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Iran could be among our best allies

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Newsweek caught on to a point I made a couple of weeks ago about the administration's saber-rattling towards Iran. Of the ominous-sounding "Quds Force," Christopher Dickey and John Barry write:

...the unit appears to be as close to America's Shiite and Kurdish allies as to splinter groups accused of killing perhaps 170 of the more than 3,000 American soldiers who've died in Iraq. The relationship between the Quds Force and figures like Iraqi President Jalal Talabani or Abdul Aziz al-Hakim of the Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq (both of whom have been received in the White House recently) goes back two decades to the days when only Tehran was aiding Saddam Hussein's enemies.

Bien. We knew that. But I hadn't realized that we've been on the same side as the Quds Force in several other conflicts as well. According to Newsweek:

[Quds] supported the legendary Ahmed Shah Massoud against the Russians and his Taliban rivals in Afghanistan...

As did we!

... [and] Quds helped the Bosnians hold back the Serbian war machine.

We did too!

And let's not forget Iran/ Contra, although I wouldn't use "we" in that context.

Joshua Holland is a staff writer at Alternet and a regular contributor to The Gadflyer .

 
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