politics, history and the war on terror
Thursday, July 08, 2004
Can we call Iran evil now? 

President Bush included Iran, along with Iraq and North Korea, in the Axis of Evil for a good reason: the government of Iran is evil. Iran is a nation that is developing nuclear weapons in violation of its international treaty obligations and is a proven state sponsor of international terror. And yesterday, Iranian spies were captured in Baghdad with explosives.

American and Iraqi joint patrols, along with U.S. Special Operations teams, captured two men with explosives in Baghdad on Monday who identified themselves as Iranian intelligence officers, FOX News has confirmed. Senior officials said it was previously believed that Iran had officers inside Iraq stirring up violence, but this is the first time that self-proclaimed Iranian intelligence agents have been captured within the country.
Iran is sending in its agents to attack Iraqi, American and Coalition forces; this is an act of war. Coupled with the recent hijacking of British sailors while in Iraqi waters, this action demonstrates the willingness of the Iranian government to risk confrontation with American and British forces. This news directly follows Iraqi claims on Monday that foreign governments are supporting the insurrection in the newly established Iraq.
Iraq’s new government will this week publish evidence of ties between foreign countries, including Iran and Syria, and Muslim extremists and supporters of Saddam Hussein’s regime who have launched an insurgency in the country, a British newspaper reported here on Sunday.

Hoshyar Zebari, Iraqi foreign minister, told the Sunday Telegraph that his government had gathered information from intelligence services showing support by some neighbouring countries to the insurgents. Zebari did not name the foreign powers, but the Sunday Telegraph quoted “senior Iraqi officials” as indicating “that Iran and Syria were the worst offenders”. “Since we started to look at the security situation, we have seen how foreign governments have been helping terrorists,” the newspaper quoted Zebari as saying. “Why they are doing it we cannot say, but we know where the support is coming from. We have plans to put this before the public within days and it will have substantial impact,” he told the newspaper.

Zebari, whose administration took power in the country early last week, said insurgents benefited from financial support, logistical help and training from “neighbouring government agencies”, the Sunday Telegraph quoted Zebari as saying. Baghdad also believed that up to 10,000 foreign spies and undercover agents had infiltrated the country since last year’s war, the newspaper reported.

Zebari “even indicated that Iraq might not oppose attacks by American troops based in Iraq on neighbouring states if they were backing the insurgents,” the Sunday Telegraph added. He was quoted as warning that supporting terrorists “will backfire on those governments. A stable and peaceful Iraq is a better neighbour for them.”
The capture of two Iranian agents with explosives is a bit more serious than "financial support, logistical help and training". If Iraq is sincere about allowing American forces to use Iraq to stage an assault on Iran, the Mullahs should have plenty to worry about. This also provides further proof of the soundness of President Bush's policy to make Iraq a central front in the War on Terror. Iran will need to be dealt with at some point during this war. Iraq is the "keystone" to the Middle East, bordering the hostile states of Iran and Syria and the troublesome state of Saudi Arabia. America has established a base of operations to affect change in the region, with a friendly democratic government, military and intelligence service that is also interested in promoting democracy for its own security reasons. Battle-seasoned American troops are stationed in Afghanistan and Iraq, to the East and West of Iran respectively, and the U.S. Navy is in the Persian Gulf to the South. We have essentially boxed in Iran, as Turkey, the Caucasus nations and Turkmenistan which border Iran to the North are highly unlikely to provide assistance to Iran. Our positioning strengthens our ability to remove the corrupt theocratic regime of Iran, by force if neccessary.

Posted by bill roggio @ 12:05 AM

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