Kofi Annan Says Iraq Disaster – Iraqi Prime Minister Visits Iran – Tony Snow Says Iraq Not A Mistake

Kofi Annan Says Iraq Disaster – Iraqi Prime Minister Visits Iran – Tony Snow Says Iraq Not A Mistake

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The United States has been criticized for the invasion of Iraq by most leaders in the Middle East, but now even UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan says the war has become a “real disaster”. The Bush Administration rebuffed the remarks indicating the Secretary General was wrong.

Annan returned late last week from a two week tour of the region. The Secretary said that "Most of the leaders I spoke to felt the invasion of Iraq and its aftermath has been a real disaster for them. They believe it has destabilized the region. It cannot stay and it cannot leave."

White House spokesman Tony Snow acknowledged the “sectarian violence” in Iraq is a problem, but said “I'm not going to engage in a further disputation with the secretary general of the United Nations, but we disagree with the characterization."

According to the Fars news agency, Iran's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said on Wednesday that withdrawal of the foreign “occupation troops” would solve many problems faced by Iraqi people. Comment on this Article at our Forum

It is no surprise that the Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei agrees with Annan. He told visiting Iraqi Prime Minister, Nuri al-Maliki, that the withdrawal of foreign occupation troops would solve problems faced by Iraqi people. The Supreme Leader expressed regret over the pains and hardships suffered by the Iraqi people, and said that Saddam’s regime and the presence of U.S. occupation troops were the two major causes of the suffering in Iraq.

Iran has called for the withdrawal of U.S. Troops. Khamenei said that once the foreign troops are withdrawn, "a major part of Iraq's problems will be solved." Meanwhile, Khamenei hailed the formation of "an independent and stable government" in Iraq, for which he pledged his country's support. Comment on this Article at our Forum

By Dan Wilson
Best Syndication Writer

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