They say that Iran is under financial and economic sanctions, but is that true?
The longer these imaginary sanctions continue, along with talks and political games revolving around Iran's Islamic nuclear capability, the more muffled the voice of freedom and free speech and human rights are by the cries of the muezzin, and by every Friday's reading of the verses of the Koran over loudspeakers in the minarets. Every day it gets harder to deal with the regime of the ayatollahs. And the alien laws of Sharia are steadily imposed upon free societies.
I remember one day in Grozny, Chechnya, after she learned that I was a journalist from Georgia, a woman dressed in traditional Islamic clothing for the Caucasus approached me. A long dress covered her arms and legs, and she wore the required head scarf. She looked at me and asked, "Why haven't you Georgians embraced Islam, since the word of Allah and the prophet have come to you? If you were Muslims, the Caucasus would be free."
She meant that if the Georgians embraced Islam, then Russia could not occupy the North Caucasus and Georgia. And she was right. Imam Shamil in the 18th century was arrested by a Georgian general who served in the Russian army. A 25-year-old Russian could not defeat Shamil, and only the Georgian generals Orbeliani and Chavchavadze were able to defeat him.
Yes, it's an interesting idea. Exchange physical slavery for the oppression of spiritual slavery. The Georgians did not agree to this.
Yet this question has always stayed with me.
During the four years that I worked on the North Caucasus, I saw that the local Muslims who had lived an ordinary life, did not pray, did not read the Koran, and were drinking alcohol and eating pork, after a few years of Islamic propaganda began to become very different people.
I remember the number one terrorist in Russia, Shamil Basayev, made fun of the Arabs: "They come to us in the Caucasus, sit in the snow a couple of weeks, eat cold eggs. Then they go back to the desert to receive pensions from the rich old Sheikhs. And they want to buy a ticket to Allah for having supported the jihad." But after a while Shamil spoke very respectfully of them. It happened after Amir ibn al-Khattab put him on the Arab payroll.
The transformation of an ordinary man into a jihadist can take place so rapidly that it is hard to imagine.
First, there is the construction of mosques and madrasas. Then the students are trained, reading the Koran and studying it, receiving combat training, and making provision for their family finances and war for 6 months or preparing to become a Mujahid Shaheed. The latter becomes a killing machine who has no doubt he is right, because the acts of God control him (so he believers). Now imagine a Mujahid with a nuclear bomb. Do we worry unnecessarily?
If we need economic prosperity in order to develop freedom, the Islamic nation seeks to prove its superiority, to buy space in the Garden by means of someone else's grief. You can get closer to Allah if you pay the murderers of infidels.
To enhance their economic strength, the Islamic Republic of Iran and Turkey have launched several new transportation projects. The Islamic Republic of Iran has begun a railway line to the Chinese city of Kashgar, through Afghanistan and Tajikistan.
The Minister for Roads and Urban Development, Ali Nikzad said that the railway line length of 392 km., linking Iran, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and China, and will serve the development and growth of trade between these countries and reduce transportation costs.
This railway line may also be the main route for drug trafficking, particularly opium, in Asia, given the fact that Afghanistan, Tajikistan, and China are among the major producers and handlers of opium.
The second project is the railway linking Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey. The construction of the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway is in accordance with an Azerbaijani-Georgian-Turkish intergovernmental agreement. Azerbaijan has loaned Georgia $775 million for the construction of its section of this line. Funding for this project comes from the State Oil Fund of Azerbaijan.
Meanwhile, the Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, at a meeting with Chinese businessmen, proposed the creation of the "Silk Road" rail line which would connect Turkey and China, according to the newspaper Hurriyet reported Thursday. "It is necessary to transform the historic Silk Road into the railway 'Silk Road ,' which will unite the peoples who live from Turkey to China," Erdogan said.
According to the Prime Minister, the necessary funding for this project is available. The "Silk Road" rail line will promote trade between the countries, which will be included in this project. "It will be an important regional project that will revitalize the economy," said Erdogan.
Erdogan's proposal is aimed at creating a developed and extensive network of trade and transit relations between South and Central Asia and Europe. In sum, the project will include 28 countries. The total length of the new transportation arteries, often called the "Silk Road by rail," should reach 81,000 kilometers.
And also meanwhile: "Azerbaijan will not ask anyone's permission for relations with Iran," said Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi at a meeting with Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister Khalaf Khalafov.
During the meeting, the Iranian minister said that Iran is "a true friend of Azerbaijan," and expressed hope that relations between the two neighboring countries would develop.
But the most important thing was that nobody talked about the prospect of the unification of the Iranian and Turkish railway projects. In 2005 there was talk about it openly. Back tTen "The Time" published an article about the railway project linking China to Turkey via Iran ("From camel train to freight train," by Jeremy Page, published on December 5, 2005).
It is also important because it shows who the partner of Iran is. And Iran could and would share nuclear technology with its partners.
And for those who still do not believe in Islamic supremacism and how badly it affects a person, remember the sheikhs who spoke on television asserting that Islam will conquer the world. God forbid that any free person will have to see and experience what my brother and I experienced before and during our captivity by Islamic supremacists. Do not believe the TV sheikhs, because in fact they are liars. They have a goal - Jerusalem, and then the whole world: http://www.memritv.org/clip/en/3431.htm