Iran vs. Saudi Arabia: War on the Horizon?

November 4, 2011
(by Anna Mahjar-Barducci/HudsonNY) Saudi Arabia was not surprised when U.S. authorities uncovered the Iranian plot to kill the Saudi ambassador to the United States, Abdel al-Jubair. According to Saudi intelligence, Teheran in the last months has started a campaign of chain murders targeting Saudi diplomats to destabilize the Royal family.
In May 2011, gunmen on motorcycles shot and killed Hassan al-Qahtani, a Saudi diplomat working in the consulate in the Pakistani city of Karachi. The murder came after a previous attack on the Karachi Consulate with Russian-made HE-36 hand grenades. At first the media linked the assassination to Al-Qaeda groups trying to revenge the killing of Osama bin Laden, but further investigation revealed that the murder was planned by the Iran’s Quds Force. Pakistani intelligence identified the Saudi diplomat’s killer as a member of a Shi’ite terrorist organization, Sipah-e-Muhammad [the Army of Muhammad], which maintains close links to the Quds Force. The link to the killing was allegedly proven by recorded messages between Iranian officials in Islamabad and members of the terrorist group.
In September 2011, the Saudi online newspaper Elaph revealed that the Saudi Ambassador to Cairo, Ahmad Abdel-Aziz Kattan, survived an attempted assassination by poison, allegedly staged by Iran.
Elaph states that the Saudi diplomats, al-Jubair included, are all linked to prince Bandar bin Sultan, Secretary-General of the National Security Council, and former Ambassador to the U.S., 1983-2005. Prince Bandar, a strong opponent of Iranian influence in the Middle East, is at the center of an Iranian smear campaign to discredit him and tarnish his image. Recently, Iranian media have gone so far as to circulate fake “news” according to which Prince Bandar would have been arrested by Syrian security forces at Damascus Airport and would have confessed that he was involved in the assassination of former Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri – for which, instead, the Syrian government has been indicated by international investigators.
Saudi Arabia: The Obstacle to Iran’s Ambitions in the Middle East
Sunni Saudi Arabia is generally perceived by Iran as possibly the greatest obstacle to its ambitions in the Middle East, in that Iran has been trying to export its Shi’te Islamic revolution both culturally and militarily throughout the Middle East, according to Ahmed Jarallah, editor-in-chief of the Kuwaiti paper, Al-Seyassah.
Saudi Arabia tried to do everything it could, both politically and militarily, to stop a recent Shi’ite uprisings in Bahrain — an island off the coast of Saudi Arabia that is predominately Shi’ite but ruled by Sunnis — which Iran has been claiming belongs to Iran, and which is separated from Saudi Arabia by only a small causeway a few miles long. The Saudis were concerned that the Shi’ite uprising in Bahrain might embolden Saudi Arabia’s own minority Shi’ite population — located by the oil fields, far from Riyadh, Mecca and Medina — thereby increasing Iran’s influence over the Arabian Peninsula.
Saudi Arabia must therefore have been alarmed by the announcement that the U.S. would be leaving Iraq. Saudi Arabia might well assume that even though it managed to thwart Iran’s influence in Bahrain, Iran will nevertheless manage to try to take control of the oil-rich region by way of Iraq. The Saudis have desperately been trying to find strategic ways to prevent such a scenario, including probably hoping for a change in the U.S. administration in next year’s election.
“The facts on the ground say that Tehran’s influence in Iraq has increased under the eyes of the current US administration,” writes Tareq Al-Homayed, editor-in-chief of the Saudi newspaper, Asharq Al-Awsat, “whilst Iranian influence [in Iraq] also benefited from the mistakes made by the previous US administration. This is not all, for now we see Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad […] appear in an interview on CNN saying that he does not expect any change in his country’s relations with Iraq following the withdrawal of US forces. Indeed Ahmadinejad went on to confidently state – and this is the crux of the matter – that ‘the government of Iraq, the parliament, we have a very good relationship with all of them…and we have deepened our ties day by day.'” Al-Homayed adds, “This ‘day by day’ is true, and it has happened before the eyes of the Americans, therefore the extent of Iran’s influence in Iraq is no surprise, nor is Tehran’s support for the Shiite militias there. It is enough to listen to the complaints of the honorable people of Iraq – Sunnis and Shii’tes and others – who do not accept their country becoming a proxy in Iranian hands or ruled by Qassem Suleimani and his Qods Force.”
Iran Would Like a War in the Middle East
As the Kuwaiti paper Al-Seyassah pointed out, Iran might soon start a war in Middle East as the only way to show that Tehran still has influence in region and can threaten whoever opposes its plans. If Bashar al-Assad is removed from power in Syria, Iran could be concerned that the world might perceive Iran as isolated; it could therefore want to make the point that even if Syria might be lost for now, Iran can still take control of Iraq, and fight proxy wars by means of its proxy group, Hezbollah. To Iran, the main enemy that stands in its way is Saudi Arabia, which has already fought Iran’s influence in Lebanon, Syria, Bahrain and Iraq.
As Saudi Arabia is the first new superpower in the Arab world, Iran might well have designs on replacing it. Al Seyassah’s editor in chief recently noted that Iran’s conspiracies necessitated constant caution and that Teheran is trying to make a conflict zone out of the Middle East. He then differentiated between the Shi’ite faith in the Arab world, which does not pose any threat, and what he labeled “Persian Safavi Shi’ism” — referring to the most significant Persian dynasty that controlled “Greater Iran,” when it stretched from the Caucasus to the Indus River, and represented Iran’s aims and ideologies to exercise its influence throughout the Arab world.

