Monday, April 24, 2006
Lots of good news from Iraq this month of April. Hopefully a decade from now we will look back and see April 2006 as the turning point of the war. Also, from the editors of National Review: "The selection of a compromise prime minister in Iraq is a major victory for that country’s fledgling political class, and for the Bush administration. Purveyors of doom on Iraq now have some explaining to do: If the country is in the midst of a full-scale civil war fatal to our project there, how is it that elected representatives of the major factions were able to sit down and hammer out an agreement on the top positions in a national unity government? Iraq pessimists act like they have a special immunity from ever having to recalibrate their view of the conflict, as they instead move on to the latest iteration of their metaphysical despair. Bill Crawford has been doing some great work on the Iranian issue: "I have been saying for months now that talking with Iran will not get it to abandon its nuclear ambitions, and I have received plenty of derision for it. Today, Iran's Foreign Minister came to my aid:Iran says its uranium enrichment work is "irreversible" and it will not abandon its nuclear program. The latest salvo in the international standoff comes just days before a U.N. deadline for Iran to stop enrichment. In related news:A New York rally by the Islamic Thinkers Society outside the Israeli consulate yesterday featured chants of "The mushroom cloud is on its way! The real holocaust is on its way!" The chants included: Leader (in Arabic): "With our blood and our lives we will liberate al Aqsa!" [The rest also respond in Arabic:] "With our blood and our lives we will liberate al Aqsa! Israeli Zionists What do you say? The real Holocaust is on its way" "Takbeer!" Response: "Allahu Akbar!" "Takbeer!" Response: "Allahu Akbar!" Zionists, Zionists You will pay! The Wrath of Allah is on its way! Israeli Zionists You shall pay! The Wrath of Allah is on its way! The mushroom cloud is on its way! The real Holocaust is on its way!" "Israel won't last long ... Indeed, Allah will repeat the Holocaust right on the soil of Israel" "Takbeer!" Iran Already Plotting Attacks Iran's president met with a top terrorist earlier this year at a "terror summit": IRAN’S president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, attended a meeting in Syria earlier this year with one of the world’s most wanted terrorists, according to intelligence experts and a former national security official in Washington. US officials and Israel intelligence sources believe Imad Mugniyeh, the Lebanese commander of Hezbollah’s overseas operations, has taken charge of plotting Iran’s retaliation against western targets should President George W Bush order a strike on Iranian nuclear sites. Mugniyeh is on the FBI’s “Most Wanted Terrorists” list for his role in a series of high-profile attacks against the West, including the 1985 hijacking of a TWA jet and murder of one of its passengers, a US navy diver. In other news: Elite Iranian army officers who arrived in south Lebanon this month have taken command of thousands of rockets aimed at cities across Israel. They are believed to have been given control of the missiles by Hezbollah to deter possible Israeli attacks against Iran’s nuclear facilities. And yesterday it was reported that Iran fired artillery into Iraq:Iranian artillery opened fire Friday at Kurdish rebel positions inside Iraqi territory but caused no casualties or damage, Kurdish officials said. Kamal Karkouki, deputy speaker of parliament for the Kurdish regional administration, said the Iranians used rockets and cannon fire in the brief barrage near the village of Haj Omran, terming it a "violation of Iraqi sovereignty."