Friday, January 20, 2006

"Let's give them the Evil Eye and see what happens"

Sometimes, when discussing the general bad/annoying behavior of a politician, athelete, football coach, etc, it's funny to say things like "Yeah, Mr. X, we're looking in your direction" to let him know we aren't just speaking generally.
However, when we say such things, it's just to make ourselves laugh and perhaps feel a little bit better, like we are doing something to make the world a better place. But we know we really aren't doing anything because we don't actually mean that the aspersions and looks we cast in his direction will have any effect on our "Mr. X."

The U.N apparently has other ideas, according to this Reuters story:
"Shame, not sanctions, initial U.N. goal for Iran"

Sure, okay, we can try that first. But I don't have high hopes. Jim Geraghty doesn't either:
Dear United Nations,

You're turning into a parody of yourself. Under current circumstances, the Middle East may experience some turbulence, and then explode. A leader who believes that he is launching a cataclysmic clash that will preherald the return of the Mahdi is not going to be "shamed" into giving up a nuclear weapons program. It's the end of the world and the second coming of the 12th Shi'ite imam is right around the corner; disapproving looks from Security Council members are not going to deter him.

Sadly, I don't know if anything coming from the Security Council these days will deter him. But for the record, I'm casting disapproving looks in your direction, Iran!