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Tuesday, May 29, 2007

The US and Iran Talk and Iran Offers Good Faith?

The US talks with Iran in Baghdad about Iraq, which further emboldens the Tehrrorists in Tehran. Iran covertly operates in Iraq to keep it off balance; although the covertness of it all is only so to our msm. Why are we supposed to believe that Iran’s nuclear intentions are peaceful?

According to the Islamic Republic News Agency:

“Judiciary spokesman Alireza Jamshidi said on Tuesday that Ministry of Intelligence lodged complaint with court of justice against Ms. Haleh Esfandiari.”

From DeMediacratic Nation:

“Haleh Esfandiari of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

From the Statement of her Arrest from the Center for Scholars (very interesting and worth a read): “Haleh Esfandiari, director of the Middle East Program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and a dual Iranian-American national, was arrested in Tehran on May 8 and incarcerated in the Evin Prison.”

On Friday May 25, in a Navin R. Johnson moment it appeared to Reuters that these people were being detained for their dual Iranian-US citizenship.

Reuters gives more detail this morning, at least regarding charges pressed against the three people from Friday’s post; Haleh Esfandiari, Kian Tajbakhsh and Radio Farda reporter Parnaz Azima:

Iran has charged three Iranian-Americans with spying, a judiciary spokesman said on Tuesday.”

“The espionage charges were announced just one day after the United States and Iran held their most high-profile talks in almost 30 years. The Baghdad discussions between the two foes were restricted solely to Iraq.”

Talking with Iran only emboldens it to take more aggressive steps; 15 victims of a misunderstanding was one such moment and nothing came of it other than for Ahmadinejad’s gift.

As evidenced in IRNA, “Iran adopted proactive diplomacy to help restore Iraq security. The way to resolve the issue in Iraq is to leave it to leaders like those of Iran…they only wish peace…it’s within Iran’s interests to have the M.E. free of U.S. intervention. During talks with the U.S. in Baghdad:

"Iran declared many times that withdrawal of occupiers is the only solution to help restore security of Iraq and the Islamic Republic of Iran spares no efforts to attain the goal,"

Occupiers rather than covert instigators…

At NRO this morning, Ilan Berman sees the steps taken by the Islamic Republic as a sign the Mullahs are getting a little uncomfortable and “deeply fearful of democracy:”

“The current clampdown, therefore, represents a logical reaction on the part of the Iranian regime. By imprisoning Esfandiari and other advocates of accommodation, the regime hopes to send the message to advocates of more lasting change that working with Washington could be hazardous to their health. In the process, it hopes to chill interest in American-style democracy among the constituency most susceptible to it: the Iranian “street.”’

Iran does nothing in good faith!

Iran and the Greater War on Terror

Iran in Iraq

Iran and the peaceful nukes

Victims of a misunderstanding

15 Hostages

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