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Feb 21, 2012

Ware: Oz and Iran’s spheres of influence in Afghanistan side by side

Australia’s and Iran’s spheres of influence in the war-torn country lie devilishly close to each other; indeed, side by side, if not in fact overlapping, writes former CNN and Time correspondent Michael Ware.

Unlike Pakistan, Iran is not yet tacitly involved in attacks on Australian troops in Afghanistan. Not, at least, that we’ve so far heard. But it’s not beyond the realm.

Such a prospect is nothing to be alarmed about, in any event, for it would merely be but part of the wretched business of war. But it should perhaps be noted Australia’s and Iran’s spheres of influence in the war-torn country lie devilishly close to each other; indeed, side by side, if not in fact overlapping.

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  1. Malcolm Street

    Just a minor point – EFP is just a fancy name for a hollow/shaped charge/HEAT (High Explosive Anti Tank) warhead. All it is is WWII anti-tank shell technology adapted for roadside bombs. I get p*ssed off when it gets breathlessly presented as some form of cutting-edge weapon.

  2. Bill Hilliger

    In the past six months I notice it has bit-by-bit started – the US and Israel villifying Iran; each day a little more nasty Iran related news is trickled out for media and public consumption. Soon the trickle will become a flood and the US/Israel alliance will manufacture a fully justified reason to commence a war with Iran (remember the WMD justifications used to commence the Iraq conflict) and the Communist bogeyman reason to justify the Vietnam conflict before Iraq. I hope I’m wrong, but given past form, there would be no surprise to yet again see Australia begging to become part of that conflict too. I also note the US is the only nation to drop the atomic bomb in anger (again with full justification) on another resulting in thousands of civilian casualties but thats OK as it is the good ol’ USA. Yhe worlds largest manufacturer of WMD.

  3. Stefan Landherr

    @Malcolm Street.
    An EFP not the same as a conventional shaped charge.
    From the Wikipedia entry:
    (a) An EFP has a liner face in the shape of a shallow dish. The force of the blast molds the liner into any of a number of shapes
    (b) A conventional shaped charge generally has a conical metal liner that projects a hypervelocity jet of metal.

  4. AR

    Excellent article and good backgrounding of aspects rarely, if ever, covered.
    Is it any wonder that Iran would see nukes as a protection – they aren’t crazy enough to think of first use – when the saw what happened to Libya once it tried to cozy up to the West, including full photo-ops with Blair & BungaBunga.
    As always, the Septics can be relied upon to do the wrong thing for the wrong reasons and it will end badly.
    And, as usual, Oz will be the spear carrier & combat fodder for their idiocies.

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