The recent news that weapons used against British troops in Southern Iraq may have been supplied by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard should make us all stand up and take note. The very fact that an external Muslim power is seeking to exploit the deteriorating situation in Iraq should be viewed as both perilous, and suspicious. One may argue as to the motives behind Tehran’s decision in this matter. Certainly, exerting pressure on Britain may force a climb-down in the current diplomatic standoff over Iran’s nuclear ambitions. But since when has Blair worried about the lives of our soldiers, to satisfy his thirst for war?
There is, however, another, even more dangerous situation, which has yet to be investigated. The current intelligence clamour over Iran’s nuclear programme, has led the majority of us to believe that this is the only threat from Tehran. It would be foolish to believe in this. Unlike Iraq, which was subjected to weapons inspections, Iran has continued to develop chemical and biological weapons at a frightening pace. While there is as yet no complete proof that Iran has chemical stockpiles, the intelligence failure in Iraq, concerning WMD has understandably ensured Western Intelligence agencies to be a little more prudent. The evidence is there nonetheless.
So where are we likely to find conclusive evidence? If the reports coming from the National Council of Resistance of Iran, backed by a report from the German Customs Office of Criminal Investigations, then the proof is already there. It is suspected that Iran has the capability to produce sulphur mustard, tabun and prussic acid (hydrogen cyanide), perhaps also Sarin and VX nerve gas. Should the IRGC (Iranian Revolutionary Guards Council) see these weapons as a perfect way to increase the pressure on Britain and the US, then surely, they would not shy away from using them? The thirst for martyrdom in Iraq would see low level use of chemical weapons as an ideal tool to destabilize the region further.
There is no other action the British government can now take short of a complete withdrawal from the Middle East. Regardless of what people may say, the oil will still flow. This is no longer about giving democracy to the Iraqi people. It is about ensuring our soldiers, sailors and airmen come home safely.
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