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Iran in Iraq. Today.

December 2nd, 2010 - 8:13 pm

Read this.  And weep.  It tells the heartbreaking story of an Iranian university professor–Vahid Ebrahimi–whose family has been singled out for attack by the Iranian regime (I don’t know why), who crossed the border into “free Iraq” to seek asylum.  He was arrested and jailed in an Iraqi prison, within which there is an Iranian government office.  So that officials of Iran determine the fate of Iranian refugees in Iraq.

I’m trying to get further information, but anyone in a position to help can contact the authors of the report.  Their virtual location–the Iran Information Project–is in the linked document.  I’ve spoken with the director, who seems serious and honorable.

As you know, I have always said that there will never be decent security in Iraq so long as the mullahs rule in Iran.  This is just one more grim confirmation of the accuracy of that assessment.  With “sovereignty” now in the hands of the Iraqis, their ability to resist Iranian demands is far less than it was when the country was under “American occupation.”  Just ask the Iranian refugees, desperately looking for freedom from a regime that wants them broken or dead.

The same goes for Afghanistan, and if the Western world continues to dither about supporting democratic revolution in Iran, this dreadful state of affairs will spread to Lebanon, and thereafter to other Arab lands.  You know, the ones whose leaders keep begging us to do something…But for now it would be a small but meaningful step forward if Secretary Clinton insisted on saving Professor Ebrahimi.

Faster, Please

So many things going on, between Cablegate and computer worms and nuclear physicists getting blown up in downtown Tehran, all very hard for me to get a grip on. And so in keeping with my longstanding habit I decided to go to a higher source of understanding, my old friend the late James Jesus Angleton, once upon a time the head of CIA counterintelligence, and the secret intermediary between the United States and Israel from the late 1940s to the 1970s when he was purged.

Truth be known, I say “higher source” without really knowing where he’s at;  it could well be more accurate to say “lower source,” I don’t know.  When I dial him up through my (unreliable) ouija board it’s clear that, wherever he is, smoking is permitted.  Is that a clue?  Who knows?

Anyway, I got him on my third try, and there wasn’t much static at all, so after we wished each other Happy Hanukkah I got right to the point.

ML:  “Have you read the cables?”

JJA:  “Some of them.  It’s worse than editing a literary magazine at Yale.  But I agree with you, it’s basically a reality check.”

ML:  “The most fun for me has been watching the left and the Iran apologists throw a hissy fit against Obama.  Every time another cable shows up that documents the push for sanctions, they think they’ve been betrayed.  You know, people like Gary Sick are saying that this administration was never serious about engagement;  it was all a ruse so that they could slap sanctions on the mullahs.”

JJA:  “I haven’t followed all those folks;  I’ve been having fun watching the Persians and the Arabs trying to explain away the fear and hatred the Arabs show for the Islamic Republic.  The Iranians of course refuse to accept the notion that the cables are reports of real conversations (even though they know, or should know, that they are);  they treat them as part of a vast disinformation operation against themselves.”

ML:  “Right.  It’s all our doing, along with the Zionists.”

JJA:  “Well, sure.  It’s fascinating to hear Arab monarchs in essence demanding that the United States unleash the Israelis against Iran.  I think it was Gates who said — quite elegantly, I thought — that the Arabs are willing to fight Iran to the last American soldier.”

ML:  “Haha, or to the last Israeli.”

JJA:  “A distinction without a difference to both the Arabs and the Iranians.”

ML:  “I wonder about that, because sometimes it seems to me that Middle Easterners find America — especially in Bush’s second term and now with Obama — surprisingly impotent, whereas the Israelis are ten feet tall.  They can do anything.”

JJA:  “Good point.  Look at the story of the most recent attacks — real ones, not mere words — against Iranian nuclear physicists.  It’s fairly spectacular.  Two of them were driving to work in their automobiles.  Both with their wives alongside.  All of a sudden, mysterious motorcyclists close on the cars and attach bombs to the door on the drivers’ side.  Boom!  One dead physicist, one wounded and hospitalized, two injured wives.  The regime blames the Americans-and-Israelis.  Lots of the gossip says it’s the Israelis.”

ML:  “As if the Israelis could put two killers on motorcycles, blow up two cars in downtown Tehran, and then disappear!  If they could do that, they could blow up the nuclear facilities….”

JJA:  “Of course.  They wouldn’t need bombers and bunker busters.  But stick with the event itself.  Those physicists had bodyguards all the time.  But not that morning.  How come?”

ML:  “Maybe Mossad gave them some ‘walking around’ money?”

JJA:  “No way.  They were told not to be around, and only the regime could give such an order.”

ML:  “You suggesting that the regime blew up two of its most important nuclear experts?”

JJA:  “There are more twists and turns to this than you can imagine.  There’s a guy around here who knows a lot about Iran — he went to school with the guy who was killed — and he thinks that it was all staged, that the bombs were detonated with timers, that the two ‘victims’ knew it was going to happen, and that they had a full minute to get out of the cars and run away.”

ML:  “And so?  There’s a dead body, you know.”

JJA:  “My neighbor thinks the physicist screwed up — took too long — or the timer malfunctioned and went off too soon.”

ML:  “He’s an Iranian, of course, that’s an Iranian-type theory.”

JJA:  “Yeah, I told you he went to school with the dead man.”

ML:  “And what do you think?”

JJA:  “I think the regime wanted to kill them.  I think one was a Green Movement sympathizer, and the other had applied for visas for himself and his wife to go to a conference overseas.  The mullahs figured he was planning to defect and so they whacked him.”

ML:  “Evidence?”

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