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Spying from the belly of the beast!

Thursday, December 5th, 2013

      

A touching review on my book ‘A Time to Betray‘:

By: Helen E. Faria

www.haciendapub.com

This is one of the most heartrending, and at the same time, enthralling accounts I have ever read of courage, dissimulation and personal suffering in the genre of espionage memoirs. This is the story of a courageous man, who justly betrays and risks his life (and that of his family) to fight surreptitiously against the cruelties and injustices of the ruling government of his native country — Iran. This book struck a personal cord with me because it reminded me of painful and regretful similarities that beset my own family in my native country, Cuba, just before and after of the Revolution that brought to power the dictator Fidel Castro and his brother Raul in 1959.

As a very young child, I remember various members of my family arguing passionately but amicably for and against the dictatorial government of Cuban President, Fulgencio Batista, his coup and dictatorship, his trampling on the legendary Constitution of 1940, the lack of political rights, the cruel imprisonment and even systematic torture of rebels captured while fighting against his regime (an opposition in which my own parents played a clandestine part), etc. I remember one my great uncles arguing and warning us about the malevolent changes the triumph of the revolutionary “barbudos” could bring about — but my parents did not listen, and came to regret it! After the triumph of the Revolution in 1959 and the establishment of communism in Cuba, there was indeed drastic “change,” but this militated change was for the worse — the inception of a culture of deception, oppression, and horror, and there would no longer be friendly political discussions among families, but only mistrust, dissimulation, and fear.

Eerily, the same thing happened in far away Iran in 1979 with the fall of the Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlavi, the takeover of Iran by the mullahs and Ayatollah Khomeini, and the inception of a brutal Islamic Republic. Our hero, young Reza Kahlili (a pseudonym) was brought up in a close, prosperous family in Teheran. He remembers the “good old days” of traditional festivities, gatherings, his loving grandfather patriarch defending the ruling Shah of Iran, his ruling dynasty, and the old Persian mores in amicable and engaging conversations among family members. Living in such a warm and jovial atmosphere, Reza, could not have imagine the horrific changes that would be brought about so rapidly in Iranian society with the advent of the “Islamic Republic,” which he joined with excitement after returning to Iran from studying abroad in California.

Nor could he have ventured to guess that most of his family and closest childhood friends would so soon be devoured by the Revolution and the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, in which he compliantly served the tyranny. The proverb says “be careful what you wish for; you might just get it.” Alas, that is what happened for those who wanted change in Cuba and Iran, deriding and helping to overthrow Batista in Cuba and the Shah in Iran by revolution. Many of those citizens would end up crushed by Castro and the Ayatollah — who were significantly worse tyrannical figures than their predecessors. And the tragic concatenations that followed in both countries in their wake have not yet ended!

But let us now part from the comparison and focus on Iran and our hero, the subjects of this book. This is an excellent tome, expertly written, personal, passionate, and although it reads fast, like a suspense thriller, it also has interspersed background material recounting brief episodes in the history of Iran that are necessary to the narrative. For example, we learn the Iranians had mixed feelings about (and many resented) the British and Americans, among other reasons, because of interference in their nation’s affair. For example, in 1953 those governments, using the CIA as a vehicle, helped overthrow the democratically elected president of Iran, a (militant) nationalist, Muhammad Mussadegh, who had nationalized the oil industry, and had forced the Shah (a friend of the West) to flee the country.

It is also of historic interest that, as I remember a few years back in 2007, Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, defending his country’s right to a nuclear program, stated, “the country of Iran was heir to a great empire and home to a 2,500-year civilization.” I was surprised at the statement, as I always thought the conquests of Mohammed and the religious and cultural revolution of the 7th century, imposed by the victorious Arabs on the conquered Sassanid Persians, had resulted in a new and distinct Islamic nation. Moreover, with the fall of the Pahlavi Dynasty, the last Persian monarchy, the drastic changes brought about by the revolution of 1979, and the inception of an Islamic Republic (a virtual theocracy), had brought about yet another distinct nation. Iranians have a long history as Persians and speak Farsi. Arabs have a more recent civilization, attaining historical distinction with the conquests of Mohammed and speak Arabic. I was gratified that Reza’s loving grandfather and many other more secular Iranians, cognizant of their heritage, agree with my cultural interpretation. These Iranian nationalist and traditionalists think of themselves heir to a distinct but vanishing Persian civilization that had been suppressed culturally by Arab Islamism, and more recently politically with the tyranny of the mullahs and the ayatollahs.

I will not reveal the heartrending stories of cruelty and betrayal, as well as dissimulation and courage, that revolve precariously around our hero Reza, who, as a member of the feared Iranian Revolutionary Guard, courageously spied against the cruel regime he ostensibly served. Suffice to say, the brutality of the regime against his friends and the Iranian people changed him into leading a double life, spying for the CIA for over a decade. Among the information Reza provided to the CIA was vital intelligence that probably prevented the collapse of the Saudi government. The Iranians had planned to use the hajj, the religious pilgrimage that Moslems must make to Mecca, to stage a coup d’etat. Armaments were sent for the hajj, but most of these were intercepted and many of the militants arrested beforehand, foiling the insurrection. Other information was communicated to the U.S. at great peril, but not necessarily used properly by the American government, which was bent on placating the mullahs through various administrations.

The double life took its toll, but Reza persisted in his clandestine espionage with the thought of bringing about genuinely real change for the betterment, the attainment of freedom, and improving the life of his countrymen. How he did his self-appointed mission, and how he survived spying at great personal risk from within the belly of the infernal beast are the enthralling subjects of this book.

Without reservations, this heartrending thriller is highly recommended for those who enjoy non-fiction thrillers, recent history, and passionate espionage accounts. Be ready to stay anxiously at the edge of your seat and hold back irrepressible tears of commiseration, sorrow and outrage! I assign it a 5-star rating.

Miguel A. Faria Jr., M.D. is the author of Cuba in Revolution — Escape from a Lost Paradise (2002) and of other books and numerous articles on politics, espionage, and history, including “Stalin’s Mysterious Death” (2011), “The Political Spectrum — From the Extreme Right and Anarchism to the Extreme Left and Communism” (2011); “America, Guns and Freedom” (2012);”Violence, Mental Illness, and the Brain — A Brief History of Psychosurgery” (2013), etc., all posted at his website haciendapublishingdotcom

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Also Read:

CIA
The Intelligence Officer’s Bookshelf
Compiled and Reviewed by Hayden B. Peake

Los Angeles Times
Former CIA spy advocates overthrow of Iranian regime
By: David Zucchino / July 6, 2012

CNN
Ex-soldier in Iran’s Revolutionary Guard writes of life as CIA spy
By: Elise Labott, CNN Senior State Department Producer
July 10, 2010

Forbes
Q&A With Reza Kahlili, Iranian Double Agent.
By: Hannah Elliott / May 20, 2010

Washington Post
David Ignatius reviews ‘A Time to Betray,’ the memoir of an Iranian double agent
By: David Ignatius / April 11, 2010

For all reviews on A Time to Betray, please visit: Praise & reviews

Gulf in Flames

Saturday, September 14th, 2013

The John Batchelor Show

With Mary Kissel (Wall Street journal), John Fund (National Review) and Reza Kahlili.

