Number 2666
Thu, Sep 21, 2006
Shahrivar 30 1385
shaban 27 1427
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President Upbraids US
UNSC a Tool for Coercion
Is This
A Just Order?
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Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
UNITED NATIONS, Sept. 20--President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad took aim at US policies in Iraq and Lebanon, and accused Washington of abusing its power in the UN Security Council to punish others while protecting its own interests and allies.
Ahmadinejad insisted that his nation’s nuclear activities are “transparent, peaceful and under the watchful eye“ of inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency, the UN nuclear watchdog, AP reported.
He also reiterated his nation’s commitment to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.
But even though the two leaders were addressing the same forum, they skipped each other’s speeches and managed to avoid direct contact during the ministerial meeting.
Ahmadinejad also accused the United States and Britain of using their veto power on the Security Council to further their own interests and said it had become an “instrument of threat and coercion“.
“If they have differences with a nation or state, they drag it to the Security Council,“ and assign themselves the roles of “prosecutor, judge and executioner,“ Ahmadinejad said. “Is this a just order?“
Ahmadinejad also criticized the Security Council for failing to call for an immediate ceasefire after the war broke out between Israel and the Islamic resistance group Hezbollah in Lebanon. A truce was only reached on Aug. 14 to end the 34-day conflict.
“The Security Council sat idly by for so many days, witnessing the cruel scenes of atrocities against the Lebanese ... Why?“ asked Ahmadinejad, whose government is one of Hezbollah’s main backers.
He said the answer is self-evident: “When the power behind the hostilities is itself a permanent member of the Security Council, how then can this council fulfill its responsibilities.“
The United States and Britain refused to call for a ceasefire during the month-long war between Israel and Hezbollah, declaring it part of their so-called war on terror. Only after Israel’s failure to defeat Hezbollah and the deaths of nearly 1,000 Lebanese civilians did Washington and London agree to push for a truce by the UN Security Council.

Leader:
Nation Has
Bright Future
NOSHAHR, Mazandaran,
Sept. 20--Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei on Wednesday outlined the nation’s lofty goals for advancement in the scientific, spiritual, economic and cultural arenas.
Addressing the joint ceremony marking the commencement of Army’s military academies on the threshold of the Sacred Defense Week (Sept. 22-28) at Noshahr’s Imam Khomeini Marine Sciences University, the leader said experience has shown that the peace-seeking nation, which is moving toward self-sufficiency, prosperity, glory and human ideals, should be able to defend itself against aggressors and international bullying forces.
“Therefore, military might is one of the great goals of the Iranian nation,“ he was quoted as saying by ISNA.
Ayatollah Khamenei, who is also the commander-in-chief of the armed forces, recalled that the brave and devoted Iranian youths withstood all the threats posed by the enemies in the past 27 years.
“Nevertheless, the armed forces should be fully prepared at all times to confront all enemy threats,“ he said.
Describing the country’s future as ’brilliant’, the leader said, “Today the friends and foes of the Islamic state admit that Iranians seek national dignity and glory. And under such circumstances conscription is a sacred duty.“
At the end of the ceremony, the university students staged a military drill as well as their specialized training in the leader’s presence. Concurrent with the ceremony, a warship called ’Joshan’, which has been built by local experts, was launched and officially joined the naval forces.
Fajr-27, a cannon indigenized by local naval and defense experts, was tested for the first time in this ceremony.
Iran ranks third in the world for possessing the technology to make these advanced cannons.

