All About Domin-ation

Both the US and UK media are making much of Iran’s recent missile tests, with much huffing and puffing from politicians, adroit whipping up of fervor from news anchors, and mutterings of ‘provocation‘, ‘retaliation‘, ‘determination‘, and many other words ending in ‘ation‘, all uttered with grim indign-ation.

Sadly, what’s missing from all this hot air is even a modicum of truth.

Iran is provoking neither the West, nor Israel, with its military displays. Iran is hardly the aggressor. It is the West and Israel who are saber-rattling once again in the region.

Only a few weeks ago, Israel undertook war games widely viewed as rehearsals for an assault on Iran’s nuclear facilities. Pressure by the US on Eastern Europe to accept missile defense systems on their territory, and the lengths to which Bush and his minions are pursuing that aim, invoking the threat of another cold war with Russia in order to achieve it, are further proof of the militaristic intent of the West to encircle Iran and Syria with armor.

Iran is behaving like any schoolboy under threat from a load of bullying yobs; attempting to appear stronger than it really is, with a show of military might it hopes will cause the bullies to reconsider.

Anyone who doubts the militaristic intent of countries like the US and Israel towards Iran, a nation that stands as the last real barrier to US domination of the region, should ask themselves for what other purpose Israeli warplanes would be using US bases in Iraq, and flying regularly through Iraqi airspace.[1]

It’s strange how Western media outlets have totally failed to broadcast that item of interest to the world.

All-in-all, I think, a definite case of…… procrastin-ation?

[1] “Israeli jets using Iraq’s airspace” Pakistan Daily, July 10th 2008

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JonBenet Ramsey: How Many Are Guilty?

How kind of the Boulder County District Attorney’s office in Colorado to issue a statement today officially clearing the Ramsey family of involvement in the horrific murder of six year old JonBenet Ramsey at her home – in 1996![1]

According to the family lawyer, JonBenet’s father, John Ramsey, was “grateful” for the statement.

Personally, I wouldn’t have been “grateful”, but furious that a case so badly bungled from the start by the Boulder Police Department, allowed to degenerate into a media witch-hunt in which the parents of JonBenet were accused and castigated, has been allowed to drag on for twelve years.

Trial by media in this country is a common occurrence. The emphasis is undeniably ‘guilty until proven innocent’. The Ramsey case is, perhaps, one of the worst examples of its type, compounded by a degree of police ineptitude staggering even for the United States. (This BBC report from August 2006 gives a concise synopsis)[2]

JonBenet’s mother, Patricia, didn’t live to hear this verdict. She died from cancer two years ago, her disease undoubtedly aggravated by the stress of public condemnation.

Research into the case leaves one feeling there are a great number who should suffer shame for the moral crimes committed while the search for this little girl’s killer was so ingloriously conducted.

Whoever did kill JonBenet Ramsey is just one of many with reasons for remorse.

[1] JonBenét Ramsey Wikipedia.

[2] “JonBenet: The case that grips America” BBC, August 29th 2006

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Wolf-Nipple Chips, Anyone? *

There’s been a G8 summit. Has anyone noticed? It was billed as the most important G8 ever, which is hardly surprising when a global recession means the rich and powerful have to tighten their belts and cut back on the caviar. That’s bad news, especially for their personal cardiologists.

Still, hard times just around the corner is reason enough for splashing out on a darned good nosh, and that’s exactly what our esteemed leaders masticated their way through this week in Japan.

Lunch was a mere four courses (asparagus and truffle soup, crab and supreme of chicken served with nuts and beetroot foam, followed by a cheese selection, peach compote, milk ice-cream and coffee with petits fours) helped down with lashings of Chateau-Grillet 2005 (presently on offer by the Sunday Times Wine Club at $193 a bottle, though that’s certainly a member price).

The dinner menu comprised aperitifs of ‘corn stuffed with caviar, smoked salmon and sea urchin, hot onion tart and winter lily bulb’, followed by diced fatty tuna fish, avocado and jellied soy sauce, and pickled conger eel with soy sauce. The main course featured a selection of ‘milk-fed lamb, roasted lamb with cepes, and black truffle with emulsion sauce’, followed by ‘a “fantasy” dessert, a special cheese selection accompanied by lavender honey and caramelized nuts, while coffee came with candied fruits and vegetables.’[1]

Following the dinner, British prime minister Gordon Brown announced Britons must stop wasting food, as it had become far to precious a commodity to be thrown away.[2] This was shortly after attempting to dance the conga with Angela Merkel, but prior to belching the host-nation’s national anthem in the Japanese prime minister’s left ear. That feat failed to arouse the acclaim of other world leaders who were outside cheering on Italian premier Silvio Berlusconi as he chased George W Bush around the gardens, brandishing a Samurai sword and threatening to sever George from his manhood for daring to label him a ‘despicable political amateur’.[3]

It took a full week of wine-drinking before they could agree on global warming, though commentators concur it resulted in only one more of many short, hesitant, steps in the right direction.

It’s not a problem, though.

All that’s needed is for someone to talk the planet into slowing climate change to a more leisurely pace, so that our esteemed leaders may have a chance to catch up.

*Apologies to Monty Python.

[1] “Just two of the 19 dishes ………” Guardian, July 8th 2008

[2] “Stop wasting food, Brown urging” BBC, July 7th 2008

[3] “Bush sorry over Berlusconi insult” BBC, July 8th 2008

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