TEHRAN, (Reuters) - A leading Iranian cleric said on Friday the British government could have orchestrated last week's bombings in London to stir up flagging enthusiasm for British military involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati, who heads Iran's top legislative watchdog the Guardian Council, blamed British Prime Minister Tony Blair and U.S. President George W. Bush for the growth of Islamic militancy.
'The other likelihood is that the British regime may have carried out the attack itself ... because it benefits most... They tell people 'if we don't fight terrorism, this will happen to you,'' the cleric continued.
Jannati's remarks echoed editorials in Iran's hardline press that argued the attacks smacked of a plot by the British government to justify anti-Muslim reprisals and military involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan.