U.S. Insinuating Iran-al Qaeda Link


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Despite Iran's efforts to assist the U.S. in apprehending and detaining members of al Qaeda after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the U.S. is now trying to connect the Iranian government to al Qaeda.

The Financial Times has the story of the beginnings of the insinuation of a connection. Here's how the game is played:

A. Western governments now believe that elements of al Qaeda that are fighting in Iraq are taking refuge over the border in Iran.

B. Iran benefits from the U.S.'s troubles in Iraq so they turn a blind eye to the terrorists using their border with Iraq as a safe haven.

C. A few senior U.S. military officials suggest that they believe al Qaeda might be being armed by Iran.

Therefore,

D. Iran is working with al Qaeda.

It should be obvious to anyone who's been schooled in rudimentary logic that this is far from a cogent argument, but the press will continue to parrot whatever comes out of the mouths of government spokesmen. The big networks sure aren't going to question such faulty logic: they're too excited over the possibility of more war-time news ratings.

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