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Saturday, July 24, 2004

Surprisingly funny piece by Maureen Dowd:

Last year, Ali G asked James Baker, the Bush I secretary of state, if it was wise for Iraq and Iran to have such similar names. "Isn't there a real danger," the faux rapper wondered, "that someone give a message over the radio to one of them fighter pilots, saying 'Bomb Ira-' and the geezer doesn't heard it properly" and bombs the wrong one?

"No danger," Baker replied.

Well, as it turns out, the United States did bomb the wrong Ira-.

President George W. Bush says he's now investigating Al Qaeda-Iran ties, and whether Iran helped the 9/11 hijackers.

Whoops. Right axis. Wrong evil.

You get the gist, read all of it.
And she's got a point too, even though I doubt she'd be willing to take it serious herself, namely that Iran is a problem. Won't bother posting on that at length right now, but as usual Michael
Ledeen has been sounding the alarm, Charles Krauthammer hammers his point and there's this bit of news which you can view as either chilling or promising:

Israel has completed military rehearsals for a pre-emptive strike against Iran's nuclear power facility at Bushehr, Israeli officials told the London-based Sunday Times.
Such a strike is likely if Russia supplies Iran with fuel rods for enriching uranium. The rods, currently stored at a Russian port, are expected to be delivered late next year after a dispute over financial terms is resolved.

PS: And who says the anti-war leftoid crowd can't have sense of humour anyway? Recently Sephen Pollard linked to this amusing piece:

Large areas of the nation's capital were in ruins as violent protests continued for the third day against a bill that would revive the military draft, but only for neoconservatives.
The bill, officially called the Bellicose Resources Deployment Act but informally known as the Roast Chickenhawk Initiative, would supplement the nation's dwindling supplies of mindless belligerence by drawing on inexhaustible deposits found in seething think tanks, frothing newspaper columns, fulminating talk-radio programs, frenzied Sunday morning television and publications owned by Australians. It would then be shipped to the Middle East, where it is urgently needed.

Churchill during WWII insisted that Iran be known in internal documents as 'Persia' to prevent confusion, also that Iceland and Ireland be referred to as Iceland(c) and Ireland.
You can see why too: it will have spared him a lot of silly jokes ;). In a way though he doesn't really matter as both Ira_s need to taken down. Handily enough for the "peace" movement, all the slogans can be easily recycled as well.

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