Ian Bach

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Some thoughts about Iran – April 03, 2007

Many people have asked me about or have expressed fear of Iran. So here is a little of my thoughts for your consideration.

Iran is very interesting. Here is currently the main problem… Bush calling Iran part of the “axis of evil” is really a big part of the problem. So it is silly when Americans wonder, why we hear Iran’s leaders saying America is evil? Makes sense eh? Truth is most citizens of Iran are moderate Muslims. In fact radical Muslim groups like al Qaeda are hated and feared by 99.97% of Iran’s citizens and government [well ok maybe the governemnt is a little more radical the the citizens. But one has to understand fear is the factor here. For those in power they thrive and feed off it. But also they fear losing power. This is where a problem exists. Maybe 90& of clerics the basis of Irans government and legal system there exists more radical view. Also another point but there is so many I wish I could list is Fear of Radical reprisals. I think any country could be a friend of Iran if they want to be. There are many mutual interests that have yet to be explored and perhaps even discovered. Recently Iran invited religious leaders from America to Iran in a show of solidarity. The religious leaders from America included Episcopal, Benedictine, Christian and a few others. Over 10 in all.

The representatives of all these different faiths were met by Muslim religious leaders, toured areas of importance, and met with the president of Iran. They were treated with dignity and their safety was at times an issue. But overall Iran assured these people that Iran’s aims in nuclear energy are peaceful, but publicly they continue to leave the issue of nuclear weapons open (note below with link on related article by abc blog news about Iran’s current uranium enrichment program).

One of the Main issues is most nations won’t accept a government that is ruled by religion and they don’t want to help such a nation. This is Iran’s biggest handicap from an international perspective. I saw this special about the American religious leaders visiting Iran on PBS recently. It also showed young children in Iran who wanted to speak to the Americans and you could see they were excited. All religions seem to look at other religions and talk about all the differences but there is more similarities than differences and these go over looked way to often.

Currently I see Islam going through a period in its religion much like during and after the Holy Roman Crusades were Christians invaded Hebrew and other Nationalitys lands. Something that happened around that time was the divisions in Christianity. There was born so many different styles of the Christian faith such as Lutheran, Presbyterian, etc. It may be that the Muslim faith may undergo future separations and variations on the interoperation of the Quran. Note: I was born a Catholic (of south German decent with heavy Latin influence in my forefather’s history). I still pray to God, but I do not attend any church. I was a big surfer, bicyclist, hiker, and nature lover. I feel closer to God when I am out in nature then I do in any church. I also lived with Mormons for 3 years. I have friends of all religions, yet we seldom discuss religion. I do have a respect for religious dedication and feel it is a force that can propel many people to accomplish what they can’t on their own.

The PBS link this one I recommend most: http://www.pbs.org/now/shows/312/index.html

As reported on PBS:
“President Bush has declared Iran to be part of the “Axis of Evil” and administration officials have said no options — including military options — are off the table in the effort to stop Iran from building a nuclear weapon. In the midst of this standoff between Washington and Tehran, some U.S. religious leaders are trying to succeed where politicians and diplomats cannot. ”

“Producer Jamila Paksima revisits her birth country of Iran with American spiritual leaders hoping to promote dialogue on such explosive issues as nuclear proliferation, the Iraq war, and the holocaust. ”

“When political leaders mess up, religious leaders ought to be here to go and build up the people, build up relationships, and bring the conversation up the high moral ground,” said one of the U.S. delegates, Rev. Dr. Shanta Premawardhana, who represented Episcopalians, Methodists, Evangelicals and dozens of other denominations.”

Other sources for more info and details about the visit to Iran….

http://www.abpnews.com/1774.article – Reported by Associated Baptist Press

Here is a portion on one artile I found about the US religious leaders visiting Iran.

“We are a diverse group of Christian leaders that include United Methodists, Episcopal, Baptists, Catholics, Evangelicals, Quakers, and Mennonites who have 17 years of on the ground experience in Iran. We were warmly welcomed by the Iranian people, and our time in Iran convinced us that religious leaders from both countries can help pave the way for mutual respect and peaceful relations between our nations.”

“During our visit we met with Muslim and Christian leaders, government officials, and other Iranian people.”

“Our final day included a meeting with former President Khatami and current President Ahmadinejad. The meeting with President Ahmadinejad was the first time an American delegation had met in Iran with an Iranian president since the Islamic revolution in 1979. The meeting lasted two-and-a-half hours and covered a range of topics, including the role of religion in transforming conflict, Iraq, nuclear proliferation, and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.”

http://www.afsc.org/news/2007/hope-in-iran.htm – As reported by the American Friends Service Committee

Here is a link regarding the below article regarding – “Iran’s attempts to combat Terrorists Financing in Iran“.

