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  •  It's possible (1+ / 0-)
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    You can never tell with this stuff.
      However, I have to wonder about two things:

    1. why let Iran have him, when he is wanted in Pakistan too? Iran has not softened the rhetoric.
    1. why allow Germany to release the PJAK leader, who Iran also wants?

     We could guess on this stuff all day long and not know for certain.

    "The people have only as much liberty as they have the intelligence to want & the courage to take." - Emma Goldman

    by gjohnsit on Wed Mar 10, 2010 at 02:11:23 PM PST

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    •  I am confused (0+ / 0-)

      As to your point No. 1, I thought that the Pakistanis were part of bringing him in, and he has not been turned over to Iran.

      As to point No. 2, the PJAK leader was kept in Germany because the Germans claimed he was a German citizen.   I believe many countries refuse extradition of citizens to be tried in a foreign country for alleged crimes on their home turf.  As for releasing him, I have no clue, I'd have to dig a lot deeper into German law and whether he was released at US instigation or for the German's own reasons.   I believe we have influence, but not necessarily puppets, in Germany or elsewhere in Europe for that matter.

      •  Clarification (1+ / 0-)
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        I thought that the Pakistanis were part of bringing him in, and he has not been turned over to Iran.

        Pakistan was part of bringing him in, but he is in Iranian hands.

        "The people have only as much liberty as they have the intelligence to want & the courage to take." - Emma Goldman

        by gjohnsit on Wed Mar 10, 2010 at 02:51:13 PM PST

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        •  so we handed over to Iran (0+ / 0-)

          a terrorist that we previously funded to foment unrest in Iran?  

          Is that nefarious, merely perfidy for turning on a former tool/ally,  or a quid pro quo for something else we want from Iran.  I am still confused about the nature of the evil I am supposed to be seeing here.

          •  We didn't hand him over (1+ / 0-)
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            There are two different version of how he wound up in Iranian hands. One is that the Iranian airforce forced down his flight while flying over Iranian air space.
              The other is that he was grabbed by Pakistani forces and sent over to Iran.

             Either way, we weren't involved in his capture.

            "The people have only as much liberty as they have the intelligence to want & the courage to take." - Emma Goldman

            by gjohnsit on Wed Mar 10, 2010 at 03:01:40 PM PST

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