I was intrigued by a report from Juan Cole (who got it in turn from from Al-Hayat) on the visit by the Iranian Foreign Minister to Iraq. Please recall that as of 20 years ago these two countries were in a struggle to the death with a War that:
".. has been called "the longest conventional war of the 20th century", and cost 1 million casualties and US $1.19 trillion. (those numbers sound familiar? ed)"Al-Hayat reports that:
Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki wrapped up his visit to Iraq by meeting in Najaf with Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani and with the junior cleric and nationalist leader Muqtada al-Sadr, along with numerous other clerics in Najaf and Karbala. He also met in Baghdad with Sunni fundamentalist leader Adnan Dulaimi in an attempt to "reassure" him about Iran's intentions in Iraq. The representative of Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari, Labid Abawi, said that Mottaki's visit was "extremely positive." He added, "One of our objectives was to underline that Iran is close to Iraq and that it is impossible to bypass it in looking for a resolution of the Iraq question."Now, given their history, this report is loaded with irony. Firstly, the mere fact that these two countries are talking to one another is amazing. Secondly, what is this with energy production? Iraq has enought oil to last it until the cows come home. I suppose that Iran means nuclear energy. Thirdly, an Irani (Shite) actually talked to an Iraqi Sunni without one or the other blowing someone away. (This would be like Jerry Falwell saying good things about the Pope.)
Mottaki reaffirmed that Iran had committed $1 billion in aid to Iraq, and would cooperate in the area of energy production. (emphasis added)
How about them apples, W??
But the mere fact that they are collaborating should be seen as a positive move. But wouldn't it be ironic if Iran extracted the Boy King from this horrible impasse in Iraq.
Reminds me that the Pope was sort of excited about William of Orange's victory at the Battle of the Boyne:
William of Orange's own elite force — the Dutch Blue Guards — had the papal banner with them on the day, many of the Guardsmen being Dutch Catholics. They were part of the League of Augsburg, a cross-Christian alliance designed to stop a French conquest of Europe, supported by the Vatican.
William of Orange in bed with the Pope!!! Don't let an Irishman know!