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November 30, 2006
Iran Blatantly at (Proxy) War

Posted by Bill

Unsurprising:

U.S. officials say they have found smoking-gun evidence of Iranian support for terrorists in Iraq: brand-new weapons fresh from Iranian factories. According to a senior defense official, coalition forces have recently seized Iranian-made weapons and munitions that bear manufacturing dates in 2006.

This suggests, say the sources, that the material is going directly from Iranian factories to Shia militias, rather than taking a roundabout path through the black market. "There is no way this could be done without (Iranian) government approval," says a senior official.

See my post from 2004: The Next War is Already Here (It's the Same War)

Interesting anecdote: I recently sat down to dinner with a Persian family, entering a rowdy political discussion with the grandfather, a detractor of the Mullahs and fan of the Shah who still spends half the year in Iran, and his grandson, an Iranian-American raised in the States who dislikes the Mullahs, labeled the Shah a fool and described Dr. Mohammad Mossadegh as "Iran's Thomas Jefferson." Despite their differences, they agreed on three things:

1. The vast majority of Iranians in urban areas are very pro-Western, rural Iranians less so.

2. The Mullahs are awful and have no idea how to run an economy, much less a country. The elder gentleman went so far as to say that the US could (should) assassinate all of the mullahs and no one would care.

3. Perhaps surprisingly in light of the previous point, both strongly agreed that a strike against Iran's nuclear facilities would turn much of the pro-West populace against the West. They characterized the Iranian nuclear program as analogous to Kennedy's space program, a point of severe national pride.

What a conundrum.

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You can't start repairing the damage from a flood before fixing the dam so first and foremost the borders need to be sealed. I'm talking troops, predator drones, military over flights, walls, fences, maybe even a moat. A moat with piranha. No, alligators. No, piranha. Hell, just throw them both in and let nature sort it out.

Posted by: Scott at November 30, 2006 10:36 PM

Seems I've made a mistake—thought I was posting under a U.S. border security thread.

Posted by: Scott at November 30, 2006 10:37 PM

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