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What’s The Deal With Iran?

 

What’s The Deal With Iran? (Randyjw; July 7, 2018)

 

According to a June 5th article online at Newsweek, Iran is prepared to restart its uranium enrichment processes, having prepared the processes beforehand. How much beforehand? One can never be certain. But, as they say in wrestling, “Let’s get ready to rrrruummmmmmbbbbllllle…………”:

Here is the article, and some interesting related reading:

 

http://www.newsweek.com/iran-getting-ready-boost-uranium-enrichment-case-nuclear-deal-fails-958191

 

Levi Julian, Hana. “Iran Reopens Nuclear Uranium Enrichment Plant”; JewishPress.org; June 26, 2018:

http://www.jewishpress.com/news/us-news/iran-reopens-nuclear-uranium-enrichment-plant/2018/06/28/

 

Heinonen, Olli. “Iran’s Nuclear Breakout Time: A Fact Sheet”; washingtoninstitute.org; March 28, 2015:

http://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/view/irans-nuclear-breakout-time-a-fact-sheet

 

Iranian Weapons of Mass Destruction: The Birth of a Regional Nuclear Arms Race? By Anthony H. Cordesman, Adam C. Seitz; Page Review/books.google.com (accessed June 28, 2018):

https://books.google.com/books?id=vK8WU7OWKpwC&lpg=PA377&ots=7pSyfBs467&dq=iran%20uf6%20cordesman&pg=PA377#v=onepage&q=iran%20uf6%20cordesman&f=false

 

Heinonen, Olli. “Why the Monitoring of Movements of UF6 Cylinders Matters” – Opening remarks at the Global Cylinder Identification and Monitoring System Stakeholder Meeting, Washington, DC., 29 April, 2014; as published via Harvard Kennedy School Belfer Center for Science & International Affairs; belfercenter.org:

https://www.belfercenter.org/publication/why-monitoring-movements-uf6-cylinders-matters

 

Update (March 18, 2019):

Carmon, Yigal and Savyon, A. “How Iran Deceived The U.S. Intelligence Community – Part II: Iran Does Not Allow The IAEA To Monitor The Most Critical Area Of Its Nuclear Project – Developing A Nuclear Explosive Device (Section T In The JCPOA)”. memri.org; March 17, 2019:

https://www.memri.org/reports/how-iran-deceived-us-intelligence-community-%E2%80%93-part-ii-iran-does-not-allow-iaea-monitor-most

 

Update (May 29, 2019):

Huessy, Peter and David A. Deptula. ” Turning the Tables on ‘Global Zero'”. gatestoneinstitute.org; May 29, 2019:

https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/14268/global-zero-nuclear-modernization

 

 

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Mighty Response to Iranian Belligerence

 

Mighty Response to Iranian Belligerence (Randyjw; April 24, 2018)

 

The book of the Bible we commonly refer to in English by the name of Exodus, is actually termed Sefer Shemot in Hebrew, the meaning of which is “Book of Names,” due to its beginning lines, “Ve-el-eh shemot b’nai Yisrael…”: “And these are the names of the Children (lit. can be also read ‘Sons’) of Israel…”.

 

Exodus contains the accounts to which Jewish holidays bear adherence to our ancient Jewish traditions and holidays, several of which are: the giving of the Law on Mount Sinai to the Children of Israel, which is known by our holiday name of Shavuot; and Pesach, or “Passover,” referring to the time when, after 430 years, we were delivered from our slavery under the Pharaoh of Egypt through the petitions of Moses and his brother, Aaron (the future first Levite), to release us to let us worship our G-d, as we please.

 

Pharaoh did not wish to lose his free labor force, and refused consistently to let us go. Through ten plagues rained down by G-d upon Egypt, he finally must relent, when realizing that his decisions will merit G-d’s consequences for his refusal to acquiesce. So, our Israeli family moved from Egypt and were on our way to Israel (Canaan), when G-d decided to harden Pharaoh’s heart, again, in order to serve Pharaoh’s iniquity upon himself. When we reached a sea boundary, Pharaoh and his chariot cavalry had almost caught up with us. G-d told Moses to stretch his rod out over the sea so that we could pass through it on dry ground. When Pharaoh tried to follow with his chariot cavalry, Moses let the rod down and the sea closed upon the Egyptians and drowned them. It is commanded of us by G-d to retell this story annually, since from that time, which we do, and we also hold a special Seder, as well.

