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The Secret War Against Iran

Real or psyop? You decide:
ABC News Exclusive: The Secret War Against Iran

A Pakistani tribal militant group responsible for a series of deadly guerrilla raids inside Iran has been secretly encouraged and advised by American officials since 2005, U.S. and Pakistani intelligence sources tell ABC News. The group, called Jundullah, is made up of members of the Baluchi tribe and operates out of the Baluchistan province in Pakistan, just across the border from Iran. It has taken responsibility for the deaths and kidnappings of more than a dozen Iranian soldiers and officials.
Would we encourage terrorists who commit acts such as this and this?   Is that stopping uranium enrichment somehow?  More of the clandestine activity Sy Hersh reported?

Coupled with our two aircraft carriers sitting off of their shore, our fighter jet saber rattling, and the failing occupation / civil war unfolding next door, does anyone doubt Iran has some cause for concern?


Cole writes on Irans hostage crisis.
"With Iran facing huge challenges at home (an economy in tatters) and abroad (mounting pressure over its nuclear program), Ahmadinejad and his reluctant patron, the Supreme Jurisprudent Ali Khamenei, desperately needed a diversion. . ."
Pat Cockburn writes: US's Bungled Plan to Kidnap Iran's Top Spook Prompted Hostage Taking

For over a year the US and its allies have been trying to put pressure on Iran. Security sources in Iraqi Kurdistan have long said that the US is backing Iranian Kurdish guerrillas in Iran. The US is also reportedly backing Sunni Arab dissidents in Khuzestan in southern Iran who are opposed to the government in Tehran. On 4 February soldiers from the Iraqi army 36th Commando battalion in Baghdad, considered to be under American control, seized Jalal Sharafi, an Iranian diplomat.

But the raid on Arbil and the attempt to capture two such senior Iranian officials was a far more serious and aggressive act by the US than in any of these cases. Unlike them it was not carried out by proxies but by US forces directly. The abortive raid Arbil raid provokd a dangerous escalation in the confrontation between US and Iran which ultimately led to the capture of the 15 British sailors and marines.

Meh. Who knows. I know Americans would be pissed off if Iranians swept into Afghanistan and captured the head of the CIA.

The Iranians do appear to be treating the Brits decently at least (unlike the way we tortured our prisoners). Ironically:
Channel 4 is considering delaying a drama about British soldiers abusing Iraq detainees amid new warnings that the broadcast could imperil the 15 naval captives in Iran. - link
Ya think?

 after we torture our prisoners

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Already Against The Next War

Wesley Clark "feels very sad" after killing children

"We had a malfunction with a cluster bomb unit, and a couple of grenades fell on a schoolyard, and some, I think three, school children were killed in Nish. And two weeks later, I got a letter from a Serb grandfather. He said, “You've killed my granddaughter.” He said, “I hate you for this, and I’ll kill you.” And I got this in the middle of the war. And it made me very, very sad. We certainly never wanted to do anything like that. But in war, accidents happen. And that's why you shouldn't undertake military operations unless every other alternative has been exhausted, because innocent people do die. And I think the United States military was as humane and careful as it possibly could have been in the Kosovo campaign. But still, civilians died. And I’ll always regret that.
Did Clark regret it enough to resign? Nope. He goes on:

AMY GOODMAN: Do you think cluster bombs should be banned?

GEN. WESLEY CLARK: You know, we used, I think 1,400-plus cluster bombs. And there's a time when you have to use cluster bombs: when they're the most appropriate and humane weapon.

There we have it. According to Wesley Clark sometimes the cluster bomb is most appropriate and humane weapon and feels very very sad about the children he killed with such a humane indiscriminate weapon - they were very very sadly in the way of his bigger goal.

Soldier Avoids Death With Plea Deal

Support the troops!
He said Wednesday he raped 14-year-old Abeer Qassim al-Janabi in her family's home in Mahmoudiya last March, and that Spc. James Barker, 24, held her down.

"I lifted up her skirt and took off her stockings while Barker held her hands with his knees," he said before admitting that he raped the teenager as she screamed. "After I was done, myself and Barker switched spots."

Cortez offered no explanation for his involvement in the rape and murders, only saying that his intent was to rape the girl. The killing of the family was originally reported to be the work of insurgents.

Another soldier, former Pfc. Steven D. Green, shot the girl's father, mother and younger sister in the bedroom, Cortez said. Green raped the girl in front of Cortez and then shot her multiple times in the head, he said.

Cortez also testified that the soldiers attempted to burn the girl's body, burned their clothes and threw the murder weapon, an AK-47, into a canal in an attempt to get rid of evidence.
These are the ones who were caught...

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What is good for the goose...

Oh snap!
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called on Western nations Tuesday to stop their own enrichment programs if they wanted his country to stop its own and return to negotiations.

Ahmadinejad told a crowd of thousands in northern Iran one day ahead of a U.N. Security Council deadline that it was no problem for his country to stop, as long as western nations did the same.

"Justice demands that those who want to hold talks with us shutdown their nuclear fuel cycle program too," he said. "Then, we can hold dialogue under a fair atmosphere."
Why shouldn't we dismantle our nukes and stop making more? Let's set the example. Why are we too scared to go first? What are we planning and who are we kidding?