Friday, June 10, 2016

The Kill Trade

Rule 1: It’s much easier to create an all-fly zone than a no-fly zone. But the ground is even more crowded, with American special operations forces said to work alongside French and British counterparts in the fight against the Islamic State, and troops, mercenaries and Jihadis from Russia, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, and a hundred other nationality busy fighting each other there. This brings to… Rule 2: It’s much easier to reach consensus on battling the symptoms rather than the disease.

DDGD June 11, 2016
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Index of Global Delirium
The Index reflects the state of delirium in a particular country using a 1 to 10 count, with 10 denoting the highest level of delirium. Levels of delirium change on the basis of current development in said country, such as instability, terrorism, elections, sports events and the like,  as well as relevant global developments such financial meltdowns, certain leaks, and stock market indices. Countries shown above are among those where fluctuation in the national and local indices have a greater global impact than is the case with other countries. Note: levels of violence and delirium do not always coincide. Indeed, a country can have a high delirium level even though it is relatively stable. 

On account on of the suicide attacks that happened in Baghdad, Istanbul, Tel Aviv and elsewhere, and the various statements made by the likes of Bashar Al-Assad, John Kerry, Barack Obama and certain UN officials, the IDG for this week rose to 9.3 from its previous score of 9.2 which had held steady for a number of weeks. The general upward trend continues.

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“The Arab-American community is not monolithic. There is not a huge rallying of Arab-American Republicans on the Trump train and Arab-American Democrats are split.” Randa Fahmy Hudome, a lifelong Republican and former associate deputy secretary of energy under President George W. Bush.

The Delirica

THE DELIBERATIONS President Obama meeting in the Oval Office in late August with his national security advisers to discuss strategy on Syria, in a photo released by the White House. Credit Pete Souza/White House

Argues With Flies: (originally published here) In a speech given on June 2 at the Air Force Academy in Colorado President Obama warned of isolationism as 'false comfort' and got to argue the case of his failed Syria policy yet one more time. This is what he had to say:

"Because we seized a diplomatic option backed by our threat of force, nations came together and we accomplished far more than military strikes ever could have," the president declared. "All of Syria's declared chemical weapons were successfully removed."

The U.S. was justified in its 2011 intervention in Libya, Obama said, although he lamented a lack of planning "for the day after, when deep-rooted tribalism plunged [the country] into disorder."
The current situation in Syria is "gut-wrenching," he said. "As a father, I see Syria's children and I see my own." Obama then tempered the statement, remarking that deeper military involvement has to be "fully thought through" and evaluated.

"If Iran and Russia want to spill their blood and treasure trying to prop up their Syrian client and get sucked into a quagmire, that is their choice," Obama said. "As president of the United States, I've made a different choice. The only real solution to the Syrian conflict is a political solution, including a transition away from Assad. And that takes diplomacy, not American soldiers being dragged into the middle of another civil war in the Middle East. Our foreign policy has to be strong, but also has to be smart."

To "seize the possibilities of our time," Obama said, all diplomatic and military tools must be considered. "Because we negotiated with Iran, we reached a deal that prevented Iran from obtaining a nuclear bomb, and we did it without firing one shot. With diplomacy, not war."

So, Mr. Obama says: “As a father, I see Syria's children and I see my own.” Really! I say. Shut the Fuck Up Mr. President. Had you thought for a single moment of the children of Syria as your own, you wouldn’t have dragged your feet on the question of intervention for five long years and let their slaughter escalate from one to a handful to few hundreds per month. You would have long realized that a person who was willing to kill the people and the children he was meant to protect and that those who are willing to empower him to do so care very little for your fucking toothless diplomacy. If you really thought of Syrian children as your own, if you cared a single iota about them, you would have at least taken more of them in, or at the very least made a strong case for that. But you didn’t. And what does that say about you?

The simple truth about this this latest self-assessment of yours, Mr. President, is that you were told by one of your advisers that your previous statements on the subject of Syria made you look like a coldhearted asshole. And they did, because you are. To you, the otherness of Syrians clearly made them seem less deserving of your help. That’s the long and short of it. You can dance around this issue to your liberal heart’s content, it won’t make the reality of what you did go away. It won’t make it acceptable. It won’t whitewash it.

But do you really care? Perhaps only inasmuch as it will reflect on your legacy. For it has surely been tainted, and scrub as long and hard as you may, the blood won’t come off.

