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JAMES STEWART writes us:
“Ok let me let YOU in on a “wake up call”. Iran has signed the “Nuclear Non Proliferation Agreement” and Israel has NOT. Now by LAW the USA may NOT have anything to do with any Country or State that has Nuclear Weapons and has NOT signed that agreement. Also by law the USA must help any signing Country or State with their Nuclear Program. That is the Law. Now since we are talking about Law, out of the 2 … only Israel is under total Defiance of International Law. Iran complies. Iran has not attacked anybody since 1917 & they have purely a defensive force. Their Military spending is roughly 1/4 that of Saudi Arabia. Lastly, and most importantly, ANYONE exploding a Nuclear Weapon in the Middle East is committing suicide. Especially Iran, as even without retaliation, the Nuclear Cloud would travel directly from Israel over Iran, which is where MOST of the Nuclear Death comes from. Now unplug CNN, get a brain & Google it if you do not know these facts.”https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=284566568311730&set=a.251925374909183.40134.251534891614898&type=1&theater
———————————————————————————————————– Mahmoud Ahmadinejad very Young Pictured here is Mahmoud Ahmadinjad as a young BEARDLESS Iranian revolutionary.
Ahmadinejad: Mideast upheaval will reach America
TEHRAN, Iran — Iran’s president said Wednesday he is certain the wave of unrest in the Middle East will spread to Europe and North America, bringing an end to governments he accused of oppressing and humiliating people. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s own country resorted to force to disperse an opposition rally earlier this month. “The world is on the verge of big developments. Changes will be forthcoming and will engulf the whole world from Asia to Africa and from Europe to North America,” Ahmadinejad told a news conference Wednesday.The tone of the remarks seemed to draw on the belief by Muslims that a revered saint, known as the Hidden Imam, will appear before Judgment Day to end tyranny and promote justice in the world. Ahmadinejad said the world was in need of a just system of rule that “puts an end to oppression, occupation and humiliation of people.*1″…”It’s a wave that’s coming,” he said. Ahmadinejad spoke of the absurdity of the accusation that al-Qathafi would hurt his own people! “This is very grotesque. It is unimaginable that there is someone who kills and bombards his own people. I strongly advise them to let nations have their say and meet their nations’ demands if they claim to be the officials of those nations,” Ahmadinejad said. “Of course anyone who does not heed the demands of his own nation will have a clear fate,” he added. He seemed to have an air of disbelief that the reports were true about Muammar al-Qathafi (killing his citizens), who does not even hold a position of political power in the Holy Jamahiriya! Copyright 2011 edited from The Associated Press report. *1: THAT SYSTEM is the Third Universal Theory of Muammar al-Qathafi (HOLY JAMAHIRIYA). The Third Universal Theory is the only Salvation for our ailing Planet. Many hold to the belief that Muammar al-Qathafi is not only an IMAM and Mujjadid, he is also the MAHDI! 03 MAY 2010 al-Qathafi on Ahmadinejad:
Der Spiegel interview by Bernhard Zand
SPIEGEL: And how do you view Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad?
Gadhafi: He is cooperative, a revolutionary, but not aggressive. And he believes that he is right. Why are the Israelis not kept in check by the West? Why do these campaigns always only focus on Syria, Iraq and Iran? Why is Israel omitted when everyone of course knows that Israel has nuclear weapons? If Obama wants to be successful, he has to start by controlling the Israelis and eliminating Israeli weapons of mass destruction, and then he will also be successful in Iran and throughout the entire region.
SPIEGEL: Ahmadinejad says that Israel should be wiped off the map. [HE DID NOT. THAT IS A TWISTED LIE!]
You on the other hand have spoken for years in favor of a state in which Israelis and Palestinians would live together.
Gadhafi: I don’t think that Ahmadinejad means the violent destruction of Israel when he says this. I think he is thinking of a new democratic state structure to replace the current state of Israel — on the territory of what is geographically Palestine. No one is talking about throwing Jews into the sea.
SPIEGEL: You always supported German unity, even at the height of the Cold War, and in the end you proved to be correct. But you have been proved wrong in some of your other predictions, for example that there will never be “an Islamic nuclear bomb.”
[PROVEN TRUE. Ahmadinejad does not desire an atomic bomb or weapons of Mass Destruction.]
What gives you such a sense of confidence in your frequent predictions?
Gadhafi: I look at the facts and calculate the consequences — and when it came to Germany, it was the same as everywhere in the world: Two and two make four. There is no other answer.
SPIEGEL: Where do you get your facts? Do you watch television? Do you read books?
Gadhafi: I get most of them from the Internet. I constantly sit at my computer. I read in Arabic, but now it is of course also possible to immediately get translations from English.
Young Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
President leads the faithful awaiting return of 12th imam
Ahmadinejad uses saviour of Shia Islam as powerful tool in political arena
The Guardian, Tuesday 21 February 2006
“Perhaps they think they are going to draw the attraction of people through this. But the risk is that people will start identifying politics with Islam and the prophets and as soon as they spot political defects, they will blame Islam.”
“His name is known and he will emerge and establish justice in the world. I’m proud of this belief. It’s not just a religious belief, it’s very progressive. A belief in the 12th imam is a belief in the world of tomorrow.”
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The funny little guy with Governor Schwartzennagger on 04 JUNE 2007 is Ahmadinejad! Yes, yes, he’s quite deceptive sporting the clean-shaven look, but the evidence is as undeniable as the fact that there are no homosexuals in Iran…. Many Islamists despise Kadhafi of Libya and Ahmadinejad of Iran because they do not sport massive beards! & cite their Quaran:
Shaving The Beard: A Modern Effeminacy Abu`Abdillah Muhammad al-Jibaly, Al-Quran Was-Sunnah Society
The Islamic Ruling Concerning Beards
Growing the beard is a wajib (mandatory) for all males
A List of Violations
Shaving the beard results in a series of Islamic violations, as is obvious from Allah’s Book and His Messenger’s Sunnah. The following is a list (not necessarily comprehensive) of such violations:
a. A Disobedience to Allah (T) Shaving the beard is a disobedience to Allah (T). The ruler of Yemen, appointed by the Persian emperor Kisraa, sent two envoys to the Messenger (S) to summon him. When they came into his presence, he noticed that they had shaved their beards and grew their moustaches. He hated to look at them (because of their odd appearance) and he said: Woe be to you, who told you to do so? They replied: “Our lord! (referring to Kisraa.)” The Messenger (S) then said:But my Lord, may He be exalted and glorified, has commanded me to leave alone my beard and to trim my moustache. [Recorded by Ibn Jar r a-abar , and judged to be Hasan (good) by al-Albani.] b. A Disobedience To the Messenger (S) Shaving the beard is a disobedience to the Messenger (S). In many hadiths, the Messenger (S) commanded men to leave alone their beards. These different hadiths have a similar meaning: Trim the moustache and save the beard. [Al-Bukhari and Muslim] Obeying the Messenger (S) in that is equivalent to obeying Allah (T) who said (what means): He who obeys the Messenger has indeed obeyed Allah. [An-Nisaa 4:80] c. A Deviation from the Appearance and Guidance of the Messenger (S) Shaving the beard is a deviation from the appearance and guidance of the Messenger (S). The Messenger (S) used to have a large beard [Muslim]. One should strive to imitate him (S) in his practices, as Allah (T) said (what means):In the Messenger of Allah is a good example for you to follow. [Al-Ahzab 33:21] And the Messenger (S) said: Verily, the best guidance is Muhammad’s guidance. [Muslim] d. A Deviation from the Way of Believers Shaving the beard is a deviation from the way of believers. All the prophets (S), the sahbah (Prophet’s companions), the great `ulamaa, and the righteous early Muslims of this Ummah (Nation) grew their beards. There is no report of a single one of them ever shaving his beard. Thus, this is their way, and Allah (T) says (in the meaning): Whoever disobeys the Messenger after guidance has been clarified to him, and follows other than the path of the believers, We shall give to him what he deserves and broil him in hell, which is the worst abode. [An-Nisaa 4:115] e. An Imitation of the Disbelievers Shaving the beard is an imitation of the disbelievers. This has been emphasized in several hadiths of the Prophet (S). For example: Cut the moustaches and grow your beards. Be different from the Magians (followers of a religion that dominated in Persia). [Muslim] Cut your moustaches and leave your beards alone. Be different from the people of the scripture. [Muslim] Be different from the Mushrikin (those who worship other than Allah (T)); trim your moustaches and save your beards. [Al-Bukhari and Muslim] We have been commanded to be different and distinct from the disbelievers, as in surat ul-Fatihah. Also, Allah (T) said (what means): Follow not the whims of those who have no knowledge (of Islam). [Al-Jathiyah 45:18] And His Messenger (S) said: Whoever imitates a people is but one of them. [Recorded by Abu Dawud, and judged to be authentic by al-Albani] f. Changing Allah’s Creation without Permission The Messenger (S) declared that the women who change what Allah (T) has created (such as removing the hair from their faces or filing their teeth or tattooing their bodies) seeking by that to improve their appearance, are accursed by Allah (T). [Al-Bukhari and Muslim] The hadith mentioned women in particular because they normally seek to beautify themselves more than men. But the warning surely applies to both sexes, because the condition for the curse is declared, and thus the curse applies to anyone who satisfies such condition. Shaving the beard falls under this warning, as it is much worse than the Nam (removal of facial hair) practiced by some women. It involves obeying Satan who said: And I shall tempt them until they change what Allah has created. [An-Nisaa 4:119] g. An Imitation of Women The beard is a major distinction between men and women. Shaving it removes this distinction, and is thus a means of imitating women. The Messenger (S) said: Allah curses those men who imitate the women, and He curses those women who imitate the men. [Al-Bukhari] h. Shaving the Beard Contradicts the Pure Fitrah (Nature) Allah’s Messenger (S) mentioned ten qualities as indicative of a good, clean nature [Muslim]. Two of these qualities are to trim the moustaches and to grow the beard. The Messenger (S) also tells that every child is born with a clean, pure fitrah, which later may get deformed by the influence of the environment and the up-bringing. [Al-Bukhari and Muslim]. In the footsteps of the disbelievers, many Muslims’ fitrah is now, unfortunately, so much deformed that they seem to find a clean-shaven man more handsome and masculine than one with a beard – exactly the opposite of what the Messenger (S) declared in the above hadith. This fitrah never changes with time: Allah (T) said (what means): The pure nature according to which Allah has created people. There is no change in Allah’s creation. [Ar-Room 30:30] For shaving their beards, some men give the strange excuse that their wives prefer them without one! As if their purpose in this life is to follow the deformed inclinations of their wives instead of the clear-cut commands of Allah (T) and His Messenger (S)! Others claim that growing their beards results in an irritability and scratching. This cannot result from abiding by the pure fitrah, but would result (if true) from neglect of the proper cleaning and washing with wudu as instructed in the Sunnah.
What the `Ulamaa and Imams Say
All the `ulamaa of as-Salaf u- li, including the Four Imams, agreed that shaving the beard is haram (prohibited). They considered shaving it an impermissible mutilation, as has been reported about Umar bin Abdil-Aziz. They used to consider the person who shaved his beard effeminate. Many of them would not accept his witness or allow him to lead the prayers.
May Allah (T) guide us to abide by His Deen, and to adhere to His Messenger’s Sunnah, and to be among those whom he blessed in both lives. ___________________________________________________________________________________________________ ___ ______Why many people, all over the world, call him their leader but he know himself, only their little brother. Allah bless him and his followers. “Please don’t forget to click on “Suggest to friends” under logo to help Ahmadinejad fans.”
