June 11, 2007

Shades of the Cuban Missile Crisis

Hatched by Sachi

In January this year, terrorists pretending to be American troops got through Iraqi security in the Karbala Provincial Joint Coordination Center (Karbala JCC), managing to kill one US soldier and kidnap four. All four soldiers' bodies were eventually recovered; there was no sign of torture or post-mortem mutilation, which ruled out al-Qaeda.

The sophisticated nature of the operation clearly implied that perpatrators were Iranian Qods Force; but it seemed odd that they would kidnap soldiers from the center and then kill them, instead of either keeping them for interrogation and to try to trade for the al-Qods members we're holding -- or else just killing them outright at the Karbala JCC without attempting a difficult kidnapping.

But when Iranian forces directly kidnapped British sailors, all became clear: The first attempt was indeed intended to take American prisoners... but the Americans fought back; and the Iranians -- unable to transport them -- finally had to kill them. The Brits were a second-best choice; but they were more willing to give Iran the propaganda coup it so desperately wanted. And most important, the British sailors could be counted upon not to fight for their freedom, as Americans always do.

To paraphrase the Lord of the Rings, open war was upon us, whether we risk it or no.

Now, according to Bill Rogio, satellite imagery has discovered a mockup of the Karbala JCC inside Iran... conclusively proving that the murderous assault upon American soldiers was planned and carefully executed by the Revolutionary Guards and Qods Force and with full knowledge and approval of the ruling mullahs (reparagraphed for easier reading):

The January 20 attack the Karbala Provincial Joint Coordination Center by the Iranian backed Qazali Network, which resulted in the kidnapping and murder of five U.S. soldiers, has long been known to be a Iranian planned and sponsored strike.

While Iran has insulated itself with its cutouts in the Qazali Network, Multinational Forces Iraq has captured members of the network as well as found documentation which proved Iran's complicity in the attack.

And now it has satellite imagery as well. Aviation Week and Space Technology reported in the June 4 edition that Iran build a mockup of the Karbala Provincial Joint Coordination Center inside its borders, which was used to train the attackers. The "training center" was discovered by a U.S. spy satellite surveying Iran.

The Qazali Network exists -- existed -- within Iraq; a part of a larger, Iranian-controlled Iraqi network, Qazali was set up to receive money, arms, and training from Qods Force. But we have broken it since the Karbala JCC attack:

On May 19, Coalition forces killed Azhar al-Dulaimi during a raid in Baghdad's Sadr City. Dullaimi was described as the "mastermind" and "tactical commander" of the Karbala attack. In March, U.S. forces captured Qais Qazali, the network's leader, his brother Laith Qazali, and several other members.

Multinational Forces Iraq has been heavily targeting the Qazali Network's "secret terror cells" as well as those of the Sheibani Network. Coalition and Iraqi forces killed 26 members of this network and captured 71 since April 27, 2007. Three more members of the "secret cell" were captured and another killed today.

The Sheibani Network the overarching organization that receives support, weapons, advice and targeting from Iran's Qods Force. Senior members of the Qazali and Sheibani Networks are members of Iran's Qods Force.

We don't know for sure, of course; but it seems likely that these satellite pictures were part of the evidence that persuaded Sen. Joseph Lieberman (I-CT, 75%D) to call for the Pentagon to draft plans to attack Iran:

"I think we've got to be prepared to take aggressive military action against the Iranians to stop them from killing Americans in Iraq," the Connecticut independent said during an appearance on CBS' "Face the Nation." "And to me, that would include a strike over the border into Iran, where we have good evidence that they have a base at which they are training these people coming back into Iraq to kill our soldiers."

There is no question but that Lieberman is right about one thing: We are currently in a hot war with Iran -- and we are fighting back hard against Iranian proxy forces in Iraq. The only question is whether we should expand the fight into Iran itself, giving the mullahs a taste of the whip themselves in their home turf.

Other Democrats still don't get it; they live in a perpetual September 10th world. But Lieberman has the right idea, and I wish we had him on our side:

New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, who is running for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination, said sanctions are the most effective tool against the Iranian regime.

"I would talk to them, but I would build an international coalition that would promote and push economic sanctions on them," he said during an appearance on CNN's "Late Edition." "Sanctions would work on Iran. They are susceptible to disinvestment policy. They are susceptible to cuts, economic sanctions in commodities."

Mr. Lieberman said he would leave any such strategy to military generals, but that it could be accomplished through an air campaign. He said failure to stand up to Iranian aggression would further weaken the U.S. position in Iraq and raise the likelihood of acts of domestic terrorism.

