The Administration may have been willing to rely on dissident organizations in Iran even when there was reason to believe that the groups had operated against American interests in the past. The use of Baluchi elements, for example, is problematic, Robert Baer, a former C.I.A. clandestine officer who worked for nearly two decades in South Asia and the Middle East, told me. “The Baluchis are Sunni fundamentalists who hate the regime in Tehran, but you can also describe them as Al Qaeda,” Baer told me. “These are guys who cut off the heads of nonbelievers—in this case, it’s Shiite Iranians. The irony is that we’re once again working with Sunni fundamentalists, just as we did in Afghanistan in the nineteen-eighties.” Ramzi Yousef, who was convicted for his role in the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center, and Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, who is considered one of the leading planners of the September 11th attacks, are Baluchi Sunni fundamentalists. One of the most active and violent anti-regime groups in Iran today is the Jundallah, also known as the Iranian People’s Resistance Movement, which describes itself as a resistance force fighting for the rights of Sunnis in Iran. “This is a vicious Salafi organization whose followers attended the same madrassas as the Taliban and Pakistani extremists,” Nasr told me. “They are suspected of having links to Al Qaeda and they are also thought to be tied to the drug culture.” The Jundallah took responsibility for the bombing of a busload of Revolutionary Guard soldiers in February, 2007. At least eleven Guard members were killed. According to Baer and to press reports, the Jundallah is among the groups in Iran that are benefitting from U.S. support.Once again, the Bush administration is so fucking stupid that they are backing Al Qaeda, or its close cousins, against another group that they & the oil cos. have managed to alienate since 1953. DO THEY NEVER LEARN? WILL THE AMERICAN PUBLIC EVER NOTICE, LET ALONE ACT? IT'S A DEMOCRACY, PEOPLE!!!
Monday, June 30, 2008
Let's Have A War (Another in a Seemingly Never-Ending Series)
by M. Bouffant at 19:19
The typical leftist/ish worrywart who reads Just Another Blog™ probably knows about Sy "I broke My Lai" Hersh's latest piece in the New Yorker, concerning the secret war that the armed services of the United Snakes are already conducting (w/o Congressional approval/permission, just financing) in Iran. Once again, we've spewed so much that we don't even have time to read it to pluck the very best parts for our loyal audience/readership of five or six (We know who all of you are, by the way, & thanks for the attention.) but we will make it convenient for you to get there. It doesn't appear to be excessively long, so jump right in. Oh, time be damned, here are the most important two paragraphs.