Bending the Third Rail
Because We Should, We Can, We Do
Sunday, February 25, 2007
Reporting Error
This must be a reporting error:
America is secretly funding militant ethnic separatist groups in Iran in an attempt to pile pressure on the Islamic regime to give up its nuclear programme.

In a move that reflects Washington's growing concern with the failure of diplomatic initiatives, CIA officials are understood to be helping opposition militias among the numerous ethnic minority groups clustered in Iran's border regions.

The operations are controversial because they involve dealing with movements that resort to terrorist methods in pursuit of their grievances against the Iranian regime.
I think the newspaper has this wrong. These are not terrorists, they're "freedom fighters" pursuing the development of freedom, democracy, and the American way! Why, they're just like those freedom fighters we supported who wanted to rid themselves of Russian domination in Afghanistan!

Seriously, we never learn. Suppose these separatists groups are successful in toppling the Iranian government. Do our government experts in international affairs really think that any government that replaces the current one in Iran will be friendly to the U.S.? This is the most frustrating aspect of watching American foreign policy, the fact that U.S. leaders don't seem to understand that the opposition to the U.S. in the middle east is a popular movement, not just a few rougue leaders and governments who are radical. We've sown so much ill-will in the region that I'm not sure it's possible to reverse the trend toward anti-westernism, at least not in the near term.