Our very own favourite party-starter, Ahmadinejad, visited Bahrain yesterday. If you noticed helicopters around, road blocks, or riot police stationed around various areas of Manama yesterday, now you know why.
Anyhow, the Iranian president met with our own King Hamad, and discussed strengthening economic ties between our countries, the current crisis in the Gulf, and kicking out the US from the region.
Now it's this last point I want to focus on; i've always considered Ahmadi as the fun-loving type; he's been known for taunting the US, pushing them to the brink of war, and then backing up and saying all he wants is peace with that huge smile he's well famous for. He's done this numerous times, and it's something a little like watching a comedy show.
History between Iran and America hasn't been great recently. Since the days of the hostage crisis at the US Embassy in Iran, there's been a whole lot of tension between the two countries, and it's finally reached the point where we are at the brink of war.
I really don't understand Ahmadi; he's either totally naive, or very, very clever; he can't be in between. I mean, he talks of brushing America away as if they were a little bit of dust settled on his desk, rather than the biggest military power in the world. Is he pushing for a war? Does he believe America is at its weakest point right now, with a huge budget deficit, a number of wars going on in different places and hardly the ability to sustain another one in Iran? Or perhaps that the American people have had enough of war and are against any notion by the White House to launch another one?
Or perhaps he really does believe Iran can totally wipe out America. And Israel. And everyone else who dares attack them.
Don't get me wrong; Iran is a very formidable force. The Iranians are well known to be ferocious fighters who will put up one hell of a fight. And if it does happen, this war will probably shock the world; we are definately in for a few suprises.
War seems inevitable, from the US standpoint. From the Iranian standpoint, it seems like nothing will happen. Either way, we're stuck here in the middle wondering what the hell is going to happen over the next few months.
What are your thoughts?
Something to think about: for those who used to watch cartoons back in the 80's/early 90's, remember Adnan wa Lina (Conan, Boy of the Future)? I loved that cartoon; it was basically the world after the third world war, which was pretty much completely destroyed... The introduction started off with saying "World War 3 started in the year 2008..."