I'm kinda leaning towards Syria myself ... it would be the most direct way of helping Israel with its Lebanese Hezbollah problem, and a puppet government in Damascus would allow Sharon to graciously surrender the Golan Heights in any Mid East peace talks.
The only question I have is whether the Bush Admin will wait till its second term before starting the conflict, or whether they hatch a crisis in the leadup to the election. America In Crisis would help the incumbent it would seem.
Any man who hates small dogs and children can't be all bad.
(edited by Grimis on 19.6.03 0828) "I'm going to fill a dark awful basement with radioactive cockroaches. Yep. Big nasty ones like skateboards on legs, that go click-click-click when they walk. And maybe poisonous. I'm going to starve them for a week.
Then I'm going to catch all the coercive priss-spigots in the world, the ones that want to ban second-hand smoke and dwarf-tossing and beer. I'll smear the rascals with bacon fat, so the roaches won't know what they're eating, as otherwise they might not.
Then I'm going to toss all those greased busybodies into the basement. And whoop. And dance. Ha." - Fred Reed
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Well you're in your little room and you're working on something good but if it's really good you're gonna need a bigger room and when you're in the bigger room you might not know what to do you might have to think of how you got started in your little room da da da
Regarding the Iranian unrest article, I would say that one major reason the U.S. is trying not to get out in front too much on this issue is that the last thing we want is for it to appear like these protests are designed to show how much Iranians want U.S. involvement. The protestors have no more love for the U.S. than the government...well slightly more at best. And if it appears like we might in any way be the hands moving the protest's strings, then any hope of this gaining critical mass is shot to hell. I hope the protestors get their way and Khameni is deposed, but if we want that to happen we need to stay at arms length and let them work that out themselves.
I remember reading an article somewhere where a "senior administration spokesman" (yeah yeah, I know) said that Dubya was done with war for his first term. Now was the time to consolidate the gains of the war on terror, said the source, and to concentrate on both the economy and getting re-elected.
The source was very coy about what could come after 2004, however.
Grimis, free trade isn't a one-way street. Yes, the junior partner (in terms of economic backwardness) gains in terms of labour-intensive work being moved from the high-wage economy into the low-wage economy, as has happened in Mexico.