Meanwhile, and as some continue to argue, if the Syrian conflict and the negotiations over the Iran nuclear program were indeed handled as separate issues by your administration, this does not seem be the case with Iran’s leaders. But whatever the case may be it does not make your policy any less immoral. Members of your very administration had described your nonchalant attitude during policy meetings on Syria, meetings in which you let them argue amongst themselves while you chewed gum and fiddled with your Blackberry. You didn’t intervene in their conversation because you didn’t care. Not only did you tie your hands behind your back by seeking guarantees that no one could give, you made sure that Assad and his supporters knew about it, you reassured them about your desire not to intervene in any way that could jeopardize their positon. The one time they seriously fucked up, you backed down, and were proud of it.

Now Assad still has chemical weapons and is still using them, Syria has become a battleground of all against all, and your decision to intervene at this stage and the manner and goals of your current intervention make you complicit in the mass bloodletting, the ethnic cleansing, the war crimes, etc. So, please stop telling us that you care. Your actions speak much louder than your words and belie them at every turn. The reality is, and as the Washington Post put it, the children of Syria starve as America looks on. That summarizes your attitude as well, Sir. The Syrians have a saying about a man who gets upset because the people around him seem unable to understand or appreciate him: he’s arguing with the flies around his face, they say. Stop arguing with the flies Mr. President.

Historic Opportunities – some waste them others embrace them: (originally published here) Yes, political parties are in the business of winning elections. But parties that can’t think two elections ahead are not likely to remain viable for too long. For decades now, it’s been established that the Republican Party has a major problem appealing to minorities and women. The rise of Donald Trump now gives the GOP the historic opportunity of reversing that trend, by repudiating rather than endorsing Mr. Trump, even at the cost of forfeiting the coming elections.

Indeed, during their upcoming convention, GOP leaders could still decide to denounce Trump and choose a different candidate for President. That will require changing the rules, but so what? Changing some rules and rejecting Trump on account of his xenophobia, racism and misogyny could mark an important first step towards addressing the trust gap separating GOP from minority and women voters. Risking losing the coming elections in order to make this gesture of goodwill might just be worth it. After all, the Republican core principles emphasizing small government, states’ rights, fiscal conservatism, individual responsibility and the need for strong national defense are ideas that have long had appeal in minority and women circuits as well, and were not the things that undercut the party’s appeal among them. White male privilege was the problem, and now the GOP leadership has a historic chance to rectify it.

As things stand at this stage, however, they seem bent on wasting it, perhaps because many in their ranks are infected with the same disease. By refusing to see beyond the current elections and its challenges, GOP leaders seem unable to see the forest for the trees. For what what’s a point of winning an election but losing the party? That is, if Trump can even deliver the victory. The most likely outcome, however, is that the Republicans will end up losing both, even if they all rallied behind Trump. Women and minorities will have their say. Enough of them will be voting for her to tip the scales in her favor. As the Republicans seem bent on wasting their historic opportunity, the Democrats are embracing theirs.

The Daily Delirynth

Reality is more delirial than fiction: Syria crisis: first aid convoy enters besieged Darayya since 2012It is understood that food was excluded from the convoy as a confidence-building measure, with humanitarian officials hoping further aid deliveries would include food.

But this is not what’s riling the executives at the World Health Organization. Rather, it is this: WHO Representative urges stronger tobacco control in Syria. Yes, in a recent report, Mrs. Elizabeth Hoff, the WHO representative in Syria, huffed and puffed all about “the urgency for controlling tobacco and shisha consumption among the population – especially among youths, women and teenage school children.” Tobacco may not have the instant effect of a barrel bomb explosion, or the slower one of starvation, but, in about 70-80 years, it will prove to be the number one killer of today’s children, or at least those of them who survived the barrel bombing and the starvation. 

Meanwhile a defiant Ass of a Hole in the Delirial Layer encompassing our world just nullified the reason for holding any further peace-talks in Geneva, just because he can, rather, enabled to do so. After all, his allies proved more reliable and as willing commit to mass murder as he is. Yes, we are referring here to the one and only Assad and his recent defiant address to the Syrian parliament in which he declared: “Our only option is victory, otherwise Syria will not continue." Translated from Assholese: “Tell that SOB Obama that I will keep on killing until I am stopped or Syria is no more.”  Upon hearing this, John Kerry “talked to Lavrov about it,” and it appears that “transition is still the goal and everything about Geneva is still holding, and the effort to get the ceasefire in place is what they are working on right now.” This will probably come as news to Assad, who will probably be further shocked when he hears what Kerry further admonished him to “never make a miscalculation about President Obama’s determination to do what is right.” So there! Indeed: CIA and Pentagon Bicker While Russia Wipes Out U.S.-Backed RebelsAmerican-armed rebels are in deep trouble in the city of Aleppo. Washington’s response: Escalate the fight—between the U.S. military and intelligence communities.

