IS THE U.S. PLANNING TO ATTACK IRAN?

12/27/06

The New York Times reported last week: "The United States and Britain will begin moving additional warships and strike aircraft into the Persian Gulf region in a display of military resolve toward Iran that will come as the United Nations continues to debate possible sanctions against the country, Pentagon and military officials said Wednesday." Another Times front-page piece is headlined "Iran President Facing Revival of Students' Ire."

TRITA PARSI, (202) 386-2303, tp@tritaparsi.com, http://www.tritaparsi.com Parsi is head of the National Iranian American Council. He said today: "As bad as the war in Iraq is, the U.S. action raises the specter of a wider regional war. Some 'neo-cons' have called for just such a military deployment. Some in Saudi Arabia seem to be preferring a wider war to an Iraq dominated by Shiites." Parsi is author of the forthcoming book "Treacherous Triangle: The Secret Dealings of Iran, Israel and the United States." (Yale University Press, 2007.) He wrote his Doctoral thesis on Israeli-Iranian relations under Professor Francis Fukuyama (and Drs. Zbigniew Brzezinski, R. K. Ramazani, Jakub Grygiel, Charles Doran) at Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies in 2006.

He has served as an advisor to Congressman Bob Ney (R-OH18) on Middle East issues and is a co-founder and current President of the National Iranian American Council (www.niacouncil.org), a non-partisan, non-profit organization promoting Iranian-American participation in American civic life.

Dr. Parsi has worked for the Swedish Permanent Mission to the UN in New York where he served in the Security Council handling the affairs of Afghanistan, Iraq, Tajikistan and Western Sahara, and the General Assembly's Third Committee addressing human rights in Iran, Afghanistan, Myanmar and Iraq.

Dr. Parsi was born in Iran and grew up in Sweden. He earned a Master's Degree in International Relations at Uppsala University, a second Master's Degree in Economics at Stockholm School of Economics and a PhD in International Relations from Johns Hopkins University SAIS.

Parsi discussed Iraq's nuclear program, the potential for the program to develop nuclear weapons and whether the U.S. should be concerned. He also discussed the state of democracy in Iraq.

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