May 17, 2011

German paper Die Welt says Iranians paid cash to build mid-range missile launch pads on Paraguana Peninsula; Iranian engineers visited site in February.

The question is: What is badass President Gutsy going to do about it?

BERLIN (JPost) – The Iranian government is moving forward with the construction of rocket launch bases in Venezuela, the German daily Die Welt wrote in its Friday edition.

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is Teheran’s most important South American ally.

Iran is building intermediate- range missile launch pads on the Paraguaná Peninsula, and engineers from a construction firm – Khatam al-Anbia – owned by the Revolutionary Guards visited Paraguaná in February. Amir al-Hadschisadeh, the head of the Guard’s Air Force, participated in the visit, according to the report. Die Welt cited information from “Western security insiders.”

The rocket bases are to include measures to prevent air attacks on Venezuela as well as commando and control stations.

The Iranian military involvement in the project extends to bunker, barracks and watch tower construction. Twenty-meter deep rocket silos are planned. The cost of the Venezuelan military project is being paid for with Iranian oil revenue. The Iranians paid in cash for the preliminary phase of the project and, the total cost is expected to amount to “dozens of millions” of dollars, Die Welt wrote.

The Paraguaná Peninsula is on the coast of Venezuela and is roughly 120 kilometers from America’s main South American partner, Columbia.

According to Die Welt, the clandestine agreement between Venezuela and Iran would mean the Chavez government would fire rocket at Iran’s enemies should the Islamic Republic face military strikes.

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Germany: The New Kristallnacht

April 16, 2011
The German’s are as anti-Semitic as they were during WWII. Here is the sobering report.

In December 1972 the terrorist Ulrike Meinhof, who was under trial for the Rote Armee Fraktion’s activities, was questioned on the support issued for the massacre of Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympics. The questioning led her to say:

“Auschwitz means that six million Jews were murdered and carted on to the rubbish dumps of Europe for being that which was maintained of them — Money-Jews”.

