Proxy war in the North
The LA Times reports that Iran is complaining about proxy warfare being waged against it. "A series of conflicts with insurgent groups along Iran's borders may be impelling Tehran to back its own allies in Iraq in what it regards as a proxy war with the U.S., according to security experts and officials in the U.S., Iran and Iraq." In this version of events Iran is only supporting Shi'ite militias because America is supporting Kurds and Baluchis against it.
Dozens of Iranian officials, members of the security forces and insurgents belonging to Kurdish, Arab Iranian and Baluch groups have died in the fighting in recent years. It now appears to be heating up once again after an unusually cold and snowy winter.
In recent weeks, Iranians have begun the now-routine bombardment of suspected rebel Iranian Kurd positions in northern Iraq, and guerrillas have claimed incursions into northwestern Iran. ...
"It will give more encouragement to Iran's hard-liners to step up their own efforts to assist anti-American forces in Iraq and Afghanistan," said Bruce Riedel, a former CIA analyst now at the Brookings Institution, a Washington think tank.
That line of argument is remarkably consistent. Any fightback is always "America's fault" and likely to make things worse. The best policy is to roll over and die. There's no shortage of people who actually believe this is true.
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