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Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Iranian president lambasts US on new blog

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran's president has launched a Web log, using his first entry to recount his poor upbringing and ask visitors to the site if they think the United States and Israel want to start a new world war.

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, whose speeches are riddled with anti-U.S. rhetoric, also described how he was angered by American meddling in Iran even when he was at elementary school.

Link to Reuters article

My comments: Here is the link to the Iranian president's new website and blog which he initiates with a 2500 word essay. He also presents a straw poll. The question: "Do you think that the US and Israeli intention and goal by attacking Lebanon is pulling the trigger for another word (sic)* war?
The blog is available in Farci, French, Arabic, and English.

Again: http://www.ahmadinejad.ir/

This is a transparent psy-ops, propaganda gambit to influence appeasers and leftwingers in the West.

* An interesting typo, if that's what it is.(It is copied exactly from the web site) I'm sure this is not going to be a mere "war of words"!

Here is an item from fellow blogger and podcaster "Politicking Timebomb"

Ahmadinejad and Assad...TEMPTING FATE
Body: For those of you that regularly listen to my show, you know that while I am a major supporter of the War on Terror and the War in Iraq, I generally take a more patient and tempered stance in my approach to discussing such issues. Well let me say that this patience is wearing thin.

Today we have seen both Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran and Bashar Assad of Syria coming forth to claim Victory over the Israelis in the recent conflict in the South of Lebanon. Ahmadinejad came forward to make the statement that Gods promises
had come true with the Corrupt powers of the criminal U.S. and Britain and the Zionists ... with modern bombs and planes. Being defeated by Hezbollah and their Group of pious youth relying on God.

Of course these statements have been made in the wake of the cease-fire agreement that came out of the U.N. Security Council. An agreement, which in the eyes of Ahmadinejad, Assad, and Hezbollah has supposedly Collapsed Americas plan for a new Mideast. The question of course isAre they right?

Well, if you are asking whether or not this cease-fire agreement has created a setback in the plans to reform the Middle-East into a secure and stable region, then yes, the cease-fire has in fact set these plans back. We must realize that when our enemies view our attempts at restraint as a Victory, that obviously we have a problem.

For Ahmadinejad and Assad this is a Victory because they are the no so silent backers of Hezbollah which has allowed them to wage war against Israel and the U.S. without having to suffer any of the consequences. This leads to a larger problem in that because their support of Hezbollah they are able to appear as great Victors in the eyes of their people, only increasing their power and fueling Anti-American sentiment.

With such inflammatory comments and declarations of Victory these groups are playing off of the conflicted position we now find ourselves in. Part of our War on Terrorism is the Media battle raging where we are trying to win the hearts and minds of the very people we are fighting against. Now of course not every Middle-Eastern citizen is our enemy and in most cases they have proven to be great allies, but we must realize that the terrorist and insurgent forces have the upper hand, because they are not trying to win our hearts and minds so they are free do really do whatever they want.

Conversely our forces in essence have had both one hand and foot tied behind their backs because we have been forced into Surgical Warfare where the priority is not destroy the enemy at all costs, but is rather, destroy the enemy as long as they are not in a library or café thereby interrupting the day to day life of civilians. So we and our allies have been forced into a position of carrying a grenade in our left hand and a band-aid in there right.

Obviously this is completely insane. Would such tactics have worked in Germany or Japan during World War II? Of course not! We bombed the hell out Germany and dropped two atomic bombs on Japan. The loss of civilian life was regrettable but, it was a war and they were chalked up to collateral damage in the name of Peace. We have lost this mindset and it is costing us dearly.

Until we are ready to take of the gloves and fight these Wars as they should be fought, we will never gain the upper hand in this war. Because after all if you only remove a weed at the surface the roots are still able to grow.

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