Remembering 9/11

Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

A dozen years ago America was knocked to its knees as fanatical jihadists slammed hijacked airliners into the Twin Towers and the Pentagon, killing nearly 3,000 innocent people. While we were on our knees, we prayed for those we lost, including a new wave of American heroes: the first responders and passengers aboard the hijacked airliners. We also prayed for resolve and guidance as the War on Terror was being launched before our horrified eyes.

When America got off its knees, the world witnessed a new determination for international justice. As we reflect now on the tragedy of Sept. 11, 2001, let us remember the price we paid on that day and the price we pay every day for freedom. And let us pray again for those we lost not only on 9/11, but the brave military personnel in the ensuing years who gave the “last full measure of devotion.”

WHEN A SOLDIER COMES HOME

Sunday, July 14th, 2013

This story is being circulated around the world~~~please keep it going.

Please, think twice before complaining.

We take so many things in life for granted.

We have been so blessed in our country…

Freedom is not free and never has been. It is earned and fought for.

When a soldier comes home, he finds it hard……to listen to his son whine about being bored.

….to keep a straight face when people complain about potholes.

To be tolerant of people who complain about the hassle of getting ready for work.


…to be understanding when a co-worker complains about a bad night’s sleep.


..to be silent when people pray to God for a new car.

..to be compassionate when a businessman expresses a fear of flying.


….to keep from laughing when anxious parents say they’re afraid to send their kids off to summer camp.


….to keep from ridiculing someone who complains about hot weather.



….to control his frustration when a colleague gripes about his coffee being cold.



….to remain calm when his daughter complains about having to walk the dog.



…..to be civil to people who complain about their jobs.



…..to just walk away when someone says they only get two weeks of vacation a year.



….to be forgiving when someone says how hard it is to have a new baby in the house.

The only thing harder than being a Soldier…

Is loving one.

I was asked to pass this on and I will gladly do so!! Will you???

No one has been able to explain to me why young men and women serve in the U.S. Military for 20 years, risking their lives protecting freedom, and only get 50% of their pay on retirement. While Politicians hold their political positions, in the safe confines of the capital, protected by these same men and women, and receive full-pay retirement after serving one term. It just does not make any sense.


If each person who receives this will forward it on to 20 people, in three days, most people in The United States of America will have the message. This is one proposal that really should be passed around.

Proposed 28th Amendment to the United States Constitution: “Congress shall make no law that applies to the citizens of the United States that does not apply equally to the Senators and/or Representatives; and, Congress shall make no law that applies to the Senators and/or Representatives that does not apply equally to the citizens of the United States.”

Will you pass on this request and support such amendment?

“If you choose not to decide, you still have made a choice,” and these brave soldiers have given you that choice.


Happy Birthday America

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

On this 4th of July, let us remind ourselves of the sacrifices made by courageous souls to give us freedom and let us salute all the men and women who throughout history have put their lives on the line for the value of liberty to keep America the shining light of freedom.

Independence Day represents the spirit of those courageous souls, with their deep devotion to God, who made great sacrifices to make America the greatest nation on earth. People from all parts of the world came to America to pursue the dream of freedom, justice, equality and dignity for humankind. America became the land where the impossible became possible and the sky became the limit for the aspirations of its people; where the desire for freedom and innovation changed the world forever.

Let us remember the sacrifices of those before us who plowed through hardship, pain and hopelessness to help America rise up above all and who gave the world a reason to look forward. Let us remember on this day that, as an American, we bear the responsibility to carry on our duty to the very principles that made this country the shining light for freedom and democracy. Let us remember that in greatness, we must be great; that through our devotion to Almighty God, we will never sidestep our principles; that we will leave a better America, for the future generations and for the world, than the one we inherited.

God bless America and God bless those who sacrifice their lives to defend freedom, not only for America, but for all humankind.

Reza Kahlili

Salute and Honor America’s Armed Forces

Sunday, May 26th, 2013

On this Memorial Day weekend, let us remember our heroes whose sacrifices have protected our right to live in freedom. Let us salute all those serving our country, for without them the world would be a darker place. Let us pray for their safe return from frontlines around the world, and let us vow that they will never be forgotten and that we will always be there for them and their loved ones. Let us vow that each and every one of us will uphold the principles of this great nation that help defend freedom and democracy around the world.

God bless America and our armed forces, our heroes.

Islamic Republic Officials present “The Wet Gunpowder” award to First Lady Michelle Obama

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013

As I reported back on March 14, the Islamic regime’s Basij Commander, Brig. Gen Mohammad Reza Naghdi announced that Iran would give the first lady a special award for allegedly exposing a direct link between Hollywood and the White House. He cited her announcement of the “anti-Iran” movie “Argo” Oscar for Best Picture in a live feed from the White House Feb. 24.

“Mrs. Obama’s action was awesome,” Naghdi said with what he described as irony, “and if we had spent billions of dollars, we could not show a link and allegiance between Hollywood and the U.S. government and the White House, especially since they have always denied the allegations.”

Naghdi along with many other officials of the regime have been sanctioned by the U.S., UN and the European Union as a violator of human rights for having participated in the suppression of the Iranian people.

Last Saturday, the regime officials in a ceremonial event (only specific to the regime and its ideology)  the 10th conference of “Journey of Enlightened Land” commemorating the “martyrs” of the eight-year war with Iraq unveiled “The Wet Gunpowder” award to be presented to the First Lady:

“The US First Lady presented a so-called artistic award to a film that is clearly anti-Iranian. What does that mean? No artists, even the ones that have Western mindset, believe that Argo is a film worthy of even a national award. That film is definitely not artistic enough to qualify for an international ward; an award that is claimed to be given to the best movie in the world — the Oscar,”  Naqdi told the Islamic regime’s Press TV.

“One of the programs that has made this conference more important is giving the Michelle Obama, the First Lady of the United States, the Wet Gunpowder Award. She won the award because she showed the world that the Zionists in the White House have an immense influence and control over the Hollywood film industry,” Said Yaqoub Soleimani, a commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards.

According to the regime’s media, the award was mailed to the Swiss Embassy to be passed on to the First Lady Michelle Obama.

The regime’s media, in an attack on Hollywood, also blasted away at the book “A Time to Betray” which will be made into a TV miniseries about Kahlili’s spying for the CIA in Iran.

The regime’s media, since the production of “Argo,” have attacked Hollywood for what they call the production of “anti-Iran” movies. Citing “unrealistic portrayal” of the Iranian people, they attacked actor George Clooney as one of the two writers of “Argo” and for his producing the “anti-Islam” movie “Syriana.” They also cite the “Zionist company” Warner Brothers for filming “Argo” and the “anti-Iran” movie “300.”