Lady Meinhof was proud of her antisemitism. Unfortunately, many German leftists who have never committed acts of violence today take positions approaching hers. Echoing Karl Marx’s observation that “the evil in the world is the Jewishness in the world”, communism in East Germany sought to eradicate Judaism in general and after the Six Day War adopted an anti-Zionist stance.
Now we read that forty-seven percent of Germans are of the opinion that “Israel is exterminating the Palestinians”, according to a poll undertaken by the University of Bielefeld for the Friedrich Ebert Foundation, affiliated with the German Social Democratic Party.
In another 2004 poll conducted by the University of Bielefeld, 51% of German respondents agreed with the statement that:

“What the state of Israel does today to the Palestinians, is in principle not different from what the Nazis did in the Third Reich to the Jews”.

The German greedy-business with Teheran, the anti-Zionist ideology and the abuse of the Holocaust are part of a new anti-semitic wind that is on the rise in Germany. All the governments gave anti-Zionist and anti-Israel personalities prizes and speaking engagements to spread criticism of Israel.
In 2008 the German government was deeply involved in funding a conference where then Iranian deputy foreign minister Muhammad Larijani called for the destruction of the Jews.
In 2009 former German chancellor Gerhard Schroder met with President Ahmadinejad in Teheran. Schroder had meetings also with Foreign Minister Manuchehr Mottaki, who opened the “World Without Zionism” conference in Teheran and cast doubt on the “official version of the Holocaust”.
Last year, then-German president Horst Kohler issued the Federal Merit Cross, one of the country’s most important awards, to the lawyer Felicia Langer, who has equated Israel with Nazi Germany and the South African apartheid regime.
Several months ago, the city of Frankfurt invited Alfred Grosser to deliver a speech at commemoration of Kristallnacht. Grosser has compared his treatment by the Nazis in the early 1930s with Israel’s policies toward the Palestinians.
In today’s Germany, leftists who Nazify Israel and characterize it as the world’s most evil country have simply opened the door to proclaiming Jews to be evil people in general.
Norman Paech, the foreign policy spokesman of Germany’s third largest party, The Left, favors nuclear weapons for Iran and employs Nazi terminology against Israel.
At an academic conference in Gottingen, Professor Arnd Kruger said that the Israeli athletes butchered at the Olympic Games in Munich sacrificed themselves to prolong financial restitution from Germany and to preserve guilt among Germans due to the Holocaust.
These are only a few examples of this new radical hatred for the Jews.
Tel Aviv Municipality’s stand at Europe’s largest gay pride parade, set to take place in Berlin in June, won’t include any Israeli symbols or markers in an attempt to severe the connection between the German’s capital and the Jewish State.
The German public opinion contains once again elements that envision a world cleansed of the Jewish state. Germany’s State TV reported once about Itamar’s massacre saying: “Five dead after attack on settler family”. The neutral terminology paves the way to accept killing of the Jews. Last summer, in Hanover, a group of Muslims attacked an Israeli dance troupe, yelling “Juden raus” as they hurled stones at them. During the Israeli military operation against Hamas, “death to the Jews” was a common chant in the German protests.
In Germany today anti-Zionism — which is not mere criticism of Israeli policies, but the denial of the Jewish people’s right to live in their own state — links leftists, Islamists and rightists. Videos promoting “martyrdom” are shown daily in German houses, fueling anti-Semitism among Muslim youth in Germany. The programs are fed to Germany on Egyptian and Saudi Arabian satellites.
Despite the fact that Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government continues to support the Jewish State, German public opinion has a demonizing view of Israel, as does most of Europe. And Germany’s support for Israel, normally unwavering, is not automatic. It can change tomorrow.
Along with Italy, Germany is also the most important Iranian partner for import and export. The German powerhouse economy must be viewed as contributing to Iran’s nuclear revenue base and Ahmadinejad’s financial support for his regime’s satellite terror entities, Hizbullah and Hamas.
There are also terrible historical resonances. The Basf chemical industry is one of the thousands of German firms based in Teheran. Basf was formed out of the assets of IG Farben in 1952, the same company that produced the pesticide Zyklon B for the gas chambers.
A few days ago, an Israeli delegation from Judea and Samaria went to speak to Germany. The mayor of Cologne called them “settlers”, persona non grata, preventing them from entering the City Hall. The mayor denied that the Jews of Samaria ever existed at all.
Bar Ilan University Professor of Literature, Hillel Weiss, handled him a beautiful “lamentation” written by Rabbi Yoel Halevi, whose family and community were murdered during one of the first European pogroms. The lamentation tells of Jewish souls that “like incense rise” to the heavens.
The mirror of the German’s rotten conscience is the Museum of the Holocaust built by the postmodern architect Daniel Libeskind. The building is emblematic of what Alvin Rosenfeld, in his new magisterial forthcoming book, has called “The End of the Holocaust”. Old suitcases, dishes, photographs, glasses, violins and postcards left by the dead Jews serve to transmit the impression of a lost history. An empty space in the basement at the end of a large, dark corridor, neither heated nor air-conditioned, lit only by a shaft of natural light at the top, produces the spectacularization of the Holocaust.
Next time for these good Europeans it will be easier to “digest” the extinction of the Jews as it will be a Kristallnacht transposed to Israel.


