Thursday, September 05, 2002


Robert Corr is wriggling with delight at the thought of catching me out in recent evaluations on the Middle East.

According to Rob, when the Kuwaitis are in favour of the War on Iraq, it's a "government mouthpiece", but if the Qatari Foreign Minister says the same, it's proof positive.

Hey Rob, just how big does a US air base have to be before it qualifies as support? By that logic, Pine Gap doesn't mean a thing, does it?

And not all Middle Eastern countries are not Arab. They aren't the same thing, never have been. You might keep that in mind if you're standing next to an Iranian; they're a bit touchy.

Let me put this as clearly as possible Rob: the opinions of Middle Eastern nations, with the exception of any democracies that happen to be present, matter not a jot to me. The various nabobs, Pashas, Shahs, Ayatollahs, sheikhs, Caliphs, Kings, Glorious Leaders, Khans and Presidents For Life JUST DON'T COUNT ANY MORE.
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