One of the brighter commentators pointed out before Conservative Prime Minister Cameron assumed power in the UK that the new government would be forced into actions that 'would make the Tories unelectable for a generation,' and that appears inevitable, a silver lining and the most likely scenario.
The regular pronouncements by the Mullahs that nuclear weapons are hateful to God, like many of their statements, an underlining of the obvious, is never going to get any air time in the US, I fear. Even the blogosphere avoids it. Too confrontational, I suppose; it wouldn’t be very bright to call a liar a fellow who's announced he has the right to kill you at his discretion.
The Russians have achieved their centuries old dream of a warm water port, escaping from the network of missile bases the US had built around them, (all aimed at 'rogue states' like Iran, ca va sans dire, of course, of course.) A number of their warships were docked at the Syrian port of Tartous, somewhat north of Lebanon, together with the Iranian ships that recently sailed through the Suez Canal.
Recently discovered, though it has been headline stuff for some time, but only in Arabic and Russian language spaces, is that large numbers of Russian troops were on board the warships, and that these have been landed in Syria. 'Military advisors,' of course, the Russians have got the hang of properly 'kulturny' language by now, but leaving Senator McCain and his ilk in the US very far behind the curve. They'll have to make do with Kofi Annan.
Add that to the South Stream pipeline, leaving the US favored Nabucco pipeline nowhere, and a massively anchored rear end back in Asia with their Chinese allies, and it's looking pretty good for them.
On a recent trip to the United States, Barack Obama took David Cameron to a Native Indian American gathering.
He spoke for almost an hour on his plans for a Carbon Trading Tax for the UK, America and Europe.
At the conclusion of his speech, the crowd presented him with a plaque inscribed with his new Indian name – Walking Eagle.
A very chuffed David Cameron then departed in his motorcade, waving to the crowds.
A news reporter later asked the traditional Chief of the Indians how they came to select the new name given to the P.M.
He explained that Walking Eagle is the name given to a bird so full of shit it can no longer fly.
This is the gentleman, as far as my gleanings from the other side of the Atlantic have been able to gather, who has so far privatized the NHS, (the national health service), the prisons, even the police, and now proposes to sell off the country’s main roads, the motorways, to private equity groups in an effort to do everything possible to imitate the USA. I freely confess I am not one of his fans.
My point is that the inhabitants of the 'Islands of the Blessed' as the British Isles were known in the ancient world, can not escape the effect of events in the outside world. That is more especially so in the case of a ruler (Walking Eagle) who is openly trying to make the country a carbon copy of all the failed systems plaguing the USA.
The main policy drive of the USA is the anti-Iran initiative, slavishly imitated by Walking Eagle, whose aim is repeat in that country what was achieved in Libya, the complete destruction of a country that gave all its citizens free healthcare, free education, free study abroad, something westerners can only dream of. It therefore seems reasonable to mention some of the Iranian statements, such as that nuclear weapons are hateful to God, that will never be allowed to see the light of day by Walking Eagle or his US model, and to highlight some of the political realities of Syria, perhaps a target even before Iran.
(At least I didn't raise the role of the Bank for International Settlements, or its tentacles the IMF and World Bank.)
As the trees say in the Lord of the Rings, anything worth saying is worth saying at great length.
Boring I may be, but brief I ain't.