Regime media also point to the upcoming production of a miniseries based on “A Time to Betray” by Kahlili, who in his youth traveled to America to continue his education. Upon his return after the 1979 revolution, he lost hope in the direction of the country, returned to America, hooked up with the CIA and became a spy in the Revolutionary Guards.

This “anti-Iran” miniseries, the regime media said, is to be produced by actor William Baldwin and Warren Kohler.

The regime media published an image of Kahlili alongside former CIA director James Woolsey that mistakenly referred to Woolsey as Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., the former candidate for the Republican Party presidential nomination.

Gerdab.Ir, a Revolutionary Guards media outlet, attacked Kahlili for his call for support of the Iranian people to bring about regime change in Iran.

Also read:

Los Angeles Times
Former CIA spy advocates overthrow of Iranian regime
By: David Zucchino / July 6, 2012

Iran Working on Nuclear Warheads Out of Secret Site “Quds” (See Video)

Saturday, March 23rd, 2013

The Islamic regime’s scientists are working on nuclear warheads – and trying to perfect them – at an underground site “Quds” unknown to the West, according to our source within Iran’s Ministry of Defense, corroborated by other sources in the  Ministry of Intelligence.

The source provided the coordinates and chilling details of the regime’s operation out of this site;

The regime has succeeded in not only enriching to weapons grade but has converted the highly enriched uranium into metal,

It has succeeded in making a neutron reflector which indicates the final stages for a nuclear weapons design that would be a two-stage, more sophisticated and much more powerful nuclear bomb,

The site has a capacity of 8,000 centrifuges and currently has three operational chambers with 19 cascades of 170 to 174 centrifuges enriching uranium. As of three months ago, the source said, there were 76 kilograms of 20 percent enriched uranium stock at the site and 48 kilograms of over 40 percent enriched uranium,

It has in its possession 24 kilograms of plutonium, which is sufficient for several atomic bombs and that the scientists are at the last stage of putting together a bomb warhead,

The scientists in their design for a plutonium bomb are using polonium and beryllium, which would serve as the trigger for the bomb,

The regime is working on 17 Shahab 3 missiles in preparation of arming them with nuclear warheads, the source said. The operational and technical aspect of the delivery system is 80 percent completed,

This site has over 380 missile depots and launching pads, facilities that can house large ballistic missiles, most likely Shahab 3 and possibly North Korean Taepodong II (ICBMs),

This facility provides the missiles for Hezbollah and with the help of North Koreans, is mass producing a new generation of napalm bombs to be shipped to the terrorist group while at the same time working on white phosphorus bombs to be used for terrorist acts.

Dr. Peter Vincent Pry, executive director of the Task Force on National and Homeland Security, an expert on nuclear strategy and weapons who served on several strategic congressional commissions and in the CIA, reviewed the imagery and human intelligence (HUMINT) and called for a congressional hearing.

“The newly discovered underground complex looks like the kind of enormous complexes built by the U.S.S.R. during the Cold War and by Russia today,” Pry said. “One can infer from the (HUMINT) descriptions some design characteristics of parts for making implosion plutonium weapons and two-stage atomic weapons,” Pry said. “The latter is a design far more sophisticated than the Hiroshima bomb that could have a much higher yield and possibly produce an explosion 50 times greater than Hiroshima.”

Fritz Ermarth, who served in the CIA and as chairman of the National Intelligence Council, reviewed the imagery. “Taken as a package, this imagery strongly suggests that Iran is working on what we used to call an ‘objective force.’ That is the objective of a deployed force of nuclear weapons on mobile missiles…”

Related Links:

WND
Revealed! Evidence Iran crossed nuclear ‘red line’
By: Reza Kahlili / March 20, 2013

The Washington Times
KAHLILI: Heavy traffic across Iran’s ‘red line’
By: Reza Kahlili / March 21, 2013

The Commentator
Revealed: New Iranian nuclear sites and further evidence of North Korea collaboration
March 21, 2013

PJMedia
[VIDEO] Secret Iranian Nuclear Program Site Has ‘Crossed Every Red Line’
By: BRYAN PRESTON / March 22, 2013

CBN
Thoughts on Obama’s Middle East Visit; Plus, New Iranian Nuke Site Revealed
By: Erick Stakelbeck / March 22, 2013

Powerline
AN UPDATE ON IRAN’S NUCLEAR PROGRAM
By: SCOTT JOHNSON / March 23, 2013

WND
IRAN CONFIRMS SECRET NUCLEAR ‘QUDS’ SITE
By: Reza Kahlili / March 24, 2013

WND
IRAN ACCUSES WND OF PSYCHOLOGICAL WARFARE
By: Reza Kahlili / March 25, 2013

Al Arabiya
Iran Secret Nuclear Facility (Arabic)
March 25, 2013

Al Arabiya
Iran Secret Nuclear Facility (Farsi)
March 25, 2013

New English Review
Secret Quds Underground Nuclear Development Facility Revealed in Iran
By: Jerry Gordon / March 26, 2013

High Frontier
YouTube Brief of Kahlili’s Evidence on Iran’s “Red Line”
By: Amb. Henry F. Cooper / March 29, 2013

American Thinker
Experts Concerned Iran Nuclear Progress Is Accelerating
By: Reza Kahlili / April 1, 2013

Gerard Direct
Racing Toward Armageddon – How a Concurrence of Events May Find a Nexus in Global War
Ilana Freedman / April 3, 2013

The Washington Times
KAHLILI: Why nuclear talks with Iran is a fool’s errand
By: Reza Kahlili / April 4, 2013

 

Islamic Regime’s Media Attack Hollywood Over “A Time to Betray”

Monday, March 18th, 2013

Iran media, in an attack on Hollywood, blasted away at the book “A Time to Betray” by Reza Kahlili, which will be made into a TV miniseries about Kahlili’s spying for the CIA in Iran.

Since the release of “Argo,” several Iranian officials have criticized the movie. Regime media reported this week that Iran has hired a French lawyer, Isabelle Coutant-Peyre, to sue the movie’s producers in international court, although the media did not say on what basis.

The regime’s media, since the production of “Argo,” have attacked Hollywood for what they call the production of “anti-Iran” movies. Citing “unrealistic portrayal” of the Iranian people, they attacked actor George Clooney as one of the two writers of “Argo” and for his producing the “anti-Islam” movie “Syriana.” They also cite the “Zionist company” Warner Brothers for filming “Argo” and the “anti-Iran” movie “300.”

Regime media also point to the upcoming production of a miniseries based on “A Time to Betray” by Kahlili, who in his youth traveled to America to continue his education. Upon his return after the 1979 revolution, he lost hope in the direction of the country, returned to America, hooked up with the CIA and became a spy in the Revolutionary Guards.

This “anti-Iran” miniseries, the regime media said, is to be produced by actor William Baldwin and Warren Kohler.

