Memo to the Iranian government: Thanks, but no thanks. Your offer to help calm the escalating violence in neighboring Iraq is far too little too late.

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad offered his country's help if the United States would stop its bullying of Iran. The Iranian government is believed to have backed and armed Iraqi Shiite militias that have been blamed for sectarian attacks that have killed thousands this year.

The same Iranian government continues to defy the U.S.-backed resolutions passed by the U.N. Security Council. The U.N. wants Iran to suspend uranium enrichment projects which could lead to development of atomic weapons.

Meanwhile, Iran has denied reports of an Arab summit involving Iraq and Syria. Iraq's president was scheduled to visit Tehran this past week but had to cancel due to airport security considerations in Baghdad.

The meeting was planned to coincide with a meeting of President Bush and Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. The two leaders are scheduled to meet in Jordan Wednesday and Thursday.

Sunni, Shiite and Kurdish leaders have appealed for an end to violence in Iraq, hoping to end sectarian fighting that appears headed for an all-out civil war.

Mr. al-Maliki believes that the surge in violence comes from excessively vitriolic political rhetoric, such as that which often comes from Iran.

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