Friday, June 30, 2006

Ahmadinejad to Visit Iraq?

The Fars News Agency reported that Ahmadinejad is planning to visit Iraq, the first Iranian President to visit the country since the 1979 Islamic Revolution: "Ahmadinejad Due to Visit Iraq" (26 June 2006). Is it true? Dangerous, but daring. It would be a coup if he could broker an agreement among Iraqi nationalist factions of Sunnis, Shiites, and others, insurgents and parliamentarians, clerics and lay leaders, and help organize a national liberation front that uses mass actions, not just force of arms, to demand the end to the US occupation of Iraq, thus outmaneuvering Washington. But that's probably hoping too much. Besides, such an initiative would have to come from Iraqis themselves, not from Tehran. Nevertheless, one hopes that he will at least meet with Moktada al-Sadr, many of whose following probably come from Iraqi counterparts of Ahmadinejad's working-class supporters in Iran.

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