- Peace Garden: Finding an excuse

Finding an excuse

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

US military accuses Iranians of training Iraqi Shiite extremists.

The US military accused Iranian forces of training and providing weapons to "Shiite extremists" in Iraq in order to carry out violent attacks in the war-torn country.
"We do know that Shiite extremist groups have received training from some sort of third elements associated with Iran," the chief spokesman for US-led coalition forces, Major General William Caldwell, told reporters.
"We do know that weapons have been provided and IED (improvised explosive device) technology provided to these extremist elements," he said.
Caldwell said that the coalition forces had also found weapons made in Iran.
"We do in fact have evidence that weapons, ammunition have been found in Iraq that were of Iranian origin. We have found ammunition, weapons from Iran with recent manufacturing dates," he said.
"We have verified. It did come from Iran."
He said, however, that there was no evidence of Iranian personnel operating in Iraq to carry out violent attacks.
I guess W and regime are trying to keep Kristol happy...
The right response is renewed strength--in supporting the governments of Iraq and Afghanistan, in standing with Israel, and in pursuing regime change in Syria and Iran. For that matter, we might consider countering this act of Iranian aggression with a military strike against Iranian nuclear facilities. Why wait? Does anyone think a nuclear Iran can be contained? That the current regime will negotiate in good faith? It would be easier to act sooner rather than later. Yes, there would be repercussions--and they would be healthy ones, showing a strong America that has rejected further appeasement.

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