Monday, May 14, 2007


The Counterterrorism Blog cites the final interview of top Taliban leader Mullah Daldullah saying that American and British Al-Qaida recruits are in the midst of planning and training for new terrorist strikes in their home countries.

That possibility is interesting to consider with this report about unrest about how Iraq is destabilizing Iran from the WSJ Opinion Journal, citing an NYT article.

Some Iranians are intrigued by the more freewheeling experiment in Shi'ite empowerment taking place across the border in Iraq, where--Iraq's myriad problems aside--imams can say whatever they want in political Friday sermons, newspapers and satellite channels regularly slam the government, and religious observance is respected and encouraged but not required.

In Tehran's storied central bazaar, an increasing number of merchants are sending their religious donations, a 20 percent tithe expected from all who can spare it, to Iraq's most senior Shi'ite cleric--rather than to clerics closer to Iran's state power structure, said Jawad al-Ghaie, 48, a wholesaler of false eyelashes and nail extensions and a respected lay donor.

Speaking carefully to avoid directly challenging the Iranian government, he and several fellow merchants suggested that Iraq's Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani holds more spiritual sway because of his lifelong commitment to quietism. That is the school of thought that says Shi'ite leaders should stay out of government, and Sistani has stuck to it despite the great temptation to wade into the chaos of Iraqi politics.

Considered in the context of the troubles now roiling Pakistan, it is reasonable to conjecture that the War which began on September 11 may be widening. With Kurdistan now under attack, the Horn of Africa still active; with North Africa announcing that it is now a second front poised to attack Europe things are hotting up.


To this drumbeat we might want to add the following: The NYT reports that Iran has increasingly perfected its uranium enrichment technology and is going to high gear. "One senior European diplomat ... said Washington would now have to confront the question of whether it wants to keep Iran from producing any nuclear material or whether it wants to keep Tehran from gaining the ability to build a weapon on short notice." Town Commons says the it's crunch time.


Blogger PierreLegrand said...

Interesting to think that we may be making some inroads into moderating an immoderate religion...I bet we are just misreading the signs one more time. We seem to be uniquely capable of misreading the signs...we see what we want to see. Just as I believe that Islam is not a moderate religion somme others believe that it can be moderated...we shall see who is right.

But I will say that lately I have been thinking that the tide has been turning in public opinion. We have started to see more and more of the opinion makers writing articles that indicate they too have seen the veils drop from Islam. Time will tell I suppose.

If we can open enough peoples eyes perhaps we can save the world from a conflagaration.

Slowly the veils fall from our eyes regarding our enemy…

5/14/2007 04:41:00 PM  
Blogger Buddy Larsen said...

I remember several years ago Wretchard used an image of the presence of a constitutional democracy in Iraq "vibrating" the Mullocracy next-door. Good image.

5/14/2007 05:18:00 PM  
Blogger Habu said...

The Missing Context in Media Reporting on Iraq
By Gerd Schroeder, from the American Thinker

The US mainstream media are failing to provide the public the context it needs to accurately understand both the successes of our progress in Iraq.

I came to this harsh conclusion after studying the ongoing Brookings Institution Report titled "IRAQ INDEX Tracking Reconstruction and Security in Post-Saddam Iraq" for several months. The Brookings Institution is a left-of-center think tank, led by Bill Clinton's close friend Strobe Talbott. But its information in the Iraq Index is generally accurate and reliable. The information mainly comes from the US Military and other US governmental agencies' official statistics. It is updated at least weekly to provide in one place the most up to date information on the war that I have been able to find. Two small examples will suffice to show how neglect of context creates a misleading public impression

Very,vert illuminating

American Thinker

5/14/2007 05:19:00 PM  
Blogger Elijah said...

We have started to see more and more of the
- opinion makers -
writing articles...

The Media as a Weapon in Asymmetrical Conflict

5/14/2007 09:39:00 PM  
Blogger wildiris said...

Regarding the American Thinker article, it is worth remembering as a benchmark, when looking at casualty rates, that there are industrial occupations such as logging, hard rock mining and commercial fishing that have equivalent deaths/month/1000 on the order of 0.20 to 0.30.

5/14/2007 10:06:00 PM  
Blogger Charles said...

for that matter more americans have been killed by illegals than have been killed in the mid east wars.

5/15/2007 06:59:00 AM  
Blogger Peter Grynch said...

One could easily imagine that the Iranian plan is to gain nuclear weapons NOT to threaten its neighbors, but rather to prevent international interference while it engages in genocidal "housecleaning" against its own dissidents.

Jimmy Carter allowed Ayatollah Khomeini to slaughter 20,000 pro-western Iranians in the first year after handing him the keys to the country. Have we learned nothing from this?

5/15/2007 12:36:00 PM  

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