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Looks Like Smart Power is Really Working in Iran

John on August 11, 2010 at 9:02 am

I’m being semi-sarcastic. The Telegraph reports that this latest provocation may be a sign that some of the sanctions are working as the Iranians seem slightly more pissed off than usual:

“The mass graves that used to be for burying Saddam’s soldiers have now been prepared again for US soldiers, and this is the reason for digging this big number of graves,” Gen Moghadam told the Associated Press, which obtained the footage.

The warning is unlikely to be more than symbolic. No-one expects a land invasion, should the White House authorise a strike on nuclear facilities, while Iran has so far suggested counter-action is most likely to be aimed at American allies in the Gulf and Western bases there.

Gen Moghadam’s claims might be a sign that President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who is increasingly reliant on the Revolutionary Guard for political backing, is feeling the heat of international diplomatic pressure over his aggressive posture on Iran’s uranium enrichment programme.

Of course this isn’t going to amount to much if they can just call Obama’s bluff. Does anyone think, with the way things are going in Afghanistan right now, that he’d consider opening a new front in the war on terror? Neither do I. This is all Kabuki theater. In the end, Iran will get the bomb if they don’t have it already.

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