2006-03-26

Night Flashes

Strategy Page on Iran's two navies: 'One is the actual Navy and the other is the naval wing of the Revolutionary Guard. The Navy has three submarines, about 20 frigates and large patrol boats, plus some amphibious warfare and mine warfare vessels, and a lot of small, fast attack craft. The Revolutionary Guard, on the other hand, has hundreds (some estimates suggest thousands) of small fast attack craft, all under 20-meters and lightly armed.' The IRI is also busy promoting subbers to top naval posts ... meanwhile, The Hindu reports that 'the United States is working with Russia at the United Nations Security Council on Iran and is hopeful that some of the "tactical" differences may be resolved through the negotiations' ...

The Taipei Times covers the visit of Taiwanese presidential hopeful, Chinese Nationalist Prty Chairman Ma Ying-Jeou to the US, but the writer isn't pleased with what seems to be written between the lines of Ma's policy toward Beijing: 'Ma didn't spell out the quid pro quo which will prompt China to renounce its use of force against Taiwan, but it has to be acceptance of the "one China" principle. The peace accord idea is not new. US academics and former officials have advanced the same idea under the name of an "interim agreement." The key ingredient is that Taiwan permanently forgoes any possibility of independence' ...

Finally, Lucianne links to The Mirror's story on Jonathan Briley - the "Falling Man" of 9/11 ... read, and remember ...