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Tuesday, September 12th 2006

Going In & Cracking Skulls

Imagine Ahmadinejad’s influence in Iraq. It is little now for 1980 to 1988, despite both countries being largely Shi’ite. Except of course the influence in the arms and fighters that cross the border from Iran (at least as the US alleges). That might be changing. The Iraqi Prime Minister made his first trip to Iran today to ask for Iranian help in securing peace in Iraq.

It was not clear what form Iranian support on security would take, or how it would be received by the American authorities. Mr. Maliki’s visit came at a time when the American ambassador in Baghdad, Zalmay Khalilzad, and American military commanders have increasingly accused elements in Iran of stoking violence in Iraq.

It would be lovely if Iran’s influence in Iraq increased. Read: sarcasm.