“Iran’s Financial Intelligence Unit: Less than Meets the Eye

By Matthew Levitt”

“Michael Jacobson writes an interesting piece today about the status of FIUs in Iran and the greater Middle East:

An Iranian Financial Intelligence Unit: Less than Meets the Eye

By Michael Jacobson
April 2, 2007

The State Department’s International Narcotics Control Strategy Report, released on March 1, offers a little-noted reference to a dubious claim: an Iranian government statement (made to the UN) that Tehran has established a Financial Intelligence Uni
t (FIU). The report notes that Iran has provided no further details. Even if the Iranian claim were true, the creation of an FIU would do little to combat terrorism financing in the nation, given Tehran’s official support for terrorist groups. In other countries, FIUs are an important element of effective counterterrorism policy — though the record of key Middle Eastern nations is somewhat mixed in this regard.

Background

FIUs are centralized, national agencies responsible for detecting and fighting terrorism financing and money laundering. Most national units operate under the umbrella of the global FIU network, the Egmont Group (named after the Palais d’Egmont in Brussels, where the group’s first meeting took place). Established in 1995, Egmont has grown rapidly, from fourteen participating countries to more than 100; the number of FIUs worldwide is even larger when one considers units that do not, or have not yet, qualified for Egmont membership. In the United States, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), a bureau of the Treasury Department, serves as Washington’s representative in the group.

The full article is available here.”

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About Ian Bach

Independent Online Terrorist Hunter I teach people how to hunt down and shut down the Bad guys web sites. I also teach about the various countries and cultures. Like most cases it is a small group of bsd eggs that in this case call themselves Muslims but in actual fact they are more like how KKK call themselves ",True Christisians". But in both cases / groups they preach a perverted and twisted view a religion. In the case of ISIS, all Qaeda, al Nusra, and the rest of the terrorists who claim to be true Muslims most of these groups follow the Wahhabi teachings. They are almost all Sunni and their goal is global domination. Yet they must be very bad at math and history. Since most Muslims prefer a separation of church and state and also mist are against Shari's Law. Esp the twisted and overly exaggerated form of Sharia Law that the Wahhabi and other bad guys use. I have studied terrorism, insurgencies, and the best tried and proven methods that work to fight terrorism. My Blogs have many links and articles that can show you who are the best and most knowledgeable people in the fields or counterinsurgency and counter terrorism. When I find great practitioner's I always listen to them to find out who they learned from and who they respect and admire. Thus I am always learning new stuff from the best and most successful in their fields of knoeledge. I strive to be an open and ethical source of information, I have met many awesome, kind, caring, and loving wonderful people many who I am close friends with now from Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Turkey, Iran, and many from S.E. Asia which also has a high percent of their populations that are Muslim.We must always strive to be aware people are not any one particular religion via that's what they chose to be, instead most people are a particular religion because that's what their parents and/or county is. I was raised Catholic but because I became Interested in magic ,(illusion - smoke n mirrors) and science which lead me to study many religions, and I would call myself an atheist. Yet sometimes when I lose my keys ZI find myself praying "Hail Marys" and a few "Our Fathers" which most always aides me in finding my keys. My belief is that if I just frantically look around for my krys, good luck it takes me for ever. But by saying these prayers it is like s sort of meditation and my mind becomes more calm, which is why it helps my find my keys.

6 comments on “Some thoughts about Iran – April 03, 2007

  1. Ian Bach
    April 3, 2007

    http://blogs.abcnews.com/theblotter/2007/04/exclusive_iran_.html

    Exclusive: Iran Nuclear Bomb Could Be Possible by 2009
    April 02, 2007 6:15 PM

    Brian Ross and Christopher Isham Report:

    Iran has more than tripled its ability to produce enriched uranium in the last three months, adding some 1,000 centrifuges which are used to separate radioactive particles from the raw material.

    The development means Iran could have enough material for a nuclear bomb by 2009, sources familiar with the dramatic upgrade tell ABC News.

    The sources say the unexpected expansion is taking place at Iran’s nuclear enrichment plant outside the city of Natanz, in a hardened facility 70 feet underground.

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    A spokesperson for the United Nation’s International Atomic Energy Agency, the IAEA, declined to comment citing the “extreme sensitivity” of the situation with Iran.

