The weekend saw some of the worst violence against coalition troops for a while. The scenes of Shiite mobs, attacking British soldiers, in what was seen as one of the calmer regions is no cause for optimism. Riverbend blog sees a slow but sure Iranian take-over of parts of Iraq:
Looking back at it now, it is properly ironic that our first glimpses of the 'fall of Baghdad' and the occupation of Iraq came to us via Iran - through that Iranian channel.
We immediately began hearing about the Iranian revolutionary guard, and how they had formed a militia of Iraqis who had defected to Iran during the Iran-Iraq war. We heard how they were already inside of the country and were helping to loot and burn everything from governmental facilities to museums. The Hakims and Badr made their debut, followed by several other clerics with their personal guard and militias, all seeping in from Iran.
Today they rule the country. Over the duration of three years, and through the use of vicious militias, assassinations and abductions, they’ve managed to install themselves firmly in the Green Zone. We constantly hear our new puppets rant and rave against Syria, against Saudi Arabia, against Turkey, even against the country they have to thank for their rise to power - America. ... But no one dares to talk about the role Iran is planning in the country ...
The big question is - what will the US do about Iran? There are the hints of the possibility of bombings, etc. While I hate the Iranian government, the people don't deserve the chaos and damage of air strikes and war. I don’t really worry about that though, because if you live in Iraq - you know America's hands are tied. Just as soon as Washington makes a move against Tehran, American troops inside Iraq will come under attack. It's that simple - Washington has big guns and planes. But Iran has 150,000 American hostages.