Yes, you are right, Iran has a terrific influence on Iraq, part of it is security influence but also - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Julie
    • 17.08.11 | 05:37 (IDT)

    Because most part of Iraq and all the oil-rich area of Iraq were part of Iran until just 60 years ago. when I was talking with people in Basra they could not understand I am a Basra girl or a Tehrani girl. They could not believe I am Iranian when they were seeing that my daily life is so similar the story of girls in their city. It is what all people who has been part of Iranian civilization share together , even Iranian Jewish people who did not move out of Iran despite the whole pressure of government.It is Iranian identity and culture. It is not a good thing for us because it gives us a strong identity which makes us different from others and makes our integration with other civilization difficult, but it is a reality that does exist among ourselves , we are the same family . Going to more objective issues, many families in Iran and Iraq are divided by two , and many others are old Iranian immigrants. when US urged the Kurds to make riots against Sadam, and then reached an agreement with sadam and left both Iranian and Kurdish to Sadam to chemical them, then we died together and when one million Iraqi hungrily ran to our boarders, we fed them without any pre-conditions which the science of economics and governance imposes, in a time we ourselves did not have enough to eat . I personally knew the house of currently many Iraqi figures in Tehran just beside my school or my work place. And we placed them in best places when any victory over Sadam was not foreseeable. I think they are remembering also those hard days that today like us, although our curse security systems damages them and ourselves. They also know that the curse security system never can be as cruel to them as US was and killed two millions of them without ant expression of regret.They know our country also want to exploit them, but they also know that our country is the only one who unlike the coalition forces cares about their lives more than their oils.

    from the article: Iraq is caught between Iran and the Arab world
    First published 01:51 17.08.11 | Last updated 01:51 17.08.11
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