Over at Diana West’s website some not too surprising, but none-the-less deeply disturbing news reports have surfaced which demonstrate that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the Supreme Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and exiled anti-American Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr (photo above) are all more than casually involved in deciding the final outcome of Iraq’s recent election results. Emissaries from the highest levels of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s government have already met in Tehran with all of the afore-named, hoping to secure the blessings of the Shiite Muslim coalition that governs Iran, and return al-Maliki to his current office. Any eyebrows up yet?
Not being a man to come to a conclusion without at least a preponderance of evidence to support one, it is not possible to disbelieve that Iran is calling some big shots in Iraq’s political future. If you are wondering how this can possibly be happening, or if I have somehow mistaken the facts of the situation, here are direct links to news accounts (again with thanks to Diana West) and you can examine them closely to discern for yourself what is going on in Iraq. Notice that not one of the reports originated within the United States.
The Irish Times’ account includes this:
“IRAQI PRIME minister Nuri al-Maliki, whose State of Law bloc won 89 seats in the March 7th parliamentary election, is making every effort to overturn the result.
Yesterday the panel disqualifying ex-Baathists said six winners would lose their seats. It is assumed that some will be from the Iraqiya bloc of Iyad Allawi which came first with 91 seats in the 325 member assembly, destroying his lead over Mr Maliki…”
“…Mr Maliki’s proposed deal seems to have been concluded at meetings in Tehran between Iraqi president Jalal Talabani, head of the PUK, and Shia vice-president Adel Abdel Mahdi of the INA who held discussions with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. At the same time, leading personalities belonging to Mr Maliki’s bloc travelled to the Iranian holy city of Qom to negotiate with radical Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, who had expressed his opposition to a second term for Mr Maliki…”
Equally as disturbing as the afore-noted facts may be – I have neither seen a line of coverage in any American news publication, nor have I heard a word spoken of Iran’s deep involvement in the Iraq election results during American news broadcasts – yet.
It seems to me that with all of the political drama surrounding Iran’s race for a nuclear weapon, the threats to wipe out Israel, not to mention the unthinkable cruelties that have been inflicted upon political prisoners by the Iranian government, this apparent de facto control of Iraq’s election results should be sufficiently troubling to at least get a mention somewhere in America’s news outlets.