Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Middle East Rundown 1-10-12
As Ahmadinejad visits his good old buddy Chavez in Venezuela, the two have found time from the their busy schedules to take a moment and discuss bombing Washington D.C. The press has been so nice to them going with the story that they were just joking. Anyone else remember the crap Reagan for joking about bombing things? God forbid Bush had joked about bombing anywhere. And if Obama, well actually if Obama said he was bombing D.C. himself, he'd probably get cheers from the press.
Meanwhile back home in Iran, the IAEA has confirmed that Iran is truly enriching uranium at it's Fordo site, well beyond the percentage required for peaceful energy purposes. Seems that we were totally on top of things with this article. Even Russia has expressed "regret" that Iran continues on this path that only idiots wouldn't recognize as being towards nuclear armament.
Remember when the US Navy rescued Iranians the other day? Well it kind of got repeated. Only this time it was the US Coast Guard rescuing stranded Iranian fisherman, who's boat was sinking, in the Persian Gulf. Iran has yet to comment to this one, but don't be surprised if they say the US sabotaged or sank the boat on purpose.
Hold on! What the hell is the US Coast Guard doing in the Persian Gulf? As @prfekrdumbrella tweeted, "Which of the 57 states are defending in the Persian Gulf?" A most excellent question. Since when does the United States have coast on the Persian Gulf? US Navy being there, that's what they're there for. Coast Guard? Aren't they for things a little closer to home?
Moving on to Bahrain. Protesters there gathered by the thousands in front of the United Nation buildings to demand that the UN help them against their government and it's oppressive ways of teargas and stun guns. Don't hold your breath there. It's taken the UN eight months to decide they should meet to discuss Syria, where thousands of people have been killed.
Speaking of Syria, President Bashar al-Assad made a televised address blaming basically the entire world for instigating the trouble his government is having. Not exactly new, but he did add the Arab League to his list of those responsible for encouraging terrorist acts in Syria. As mentioned the UN has finally decide that the Security Council should address the troubles there. So in another couple of years maybe they'll decide on action there.