Sunday, June 8, 2008

Neighborly Chat

Iraqi President al-Maliki is visiting Iran.

"We will not allow Iraq to become a platform for harming the security of Iran and neighbours," Iranian state-run media quoted Mr Maliki as saying after late-night talks with Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki.

"Iraq is looking forward to Iranian companies taking part in developing its infrastructure," Mr Maliki is quoted as saying.

Let's see.....the Iraqis want us out; if we stay they wouldn't cooperate with any action against Iran; they hope to do business together. Two members of the old Axis of Evil, once sworn enemies, now are friendlier than they've been in a long time, and looking forward to working together to clean up the mess the US made. Actually this is probably the best chance for peace there, but it's not exactly what Bush & Co. had in mind.

It's times like this when George Bush's limited capacities serve him well. If he were sentient he'd be ashamed and embarrassed.

1 comment:

Dale said...

Whether we like it or not, there are longstanding cultural, religious, ethnic, and linguistic ties between the people of Iran and the people of Iraq. The expectation that these two countries would be enemies -- and that one of them would favor Israel over the other -- is sheer insanity. It's akin to believing that large numbers of Americans would take Cuba's side if Cuba were occupying Canada.

Iran and Iraq are going to be on the same side of most things most of the time, whether we like it or not. We can fit policy to that reality and make the best of it or continue spending trillions and wasting lives pretending it isn't so.

Of course we know where Bush stands on it.