How much are the Mullahs involved in the chaotic situation in regions controlled by the Shiites? New York Post [via ActivistChat.com] reports:
"U.S. and Israeli intelligence officials said last night there is evidence that Iran's Revolutionary Guards, the security services loyal to Iran's hard-line religious leader Ayatollah al Khameini, have funneled as much as $80 million into Shiite charities established by al-Sadr's influential family that have been diverted to fund his fanatic al-Mahdi militia." (Niles Lathem and Uri Dan, 04/11/04.)
The World Net Daily has more to the story:
"An Iranian defector claims Iran spends $70 million a month on activity in Iraq, according to the London Arabic-Language Daily Al-Sharq Al-Awsat." (WorldNetDaily, 04/10/04.)
Check out Cox & Forkum's post, Iran's Proxy War, for more on the chain of puppets: Iranian Mullahs --> Hezbollah --> al-Sadr --> Shiite militia...
Guess who thinks this story is a conspiracy plot made up by the neo-cons in Washington? Do a search on the above mentioned keywords and you will find that the "peace activists" at "Anti-WarDOTcom" are not happy campers...
Read Roger L. Simon's post, It's Iran, Stupid! - A Message to the Blogosphere. [Via InstaPundit.]
For more cartoons like this, check out John Cox & Allen Forkum's book, Black & White World.
UPDATE 04/15/04: Read The Puppetmasters by Michael Rubin. Here is an excerpt from the article:
"Much of Mr. al-Sadr's financial support is channeled through Ayatollah Kazem al-Haeri, a resident of the Iranian holy city of Qom. Mr. al-Haeri enjoys the close confidence of Ayatollah Ali Khamene'i, Iran's supreme leader, who maintains slush funds for which he is accountable to neither parliament nor president.
According to an April 8, 2004, report in the Italian daily La Stampa, the Italian military intelligence agency Servizio per le Informazioni e la Sicurezza Militare has concluded that Iran's supreme leader sent Muhammad Husayn al-Haeri to Iraq to coordinate efforts to force a coalition withdrawal."