Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Annus horribilis: part one
I don't want to read the newspaper, lately. Nevertheless, let's look at some disparate pieces.
Yes, of course the ballot boxes were stuffed. Maliki did it in 2010, and he's done it again, now. For some not especially obscure reasons, the USofA encouraged Maliki to get away with it in 2010. That, some of us now can see, was a big mistake.
The creation of a parliamentary system, rather than a typically authoritarian Middle Eastern presidential system, might be a step in the right direction. Just the same, expect an independent Kurdistan, and good luck to them.
Probably there is too much billionaire opposition to the "Islamic State" for it to make substantial headway in the near or not so near future, but who knows? One dreadful shithead. Another dreadful shithead. Go figure.
Since, according to Israeli authorities, no Israelis actually have died from the Palestinian rocket attacks, and close on two hundred Gaza civilians have died in Israeli air strikes, it seems like somebody might be overreacting.
Israel attributes the missile attacks to Hamas, but provides no proof. Islamic Jihad seems a more likely suspect, but the potential reconciliation of Hamas and the PLO is a greater threat to Israel's apartheid state.
There will be more to come; and soon, I hope. I will do my best to smack myself out of this sad, soporific suspension of distaste and remind myself that, even if I am likely to die before any of this is resolved, I still can try to provide my particular prospectus.
I like it. Do you?