After being labeld a "fair dancer...not good, but fair" by my EU Law professor, I decided this week to focus on more substantial events. This week has seen a flury of stories about the pending surge in Baghdad and Anbar. Sadr may not even be in Iraq. But at the same time some Sunnis are now cooperating with American and Iraqi forces. Though the Kurds and the Arabs may be going to blows fairly soon.
With all that, it's worth remembering that historically the Middle East hasn't really been a symbol of peace and tranquility. With that, I bring you this week's quote from Monty Python's Life of Brian. Although I hope the scene is familiar to all, the premise is that an underground organization called the People's Liberation Front of Judea is planning the ouster of Romans from the Holy Land. Their leader, Reg, has posed the question what have the Romans ever done for us:
Francis: Yeah, they certainly know how to keep order. Let's face it. They're the only ones who could in a place like this!
Commandos: Hehh, heh. Heh heh heh heh heh heh heh.
Reg: But apart from the sanitation, the medicine, education, wine, public order, irrigation, roads, the fresh-water system, and public health, what have the Romans ever done for us?
Xerxes: Brought peace
Reg: Oh, pea-- Shut up!
Such is the world of the occupying force.