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Tom's Take

March 4th, 2010
01:36 PM ET

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption caption="Sr. Writer for Amanpour, Tom Evans, works on scripts with Christiane"]

On AMANPOUR. today, we focus on the U.N. nuclear agency’s meeting in Vienna and Iran’s nuclear program.  A recent IAEA report stated that Iran may now be trying to build a nuclear warhead and on Wednesday, the U.S. envoy to the IAEA Glyn Davies said Iran has been playing a "cat and mouse" game with the U.N. body.  Iran is pushing back – accusing the IAEA of issuing a misleading and unbalanced report singling out Yukiya Amano, the new head of the IAEA, for undermining the Iran’s cooperation.  Will this meeting bolster the case among U.N. Security Council members who support further, deeper sanctions against Iran and bring China and Russia onboard? We’ll find out. Iran is not the only story in the news today. Here are some perspectives.

– Tom Evans; Sr. Writer, AMANPOUR.

NUCLEAR SHOWDOWN – Are new international sanctions against Iran inevitable?

–         New York Times reporting U.S. circulating new draft proposal for sanctions against Tehran over its nuclear program

–         U.S. plan for new sanctions running into opposition not just from China, a permanent member of the U.N. Security Council, but also other key countries such as Brazil and Turkey

–         Iran’s envoy to the IAEA in Vienna is warning that Tehran may withdraw its counteroffer on the supply of nuclear fuel if there are any developments which “might disturb the climate of cooperation” as he puts it

QUESTION:  Are hopes of a nuclear deal between world powers and Iran receding?

AFGHANISTAN – Is America sidelining its allies as it builds up its forces to fight the Taliban?

–    NATO commander General Stanley McChrystal may create new American-led command to run military operations in Helmand province, an area that has seen a large influx of American forces to supplement British troops
–    If plan goes ahead, current British commander of allied forces in southern Afghanistan would lead a new Regional Command South East focusing on Kandahar province and relinquish responsibility for Helmand province
–    NATO has been conducting a major offensive in Marjah area of Helmand province, and is expected to launch a new offensive in Kandahar province in coming months, probably in the summer

QUESTION: As the United States reinforces its grip on the war in Afghanistan, how long will it be before the Afghan government can take over key military headquarters and lead the war?

GREEK CRISIS – Should Athens sell of some of its many islands to help stave off the financial crisis?

–    Member of German parliament, an ally of Chancellor Angela Merkel, calls on Greece to sell some of its uninhabited islands to raise cash, as well as stakes in companies the government partially owns
–    Greece has 6,000 islands off its coast, of which only 227 are inhabited, according to Greece’s national tourism office
–    Merkel to hold critical talks with Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou on Friday to discuss ways to end the financial crisis

QUESTION:  Will Germany throw its whole weight behind Greece after Athens latest austerity plan, which calls for $6.5 billion of budget cuts and tax increases?

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  1. Victoria, Florida

    Praise the Lord ,for a Hamas son to be inspired by the Word of our Lord which inspired Masab Hassan Yuref to Christianity. Only the reading and hearing of the Word leads to repentence which only The power of the Holy Spirit is able and capable to do. No one can come to the Father but through Jesus Christ the son of God to be saved. How much does God love us?
    No one has to earn God's love. No one has to jump through hoops to earn His acceptance or to compensate for past sins. No one has to do such things because God already loves us. He has proven this by the sacrifice of His Son.

    Romans 5: 8 says, "God emonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were sinners, Christ died for u." The cross shows us the terribleness of our sins adn the extendt of God's love for us.

    To experience God's love we must believe that He has done for us what we could not do for ourselves(Romans 4:5). The answer is not to try harderto please God but to trust what Christ has already done for us. Salvation is a gift, not a reward (Ephesians 2:8-10).

    The apostle Paul wrote, "If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For 'whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved'" (Romans10:9-13).

    Ask God for the forgiveness of all your sins by praying something like this: "God, thank you for loving me so much. I realize that in my thoughts and actions I have broken Your holy law. I believe that Your Son Jesus was punished in my place and rose from the dead. I now accept Your loving offer of forgiviness. AMEN". If you pray this prayer from your heart, be like a soldier for Jesus Christ and tell others about it. Also, be sure to fellowship with believers who can help you to study the Bible and grow in Christlikeness, just like Moseb Hassan Yousef and many others who turned to Jesus Christ the Lord. Praise the Lord .

    March 7, 2010 at 9:29 pm | Reply
  2. Cliff Ross

    Finally ! The first time I've heard a Muslim or Arab call bombers terrorists. His statements about the Muslim God and Koran ring true to me. Pushing death on non-believers can not be tolerated. Killing civilians can not be tolerated. Torturing your own people can not be tolerated. " Honor " killings can not be tolerated. The entire so-called religion can not be tolerated.
    Amanpour keeps prodding this guy for ' betraying' his father. He woke up and did the right thing. He quit Muslim 'religion' . He tried to stop bombers.
    Just thank the man and be quiet, Amanpour.

    March 7, 2010 at 10:36 pm | Reply
  3. Beva

    Love and forgiveness is the only way forward, whether your love and forgiveness be Christian love, Muslim love, or Jewish love. The truth is that all faiths have sinned against each other over generations, and thus many people – especially men – are trapped in an endless cycle of a sense of unforgiveness, injustice, fear, and retribution which endlessly perpetuates war.

    Endlessly repeating the same unforgiving thinking and violent actions will only lead to an endless grieving, anger, killing, and a slow return to cave-man law – kill before you are killed.

    Retribution as a core principle of human relations will never lead to what WE TRULY WANT – peace, re-building, growth, and a hopeful future.

    To go forward, we must recognize that the only way out of endless cycle of violence is to think a new way – we must harmonize, forgive past mistakes, and make sacrifices out of love.

    That is what Moseb Hassan Yousef is risking his life to tell people everywhere especially the youth and women. His message sounds Christian to me, but perhaps Muslims and Jews understand this spiritual principle. It is a vision of a better way. The historic roots of your spiritual background, and your own difficult history, are not as important as your vision of the future and your faith, words, and deeds today and going forward from this day.

    Does anyone agree?

    March 8, 2010 at 6:55 pm | Reply
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