Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Is Iran supplying new, deadly munitions to Iraqi terrorists?

Much more important than who Madonna's kissed lately is what the hell are the Iranians doing? In the words of In from the Cold, they're playing the nuclear rope-a-dope, having just about admitted all these months of diplomacy were just a ploy to gain time to finish installations at their nuclear power plants.

In a speech to a closed meeting of leading Islamic clerics and academics, Hassan Rowhani, who headed talks with the so-called EU3 until last year, revealed how Tehran played for time and tried to dupe the West after its secret nuclear program was uncovered by the Iranian opposition in 2002.

He boasted that while talks were taking place in Tehran, Iran was able to complete the installation of equipment for conversion of yellowcake - a key stage in the nuclear fuel process - at its Isfahan plant while convincing European diplomats that nothing was afoot.

It's very likely the whole process was a con from the beginning, and we've gained nothing from the process while they've gotten themselves several steps closer to nuclear weapons. And if that's not bad enough, The Jawa Report relays this news article:

March 6, 2006 — U.S. military and intelligence officials tell ABC News that they have caught shipments of deadly new bombs at the Iran-Iraq border.

They are a very nasty piece of business, capable of penetrating U.S. troops' strongest armor.

What the United States says links them to Iran are tell-tale manufacturing signatures — certain types of machine-shop welds and material indicating they are built by the same bomb factory.

"The signature is the same because they are exactly the same in production," says explosives expert Kevin Barry. "So it's the same make and model."

[...] When exploded, the copper disc becomes a molten liquid bullet that can penetrate the thickest armor the United States has.

"They penetrate the armor of an M1 Abrams tank," Clarke says. "They're shape charges. They go through anything, and they are very lethal."

There is currently no real defense against the weapons, he says.

"The Pentagon has a major crash study under way to figure out how to stop them," Clarke says, "but they haven't figured it out yet."

If Iran is supplying the insurgents it is tantamount to an act of war. I don't think our military establishment will stand for that sort of gross misconduct by a neighboring nation. Iran, that translates to "You're neck deep in sh*t, and we're gonna bury you the rest of the way if we have to."

UPDATE @ 3:15pm 3/7: Cox & Forkum chime in...