The Kensington Review

17 July 2006

Latest Commentary: Volume V, Number 84
Iran Buys Time for Nuclear Enrichment with Proxy War in Lebanon -- Hezbollah, the Shi’ite militia in Lebanon which is funded by Iran and armed by Syria, decided to go to war with Israel last week, and Israel decided to respond in kind. There are now hundreds dead, mostly Lebanese civilians, and there is no end in sight. Israel wants Hezbollah moved out of missile range of Israel, and Hezbollah isn’t going to move simply because it is being bombed from above. This ends in a stalemate at high levels of violence, or an Israeli invasion a la 1982, that risks a broader war. However, Iran has achieved its objective.

Brits and Aussies Hand Muthanna Province over to Iraqis -- For a long time, the neo-cons have claimed the media have ignored the good news out of Iraq. For just as long, their opponents have argued that there isn’t as much good news there are the neo-con-artists claim. However, yesterday, the British and Australians handed Muthanna Province over to Iraqi authorities. That’s good news regardless of what one thinks of the war.

Bush Blocks Russian WTO Membership at G-8 Summit -- In St. Petersburg (formerly Leningrad) over the week-end, George “LBJ” Bush proved why he doesn’t do diplomacy very often; he’s not any good at it. While sitting in the most beautiful Russian city, as a guest of the Russian president and in need of Russian support to pull his bacon out of the fire in Iraq, Iran, Lebanon and North Korea, Mr. Bush blocked Russian membership in the World Trade Organization.

“Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest” Establishes Franchise Property -- Last summer, the movie studios whined that they were not making any money from their releases. Just so, last year’s summer movies were uniformly dull affairs. This year, they are singing a different tune, thanks in large part to “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest,” which has established itself as a franchise property every bit as much as James Bond, Lethal Weapon and Star Wars.

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