Sunday, March 24, 2002

Viewed last fall as a potential ally in the U.S-led war on terrorism, Iran is presenting an increasingly complex problem for the Bush administration's anti-terrorism policies in Afghanistan and the Middle East, according to U.S. officials and analysts.
Two points about this Washington Post report. (a) I hope we've fired whoever came up with the ludicrous idea that Iran was a "potential ally" in the war on terrorism. Memo to Secretary Powell: I think the Iranians, you know, fund, arm, and harbor terrorists, especially terrorists who kill Jews and Americans. (b) Iran is a big, complex country full of people who hate us and want to undermine our war in Afghanistan. But it's also full of people who want liberty and look to us for political support. So our policy toward Iran should be pretty simple: we will resist and undermine anything the Iranian government does, especially anything it does outside its borders, because those actions serve an enemy regime; and we will encourage and support insurrection and revolution against that enemy regime (since the so-called "reformers" are either too weak or insincere to change the regime). Where's the quandry?

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