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24 October 2007 (Wednesday) HECTORwrites:
“We love all nations. We are friends with the Jewish people. There are many Jews in Iran living peacefully with security. You must understand that in our constitution, in our laws, in the parliamentary elections, for every 150,000 people we get one representative in the parliament. For the Jewish community, one-fifth of this number they still get one independent representative in the parliament. So our proposal to the Palestinian plight is a humanitarian and democratic proposal. What we say is that to solve the 60-year problem we must allow the Palestinian people to decide about its future for itself. This is compatible with the spirit of the Charter of the United Nations and the fundamental principles enshrined in it. We must allow Jewish Palestinians, Muslim Palestinians and Christian Palestinians to determine their own fate themselves through a free referendum. Whatever they choose as a nation everybody should accept and respect. Nobody should interfere in the affairs of the Palestinian nation. Nobody should sow the seeds of discord.
Nobody should spend tens of billions of dollars equipping and arming one group there. We say allow the Palestinian nation to decide its own future, to have the right to self-determination for itself. This is what we are saying as the Iranian nation.” His words sound like the foundations of true democracy to me.
Published on Sep 26, 2012 by KaptaanPakistan
This video is banned for broadcast on News Networks in USA, Israel and Europe. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad that Israel and US does not want you to see. Jewish leaders and prominent businessmen Greet Ahmadinejad with Inshallah and Bless him for long life. Jews have lived in Iran for thousands of years. Over 50,000 Jews live in Teheran. Israeli Jews Love Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
War should be outdated in 21st Century. War is a primitive way of forcefully imposing your rules on others. This is times when we should solve our problems across the table like educated people.
Of course some people who are in business of manufacturing weapons, fighter jets and Warships will be pissed. Therefore they are funding propaganda thru channels like FOX, CBS and MSNBC. Stop watching the lies spread by media, especially FOX News.
Please also watch http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_qxzZY4JycY&feature=plcp
يحظر هذا الفيديو للبث على شبكات الأخبار في الولايات المتحدة الأمريكية وإسرائيل وأوروبا. محمود أحمدي نجاد إسرائيل والولايات المتحدة لا تريد لك أن ترى. زعماء اليهود ورجال الأعمال البارزين . لقد عاش اليهود في إيران منذ آلاف السنين. أكثر من 50،000 يهودي في طهران. اليهود الإسرائيليين الحب محمود أحمدي
5.0 out of 5 stars A comprehensive young adult biography of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad,April 20, 2009
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad: President of Iran (Belle reliure)
de Matthew Broyles (Auteur)
Perhaps you have heard the name Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on the news many times, but have no idea who he is, where he comes from and why we hear about him so often. He is the president of Iran and according to this book, “the histories of the United States and Iran are thickly entangled.” One of the many things we often hear about are stories about Shiite and Sunni Muslims. In the history section of this book, we are told the difference. In addition to a brief history of Iran we also learn about its former leadership. Mahmoud was born in 1956 in the small village of Garmsar. He was a very bright student who went on to be a civil engineering student, but he was also very interested in politics. During times of political unrest Mahmoud listened and learned. It is a topic of debate whether or not he was a participant in the American hostage crisis. In 1980 Ahmadinejad’s role in politics began to spiral upwards. Chapters in this book include: Persian and Iranian History, Ahmadinejad and the Iranian Revolution, The Iran-Iraq War, The Iranian System of Government, Ahmadinejad Rises to Power and Ahmadinejad and Iran’s Nuclear Program. This is a very interesting, comprehensive and well written young adult biography of Ahmadinejad. In the back of the book there is a nice timeline of his life, a glossary, additional recommended sources of information (including physical addresses and web sites), a thorough bibliography and index. As the Broyles states in the last chapter, “When the history of the twenty-first century is written, the name Ahmadinejad will undoubtedly be featured prominently.” This is a man young people need to acquaint themselves within their studies.
Ahmadinejad allies charged with sorcery
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After the snub of having a minister he fired reinstated by the Ayatollah the Iranian president may sulk himself into resignation
Ahmadinejad grooms chief-of-staff to take over as Iran’s president
Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei is controversial figure at odds with religious leaders, according to leaked embassy cable
Iran’s president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, consults his chief-of-staff, Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei. Photograph: Alireza Sotakbar/ISNAA close ally of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who favours cultural openness and opposes greater clerical involvement in politics, is being groomed as a possible successor to the Iranian president when he steps down in two years time. Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei, Ahmadinejad’s chief-of-staff, is positioning himself as a candidate who will champion a nationalist rather than a theological narrative of Iran.Mashaei, whose daughter married Ahmadinejad’s son, has become the most controversial political figure in Iran, provoking harsh criticism from the conservative establishment, including the supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Hardliners close to Khamenei have accused Mashaei of compromising the Islamic Revolution and the principles of Islam by focusing on Persian history. Mashaei infuriated conservatives in 2008 when he said that Iranians are “friends of all people in the world – even Israelis”. He was also criticised for applauding at a ceremony in Turkey in which women performed a traditional dance.Women are not allowed to dance in Iran. Mashaei used to head Iran’s cultural heritage organisation. He was appointed first vice-president in 2009 when Ahmadinejad resumed office following disputed elections that generated mass protests. But he was forced to step down when Khamenei intervened and said in a letter to the president that “the regime’s expediency” required Mashaei to leave his post. Ahmadinejad appointed Mashaei as chief-of-staff instead, a move seen by many as a blow to Khamenei and the first sign of split emerging between the president and the supreme leader. A confidential US diplomatic cable revealed by WikiLeaks said the incident underlined Mashaei’s significance in Ahmadinejad’s team.”“Ahmadinejad’s stubborn defence of Mashaei bespeaks his importance as a key adviser for the increasingly isolated president; he also has emerged as a spokesman for the Ahmadinejad administration. Ahmadinejad has even told press that he would gladly serve as vice-president in a Mashaei administration, prompting many to speculate that Ahmadinejad seeks to have Mashaei replace him in 2013,” the cable reads. Some analysts believe that a regime which has crushed the green opposition movement and is short of internal opposition, is merely creating one in order to create a show of legitimacy come the next election.Hooshang Amirahmadi, the president of the American Iranian Council who knows Mashaei, told the Guardian: “The reformist movement in Iran did not succeed for various reasons. I think Mashaei has become another alternative and the regime is using this opportunity to heat up the next election in Iran. Mashaei is saying that Iranians are at first Iranians and Islam comes afterward. “He is reviving a source of national pride of Iranians, something that has been neglected not only since the Islamic Revolution in 1979 but in the past two centuries.”Amirahmadi said: “After the revolution, an extensive obsession with Islam made the authorities neglect Iran’s history and Mashaei is now seeking to promote this sort of nationalistic narrative. I think Ahmadinejad himself is also in favour of Iran’s history and has sought to revive Iran’s ancient glory and power.” Iranians are proud of their history and still largely celebrate many ancient traditions that goes back as far as the country’s Zoroastrian era, such as the Persian new year, Nowruz. Mashaei is also believed to have played a crucial role in securing the loan from the British Museum of the Cyrus Cylinder.The artefact, considered the first human rights charter, was seen by a million visitors in Tehran during its six-month exhibition, although hardliners and clerics largely boycotted the event. The relic was returned to the UK last week. “Obviously Mashaei’s nationalistic views are a threat to clerics. They are afraid that their power might wane if people begin to respect their pre-Islamic history,” Amirahmadi said.Mashaei, whose name has been touted among political activists as a possible 2013 candidate, has not ruled out the possibility of running for president, recently telling reporters he would make a definitive decision six months from the election. Kayhan, a newspaper aligned with Khamenei, predicted that Iran’s powerful Guardian Council would block Mashaei’s candidacy if he decides to run.The Guardian Council vets all candidates before any elections in Iran. Mashaei, who is launching a newspaper next month, is also believed to have tried to secure the release of three Americans detained in Iran, a move that resulted in the release of one of the prisoners, Sarah Shourd. Her friends, Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal, remain in Tehran after their release was believed to have been blocked by hardliners.
US embassy cables: Mashaei groomed as possible successor to Ahmadinejad in Iran
Cable dated:2010-01-28T14:32:00 C O N F I D E N T I A L SECTION 01 OF 03 RPO DUBAI 000023 SIPDIS E.O. 12958: DECL: 2020/01/28 TAGS: PGOV, IR, PREL SUBJECT: IRAN: Ahmadinejad Ally Mashaei Lightning Rod for Criticism CLASSIFIED BY: Charles Pennypacker, Consular Officer, DOS, IRPO; REASON: 1.4(B), (D)1. (C) SUMMARY: President Ahmadinejad’s relationship with his Chief of Staff Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei has become a source of aggravation for Ahmadinejad’s hardline supporters and an easy target for his political opponents. Mashaei has a long history of missteps and provocative comments, most recently a January 10 speech that critics blasted for contravening Islamic principles.In response to this latest affront, critics from across the political spectrum have derided Mashaei’s intrusion into religious matters, and hardliners in particular beseeched the president to dump his oft-beleaguered sidekick – to no avail. Ahmadinejad has defended Mashaei through several contentious episodes dating to his first term, and his refusal to remove Mashaei has inspired confusion and derision. As an IRPO contact recently observed, Ahmadinejad’s attachment to Mashaei may reflect that the president has a very limited number of trusted lieutenants, Mashaei among them.END SUMMARY.Background2. (SBU) Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei first became embroiled in controversy during Ahmadinejad’s first term, when he served as Vice President for Cultural Heritage and Tourism and also headed Iran’s Tourism Organization. As part of a 2005 economic conference in Turkey he attended a cultural ceremony featuring female dancers. A video of Mashaei at the ceremony surfaced a year later and was broadcast on state media, sparking criticism that Mashaei violated Islamic principles by watching women dance. Subsequently, in July 2008 Mashaei elicited broad criticism by deeming Iran a friend of the Israeli people. In the face of fierce criticism, Mashaei reiterated his remarks, prompting a campaign to remove him. Ahmadinejad, however, publically backed Mashaei.3. (SBU) Instead, after his 2009 reelection, Ahmadinejad elevated Mashaei to First Vice President. A mix of Ahmadinejad’s conservative detractors and supporters collectively denounced the promotion, citing Mashaei’s abovementioned transgressions as well as concerns about his unorthodox religious beliefs. Many in Ahmadinejad’s base of support demanded that he retract the order. The opposition to Mashaei, and Ahmadinejad’s refusal to acquiesce, eventually compelled Supreme Leader Khamenei to send a letter to Ahmadinejad demanding Mashaei’s removal. Incredibly, Ahmadinejad relented only after state media publicized the letter several days later amid warnings that Ahmadinejad must heed Khamenei’s wishes. In the face of the Supreme Leader’s opposition to Mashaei, Ahmadinejad made Mashaei his Chief of Staff, prompting official IRGC media organs to castiage Ahmadinejad for ignoring the spirit if not the letter of Khamenei’s guidance.Biography4. (SBU) Mashaei was born in 1960 in Ramsar and attended Esfahan Industrial University, where he studied electrical engineering. The origins of his relationship with Ahmadinejad are unclear, though a Fars News Agency account says they met when Ahmadinejad was governor of the city of Khoi in the late 1980s and Mashaei was serving in the Intelligence Ministry.