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February 19, 2010
New info surfaces about Iran nukes and dissent crackdown

The International Atomic Energy Agency has said that Iran either resumed work on making a nuclear warhead — or had never stopped, as the U.S. concluded in 2003.

Citing intelligence from the U.S., Israel and other countries, the U.N. agency said the new information “raises concerns.”

France and Germany have threatened new sanctions against Iran, while the Islamic Republic said that the report “verified the peaceful, non-military nature” of its nuclear activities.

In recent months, Iran has been strongly criticized for its growing crackdown on dissent. Among those in the forefront of repression are the Basij paramilitary forces known for their brutal tactics.

For more on where Iran is headed, Daljit Dhaliwal interviews Karim Sadjadpour, a leading researcher on Iran at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

Has the West been too focused on Iran’s nuclear program rather than on alleged human rights abuses?

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#55

agarwala: I thought the destruction of Persia was planned for last year, let me check my neocon calendar, hmmm cant find it ? Are you sure about that ?

#54

Whatever Iran does or does not is irrelevant.Destroying Persian civilization was in the agenda of neocons in 1998.After Iraq was attacked Natanyahu said’ Iran is next and that is more important’.Excuses can be manufactured easily and now IAEA report is just one try.Only recently the new chief(pro-US) came and gave a report the way US wanted which the previous chief could not furnish with years of experience about Iran’s nuclear program.Israel managed to use US to destroy Iraq for them and I woun’t be surprised if they succeed to use US against Iran again.It is the responsibility of the US to take care of Israel’s business because if Israel was directly involved in Iraq or they attack Iran, they risk losing their young country prematurely.So, as long as they, can they will use US to do their job.They are playing smart for the moment but for future they are deemed stupid.I am worried that at some point they will lose their country and if millions of Jews are expelled from North America and europe( will not be killed because these people are not crazy like Hitler)where they will go? some of them already went to china, Iraq and baught land over there; India as their closest ally for 40 years may accomodate some but the rest? So, Israel should change it’s behavior so that it can survive; nodody will like in this modern age for Jews to become slaves again under Egypt or any other nation.They are very bright people and I believe they can modify their behavior with little effort.Be respectful and compassionate to your neighbours,don’t steal neighbour’s land,no deception or ruthlessness, curb your greed and share wealth with neighbours and people where you live;don’t think your life is infinite and learn to do some sacrifice for others by limiting your selfishness.These qualities exist in Christians and other nations.So, instead of corrupting others try to acquire some of their virtues and then you will never be persecuted as you suffered throughout the history.Cleaverness and cunningness may help you for a while but when you will be finally caught, you will run a risk to be uprooted.

#53

Whatever Iran does or does not is irrelevant.Destroying Persian civilization was in the agenda of neocons in 1998.After Iraq was attacked Natanyahu said’ Iran is next and that is more important’.Excuses can be manufactured easily and now IAEA report is just one try.Only recently the new chief(pro-US) came and gave a report the way US wanted which the previous chief could not furnish with years of experience about Iran’s nuclear program.Israel managed to use US to destroy Iraq for them and I woun’t be surprised if they succeed again to use US against Iran for them.It is the responsibility of the US to take care of Israel’s business because if Israel was directly involved in Iraq or they attack Iran, they risk losing their young country prematurely.So, as long as they can they will use US to do their job.They are smart for the moment but at the same time they are stupid.I am worried that at some point they will lose their country and if millions of Jews are expelled from North America and europe( will not be killed because these people are not crazy like hitler)where they will go? some of them already went to china, Iraq and baught land over there; India as their closest ally for 40 years may accomodate some but the rest? So, Israel should change it’s behavior so that it can survive; nodody will like in this modern age for Jews to become slaves again under Egypt or any other nation.They are very bright people and I believe they can modify their behavior with little effort.Be respectful and compassionate to your neighbours,don’t steal neighbour’s land,no deception or ruthlessness, curb your greed and share wealth with neighbours and people where you live,don’t think your life is infinite and learn to do some sacrifice for others by limiting your selfishness.These qualities exist in Christians and other nations.So, instead of corrupting others try to acquire some of their virtues and then you will never be persecuted as you suffered throughout history.Cleaverness and cunningness may help you for a short period of time but when you will be finally caught, you will be uprooted.

