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Hypocrisy Is Rampant

… like a poodle and a pant leg [sorry, heraldry joke].

The BBC reports that some say the Iran missile test ‘provocative’

The US and Israel have condemned Iran after it test-fired a long range missile capable of reaching Israel.

Iran state media said nine missiles were tested in total, including a new Shahab-3, with a range of 2,000km (1,240 miles).

Iran has tested the missile before, but the latest launch comes amid rising tensions with the US and Israel over the country’s nuclear programme.

US Under-secretary of State William Burns said the test was “provocative”.

The BBC reported earlier Israelis ‘rehearse Iran attack’

Israel has carried out an exercise that appears to have been a rehearsal for an attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities, US officials have told the New York Times.

More than 100 Israeli fighter jets took part in manoeuvres over the eastern Mediterranean and over Greece in the first week of June, US officials said.

I don’t remember Mr. Burns calling that “provocative”.

When the commander of the US Fifth Fleet told people Iran won’t be allowed to close key oil route, a route that goes through Iranian territorial waters, that wasn’t “provocative”.

I didn’t hear the US talking about “provocative” when it completed an agreement with the Czech Republic over anti-missile bases declared by the US to be specifically targeted against Iran.

Other people did see that as “provocative”: Reuters Russia ‘extremely upset’ over U.S.-Czech deal

TOYAKO, Japan – Russia will consider how to retaliate over a planned U.S. missile shield but wants to continue talks on the issue with Washington, President Dmitry Medvedev said on Wednesday.

Washington and Prague signed a deal on Tuesday to place a tracking radar in the Czech Republic as part of a system the United States says is needed as protection against any missile attack from countries such as Iran.

Russia is sensitive to any Western military build-up near its borders and says it considers the U.S. missile shield plans a direct threat to its security.

It would appear that Russia, which has a common border with Iran, thinks the idea of Iran as a threat makes no sense, so the system must be targeted against Russia.

The Iranians think that US and Israeli actions are so “provocative” that CNN reports Iran Gen.: Our finger is always on the trigger

TEHRAN, Iran (CNN) — Iran test-fired a long-range missile on Wednesday in response to what it says are threats from Israel and the United States, Iranian officials said.

“We want to tell the world that those who conduct their foreign policy by using the language of threat against Iran have to know that our finger is always on the trigger and we have hundreds and even thousands of missiles ready to be fired against predetermined targets,” Gen. Hossein Salami, commander of the Revolutionary Guard ground forces, said on state TV.

“We will chase the enemies on the ground and in the sky and we are able react strongly to enemy’s threats in shortest possible time.”

Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps test-fired a Shahab-3 missile and several other missiles during war games in the Persian Gulf called the Great Prophet III, according to Iran’s state-run media and a U.S. military source.

Ahmadinejad may be talking about jokes, but Iran’s military is taking things very seriously. One American pilot playing games could set off a disaster for the world economy. I trust that everyone knows better than to screw around right know, because this isn’t a game.


1 Dave mcEvoy { 07.09.08 at 8:05 pm }

you are right it will only take one moron fighter pilot trying to make a name for himself to screw up an sparke ww3

2 Badtux { 07.09.08 at 8:51 pm }

Silly monkey, Israelis are WHITE, as are the leaders of the United States. Iranians are BROWN. Duh. Everybody knows that if white people do it, it’s okay. It’s only a “provocation” if BROWN people do it. Sheesh. You make me wonder if you’re really AmeriKKKan….

– Badtux the Snarky Penguin

3 chris { 07.09.08 at 9:14 pm }

Badtux…I don’t care what color you might be…you are a racist. You have the same philosophy that the KKK has. You judge on color.

4 PFLO { 07.09.08 at 9:27 pm }

The nerve of Iran , trying to defend itself. I hope they give Israel a hit back for their past attacks. i am just sick of the goddamn hypocrisy !

5 Bryan { 07.09.08 at 9:30 pm }

Welcome, Dave. One of the big problem is that the Iranians with their finger on the trigger are religious whackos, the Revolutionary Guard. They are the ones who conducted the suicide charges during the Iran-Iraq War. They are “Twelvers”, the group that believes that the Twelfth Imam will show up any day. This is the Shi’ia equivalent of the Christian belief in the Second Coming. We may get an updated version of “Apocalypse Now”.

Well, I admit that my ancestors didn’t arrive in this country until around 1650, and they didn’t start speaking English until 1780 or so.

Nice concept if you don’t know that Abraham was born in Iraq, as was Sarah.

Your basic point is correct, Badtux. No matter how often they lie, the Hedgemony’s propaganda is always given more weight than the truth.

6 Bryan { 07.09.08 at 9:57 pm }

Ah, Chris, Badtux is sarcastic, not racist. His point is valid: to the people in the government and media, if you aren’t a member of the first world and white, you don’t have any rights and you can’t be trusted.

The people of the Middle East, with the exception of the Israelis are disparaged with regularity by the US government and media. If they weren’t “de-humanized”, there wouldn’t be support for the methods being used by the US government.

There’s a very good reason he signs himself “the Snarky Penguin”.

PFLO, I would like to deal with the present and the future. We have to break the cycle somewhere. The reality is that Iran is rather unique in that it hasn’t conducted an attack on anyone in centuries. I would love to keep it that way.

They also have a long history of throwing everything they own at anyone who attacks them, which needs to be remembered. They don’t scare worth a damn.

7 PFLO { 07.10.08 at 2:00 am }

BRYAN, I totally agree…maybe you read my post wrong.PEACE FOR ALL!

8 Redphilly { 07.10.08 at 3:26 am }

I just hope that hot-head McCain doesn’t get into office. Even one of his best friends says he should not be calling the shots as President. This very important revelation for some odd reason was glossed over by the media. He has serious bones to pick with the “brown” people who held him in captivity. Maybe even a little post traumatic stress syndrome thrown in for good measure. Will he take it out on the “brown” people of Iran? Thereby putting all of our lives in jeopardy? At least Obama wants to talk to them. As you have seen over the last year, Obama can talk his way out of anything. That is what we need right now. I am not a racist or have a favorite color. But Obama is brown just like the Iranians. In these tense times I want someone to whom they may be willing to listen.

9 Bryan { 07.10.08 at 12:35 pm }

PFLO, I was reacting to a hit back for their past attacks. The Israelis and Palestinians keep going at it to revenge past attacks and nothing gets settled. That is continuing the circular nature of the problem. At some point you have to say “enough” and try to actually solve some of the problems.

I think McCain is definitely suffering from PTSD, his symptoms are classic, especially the rages. He has refused to deal with the problem, but it won’t go away until he does.

I have no idea what Obama wants to do, and no hint as to what he believes in, if anything. He keeps moving right and his vote for the FISA bill removed any possibility of my voting for him. I take the Constitution very seriously.

10 hipparchia { 07.10.08 at 8:47 pm }

i don’t see obama moving to the right, except for that fisa vote, since he did, back in the day, state unequivocally that he’d support any filibuster of telco immunity. oh, well.

but otherwise, he’s been saying a lot of this stuff all along, just quietly, while more loudly promising hope and change and unity.

11 Bryan { 07.10.08 at 10:00 pm }

Well, Hipparchia, neither one of us accepted the party line on the guy. I’ve been calling him a DINO and Repub moderate almost from the beginning and was convinced by his policy statements on his web site. I never had much in the way of patience for his apologists.