Monday, September 14, 1998 / Shahrivar 23, 1377, No. 562
Afghan survey: Comments
Iranians have achieved too much and have come too far in the past few years to fall in another costly and deadly conflict. A military conflict would certainly deliver another unnecessary blow to Iran's already ailing economy and make times even worse for the people of Iran. Furthermore, such a military conflict is precisely what the hardliners in Iran need to kill the emerging glimmer of free speech, media and s\political activism. Finally, Iran's recent efforts to mend its relationship with the outside world and certainly with the Arab world would fall a victim to this irresponsible adventurism. It is true that on an official and governmental measure, Iran possesses a considerably more significant military capability than the Taleban authority. But, please try to remember what the mountanous terrain of Afghanistan and the flood of Arab and American assistance did to the Soviet effort in that country. As the famous modern American proverb goes (often used to refer to an unwinnable situation), "this could be Iran's Afghanistan!... SEE MORE COMMENTS & FULL STATS
National interests come first
By Hooshang Amirahmadi
Your survey questions on Afghanistan are well focused and relevant to the present crisis. However, a more important aspect of the problem has to do with the fact that the Iranian government has not handled the Afghan question with due diligence and strategic foresight For years, the political crisis was seen in light of the Sunni-Shia divide, ignoring the more important ethnic dimension of the struggle (the Taleban are Pushtoon majority). Besides, any response to the crisis must be placed in the context of regional and global geopolitics and how the chosen response can be sustained in the direction of attaining Iran's national interests, which have to be carefully defined in relation to the Afghan question... GO TO FEATURE
"In the Interest of the Country"
Al Gore and the Clintons are flying on Air Force One.
Bill looks at Al, chuckles and says, "You know, I could throw a $100.00 bill out the window right now and make one person very happy."
Al shrugs his stiff shoulders and says, "Well, I could throw ten $10.00 bills out the window and make 10 people very happy."
Hillary tosses her perfectly hair-sprayed hair and says, "Of course, then, I could throw one-hundred $1.00 bills out the window and make a hundred people very happy."
Chelsea rolls her eyes, looks at all of them and says, "I could throw all of you out the window and make the whole country happy."
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Afghan Taleban call for talks after Iran warning
TEHRAN, Sept 15 (Reuters) - Afghanistan's Taleban called for negotiations with Iran under U.N. laws to defuse tensions after Iran warned the movement and Pakistan that their actions in Afghanistan could provoke a major regional conflict. The International Committee of the Red Cross said it evacuated on Monday the bodies of seven of the nine Iranians whose killing by Taleban soldiers sparked the crisis which deepened with the Sunni Moslem Taleban's takeover of the Shi'ite Moslem stronghold of Bamiyan at the weekend ... FULL TEXT
Iran warns of major regional conflict
TEHRAN, Sept 14 (Reuters) - Iran's supreme
leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, warned the Afghan Taleban movement and Pakistan
on Monday that their actions in Afghanistan could provoke a major regional
conflict. ``I have...so far prevented the lighting of a fire in this region
which would be hard to extinguish. But all should know that a very great
and wide danger is quite near,'' Khamenei said in a statement read on Tehran
radio ... FULL TEXT
Key Iran official survives gunmen attack-IRNA
TEHRAN, Sept 13 (Reuters) - The head of a
powerful Iranian state foundation survived an assassination attempt on Sunday,
the official news agency IRNA reported. It said unknown gunmen opened fire
on Mohsen Rafiqdoust from hills overlooking his office in north Tehran.
Rafiqdoust, 58, heads the Bonyad-e Mostazafan va Janbazan (Foundation of
the Deprived and War Disabled) which is Iran's top economic powerhouse.
It controls most hotels and hundreds of firms, including many industrial
plants ... FULL TEXT
U.S. keen to use Khatami visit for thaw
LONDON, Sept 14 (Reuters) - The United States would like to use Iranian President Mohammad Khatami's visit to New York for the United Nations general assembly next week to accelerate a thaw in long-hostile relations with Tehran, diplomats say. But President Bill Clinton's domestic troubles and Iran's threats of revenge against Afghanistan's Taleban militia over the killing of Iranian diplomats make any spectacular rapprochement unlikely. ... FULL TEXT
Piroozi wins big
Women rifle shooters ready
Down five tromans,
Where to look
Aankas keh beh eyb-e khalq pardaakhteh ast
ze aanast keh eyb-e kheesh nashnaakhteh ast
(Seeing fault in others but blind to your own.)
Ordinarily we would think Amir Khostavan is on speed. But he's just a college kid - and Iranian.
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