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Tuesday, August 22, 2006

# Posted 7:35 PM by Patrick Belton  

REST OF THE BLOGOSPHERE (WORLD) WATCH: This blog's friend and fiendishly clever Central Asia Middle East hand Brian Ulrich reviews Ali Ansari's Confronting Iran in the context of, well, the impending Iran confrontation. Brian has, in my absence, begun blogging with lots of other people whose blogging I like. The sodded racketeers. (ed: but, Patrick, you yourself blog with other people whose blogging you like. Do I contradict myself? Very well then I contradict myself. I am large, I contain multitudes. ed: Get off it, you're 11 stone and 5'10".)

Among other pieces Brian's blog alerted me of, which I'd not yet seen: Anthony Cordesman on Lebanon and Kevin on Pakistan. See also elsewhere Daniel on the Mexican elections and CT's Belle Waring on how we're all going to marry stunners. Much to read, and to comment upon: this being back business is going to be incredible fun.
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Comments:
Central Asia hand? Thanks for the compliment, but I actually focus on the (medieval) Middle East.
 
In a very Central Asian way.....
 
5'10"? With your shoes on, maybe. I'm 5'8" and you've got an inch on me at best.
 
Watch it, shorty.
 
It is clear that Iran is buying CRITICAL time. The funny thing though, is that the world keeps on falling to the same pattern: we focus on Iran's nuclear program - "something" happens in the world that diverts attention - we slowly start refocusing on Iran - they come out with statements about their 'readiness to negotiate' - it takes a long time to digest and realize that these declarations are just 'time buyers' - we threaten them with sanctions - "something happens in the world that diverts attention - we slowly start refocusing on Iran - they come out with statements about their 'readiness to negotiate' - it takes a long time to digest and realize that these declarations are just 'time buyers' - we threaten them with sanctions - etc.
You get the picture...
My hope is that sooner or later the world will wake up!
But the longer it takes...the more lives will be lost.
Also, it would be interesting to predict when Iran will use their 'secret weapon'. Check it out at http://www.technonllc.com/blog
 
btw, welcome back! The blogosphere hasn't been the same without you. It was just so...Beltonless.
 
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