Tuesday, December 20, 2005

CONNECTED OR COINCIDENTAL?

FoxNews reports "Sunnis in Iraq Allege 'Falsification' of Election Results"

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,179249,00.html

I'd like to put this down to sore loser's syndrome, but then there was this from the 14th:

"Police Seize Forged Ballots Headed to Iraq From Iran"

http://www.nytimes.com/2005/12/14/international/middleeast/14iraq.html?fta=y

An entire tanker truck of ballots... The report was denied by Iraqi government representatives, FWIW.

And everyone watching the situation will recall there have been many reports of what might be broadly termed "interference" in Iraqi affairs by Iran. There have been allegations the Iranian government has supplied - or at least allowed third parties to supply - money and weapons to insurgent groups, including sophisticated bombs and small missiles. Iran has almost certainly harbored known terrorists with Iraqi connections.

There are a lot of people in the US who think "we" need to mop the floor of the International stage with Iran.

Then there are those of us who, noting Iraq has been a far bigger challenge than envisioned, think tackling Iran the same way is a very poor idea...

When I read things like this, I can't help but wonder if the Iranians aren't on the pro-invasion side... They're certainly not doing my side any good...

Comments:
Then there is some of us that think a functional democratic shia-majority led Iraq will put a lot of pressure on the Mullahs and dictators in shia-majority Iran.

Maybe that's why they are building the bomb so fast and transparently.
 
And why would we expect the Iraqi elections to be any cleaner than, let's say, King County?

But as I have noted before, Iran is a problem that will have to be dealt with sooner or later. I would prefer the Russians and at least part of Europe (along with Jordan, Egypt, Turkey and Iraq) to be with us on putting the screws down...

Alternative #2 is telling the Mullahs that we are going to hold Iran responsible for any use of WMDs (at least as far as Israel goes, maybe in the world), and we will respond by erasing Iran.

Same for North Kroea in Asia...
 
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