Thursday Iran Talking Points
from LobeLog: News and Views Relevant to U.S.-Iran relations for December 2nd, 2010:
Commentary: Abe Greenwald writes on Commentaryâ€™s Contentions blog that the Obama administrationâ€™s â€œparalysisâ€ in responding to North Koreaâ€™s recent artillery attack on South Korea â€œmakes one thing clear: we cannot, for any reason, allow Iran to acquire a nuclear weapon.â€ Greenwald warns that, â€œIf guessing at Kim Jong-ilâ€™s motives makes fools of us all, just imagine trying to react to a nuclear theocratic thug-state perpetually sponsoring regional terror and frozen in a cold domestic revolution.â€ While Pyongyang might settle for talks or further aid, he argues Iranâ€™s leaders seek only to destroy the United States and Israel.
The Weekly Standard: Thomas Joscelyn blogs that WikiLeaks cables have shown a link between Iran and al-Qaeda. Citing a cable which summarizes a conversation with Saudia Arabiaâ€™s Prince Nayif bi Abdulaziz, Joscelyn points to Iranâ€™s alleged hosting Osama bin Ladenâ€™s youngest son, Ibrahim bin Laden. Joscelyn rather looks into this and finds â€œThere is little publicly-available information on him. However, U.S. intelligence officials contacted by THE WEEKLY STANDARD say that he is quickly rising through al Qaedaâ€™s ranks â€“ just like his brothers.â€ He concludes, â€œThe State Departmentâ€™s September 2009 cable is just the latest U.S. government document released by WikiLeaks that connects Iran and al Qaeda.â€
National Review Online: The Foundation for Defense of Democracies president, Clifford May, writes that when being frisked at the airport itâ€™s important to remember that â€œjihadi terrorists are the enemyâ€ and thus responsible for our privacy invasions â€” and not the TSA. May segues into the warning that â€œthe Islamic Republic of Iran has long been the worldâ€™s leading sponsor of terrorism,â€ and takes a swipe at Turkey. â€œPrime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been moving closer to Iranâ€™s rulers even as they have unleashed waves of repression against Iranian dissenters,â€ he writes. May concludes, â€œFor the traveling public, that means directing our anger not at the TSA but at the Islamist terroristsâ€¦who see[s] the airport as a field of battle in the great war of the 21st century.â€
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