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Iran: Offenses Don’t Make Good Friends

Posted by alanmirs on July 17, 2007


Iran: Offenses Don’t Make Good Friends
July 17, 2007; Page A15

Sen. Joseph Lieberman’s claims about Iran’s meddling in Iraq and Afghanistan ("Iran’s Proxy War," editorial page, July 6) are baseless. The presidents of Iraq and Afghanistan have praised Iran’s good neighborly policies, which include a broad range of generous economic, energy, trade and security cooperation.

The U.S.’s claim of "irrefutable evidence" that Iran is arming the Taliban forces in Afghanistan has been dismissed by top officials of the Afghan government — including the defense minister, Abdul Rahim Wardak, in his June 15 interview with the Associated Press. President Hamid Karzai has also dismissed those allegations, calling Iran "a very close friend." The allegation that Iran is supporting the extremist Taliban — against which Iran nearly went to war in 1998 for murdering several Iranian diplomats — is totally groundless and illogical




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