About the author,

Giulio Meotti, a journalist with Il Foglio, writes a weekly column for INN. He is the author of the book “A New Shoah”, that researched the personal stories of Israel’s terror vicitms, published by Encounter. He lives in Italy. His writing has appeared in publications, such as the Wall Street Journal, Frontpage and Commentary.


lol Argentina asks Ahmadinejad to extradite Defense Minister, other bombing suspects

September 26, 2010

…and now a Pigs can Fly Moment…
Argentinian President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner has had her picture taken with just about every terror leader in the world except for one: Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. There’s a reason for that: Argentina still has a score to be settled with Iran over two bombings in Buenos Aires in the 1990’s. In her address to the United Nations General Assembly on Friday, Kirchner called for Iran to extradite the suspects in the bombing to an agreed upon third country for trial.

Argentina has asked Iran to sign accord allowing the trial in of suspects involved in the 1994 bombing of the Argentine Jewish Mutual Association (AMIA) in Buenos Aires to take place in an agreed upon third country in a speech delivered by Argentinian President Cristina Kirchner to the UN General Assembly on Friday, AFP reported.
Kirchner asked Iran to “agree in a joint accord on a third country where fair trials could be held,” according to AFP.

Argentinian prosecutors have long alleged that Teheran planned and ordered the 1994 bombing that killed 85 civilians.
Teheran has so far turned down Argentinian requests that it extradite Iranians suspected of involvement in the terror attack.

Kirchner also reaffirmed Argentinian claims to the Falkland Islands during her speech to the General Assembly and criticized the UK’s conduct regarding the islands since the 1982 war between the two countries.

Good luck with that. I’d say that she has a better chance of recovering the Falklands than of getting those Iranians to trial, especially since one of them is Ahmadinejad’s Defense Minister, Ahmad Vahidi. But maybe some of her radical friends would be willing to help. Heh.

via israelmatzav.blogspot.com

She reminds me of the leadership in America.  It should be noted that the reason she needs to be aggressive and demand the Falklands is because since she has taken over the country is completely unsustainable socialism and the only way for Argentina to not hit a brick wall with their economy would be to expand and take over more resource reserves.  Kirchner has enabled the most radical murderous element with her greed for greater power of the state.  It isn’t the intentions of the leaders in socialism that cause statist military growth, it is their ignorance.  Kirchner might not have the testosterone of a real strong man, but Argentina’s actions under her supervision will lead to only one outcome: aggression.  Angentina’s leadership is completely unaware of repercussions of their actions.


Ahmadinejad: Koran burning will accelerate Israel’s fall, annihilation

September 11, 2010

Ahmadinejad says plan is a “Zionist plot,” Israel, its “supporters are on the path to collapse and decline and such desperate actions will not save them.”