#52

Iran is now run by tugs who kills and maim people in the name of Islam.

#51

John Yoo, professor of torture at UC Berkeley, could become an advisor to the Iranians on human rights rather than advising the US President on how to squeeze the balls of children. So much for so-called American human rights. Happy rendition America.

#50

There is much propaganda against Iran these days, but Iran has not had a war of aggression against anyone for the past 300 years; whereas, those who make accusations against Iran have had wars of aggression recently and much predatory threats.
US and Israel’s predatory behavior need a distraction; so let’s digress.

#49

Iran will not listen to the rest of the world concerning human rights. They will be threat to the whole planet if they succeed in obtaining nuclear weapons.

#48

Perhaps,..just perhaps the United States should try to win the hearts, and minds of it’s 315 million hard working citizens. Let’s focus on the reality of 100 million homeowners with about a quarter (25 million of those on the precipice of a pschological/financial breakdown) to lose their homes,just to find themselves living under a bridge,…whom by the way have been raped financially by the Federal Reserve,and it’s partner in crime–the “Central Bank System” via it’s Gov’t embedded accomplices,…? PS. I’ve never spoken directly,publicly,or even personally with an Afghanistan citizen,but it seems their life was fine before we decided that it wasn’t,…?

#47

Perhaps,..just perhaps the United Staes should try to win the hearts, and minds of it’s 315 citizens. Let’s focus on the reality of 100 million homeowners with about a quarter (25million) to lose their homes,just to find themselves living under a bridge,…whom by the way have been raped financially by the Federal Reserve,and it’s partner in crime–the “Central Bank System” via it’s Gov’t embedded accomplices,…? PS. I’ve never spoken directly,publicly,or even personally with an Afghanistan citizen,but it seems their life was fine before we decided that it wasn’t,…?

#46

First, the world should stop worrying about sanctioning Iran. Whenever a sanction is thrown at them, all Iran does is to make some big smoke screen. They smile and go their merry way because they know that nothing will ever happen. Nobody ever gets a long lasting castigation and/or comeuppance from a sanction. The only things a sanction does is to compound the original problem(s), increase confusion and hard feelings.
If we really felt it necessary get right down to telling Iran about our wanting them out of the nuke business and meant it, would be to be visible and active. However, if nothing were to happen on Iran’s part,then we would be in the clear to take action.
What should be done is to do a secret night time aviation raid on the nuke plants, similar to one done by Israel a few years ago. If they didn’t cooperate, tell them there’s more. That would really get their attention! Then, we could negotiate from strength and meaningful strategies.

Second – The timetable to beat the Taliban is not measured in seconds or months…. It will take a lot of time and effort, and ,yes, lives.
Only when the people see that we are honest about recapturing their society and making a stable form of government, will they then side with us openly and solidly.
It is a hard process, once after their emotions and trust have been destroyed, to again fully trust and have their cooperation. The mind is harder to recapture than is territory .
Then,if we can keep the Taliban off balance and worrying about their fighting machine’s effectiveness, will our effort be easier and more efffective..

Third, we shouldn’t let the complaints of killing unarmed citizens really bother us.
The problem is where the citizens are being killed is by the Taliban using them for human shields. Guess who gets the blame? It’s their fault that citizens are being killed, not ours. After all, haven’t we been telling civilians to stay indoors and safe? Only when the Taliban hide behind them ,is there a problem.

#45

i think that they have been too focused on the weapons. they are sneaking in the back door of the u.s and are coming through the government to attackus

#44

#33 Linda Margolis…another virulant anti-semitic Jew on a rant about Israel possessing 200 warheads and threatening to use THEM against Israel?