(NOTE: Mashaei’s daughter married Ahmadinejad’s son in 2008. END NOTE.)In addition to his past work in the Intelligence Ministry, Mashaei’s website lists several other official jobs: – General Manager for Social Affairs, Interior Ministry – Manager, Payam Radio Station – Manager, Tehran Radio Station – Deputy for Social Affairs and Culture, Tehran Municipality DUBAI 00000023 002 OF 003 – Director, Iran TourismOrganization5. (SBU) Mashaei’s website also lists the various posts he currently holds in the Ahmadinejad government beyond his role as chief of staff: – Director, Center for Study of Globalization – President’s Deputy, Supreme Council for Iranians Abroad – Member, Government Cultural Committee – President’s Representative, Council Overseeing IRIB – Member, Government Economic and Cultural Committee6. (SBU) Ahmadinejad’s stubborn defense of Mashaei bespeaks his importance as a key advisor for the increasingly isolated president; he also has emerged as a spokesman for the Ahmadinejad administration. Ahmadinejad has even told press that he would gladly serve as Vice-President in a Mashaei administration, prompting many to speculate that Ahmadinejad seeks to have Mashaei replace him in 2013.A Political Punching Bag7. (C) Since his installation as Chief of Staff, Mashaei has attracted far more attention for his ‘unofficial’ comments about religion, bearing out the earlier whispers that the opposition to Mashaei stemmed from his unorthodox religious views. An IRPO contact last summer said many clerics were concerned by Mashaei’s belief in the imminent return of the Twelfth Imam and by the intrusion of a layman into religious matters. During Ahmadinejad’s second term Mashaei has repeatedly stoked withering criticism by airing his religious views – and, in doing so, provided great fodder too for the president’s political foes.8. (C) The criticism of Mashaei, and Ahmadinejad by association, is both real and opportunistic. Ahmadinejad’s hardline backers bristle at Mashaei’s presence in his government and time again beseech him to dump him. Kayhan Newspaper in November responded to a Mashaei assertion that ‘God is not the axis of unity among men’ by arguing that his comments contravene Islam and other religions and suggesting to Ahmadinejad that the government, the people of Iran, and the president himself would all be better off without Mashaie. The IRGC newspaper Sobh-e Sadegh a week later sent Ahmadinejad the same message-that he should abandon Mashaei.9. (C) On January 10 during a university speech Mashaei invited derision by denigrating past prophets’ management ability. According to BBC Farsi, Mashaei pointed out that the prophet Noah (there are many prophets in Islam) lived for 950 years and even in that time was not able to establish ‘justice,’ thus creating the need for more prophets. A clerical supporter responded by complaining that Mashaei’s presence on the Ahmadinejad government causes much pain for the president’s supporters. Kayhan followed suit and carried an article mocking Mashaei and asking that he stay out of such matters. Ahmadinejad’s brother Davud, the former head of the president’s office of inspection, accused Mashaei of saying “absurd” things to keep the system busy and to prevent progress towards Khomeini’s goals. He mockingly implied that Mashaei’s only ‘accomplishment’ is his friendship with Hooshang Amir Ahmadi.(COMMENT: Davud Ahmadinejad, who resigned his position as in August 2008, reportedly did so due to disagreements with his brother regarding Mashaei. END COMMENT.)DUBAI 00000023 003 OF 00310. (SBU) Ahmadinejad’s opponents use the president’s relationship with Mashaei for mockery and to score political points. Numerous IRPO contacts have related well known anecdotes about Mashaei’s religious views and firm belief in the imminent return of the Twelfth Imam. Among them is the political ‘urban myth’ in Tehran that Ahmadinejad’s devotion to Mashaei is said to stem from his belief that Mashaei is in fact in direct contact with the Twelfth Imam. According to these rumors, Mashaei allegedly occasionally enters a trance-like state to communicate with the Twelfth Imam or will sometimes randomly say ‘hello’ to no one at all and then explain that the Twelfth Imam just passed by.11. (SBU) On January 17 the moderate website ‘Ayande News’ carried an article about a meeting between Ahmadinejad and his supporters in which he defended Mashaei and referred to him as ‘Ohleeah ollah’, a title reserved for Islam’s most revered. Afterwards, the meeting’s organizer compared the relationship of Ahmadinejad and Mashaei to that of a ‘disciple and a mystic master.’ The oppositionist website ‘Rah-e Sabz’ has carried innumerable derogatory stories about Mashaei, among them allegations that Mashaei has assisted in the sale of Iranian antiquities outside of the country and that Mashaei’s family members have received jobs at the state-owned carmaker Saipa.12. (SBU) The recent attacks on Mashaei seemingly culminated with reports of Mashaei’s resignation. On January 20, for example, the website ‘Khabar Online’ (affiliated with Majlis Speaker Larijani) published rumors that Mashaei would soon resign his position. The report cited a Majlis member who said that he regarded Mashaei as a “spent force.” However, Mashaei that day denied the reports of his resignation and the protests continued. BBC Farsi on January 27 reported that a Majlis faction aligned with traditional conservatives, the ‘Front of the Followers of the Line of the Imam and the Supreme Leader,’ sent Ahmadinejad a letter asking him to remove Mashaei.13. (C) COMMENT: Mashaei’s presence in the Ahmadinejad government and the criticism he elicits illustrates some of the ongoing factional divisions in Tehran. That Larijani and other more moderate principlists use Mashaei to badger Ahmadinejad is not surpising; these camps have been jockeying for position since the 2005 presidential election campaign. More interesting is the criticism from Ahmadinejad’s hardline supporters. These hardliners still rely on the traditional clergy for a patina of Islamic legitimacy, and the clerical class’ near universal distaste for Mashaei’s version of Islam contributes to the hardline animosity to Ahmadinejad.To date, the criticism of Mashaei has stopped short of attacking Ahmadinejad directly, but his backers seem increasingly weary of Mashaei’s antics and Ahmadinejad’s patience for them. Ahmadinejad, who reportedly believes Mashaei is merely misunderstood, seems doggedly determined to retain his chief of staff even in the face of protests from his base. It was only with Khamenei’s direct intervention that Ahmadinejad grudgingly retracted Mashaei’s elevation to first vice president; it seems that to depose Mashaei, his critics may need to enlist the Supreme Leader once again.END COMMMENT. EYRE
- guardian.co.uk, Thursday 21 April 2011 15.09 BST
Did President Ahamdinejad ever threaten to “wipe Israel off the map”?
Posted: 2011/11/16 From: Source http://www.mathaba.net/news/?x=629371?rssIranian President actually only said: “The Imam said this regime occupying Jerusalem must vanish from the page of time”.By Kurt Templin Did President Ahamdinejad ever threaten to “wipe Israel off the map”? According to the Jews, that’s what the Iranian President said in a speech in October 2005. So what did he actually say? The full quote translated directly to English: “The Imam said this regime occupying Jerusalem must vanish from the page of time”. To quote his exact words in farsi: “Imam ghoft een rezhim-e ishghalgar-e qods bayad az safheh-ye ruzgar mahv shavad.” That passage will mean nothing to most people, but one word might ring a bell: rezhim-e. It is the word “Regime”, pronounced just like the English word with an extra “eh” sound at the end. Ahmadinejad did not refer to Israel the country or Israel the land mass, but the Israeli regime. This is a vastly significant distinction, as one cannot wipe a regime off the map. Ahmadinejad does not even refer to Israel by name, he instead uses the specific phrase “rezhim-e ishghalgar-e qods” (regime occupying Jerusalem ). The full quote translated directly to English: “The Imam said this regime occupying Jerusalem must vanish from the page of time”. A word by word translation: Imam (Khomeini) ghoft (said) een (this) rezhim-e (regime) ishghalgar-e (occupying) qods ( Jerusalem ) bayad (must) az safheh-ye ruzgar (from page of time) mahv shavad (vanish from). So this raises the question… what exactly did he want “wiped from the map”? The answer is: nothing. That’s because the word “map” was never used. The Persian word for map, “nagsheh”, is not contained anywhere in his original farsi quote, or, for that matter, anywhere in his entire speech. Nor was the western phrase “wipe out” ever said. Yet we are led to believe that Iran’s President threatened to “wipe Israel off the map”, despite never having uttered the words “map”, “wipe out” or even “Israel”.
Vulture caught with a tracking device raises many questions
Saudi expert Mohammed Shobrak up close and personal with the vultures. He has devoted much of his life to studying. (AN photo)By ROGER HARRISON | ARAB NEWS Published: Jan 7, 2011 23:24 Updated: Jan 7, 2011 23:24 JEDDAH: Earlier this week, a griffon vulture was captured in the Hail area and brought to the local authorities for examination. Attached to it were two rings (one metal and the other plastic), a small device with a 10cm antenna and a wing tag originating from Israel.The black wing tag (identity code X63) indicated that the bird had been previously caught, tagged and released. But what caught investigators’ attention was the small device that the vulture wore as a backpack with a harness. Investigators first thought that the blue device was most likely a tracking device of some sort. Its shape, with a stubby aerial, was unlike any they knew. Most devices are simple rectangular boxes designed to minimize chafing. The blue plastic Hail device, however, had two integral but protruding battery pods, which suggest that it was designed for extended use over long periods of time. Enquiries to the Israeli source of the ring tag received the reply that the device was a standard piece of microwave telemetry.The evidence in front of the authorities suggested that the device was nothing of the sort, increasing their interest. There are four types of telemetry commonly used for tracking wildlife: GPS data loggers, satellite transmitters, GSM units that work over telephone networks and VHF transmitters. The device is almost certainly not a GSM unit or a VHF transmitter. The former would need to be connected to the Saudi telephone system and the latter requires its trackers to be very close — a matter of a few hundred meters. It could, however, possibly be a GPS data logger. The device is now under investigation.There is no suggestion from the authorities that it is a spying device, or that there is any connection with Mossad. Those rumors developed from Internet chat rooms and were picked up by mainstream news carriers. An online newspaper carried the story saying that the bird was an eagle labeled X65; this story was strangely illustrated with a roost of vultures. The Jewish Chronicle Online in Friday’s edition reported it as R65. However, the Hail vulture was, according to our sources, labeled X63.The griffon vulture was removed to Thumama wildlife reserve outside Riyadh where, far from being arrested, it is being well cared for and, according to Dr. Mohammed Shobrak who has been in close contact with the vet tending the bird, will be released when it has recovered from the trauma of capture and multiple handling. Shobrak is a world expert on the lappet vulture and vultures in general, and has spent much of his life studying and tracking the birds. He is also the former director of the National Wildlife Research Center near Taif, working head of the Biology Department at Taif University and bird adviser to the Saudi Wildlife Commission.“The antenna was not configured for GSM or VHF transmission,” he said, adding that the device had no markings on it and that he felt this was unusual if it were a commercial wildlife tracker. Another characteristic that has raised his interest is the bird’s behavior. “It is quite tame, clearly used to being approached by humans. While it is in our care, it has been fed by hand,” he said. Animals have been used in covert and overt warfare for millennia. It is not impossible to imagine that, with the miniaturization of telemetry, a device for monitoring radar or microwave emissions could not be carried by a bird weighing 6 kg. Tracking devices on birds are usually a maximum of three percent of their body weight making the limit for the griffon about 180 grams, the weight of a medium size mobile phone or a device capable of monitoring and transmission tasks.The vulture, a common sight in the Middle East, would make an ideal stealth airborne platform as one carrying a device would be invisible in a group of a dozen or so riding thermals. The griffon vulture is a gregarious bird often roosting in flocks. It is not known for its amicability toward humans. Shobrak is deeply concerned by the find and the possible effect it will have on wildlife and vultures in the Kingdom in particular. “The publicity surrounding the bird and the device, I fear, will encourage some people to attempt catching birds of prey to try to find another device and achieve a moment of celebrity,” he said. “This would seriously interfere with long-term local and international research in a delicately balanced desert ecosystem.”
