Tuesday, February 22, 2005

woke up this morning to the sad news of another fatal quake in iran, so far nearly 400 people are reported to have been killed.

just heard on the bbc that iran is the world's most earthquake prone spot, located on the convergence of three plates that are constantly squeezing it. an appropriate metaphor, i think, for capturing iran's cultural, political, and social facets if you change the 3 plates to 300, or perhaps 3000.

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next door in iraq, interest seems to have waned in the elections. how on earth chalabi ended up being a top contender in the prime minister race is beyond me. remember last month's announcement by the iraqi minister of defense that chalabi would be soon arrested? how about when U.S forces raided Chalabi's home and offices last spring, seizing documents and computers? U.S. suspicions that he was a double agent for iran? oh, and never mind the falsified documents and "intelligence" he provided in helping the U.S. administration make their phony WMD claims.

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as for the democratic process in iran, the presidential elections are coming up in june, and we still dont have official announcements of candidates. it wont matter who is running, of course, if scott ritter is right in claiming that plans for a june attack on iran have been submitted to the president, and that bush has approved them.