The continuing crisis in Iraq has attracted a lot of comment in the media and amongst bloggers. there is no easy answer to the situation and The Times carries a specular picture of volunteers massing outside Baghdad to defend their city against the terrorists of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). The paper (no link £) also reports that Iran has what it describes as Tehrans truly evil general to bolster the faltering Shia Government in the Iraqi capital:
Major General Qassem Sulemani, the commander of Iran's al-Quds force, a formation in the Revolutionary Guards, is also a formidable enemy of the West and is believed to have been the architect of numerous attacks on British and American personnel throughout the region....
Western diplomats and military commanders regard General Sulemani as one of the most dangerous proponents of Iranian military struggle abroad, will find his presence a bitter irony as they test the limits of how far their enemy's enemy is their friend - the political dynamic that is driving the the sudden detente between Washington and Tehran.
Their worries will be confirmed with this bizarre report from Press TV, the Iranian Government propaganda channel:
The so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) is a plot by the Israeli regime to drive away revolutionary forces from Israeli borders and provide a safe haven for the Zionists, a high-ranking Iranian military commander says.
The rest of this rant can be read at the link below which also includes a short excerpt from their news bulletin outlining the same nonsense:
Now that's a conspiracy theory and then some!
This channel used to employ such notables as Ken Livingstone and George Galloway.
What were they thinking.....