Saturday, March 24, 2007

Iran-Britain Conflict Shows The Dangers Of Our Ongoing Presence In Iraq

by S-Q @ 8:40 AM MDT

Salon
Glenn Greenwald
Saturday March 24, 2007 09:45 EST

The ongoing presence of 150,000 troops in the middle of Iraq, under the direction of this administration, entails grave risk of escalation beyond Iraq, whether deliberately or unintentionally -- a fact that is almost completely ignored in our "debate" over whether to withdraw troops. The seizure this week of 15 British sailors by Iran illustrates how grave those risks are.

As expected, the British immediately claimed that its ship was in Iraqi waters, while the Iranians claimed it had entered Iranian waters. One of the great tragedies of the last several years is how little credibility the U.S. and its most loyal foreign government have in light of their conduct concerning Iraq. While no rational person would believe Iranian claims without corroborating evidence, no rational person would simply assume the British were telling the truth either. Both sides are still insisting on their original stories:


Asked about the statement, a British diplomat in Tehran said: "We still maintain they were in Iraqi waters when they were picked up."

Tehran earlier on Saturday condemned what it called "Britain's illegal infiltration of Iranian waters," the ISNA news agency reported.

4 comments:

PrissyPatriot said...

Hi Everyone!

Sheesh I have been busy...and still on the run. MFSO has pounding them on the war right now-giving the wicked no rest! HA

Good job S-Q! bbl...

S-Q said...
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S-Q said...

Hey Prissy!

Where have you been? I don't see you on my blog much anymore!

Anonymous said...

This article is typical of a 'let's stick our heads in the sand' and the problem will go away attitude. Didn't you guys learn anything from our experience in the 1930s? The West is involved in a struggle with Islam that dates back centuries, believe it or not, and believe me, the Moslems believe it. We can either protect ourselves or we can ignore the threat and lost our way of life permanently. The choice is ours. But to blame friction with Iran on our involvement in Iraq is stupid.