The Bush adminstration has made outrageous claims against the Irani government. In addition to Harassing Iran's Peaceful Nuclear Energy Program, the U.S. is accusing Iran of arming several terrorist groups in various parts of the Middle East.
The most recent of these is Defense Secretary Robert Gates saying "that Iranian weapons are falling into the hands of anti-government Taliban fighters." He says that the Irani government "likely" knows about it, but he will not directly accuse them. Why not? Because he can't.1
For the second time this year, Sunnis in Iraq bombed the Shi'ite Al-Askari shrines of Imam Hadi (AS) and Imam Hassan Askari (AS). Sunnis and Shi'ites have been rivals for centuries, and the difference is a significant motivator of violence in Iraq. There is no way that the Shi'ite government of Iran is arming the Sunni Taliban in Afghanistan. Gates' vague and indirect accusation is just another part of a campaign to convince the American public of the falsehood that Iran is part of the alleged al-Qaeda terrorist network that has carried out attacks against America.2
Vali Nasr, the adjunct senior fellow for Mideast studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, told ABC News,
I think everybody in the region knows that there is a proxy war already afoot with the United States supporting anti-Iranian elements in the region as well as opposition groups within Iran. And this covert action is now being escalated by the new U.S. directive, and that can very quickly lead to Iranian retaliation and a cycle of escalation can follow.
ABC reported that the CIA "received secret presidential approval to mount a covert 'black' operation to destabilize the Iranian government." This was following reports that the U.S. government "supported and encouraged" Jundullah, a militant group "that has conducted deadly raids inside Iran."
U.S. officials deny any "direct funding" of Jundullah groups but say the leader of Jundullah was in regular contact with U.S. officials.
American intelligence sources say Jundullah has received money and weapons through the Afghanistan and Pakistan military and Pakistan's intelligence service. Pakistan has officially denied any connection.
A report broadcast on Iranian TV last Sunday said Iranian authorities had captured 10 men crossing the border with $500,000 in cash along with "maps of sensitive areas" and "modern spy equipment."
A senior Pakistani official told ABCNews.com the 10 men were members of Jundullah.
The leader of the Jundullah group, according to the Pakistani official, has been recruiting and training "hundreds of men" for "unspecified missions" across the border in Iran.3
The Asia Times provides a profile of the Jundullah group that U.S. officials are supporting:
Jundullah is a purely militant outfit whose objective is to target Pakistan's pro-US rulers and US and British interests in the country. Members receive training in Afghanistan and South Waziristan, and it is now actively recruiting.
The organization produces propaganda literature, including documentary films, and has a studio named Ummat. It does similar work for al-Qaeda's media wing, which is called the al-Sahab Foundation.
These media outlets incite the sentiments of Muslim youths by producing films showing Western - particularly Israeli and US - "atrocities" against Muslim communities. This is the basic tool through which a new generation of jihadis is being raised.
Jundullah was allegedly headed by Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the al-Qaeda operational commander of the September 11 terrorist attack in the US. He was arrested in Pakistan early last year.4
United States intelligence is supporting, encouraging, and possibly funding a group which is connected to the alleged al-Qaeda network. The U.S. is supporting terrorist operations against Iran.
The U.S. also has been unreasonable in attempting a diplomatic solution to their conflicts with Iran. Iranian Ambassador to Kuwait Ali Jannati told the Kuwait Times in March 2007,
There are no talks so far, in secret or otherwise. Of course talks with the US will be a positive step. We are ready to speak with the Americans over many issues, specially the Iranian nuclear issue, but the problem is that Americans put a condition to stop uranium enrichment in Iran, to start talks, but we are ready to talk without any pre-conditions.5
Dr. Ali Asghar Sontanieh, Irani Ambassador to the United Nations and IAEA, makes a strong point against the U.S. pre-conditions:
The main objectives of the negotiations should be to guarantee recognizzed and inalienable rights of the Islamic Republic of Iran under the Article 4 of the NPT, including the enrichment and fuel cycle and the exercise of these rights as well as consideration of the ways and means to ensure non-diversion of nuclear activities of Iran from peaceful purposes.6
The U.S. refuses talks unless Iran stops uranium enrichment, even though the U.S. and U.N. have no direct proof that Iran's nuclear program is working toward anything other than energy for civilian electricity. Our article "The Assault on Iran's Right to Nuclear Energy" explains the agenda behind the U.S. and U.N. being so uncooperative with Iran.
Former U.N. ambassador John Bolton calls for war
On Fox News Channel's Hannity & Colmes, Bolton accused Iran of arming Hamas, Hezbollah, the Taliban, and Iraq insurgents. Hannity and Colmes also chimed in with comments about Ahmadinejad wanting to "wipe Israel off the map," a statement misquoted, misreported and then disproven months before. Iran's "nuclear weapons program" is also heavily discussed. Iran has never expressed intent to assault Israel or incite violence in Iraq or Iran, and it is certainly not in their interest to arm the Sunni Taliban. The existence of such a program has not been acknowledged by respected media nor the Irani government. Fox News is assisting the Bush administration in a propaganda campaign supporting a pre-emptive strike on Iran.
Soltanieh, Dr. Ali Asghar, "Impact of the UN Security Council Resolutions on the IAEA", Lecture at the University of Vienna, April 18, 2007. Transcript obtained by IndyTruth from the United Nations Youth and Students Association of Austria in Vienna.