A tale of two lunacies.

Imagine a country whose leader has delusions; both of grandeur and of longevity. Imagine that he takes unto himself the title of a ruler last held held by an emperor some 2,500 years ago. He awards himself all sorts of gaudy medals and sashes, and decides that he will bring his nation into the twentieth century, forgetting that the religious leaders, of his country; a very conservative bunch, all of whom either distrust or detest him, cordially dislike the very idea of modernisation, especially when it comes to the rights of women. The Shah, for that is whom I write about, also confiscated much of the mullahs’ land and property. Also factor in the truth that he ain’t nearly as popular as he thinks he is; and the stage is set for disaster. The Peacock Emperor believes he has a firm ally in the USA, but his despotic rule, the internal corruption and his inability to provide reforms which were acceptable to the common people led to his downfall. Jimmy Carter asked a CIA man to check out the leading clerical opponent of the Shah, and received the reply that Ayatollah Khomeini was the equivalent of a modern Jesus. Carter promptly pulled all American help away from the Shah, and Iran was catapulted into revolution, and Muslim terror and chaos ruled.

Now we learn that Saudi Arabia’s new Crown Prince is looking to sell off 5% of Aramco, the world’s biggest oil company, and invest the proceeds in a Wealth Fund; and also to begin the process of weeding Saudis off a life of doing sweet f*** all whilst getting paid top dollar for that job, and putting them all to work: at the same time as lifting some of the restrictions on women in the workplace.

How will the Saudi Royals’ religious buddies, the Wahhabi Mullahs, a stricter, more austere and narrow-minded bunch that the ‘effing Iranians ever were: react to that small bombshell?

5 comments for “A tale of two lunacies.

  1. Hereward Unbowed.
    May 3, 2016 at 1:30 pm

    Has it suddenly dawned on Salman, that, Islam and modernity are polar opposites and where one can exist only, in the absence of the other?

    Or, is he just another great pretender?

    Does he have the nuts to face down the madmen in Medina? I rather think not.

  2. Henry Kaye
    May 3, 2016 at 4:06 pm

    I’m very much into sport. I played football in my youth and also played a lot of cricket, tennis, golf and snooker; I was even a fair thrower of darts in my pub crawling days! I inherited my fathers support of ‘Spurs and acquired a season ticket in the 60’s before work took me overseas. I’m afraid, though, that I have lost my interest in football since it ceased to be a domestic affair. Too many foreign owners, too many foreign managers and far too many foreign players. A lot of people don’t agree with me – most probably – but I’m a product of my time. I still say well done to Leicester though – it’s nice to see a new name at the top!

    • Hereward Unbowed.
      May 4, 2016 at 12:20 am

      Ah HK, wrong thread methinks Sir!

      Never mind and – I enjoyed Spurs games this season, you are quite right about the game being so different these days.

      I too, have played many sports, imho modern professional football bears little resemblance to what it once was – Tommy Smith’s and Danny Blanchflower versions were more like – what was played by amateurs – on the park on a Saturday afternoon.
      These days my boots are long hung up, I tend to watch live Rugby these days and both codes, for me the essence of sport is fair but physical contact and played with skill, at speed.
      I am awed, by the hammering that Rugby players take and who just ride the storms of battle and the knocks, whereas compare….. modern association footballers – who are just, very overpaid effete, dilettante girly boys.

      At the last and musing on the modern game, in the season just ending; both Spurs and Leicester played with some panache and old fashioned blood and guts when required – for me it was all rather redolent of times past.
      FIFA and UEFA have bollocksed it, particularly those horrible little Froggies and Teutonic types not least Franz Beckenbauer and Herr Fritzl Septic Bladder.

      • Henry Kaye
        May 4, 2016 at 3:03 pm

        Yes! I thought I was on the right thread but somehow it misfired! Next time I’ll continue my rants about today’s politicians!

  3. May 4, 2016 at 10:10 am

    Er, think we got a bit sidetracked there. Must be age in my case. 🙂 Sorry, Mike.

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