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Do you think the United States is ready for a woman president?
Chilling in Chappaqua
The Americans are not ready for a woman president. That is why they will elect Hillary Clinton.
Stock markets seem to be crashing everywhere. Why is this happening?
Frightened at the Fed
Karl Kraus wrote, “How is the world ruled, and how do wars start? Diplomats tell lies to journalists, and then believe what they read.” Spengler’s Corollary states that investment bankers put lies into prospectuses, and then believe what they read.
The United States is selling US$20 billion worth of arms to Saudi Arabia, while Russia is selling long-range bombers and anti-aircraft missiles to Iran. It looks as if the leading Sunni and Shi’ite powers are preparing for war. In the event of total war to the death between the Sunnis and Shi’ites, which side do you think will win?
Bothered in Baghdad
They both will win.
I am the leader of a Middle Eastern country that sponsors a Shi’ite revolution against the Sunni establishment. Recently I was astonished to read of a telephone poll of my citizens concluding that that most of them want peaceful relations with the United States and Israel. It appears that only 29% of respondents care about developing nuclear weapons, which is my government’s top priority. Even worse, 68% of respondents want normal relations and trade with the United States, which has placed my country under sanctions. Worst of all, most of the respondents want to recognize both Israel and Palestine as independent states. Where have I gone wrong?
Troubled in Tehran
There are lies, damned lies, and statistics. Why should you take a telephone poll seriously? Most Iranians don’t have telephones to begin with. Only the more affluent and educated have them, and they never voted for you to begin with.
You have 65 million people in your country, but only 18 million land lines and 8 million mobile phones. One can assume that most of the people who have cellular phones also have land lines. I would guess that only one of your citizens in three has a telephone line. By contrast, the Netherlands has 16 million people, and a total of 23 million phone lines (15 million cell phones and 8 million land lines).
You always have drawn support from the poor and ignorant majority in the countryside and the urban slums. Nothing has changed. Don’t worry. No one will interrupt your journey toward martyrdom.