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* Missed messages on Iran  Robert Kagan

* Envoy Condemns US Officials' Irresponsible Comments on Iran  News Report

* 'Israel will be destroyed if it attacks Iran'  News Report

* Warning of long war if Israel attacks Iran  News Report

* Iran unlikely to halt nuclear program, secret letters show  News Report

* Iran denies Ahmadi-Nejad was attacked  News Report

* Sanctions set stage for a new push on Iran  News Report

* اطلاعیۀ آیت الله منتطری دربارۀ حرام بودن مقاومت در برابر رأی مردم  Ali Behrooz

* لیست اسامی با حروف فارسی، تا تاریخ 08/09/08  Ali Behrooz

* War of words, or words of war  Ali Behrooz

* Could Israel use submarines against Iran?  News Report

* Iran deplores UAE claim on 3 islands  News Report

* 'Iran will respond to any attack'  News Report

* Carter to meet Hamas leadership in Cairo  News Report

* No Peace Without Hamas  News Report

* Ahmadinejad again voices Sept. 11 doubts  News Report

* Clinton, Obama tackle Iran issue in debate  News Report

* Bomb kills at least 9 in Iran mosque  News Report

* Iran demands Israel stop force threats  News Report

* Ahmadinejad to dismiss 2 cabinet ministers in Iran  News Report

* Iran: Naval encounter routine check  News Report

* Tony Blair's Palestine  News Report

* Clinton attacks Obama and McCain over Iraq  News Report

* Reza Pahlavi: Leadership for Democracy in Iran  News Report

* Petraeus: Return to 'pre-surge' troop levels, then wait  News Report

* Blast rocks US complex in Sanaa  News Report

* Clashes in Nile Delta after strike aborted  News Report

* When a great power goes mad  News Report

* Iranians defy censor with bootleg DVDs  News Report

* Putin says Iran is no threat  News Report

* Creating a US-Iran Bridge  News Report

* Court removes PKK from terror funds list  News Report

* 12 militants wanted by Israel flee Palestinian jail in West Bank after fight  News Report

* Limiting Tehran’s Influence?  Ali Behrooz

* UAE detains ship as grip on Tehran tightens  News Report

* Iranian critic not guilty of espionage  News Report

* Israelis and Palestinians pledge to reach peace pact by end of 2008  News Report

* Conference in Qom focuses on Iran-US challenges  News Report

* FM spokesman: Iran's plan on Iraq not put for voting  News Report

* Iran's top dissident cleric calls for U.S. talks  News Report

* Islamic militants take fight against Musharraf to 'Pakistan's Switzerland'  News Report

* 'Desperate' Musharraf declares martial law  News Report

* US Sanctions on Iran Leave Europeans in a Quandary  Sir Cyril Townsend

* After Thamilselvan  News Report

* Analysis: Is Abbas playing his cards right ahead of ME summit?  News Report

* Bahrain accuses Iran of nuclear weapons lie  News Report

* Senior Tamil Tiger leader killed  News Report

* US declares PKK 'a common enemy'  News Report

* Iran urged to join Gulf nuclear deal  News Report

* Iran's leaders need enemies like Bush, and at every turn he obliges them  News Report

* Giuliani hits Democrats on Iran  News Report

* Iran: We have no information on Arad  News Report

* Clinton hails US move on Iran  News Report

* Israel to prepare for potential missile attack  News Report

* US First Lady in Kuwait  News Report

* Rice: Mideast solution in jeopardy  News Report

* Kurdish fighters defy the world from mountain fortress as bombing begins  News Report

* Protesters confront Condoleezza Rice as she testifies on Middle East  News Report

* Showdown With Iran  News Report

* U.S. outlines Baghdad security handover plan  News Report

* Poll shows global opposition to Iran - and U.S.  News Report

* Iraq promises Turkey it will curb Kurdish rebels  News Report

* Big shoes to fill  News Report

* LUKOIL says halts Iran oil project on US sanctions  News Report

* Three soldiers killed in Darfur camp attack - UN  News Report

* There's a better - and cheaper - way that Washington can help Lebanon  News Report

* Lebanese patience for Nahr al-Bared displaced wears thin  News Report

* Iran, Syria urge diplomatic means instead of military incursion into Iraq  News Report

* Talabani refuses to deliver PKK leaders to Turkey amid protests against incursion  News Report

* Turkey vows to defeat PKK rebels  News Report

* Iran N-case on Olmert's Paris agenda  News Report

* Motaki (FM): US in No Position to Attack Iran  News Report

* We will fight to the death, Kurdish rebel leader vows from his hideout  News Report

* Deaths And Hostages In Border Clash  News Report

* Flash News: Kurdish separatistand 12 Turkish soldiers killed  News Report

* IRGC Commander:Aggressions to Be Reciprocated with a Rain of Rockets  News Report

