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Tuesday, December 12, 2006

The ISG: Empowering the Terror Masters

While Michael Ledeen thinks the ISG's Report has a silver lining (in that it brings Iran into focus as our primary problem in the Middle East), I think that if someone wasn't already aware of this prior to the report's release last week, they're either a fool, an idiot, or perhaps a diarist at DailyKos.

Frankly, there are clear signs that the ISG report has emboldened Iran and its partner in terror, Syria. First, we have Iran hosting a conference that questions the facts surrounding the Holocaust:

Holocaust Conference Begins in Iran
Dec 11, 4:43 PM (ET)
By NASSER KARIMI

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - Iran hosted Holocaust deniers from around the world Monday at a conference examining whether the Nazi genocide took place, a meeting Israel's prime minister condemned as a "sick phenomenon."

The 67 participants from 30 countries included former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke and Holocaust skeptics who have been prosecuted in Europe for questioning whether 6 million Jews were killed by the Nazis or whether gas chambers were ever used.
[...]
The two-day conference was initiated by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in an apparent attempt to burnish his status as a tough opponent of Israel. The hard-line president has described the Holocaust as a "myth" and called for Israel to be wiped off the map. Earlier this year, his government backed an exhibition of anti-Israel cartoons in a show of defiance after Danish cartoons caricaturing Islam's Prophet Muhammad were published in Europe, raising an outcry among Muslims.

While President Tom may have questioned Holocaust facts in the past, he wouldn't have hosted a conference on it.

Meanwhile, in the fledgling and struggling democracy that is Lebanon, Hezbollah (Syria's proxy) is pushing to be included in the government or it will overthrow the current leaders:
Crowds flood Beirut to pressure government
By SAM F. GHATTAS and ZEINA KARAM, Associated Press Writers Sun Dec 10, 7:16 PM ET

BEIRUT, Lebanon - Hundreds of thousands of Hezbollah members and their allies flooded central Beirut on Sunday demanding changes in the government's makeup as soldiers strung more barbed wire around the offices of the Western-backed premier.

Buoyed by the big turnout after a week of street protests, the pro-
Syria opposition gave Prime Minister Fuad Saniora an ultimatum of a "few days" to accept its demand to form a national unity government with a big role for Hezbollah or face an escalating campaign to oust him.

And instead of discussing whether we should be talking to Iran or not, reversing our calls for regime change in Iran, and putting the Palestinian "Right of Return" in a semi-official document for the first time ever, we should be supporting these courageous students who had the cojones to heckle President Tom:
Iran students heckle Ahmadinejad
Dec 11 8:03 AM US/Eastern

Iranian students have disrupted a speech by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad at a prestigious Tehran university, setting fire to his picture and heckling him.

"Some students chanted radical slogans and inflamed the atmosphere of the meeting" at the Amir Kabir University, said the semi-official Fars news agency on Monday, which is close to Ahmadinejad.

"A small number of students shouted 'death to the dictator' and smashed cameras of state television but they were confronted by a bigger group of students in the hall chanting: 'We support Ahmadinejad'," it said.

It was the latest in a series of student demonstrations in recent days, the first time in least two years that such protests have taken place on this scale at Iranian universities.

Ahmadinejad responded by describing those students chanting the slogans as an "oppressive" minority.

It is dangerous to give legitimacy to radical and irrational regimes. It was dangerous to allow the Nazis to host the Olympics in the 1930s... and then to negotiate with them after giving them legitimacy. And if you don't believe that official positions or statements have impacts on opposition movements within countries, you must read Natan Sharansky's book, The Case for Democracy.

And keep in mind that it was recently reported that Iran is now supporting and attempting to influence Al-Qaeda by grooming its next generation of leaders. If our response to 9/11 was to not make a distinction between the terrorists and those who harbor them, is it such a wise idea to open negotiations with Iran? Or is it now our policy to negotiate with terrorists?

The Iraq Study Group Report is emboldening our enemies and disheartening our allies.

Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: St Wendeler