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Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Is the U.S. aiding anti-Khomeinist rebels?

Macleans says yes (sixth item).  I only hope they're right.

Posted by D.J. McGuire on July 26, 2006 in International Affairs | Permalink


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The Reagan Doctrine: arms and money to freedom-fighters. Sounds good to me.

Posted by: Joan Tintor al-Davenport | 2006-07-26 2:15:24 PM

better still nuke the entire country of iran FOR STARTERS

Posted by: woodbridge | 2006-07-26 3:43:51 PM

For starters, nuke Qom. Like Hiroshima, that'll be step one.

Posted by: obc | 2006-07-26 7:17:57 PM


JulY 27, 2006 2:05
Muslims fret over FBI's Hizbullah probe

Leaders of American Muslim and Arab groups urged the FBI on Wednesday to be sensitive when scrutinizing activities by the Hizbullah on US soil.

Twenty-five groups, including the Islamic Society of North America and the American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, urged FBI Director Robert Mueller in a letter to instruct field offices and agents to avoid unwarranted profiling and to respect legal protections during questioning.

"We want the FBI, obviously, to protect our nation from those who do us harm, but we want them to focus on actual credible evidence of wrongdoing and not target people based on their ethnicity or religion or . . . political expression," said Farhana Khera, head of Muslim Advocates, the lead drafter of the letter.

"We want to avert any kind of raw fishing expedition-type initiative," he said.

Khera, whose group is the charitable arm of the 500-plus-member National Association of Muslim Lawyers, said activists decided to send the letter after learning that the FBI has increased its focus on the worldwide activities of Hizbullah after the group's kidnapping of two IDF soldiers and subsequent Mideast fighting.

On Wednesday, Mueller told reporters that there was now no indication of the group planning an attack in the United States or on US interests abroad.

FBI spokesman Stephen Kodak said the agency planned to reach out to the groups that sent the letter. He said there were no plans to launch large-scale interviews regarding Hezbollah.
"We are sensitive to the cultural differences in dealing with the Muslim community," Kodak said. "Whether or not there's going to be special, additional guidance, that I don't know at this time."

The letter to Mueller noted that since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, the FBI had launched a number of interview programs that targeted Arab and Muslim men in particular.

"During these interview efforts, it quickly became apparent that FBI agents were frequently engaging in harassing, unduly burdensome and improper questioning," the letter says.

People reported being asked their views of the Iraq war and President George W. Bush and whether they were practicing Muslims or attended mosques.
Khera stressed that the groups signing the letter did not want to muddy legitimate investigations, but rather wanted to take proactive steps to protect people's civil liberties.

Hizbullah has been designated a terrorist group by the US Department of State. The group has not launched an attack inside the US, but the FBI has pursued investigations into its financing, including cigarette-smuggling cases in Michigan and North Carolina.

Just this month, two men pleaded guilty to racketeering charges related to the indictment of 18 people in a Michigan-based smuggling ring that sent profits to Hizbullah.

Before the Sept. 11 attacks, Hizbullah was responsible for the deaths of more Americans than any other terrorist organization, including the 1983 attack on the Marine barracks in Beirut that killed 241 US servicemen.

Posted by: woodbridge | 2006-07-26 8:59:55 PM

July 27, 2006 5:39
US politician Dean calls Iraqi PM "anti-semite"

US Democratic Party chairman Howard Dean called Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki an "anti-Semite" on Wednesday for failing to denounce Hizbullah for its attacks against Israel.

"The Iraqi prime minister is an anti-Semite," the Democratic leader told a gathering of business leaders in Florida. "We don't need to spend 200 and 300 and $500 billion bringing democracy to Iraq to turn it over to people who believe that Israel doesn't have a right to defend itself and who refuse to condemn Hizbullah."

Al-Maliki has condemned Israel's offensive, prompting several Democrats to boycott his address to a joint meeting of Congress and others to criticize him.

Posted by: woodbridge | 2006-07-26 9:40:57 PM

what type of rebels?

if you mean MEK/NCRI, they are not popular in Iran and majority of people dislike them for their betrayal to country in 1970s and 1980s.

Posted by: Winston | 2006-07-27 2:42:39 PM

Patriotism is abundant in America. It comes from a common set of beliefs, such as fair dealing, reliable property rights, respect for individual opinions which are consistent with freely enacted laws.

Cigarette smuggling is a criminal "business" activity.

Normal American merchants focus on customer's needs and deliver the best for them.

Cheaters learn to prosper by theft, smuggling, breaking the rules. The rules of LAW.

When the governmental apparatus allows the corruption of the commercial community by failing to enforce the rule of law, then, quickly, the patriotic foundation of the nation is DESTROYED.

President George W. Bush has "cleverly" set about to ignore America's existing immigration laws and overwhealm our nation with illegal Mexican aliens in order to achieve political goals, WITHOUT FOLLOWING OUR RULE OF LAW. I think his political goals are "sweetened" by literal cash bribes, but hey, let's not quibble over "style" (as the news media used to talk about the credibility of various rapes of women which Clinton was accused of).

The mass invasion of illegal Mexican aliens into America at the encouragement of President George W. Bush is the greatest criminal Treason which a president could perpetrate against America.

There is no statute of limitations on Treason. The punishment for Treason during time of War is death. I want to see President George W. Bush hung by the neck with a wire rope for the Treason he is committing against America.

I'll not let this go throughout my life time and I'll attend his hanging if I have to walk there or push myself there in a wheel chair from a nursing home.

Every level of protection of the safety of the innocent people of the world depends upon holding intact our nations' moral foundations.

If we "cleverly" laugh or smirk at "little crimes" then, instantly, we have ZERO safety.

President George W. Bush is "clever" like this. He is also DUMB. I will see him hang. I will also certainly see a lot more evil coming from the Islamo-fascists, but this all will never be brought under control if we TRASH our basic beliefs.

You folks in Canada don't seem to hold on to the basics of morality. I am perplexed by this.

I attempt to raise the issue of abortion and respect for innocent human life from every side or viewpoint. There are many excellent and provocative writers contributing valuable thoughts on this site, so perhaps my efforts just don't rise to the level of significance.

But if you don't uphold fundamental morality then you have nothing ultimately.

I think that you are digging out of a deep hole (legacy from the Liberals-Communists) and so nothing can be expected instantly, but speak to the depth of your beliefs and I think you gain power to sustain yourselves for the horrific fights to come.

Posted by: Conrad-USA | 2006-07-28 8:20:43 AM

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