Monday, November 16, 2015

Crusades, Syria, Cartoons, Wines, or Whatever

The Paris attacks were convenient for Iran, given the wine dispute with France.

Iran's chief nutball won't go to Paris as planned:

Hassan Rouhani on Saturday postponed what would have been the first visit to Europe by an Iranian president in 10 years after attacks in Paris that he described as "crimes against humanity."

No doubt, the news video of him grinning like a kid in a candy store as he tries to show proper sadness would be too much for him. Too soon, as the expression goes.

Rouhani's hand puppet, Assad, had no such restraint:

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said Saturday that French policy had contributed to the "spread of terrorism" that culminated in attacks claimed by the Islamic State group which killed 128 people in Paris.

Bad form. And wrong. If it isn't the military campaign France participates in--or the cartoons--it could just be the menu that works up the Easily Excitable.

You recall this dispute pre-11/13, right? (tip to Instapundit):

French officials have reportedly canceled plans for a formal dinner with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in Paris next week following a dispute over the menu.

Mr. Rouhani was set to dine with French President Fran├žois Hollande during a landmark trip to Europe, but the Iranian, according to France’s RTL radio, insisted on an alcohol-free meal with halal meat, according to traditional Islamic customs.

Seriously, good on France for standing up to this attempt at religious bullying.

Will we bow to Iran?

The nuclear deal between world powers and Iran could lead to better relations between Tehran and Washington and the eventual re-opening of embassies in both capitals, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani was quoted as saying on Thursday.

However, he said he expected the United States to apologize to Iranians before diplomatic relations could be restored.

It's not enough that we paved the way for Iran to get nuclear weapons and money to sow chaos and death in the region. We have to say we're sorry.

I'd give good money to have the State Department issue a statement saying "we're sorry you're a bunch of barbaric nutballs."

If only the West in general had the spine to defend all of our Western heritage with the same confidence as France defended their wine selection for dinner.

We'll see how France--and the rest of the world as it descends into faux hashtag and Eiffel Tower peace sign solidarity after the Paris slaughter--responds to well over a hundred dead because of the Sunni flavor of jihadi nutballery.