Friday, August 25, 2006

Workin' For the Weekend Mullahs

Not much time to post before the weekend, but I thought I'd pass along quote of the day material to brighten up your Friday. Via Les Editors, the Guardian reports on the findings of the Chatham House with respect to Iran, Iraq and the policies undertaken by the US in the ill-named war on terror [emphasis added]:

The US-led "war on terror" has bolstered Iran's power and influence in the Middle East, especially over its neighbour and former enemy Iraq, a thinktank said today.

Unless stability could be restored to the region, Iran's power will continue to grow, according to the report published by Chatham House.

The study said Iran had been swift to fill the political vacuum created by the removal of the Taliban in Afghanistan and Saddam Hussein in Iraq. The Islamic republic now has a level of influence in the region that could not be ignored.

In particular, Iran has now superseded the US as the most influential power in Iraq, regarding its former adversary as its "own backyard".

The report said: "There is little doubt that Iran has been the chief beneficiary of the war on terror in the Middle East.
This bitter reality struck a chord with a little humor courtesy of praktike:

...someone once observed that Iran had a real Phase IV plan, unlike the US
Yeah, in retrospect, maybe we should of had us one of those.

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