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Mostly the Middle East

Today’s commentary will focus heavily on the middle east, with a brief detours in other hot spots.

Iraq:

There’s been a massacre in northern Iraq. Which Mr. “No Boots on the Ground” will do nothing about. There are people predicting the country will split, so we’ll end up with Sudan and Northern Sudan. It will likely disintegrate, influenced at least in part by Obama’s indifference. Many are worrying that ISIS or ISSA or ISIL or whatever acronym the terrorist groups are using today will use Iraq as a new launching pad for terrorism. John Kerry has urged the Kurds to stop it – which, uh, if the US can’t, I’m not sure what he thinks the Kurds will do. (And why would they listen to John Kerry?) He’s also insisting any decision will not happen “in a vacuum“. Pretty sure most USA allies pulled out of Iraq already. It is an unwinnable thing, an impossible mission.

Egypt:

They’re not going to do anything to help the journalists who were imprisoned. They won’t bestir themselves on behalf of people who deserve justice? Even with a large public outcry? Not a good sign.

Malaysia:

If you live here and are Christian, you cannot say the word Allah. No, I’m not kidding. What a wonderful step forward for civil liberties. Wait, no, I meant the opposite.

Nigeria:

91 more people were kidnapped. Do I really need to give commentary on that?

Sudan:

The Christian woman who was released from prison was detained trying to leave the country. The fight ain’t over yet. Pro-tip to the dictator states out there: If the people you really detest are actively attempting to leave, perhaps you should let them. Only a suggestion, however.

Turkey:

Seems to be at least partially responsible for the ISIS mess in Iraq. I don’t know much about why they let ISIS in, but there’s going to be serious consequences.

UK:

An editor was convicted of illegal phone hacking. Do I need to explain, in tiny words, why you should not be doing this? If it were to protect the people, that would be one thing – but this was pure celeb gossip. (I will never understand the Brit’s obsession with celebs. I don’t even understand the American obsession with celebs!)

Ukraine:

There’s been a deadly attack in the Ukraine, which may put the cease fire in jeopardy. Putin: stop it. Go home.

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Pre Boots on the Ground

Obama is sending 300 military advisers to Iraq. Which is not, we are to understand, a military solution. Despite the fact that he is sending 300 Green Berets. (It wasn’t clear to me if those 300 Berets were considered “advisers” or not, and I didn’t see another news room carrying the green berets story).

I find this fascinating, and not only because Australia is generally considered part of the “Western” world. What do Aussies have to do with ISIS?

Speaking of ISIS, they’ve hung their flag over an oil refinery. (Which means the US will be looking at higher gas prices. Just in time for the more expensive summer blend. Great). If you, like me, were wondering how ISIS got to be such a big deal in the first place, this article sheds some light on it. Though why the ISIS is seizing the chemical stockpile that Hussein “didn’t” have . . . (All right, so it was WMDs Hussein didn’t have, but the news media here sometimes makes it sound like that means Hussein didn’t have anything dangerous at all).

I find this article, that insists on referring to the Ukrainians as rebels, both vague and irritating. Wasn’t Ukraine the one that was invaded? In fact it was, and pro-tip to Russia: sending 3,000 troops is a little bit beyond “regrettable”.

The IRS scandal from yesterday isn’t “feasible”. Shocker. Is anybody really surprised the IRS isn’t following the law? (This opinion piece made me laugh. Good luck!) The government can’t even get their website to work – when they had ample warning ahead of time. Does anyone expect Obama to reign in the IRS?

In other things that will make you sick, Michelle Obama is defending her lunch standards. Despite the fact they do not accommodate for students in athletics, who have different calorie needs, who just plain won’t eat the food . . . And, of course, there is the fact that it really isn’t the government’s business what we eat. But the government rarely misses an area of meddling that doesn’t concern them. Just like schools themselves sometimes.

This made me both sick and sad. Those poor kids. Hey, Michelle, maybe you should go feed lunch to these kids. I’m sure they would appreciate it.

Egypt, you should not be torturing people in prisons. Stop it.

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