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Those Helpful Iranians are Killing Us in Afghanistan Too

American and British military have captured Iranian weapons en route to Taliban terrorists in Afghanistan , and the usual experts are busily explaining it away. In so doing, they trot out some of the many myths about the terror network and about the Islamic Republic. No serious person should believe these myths any more, but here they are again: Sunnis and Shi’ites don’t cooperate; Shi’ite Iran couldn’t possibly help the Sunni Taliban; Iran helped us in Afghanistan.

Iran quietly supported the U.S.-led ouster of the Taliban in 2001, has poured some $200 million into reconstruction projects in Afghanistan and is profiting from brisk cross-border commerce. It also has been cooperating closely in other areas, including fighting trafficking of…opium production.

Iran’s “support” seems to have consisted primarily in providing intelligence about Taliban forces, with whom the Iranians had had numerous conflicts. But at the same time, Iran trained and armed terrorist groups that went to Afghanistan to kill American forces. This documented fact is never mentioned in the popular press, which recoils at the thought that Iran could be doing two different things at the same time.

Ditto for the other “helpful” Iranian activities in Afghanistan. The “reconstruction projects” include things like a highway across the border. It’s actually a “construction” project, since it doesn’t really repair an old road so much as build a new one, and that project is hardly a favor; it enables the Iranians to send big trucks into Afghanistan, carrying whatever the mullahs wish to send. And as for their close cooperation on shutting down the opium shipments, Iran is one of the biggest opium conduits from Afghanistan to the West. It’s fanciful to believe that the mullahs are seriously engaged in a counter-narcotics campaign.

The article linked above then lapses into the usual mantra: even if the Iranians are killing our kids, it’s really our fault.

U.S. officials and experts think that Iran’s apparent shift in Afghanistan is part of a wider response by hard-liners, led by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, to what they consider U.S. efforts to destabilize the Islamic Republic…

Iran, they said, appears to be warning that it can raise the cost to the United States and its allies if the Bush administration continues pressing Iran to halt its suspected nuclear-weapons program and its support for Shiite militias in Iraq and radical groups in Lebanon, the Palestinian territories and elsewhere.

As if the Iranians hadn’t been killing Americans for nearly thirty years.

The “officials and experts” would do well to watch the scene in Goldfinger in which James Bond is attached to a slab of gold, and Goldfinger is directing a laser beam toward Bond’s most sensitive body parts. “Do you expect me to talk?” Bond shouts. “No, Mister Bond, I expect you to die.”

The mullahs aren’t “warning that it can raise the cost.” They are killing us. And our secretary of state continues her pillow talk with these killers, and continues to act as if she believes something good can come of it.

Michael LedeenMichael Ledeen is an American historian, philosopher, foreign-policy analyst, and writer. He is a former consultant to the National Security Council, the Department of State, and the Department of Defense. ...

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