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Executive Summary News/Articles Update-January 20, 2006

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U.S. Aims to Avoid Angering Iran's Public

January 19, 2006
The New York Times
Steven R. Weisman

As Western governments debate how to punish Iran for its nuclear activities, Bush administration and European officials said Thursday that they wanted to avoid causing hardship or more anti-Western resentment in the Iranian public.

The officials said that sanctions were not in the offing anytime soon, and they had ruled out any early steps toward an oil embargo or other sorts of sweeping economic punishments that would not only be opposed in Europe but would also cause internal suffering in Iran.

Iran's leverage over the West because of its oil exports and trade agreements are a fact of life that American and European officials said made sanctions in that area impractical. But these officials also argue the importance of not alienating Iranians who might support the West, causing them to rally around their leaders.


By J. Grant Swank, Jr.
Jan 19, 2006
Since 1979, Iran has declared war on the USA. It’s not a recent comeupon. Iran’s goal has always been Islam world rule, particularly overtaking the USA. Iranian Islamic fanatics never give up.
At present, Iran is run by a maniacal demonic messiah forerunner. He and scores of other Allah loyalists believe that when chaos envelopes the world, then Islam’s messiah will appear. He as president of the legalistic killing cult will help usher in that reign.
Therefore, the egocentric, eccentric president listens to no one but the Koran’s Allah. No UN Security Council. No European / American delegation. No one but Islam’s deity. And that deity is laced in blood, murder and maiming.

Iran Ready to Transfer 8 Billion Dollars from EU

January 19, 2006
Asharq Al-Awsat
Ali Nouri Zadeh

London -- Iran’s Supreme National Security Council ordered the Central Bank and a number of ministries to withdraw their hard currency deposits from European banks, except Switzerland, and transfer them to banks in Singapore, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Malaysia.

Iran has bitter memories of its money being frozen in US accounts shortly after the 1979 revolution and the seizure of the US embassy in Tehran. US diplomats inside were held hostage for 444 days and freed in 1981.

The World Bank could be used to help derail Iran's nuclear ambitions

January 20, 2006
Weekly Standard
Vance Serchuk

The World Bank could be used to help derail Iran's nuclear ambitions.

After two years of patient diplomacy with Iran, representatives of the E.U.-3--Germany, France, and Great Britain--recently acknowledged that their negotiations with the Islamic Republic had reached a "dead end." Spurred by Teheran's decision to restart work at its enrichment facility in Natanz, the Europeans condemned Iran's "documented record of concealment and deception" and called for an emergency meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency, to be held next month in Vienna. There they intend to demand a referral to the U.N. Security Council, strongly backed by the Bush administration. It's likely they will get it.

And what then? With international consensus at last hardened around the notion that the Iranians are determined to develop nuclear weapons, the debate and speculation have already begun over precisely what action Washington and its allies should propose. In brainstorming the different measures that could put the screws to Iran, however, it's useful to remember that the United Nations is not the only international organization in town. The Bush administration could also look to the World Bank.

Counter Attacking Irans Fascism

By John A. Ross (01/19/06)


It apparently took the outrageous verbal rants of the Iranian President, Mahmoud Ahmadi-Nejad, to get Europe and America to come to the realization that Iran’s Mullahs represent a dangerous threat. Advocating “wiping Israel off the map and promoting the concept that the “holocaust is a myth created by the West to justify Israel’s statehood in the Middle East are Ahmadi-Nejad’s war cry. Threatening Israel’s very existence and overtly pursuing an atomic fuel-cycle capability that probably will place weapons of mass destruction under their control must rightly terrify anyone with a brain. Designed to coerce the U.S. and Europe to counterattack in some way that will be used to rally the Arab world around Iran, Tehran’s non-Arab Mullahs are playing all their cards to stay in power.

