Ah yes, Iraq clearly will be allied with the USA in the WOT:rolleyes:
This war was definitely worth it.
Good to see the Iraqi govt is on the same page as us. We keep accusing Iran of interfering in Iraq and they want them to stay a long time .
[QUOTE]Ahmadinejad welcomed heartily in Iraq
From Monday's Globe and Mail
March 2, 2008 at 9:53 PM EST
BAGHDAD — [B]It's a damning indication of how poorly things have gone for the United States during its five-year misadventure in Iraq that Mahmoud Ahmadinejad can drive in broad daylight though this war-ravaged city and spend the night at the presidential palace, but George W. Bush can't.[/B]
Mr. Ahmadinejad was greeted with lavish ceremony yesterday as he became the first Iranian President to visit Baghdad, a trip some said reflected Iran's great and growing power in Iraq and how severely the U.S. effort to remake Iraq into a Western-friendly democracy has gone awry.
Nearly 4,000 American soldiers have died since the war began in 2003, but Iraq's U.S.-backed government warmly welcomed Washington's No. 1 enemy with flowers and a band.
[B]Apparently ignoring repeated U.S. charges that Iran is destabilizing his country, Iraqi President Jalal Talabani smiled broadly as he greeted Mr. Ahmadinejad outside his palace. Hailing a new era in ties between their states, the two men clasped hands and exchanged traditional kisses on the cheeks before walking together down a red carpet to review an honour guard as a military band played the two national anthems.[/B]
Despite the presence of 157,000 U.S. troops in Iraq, the visit left the impression that Iran's President now feels more comfortable in Baghdad than his U.S. counterpart does.
Unlike Mr. Bush's cloak-and-dagger visits here — fly-in trips to heavily guarded U.S. military bases that only last a few hours, often with no advance notice given to even the Iraqi government — Mr. Ahmadinejad's schedule was announced days earlier. He spent last night at Mr. Talabani's palace, across the Tigris River from the fortified Green Zone that houses the massive new U.S. embassy.
The United States severed ties with Iran in 1980 after Iranian students stormed the U.S. embassy in Tehran and took the staff hostage. Some former hostages have alleged that they remember Mr. Ahmadinejad as one of the hostage-takers, an accusation he denies. The Iranian leader did travel to the Green Zone to meet with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, however, a trip that would have necessitated him passing through a series of U.S.-controlled checkpoints.
The visit was seen as an effort to bolster Mr. al-Maliki's Shiite-dominated government. The pan-Arab as-Sharq al-Awsat newspaper reported yesterday that Iran was planning to help the Iraq administration with as much as $1-billion in interest-free loans that would go toward reconstruction projects to be carried out by Iranian firms. Iraqi officials confirmed yesterday that such an offer was discussed during the visit.
Mr. Ahmadinejad is to return to Tehran today.
Mr. Ahmadinejad brushed off U.S. accusations that Iran, which has a Shia majority, had been supporting Iraqi Shia militias in their deadly sectarian warfare against Iraq's Sunni minority. The Iranian leader said it was ridiculous for President Bush to be accusing others of interfering in Iraq when it was the United States that invaded the country in 2003, sparking the violence that has since taken tens of thousands, if not hundreds of thousands, of lives.
"We tell Mr. Bush that accusing others without evidence will increase the problems in the region and will not solve them," Mr. Ahmadinejad said at a press conference alongside Mr. al-Maliki. "The Americans have to understand the facts of the region. The Iraqi people do not like America."
Yesterday's visit was even more significant given the acrimonious history between Iran and Iraq, which fought a long and bloody war from 1980 to 1988 that left upwards of a million people dead and saw the first battlefield use of chemical weapons since the First World War. The United States backed Iraq, which was ruled at the time by Saddam Hussein, with weapons and money during the war.
[B]The eventual U.S. decision to depose Mr. Hussein, a Sunni dictator, set off a chain reaction that has seen Iraq's once-oppressed Shia majority rise to power, setting off the brutal civil conflict between the country's Sunni and Shia communities.[/B]
Joost Hiltermann, a regional analyst with the Brussels-based International Crisis Group, noted that the groups now in power in Iraq, including key Shia and Kurdish political factions, are some of same groups that allied themselves with Tehran during the conflict while the United States was supporting Mr. Hussein. Many Iraqi Shia leaders lived in Iran during the war, while Mr. Talabani, a Sunni Kurd, speaks fluent Farsi.
