Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Iran Main Beneficiary Of U.S. "War On Terror"

Iran says "Outstanding, Red Team, outstanding! Get you a case of beer for that one."

The US-led "war on terror" has bolstered Iran's power and influence in the Middle East, especially over its neighbour and former enemy Iraq, a thinktank said today.

A report published by Chatham House said the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan had removed Iran's main rival regimes in the region.

Israel's conflict with the Palestinians and its invasion of Lebanon had also put Iran "in a position of considerable strength" in the Middle East, said the thinktank.

Unless stability could be restored to the region, Iran's power will continue to grow, according to the report published by Chatham House.

The study said Iran had been swift to fill the political vacuum created by the removal of the Taliban in Afghanistan and Saddam Hussein in Iraq. The Islamic republic now has a level of influence in the region that could not be ignored.

In particular, Iran has now superseded the US as the most influential power in Iraq, regarding its former adversary as its "own backyard". It is also a "prominent presence" in its other war-torn neighbour, Afghanistan, according to Chatham House's analysts.

The report said: "There is little doubt that Iran has been the chief beneficiary of the war on terror in the Middle East.

3 Comments:

Blogger Meatball One said...

Well we can't accept this. No god damn way.

Just when we learned to spell Hezbollah...now we will have to learn to spell Tayran.

8/23/2006 5:38 PM  
Blogger DrewL said...

Or worse yet...Ahmadinejad. Say THAT ten times fast!

8/23/2006 10:54 PM  
Blogger Meatball One said...

C'est impossible. Why don't we just hit France. I can spell Paris backwards.

(Shit, ya think the DSGE is gonna come for me now?)

8/24/2006 6:23 PM  

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