Wednesday, April 14, 2004

This morning, I had a good laugh reading the two main news pieces of the day.

News item number #1- I read that a delegation from Iran has arrived to mediate the Sadr situation at the behest of the U.S.

I always say it, but you have to admire the craftiness of the IRI. Only a week ago, Iran held no sway over Sadr supporters but was nonetheless implicated in inciting violence. One week later, they figure, what the hell, we are getting blamed anyway, might as well turn this card game around. So they act the part of diplomats and take the influence they don't have over to Iraq, looking like the perfect little neighbors, ostensibly to help their muslim brothers, but really scoring points with the U.S. and maintaining their stranglehold on the iranian people.

Very crafty, right? So I had to have myself a laugh.

News Item #2- Bush meets and greets Sharon. A chimpanzee and a hog in the White House, and both of them wearing ties that match the Israeli flag. Now, how could i not laugh at that?

But that was this morning. Now I am sad and angry.

You'd be hard pressed to find an important world event that the IRI hasn't figured how to turn to its advantage: The Russian-Chechnya conflict, the war between Armenia and Azerbaijan, the Iran-Iraq war, the U.S. wars on Afghanistan and now Iraq.

Meanwhile, the Iranian "opposition" dreams up 7,000 years of "Aryan" glory, each day becoming more pathetic and delusional than the day before.

And the Bush-Sharon meeting? Once I read the details of their public statements, I was completely infuriated. Bush calling Sharon's murderous rampages "courageous actions", endorsing the theft of more lands from the Palestinians, and once again denying their right to return to their ancestral homeland.

Ra'ed has managed, as always, to keep his biting humour in today's post on, among other things, what he has called Bush's neo-Balfour declaration. So you should just read his stuff, if you don't do so already.