Friday, August 17, 2007

Defending Iran's Revolutionary Guard

Liberals, especially liberal Bloggers, are pissed off that the Bush administration has designated Iran's Revolutionary Guard a terrorist group. So much so, Some have this to say:

"When it comes to the pot calling the kettle black, the US takes the cake. The US is, hands down, the leading terrorist nation in the world today."

The self-loathing is only the tip of the iceberg... they have their facts wrong. Here's what the Blogger said in Iran's defense:
The idea that the US could be considering classifying the Iranian Revolutionary Guard as a "terrorist" organization, based upon some dubious evidence that the organization is supplying some weapons—in particular those shaped charges that have been so effective in roadside bombs against US military vehicles—is pretty preposterous when you consider the source.

Now here is a report today from United Press International (Courtesy, Pat Dollard):
BAGHDAD, Aug. 16 (UPI) — Three gunmen killed by U.S. troops in Iraq this week were members of Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards Corps, a U.S. military statement said in Baghdad.

The U.S. Army statement said that in several anti-insurgency attacks this week, a total of nine gunmen were killed. However, in one raid in northeastern Baghdad targeting a leader of the Iranian Guards’ foreign fighters known as Al-Quds, three of his aides were killed by U.S. forces, Kuwait’s KUNA news agency reported.

Dubious evidence, huh? Are three Iranian Revolutionary Guard bodies not sufficient evidence?

And as Gateway Pundit points out, Iraq is not the only neighbor Iran has set its sights on:
In July, Iran lashed out at Persian Gulf states Bahrain and the UAE. An Iranian cleric claimed in an editorial that Bahrain was still part of Iran and Iranian News claimed that disputed islands in the Gulf belonged to Iran and not the UAE.

CounterTerrorism Blog agrees, and thinks that sanctions and classifying Iranian groups as terrorists will greatly help to "ratchet up the pressure." As Michael Jacobson explains:
A terrorist designation for the Revolutionary Guards would mark the culmination of the administration's recent campaign to highlight the IRGC's dangerous activities. Speaking in Dubai in March 2007, U.S. under secretary of the treasury Stuart Levey warned, "When corporations do business with IRGC companies, they are doing business with organizations that are providing direct support to terrorism." In a July 2007 speech, Secretary of the Treasury Henry Paulson focused on the Revolutionary Guards, arguing, "The IRGC is so deeply entrenched in Iran's economy and commercial enterprises, it is increasingly likely that if you are doing business with Iran, you are somehow doing business with the IRGC."

Whose opinion should we trust on this one, Kos Blogger, or an anti-terrorist expert?

How did Bill Whittle put it?
"Which behavior is more worthy of contempt: slapping someone repeatedly in the face, or watching someone thank his assailant for doing it to them? That is not moral superiority. That is the neurosis of the masochist."

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