Yep, along with all the other celebrations around the vernal equinoxe, it's the ancient Persian celebration of Noruz, which involves some complex and interesting table settings:
You'd think with the unfolding disaster in Iraq (and regardless of what they say on the news, any information from the street will tell you that in the conduct of daily life, it is a disaster) our government would let the Persians be for a while, at least to celebrate this holiday (and to give the tiny middle class a chance) but it is not to be.
Bush Plans Huge Propaganda Campaign in Iran
By Ewen MacAskill and Julian Borger
The Guardian UK
They're not permitted to elect the government of their choosing or do business with other countries of their own choosing; it's all right for the United States to sell nuclear technology to India (a neighbor of Iran and not signatory to the Nuclear Proliferation Treaty) or to Israel (within missile range of Iran and also not signatory to the NPT) but they, of course, are not fit even for a reactor.
Not that the Persians need such a weapon, but I am far more afraid of Pakistan than Iran; Iran is a relatively sophisticated, educated country, with a lot of unhappy young people contemplating elected reforms, but Pakistan is a dictatorship and a powder keg full of guns and heroin.
Iran: The Keys to the Nuclear Crisis
By Sara Daniel and Vincent Jauvert
Le Nouvel Observateur
But Pakistan is our friend and Iran is our enemy, simple as that.
Bush Threatens Force to End Iran's Nuclear Threat
By Rupert Cornwell
The Independent UK
O'Reilly : Blowing Iran "off the face of the earth ... would be the sane thing to do"
On his radio program, Bill O'Reilly stated: "You know in a sane world, every country would unite against Iran and blow it off the face of the Earth. That would be the sane thing to do."
To read the entire item and check out the audio clip, go to: http://mediamatters.org/items/200603100008
I really doubt the Persians are much of a threat to us at present (thanks, Ellen):
This is HOT! Iranian Police women
Nor are they all (except their idiot president) as interested in provoking destruction as, say, North Korea:
Risk of Isolation Worries Iranian Officials
By Delphine Minoui
They have a lot to lose:
Iran Was on Edge; Now It's on Top
By Megan K. Stack and Borzou Daragahi
The Los Angeles Times
And so do we, which is why you can expect to see our continued aggression against this country no matter what they do or say:
Petrodollars and Nuclear Weapons Proliferation: Understanding the Planned Assault on Iran.
World Crisis Over Iran
You can access it at the following url:
Iran may not, by their threat to reprice oil in euros, be the threat to our debt that some may have stated:
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But our response has consequences far more serious even than our actions in Iraq:
WWIII or Bust: Implications of a US Attack on Iran
By Heather Wokusch
Plugged in: Ready for $262/barrel oil? - Jan. 27, 2006*
A Blitz on Iran
US Envoy Hints at Strike to Stop Iran
By Julian Borger
The Guardian UK
Thousands Would Die in US Strikes on Iran, Says Study
By Ewen MacAskill
The Guardian UK
The Cost of War: Air Strikes against Iran Would Kill Thousands
Thousands of soldiers and civilians would likely be killed if the United States or Israel were to attack Iran. The strikes would also spark a lasting regional crisis in the entire Middle East and the risks would be enormous, a new British study warns.
By Yassin Musharbash
No joke this time...no ha ha ha. How many times to we get to stare the Grim Reaper in the face and tweak his nose, folks? RAISE YOUR KIDS SMART, and then VOTE.
26 March 2006