Though not significantly superstitious by nature, I’ve come to the conclusion that kissing, on this planet of politics, is a foretelling signal of ominous issues to come back.
For example, suppose at what occurred after Vyacheslav Molotov (1890 – 1986) and Joachim von Ribbentrop (1893 – 1946) kissed within the wake of the Nazi-Soviet Non Aggression Pact of 1939. How about when Leonid Brezhnev (1906 – 1982) kissed Mao Tse-tung (1893 – 1976) a number of months earlier than the worldwide incident on the Ussuri River in 1969, which signed the tip of the ‘mental’ alliance between Soviet Russia and Crimson China, and that nearly catapulted the world into WWIII. And even the well-known kiss between Mikhail Gorbachev (1931) and Ronald Reagan (1911 – 2004) in 1988, proper earlier than the collapse of the Soviet Union, though this might hardly be described as a foreboding signal of omen – until, in fact, one is a Bolshevik communist.
And why is it that solely male politicians kiss, and by no means feminine politicians, is yet one more thriller of life. Nobody ever dared kissing the Iron Woman, Margaret Thatcher of Britain, or Madeleine Albright. And when the current US Secretary of State, Condoleeza Rice – herself in any other case a really kissable woman – trots across the globe, all overseas dignitaries are saved a secure distance away, simply in case. That is the rationale why I personally would fireplace all of the male politicians and help changing them solely with females: a minimum of in the event that they kiss, the women would have the decency to not present me on TV – however I digress.
So due to this fact, if historical past teaches something in any respect, what are we to make of the most recent quasi-amorous engagement and nice effort of getting a style of one another of Hugo Chávez of Venezuela and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran? Seen from the cameraman’s angle, that was not only a kiss. These two went very near a lip-to-lip encounter of the third type, one thing to make a Frenchman envious. All of which makes any prediction of future occasions much more ominous.
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, a civil engineer by occupation and the Sixth President of the Islamic Republic of Iran, is a confirmed believer within the coming apocalypse. Like Judaism and Christianity, Shiite Islam has its personal model of the messianic return – the reappearance of the Twelfth Imam. And as in some variations of fundamentalist Christianity, the second coming shall be accompanied by the same old trials and tribulations, demise and destruction. The Iranian press, in reality, has quoted Ahmadinejad as saying in official conferences that the Imam will reappear in two years. Precisely two years.
Couple this along with his intention to press forward with Iran’s nuclear program, the staunch anti-Israel rhetoric, and his repeated requires Israel “to be wiped off the map” and it turns into very straightforward to anticipate the place Iran’s nuclear weapons shall be geared toward, as soon as they’re up and armed. As a matter of truth, everybody is aware of already that they are going to be placed on Shahab rockets, which have been modified in order that they will attain Israel.
So, what do we now have right here? A Holocaust-denying, virulently anti-Semitic, aspiring genocidist and certifiable lunatic on the verge of buying weapons of the apocalypse, who believes that the tip isn’t solely close to, however nearer than the following American presidential election. Who likes to entertain Hugo Chávez of Venezuela, one other certifiable lunatic, whose mainstream political ideology consists within the public proclamation that Jesus of Nazareth was a radical activist, who purportedly emphasised and sought redistributive social justice and democratic socialism.
Positive, this will very properly be a legitimate principle, however there are some things that simply don’t steadiness out.
Initially, on nearer scrutiny, a nuclear strike on Israel – assuming for a second that Israel would permit that to occur with impunity – would trigger simply as many Muslim casualties as Jewish, if no more. Not solely all of the Palestinians could be worn out, but in addition an incredible many Syrians, Lebanese, Jordanians and Egyptians would endure the identical religion. Secondly, a retaliatory strike from the US and Western Europe would put an finish to the existence of recent Persia, as we all know it. Thirdly, what is the level due to this fact in attacking Israel if, afterwards, your days – your hours, in reality, are numbered. And fourth, Islam would break aside and collapse, each in its social and financial buildings, in addition to a type of human civilization.
Certainly it might not please Allah to see all these many followers perish in useless, in trade for a relatively handful of Jewish lives. Discuss omen!
But, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Hugo Chávez have two different issues in frequent, moreover being unusual. They’re each value hawks inside OPEC, having pushed for stringent enforcement of manufacturing quotas and better goal oil costs. And so they each want petrodollars – and many them – to finance their in any other case faltering economies and nice ambitions.
Chávez has lengthy since realized, that any time he declares his purportedly final purpose of reducing oil provide to the US totally (he has introduced it publicly a number of instances already), the worldwide markets get the jitters and react by sending the value of crude as much as the sky, if however for a short while. And Ahmadinejad is now starting to find, that he can do the identical – higher, in reality – by sticking to his program of uranium enrichment in open defiance of the want and can of the United Nations. It’s, in reality, the information of the day that oil teetered above $74 a barrel, a close to file excessive, as mounting pressure over Iran’s nuclear plan compounded worries of world provide disruptions amid forecast of falling gas shares in the US. Costs had been inside hanging distance of their all-time peak of $75.35 a barrel on April 24.
All this after Iran merely reported, that it has succeeded in purifying uranium to 4.8 p.c, on the prime finish of the three to five p.c vary utilized in nuclear energy crops. So, can anybody think about the place value of crude will go, as soon as Iran will get its nukes and threatens to drop them on Israel each different day?
Ah, these Mullahs! The extra I watch them on TV, the extra I feel they want a shave. How might anybody presumably would ever wish to kiss them?