Iraqi foreign minister Hoshyar Zebari told the visiting US Undersecretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence David Cohen (a Zionist Jew), that Baghdad will not never join the US-sponsored sanctions against Tehran.
“Our economic relations with Iran will continue and are not in conflict with international resolutions,” an Iraqi official said.
Iran and Iraq have enjoyed growing ties ever since the overthrow of the former Iraqi dictator, Saddam Hussein, in 2003.
Last year, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki paid two-day visit to Iran. During his visit he met with Iran’s President Dr. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Iran’s Spiritual Leader Ayatullah Ali Khameni. The members of al-Maliki delegation held talks with Iranian officials to enhance the current trade, military and Iraqi rehabiliation projects. The trade between Iraq and Iran hit $12 billion last year.
In October 2002, Canadian war reporter, journalist and author Eric S. Margolis warned Americans that Washington’s invasion of Iraq for a regime change would be “road to folly”. He said that the war hysteria against Saddam Hussein’s ‘non-existent’ nuclear bombs was created by the pro-Israel individuals and groups who wanted to destroy the only technically advanced Arab neighbor of Israel.
On November 21, 2011, Eric Margolis in an article asked the question: “Who won the Iraq War?”. Any political aware person would have responded: “The Americans paid and died for Israel in Iraq – but to Zionists’ surprise, Iran has shared the victory with Israel“. Israel-Firsters like General Martin Dempsey, Leon Panetta, Gen. David Petraeus, Admiral Mike Mullen and John Bolton have already stated that once US occupation forces leave Iraq – the country will fall into Iran’s lap like a ripen apple.
Lord David Owen, former British Foreign Secretary, agrees with Eric Margolis. On December 16, 2011, in an Op-Ed in UK daily Mirror, Owen admitted that US occupation of Iraq had made Iran the most powerful country in the region.