Have Wars Strengthened Iran?

While cognizant of the fact that the United States has spent much of the past 25 years engaged in wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, some statistics I came across today about population migration left me dumbstruck.

PeopleMovin IraqThe United States has had troops in and around Iraq since the early 1990s when I was still wearing the uniform of an Air Force officer.  Since then, we’ve rid the country of an evil dictator and brought about something akin to democratic rule.  As a result, one might think the good ol’ USA a top choice among the 1.5 million Iraqi emigrants.

But it’s not.  Instead, Iran is the top migrant destination of Iraqis — 379,356 in fact!

Not far away, the U.S. has had troops in Afghanistan in a big way since just after Sept. 11, 2001.  Almost a dozen years!  During that time, we’ve purportedly made inroads toward ridding the country of evil Taliban fighters who oppress the Afghan citizenry.  As a result, one might think the good ol’ USA might be a top destination of Afghans opting to leave their war-torn country for better lives.

PeopleMovinAfghWrong again.  The leading designation of Afghan emigrants is, once again, Iran — to the tune of 1.7 million choosing to live there!

Makes one wonder if, by choosing to wage war in Iraq and Afghanistan, we ended up strengthening Iran instead.

Just a thought as we enter another weekend.

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What Was Going On In Israel Today? (Update)

At 4 p.m. Central Thursday, a Google Alert for the term, “Israeli Air Force,” arrived in my inbox.  The alert contained a link to an article purportedly published today on the Jewish Telegraphic Agency blog.

The summary of the article caused quite a bit of concern in my mind:

… Benjamin Netanyahu, has just ordered roughly one hundred F-15Es, F-16Is, F-16Cs, and other aircraft of the Israeli air force to fly east toward Iran—possibly by crossing Saudi Arabia, possibly by threading the border between Syria and Turkey, ….

When I clicked on the article’s headline, Jeff Goldberg & the attack on Iran, I was whisked to a JTA web page minus any sign of the article:

Upon arriving at the site, several explanations for what might have taken place and resulted in the faulty link crossed my mind:

Did the Israeli government put the kabosh on the folks at JTA for publishing the article?

Did something far less controversial — perhaps, a web site design error or problem with a link — cause today’s case of the mysterious disappearing article?

Did Israel conduct some sort of information warfare exercise against Iran?

Or did something else happen?

I’d be interested in your thoughts.

Meanwhile, I wait for a response to an inquiry I sent to the JTA newsroom, asking for an explanation.  I’ll let you know if I receive a reply.

NOTE: Just before deciding to publish this article, I ran a Google Advanced Search for “Benjamin Netanyahu” and “Israeli Air Force.”  That search produced 33 results, including a link to the aforementioned JTA article which appeared twice among the six most-recent results.

UPDATE 6/24/11 at 10:56 p.m. Central: It appears the Jeff Goldberg story is now “live” at the website.  Still waiting for an explanation as to why the story took so long to appear on the site.  Police officer:  “Alright, citizens, nothing to see here.  Move along.”

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Cyber Attack on USA Expected Tuesday?

It was almost 9 p.m. in Tehran as I published this post, and people around the world are still trying to decide what Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s threatened “punch” against the West is going to be.  Some influential Americans appear to think it might come as a cyber attack.

For more information, I direct your attention to an article by Marc Ambinder published yesterday at TheAtlantic.com.  It begins this way:

On February 16, at about 10:00 am ET, the U.S. will be hit by a massive, crippling cyber attack from an unknown entity. Key players will convene in the White House situation room and plan the response, from mitigation to (possibly) retaliation. It’ll be live on television — G.N.N.

Ambinder goes on to inform readers of an event — not an attack — that’s been dubbed “Cyber ShockWave” by its creators at the Bipartisan Policy Center and will take place Feb. 16 at 10 a.m. Eastern.

If this event’s list of participants — which, among others, includes former Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff — is any indication of its newsworthiness, then I’d have to conclude this is a must-follow event.  Unfortunately, however, the exercise’s credibility is tarnished by the inclusion of at least two individuals — Jamie Gorelick, former Deputy Attorney General, and Joe Lockhart, former White House Press Secretary — who’s political “baggage” tends to sully the supposed bipartisan nature of the exercise.

Iranian Leader Planning ‘Dirty Bomb’ Attack

Late last night, I noted on my Facebook wall that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad had issued threats against the West, this time saying Iran will deliver a harsh blow to the “global arrogance” on this year’s anniversary of the Islamic Revolution, Feb. 11.

Because I pay scant attention to the Islamic Republic’s holiday calendar, I decided to do some research and find out if there’s any substance to President Ahmadinejad’s threat.  After exhaustive research, I was able to locate photographic evidence that the diminutive wannabe dictator-for-life has been collecting ingredients for a so-called “dirty bomb” which, I suspect, he will use to attack the West.  Click here to see that evidence.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Rather than provide a link to the Iranian government web site providing information about Mahmoud’s threats, I opted to grab the screen shot above and share it instead.

Iranian Doctor: ‘There are people drowning in Iran’

Editor’s Note: Originally posted yesterday at Gaze of a Nation, I share it with readers today, unedited, due to the time-sensitive nature of its content.

