"Iranians are on the offensive because they're in a defensive posture," Patrick Cronin, a former State Department and Pentagon official who is now director of research at the London-based International Institute for Strategic Studies, told the Los Angeles Times on Tuesday, April 3.
"There's a domestic audience and a fight over who is the rightful voice of
The UN Security Council has unanimously adopted a British-drafted resolution broadening sanctions on
Main provisions of the resolution go beyond the nuclear sphere by banning
Hamidreza Taraghi, head of the international affairs office of the Islamic Coalition Party, an Iranian conservative parliamentary group, said pressures promoted
"Instead of opening its nuclear technology facilities to inspectors the government is more cautious than ever about revealing details of its program to inspectors so that the information cannot be used against [us] in any likely war," he told the daily.
"We should not volunteer information regarding our nuclear sites, as they may be misused by Americans."
Analysts say recent war-mongering by the Bush administration and new military build-up in the Gulf have promoted
"Because the neoconservatives in the American administration are prone to this sort of stupidity and craziness, we have been fully prepared in terms of hardware and military arsenals but also software and information for electronic warfare," said Taraghi.
For the first time since 2003, a second
The Pentagon said the exercise is aimed at reassuring friends and allies.
Exercises involving two carrier strike groups are unusual because two such naval formations are rarely in the same area at the same time.
Award-winning American investigative reporter Seymour Hersh has revealed that the Pentagon recently formed a special group to plan an attack against
He believes the Bush administration is intent on striking
Cronin, a US Navy intelligence officer in the Gulf during the 1980-1988 Iran-Iraq war, described the capture of the Britons a "horizontal escalation" meant both to shift the domestic discussion and to gain leverage against the West.
"They have to go on the offensive to change the narrative," he said.
On Sunday, April 1, more than 150 students pelted the British Embassy in
The Independent reported on Tuesday that the capture of the British sailor was in revenge of a foiled
The raid on the Iranian liaison office in Arbil, where the Americans believed the two senior Iranian officials were, led to the arrest of five junior Iranian diplomats.
The British daily said
Ahmad Bakhshayesh, a professor of political science at
"One scenario is that their intrusion was a prelude for a large-scale assault," he said.
Christopher Rundle, a former British diplomat to
"The Americans might be supporting (ethnic opposition) Baluchi and Arab separatists. There is a concerted effort to destabilize
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