Friday, December 15, 2006

Crazy Clerics' Crescent Extends

The Shia crescent was originally described by King Abdullah in late 2004:

If it was a Shia-led Iraq that had a special relationship with Iran. And you look at the relationship with Syria, Hezbollah, Lebanon than we have this new crescent that appears that would be very destabilizing for the Gulf countries and actually for the whole region.
Nothing wrong with a Shia crescent. Unless you're a paranoid Sunni.

Or if the Shia crescent is led by the Iranian clerics, keen on a date with Armaggeddon.

Iran's mad mullahs extend their influence over Iran, Iraq (through Moqtada al-Sadr), Syria, Lebanon (through Hizballah).

And more recently in the Gaza Strip and West Bank (also known as Judea and Samaria). Via the Sunni terrorist organisation, Hamas, according to Haaretz journalist Amos Harel:
Members of the Israeli defense establishment are concerned by the close ties that seem to be developing between Iran and Hamas.
During his visit to Tehran last week, Haniyeh said Iran constitutes "strategic depth" for the Palestinians.
Iran is actively contributing funds to boost these ties, and recently committed $250 million, which unlike previous grants will constitute a regular transfer to cover various PA expenses.
"These gifts are not free," Israeli security sources told Haaretz. "The Iranians are expecting returns: a rise in influence among the Palestinians and Hamas compliance to their orders."
Additionally, Iran's influence has been extending into South America.

The mullahs may be religiously mad in their ends, but are very pragmatic in their means.

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