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Place de la Francophonie 2010 will operate Feb. 10-28 next
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It takes much more than talk to stop Iran's stonewalling
by Michael Rubin
Tomorrow, U.S. diplomats and their Russian, Chinese and European counterparts will join Iranian officials to discuss the Islamic Republic's nuclear program. The meeting follows new Iranian missile tests and exposure of a second covert Iranian nuclear enrichment facility. Iran enters the negotiations defiant. "The announcement of the enrichment facilities will be Iran's winning card," Kayhan newspaper, the mouthpiece of the Supreme Leader, editorialized last Sunday.
The meeting will be a nail in the coffin of the Obama doctrine. Throughout his campaign, President Obama preached unconditional diplomacy. "We need a President who'll have the strength and courage to go toe-to-toe with the leaders of rogue nations, because that's what it takes to protect our security," Obama declared during his campaign.
Within a week of his inauguration, Obama offered Tehran an olive branch, promising that should Iran unclench its fist, it would find a willing partner in him.
The President sought a fresh start. In order to neutralize historical baggage, he apologized for real and perceived American wrongs, such as the 1953 CIA-sponsored coup that overthrew Iran's populist prime minister. He reached out with letters, interviews and intermediaries.
The President's aides - Secretary of State Clinton, for example - described Obama's strategy as nuanced. Negotiating without precondition would not only force the Islamic Republic to show its true face, but it would give Washington time to construct a united international front. Diplomats scurried the globe, courting Moscow and Beijing, whose UN Security Council veto threat has watered down sanctions for years.
The administration also imposed a time line: If Iran did not respond constructively to negotiation offers by last week's G-20 meeting, then the administration would impose, in Clinton's words, "crippling" sanctions.
Two mistakes, however, will condemn Obama's diplomacy to failure: First, the President assumed that other leaders share his goodwill. If Iranian leaders did not respond to diplomacy offered without preconditions, what reasonable state would not support the U.S. position? Governments, however, are not neutral arbiters; they act in their own interests. Russia's refusal to compromise its position after Obama this month rescinded a U.S. pledge to build an anti-ballistic missile base in Poland is a case in point.
As devastating to diplomacy's success has been the administration's insistence on sequencing talks, sanctions and military preparation. The Obama administration has delayed consideration of sanctions let alone anything more robust during this grace period. Some - Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) for one - suggest the White House should extend the deadline for diplomacy because summer unrest distracted Iran.
Any delay in sanctions is dangerous. Failure to abide by deadlines and red lines heightens the chance of miscalculation as Tehran will only conclude that it can act with impunity.
Proponents of diplomacy may chafe at labeling Obama's rush to engage as naive. After all, President Richard Nixon flew to China and, at the height of the Cold War, President Ronald Reagan talked to the Soviet Union. The comparison, however, underlines Obama's weakness. Even as they talked, neither Nixon nor Reagan suspended military preparations. Indeed, it was Reagan's willingness to build and use both the U.S. military and covert capacity that catalyzed Soviet defeat.
If the world is to avoid war or a nuclear Iran, talk is not enough. Engagement is a tactic, not a strategy. If Obama waits to prepare militarily until talks run their course, then the United States will fail. Military preparations take months.
The Iranian leadership will not engage sincerely until faced with a credible threat, nor will European allies - let alone Russia and China - make concessions if they see the commander in chief twiddling his thumbs. The military option should be the last resort. The irony is that without a finger on the trigger, diplomacy will fail.
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September 29, 2009 News - UnitedStatesAction.com
(U.S.) The most important questions about the Zazi case, answered
(U.S.) Accused al Qaeda Bomb Maker Held Without Bail
-- Najibullah Zazi Pleads Not Guilty In Terror Case
-- Terrorism Suspect Pleads Not Guilty
-- Terror Suspect Zazi Pleads Not Guilty to Conspiracy Charges
-- NYC terrorism suspect to be arraigned Tuesday
-- AP: "Najibullah Zazi is to be arraigned in a Brooklyn courtroom on charges he conspired to use weapons of mass destruction. The 24-year-old airport van driver and former coffee cart vendor has denied any wrongdoing"
(U.S.) Officials: NYC Plot Operational, Not Just Aspirational
(U.S.) Stadiums, Hotels Warned To Watch For Terrorists
(U.S.) AP source: NYC terror probe focuses on accomplices
-- AP source: Accomplices in NYC terror plot known
(U.S.) Dallas: Undercover terror stings prompt cries of 'entrapment'
(U.S.) Dallas: Teen attended high school, baby-sat, got married before arrest on terror charges -- Hosam Maher Husein Smadi
-- Christian Science Monitor: "Dallas terror plot: Troubled Jordanian teen or jihadist?"