THE MORALITY OF MOSSAD???? …a CIA type of Israeli Malfia/STERN GANG
Israel’s Shadowy War on Iran
Mossad Zeros in on Tehran’s Nuclear ProgramDPA
The young man in the spotlight appeared earnest and friendly, wearing a blue sweater and a freshly ironed shirt, his hair carefully combed. He seemed to want to project an air of credibility.Majid Jamali Fash was arrested in the killing. Last week, he confessed to his role in the attack on Iranian television and claimed that he was trained by Israeli agents.
He sat in a brown leather swivel chair and steepled his fingertips in a manner often favored by politicians, before starting to speak. “My name is Majid Jamali Fash,” he introduced himself to viewers of Iran’s state-run television last Monday. “My first contact with the Israeli intelligence agency was in Istanbul three years ago. A man named Radfur approached me and suggested I visit the Israeli consulate.” These words opened the most spectacular confession ever shown on Iranian TV. Such self-incriminations, whether uttered by arrested members of the opposition or by foreign journalists, are far from a rare occurrence here. But Jamali’s statements are unique in that this is the first time an Iranian has publically admitted to committing murder in the country’s capital on orders from Iran’s archenemy, Israel. Jamali says he killed nuclear physicist Massoud Ali Mohammadi using a remote-controlled bomb on Jan. 12 last year, following precise planning and intensive training by the Israeli intelligence service Mossad. Some aspects of this confession may be mere propaganda. But it nonetheless indicates that those who may have blackmailed or fabricated Jamali’s statements felt compelled to admit that Iran’s enemies have the capability of setting off bombs right in the heart of the country. The alleged perpetrator’s dubious confession is simultaneously an admission on the part of the regime that a shadowy war over its nuclear program has begun. Existential Significance Strategists at international security policy think tanks are debating with increasing intensity when the time might come that Israel, with or without American help, will launch a military strike against Iran’s suspected nuclear weapon production facilities. But the real question is now a different one: Has political pressure from the international community combined with clandestine activities on the part of Israel and the US managed to delay such a strike?
Have Mossad’s attacks damaged the theocracy’s nuclear program to such a degree that it would now be impossible for Iran to build a nuclear bomb earlier than 2015? For Israel, the question of whether Iran possesses nuclear weapons is a matter of existential significance. Such a bomb would constitute a threat to the Jewish state — as well as to Palestinians in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. One wonders if Israel’s shadow war should be celebrated for reducing the chances of such an Armageddon. Israel certainly has extensive experience in the world of covert war. Mossad, the country’s foreign intelligence agency, abides by a line from the Talmud: “If a man comes to kill you, rise early and kill him first.”
Meir Dagan, the much-honored former head of Mossad, retired late last year after eight years in office. Former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon named Dagan Israel’s highest commander in the covert war against Iran’s nuclear ambitions and Dagan concentrated his attention on precisely this mission. The effectiveness of his covert operations can be seen in the accidents and setbacks that have repeatedly stalled Iran’s nuclear program since then. Important scientists have disappeared without a trace, an unexplained fire broke out in a laboratory and an airplane belonging to the nuclear program crashed. In recent months, a computer worm called Stuxnet wreaked havoc on central control systems for the centrifuges at Iran’s uranium enrichment facility in Natanz.
The full scope of the damage from the worm is not yet known. A Spotlight on the Shadows Before leaving his post, Dagan spoke privately about his view of the situation. Unlike other Israelis, he doesn’t believe Iran will be able to build a nuclear bomb before 2015 — and it could even be later than that. Dagan’s message is clear — he opposes war with Iran, which he fears could escalate into all-out conflagration consuming the entire Middle East. He recommends continued covert operations instead, with which he implies Mossad could continue to delay Iran’s creation of a bomb indefinitely. Mossad’s attacks on Iranian nuclear scientists right in the center of Tehran has cast a spotlight on Israel’s shadowy war. Majid Jamali’s confession — assuming it isn’t fabricated — is a particular indication that the assassinations were the result of long-term planning and careful preparation.
Jamali is said to have received his first instructions at the Israeli consulate in Istanbul. “I talked to men there, who sat behind darkened windows. They questioned me and wanted me to obtain information on certain parts of Tehran for them,” he says. Jamali says he returned to Iran before delivering 30 handwritten pages full of details on his second visit to Turkey. “My contacts were very pleased with my work,” he adds. Then, he says, his real training began. After various meetings in Europe and Thailand, he allegedly received the first installment of his payment for the assassination — $30,000 (€22,500).
A further sum of $20,000 was to be paid after the attack. A Motorcycle at the Ready Jamali says he received the crucial parts of his training in Israel, where Israeli agents simulated the Iranian physicist’s house and street in a military camp near the highway between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. Mossad also provided a Honda 125 motorcycle, a small and easily maneuverable vehicle common in Tehran. The plan was for Jamali to later outfit a motorcycle of the same model with a bomb, to be detonated in front of Mohammadi’s house. According to his confession, Jamali also received shooting lessons and a makeup artist taught him how to disguise himself with clothes and makeup. In the last phase of training, they did three run-throughs of his mission. Back in Tehran, he says, other Mossad collaborators provided the necessary equipment.
The motorcycle was standing ready, as was the bomb, and he received gloves and motorcycle clothing in two cardboard boxes. His equipment also included two satellite phones — on one of those phones he received orders on the early morning of Jan. 12 to carry out the attack. Jamali placed the motorcycle, outfitted with the bomb, on the driver’s side of the physicist’s driveway and detonated it as Mohammadi left his home that morning. The force of the blast was so powerful that it caused heavy flagstones to fall from the front of a four-story apartment building across the way and all the windows to burst. Mohammadi’s car was completely destroyed and he died instantly.
Dagan’s secret assistants in Tehran appear to have carried out an operation that was similarly logistically intricate late last year, with a simultaneous double attack on two nuclear scientists, Majid Shahriari and Fereydoon Abbasi Davani. Like Mohammadi, both men belonged to Iran’s nuclear research elite. Officially, Shahriari worked as a professor of nuclear physics at Shahid Beheshti University in Tehran. His specialty was neutron transport, a process that plays a central role in chain reactions within reactors, but also in the construction of nuclear bombs. Abbasi taught in the same department and was one of the country’s very few experts on isotope separation. On November 29, Shahriari and Abbasi were both making their way to the university, as they did nearly every day.
Shortly after 8 a.m., Shahriari was in his Peugeot sedan together with his wife, battling his way through the usual traffic on the Artesh Highway in the northern part of the city. He didn’t pay particular attention when a motorcycle drove up close to the driver’s side of his car — such chaos is simply part of life on Tehran’s overcrowded streets. By the time the motorcyclist attached something to Shahriari’s door and sped away, it was too late.
The bomb, affixed to the car with a magnet, exploded a few seconds later. Shahriari died instantly, but his wife survived the attack. His colleague Abbasi was more attentive and reacted more quickly, which saved his life. The professor, also traveling with his wife, had just driven away from his home when he noticed a motorcyclist squeeze in close to his vehicle and stick something to the driver’s side door. Abbasi, a long-time member of the Revolutionary Guards, braked immediately and launched himself out of the car, dragging his wife from the passenger seat and taking cover with her on the roadside, just fractions of a second before the device exploded. Explosive Koran Photographs of the scientists’ destroyed cars made headline news the next day, and not just in Iran. News of the attacks caused a commotion around the world, including in Israel. The same day, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced his intention to allow Mossad head Meir Dagan to retire. The mass-circulation Israeli daily Israel HaYom ran pictures of the attack in Tehran headlined with the question, “Dagan’s last strike?”
Targeted killings outside of its borders have been used as a military weapon more often by Israel than by any other country. In its 63 years of existence, Israel has acquired a high degree of craftsmanship when it comes to snuffing out its opponents, and was the first country to develop the technology for targeted killings from the air. In 1978 Israeli agents used poisoned toothpaste to kill Wadih Haddad, the leader of a faction of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP).
Seven years later they packed a copy of the Koran with explosives and sent it to Ali-Akbar Mohtashamipur, Iran’s ambassador to Syria. In 1997 they attempted, but ultimately failed, to assassinate Hamas leader Khaled Mashal with the neurotoxin botulin in the Jordanian capital, Amman. And exactly a year ago, they appeared unconcerned that surveillance cameras captured each stage of their murder of Hamas activist Mahmoud al-Mabhouh — allowing the world to examine the anatomy of that Dubai attack. Underground militias plotting to undermine the British Mandate in Palestine were using targeted assassination even before the 1948 foundation of the state of Israel, often enough against each another.
The Lehi organization, also known as the Stern Gang, was led by Yitzhak Shamir, who drew his inspiration from revolutionary communist movements and the Irish Republican Army (IRA). Russian-born Shamir thought nothing of killing dozens of Jews whom he suspected of collaborating with the British. He was also involved in the murders of a leading British minister and Folke Bernadotte, a Swedish UN diplomat.
Sword of Damocles Shamir, who was Israeli prime minister in the late 1980s and early 90s, is one of a host of leading Israeli politicians and civil servants who were personally involved in targeted killings on behalf of their country before they moved into politics. They include, among others, Defense Minister Ehud Barak — also a former Israeli prime minister — and Deputy Prime Minister Moshe Ya’alon. David Ben-Gurion, Israel’s first prime minister, always rejected assassination because he considered it a breach of the rules of war. Nevertheless he ordered his country’s first targeted killing, the 1956 assassination of Mustafa Hafi, the head of the Egyptian secret service, in the Gaza Strip.
Five years later the men who took part in this killing were called upon again to carry out Operation “Sword of Damocles” together with veterans of the Stern Gang, who now worked for Mossad. The aim of the mission was to murder or intimidate German scientists who had worked at the Nazis’ rocket facility in Peenemünde during World War II, and were now helping Egypt develop its own arsenal of missiles.
The operation was doomed, however, after a series of mishaps. Two Mossad agents, for instance, were arrested and taken to court in Switzerland for threatening the daughter of one scientist. Their arrest sparked outrage around the world and led to a diplomatic solution to the crisis: The German government offered the scientists new jobs if they agreed to cease working in Egypt and return home. In the 1960s and 1970s rules were laid out under which the Israeli government could order such killings. The targets of such assassination squads fell into three categories:
They were either terrorists, the political or military leaders of Israel’s enemies, or people who manufactured weapons of mass destruction or made them available to the country’s foes. Last Man on the List The most infamous of these Mossad-led killing sprees was the ruthless hunt for the people behind the massacre of Israeli athletes at the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich. The operation was more than a little revenge-driven, and proved the exception to the rule that killings should primarily serve to defend the state of Israel and its people. After a botched attempt by German authorities to free the hostages at Munich Airport, which led to the killing of all the abducted Israeli athletes, then-Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir swore that none of those responsible would escape Israel’s wrath.
Mossad then drew up a hit-list that included prominent members of the PLO and of the Black September terrorist organization — which carried out the attack — living in Europe. The last man on this list, a PLO official called Atef Bseiso, was shot dead in Paris in 1992, two decades after the tragedy in Munich and only a year before the signing of the Oslo Peace Accord between Israel and the Palestinians. Ali Hassan Salameh, the suspected mastermind of the massacre, was assassinated in Beirut in a Mossad operation in 1979.
Six years earlier, a waiter called Ahmed Bouchiki had been shot dead in the Norwegian town of Lillehammer after he was falsely identified as Salameh. Five Mossad agents were arrested and sent to prison for Bouchiki’s murder. PLO leader Yasser Arafat survived at least 10 Mossad attempts on his life, and countless others were called off at the last minute for various reasons. Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, who fired Scud missiles at Israel during the Gulf War of 1991, was another political leader on Mossad’s hit-list. His planned assassination in 1992 was aborted at the last minute after five Israeli soldiers died during a dry run of the operation. One murder that changed the course of Middle Eastern history was the assassination of Sheikh Abbas al-Mussawi, the secretary-general of the Lebanese Hezbollah movement.
