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Iran gets bombed…blames Obama.

posted at 5:46 pm on October 18, 2009 by

A suicide bomber killed 31 people today, including five or six senior members of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard. Among the remaining dead were other Guard members, or local tribal leaders, and several dozen others were wounded. The story can be found here and here. Besides the Iranian leadership getting a small dose of their own medicine, what was really interesting is that Reuters quoted the Fars News Agency as blaming the bombing on terrorists backed by “the Great Satan America and its ally Britain,” even though a local Sunni group called Jundollah (God’s soldiers), claimed responsibility. According to Fars, a spokesman for Iran’s armed forces claimed Obama is backing the Jundollah in an effort to cause instability in the region.

Not in the distant future, we [Iran] will take revenge…

Of course, our State Department denies any involvement and condemned the attack.

Reports of alleged U.S. involvement are completely false.

Is this what Vice President Biden was talking about when he said the world would test Obama? Probably not. It will however damage the talks in Vienna due to begin tomorrow. We know this because we can use what we know of Iran’s leadership (i.e. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is flippin’ crazy) to come up with an educated guess of their intentions. While I would not doubt Ahmadinejad is capable of hiring a bomber to kill his own people in a publicity stunt, and you must admit – the timing is perfect, whether he did or not is irrelevant. He will use this to his advantage in two ways. One, it will give him a reason to delay, cancel, or otherwise disrupt the talks being held to reign in Iran’s nuclear arms program. Claiming one of the nations at the table just killed some of your crew will put a damper on negotiations. Oh, to be a fly on the wall. Two, he will also use this to foster additional hatred against the West, and America in particular. This will make it easier to drum up popular support for an all out war against us, should Obama do what is necessary to eliminate the threat posed by a nuclear armed Iran.

Since Iran’s army is a bit lower class than Saddam’s army, the fight – if you could call it that – would be over quickly, even with Obama’s ridiculous changes to our rules of engagement. But Ahmadinejad doesn’t need to engage us directly. He could easily use this as a recruiting tool to find hundreds, if not thousands, of suicide bombers to send against our interests in the Middle East, or against us directly back home. I picture something like every Iranian driven cab in New York City blowing up simultaneously during rush hour…which would be almost all of them.

Any country crazy enough to lie to their population about the origins of a terrorist attack, to drive them into a frenzy against the most powerful country in the world either deserves the smackdown we would give them, or has an ace up their sleeve. I trust Ahmadinejad about as far as I can throw a pregnant camel, but at least we can be sure of one thing: Obama had nothing to do with this bombing. How do I know that? If he had a suicide bomber at his disposal, and had the balls to use him, I think his target would be something much more prescient…like the Fox News Building.

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Al Qaeda and the Taliban are not nations. Attacks by them on us result in counter-terrorism moves by us. Iran has left many fingerprints in their aid to them, but apparently none solid enough to constitute a smoking gun.

If, however, Iran were to directly attack us via, say, those cabdrivers you mention open warfare would be the result. The Iranian leaders know this. It is certain that a suicide bomber complete with vest could be introduced to the US, if Iranian state aid were employed.

It is probably inevitable that this will happen here. The evidence trail, though, will likely lead back to Al Qaeda and not Iran.

GnuBreed on October 18, 2009 at 6:31 PM