Iranian Atomic Urgency
• Venezuela is thinking about selling its fleet of US-made F-16 fighter jets to Iran. But this may be a case of Chavez being Chavez. AP writes:
Chavez has previously warned he could share the U.S.-made F-16s with Cuba and China — and look into buying new jets from Russia or China — because he said Washington was not supplying parts for the planes as agreed.
• Worth reading from the JCPA: “The Role of Iranian Security Forces in the Syrian Bloodshed.”
• Nice roundup at Foreign Policy of what arms Russia is known to have supplied Assad.
• Syrian rebels are targeting Christians. The UK’s Sunday Times (paywall) notes disturbing incidents in several villages:
The persecution is reminiscent of brutal treatment meted out to Christians during the Iraq war, when hundreds of thousands fled after being targeted by militants in the chaos that followed the fall of Saddam Hussein in 2003. Coptic Christians in Egypt have also been attacked since the toppling of Hosni Mubarak last year.
In the Syrian town of Qusayr, near the Lebanese border, a warning went out from some minarets earlier this month that “Christians must leave within six days”. Only 1,000 remained after about 9,000 others fled a spate of kidnappings and murders, local Christians say.
On a related note, Asharq al-Awsat interviewed a Jesuit priest recently expelled from Syria. Father Paolo Dall’Oglio was in charge of the Deir Mar Musa monastery for 30 years.
• George Galloway‘s latest tirade won’t endear himself to the Syrian street.
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• “Credit” the German left, not neo-Nazis, for helping Black September carry out the Munich massacre. The Jerusalem Post writes:
Writing in the current edition of the German Jewish newspaper Jüdische Allgemeine Wochenzeitung, Dr. Wolfgang Kraushaar sharply disputed a recent Der Spiegel article’s emphasis on the role of neo-Nazis in the attack, calling the news item “blown up” and nothing new.
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