Al-Mussawi was killed in a helicopter attack on his motorcade in February 1992. The original plan had been simply to abduct him to use as a bargaining chip for the release of Israeli prisoners. But Ehud Barak, Israeli chief of staff at the time, forced through a last-minute change, convincing Prime Minister Shamir to order the cleric’s assassination instead. It seems clear that nobody gave serious thought to the possible consequences of such a flagrant act. Although the operation was a tactical success, it proved a strategic catastrophe — and the reaction was not long in coming. A month after al-Mussawi’s murder, a bomb exploded at the Israeli embassy in the Argentine capital, Buenos Aires, killing 29 Israelis as well as local staff. Furthermore, al-Mussawi was replaced as Hezbollah leader by Hassan Nasrallah, who subsequently built the organization into a powerful and well-armed fighting force that controls southern Lebanon and has the power to hold all of northern Israel in check, as it demonstrated in the second Lebanon conflict of 2006.
Today, Nasrallah is the decisive figure in his nation’s political landscape. Only last week, the resignation of his Hezbollah ministers from the Lebanese cabinet plunged the entire country into disarray.
Worse still from Tel Aviv’s point of view, the people it assassinated could have become successful negotiators in future peace talks. Take Arafat’s erstwhile deputy, Khalil al-Wazer, better known by his nom-de-guerre, Abu Jihad. Many Israelis still think his execution in 1988 was a tragic mistake. Had Abu Jihad remained alive, he may well have been a more charismatic leader than Arafat or Mahmoud Abbas, the current Palestinian Authority president, and perhaps been in a position to end the simmering conflict between Israel and the Palestinians.
Unintended Consequences Regardless of whether or not such executions are morally justifiable, Mossad murders have had unintended consequences. There’s no better evidence for this than the chain of events which began with the attempt to kill deputy Hamas leader Khalid Mashal in the Jordanian capital in 1997. Mossad agents attacked Mashal in Amman with a neurotoxin, but were caught red-handed by the Jordanian police.
As part of the agreement for the return of its agents, Israel had to both provide the Jordanian authorities with the antidote for the poison and release Hamas leader Sheikh Ahmed Yassin from prison. Shortly after his liberation, Sheikh Yassin toured Arab countries collecting donations that he used to launch a wave of murderous assaults on Israel beginning in 2000 and continuing until he was killed by an Israeli helicopter gunship attack in 2004.
In the meantime, the failed attempt on Mashal gave him so much prestige that he took over the leadership of Hamas in exile soon after Yassin’s death, and was able to forge closer ties to Shiite Iran than the fundamentalist Sunni Yassin would have ever permitted. When Mossad targeted scientists who were assumed to have helped Israel’s enemies make weapons of mass destruction, the operations were often justified in public as countering an existential threat to Israel and its citizens. This line of reasoning often centered on the Holocaust and the persecution of Europe’s Jews.
When Israel found itself under the greatest threat, Ben-Gurion is said to have told staff that his greatest fear was that he may have brought the survivors of the European Jewry to Israel only to have them suffer a second Holocaust. Whenever the threat to the very existence of Israel is debated, there is always someone who equates Israel’s enemies with Hitler. In the 1950s and 1960s Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser was the bogeyman. In the 1970s it was Arafat. In the 1990s it was Saddam Hussein, and today it is Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmedinejad.Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has continued to insist that his country is only interested in nuclear power for civilian purposes.There have been several mysterious events that have delayed the Iranian nuclear program. Scientists have disappeared, an unexplained fire broke out in a laboratory and an airplane belonging to the nuclear program crashed. In late 2010, a computer worm infected central control systems for the centrifuges at Iran’s uranium enrichment facility in Natanz. This image is from a separate facility at Isfahan.
Israel’s leaders have always worried about the possible physical annihilation of their country, and it is this perceived threat that has formed their justification for the policy of assassination, even though it constitutes a breach of international law and the sovereignty of other nations. Sowing Fear The number of such killings increased dramatically under Meir Dagan. Following his appointment as Mossad director in 2002, Dagan took advantage of this policy, primarily with respect to Iran. Dagan sees the regime in Tehran as representing two basic dangers that threaten the current generation of Israelis: terrorism and nuclear warfare.
Dagan, whom Prime Minister Ariel Sharon once said was particularly skilled at separating Arabs from their heads, has always been surprisingly moderate in his attitude toward military action by the Israeli army. He firmly believes that war should be a weapon of last resort. Dagan only recently spoke out against attacking Iran — in contrast to the more hawkish Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Barak.
Although Dagan thinks Iran poses a threat to Israel’s existence and that the Iranian regime “would use nuclear weapons against Israel should it ever obtain them”, he is convinced that concerted action can, at the very least, lead to a significant delay in Iran’s nuclear program, if not a scrapping of the project altogether.
This would require a combination of international diplomatic pressure, tough economic sanctions, the prevention of the sale of nuclear technology and hardware, support for non-Shiite opposition forces in Iran — and, last but not least, secret Mossad operations.Equipment confiscated from those allegedly behind the assassination of Massoud Ali Mohammadi. A similar attack on a second nuclear scientist was unsuccessful.
He also presents evidence to back his theory up: He says the death of Iranian nuclear scientists has slowed the development of the nuclear program and sowed fear among their colleagues, many of whom subsequently failed to turn up for work on the following days.Meir Dagan, who retired as head of Israel’s secret service agency, the Mossad, late last year, has launched several successful operations against scientists working on Iran’s nuclear program. His agency was also likely behind the Stuxnet computer worm, which is alleged to have destroyed dozens of centrifuges in Iran, setting back their nuclear program significantly. Here, Dagan is pictured with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
It’s still anyone’s guess whether Prime Minister Netanyahu will be swayed by the optimistic assessment of his former intelligence chief that there’s still plenty of time to continue mounting secret operations against Tehran. And it could well be that Netanyahu still prefers a far more dangerous solution to the Iranian problem. Translated from the German by Jan Liebelt and Ella Ornstein
Mossad’s Miracle Weapon
Stuxnet Virus Opens New Era of Cyber War
By Holger Stark
The complex on a hill near an interchange on the highway from Tel Aviv to Haifa is known in Israel simply as “The Hill.” The site, as big as several soccer fields, is sealed off from the outside world with high walls and barbed wire — a modern fortress that symbolizes Israel’s fight for survival in the Middle East. As the headquarters of Israel’s foreign intelligence agency, the Mossad, this fortress is strictly off-limits to politicians and journalists alike. Ordinarily, it is the Mossad that makes house calls, and not the other way around. The agency’s strict no-visitors policy was temporarily relaxed on a Thursday in early January, when a minibus with darkened windows pulled into a parking lot in front of a nearby movie theater. The journalists inside were asked to hand over their mobile phones and audio recorders.
Meïr Dagan, the powerful head of the Mossad, had invited them to the facility. It was his last day in a position he had held for seven years. On that January day, the journalists were there to document his legacy: the Mossad’s fightagainst the Iranian nuclear program. He spoke passionately about the risks of a possible military strike against Iran, saying that he believed that such an attack would lead to a conflagration in the region that would include a war with Hezbollah and Hamas, and possibly with Syria. And anyone who believed that a military strike could stop Tehran’s nuclear program was wrong, said Dagan.
It could slow down the program, he added, but only temporarily. For this reason, the outgoing Mossad chief was against bombs — but in favor of anything that could set back the Iranian nuclear program without starting a conventional war. Delay was the new magic word. And to that end, the Mossad head had created a miracle weapon that everyone in the room on that January day knew about, but which Dagan did not mention by name: Stuxnet. Stuxnet, a computer virus that can infiltrate highly secure computers not connected to the Internet, a feat previously believed to be virtually impossible, entered the global political arena more than a year ago, in June 2010. The virus had attacked computers at Iran’s Natanz nuclear facility, where scientists are enriching uranium, and manipulated the centrifuges to make them self-destruct. The attack penetrated into the heart of the Iranian nuclear program. Stuxnet is the world’s first cyber-weapon of geopolitical significance.
Frank Rieger of the legendary German hacker organization Chaos Computer Club calls it “a digital bunker buster.” The virus represents a fundamentally new addition to the arsenal of modern warfare. It enables a military attack using a computer program tailored to a specific target. One year later, there is not an Internet security firm or government of a major country that is not addressing Stuxnet and its consequences, as well as taking action as a result. To learn more about Stuxnet and understand what is behind the virus, SPIEGEL traveled to Israel — the country where the cyber-weapon was invented.
Following the Trail
The Israeli branch of the US computer security firm Symantec is housed in a nondescript modern complex in Tel Aviv, a 15-minute drive from Ben Gurion International Airport. Sam Angel, the head of Symantec Israel, meets visitors in the underground garage and takes them to the conference room on the fourth floor. At the beginning of his PowerPoint presentation, Angel says: “Stuxnet is the most sophisticated attack we have ever seen.
This sort of an attack, on a mature, isolated industrial system is completely unusual.” He projects a map onto the wall, showing the countries where such an attack has taken place: Iran, Indonesia, Malaysia and Belarus, where a man named Sergey Ulasen discovered Stuxnet. Ulasen, who works in the research and development department at the VirusBlokAda security firm in Minsk, received what seemed to be a relatively mundane email on June 17, 2010. An Iranian firm was complaining that its computers were behaving strangely, shutting themselves down and then rebooting. Ulasen and a colleague spent a week examining the machines.
Then they found Stuxnet. VirusBlokAda notified other companies in the industry, including Symantec. When the engineers at Symantec got to work, they came across two computers that had directed the attacks. One of the servers was in Malaysia and the other was in Denmark, and they were reachable through the addresses http://www.todaysfutbol.com and http://www.mypremierfutbol.com.
They had been registered, under a false name and with a forged credit card, through one of the world’s largest Internet registration companies, a firm based in the US state of Arizona. Symantec rerouted the incoming and outgoing communication at the two servers to its computer center in Dublin, which enabled it to monitor the activity of the virus. Whoever had launched Stuxnet had gotten away, but at least Symantec could follow the trail they had left behind. The rerouting of communication made it possible to obtain an overview of the countries in which the virus was active.
According to that analysis, Stuxnet had infected about 100,000 computers worldwide, including more than 60,000 in Iran, more than 10,000 in Indonesia and more than 5,000 in India. The inventors programmed Stuxnet so that the virus, as a first step, tells the two command-and-control servers if the infected computer is running Step 7, an industrial software program developed by the German engineering company Siemens. Step 7 is used to run the centrifuges at Iran’s Natanz facility. The plant near Natanz, located in the desert 250 kilometers (156 miles) south of Tehran, is protected with military-level security.
The aluminum centrifuges, which are housed in bunkers, are 1.8 meters (5 foot 10 inches) tall and 10 centimeters (four inches) in diameter. Their purpose is to gradually increase the proportion of uranium-235, the fissile isotope of uranium. There is a rotor inside the centrifuges that rotates at a speed of 1,000 times per second. In the process, uranium hexafluoride gas is centrifuged, so that uranium-235 accumulates in the center. The process is controlled by a Siemens system that runs on the Microsoft Windows operating system.
Graphic: How Stuxnet sabotaged Iran’s nuclear program
The ruse that makes the attack possible is as simple as it is ingenious. Stuxnet takes advantage of a security hole in Windows that makes it possible to manipulate the system. As a result of this programming error, the virus can be introduced into the system through a USB flash drive, for example. As soon as the drive is connected to a computer in the system, the installation begins unnoticed. Stuxnet initially searches for anti-virus programs. The code is designed to circumvent them or, if this is not possible, to de-install itself. For a long time, one of the priorities was to leave no traces. In a second step, Stuxnet lodges itself into the part of the operating system that manages USB flash drives, where it establishes a checksum, the exact purpose of which is unclear.
