Asia Times Online offers several analytical pieces on the Middle East puppet master, Iran. UPI's Jason Motlagh reports on how Iran might leverage the opportunity dropped on it by Hezbollah - who is avidly lobbing Iranian supplied missiles at Israel. He notes that this is giving Iran time to lay low, plan its moves and give a response on August 22 on the incentive package offered to quit its nuclear enrichment - "this date just happens to coincide with the Islamic-calendar date Rajab 28, when the Kurdish Muslim warrior Saladin conquered Jerusalem." An ominous coincidence?
Richard Bennett analyzes how Iran knows it would be crushed by the US in a head to head war - but it betting on its strengths - and is taking pages from the Iraqi resistance playbook as well as Hezbollah's war with Israel. It has chemical and biological WMD assets that are overlooked and is signing deals around the area with folks like Russia to bolster its armed forces.
Spengler's analysis notes Iran's phoniness in complaining about how the US and Israel will cash in on the region's chaos is only matched by Washington's obtuse squeamishness in taking advantage of the new/old rules - rather like the Huns of old - that the amount of human blood spilled is irrelevant and is something to be leveraged. Iran, Hezbollah and the Muqtada al-Sadr's militia suffer under no such scruples and don't bat an eye at human blood - except to use it for propaganda -as long as it isn't their leadership's. They are the new masters of chaos theory - and as scientific as physicists in its application. There is no better example than their use of civilian sites to bring on world horror and to then precipitate a ceasefire that Hezbollah will use as a victory and an opportunity to parade about as a player and world power broker as the PLO did.