 

There are numerous instances in the Tanach (Jewish Bible) which refer to the presence of G-d being accompanied in cloud or in fire. Some of the fire references occur in these instances: on the giving of the Torah on Mount Sinai to Moses for the Jewish People; during the challenge of Elijah the Prophet (Israel) to the worshipers of the false gods of Ba’al to distinguish the real Lord, versus any fake; hail and brimstone raining down on the inhabitants of Sodom and Gomorrah; and the eternal flame within the Holy of Holies in the Jewish Temple.

 

Fire is also used by G-d as a guiding light to lead our people in our path, as is cloud. Pillars of each formed before us and behind us in order to light our way and to obscure our passage from our enemies. These occurrences are frequently mentioned in the Tanach. One such instance is the chapter in Genesis describing this phenomenon, read in verses twenty and twenty-one of the thirteenth chapter.

 

Thus it reads:

 

(https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Exodus+13%3A20-21&version=KJV)

 

In other such instances, fire was used against those who trespass against G-d by committing attacks against the Jewish people as being surrogates to G-d’s word. Cloud coverage from G-d is often used to obstruct our enemies’ paths against us, while ensuring our safety. Plentiful examples abound in the Tanach, but here is an example where the Lord separates us as we depart Egypt, from the Egyptians desiring to recapture us (the entire Chapter of Exodus 14, in Hebrew and in English, follows: scroll down to verses 19 and 20 — or read it in full, if you prefer):

 

(https://www.sefaria.org/Exodus.14?lang=bi&aliyot=0)

 

Here is a good example in modern day of such instances occurring, in this must-read article regarding Iranian belligerence against Israel, and a mighty response, following:

 

Berkowitz, Adam Eliyahu. “Are Natural Catastrophes in Iran End-of-Days Divine Retribution?”; Breaking Israel News.com; April 24, 2018:

(https://www.breakingisraelnews.com/106487/divine-response-to-iranian-threats-sandstorms-and-earthquakes/)

 

 

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Pledge Not Obeisance

 

 

Pledge  of  Allegiance:

 

I pledge allegiance

to the flag

of the United States

of America

and to the Republic

for which it stands

One nation

Under G-d

Indivisible

with Liberty

and Justice

for all.

 

 

 

Pledge  Not  Obeisance:

 

I pledge no allegiance

to a flag

of a divided Islamic Republic

of Iran

Nor to the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps

toward which it bends

One nation

Under Islam

Insatiable

without Liberty

or Justice

for all.

 

 

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“…With Misery, under Mullah, for all.”

 

I’ve been derelict in my duties to bring you important news items that I think worthy of publication or ponderance. However, there are sites out there better equipped and better managed to handle such tasks (and many of those will make it to my “Surf” page at a later date). My aim is to bring you a selection from life — from Israel, from Jewish life, from life in general. And that is why you will see reviews of unrelated books, music, or media, as well as light-hearted and frivolous matters related herein. It keeps me interested, and I hope it does the same for you.

 

Now, with that out of the way, let me get back to some serious matters. One of these is in regards to the balance of world power. The United States has been the number one super-power for many years now. We have indeed acted as a world police, of sorts, and I think that has been a good thing. I would rather a democratic nation retain the resources and military power to prevent the rise to the number one spot by dictatorial tyrannies, where personal freedoms, under their reign would, instead, be lost. This means having to put in the necessary fight needed to remain a free country. As hypocritical a notion as democracy-by-might may seem, it is only those who favor Socialism, or Fascism, or Communism who seem to object to this idea. If we hadn’t taken our stand to join in World War II, even at the late stage where we finally did, then the world just might have succumbed to the Nazi regime. I can tell you that it wouldn’t have been a good thing.

 

Unfortunately, this ideological left-wing group also includes young idealists, who, ironically, grew up with the freedom to decide that they would jettison the individual rights of others and who haven’t lived long enough in years in this world to have learned, or to have even experienced, what life under totalitarian regimes might entail, and who do not realize the steps one would undertake to turn a free society into a trapped society. If they did, they wouldn’t choose this fate, unless they specifically were engaging to undermine democratic ideals.

 

That is why America is so successful in upholding freedoms for people to live their lives free from state/government persecution of groups as a class (and we ALL belong to a group of people, of one sort or another) — and so it extends to individual rights, enshrined in our body of law. This is the Constitution, which sets out broad parameters of the societal contract we make amongst ourselves. It provides broad protections to all. It cannot, necessarily, govern individual behaviors of a person in thought or deed, unless specific laws are made (but people break these, as no law can infallibly stop an individual from going contrary to its rule) — there is free will, and there is ignorance, and there is disrespect, and there is stupidity.

