A headline in one ofÂ the UK's leadingÂ papers today, over a picture of an overturned and burned out tank in which six U.S. soldiers and an interpreter diedÂ told us that Iran is orchestrating an offensive aimed at driving the Americans and British out of Iraq.
The story that followed reported that new alliances have been forged between Sunni insurrectionists (they're not insurgents, OK, they'e bloody insurrectionists) and Shia militia, Al Quaeda terror groups and Syrian geurillas have increased the strike capabilities of the Iraqis.
This is the response to Bush's surge of course.
Regular readrs of my articlesÂ may recall IÂ predicted about a year ago that the conflict would escalate towards full scale war in late 2007 or early 2008 as defeat for the religious right in the U.S. Presidential elections started to look certain.
Earlier this yearÂ it wasÂ reported that U.S. and British troops had been carrying out covdert operations inside Iran with the aim of stirring up unrest.
Now our discredited and deluded politicians are trying to fool us by crying foul when the Iranians retaliate.
It is time we took to the streets to put an end to this insanity before we are counting our dead in hundreds rather than tens each week
Ian Thorpe's Anti - War Poetry