Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Peter MacKay Fingers Iran

Peter MacKay accuses Iran of giving weapons to the Taliban for use against NATO forces in Afghanistan.

MacKay, who is not known to suffer the burden of excessive credibility, failed to explain why Shiite Iran would be interested in helping a fundamentalist Sunni radical group in neighbouring Afghanistan. Nor did he provide any evidence of Iranian weaponry nor any credible military expert to verify his claim.

If MacKay is to be believed, however, it's curious that he didn't explain just what he's going to do about the threat to Canadian forces. Maybe he and Harpo ought to fly right into Tehran and tear a strip off the mullahs and ayatollahs who run Iran. Perhaps he ought to seal off the Iranian border. Surely he's got to do something. Or not.

A few months back I saw an interview with a Canadian army ordinance expert who lamented that there was such an abundance of discarded explosives and other materials littering Afghanistan that the only key part to build IEDs, or Improvised Explosive Devices, in short supply were the household batteries required to power the detonators. Those, he said, were being brought in quite easily from Pakistan.

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