How dare they!

Iranian forces enter Iraq and engage the British contingent:

IRANIAN forces are being choppered over the Iraqi border to bomb Our Boys, intelligence chiefs say. Military experts claim this worrying move means we are at WAR with Iran in all but name. Last night an intelligence source told The Sun: “It is an extremely alarming development and raises the stakes considerably. In effect, it means we are in a full on war with Iran — but nobody has officially declared it.

“We have hard proof that the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps have crossed the border to attack us. It is very hard for us to strike back. All we can do is try to defend ourselves. We are badly on the back foot.”

Don’t those mad mullahs know that ignoring national borders and invading other countries is an American perogative? And a British and Polish and Australian and Danish and South Korean and Romanian….

The important thing is to recognize that when someone is looking for a fight, the biggest mistake you can make is to give him one on his terms. Eastern military strategy revolves around traps and ambushes, so it would be extremely unwise for Petraeus to suddenly divert part of his forces to protect the British from these Iranian incursions.

They may be an attempt to distract US forces from Arrowhead Ripper, but more likely they are being made in response to the change in the British government, putting pressure on Brown and giving him an excuse to withdraw from the Coalition of the Willing.