Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Well, this kidnapping stuff makes me real nervous.

I think I've written at least two posts on the Iranians capture of the 15 British sailors which in the comments section of those posts Snabalus has reminded me that the U.S. had captured Iranian nationals in Kurdistan last year. It's a frustrating thing that the American media refuse to make the connection between the two events.

The Brits get it-

The raid on Arbil took place within hours of President George Bush making an address to the nation on 10 January in which he claimed: "Iran is providing material support for attacks on American troops." He identified Iran and Syria as America's main enemies in Iraq though the four-year-old guerrilla war against US-led forces is being conducted by the strongly anti-Iranian Sunni-Arab community. Mr Jafari himself later complained about US allegations. "So far has there been a single Iranian among suicide bombers in the war-battered country?" he asked. "Almost all who involved in the suicide attacks are from Arab countries."

It seemed strange at the time that the US would so openly flout the authority of the Iraqi President and the head of the KRG simply to raid an Iranian liaison office that was being upgraded to a consulate, though this had not yet happened on 11 January. US officials, who must have been privy to the White House's new anti-Iranian stance, may have thought that bruised Kurdish pride was a small price to pay if the US could grab such senior Iranian officials.

For more than 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.

The raid in Arbil was a far more serious and aggressive act. It was not carried out by proxies but by US forces directly. The abortive Arbil raid provoked a dangerous escalation in the confrontation between the US and Iran which ultimately led to the capture of the 15 British sailors and Marines - apparently considered a more vulnerable coalition target than their American comrades. (The Independent.)


Don Snabulus said...

It may be that the rest of the world is going to try to end run our loonies. I notice that Speaker Pelosi and a Congressional delegation met with Mahmoud Abbas and are going to Syria to speak with the leadership there.

It would be interesting if the Brits and other European nations decided to give vocal approval to this process.

After all, somebody needs to grow up. It might as well be the Dems.

Dean Wormer said...

Yeah just this morning Bush had a hissy fit about Pelosi in Syria. He is becoming more and more irrelevant.

Don Snabulus said...

I didn't realize that 3 Republicans had spoken to the same Syrians just yesterday, making Pelosi's run a bit more routine and Bush's chiding ten times more inexplicable. Talk about compartmentalized news stories...I wonder how hard it would have been for the newsies to put all of these facts in ONE story instead of creating weird subplots around the same events.

Overdroid said...

I wonder if the Iranians captured British soldiers on purpose. They get plenty of attention, Bush can't attack them over it, some negotiation might actually take place.

If they captured US soldiers, carpet bombings would have already started.

Swinebread said...

Diplomacy wins again!

Dean Wormer said...

Yep. Happy this turned out well. Freepers seem to be in a druthers about it.

Too f'in bad.