Here's the picture.
That's Iraq's Prime Minister Maliki shaking hands with Iran's President Ahmadinejad yesterday. If you genuinely believe the self-serving, spurious rhetoric spouted by Bush and Blair in relation to their "war" on terror, it's a photo of our strong new ally in that "war" shaking hands with the new Hitler.
How anyone manages to square that circle is truly mystifying. Without an enormous effort in self-deception, it just doesn't appear to be possible.
Anyway, although the neo-cons and their outriders will almost certainly be trying to play it down, Mr Maliki is currently on an official visit to Iran. Maliki and Ahmadinejad have reportedly reached an agreement on political, security and economic co-operation between their countries. Maliki will be meeting Iran's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Khamenei, today.
This isn't surprising of course. The Islamic Dawa party, which Maliki belongs to, has strong links to Iran. The party was established to combat secularism (among other things), supported the Islamic Revolution in Iran, conducted suicide bombings, including against the American Embassy in Kuwait in 1983, and has links to Hezbollah.
Funnily enough, Bush and Blair never seem to mention any of that when they talk about the new government of Iraq.
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