 

Hitler’s stupidity was in thinking that micro-managing such factors as could be found in human development, even down to the genetic level in the creation of a Master Race, would leave their society culturally superior to others. That the local populace could fall for such rhetoric is testament to the gullibility, fears, and educational mindset of the population at-large.

 

There are others in power today with just such a domineering attitude holding sway over the countries in which they rule. It is possible that many living under such regimes believe entirely the opposite to what their official government stance has embraced. It is one thing to do so under a democracy, where one is free to believe their own ideas and to not be persecuted for them. It is another thing, completely, to have to live under a regime where you are persecuted for your difference of beliefs. If, though, you desire to impose a totalitarian regime to replace an already existing democracy — this cannot be tolerated.

 

Many countries have dual-governance systems, but there is always one dominant operating mode. For instance, the monarchy still exists in England, where we have the reigning family bequeathing their inherited position in society to their progeny; yet, the ruling governing body remains the British Parliament, composed of the Lordship class, and the Common(ers) class; token, but real, duties are still carried out by the monarchy in the more ceremonial aspects of goodwill and governance.

 

Dual-bodied systems can also exist where one such ruling body pertains to religious matters, and the other might be Parliamentary. Some, like Saudi Arabia, can be primarily religious in scope, with outlying religious jurisdiction in smaller governing bodies (generally designated to family clan-members), and positions of sheikdom. Some, such as the smallest nation on earth, Vatican City, is ruled by theocracy and papal rule, issuing doctrine promulgated through its body via edicts and, theoretically, adhered to in principle by the priestly classes. Both of these systems are mainly theocratic.

 

Many who are critical of religion would have to then equate these two former religions as supposed creators of the problems which they find inherent to religion, as a general course of matter. But, they don’t. Instead, they hypocritically and non-sensically criticize Israel, a democratic, Parliamentary-run system based on the British-based leftover one from the days of Mandate rule. Religious matters, while they have their own governing bodies in Israel, reside separate from State. It is a great feat that Israel has amongst the most diverse religious and cultural ethnicities thriving in its populace than almost most other nations on earth.

 

Many people look to such great nations when they dream of fleeing their tyrannical states in other lands. Such countries that persecute their citizens find many means and methods by which to do so. This includes forbidding their departure outside the state (this was the case for Jews, who were barred from departing many lands, including in Russia, until recently); secret police; vice squads to monitor both public and private behavior; state-run media and the suppression of free speech; official state religion, where others are barred; or Communism, where the practice of all religion is forbidden, etc.

 

The nations comprising what’s generally considered the Middle East are often thought of for their harsh adherence and strictures to religious principles based on their own presiding faiths, with little by way of tolerance to those practicing other faiths. Many of those countries are ruled by their majority religion, although in one or two cases it can be found otherwise.

 

Certain ideas may evolve and become almost new bodies, in their own rights. In religion, these become sects, which might break off into different denominations. Islam, as one religion, has many forms, besides the two main groups we are more commonly familiar with, based on whether the ruling party was to come from the ancestral lineage (a direct line of founder Mohammed, but a daughter) or to an ideological inheritor (a son-in-law of Mohammed, but male). These became the main two denominations, Sunni and Shia.

 

Further divisions have occured based on ideological followings of certain teachers, and might be known by the regional bases where they developed, or for certain beliefs and practices.

 

Some are based on larger ruling clan associations, like the former Husseini families, giving us the mid-Central Mid-East rule, around the Mesopotamian/Fertile Crescent areas. These are mostly Sunni. They became Iraq, Jordan, etc., or may have become the Alawis of Syria.

 

Believers might follow the teachings of an Imam, or a Maulauna in the areas of India and Pakistan. Saudi Arabia, which is mostly Sunni Muslim, follows a literal and strict form called Wahhabi. There might be as many divisions within Islam as there are in Christianity — perhaps more.

 

Iran, once known as Persia, has a long history in the region. Because of this, and because of their shared culture with other people from amongst the regions, many religions have been birthed in or have been influenced by that of this country. Zoro-Astrianism is one of its earlier, and draws heavily from nature and cosmology; Twelver; Baha’i; Shiism, and others have been rooted here, as well.

 

The Shah of Iran was deposed in a coup in 1979 by the Islamic Revolution, ushering in a religious party determined to rule with stricter adherence to literal Koranic interpretation. While this body has existed in previous times, it has both receded and grown to prominence. It is now resurgent and has been drawing a curtain around her citizens, to shield them from outside influence and to keep foreign influence from penetrating deeper than it already has.

