Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Proof or propaganda in Iranian arrests?

The American military said Tuesday that it had credible evidence linking Iranians and their Iraqi associates, detained here in raids last week, to criminal activities, including attacks against American forces.
In its first official confirmation of last week’s raids, the military said it had confiscated maps, videos, photographs and documents in one of the raids on a site in Baghdad.
Forgive my cynicism, but what does that prove? Any traveler in the world would have the same in their possession. I mean, when you travel, don't you also carry maps, cameras and documents? Even more suspect is the site of the raid.
...Iraqi leaders said last week that the site was the compound of Abdul Aziz al-Hakim, one of Iraq’s most powerful Shiite political leaders, who met with President Bush in Washington three weeks ago. A spokesman for Mr. Hakim said he had not heard of a raid on the compound.
So if Hakim is one of the bad guys, as we must infer since they raided his compound, why was Bush meeting with him? Isn't it his stated policy not to meet with "the enemy." I'm sure that's the reason he's been giving for failing to respond to Tehran's invitation for talks.

Call me jaded but this is feeling more like a set-up every day for the president's obvious goal of starting a new war that he thinks -- this time for sure -- he can win and thus burnish his badly tarnished legacy.
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