Iran paid unemployed Iraqi’s to attack British troops in Iraq, according to a leaked Government document.
“The document states that the Jaish al-Mahdi (JAM) – also known as the Mahdi Army – one of the most violent insurgent groups operating in Basra, used money from Iran to recruit and pay young unemployed men up to $300 (£150) a month to carry out attacks against the British. The findings have been passed to the highest levels in the military.”
Well this isn’t really a surprise, although Iran has denied it many times it has always been pretty clear that the Iranians were sponsoring the insurgents in Iraq. Iran has been fighting a propaganda war both inside Iraq and also within Iran itself ever since the invasion of Iraq in 2003.
After all it simply doesn’t do much for the Iranian view of Islamic superiority when its neighbour, against whom Iran itself fought a decade long war with but failed to make any sort of impression against, is humbled by Western armies.
Afraid to take any kind of direct action, the Iranians have resorted to propaganda tricks and paying others to do their fighting for them.
A shame that the British Government hasn’t taken any direct action against Iran either, even after the incident with the sailors and Iran’s failure to hand over the boat and equipment that they stole, and then paraded it around Tehran dressed as British soldiers!
Now that this information has been made public, pressure will mount on the Government to do something, and something worthwhile that shows that Britain still has teeth. Paying insurgents to kill serving members of an army of a sovereign nation, by another sovereign nation could be construed as an act of war.
After recent disastrous election results, Labour is in the worst state it has been in for years, not to mention the fact that nobody likes Gordon Brown, so this could be a perfect opportunity for them to restore pride in Britain and the Labour party again. Targeted air strikes against Iran’s revolutionary guards will show Iran that Britain still has some balls. Gordon Brown could also demonstrate that there are plus points to his dour nature.
Of course the reality is more likely to be David Milliband getting his notepad and pencil out of his satchel and writing a stern letter to the Iranians.