Back to home page Alireza Jafarzadeh on Fox discussing President Bushís trip to Europe


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Fox & Friends Weekend


Sunday, February 20, 2005


Iran-Syria Pact


Mike Jerrick: President Bush says he has no intentions in going to war with Iran, but it is reported the country, Iran is still prepping for a possible attack by the U.S.


Juliet Huddy: Alireza Jafarzadeh joins us now from Washington. He is the president of Strategic Policy Consulting and a Fox News Foreign Affairs Analyst, great to have you here again.




Alireza Jafarzadeh: Great to be here.


Juliet Huddy: The Washington Times reports that Iran is preparing in case the US attacks. Can you elaborate on this?


Alireza Jafarzadeh: Well, clearly the Ayatollahs ruling Iran are extremely frightened and paranoid, perhaps not because anybody is really intending to attack; because President Bush has clearly said that the military option is not his first priority. But I think it has a lot to do with what the President said in his State of the Union address when he struck at the Achillesí heel of the Ayatollahs when he said that America will stand with the people of Iran as they stand for their liberty. And I think that was a significant blow to the regime, a very serious thing that has not been done before and has really frightened the Ayatollahs because they are aware of the level of discontent; of the level of opposition inside the country. And they are preparing themselves for it.


Julian Phillips: We also have the Russia factor here, Russian President Putin says that he does support them in a sense. He doesnít believe that the nuclear capabilities are for military purposes. Something ,of course clearly President Bush will address when he meets with the Russian president. What do you think about that?



Alireza Jafarzadeh: The Russians certainly have a horse in this race. I mean they are heavily involved in Bushehr nuclear reactor so they want to see conditions that would continue their presence, involvement with Iranís nuclear program. So, I am not surprised that the Russians are saying this. And I think President Bush is right in insisting that Iran will have to give up its uranium enrichment program.


Mike Jerrick: If this week is supposed to concentrate on these summit talks developing some kind of shared strategy with these different European countries on how to deal with Syria and Iran, who can we trust when it comes to if we have to all stand up against Iran? Who do we trust? Who has the closest ties that they may not want to break with Iran?


Alireza Jafarzadeh: First, in terms of the Syrians, they are the strategic allies of Iran for many years and since the going is now getting tough in the region, the Iranians are now resorting and turning to their Syrian partners. But I think the Europeans all have close relationship with both Syria and Iran. I donít think they are willing to give up that kind of relationship both in terms of economic relations and also in terms of other aspects. So, I think the United States will have to press on its general policy of putting pressure on Iran internationally; insisting on Iran ending its nuclear weapons program; insisting on Iran giving up its support for terrorism--which is one thing that Syria is also doing--and insisting that Iran would have to end its opposition to Peace in the Middle East and the suppression of its own population.


Juliet Huddy: So, Alireza it sounds like youíre saying that the United States, when it comes to pressuring Iran, is going to essentially be going it alone?



Alireza Jafarzadeh: Well, Iím not saying that. I think the US is on the right track in trying to get the Europeans involved, in finding common ground. But the US would also have to keep in mind that when push comes to shove, when it comes to principles and the values, it has to be prepared to defend those values.


Julian Phillips: Alireza Jafarzadeh, thank you so much, as always, sir.


Alireza Jafarzadeh: Thank you very much; always a pleasure.

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