Leaders in the model Middle Eastern democracy of Iraq are speaking strongly against their liberators support of Israel. This predictable development occurs as the Bush team remains obstinate on an immediate cease fire to Israel’s attack of democratic Lebanon.
Several Iraqi leaders weighed in on the situation:
The Iraqi Vice President said "What happened in Qana is a repetition to these crimes that happened to our nation decades ago. It's time for this nation to stand up and stop this aggression and all forms of aggression that could affect any of its parts….These horrible massacres carried out by the Israeli aggression, incites in us the spirit of brotherhood and solidarity.”
Iraq's top Shiite cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, demanded an immediate cease-fire in Lebanon, warning that "Islamic nations will not forgive the entities that hinder a cease-fire," al-Sistani said, in a clear reference to the United States. ``It is not possible to stand helpless in front of this Israeli aggression on Lebanon,'' he added. ``If an immediate cease-fire in this Israeli aggression is not imposed, dire consequences will befall the region.''
President Jalal Talabani also addressed the gathering, expressing "sympathy and support to our brothers in Lebanon against the Israeli aggression. We support them in getting rid of the effects of this aggression and imposing their sovereignty.”
What President Bush needs to note is the solidarity of both Sunni and Shiite leaders against Israel and the U.S. When the United States doesn’t understand the hearts and minds of its liberated, America’s leadership is either clueless or uncaring. In this current conflict in the Middle East, my vote is for both.
This is supported by the recent words of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarek.
"Egypt, which triggered the peace process, warns of the consequences of its collapse," Mubarak said in a nationwide televised statement. "The Israeli aggression undermines the opportunities to continue it and its success."