#43

“Too Focused” on Irananian Nuclear ambitions? If we are too focused on that, we are really in big trouble !
Whats more important here? Their internal human rights, or our rights not to be strangulated and threatened by a islamic-prophetic government?
They’ve been lying about their ambitions for quite sometime, and we actually think that sanctions will do anything? So naive……

#42

The Islamic..NO-REPUBLIC of Iran !
…..THE IRANIAN’S developing a nuclear warhead, I.A.E.A….concerned ,are they …on target or ..off their rocker ? … Where were they..6 or 7 months ago ?? !!

#41

In the long run, for the stability of the region, the Middle East should be a nuclear free zone.

keep your eye on the ball. you would not hear this issue discussed in the American media (by the political class), clearly because Israel possesses nuclear weapons– and is located in the Middle East.

keep your eye on the ball.

#40

The people of Iran are intelligent and well educated, they’ve chosen their government via their actions or lack thereof. If they go about slaughtering their own its none of our business. However,if an anti-west government gets ahold of a nuclear weapon we are all potentially in a very serious situation indeed.

#39

Obama made a mistake in announcing sanctions prematurely when he knew well that previous sanctions had never been effective. It just makes us look ineffective, if not outright weak or unreasonable. Most countries that has a history of being very powerful empires previously, namely the Persian empire, the Russian empire, the Chinese empire, harness great national pride from their grassroots voters/consituents up. It will only bolster their dictators’ popularity among their conservative consituents, by allowing them to twist the facts and portray them as “winning” over the greatest military power of the United States, simply by neutralizing the effect of our sanctions. When that happens, I hope not, but it may be used as a blow against the more rational, democractic factions in Iran.

#38

North-Korea sold atomic technology and secrets to Iran, the USA and other nations knows about it 100%!!!

#37

Iran have the know how to produce atomic bombs, that’s is a real fact that the USA and rest of the world should keep-in-mind.

#36

Having struggled through NAKED LUNCH (which, to be polite, isn’t for eveyone), some writers do, at least, have some observations (in the context of neurology or social psychology) about torture, humiliation, and control. Borrowing from A CLOCKWORK ORANGE, it may not be possible to eradicate sex and violence, but civilization usually involves minimizing such behaviors; generally speaking, kids aren’t sent to school in the hope of becoming porn stars or thugs. Most people don’t have direct contact with prisons anymore than they do with regulatory bodies like the SEC, but such institutions set the norms and bounds of acceptable social behavior. If the asylum seeker’s testimony is accurate (and can possibly be corroborated) and represents more than an isolated act, there’s not much say — it’s a disgrace.

#35

Make the Middle East nuclear-free, including Israel.

#34

I believe we should be concerned with nuclear arms they might possess first. Human rights w Iran and China may come through time, but you can’t force it on them. Take incrimental steps toward that.

#33

a country that possesses more than 200 nuclear warheads, and is NOT signitory to NPT, is threatening military attack against a country (Iran) that does not have any nuclear weapons, and IS singnitory to the NPT. what is wrong with this picture?
Answer: idealogy of selective discourse in the estabshiment media

#32

From an egalitarian view, human rights violations are disturbing. Most people, however, tend to treat some more equally than others: parents and children are usually held on slightly different levels, friends and family and work groups tend to address their own needs first, people tend to identify with local sports teams, citizenship and nationalism tend to define benefits and interests, etc. There’s always a tension between the equality of human rights and national or other self-interests. If a country doesn’t protect it’s national interests, human rights can sometimes be endangered from without. On the other hand, putting some groups ahead of others can lead to the abuse of outsiders (whether internal or external to a country).

Gun control laws are often debated. It’s a sensitive subject, and individual views are often shaped by individual experiences. Legal arguments aside, there are examples of countries with low crime and strict gun control (e.g., Japan), countries with relatively low crime and guns (Canada), relatively high crime and guns (for instance, the U.S., though it’s far from the top of the list), and other examples of unrest with strong gun control. It could be argued that all countries should have access to nuclear weapons — which might have prevented regional wars and many of the accompanying human rights violations (e.g., the war between Iran and Iraq in the 1980s). It could be argued that no country should have nuclear weapons. Most people accept modern zoning rules that prevent everyone from storing high explosives in dense neighborhoods: the risks (however small) of accidents, irrational actors, mistakes, etc. are usually seen as too high. It could also be argued that only some countries should have nuclear weapons: like YOJIMBO (and remakes), one doesn’t want Balkanized factions; a central authority (whether a single country acting as a global police force, regional organizations, or some form of global government that’s been discussed over the past century) is assumed to be more stable. If history were different and Iran had developed nuclear weapons in place of, say, France, the French would presumably take a path followed by countries like Japan and Germany and refrain from overtly taking final steps to assemble any nuclear bomb. Whatever position people hold, most would agree that fewer weapons (however distributed) are better, since the risks of accidents or misunderstandings are lessened and (presumably) more productive allocations of economic resources could be achieved.

