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Iranian Duplicity Continues

As Iran’s nuclear program once again takes center stage within United Nations Security Council chambers, the Untied States is working hard to cut off terrorists’ cash flow into Iraq. Sunni groups continue to receive massive cash support from within Syria while Shi’a militias such as al-Sadr’s Mahdi Army receive millions of dollars from Iran via the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ Qods Force.

Much of the funds used by Sunni insurgents goes to pay for individual attacks, including IED attacks. CentCom commander Gen. John Abizaid noted the importance that the flow of money plays in this aspect, saying, “The average IED is an attack form carried out by people that are really not ideologically committed. They get paid, and they’re getting paid because they don’t have any money and they’re getting paid because they’ve got people [who] are generally members of the old army that don’t have work.”

Yet Iranian hands are in the IED mix as well. They are the source of the most deadly IED’s currently in the Iraq theater. In August, Alireza Jafarzadeh , the man who revealed the accurate intelligence on the clandestine Iranian nuclear program four years ago, identified three Tehran military manufacturing sites responsible for making the molten copper shaped charges used in the most deadly explosives in Iraq. “Three industrial sections called Sattari, Sayad Shirazi and Shiroodi” in the military-controlled Lavizan area of Tehran were identified. But these are not ‘_Improvised_ Explosive Devices,’ but rather intently manufactured and milled specifically to penetrate US and British armor in Iraq.

Iran continues to claim to be ‘attentive to Iraq’s security and stability’. Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Mohammad-Ali Hosseini said that “Iran makes use of its relations with the countries of the region to promote regional security and peace.” But its millions of dollars funding al-Sadr’s Mahdi Army and continued flow of weapons used in roadside bombs illustrate quite the opposite.

In more fiery speeches in Tehran, the Iranian regime made renewed threats in response to any UN sanctions placed on Iran. While the Iranian president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, warned Britain specifically against any support for sanctions, Ahmadinejad contradicted himself by saying that sanctions will have little effect on Iran’s nuclear quest.

After condemning Britain for being little more than tools for the American administration, Ahmadinejad said, “We do advise Britain not to squirm and not to do childish activities concerning the resolution. Iran’s nation has stood up and will not let you achieve anything except humiliation.”

Yet, with the Shanghai Cooperation Organization member-states in Tehran for a conference, Iranian Foreign Minister Mottaki said that negotiation is the preferred path rather than conflict or sanctions. He said, “Negotiations will be the best and the most feasible way of reaching an understanding.” With the SCO conference in Tehran this week, Mottaki was asked if Iran relies upon the support of China and Russia for protection of its nuclear program. The state-run Islamic Republic News Agency quoted Mottaki saying in response, “We only count on our nation but will nonetheless make our stance known to other states. We hope other countries will find our stance to be rational and possibly support it.”

Without Russian and Chinese protection, UN Security Council sanctions would likely have been enacted long ago. Both states have remained firmly opposed to sanctions against Iran, with the Russian Foreign Minster recently declaring the Russia will directly oppose and sanctions intended to punish the Iranian regime. It is now 60-days beyond the ignored UNSC deadline for an Iranian halt in enrichment activities.

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Q. What does Iran want most?

A. Hegemony over the Middle East

Q. How will this be accomplished?

A. Either with military superiority or political dominance or both for the best result.

Iran is well on it's way concerning the latter. It's sphere of influence in southern Iraq is secured; it's support of Hizballah in South Lebanon is no secret; it has established strong ties with Syria (the enemy of my enemy is my friend); and fundamentalist activities in Egypt and Saudi Arabia are a growing concern for those two states.

Iran's development of nuclear weapons is a quagmire. No doubt they would really like to join the nuclear family of nations, but do they need nuclear weapons to achieve hegemony? Not really and they would negotiate this matter to the consternation of the US. Right now it's a stand-off----which comes first stopping enrichment or negotiations? The US knows that in any negotiation, the alleged possession of nuclear weapons by Israel will be put on the table and the US knows that Iran can trump Israel's weapons and make Israel the spoiler, and depending on the political climate, forcing the US to confront Israel over any nuclear weapons it may possess----something not particularly desireable.