Crossfire War: Middle East; Baghdad Joins Islamic Axis


Night Watch: NEW YORK – More powerful roadside bombs are being used in attacking the occupation forces in Iraq. The New York Times reported today that advanced roadside bombs are being designed in Iran and shipped from there. This is an expected result of Iran having absorbed Iraq’s new government led by a Shiite who has studied Shiite religious theory in Qom and blessed by Tehran’s spiritual agent Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani.

When the Iran/Iraq War ended in 1988 the news mentioned Tehran had a team waiting to take over Baghdad. We now see that team in action. First, however Iran wanted a similar military base network that Bechtel Group constructed for Saudi Arabia during the 1980’s, bases that were shown off during the Gulf War and were said to be nuclear bomb proof.

Late summer-early fall -88 CBS News Radio in Chicago, WBBM mentioned Secretary of State George Schultz was holding secret negotiations with Iran attempting to guarantee an American investment position in Iran after the death of Khomeini. I assume Iran had a couple of requests. First: make up for the mistake by the U. S. Cruiser Vincennes, who in July 1988, while on station in the Persian Gulf, shot down by mistake an Iranian commercial airliner. The Lockerbie incident that December made up for that.

The second request: do damage to Iraq’s military. Saddam, being no stranger to working with the West had no choice but to agree to invade Kuwait and when the time came he would leave Iraq. The man on trial is far to young. The day after the Gulf War ended in 1991, CNN showed the London branch office of Bechtel Group, Hyde Park, invited to Iran. George Schultz is a former President of Bechtel. The completion of the base-network is the real reason for Saddam’s removal.

Now with the absorbing of Baghdad it is now reported these new roadside bombs first appeared about two months ago. That would coincide with the meeting of Iraq’s Defense Minister with Iran’s Defense Minister Adm. Ali Shamkani in Teheran.

Reuters reports that U. S. commanders in Iraq are surprised because they realize Iran being able to do so requires the cooperation between Iran’s Shiites and Iraq’s Sunnis and there is still sectarian violence between them in Iraq. But what the U. S./UK, and all the blink-tanks in both countries refuse to acknowledge is the unifying influence the occupation crisis is providing for a lot of the Islamic world.

More of them began to answer the call for unity as a result of the Khomeini revolution of 1979 replacing the Shah, who had been willing to work with the West. Khomeini was in Paris when the Shah was overthrown. The French provided Khomeini with the massive communication assistance he required in order to become the Shah’s most prominent opponent. This is the type of interference and manipulation the Islamic world has long been opposed to.

The West is beginning to experience more obvious fulfillment of the Shah’s warning that the end of his regime would spell the end of Western influence in the region. Now the U. S.-EU seem to be seriously under the delusion they can negotiate Iran into only peaceful uses of nuclear energy. If the West’s takes its worried proposals seriously then the Shah’s warning is accurate. The West’s response to Iran is not any real threat at all to the Council of Guardians, nor is the threat of sanctions that can be easily circumvented.

Of course Islamic unity will never be perfect. There will always be sectarian violence and extremists who feel inspired to overthrow Islamic governments and re-establish the Caliphate. But Islamic governments know that their population, howver openly moderate, secretly want to see the West, Russia and India defeated, societies they view as an enemy of Islam. The occupation of Iraq is a unifying war, even more than the invasion of Afghanistan by the Soviet Union or the Palestinian crisis. Only the next war with India or Israel can equal the inspirational impact, and the Expediency Council of Iran and the House of Saud intend to embrace those conflicts also. That is why Riyadh conducted ground forces maneuvers with Pakistan last December.

An intelligence officer, quoted on condition of anonymity, in discussing this new weapon, “These are among the most sophisticated and most lethal devices we’ve seen. It’s very serious.” Some shipments may have been transported over the Iranian border by Hizbollah or Iran’s Revolutionary Guards. The bombs are similar to the ones used by Hizbollah against Israel.

U. S. officials stated, blindly, they had no evidence of the Iranian government’s involvement. The U. S./UK are deathly afraid of war with Iran. That is much more shooting than they had planned, and against an enemy they have constructed military bases for. The Council of Guardians are running rings around them. The West is compleltely out of its depth. London and Washington put their foreign policy up for sale and Iran purchased it. With the EU being Iran’s leading trade partner and with Russia still justifying supplying Iran’s nuclear program, it proves Tehran’s procurement policy is still productive.

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Willard Payne is an international affairs analyst who specializes in International Relations. A graduate of Western Illinois University with a concentration in East-West Trade and East-West Industrial Cooperation, he has been providing incisive analysis to NewsBlaze. He is the author of Imagery: The Day Before.