Thursday, June 07, 2007

Iran is arming the Taliban

ABC News reports that NATO intercepted arms shipments from Iran to the Taliban fighters in Afghanistan.

"It is inconceivable that it is anyone other than the Iranian government that's doing it," said former White House counterterrorism official Richard Clarke, an ABC News consultant.

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[A]n analysis by a senior coalition official, obtained by the Blotter on, concludes there is clear evidence of Iran's involvement.

"This is part of a considered policy," says the analysis, "rather than the result of low-level corruption and weapons smuggling."

Iran and the Taliban had been fierce enemies when the Taliban was in power in Afghanistan, and their apparent collaboration came as a surprise to some in the intelligence community.

Two points. First, that Richard Clarke who consults for ABC News is the famous anti-Bush former counterterrorism czar. Therefore, his statements should wake up the Democrats (but they won't).

Second, any people in the intelligence community who STILL do not believe that the Iranians would collaborate with Sunnis (Taliban, al Qaeda) against the United States and/or NATO should be fired. Our "intelligence" community cannot sustain such institutional stupidity.

Then again, what could we expect from the same US government that set up al-Hurra to counter al-Jazeera, only to have our taxpayer dollars finance terrorism apologia and Holocaust denial, as Joel Mowbray notes.

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