"Iraqi Leader Condemn Israel"
Turning the microphone over to Matt Duss:
Of the various premises on which the U.S. invasion of Iraq was sold to the American people, one of the most bizarre was that a post-Saddam Iraqi government would be friendly to Israel. As with claims about WMD and Al Qaeda connections, this one has proved to be a work of imagination.
Just as they did during Israel’s 2006 war against Hezbollah, Iraq’s leaders are now showing where their true sympathies lie. Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s Da’wa Party “issued a statement condemning the attacks and calling on Islamic countries to cut relations with Israel and end all ’secret and public talks’ with it.”
He’s got more in this vein. It’s always been a bit odd that those most inclined to tout their credentials as would-be spreaders of democracy throughout the Arab world are also those least inclined to be at all sensitive to actual Arab public opinion.