The regime media published an image of Kahlili alongside former CIA director James Woolsey that mistakenly referred to Woolsey as Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., the former candidate for the Republican Party presidential nomination.

Gerdab.Ir, a Revolutionary Guards media outlet, attacked Kahlili for his call for support of the Iranian people to bring about regime change in Iran.

Also read:

Los Angeles Times
Former CIA spy advocates overthrow of Iranian regime
By: David Zucchino / July 6, 2012

International Media Coverage of the Fordow Explosion Report

Friday, February 8th, 2013

In an exclusive story on WND on Jan. 24, with updates on Jan. 2729, 30, 31,Feb. 3613 and 23, I reported that an explosion had occurred at the Fordow nuclear facility in Iran destroying much of the installation and trapping over 200 people in the underground facility.

Within days, the international media covered the story. A major German paper, Die Welt, cited sources that confirmed my report. Israeli intelligence also confirmed to the Times of London that such explosion did take place, although they could not tell if it was an act of sabotage or an accident.

However, the officials of the Islamic regime in a brief statement denied the report and White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters: “We have no information to confirm the allegations in the report and we do not believe the report is credible.”

Then in an unusual move, the IAEA issued a brief statement on Jan. 29: “We understand that Iran has denied that there has been an incident at Fordow. This is consistent with our observations.” IAEA spokeswoman, Gill Tudor, emailed that response to reporters. However, when pushed by WND, Tudor could neither confirm nor deny the incident had taken place and would not say whether inspectors had visited the site after the explosions, despite some media reports that it had.

Also according to a high ranking Iranian diplomat serving in Asia, an order from Iran’s Foreign Ministry was issued days after the explosion to all of its embassies that no interviews on Fordow can be given to news agencies and that any response to queries by reporters should refer only to a statement by the White House and a report by news agencies on behalf of the International Atomic Energy Agency.

Although no independent confirmation exists so far, the status of Fordow is bound to be found out as the IAEA inspectors will at some point inspect the site. According to the source in the security forces in charge of protecting the site, the regime is desperately trying to clean up the site.

Iran, through its official news agency IRNA, assailed WND as a media outlet “under the direct control of the CIA” and WND’s Reza Kahlili as a tool of the CIA to expand propaganda against the regime in the face of its nuclear progress.

Fordow is central to the regime’s aspiration for nuclear bombs. The advanced centrifuges were moved to the site in order to enrich uranium to the 20 percent level. This raised concerns in the international community because that level of enrichment could be further enriched to weaponization grade within a matter of weeks.

Fordow, which is almost 300 feet deep underground in the belly of a mountain and immune to airstrikes and most bunker buster bombs, has been at the center of the Iranian nuclear dispute. Without Fordo, the regime would feel vulnerable to any airstrike on its other facilities such as Natanz. Also, without Fordow the regime would lose its negotiating powers and, in turn, would lose face at home as it has sacrificed the well-being of millions of its citizens over its nuclear program resulting in severe international sanctions.

Two days after the reported incident at Fordow, the Islamic regime, in a January 23rd letter to the U.N.’s International Atomic Energy Agency (the IAEA), Iran said it plans to install thousands of its upgraded centrifuges at the Natanz facility with the intent to enrich uranium to the 20 percent level. Could this be as a result of the explosion at Fordow where its modern centrifuges were enriching uranium to 20 percent?

It is interesting that last August, a senior Iranian lawmaker said Iran’s nuclear scientists and experts had managed to thwart enemies’ plots to infiltrate and blow up the Fordow uranium enrichment facility.

“The enemies intended to repeat a Chernobyl-like disaster through selling (booby-trapped) equipment and blowing up the centrifuges at the Fordow site, but their plot was discovered and foiled by the Iranian scientists’ wisdom and tact,” Abbas-Ali Mansouri, member of the Iranian Majlis (parliament) National Security and Foreign Policy Commission, as quoted by Fars.

In relevant remarks quoted by Fars, the head of Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI), Fereidoon Abbasi, also said that, “Separate attacks on Iran’s centrifuges — through tiny explosives meant to disable key parts of the machines — were discovered before the blasts could go off on timers.”

One thing is for sure: The fact that this news I have reported is getting such a reaction — from confirmation to denial, and with such broad coverage and at such levels — speaks volumes.

Original reports:

WND
SABOTAGE! KEY IRANIAN NUCLEAR FACILITY HIT?
By: Reza Kahlili / January 24, 2013

WND
WND report blows Iran nuke program wide open
By: Reza Kahlili / January 27, 2013

WND
NEW DETAILS SURFACE ON IRAN NUCLEAR EXPLOSION
By: Reza Kahlili / January 29, 2013

WND
U.N. WON’T DENY EXPLOSIONS AT IRAN NUKE PLANT
By: Reza Kahlili / January 30, 2013

WND
‘PANICKED’ IRAN MAKES POWER MOVE AFTER NUKE-SITE LOSS
By: Reza Kahlili / January 31, 2013

WND
NORTH KOREANS AMONG 40 DEAD AT IRAN NUKE PLANT
By: Reza Kahlili / February 03, 2013

WND
IRAN DIPLOMAT, FOREIGN INTEL CONFIRM FORDOW BLASTS
By: Reza Kahlili / February 06, 2013

WND
IRAN: U.N. NUKE INSPECTORS ARE SPIES
By: Reza Kahlili / February 13, 2013

WND
IRAN’S NUKE-PLANT EXPLOSION COVER-UP
By: Reza Kahlili / February 23, 2013

International Media coverage:

Die Welt
Fog Over Fordo
By: Michael Sturmer / January 30, 2013

The Algemeiner
WND Adds to Report on Explosion at Fordow Nuclear Plant as Former Revolutionary Guard Member Confirms Incident to Israeli Media
January 29, 2013

Ynet News
Fordo said to be crippled by ‘blast’
January 29, 2013

The Australian
‘Blast’ at Iranian nuclear facility
January 29, 2013

The Inquisitr
Devastating Explosion At Key Iranian Nuclear Facility Confirmed By London Times
January 29, 2013

Reuters
U.N. nuclear watchdog backs Iran’s denial of Fordow blast
January 29, 2013

The Daily Beast
White House Debunks Iran Nuclear Explosion, But Iran Denies Planting Story
By: Dan Ephron / January 29, 2013

MSNBC
Iranian exile reported alleged blast, and Israeli official confirmed
January 29, 2013

The Hill
Report of explosion at Iran nuclear plant not ‘credible,’ says Carney
By: Justin Sink / January 28, 2013

Jerusalem Post
Ya’alon: ‘I read about Iran blast in the paper’
January 28, 2013

Jerusalem Post
Report: Israelis confirm explosion at Fordow facility
January 28, 2013

International Business Times
Iran Denies Blast At Nuclear Plant, Israel Insists It Happened, But Denies Involvement
By: Maya Shwayder / January 28, 2013