(Pakistan) Balochistan: 'Taliban have new havens around Quetta'
-- Taliban has a new haven in Pakistan: US
-- No drone strikes in Balochistan, Kayani tells US
(Pakistan) Balochistan: Patterson says Quetta Shura high on US list
-- Patterson: "You cannot tolerate vipers in your bosom… Our concern is whether Pakistan really controls its territory."
--- Anne Patterson previously met with Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI)'s Maulana Fazl ur-Rehman - "defender of the interests of the Taliban" to promote "democracy"
(Pakistan) FATA: Over 10,000 Taliban in FATA: DG ISPR
-- "There are more than 10,000 Taliban present in Waziristan, including Uzbeks and other foreign militants, a private TV channel quoted Inter-Services Public Relations Director General Major General Athar Abbas as saying on Tuesday"
(Pakistan) FATA: Drone strikes, jets kill 16 in Waziristan
-- US missile strike in Pakistan kills 5, wounds 3
--- "An unmanned US drone fired a missile at a suspected militants' hideout in Darogha area of South Waziristan tribal agency, bordering Afghanistan"
-- Pakistan: Taliban militants targeted in drone attack
(Pakistan) FATA: 5 militants killed in Khyber infighting
(Pakistan) NWFP: 28 Taliban held in Swat
(Pakistan) Blog report on "The Kerry-Lugar Pakistan Authorization Bill"
(Pakistan/U.S.) Kerry-Lugar bill imposes restrictions on US, not Pakistan: Haqqani
(Pakistan/U.S.) US imposes tough 'no terror' conditions on aid to Pak
-- Times of India reports: "Effectively implicating Pakistan in acts of terrorism in the region and across the world, including against India, US lawmakers have imposed stringent conditions on Pakistan (requiring monitoring of compliance by Washington) while okaying a five-year, $ 7.5 billion dole for Islamabad till 2014."
(India J&K) Militants kill three Indian soldiers in IHK
(India J&K) Farmer's daughter disarms terrorist and shoots him dead with AK47
(Afghanistan) 30 Afghan civilians killed in roadside bomb blast
-- "A bus packed with Afghan civilians hit a roadside bomb near the southern city of Kandahar Tuesday, killing 30 people and wounding 39, underscoring the dangers civilians face as the eight-year war turns increasingly violent"
--- Roadside bomb kills 12 Afghan civilians
Afghanistan: Taliban blamed for deadly bus attack in south
(Afghanistan) NATO chief assures Obama on Afghan war support
-- NATO is in Afghanistan for the long haul, says Anders Fogh Rasmussen
-- NATO chief tells US to stop attacking European allies
(Afghanistan) Time running out in Afghanistan to defeat insurgency: United Nations
Afghan war is winnable with local support - McChrystal
(U.S.) Washington DC: Bin Laden becomes camp fashion icon
-- Bin Laden sports 'I love Guantanamo' T-shirt
(U.S.) More Saudi help needed on terror finance: U.S. report
(U.S.) Ex-U.S. military officials press to close Guantanamo
(U.S.) Seven Algerians to be among batch of inmates to be freed from Guantanamo
(U.S.) Bush officials face liability for terror policies
(Iraq) 4,000 more troops to come home from Iraq
(Iran) US eyes energy, financial sanctions on Iran
Iran says will not discuss second nuclear plant
Iran MPs tell world powers not to repeat "mistakes"
Iran nuke chief: IAEA inspection soon
-- For China, Iran uranium plant no game changer
Iran to Allow Swiss Access to Detained U.S. Hikers
Palestinian gunmen fire 2 rockets at S. Israel, no casualties -- Israel
Hamas accepts Egypt's unity initiative
Gaza: "Analysis: The Islamic republic of Gaza"
Hamas Clamps Down in Gaza
(Israel) 50 Palestinians arrested in Jerusalem
(Somalia) 13 civilians killed as mortars hit Somali capital
(Somalia) Tension Mounting in Kismayo as Somali Islamists Jostle for Power
Somali govt troops re-take Baladwayne town
(Yemen) Al Qaeda in Yemen Worries the West
(Libya/Venezuela) Gaddafi, Chavez sign anti-terror treaty
-- "On Venezuela visit, Libyan leader slams West, suggests forming 'NATO for the South' - 'SATO'"
(Turkey) Al-Qaeda threatens Turkey
(Russia) "Kadyrov: Representatives of 50 states helped Chechens in Jihad against Russia"
