Before turning to the post of the day, let's briefly address (very) recent events.
Q: Esteemed Committee, will there be war between the USA and Iran?
C: No but yes, if the definition of war equals armed conflict.
Q: Will there be a new war, as a result of the US Embassy attack and counter strike in Iraq?
C: No. Iranian leadership will protest, many citizens also will and the press will give attention to such events, for reasons the press exists, to draw your attention.
Q: How did a pro-Iranian group of any type manage to form inside Iraq, after the gruesome war between the two countries from 1980-1988 and resulting bitter hatred?
C: Time and dislike of US presence.
Q: What is the general sentiment of most Iraqis over the latest events?
C: Most people in this nation Iraq would like the troubles, violence and danger to go away. Many of these same people understand how the absence of the USA would lead trouble again, however this opinion is not widely reported. We mean another organization would form such as the recently dispatched ISIS or a resurgence of others such as Al-Qaeda, if by different names.
Q: Many nations have faced such troubles yet found a path to internal peace, can the Iraqis achieve it?
C: Americans kill themselves and one another daily while engaged in normal, preferred activity of using motorized vehicles, more than 14,000 collisions and 80 deaths per day, continuously. These can be stopped immediately; stop driving. The solution for Iraqi violence is equally easy and unlikely.
Q: What about Iran? From a myopic American perspective looking through the lens of our illustrious,wonderful press reporting.... (cough, cough...) it seems as if Iranian leaders are not content to leave things well alone outside their borders.
C: The lure of power derived from the generation of national pride and enemies is seductive. In your nation also.
And with that, we turn to the daily special this 4th of January 2020. 2 + 2 + 1 + 4 = 9 and thus tomorrow begins a new cycle of days. Let's see what dawns and develops, but first a little music. Imagine here what you prefer; I hear Bugs Bunny playing The Crave performed by Ferdinand Joseph LaMothe, who also composed the song.