The Algemeiner
Conflicting Reports Over Explosion at Iranian Fordow Nuclear Facility
January 28, 2013

The Weekly Standard
Israel Shores Up Its Defenses, While Iran Remains Quiet
By: Lee Smith / January 28, 2013

Israel National News
Israeli Source Confirms Iran’s Fordow Nuclear Plant Exploded
By: Chana Ya’ar / January 28, 2013

Missing Peace.EU
Iranian expert confirms blast in Fordow uranium enrichment facility
January 28, 2013

The Telegraph
Is Iran’s mystery nuclear explosion too good to be true?
By: Con Coughlin / January 28, 2013

Reuters
US does not believe media reports about blast at Iranian enrichment plant
January 28, 2013

Pravada
Iran denies explosion at nuclear facility, Israel confirms it
January 28, 2013

Breitbart
CONFIRMED? MASSIVE EXPLOSION AT IRAN NUCLEAR FACILITY
By: JOEL B. POLLAK / January 28, 2013

Business Insider
Massive Explosion Reported At Iran’s Fordow Nuclear Facility
By: Robert Johnson / January 28, 2013

Times of London
Iranian uranium-enriching facility ‘is damaged by explosion’
By: Sheera Frenkel Tel Aviv, January 28 2013

The Times of Israel
Israeli sources confirm blast at Iranian nuclear facility
By YOEL GOLDMAN, January 28 2013

Policymic
Fordow Nuclear Explosion Shows War With Iran Has Already Started
Bryant Harris / January 28, 2013

Ynet News
Report: Israeli officials ‘confirm’ blast in Fordo
January 28, 2013

Jerusalem Post
Report of blast at Iran nuke facility unconfirmed
By YAAKOV LAPPIN, January 28, 2013

Haaretz
Who spread reports of an ‘explosion’ at Iran’s Fordow nuclear plant and why?
By: Anshel Pfeffer / January 28, 2013

Irish Times
Israeli minister welcomes reports of blast at nuclear plant
By: MARK WEISS, in Jerusalem – January 28, 2013

Die Welt
Expert reports severe explosion at nuclear plant
By Clemens Wergin, January 27, 2013

Spiegel
Iran: Rumors of explosion at nuclear plant important
January 27, 2013

The Times of Israel
Israeli minister welcomes report of huge blast at Iran nuclear plant
January 27, 2013

Israel Today
Reports: Iran nuclear facility destroyed
January 27, 2013

UPI
Report says blast in Iranian nuke site
Jan. 27, 2013

GLOBES
Huge explosion reported at Iran nuclear site
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New English Review
Was Israel Behind the Rumored Fordow Nuclear Enrichment Explosion in Iran?
By: Jerry Gordon / January 25, 2013

 

U.S.-Iran talks report may impact Presidential debate

Monday, October 22nd, 2012

The Washington Times

U.S.-Iran talks report may impact Monday debate

10/21/2012

U.S.-Iran talks report may impact Monday debate

The former CIA operative and Iranian Revolutionary Guard member known by the pseudonym Reza Kahlili, reports that the Obama administration has cut a deal with Iran that would end many of the sanctions against the Islamic Republic.Photo Credit:AP

On the eve of the last presidential debate – focusing, of course, on foreign policy – the White House is flat-out denying there are any plans for one-on-one talks between the U.S. and Iran on its uranium enrichment program.

The topic is sure to generate fireworks at Monday’s final debate. Is there a secret deal on the table or not?

Reza Kahlili, a pseudonym for a former CIA operative in Iran’s Revolutionary Guards and author of the award-winning book “A Time to Betray,” has been reporting for WND that Obama administration officials have already cut a deal with Iran that would end many of the sanctions against the Islamic Republic in exchange for the promise of a temporary halt to uranium enrichment.

 

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The Daily Caller
Obama, Iran in secret nuclear deal
By: Reza Kahlili / February 27, 2012

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The Islamic regime’s media coverage on this story:

Keyhan (Monday OCT 29)- Keyhan (Wednesday OCT 31) - Keyhan (Sunday NOV 04) –  Mashregh - Farhikhtegan - Fararu - IRdiplomacy - Ebetekar News - Khabar Online - Tabnak - Inn IR

Opposition Site: Kaleme - Kaleme (Thursday NOV 01)

Also: BBC Farsi

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AL ARABIYA
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New English Review
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Is The War Against Islamic Terrorism Over? Essays in Commemoration of 9/11

Tuesday, September 11th, 2012

New English Review

edited by Jerry Gordon (September 11, 2012)

Today is the 11th anniversary of 9/11;  the “Pearl Harbor of the 21st Century.” On September 11, 2001, Islamic terrorists, well educated young men – Saudi,  Egyptian, and Yemeni nationals – hijacked four airliners (American Airlines Flight 11 and United Flight 175 from Boston’s Logan airport, American Airlines Flight 77 from Dulles airport and United Airlines Flight 93 from Newark Airport). With captive passengers aboard, they flew into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in Manhattan and the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia. Brave actions of the 40 passengers and crew aboard Flight 93 led to the first counter-attack within thirty minutes of the sky-jacking. The Flight 93 heroes overcame the Islamic terrorists and diverted the aircraft from its ultimate target the Capital building in Washington, crashing into a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania instead. All told 19 Jihadi hijackers and more than 2,977 innocent victims including the 246 air passengers on the four planes seized were killed as a result of the murderous jihad airborne attacks in lower Manhattan, northern Virginia and southwestern Pennsylvania.

Nearly 3000 innocent victims perished  in a Jihadic holocaust masterminded by the late Osama Bin Laden. Bin laden, who founded Al Qaeda, was killed by US Navy Seal team six on May 2, 2011 in a raid on a compound in Abbattobad, Pakistan, virtually within sight of the Pakistani Military Academy. The special operations, known as Operation Neptune Spear, is chronicled in a new book, No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission that Killed Osama bin Ladenpublished today, by one of the Seal team commanders, who adopted the nom de plume Mark Owens. As the author said on a CBS 60 Minutes interview, “we were just doing our job” in an operation long in the planning stages and fraught with daunting difficulties, including the crash of one the stealth Black Hawk helicopters. According to the author’s account, the operations yielded a treasure trove of intelligence in the long war against Islamic Jihadism. This despite Pentagon accusations that No Easy Day may have violated Pentagon security reviews, although the author insists that no real secrets were revealed.

Within days of arrival of Seal team Six back in the US, a tableau was organized by President Obama at Fort Campbell Kentucky, home of the famed Screaming Eagles, the 101st Airborne to celebrate this victory in the counterterrorism war against Al Qaeda, the murder of Bin Laden, the creator of an Islamic terror enterprise that has morphed into a global jihadist network. The Seal Team Six team involved was flown to Fort Campbell in an old C-130 aircraft that survived the failed attempt during the Carter Administration to rescue the 44 hostages taken by Iran’s Revolutionary Guards at the US Embassy in 1980. President Obama congratulated the Seal Team Six raiders at the Fort Campbell event and, according to No Easy Day author Owens, asked who pulled the trigger that killed  Bin Laden. As Owens said during the 60 Minutes interview, no one stepped forward, because they viewed these successful special operations as a team effort.