The infection stops when this sum reaches the value 19790509. Symantec speculates that this is some sort of code. When read backward, the number could represent May 9, 1979, the day Habib Elghanian, a Jewish businessman, was executed in Tehran. Is this a coincidence? A provocation? Or a deliberately placed red herring? It is still unclear how exactly the Israelis were able to get the virus into Natanz. In the jargon of computer experts, previously unknown security gaps like the hole in the Windows operating system are called zero-day exploits. Searching for these vulnerabilities is a combination of hacker challenge and business model. Knowledge is valuable, and there is a black market in which a previously unknown vulnerability can be worth $100,000 (€70,000) or more. Stuxnet exploits no fewer than four of these digital jewels. ‘A Blue-and-White Operation’ Symantec manager Sam Angel believes that it is impossible to write a code like Stuxnet without having intimate knowledge of the Siemens system. “There is no black market for exploits involving Siemens software,” he says.
“It’s not used widely enough.” How, then, did the Mossad acquire the information about the technology in use at Natanz? It has been openly speculated that the Americans may have helped the Mossad. There is a US government research institution in Idaho where scientists study the Siemens control technology used in Iran; the basic research for Stuxnet could have taken place there. After that, the virus could have been tested at Israel’s nuclear research center near Dimona in the Negev Desert. Israeli sources familiar with the background to the attack insist, however, that Stuxnet was a “blue-and-white operation,” a reference to Israel’s national colors — in other words, a purely Israeli operation.
They believe that a secret elite unit of the military intelligence agency programmed a portion of the code, leaving the Mossad to do the rest. The Mossad was also apparently responsible for smuggling the virus into Natanz. The same sources claim that the Mossad tried to buy a cascade of centrifuges on the black market, without success. In the end, an Israeli arms manufacturer, with the help of foreign intelligence agencies, supposedly managed to build a model of Natanz where Stuxnet was tested. The operation was ready to begin in the summer of 2009. The attackers unleashed Stuxnet at 4:31 p.m. on June 22, 2009. The attack targeted five Iranian organizations and was launched in three waves. After the first wave, a second strike took place in March 2010, dealing a heavy blow to the Iranians. The third wave followed in April. According to Symantec, the targets were not directly related to Iran’s nuclear program, but some of the target organizations were on United Nations sanctions lists. Some 12,000 computers were infected in the five organizations alone. Stuxnet is programmed to delete itself from the USB flash drive after the third infection, presumably to prevent it from spreading explosively, which would have been noticed immediately.
The goal of the cyber-weapon is to sabotage its targets in a sustainable, rather than spectacular, manner. Another trick, which gives the virus the semblance of legality, shows how complex the design is. It involves digital certificates, which are issued on the Internet by companies that test the activity of a server or a program and certify that it is not malicious. If a program can show that it has such a certificate, then it is allowed access to a system. The Taiwanese firms Realtek Semiconductor and JMicron Technology are among the firms that issue such certificates. In January 2010, a version of Stuxnet turned up that had been signed with a digital certificate from Realtek. This was followed, in July 2010, by a version signed with a JMicron certificate. Both certificates had been stolen. This theft alone is an operation that requires either a physical burglary at the headquarters of both companies, or the kind of hacker attack that very few programmers worldwide are capable of performing, because these certificates are additionally secured and encoded. Only a State Could Produce Stuxnet An analysis by a European intelligence agency classified as “secret,” which SPIEGEL has seen, states that it would have taken a programmer at least three years to develop Stuxnet, at a cost in the double-digit millions.
Symantec, for its part, estimates that the tests in the model facility alone would have occupied five to 10 programmers for half a year. According to the intelligence analysis, “non-governmental actors” can be “virtually ruled out” as the inventors of Stuxnet. Members of Germany’s Federal Security Council, a government committee for defense issues whose meetings are secret, felt the same way when the council met in Berlin on Nov. 25, 2010. Stuxnet shows what can happen when potent attackers are at work, said then Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière, who is now German defense minister. Anyone who is willing to invest that much money and resources, Maizière added, knows what he is doing. The council members agreed that a sovereign state had to be behind the virus. De Maizière’s staff noted that 15 vulnerabilities are found in standard computer programs every day, and that tens of thousands of websites are infected worldwide on a daily basis. At the end of the meeting, the council decided to establish a national cyber defense center.“The experiences with the Stuxnet virus show that even key areas of industrial infrastructure are no longer safe against targeted IT attacks,” a government cabinet paper later stated.
The virus has fundamentally changed the way we look at digital attacks. The US government recently issued a new cyber war doctrine that defines a cyber-attack as a conventional act of war. The Stuxnet code, which is now accessible to the public, could inspire copycats, Roberta Stempfley of the US Department of Homeland Security warned last week. Last year the British government adopted a new security strategy, for which it approved funding of 650 million pounds (€565 million or $1,070 million). The cyber world will become “more important in the conflict between nations,” Israeli Deputy Prime Minister Dan Meridor said in a speech in Jerusalem in February. “It is a new battleground, if you like, not with guns but with something else.”
The Mossad views Stuxnet as a great success, comparable to the cracking of Germany’s Enigma cipher machine by the Poles and Britons in World War II. The Israeli military isn’t as euphoric. It argues that the fact that Stuxnet was discovered was a high price to pay, despite the setback it dealt to Iran’s mullah-led regime. And it was a painful setback indeed. An Iranian IR-1 centrifuge normally spins at 1,064 hertz, or cycles per second. When the rotors began going haywire, they increased their frequency to 1,410 hertz for 15 minutes and then returned to their normal frequency. The virus took over control again 27 days later, but this time it slowed down the rotors to a frequency of a few hundred hertz for a full 50 minutes.
The resulting excessive centrifugal force caused the aluminum tubes to expand, increasing the risk of parts coming into contact with one another and thereby destroying the centrifuges. Six cascades containing 164 centrifuges each were reportedly destroyed in this manner. Authorities on the Iranian nuclear program, like David Albright of the Washington-based Institute for Science and International Security (ISIS), believe that Stuxnet destroyed about 1,000 centrifuges. Iran has admitted that its nuclear program was set back. According to Gholamreza Jalali, the head of Iran’s civil defense organization, the program suffered “potentially major damage.” Former Mossad chief Dagan achieved his goal of sabotaging the nuclear program without triggering a new war in the Middle East.
But Iran still has 8,000 other centrifuges, and the more modern, second-generation IR-2 centrifuges, which are equipped with carbon fiber rotors, can operate smoothly even at 1,400 hertz. They are not affected by the existing version of the sabotage software. The Mossad could be in need of a new virus soon. Using it would constitute the next round in a clandestine cyber war. ‘People Had Never Seen Anything Like Stuxnet Before’ Two young Israelis who work indirectly for the government are sitting in one of Tel Aviv’s modern cafés. The men run a company that handles jobs for the Mossad and Shin Bet, the domestic intelligence agency. They smile and say that digital attack, not defense, is their discipline. They are part of a global hacker elite. According to rumors circulating in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, the men did some of the groundwork for the Mossad in the development of Stuxnet. “People had never seen anything like Stuxnet before, except in movies,” says one of the hackers. “Now they can see that it’s real.” His voice is filled with pride when he says: “In the small community of attackers, none of this was really new.” Almost all of the vulnerabilities had already been used in a past attack, the hacker says, but they had never been used at the same time. He explains that the real challenge in staging an attack with a virus like Stuxnet is to penetrate into a system that is not connected to the Internet. What are the consequences of Stuxnet? The two men are silent for a moment; they see things from the attacker’s perspective. “The discovery of Stuxnet was a serious blow to us,” one of them says. “We find it particularly upsetting, because a successful method was disclosed.” The inventors of Stuxnet apparently had many more plans for their product. Symantec has since discovered another version of the Stuxnet virus, which contains even more complex code and is designed to target modern Siemens control technology, but which had not been activated yet. Stuxnet, say the people at Symantec, “is the type of threat we hope to never see again.” That wish is unlikely to come true.
Translated from the German by Christopher Sultan
06 NOVEMBER 2011 LATEST THREATS AGAINST IRAN taken from a report of Madison Ruppert
Iran is already completely surrounded by US military.
… across the pond, Britain and Israel seem to be gearing up for all-out war with Iran. For the first time since 2008, Israel tested the Jericho 3, an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of carrying nuclear warhead long distances on Wednesday. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been reportedly trying to push what little opposition he has within his cabinet into getting behind an attack on Iran with the help of Defense Minister Ehud Barak. In response to the Jericho 3 test, which was a clear instance of antagonizing Iran at an all-too-inopportune time, Barak said it was an “impressive technological achievement”.
In another suspiciously timed event, Israel released the details of an air force exercise done in concert with Italy, using a NATO base, over the Mediterranean Sea which simulated a long-distance strike, much like what would be utilized against Iran. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been reportedly trying to push what little opposition he has within his cabinet into getting behind an attack on Iran with the help of Defense Minister Ehud Barak. In response to the Jericho 3 test, which was a clear instance of antagonizing Iran at an all-too-inopportune time, Barak said it was an “impressive technological achievement”.
In another suspiciously timed event, Israel released the details of an air force exercise done in concert with Italy, using a NATO base, over the Mediterranean Sea which simulated a long-distance strike, much like what would be utilized against Iran. American President Barack Obama also said that he had spoken with French President Nicolas Sarkozy and they both had come to the conclusion “that international pressure must be maintained on Iran” according to Israeli news agency Haaretz. Some American politicians are not being as coy as others, sticking to the typical diplomatic language in dealing with Iran.
Rick Perry, a former Bilderberg Group attendee, Republican Presidential hopeful and current Governor of Texas, has openly said he would support attacks on Iran. “Obviously, we are going to support Israel. And I’ve said that we will support Israel in every way that we can, whether it’s diplomatic, whether it’s economic sanctions, whether it’s overt or covert operations, up to and including military action,” Perry said in an interview on CNN.
This kind of blind support for Israel is what plagues American politics today. Even when such a move could result in the death of Americans and/or a significant negative economic impact, politicians like Perry will happily back Israel to the detriment of our own nation. The support within Israel for a strike on Iran is quite considerable as well American President Barack Obama also said that he had spoken with French President Nicolas Sarkozy and they both had come to the conclusion “that international pressure must be maintained on Iran” according to Israeli news agency Haaretz. the support for an attack on Iran amongst the Israeli cabinet does not seem so divided.
Haaretz reports that Israel’s Foreign Minister, Avigdor Lieberman, previously did not support an attack on Iran but was recently persuaded by Prime Minister Netanyahu and Defense Minister Barak to get behind the move. The Israeli Strategic Affairs Minister, Moshe Ya’alon, reportedly said that he would prefer an American military strike against Iran to an Israeli one. Why would we have any interest in attacking Iran?
In reality, Iran is not a threat to the United States but the Israel Lobby likely easily sway Washington into carrying out the strike for Israel, putting American lives and money on the line instead of their own. Similarly, Dan Meridor, the Israeli Intelligence and Atomic Energy Minister said that he supports an American offensive against Iran. The London Guardian has reported that Britain is developing military plans for an attack on Iran in preparation for the IAEA report which has been characterized as “a game changer”.
“The MoD [Ministry of Defense] says there are no hard and fast blueprints for conflict but insiders concede that preparations there and at the Foreign Office have been underway for some time”, according to The Guardian. This dovetails with the reports of Obama planning to increase the American presence in the Persian Gulf, as previously reported. … in Iran, the reaction has been one of marked antagonism with the Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi saying that Iran is “ready for war” with Israel. Salehi told the Turkish news outlet Hürriyet Daily, “We have been hearing threats from Israel for eight years. Our nation is a united nation…such threats are not new to us”. Salehi also said that any attack would bring retaliation and Iranian General Hassan Firouzabadi said that Israel and the U.S. would be harshly punished for an attack in Iran.
