Removing Saddam strengthened Iran

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Political Islam expert Vali Nasr says the removal of Saddam Hussein from power in Iraq by the US during the invasion of the country in 2003 strengthened Iran's strategic viability and increased its regional popularity, especially among Iraq's Shia majority.


Nasr, author of the recently published book The Shia Revival, says despite its defiant rhetoric Iran is really seeking open and wide-ranging normalisation talks with Washington.

Professor of Middle East and South Asia Politics at the Naval Postgraduate School in California, Nasr was one several Middle East experts recently invited by George Bush, the US president, to brief him on internal Iraqi religious and political dynamics.

The following excerpts are from his interview to Aljazeera.net.
http://english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/0F303D0C-E154-4D09-88D4-F79CC9BFBF63.htm
 
#4
True but hardly difficult to predict, what we now need is Saddam V 2.0
 
#7
Surely the Spams saw this coming?

After all it was them that coined the phrase 'the domino effect' :roll: :roll: :roll:
 
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