President Obama has promoted the view that the death of Bin Laden marked the end of the war against Al Qaeda after years of intelligence gathering and a lucky break that identified the Al Qaeda courier that lead to the Seal Team Six raid on the Abbattobad compound. He has always maintained that the US counterterrorism effort following 9/11 was not a war on Islam. Both he and former President Bush propounded the catechism that the US was engaged in a war against Al Qaeda and not against Islam, “a religion of peace.” The Obama Administration in cooperation with Muslim Brotherhood affiliates in America undertook a thorough purging of Islamic jihad doctrine underpinning of the credo of Al Qaeda as exemplified by the radical Sunni ideologue Sayyid Qutb in his book Milestones. Qutb helped foster an unrelenting violent Jihad war against unbelievers so as to impose a world Islamic Caliphate governed under Sharia law.

The Obama counterterrorism doctrine led to a selective drone war involving targeted assassinations of Al Qaeda leaders of affiliates across the Muslim Ummah in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Yemen. The Administration finds itself in a quandary, while trying to foster a peace deal with former Afghan enemy the Taliban, the State Department ponders designation of the Haqqani network in neighboring Pakistan as a foreign terrorist group. Haqqani is allegedly supported by Jihadist cadres of the nefarious Inter-Service Intelligence agency.

The Pentagon has unfortunately denied the realities of homegrown Muslim terrorists within the US Military. We have Maj. Nidal Hasan, whose court martial trial is about to begin at Fort Hood Texas on charges of committing a murderous Jihad massacre of soldiers and civilians at a deployment processing center in November 2009. Then there was AWOL 101st Airborne Pvt. Naser Jason Abdo who was tried and convicted at a federal court in Killeen, Texas  on charges of planning another attack at Fort Hood to avenge US military combat against his Muslim brothers in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

In the 9/11 Iran Links trial in the Federal District Court in Manhattan, we learned that the Islamic Republic of Iran  was deeply involved in facilitating training and transportation of the 9/11 perpetrators. The Islamic Republic now threatens a super version of 9/11 via a possible nuclear holocaust or Electronic Magnetic Pulse (EMP) attack against the US and its ally, the Jewish State of Israel with nuclear weapons and other forms of WMD. An Islamic Republic whose Supreme Leader and Revolutionary Guard earnestly believe that such apocalyptic acts will make the Imam Mahdi re-appear to lead an Islamic Army to conquer the world.

In commemoration of 11th anniversary of 9/11, we solicited essays in response to a question: “Is the War Against Islamic Terrorism Over? And if not, what remains to be done?”

What follows are selected essays submitted by a diverse group of scholars and experts. From these respondents we selected essays by Dr. Richard L. Rubenstein, noted theologian, former university president and author of Jihad and Genocide, Professor Paul Eidelberg is President of the  Israel – American Renaissance Institute, Daniel Mandel, is a Fellow in History of  the University of Melbourne, Director of the Zionists of America Center for Middle East Policy,  Shoshana Bryan, Director of the Washington, DC based Jewish Policy Center, and Reza Kahlili  former CIA-agent who did undercover work inside Iran’s Revolutionary Guard. We appreciate all of the submissions made.

Dr. Richard L. Rubenstein – On Terrorism

Richard L. Rubenstein is President Emeritus of the University of Bridgeport and Lawton Distinguished Professor of Religion Emeritus at Florida State University and author of many works including most recently, Jihad and Genocide.

It is very likely that there will always be some Muslims somewhere willing to blow themselves up or otherwise inflict harm on the non-Muslim world. According to a 2009 report of the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, the total world Muslim population at the time was 1.57 billion and growing (“Mapping the Muslim Population”). We ought to keep in mind Bernard Lewis’ comment that the struggle between Islam and Christendom has consisted in “a long series of attacks and counterattacks, jihads and crusades, conquests and reconquests” that have lasted over fourteen hundred years. (“The Roots of Muslim Rage,” The Atlantic, September 1990) There is no reason to believe that the cycle of attack and counterattack has stopped in our time. There is no such thing as an end to Islamic terrorism.

Terrorism is not a combatant in a conflict. It is a strategy used by combatants. As long as there are Muslims who believe that violent aggression is a legitimate strategy to be employed against unbelievers, the world will be afflicted with Islamic terrorism to one degree or another. When the West is strong and undeceived, there will be fewer terrorists; when the West lets down its guard, terrorism will increase.

Unfortunately, America’s hands have been tied by the Obama administration’s refusal realistically to identify the Muslim motivation of terroristic acts. By no means did all Muslims approved of 9/11 nor do they all approve of terrorism. Nevertheless, this writer believes that President George W. Bush did the country a disservice when, ten days after 9/11, he declared to a joint session of the U.S. Congress that the 19 terrorists were “traitors to their own faith, trying in effect to hijack Islam itself.” Professor Mary Habeck of Johns Hopkins University was closer to the mark when she observed concerning Sayyid Qutb and Hassan al-Banna, the thinkers who inspired Al-Qaeda that “None of these theorists could have had any impact in the Muslim world if their arguments had not found some sort of resonance in the religion of Islam.” (Knowing the Enemy, Yale University Press, 2006, p. 41).

When Islamists find a realistic opportunity for jihad, there is simply no inducement non-Muslims can offer that will move them abandon their efforts. As the Islamic Affairs Department of the Royal Saudi Embassy in Washington posted on its website, the purpose of jihad is “to make the word of Allah supreme in the world.”  The 9/11 terrorists were willing to sacrifice themselves in order to kill thousands and damage both the nation’s financial and political centers. They saw their sacrifice and the death they inflicted on unbelievers as their supreme service of Allah. They were not afraid of death; they welcomed it.

Nevertheless, while there is nothing the West can do to bring terrorism to an end, there are things it can do to minimize the threat. In addition to airport security, immigration control is in need of attention. We must cease to regard all or almost all human beings as equally eligible to become citizens or permanent residents of the United States. Human beings are not numerical abstractions. Some men and women come to our shores passionately committed to transforming our society into one in which Shari’a law governs all Americans either directly or indirectly, whether Muslim or non-Muslim. Something must be done about our immigration policies. Unfortunately, nothing will be done as long as craven politicians regard such newcomers as potential members of their political base. While we cannot control the opinions or commitments of American citizens, we certainly have the right to determine realistically which immigrants are likely to accept our fundamental values and reject those who are likely to seek to overturn our system. We did it during the Cold War. There is no reason why we cannot defend ourselves now.

Unfortunately, as long as our educational and cultural institutions are committed to multiculturalism, we will have neither a moral nor a cultural compass. There is something weird about the current liberal-left alliance with Islam. Should it continue, the day will come when the liberals, who prize their freedom above all else, will find that they no longer have any freedom because the system has been rigged and the “word of Allah” has truly been made supreme in their world.

