Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Increasing Tensions

This is another really stupid move. Coupled with my last post, this looks bad:

American troops raided a Baghdad hotel Tuesday night and took away a group of about 10 people that a U.S.-funded radio station said included six members of an Iranian delegation here to negotiate contracts with Iraq's government.

The Iranian Embassy did not confirm the report. But it said seven Iranians — an embassy employee and six members of a delegation from Iran's Electricity Ministry — were staying at the Sheraton Ishtar Hotel, which was the one raided by U.S. soldiers.


Given the lousy job we've done restoring electricity in Iraq, is it any surprise that they would look for Iranian assistance?

Update: They've been released.


FranIAm said...

Electricity? Is that really necessary?

On a related note, I was listening to the story of a New Orleans couple who has never left their home since the storm. They had water to the first floor, but they stayed somewhere near and then a trailer in the yard and now back at home.

They still do not have phone service.

In the U.S. - two years on.

But you can soon buy the latest greatest wii or whatever the stupid game thing is. Or an iPhone.

This is so sick. This is so heartbreaking.

pygalgia said...

True, Fran. I'm doing what I can.

SweaterMan said...

Sorry, Py, but we all know how this is going to end. This Administration, on its own or in collusion with Israel, WILL MOST ASSUREDLY attack Iran before the end of the Bush Administration. The attack will be massive airstrikes, aimed "theoretically" at dismantling nuclear research and production facilities across the country, with a hoped-for bonus of rallying the average Iranian citizen to overthrow the current theocracy of rulers.

I say hoped-for, because that's all it is: a hope.

Which ain't much to pin your foreign policy on.

I just hope that when it happens we (a) don't use nukes, even for buried laboratories, and (b) that when Beijing retaliates, they don't kick us in the balls too many times.

As for other effects of an attack, well, maybe I'll put up a post.