"We cannot let them get away with it," he said. "If we do, they'll take that as a sign of weakness on our part, and we will pay for it in Iraq and throughout the region and ultimately right here at home."

There is nothing wrong with economic sanctions and "disinvestment policy"... as an economic attack concommitent to a physical (air) attack.

Regardless of the risk -- such escalation would enrage the Iranians and might even serve to drive the Persian people closer to their mullah masters; Hezbollah could strike inside the United States; Iran could launch a massive attack against Israel -- we cannot sit idly by and allow a sovereign nation to attack the United States without directly retaliating.

So we support the rest of Lieberman's call as well... once again, we're forced to say, go, Joe!

Hatched by Sachi on this day, June 11, 2007, at the time of 7:03 PM

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The following hissed in response by: Big D


Sorry, couldn't help myself.

Yes it will be a hot war with Iran. No side wants war, but what choice is there?
Iran fantasizes about regional hegemony of all Shiites. Our Sunni allies stick with us for one reason, to prevent this outcome. Iran hopes that international pressure or a nuclear deterrent will prevent U.S. action. They are fools since pursuit of the nuclear deterrent insures action.

In 10 years Iran will no longer be exporting oil. They must act now - force the issue while they still have a chance.

The above hissed in response by: Big D [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 11, 2007 7:37 PM

The following hissed in response by: patrick neid

-i know i'm repeating myself but so what! this is to the naysayers.....
are we in a war against terrorism? are we in a war against the states that sponsor it?
if, as the president has stated we are, then why are the terror leaders of iran, syria, sudan, hamas, hezzbollah and al sadr to name a few still alive? correct me if i’m wrong---these are the terrorists and these are the states.
apparently john edwards must be right--is that even possible--that we are not in a war on terror. it must be a bumper sticker affair akin to those other famous bumper crusades. you know, “free tibet” and “save darfur”. by my reasoning these folks should all be dead now, not sipping lattes and on shopping excursions while being feted by the UN. the fact that they are not speaks volumes. i won't even mention politicos looking for photo ops.
what is this constant harping about massive strikes, bombings etc that both supporters and opponents run out to deal with the terror nations. the only thing we have to do, and sooner or later we will do it, is admit we are in a war. not some "new age" war that requires new tactics etc. that's just excuse making. all wars are the same--you kill bad guys wherever you find them--in large quantities if you can. tell me, if during world war II we knew where hitler or any of his generals were would we have tried to kill them? come on now a little louder i can't hear you. yes, that's right, we would have.
well, we know where the terror leaders/generals of this war on terror live and sleep every night. the leaders of iran, syria, hamas, hezzbollah, al sadr and sudan are very easy to find--yet we let them plan everyday how to kill more of us in their attempt to return the world to the 7th century. so please stop with this crap about massive air strikes, millions of dead and dying and all these other hobgoblins that are trotted out to prevent us from killing these monstrous bastards. what's it going to take--israel becoming a glass factory? 9/11 certainly was not enough.......
michael leeden, et al's articles can be very informative--but boring. how much anecdotal evidence do we need over the last thirty years to conclude that there are loosely united groups centered in the middle east that mean to bring us down. they are funded and directed by the countries listed above. please stop acting surprised when this info shows up. this "i'm shocked, i'm shocked" routine is getting old. the leadership in syria and iran should have been gone two years ago along with al sadr. now look at the mess we are in.
and finally, all these monsters have to be "cruise missiled" without any warning on the same night.

The above hissed in response by: patrick neid [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 11, 2007 7:52 PM

The following hissed in response by: Terrye

I read that there may be indictments against the Iranian Americans Iran has accused of promoting soft revolution against the Revolution. I hope ABC is proud of itself for running that story and giving these crazy people another excuse to be crazy.

I do think there are all kinds of things going on we don't know about. And I would not be surprised if there was some kind of strike. I was amazed one day to hear a clip of Senator Levin talking to a military commander and asking if we should consider just such a thing. I am not sure what the purpose of that questioning was and I can not imagine that Levin would go along with something like that, but it is clear that Iran and Syria are both screwing around in Iraq.

The above hissed in response by: Terrye [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 12, 2007 3:41 AM

The following hissed in response by: LarryD

Sen. Lieberman is with us, on the war. He is neither in denial, nor pandering to those who are; which is why they now hate him so.

And Richardson is ignorant, Iran is already sanctioned.

The above hissed in response by: LarryD [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 12, 2007 9:54 AM

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