Anyway, I'm back.
Last week was spent (A) at one of my favorite places in the whole wide world
; and (B) hosting my 4-year-old niece, who's a real sweetheart.
So, Iran's causing more trouble again.
When are we going to get that the only language that a bully understands is brute force?
In the Philadelphia Inquirer yesterday, Trudy Rubin
-- who has some pretty good sources in the Middle East, having reported from there for years -- says all Iran really
wants is to be considered the first place to turn to in the Islamic world when it comes to settling things. Iran holds all the cards, she infers.
So did Hitler in 1938.
Look where that got us.
And in the New York Post last week, one-time Iranian newspaper editor Amir Taheri
says Russia and China won't help, because they figure if things get out of hand, we -- the US of A -- will take care of Ahmahdenijihad in Iran or Crazy Kim in North Korea.
What if we said no?
You think China wants to deal with Crazy Kim?
You think Russia wants an Iran becoming a dominant power influencing the heavily-Islamic nations that came out of the old USSR?
That's the message we maybe ought to be sending.
And maybe we should remind China that the 2008 Olympics are coming up soon in Beijing, and that the absence of the USA would put a big dent in their big showcase.
Enough of the bull already.