|The foreign ministers of Iraq & Iran, jointly condemning action against Syria|
Iran's new foreign minister made Iraq his first stop on his initial trip abroad, and, in a joint press conference, his Iraqi counterpart, sitting beside him, bluntly stated that his country opposes any military response, due to Syria's use of outlawed chemical weapons. I remind you that Iraq is deeply involved facilitating Iranian sanctions evasions, from accepting maritime shipments of goods in Iraqi ports, whose ultimate destination is Iran, to allowing overflights of Iraqi airspace of Iranian weapons-laden transports, bound for Damascus, to sending badly needed US currency, direct from Baghdad banks, to Tehran.
Is it not now time to impose civil penalties on Iraqi companies, and financial institutions, that assist in massive sanctions evasions ? What is the US afraid of, the loss of an "ally" in the WMD program against Iran ? Iraq is already an ally of Iran.