Once again news reports say that American military operations have killed scores of civilians in Afghanistan. Even President Karzai — who could not stay in power a day without American support, has condemned the killings.
The Americans, as always, claim they killed “Taliban fighters”. But the combat took place west of Herat, well outside of the Pushtun areas where the insurgents muster. Is it entirely coincidental that this part of Afghanistan borders Iran? the Iranians have long had close ties to the mainly Shia population near the Western border, and in fact moved troops to the border when the (Sunni) Taliban began to massacre Afghani Shia.
Put bluntly, are we seeing another attempt by the US to provoke Iran and start a shooting war? Is this a set-up for another Gulf of Tonkin, with sand?