Wednesday, April 4, 2007

Iran Update

A whole lot of ugly is brewing right now between the U.S. and Iran (has been since ’79). The U.S. is attempting to contain Iran’s growing power in the region. To do so the White House is trying to provoke Iran to action, so it can bomb them. Bomb the crap out of them, and then bomb them again. They see this as necessary since Saddam is no longer around to contain Iranian power, and Iran is becoming too powerful in the region. It’s beyond the scope of this blog to into the thick of it, but here is an update:

- ABC News has just reported that the U.S. is secretly working with Jundullah a Baluchi guerilla organization that has been conducting assassinations and car bombings in eastern Iran.
(Backgrounder: Violence and Rebellion in Iranian Balochistan, Jamestown Terrorism Monitor June 29, 2006)

- NPR and der Spiegel has an overview of a tit-for-tat game of kidnappings playing out between the U.S. and Iran.

- Christopher Dickey in Newsweek writes of Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah growing role in the region to stem the brewing crisis.

- Asia Times is covering the diplomatic and economic fronts.

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