After Cheney Left, Egypt Places Blame for Iraq on Bush Administration

16 de may de 2007

<body><div id="article"><tr><td height="28" valign="middle" width="184"></td><td valign="middle" width="185"></td></tr><h1>After Cheney Left, Egypt Places Blame for Iraq on Bush Administration</h1><p>May 16 (EIRNS)--The former editor-in-chief of the official Egyptian daily <em>Al-Ahram</em> , Ibrahim Nafie, who is a close contact of President Hosni Mubarak, signed an op-ed in the same paper the day after Cheney concluded his visit to the region.</p><p>"There is no doubt left any more that the United States is fully responsible for everything happening in Iraq now: murder and mass destruction", writes Nafie. He adds: "It was the U.S. which took the decision to invade Iraq on the basis of hollow pretexts, dissolved the Iraqi army and government institutions, and created the vacuum which has lead to the current chaos, and Iraq has become a theatre for international terrorist groups which did not exist in that country during Saddam Hussein's reign."</p><p>Nafie also charges that "the policy pursued by the U.S. Administration towards Iraq's neighbors, and specifically Iran, has lead to the worsening of the situation on the ground and the expansion of armed actions, killings and bombings."</p><p>Nafie calls for an comprehensive dialogue for national reconciliation in Iraq, and the inclusion of the Sunni "national resistance forces" in the political process.</p></div></body>