Israel seems to be covered differently in Britain and elsewhere than by U.S. media. Neighbors like Jordan (being seriously destabilized a generation ago by Palestinian refugee inflows) have had legitimate concerns. Jerusalem may have some secondary symbolic importance to Iran. However, it’s not clear (on the surface, at least) why Iran is preoccupied with Israel (the reality may be that it’s not — it’s also concerned about other regional nations or ethnic groups that receive less attention). There have been crusades to Jerusalem and Vienna, and Alexander swept into Persia from the West and other pressures have presented themselves from the East, but it’s not clear that modern or ancient Israel has or ever had territorial designs upon Iran. Israel and Iran aren’t really direct economic competitors. The population of Israel is relatively small compared to other regional countries. It’s as if California would like to deal with a set of problems, but keeps bringing up issues in New Jersey.

It’s also unclear what advanatges nuclear weapons would give to Iran as opposed to cheaper WMD or even conventional forces. North Korea spent a lot of effort to detonate an initial nuclear bomb that was of relatively low yield and was confused by some for a conventional device. Unless a counrty is planning on developing thermonuclear weapons, it’s not clear if developing a small arsenal of relatively low-yield fission devices is the best use of resources. Fire bombing raids in WWII seemed to produce higher casualties than the two atomic bombs (which, at the time, supposedly represented the last of the U.S.’s then limited supply of enriched uranium).

#31

Sure, I think there are too many human rights abuses in Iran, but focusing on that probably won’t help the situation. Too bad the revolution that got rid of the Shah didn’t bring in a better government. The present regime is now firmly entrenched.

#30

Certainly, both issues require careful watching and analysis; however our focusing more on the nuclear issue more than the humanitarian issue is flawed. I believe we have time to defend ourselves from a nuclear threat, while the humanitarian issue is current.

#29

Thank ,…”GOD” for Worldfocus,and their unbiased reporting,Bravo! The Wahington Post is a propaganda machines for the old die-hard story-teller’s (Bernstein&Woodward?) “Deep Throat”,yea,right-on man,…that just won’t stop-giving,and for that matter never,..,ever go away,period! Shame! It’s the same “Commercialized Journalism” on the Sunday talk shows,…week,.after week,.after months,.after years of breast-feeding the public their daily course of non-sense’. Bloomberg News, Fox News,CNN News (minus Lou Dobbs isn’t even a news network in the opinion),and especially the magazine’s ie.) the Economist, Time,Newsweek,Reason,,etc,etc,etc.,the list goes on from these arcane profiteer’s! Please hear me out,…all media today is controlled by a handful of powerful families,and the government more or less tells them what to print,or say. The new owner of the bankrupt “Washington Post” was Eugene Issac Meyer a fabulously wealthy ,and powerful man in Washington,{(World Bank)(Fed.Reserve,etc.,very we’ll connected)},and his passing-away,having given complete control to his daughter Katherine Graham now the sole proprietor. This entity is hugely,or better said,largely supported politically by AIPAC & Co.? “Just follow the Money”? Thanks Worldfocus

#28

Both issues go hand and hand. Something that many here fail to see. Iran kills it’s own people and they have the tools to become Nuclear.
They show what crazy people running that country really are, and it is up to the US and the world to see that this country never gets the change to become nuclear.

#27

Why would a country like Iran buy units from Urenco and not put them to work? Americans not only could not see the dots, but could not find the paper in the first place. Americans should not worried that Iran will make a Megaton warhead, they should worry about a 1,000 one kilton warheads. Something that could be put into the hold of a DHL plane heading for your home town.

