Tuesday, February 01, 2005

Situation normal, all surreal 

The unreal and the surreal live on throughout the Middle East.

Sometimes, it's
unintentional: "President George W. Bush... could emerge as a big victor of Iraqi elections." Should Iraqis be reading Reuters they might be scratching their heads exactly how the infidel president has managed to sneak in and put himself as number 21 on the United Iraqi Alliance voting list.

Bush's big win in Iraq puts him in a
similar position to this famous personality: "Sistani emerges winner even without taking part in Iraq vote". Bush's excuse for non-participation is that he's Texan; Sistani, on the other hand is Iranian. Both are oil-rich fundamentalist states, according to the relativist left; the difference is that Texan Jews live in Dallas, and Iranian Jews live in Beverly Hills.

Speaking of
Iran, "Iran wants troops out of Iraq". No, it's not a 1988 headline; it's definitely from this year. Unfortunately, Iran doesn't have any troops in Iraq (at least not regular ones), so as the next best thing Iran wants the American troops out of Iraq. Israel has been wanting Iranian de facto troops (Hezbollah) out of Lebanon for quite some time too, and with similar result.

Speaking of
Lebanon, "Lebanese Prime Minister Omar Karameh said his country was also being targeted by Washington, which co-sponsored a UN Security Council resolution last September demanding an end to foreign involvement in its affairs." While his Syrian minder nodded in silent agreement. But if the US is "targeting" Lebanon because it wants the Syrian army to withdraw from Lebanon, aren't the Arab countries "targeting" Iraq because they want the American army to withdraw from Iraq?

Who knows, but when in doubt ask the government-run Egyptian daily Al-Akhbar: "While the world faces problems of a global scale, the United States has a single preoccupation -- what they call democracy... American democracy is a damaged good that the United States is trying to spread across the world in the interests of domination, oppression and obscurantism."

Egyptian democracy, on the other hand, is still undamaged, a fortunate condition of things that remain unused.


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