While I certainly welcome Lorie (and Kim, if I didn't say so before) to the Wizbang! fold, I am a smidgen disturbed. The sudden surge in estrogen is proving to be a bit threatening to my fragile male ego. And so, in the time-honored response of the male to such threats, I'm feeling the need to assert myself, to show a bit of aggression, and I'm going to indulge that instinct by throwing out a few rhetorical bombs and seeing what sorts of things I can blow up.
1) Now that
Iran Iraq has a Constitution and a democratically-elected government that holds the recognition of most of the world's nations, as well as the United Nations, can we argue that the "occupation" of Iran Iraq is officially over? That our forces remain there to assist the legitimate government, and we are no more "occupiers" than we are in Germany or Japan?
2) It's been reported that over 10% of the population of Mexico now resides in the United States. Further, a significant proportion of the Mexican economy is based on money its citizens earn in the United States and send home. Also, the Mexican government openly encourages its poorest citizens to flee the country and seek their riches in the United States.
At what point would be be justified in going to the United Nations and complaining that the Mexican government is deliberately persecuting and driving out its poorest citizens, turning them into economic refugees? That, despite Mexico's abundant natural resources, the government is deliberately repressing its own underclass, keeping them from prospering within their own nation and leaving them no choice but to try to flee across the border?
There, I feel better. I knew there was a reason I liked keeping the bomb as our logo.
(Update: typo in first thought fixed. Thank you, rightnumberone. I've said it before, and I'll say it again: it is cosmically unjust that two nations with nearly-identical names should exist right next to each other.)