Wednesday, May 23, 2007

US v. Iran: The Latest

Looks like Bushler & Co. didn't get what they wanted from Iran in terms of getting Iraq off their back, so they're back to using what is now a classic route: corrupting the UN process.

And so, it's back to sanctions threats, badmouthing and namecalling via the prestigious annals of the in-name-only United Nations.

However, US domestic operations in Iran will continue. In case you don't know what those include, just ask your neighborhood Balochi and he'll tell you a thing or two about the bizarre increase in violence in Balochistan lately. And the US government, never one to stray too far from the playground, is also engaging in infantile taunting tactics, such as today's "show of force" by the Navy along Iran's coast in the Persian Gulf.

Iran, for its part, is anything but a spring chicken (much to the dismay of its younger, more ignorant enemies) and is implementing its own measures for protection, warning, and counterattack. There is the stuff that makes headlines (the arrest of scholar Haleh Esfandiari and now a Kian Tajbakhsh). And there is the stuff that doesn't make headlines (such as Iran's arrest last month of FBI Agent Robert Levinson who for some reason had made his over to the Iranian resort island of Kish).

What's next for the US? Certainly not Iran -- it's the last hope the US has of ever getting out of Iraq. Let's hope, for the sake of all the innocents involved in Iraq, that the US grows up soon.

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Thursday, May 17, 2007

NATO News Update

................................A dog dressed for tea? Headline news? Equally absurd, indeed.

It's been weeks since the Saccharinist posted but nothing has changed in the world, as nothing changes when the present becomes history and when the past is repeated. But it's still worthwhile to learn what we can. Yes, the bad stuff of headlines has kept its promise to remain constant.

In the last few weeks in the NATO News (you know, all of the world and local news that pertain to the interests of NATO governments -- excluding all those former Soviet bastions that were recently added to make places like Slovakia feel like they actually exist in the eyes of places like the United States -- and without regard for the point of view of anyone else, even if they happen to be living in a NATO country)... The French elected a hateful conservative to improve their economy, not knowing that money doesn't bring happiness -- may they suffer the greasy consequences. Wolfowitz still hasn't stepped down (what gall), though he may be pushed out before long. The US, desperate for Iran's help in its royal Iraq error, has, out of the blue announced that Iran has suddenly reached high (i.e. still too low to count as even a 1/2 life of nuclear activity) levels of activity in its nuclear reactors -- we all know this is a ploy to force Iran's hand into as much assistance as possible over Iraq. Tony "evil eye" Blair announced he'd step down as Prime Rib and make way for the Lochness Monster. And 3 US soldiers who are missing in Iraq have been shoved off of the world headlines because nobody (i.e. The American Public) wants to hear about how Iraqis somehow not only killed more American soldiers but kidnapped and tortured them before doing so.

In short, the forces of evil prevail, as usual, in our lawless, greedy world -- according to the news. But elsewhere, in abundance that far surpasses the horror that makes the headlines, hundreds of millions of wonderful happy things are happening in the lives of good people -- and this is the sum of today's news, this is why life, on the whole, is rather good for most of us.

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Thursday, May 03, 2007

Ahmadinejad Kiss 'N' Tell

.............................Above, the soon to be infamous kiss of Ahmadinejad and his school teacher.

With one kiss Ahmadinejad has shed light on political rumblings in Iran.

The Western press has picked up on yet another item that suits their needs by headlining the opinions of an obscure fundamentalist newspaper, Hezbollah, which as you can imagine is read by a tiny fraction of Iranians who still align themselves with ultraconservatives. Hezbollah (the newspaper) has expressed outrage and disgust at Ahmadinejad's indecency for kissing the gloved hand of an elderly woman who was once his schoolteacher at a public rally promoting education in Iran this week. Wednesday's article also bothered to mention Ahmadinejad's early presidential announcement that women should be allowed in football stadiums -- as yet further evidence of his unacceptable overtures toward women.

What's interesting here is that the Western press is obviously still on course toward indicating that Ahmadinejad is losing support from his conservative backers. But what Westerners do not realize is that Ahmadinejad's kiss actually helps his image amongst most Iranians. And, presumably amongst the Western public who, whether their governments or press likes it or not, have actually taken a liking to this charismatic fellow. Heck, even Mike Wallace couldn't help but wallow in Ahmadinejad's charm.

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Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Iraq Veto Celebrates Anniversary

................................................................blindfolded Iraqis in Iraq: May 2, 2007
This week has been a whopper for Bushler & Co. First, the 4 year anniversary of Bushler's announcement of the end of combat operations -- also known as the beginning of the real Iraq War -- arrived. Then Bushler vetoed a bill that would end Iraq by the autum of 2008. Then, two of his corrupt cohorts -- Paul "The Cheater" Wolfowitz and Alberto "Gringo" Gonzales -- got away with political murder and continued to refuse resignation. And finally, Bushler's plan to decimate Iraq took full force as 4,000 US soldiers arrived in Iraq this week.

The question that boggles the mind, at this point, is not why inhumane, bigoted, self-serving world leaders continue to allow Bushler & Co. to get away with their crimes. No, the question is why the American public -- of which the American soldiers are comprised -- do not seem to notice or care that their President and his administration are criminals who have destroyed the US economy and any good standing that the US might have had prior to the Wart on Terror.

We'll not mention Iraq or Afghanistan or Darfur or any other utterly destructive international issues that Bushler has initiated or contributed greatly to because the American public is not yet at a stage where they realize that when their government is so ruthless to others, it is no less ruthless to them.

No, let's wonder how many Vietnams, how many Iraqs, how many Katrinas it takes for Americans to realize that they themselves are the biggest victims of their government's foreign policy. It is they who must pay more taxes, for these crimes. It is they who do not receive social care, for these crimes. It is they who remain ignorant, for these crimes. It is they who grow up in a society that does not teach empathy or humanity, for these crimes. Good luck America. When the dust settles on Iraq and the rebuilding once again commences, Iraqis, with their rich and passionate culture and strong family connections, will still be happier than you.

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