It's been said by numerous experts that the solution for peace in Iraq is a diplomatic one, not a military one. Peace cannot be created at the barrel of a gun. Considering our track record in Iraq, however, the United States cannot be the agent of diplomacy, because we are not trusted there (for that matter - we're not known for waging peace, at least not with this president). Many experts have suggested it will require the intervention of Iran and Syria to bring the Sunnis and the Shia to the table together.
It appears that half of that is happening. Apparently, Ahmadinejad May Visit Iraq
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has accepted an invitation to visit Iraq, but no date has been set, the Foreign Ministry announced here Jan. 23. It would be the first visit to Iraq by a top Iranian leader.
Deputy Foreign Minister Labeed Abawi said the invitation to the Iranian leader was extended by Iraqi President Jalal Talabani, a Kurd who has close relations with Iran's ruling clergy.
Many of Iraq's senior Shiite politicians had lived in exile in Iran during the 35-year rule of Saddam's Baath party and continue to maintain ties to Iran's leadership.
Iran says that, like the United States, it would like to see a stable and democratic Iraq.
Hopefully, this will be the first step towards peace. Perhaps, however, he should wait until Blackwater is out of Iraq. It may be coming sooner than you think, since Blackwater may lose its contracts there
Regardless of the outcome of various legal proceedings against Blackwater, the controversial security firm potentially faces a massive business setback this coming May. That's when its State Department contract to protect U.S. diplomats in Iraq comes up for renewal, and its hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue for the company are no longer a sure thing in light of the legal and political repercussions of two recent incidents in which Blackwater guards allegedly killed Iraqis.
A Washington, D.C., grand jury is currently hearing evidence involving one of the episodes. And if the U.S. were to bring criminal indictments against Blackwater personnel, many observers believe it could jeopardize the contract's renewal and further undermine the company's already shaky status in Iraq.
By now, everyone's heard that Dennis Kunicich has dropped out of the presidential race
. He wants to focus on a congressional campaign so he can affect change as a Rep in the House. The two Articles of Impeachment are on everyone's mind; getting rid of Bush and Cheney might help with peace in the Middle East. Once we get a new president in the office next January, however, if might be Kucinich's lesser-known initiative to create a Cabinet-level U.S. Department of Peace
that gets the job done...
All we are saying, is give the Department of Peace a chance....(apologies to John Lennon, although I don't think he'd mind...)