 

If America had wanted to extend democracy abroad, it might have chosen 1979 to get involved. Instead, we had Jimmy Carter as resident-President, whose liberal policies included the Salt II treaties, and whose reign was favorably biased toward keeping these strict Muslim rulers in place despite protests from the citizens of the countries in which they reigned.

 

The next opportune chance we had to help the people of Iran in their quest for democracy came preceding the recent “Arab Spring”, when spontaneous “Happy” demonstrations broke out all over the place. But we let it die in the dust, consigning these people to: “…With Misery, under Mullah, for all.” (my take on the pledge of allegiance to the United States).

 

The Mullahs of Iran are their countries’ religious ruling elite. They determine adherence to Koranic principle and laws of everyday life. Hadiths are basically commentary and rulings of the Koran, already discussed and judged for compliance to- or as against- the Koran. If an individual has gone against the faith of Islam, then a fatwa can be issued against them. This is a bounty on their head — a death sentence, basically. We Jews, whether a specific fatwa has been issued against us or otherwise, already have a collective fatwa on our head, issued in the pages of the Islamic Koran. Yeah, THAT ‘religion of peace’.

 

A fatwa had also been issued on a Muslim author named Salman Rushdie, who had dared mention some of the tenets of Islam in his books. These were deemed blasphemous by the religious rulers of the times, who had a fatwa imposed on him. We are not talking about things that occured millenia, or even centuries ago. We are talking about this having happened within only the last three decades.

 

There had been such a sense of the “taboo” surrounding this book and this author (The Satanic Verses, by Salman Rushdie) that I, myself, had a sense of foreboding about even delving into exploring what the whole issue was about. And then, I read one of his books. I think it was fairly recently, too. I looked to see if I had written a review, but none is here. Either I read it prior to my blog, or maybe I still felt apprehension about recording my thoughts, or perhaps I just felt it didn’t warrant the exertion of my time.

 

But, that’s not fair. And now I do. As a person who has been discriminated against in my lifetime, and in the collective past of my ancestors, I feel it only fair to speak out for one who, while he has a big voice, has also to hide from those who would try to silence it.

 

I forget which of his books I read. I remember it being about his actions, his time spent in hiding, and his marriage to one of the most beautiful women on this planet, Padma Lakshmi. I thought he was a wonderful and beautifully-gifted writer. That a tyrannical regime would try to silence this voice, just for expressing his thoughts in a beautiful manner, is unbelievable. Frankly, Salman Rushdie has done more for Islam than any of these creeps could do. He has shown us his own beauty, and we appreciate him.

 

In a spoiler alert: the fatwa was somewhat “capped”. It sortof faded into the woodwork — on the books, but without real expectation for it to be carried out. Think of the mafia, or a drug syndicate — some of the nastiest revenge-seekers you could find, and you’ve got your fatwa orders.

 

The fatwa, in the last decade, has again reared its ugly, fork-tongued snakes’ head. It just was re-issued. Funny, it says that the bounty amount has been raised — meanwhile, my records show from at least eight years back, that articles reported by such groups as the Middle East Media Research Institute and others, show a considerable decline (by about 80%!) in the dollar amount proferred. With the release of held Iranian bank funds and other assets, don’t they have enough to meet their former $3.3 million dollar or so rewards? What — have they adjusted for the cost of inflation?

 

Give up the fatwa, you cheap – ***  $%&#  and  #$%&@  and  $+-&//$!

 

There. I said MY piece!

 

Related:

In describing only what I would consider to be the Leftist penchant to keep totalitarian rule in place where Muslim authority is concerned, please see this article from Israel National News.com:

Meotti, Giulio. “The Left Stands With The Islamist Thought Police: How The European Left Stands Shockingly With The Islamists Against ‘Moderate Muslims'”; Arutz Sheva / Israel National News.com; April 1, 2016:

(http://www.israelnationalnews.com/Articles/Article.aspx/18647)

 

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Since 1941, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, otherwise known as the Shah of Iran, ruled Iran as a sort-of quasi-King, with some progressive ideas to reform and modernize the centuries old former Persian kingdom. His pro-Western stance, combined with his visions to turn the clock back to resemble the imperial courts of old by replacing the Islamic calendar with an “imperial” one (see more at:
http://www.iranchamber.com/history/mohammad_rezashah/mohammad_rezashah.php#sthash.RCBScBNY.dpuf), provoked the Iranian populace to eventually foment an uprising against his reign. Beginning in 1979, the Shah fled his country and lived in exile outside Iran, as a result of the growing discontent in his country, which resulted in the Iranian Revolution of 1979. The Shah was to eventually be admitted to the United States for the treatment of cancer, which had invaded his body and for which it eventually took his life.

