January 18, 2006

THERE'S A REASON THE LIBERTY BELL RESIDES HERE:

Here we go again; Is anybody coming? (Wesley Pruden, 1/17/06, Jewish World Review)

Not since frightened mice sat around a wheel of camembert, arguing over who would bell the cat (which every little mouse agreed would be a very good thing to do), have so many mice occupied themselves with high statecraft.

Everybody who's anybody is getting very cross with Iran. The Europeans, suddenly aware that a nuclear Iran might interrupt German reveries of sausages and raise the temperature of Islamic nightmares in France, are grumbling that somebody really ought to do something. Russia and China, who make a fine living selling exotic arms to famously bad-tempered regimes, agree with the United States and the Europeans that Iran should "fully suspend its nuclear program."

Even in Washington, where Democrats have taken a blood oath never to agree to anything the Republicans bring up first, there's growing agreement that Iran is a catastrophe-in-waiting for everyone. Chuck Schumer, fresh from stopping in a single bound the confirmation of Samuel Alito, is disturbed. Not disturbed enough to want to do anything in particular about it, but disturbed enough to put it on his to-do list of things to worry about.

Both the casual and careful observer can be forgiven if they think this must be where they came into this movie about a rogue state with a history of bluster, spilling the blood of its neighbors, encouraging terrorists, building and using weapons of mass destruction and conducting a clever game of hide-and-seek with the United Nations weapons inspectors, flouting and then mocking the international institutions dedicated to peace, happiness and only good stuff.


We're always the ones who go after the cat.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 18, 2006 11:31 AM
Comments

Of couse we are the ones to go after the cat. That's what governments do. Decisions regarding who would possess the physical instruments of power were made years ago.

Posted by: Lou Gots at January 18, 2006 11:59 AM

Aren't we the cat? And every so often we wake up enough to swat some particularly pesky mouse...

Posted by: b at January 18, 2006 12:37 PM

If it weren't so dangerous to national security, it would be fun to see Bush appoint Chuckie, Teddy, Pelosi, the missus and other leading Congressional Democrats to a task force designed to develop tactical responses to Iran's growing nuclear threat. The recommendations would be the definition of kicking the can down the road pablum.

Posted by: John at January 18, 2006 1:39 PM

Who Ya Gonna Call?

Thought so.

Posted by: Mikey at January 18, 2006 4:58 PM
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