Why Now?
Thursday, February 17, 2005
  Bubble, Bubble, Toil and Trouble
The BBC Middle East news has just been hopping: Iran blast cause remains mystery, because no one buys the several different stories that have been floated by different groups.

My guess is that it is related to the following story: US 'using spying drones on Iran'.

When a fighter goes into combat mode the pilot dumps external fuel tanks, which lightens the aircraft and improves aerodynamics. If they launched against the drone, the explosion could have been such a fuel tank, or an air-to-air missile that failed to lock on to a target and fell to earth when it ran out of fuel.

And, of course, it has nothing to do with the September explosion which North Korea says was part of a construction project. No, it's simply coincidence that members of the "Axis of Evil" that are suspected of developing nuclear weapons keep deciding to have large, unannounced "construction explosions".

Bush is certainly uniting people: Iran to aid Syria against threats.

Syrian Expatriate Affairs Minister Buthaina Shaaban said she was "baffled" by the US reaction to the killing.

"To point to Syria in a terrorist act that aims at destabilizing both Syria and Lebanon is truly like blaming the US for 9/11," she told the BBC.

The minister said Mr Hariri had been a "great ally" to Syria and his death was "a scandal against Syria and against Lebanon".

Isn't it nice that Dubya has managed to convince a secular Ba'athist Arabic country and a theocratic Shi'ia Persian country to subsume their differences and work together.

If you've finished your coffee and want something stronger, you might want to drop by the Whiskey Bar and read: Gimme That Old Time Religion, a look at Ibrahim Jaafari, the man who may become Iraq's Prime Minister.


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