Tehran's Tentacles of Terror

(New York Post) Aaron Mannes - Iran's mullahs carefully keep their eye on the ball - pursuing a nuclear-weapons capability, flooding Iraq with money and agents, infiltrating Afghanistan, supporting terrorism against Turkey, and (with Syria) directing the Palestinian intifada. For Iran, Iraq's fate is a winner-take-all contest. American success building a stable, free Iraq would leave Iran hemmed in by American-allied Afghanistan, Turkey, and Iraq. But it would also be fatal ideologically to the oppressive Iranian theocracy. In the worst-case but all-too-conceivable scenario, a nuclear Iran could emerge as a radical Islamic superpower, locked in a global struggle with the U.S., making the long war on terror much longer and much more dangerous.

2004-05-28 00:00:00

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