October 8, 2007

THE MALIGNANT GROWTH:

The Guards run the show in Iran: They have a hand in the nuclear program, attacks in Iraq, and politics. (Abbas William Samii, October 5, 2007, CS Monitor)

The corps' unconventional warfare function is performed by its Quds Force. This entity is involved with the insurgency in Iraq, and in 2002 the US accused it of fighting in Afghanistan. The corps was instrumental in the creation of Hizbullah in Lebanon in the 1980s, and its personnel were in Bosnia in the 1990s.

What has changed about the corps is its political role. It now has the characteristics of what political scientists call a praetorian force, wherein higher-ranking officers participate in political affairs, sometimes at the behest of civil authorities. Praetorians also reveal a mistrust of civilian leaders.


They should be the target of any military strike, not just the nuclear program.

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 8, 2007 8:30 PM
Comments

I wonder if any of them are thinking about playing the Stroessner card?

Posted by: Mikey [TypeKey Profile Page] at October 9, 2007 8:35 AM
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