Proving once again that "the enemy of my enemy is my friend," The Iranians on Thursday sent in a couple thousand fighters to help the US and the Iraqi Shi'a try to get a handle on the Sunni/ISIS insurgency.
The confirmation comes as the Iranian president, Hassan Rouhani, said Iran was ready to support Iraq from the mortal threat fast spreading through the country, while the Iraqi prime minister, Nouri al-Maliki, called on citizens to take up arms in their country's defence.
In Iran, Rouhani raised the prospect of Teheran cooperating with its old enemy Washington to defeat the Sunni insurgent group – which is attempting to ignite a sectarian war beyond Iraq's borders.
The Guardian story calls this "a fragile alliance," & will have heads spinnng in the US considering the 1984-like change of Iranian fortune. For the Iranians, who have had two US Navy carrier groups parked on their front doorstep in the Persian Gulf for years, it's an opportunity to reset the global pecking order.
It will also bring back Iranian memories of the Iran-Iraq war of 1980-88, in which Saddam Hussein, at the urging of the Reagan administration, invaded Iran and set off a fire he couldn´t control. The US lost close to 5,000 troops killed in the 8 years of our Iraq War; Iran lost 300,000 dead and 5,000 dead for them was a bad day, not a bad decade.
It´ll be fun to see the reactions of the guilty. For example, that insufferable twit, Tony Blair is all over the news this morning loudly proclaiming that the current Sunni offensive has nothing -- but absolutely nothing -- to do with Bush's (and Tiny Blair's) 2003 invasion of Iraq.