Poor Cassandra was cursed by the Gods with the gift of making accurate prophecies that no one would believe. The disasters she foresaw always came true, but she was helpless to stop people (and nations) from racing towards their doom. The endings were always so terrible — and Cassandra was herself swept up in them — that she never even got the consolation of a good “I told you so.”
Ever since Obimbo appeared on the scene, we at Bookworm Room have been Cassandras. We’ve vacillated between trying to decide whether Obama acts as he does through incompetence or malevolence, but we’ve always been clear in our own minds that his approach to the Presidency would be disastrous, both at home and abroad. One of the things we (and by “we,” I mean my readers and I) predicted was that the Obamessiah, by creating a leadership vacuum in the space America used to fill, would release dangerous forces — just as the Soviet Union’s collapse unleashed long simmering, and quite deadly, regional rivalries in the Balkans.
The headlines now seem to bear out our worst predictions. Just today, Danny Lemieux forwarded to me a Gateway Pundit post relaying the news that, because Saudi Arabia acted in Bahrain (yes, filling the American leadership vacuum), Iran is now rattling its sabers:
A senior Iranian legislator called on the foreign ministry to show firm reaction against deployment of Saudi military forces in Bahrain and take strong stances and measures in defense of the rights and independence of the Bahraini people.
“The foreign ministry should take a strong position against the dispatch of the Saudi forces to Bahrain” and defend the people’s move and rule over the country, Mostafa Kavakebian said in an open session of the parliament on Tuesday.
God forbid this comes to something, the regional line-up is going to be Israel and Saudi Arabia versus Iran. What’s impossible for me to know — I simply don’t have the sechel (Yiddish: smarts) about Middle Eastern allegiances and alliances — is where the other countries, aside from Syria and Lebanon, both already Iranian proxies, will fall when the whole thing blows. They all hate Israel, but their degrees of loathing for Saudi Arabia and Iran are going to determine which colors they wear in this fight.
I could say “I told you so” but, Cassandra-like, I don’t have the heart to utter those words.
Cross-posted at Right Wing News