Morning Report: May 31, 2006

Low-lifes in high places. A terrorist gets a promotion, while freedom activists keep tabs on gangleaders at large ... and a Portland blogger identifies the roots of trouble in his favorite Middle Eastern city.

MJT: Supply-side economics. Michael J. Totten on Lebanon and Israel: 'It isn't fair that Israel has to endure missile attacks because the Beirut government is too weak and divided against itself to take on Hezbollah. It isn't Israel's fault that the Lebanese army is a pipsqueaker compared with better-armed, better-trained, battle-hardened foreign agent militia. But that's how it is. And that's how it will be while the Baathists rule in Damascus and the mullahs rule in Tehran.' Read the whole thing at the link. (MJT)

Debka: Abbas taps wanted terrorist Mahmoud Dimra for personal security detail. Debka reports: 'Outrage in Israel over Mahmoud Abbas’ choice of Mahmoud Dimra – Abu Awad – to lead his new private US-UK-funded militia. DEBKAfile’s counter-terror sources report that Abu Awad is number 5 on the Shin Bet’s list of most wanted terrorists from the 2000-2005 Palestinian terror war against Israel. Dimra served as Yasser Arafat’s undercover coordinator for the suicide terror campaign waged by the Fatah-al Aqsa Martyrs Brigade and which is still operating unchecked by the Fatah leader, the same Mahmoud Abbas. After the Israeli government made the gesture of allowing his force to take delivery of 200 rifles, security leaders say Abu Mazen has pulled a fast one. He has arranged for those guns to come under the responsibility of a known arch-terrorist, breaking his personal word to Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert that the weapons would be used exclusively for his own protection and not be allowed to reach terrorist hands. Abu Mazen this week promoted Abu Awad, who had been lying low in the Palestinian security service as a major, to brigadier general. ...' (Debka)

Iran's most wanted. Via Regime Change Iran, Anti-Mullah publishes a list of Iran's most dangerous criminals: 'The Voice of Iran (KRSI) radio station broadcasting 24/7 out of Southern California into Iran has already begun doing this on their daily half hour of live call-ins from inside Iran. The callers, mostly on cell phones, provide this kind of information which is then broadcast LIVE back into the country. The information becomes available to everyone for immediate and future reference.' Some of the most important names:
1- Ali-Akbar Bahremani (known as Hashemi Rafsanjani)
2- Ali Khamenei
3- Saeed Mortazavi
4- Hashem Shahroudi
5- Ahmad Janati
6- Hussein Shariatmadari
7- Ali Falahiyan
8- Ali Yunessi
9- Hussein Shariatmadari
10- Yahya Rahim-Safavi
11- Ebrahim Ghalibaf
12- Ali Akbar Velayati
13- Mohammad-Bagher Zolghadr
14- Mohammad Mohammadi Reyshahri
15- Mohammad Hejazi
16- Mohsen Rezaee
17- Ghorbanali Dorri-Najafabadi
18- Mostafa Mirhashem
19- Abdolkarim Moussavi-Ardebili
20- Abass Vaezi
21- Mohsen Rafighdoust

The site advises that 'they will engage reputable law firms and prepare the grounds to go after them as soon they land in Europe or possibly even in the U.S. Of course wearing the mantle of the "President" as does Ahmadi-Nejad, will make the task much harder but it is a great humanitarian challenge worth trying.' (Anti-Mullah via RCI)

Analyst: Tehran's hand in Kabul riots? Mehran Riazaty at Regime Change Iran has some thoughts on the timing of the riots in Afghanistan: 'On May 29, 2006- Many news agencies around the world reported that a deadly traffic accident Monday involving U.S. troops sparked the worst rioting in the Afghan capital since the fall of the Taliban government, with hundreds of protesters looting shops and shouting "Death to America!" At least eight people were killed and 107 injured, an official said. An interesting point is that this deadly traffic accident involving US troops happened in Kabul right after Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai was heading back home from visiting Iran. ... It is possible that in a meeting with the Iranian officials in Tehran Karzai took the US side on Iran’s nuclear activities and that made the Iranian authorities respond. Then the Iranian authorities through their agents in Afghanistan (Corps of Mohammad) sparked the Kabul’s riots to show off their power to the US and Karzai.' UPDATE: The Counterterrorism Blog has a report on the Kabul riots. Morning Report reminds readers that Riazaty's theory remains in the realm of speculation at the present time. (RCI, CTB)

Briefly noted. Tammy Bruce has a roundup on Iranian unrest; Robert Samuelson has some tough questions about the immigration bill - and media coverage of it; Mohammed at ITM has the latest on the Iraqi cabinet shuffle; and the Fighting Deuce patrols Afghanistan (h/t Kat).

Commentary. We know that the establishment media are busy with their own preoccupations while the real stories - like the Iranian riots of the last couple of weeks - go unnoticed. Today's observations by Riazaty point to some possible patterns here.

A recent post by Pat at Pawigoview highlighted CNN's misrepresentation of comments by Iraqi foreign minister Zebari. But Pat also brings to our attention this interesting little item from January:
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has asked that a ban on CNN journalists in Iran be lifted and that the network be allowed to continue working in the country, according to a report by the official Iranian news agency IRNA early Tuesday. ...

The dispute arises from a moment of simultaneous translation Saturday.

As Ahmadinejad was speaking, an interpreter working for a translation company hired by CNN misquoted him as having said Iran has the right to build nuclear weapons. In fact, he said Iran has the right to nuclear energy, and that "a nation that has civilization does not need nuclear weapons." He added, "our nation does not need them."

The incorrect translation was re-broadcast on CNN later Saturday.

As soon as it was alerted to the error Sunday, CNN corrected the translation and clarified Ahmadinejad's remarks, and the network apologized. ...

Oddly enough, though, we don't see CNN falling all over itself to correct this story, which still claims: "Iran has a right to develop nuclear technology and the international community should drop its demands that Tehran prove it's not trying to build a nuclear weapon, Iraq's foreign minister said Friday."

There's not much question whose interests the mainstream media are protecting. It's up to ordinary, freedom-loving people to start kicking fascists ... and taking names.