I am not normally given to making any comments on this blog with regard to the events in Iraq. However, the storming of
an Iranian consulate in Irbil, northern Iraq by American forces has not only irked
both the Iranian and the Iraqi government, with both governments claiming that
it was sovereign territory, but it has crossed an Internationally agreed boundary.
It is not clear whether
the American troops were thinking in a local mode in trying to neuter a centre
of terrorist activity, and thereby protect Iraqi civilians and coalition
troops, or in a wider context and searching for incriminating evidence against Iran, but the wider implications were not sufficiently
thought out before the action took place.
could have been employed to surround and isolate the building and shut it down
as a control centre, cutting off the water, power, phones, and using electronic
jammers to prevent the use of mobile phones.
The actions of
the U.S. forces will only serve to legitimise the actions of
any government or regime anywhere in the world to enter the Embassy or Consulate
premises of another nation, based upon the precedent set by the Americans.
Whilst I give my
full support to coalition troops fighting on the ground, who must look for new
and innovative ways to protect themselves, having been placed in harms way by
their respective governments, the fact remains that unless the U.S. adheres to
these international conventions on sovereignty, they are in serious danger of
loosing even more of the much needed international support for their actions in