Bush announces new sanctions against Iran

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Bush announces new sanctions against Iran

Ratcheting up the pressure against Iran to knock off their stupidity, Bush has announced new sanctions against Iran.

The sanctions are against the Revolutionary Guard Corps and several banks. The intention, of course, is an attempt to influence evil into being good, and I seriously doubt it will work. The most one can seriously expect is that maybe Iran will slow down their activity and go even deeper underground with it, which would mean a longer time before their goals are achieved. I don't expect that to happen, and it seems that even Condi Rice is not expecting it to happen, either:

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But Rice quickly added: "Unfortunately the Iranian government continues to spurn our offer of open negotiations, instead threatening peace and security by pursuing nuclear technologies that can lead to a nuclear weapon, building dangerous ballistic missiles, supporting Shia militants in Iraq and terrorists in Iraq, Afghanistan, Lebanon and the Palestinian territories, and denying the existence of a fellow member of the United Nations, threatening to wipe Israeli off the map."

Remember, Dr. Rice is the good cop in the good cop/bad cop game; she is the one who has been pushing for more diplomacy and negotiations while Dick "Darth Vader" Cheney has been petitioning for some map-changing of his own.

Notice how Dr. Rice, the dove of the bunch, expressed the perfect declaration of war and the very righteous reasons for going to war. The Grand Ayatollah had better be paying attention to this.

By Thomas_Crowne: posted on 26-10-2007

Wow These sanctions are very heavy hitting. Iran is threatening reprisals with military attacks on American interests.

The package was to be announced jointly by secretary of state Condoleezza Rice and treasury secretary Henry Paulson and include branding Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corps proliferators of weapons of mass destruction and the al Qods Brigade sponsor of terrorists. The defense ministry is also singled out for sanctions.

These steps are unprecedented. DEBKAfile’s Iranian sources recall that the Islamic regime announced in advance that approval of these measures would be deemed tantamount to an American declaration of war on Iran and call forth retaliation.

Tehran would target US interests in the Persian Gulf, Iraq and Afghanistan or Israel by means of Special Groups, i.e. Iran’s foreign intelligence networks, Hizballah or Hamas.

DEBKAfile’s sources reveal that these reprisals may be delayed some days because of a profound power struggle taking place in Iran’s leadership.

However, since the supreme ruler, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is directly affected as commander-in-chief of Iran’s armed forces, including the IRGC and its al Qods Brigade, Tehran cannot afford to let Washington’s accusations go unanswered.

The new sanctions package includes US financial penalties for any world firms trading with the Revolutionary Guards. They would apply to more than 1,000 companies in Europe, the Middle East, the Persian Gulf and Asia.

Our Iranian sources note that since IRGC-owned companies control more than 35 percent of Iran’s economic activities, the new sanctions will have a crippling effect on its national economy.

This is already hard hit by Washington’s systematic blockage of Iran’s dealings with international banks, which has left Tehran seriously short of cash flow, foreign currency and basic commodities.

According to DEBKAfile’s sources, Iran very recently sent Indonesia an “emergency appeal” for gasoline and heavy oil, because it has run out of currency to pay for imported refined oil products. Tehran offered to reward Jakarta with a concession for building big new oil refineries, which Iran lacks.

Indonesia has not yet replied. Its government must take into account that no serious world oil enterprise would be willing to cooperate in a refinery project in Iran for fear of a backlash from the American boycott.

By netchicken: posted on 26-10-2007

Indonesia is not the country we should we watching out for but China and Russia. These are the people that we will need to finally bring down the hammer on if they still do business with Iran. China is testing its strength internationally. Seeing how far the US will yield politically and diplomatically. This will surely be another occasion. We will have to see if President Bush really has the stones to carry the ball all the way through.
By IAF: posted on 26-10-2007

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