(Canada) Third security certificate amounts to double jeopardy, Jaballah's lawyers say -- Mahmoud Jaballah
(Canada) Terror suspect wants apology from Ottawa -- Adil Charkaoui
(Philippines) Two U.S. soldiers killed by bomb in Philippines
Arab Liberals Eight Years After 9/11: Obama's Overtures Towards Iran, Extremists Seen as a Sign of Weakness
Al Qaeda takes multiple hits from US forces
Al Qaeda Bombers Learn from Drug Smugglers
Islamic Supremacist War on Women:
"Tolerance=Racism: Newspeak vs TruthSpeak about FGM" by Phyllis Chesler
Pakistan's The News: "Honour killing cases"
-- reports that Sindh police department workshop "aims to sensitise the trainees on the issue of violence against women thereby providing them an in-depth knowledge of the human rights’ concept while making them familiar with the international Human Rights standards for law enforcement officers."
Iraq: Is nowhere safe for Christians?
Egypt: "Muslim Convert to Christianity Prevented From Leaving Egypt"
-- "Egyptian authorities have prevented Maher El-Gowhary, a Muslim-born Christian convert, from leaving the country. He was detained at Cairo Airport. His passport confiscated and he was advised that he is barred from traveling on orders from a 'higher authority'."
-- "Maher and his 15-year-old daughter, Dina, who also embraced Christianity, were traveling to China on 17th September 2009, on a two-week holiday."
(Indonesia) Church in Indonesia Wins Legal Battle to Worship in Building
Nigeria: Islamic Group Urges Establishment of Zakat Body
(UK) Islamic Bank of Britain loses £4.6 million over six months
(U.S.) Texas congressional candidate wants to ban Muslim immigrants
(U.S.) Muslim Capitol Hill Rally Falls Short of Attendance Goal
-- "Among those present were around 50 protesters, who -- though few in number -- were audible enough to prompt organizers at one point in time to ask for respect."
-- "'We would never come to a prayer meeting that you have to make a disturbance,' Hamad Chebli, imam of the Islamic Society of Central Jersey, said from the speaking stand. 'Please show us some respect.'"
(India) Pastor in India Seriously Wounded by Suspected Hindu Extremists
UN says caste system is a human rights abuse
France: New threat letter sent to Sarkozy
Against Totalitarianism News:
Communist China: AP reports on "Six decades of change in China"
-- AP report does not discuss human rights or human freedom
Communist China / NYC: Epoch Times Reports on John Liu
Communist China: Capitalism finds a home in the village where Chairman Mao was born
Against Misogyny News:
Guinea junta troops 'killed and raped hundreds at democracy rally'
U.S Senate Committee on Foreign Relations - "Violence: Global Costs and Consequences" - October 1 - 2:30 PM - 216 Hart Senate Office
Because I Am A Girl Human Rights Report
Against Racial Supremacism News:
(Bulgaria) Ku Klux Klan Meeting Took Place in Bulgaria's Asenovgrad
Facebook Poll Asks if Obama Should be Killed
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Israeli Minister Barak Facing Arrest in England
Really, guys, you can't be serious.
I am afraid they are maliciously, purposively serious. The noose continues to tighten around the collective Jewish neck, just as I feared it would.
The United Nations just listened to Qaddafi speak—Amadinejad too: they honored these terrorists, monsters, menaces to decent people everywhere, beginning with their own people. The monsters came, they left, and neither assassin nor legal eagle sent them on a way-way trip to Hell or to the Hague.
But British lawyers, acting on behalf of 16 Palestinians, just tried to have Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak arrested for his alleged "war crimes" and "crimes against humanity" in Gaza—partly based on their interpretation of the infamous Goldstone Report. How Goldstone could have lent his good name to this treacherous, ignoble document is slightly above my pay grade; only God can judge him now.
Earlier today, Anne Bayefsky referred to the Goldstone Report as a blood libel, quite equivalent to the Protocols of the Elders of Zion. I totally agree with her.
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