I still find it hard to believe the Iran - Al Quaeda link, largely based on the visceral hatred that the Wahabi reserve for Shias. Ramzi Yousef, the Al Quaeda connected perpetrator of the WTC bombing in the 90s was also responsible for the bombing of Shia mosques inside Iran.
The issue of transiting is a bit of a red herring - hundreds of miles of trackless mountains. There are regular gun battles between Iranian border guards and heroin smugglers coming out of Afghanistan. After all illegals and drug smugglers can move over the comparatively built up US - Mexico border.
posted on 07/19/2004 1:16:44 AM PDT
If any of you would like to see pictures of the Iran / Iraq border, let me know and I can email them to you. I have been to the border areas up North a number of times, and yes, one could easily pass without being detected. So there is truth to that part of their statement. I am sure the Mountains on the Iran / Afghan border are just as desolate as they are here.
Regarding their blind eye to such things, I can only assume based off their past history, that the Iranians will support many, regardless of sect. in order to play in the big leagues with the US. It should well be noted that Iranians are more than likely the cheif financiers of the trouble with Sadr City and Al Sadr's Militia.
posted on 07/19/2004 8:17:56 AM PDT
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