Friday, January 27, 2006

Three Completely Unrelated Points 

The first point (hat tips to Shallow Verb and Mick Hartley) is the expose by one of Saddam's top men that Iraq's WMD were secreted to Syria:

The man who served as the no. 2 official in Saddam Hussein's air force says Iraq moved weapons of mass destruction into Syria before the war by loading the weapons into civilian aircraft in which the passenger seats were removed.
Hmm. Interesting. I wonder if it's true. I suppose if my agenda were to prove the allegations of WMD correct, I'd be praying it's true. Then again, if I hated the idea of weapons of mass destruction in the hands of unstable, insecure leaders, then I'd be hoping this is just hype to pimp a recovering totalitariholic's memoirs.

A second recent point is the mutual defense pact between Iran and Syria, reported as being a reponse to US pressure:

Iran and Syria heightened tension across the Middle East and directly confronted the Bush administration yesterday by declaring they had formed a mutual self-defense pact to confront the "threats" now facing them.
Is this of interest to anyone but US troops stationed in Iraq, on the borders of these two nations? Who else could they be talking about?

The final, completely unrelated point is Iran's threats to deal horrendous blows to Israel if the IDF stops them from getting nukes.

Were Israel to attack Iran's nuclear facilities, Iran would respond so strongly that it would put the Jewish state into "an eternal coma" like Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's, the Iranian defense minister said yesterday.
These threats don't make that much sense. What exactly are they planning to do if their nuke program is already destroyed, leaflet bomb the Negev?

I'm starting to think I must be participating in a study of paranoia medications, and I'm in the placebo group. It just seems that way.

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