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“Live free or die”

Posted by lex, on December 10, 2007

Iranian students in Tehran are channeling the New Hampshire state motto:

Students defied a clampdown on protests in Iran yesterday by tearing down the gates of Tehran university.

They chanted slogans against President Ahmadinejad and carried placards saying “Live free or die”, “No war, no fascism” and “Women must decide their fate, not the state.”

They wrecked the iron-barred gates and threw stones at police, according to Iranian state radio, which said the protest ended peacefully.

Tehran University is the largest and one of the oldest universities in Iran.

Political globalism at work.

Good.

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Iran – then and now

Posted by lex, on January 3, 2007

While researching something else, I stumbled across this site. Thought provoking.
I don’t know anything about these guys – and I know that life under the shah was not all sweetness and light – but it seems to me that they have a kind of point.

Oh, and in case that grainy image opposite the female naval officers a bit more than half way down is indistinct – that’s a woman being stoned. For adultery, probably.

Male “criminals” are merely hung.

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Wigging out over Iran

Posted by lex, on March 24, 2006

 

There’s a powerpoint slideshow burning up the unclas government lines, created by VII, inc. under the name of that company’s president, Chuck Vollmer. The executive summary reads thusly:

Iran appears to be rushing to a conflict with the West. The main question is what is motivating President Ahmadinejad to such recklessness?

  • Historical:Confederacy with Shiite Iraq is a historic opportunity after 1,000 years of domination from Sunni Arabs and Ottoman Turks.• Political:Ahmadinejad was hired by Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei torevive the declining Islamic Revolution. Creating an external enemy would help galvanize his position over the more liberal pro-reform faction.
  • Economic:Control of 50% of the world’s oil reserves greatly benefits Iran
  • Military: Iran has tens of thousands of special ops forces in Iraq and a million forces on the border. UK and US forces could be significantly outnumbered and overrun with assistance from Syrian and internal insurgent Iraqi forces.
  • Religious:Ultra-religious Shia clerics and Ahmadinejad are dedicated to the near-term messianic return of the 12th Imam via the creation of an apocalypse.

After that, the presentation turns pessimistic. Ah, well: Interesting times.

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Bring it

Posted by lex, on September 6, 2006

Want to know what the image was that came to mind when I read this over at the Vodkapundit?

Iran deployed its first locally-manufactured fighter bomber plane on Wednesday during large-scale military exercises, state-run television reported.”The bomber Saegheh or lightening is similar to (the American) F-18 but more powerful. It was designed, optimised and improved by Iranian experts,” the report said.

The report said the Iranian air force had commissioned Saegheh after many test flights in the past year.

It’s the classic “pig wearing a rolex” thing: It may look good on him, but he can’t do a damn thing with it, and it won’t save his life come harvest time.

Brash, says you?

Honest arrogance, says I.

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Been reserving judgment

Posted by lex, on January 15, 2006

 

Been trying to stay optimistic about Iran, and its nuclear program and it’s Holocaust-denying president. I mean, maybe the EU will finally have the stones to stand up to what is, after all, a renunciation of their nuanced application of “soft power.”

And even if Iran, a long-running sponsor of international terrorist organizations joined Pakistan and India as the latest member of the nuclear weapon power club, there’s no guarantee that they’d start flinging ballistic missiles, all regardless. It’d be pretty much the textbook definition of a state acting against self-interest, what with the Israelis no doubt prepared to go down grappling. And maybe a suitcase nuke would take time to develop and work its way into the hands of Hezzbollah and from there to… where? We could have maybe five years, right?

Right?

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Accommodating to the Unthinkable

By lex, on May 3rd, 2010

We’re out of time, according to John Bolton. Out of will, and damn near out of options when it comes to a nuclearized Iran:

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Effects-Based Targeting

By lex, on February 18th, 2012

The CSIS’ Edward Luttwak argues that the Joint Chiefs – weary of two regional wars, and disinclined to engage in a third – presented President Obama and his predecessor with an overly inflated force estimate for attacking Iran’s nuclear weapons program:

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Non-Event

By lex, on January 22nd, 2012

Abe Lincoln sailed through the Strait of Hormuz Sunday and absolutely nothing happened:**

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Undocumented Aliens

By lex, on December 7th, 2011

The USG finally finds a border worth respecting:

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Open Hands and Unclenched Fists

By lex, on September 7th, 2010

The Iranian judiciary stayed the execution by stoning of convicted adulteress Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani during the holy month of Ramadan. But that didn’t stop them for lashing her another 99 times.**

Her crime this time is that a UK newspaper printed a photograph of an unveiled woman, and mis-identified her as Ashtiani. The newspaper later apologized. The Iranian judiciary has not.

No word was available about the punishment received by Ms. Ashtiani’s co-conspirators in the adultery.

Yeah, we can work with these folks.

**  10-09-2018 Original link gone; replacement found – Ed.

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