* 2 leaders back Blair as European Union president  News Report

* Babacan stresses dialogue as key to solving Lebanese crisis  News Report

* Jordan hopes for positive outcome of Annapolis meeting  News Report

* Iran's nuclear negotiator resigns  News Report

* Larijani Resigns  Ali Behrooz

* NATO says shipment of roadside bombs was 'from Iran'  News Report

* Israel impeding effort to clear cluster bombs  News Report

* Bhutto defiant over bomb attack  News Report

* Democrats' stance on Iran criticized  News Report

* Top Palestinian negotiator may resign  News Report

* UN condemns killing of its truck drivers in Darfur  News Report

* Kurds sign oil deals beyond regional borders – former minister  News Report

* Jerusalem is ours, warns Likud  News Report

* Rice back in Israel after Egypt talks  News Report

* Haft Tapeh Sugar Cane workers in southern Iran go on strike  News Report

* Ahmadinejad: Caspian states to form economic cooperation organization  News Report

* Putin lands in Iran for nuke talks  News Report

* Mideast Conference and the Illusive Peace  News Report

* Coalition of the Reluctant  News Report

* World bank neglects African farming, study says  News Report

* Putin dismisses threat of assassination in Iran  News Report

* Israel signals readiness to cede parts of Jerusalem to Palestinians  News Report

* Christiane Amanpour: 'People think I relax with a Kalashnikov - I don't'  News Report

* After honeymoon, Sarkozy method poses three risks  News Report


Iran’s Conservatives Are Deceiving Themselves
[ Tariq Alhomayed]
[Source: asharq-e.com - 24/04/08]


What the Iranian conservatives say to us within the Arab media and at news conferences is not important; what is important is what they say in Iran and their action on the ground.
The conservatives of Iran are practicing political deviousness and trading our issues the same way in which they trade Persian rugs. Whoever spends 10 years weaving a rug knows too well about patience and causing disruption to those who are considered opponents – even if it means disseminating false information bit by bit.
But is the timing in Iran’s interest?
I am writing this because one of the strangest things I read, quoted by the Iranian conservative 'Kayhan' newspaper, was the allegation that “the British sent Lawrence of Arabia to bring together Sheikh Muhammad Ibn Abd al Wahhab and Al Saud in order to set up a unit in support of Britain.” Is there any other nonsense that could exceed this? Is there any greater falsification that can top this or any instigation against the Saudi foundation that is more dangerous than criticising side topics?
Sheikh Muhammad Ibn Abd al Wahhab’s call predates over 270 years when Sheikh Muhammad Ibn Abd al Wahhab and Muhammad Bin Saud, may God rest their souls, pledged allegiance to one other. The sheikh, according to some accounts, was born in 1115 Hijra/1703 AD; however Lawrence of Arabia lived between 1888 and 1935. Lawrence of Arabia emerged during the era of Sharif Hussein Bin Ali and his battle (the Arab Revolt, 1916) against the Ottomans.
Sheikh Muhammad Ibn Abd al Wahhab's call did not offer a new religion, group or school of thought. It was a reformative call between a sheikh and a politician, the result of which was the unity of a large nation after much discord, under the umbrella of the Islamic creed, which is the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
The problem with Iran’s conservatives today is that they are lubricating a large machine of deception and confusion in most parts of the Arab world and they continuously target Saudi Arabia, contrary to what they state during conferences or in official statements.
In reality, Iran’s conservatives exert orchestrated efforts in order to mislead and cause confusion. Through information that was leaked by Iran’s conservatives about Saudi Arabia to their newspapers or newspapers affiliated to them in different locations, or even via books subsidized by them; they demonstrate laughable ignorance of Saudi Arabia and the Arabian Peninsula as a whole.
With the reference to Lawrence of Arabia’s connection to Sheikh Muhammad Ibn Abd al Wahhab, it appears that the information that the Iranian conservatives hold about Saudi Arabia, Sheikh Muhammad Ibn Abd al Wahhab’s mission, and the Arabian Peninsula is similar to Ahmadinejad’s information on the poet [Mohammed] Bin Laboun!
Clearly, and unfortunately, Iran’s conservatives will not be able to reconcile with the Arab Gulf, in the past and at present, as long as they are unable to reconcile with themselves within Iran itself. Iran has a civilization as well as prestige; nevertheless Tehran will not be able to establish a distinctive relationship with its neighbours through blackmail and deception.
A Saudi official advised the Iranian leadership with the following words: “If you insist on interfering in Arab issues, our message to you is to intervene in a positive manner.”
I believe that the best action that Iran could take for itself and the region would be to leave the Arab world and its issues alone as it is impossible for those who face real internal crises, such as Tehran, to solve the problems of others.





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