But let’s not allow such trivialities to prevent us from coordinating our actions in regard to that common enemy of convenience: Syrian army, U.S.-backed forces advance separately against Islamic State. So, let’s keep the pretense of killing as usual, until the Russians are ready to take it to the next level. At which time, we can count on Kerry and Obama to be surprised and beside themselves with anguished disappointment.  

Iran is accused of 'providing a range of support, including financial, training, and equipment' to organisations such as Lebanon's Hezbollah AFP/Getty

Is the love-fest over? Iran is the main state sponsor of terror, US report finds. To which Mr. Ali Khamenei replies: “It is a huge mistake to trust evil Britain and the Great Satan [the United States].” So, I guess, the Iran Deal was a one-night stand that both sides are now free to regret. Still, the resulting pregnancy might need to be carried to term on “moral” ground. In the meantime, it’s only understandable if both sides seem to be lashing out at each other with greater venom and vigor than usual.

Beware Syria!

Getting in is the easy part: Russia, Iran, and Hezbullah in Syria: Win Today, Lose Tomorrow. Their “victory may prove pyrrhic. Russia, Iran, and Hezbullah are pursuing a short-term outcome that enables them to pull out of Syria and cut their costs. But Assad will be left heading a hollowed-out state, devastated economy, and largely resentful population.” But who said anything about a pullout? Russia wants bases, Iran wants control and Saudi wants a quagmire to keep both of them busy. Pullout seems neither a choice nor an option. As the Syrian saying goes “entering the public bath is not the same as exiting.”

Displaced from Chad in a camp near Bosso, May 25 | AFP JIJI

The Displaced: Boko Haram attack: 50,000 flee town in Niger “At least 32 killed and thousands flee in the wake of attack in Bosso town on Nigeria-Niger border.” In response, Chad sent in 2,000 troops to defend the city.  In Iraq, the UN reports that 90,000 people remain trapped in Fallujah. In Syria, “Tens of thousands of residents of Aleppo province’s second-biggest city and its countryside are on the run, fleeing battles between the Islamic State and US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces.”  Indeed, one resident said that civilians are caught “between the hammer and the anvil.” Also in Aleppo, Russians keep targeting hospitals, and using banned weapons. While Libyan government’s troops are trying to retake Sirte from IS control.

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A delirium-inducing celebrity-related thingy, imagined even real, real even when imagined, and completely irrelevant, even when maintaining the appearance of purpose. Notice: All celebrities appearing here, even the fictitious ones, are real, but not necessarily actual, and all their statements and quotes, especially those deemed libelous, for whatever unenlightened reason, are their own, even when they are factious but somehow actual, and have absolutely nothing to do with the author of this blog, or the editors of ЯP, no matter how delusional he/they may seem at times, or happen to be, for real.

An Afghan boy plays in the ruins of a house that once belonged to the 13th-century Persian poet Rumi. Photograph: Farshad Usyan/AFP/Getty Images

Following the announcement by Mr. David Franzoni, the writer of the blockbuster Hollywood movie the Gladiator, that his upcoming project will deal with the life and teachings of the famous and controversial 13th Century Sufi scholar, Jalauddine Al-Rumi, ЯP reached out to Mr. Al-Rumi in his palatial residence in Delirial Dimension, to gauge his initial reaction.

“Well it’s about damn time!” Mr. Al-Rumi incanted during our Skype call. “I’ve only been the bestselling poet in the U.S. for what, a decade now?” He added: “And my life is the stuff of legend. Add to that a possible love triangle involving me, my daughter and my best friend, and dozens of whirling young men in white robes. And wine, and it really bugles the mind that they have waited this long to come up with the decision.”

As to his take on the possibility of having Leonardo DiCaprio playing him, while Robert Downey Jr stars as Shams Al-Tabrizi, the Holy Dervish of Our Momentary Rapture didn’t seem to be so impressed with the choice. And the reason… “when will Hollywood stop playing these stupid games when it comes to casting?  I am Persian, so is Shams, and I bet there are plenty of Iranian-American actors who don’t think much of the Mullah regime, not to mention the Iran Deal, who will be more than happy, not to mention suitable, to play the roles. Let’s not do another Gods of Egypt here. Enough is enough.”

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