How can Iraq prevent the U.S. from dictating all terms so long as the U.S. remains the dominant Empire in the world? How can Maliki avoid being overthrown by the U.S. if the U.S. administration wants him removed or assassinated? Is Iran being further set up?
Of course, Israel's hawks sure don't want to see a Shiite Iraq and Iran joining too closely, but the trend in the world is toward regional and continental consolidation. It's what the capitalist monopolists are forcing even as they fracture groups.
They are breaking up old groupings to replace those with the hegemony of the plutocracy of Europe, the U.K., the U.S., and Israel primarily. It's divide and conquer, consolidating under the false-New World Order.
Of course, they are just planting the seeds of their own destruction. They are inadvertently preparing the way for the real New World under the real God who is continually revealing himself as the God of Jesus (giving and sharing all, totally pacifistic, harmless, and beneficent always).
Iraq will not be used to "harm" Iran, PM vows
Posted: 08 June 2008 2154 hrs
TEHRAN : Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki sought to reassure Iran over a planned security pact with Washington on Sunday, vowing Iraq would never be used as a platform to attack the Islamic republic.
"We will not allow Iraq to become a platform for harming the security of Iran and neighbours," Maliki said after a late-night meeting with Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki in Tehran.
Maliki's comments come amid Iranian alarm over American pressure on Baghdad to sign an agreement that would keep US soldiers in the country beyond 2008.
US President George W Bush and Maliki agreed in principle last November to sign the Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) by the end of July.
But Iraq has now said it has a "different vision" from the United States on the issue.
Iraqi government spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh had said Maliki would be using the visit to assure Iranian leaders that Iraq "will not serve as a base or staging ground to launch attacks against neighbouring countries."
Both Maliki and Davoudi vowed a further expansion of ties and "condemned the conspiracies of the enemies against the two nations," IRNA reported.
The United States has accused Iran of shipping in tank-busting munitions for attacks on US troops, training Shiite militants inside Iran for operations in Iraq and supplying rockets for attacks in central Baghdad.
Last month, Maliki formed a panel of security ministries to assess the US accusations.
US ambassador to Iraq Ryan Crocker stressed in Washington on Thursday that Iran and Iraq were neighbours and had to conduct a relationship.
"The question is: what kind of relationship is it going to be?" he said. - AFP/ms