IRNA Chief Greets News Agencies on Int’l Peace Day
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Ahmad Khademolmelleh
TEHRAN, Sept. 20--Managing Director of the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA), Ahmad Khademolmelleh, on Wednesday conveyed his greetings to world news agencies on the occasion of the International Peace Day.
Khademolmelleh, who is also Chairman of the International Forum of News Agencies Coalition for Peace (IFNA-CP), said, “Let us stand together on this international day of peace and joy and take up the genuine cause to help heal the earth and bring peace and joy to make the world a better place.“
IFNA-CP is affiliated to IRNA.
“Let us stand united, work to spread peace and bring justice on earth by banishing the vices of violence, war, hatred, vengeance, greed, envy, anger and arrogance,“ he added.
UNESCO’s Constitution clearly stipulates: “Since wars begin in the minds of men, it is in the minds of men that defenses of peace must be constructed.“
In this context, the IRNA chief said, “Peace cannot be achieved through violence; it can only be attained through understanding.“
Khademolmelleh stressed that it is the task of media, as a powerful tool for expressing ideas and disseminating it across all borders, to bring order to a confused world and to explore the consequences of global conflicts dispassionately.
Stressing that peace lies in the hands of the media, he noted that it is the media’s responsibility to carry out the crucial role of awakening the minds of the international community.
“While the world is fraught with anti-religions sentiments, the immediate task of the media is to promote peace, restore calm and order, suppress violence and bring proximity among religions,“ he said.
“Today, we remember and pray for people around the world who have died in war or violence, irrespective of their race, creed or religion.“
United Nations General Assembly, in Resolution 55/282 of September 7, 2001, decided that as of 2002, the International Peace Day should be observed on September 21 every year, declaring that it be marked as a day of global ceasefire and non-violence. It invited all nations and people to honor a cessation of hostilities during the day and called on all member-states, UN bodies, regional and non-governmental organizations and individuals to commemorate the day in an appropriate manner.

Attacks on American Troops Increasing
BAGHDAD, Iraq, Sept. 20--Attacks on US troops have increased following a call earlier this month from Al-Qaeda in Iraq’s leader to target American forces, the top US military spokesman said on Wednesday.
Maj. Gen. William B. Caldwell also said Iraqi and American troops were expecting violence to increase further during the Islamic month of Ramadan, which begins next week, AP reported.
He said where the military usually has two to five battalion-level operations going on at any given time across the country, there were now 10 underway.
“As we all know, historically Ramadan has been a period of increased violence,“ Caldwell said.
It was a particularly deadly two-day period, with more than 50 killings throughout the country including a suicide truck bombing at an Iraqi police headquarters in Baghdad, which razed the building and killed at least seven people.
Caldwell said attacks against US troops were mostly carried out by suicide car bombers or roadside bombs. He added that the number of ’execution-style’ killings by death squads also had increased in the past week.
The deadly suicide truck bomb attack came in the southern Baghdad neighborhood of Dora, one of those recently swept by the military in the security crackdown dubbed “Operation Together Forward“.
In another violent incident, police in the northern city of Mosul confirmed that simultaneous bombings killed 21 people near the northern city and wounded 50 others.
Already, attacks around Iraq on Tuesday killed at least 16 Iraqis and injured 55 others.
Nearly 200 bodies of Iraqis who had been tortured and shot have turned up around Baghdad in the past week, including three found Tuesday in an eastern section of the capital.
Most are found bound and blindfolded, apparent victims of sectarian violence. Both Shiite and Sunni lawmakers called Tuesday for the defense and interior ministers to take steps to stop the death squads.

Thai King
Endorses Coup
BANGKOK, Thailand, Sept. 20--The army commander who seized Thailand’s government in a quick, bloodless coup pledged Wednesday to hold elections by October 2007, and received a ringing endorsement from the country’s revered king as ousted Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra headed to London.
“In order to create peace in the country, the king appoints Gen. Sondhi Boonyaratkalin as head of the Council of Administrative Reform,“ according to the announcement on state-run television, AP reported.
“All people should remain peaceful and civil servants should listen to orders from Gen. Sondhi Boonyaratkalin from now on.“
Sondhi led a precision takeover overnight without firing a shot, sending soldiers and tanks to guard major intersections and surround government buildings while the popularly elected Thaksin, accused of corruption and undermining democratic institutions, was abroad.
Rights groups and governments around the world roundly condemned the coup, calling for an immediate return to democracy.
Many advised their citizens to exercise caution in the kingdom and some warned them against traveling to the Southeast Asian tourist hub.
In the first sign of anti-coup sentiment, Thaksin supporters faced off rival groups that were celebrating the coup at two separate gatherings in Bangkok. Soldiers intervened, narrowly averting clashes.
Sondhi said he would act as prime minister for two weeks until a new leader is found, that an interim constitution would be drafted within that time, and that Thailand’s foreign policy and international agreements will not change.

