It is to laugh:
Thanks to Chirac, Annan, Schroeder and Kerry, U.S. entry was delayed 14 months while Russian special forces moved Hussein's WMDs to Syria.
This needed to be repeated. I also find the article that Dr.Zin posted about Israel VERY telling. No one is watching this "nuclear Iran" issue more closely than Israel, and since Israel is disappointed with the EU's "carrots and more carrots" way of dealing with it, Israel will have to DEAL WITH IT themselves. If/when Israel DOES deal with it, the whole region could blow up. Iran's leaders know this, and they don't care. They have their own controls to force down everyone's throats, even if it means the deaths of thousands of people. For instance, one thing Iran's leaders need to do is stop sending terrorists into Iraq, but they WON'T. They are a thorn in the side of peace, not a help.
If the Middle East is about to explode, then perhaps that could be why the following article made the news yesterday. I don't know if the article is true or not, but it is interesting in the light of the power struggle going on between the leaders of Iraq, and the leaders of Iran, sigh.
Russia Agrees to Send Troops to Iraq Weekly
Created: 17.11.2004 11:13 MSK (GMT +3), Updated: 15:17 MSK
Russia has agreed to send a small number of troops to Iraq to protect oil wells and support the U.S.-led military campaign there, an aide in the Bush administration has said.
The Russian Kommersant-Vlast magazine spoke with the aide on conditions of anonymity, and he said that he had heard the information at a recent meeting in the White House.
The meeting mentioned by the source was held in the wake of a report released by the CIA alleging that Iraq had circumvented sanctions against it through loopholes in UNs oil for food program, and apparently sold off millions of dollars in oil to Russian politicians and businessmen. Russian companies, the report alleged, were also planning to ship weapons to Iraq just months before the start of the U.S.-led campaign to topple Saddam Husseins regime in March of 2003.
In light of these findings, the source said, many officials in the administration were wary of close military collaboration with Russia, but national security advisor Condoleeza Rice insisted on asking Russia for troops.
The Kommersant-Vlast magazine, which is owned by exiled business tycoon ?Boris Berezovsky noted, however, that high-placed sources in the Kremlin had denied reports earlier this year that Russia had agreed to send troops to Iraq.