Oil May Rise Above $70 on Iran Standoff, Survey Shows

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Jan. 20 (Bloomberg) -- Crude oil may climb past $70 a barrel for the first time in more than four months as the U.S. and its European allies pressure Iran to end nuclear research, a Bloomberg News survey shows.
Twenty-nine of 55 analysts surveyed, or 53 percent, said prices will rise next week. Eight forecast prices will decline and 18 expected little change. Last week, 60 percent said prices would increase. Oil traded above $67 a barrel today in New York.
The dispute with Iran, the world's fourth-biggest oil producer, has raised the possibility that the country may retaliate to possible censure by cutting shipments. Germany, France and Britain called for the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency to hold an emergency meeting regarding Iran's Jan. 10 decision to resume nuclear fuel research.
``The investment dollars are coming into the energy market as people look for a hedge against the Iran worries,'' said John Kilduff, vice president of risk management at Fimat USA in New York. ``The momentum makes reaching $70 inevitable.''

Sen. Clinton Urges U.N. Sanctions Against Iran

By Dan Balz
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, January 20, 2006;
Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) accused the Bush administration of playing down the threat of a nuclear Iran and called for swift action at the United Nations to impose sanctions on the Iranian government.
The senator's statements, in which she said the administration should make it clear that all options remain on the table for dealing with the Iranians, came during a speech about the Middle East on Wednesday night at Princeton University. She criticized the White House for turning the problem over to European nations and said Iran must never be permitted to acquire nuclear weapons.

Out of Terror, Hope

January 20, 2006
The Wall Street Journal
Francis Fukuyama
One of the profound disappointments of 2005 was the election in June of Mahmoud Ahmedinejad as president of Iran, thus ending a period when it appeared that nation might be liberalizing and leading the Muslim world out of Islamic dictatorship. What we have, instead, is an Iran moving ahead full-bore on its "peaceful" nuclear program, with a president who thinks the Holocaust never happened and wants Israel wiped off the map.

Eventually, Iran will have to come to terms honestly with the moral legacy of its 1979 Islamic revolution -- just as former dictatorships in Chile, South Africa and El Salvador have done. The date of this reckoning has been put off indefinitely. But we have, in the interim, an important effort to set that record straight, in the form of Omid, a Web site that comes online today and documents the individual stories of the victims of the Iranian regime (http://www.abfiran.org).

Do the Right Thing

January 18, 2006
National Review Online
Michael Ledeen

Bit by bit we are getting to the inevitable showdown with Iran. This administration, like every other Western government, has hoped against hope that it would not come to this.

President George W. Bush, for reasons good and bad, threw in with the Europeans' phony-negotiation scheme, even though he knew it would fail. Like the others, he hoped that revolution would erupt, and that decisive action on our part would not be necessary. Like the others, he preferred not to face the hard fact that revolutions rarely succeed without external support. Had Ronald Reagan been around, he would have told W. that the democratic revolution that ended the Cold War only finally succeeded when the United States supported it.

The failure to craft an effective Iran policy has plagued this administration, and indeed the entire American political class, for five long years. Calls of "faster, please" were dismissed, in large part because they failed to resonate in the policy community, aside from a few brave souls in Congress (Jon Kyl, John Cornyn, Rick Santorum, Sam Brownback, Illeana Ros-Lehtinen come to mind. No thanks to the nominal leaders, Henry Hyde and Richard Lugar, both in full denial, in lockstep with Foggy Bottom and Langley).

False Prophet

January 19, 2006
National Review Online
Ilan Berman

Thank goodness for Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. In five short months, Iran's radical new president has managed to do what legions of policy analysts and intelligence warnings have not: jolt the world awake to the growing global threat posed by an ascendant Iran.

Since taking office on August 4, 2005, Ahmadinejad has unapologetically steered Iran onto an all-too-familiar foreign-policy course. In October, he caused an international furor when, speaking at a major anti-Zionism conference in Tehran, he declared that the state of Israel was a "tumor" that should be "wiped off the map." Undeterred, Ahmadinejad used a subsequent televised address in early December to undertake a debunking of the "myth" of the Holocaust. Most recently, he has launched a rhetorical war on Israel, calling for the "relocation" of the Jewish state from the Middle East to either Canada or Europe.

But Ahmadinejad's animus isn't simply directed toward Israel. To hear Iran's president tell it, a titanic struggle is underway between Islam and the West, and his country is on the front lines. "The skirmishes in the occupied land are part of a war of destiny . . . a historic war between the oppressor [Christians] and the world of Islam," Ahmadinejad has announced.

