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Nothing Lives Long in a Vacuum

Agence France-Presse reports:

Iran and neighbouring countries are ready to fill the "power vacuum" emerging in the Middle East as US power in Iraq wanes, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Tuesday.

"You (the United States) cannot preserve your power over Iraq with a few tanks, artillery and weapons. Today, you are prisoners of your own quagmire. You have no choice but to accept the rights of the Iraqi people," he said.

An interesting choice of words used by the President of a country only nominally elected by the populace (his position is ultimately approved by the nation’s religious leader, regardless of the vote tally), directed towards a people who have an actual popularly elected and representative government.

The list of reasons to stay, secure and stabilize Iraq is long, but perhaps no item on that list is more important than ensuring that we do not cruelly tease and then yank away the prospect of liberty and freedom for the people of Iraq, leaving them to life under another regime of terror and oppression.