Read this: http://english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/D95D9853-C63D-4E26-9BB0-ED321FA78037.htm Now consider this. Many people have been arguing that Iran will benefit from the invasion of Iraq by gaining control over the shia south. But the existance of a semi-autonomous, shai-dominated ARAB state as their neighbour may encourage the arab majority in Iran's oil-rich southwest to consider leaving Iran and joining with their ethnic brethren next door. All of a sudden it looks to me that, rather than benefiting from the invasion, Iran might actually be in really rather serious trouble. Wonder if it'll kick off in Iranian Kurdistan soon, too?