France Has Nuclear Retaliation Option

January 19, 2006
Spiegel Online
Kim Rahir in Paris

So much for European softness on Iran. French President Jacques Chirac on Thursday threatened states developing weapons of mass destruction with nuclear retaliation. He's also trying to reposition France on the world political stage.

After months of unusual reticence, French President Jacques Chirac on Thursday returned to character. In a speech about France's nuclear policy, given on the atomic submarine base Ile-Longue off the coast of Brittany, he made clear that countries which support terrorism or desire weapons of mass destruction are at risk of a nuclear attack.

Hillary Clinton Says White House Has Mishandled Iran

January 19, 2006
The New York Times
John O'Neil

Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton last night criticized the Bush administration for its response to Iran's nuclear program, saying it had chosen to "downplay" the crisis over the past several years. In a speech at Princeton University, Mrs. Clinton, a New York Democrat, joined the Bush administration's call for sanctions against Iran, and also said that the threat of military action against nuclear sites should not be ruled out.

But she was critical of the administration for letting European nations take the lead in negotiations over the last several years.

"I believe that we lost critical time in dealing with Iran because the White House chose to downplay the threats and to outsource the negotiations," Ms. Clinton said, according to a transcript of the speech published by The Daily Princetonian. "I don't believe you face threats like Iran or North Korea by outsourcing it to others and standing on the sidelines."

Tensions Continue Over Iran Nuclear Agenda

January 19, 2006
ABC Radio AM
Karen Percy

The international war of words has escalated over Iran's nuclear program. The US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has dismissed any prospect of negotiating with Tehran declaring there's no longer anything to talk about, after Iran resumed some of its nuclear activities last week.

Iran's President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has in turn accused the US and Europe of misusing the United Nations and other world bodies for political purposes.

Meanwhile, the UN's nuclear watchdog has confirmed it will hold an emergency meeting early next month.

Washington Correspondent Michael Rowland reports.

We'll Never Let Iran Get Nukes - Israel

January 18, 2006
Daily News
Helen Kennedy

Israel will not allow Iran to get the bomb, acting Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said yesterday while refusing to rule out a military strike to block Tehran's nuclear ambitions. "Under no circumstances and at no time can Israel allow anyone with malicious designs against us to have control of weapons of destruction that threaten our existence," Olmert told reporters in Jerusalem.

Making a splash for the first time since shouldering power two weeks ago, Olmert also said he hoped to resume negotiations with the Palestinians and sent cops storming into the West Bank city of Hebron to evict a group of rock-throwing Jewish settlers.

Olmert became Israel's leader when Prime Minister Ariel Sharon was felled by a catastrophic stroke Jan. 4.

How to Handle Iran

January 17, 2006
The Economist
The Economist Global Agenda
The five permanent members of the UN Security Council – America, Russia, China, Britain and France – failed to reach consensus on how to deal with Iran's nuclear ambitions at a special meeting on Monday, January 16th. Instead a session of the International Atomic Energy Agency has been called for February 2nd. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad refuses to back down and has warned that economic sanctions on Iran would prove painful for oil importers.

Chirac: We could use nukes

L'ILE-LONGUE, France (AP) -- President Jacques Chirac warned Thursday that France could respond with nuclear weapons to a state-sponsored terrorist attack, broadening the terms of his country's deterrence in the face of emerging threats.
The warning came as France worked with other Western nations to ensure that Iran does not become a nuclear power. But officials and experts said Chirac's comments were not aimed specifically at Tehran.
"Nuclear deterrence ... is not aimed at dissuading fanatic terrorists," Chirac said in a speech delivered at the L'Ile-Longue nuclear submarine base in the western region of Brittany.
"Leaders of states who would use terrorist means against us, just like anyone who would envisage using, in one way or another, arms of mass destruction, must understand that they would expose themselves to a firm and fitting response from us," he said. "This response could be conventional. It could also be of another nature."
France's nuclear arsenal is considered a purely deterrent force to protect the nation's vital interests and is not intended for regular combat.
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