Thursday, June 15, 2006

Iran: No Need For US To Invade

Juan Cole reports that an advisor to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad recently "joked that there was not need for the US to invade Iran. He said that the US had invaded Afghanistan and established an Islamic republic there. Then it had done the same thing in Iraq. Since Iran has had an Islamic republic for 27 years, he said, there really isn't a point in a US invasion." Cole notes that the jest has more than a little truth to it: "The Northern Alliance that the US installed in Afghanistan is a coalition of the Sunni Jami'at-i Islami and the Hazara Shiite Hizb-i Vahdat. And in Iraq, you now have the Supreme Council for Islamic Revolution in Iraq and the Da'wa Party, not to mention the Sunni Iraqi Accord Front, as the leading parties, and the new constitution forbids legislation contradicting Islamic law." Indeed, it's well understood by those that care to see that the U.S. has long been fomenting Islamic fundamentalism, either directly or indirectly.


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