Monday, November 29, 2004

Loose Ends From the Carter Administration

In the latest Axis of Evil news:

Registration forms being filled out in the offices of an Iranian aid group and in the presence of Iranian government figures offer volunteer suicide commandos the following three options, it emerged yesterday: attack American soldiers in Iraq, kill Israelis, or fulfill a 15-year-old fatwa ordering the assassination of the author of "The Satanic Verses," Salman Rushdie.

The suicide commandos story, reported by the Associated Press yesterday in Tehran, puts into sharp relief the stakes of the latest round of nuclear brinkmanship between Iran's ruling mullahs and the International Atomic Energy Agency. Iran reversed its position yesterday and said it would agree temporarily to halt enrichment of uranium.

....A meeting where some 300 new recruits were enlisted also attracted a member of Iran's Parliament, Mahdi Kouchakzadeh, and General Hossein Salami of the Revolutionary Guards. The wire dispatch quoted Mr. Kouchakzadeh as saying, "At a time when the U.S. is committing the crimes we see now, deprived nations have no weapon other than martyrdom. It's evident that Iran's foreign policy-makers have to take the dignified opinions of this group into consideration."

The group in question, Headquarters for Commemorating Martyrs of the Global Islamic Movement, enjoys a semiofficial status inside Iran.

This is the country the French want to supply with nuclear reactor technology.

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