News from Mordor: Rising star Kazemi, warlord of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Council, died along with his intelligence chief in the crash of a small aircraft in bad weather near Tehran Airport.
Significance? Kazemi and his staff were intimates of the firebrand President Ahmadinejad, who is a veteran op for the IRGC. Think of the two as Stalin and Trotsky to the demi-Lenin in Ayatollah Khamenei. Now Trotsky is dead, by accident, by design -- no matter, the result will be a vacuum in power that Ahmadinejad will fill with Semtex.
At the same time, the IRGC is the epicenter and funding authority of asymmetrical warfare on the planet, sometimes call state-sponsored terrorism. Al Q and HizbAllah both had good relations with Kazemi and his now charred staff. The bad-bad boys will take it hard that their off-budget emergency requests now go to new taloned-hands.
Watch for more concentration of toadies in the days ahead, all power to the mouth of Mordor, Ahmadinejad, who shows talent to climb to the role of the 21st century's first great Sauron malevolence.