Iranian Leader Lends Iraq $1 Billion, Tells the U.S. to Leave!

Submitted by SadInAmerica on Wed, 03/05/2008 - 3:32pm.

Why does the U.S. meddle in other country's affairs?  We force our way into their country, tell them what to do, if they don't, we bomb them, take what isn't rightfully ours, then take up housekeeping on their soil and decide to never leave.  Ron Paul is right, as long as this is our foreign policy, there can never be peace.  Will the day ever come when our government learns to mind its own business and take care our own affairs in the U.S.? ~ SadInAmerica

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad lent $1 billion on Monday and told America to go home, as he wrapped up a two-day visit to Baghdad aimed at cementing Iran's blossoming relationship with its one-time enemy.

"We believe that the forces that came from overseas and traveled thousands of kilometers to reach here must leave the region and must let the people of this country rule themselves," he said at a news briefing at a villa in Baghdad controlled by Kurdish peshmerga forces.

"If they claim they want to spend their money developing the people of these countries, they'd be better off spending the money on their own countries," he said.

As Ahmadinejad was concluding his visit, two car bombs killed at least 23 people in Baghdad, one of them exploding in a marketplace, killing 20, and another striking an Iraqi army checkpoint, killing three.

During his visit, the first by an Iranian president since the Islamic revolution of 1979, Ahmadinejad was feted by Iraq's Shiite and Kurdish leaders. Even the Sunni vice president, Tariq al-Hashimi, turned up to greet him, though he was an hour late.

In addition to the $1 billion loan, the two countries negotiated seven deals on economic and cultural cooperation. In a statement on his Web site, Iraqi President Jalal Talabani said the two sides also reached an agreement "to secure their borders ... to prevent infiltration of terrorists and smugglers."

President Bush had said he hoped Iraq would raise U.S. claims that Iranian agents are training and arming Shiite militias. Iraq officials said the subject had not come up.

"These allegations are old, and they are coming from a long history of hostility between the two sides," said Iraqi Minister of State for National Security Sherwan al-Waili. "We hope Iraq does not get involved. We don't want to be part of the Iran-America struggle."

The stalled U.S.-Iranian dialogue on Iraq was discussed, al-Waili said. But Ahmadinejad would not say when talks would resume.

Also Monday, an Iraqi court dropped charges against two former Health Ministry officials accused of allowing Shiite death squads to use ambulances and government hospitals to carry out kidnappings and killings.


Liz Sly - Chicago Tribune correspondent - March 4, 2008 - posted at

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