Attack Iran and you attack Russia

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    Attack Iran and you attack Russia
    By Pepe Escobar

    The barely reported highlight of Russian President Vladimir Putin's visit to Tehran for the Caspian Sea summit last week was a key face-to-face meeting with Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

    A high-level diplomatic source in Tehran tells Asia Times Online that essentially Putin and the Supreme Leader have agreed on a plan to nullify the George W Bush administration's relentless drive towards launching a preemptive attack, perhaps a tactical nuclear

    strike, against Iran. An American attack on Iran will be viewed by Moscow as an attack on Russia.

    But then, as if this were not enough of a political bombshell, came the abrupt resignation of Ali Larijani as top Iranian nuclear negotiator. Early this week in Rome, Larijani told the IRNA news agency that "Iran's nuclear policies are stable and will not change with the replacement of the secretary of the Supreme National Security Council [SNSC]." Larijani will keep attending SNSC meetings, now as a representative of the Supreme Leader. He even took time to remind the West that in the Islamic Republic all key decisions regarding the civilian nuclear program are made by the Supreme Leader. Larijani actually went to Rome to meet with the European Union's Javier Solana alongside Iran's new negotiator, Saeed Jalili, a former member of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), just like President Mahmud Ahmadinejad.

    In itself, the Putin-Khamenei meeting was extraordinary, because the Supreme Leader rarely receives foreign statesmen for closed talks, even one as crucial as Putin. The Russian president, according to the diplomatic source, told the Supreme Leader he may hold the ultimate solution regarding the endlessly controversial Iranian nuclear dossier. According to IRNA, the Supreme Leader, after stressing that the Iranian civilian nuclear program will continue unabated, said. "We will ponder your words and proposal."

    Larijani himself had told the Iranian media that Putin had a "special plan" and the Supreme Leader observed that the plan was "ponderable". The problem is that Ahmadinejad publicly denied the Russians had volunteered a new plan.

    Iranian hawks close to Ahmadinejad are spinning that Putin's proposal involves Iran temporarily suspending uranium enrichment in exchange for no more United Nations sanctions. That's essentially what International Atomic Energy Agency chief Mohammad ElBaradei has been working on all along. The key issue is what - in practical terms - will Iran get in return. Obviously it's not the EU's Solana who will have the answer. But as far as Russia is concerned, strategically nothing will appease it except a political/diplomatic solution for the Iranian nuclear dossier.

    US Vice President Dick Cheney - who even Senator Hillary Clinton now refers to as Darth Vader - must be foaming at the mouth; but the fact is that after the Caspian summit, Iran and Russia are officially entangled in a strategic partnership. World War III, for them, is definitely not on the cards.

    Let's read from the same script
    The apparent internal controversy on how exactly Putin and the Supreme Leader are on the same wavelength belies a serious rift in the higher spheres of the Islamic Republic. The replacement of Larijani, a realist hawk, by Jalili, an unknown quantity with an even more hawkish background, might spell an Ahmadinejad victory. It's not that simple.

    The powerful Ali Akbar Velayati, the diplomatic adviser to the Supreme Leader, said he didn't like the replacement one bit. Even worse: regarding the appalling record of the Ahmadinejad presidency when it comes to the economy, all-out criticism is now the norm. Another former nuclear negotiator, Hassan Rowhani, told the Etemad-e Melli newspaper, "The effects of the [UN] sanctions are visible. Our situation gets worse day by day."

    Ahmadinejad for the past two months has been placing his former IRGC brothers-in-arms in key posts, like the presidency of the central bank and the Oil, Industry and Interior ministries. Internal repression is rife. On Sunday, hundreds of students protested at the Amir-Kabir University in Tehran, calling for "Death to the dictator".

    The wily, ultimate pragmatist Hashemi Rafsanjani, now leader of the Council of Experts and in practice a much more powerful figure than Ahmadinejad, took no time to publicly reflect that "we can't bend people's thoughts with dictatorial regimes".

    This week, the Supreme Leader himself intervened, saying, "I approve of this government, but this does not mean that I approve of everything they do." Under the currently explosive circumstances, this also amounts to a political bombshell.

    As if anyone needed to be reminded, the buck - or rial - stops with the Supreme Leader, whose last wish on earth is to furnish a pretext for the Bush administration to launch World War III. If Ahmadinejad now deviates from a carefully crafted strategic script, the Supreme Leader may simply get rid of him.

    http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/IJ26Ak06.html?=retrieve_rss
     
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    I do recognize that he has made such a statement, But I think at this point it is pure reteric. I don't think Putin would risk such consideration at this time. in another ten years, maybe. But is definitely a good talking point, and it might even work.----Here's hoping.
     
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    I don't agree with attacking Iran, but there is no way that Russia would actually view an attack on Iran as an attack on Russia. What real benefit (of such significance) is there for Russia in a war with the United States?
     
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    Here we are, on the verge of WW3 and global annihilation, because of a Mesopotamian Mein Kampf called "the Bible."

    To begin with, because of an absurd claim that the Bible substantiates the bizarre claim of a bunch of white “Semites” that their black ancestors once ruled a mighty empire in barren, microscopic Palestine on God's behalf. And that millions of genetically proven - but somehow sub-human - resident Semites must make way for them because they had shit in their own European nest with their intolerably supercilious sense of racial superiority

    Now 8 billion lives are on the line because the even more bizarre Americhristians not only believe the delusions of grandeur of this big-headed bunch of make-believe latter-day Arabs, they insist a fictitious Jewish magician has sacked these bleached Bedouins, because they don’t believe in him, and made Americans his master race instead. :cuckoo:

    Pardon me if I hope and pray that Satan returns and raptures me and all the other socially unacceptable, abnormal and thus sinful folk, away to our final reward while he exterminates these religious ratbags! :mad:
     
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    goddamn, dude. you know.. I hear what you are saying and all... but all I really only wanted to illustrate was the mentality of the world outside of our usual rhetoric. I cant say that i think russia would latch onto iran but then, you never know how things align. I think it's important to consider the relevance of the many nations while we are operating in the M.E. Putin seems to be chaffing with the west lately and it's just a variable to consider. Id rather avoid this whole ww3 thing.
     
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    I agree, I'm "shore "(isn't life a beach?? HEH HEH)
     
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    Is it possible for you to make an argument without dragging your irrelevant, religious tinfoil hat crap into the fray?
     
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    Russian military assistance could be paid off in discounted oil?

    Hardly far-fetched. Saddam Hussein was purchasing France's UN vote.
     
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    Russia has an abundance of fossil fuels, and at the end of the day, discounted oil is just another means of providing cash. If Russia were to supply Iran with military assistance, it would only because the price is right (but that applies to most countries in the world, not just Iran), and/or Russia wants to act as a counterbalance to US hegemony (probably so). However, would Russia think that the benefits outweigh the risks? Possibly, but I doubt it.

    Could Iran purchase Soviet arms? Maybe, for all I know Iran has been doing that for thirty years. Would it go any further than that? Don't think so.
     
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    Depends of Putin. He thinks he's some kind of hardass and Iran DOES border Russia. He could probably sell it as a security measure.

    I will say this ... Iran is NOT iraq. We cannot invade Iran and STILL occupy Iraq and Afghanistan without a WWII-scale draft. The US would HAVE TO BE on a full-scale war-footing.

    Any attack we carry out against Iran will be countered by strikes against us in Iraq and/or Afghanistan.
     

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