Iran, Holidays, and Absent Leaders

Well, things are starting with a bang in 2020, that’s for sure.

The US President sanctions an attack that kills people in Iraq, including the second most powerful man in Iran, the head of the Revolutionary Guard, and a revered general.

He approved that killing from his luxury holiday retreat in Florida.
He saw no good reason to return to Washington D.C.

At the same time, the UK government sent British warships close to Iranian waters, patrolling the Strait of Hormuz, The official line is that they are there to ‘protect British merchant ships’.

The new UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, approved this deployment from his holiday villa on the luxury island of Mustique.
He was renting the villa with his girlfriend, at a cost of £20,000 a week. That’s around £4,000 more than someone on minimum wage earns in a YEAR.
He saw no good reason to return to London.

Across vast areas of Australia, devastating bush fires have killed many people, untold millions of wild animals, and made thousands homeless.
One of the reasons why it has been so hard to fight the fires is the government cutbacks to emergency services in that country, leading to an unusually high dependence on unpaid volunteer firefighters. Some of whom have been killed.

Yet the Prime Minister of Australia, Scott Morrison, initially saw no good reason to return from his luxury holiday in Hawaii.

So America could be facing some kind of extensive and prolonged war with Iran, and possibly having to fight once again in Iraq.
Britain could well be dragged into that too, as one of the main allies of the US.
Australia has never seen bush fires like this in its history, and they are still burning.

But as long as all three leaders don’t have to cancel their luxury holidays, that’s all right then.

31 comments

  1. battleoftheatlantic19391945

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    “RED FRIDAY, JAN., 24, 2020@09:36: IF YOU CHECK YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA, NEWS ON TV, NEWSPAPER, IRAN’S REVOLUTIONARY GUARDS ARE TERRORISTS, NOT AXIS MILITARY AND THE REVOLUTIONARY GUARDS…HAVE BEEN ATTACKING ALLIED SHIPPING…ON THE HIGH SEAS and ALSO IN SYRIA COMMITTING TERRORISM, ETC., SO WITH GENERAL Soleimani…LOOKING FOR AXIS POWERS TO STRENGTHEN IRAN IN W.W.III, more than precisely GENERAL SOLEIMANI=SHOULD BE A CASUALTY…K.I.A.!!!”

    “NOTE: IF YOU KNOW YOUR MILITARY KNOWLEDGE, GENERAL SOLEIMANI, HIS TERRORIST REVOLUTIONARY GUARDS AND IRAN…ARE ON THE GREAT RED-WHITE AND BLUE/AMERICA’S HIT LIST!!!”

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  2. theshammuramat

    You are so right Pete. Until we do something about this then it will continue. We are on the island next to Mustique called Bequia. It’s funky and while there are very expensive villas here our little house is a bungalow. Two bedrooms one bath and a hell of a view. It belonged to my mother who is a Vincentian (Mustique and Bequia are part of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines). My granddaughter is from Mustique. Her family were originally from there until it was sold to Colin Tenant. Now the locals including her great grandmother are confined to a ghetto on the island to keep them away from the rich and famous, and no-one is allowed on the island without permission. Kate and William vacation there. Like most indigenous peoples the locals have been dispossessed of their land. It doesn’t surprise me that Bojo goes there – he would fit this profile well.

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  3. Christina Petterson

    Thanks Pete, Great stuff!
    Just a small correction. Australia has, due to its size and sparse population, always relied on volunteer fire brigades organised according to state. While this earlier might have taken 2-3 weeks out of people’s schedules, this has now been going on for months, and the government has only recently, reluctantly, agreed to compensate the volunteer firefighters for loss of wages. Another issue is that firefighting has normally been the responsibility of the states. But anyone, except Scott Morrison and his team, can see that we are SO fucking far from normal now it’s not funny.

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