After the Iranian Revolution, the United States government initiated sanctions against Iran as a means to discourage Iran from furthering development of a nuclear weapon capability. These initial sanctions occurred after the previously pro-Western Shah was replaced with a more militant Islamic regime, which still rules today. The United States expanded the sanctions in 1995 to include businesses, and again imposed sanctions upon Iran in 2006, when the Iranian government refused to suspend its enrichment of uranium.

The agency which handles world nuclear regulation and inspection, if the parties are signatory to this agreement, is the International Agency for Atomic Energy (the IAEA) (For additional information on inspection reports and other information on Iran’s nuclear capabilities and its dealings with the IAEA, please see a report by The Institute for Science and International Security in Washington, D.C., at the following website: http://www.isisnucleariran.org/documents/iaea/).

The IAEA was thwarted in its attempts to inspect certain of Iran’s nuclear sites, and Iran has lied about the number of its facilities and their capabilities. This action went on for many years, when the U.S. decided it had had enough of these cat-and-mouse games and imposed sanctions upon Iran, whose consequences involved freezing U.S.-held Iranian bank assets, prohibiting U.S. citizens from conducting business with Iran, and other such punitive measures, according to Wikipedia and other sources. Over the years, this has had a crippling effect on the Iranian economy, although in an April 24th, 2013 article written by Samuel Burke at CNN with the airing of a televised segment, Iranian Finance Minister, Seyyed Shamseddin Hosseini, has declared that the U.S. sanctions have had virtually no effect upon its economy (see http://amanpour.blogs.cnn.com/2013/04/24/irans-finance-minister-sanctions-havent-crippled-us).

An Egyptian businessman named Mohamed ElBaradei once was the ruling head of this agency, prior to his participation in recent Egyptian elections. He has run in Egyptian elections to be Prime Minister as well as in more recent times, to be President (see: http://www.bbc.com/news/10420218 for a profile on Mohamed ElBaradei).

A government can also impose sanctions upon another countries’ states, or even upon certain groups which operate independently of a state, such as terrorist groups or individual persons who have committed acts of terrorism. A terrorist list is compiled by the U.S. State Department, so that U.S. citizens may know which groups or individuals comprise terrorist perpetrators and can act accordingly. Such lists are used for no-fly lists so that airport security personnel can be apprised of potential terrorists who may try to pass through their terminals and screen them for no-entry to the planes. Businesses and individuals may not conduct transactions or provide aid or comfort to the enemy, meaning those who are listed among the State Department’s lists.

According to Wikipedia, the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Counterrerrorism retains a list of state sponsors of terrorism, which was begun in December of 1979, and included Libya, Iraq, South Yemen and Syria among its listees. Other countries added to it included Cuba in 1982, Iran in 1984, North Korea in 1988, and Sudan in 1993. It says that Iraq, Libya, North Korea and Yemen have been removed, although Iran was still listed on it. Additional it states that the four main aims of the bureau is to:

1) make no concessions to terrorists;
2) bring them to justice;
3) isolate and apply pressure on states that sponsor terrorism to change their behavior; and
4) bolster others that work with us.

Therefore, I have never quite understood why our own government acts as if they are above the law when they provide military weapons, parts, or training of the forces inside a country we have deemed as hostile to the U.S. For instance, we have been engaged in a decade-long war in Afghanistan, yet our soldiers are providing top-notch training to Afghanis in weapons usage, tactics and strategies. Rather than lessen terrorism, this provides the means by which our self-declared enemies might know our own strategies to use against us, and the weapons they receive will only ratchet up the level of violence even further.

 

Update (October 3, 2018):

See additional news updates and previous writings:

 

World Israel News staff. “IAEA chief rejects Israel’s demand to inspect secret Iran nuclear site”; worldisraelnews.com; October 2, 2018:

https://worldisraelnews.com/iaea-to-israel-we-inspect-sites-in-iran-when-needed/

 

 

World Israel News Staff. “Netanyahu: IAEA didn’t check newly revealed Iran nuke site”; worldisraelnews.com; October 2, 2018:

https://worldisraelnews.com/netanyahu-iaea-didnt-check-newly-revealed-iran-nuke-site/

 

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