    Iran has already declared its above-ground operations at Natanz have some 320 centrifuges.
    The addition of 1,000 new centrifuges, which are not yet operational, means Iran is expanding its enrichment program at a pace much faster than U.S. intelligence experts had predicted.

    “If they continue at this pace, and they get the centrifuges to work and actually enrich uranium on a distinct basis,” said David Albright of the Institute for Science and International Security, “then you’re looking at them having, potentially having enough highly enriched uranium for a nuclear weapon in 2009.”

    Previous predictions by U.S. intelligence had cited 2015 as the earliest date Iran could develop a weapon.

    Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has publicly predicted his country would have 3,000 centrifuges installed by this May, but few in the West gave his claim much credence, until now.

    “I think we have all been caught off guard. Ahmadinejad said they would have these 3,000 installed by the end of May, and it appears they may actually do it,” Albright said.

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  2. Ian Bach
    April 3, 2007

    PolicyWatch #1202
    Shutting Hizballah’s ‘Construction Jihad’
    http://www.washingtoninstitute.org/templateC05.php?CID=2571

    By Matthew Levitt
    February 20, 2007

    On February 20, the U.S. Department of the Treasury designated Jihad al-Bina, Hizballah’s construction company in Lebanon, effectively shutting the terrorist group’s firm out of the international financial system. While the designation will not take effect at the United Nations — sanctions under UN Security Council Resolution 1267 only target elements associated with al-Qaeda or the Taliban, to the exclusion of any other terrorist groups — international lenders and donors, including financial institutions, NGOs, and governments, are unlikely to want to assume the reputational risk of working to rebuild Lebanon in partnership with Hizballah instead of the Lebanese government. Moreover — and contrary to conventional wisdom — the designation presents a rare public diplomacy opportunity in the battle of ideas in the war on terror.

    Background

    In July, Hizballah dragged Lebanon into a war with Israel that proved devastating for Israeli and Lebanese civilians alike and left much of Beirut in shambles. In the aftermath of Hizballah’s costly military adventure, the United States pledged hundreds of millions of dollars to support Lebanon’s reconstruction, including $230 million pledged in August 2006 and an additional $770 million pledged last month. But Hizballah, ever adept at building grassroots support by providing free and heavily discounted social services, has been doing much the same with significant financial support from Iran. Indeed, according to the U.S. government, Iran provides hundreds of millions of dollars per year to Hizballah, is the group’s main source of weapons, and uses its Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) to train Hizballah operatives in Lebanon and Iran.

    ‘Construction for the Sake of the Holy Struggle’

    Offering insight into the firm’s business philosophy, Jihad al-Bina is also referred to as “Construction for the Sake of the Holy Struggle,” a loose translation of its Arabic name. Said to be modeled after a similar firm established in Iran after the Islamic revolution, it should not surprise that Jihad al-Bina selects projects “based on political considerations that serve the overall objectives of Hizballah,” according to a 1999 UN report by the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia. According to the Treasury Department, “Jihad al-Bina receives direct funding from Iran, is run by Hizballah members, and is overseen by Hizballah’s Shura Council, at the head of which sits Hizballah Secretary General Hassan Nasrallah.”

    In 1993, a senior Hizballah official noted that Jihad al-Bina had only a $1.8 million budget, though he added, “We are promised more from Iran and concerned individual financiers.” By November 2006, Hizballah officials were quoted as having some $450 million earmarked just for operations south of the Litani River. Though it was a small-time operation hardly worthy of concern in the early 1990s, today Jihad al-Bina is one of Lebanon’s most significant construction firms, funded and controlled by Iran.

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  3. Roland Matthew Joseph Ziemke
    April 3, 2007

    I admit, I always wondered why Bush named Iran part of the ‘axis of evil,’ it just made no sense to me. Iraq (under Saddam)? Yes. North Korea? Maybe (Kim Jung Il reminds me of a spoiled child). Iran? Huh? Of course, I think that’s how the original “axis of evil” was: Germany (under Hitler)? Absolutely! Japan? Maybe, but we overreacted to Pearl Harbor. Italy? No, Mussolini was full of hot air and probably wouldn’t hurt a fly.

    Why do we like to group our enemies together?

    Also, I’m afraid there’s more bad news headed for Iran. I just saw Dateline: NBC. And, apparently, Nigerian scam artists are beginning to set up shop in Iran, because Iran servers are harder to trace than those in Nigeria or Ghana. So, now, I’m afraid our media is going to paint an even worse picture of Iran than they already do. I used to work for a TRS, and I dealt with Nigerian scammers on a daily basis; if any country deserved to be part of any “axis” it should really be them. Sure, their economy is a joke, and their government is in shambles (and full of corruption to boot), but that’s no excuse to steal credit cards and commit identity theft. So now, that reputation is going to be passed to Iran! Iran will become known as a haven for internet scammers!
    I feel sorry for Iran.

