Saturday, October 27, 2007
Yes, I said it before and I'll say it again. Things look dicey with Iran. The US has imposed more sanctions, just like in the lead-up to Iraq. And the talk coming out of the Whitehouse is similar to the lead-up to Iraq. And now Russia is getting more and more upset with us. Putin compared the US missile defense shield to the Cuban Missile Crisis. I've been watching the national news on the ABC network and even their anchors are comparing what's happening with Iran to the lead-up to Iraq. (All I can say to that is "It's about damn time!") I have two schools of thought on this. First, the administration is just stupid (all of our troops are tied up in Iraq). Second, they're not stupid, they're positive a democrat will win in 2008 and they can dump the war on the democratic president. No one will remember who started it, just that the democrats lost the war. Right now I'd say it's about 50-50 which one is correct.
Israel wants to stop rocket attacks from coming out of the Gaza Strip by cutting electricity to the area. Apparently Israel supplies about 60% of the electricity used in Gaza where the population is around 1.5 million. Israel is saying this will not cause a crisis in Gaza. I really wonder sometimes where they get the nerve to say things like that. The situation is already very bad in Gaza. Hamas (who I will remind my readers was democratically elected) is in charge in Gaza and the whole strip is being marginalized by Israel and Fatah (who controls the West Bank). People have trouble getting in or out, and I believe government workers are STILL waiting to be paid. When I say government workers, I'm not talking about terrorists, I'm talking about regular civil service jobs filled by everyday people who can't buy food for their families. Now they won't get enough electricity either. I hope the winters in Gaza aren't too cold.
I'm back, and it's none too soon! There's a lot happening all over the Middle East. We've got the situation with Turkey and the Kurds; the US is turning Karbala over to the Iraqis; there's a kid's circus in Israel composed of Muslims and Jews that is bringing people together; Combatants for Peace is made up of Palestinians and Israelis who want peace; Alan Johnston speaks about being held captive in Gaza for three months; and a lot more. I'll try to get up-to-date on what's going on.