CIA-Coup: Iranischer Nuklearphysiker übergelaufen

Sämtliche Medien berichteten heute über diese ABC-Exklusivmeldung:

An award-winning Iranian nuclear scientist, who disappeared last year under mysterious circumstances, has defected to the CIA and been resettled in the United States, according to people briefed on the operation by intelligence officials. The officials were said to have termed the defection of the scientist, Shahram Amiri, “an intelligence coup” in the continuing CIA operation to spy on and undermine Iran’s nuclear program.
Erst gestern legte der CIA dem Kongress einen neuen Bericht über das iranische Atomprogramm vor. Der Inhalt ist wenig ermutigend:

Iran is poised to begin producing nuclear weapons after its uranium program expansion in 2009, even though it has had problems with thousands of its centrifuges, according to a newly released CIA report. “Iran continues to develop a range of capabilities that could be applied to producing nuclear weapons, if a decision is made to do so,” the annual report to Congress states.

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SPON über die Versuche des iranischen Regimes alternative Informationsquellen auszuschalten:

Er ist der größte und leistungsstärkste europäische Fernsehsatellit – und doch hat “Hot Bird 8″ keine Chance, wenn die Mullahs einschreiten. Dann verschwinden augenblicklich die persischen Dienste von BBC und Voice of America von den Fernsehschirmen – und zwar im gesamten Sendegebiet des Satelliten. Auch das arabische Programm der Deutschen Welle (DW) hat keine Chance. “Wir hatten im Dezember und Februar Störungen. Zusammen sind über 30 Stunden Programm ausgefallen”, sagt DW-Sprecher Johannes Hoffmann im Gespräch mit SPIEGEL ONLINE. Die Attacken, so Hoffmann, seien ein “gezielter Akt, um Berichterstattung zu unterbinden”.

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To only say Iranian nukes are unacceptable is to accept them

Bill Kristol in der Washington Post:

In March 1936, Hitler occupied the Rhineland. The French prime minister, Leon Blum, denounced the act as “unacceptable.” But France, Britain and the rest of the world accepted it. Years later, the French political thinker Raymond Aron commented, “To say that something is unacceptable was to say that one accepted it.”

In March 2010, as Iran moved ahead with its nuclear weapons program, the American secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, speaking at the policy conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee last week, said no fewer than four times in one paragraph that a nuclear-armed Iran would be “unacceptable.” It would be unacceptable simply, “unacceptable to the United States,” “unacceptable to Israel” and “unacceptable to the region and the international community.” [Weiterlesen...]

‘Obama resigned to nuclear Iran’

John Boltons Einschätzung:

“I very much worry the Obama administration is willing to accept a nuclear Iran, that’s why there’s this extraordinary pressure on Israel not to attack in Iran,” Bolton told Army Radio.

The former envoy claimed that this pressure was the focus of last week’s meetings in Washington between Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyhau and US officials, including President Barack Obama.

Bolton said that the Obama administration had embraced the view, prevalent in Europe, that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict was the key to the resolution of all other conflicts throughout the Middle East, including the Iranian conflict.

He added that the rift in US-Israel relations stemmed from a fundamental difference in the understanding of the Middle East and Israel’s role in the Middle East, and is not really about east Jerusalem at all.

Bolton said that the treatment Netanyahu received during his visit “should tell the people of Israel how difficult it’s going to be dealing with Washington for the next couple of years.”

Results Of Simulated Israeli Strike On Iran

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In the past, Israel has targeted nuclear reactors in Syria and Iraq. Some wonder what would happen if Israel attacked Iran’s nuclear program. The Saban Center for Middle East Policy created a day-long simulation of the diplomatic and military fallout. Kenneth Pollack studied the results.

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=125311250&ft=1&f=1004

Quelle: NPR

Erdogans “Argumente” gegen Sanktionen

Turkey makes case against sanctions on Iran

ANKARA (Reuters) – Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday he did not favor imposing economic sanctions to pressure Iran into showing that it has no covert nuclear weapons program.

Erdogan discussed different approaches with visiting German Chancellor Angela Merkel to international efforts to rein in Iran’s nuclear ambitions, but made clear Turkey’s reluctance to back the use of sanctions.

“We are of the view that sanctions is not a healthy path and… that the best route is diplomacy,” he said at a joint news conference with Merkel.

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