Friday, March 30, 2007

Hopefully, No One Believes This Nonsense: Iran is Pushing the Envelope and Should Soon Get Its Comeuppance



Like a child who keeps misbehaving in front of its parents, Iran is on notice that it's only a matter of time before the thwacking begins. And it should be one that it never forgets.

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

Well it looks like the accused British operatives will be put on trial so at least the truth will be heard.

As an American, I'm embarrassed to acknowledge that this is more than we offer so-called "enemy combatants" in our own "war if terror" prisons.

Jungle Mom said...

Trial?!?! Truth!?!? Have you ever lived under tyranny and seen the trials? Be VERY glad you are an American!

Webutante said...

I agree with you Jungle Mom. Anonymous should come to live in Venezuela for a while and get a first hand expereience of a "trail," Chavez style.

Also, from everything I can discern, the GPS records show these British sailors were not in Iranian waters at the time of their capture.

Anonymous said...

Well you found one of your two spelling mistakes...

envelope(n.) has a terminal "e"!

Did you go to a Christian school?

Webutante said...

A Christian school? What an odd question.

Actually, I went to public schools until my sophomore year. However, spelling has never been my strong suit. Or is it suite?

Thank you for being a human spell-check. I am actually more comfortable with the language of mathmatics, if the truth be known.

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Anonymous said...

We snatched some Iranian guests of the Shia in Iraq, the Iranians snatched some British soldiers in the Persian Gulf. A quid pro quo hostage exchange, glazed with some face-saving spin, will remedy this without anyone getting thwacked.

Webutante said...

I don't subscribe to the same moral equivalence that you do. And it appears that you are no particular friend of the United States...quick to criticze and slow to defend her.

Anonymous said...

I make no inferences about the morals and motives of the players - I just a described a likely outcome that doesn't result in (civilian) bloodshed. Wouldn't that be a refreshing resolution? The families of the captive Brits and Iranians might just agree.

It's very easy for us to brandish our sabers and water-boards from the safety our extraordinarily privileged position.

Webutante said...

Make no mistake, I do make inferences about the morals and motives of the players.

And frankly, finding scenarios that
don't bring bloodshed is, in my opinion,nothing but a short-term fix that forestalls the inevitable greater blood that will be shed down the line.

Anonymous said...

Iran has already reaped huge dividends from the deposition of Saddam and the ascendancy of Iraq's kindred Shi'a. From an Iranian perspective, the bungled US occupation is a gift that just keeps on giving. Iran is now unquestionably the most powerful and influential player in the region. But, as for all modern nations, Iranian society is poly-valent.

On this diverse and dynamic domestic political stage President Ahmadinejad is vulnerable. The economy is not performing well and the prospects are poor for the largest segments of Iran's burgeoning population. By agitating for a confrontation with US/Britain, Ahmadinejad gains "cred" from patriotic/extremist/ultra-religious Iranians - sound familiar? This in part accounts for the muted rhetoric from Blair/Bush.

It's much more complex than the "spare the rod spoil the child" scenario.

If you're interested in enriching your understanding of the "misbehaving child" you might want to read up on the history of Iran (1921 -1979). Take particular note of the less than benevolent roles of Europe and the US during this period.

I look forward to your reply.