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Iran declares war on U.S. ^ | April 5th 2004 | Joseph Farah

Posted on 04/05/2004 12:05:32 AM PDT by F14 Pilot

Nobody else is saying it, so, once again, it is left to me to explain what really happened in Iraq yesterday.

Iran declared war on the U.S.

The signs have been there for a long time. I don't know if they have been intentionally ignored by U.S. forces in Iraq, or whether there is some master plan at the Defense Department to deal with this scenario.

All I can tell you is we are now fighting a regional war. Our local opposition in Iraq is being trained, armed and directed with foreign support – by neighboring Iran.

The uprising yesterday was treated in many initial news accounts as a spontaneous uprising directed by Najaf cleric Moktada al-Sadr.

What the other news accounts left out was one significant, but well-established fact: Al-Sadr works for Iran. He is an Iranian agent. His authority comes from Iran.

Last April, an Iranian cleric, Kadhem al-Husseini al-Haeri, issued a religious edict and distributed to Shiite mullahs in Iraq, calling on them "to seize the first possible opportunity to fill the power vacuum in the administration of Iraqi cities."

The edict, or fatwa, issued April 8, 2003, showed that Shiite clerics in Iraq are receiving significant direction from Iran. The edict said that Shiite leaders have to "seize as many positions as possible to impose a fait accompli for any coming government."

"People have to be taught not to collapse morally before the means used by the Great Satan if it stays in Iraq," the fatwa read. "It will try to spread moral decay, incite lust by allowing easy access to stimulating satellite channels and spread debauchery to weaken people's faith."

The fatwa also instructed the cleric's followers to "raise people's awareness of the Great Satan's plans and of the means to abort them."

On April 7, the day American troops effectively toppled Hussein's government by seizing its main seats of power in Baghdad, al-Haeri sent a handwritten letter to the city of Najaf, appointing Moktada al-Sadr as his deputy in Iraq.

Haeri wrote: "We hereby inform you that Mr. Moktada al-Sadr is our deputy and representative in all fatwa affairs."

It added: "His position is my position."

Also last April, WorldNetDaily reported that Iran had armed and trained some 40,000 Shiite Iraqi fighters – most former prisoners of war captured during the Iran-Iraq war – and sent them to Iraq to foment an Islamic revolution. The report originated in my premium, online, intelligence newsletter G2 Bulletin.

The report said this small army represents the vanguard of Iran's effort to subvert the U.S.-led liberation of Iraq and use the toppling of Saddam Hussein's regime for its own ends.

"Ayatollah Mohammed Bakir Khakim is on record pledging more than once to his followers a plan to impose Islamic rule over Iraq with the help of Iran," reports G2 Bulletin. "The Tehran ayatollahs, or the Pasadran, the powerful revolutionary guard, repeatedly have been telling the Iraqis they would be their legitimate allies and partners. In such a scenario, there is no room for the U.S. The coalition that liberated Iraq is seen by the Iraqi Shiite militants and their Iranian sponsors as a tool for handing Iraq over to them without the need to use a massive force of their own."

Iran has clear objectives in Iraq. The only question is whether the United States still has clear objectives in Iraq – and whether Washington recognizes that this war front just got wider.

TOPICS: Editorial; Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events; War on Terror
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To: EQAndyBuzz
My children were all born in the 50's. :)
141 posted on 04/06/2004 9:11:54 AM PDT by blackie (Be Well~Be Armed~Be Safe~Molon Labe!)
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To: blackie
Then I need to congratulate you.

142 posted on 04/06/2004 9:17:22 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz
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To: EQAndyBuzz
I have seven grandchildren. :)
143 posted on 04/06/2004 9:21:22 AM PDT by blackie (Be Well~Be Armed~Be Safe~Molon Labe!)
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To: blackie
I have two children (I am a wee bit younger than you, however not as wise as you I am sure)that are gifted in many ways. It pleases me to see how they have grown up so far despite what is being shown on television these days.

I can only pray that my wife and my wisdom will be heeded and they will share them with their children.

It's tough these days and we do our best.

144 posted on 04/06/2004 10:30:51 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz
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To: EQAndyBuzz
You're on the right track and you're doing a fine job ~ yep, you're a bit younger then I am ~ I'll be 74 October, 26 :).
145 posted on 04/06/2004 12:51:47 PM PDT by blackie (Be Well~Be Armed~Be Safe~Molon Labe!)
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To: Long Cut
>>the Carter years,

Amazing, the effects of one, single, piece of tape... placed by a bungling burglar.

No Tape = no Watergate.
No Watergate = no "Carter years".
No Carter = no Islamic Revolution
No Islamic Revolution = no Soviet Invasion of Afghanistan
No Soviet Invasion of Afghanistan = No Osama, No Iran/Iraq war, no Saddam... And so the pinball bounces.

Now, imagine the game proceeding with the fingers of Ol
"Hanoi Johny" on the flippers.

20-20 hindsight.

That's why I'll be voting for W.
146 posted on 04/06/2004 1:26:11 PM PDT by VxH (This species has amused itself to death.)
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To: F14 Pilot
Exceptionally enlightening, especially after reading this other FR post: Who Lost Osama? : Richard Clarke is far tougher on the Clinton failures than advertised.

(Paragraph 9)
Clarke also claims credit for ending Iranian terrorism against the United States after the Khobar Towers attack. Today's proponents of rapprochement with Tehran should pay close attention. Clarke has no doubt the Iranian government sponsored the Khobar bombing, which killed nineteen Americans: "The larger attack in Saudi Arabia at Khobar was conducted by Saudi Hezbollah under the close supervision of Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps and its Qods Force," he writes. At the time, the CIA judged that "further Iranian-sponsored terrorism against the United States was likely."
This should have been grounds for war, and we learn in Against All Enemies the White House considered it, examining options including a full-scale invasion, attacking Iranian-sponsored terrorist camps in Lebanon, persuading our allies to impose a multilateral economic boycott, and conducting an unspecified "intelligence operation."
Inevitably, the Clinton administration chose the lesser option...

147 posted on 04/07/2004 5:59:35 PM PDT by XHogPilot (9-11, Never Again, Never Forget)
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To: pt17
Great comment!

"If you're going to kill a snake, I might suggest you start at the head, lest you get bitten before you're done. The Mullahs, Imams, Ayatollahs are the instigators (i.e., the head of the mob)."

148 posted on 04/07/2004 6:03:31 PM PDT by XHogPilot (9-11, Never Again, Never Forget)
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To: Godfollow
It's beginning to look like what the middle east needs to keep it under control is an evil tyrant. We may have shot ourselves in the foot by removing him (Saddam). Sometimes I think our Western values are only valid in our part of the world

I give a lot more credit to the heart of mankind. We were not created to be yoked and enslaved by tyrants. Throughout history, tyrants have come and gone. The Creator and the soul of mankind will endure.

149 posted on 04/07/2004 6:25:59 PM PDT by XHogPilot (9-11, Never Again, Never Forget)
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