Monday, February 12, 2007

Proof of Iran Meddling in Iraq

Granted, the source doesn't have the best reputation, but The New York Times is reporting what many have been complaining about for several years—that Iran is behind the nasty armor-splitting bombs responsible for killing and wounding 800 or so American troops.

Officials displayed the bombs last week to show proof of the so-called squat canisters that are designed to "explode and spit out molten balls of copper that cut through armor." Additionally, captured mortar shells and rocket-propelled grenades showed serial numbers directly linked to Iran arms factories. Although squat cannisters have been around since at least 2004, last year's casualties from these weapons more than doubled.

Those who believe Iran has no interest in Iraq might also enjoy the cartoon illustrated by cartoonist Ramirez last year. It showed a person reading to his child the final line out of Dems Fairy Tales: "So we immediately withdrew from Iraq and all the terrorists quit and we all lived happily ever after."

NEWS UPDATE: In an exclusive interview with ABC's Diane Sawyer, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad refused to address accusations that his country was supplying weapons to insurgents in Iraq, saying instead that Iran asked for peace and was against conflict of any kind. Ahmadinejad skirted questions about weapons smuggling and stressed instead that the key to establishing peace in Iraq was for Americans, and all other foreigners, to leave. -ABC

In other news, Hassan Nasrallah, Secretary General of the Lebanese Islamist party Hezbollah, acknowledged that Iran is sending money and weapons via Syria to Hezbollah.

4 comments:

sirocco said...

Of course, other "Times" (L.A. and London) both recently ran long articles disputing these claims.

Both articles were far better sourced then the NYTimes article as well.

I think it's likely _some_ support for insurgnets is crossing the obrder from Iran, in the form of money, intel, materials. Of course, the same could be said about Saudi Arabia as well ...

The question is whether or not there is any official sanction for this (if, in fact, it's happening) from the Iranian government.

Kralmajales said...

I would like to remind folks that we were never doing anything but delivering this country to Iran anyway. I mean, how could any smart administration official not have seen this coming.

We removed a Sunni dictator and most of our fighting has been against...well...Sunnis. THEY are the insurgents here folks.

Now, when you pulled out Hussein, you gave the Shia majority power to rule itself and, oh my, aren't the Shias aligned with Iran? Hey, and didn't they vote in a Shia dominated government even after we begged for more inclusion of the very Sunnis that we were fighting as "insurgents".

This story and the administration's excitement about it is clearly:

1) Hiding the fact that our little experiment will NEVER work. Shias will elect Shias to rule after being brutally oppressed by the Sunnis.

2) It is further evidence that the very people we put in power dont want us there and in fact ARE in a civil war.

3) That we just installed a Shia state and in fact completed what Bush now calls the Shia Cresent.

All of this because we went to war and didn't think a lick about culture and what happens when a dictator who rules a majority is removed.

So now we have to fight Iran? Are you kidding me? I am not willing to waste one more good American life on this little failed experiment that is costing us (OMB figures folks) $153 Billion of OUR money. That is now over $500 Billion spent on a failed war.

I gotta tell you...if you are worried about taxes and social programs...you need only look at that $500 Billion and wonder why no one believes in the principals of conservativism...in practice.

Best to all.

Kral

Liza said...

Here is a quote from the 4-13 news headlines on "Democracy Now:"

"New questions are being raised over the Bush administration's claims that the Iranian government is sending sophisticated roadside bombs into Iraq. On Monday Gen. Peter Pace – the chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff – said he has seen no evidence of any links between explosives killing Americans and top Iranian officials."

This is the direct quote from General Pace: "We know that the explosively formed projectiles are manufactured in Iran. What I would not say is that the Iranian government, per se, knows about this. It is clear that Iranians are involved, and it's clear that materials from Iran are involved, but I would not say by what I know that the Iranian government clearly knows or is complicit."

Anyhow, what does it matter what General Pace says? There is going to be a constant, steady stream of these types of stories until we bomb Iran, Israel bombs Iran, or the Cheney/Bush presidency is over. General Pace certainly will not be able to defuse all of them.

Who in their right mind gives credibility to the New York Times after the sorry ass "reporting" done by the despicable Judith Miller prior to the invasion of Iraq? Her response, "I got it wrong."

Kralmajales said...

Well done Liza!