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Iran Pledges Help to Iraq

Posted on Nov 27, 2006
Talabani and Ahmadinejad

Iraqi President Jalal Talabani (left) with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in Tehran.

Iraq’s president met with his Iranian counterpart on Monday, asking for assistance with his nation’s growing security crisis.  Iran’s Mahmoud Ahmadinejad responded warmly: “Definitely, the Iranian government and nation will stand next to its brother Iraq and will do every help it can to strengthen security in Iraq.”

AP via Yahoo!:

TEHRAN, Iran - Iraqi President Jalal Talabani on Monday sought to enlist
Iran’s help in quelling the escalating violence that threatens to tear his country apart.

“The issue of establishing security in Iraq is the most important part of our talks. We are in dire need of Iran’s help in establishing security and stability in Iraq,” state-run television quoted Talabani as saying after he met with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in Tehran.

The meeting between Talabani and Ahmadinejad, which was delayed for two days amid a security clampdown in Iraq, comes as Tehran is trying to assert its role as the top regional power broker to counter Washington’s influence on Baghdad.

During their talks, Ahmadinejad pledged Tehran’s support in helping to improve security in Iraq.

“Definitely, the Iranian government and nation will stand next to its brother Iraq and will do every help it can to strengthen security in Iraq,” he was quoted as saying.

“We believe a stable, developed and powerful Iraq is in the interest of the Iraqi nation, Iran and the whole region,” Ahmadinejad said, according to the television report.


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By scrubs and shines, November 30, 2006 at 3:49 pm Link to this comment
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It seems to me that two wonderful events happened in the last few days and I’m happy to see both waiting opportunities for us westerners fed up with war to embrace. The Pope is actively healing wounds with most of our Muslim brothers and sisters on the planet and The President of Iran Ahmadinejad has given the opportunity for Americans to back out gracefully from this mess in Iraq. A war that should never have happened in the first place. President Bush and his administration has lied to the world and has turned our planet into a hot oven of danger to mankind. No I’m not excusing radical Muslims for there crimes and while we are on the subject, name one country on the planet who’s not guilty of committing evil against another. We all have our radicals from every colour , race, and creed that are bent on hate, but the bulk of the planet are lovers of peace. The point I’m making here is our leaders on the planet are fucking things up and leading us to a road of annihilation and it’s time we start handing our a few pick slips starting with the number one evil doer and fuck up, George W. Bush. I’m sure George has his good sides as I don’t believe any man is completely pure in evil but George needs to admit his wrongs and begin to turn his life around for the better. He needs to fire his administration, hand in his resignation and pass the power over to the house leader Nancy. Maybe having a woman in power will usher our sorry sad planet back onto the road for peace to all man kind. I see Americans as leaders of peace, but Americans need to remove the commander in chief who has disregard for people and is only committed to fattening the pockets of the privileged rich and powerful few. Its time to take America back from the corporate dominators who have no use for America’s constitution, human rights, and freedoms. Only profits of power and greed are their motivators. The first thing we all need to do for peace is to face our fears. and the manufactured fears of corporate media. Remember that the majority rules and the majority in our planet want peace and justice for all mankind.

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By felicity smith, November 28, 2006 at 2:54 pm Link to this comment
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It’s absolutely brilliant how Mr. Bush and his “advisers” have managed to do what no one for the last 5000 years has been able to do in the greater Middle East - unite them.  There must be a prize out there somewhere for such a monumental accomplishment!!!!!!

Afterall, no one else had come up with the brilliant idea of calling them ALL evil.  Now, united in their evilness, they’re unstoppable.  (Of course, no one would care if they didn’t have all that damn oil.)

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By One For Dissent, November 28, 2006 at 12:17 pm Link to this comment
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To Eleanore: if King and The Kennedy brothers hadn’t been assasinated, perhaps we would be living in a country like you imagine.

Looking at history, most truly benevolent, progressive leaders have been murdered. Perhaps that is why we have a shortage of them in our world at this time.

Pray for our saviour to return

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By B, November 28, 2006 at 11:36 am Link to this comment
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Everything Bush has touched from energy policy to education to Iraq has been an absolute failure. His tax breaks are breaking us all right. His spending is in line with his parties normal fiscal ideals (spend spend spend blame it on the Democrats). His presidency has hurt us in more ways that we will likely ever know. This though misses the point entirely.