#26

Corrosion and threats by the United States and its client states will drive Iran into becoming a dangerous garrison state. This does no one any good.

#25

The US has no business messing around in Iran’s internal affairs, but it has every right to protect itself from nuclear weapons.

#24

Analysis of the Feb 2010 IAEA report on Iran:
So here’s the analysis of the latest IAEA report on Iran, and how the US media totally mischaracterize it for the purpose of scaremongering.

Paragraphs 2-13 are about the enrichment plants in Natanz.

see: http://www.iranaffairs.com/

#23

iranaffairs.com

Once again the media have taken to completely mischaracterizing an IAEA report on Iran. Anyone who actually reads the report can compare it to the claims that “Inspectors” have “publicy suggest that Iran is seeking to develop nuclear weapons” based on .

Actually the report says nothing about inspectors finding any new evidence of a weapons program. Instead, the report — as usual — reports on the continued three-way standoff between the US, Iran and the IAEA over the “alleged studies” documents. The report basically contains a word-for-word restatement of the same allegations about the contents of the Laptop of Death which have been asserted in previous IAEA reports since Feb 2008 (the only difference is that the section head is now called “Possible Military Dimensions” rather than “Alleged Studies”)

What the Washington Post conveniently left out is the IAEA’s repeated statements in previous reports that it has “not detected the use of nuclear material in connection with the alleged studies, nor does it have credible information in this regard.” Also, that Washington has refused to allow the IAEA to share the documentation with Iran, thus requiring Iran to disprove documents it cannot see. This was a source of continued friction between the US and the IAEA under Elbaradei.

The Washington Post also left out the part where the IAEA states Iran’s enrichment program was the subject of 35 surprise inspections, with no evidence of diversion.

Once again, we see a spin put on an IAEA report that is so far off from the actual content of the report that it cannot be explained by simple journalistic incompetence. The Washington Post’s explicit use of this spin to undermine the conclusions of the 2007 NIE should be noted carefully.

#22

After tonight’s report on “Ali,” battered and exiled by his Basij brothers for refusing to terrorize the citizenry, the parallels are finally clear. I now understand why President Ahmadinejad denied the holocaust: he aspires to Führer, with the Revolutionary Guard his SS, and the Basij his Youth. Your question of whether the West should focus more on Iran’s nuclear program or its human rights abuses is too narrow. We (i.e., every nation that’s not Iran) need to take in the big picture, recognize the parallels, and take a strong stand, lest we become a collective Neville Chamberlain. Need I haul out Santayana’s famous quote about repeating history?

#21

If Irain threatens the region with nuclear confliguration it’s neighbors i.e., China and Russia well release nuetron bombs on it and claim
it’s vast oil as war throphies while the rest of the world turns a blind eye too it and Iran’s human rights problem well also be solved,
don’t even think it can’t happen,but not to worry
the Iranian people well have long before this all
takes place, well have butchered anyone who would have put it in this place first. I think the world is about too see this all play out forwith.

#20

These are both big issues and go hand in hand. It is clear that the Iranian citizens are oppressed and hunger for a voice. It is also clear that there is no good development of nuclear energy and it is too tempting for a government to build wepons in the name of providing low cost power. We are all too intelligent to believe otherwise. Iran wants the bomb and is building it.

So go on and torture and rape your enlightened masses and build a mass death missile. These are things that the world needs more of.

I am so glad that I brought children into this world.

Maybe we will all finally get it when our babies live in concrete bunkers underground and the massivew radiation cloud floats around our planet creating mutants and destroying all that god/ allah/ whoever you prey to created.

If anyone tries to suggest a better way or just wants a vote that counts, just beat and shoot them in the street and shove a batton up their rectum or rape and inpregnate them.

Thats problem solving guys, keep up the good work!

#19

I understand the worlds concern about Iran’s nuclear program specially that Iran’s government is anti human but the same ruthless government is killing Irani people who they want freedom so some international demand for human rights will be helpful for Irani people.

