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November 14, 2006

Telegraph: Iran Plotting To Groom Bin-Laden's Successor

Topics: Iran

To sum up the situation succinctly, Iran - the country that the Democrats and the Iraq Study Group (ISG) want the U.S. to make nice and negotiate with, is trying to form an unholy alliance with al-Qa'eda by grooming a new generation of leaders to take over from Osama bin-Laden.

The Telegraph reports that the "revelation" (only to the terribly under-informed that have been living in a cave deep in the mountains of West Virginia) will deal a major blow to Tony Blair's hopes of establishing a "new partnership" with Teheran.

A "new partnership with Iran"? Have they taken leave from their senses? Talking about an alliance with the devil, and one that ignores the fact that none of this is really a "revelation" (remember the 9/11 commission?) ...

In a perspective from American Future, we have more:

... The Iranians want Saif al-Adel, a 46-year-old former colonel in Egypt's special forces, to be al-Qaeda's number three man. Al-Adel was formerly bin Laden's head of security, and was named on the FBI's 22 most wanted list after 9/11 for his involvement in terror attacks against US targets in Somalia and Africa in the 1990s. He has been living in a Revolutionary Guard guest house in Tehran since fleeing from Afghanistan in late 2001.

In the same article, The Telegraph cites a British Foreign Office warning that al-Qaeda is determined to acquire the technology to carry out a nuclear attack on the West. A "senior Foreign Office official" said that the terrorists were "trawling the world" for the materials and know-how to mount an attack using nuclear, chemical or biological weapons, adding that "We know that the aspiration is there, we know attempts to gather materials are there, we know that attempts to gather technologies are there."

In a separate article, The Telegraph quotes a senior Western intelligence official as saying that "This is an important power play by the Iranians and the prospect of al-Qaeda and Iran forging a close alliance is truly terrifying. They have had their differences in the past, but with the survival of both Iran and al-Qa'eda now at stake they realise it is in both their interests to have closer ties."

... As I've said before, ever since my teenage years, I've been fascinated and dismayed by the myopia that afflicted the leaders of the Western democracies during the 1930s. Time and time again, I've wondered how they could possibly have failed to see the destination toward which the events of that decade--in both Europe and Asia--were leading. Now, many years later, I'm finally beginning to comprehend their lack of foresight--because it's happening again, right before my eyes.

Indeed, there are many of us beginning to comprehend the lack of foresight in our leaders and political parties - and yes, it is happening right before our eyes.

Other coverage:
Counterterrorism Blog, Pajamas Media and Secular Blasphemy,

Posted by Richard at November 14, 2006 8:30 AM



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