March 3, 2009, - 12:27 pm

I Told You So: Iran Gets Its Hands Deeper Into “Liberated” Iraq

By Debbie Schlussel
To those who mindlessly repeat the same FOX News talking points that airheads like Sean Vannity and “The View”‘s Elisabeth Hasselbeck constantly tout, I have news for you: things are not working in Iraq.
They’re not working, unless you count the virtual elimination of most of the country’s Christian population by its Shi’ite rulers a good thing. They’re not working, unless you consider Iran finishing the completion of its Shi’ite crescent of a Hezbollah-supporting Islamic empire a good thing. Yes, there’s relative “calm,” but that means nothing.
I warned that we should not have democratic elections and hand this country over to Iranian-backed Shi’ites, and instead should have turned it over to a pro-U.S. Shah-like dictator. But instead we opted for this “democracy” (the same kind that put HAMAS and Hezbollah in power).

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Iran’s Rafsanjani & Ahmadinejad Solidify Their Grip on “Liberated” Iraq

Now, we see the results as Iran gets its hands deeper into and its control stronger over Iraq. Yesterday, former Iranian President Akbar Hashem Rafsanjani–an ally of the late Ayatollah Khomeini and no enemy of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and the ayatollahs who run Iran–announced he will fund and assist in Iraq’s reconstruction. Rafsanjani is one of Iran’s most influential and powerful politicians and religious leaders. He’s not pledging the help just ‘cuz. He’s doing it to solidify the latent unity with Iran that Iraq has developed and will continue to embrace more and more openly. Rafsanjani said he visited Iraq to strengthen Iran-Iraq religious, political, and economic ties. Not a good thing.
**** UPDATE: And as reader “I Am Me” reminds me, I wrote about how Argentina issued a warrant for Rafsanjani’s arrest as he was the primary Iranian mastermind and funder of the Hezbollah bombings and mass murder at the Jewish Community Center and Israeli Embassy in Buenos Aires in the mid-’90s. ****
Bush helped clear Iraq out for the Iranian Shi’ites and helped put them in power. And now they are openly biding their time until the takeover is complete.
And most of those supposedly in the know are just plain clueless on this. Take FOX News’ Neil Cavuto. I remember when he whined to and cajoled me for criticizing Dearbornistan Shi’ites for supporting Hezbollah by saying that these same Shi’ites supported Bush against Saddam Hussein. No kidding, Neil. They’re Shi’ites. They want power all over. Not sure how this makes them good people. It just makes them smart and focused people, er . . . barbarians.
Smarter and more focused than us, and certainly more so than the Bush and Iraq amen crowd leaders, such as Cavuto.
With all due respect to our brave and courageous soldiers who went over there (including my own cousin), we did not liberate Iraq. We took it from one inhumane tyrant and gave it to another, both of whom are our enemies. It’s like the ending of “Lord of the Flies.” And we helped awaken the Shi’ite revolution of which Hezbollah is an important component. The new boss isn’t the same as the old boss. He’s far worse, with more serious, far-reaching implications.

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7 Responses

There’s no guarantee Iran won’t take over completely once the Americans withdraw. Democracy doesn’t have a track record in the Muslim World and it would be surprising if Iraq did make a go of it. All I’m saying is what America did may turn out to be the triumph of hope over experience. And hope is not a thing that endures in that part of the world.

NormanF on March 3, 2009 at 1:11 pm

While the invasion of Iraq was justified on its own merits (provided we did the right thing once Sadam was toppled – as Debbie has mentioned more than once we did not), I believe we invaded the wrong country.
We would be a lot more safer if we had invaded Iran instead and toppled the mullahs. I still believe we should. However there is no way Obama will invade Iran and once Obama leaves office Iran will have a nice stockpile of nukes making an invasion out of the question.
As for Rafsanjani, Argentina had (and I still believes has) an outstanding arrest warrant out for him for the terrorist attacks committed by Hezbollah in Argentina.

I_am_me on March 3, 2009 at 1:20 pm

Democracy has no place in Islam, Islam has no place for democracy. The Middle East will get their nukes and use them to dismantle any dissent of militant Islam all with the consent of the UN. The Muslim world will speak with one voice and demand protection of its religion throughout the world in every continent. Thank you Clinton, Bush and COBRAMA.
Debbie, you are one of the few voices who will speak up in opposition to the right from the right. Others spoke up against Bush from the right when it was popular at the time like amnesty or Dubai ports deal. You speak out not to join a gravy train but on your convictions.

californiascreaming on March 3, 2009 at 3:48 pm

The trend of fanaticism all over the world is being vastly accelerated, in part due to the economic collapse of the United States, Europe, and their economic partners. During times like this, new political formations can emerge extremely rapidly, and the West has a consistent history of inability to oppose these formations, and instead to appease them, until the last minute. Sometimes it is too late; sometimes it isn’t. Time will tell.
Think of this from our enemies’ perspective; 20 years ago, Communism had just been overthrown, and the US was dominating the world, with democracy and pro-western political forms apparently emerging all over.
Now look at things. Our enemies have seen a complete reversal, all over the world, in a very short time, the price we have paid for opportunistic, pragmatic, selfish and short-sighted political leaders. Putting short-term political gain ahead of the interests of civilization, just as in economics for decades short term expediency triumphed over common sense, one bubble after another.
Now we are reaping the whirlwind of all of this.

c f on March 3, 2009 at 4:38 pm

So sad: Ms Schlussel, I PRAY that you are WRONG, but I FEAR that you are CORRECT!

gunjam on March 3, 2009 at 10:25 pm

Good point about the war that the Shi’tes are waging on Christians in Iraq. It mirrors the war that the (mostly Sunni) Hamas (and their alter-egos, the PLO) have been waging on Christians for years in the “occupied territories.” None of this, of course, merits coverage by the MSM or comes in for criticism by our (increasingly sinister) State Department.

gunjam on March 3, 2009 at 10:27 pm

And now that we have B. Hussein Osama….err…Obama giving his time line for withdrawal all they have to do is wait.
Bob A.

Bob A. on March 5, 2009 at 6:02 pm

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