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Iraqi FM Pledges Release of US-Held Iranians

Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari has pledged to Iran that Iraq will ensure the release of five Iranians the US is holding. The Iraqi Kurd has criticized the US raid on an Iranian office in Irbil and the detention of 5 Iranians linked to the IRGC's Qods Force since the event happened late last week.

Tehran denied the five detained Iranians had been involved in financing and arming insurgents in Iraq.

"The capture of Iranian diplomats is an insult to the Iraqi government and people," ambassador Hassan Kazimi Qomi said in a news conference at the Iranian embassy in Baghdad. Iraqi "Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari told me that they will be released within days."

Asked why he believed the Americans carried the raid, Qomi said through a translator from Farsi to Arabic that "they want to destabilize relations between Iraq and Iran."

While Zebari states that the United States clearly and openly seeks to "destabilize relations between Iraq and Iran" the evidence shows that Iran has been fueling both sides of the rising sectarian violence - arming, funding and coordinating with both al-Qaeda in Iraq and Muqtada al-Sadr's Mahdi Army. Iraqi politicians who defend Iran and seek to have members of their Qods Force released under the guise of diplomatic status should be looked at with much scrutiny.

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"An Iranian offer to help the United States stabilize Iraq and end its military support for Hezbollah and Hamas was rejected by Vice President Dick Cheney in 2003, a former top State Department official told the British Broadcasting Corp.

The U.S. State Department was open to the offer, which came in an unsigned letter sent shortly after the American invasion of Iraq, Lawrence Wilkerson, former Secretary of State Colin Powell's chief of staff, told BBC's Newsnight in a program broadcast Wednesday night. But, Wilkerson said, Cheney vetoed the deal."

Saw that, friend.

If it indeed happened, one has to ask a couple sober questions:

1. What's in it for Iran?

2. Why would Iran sacrifice Hizballah, their creation for the export of Jihad and the establishment of the Western Edge of the Shi'a Crescent?

3. If that can be answered, does one think they would genuinely follow through? Mugniyeh on sudden unemployment?

If Iran wanted to help stabilize Iraq, they could have helped stabilize Iraq. Instead, they do what they do best and feed carnage on all sides without conscience or regret.

Political blackmail is not a substitute for national leadership character.

I think we've been down this path with North Korea, feeding carrots to a gorilla. That worked out well, don't you think?

We better not kowtow and turn those Iranian over again if we have certain evidence of them being involved with murdering Americans.