The spokesman for Iraqi National Congress (INC), led by Ahmad Chalabi, said here Monday that Iran plays an important role in fostering peace and stability in Iraq. In an exclusive interview with al-Alam internet site Entifadh Qanbar said "we have the longest border with Iran and share many commonalties and together we can establish security, and embark on political and economic cooperation." He further said recent trip by the Iraqi prime minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari to Tehran is a token of independence of the Iraqi decision making apparatus and its independence from the US. "Iranian News Agency
We have now spent hundreds of billions of our money on the project of making Iraq into the foundation stone for the construction of a new "Greater Middle East," a region which will echo the values of 21st Century Europe and America and which will not harbor the animosities and communal hatreds which lead to Jihadi attacks.
We have done our utmost to enable and create a government in Iraq which is being built on the basis of "one man, one vote." There was a vote in January. We were absolutely giddy about success in holding the event in spite of the fact that the people fighting us in the insurgency did not vote and neither did their underground supporters. The insurgency went on in spite of the election and seemed to have accelerated. Now we have a constitution drafting process in place. This process is having trouble resolving such problematic issues as; women’s rights, federalism in a multi-national state and whether or not a government brought into being by the United States should have an official religion.
Now, these are tough questions.
!-Should women (half the population) be treated as adults?
2- Should the Kurds be allowed self-government or should they be ruled from Baghdad by a legislature inevitably dominated by Arabs?
3-Should the state be neutral in matters of religion or should some citizens always be just tolerated in their religion? (There probably won’t be any court cases over religious displays on government property in this new state)
And now we have the fearless former exiles of the Iraq National Congress (INC) under the stainless banner of that hero of democracy, Ahmed Chalabi, stating in Teheran that there will be CLOSE, CLOSE, cooperation between the Islamic Republic of Iran (world’s greatest state sponsor of Islamic terrorism) and the new, Shia dominated government of Iraq. Now, THEY are positively giddy over the prospects for military to military relations between the two countries and are quick to revel in the idea that this demonstrates "independence" from America, in other words from those who freed them from Saddam.
War between the US and Iran grows and grows as a possibility over the Iranian nuclear program. I wonder which side Chalabi and his SCIRI and Dawa’ friends will take if it comes to that.