Come On In, Iran, The Water’s Fine (Or, Why Obama’s Letter Is Rather Thoughtful)

"Conditions are perfect," muse Flight of the Concords just before they begin business time.  Obama's recent letter to the Supreme Ayatollah of Iran was not quite about to call things "perfect," but if Iran came across the United States swimming in a pool that up until now was too cold for Iran's delicate skin, the U.S. … Continue reading Come On In, Iran, The Water’s Fine (Or, Why Obama’s Letter Is Rather Thoughtful)

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Sectarianism Made Super (Or: How To Tell Your Shi’a From Your Sunni)

Comments sections of various websites are filled with people who have dim, insulting, or downright horrific views on Islam, largely because the religion itself is riven with just enough differences to make it super hard to generalize it.  But what’s going on with Sunnis and Shi’a and what in the hell is an Alawite?  Let’s … Continue reading Sectarianism Made Super (Or: How To Tell Your Shi’a From Your Sunni)

Iran’s Coming In From the Cold (And won’t be as scary as many think)

The United Nations this weekend asked Iran to have a seat.  Holy suicide bombing scrotums!  This cannot be allowed!  The usual suspects raised a protest. The times they are a-changin' From 1945-79, Iran was the linchpin of America's Anti-Soviet strategy.  The Iranian Revolution was a disaster from America's standpoint (and also the standpoint of anyone … Continue reading Iran’s Coming In From the Cold (And won’t be as scary as many think)

Iran’s Deal One Step Closer to Total American Domination (And Incidentally, One Step Closer to Peace)

First, a review. America wants a Middle East divided into a stable balance of power guaranteed by the United States  This is the working formula for Europe that ended European anarchy.  Remember that from the unification of Germany in 1871 to the end of World War II, Europe was endemically at war or near enough to … Continue reading Iran’s Deal One Step Closer to Total American Domination (And Incidentally, One Step Closer to Peace)