Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Mahmoud burns his house down

The diagram shows the answer to a favourite question put to rookie firefighters: ‘What three things are needed for a fire to burn?’ [1]. In a similar vein, I’ve long thought that if terrorism was denied all media oxygen, it’d wane if not fizzle out entirely. Recently Iranian President Ahmadinejad taunted Israel as ‘too weak to face up to Iran militarily’. He said ‘Israel doesn’t have the courage to do it, and I do not think its threat is serious’. That’s more bullying than news. But Israel’s media ran it anyway – in general, to their credit, without comment [2, 3, 4]. If Israel cared to respond, these numbers are apposite:

· 2009 Corruption Perception ranking (the lower the better): Israel 32, Iran 168. [5]

· Life expectancy ranking (the lower the better): Israel 8, Iran 109. [6]

· Infant mortality ranking (the lower the better): Israel 20, Iran 119 [7]

· GDP per capita ranking (the lower the better): Israel 29, Iran 71 [8]

· Literacy ranking (the lower the better): Israel 59, Iran 121 [9]

· Number of Nobel Prize winners (the higher the better): Israel 9, Iran 2 [10]

· National happiness ranking (the lower the better): Israel 67, Iran 81 [11].

I could go on and on. But you get the message: Dr Ahmadinejad should put his own house in order before mouthing off. But of course the reason he mouths off is because his own house is not in order. Ho hum.


Chrows25 aka Leather Woman said...

Without a doubt I would MUCH rather live in Israel than Iran!
Brief eh?

farmdoc said...


farmdoc said...

This article, titled 'Cracks in the Iranian Monolith', appeared in the 24 August Wall Street Journal [1]. I don't know how solid it is, i.e. whether or not it's propaganda. I hope it's not - for the world's sake.