Cheat-Seeking Missles

Saturday, March 24, 2007

Iran Rev. Guard Planning "Blue-Eyed" Kidnappings?

Buried at the bottom of a U.S. News & World Report piece reporting on a previously unreported September assault on U.S. forces in Iraq by an Iranian platoon, is this:

American forces may soon be getting further insight into recent Iranian attacks. Earlier this month, a former Iranian deputy defense minister who once commanded the Revolutionary Guards–and is thought to have considerable knowledge of Iran's national security network–left the country and is said to be cooperating with western intelligence agencies, sharing information on links between Iran and Hezbollah in south Lebanon, for example. Iranian officials said the official, Ali Rez Asgari, was kidnapped by western agents.

Shortly afterward, Iran threatened to retaliate in Europe for the supposed kidnapping, what it claims to be the most recent in a series of abductions in the past three months. According to the British Sunday Times, in the Revolutionary Guards' weekly newspaper this week, a columnist believed to have close ties to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad wrote: "We've got the ability to capture a nice bunch of blue-eyed, blond-haired officers and feed them to our fighting cocks. Iran has enough people who can reach the heart of Europe and kidnap Americans and Israelis."

Braggadocio, for sure, but when it comes from a sick, renegade regime like Iran, it's worth noting. They could be learning tricks from the North Koreans, who prefer to kidnap brown-eyed, black-haired victims.

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