefully on the floor, with no signs of struggle, a white sheet pulled up to the neck. The right arm was wrapped around a large pillow; the left, exposed, showed a few cuts below the elbow. It was as if he had been laid out neatly in a coffin.
But this picture of a peaceful death by an overdose of anti-depressants was a bit too perfect, a bit too staged. And this was no ordinary victim.
Tom Jay Anderson, 35, was a U.S.… Seguir leyendo »
With the Middle East coming apart at the seams and no coherent policy or set of principles to guide policy, the Obama administration should support the people of Iran, the one country where the population remains resolutely pro-American and firmly opposed to the dictators who have been waging war on America for the past 31 years.
President Obama appeared to be contemplating such an approach in March when he delivered traditional greetings on the occasion of the Iranian New Year (Nowruz) and named Iranian dissidents.
While greater emphasis on the human rights abuses of the Iranian regime is a welcome shift, the president spent the first two years of his administration in a failed effort to make nice to Tehran’s terrorcrats, responding with stony silence in June 2009 when millions of Iranians took to the streets to protest the fraudulent «election» of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and were calling out to the United States to give them the type of moral support the president offered on Nowruz.… Seguir leyendo »
Iraq’s ancient Christian communities have been decimated by jihadi Muslim terrorists who have bombed their churches, kidnapped their loved ones and summoned them to submit to Islam or die. Since the U.S.-led liberation of Iraq, roughly two-thirds of the pre-war Christian population of 1.5 million has fled Iraq.
But now Christians face a more pernicious threat – gradual extinction thanks to day-to-day harassment from the Kurdish occupation forces in the Nineveh Plain, where corruption, a lack of development funds and the continued political stalemate have led many Christians to flee the country for exile abroad.
«Christians are like the meat in the sandwich between Arabs and Kurds,» the mayor of Tel Keif, once the largest Christian town in the Nineveh Plain, told me during a recent interview at his home in northern Iraq.… Seguir leyendo »
As evidence of Iran’s ties to Sunni terrorist groups, including al Qaeda, becomes overwhelming, U.S. policymakers and spokesmen for the intelligence community are responding in ways all too familiar to Washington: denial, ridicule and outright lies.
And yet, despite the tremendous vigor of the policy community’s refusal to confront this clear and present danger to the United States, every now and then the truth peeks through the heavy layers of classification and double talk.
The latest example of truth-telling came buried in the Pentagon’s first annual report to Congress on Iran’s military capabilities and intentions, first reported by this newspaper on April 21.… Seguir leyendo »
The Iranian regime thinks it is on a roll. Without so much as a whimper from the United States or Europe, it succeeded in brutally suppressing the Green movement during the latest round of protests on the anniversary of the revolution on Feb. 11. Now it sees an opportunity to roll up its opponents outside Iran as well.
In recent show trials, Tehran cynically has tried dozens of opposition demonstrators as «mohareb» (one who wages war against God). The crime carries the death sentence and has been used periodically by the regime as a means of eliminating its opponents.
On Feb.… Seguir leyendo »