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Boycott Iran
Posted by: mcq on Tuesday, March 21, 2006

That's the cry from some religious leaders in Iraq:
Iraqi prayer leaders and tribal leaders in the Iraqi city of Fallujah issued a joint appeal to the people of Iraq calling on them to boycott Iranian goods in response to the “murder of thousands of Iraqi Sunnis” for which they hold Tehran accountable, a Kuwaiti daily reported on Sunday.

The clerics and tribal leaders strongly condemned Iranian meddling in Iraq while rejecting possible upcoming talks between the United States and Iranian officials over the situation in Iraq, the daily al-Siasa wrote.

“Iraqi political forces including Sunnis and secular Shiites strongly rejected talks between the U.S. and Iran over Iraq and described it as ‘legitimising’ the Iranian regime’s meddling in the their country’s internal affairs”, it reported.

“Clerics and tribal leaders from the city of Fallujah called for a boycott of Iranian goods and a halt to such purchases because of Iran’s blatant meddling in Iraqi affairs”, it said.

The joint appeal noted, “The Iranian regime has had a hand in the murder of thousands of Iraqi Sunnis and is directly responsible for death squads which are killing Iraqis”.

They accused Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei of creating sectarian divisions in Iraqi society.
Their call for a boycott is in reaction to this. The willingness of Iran to negotiate the point is a tacit admission of their hand in fomenting disorder and violence in Iraq. But, in my opinion, also see a pragmatic reason to negotiate. That reason is giving in a little on Iraq may gain them leverage on their nuclear negotiations. The immediate need of the US for the calming of sectarian violence, a need it seems Iran can aid us in, is worth something to us and Iran will most likely try to exploit our need to their advantage in the area of their greatest need ... to get the world to back off some concerning their nuclear program.

It'll be interesting to see if these negotiations ever take place and if they do, what they produce for each side.
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But, in my opinion, also see a pragmatic reason to negotiate.
There’s no reason to negotiate if one side will do it in bad faith.
Written By: Mark A. Flacy
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Well if one can point out the bad faith, and/or show where iran broke the deal, then international support will be easier to gain.
Written By: Chris
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I would suggest the opposite- that we use their IED program to help the Euros in the nuclear talks. We could announce that they are responsible for killing American soldiers, then launch a retaliatory airstrike against a couple of nuclear facilities. This is kind of a radical idea, but we’ve done retaliatory airstrikes before. As long as we do it nonchalantly, and limit the time frame (say within 1 hour time on target) I think there wouldn’t be much backlash. Then we tell Iran to knock it off. This could be part of a good cop/bad cop tactic. I’d continue to stay out of the nuclear negotiations though.

This plan also ensures Iran’ll be really angry when they finally get nukes.
Written By: Effeminem

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