Iraqi “democracy” isn’t really going as planned:
The US-backed Iraqi government sent an official representative to this week’s meeting of the Arab League Boycott Office in Damascus, The Jerusalem Post has learned, prompting criticism from members of Congress and the Bush administration.
Liaison officers from 14 countries met for four days this week to discuss ways of intensifying the Arab embargo against Israel. Among those taking part were delegates from several ostensible US allies, such as Iraq, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Kuwait.
Tom Casey, a spokesman for the US State Department, told the Post that Washington was unhappy with Baghdad’s action.
“We are disappointed by the decision of the Iraqi government to attend this meeting, and will be noting our concerns with Iraqi officials,” he said. “We have raised this issue with Iraqi officials in the past and expect to raise it with them again.”
“The US position on the Arab League boycott is well known,” Casey noted, adding that “perpetuation of the Arab League boycott does greatest harm to those who participate in it by hampering their efforts to develop their economies.”
Speaking of Western disappointment in the Middle East…