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Madam Speaker, doesn’t this business just make you want to pull your hair out?

Posted by TP on Thursday, October 18, 2007

Someone familiar with history, and we all know it wasn’t you, recalled a vague footnote from early 20th Century history about an atrocity perpetrated by an obscure group called the “Ottoman Empire” on an even more obscured group called the Armenians. You and your cohorts, many of whom are now distancing themselves from you on this matter, thought little downside in pushing this resolution at this time – other than the lives of the US troops in the area. But of course you can be forgiven; phonetically speaking Armenians (AR-ME-NI-ANS) are indistinguishable from Americans (A-ME-RI-CANS).

 

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US Politics 101: The art of the misdirection

Posted by TP on Tuesday, October 16, 2007

The art of the misdirection, or what to do when you wont deliver on what you promised. The “new” US Congress stormed into the nation’s capital on promises to the American public to focus on their priorities. Unfortunately, the “their” the new Democratic Congress was referring to was in fact themselves – not the US public or even the nation’s broader interests.

Case in point: In spite of the fact that singling out one horrible period in the history of Turkey, an essential US ally, only serves to derail US’s critical interests in the region and put their own troops at additional risk of harm, Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the Democratic Party thought it politically advantageous to themselves to push a new resolution. This resolution declares, some 92 years after the fact, that the death of a million Armenians at the hands of what was then the Ottoman Empire was genocide. Suffice it to say, there is no benefit to Speaker Pelosi or any of her party’s presidential hopefuls for any measure of success or stability in that region until after the 2008 elections. Apparently, no option is “off the table” in her party’s efforts to perpetuate their own political ambitions.

What actually occurred nearly a century ago and its characterization we do not dispute. The timing of the resolution and the obvious and shameless disregard of the repercussions to their nation’s broader interests are no different than the genesis of the decisions that led up to the event Ms Pelosi is only today condemning.

What would Ms Pelosi’s reaction be if Canada were to pass a resolution calling the systematic displacement, confinement, starvation, rape and murder of the tens of millions of native American Indians at the hands of United States the largest genocide in the history of the world?

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Turkey re-elects governing party

Posted by TP on Monday, July 23, 2007

Supporters of Turkey’s governing AK Party are celebrating after the country’s prime minister claimed a comprehensive general election victory.

After 80+ years of moving its society “westerly” towards Europe and at least a decade of extending its solidly secular hand to the EU; only to be rejected by the EU’s short-sighted and provincial ruling class, Turkey is now clearly on an “easterly” path. If I may borrow from the New Testament – “forgive them father, for they (EU in general; France specifically) know not what they do”. You reap what you sow – prepare yourselves.

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