“We would make them regret such a mistake and would severely punish them,” Firouzabadi said, adding, “In case of an attack by the Zionist regime, the United States would also be hit”. The head of the Iranian Supreme National Security Council, Saeed Jalili, will reportedly detail the proof of U.S.-led terrorist plots against Iran at a ceremony marking the anniversary of the 1979 U.S. Embassy hostage crisis in Tehran. This evidence is allegedly so damning that it could bring the U.S. government down according to an Iranian lawmaker and Deputy Chairman of the Majilis Committee on National Security and Foreign Policy, Hossein Ebrahimi.
“Once Tehran publicizes the evidence in its possession on the US being a terrorist [state] and [Washington’s] massacres, the American nation would certainly unite to topple their [ruling] regime”, Ebrahimi reportedly said. Furthermore, in late September the head of the Iranian Navy, Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari,threatened to send military ships off the Atlantic Coast of the United States.
By Tony CartalucciAs the rhetoric for war with Iran begins to mount, first with the staged DEA-Saudi bomb plot, and now with an upcoming IAEA report supposedly “exposing” Iran’s nuclear arms ambitions, it is important to re-read through the signed confessions by the corporate-fascist interests behind this drive for war where it is admitted that:
All of this is shockingly spelled out in extreme detail within the pages of the corporate-financier funded Brooking Institution report, “Which Path to Perisa?” It is essential that every American, European, and Israeli read just how malicious, callus and eager the globalist elite are to trigger a catastrophic war with the Islamic Republic for the sole purpose of protecting Wall Street and London’s hegemony throughout the Middle East. “Which Path to Persia?” Brookings Institution 2009 .pdf Below are links to efforts to cover in detail the key aspects of this increasing war mongering, the key players behind it, including the corporations funding this agenda, as well as irrefutable evidence that illustrates these designs, laid out in 2009 have already begun to unfold. 1. Brookings’ “Which Path to Persia?”: The war has already begun, total war is a possibility. 2. Which Path to Persia?: Redux Syria, Libya, and beyond, Globalists prepare for second phase. 3. US Policy Toward Iran One-Way Ticket to War Policy Wonk Plays Dumb Over Role in Iranian Escalation. 4. Corporate-Fascists Clamor for Iran War Unelected corporate-funded policy makers constitute the greatest threat to US national security. 5. Iran Links US-funded Terrorists to Saudi-DEA Bomb Plot Baseless US accusations countered with more likely Iranian allegations. 6. Withdrawal of US Troops From Iraq Highly Suspect Think-tank designs for Iran leave only Israeli attack & coaxed provocation for total war on table. Upon reading this information, one will realize with horror how patiently persistent the corporate-financier interests on Wall Street and London have pursued this campaign towards war with Iran, and how absolutely deceitful they are willing to be in order to keep it moving forward. It is absolutely imperative that people understand not only just how contrived the treat of Iran is, but that those peddling the lies of such a threat have, behind closed doors, admitted as much. Image: Just some of the corporate-sponsors behind the unelected, warmongering “think-tank” Brookings Institution which produced the treasonous “Which Path to Persia?” report. Please also take particular note of the corporations funding this act of Hitlerian aggression against a nation of 70 million at the potential loss of tens of thousands of American and Israeli (and other proxy soldiers’) lives, not to mention the incalculable cost of the war to an already crippled American tax payer. Also note that these same corporations will not be losing their sons and daughters nor a single penny in the war effort, in fact, many of them stand to gain untold of fortunes and power – the very reason they are pursuing such a course of action. Now would be a good time to contact your representatives, boycott the above mentioned corporations, and begin undermining a system that is parasitically bleeding this planet to death both financially and literally in pursuit of global corporate-fascist hegemony. And remember, it will not end in Iran, the attack and destruction of Iranian sovereignty is just the beginning.
ALI AKBAR DAREINI Tehran— The Associated Press Published Wednesday, Nov. 09, 2011 4:59AM EST Last updated Wednesday, Nov. 09, 2011 11:19PM EST http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/video/video-irans-ahmadinejad-defies-nuclear-pressure/article2230842/?from=2230264 http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/ahmadinejad-vows-iran-wont-retreat-an-iota-from-its-nuclear-path/article2230264/ Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad greets supporters during his visit to Shahrekord, about 500 kilometres southwest of Tehran, on Nov. 9, 2011. President.ir/Reuters http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/video/video-irans-ahmadinejad-defies-nuclear-pressure/article2230842/?from=2230264 President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad vowed Wednesday that Iran won't retreat “one iota” from its nuclear program, denying claims that it seeks atomic weapons. Key ally Russia gave the Islamic Republic a major boost, rejecting tighter sanctions President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad vowed Wednesday that Iran won't retreat “one iota” from its nuclear program, denying claims that it seeks atomic weapons. Key ally Russia gave the Islamic Republic a major boost, rejecting tighter sanctions . In his first reaction to the report, Mr. Ahmadinejad strongly criticized the agency — a day after it claimed Tehran was on the brink of developing a nuclear weapon — saying the IAEA is discrediting itself by siding with “absurd” U.S. accusations. The comments, broadcast live on state TV, were a sharp rebuke to Western warnings. But Russia, which has veto-wielding power on the UN Security Council, said new sanctions would be unacceptable. “Any additional sanctions against Iran would be perceived by the international community as an instrument for regime change in Tehran,” deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov told the Interfax news agency, adding that Russia “does not intend to consider such proposals.” Mr. Gatilov said Russia believes that dialogue with Iran is the only way forward. Meanwhile, Iran's other chief ally, China, issued cautious statements calling for diplomacy and dialogue. “This nation won't retreat one iota from the path it is going,” Mr. Ahmadinejad told thousands of people in Shahr-e-Kord in central Iran. “Why are you ruining the prestige of the (UN nuclear) agency for absurd U.S. claims?” A conservative Iranian lawmaker later threatened that the parliament could force the government to pull out of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, or NPT, as a response to the report by IAEA chief Yukiya Amano. “In the first stage, we will pull out of NPT if Amano shows incompetence and asks for Obama's permission for every report,” conservative lawmaker Mahmoud Ahmadi Bighash told state TV Wednesday. Mr. Ahmadinejad repeated Iran's claims that it doesn't make sense to build nuclear weapons in a world already awash with atomic arms. “The Iranian nation is wise. It won't build two bombs against 20,000 (nuclear) bombs you have,” he said in comments apparently directed at the West and others. “But it builds something you can't respond to: Ethics, decency, monotheism and justice.” ...evidence of a large metal chamber at a military site for "nuclear-related explosives testing". Iran has dismissed that, saying they were merely metal toilet stalls. ran's official IRNA news agency also quoted Mr. Bighash as saying the report shows that IAEA “has no powers and moves in the direction” of the U.S. and allies. Another parliament member, Parviz Sorouri, accused Mr. Amano of tarnishing the agency. “The report was drawn up by Americans and read by Amano,” the semiofficial ISNA news agency quoted him as saying. IAEA report on Iran exposed as a BIG fraud http://english.pravda.ru/hotspots/crimes/10-11-2011/119583-IAEA_report_on_Iran_BIG_fraud-0/ 10.11.2011
Ahmadinejad rejects U.S. allegations on nuclear weapons Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said his country does not need nuclear weapons to "cut the hands" of the United States, and can achieve their goals by peaceful means, thus repudiating claims about its nuclear program. "Our nation can achieve success through reflection, its rich culture and prudence," Ahmadinejad said in criticizing Washington and its allies, who use an assembly of unfounded allegations against the Islamic Republic. The president spoke before the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) reports accusing Tehran of having planned nuclear weapons, something the country's government vehemently denies. "The U.S. administration looks for prosperity by driving other countries to poverty, plundering their riches," Ahmadinejad accused. The Persian President warned that Washington "will certainly regret any firm response" to the country if the United States and Israel go ahead further with any type of military action against Tehran, as has been announced recently in the media. Ahmadinejad also took the occasion to rebuke the IAEA director general, Japanese Yukiya Amano, for being "a puppet" of the White House, challenging him to bring accurate and reliable information about the nuclear activities of Iran, a signatory to the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty. The report was classified by the government of the Asian country as "ridiculous and contrived," considering it more as a "repetition of unfounded accusations by the United States and the Zionists." The president also affirmed that the administration of Barack Obama "arrogantly accuses Iran of producing nuclear bombs while it has more than five thousand atomic products, which demonstrates the lack of U.S. commitment to nuclear disarmament," he noted. "The United States this year earmarked about $81 billion to modernize its nuclear weapons, while the annual budget for nuclear research in Iran is 250 million dollars," said Ahmadinejad. The Iranian Parliamentary Commission for National Security and Foreign Policy also criticized the threat of military attack by the United States and Israel and speculation about Iran's nuclear program. Ed. According to reliable sources quoted in Russia, the so-called nuclear weapons scientist cited as helping Iran's weapons program is NOT a nuclear weapons scientist at all. The Ukrainian, Vyacheslav Danilenko, has NEVER worked on nuclear weapons, but is one of the top specialists in the world in the production of nanodiamonds. Danilenko worked in an Institute that specialized in the synthesis of diamonds. Iran has a program to develop its nanotechnology sector, with one major focus being nanodiamonds. This is the latest to come out exposing the utter fabrication that the IAEA report is. If they talk about this report a thousand times, are people going to hear all of the evidence pointing to all the holes in this obvious lie or will they believe it because it has been beaten to death by the western corporate media? So there you go, the stinking warmonger genocidal demons in the west are caught lying again and guess who supplied the false information? That's right, none other than Israel. With information from Prensa Latina Translated from the Portuguese version by: Lisa Karpova Pravda.Ru
Ahmadinejad: Iran, China and Russia are the same block!
27.11.2011. – 00:08
The new sanctions that Western countries have the opportunity to talk impede Iran’s nuclear program of the Islamic Republic, Iranian President Ahmadinejad said.
“Impose a resolution, sanctions, using all the tools against us, and want to come and negotiate?” Said Ahmadinejad in an interview with TV station “is Jami mosque”, on the occasion of the latest sanctions by the United States, Britain and Canada on Monday introduced the Iran . The Iranian president said that such actions undermine efforts P5 +1 group – composed of five permanent members of UN Security Council, United States, Great Britain, France, China and Russia plus Germany – to renew talks with Iran. “They’re always themselves, create restrictions. We have always said that we are ready for talks and cooperation. The talks are better than confrontation, but they seem lost and keep them coming back to confrontation,” said Ahmadinejad, and transferred the AFP. In an interview with the Iranian president said that Iran has the “same block” with Russia and China on the international scene, although each country has its own national interests. “China and Russia have a position closer to us when it comes to international issues, but the U.S. and its allies. We are cooperating with Russia and China, but we can not expect them to sacrifice their national interests – as they can not expect us, “said Ahmadinejad.
Opposition to China and Russia the latest sanctions to prevent these measures come before the UN Security Council, led by the French agency. EU High Representative Catherine Ashton, who represents a group of P5 +1, last week called on Iran to return to the talks, which should alleviate the concerns of the West that Tehran’s nuclear program can be iskorišhcen to produce atomic bombs. Iran, which denies any military dimension to its nuclear activities [strictly for medicine, their space program and electricity], said he was ready to return to negotiations, but insisted that they be included in other topics besides the nuclear issue.
