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.