Roger L. Simon

Does this mean war?

Iran has accused Britain of involvement in the bombing in the Iranian city of Avhaz, which killed nine.

Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said British soldiers equipped and directed the perpetrators of the two bombings, according to a report by the IRNA news agency. He said British forces had provided “safe haven'” and “practical and extensive facilities” for the attacks.

Tony says no!

“The Iranian government’s suggestion that we somehow had a hand in yesterday’s bomb explosions in southern Iran is obviously ludicrous and deserves to be treated with scorn by the international community,” Blair’s office said today in a statement read over the telephone.

What’s interesting is why the Iranians would want to up the ante with the British in this way. The mullahs seem to be pushing, pushing, pushing for some reason.