The following articles are from the “British war room”.
compiled by Cem Ertür
28 December 2008
1) Barack Obama should practise his golf swing while he has the chance
2) Lockerbie: was it Iran? Syria? All I know is, it wasn’t the man in prison
3) Channel 4’s Iran propaganda
4) Christmas message from Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is ‘sick’
5) Indulgence of Islam is harming society
Barack Obama should practise his golf swing while he has the chance
The economic meltdown is only one crisis awaiting the new president: Iran is still very dangerous, writes Con Coughlin.
by Coughlin, Daily Telegraph 27 December 2008
If 2008 is remembered as the year that Mr Obama announced his arrival on the world stage, 2009 will be the year when his ability to handle potentially catastrophic world crises is tested to the limit.
During the election campaign, Hillary Clinton tried to place doubts in the minds of voters about Mr Obama’s fitness to lead the country at a time of war, and questioned whether he was qualified to deal with that moment when the red telephone rang in the middle of the night.
The widespread expectation is that the red phone is likely to test Mr Obama’s mettle sooner rather than later, with nuclear proliferation topping the list of national security priorities that will need to be tackled.
For all the pressure the Bush Administration has placed on North Korea and Iran – which, together with Iraq, formed the original axis of evil – both Pyongyang and Tehran have done virtually nothing to lessen their commitment to developing their nuclear capabilities. Having successfully test-fired a nuclear device two years ago, the North Koreans have shown little inclination to dismantle the Yongbyon nuclear reactor or any of the other components of its controversial programme, despite the bribes offered by Washington.
Iran, meanwhile, has made significant progress with its uranium enrichment programme which, even the most cautious intelligence assessments agree, will enable Tehran to produce sufficient quantities of enriched uranium for a nuclear warhead by the end of next year.
Whether Iran has the technical capability to build an atom bomb and fix it to a viable delivery system is another matter, but the mere fact that Iran will soon have the potential to develop such a device is enough to give even the most laid-back American president sleepless nights.
excerpt from: Lockerbie: was it Iran? Syria? All I know is, it wasn’t the man in prison
by Hugh Miles, Independent on Sunday, 21 January 2008
If Megrahi didn’t do it, who did? Some time ago suspicion fell on a gang headed by a convicted Palestinian terrorist named Abu Talb and a Jordanian triple agent named Marwan Abdel Razzaq Khreesat. Both were Iranian agents; Khreesat was also on the CIA payroll.
excerpt from: Channel 4’s Iran propaganda
Ahmadinejad’s Christmas message was an insult to the 100,000 Iranians murdered since the Islamists seized power in 1979
by Peter Tatchell, Guardian, 27 December 2008
Channel 4 handed President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran a propaganda victory when it broadcast his Alternative Christmas Message. Giving him a prime-time television slot, he was able to pose, unchallenged, as a defender of justice and peace – despite the Iranian regime’s grisly human rights record, which includes the execution of children, women, students, journalists, Sunni Muslims, gay people, political activists and ethnic minorities.
Ahmadinejad’s Christmas Day broadcast was a sick joke. It was the equivalent of giving a propaganda platform to Tony Blair, Vladimir Putin, Ariel Sharon, Omar al-Bashir, Henry Kissinger, General Than Shwe or George Bush, so they could pose as men of peace and human right defenders.
Christmas message from Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is ‘sick’
by Damian Thompson, Daily Telegraph, 27 December 2008
Channel 4’s Christmas message from the President of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, has been criticised by the Government, branded a “national embarrassment” by Israel and led to an outcry by human rights campaigners.
excerpt from: Indulgence of Islam is harming society
by Duncan Gardham, Daily Telegraph, 26 December 2008
Channel 4’s decision to invite President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to deliver its “alternative” Christmas message may have been offensive to many people, but no one can say the station is neglecting its obligation to cater for minorities. Muslim fundamentalists were thrilled by the broadcast.