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John on September 17, 2007 at 9:28 am

From the Washington Post:

An Iranian arms shipment destined for the Taliban was intercepted Sept. 6 by the international force in Afghanistan in what appears to be an escalating flow of weaponry between the two former enemies, according to officials from countries in the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force.

The shipment included armor-piercing bombs known as explosively formed projectiles, the sources said, which have been especially deadly when used as roadside bombs against foreign troops in Iraq. The NATO-led force interdicted two smaller shipments of similar weapons from Iran into southern Helmand province April 11 and May 3.

“It’s not the fact that it’s qualitatively different, but this was a large shipment which got people’s attention,” a U.S. official in Washington said of the most recent interception.

Meanwhile, the Jerusalem Post has a story noting that one of the official newspapers of the Iranian regime is trying to hold all of Israel hostage:

“Iran will shoot at Israel 600 missiles if it is attacked,” the Iranian news website, Assar Iran, reported. “600 missiles will only be the first reaction.”

Ironically, as this story notes, the hot show on Iranian TV right now is a WWII era drama which casts Jews as victims of the Third Reich. This is a big deal in Iran where the holocaust is not mentioned in textbooks. So while the people of Iran are hearing about the holocaust for the first time and are sympathetic, the leaders of Iran are threatening a new one.

Iran has also been running a campaign to stamp out Western influence. This has involved a lot of hangings and hand choppings. Now it has also become an effort to remove that most baleful of all Western influences, the family dog:

Iran’s police have created a dog “prison” in Tehran. The move is part of a crackdown on what officials describe as immoral and un-Islamic behavior, during which thousands of young men and women have been detained or received warnings about the way they are dressed.

This is the regime that director Oliver Stone is making a (presumably glowing) biopic about even as we speak.

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