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  4. Ian Bach
    April 4, 2007

    Very great topic. I report Bank scams to bankscams

    I am not sure how I found it but I have used it for over 5 years. I finally got a more personal letter a few months ago. I was doing Ebay (selling old online game items) and I reported a ton of identy scammers. a TON…

    Every lettter from ebay was tellig me don’t cllick on those!! No thanks for helping clean up their mess.

    On a positive note. I don’t think Iran will be able to, not act against the Nigerians. They will only lose more allies and further cut themselves off economically.

    Here is some info on Iran’s present economy.

    http://www.payvand.com/news/03/jul/1183.html

    “Inflation in Iran rises further to 15.8 percent”

    “Inflation in Iran continued its rising trend for the second consecutive year, going up to 15.8 percent in the last Iranian year of 1381 (ended March 20), with manufactured goods and foodstuff becoming costlier, IRNA reported from Tehran.”

    I think more people and our government are starting to pay attention to identity theft and terror propaganda. Bank scams are actualy a big part of a terror organization and it should be treated as such.

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  5. Ian Bach
    April 6, 2007

    U.S. Long Worried That Iran Supplied Arms in Iraq

    By Arthur Bright
    This article first appeared in
    NYTimes.com
    March 27, 2007
    http://www.worldthreats.com/middle_east/US_worried_about_Iran_weapons.html

    WASHINGTON, March 26 — More than 20 months ago, the United States secretly sent Iran a diplomatic protest charging that Tehran was supplying lethal roadside explosive devices to Shiite extremists in Iraq, according to American officials familiar with the message.

    Explosively Formed Penetrators The July 19, 2005, protest — blandly titled “Message from the United States to the Government of Iran” — informed the Iranians that a British soldier had been killed by one of the devices in Maysan Province in eastern Iraq.

    The complaint said that the Shiite militants who planted the device had longstanding ties to the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps in Iran, and that the Revolutionary Guards and Iranian-backed Hezbollah militia had been training Iraqi Shiite insurgents in Iran and supplying them with bomb-making equipment.

    “We will continue to judge Iran by its actions in Iraq,” the protest added.

    Iran flatly denied the charges in a diplomatic reply it sent the following month, and it continues to deny any role in the supply of the lethal weapons. But the confidential exchange foreshadowed the more public confrontation between the Bush administration and Iran that has been unfolding since December.

    In the past four months, the administration has sought to put new pressure on Tehran, through military raids against Iranian operatives in Iraq, the dispatch of an American aircraft carrier to the Persian Gulf, as well as the increasingly public complaints about Iran’s role in arming Shiite militias. The American actions prompted criticism that the White House is trying to find a scapegoat for military setbacks in Iraq, or even to prepare for a new war with Iran.

    A review of the administration’s accusations of an Iranian weapons supply role, including interviews with officials in Washington and Baghdad, critics of the administration and independent experts, shows that intelligence that Iran was providing lethal assistance to Shiite militias has been a major worry for more than two years.

    The concern intensified toward the end of 2006 as American casualties from the explosive devices, known as explosively formed penetrators, or E.F.P.’s, began to climb. According to classified data gathered by the American military, E.F.P. attacks accounted for 18 percent of combat deaths of Americans and allied troops in Iraq in the last quarter of 2006.

    Excluding casualty data for the Sunni-dominated Anbar Province, where the explosives have not been found, the devices accounted for about 30 percent of American and allied deaths for the last quarter of the year.

    Some Democrats in Congress, while critical of many aspects of Bush administration policy toward Iraq and Iran, say they are persuaded by the intelligence pointing to an Iranian role in supplying E.F.P.’s. Debate remains about whether Iran’s top leaders ordered the supply of the weapons, about whether the Iranian-supplied devices can be copied in Iraq and about American policy toward Tehran.

    In January, the number of American and allied troops killed by E.F.P. attacks was less than half of December’s total. That trend continued in February.

    Some American officials suggest that this may be a response to their efforts to highlight the role Iran is accused of playing, but another factor may be that many Shiite militants have opted not to confront American troops. The weapon, however, is still a major danger. On March 15, an E.F.P. attack in eastern Baghdad killed four American service members and wounded two others.

