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11 October 2005

Is It God Who's Making Bush Mad ?

Next time G.W. Bush gets to hear God whispering in his ear regarding where next he wants mad King George to wage war, perhaps it would be proper for el pretzeldent to to commune with his creator concerning some especially important questions.

Questions to which the answers are as pertinent to all earth's people as they are to the plethora of corporate pricks who, some time ago bought Bush's soul - or as reasonable a facsimile of a soul as was ever available.

Questions such as -- 'Christ, King of Kings! Surely, you're kidding?' - or - 'Jesus! You jest?' - or - 'God! You must be pulling my plonker'.

If only the frat-brat, fortunate son hadn't have effed around all through his schooling, he might just happened to have heard about the ancient Greek playwright/philosopher, Euripides.

And if he had, he may well have realised a while ago that he was being set up - seemingly sacredly - for one truly almighty fall.

Wise, way beyond his young years, amongst Euripides' ultra-prolific production of pronouncements & proclamations during such a shockingly short lifespan, was the following famous one.

Whom the gods would destroy, they first make mad.

Variant: Those whom the Gods wish to destroy They first make mad.

Variant: Those whom God wishes to destroy, he first makes mad.

Ring any bells, anyone?

Well, it was such a superb super-duper saying, that a thousand or so years later, even old Will Shakespeare himself sort of swiped it, to use in one of his own works.

And it's as true now as it was about 400 years BC.

How in hell the Crawford neocon-cowboy-clown still hasn't cottoned on -- well, maybe God alone knows.

Damn it, Old Brit, you're darn well digressing again.

Fair enough, friend -- so lets fast forward to yesterday's [London] Financial Times.

US 'seeks new Syrian leader' as pressure mounts

By Guy Dinmore in Washington Published: October 10 2005 03:00 - Last updated: October 10 2005 03:00

As it steps up pressure on Damascus, the US is actively seeking an alternative who would take over from President Bashar al-Assad, according to sources close to the Bush administration.

What? Even while the crazy carnage & chaos of Iraq and Afghanistan continue? Isn't that major league madness?

But it goes on, to get worse.

Feast your eyes on the following.

President George W. Bush, in an important speech last week on the war on terror and the ideology of Islamic radicalism, denounced Syria and Iran as "outlaw regimes" that acted as "allies of convenience" to the militants.

Yeah - remember Iran is still set squarely in his sights too.

Duh. Call me a monkey's uncle. Who would have Adam & Eve'd it?

How many foreign fronts does the fool think he can effectively fight on -- for fuck's sake?

Crazier and crazier, eh?

Surely, the current US criminal-cartel-ocracy's now gone completely crackers and finally flaked altogether.

Surely, they must have begun believing their own loony-load of lies.

Surely, they must now have started to swallow their own load [ as we Brits say] of bloody bollocks.

Surely, they must think their [mythical] multi-missions are actually accomplished.


Okay. Here's hoping you can handle this quick clip & paste.

Flynt Leverett, analyst at the Brookings Institution think-tank, believes the Bush administration is looking at mounting cross-border military operations into Syria.
Here's your last little 'hook' to look at before you hit the link.

A US official told the FT last week Syria had made the "unwise choice" of "allowing its territory to be part of the Iraqi battlefield".
Now read the rest:

Plus - Examples of Euripides - for the erudite among us:


Anonymous graniab said...

Of course devise a new international 'freedom seeking' campaign to take the spotlight away from the disarray within. Possible indictments for lover boy Rove and the Dark Prince, of course we need a diversion.

Richard sorry the damp is getting to you, try grits with fried eggs - that will set you up for the day. I am sure you can get grits at your local supermarket. btw - Liverpool or Everton supporter?

12:09 am  
Blogger Elaine Supkis said...

Grits? Shudder.

Bananas. Bush eats them! Look at how active he is.

And Richard, the string pullers want wars for Israel so we get to pay and fight them. Yipee. Too bad the Brits decided to join this nasty little business. You guys did have a choice, once.