[B]"There was always a contradiction in American policy in Iraq," [/B]he said. [B]"If you want to turn Iraq into a democracy, you're going to bring Iran's friends to power. [/B]
[B]"If people in Washington are surprised [at the reception for Mr. Ahmadinejad] it's because they didn't understand what they were getting into."[/B] [/QUOTE].
[QUOTE]Resalat (Internet Version-WWW)
Monday, March 3, 2008 . . .
Document Type: OSC Translated Text
Iran press: Daily sees ties consolidating between Iran, Iraq
Text of commentary by Hanif Ghaffari entitled [B]"New chapter in Iraq-Iran relations"[/B] published in Persian daily Resalat website on 2 March 2008
[B]Our president's trip to Baghdad today and his meeting with Iraqi officials will open a new chapter in relations between the two neighbours[/B]. In the present sensitive point in time, we are seeing the growth of two parallel phenomena with Iraqi affairs. One of these is [B]Tehran's increasing role in stabilizing and bringing security to Iraq. [/B][B]As one of the most important contributors to a sustainable peace in the Middle East, Iran has no concerns but the provision of security in Iraq. This reality has been proven repeatedly to the national reconciliation government of Nuri al-Maliki.[/B] The second phenomenon is the [B]United States of America's helpless situation in Iraq[/B]. With the announcement of the departure of Polish and Australian troops from Iraq - following the electoral victories of Donald Tusk in Warsaw and Kevin Rudd in Canberra - the White House find itself more than ever abandoned in Iraq.
The Bush Republican administration has thus no choice but to review the entire security situation in Iraq. In other words, in contrast with the 2003 to 2006 period, America has lost its unrestricted maneuvering power in Iraqi political relations. The recent trip by Mr. Ahmadinezhad to Baghdad may be considered in the context of direct interaction between "Iran after the Iraq war" and "Iraq after occupation by America." Islamic Iran, after the end of the eight-year war with Iraq, moved toward self-reliance, empowerment and dynamism, while the Ba'thist dictatorship in Baghdad pushed Iraq toward destruction.
[B]After Iraq's occupation by warmongering neo-conservatives, the White House sought to infiltrate Iraq's intelligence and security system with people like Iyad Allawi, Hazim al-Sha'lan and Ghazi Ujayl al-Yawar, to turn Iraq into a security hub furthering America's imperialist aims. But the Iraqi people rejected this process and voted in free and democratic elections to give informed Shi'as the leading role in the country's political dynamics.
Iranian and Iraqi officials are meeting at a sensitive time. [/B]
The presence of 10 million pilgrims for Huseyn at Kerbala on the Arba'in (40th day after the killing of the prophet Muhammad's grandson Huseyn) and the confirmed death sentence for Chemical Ali - who has committed numerous crimes against the Iranian and Iraqi peoples - have increased the two countries' inclination to work with and help each other more.
The epic of Huseyn's Arba'in has shown that the links between Tehran and Baghdad are religious and profound, rooted in their common beliefs and view of this world and the next, and for that reason foreign powers are unable to undermine the two states' solid ties. Tehran and Baghdad must in any case consider and emphasize some important points in their relations.
One is the resolution of differences remaining from the time of interference by imperialist powers, and this will be possible when both sides stress the departure of foreign troops from Iraq. Iran and Iraq are now in conditions where with emphasis on legal and political possibilities, they can resolve their differences without any marginal issues. The removal of the sinister shadow of occupiers from Iraq's body will usher a new life of independence for that country.
[B]Old colonialism, that is Great Britain, has sown the dangerous seeds of frontier disputes to divide Muslim states, and every now and then the West tries to revive the fault lines it has created, to prevent any effective unity among Muslim countries. Tehran and Baghdad must fully understand this point and prevent the possible initiatives of the imperialist current around them[/B].[/QUOTE]
Ah yes. So glad we went into Iraq.
Another ally in the WOT created every day:rolleyes: