Back in August, the media and rightwing blogs were full of the tale of the British troops who were leaving their base to live out of light vehicles along the Iran/Iraq border. The move was described as a "return to World War II tactics" by the Brits that would finally give hard evidence that the Iranian government were providing weapons and other assistance to Iraqi insurgents.
"I suspect there's nothing out there," the commander, Lt. Col. David Labouchere, said last month, speaking at an overnight camp near the border. "And I intend to prove it."Oops. Looks very like intelligence is being filtered through the lens of Bush administration policy again, doesn't it? The British findings support what U.S. General Peter Pace, chairman of the Joint Chiefs, said back in March - that he had no evidence of Iranian government involvement. That didn't stop Bush administration shills from continuing to repeat these allegations and the British news won't either. Just as before the invasion of Iraq, they will continue to present lies and misdirection as the accepted truth until they becomes accpeted as if they were facts.
Now, the one thing that isn't in doubt is that weaponry and explosives are coming from somewhere. However, just about the only thing the world isn't short of is small arms and sophisticated infra-red triggers for IED's have a long antecedent that tracks back through Hizboullah to the Irish Republican Army and eventually back to a failed British intelligence sting. These items could be coming from literally anywhere - there's nothing new involved and it doesn't take much of a machine shop to produce them. The entire region is riddled with smuggling and trade routes that go back thousands of years. My advice would be to look to other nations with a radicalized Sunni population and a history of indigenous copying of arms in local "weapons bazaars" that lie along the ancient "silk roads" - there's more than a few to choose from and some are, at least ostensibly, U.S. allies.
Thursday, October 05, 2006
Posted by Cernig at 10/05/2006 06:10:00 AM