August 05, 2005
Seemingly strange surprise
Military officials say there’s only one use for shaped charges — to kill American forces — and insurgents started using them in Iraq with deadly effectiveness three months ago.Regarding the "seemingly strange alliance with Sunni insurgents," I see nothing strange about it. Why is it being forgotten that al Qaida is an umbrella group which has always included Iran (and Iranian Hezbollah)? Osama bin Laden and Imad Mughniyeh have had a working relationship for many years now, and there's nothing mysterious or surprising about it. The religious differences are nothing compared to the larger goals.
This report (already a year old) documented Mughniyeh's ongoing role in Iraq:
During our delegation's one day in Basra, we spotted a building that openly advertised the offices of Hezbollah. Members of this organization insisted that their Hezbollah was not tied to Tehran, and that the name, which means "Party of God," is a common one. According to one report in the Arabic paper al-Hayat, Iran sent some 90 Hezbollah fighters into Iraq shortly after Saddam's Iraq fell. The group now receives financing, training and weapons from Iran, and has a rapidly growing presence in the Shi'a south. Western intelligence officials also allege that the man who planned the recent suicide attacks in Basra is Imad Mughniyeh, the Hezbollah operative responsible for bombing the U.S. embassy in Beirut in the early 1980s.Another report (via Winds of Change) documented Mughniyeh's role in training Muktada al Sadr's militia:
Western intelligence officials have uncovered evidence that the attacks are being co-ordinated by Imad Mugniyeh, a leading figure in Lebanon's extremist Hizbollah Shia Muslim terror organisation.It looks like they're on the road to success. I'm not so much trying to overstate the importance of Mughniyeh (even though he's an especially vicious man, who enjoys killing and torturing with his own hands, he is, after all, only individual) as I am trying to show that there's no reason for anyone to be surprised -- least of all NBC News Correspondent Jim Miklaszewski.
What this means, I suppose, is that choruses of "experts" will now have to busy themselves trying to deny the obvious (and what's been known for years).
At the rate things are going, I wouldn't be surprised by a common (bipartisan) effort to "declare victory and get out."
MORE: Of course, what if Iran is winning the war in Iraq while losing the war in Iran? Stranger things have happened. (Via InstaPundit, who doesn't seem surprised by the Iranian claim that "anarchists" are responsible for the unrest.)
posted by Eric on 08.05.05 at 08:05 AM
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