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“Astonishingly Honest”

By Lex, on July 16, 2010

 

You know that things are moving rapidly towards some tipping point in the Arabian Gulf, when a senior Arab diplomat says what’s really on his mind:

When asked whether the UAE would support a possible Israeli air strike against the regime in Tehran, Ambassador Otaiba said: “A military attack on Iran by whomever would be a disaster, but Iran with a nuclear weapon would be a bigger disaster.”

These were unusually candid words. A military strike, the diplomat continued, would undoubtedly lead to a “backlash.” “There will be problems of people protesting and rioting and very unhappy that there is an outside force attacking a Muslim country,” he said.

But, he added, “if you are asking me, ‘Am I willing to live with that versus living with a nuclear Iran,’ my answer is still the same. We cannot live with a nuclear Iran. I am willing to absorb what takes place at the expense of the security of the U.A.E.”

This position makes for some mighty strange bedfellows:

If no one else takes it upon himself to bomb Iran, Saudi cleric Mohsen al-Awaji told SPIEGEL, Israel will have to do it. “Israel’s agenda has its limits,” he said, noting that it is mainly concerned with securing its national existence. “But Iran’s agenda is global.”

Indeed.

 

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“We Murdered Your Daughter”

Posted by Lex, on June 24, 2009

 

Now we’re kicking you out of your home:

The Iranian authorities have ordered the family of Neda Agha Soltan out of their Tehran home after shocking images of her death were circulated around the world.

Neighbours said that her family no longer lives in the four-floor apartment building on Meshkini Street, in eastern Tehran, having been forced to move since she was killed. The police did not hand the body back to her family, her funeral was cancelled, she was buried without letting her family know and the government banned mourning ceremonies at mosques, the neighbours said.

What a world.

Steve Schippert describes a scene of “unimaginable horror.”

Possibly relatedIn other news, the president is considering rescinding his invitation to Iranian diplomats to celebrate freedom.

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