Iran threatened with invasion violent response to U.S. aircraft
04th 12th 2011 19:24 | Beta http://www.vaseljenska.com/svet/iran-preti-zestokim-odgovorom-na-upad-letelice-sad/
Tehran – Tehran’s answer to the violation of Iranian airspace, carried out by U.S. unmanned aircraft will be limited to the borders of that country, told Iranian state television, a military source.
The Iranian military announced today that the U.S. shot down a pilotless reconnaissance aircraft RK170 which, he claims, to the east of the country without permission entered the Iranian airspace.
This aircraft was manufactured by the company “Lockheed Martin” and reportedly was used for observation of the complex of Osama bin Laden in Pakistan during an operation in which he had been killed by the agencies. Iran is dedicated, for their part, most of its military strategy reconnaissance drone production three years ago says it has produced a UAV with a range of 1,000 kilometers, enough to reach Israel.Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad “baptized” in 2010. first domestic unmanned aircraft and called it “the ambassador of death” for Iran’s enemies.
The American aircraft was shot down at a time when Tehran in tense relations with Washington and its Western allies because of a dispute over Iran’s nuclear program. The West believes Iran is trying to, under cover of a civilian nuclear program, producing an atomic bomb, while Tehran says the program is intended exclusively for peaceful purposes. U.S. and EU countries are considering punitive measures against Iran. ______________
Iran shoots down US drone
Iranian military official quoted as warning of crushing response after unmanned spy plane is shot down
Iran’s military said it had shot down the US drone near the country’s eastern border. Photograph: Ethan Miller/Getty Images
Iran‘s armed forces have shot down an unmanned US spy plane that violated Iranian airspace along its eastern border. An unidentified military official quoted by the official Irna news agency on Sunday warned of a crushing response to any violations of Iranian airspace by US drone aircraft. “An advanced RQ170 unmanned American spy plane was shot down by Iran’s armed forces. It suffered minor damage and is now in possession of Iran’s armed forces,” Irna quoted the official as saying. No further details were given. Later a spokesman for Nato’s International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan said a surveillance drone flying over western Afghanistan had gone out of control late last week and may be the one Iran said it had shot down over its own airspace. “The UAV to which the Iranians are referring may be a US unarmed reconnaissance aircraft that had been flying a mission over western Afghanistan late last week. The operators of the UAV lost control of the aircraft and had been working to determine its status,” an ISAF statement said.
Iran is locked in a dispute with the US and its allies over Tehran’s alleged nuclear programme, which the west believes is aimed at developing nuclear weapons. Iran denies the accusations, saying the programme is designed to generate electricity and produce isotopes for medical use. Tehran said in January it had shot down two other unmanned spy planes over its airspace which were operated by the US. Iran itself has focused part of its military strategy on producing drones, both for reconnaissance and offensive purposes. It announced three years ago that it had built an unmanned aircraft with a range of more than 600 miles, far enough to reach Israel.
The Iranian president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, unveiled Iran’s first domestically built unmanned bomber in August 2010, calling it an “ambassador of death” to Iran’s enemies.
“The primary task of the Corps will be to extend joint IDF (Israeli army) operations into the strategic depth,” the Israeli military said on Thursday. The new command, dubbed Depth Corps, will be headed by Major General Shai Avital and will focus on Israel’s long-distance operations. The integration of special operations forces into the Depth Corps, known as Iran Special Operations Command within the Israeli military, means they will also play a role in “commando” operations involving sabotage and assassinations in the Islamic Republic. Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak have occasionally called for a military strike against Iran’s nuclear facilities. However, several Israeli security and military figures have warned that an attack on Iran over its nuclear activities would lead to a regional war. Former director of Mossad spy agency Meir Dagan said in a television interview on November 29 that Iran, and the Hezbollah and Hamas resistance movements will respond with massive rocket attacks on Israel if the Tel Aviv regime attacks Iranian atomic sites. He noted that Syria would also join Iran in that scenario. Dagan added that such a war would take a heavy toll in terms of lost lives and would paralyze life in Israel.
Earlier in May, Dagan publicly argued against an airstrike against Iran’s nuclear facilities. He described the possibility of a future Israeli airstrike on Iran as “the stupidest thing he has ever heard.” The United States and Israel have repeatedly threatened Tehran with the “option” of a military strike, based on the allegation that Iran’s nuclear work may consist of a covert military agenda. Iran has refuted the allegations, saying that as a signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), it has the right to develop and acquire nuclear technology for peaceful purposes. While Israel refuses to allow inspections of its nuclear facilities or to join the NPT based on its policy of nuclear ambiguity, Iran has been subjected to snap IAEA inspections due to its policy of nuclear transparency. Israel recently test fired a new long-range missile capable of carrying nuclear warheads. The test was carried out at the Palmahim air base in central Israel. This three-stage Jericho-3 missile, which is capable of delivering a 750-kilo warhead to a distance, is estimated to have a range of up to 10,000 kilometers. Paradoxically, Israel’s new nuke-capable missile, which can target many parts of the globe, is not considered a threat in the eyes of the West. MP/MA
Ahmadinejad arrives in Latin America for support
Representative will visit Venezuela, Ecuador, Nicaragua and Cuba
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RIO – Iran’s president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Sunday comes to Latin America for another tour of Venezuela, Nicaragua, Cuba and Ecuador.Increasingly isolated because of sanctions imposed by Western powers to the Iranian oil industry, the trustee should request support for Latin American leaders who, like him, are also openly against U.S. policy, as is the case of Hugo Chavez. Apprehensive because of Tehran’s nuclear program, U.S. and European countries have adopted a series of embargoes against the Iranian government in order to pressure him to drop the atomic energy. Washington described the meeting with Ahmadinejad rival the United States as a demonstration that Iran is “desperate to have friends.” – We are making it absolutely clear to countries around the world that is not the time to forge closer ties, or security or economic, with Iran – said American spokeswoman Victoria Nuland. Expel U.S. Consul General of Venezuela in Miami Ahmadinejad’s first stop will be in Venezuela, a country traditionally critical of the United States. On Sunday, by the way, the U.S. State Department expelled the Venezuelan Consul General in Miami, Livia Acosta Nogueira.The diplomat has until Tuesday to leave the U.S., which gave no details of the decision. The way the Iranian representative was criticized by the Venezuelan opposition, but Chavez said the president will be “welcome”. The two countries nurture a close relationship. Tehran has even build factories in Venezuela. The Iranian president has, officially, for Latin America to attend the inauguration ceremony for the re-elected president of Nicaragua, Daniel Ortega. This time, Ahmadinejad did not come to Brazil.
Iran announced it would start enriching uranium in bunker
In the “near future”, the Iran began enriching uranium inside a mountain , a local official said. Measure that should further increase the tension between Tehran and Western powers, which suspect Tehran is trying to build nuclear weapons. The decision by the Islamic Republic to conduct sensitive nuclear activities in an underground site will give more protection against a possible enemy attack. For months, Iran says it is preparing to take their work in refining high-level uranium enrichment plant at Natanz to Fordow, a facility near Qom, the holy city for Shiite Muslims in central Iran The United States and its allies say Iran is trying to build bombs, but Tehran insists its nuclear program is solely for power generation and has medical purposes.
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the truth of Ahmadinejad’s words burns the ears of the hypocrites, so much so that they have to flee the room. I recommend a full viewing / reading of this excellent speechAhmadinejad UN GA Speech Sept 25, 2007 (4 part playlist) full transcript:
this is a man who tenaciously holds on to a vision of justice, despite the misrepresentation and distortion which western propagandists use to distract the world from his indictment of their hypocrisy, and their crimes against humanity”In my opinion, we have several important agendas in front of us. The Secretary General and the UN General Assembly can take the lead by undertaking necessary measures for the fulfillment of our shared goals on the basis of:1 – Restructuring the United Nations in order to transform this world body to an efficient and fully democratic organization, capable of playing an impartial, equitable, and effective role in the international relations; reforming the structure of the Security Council, specially by abolishing the discriminatory privilege of veto right; restoration of the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people by organizing a referendum and free elections in Palestine in order to prepare a conducive ground for all Palestinian populations, including Muslims, Christians and Jews to live together in peace and harmony; putting an end to all types of interferences in the affairs of Iraq, Afghanistan, Middle East, and in all countries in Africa, Latin America, Asia and Europe …2- Reforming the current economic structures and setting up a new international economic order based on human and moral values and obligations. A new course is needed that would help promote justice and progress worldwide by flourishing the potentials and talents of all nations thus bringing well-being for all and for future generations;3- Reforming the international political relations based on the promotion of lasting peace and friendship, eradication of arms race and elimination of all nuclear, chemical and biological weapons;4- Reforming cultural structures , respect for diverse customs and traditions of all nations, fostering moral values and spirituality aimed at institution of family as the backbone of all human societies;5- Worldwide efforts to protect the environment and full observance of the international agreements and arrangements to prevent the annihilation of nature’s non-renewable resources.”Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, President, Islamic Republic of Iran September 23, 2009, General Debate, UN General Assembly 64th Session
the shunning, however, diminishes neither the truth nor its recognition by the morally conscious”Clearly, continuation of the current circumstances in the world is impossible. The present inequitable and unfavorable conditions run counter to the very nature of human kind and move in a direction which contravenes the truth and the goal behind the creation of the world.”… The era of capitalist thinking and . imposition of one’s thoughts on the international community, intended to predominate the world in the name of globalization and the age of setting up empires is over. It is no longer possible to humiliate nations and impose double standard policies on the world community.”Approaches in which realization of the interests of certain powers is considered as the only criteria to weigh democracy, and using the ugliest methods of intimidation and deceit under the mantle of freedom as a democratic practice, and approaches through which sometimes dictators are portrayed as democrats, lack legitimacy and must be totally rejected.
“The time has come to an end for those who define democracy and freedom and set standards whilst they themselves are the first who violate its fundamental principles. They can no longer sit both the judge and the executor and challenge the real democratically- established governments.”The awakening of nations and the expansion of freedom worldwide will no longer allow them to continue their hypocrisy and vicious attitudes. Because of all these reasons most nations including the people of the Untied States are waiting for real and profound changes. They have welcomed and will continue to welcome changes.”ibid.
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President Ahmadinejad and I also agree on our unequivocal condemnation of the criminal actions of the Zionist entity, and on our support for the self-determination of Palestinians in the entire region of Palestine, from the “river to the sea””[Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi] said, ‘Palestine is not divisible, and it cannot be divided into two parts as some are saying,’ IRNA reported. ‘Iran’s official stance is that Palestine belongs to all Palestinians,’ he stated, adding, ‘Palestine belonged to Palestinians from the outset, and we do not approve of the breakup of Palestine.'”‘We will never recognize the Zionist regime, and this has been the clear stance that the Islamic Republic of Iran has adopted since the beginning of the Islamic Revolution, and it will remain the same,’ the Iranian foreign minister asserted.”Palestine is indivisible: Iranian FM September 20, 2011, Tehran Times
thanks Kirsty Umm AminaAhmadinejad and Iran – A Revolution in Motion [Documentary] Ahmadienjad and Iran – A Revolution in Motion http://www.youtube.com with president Bashir Assad of Syria. Imam Khamenei & President Ahmadinejad, 2005 … “our relation is more than politics, it comes from my belief, it is such as relation of a son to his father … Vali (Vali-e-Faqih) is as father for society”, President Ahmadinejad w/CASTRO President Ahmadinejad notified to Russia leaders again : Ahmadinejad expressed regret about the Russian leader’s decision to “become the mouthpiece for the plot by the enemies of Iran.” He, however, expressed Iran’s interest to maintain and boost its amicable ties with Russia. 20 SEPT 2011
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