Earlier today two bombs exploded in the southwestern Iranian city of Ahvaz, killing
civilians and wounding
40 70 104
(as of the most recent TV reports). Although the country battles its own terrorists (the most prominent being the group Mujahideen al-Khalq), Iranian authorities suspect the British are behind this attack because of recent tensions associated with the nuclear energy talks, in which Britain has vociferously denounced Iran for moving ahead with its program. In addition, the recent controversy surrounding British involvement
in (and implementation of) bombings in Iraq, in an apparent attempt to create friction between Sunnis and Shiites, as well as the fact that British troops currently line Iran's border with Iraq, create a security threat for Iran.
What makes the British connection even more plausible is that the Ahvaz region is home to a mixture of Arab Sunnis and Iranian Shiites, the perfect layout for the 'ole "divide and conquer" strategy that has throughtout history spawned just the right measure of internal civil conflict that has made mice into men.
Oh, and there was that one series of bombings
about five months ago in which foreign agents were deemed responsible...politics is a dirrrrrty game (insert high-pitched villainous cackle here).