Iraqi PM Maliki backs Assad crackdown

We're stuck with this pro-Iranian fool so I guess we can either pack up and go home, leaving he and his Shia government to the tender mercies of Khamenei and Ahmadinejad, or we can jawbone behind the scenes, pointing out to this Iranian toady that he is on the opposite side of 99% of the rest of the world. The New York Times: As leaders in the Arab world and other countries condemn President Bashar al-Assad's violent crackdown on demonstrators in Syria, Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki of Iraq has struck a far friendlier tone, urging the protesters not to "sabotage" the state and hosting an official Syrian delegation. Mr. Maliki's support for Mr. Assad has illustrated how much Iraq's position in the Middle East has shifted toward an axis led by Iran. And it has also aggravated the fault line between Iraq's Shiite majority, whose leaders have accepted Mr. Assad's account that Al Qaeda is behind the uprising, and the Sunni minority, whose leaders have condemned the Syrian...(Read Full Post)