Friday, July 11, 2008

Iran Refuses Ceasefire With Iraq

So far, the war has cost an estimated half million lives. The relatives are now organized into "a war lobby" that will not accept a ceasefire that does not include some measure of compensation for their suffering.

"They include families of the martyrs, the refugees from all the towns and cities the Iraqis destroyed, the Revolutionary Guards who have borne the burden of the war and their families. None of them want the war, but they will readily tell any Iranian leader you cannot stop it before we get our rights," the wealthy businessman argues.Despite his considerable political base, even Hashemi Rafsanjani, the speaker of parliament, would fast lose his supporters if he were perceived as advocating shortchanging Iran in peace talks. Read full story

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