Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Consequences

The Congressional loss of will is having its expected effect – Iran has weighed in with its own demand for the US to withdraw from Iraq, Iraqi Army killings of Sunnis have begun and the EU is baring its tooth. The administration must turn this around quickly - suggestions in the next post.

Iran’s top Mullah, apparently
reading directly from the Congressional Record:

Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, urged visiting Iraqi officials yesterday to ask U.S.-led forces to leave their country and pledged Tehran's cooperation in restoring security to Iraq.

If Iran did intervene militarily in Iraq, the overwhelmingly Shi'ite nation would be expected to assist the Shi'ite majority against a wave of violence perpetrated mainly by the Sunnis, who lost power with the ouster of dictator Saddam Hussein.

"Iran considers the United States to be responsible for all crimes and terrorist acts in Iraq and the suffering and misery of the Iraqi people," Ayatollah Khamenei was quoted as saying after a meeting with Iraqi President Jalal Talabani.

"The Iraqi people may ask the occupiers to leave Iraq by setting a timetable for them. ... In the end, Iraq and its neighbors will remain in this region, while the U.S. will only be there temporarily," he said.

The good news is that he didn’t threaten to wipe the US off the map.

The Iraqi army has possibly taken to heart Senator Warner’s order that “you have got to come to grip with your internal problems” and today murdered a senior Sunni leader in his home, together with his 3 sons and his son-in-law.
Scrappleface predicts Congressman Murtha will now call for a Muslim pullout.

And here’s a small harbinger of things to come. The lawyer advising the EU Court of Justice says that the
privacy of EU citizens trumps US border control laws – an excellent example of how weakness encourages small acts of defiance:

AIR travel from Europe to the United States could be thrown into chaos after a key transatlantic terrorism measure was declared illegal by a senior European Union lawyer.

Philippe Léger, the Advocate-General of the European Court of Justice, the EU’s supreme court, called for the annulment of an agreement requiring EU airlines to give US authorities access to a wide range of confidential data on passengers before they travel.

Although all 25 EU governments and the European Commission gave full backing to the agreement, aimed at helping US authorities to investigate terrorists while protecting passenger confidentiality, M Léger said that it lacked an “adequate legal basis”.

The Advocate-General’s advice is not binding on the court, but is followed in about 80 per cent of cases.

The president has to turn this round before the world’s perception of US weakness spins out of control.