Yesterday, Patrick Mercer rejoiced to inform a debate in Westminster Hall that the activities of Iran were making conditions for British servicepersons in Iraq and Afghanistan "bloody, hot and lethal". Well, I hate to break the news to Colonel Mercer, but those conditions were "bloody, hot and lethal" anyway. Which is indeed because of foreign interference in Afghan and Iraqi affairs. That interference, however, is not from Iran.
Has anyone made the slightest investigation into claims that Iran is involved in Iraq or Afghanistan? It is at least possible to see whom the Iranians might be arming in Iraq. But in Afghanistan? Who, exactly? And why, exactly? This is not the first time that the War Party has been unable to distinguish Sunnism from Shi'ism, there being Shi'ites in parts of Afghanistan, but the country as a whole being heavily Sunni, and the Taliban being fanatically so, with a history of persecuting the Iranians' Shi'ite brethren.
We all remember the lies that took us into Iraq, and most of us didn't believe them even at the time. But can anyone remember, without looking it up, why we ever went into Afghanistan in the first place? And what on earth would actually constitute victory, or defeat, either there or in Iraq?