Nur al-Cubicle

A blog on the current crises in the Middle East and news accounts unpublished by the US press. Daily timeline of events in Iraq as collected from stories and dispatches in the French and Italian media: Le Monde (Paris), Il Corriere della Sera (Milan), La Repubblica (Rome), L'Orient-Le Jour (Beirut) and occasionally from El Mundo (Madrid).

Sunday, September 24, 2006

A Government of Lunatics

After declaring the United States to have fallen to al-Qaeda (see Abu Aardvark), our government is arresting diplomats on charges of terrorism. That's right, Venezuelan Foreign Minister Nicolas Maduro was held at JFK Airport on suspicion of terrorism. What act of terrorism?, you may ask. Participation in the 1992 coup attempt in Venezuela. After thinking it over, ChimpCo, through aptly named spokesman Gonzo Gallegos, let him go. Aw, mighty generous, diplomatic immunity means something to them...not like the Geneva Accords or our Constitution. [The spooks at JFK had the gall to say they did not notice "diplomat" stamped on the passport.]

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Blogger Muslim Apple said...

Just another episode in the selective war on terror that hasn't made anyone any safer and the campaign to destablize the Venezuelan government.

Too bad the government couldn't be bothered to arrest Luis Posada Carriles, an actual terrorist while he was here in the US.

5:08 AM  
Blogger furtherleft said...

I don't know the dummy's don't understand or give a damn that every move they make is broadcast around the world and our side scores another point each time they shoot themself in the foot.

4:24 PM  
Blogger Dr Victorino de la Vega said...

Pathetic indeed.

Ironically, George Bush has set the bar so low in terms of pursuing a national interest-driven foreign policy (or shall I say so high in terms of fealty to Islamist Arabia, Zionist Yitsraël and wealthy Latin American Latifundists??) that, in relative terms, even Bill Clinton appears as an ardent America Firster!

Truly we live in wicked times...

10:18 AM  
Blogger markfromireland said...

Hi Nur,

I thought you might be interested in an account of the Hizb "Divine Victory" rally.

It's in this posting by a chap called Declan who was the best sergeant I ever commanded back in my UNIFIL days. He fell in love with a local girl they got married and when the war started he headed over to Lebanon to try to do as much civilian rescue as he could. (Entirely typical of him - and one of the reasons why he was such a good sergeant.)

His in-laws asked him if he wanted to go to the rally and he wrote a posting giving his impressions. He's a fairly sharp and very sympathetic observer of the Lebanese scene and his predictions have been right far more often than they've been wrong.

As a side issue how are you finding blogger beta? I'm running a beta-blogger test blog as well as my other two to try it out. So far I'm happy enough with it (but not enough to change my mind about) integrating the two blogs and bunging them up onto a domain of my own in a few months time.

10:32 AM  

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