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Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Weapons in Iraq

Jeff Goldstein has the story about weapons found in Iraq with 'made in Iran' stickers on the side. Is this any surprise to anyone? Under ABC News: EXCLUSIVE (dateline March 6)
March 6, 2006 — U.S. military and intelligence officials tell ABC News that they have caught shipments of deadly new bombs at the Iran-Iraq border.
They are a very nasty piece of business, capable of penetrating U.S. troops' strongest armor.

Iranians are involving themselves in Iraq. This article in the Wall Street Journal lays out the playbook.
While journalists concentrate on the daily blood, Iraqis describe a larger pattern which U.S. officials have failed to acknowledge let alone address: Step-by-step, Iranian authorities are replicating in Iraq the strategy which allowed Hezbollah to take over southern Lebanon in the 1980s. The playbook--military, economic and information operation--is almost identical.

I am the optimist and I think democracy will prevail vs violence and I believe if the WSJ can figure things out, then our military certainly can. But even before the news of Maj. General Mubdar Hatim Hazya al-Dulaimi hit the papers this morning, Mohammed (of Iraq the Model) had a bad day yesterday.
Morters had hit a neighbor's house and his dad is sorely disappointed in the politics going on.
Me(Mohommed): Is there a chance the situation will further escalate?

Dad: Most likely yes, we are a state still run by sentiments rather than reason which means it's a brittle state and any sentimental overreaction can turn the tide it in either direction.

Me: what kinds of challenges can make things worse?

Dad: Virtually anything…assassinating a leader, a fatwa, attack on a shrine like last time; we do not possess the institutions that can abolish the effects of severe sentimental reactions.

The Iraqi's were able to handle the attack on their shrine and I believe they can handle this. Sometimes it takes the bad to happen to really rally people together. Pass them some encouragement because now they could use some.

Anyone know when the next elections are there? I've often thought that our elections are perfect. Every 2 years we, the people, get a say. And every 4 years we get that say in the President him/herself. Any longer and it would feel like forever! I can handle 4 years of anything. But 6? That's almost a decade. Parliamentary elections just seem to come out of nowhere so you can't really look forward to them and plan.