Thursday, February 20, 2003

Morning Musings-Am I the only one who is feeling a lack of charity on this one?
In the country's worst plane crash, the Russian-made Ilyushin operated by Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards crashed Wednesday evening en route from Zahedan, on the Pakistani border, to Kerman, about 500 miles southeast of Tehran. All aboard — 18 crew members and 284 passengers — were members of the Revolutionary Guards, an elite group under the direct control of supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. The guards protect Iran's borders and defend ruling hard-liners in this ultraconservative society.
Somehow I'm thinking of the Lord High Executioner from Mikado with that little list that never will be missed. Not too edifying. It looks like the US and the UK is going to put a hard-nosed proposal on Iraq before the UNSC, putting the UN between Chirac and a hard place. Meanwhile the paleoeuopeans who head up the Anglican church continue in anti-war mode-"The events of recent days show that doubts still persist about the moral legitimacy, as well as the unpredictable humanitarian and political consequences, of a war with Iraq." Well, those doubts will never go away entirely, but if the case for military action is strong enough, we'll go in anyway. This, however, is the distillation of paleoeuopean thinking on the issue
It is vital therefore that all sides in this crisis engage, through the United Nations - fully and urgently - in a process, including continued weapons inspections, that could and should render the trauma and tragedy of war unnecessary.
What's the old phrase-"wouldas, couldas and shouldas will take four to five strokes off your golf game." It could happen, but don't count on it.

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