12:45 am  
Anonymous Mark Abbott said...

Great find, Richard ... haven't seen this anywhere else!

The military was almost in open mutiny during Katrina's immediate aftermath, and they think they have enough troops to open fronts with Syria or anyone else?!

Earth to BushCo: this AIN'T gonna work! And nothing you've ever touched HAS -- it's time for regime change, alright.

3:11 am  
Anonymous Mark Abbott said...

PS --

thanks for the Euripides link! Lots of pithy wisdom there.

This one soothes me:

There is one thing alone that stands the brunt of life throughout its course: a quiet conscience.
-- Hippolytus (428 B.C.)

3:15 am  
Blogger Natalia said...

'el pretzeldent' is my favourite new word. : )))))

3:26 am  
Blogger St!ff M!ttens said...

It's so bizarre that it's almost impossible to believe anyone (even a certifiable whackjob) could continue bold-faced along such a course in the face of such growing criticism and impending economic problems. On the other hand, in for a penny - in for a pound, I guess. I mean, once you've thoroughly pissed off the entire planet, what else is there to do but see how far you can escalate it?

I suppose there is always the possibility that Revelations is all true as writ and that these are indeed the End Times. Here's a good resource:

6:49 am  
Anonymous Ally said...

I'd just like to note that we Americans have military options outside that of a full-scale invasion. We could do serious damage to a country with air power alone, indeed we have done so. Honestly, can you imagine the destruction we could visit on Iran, much less Syria, had we the mind to do so? Even if Iran tried to engage our forces in Iraq, they would face the destruction of any military forces they put into the field. You have to remember that though we aren't very good at fighting insurgents, we have a military designed to combat the Soviets. Their vehicles wouldn't make it across the border. I just have to hope that my rulers aren't quite insane enough to pull the temple down on our heads. After five hard years, I don't have much hope left.

9:26 am  
Blogger Richard said...


BREAKING ---- Syrian minister 'commits suicide'

Syria's interior minister Ghazi Kanaan has committed suicide, the official news agency in Damascus says.

For many years Kanaan was Syria's powerful intelligence chief in Lebanon, which was dominated by Syria until its military withdrawal earlier this year.

He returned to Damascus in 2002 to head the political intelligence agency and he joined the cabinet in 2004.

The United States froze his assets there in July saying he had aided terrorism in Lebanon.

12:40 pm  
Anonymous blowback said...


The worse thing is that Tony Blair is going to follow Bush into Lebanon to deal with Hezbollah, then Syria and Iran, if recent events are any guide.

I first got a strong sense of this when a senior British official directly accused "Tehran of supplying Iraqi insurgents with sophisticated roadside bombs that have killed eight British soldiers and two security guards since May."

My feeling strengthened when a few days later I read that Tony Blair said "new explosive devices used against British troops in Iraq were suspected to have come from 'Iranian elements'."

He then went on to warn "Tehran the UK would 'not be intimidated' into giving up its demand that Iran should abandon its nuclear programme."

Why does he think that Tehran can be intimidated into abandoning its nuclear programme, particularly after the WND fiasco in Iraq?

I suspect that Tony Blair has also heard from God recently! However , unlike Dubya, he dare not admit it as the great British public would at last realize that he has a severe, chronic case of doolally tap.

BTW, one thought for all those who think that Iran would be another cake walk. Do not forget that Iran has probably has about 60 million devout Shi'ite. Their ideal form of death is martyrdom. Most outsiders only see Iran from a liberal middleclass perspective but, as the recent presidential elections showed, that is only a small proportion of the population.

12:57 pm  
Blogger Richard said...

I'll be back shortly with some responses - mad, mad, busy right now.

Please don't let that stop you from 'piling it on' here though.

The more info the better.

Oh, meanwhile please be pals and pass all this on - as far & wide as possible.

Later ....

2:40 pm  
Blogger Phyl said...

