Members of our political class believe in elections as peasants believe in saintly relics, though with rather less reason. Perhaps they cannot believe that a method that brought them to the top of the national pile, to fame and fortune, is not of universal human application, nor is it the solution to all human problems.
I thought this when I read the following words in a French newspaper recently:
The only way to get out of this mess is to have elections and seeÂ how much each faction weighs in the ballot-box…
The mess referred to was Mali, where two French journalists had just been kidnapped and killed after they had interviewed the leader of one of the factions.– (Free and Fair ExecutionsÂ Â by Theodore Dalrymple)
Will things calm down? Among Muslims? Don’t be silly.
When news got out that Shiites — walking in an Ashura procession, passing a Sunni mosque in Rawalpindi — had beaten to death seven Sunnis, it was clear that all hell was likely to break loose. In an attempt to prevent it, Pakistani authorities have declared a curfew in that city. Â DetailsÂ here.Â (by Hugh Fitzgerald)
About time that Jew-hatin’ scumbag faces justice:
Â Israeli law center Shurat HaDin has filed a legal suit in the Australian federal court against the director of the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies at Sydney University in Australia Jake Lynch for supporting the the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement.
Are you ready for Â just one more bleeding hearts “Rohingya” story?
A delegation composed of the members from the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) led by Secretary General Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu and seven foreign ministers from member states, including Ahmet Davutoglu of Turkey, arrived in Myanmar on Wednesday and travelled to Arakan State the following day.
Almost no one is watching Al-Jazeera America
NeverÂ Â underestimate your enemies, Jamie. They got money and they got allah. Just look what allah put in the white house!
Above all, Saudi Arabia fears that the U.S. has been too hasty in trying to reach an agreement with Iran.Â In particular, it is worried that the U.S. will not act sufficiently strongly to stop Iran from developing a nuclear weapons capability, which, among other things, will empower Iran to become a strong, perhaps the hegemonic, power in the Persian Gulf.Â Â Saudi Arabia, the Sunni power, and Iran, the Shiite power, have long been strategic rivals in the area, as well as competitive religious rivals in their claim for leadership of the two branches of Islam.
Turning not water into wine, but water (non-potable) into water (potable).
StoryÂ here.Â (by Hugh Fitzgerald)