Wednesday, August 16, 2006

We are not all Hezbollah

Interesting insight from international relations consultancy stratfor.com [subscription required, and more than worth it], in an article that pointed out how easily British intelligence was able to round up the alleged airline bomb plotters:

'The vanguard of militant Islamism appears to have passed from Sunni/Wahhabi al Qaeda to Shiite Iran and Hezbollah. It is Iran that is shaping Western policies on the Middle East, and Hezbollah who is directly engaged with Israel. Al Qaeda, in contrast, appears unable to do significantly more than issue snazzy videos.'

And with the US and Britain already fully committed military, Tehran appears to enjoy a strong hand.

Meanwhile, the left will remain divided between a majority that seeks to prettify - and even to justify - the Iranian regime as somehow progressive, and a small minority that will combine opposition to imperialism and solidarity with the struggles of the Iranian working class.

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