#18

No, the Obama/Clinton focus has been exactly right. The nuclear weapons program is a direct threat to us and our allies, including Israel. Secretary Clinton’s notice of Iran’s emerging military dictatorship is right on and hopefully the spotlighting of human rights abuses will communicate our concern to the Iranian people and for the protection of their basic civil rights.
Kudos to Worldfocus for the balanced clarity in the “roundtable” discussion of the recent events in Afghanistan and the capture of Taliban leaders in Pakistan!

#17

[…] WorldFocus:  New info surfaces about Iran nukes and dissent crackdown Daljit Dhaliwal interviews Karim Sadjadpour, a leading researcher on Iran at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. […]

#16

Why, when it comes to Iran you always bring on the so called analyst who agree with US and Israel policy.
I think World Focus is not an honest news show.

#15

Did all the people who are so Pro-Iran watch the same broadcast I did? They are ruthless and only going to become more ruthless if the west stands by and does nothing.
By the way Israel has never threatened to wipe Iran off of the map like Iran has done to Israel. Israel is not run by a leader who is visited by ghosts of the past- a real madman. If I were Israeli I would be scared, really scared. The excuse given that Israel is the cause for Iran’s nuclear ambition is completely bogus.

#14

February 19, 2010

The world sorely needs the reduction and eventual elimination of all nuclear stockpiles by all the world’s nuclear powers, including Israel. If Iran’s putative nuclear ambitions are to be peacefully and rationally dealt with, Israel would have to be induced to give up its own nuclear arsenal, which Iran undoubtely views as a a major military threat. For there is no doubt in my mind that Iran’s putative eagerness to join the nuclear club is mainly if not wholly motivated by the desire to counteract Israel’s nuclear might.
But I very much doubt that Israel can ever be induced, even by the US, its most important ally, to do so. Consequently the problem of Iran’s possible headlong march to nuclear-weapons capability is likely to haunt the Middle East and the world for many years to come.

#13

February 19, 2010

The world sorely needs the reduction and eventual elimination of all nuclear stockpiles by all the world’s nuclear powers, including Israel. If Iran’s putative nuclear ambitions are to be peacefully and rationally dealt with, Israel would have to be induced to give up own its nuclear arsenal, which Iran undoubtely views as a a major military threat. For there is no doubt in my mind that Iran’s putative eagerness to join the nuclear club is mainly if not wholly motivated by the desire to counteract Israel’s nuclear might.
But I very much doubt that Israel can ever be induced, even by the US, its most important ally, to do so. Consequently the problem of Iran’s possible headlong march to nuclear-weapons capability is likely to haunt the Middle East and the world for many years to come.

#12

The US tries to contain what it spread itself, since it not just was the first country to develop nuclear weapons, but also the only one to use it against humans and the one that started the nuclear arms race in the middle east by supplying these technology to Israel. Iran is one of the few stable countries in the middle east, unlike Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan were the US is involved. The US is the most violent and aggressive country on earth and has committed more war crimes and crimes against humanity than any other country in the last 70 years and has never been persecuted. Reminding other countries on this stand on human rights abuses sounds rediculous and says only how far America is away from its own reality. Countries have to choose whether being Americas friend and doing everything they get told or opposing it and being overrun be its media and military machine. Iran wants to prevent an US invasion by having nuclear weapons, because every country understood the Iraq war message: If you have nuclear weapons, we are not messing around with you.

#11

We are such hypocrites. Human rights,nuclear weapons,we have violated human rights in every country we have intervened in. We are the only country to exterminate humans by nuclear weapons. We justify all this bull by claiming self rightcousness or passing a law among ourselves.

#10

Iran is a major threat to peace in the Middle East. One of their main goals is to wipe Israel off the face of the earth. So, keeping tabs on their muclear production and letting then know the rest of the world is not going to go away and let the do as they please is very important.
One other thing I’d like to comment on. The exicutioon of the Hamass leader. I’m tired of the world media jumping on Massad and/or any other allged hits by by the Israelies. No matter that the Hamass sends hundreds of rockets into Israei towns, and killing and capturing Israei solders, the meadia goes crazy if one of the murdering Hamass leaders is taken out of the way. I think they have it all backward. I’m not Jewish, just an American Christian who believes in standing up for the Jewish Nation the always gets the raw end of the media reporting!

