Monday, January 29, 2007

What I Wish the President Would Tell Iran

Saw this news story..."Iran's plans in Iraq were outlined by Iranian Ambassador Hassan Kazemi Qumi in an interview with The New York Times. He said Iran was prepared to offer Iraqi government forces training, equipment and advisers for what he called "the security fight," the newspaper reported. He said that in the economic area, Iran was ready to assume major responsibility for the reconstruction of Iraq.

"We have experience of reconstruction after war," the ambassador said, referring to the Iran-Iraq war in the 1980s. "We are ready to transfer this experience in terms of reconstruction to the Iraqis.""

Last time I checked, IEDs weren't really the kind of experience in reconstruction that the Iraqis need.

Also, from the second link, found this quote particularly telling:

"And one of the biggest open secrets in Iraq is the identity of the station chief of Iranian intelligence. According to former CIA official Riedel, he is one of the "most important figures in Baghdad." But this person operates from the Iranian Embassy, almost certainly under cover of diplomatic immunity. While his identity is known to intelligence agencies and his activities may be watched, there is little if anything—short of a violation of diplomatic conventions that could amount to an act of war—that U.S. forces can do to shut him down."

Because, you know, Khobar Towers, the Beirut Barracks, Beirut Embassy, the kidnapping of William Buckley, and the hijacking of TWA Flight 847/murder of Robert Stethem were just communication between nations, not acts of war. Besides, the Iranians would NEVER even THINK of violating diplomatic conventions. Oh wait...

In any case, here's the message I'd like sent:

Just in case you're wondering why I'm so pissed off at Iran, here's a fun fact: "Before Sept. 11, the armed wing of Hezbollah, often working on behalf of Iran, was responsible for more American deaths than in any other terrorist attacks."

We've been at war with them for almost 30 years now, and they'll keep on killing Americans until we accept that fact.