    A Devastating Weapon

    E.F.P.’s are one of the most devastating weapons on the battlefield. The weapons fire a semi-molten copper slug that cuts through the armor on a Humvee…

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  6. Ian Bach
    April 6, 2007

    Background Note: Iran
    http://www.state.gov/r/pa/ei/bgn/5314.htm

    PROFILE

    OFFICIAL NAME:
    Islamic Republic of Iran

    Geography
    Area: 1.6 million sq. km. (636,295 sq. mi., slightly larger than Alaska).
    Arable land: 9.78% of the country.
    Cities: Capital–Tehran. Other cities–Isfahan, Tabriz, Mashhad, Shiraz, Yazd, Qom.
    Terrain: Desert and mountains.
    Climate: Semiarid; subtropical along the Caspian coast.

    People
    Nationality: Noun and adjective–Iranian(s).
    Population (2006 est.): 69 million.
    Population growth rate (2006): 1.1%.
    Ethnic groups: Persians 51%, Azeri 24%, Gilaki and Mazandarani 8%, Kurd 7%, Arab 3%, Lur 2%, Baloch 2%, Turkmen 2%, other 1%.
    Religions: Shi’a Muslim 89%; Sunni Muslim 9%; Zoroastrian, Jewish, Christian, and Baha’i 2%.
    Languages: Persian and Persian dialects 58%, Turkic languages (besides Turkish) 26%, Kurdish 9%, Luri 2%, Balochi 1%, Arabic 1%, Turkish 1%, other 2%.
    Education: Literacy (total population age 15 and over who can read and write, 2003)–79% (male: 86%, female: 73%).
    Health (2006 est.): Infant mortality rate–40.3 deaths/1,000 live births. Life expectancy at birth (2006)–total population: 70.26 yrs.

    Government
    Type: Islamic republic.
    Constitution: Ratified in December 1979, revised 1989.
    Branches: Executive–Supreme Leader (head of state), president (head of government), Council of Ministers, Assembly of Experts, Expediency Council, Council of Guardians. Legislative–290-member Majles (National Assembly, or Islamic Consultative Assembly). Judicial–Supreme Court.
    Political parties: A number of reform-minded groups achieved considerable success during elections to the sixth Majles in early 2000. However, many reformist candidates, including sitting members of the Majles, were disqualified from participation in the February 2004 elections. As a result, a new conservative group, the Builders of Islamic Iran, won a majority of the seats and took a leading position in the seventh Majles.
    Administrative subdivisions: 30 provinces.
    Suffrage: Universal suffrage at age 15.

    Economy
    GDP (purchasing power parity, 2005 est.): $561.6 billion.
    GDP (official exchange rate, 2005 est.): $181.2 billion.
    GDP real growth rate (2005 est.): 6.1%.
    GDP composition by sector (2004): Agriculture 19%, industry 26%, services 55%.
    Per capita income (2005 est.): $8,300.
    Work force: 23.68 million.
    Work force – by occupation (2001 est.): Agriculture 30%, industry 25%, services 45%.
    Unemployment rate (2004 est.): 11.2%.
    Natural resources: Petroleum, natural gas, coal, chromium, iron ore, lead manganese, zinc, sulfur.
    Agriculture: Principal products–wheat, rice, other grains, sugar beets, fruits, nuts, cotton, dairy products, wool, caviar. Note: Iran is not self-sufficient in terms of food.
    Industry: Types–petroleum, petrochemicals, textiles, cement and building materials, food processing (particularly sugar refining and vegetable oil production), metal fabricating (particularly steel and copper), armaments.
    Trade (2005): Exports–$55.42 billion: petroleum 80%, chemical and petrochemical products, carpets, fruits, nuts. Major export partners (2005): Japan (16.9%), China (11.2%), Italy 5.9%), South Korea (5.8%), South Africa (5.8%), Turkey (4.6%), Netherlands (4.5%), France (4.4%), Taiwan (4.1%). Imports–$42.5 billion: industrial raw materials and intermediate goods, capital goods, foodstuffs and other consumer goods, technical services, military supplies. Major import partners: Germany (13.7%), UAE (8.3%), China (8.2%), Italy (7%), France (6.2%), South Korea (5.3%), Russia (4.8%).

    PEOPLE
    Iran is a pluralistic society. Persians are the largest predominant ethnic and cultural group in this country, though many are actually of mixed ancestry. The country has important Turkic elements (e.g. Azeris) and Arabs predominate in the southwest. In addition, Iranian citizens include Kurds, Balochi, Bakhtyari, Lurs, and other smaller minorities, such as Armenians, Assyrians,Jews..

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