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February 3, 2013 12:59 pm

Former Iraqi Parliamentarian Says Obama to Meet With Ahmadinejad

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Former Iraqi Parliamentarian Mithal al Alusi contacted me by phone last week to report that, according to “good sources,” U.S. President Barack Obama is expected to meet soon with Iranian Prime Minister Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Alusi, who served two terms in Iraq’s Parliament and has promoted normalized relations between Iraq and Israel, has frequently been prescient in alerting the West about developments in Iraq. Last April, he told this reporter that Iraqi politicians were participating in large scale money-laundering and smuggling  to help the Iranian regime skirt U.S.-led sanctions, a report which was confirmed several months later by The New York Times.

Alusi said the sources of the current information about Obama’s intended visit to Tehran are “good sources, not the same [that reported the collusion between elements in Iraq’s government and the Iranian regime] but the same level.”

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“There is a plan for President Obama to visit Tehran,” Alusi said. “The new thing will be, ‘Iran will be contained'” or that the [Iranian] regime and Obama will shake hands” after Iran’s leaders promise to halt their efforts to obtain nuclear weapons, Alusi said.

In addition to saying this information came from high levels, Alusi offered his opinion on the matter.

“It looks like visiting Hitler,” said Alusi. “Is it true history is repeating itself? Is it true the superpower doesn’t understand the Mideast? Is it true [Obama] will shake hands with someone who … [says], ‘I will eliminate a country and a people?’ It is a crazy idea, to me.”

Nevertheless, Alusi believes Obama will soon travel to meet with Ahmadinejad and that the U.S. President sees the potential visit as an opportunity to bridge a diplomatic impasse “like Nixon as he visit[ed] China.”

Alusi shared his view that he would support diplomatic efforts in the Mideast, even with extremists, if he believed they could work – but he doesn’t believe they can, and the danger is that the extremists will buy time and gain strength.

“If this is such kind of situation we [who support] democratic peace, civility–we are in danger,” he said. “The Iranians are going to promise they won’t make a bomb. But [to themselves] they will say, ‘America is not serious.’

“The Iranian tactic is clear. I am an Oriental man; I understand this. They [will] say, ‘We will not have it.’ They [will] have the know-how, the stability in policy. They will work quietly. And one day they will surprise us.”

“Mr. Obama, don’t do something stupid.

“I will never trust terrorists and extremists, never.”

Alusi’s two sons, Jamal, 22, and Ayman, 30, were murdered by terrorists in February, 2005, apparently as “payback” for their father’s having visited Israel – a taboo in Iraqi society.

Shortly after the attack, Alusi told reporters, “I have always urged politicians to avoid trying to lead a dialogue with terrorists. Any kind of inviting murderers to dialogue means giving them a little bit of legitimacy, which they do not have. They do not have the right to play with us.”

Refusing to be intimidated after the murders, Alusi stayed in Iraq and continued to build the political party his fallen sons had helped him establish. In December, 2005, he was elected to Iraq’s Parliament, where he went on to serve two terms. He has visited Israel several times since and survived an assassination attempt last February.

In 2008, Iraq’s highest court upheld Alusi’s right to travel to Israel and ruled his fellow Parliamentarians, many of whom said they had voted under duress and threat of violence, had no right to strip him of his immunity or security protection for visiting the Jewish State.

Last week Alusi cautioned that, should Ahmadinejad give an assurance the regime will halt its nuclear program, “It doesn’t mean we are secure, just that they will push the problem down a couple of years.”

At the time of publication, the White House had not yet responded to The Algemeiner’s request for comment on the report.

UPDATE: A White House spokesperson denied the report in an email to The Algemeiner, saying, “There is no meeting scheduled between President Obama and President Ahmadinejad.”

The spokesperson also added details of American intentions in dealing with the Iranian threat:

“Our focus is working with our P5+1 partners to bring Iran back to the negotiating table.  The P5+1 has proposed concrete dates and venues ever since early December.  After these proposals were not agreed to by Iran, the P5+1’s latest proposal is the week of February 25 in Kazakhstan.  It is good to hear that Foreign Minister Salehi finally confirmed this date and location.  We hope the negotiating team will also confirm.  It is time for Iran to come back to the negotiating table as soon as possible so that we can start dealing with substance again and make concrete progress regarding the international community’s concerns about the nature of the Iranian nuclear program.”

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  • mark stern

    If that is true then it is bad news for Israel and the whole civilized world. I’m surprised that a man like Obama doesn’t realize that if he is going to talk with Ahmadinejad he will forever be condemned like Chamberlain.

  • Mel

    Obama needs to receive his marching orders

  • E Pluribus Beagle

    You assume Obama is merely naive or ignorant. I suggest he merely agrees with much of what Ahmadinejad has to say. After all even if the Hitler Chamberlain metaphor is correct – most of the leaders in Europe AGREED with what Hitler was saying so long as he didn’t mean to attack them. The UK was fine with Anschluss and the Sudentenland as long as he didn’t invade the UK. The French were happy to get kicked out of the Ruhr as long as he didn’t attack France. And so on and on. And in so far as the Jews were concerned, dear me, Hitler said out loud must most of them did AND STILL DO, say quietly amongst themselves.

    No I’m afraid that Second Term Obama doesn’t worry what happens as long as he gets what he wants. And since he’s overseeing the end of Pax Americana and end of America’s role in the world, who better to hand it off to than Iran, who he’s already handed most of the Mideast and West Asia to already.

  • It will be identical to Chaimberlain meeting Hitler…As Yogi said…Deja vu all over again

  • Harriet Hilecher

    Do not trust Ahmadinijad for one moment! He is a terrorist sworn to annihilate Israel. He has no other plan for the Jewish State. Obama does not understand the hatred of the muslim mentality against Israel!

  • Yoel Nitzarim

    Mr. Barack Hussein Obama:
    One does not make peace with a terrorist! One does not trust a terrorist! One does not trust someone who repeatedly chants “Death to America!” One does not waste one’s time with an academic’s irrational, stupid pronouncement that the Holocaust never occurred. One does not respect one who compares the Holocaust to the predicament of the so-called Palestinians. Meeting with Ahmadinejad is like meeting with the world’s most infamous Holocaust denier. Have you not learned anything from the historical meeting between Chamberlain and Hitler? Or as the Commander-in-chief of the United States of America and the one who has yet to explain responsibly what happened to the four innocent massacred Americans, including the United States Ambassador to Libya, at Benghazi, Libya, on September 11, 2012, are you again irresponsibly going to meet with a man who regards you as the President of the Great Satan? Or are you equivocating again as in the image of you skeet shooting when at the same time you have been promoting more than a score of federal laws against the distribution of guns in the United States. Side-stepping the real issue with Iran and play acting with its inimical leader only perpetuates the image of the United States as a has-been, weak-kneed, cowardly, halting failure on the world stage.