Apr 12, 2007

On Iranian Arms and American Duplicity

Weapons claimed by US officials to be manufactured in Iran Weapons claimed by US officials to be manufactured in Iran

News that arms believed to have been manufactured in Iran turned up in Sunni-majority areas as well as in the hands of Shiite extremists is sure to fire up those beating the drums of war with Iran, especially combined with reports that Iraqi insurgents may have trained in Iran.

U.S. military spokesman Major General William Caldwell said that questioning of fighters captured as recently as this month confirmed many had attended Iranian training camps.

"We know that [arms] are being in fact manufactured and smuggled into this country, and we know that training does go on in Iran for people to learn how to assemble them and how to employ them. We know that training has gone on as recently as this past month from detainees debriefs," Caldwell said at a weekly briefing. "We also know that training still is being conducted in Iran for insurgent elements from Iraq... they do receive training on how to assemble and employ EFPs."

EFPs, or "Explosively Formed Penetrators," are roadside bombs that launch a softball-sized hunk of molten metal that is capable of piercing vehicle armor. Some of these explosive devices have killed American soldiers and Iraqi civilians.

The irony, though, is that representatives of the country that launched the war in Iraq are whining because combatants are using arms obtained from Iran. Those combatants are also likely using Chinese, Russian, French, and - yes - even American arms.

In times of war the warring factions will use every means at their disposal to gain the advantage. Moreover, the United States has long been one of the world's biggest arm merchants, even producing and deploying some of the world's deadliest weapons: landmines.

Over 150 nations have already signed the 1997 Ottawa Treaty, which bans all anti-personnel landmines. The United States, among some 40 other nations, has refused to sign the treaty.

Before we as Americans protest any Iranian profiteering and covert military actions in Iraq, perhaps we ought to take a long look at the industries of death within our own borders, as well as our own ugly record of profits derived from the sale of arms in wars around the globe.


Anonymous said...

Way off topic, Mike. Did you see this:

This prosecutor would be a good role model for Julia Bates to follow in regard to Danny Brown.

Dariush said...

Meanwhile, one has to wonder what the US would do if Iran financed, trained and supplied militant Chicano separatists in Mexico who then carried out cross-border terrorist attacks in the name of freedom for Aztlan.

Viva Aztlan!

microdot said...

Iran is a pretty interesting place and the Iranian people are yearning for a place in the modern world. I'm always amazed when I see footage of life in Iran, the mix of western and the distinctly different elements that make Persian culture so different than Arab. I firmly believe that if Bush hadn't meddled in the Iranian elections, we would be seeinf a totally different Iran now. The population demographic is very young and the Ayatollahs are very old. There is a lot more public dissent tolerated than you are led to believe.
The Bush Administration provides the hard liners with the means to stay in power and wield influence.
In the last 3 months, I have heard a Heavy Metal Band from Tehran, The Iranian National Symphony Orchestra play "G Spot Tornado"...an impossible orchestral piece by Frank Zappa, lots of pretty good Iranian Pop music...you get the feeling that there is somnething going on there but you will never know what it is as long as the Bush administration has its way.

SensorG said...

I wonder how much of the arms that the "Iranians are giving the Iraqis" were sold to them by Roland Reagan and Oliver North.