Looking at this picture, courtesy of The WSJ, I am tempted to ask whether they are kissing or head-butting each other? Or perhaps it is an example of what my Glasgie commenter, Jimmy, would call a 'Glasgie kiss'!
Well, it might have started with kisses and cuddles when the new President of Egypt, Mr. Mursi, met the little glove puppet who thinks he's running Iran at the meeting of the so-called 'non-aligned nations' in Tehran, but it soon turned nasty when two of the principal guests pissed on the Persian carpet, er, metaphorically speaking, of course!
First, President Mursi of Egypt who since his recent election had been making eyes at Iran, suddenly decided to stick up for the Sunnis against the Shiites, thus taking sides in the great religious divide that runs through the MiddleEast. He did so by praising the four Caliphs of Sunni-ism, a deliberate jab at Iran's ruling Shiite theocracy. Then he went even further by berating the Syrian (Shiite and Alawite) regime for its cruelty to its own people in the full and certain knowledge that Iran is supporting them. Some humor was derived from the Iranian simultaneous interpreter who, when required to repeat what amounted in our terms to shouting 'bollocks to the Bishop', gulped and spluttered and finally just sank into silence. The Iranian media either refused to cover Mr. Mursi's speech or simply changed his words!
No sooner was the Persian carpet whisked away for instant cleaning when up stepped Mr. Ban Ki-moon, the head honcho of the United Gangster Federation Nations, no less. He, too, lashed into the Syrian regime who had already walked out on hearing Mr. Mursi's words. Not satisfied with that, he also laid into the Iranians for their murderous threats against Israel. Well, that was like shouting 'Bollocks to the Bishop' in the middle of St. Paul's! Somehow all those Arab outfits and unshaven faces don't quite match what you would expect in a Bateman cartoon but the effect was the same.
By and large, I steer well clear of Middle-East politics because I know even less about it than the other stuff I drone on about. I have no idea which side we should support in the current Syrian imbroglio except that if Iran is for it then we should be against it - whatever 'it' actually is. Above and beyond all other considerations it is is essential to keep the split in the Arab as wide as possible. The more they prey on each other the less time they have to prey on us, so let us ensure that they remain as un-aligned as possible!