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Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Tehran's Defiance

This week, President Bush will host French president Nicolas Sarkozy in Washington, and later in the week, German chancellor Angela Merkel will meet with the president at his ranch in Texas. These visits follow the U.S. imposition of an array of sanctions on Iran designed to thwart Iranian nuclear and revolutionary ambitions. Last month, the United States designated the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps for proliferation activity and its elite Quds Force for material support for terrorism. Meanwhile, evidence continues to mount of the Guards' complicity in the deaths of American and Iraqi soldiers in Iraq, as well as its substantial influence in Iran's economy and society. For more than two years, the Bush administration has supported all manner of European and United Nations efforts to stop Iran's nuclear activity, but Tehran has remained defiant. U.S. sanctions come at a time when Iranian-sponsored terrorism is generating greater cooperation among French and German intelligence and security services. AEI scholars have written about Iran's long campaign against the United States, the importance of fully implementing sanctions, and the need to empower civil society in Iran as the best hope for averting military action.
Ali Alfoneh's recent Middle Eastern Outlook uses Persian-language sources to expose the depths of the Guards' involvement in the Iranian economy.
The Iranian Time Bomb, by Michael A. Ledeen, examines the ideological and religious origins of terrorism supported by Tehran.
AEI's Global Business in Iran: Interactive database records transactions connected to the Islamic Republic, many of which implicate the Guards. In the Wall Street Journal, Danielle Pletka addresses the need for sanctions to tighten the pressure.
Michael Rubin emphasizes that cutting democracy funding would make military conflict with Iran more likely in a recent Washington Post article.


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November 7, 2007 -- JERUSALEM - Iran could have nuclear weapons in two years if its nuclear ambitions are not curbed, a senior Israeli intelligence official said yesterday.
Maj. Gen. Yossi Baidatz, head of research for military intelligence, warned the Knesset's Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee that Iran was getting closer to developing a weapon.
"If nothing stops Iran, by the end of 2009, Iran will have a nuclear weapon," a participant in the session quoted Baidatz as saying. Iran's nuclear program is especially terrifying because Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has repeatedly called for Israel's destruction. Israel has mounted a diplomatic offensive to try to build international support for tougher U.N. sanctions aimed at making Iran abandon nukes. Israeli officials met with all permanent members of the U.N. Security Council last month to push for new sanctions. Prime Minister Ehud Olmert made a trip to Moscow followed by a trip to London and Paris. Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni made the case to officials in China. Russia and China, both veto-wielding members of the Security Council, are blocking new sanctions on Iran.

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