Bush, and the other elected officials representing us in D.C. are but the “elected” face of our shame, the federal government. These elected officials are only the tip of the ice berg. We need to go after their supporters (business, special interests, lobbyists, etc) that knowingly are engaged in bribery and worse. We need to go after their appointees, the people who never get elected but show up in the shadows in administration after administration. Names like Bolton, Wolfowitz, Rumsfeld, and on and on. These people must be black listed. No jobs in government, no gov. contracts for any business even remotely connected to them (even if they are consultants, lawyers, or other representatives) or those employing them. In most cases this will be easy as many of these people should be locked up for life anyway.

It is time for the U.S. citizenry to take back control of their government, to demand accountability for those who have brought us to this low point in American history, to demand the truth through transparency in our government, to reestablish our constitution and bill of rights, to reestablish our government as a servant to the American people instead of the farcical business tool it has become.

Fascism stems from economic policy and corporatism. By allowing consolidation of industries into the hands of fewer and fewer. It is time to learn from our history. Fascism in both Italy and Germany rose in ways that are STARTLINGLY much like the occurances of late within our government and nation. We have nearly destroyed our anti-trust laws (allowing more consolidation in more industries). Don’t wait for the overt signs, by then it is far to late. We must demand the replacement of the protections that have been lost. In fact, we need to strengthen these protections as well. We need to put business back into its place and the people back into their place, in power.


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By downhillvet, November 27, 2006 at 11:11 pm Link to this comment
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While Iraqs “Democratically” elected President makes contact with Syria and Iran to ask for help in establishing safety and stability in Iraq, Bush visits Estonia and Latvia to ask for their support. The the two countries have contributed a total of 159 military personell in support of the Bush/Cheney doctrine. The American government needs to re-think how to deal/dialogue with countries with whom we have differences. If Iraq can dialogue with Iran and ask for assistance, why can’t we? I’m afraid The pride of the Bush gang is going to leave us on the outside looking in.

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By downhill240, November 27, 2006 at 10:39 pm Link to this comment
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The first meeting of consequence was between Iraq and Syria.
It should be noted that it was not Iran asking for and going to a meeting in Iraq. It was the “Democratically” elected Iraqi president asking for the meeting in Iran so he could ask for help from the Irani Government. The fact is, the government of Iraq must start acting like a Sovereign Nation, using what they deem the best resources available to promote stability.
What is really telling here is the negative effect of not dialoging with our advisaries. Had we tried to communicate with Syria and Iran and Israel we might have been players in the final solution in Iraq. That solution being a meeting of minds with regard to their common needs and aspirations, which would include security and stability. Instead, out of our mis-guided attempt at nation-building will come a coalition of Syria, Iran, and Iraq. Two nations snubbed and one nation scrubbed by the Pro-American West.
The Bush/Cheney/Rice/Rumsfeld group will be forever remembered as slightly smarter than the Keystone cops, but not quiet as smart as Spanky and our gang.

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By Quy Tran, November 27, 2006 at 7:34 pm Link to this comment
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To President Ahmadinejad,

Your pledged Teheran’s support in helping to improve security in Iraq would make King George sad and angry because you stabbed at his back and cause him losing face before the whole world even he doesn’t have a real human face since the first day on his throne.

How can we talk to a chimpanzee without helping from special instructional equipments ?

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By ChicagoGuy, November 27, 2006 at 5:03 pm Link to this comment
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I find it ironic that one of the countries bush proclaimed as one of the Axis of Evil is now negotiating with the government he (bush) helped to establish in Iraq. Is this not a slap in the face to this administration to have Iran help restore order to a country our president says is enjoying democratic freedoms? Not only did we create a civil war in Iraq but now we are helping Iran become a powerbroker in the Middle East. bush’s foreign policy is so convoluted and bizarre it is beyond comprehension.

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By Eleanore Kjellberg, November 27, 2006 at 4:10 pm Link to this comment
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If we had solar panels on our roof, electric cars and a nationalized energy program—we wouldn’t give a damn about Iraq or Iran.

Our greedy oil policies, create the conditions that will ultimately cause our doom.

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