Friday, July 13, 2007

So very confusing

With George Bush having again yesterday packaged all Middle East evilitude under the category "al Qaeda", here's a news item that deserves more attention --

The leader of an al-Qaida umbrella group in Iraq threatened to wage war against Iran unless it stops supporting Shiites in Iraq within two months, according to an audiotape released Sunday.

Abu Omar al-Baghdadi, who leads the group Islamic State in Iraq, said his Sunni fighters have been preparing for four years to wage a battle against Shiite-dominated Iran.

"We are giving the Persians, and especially the rulers of Iran, a two month period to end all kinds of support for the Iraqi Shiite government and to stop direct and indirect intervention ... otherwise a severe war is waiting for you," he said in the 50-minute audiotape.

That would be a threat against the same Iranians who are frequently accused by the US of supporting al-Qaeda -- who are apparently ungrateful for the support. Incidentally, the issuer of the statement had already been reported both dead and (separately) captured before he issued this statement. But the main conundrum here is for the US: would a new war against Iran be just what al Qaeda wants in Iraq?

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