US/IRAN:Nothing Behind U.S. Allegations?
IPS, AlterNet, UnObserver, AntiWar, Global News, etc. / Omid Memarian
19-Aug-2008 (one comment)

"Iran’s role in Iraq is a by-product of U.S.-Iran relations," Karim Sadjadpour, an associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, told IPS. "When U.S-Iran relations have stalled, Iran’s role in Iraq would likely be unconstructive and when U.S.-Iran relations are cooperative, then Iran’s role in Iraq might be cooperative. It doesn’t necessarily mean that the U.S. has to pull out from Iraq."

While U.S. officials accuse Iran of destabilising Iraq, some analysts say the fact that the sectarian violence in Iraq has diminished -- although not extinguished -- since the U.S. troops ‘surge’ is partially because of Iran’s positive role in supporting al-Maliki’s government, a fact that is ignored by the U.S.

"The security situation has improved, not simply because of the surge, but because of a host of other factors, including the successful completion of ethnic cleansing in key areas and America’s success in buying-off former Sunni insurgents," Zahedi told IPS.

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Yes, of course

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"During the Second Lebanese War we considered the possibility of attacking Lebanon's infrastructure but we never resorted to this option, because we thought at the time that all the Lebanese were not responsible for the Hezbollah attacks," added Ezra, who is close to Prime Minister Ehud Olmert.

1) Israel did a lot of damage to Lebanon's infrastructure.

2) Not that Israel didn't want to completely destroy Lebanon. It couldn't.

3) Instead it dropped thousnads of cluster bombs in civilia areas immidiately before withdrawing Lebanon.