Thursday, July 10, 2008
levity, anyone? (Gen. Salami & Veggie Tales)
Hossein Salami is a name that makes me laugh. I don't know why, but General Salami just strikes me as funny.
Something out of Veggie Tales.
Unfortunately, the more I hear about this guy - a top guy in Iran's "Republican Guard" - the more I think he's on a mission to live down his name. Two missile "tests" in two days - to show Iran's 'toughness and resolve', apparently - and a personal background in so-called martyr-recruitment: the finding and training of people willing to blow themselves up so that America will be afraid, very afraid.
I wonder how he gets past what I imagine would be the potential recruit's primary objection, namely that the recruit himself will be dead, very dead?
Anyway, Salami's not written about too much that I've found with a cursory search, but this lady wrote about him, past missile tests (2006), and Condaleeza Rice's comment about Iran's "Salami tactics" - which I now understand has nothing at all to do with General Salami, the name notwithstanding.
OK. Time for a verse of the "Pirates Who Don't Do Anything" - Salami's intentions apparently to the contrary.