Tag Archives: Iran

A Final Fine Mess

It seems we’ve lost Luke Skywalker’s home planet: Tataouine, the town in Tunisia where George Lucas filmed parts of Star Wars, has become embroiled in the country’s unrest with Isis. The town’s simple domed structures became iconic after they were used … Continue reading

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Assuring the Worst Possible Outcome

It’s a sports thing. Teams fall behind and panic – they forget their game plan that they had so cleverly and carefully practiced, over and over, until every move was instinctive. They’re losing and get desperate. This player or that … Continue reading

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Appropriately Muddled

Things are never what they seem. Conservatives don’t believe that for a moment. Liberals, or Progressives if you wish, assume that conventional wisdom, or received wisdom, and a whole lot of cultural tradition, might be wrong. Our enemies, while evil … Continue reading

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What We Think We Know Now

People hate Mondays. It’s back to the real world, of work and obligations and general unpleasantness. It’s a shock, and the shock this time was reading The Washington Post and The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal and the Financial Times accounts of the … Continue reading

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The Discreet Charm of Appearing to Do Something

Luis Buñuel was a strange man – you could look it up – but then all surrealists are strange. No one quite knows what they’re up to and they like it that way. The idea is to keep people off … Continue reading

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Assuming Perpetual War

Just like in that George Orwell novel we’ve always been at war – and we got the omnipresent government surveillance he predicted too, and public mind control, or at least Fox News and Nike commercials, and a political system under … Continue reading

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Mounting Opposition

Monday is when everyone gets back to work, so it was a bit unfair that the new breakthrough agreement on pausing Iran’s nuclear weapon program, if that’s what they’re up to, was announced in the early hours on a Sunday … Continue reading

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