Sunday, 3 January 2016
In popular folklore a man trying to fix a wobbly table by chopping a chunk off one leg at a time invariably ends up with a very low table. Whatever Frank Spencer touches turns from crap into catastrophe in a horribly predictable fashion. And all attempts to understand, explain, reform, aid or punish the Middle East slide inexorably into war. Big wars, little wars, rumbling conflicts, the low growl of diplomatic ‘initiatives’... all end up the same way. So as all sane voices are screaming “Stop dealing with them!” the witless powers that be align themselves with one or other of the many sides of this polygon of pariahs.
Never far from the news, islam returns once again to centre stage and the big question is Saudi or Iran? Sunni or Shia? And does the rest of the world really care about their battle of ideologies? So much for the koran being the literal word of god. As today’s picture illustrates, the country that currently heads up the UN Human Rights Council executed forty-seven Shia muslims including ‘talismanic’ cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr yesterday. The Daily Telegraph reports: “Describing the executions as acts of “mercy” to prisoners who might have committed crimes on their release, Saudi Arabia's leading cleric, Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdulaziz Al Sheikh, said they were carried out in line with Islamic law and the need to safeguard the kingdom's security.”
Take away the oil and what do we have across the entire region? Sand. Sand and ferocious, merciless sunshine and precious little else apart from small knots of bewildered Bedouin trying to find water and shade. Without the oil the region is powerless. With it, it is unstable as western meddling supplants one tyrant with another, backs one regime against the rest. Oh and we as good as gave Iran a nuclear bomb to use with impunity. Maybe it’s just me but giving the doomsday capability to a power dominated by a religion that seems to care more for death than life seems just a tiny bit irresponsible. But hey, that’s been our record in trying to come to terms with islam.
The weird thing is that no matter how many times they tell us that the final goal of mohammedanism is to convert or kill the entire population of the world, we just stick our fingers in our ears and pretend we must have misheard. I say ‘we’ as if the electorates of the so-called ‘free’ world have any say in the matter. Think about the oil, they say, it’s all about precious oil. But times move on and it turns out there’s a lot more oil than we thought. Right now there is a glut of the stuff and an oversupply of any commodity reduces its unit value.
If this is what our 'friends' do..?
The other thing we have a glut of, reducing its worth to humanity by the day, by the atrocity, by everything it says and does, is islam itself. We’re not buying it any more. This seems the perfect opportunity to stir up the stinking camel pat of the Middle East with a shitty stick and get them flies buzzing; sort it out once and for all. Sunni or Shia? There’s only one way to settle this...