As Gwynne Dyer remarked in a speech last year, one reason the Bushies invaded Iraq rather than Iran (which, really, has done more to aggravate the U.S. than Iraq did until the U.S. started targetting it) -- is terrain.

I think they'd be fighting the terrain in Iran too.

2:40 pm  
Blogger Richard said...

Thanks, but I don't know what 'grits' are.

As for the 'diversion' - well, some diversion it's turned out to be, eh? They are masters of timing. All their future putrid plans are in place, well in advance. Then they're executed at precicely the most oportune moment.

They're bastards - but they're masters.

4:42 pm  
Blogger markfromireland said...

I served in Lebanon as a UN peacekeeper and then as a peacemaker a fair bit of experience with the Iranians and Syrians too.

They US and UK do this - and they'll lose. There isn't any doubt about this in my mind. The IDF could be in Damascus in the morning, THAT, isn't in any doubt, they've never done it, because they know that they'd be defeated in detail afterwards.

As to Iran - they're highly professional yes they'd likely lose a "set piece" CW - they're not thick and they're they're not crazy contrary to the image touted of them. That's not what they'll do. You'll lose.

Please please dear lord - this is the nightmare I've had for more than 20 years now. Please don't let it come true.

4:43 pm  
Blogger Richard said...


I couldn't agree more - as usual.

4:43 pm  
Blogger Richard said...

Hi, Mark,

Thanks friend, you're welcome - as always.

4:45 pm  
Blogger Richard said...

Welcome, Natalia,

Heh - you're welcome, too.

(I toyed with the idea of adding an pronounced 'e' to the end - ie: pretzeldente.

4:48 pm  
Blogger Richard said...


I just quickly clicked to your blog 'profile' - looks like you have interesting interests - I'll have to check it out further, later. :^)

4:51 pm  
Blogger Richard said...


I wonder when they will ever cease to amaze - or disgust?

4:54 pm  
Blogger Richard said...

Hello ally,

I know what you could do - but that doesn't mean you should. You could go a genocide and/or nuclear route too, but I hope to God you don't.

5:01 pm  
Blogger Richard said...


On everything you've mentioned, I'm precisely 'on the same page'.

And thanks for those links too - I'll be sure to check them out a littler later - as, no doubt, will others here also.

5:06 pm  
Blogger Richard said...


Maybe my 'me toos' are becoming a bit boring by now - but believe me, when I say again - "me too, mate" - I mean it.

Something's got to 'give' soon -and like you say - it won't be anything like 'they' are expecting. Because, as you say, 'they' (mk11) are NOT stupid.

5:13 pm  
Blogger Richard said...

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5:18 pm  
Blogger Richard said...


You bet they will - and more. Like the Russians and French, maybe? To mention but a few.

BTW, thanks for reminding me of Gwynne Dyer [ both at Tapa and here] - I don't know why I didn't do it before, but I have now; I mean, I've added a permanent link to him in this blog's links-list.

5:19 pm  
Blogger Richard said...


I forgot to answer your question re Everton or Liverpool -- heh -- it's Liverpool, of course. :^)

5:22 pm  
Blogger Richard said...


Have I caught up and covered everything? Hope I haven't missed anyone out.

5:23 pm  
Blogger markfromireland said...

Who's driving what's going on in Lebanon are the French and the Saudis working in close harmony. The US has damned little influence on what they choose to do in Lebanon. As to the US looking for a new ruler in Damascus. Sorry but "yeah right" it would suit them far better to have a chronically weakened Assad fils there.

That being said the administration that said that invading Iraq wouldn't have the effect of inflaming the muslim world because it didn't have the "overhead" of holy cities are capable of committing any sort of cluster fuck. It seems they'd never heard of either Najaf or Kerbala or realised their significance - and not just to the Shii btw.

1:56 am  
Blogger markfromireland said...

BTW apropos the comment above from blowback - check out Anthony Neville Chamblairlain's links and political support to the leading exponent of creationist schooling in the UK.

Goodnight folks.

2:00 am  

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