Wednesday, June 21, 2006
Tuesday's Daily Briefing on Iran. June 20, 2006.
Ahmadinejad seeks to become Islam's next "Nasser."
- Jonathan Paris, Prospectives explains how Iranian President Ahmadinejad is seeking to galvanize Muslims throughout the world behind a radical vision of puritanical Islam that rejects the liberal democratic model to become the next "Nasser" of the Islamic world.
- Mos News reported that Ahmadinejad offered Russia greater cooperation in the exploration and extraction of liquefied gas, promising to “cooperate closely” in determining the price of gas.
- The Washington Post reported on President Bush's most recent warning to Iran to accept the Perm-5 nuclear proposal just prior to his trip to the European Union for consultations this week.
- Reuters reported that Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert held talks on Monday with three former Israeli premiers about Iran's nuclear program, signaling a drive for consensus on an issue.
- Kenneth R. Timmerman, The Washington Times explains why the recent US decision to join talks with Iran is a slippery slope and why the US should be supporting the Iranian opposition.
- Peter Brooks, New York Post argues that given that the United States has given Pakistan $700 million a year in aid, Islamabad should be pressed to give us access to A.Q. Khan - the only outsider with insider knowledge of Tehran's nuclear program.
- The Wall Street Journal reported on the division inside of Iran between the Iran/Iraq war revolutionaries and the Iranian youth.