Finally, a word should be said about the problem of infiltration into our government and prison system. If, for example, persons with connections to the Muslim Brotherhood continue to serve as senior advisors to our government, we are asking for trouble. Admittedly, the situation is worse in Europe but, unfortunately, under Obama we are becoming more, not les,s like Europe.

Paul Eidelberg: The Tragedy of 9/11 and American Exceptionalism

Professor Eidelberg is President of the Israel–America Renaissance Institute and expert in Constitutional Law.

What may we learn from 9/11, the Islamic attack on the United States on September11, 2001? Osama bin Laden had already declared war against the U.S. on August 23, 1996. Al Qaeda forces had already attacked two American embassies in Africa on August 7, 1998 and a U.S. naval vessel on October 12, 2000. So what is so significant about 9/11 when hijacked commercial airliners struck the New York World Trade Center and the Pentagon?

Of course, we cannot forget that almost 3,000 innocent human beings were murdered on that day by Muslims terrorists. They were cheered as martyrs throughout the Arab-Islamic world. Let us try to elicit the significance of this tragedy and its relation to American Exceptionalism.

Consider the targets struck on 9/11: the World Trade Center, the pinnacle of commercial wealth, and the Pentagon, the seat of unequaled military power. Juxtaposing these two targets we behold monuments of a secular democratic State whose scientific technology stands in stark contrast to pre-modern, feudal Islam—now on the path to acquiring that technology. Evident here is a theological conflict, which America, steeped in materialism, does not want to face.

America has become the avant guard of pop culture. This pop culture is spreading throughout the world as a result of America’s commercial and military hegemony—indicative of America’s own ambitious albeit benign imperialism.

This benign imperialism has been vulgarizing humanity. It has magnified hedonism. It has undermined spiritual values. It has stultified the mind by removing reverence from the human soul.

Pop culture constitutes the greatest threat to all tradition-based societies whose core is religious. This is one reason why Muslims deem America the “Great Satan”—the great tempter. Let us face the truth: America’s political and intellectual leaders have abandoned America’s Biblical heritage abbreviated in her Declaration of Independence.

That document affirms the Creator of heaven and earth. It proclaims that “all men are created equal.” The same document refers to the “Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God,” the basis of man’s unalienable rights to “Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.” The same document appeals to the “Supreme Judge” of the world. This is not only a political document. No, it is also theological document that acknowledges Divine Providence.

Clearly, the Declaration of Independence is based on ideas drawn from the Bible of Israel and should be understood as a Judeo-Christian document. This, dear reader, is the only solid foundation of American Exceptionalism. It is the heart and soul of America which has been abandoned by its political and intellectual leaders.

Let us open our eyes and understand the metapolitical significance of the attack on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon—the monoliths of a secular democratic state that has lost its purpose as a nation under God.

America has become a norm less democracy, where freedom and equality have no rational and ethical constraints, where wealth is the measure of human worth, where the here and now is the preoccupation of men and women, where change, change, change devalues all values, shatters personal identity, erodes a sense of community and national purpose.

9/11 should have been a wake-up call, but not merely to an external “Axis of Evil.” That evil was superficially and misleadingly identified as “international terrorism,” when in truth that evil was the most aggressive manifestation of Islamic Imperialism, the successor to Atheistic Communist Imperialism. Yes, this resurgence of evil has to be countered by unrelenting force. Unlike the Soviet Union, however, the threats issuing from Islam are perceived by liberals as a manifestation of a peace-loving religion.

Those threats come from everywhere yet cannot be attributed to anyone. Not that this Hydra-headed evil is invincible; but to vanquish it we need to overcome our own homegrown evil: the erosion of America’s ancient faith. This faith we can find in ourselves; it only needs to be awakened to inaugurate a new chapter of American Exceptionalism.

I mentioned the Declaration, its reference to the “Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God.” These laws were understood in colonial America as the Noahide laws of universal morality. These laws enable diverse men and nations to cooperate, to live in peace while cultivating their own personal and national customs. These metapolitical laws, the true foundation of the American Constitution, united the American people. They underlie the tremendous power and accomplishments of American Exceptionalism. They made the American Constitution a viable model for mankind, a model that can reconcile permanence and change by means of the rule of law sustained by a set of institutions designed to maximize reason and deliberation, as well as moderation in public affairs.

No longer does America offer this model for mankind. America’s ruling class has lost sight of the theological and moral foundations of America’s Declaration of Independence, the soul of the American Constitution. What has happened in America? I will tell you in a direct way:

What you most boast of, freedom and equality, are corrupting you. Your unrestrained freedom spawns licentiousness and undermines the family. Your indiscriminate equality undermines excellence and levels all moral distinctions. Your ever-expanding government and entitlements eviscerate personal responsibility and self-government. Your value-free capitalism fosters avarice and envy. Your university-bred doctrine of multicultural relativism erodes national loyalty and fosters atheism and cynicism.

This is the result of turning away from the Noahide laws which the Declaration of Independence abbreviated as the “Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God.” This is what bonds Israel and America in the crisis of our times signified by 9/11. We need to redeem that terrible tragedy. We need to engage in serious soul-searching. We must not only redeem ourselves, but we must also make the victims of 9/11 meaningful so that their lives will not have perished in vain.

Let us therefore cease worshiping, without neglecting, wealth and power, which we shall sorely need in the crisis of our times. But let us also cease worshiping the false god of norm less or live-as-you-like democracy and restore the normative and dignified democracy of our Founding Fathers. Let us revive the vision to which American Exceptionalism aspired. Let us build a nation where freedom dwells with virtue, equality with excellence, wealth with beauty, the here and now with love of the Eternal.

Daniel Mandel – The Long War against Islamic terrorism

Daniel Mandel is a Fellow in history at Melbourne University, Director of the Zionist Organization of America’s Center for Middle East Policy and author of H.V. Evatt & the Establishment of Israel (London: Routledge, 2004).

“Is the War Against Islamic Terrorism Over?” The answer is no. A war cannot be said to be over when the aggressor, al-Qaeda, remains a going concern of any size and reach; when its original Afghan base and supportive Pakistani hinterland remain receptive hosts; when Iran, bankroller and controller of several Islamist terror groups, has edged ever closer towards a nuclear weapons capability and the benefits and immunities this would encompass; when the jihadist cause has been taken up in several countries; and when those of its ideological compatriots sophisticated enough to abstain from its trademark terrorism in preference for the careful, patient work of foreign subversion continue to make progress, often undetected at the time. This goes doubly when those ideological compatriots, the Muslim Brotherhood and associated franchises, to give them their name, have risen to power in the most powerful and populous Arab state, Egypt. Still more so, when the formerly most staunchly secular of Muslim states, Turkey, has come since 9/11 ever more firmly under the sway of patient Islamists.

