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Friday, June 02, 2006

I thought it was a song by a haircut band 

From Pakistan, TeethMaestro blogs about an imminent invasion of Iran by the U.S., Israel, and Turkey:

Total world domination is what appears to the ultimate goal of the United States of America. The US has been playing the same tactics it was found guilty off a few years back when it was itching to dip into the oily waters of Iraq. It threw at the UN and the world every conceivable trick in the book, and when the world/UN said Fuck Off, it turned around hid under the banner of terrorism and WMD’s went gun blazing into Iraq alone with a handful of supporting countries. Is that the notion of democracy it lives by, when you loose a democratic discussion turn sour act like a rotten kid and do what you want. After three years it was only last week did the US President FINALLY admit to some mistakes - knock-knock, wake-up was he living on earth when all the body bags were showing up at the door?...

Coming to Iran, the US has been planning for such an invasion into Iran for some time to an extent that coalition partners, which include the US, Israel and Turkey have been in “an advanced stage of readiness” since early 2005.

I don't know where Teeth Maestro gets these crazy ideas. Or maybe I do:

All the news programs today discussed what to do with Iran given that they did not stop their nuclear activity by today as demanded.

Marvin Kalb stated “of course the US is not able to invade Iran today” as though this was axiomatic. But is it?

Suppose that the US bombs the hell out of Iran’s nuclear facilities, institutions of government, army and revolutionary guards. Then follow that up with an invasion of Iran with 100,000 or its troops now in Iraq whose job it would be to make sure all targets are destroyed. Then the US troops could withdraw to Iraq.

Another reason to invade is to humiliate them.

Yeah, but that was just a blogger, not a government official.

Three possibilities loom regarding Iran's nuclear program, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton told Neil Cavuto on Fox News' "Your World" program.

"There is the possibility of diplomatic negotiations with Iran, if they show they're serious . . . we have the Security Council, with potential economic sanctions, and we have the activity that we can engage in without Security Council approval - the president's ?proliferation Security Initiative' to deny Iran sensitive materials and technology, the financial pressure that we can apply, and the support for the democracy movement in Iran."...

Bolton made it clear that President Bush wants to find a diplomatic solution to the Iran situation, but that we are nearing the end game. "I think it's important that [Iran] take a very careful look at what Secretary Rice laid out . . . because it really is their last chance, in many respects," Bolton told Cavuto.

Now I'll grant that when Iran acts irresponsibly, the Neville Chamberlain approach is not the best one to take - look at the millions of lives that were lost because of that strategy. However, there's no need to invade Iran to control them. Cartoons are just as effective. Flood the country with cartoons and people will be too agitated to operate a microwave, much less a nuclear bomb.

Actually, it appears that Hamshahri is too busy to have selected a winner in their Holocaust cartoon contest. Some readers may cancel their subscriptions if they don't act soon.

Which brings us to A Flock of Seagulls. The Columbus Dispatch has the latest (emphasis mine):

Lifestyle Communities Pavilion, 405 Neil Ave. -- Gov't Mule, Umphrey's McGee, 6 p.m. June 9, sold out; Rob Thomas, Jewel, Toby Lightman, 6 p.m. June 13, $55; Ani DiFranco, Hammel on Trial, June 22, $34.50; "Hit Me '80s One More Time: The Knack, Missing Persons, A Flock of Seagulls," 6 p.m. June 23, $15/$20; Trapt & Shinedown, Evans Blue and Halestorm, 4 p.m. June 24; Elvis Costello & the Imposters, Allen Toussaint with the Crescent City Horns, 6:30 p.m. June 30, $30-$55; Taking Back Sunday, Angels & Airways, Head Automatica, the Subways, 5 p.m. July 4, $27; Hip Hop & R&B Explosion featuring Fat Joe with Pitbull, Nina Sky & Rashad, 6:30 p.m. July 7, $25/$35; Alice Cooper, 6 p.m. July 8, $25.50/$30.50; String Cheese Incident, 6 p.m. July 9, $29.50; Phil Lesh & Friends with Joan Osborne, 6 p.m. July 14, $40; Toad the Wet Sprocket, Big Head Todd and the Monsters, 6:30 p.m. July 19, $22/$27; Big & Rich, Cowboy Troy, 6 p.m. July 21, $39; O.A.R., Jack's Mannequin, 6 p.m. July 25, $28/$30; doors open at 7 p.m. unless noted; Ticketmaster.

It's sad when your has-been comeback tour has a title that is stolen from another artist who is nearing has-been status.

But The Airborne Division brings it all back home:

"I drove along Penn Avenue.
I never thought I'd meet a girl like you;
Meet a girl like you.
With your hair and darkbrown eyes.
The kind of hair that hypnotize me through.
Hypnotize me through.

...and I bomb Iran, Iran so far away.
Bomb Iran, Tehran all night and day.
They can't get away.

A cloud appears above Brushehr;
A beam of light comes shining down on me,
Shining down on me.
A cloud is moving nearer Natanz.
Mahmoud comes in view;
Ahmadinejad comes in view.

I bomb Iran, Tehran so far away.
and I bomb, Mashad all night and day.
They couldn't get away."

We reach out to protest this farce;
You're wiretapping our lines;
Disappearing our rights.
Put out a petition to impeach the chimp ,
We're hoping some sense will come to you;
But we know it will never come true...

And you bombed, Iran all night and day.
We just can't, wait 'till you go away.
Can't wait for the day...

Originally © Jive/Zomba Publishing 1982.
This version © The Airborne Division.com 2006.

Jive/Zomba? They've been around longer than I thought. Or maybe they just bought the song rights. They bought the services of Buddy Guy.

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If only you knew how my day was going. I was searching for one thing and I ended up here. Now you see how that might affect me!
Total world domination is what appears to the ultimate goal of the United States of America.

That's been our goal since we set foot on Plymouth Rock.
Technically it wasn't our goal until the Roosevelt Corollary (sp?) to the Monroe Doctrine was enunciated, and even then you can claim that it wasn't our goal until 1941-42.

The Separatists and subsequent Puritans, for example, were more intent on dominating the colony; I don't even know if the American branch really cared whether Cromwell was in control or not. (If they had, they would have returned "home.")

From that time until the Civil War, we were more concerned about the world dominating US. In fact, the Civil War could have had a very different result if Britain had intervened on behalf of the Confederacy.

However, by that time we were obviously interested in controlling the Americas (the aforementioned Monroe Doctrine), and by 1898 our influence had spread to Asia.

I spent a good part of the weekend re-reading parts of Winston Churchill's history of World War II, and the last part that I read had to do with Churchill's visit to the U.S. Congress in late 1941, during which the U.K. and the U.S. were trying to answer the question, "How do we prevent a THIRD world war?" This was the birth of the United Nations, intended to be stronger than the League of Nations. Bla bla bla.

Sorry, On the Rebound, for leading you into this mess.
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