US Preparing To Tackle Prince of Persia

US Preparing To Tackle Prince of Persia
Vol: 38 Issue: 28 Sunday, November 28, 2004

Iran continues to argue that it has the right to keep some of the centrifuges used to enrich uranium for ‘research purposes’ — despite the much-vaunted ‘Paris Accord’ requiring Iran to give them all up.

In talks in Paris with Britain, Germany and France, Iran agreed on Nov. 15 to freeze all its nuclear activities. Its subsequent statement that it wants to retain some centrifuges for research purposes allegedly ‘stunned’ negotiators.

It makes one wonder what planet those alleged ‘negotiators’ arrived from? Iran is playing a game of brinksmanship and the EU’s negotiators should have expected it. Everybody else did.

An article in the newspaper Jomhouri Islami said recently that the IAEA’s opposition to letting Iran keep centrifuges for research was aimed at ‘preventing it from mastering the fuel cycle’.

“We must not trust the Europeans who have dishonored their pledges with Iran in the past and we should develop our fuel cycle with full capacity,” it said.

The week before last, President Mohammad Khatami had called the Paris agreement a “success,” and Hossein Mousavian, a member of the negotiating team, said Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, had approved the agreement.

“Iran considered the deal a victory because unlike the United States, which wants to dismantle Iran’s nuclear program, Europe has recognized it and even promised to help Iran become one of the 18 fuel producers,” said Kaveh Afrasiabi, a political scientist and adviser to the negotiating team.

Iran has been developing its nuclear program openly for almost a decade. During that time, the West stood by, apparently confident Iran was keeping to the terms of the various non-proliferation treaties to which Iran was a signatory.

History shows this to be a huge mistake; somewhere equal to the thirteen-year ‘sitzkrieg’ with Saddam Hussein’s regime, but with infinitely greater consequences.

A year ago, Iran promised to suspend nuclear enrichment activity, only to break that promise the moment the inspectors looked away. Now there is a new promise to suspend — but Iran demands the right to break the promise — in advance.

The National Council of Resistance of Iran said Teheran is not only breaking its pledge, it is doing so using a covert program the IAEA is allegedly unaware of.

It says the mad mullahs are using secret laser technology as part of Iran’s enrichment process, a process said to be key to developing nuclear weapons.

The council also said laser technology has been used at several Iranian military facilities. One might question the council, since it hopes to use the US to overthrow the mullahs, but the IAEA confirmed some of it in its latest report.

It found that Iran tried to acquire equipment suitable for uranium enrichment at the Lavizan site in Teheran. The US has identified Lavizan as a (formerly) secret nuclear weapons facility. Iran says Lavizan has been used since 1989 as a physics research center.

The IAEA also says Iran has produced tons of uranium hexafluoride, also known as UF6, in the city of Isfahan. UH6 is used to feed gas centrifuges to produce enriched uranium required for nuclear weapons.

The IAEA believes that 37 tons uranium yellowcake ore were delivered to the uranium conversion facility in Isfahan and that some UF6 has already been produced.

Assessment:

Colin Powell’s State Department has been at odds with the administration over the prospect of military action against Iran since President Bush first named it as a member of the ‘Axis of Evil’ following the 9/11 attack.

Powell’s reaffirmed to anyone who would listen, his policy of seeking a diplomatic resolution to the Iran nuclear standoff, to the degree he redefined thirty years of US policy on the fly, saying in a TV interview,

“We have no intention of regime change. That is our policy: no regime change.”

How’s that again? To my knowledge, regime change in Iran has been US policy since the day Khomeini’s thugs invaded the US embassy and took US citizens hostage for 444 days.

(This is part of the reason that there isn’t going to be a second Powell State Department).

The appointment of new Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice marks the beginning of a new policy (?) (or a resumption of the old?) — in any case, ‘regime change’ in Tehran is already in the works, just as surely as regime change in Iraq was already being discussed by war planners– even before September 11 diverted Washington’s attention to Afghanistan.

Over the next few weeks, Dr. Rice is almost certainly going to replace most of the assistant secretaries and career underlings at State.

Rice will bring in her own Middle East team and sideline the naysayers who opposed the war in Iraq, a vigorous campaign against Iranian nuclear weapons and those diplomats who coddled dead terrorist Yasser Arafat.

The regime change at State is the first signal of the planned regime change in Iran.

The Pentagon anticipates that diplomatic efforts to halt Iran’s program would fail and has been pressing for interagency feasibility studies for a possible US strike against Iran.

The Israelis estimate any successful strike against Iran’s nuclear program would involve the total destruction of more than three hundred and fifty targets.

Iran has acquired plans to develop a nuclear warhead for the Shihab-3 missile. It is no coincidence that Tehran has been developing the warhead in parallel with its uranium enrichment program.

The appointment of Condoleeza Rice to Secretary of State signals that Washington is tired of playing brinksmanship and unwilling to back down in the face of the threat.

We’ve discussed the possible ramifications of a joint US-Israeli military strike against Iran in terms of the Gog-Magog War.

According to Ezekiel, the Gog-Magog Alliance includes Persia, Russia, and most of the Islamic states of the Middle East. Ezekiel’s description of the battle includes the deployment and use of nuclear weapons.

This is not a time to be worried. God gave us prophecy so that we would know what the world does not.

“But take ye heed: behold, I have foretold you all things,” Jesus says in Mark 13:13.

He reminds us He foretold these things so that when they began to come to pass, we would know that all is going according to a Divine Plan.

What looks like chaos to the world is actually a blessed assurance from the Lord.

“For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that He is able to keep that which I have committed unto Him against that day.” (2nd Timothy 1:12)

And that Day is fast approaching.

“And when these things BEGIN TO COME TO PASS, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.” (Luke 21:28)

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About Pete Garcia

Christian, father, husband, veteran, pilot, and sinner saved by grace. I am a firm believer in, and follower of Jesus Christ. I am Pre-Trib, Dispensational, and Non-Denominational (but I lean Southern Baptist).

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