Aresh Hajazi, M.D.By Arash Hejazi, M.D.
Guest Blogger

Hundreds of newspapers have been shut down in Iran; international reporters have been banned; hundreds of Iranian journalists are in prison; internet has almost been shut down; the sophisticated filtering system has blocked the contact of the Iranian people with the world; the police is massacring people in the streets in broad daylight and then blames the violence on the people themselves; the government is giving out lies after lies; all the minority ethnic and religious groups are suffering from the official oppression; prisoners have been tortured, raped, murdered; the Basij militia shoots unarmed civilians in the streets; students have been expelled from the universities because of protesting against tyranny…

While you, people of the world, are celebrating the New Year by embracing your loved ones with joy, while you dance to the Christmas tunes, the young people in Iran are dancing to the macabre music of the bullets and embrace batons and teargas. While you are hugging each other and wishing a happy new year, mothers in Iran are forbidden to shed tears for their children who were brutally murdered by the police trucks running them over. The people of Iran are alone, they are broken, they are tired, but determined to go on.

Do you think this has nothing to do with you? Do you think that you only need to worry about your domestic affairs? Do you think that saying a few words of condemnation will redeem you from your global responsibility towards human rights? Is this the global citizenship you preach?

This is the most dangerous State in the world. Hesitate in acting and you will see how this government, rooted in lies, will destroy your own children. What do you expect? Do you think that a totalitarian regime that does not show mercy to its own children will have pity on your people? Do you think that this beast will stay calm and watch you? Wrong! Hesitate and see.

The people of Iran have spoken with their torn throat and through the last sparkle of life in Neda’s eyes; they have written their vows with their own blood on the pavements in the streets: They want to be global citizens, they resent terrorism, tyranny, lies, wars, nuclear weapons… and they have died the most brutal deaths for speaking out. Why are you watching silently? Do you think you are safe? Do you think that this cancer will be contained inside the borders or Iran? Do you think that the rotten claw of this grim reaper will not reach you? Wrong. Hesitate and see.

It is time to act. There are people drowning in Iran. Do not believe the lies of the Iranian government. This government that denies all these brutalities is the same that denies the Holocaust, that claims that there are no homosexuals in Iran, that Neda Agha Soltan was killed by CIA, MI6 and BBC, and there is freedom of press in Iran.

How to act? We do not want any violence. This government is falling. Just do not support the government. Do not recognise the current government of Iran. Do not negotiate with them – How can any negotiation with someone who tells nothing but lies and is willing to break any promise, be fruitful? Do not be deceived by their lies. Expel the Iranian ambassadors and diplomats. You will lose nothing and will gain everything by supporting the future of Iran. Hesitate, and you will be run over by the evil machines of this rotten government. Hesitate, and you will be weeping over the graves of your own children.

It is time to act. Hesitate, and when you regret your hesitation, it will be too late.

Hat tip: Bill Federer

Christians Released From Iranian Prison After 259 Days, Refused to Denounce Christian Faith

VOM Released! 11-18-09Voice of the Martyrs‘ friend, Elam Ministries, which serves the growing church in Iran, announced today via this news release that Maryam Rustampoor and Marzieh Amirizadeh have been released from Evin Prison in Tehran. Family members picked them up at the prison this afternoon, Iran time.

More from the release appears below:

The two women immediately expressed thanks to Christians around the world who had prayed for them during their 259 days in prison.

“Words are not enough to express our gratitude to the Lord and to his people who have prayed and worked for our release,” they said.

The pair was released without bail, but charges against them have not been formally dropped and they may still face a court hearing in the future.

Maryam and Marzieh were arrested March 5 and have been held in the notorious Evin Prison since then. Though their health has suffered greatly during their incarceration, they have steadfastly refused to denounce their Christian faith.

“We are thankful to the Lord for sustaining Maryam and Marzieh—physically and spiritually—during their time in prison,” said VOM’s Todd Nettleton. “We also thank all those who prayed for them and wrote letters to them at www.prisoneralert.com.”

Please continue to pray that Maryam and Marzieh will recover physically from their ordeal, and pray that all charges against them will be dropped. Pray also for other Christians in Iran who are persecuted for their faith in Christ.

Question: ‘Why Didn’t Voters Pay Attention?’

“Why didn’t voters pay attention?” is a question I asked myself after taking a fresh look at “Foster Friess on Barack Obama: Rhetoric vs. Record”, a video which first appeared in a post on this blog Oct. 28, 2008.

Narrator Foster Friess, a successful businessman and Army veteran living in Jackson Hole, Wyo., begins by highlighting a statement that appears on page 11 of  Obama’s book, The Audacity of Hope:

“I am new enough on the national political scene that I serve as a blank screen on which people of vastly different political stripes project their own views.”

Next, he takes a look at a few examples of Obama’s extreme views regarding public financing of campaigns, Iraq, Iran, North Korea and missile defense systems.

In addition, he includes video clips of Obama speaking about abortion (a subject he deemed “above my pay grade”), nuclear energy and the status of Jerusalem as the capitol city of Israel.

Friess concludes the pre-election day video by encouraging Americans to find out what they’re facing ahead.

Unfortunately, too many Americans ignored his advice and Obama won the White House.

Let’s not ignore it this time.