We'll have to wait and see if this is anything more than just a few rebel idiots.
looks like (for the time being) this incident is over
Iran troops ventured onto Iraqi oilfield — source
Fri Dec 18, 2009 7:14am EST
BAGHDAD, Dec 18 (Reuters) - Iranian troops briefly entered Iraqi territory on Thursday and spent several hours at an Iraqi oilfield, an Iraqi official said on Friday.
A security source in the southeastern Maysan province, speaking on condition of anonymity, said that Iranian troops made their way onto the Fakka oilfield, located just on the Iraqi side of the two countries’ long desert border.
The troops withdrew after several hours, the official said. It was not immediately clear why the troops would have undertaken such a move.
According to Arabic-language television reports, Iranian troops entered the Iraqi oilfield and raised an Iranian flag.
[link to www.reuters.com]
Look at it this way. If we don’t do anything about this, it could really undermine our credibility among the Iraqis. It could certainly be spun into the argument that we’re perfectly willing to beat up on Iraqis, but won’t lift a finger to protect Iraq’s borders and resources from foreign enemies.
That could be a motive for this move. Iran senses that we lack the political will to do anything, so they’re calculating that they’ll be able to weaken us politically in Iraq, which can only work to their benefit.