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40+ year old former teacher, linguist, interrogator, soldier, and lastly convict. We all do stupid things every once and awhile. I am an economic conservative and a firm believer in civil rights. Starting a new life now and frankly not sure what I am going to be doing.

09 May 2006

A couple of interesting events

On the international scale a couple of interesting things happened in the last couple of days. The first is that the President of Iran sent an 18 page letter to President Bush. Therewas a fair amount of initial hype from pundits about this. Those on the left saying "See, they are willing to talk!" Those on the right saying "Hah, it's a scam!"
Well, it turns out to be neither really. One cannot seriously accept the document as an opening for negociations when it starts off by telling Bush that Democracy has failed around the world and is hated by all. The document also accuses The US of a cover up on the issue of 9/11, lies about Iraq, and questions the validity of the establishment of Israel. It ends by inviting Bush to join the people flocking to the "Almighty God".
So it isn't a scam, it is a call to repentance. But certainly not a real opening for talks.

The second event was that Jacob Zuma, the former deputy President of South Africa was found Not Guilty in his rape trial. He had been accused of rape by the daughter of a now deceased colleague who was staying at his house. She is an HIV positive AIDS activist. Zuma says the sex was consensual. Ironically Zuma was the head of the South Africa's campaign against AIDS and violence towards women. Was he guilty? Who knows? It was a He said/She said event. It didn't help the accusers case that she had a reputaion for shouting rape. (falsely according to the judge)
One of the more sad/amusing/"HUH?" things seen in this trial is that Zuma, the man who headed the anti AIDS mission for SA did not wear a condom during this act and announced during his trial his taking a shower after the act who protect him from AIDS and that men really can't get AIDS easily from women anyway. That says a lot for why AIDS is so prevalent on the continent.
Oh Well.....

4 Comments:

Blogger The Zombieslayer said...

A shame about the letter from the Pres of Iran. The sad thing is, the Persian people are an intelligent lot. Really wish the best for them. but they have one of the worst gov'ts in the world.

One of the more sad/amusing/"HUH?" things seen in this trial is that Zuma, the man who headed the anti AIDS mission for SA did not wear a condom during this act and announced during his trial his taking a shower after the act who protect him from AIDS and that men really can't get AIDS easily from women anyway. That says a lot for why AIDS is so prevalent on the continent.

Well said.

10:46 PM  
Blogger Jen said...

Adrian and I had talked about this on the phone the a couple of weeks ago..Since hes a South African...he obviously has some pretty strong feelings on the subject.

But, it completely totaly baffles my mind that in this day and age, someone who is supposed to be in a postition of power and authority could possibly be that completely STUPID!!!!

It makes me very afraid for the world sometimes.

10:25 AM  
Blogger Serena said...

*shudder*

7:16 AM  
Blogger exMI said...

My sentiments exactly.

3:02 PM  

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