#9

I think that the focus on nuclear weapons is justified….I am saddened to see the countrys leadership put down a people who are obviously proud of their country and heritage. I will never understand how such a leadership can claim to have a love for its citizenship. It has to be so very difficult for the people of Iran,or and other country to endure, regardless of its religion or belief system.

#8

Yes, human rights has been ignored for more than 2 decades in Iran while international societies closed their eyes.

#7

Yes, West has been too focused on Iran’s nuclear issue – completely ignoring the main reason for its existence, i.e. the Israeli nukes and the US behavior towards Iran. Also, how can West criticize Iran on human rights while tolerating much worse human rights abusers that it takes as allies ?

#6

Yes, we need to support the people of Iran who
only want human rights by stepping up to speak out loudly (starting with the president) against the repression of their people,
especially women. Their nucear weapon capability
should also be a major concern to the whole world.Iran’s rulers fund and train terrorists all
over the world and are responsible for blowing up more Muslim women and children than any other group.

#5

No, the United States government has no place telling any nation they are violating human rights. The US government is the world’s most prolific jailer, and the US military uses horrible, un-Christian weapons to terrorize nations. The US government has used clandestine services for 70 years to interfere and undermine other nation’s development, and the US government has for over a century, and continues to this day, to support governments who commit atrocities. Concerns about ‘human rights’ and possible ‘nuclear weapons’ from the only nation ever to have used atomic weapons on civilian populations?! This is the height of hypocrisy. The Basij represent those very loyal and patriotic Iranians trying to defend their nation, and have as much importance as a segment of society as the so called ‘protesters’. When these ‘protesters’ use violence against people and property, the Basij responded. Many western media reports highlight unfortunate examples of abuses present in any organization, and attempt to suggest this is MO of the group. The United States’ government has no right to oppose Iran’s sovereign scientific, industrial and military development. The United States’ government has no business criticizing Iran’s response to the use of violence by street rioters during the political rallies. The actions of these criminals stand in stark contrast to 99.9% of Iranians who love the Islamic Republic, whether they are the patriotic majority, or the small but significant patriotic opposition who support the ‘reformists’. The constant, unending anti-Iranian rhetoric from the American media, and the State Department, shows just how influential the Zionist lobby is in the United States. Hillary Clinton might as well introduce herself as the Israeli government spokeswoman. Clinton has said now that the Iranian clerical leadership, the office of Supreme Leader, the house of Majlis and President Ahmedinejad have all been circumvented by the revolutionary guards, who are taking over and creating some imaginary ‘military dictatorship’. Six months ago they were saying it was the Supreme Leader and the guards who were supposedly fixing elections, supposedly on behalf of the President. If they are going to continue to make up lies to further their real agenda, they really should try to keep them straight. Are they just trying different descriptions of what is going on in Iran until they find one that scares enough people? What is the difference between this and Bush, Clinton, Bush and Reagan? I would prefer greatly if they would instead stop using my tax money to support Israel and it’s war-hungry government.

#4

Sadly, to see secret police cracking heads of civilians in 2010 isn’t much different than the Shah’s forces doing the same in 1975. With just the recent history of internal and external violence in Iran, I fully support increased policing by outside forces. I can fully understand Israel’s concerns over the unstable Iranians. Their leadership and Iranian instability really do threaten the entire region with violence. It is an endless story of violence.

#3

I think emphasis in both area’s needs to be maintained.

The Basig (sp?)seems more like the Nazi “Brown Shirts” than the Boy Scouts.

#2

The West Focus on Iran’s nuclear or Iranian Regime’s human rights abuses ..is like say this W. H…. & Obama Adm ~ CAN’T WALK AND CHEW GUM..
AT THE SOME TIME ?.. LOL !…..Perhap so !

#1

No. Although human rights are important, the condition of people in Iran is of no concern to the American government. Also, nuclear weapons ARE a concern to the U.S. Government because they could actually harm us.

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