One can also call it Persian insanity hour.

(JPost) Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Friday that the planned Koran burning by Florida Reverend Terry Jones will bring the destruction of Israel, according to a PressTV report.

According to the report, Ahmadinejad said that the plan to burn Korans was a, “Zionist plot, and against the teachings of all divine prophets.” The burning is scheduled for the September 11th terror attacks anniversary on Saturday.

“The Zionists and their supporters are on the path to collapse and decline and such desperate actions will not save them, but will accelerate their fall and annihilation,” Ahmadinejad said at a Teheran meeting with Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei and other leading Iranian officials.

On Thursday Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said Israel is behind the planned Koran burning, according to the official Iranian news agency IRNA.

“The software for this plan was made by the Zionists following their defeats against Muslims and the Islamic world,” Manouchehr said in a meeting with foreign diplomats in Iran.

According to the report, the foreign minister also blamed former US President George W. Bush and said Bush’s rhetoric after the September 11 terrorist attacks led to the increase of Islamophobia in the country.

“The current US administration should fulfill its duties in guaranteeing the basic rights of American Muslims for avoiding the spread of such inappropriate and devilish moves,” added Mottaki.

Senior Iranian clergyman Ayatollah Safi Golpaygani also commented on the planned event, according to the DPA news agency.

“On behalf of a half billion Muslims, I condemn this savage plan and warn of its consequences,” Golpaygani said in a statement on Iran’s state television website, IRIB. “This pastor should be immediately arrested and his church closed down.”

The ayatollah said US President Barak Obama would be held responsible if the “gruesome and inhuman act” takes place.

I mean… crazy doesn’t even begin to cover it.

Hitler loved parades. Do you go to parades? if you go to parades then you are doing what Hitler did.

guilty as charged!

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Obama forces Israel to attack now rather then later in agreement to allow Iranian anti missile system from Russia

June 9, 2010

Recently the Obama administration gave Moscow two concessions that could have a harmful influence on the course of current history: lifting sanctions against the Russian military complex, and agreeing not to ban the sale of advanced anti-aircraft batteries to Iran.
Presumably these concessions were given as “carrots,” after Russia agreed to a package of United Nations’ sanctions against Iran. While the U.N. resolution bans weapons sales to Tehran, it would not prohibit Moscow from completing the sale of S-300 anti-aircraft missiles to Teheran, a contract that was suspended due to pressure from the U.S. and Israel, but not cancelled. This sophisticated defensive system — surface-to-air missiles that could can bring down any incoming projectile — would totally nullify any military option that Israel — or any other country — might wish to take against Iran’s nuclear facilities.
These concessions, the latest moves by President Obama to bolster U.S.-Russian relations, might be considered an adjunct to the START agreement on nuclear delivery systems. Administration spokesmen, however, said this understanding was not a quid pro quo for Russian acceptance of sanctions against Iran, a denial that seems inconsistent with the timing of the decision.
Most significantly, the concessions are “premature and unwarranted,” according to former State Department official David Kramer. A Russian transfer to Iran of anti-missile systems is far more significant than further sanctions. John Bolton, former acting Ambassador to the United Nations, argued that the Russians got the upper hand. They sensed desperation on the Obama team and, he said, “extracted all that the traffic would bear.”
If the Russians do deliver the S-300 missiles – now that the U.S. has granted them a green light – Israel will be placed in an untenable position. Israel might feel compelled to attack before the system is employed, or else be obliged to consider more losses than in any raid. For months, Israeli diplomats have been shuttling to Moscow in an effort to prevent this agreement. Now the U.S. – Israel’s presumptive ally – has undermined, and perhaps even thwarted, the Israeli military option.

If anything the Iranians are not the least bit worried by the prospect of sanctions; they know that the Chinese will soften any effects. The Brazilians and Turks perceive that Obama neither wants to or has the strength to punish anyone. We can’t even support the Dalai Lama.