U.S., Britain warn Iran over Iraq bomb attacks
LONDON (Reuters) - The United States and its chief ally Britain have warned Iran over its possible involvement in insurgent bomb attacks in Iraq, top officials said on Sunday.
Iran denies meddling in Iraq and says the accusations against it are psychological warfare tied to efforts by Washington and London to report Tehran to the U.N. Security Council for possible sanctions over its nuclear program.
British Prime Minister Tony Blair said this month there was evidence that Iran or its Lebanese Hizbollah allies were the source of sophisticated technology used in roadside bombs, known as improvised explosive devices (IEDs), that have targeted British soldiers in southern Iraq.
U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said on Sunday that Washington had warned Tehran over the issue.
"We have tried to deliver a message ... about this issue of IEDs in southern Iraq," Rice told reporters while in London for talks with Blair. "We have channels with which to do it. But we use them sternly and pretty specifically to deliver messages."
Having failed to obtain security through the subjugation of one, errrr, nexus of the Axis of Evil, we now turn our attention to the next one.
(Aside: Don't Axes have only two ends?)
Iran is slightly more sophisticated than Saddam, of course and a bit more interested in keeping its economy rolling.
But still...even if we pulled every troop out of Iraq and Afghanistan, who are we kidding? We are in no shape to start a war with Iran, especially since in this case, we could never be assured of the complicity of the rest of the Arabic world (which had never forgiven Saddam for invading Kuwait).
This is madness and must be stopped.