Middle East quickies

US to detail who paid bribes in Iraq oil sales: This is actually a pretty interesting report that’s about to come out. If you wondered why France was so opposed to the Iraq war, it has everything to do with what’s going to come out in this document, and very little to do with them having an opinion, or really even caring, about the wisdom of the war itself. (I’ve been waiting for this one for a little while – it’s interesting stuff. And I can promise you that major French companies don’t engage in this sort of large-scale operation without the full knowledge and consent of the government)

President Ahmadinejad of Iran calls for anihilation of Israel: Just in case anyone forgot during the past couple of years, Iran – specifically its hard-liner government, which is back in full control after the last election – is not your friend. In fact, it’s safe to say that this government considers itself to be your enemy, and would quite happily kill you if it got a chance. (That’s “you” referring to anyone living in the US, Israel, and probably the UK. Well, and several other places, too.)

Oh yes, and they have intermediate-range ballistic missiles and are working on nuclear weapons.

(Coming soon: A more detailed Middle-East Roundup which I started writing on the flight home. There’s a lot to say right now)

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Published in: on October 26, 2005 at 18:45  Comments (2)  
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  1. You know, I marched against the war way before it started. I’m as antiwar as anyone. But I was always a little embarrassed by the unabashed adoration for the French that some of my fellow protesters displayed. I mean, at least I could understand the anti-French backlash, as silly as it was. But the whole idea that the French were somehow taking a righteously moral position was just ignorant.
    The French will pursue their (perceived) national interests, as we will pursue ours. I guess the reason I can never get along with other lefties is that they’re hung up on moral posturing and never consider the realities of politics.
    And oy, don’t even get me started on the guy who came to every protest with his UN flag.

  2. You know, I marched against the war way before it started. I’m as antiwar as anyone. But I was always a little embarrassed by the unabashed adoration for the French that some of my fellow protesters displayed. I mean, at least I could understand the anti-French backlash, as silly as it was. But the whole idea that the French were somehow taking a righteously moral position was just ignorant.
    The French will pursue their (perceived) national interests, as we will pursue ours. I guess the reason I can never get along with other lefties is that they’re hung up on moral posturing and never consider the realities of politics.
    And oy, don’t even get me started on the guy who came to every protest with his UN flag.


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