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Iran Offers to "Help Stabilize Afghanistan"
Posted by Newshoggers.com on October 20th, 2010

From our partners at Newshoggers.com

By Steve Hynd

Yesterday, at the Rome conference, Iran offered to help NATO stabilize Afghanistan in return for some quid pro quo from the US.

"Iran is convinced that a regional approach is needed to stabilise Afghanistan but clearly we need the support of the international community, including the United States," Mohammad Ali Qanezadeh was quoted as saying.

There are lots of good reasons why that's not an empty offer. Iran's influence in Afghanistan, particularly the area around Herat is stronger now than ever before. The "pearl of Afghanistan" was built with money and engineers from Iran, not NATO nations. Electricity is plentiful, violence is low, the streets are paved, there are several new medical facilities.

There's also a road link to Iran's big port at Chabar. There's to be a rail link completed soon too – built by Indian engineers, who are also improving the Chabar port for the Iranians.

"India has proposed expanding the capacity of the port, currently working at its full handling capacity of 2.5 million tonnes of cargo per year from two active berths, by five times and linking it to the Iranian town of Bam, on Afghan border, with a railway line. From there goods are proposed to be taken to Afganistan through the Zaranj-Delaram road, built by India, which in turn links up with the garland highway connecting all major Afghan cities."

Sanctions on Iran are consequently undermined by the US position in Afghanistan, since India *needs* Iran onside for its own national interests.

To see just how ignorant most Americans are of what's happening in and around America's longest foreign misadventure ever – there's a Fox News online poll running right now: "Should Iran Play Role in Afghanistan's Future?" 88% of the 11,400 Fox fans so far have voted "no", that Iran's involvement "would mean catastrophe for Afghanistan and the West." But how would they stop it? That's not mentioned. Only 8% get it right: "It's impossible to exclude Iran".

When the dust settles Iran will be one of the winners from the war in Afghanistan, just as it has been from the war in Iraq.

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