So the Iranians have refused to hand Ismail al-Lami (AKA abu Dera3) over to Iraqi authorities. This chap is probably obsolete in his use to Iran, but for them to shop him would deal a blow to their credibility in the international terrorism market. The Quds force seems to have established links with many of the sorts of people that might at first blush stretch credulity, in particular, the Taleban and al Qaeda terrorists. The kind of marketing and confidence-shoring campaign they must have engaged to establish these relations would have been against a serious current of anti-Shi’ism and distrust of Iran throughout the Sunni Muslim world. So the Arab Salafi reasons, if they are willing to hand their fellow Majoosi over to the hang man, what of me and my mission to board the Skyvirgin Express? Iran may not have that AAA rating (yet) but whatever it does have, it doesn’t want to get it downgraded.
Some years ago in his presidency, Khatami naively believed he could cut a deal with the Americans whereby he would cut off Hezbollah in return for something or another (easing of sanctions, I think it was). It was a little early for that, so it will have to be another day that the Iranians feel they have fattened-up Hezbollah enough, and will sell them to the Israelis for the right price…presuming the regime doesn’t fall first.