Friday, May 9, 2008

Bush to Light Candles on Israel's 60th Birthday Cake

President George W. Bush visits the Middle East next week after the big weekend wedding of Jenna and Henry. Both events involve cake, however only the Israeli birthday version will have candles. I'd be very careful striking any matches in the terribly divided region, a virtual powderkeg after eight years of Bush fracturing.

Guess who wants a funeral dirge vs. a celebration of life? It would be Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the longtime recipient of Bush shunning. American and Israeli leaders rapidly increased their inflammatory language of late. Nearly everyone that runs with George calls Mahmoud the modern version of Hitler.

With sixty birthday candles ready for flame, President Ahmadinejad tried to throw water on the party by calling Israel a "dead rat" and a "stinking corpse". The Jerusalem Post reported:

"Those who think they can revive the stinking corpse of the usurping and fake Israeli regime by throwing a birthday party are seriously mistaken," the official IRNA news agency quoted Ahmadinejad as having said. "Today the reason for the Zionist regime's existence is questioned and this regime is on its way to annihilation."

I'd be very careful using the "a" word around George W. Bush and Ehud Olmert. Both men would love to kick some Iranian "a" before they leave office. Will they do it together or will one act alone?