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Tuesday, May 04, 2004

The Latest from MEMRI


It seems to me that so many still-liberals aren't seeing the connections among -and tensions between- Arab terrorist groups and organizations. Their interest, indeed their obsession, lies only with the Arab "street" and the (negative) emotions there; there is little seeking of informational or intellectual understanding. This newest offering in MEMRI's Inquiry and Analysis series provides some very timely information. Guaranteed to enlighten.
Iran's Stirrings in Iraq by Dr. Nimrod Raphaeli
With the downfall of its nemesis Saddam Hussein, Iran can now pursue two principal objectives in Iraq: the first is to stir up problems for the Americans to keep them pinned down and divert their attention from its nuclear program. The second is to assert its influence over the Hawza, or the Shi'a religious centers in the two holy cities of Najaf and Karbala,and to prevent the emergence in these cities of an independent religious and spiritual leadership competing with the Iranian city of Qum.