Bush: Don't meddle in
Iraq's internal affairs
|Washington DC ….. In advance of Iraq's
national elections next month, US President George W Bush today issued
a stern warning to Iran and Syria not to interfere in Iraq's internal affairs.
The US suspects Iran and Iraq of providing money, men, arms and sanctuary
to Iraqi groups opposed to the National Accord Party of the US-appointed
leader of the US-appointed Iraqi Governing Council, Iyad Allawi.
"I want to make it clear to both Iran and Syria that that
the United States will not tolerate them meddling in the internal affairs
of Iraq - that's our job," Bush warned.
He demanded that Iran and Syria immediately stop what
he said was the flow of spies, arms and money into Iraq. "There are
more than enough of our own spies, arms and money flowing into Iraq," Bush
Bush warned of foreign fighters surging across Iraq's
Bush stressed that Iraq is an independent, sovereign nation
and that both Iran and Syria should abide by international law and respect
its borders. "Unless, of course, you're invading it, like we did," he added.
He specifically accused Syria of allowing movement across
the border of foreign fighters aiding the Iraqi insurgency. "This is completely
unacceptable - the only foreign fighters in Iraq should be American."
Mr Bush accused Iran and Syria of orchestrating insurgent
attacks and especially warned Tehran that it should not become the "most
dangerous enemy of Iraqi people".
A group linked to Allawi's National Accord Party and calling
itself the 'Euphrates Swift Boat Veterans For Truth' has alleged that the
Ayatollah "exaggerated his valour in combat in Vietnam, was never wounded
in battle there and did not capture a single Viet Cong guerrilla during
his tour of duty."
A real, mean dog has been deployed at the Iraq-Iran
|"Abu Ghraib and Falluja have
clearly demonstrated that only the United States can credibly lay claim
to that title," Bush said. "We will not accept any old Johnny-Come-Lately
trying to muscle in on our action."
"You know I'm just looking for any teeny, weeny, little
excuse to invade you," Bush warned Teheran. "Go ahead - make my day."
Coalition forces have redoubled their efforts to stop
the flow of people and arms from its neighbours by putting 'Iranians and
Syrians, Keep Out' signs along the border. A real, mean dog has also been
deployed at the Shatt al Arab checkpoint crossing on the Iraq-Iran border.
In a related development, the US-appointed leader of the
US-appointed Iraqi Governing Council, Iyad Allawi ushered Iraq's first
tentative steps in true democracy with the launch of a smear campaign aimed
at discrediting the Vietnam war record of his main rival, Shia cleric Grand
Ayatollah Ali Sistani.
When contacted, Ayatollah Sistani admitted that he "had
never served as a soldier in Vietnam, had never set eyes upon a single
Vietnamese person in my life and have never even set foot in Vietnam."
"In fact, up to last September, I'd never even been anywhere
outside of Karbala," the Ayatollah said. "I don't know what those jack-asses
are rabbiting on about."
|Allawi revealed that his election campaign
would also focus on reconciling the country's disparate political strands
and encouraging national unity, and he pledged to rise above ethnic differences.
"Our bombing of the Sunni stronghold of Falluja clearly demonstrated that,"
he explained. "We have cleared the city of terrorists and the Sunnis can
now safely take part in the scheduled Jan. 30 elections - despite the fact
that there are no longer any buildings left standing in the town for them
to vote in and at least 200,000 of them are still scattered across
the desert living in makeshift tents and refugee camps."
"We hope our Sunni brothers will realise that, with these
elections, we finally have the chance to finally lead our own nation and
we will be able to decide what is best for our people," Allawi said. "Of course,
by 'we' I mean me and my old CIA buddies."
Ayatollah Sistani's Vietnam war record in question
Bush said that he was encouraged that the Iraqi elections
were already embracing all the tenets of American-style democracy
such as character assassination, fear campaigns and disenfranchisement
of minority voters. He encouraged Allawi to immediately declare war on
Iran and invade. "There's nothin' like a good, ol' shootin' war and commander-in-chief
president to get the votes in, bud, trust me," Bush said with a wink"
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