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Monday, May 01, 2006

Iran stirs the pot a bit more:
   Attacks Kurdish positions inside Iraq

Iran doesn't stop trying.

On Sunday, Iraq's defense ministry said Iranian forces had entered Iraqi territory and shelled PKK positions over a period of 24 hours.
"We have security cooperation accords with neighboring countries and we act within the framework of these accords. There is no cause for concern over this kind of thing with neighboring countries," he said.

no cause for concern over this kind of thing with neighboring countries??

Dude, you violated Iraq's territorial sovereignty!

The framework that Iran is acting under is ostensibly it's,

treaty with Turkey to fight the outlawed PKK, which has waged a 15-year insurgency against Ankara for self rule in Turkey's mainly Kurdish southeast.

In return, Turkey has pledged to fight the Iranian armed opposition group, the Iraq-based People's Mujahedeen.

But, given that Iran has lost its brass-knuckled bid to keep Jaafari as Iraqi Prime Minister, there are more compelling explanations at work here. Iran wants Iraq to remain unstable, both to strengthen its leverage with the Iraqi Shi'ites and to make life as difficult as possible for the American troops in Iraq. Stirring up resentment in the Iraqi Kurdish community with the ruling Shi'ites inability to clamp down on sectarian violence is a great way to keep the different factions from trusting each other.

And, as I have repeatedly argued, the greatest strength of democracy is the ability to reach compromises. Every Iraqi democratic success has been critically dependent on opposing sects willingly making compromises to reach agreements peacefully.

Iranians are not stupid. And their recent attack has borne fruit.

"I warn Iran that their aggression against our party's positions in Iraq will have consequences," [PKK leader in Iraq, Rustom] Judi said after an April 20 attack.

Let's hope Iraq's new prime minister, Shi'ite Jawad al-Maliki, makes some demonstration of solidarity with Iraqi Kurds in taking action against Iran's violation of Iraqi's sovereign territory.


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