This week, for all the headlines cited below, please join us in proclaiming THIS DECREE:
"Ye shall not fear them; for the Lord your God he shall fight for you."
1. Iran Strengthening Syrian Military, Report Says - Ha'aretz
Iran is providing "generous" funding to help Syria beef up its forces, and those troops seem to be moving closer to the Israeli border, an Israeli daily reported on Thursday.
2. Secretary Rice Says: "U.S. Has No Desire For Confrontation With Iran - CNN; "Situation Room"
SEC. RICE: "We can talk [with Iran] about anything. That's an offer that I would renew today. We have, in fact, even under the circumstances, we've cooperated some in Afghanistan. And I think that was useful. So there is a different path. . . Let me just say here, publicly, the United States has no desire for confrontation with Iran, none. The option that we have is to continue to try to convince those who are reasonable in Iran that the course that they're on is destructive."
3. NSA's Stephen Hadley Says Iran Is "Increasingly Isolated" Over Its Nuclear Program - Financial Times
Iran faced further isolation if it failed to meet United Nations demands to curb its nuclear programme, the US's national security adviser warned on Wednesday. On the day of a UN deadline, Stephen Hadley argued that the Bush administration's concerns were shared by Russia, in spite of the split between Moscow and Washington on issues such as missile defence. "Regrettably, the Iranian regime has pursued a policy of pursuing a nuclear programme in defiance of the international community and the result is that it is increasingly isolated, he said.