West Turning
Blind Eye to Darfur
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, Sept. 20--African security experts on Wednesday blasted the West for ignoring conflicts on the continent, especially the dragging crisis in Sudan’s Darfur region, to focus on the war on terror.
“Darfur has been on the table for a long time now,“ said Festus Aboagye, who heads the peace missions program at the Pretoria-based Institute for Security Studies, AFP reported.
“Do you need a million people to die before the international community moves in?“ Aboagye said. “Genocide should not be used as the justification for intervention.“
The Ghanaian military expert told a seminar that western disengagement from peacekeeping in Africa started in the 1990s with “the watershed“ being Somalia when the UN pulled out after 18 to 19 US Marines died.
“But there are over 140,000 US troops in Iraq, although more than 2,500 American soldiers have died there,“ he said. Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir has reiterated his steadfast opposition to the UN deployment in Darfur where between 180,000 and 300,000 people have died and at least 2.4 million displaced since fighting broke out between local rebels and the pro-government militia in February 2003.
Gavin Cawthra, head of the Johannesburg-based Center for Defense and Security Management, agreed that Africa was off the international radar again.
“It’s a repeat of the Rwandan genocide when that issue was consumed by Yugoslavia, Iraq and Afghanistan,“ he said, referring to the 1994 massacre in the tiny central African nation in which some 800,000 people were slaughtered in a space of 100 days.
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Perspec
Israeli Agents Behind Church Attacks?
By Khalid Amayreh, West Bank
Palestinian leaders, both nationalist and Islamic have strongly condemned firebombing attacks against a few churches in the West Bank, calling the incidents “suspicious“ and “incompatible with Palestinian and Islamic culture.“
Three churches in Nablus, Tulkarm and Tubas in the northern West Bank have been attacked with fire-bombs by unknown perpetrators resulting in minor damage.
The mayor of Tubas, where a small Greek Orthodox Church was attacked, accused “suspicious elements,“ a reference to Israeli Shin Bet (Israel’s chief domestic intelligence agency) agents of “having embarked on this ugly and criminal act.“
“It is either Israeli collaborators or some overzealous fools upset by the remarks of the pope,“ said Iqab Darghmeh (Abu Ahmed), in a telephone interview.
Darghmeh and Muslim notables, including representatives of Fatah, Hamas and civic leaders visited the church Sunday morning to show solidarity with the small Christian community in the town.
“Christians here are not a separate sect. They are our flesh and blood. They are our brothers. An attack on their churches is an attack on Islam and the Palestinian people.“
The fire-bombings have been widely condemned by religious and political leaders throughout the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
Sheikh Muhammed Hussein, the highest-ranking Muslim clergyman in East Beit-ul-Moqaddas described the bombing as “immoral, unethical and injurious to Palestinian unity.“
“Those who perpetrated these acts don’t represent the Palestinian people. They are a gang of ignoramuses and fanatics, or suspicious elements.“
In the Palestinian political lexicon, “suspicious elements“ is an allusion to Israeli collaborators and informers.
Earlier, the Mufti of Ramallah, Jamal Bawatneh, called on all Palestinians to inform on any person saw attacking or vandalizing Christian churches and property.
“I urge our people to inform on any person carrying out a crime against people and property. Failing to do so amounts to treason and complicity,“ read a statement issued by the Palestinian Interior Ministry in Gaza.
The Islamic Resistance group, Hamas, also strongly condemned the attacks on churches in parts of the West Bank, calling such attacks “criminal and harmful to the Palestinian cause.“
“I am sure that Israel is enjoying this. Israel always wants to create problems and divisions between Muslims and Christians. And those who committed these acts are only serving Zionist propaganda and goals,“ said Yousuf Ibrahim, a Hamas spokesperson in the Bethlehem region.
“I am almost certain that at least some of the perpetrators are Israeli agents.“
On Sunday, the Palestinian Authority (PA) Interior Minister, Sa’eed Siyam, ordered the security apparatus to step up controls around churches in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
Muslim and most Christian religious and secular leaders did condemn anti-Islam remarks made by Pope Benedict XVI in Germany on September 14.
But their remarks drew angry but mostly non-violent reactions from across the Muslim world, with Muslim leaders calling on the Roman Catholic pope to apologize for offending Muslim sensibilities.
Some Muslim scholars interpreted his remarks as “a declaration of war on Islam.“
“When you say this about Islam, you are not only de-legitimizing it, but encouraging open war on its followers,“ said the Supreme Sharia Judge in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, Sheikh Taysir Tamimi.
The leader of the world’s 1.1 billion Roman Catholics made a personal expression of regret and more or less apologized during a Sunday mass.
“I wish also to add that I am deeply sorry for the reactions in some countries to a few passages of my address at the University of Regensburg, which were considered offensive to the sensibility of Muslims. These in fact were a quotation from a medieval text, which do not in any way express my personal thought.“