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US, Iran Not Headed For War

Iran and the United States are not headed toward war. So says Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, now in New York City ahead of his annual speech at the United Nations.

"It's wrong to think that Iran and the U.S. are walking toward war. Who says so? Why should we go to war? There is no war in the offing."

"Walking toward war"? No. He is correct there.

But only the willfully blind fail to acknowledge that Iran and the United States are not already at war, with Iran engaging its usual proxies in its execution in Iraq.

And it is with great concern that we observe many within the Iraqi government demanding with Iran the release of a detained Quds Force commander.

The Iranian opposition group NCRI states that Brig. Gen. Mahmoud Farhadi, said to be the Quds Force commander detained in a hotel raid last week, is a senior Quds Force intelligence officer.

Farhadi currently is the Deputy Commander and senior intelligence officer of Quds Force's Zafar Tactical Base in Karmanshah. The main base is called Ramadan which has four tactical bases along the 1,200 kilometers border with Iraq. Zafar is located in the western city of Karmanshah overseeing the entire Quds Forces' operations in the eastern and central Iraq.

Local sources confirmed that a delegation from Iran was in Iraqi Kurdistan presumably for singing a few contracts with the Kurdish officials to facilitate cross border trading between the two neighbors.

It is on the grounds of the Quds Force commander's economic mission that both Iran and Iraqi officials demand his release. And while even NCRI's local sources also stated that this was his mission, it is through trade routes and Ramadan and other religious pilgrimages that Iran successfully inserts its trained operatives and delivers weapons shipments to its supported Iraqi groups, facilitating attacks on American troops.

Iran and the United States are already at war. Iran has determined this since its 1979 revolution. That the United States largely refuses to acknowledge this plays into Ahmadinejad's attempts to supply quotes deceptively suggesting a reasonable nature.

Little could be farther from the truth.

Our men in Iraq are not dead by Iranian hands and weapons, finance, strategy and training because we are at peace. We did not declare it nor seek it, but at war we most certainly are.

There will one day be a reckoning for the regime, whose message Ahmadinejad delivers directly to Americans while in New York this week. Americans should listen to this message with the alert awareness that our own desire to avoid war does not and can not change the realities on the ground.

It could not in 1983 after the Iranian sponsored bombing of the US Marine Barracks in Beirut, and it cannot now with the Iranian-sponsored killing of American troops on the ground in Iraq.

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You know our visa rules are out of whack when we let a confirmed enemy of America take a working vacation in the Big Apple, but let's not get too excited: A country that doesn't embrace free speech -- even when it's coming from a smelly turd like Ahmadinejad -- is an insecure country. He won't say anything that truly damages us ... and we can take a certain amount of pride in the fact that we have offered that Muslim Nazi a soapbox he'd never offer us.

I won't take up any more of your bandwidth. I blogged more fully about Ahmadinejad's visit at Under The News

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has already stated his “Mein Kampf” to the world; he is an enemy of the state to all non-Muslims nations. Does history have to repeat it self? http://tinyurl.com/2znnvl He has NO constitutional rights, he isn’t a U.S. Citizen or legal resident.

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and the ruling Mullahs have, what they believe, is the US in a less than enviable position---an unpopular protracted war. Though the US military is far superior to anything Iran could muster, to them, Vietnam stands as the poster child for American resolve. With apparent anti-war rhetoric fueling the presidential campaign (though some are now hedging) Iran will be induced to pursue their proxy war hoping to make the cost unbearable to the US public. Will the US take the fight to Iran a la North Vietnam----but this time do it right?! Or will a US attack on Iranian soil solidify their people against the US and make things even worse?!

One thing that is quite different is that Vietnam had no real strategic value unless you consider rice and/or French speaking Asian women as critical resources---ummm, but, in the Middle East, Iraq is one Hell of a strategic piece of real estate.

And you are correct, we are at war with Iran.