After studying the various pictures of Iranian President Ahmadinejad at the Holocaust conference he recently hosted in Iran, some researchers have now concluded that those pictures may not really be from Iran at all.
The man with that fashionable beard (quite popular in some Hollywood circles lately), and the stylish West Coast suit, is now said to be an actor, and the clips we have seen, it now appears, are largely “out takes” from a forthcoming movie to be released during the coming 2008 election season.
There are still some serious questions to be answered before we can put any reliance on such surprising conclusions. Various lines of inquiry are under way at the present time. After searching the records of actors who might resemble the man in these clips, the closest match so far, we are told, is an actor (name withheld) who has a distinct Yiddish accent, and is therefore considered as unlikely at this time.
Other researchers have begun to claim the pictures come from one of the back lots in Hollywood, although those making this startling claim have yet to offer their evidence for public examination.
Another small group is studying the possibility that the clips were made in Cuba.
One group studying this question seems to be taking a longer view. They are planning to compare all of the statements from the man in the clips with statements made by Presidential hopefuls over the next months. They believe this may help them track the funding sources for the clips and the eventual movie.
Out on the campaign trail, our Senators and Congressional representatives can get their fur up while threatening to “send a signal” to the Iraqi government. The words vary with the venue but what our elected leaders are demanding is that the Iraqi government get its act together. If you listen to them, they really want the Iraqi factions to work together to get things done.
Imagine this picture.
Iraqi leaders are sitting together watching CSpan and studying how democracy works. They represent three main people groups that haven’t worked together for a long time, perhaps not within the lifetimes of those watching. They have a library of CSpan tapes for the last several years. What do you suggest they watch so that they will begin to understand what we mean by bipartisanship?
No, there aren’t any current examples to show them, and haven’t been for some time.
So why yell at the Iraqis for failing to do what we can’t do either?
Maybe our leaders might accept a small suggestion: Stop talking about “working together” and show them some.
And as for sending that signal, you really don’t need to do that. The voters already did that, theirs and ours.
Maybe enough time has elapsed for another look.
Maybe we are finally ready to look back at the Vietnam War from the perspective of the broader canvas of the Cold War.
In the Cold War, Nam was a hinge point. Before Nam, we were chasing the other side, trying to catch up with them. After Nam, they were chasing us, and never caught up.
From that view, Nam marks a sea change.
From that view, Nam marks the beginning of the winning of the Cold War.
Something to think about.
Test question: have you ever lived with an alcoholic?
If your answer is no, then you can stop reading this.
For those who are still here, have you noticed the new trend of alcoholics promoting some new show biz project? They show up and do something outrageous, which gets heavily reported and talked about.
Of course there is this movie coming, isn’t there?
If this happened on a TV show, complain to the sponsors. Just tape the next show and fast scan through the tape to make notes on who the sponsors are (that way you don’t have to look at the show itself). Then Google the sponsors to find their addresses or web sites.
They will listen.