October 3, 2007


Iran terror label bites deep (Kaveh L Afrasiabi, 10/04/07, Asia Times)

In the aftermath of the US House of Representatives' recent resolution branding the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) as terrorist, the White House is reportedly poised to formally place it on the terrorist list of the US State Department, with ramifications to follow, such as a freeze on the IRGC's assets wherever the US can get its hands on them.

This is considered a small victory by anti-Iran hawks, who know the important side-effects of this initiative in inching the US closer to war against Iran. [...]

The case for the designation of the IRGC as terrorists has been built on thin empirical grounds and even thinner legal grounds, and is bound to complicate the US's Iraq policy.

It actually seems a rather nuqanced recognition that only certain institutions are instrinsically the enemy there, rather than the entire regime being evil, as in Iraq, Syria, North Korea, etc.

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 3, 2007 10:29 AM
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