Sunday, September 30, 2007

Ari's Group Sets Sights on Iran

The hugely funded, conservative group Freedom's Watch will shift their aim from Iraq to Iran in October. The New York Times reported on an upcoming gathering of experts to discuss radical Islam.

Next month, Freedom’s Watch will sponsor a private forum of 20 experts on radical Islam that is expected to make the case that Iran poses a direct threat to the security of the United States, according to several benefactors of the group. Although the group declined to identify the experts, several were invited from the American Enterprise Institute, a Washington research group with close ties to the White House. Some institute scholars have advocated a more confrontational policy to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons, including keeping military action as an option. Last week, a Freedom’s Watch newspaper advertisement called President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran “a terrorist.” The group is considering a national advertising campaign focused on Iran, a senior benefactor said.

Where does freedom seem most in jeopardy today? Shouldn't FW be training its eyes on Myanmar for its heavy handed put down of pro-democracy demonstrators? Meanwhile, Chevron has free reign to profit from the natural resources of Myanmar. Via production sharing agreements signed under the first President Bush's term, the military dictatorship gets valuable funding. The democratic oil minister from India inked oil and gas exploration contracts with the junta's leadership while protesters marched in the streets. While Presidential hopeful John McCain wants every sanction possible enacted, George Bush won't close the spigot of oil or money. And Freedom's Watch turns its head away so it can focus on Iran. So goes the the U.S. Senate. While Ari's group plots, George W. frets....