Does it mean I’m getting better if I can laugh at a botched execution?
The Maliki government in Iraq managed to botch the execution of Saddam’s half brother, his head was literally torn off during his hanging. They helpfully filmed the whole thing, apparently the production values of the cell phone pics of Saddam’s execution weren’t high enough. My first response upon reading of the decapitation…well, he’s dead, isn’t he? What’s the problem? I mean, this isn’t like a medical operation gone bad, the patient wasn’t expected to survive the procedure.
The problem of course is that perception is everything. The Arab street now has more evidence that these executions are more about revenge than justice. Just what Iraq and the world need now, more Shiite/Sunni conflict. I would speculate that soon there won’t be any people left in Iraq, but unfortunately huge numbers of Iraqis now live in refuge camps. And refuge camps usually have the highest birth rate imaginable, there’s not a whole lot else to do in one. So lots of new Iraqis, and young Iraqis are growing up in a world where violence is normal. Yeah, that’s gonna help.
The USA continues to do everything it can to blame the problems in Iraq on Iran. Yes, the Iranians are going to give their Sunni enemies weapons to use on their Shiite friends. And at the same time provide the USA with a casus belli to attack Iran. Why would Iran help their enemies and give the USA an excuse to attack them? Especially when the insurgents seem to be doing just fine without their help? They wouldn’t, so I can understand why people think Bush is just setting up an excuse to attack Iran. The insurgents are most likely deriving what help they need from their friends in Jordan, not that they need any help. The insurgents are making a billion dollars a year from Iraqi oil, this is easily one of the best funded insurgencies in history. How’s that for bleak irony, the Sunnis are using the oil we thought we were going to steal fair and square to fund attacks on American soldiers. Again, I repeat my call to start naming gas stations after our fallen in Iraq.
Speaking of Iran, there is increasing evidence of internal opposition to President Ahmadinejad’s hard line policies. Hell, the opposition in Iran is more vocal than the so called opposition in the USA. Makes me wonder which is the more democratic country frankly. Americans may have more personal freedoms than almost anyone in the world, but we seem to have almost no say in our nation’s foreign policy. An interesting situation indeed. The conspiracy theory folks think our personal freedoms will be curtailed when the next 9-11 happens, and that millions of American will be going to concentration camps. I hope and pray they are wrong, but I fear for my country if there is another 9-11. Hysterical over reaction seems to be our national policy these days.
Thanks for all the well wishing, my lingering cold/flu/whatever is finally going away. Nasty business, other local folks have had the same problem. A week of bed rest is doing the trick. And a good thing too, I think I’m just a few Star Trek reruns away from permanent brain damage. The temperature outside is going up, our worst cold spell in decades is over, thanks to forty pounds of feline bed warmers I survived that too. :)
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