According, what remains to be done is, first, to absorb the fact that our victories (Iran, Afghanistan) have been but partial and may prove temporary; second, to understand that the patient, non-violent jihadists remain by far our deepest long-term threat and accordingly require a great deal more of our efforts; third, that the war will be lost, whatever other successes we might enjoy, if we fail in our paramount objective of preventing Iran from going nuclear; and fourth, ensuring that we head off the looming danger of a depleted U.S. military which, shorn of  innovations and numbers as it currently stands to be, would drastically overextend its mission and invite avoidable disasters.

Shoshana Bryen – The Symbiotic Relationship between Terrorists and Sponsors

Shoshana Bryen is the Director of the Washington, DC-based Jewish Policy Center.

“War” against any pathology is doomed. The Wars on Drugs, Poverty and Terrorism have no matrix for success, so you wouldn’t know when you’d won; you could never stop fighting. President Bush’s formulation, “The war against terrorists and the states that harbor and support them,” got to the heart of the symbiotic relationship between terrorists and their sponsors – terrorists need money, territory, arms, passports, etc. that can only be supplied by states; states need the ability to commit mayhem with plausible deniability (i.e., Saudi support for al Qaeda). The war would be won when the territory across the region is governed by sovereigns who decline support for transnational terrorist organizations. Without such support, you would still have isolated incidents – a man in a marketplace with a grenade – but the large-scale, country-changing, spectacular terrorism of 9-11 or Bali or London would be almost impossible. This does not mean those governments would be our friends, be democratic, like Israel, be secular, and/or not have wars.  It simply means that support for al Qaeda and other such would dry up. To the question of whether we’re winning – no. Particularly in the past two years, the Obama administration has withdrawn from Iraq (which was fragile), overthrew the Libyan government (which was anti-al Qaeda and now supports al Qaeda across North Africa and in Mali), and welcomed the Muslim Brotherhood while doing nothing to constrain Iran or Saudi Arabia (who support opposite sides, but both of whose sides hate us). The incentive for governments to withhold support for anti-Western or anti-Israel terrorism has been reduced, not increased by the Obama Administration.

Reza Kahlili – Iran’s Terrorist Threat Exceeds that of Bin Laden

Reza Kahlili is the pseudonymous author of A Time to Betray, an award winning chronicle of his undercover work as a CIA-agent inside Iran’s Revolutionary guard. The following is an adaptation of an opinion article originally published by Fox News in the immediate wake of the death of Bin Laden in may 2011.

The demise of Bin Laden should be the beginning of our search as to how we got into such vulnerable position in the first place. We must make sure that no enemy can ever again be allowed to bring harm upon us because of our own failings.

Bin Laden, who founded Al Qaeda in the late eighties, began terrorizing the world shortly thereafter with bombing attacks in Yemen, Egypt, and the U.S. Embassy in East Africa where over 300 souls lost their lives. The U.S. did not take notice until October, 2000 when the suicide attack on the USS Cole took 17 servicemen’s lives.

Bin Laden was emboldened with each subsequent act of terror because the lack of action by U.S. was seen as a weakness and further verification that he was invincible. Clearly, it appeared to him, Allah was on his side.

He then began his most aggressive act and took it directly from the Koran (8:12): “I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve. Therefore strike off their heads and strike off every fingertip of them.”

His commitment was total and led to the most heinous crime ever executed on America soil 11 years ago. It instigated our fight on terror and the ensuing wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Billions of dollars have been spent, draining our economy to the point of bankruptcy, and costing the lives of thousands of our heroes. Yet it is our failure to know and understand the enemy and the ideology that drives him that allowed one hateful individual to grow so powerful as to bring us to such profound harm.

There is an eerie similarity here with the radicals ruling Iran. They proudly bombed the Marine barracks in Beirut in 1983 killing over 240 of our best and then boasted about it. Mohsen Rafiqdoost, then the Minister of the Revolutionary Guards, publicly stated that: “Both the TNT and the ideology, which in one blast sent to hell 400 officers, NCOs, and soldiers at the Marine’s headquarters, were provided by Iran.” In response, we removed our forces from Lebanon.

The Iranians formed Hezbollah, helped Islamic Jihad, armed and trained terrorists across the region and took hostages with fatal results. For their efforts, we rewarded them with arms in exchange for the freedom of a few (Iran Contra). Our actions, or lack thereof, again signaled our weakness and affirmed their belief that Allah is the one and only God and that they have his protection.

The Iranian leaders, encouraged with their continuing success, became ever more aggressive carrying out terrorist attacks through their proxies such as the Khobar Tower bombing in Saudi Arabia and the Jewish community center bombing in Argentina. And the West meekly offered negotiations as the only solution to their atrocious acts. The Iranians have for years armed and trained Shiite militias in Iraq with a strategy to bring down our forces, harm them, and drain the U.S. economically. Given the evidence in the 9/11 Links case in New York, we know that Iran was directly complicit in facilitating the training and transportation of the Munich Cell of the 9/11 perpetrators from Al Qaeda Bases in Afghanistan to Iran to Saudi Arabia and eventually on to Europe and  America.

Today the jihadists in Tehran, strengthened by their actions and reassured by their beliefs, know that they are Allah’s chosen ones to bring about the demise of America and the destruction of Israel. They are encouraged to aggressively continue on with their terrorist activities around the world, and their ongoing support of terrorist groups including Hezbollah, Islamic Jihad, Hamas, Al Qaeda, Taliban, and others in Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Yemen and Africa. All the while, they expand their missile delivery system and achievement of their nuclear bomb project nearly within reach.

The Revolutionary Guards currently hold more than a 1,000 ballistic missiles capable of reaching Tel Aviv, Riyadh, U.S. bases in Iraq, the Fifth Fleet headquarters in Bahrain and capitals in Western Europe. At the same time, they are working with the North Koreans and the Chinese on intercontinental ballistic missiles and the nuclear weaponization of their warheads. Iran has tested launch of Scud Missiles from commercial  vessels in the Caspian Sea demonstrating the capability of conducting a possible Electronic Magnetic Pulse attack against the Great Satan, America, and its ally, Israel, the little Satan.

Many of the Iranian leaders are known terrorists and on the Interpol’s most wanted list. This includes the current Iranian defense minister and former Quds Force commander and the chief intelligence officer of the Guards, Ahmad Vahidi, who is wanted for the 1994 Jewish center bombing in Buenos Aires, which killed 85 and injured hundreds. As the defense minister, Mr. Vahidi is directly responsible for the Iranian nuclear bomb and missile programs, and is also in charge of the proliferation of arms to terrorists in the Middle East and the world.

We cannot allow history to repeat itself. Today we are facing an evil much worse than Bin Laden and Al Qaeda.

Appeasement and vacillation do not work. World peace, global stability and millions of lives are on the line. Our first priority should be to stop these radicals in their tracks and to help Iranians free themselves from this evil. A new regime in Iran could transform the world for the better securing global stability and an end to much of terrorism throughout the world.

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