For the conspiracy theorists, there's also some unusual activity centered
around the Middle East.
- Iraqi dissidents have
been given a wink and a nudge from the US that they might like to prepare
Frankly, if Dubya thinks that a bunch of psychotic Iraqi dissidents who haven't
even lived in Iraq for decades can form a stable government with any support
from the Iraqi people, he should spend some time counting votes in Florida.
- More troops are massing on the Iraqi border in Kuwait. 'Just routine
exercises guys, it's all routine'.
- Japan is sending ships in the Indian Ocean. They seem to have one which
can track 100 planes, and can take out 10 at a time. An odd choice for a strike
against a country with virtually no air-force, but welcome none-the-less.
- The US and UK are stepping
up their enforcement of the 'no-fly zones' in Iraq, bombing any military installations - even
if they are in residential areas. Most intelligent people would visit relatives
for a few days if they saw an anti-aircraft unit being installed on the roof of
the apartment block, but idiocy is one resource which is infinite.
- The US is administering Small-pox immunizations to selected
people. Small-pox died out several decades ago after the one successful global
immunization push in history.
Something seems to be afoot, but what? Still the UN inspectors in Baghdad
have found no WMDs which
would justify the much touted 'regime change', though Iraq has accused the
inspectors of spying. Yes Saddam, that's why they are there - to spy on your
weapons program. This is not a secret - try watching more CNN and less
al-Jazeera. There have also been no more terrorist attacks over the
last few weeks.
Either the US are intending to go in regardless of the UN team's findings,
or George Dubya already knows where the WMDs are, and is just getting the team
to do the wild-goose thing until it's convenient to let them know where to
look. Christmas would be an attractive time for terrorists to strike the
infidels in all those decadent Western countries, and an
opportunistic time for WMDs to be found.
Maybe George W and Tony B are planning on surfing the wave of public outrage
all the way into Baghdad.
Truth, they say, is stranger than fiction, but they also say that you
should never attribute to conspiracy that which can
be explained by good old-fashioned incompetence. Maybe the UN inspectors are as
ineffectual as the rest of the UN, maybe George Dubya is just plugging away at
the military, and maybe the Christmas season will offer no more than the
fat-guy with the reindeer and the puppy you have to dump somewhere after it
makes a mess on the carpet.
Either way someone should tell George: a conquered Iraq is forever, not just