Wednesday, April 22, 2009

The Devil's Playbook


For someone who is so avowedly anti-American, Iranian President and strongman Mahmoud Ahmadinejad took a page out of the Devil's Playbook this past Monday.

I used to joke that when the economy was bad, the best thing for a leader to do was to start a war... that gets people together and it takes their minds off of their wretched condition. If you can't start a war, racism and nationalism will always do. It worked for Adolf Hitler and has been working for a score of politicians in both the Democratic and Republican parties for ages... not to mention in countries around the world.

On Monday, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said countries that are boycotting the United Nations Conference on Racism, which is currently underway in Switzerland, are doing so out of "arrogance and selfishness". After his speech at the conference sparked a mass walkout by EU diplomats, Ahmadinejad told reporters... "In our opinion, this arrogance and selfishness are the root cause of the problems of the world."

The conference has been boycotted by the United States, Israel, Italy, Australia, New Zealand, Poland, and Germany. I was kind of disappointed that President Obama declined to have the U.S. participate in the conference. I roundly criticized President Bush when he also refused to be a part of this conference a few years ago but, I digress. Now, getting back to my man, Mahmoud...

Following his speech, the Czech Republic announced that it would be withdrawing from the summit over his remarks on Israel and the Holocaust. Dozens of western representatives at the UN-sponsored Durban II Conference Against Racism rose from their chairs and walked out of the hall in Geneva as Ahmadinejad launched a tirade against the Israeli government.

The Iranian leader also blasted the United States for its invasion of Iraq. The conference turned chaotic when two protesters in rainbow wigs tossed red clown noses at Ahmadinejad as he began his speech with a Muslim prayer. A Jewish student group from France said they have been trying to convey the masquerade that this conference represents. Earlier Sunday, federal agents in Geneva escorted Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz away from the Geneva Hotel, where Ahmadinejad and Swiss President Hans-Rudolf Merz were meeting, after he declared plans to challenge the Iranian leader about his views on the Holocaust and Israel.

That's right Mahoud... Turn all the attention on someone else and take it off the fact that just months ago, students in your own country were protesting the sorry state of the economy under you. It's those damn Israeli's, isn't it? And, the United States too. Hell, it's the entire west!

Somewhere, Karl Rove and Rush Limbaugh are taking notes... their Tea party seems to have come and gone without any serious repercussions to the Obama Administration. Do you wanna bet that in the coming months, President Obama will be attacked for his foreign policy, closing Gitmo, and making the world "free for terrorists again"? Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck are already saying things to this effect.

I sat and watched that circus on TV, a few nights ago and I had to laugh. It doesn't matter if it's a Republican incumbant (pick one), a Democratic incumbant (President Lyndon B. Johnson and his Vietnam debacle), or an Islamic incumbant (again, pick one)... all of them play by the same rules and they all do the same things in the end. They play on nationalism, racism, and fear mongering. I guess it works.

People in Iran will see their leader being mocked and attacked by Westerners (which is not smart on their part either) and will rally around him. At least, that's what he's hoping they will do. I think people are getting more savvy politically and they're not going to go for the okey doke and the old banana in the tailpipe anymore. Leaders are not going to divert people's attention from the sorry job they are doing by appealing to hate and fear anymore. At least, that's what I'm hoping they will no longer be able to do. There are still some very gullible and stupid people in the world... I just hope they are not in the majority. I hope we can file the Devil's Playbook away one day soon.

I'll stop here and quote our former president, George W. Bush, by saying... "Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice... uh, er, uh, uh, uh... don't try to fool me again." Okay, that wasn't George W. Bush... that was Will Farrell playing Bush. It was funny, wasn't it?

23 comments:

A Free Spirit Butterfly said...

I wasn't "Polictically Savvy" but I am now, after reading your post. All I can do is say, pray people, please continue to pray!

Love, peace and blessings!
The butterfly

Angel said...

I agree with Free Spirit, the world is a mess and our leaders are a joke

we have to pray!!

Sean said...

Once again, you're right on Target Keith

James Perkins said...

I was wondering where you were going with this..but I got'cha now.
Interesting.

Simon Bastion said...

I watched that...I was laughing too. The Guy is a drama queen.

Brenda said...

I like the way you think..your twisted sense of humor.

Cheryl said...

That quote at the end of this floored me..You are crazy Keith!

Toni said...

You're the CNN of Bloggers..I keep
telling you that keith-lolol

Angie B. said...

Hey Keith, I too was disapointed that for the second year in a row, the U.S. has failed to participate in the Racism conference.

Lisa said...

Our Political leaders are a joke, you're right Keith.

Halo said...

I was watching that..I felt as though they were still rude by jeering and tossing clown noses at him. They defeated the purpose of the entire conference..to air things out!

Vanessa said...

Not as Political savvy as the others, but I like reading your political posts..they make it plainer for me than other venues.

Sunflower said...

President Obama has been trying to reach out to Ahmadinejad for awhile now, but he is blowing it with his bombastic statements..You're right..He's up for re-election and he's trying to avert attention from the lousy job he's been doing in his country.

Tate 2 said...

They all play from the same playbook...Distract and avert attention..

Swaggie said...

Go ahead Keith...The Black Anderson
Cooper-lololol.

Jazzy said...

You make very good points here....and I see that you went out of your way to be "fair" (nod to your anonymous poster) But you didn't have to...We know that the Republicans are the masters of these kinds of politics...lololol.
He took a page out of the Republican Playbook.

Captain Jack said...

There is an article in this month's "Rolling Stone" on "Evil Politics" that talks about this same subject..You might want to check this out.

Grover Tha Playboy said...

Man, you are crazy...Just read that last line...ROFLMAO

Torrance Stephens - All-Mi-T said...

some things never change

Thoughts of a Southern gal said...

Good read

The Dreamy One said...

and you know that is exactly what is gonna happen!!

(sighs)

I'm tired of all this political BS on tv!!!

the people at my job have a field day with this kind of stuff.

Mizrepresent said...

I so love how you put things in perspective Keith. I feel that you and All-Mi-T are our watchers and i am so thankful for that.

CurvyGurl ♥ said...

A nutcase indeed. He's just a figurehead anyway, the real leaders stay behind the scenes which is the disturbing thing.




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