Wednesday, June 27, 2007

When is a Riot

Not a riot?

When it's happening in Iran and you're someone in America who has only the vaguest notion of Iran but is absolutely obsessed with Dick Cheney.

Setting fire to one petrol station and chanting anti-government slogans does not constitute a riot. Protest, maybe. Hyperbole, definitely. Now it's up to 12 petrol stations that have been torched, so we're getting close to "furious," but riots have not broken out. BBC gets it right: Iran fuel rations spark violence.

Gas rationing can make unhappy campers of anyone.

Sure, sure, we all remember the massive torching of gas stations across Europe and the U.S. in the '70s. Just business as usual.

Because Iran doesn't really matter. It's nuclear weapons program doesn't really matter. The freedom and pursuit of happiness of its millions of human beings don't really matter. All that matters is that man in the White House (and his puppetmaster).

I'm looking at the tags on her post. They include "Iran (262)" and "Republicans" (1262)." Yep. Sounds about right.

You remember how silly some of the supporters of the administration looked when they got all vein-popping about the use of the term "civil war" in reference to Iraq? I still think it was the wrong term, by the way, but that's a technicality; the more important thing is to solve the problem than to name it. You remember how deftly the left skewered them over it?

Look in the mirror now, friends.