Wednesday, April 04, 2007
A Cold Front Breezes Through Hell
Call it spring fever or another minute down toward the impending end of the world, but two events out of the Middle East have me waxing optimistic today.
First, Nancy Pelosi's visit to Syria, predictably poo-pooed by W and the Right, has opened the door for dialogue with this country which is tetering dangerously close toward becoming another Iran for us. And let's face it, with our military tapped out on Operation Iraqi Freedom, we need more friends than enemies anywhere in the world.
And to be clear, Ms. Pelosi didn't go to Syria to wrap an Hermes scarf around her head and flash her gorgeous legs at the world. Items on her agenda included:
-- Asking Syria to distance itself from Iran
-- Condemning Syria's support of Hamas and Hezbollah
-- Opening the door for dialogue between Syria and Israel
Of course, President shoot-em-all-and-let-God-sort-em-out couldn't care less about any sort of diplomatic progress in the Middle East. His answer, much to the relief of his friends in the defense sector, is to throw more money at the disaster that is Operation Iraqi Freedom.
But I digress...
The second double-take comes from Iran, whose President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad announced that his country would release 15 British sailors and marines captured at sea in March. The unabashedly anti-U.S. and anti-Israel head of state called the marines' release a "gift" to the British people.
And what a gift...how many of us were expecting to see the video of those poor marines being decapitated? I know that's not necessarily an Iranian practice, but things weren't looking so promising for a while.
So on an April day when parts of this country were being battered by snow and hail in the middle of "spring," we see that it's quite possible that, just like Mother Nature, man is capable of some doozies -- pleasant and not -- all surprising just the same.