Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Strange Bedfellows?

Iraq and Iran
the Odd Couple?


Ariana Huffington, in her HUFFPOST for Wednesday, June 13, 2012 wrote:

Arianna Huffington: With the war there officially "ended" and most of our troops back home, Iraq isn't getting much ink these days. But the story is far from over. And Iraq's closest partnership is no longer with the U.S. but with its Shiite neighbor, Iran. I point this out not to add to the fear-mongering and saber-rattling currently fashionable in D.C., but to highlight the absurdity of rattling those sabers at Iran without acknowledging the role our disastrous war in Iraq played in making Iran more powerful. "The war in Iraq will soon belong to history," proclaimed President Obama as he marked the occasion of bringing the last troops home. But while the military chapter of that disastrous undertaking might belong to history, its consequences belong very much to the present.

            To my mind, it’s unfortunate that Ariana is so filled up with dislike and disdain for the work of George W. Bush, in invading Iraq.  
            She joins a great gaggle of like-minded folk, and that is her privilege.  However, I can’t forget all the Kurds and other Iraqis that Saddam Hussein murdered, using “weapons of mass destruction” on his own people.  I can’t forget that he had established himself as an outlaw in the world, and an outspoken enemy of the United States.  Although he seems to have cared little for Islam or religious matters, when it came to joining in Jihad against the United States, he wanted to be Number One.  President Bush saw him as a clear and present danger to the United States, and took him out.  In removing Saddam and his circle of Sunnis, the majority Shiites finally came out into the light in Iraq.           
            It’s not terribly surprising that Iraqi Shiites, now that for the first time in many years are the ruling class, would seek out their fellow Shiite neighbors to the east, even though in previous decades the fact that Iraqis are Arabs and Iranians are Persians meant a whole lot more. 
            However, almost exactly coinciding with the end of the Cold War, Muslims world wide have gotten a new whiff of something exciting.
            Ariana writes about the “saber-rattling” circles of Washington, D.C. and how the prospect of any unity between Iraq and Iran is first ironic, and then, dangerous.  I agree with Ariana that a simple Washington reaction to such a union might be to rattle sabers, since some have tried to paint the poor Iranians as the modern-day bête noire, a rather weak replacement for the Soviets of the USSR.
            Before we leap to too many conclusions, we should watch how Iraqi-Iranian cooperation plays out.  It could be a very interesting match, and it is certainly not a foregone conclusion that the two nations will live happily ever after.  They have too much bad blood between them. 
            In the meantime, official Washington seems to fret and stew over the Iranians’ development of a nuclear weapon.
            I suspect that in the quiet recesses of the Israeli government, and the United States government, there is an awareness that the Iranians are going to have several unfortunate things happen to them before they can produce their dream weapon. 
            I don’t know what those unfortunate things are, but I have a feeling that the Iranians are playing with something that they do not fully understand, and it will do them more harm than anyone else. 
            Although Iran has made loud remarks about wiping Israel off the map, the Arabs of Saudi Arabia, and other Arab countries, don’t trust the Iranians.  The Pakistanis don’t trust them.  And all over the world, especially in the United States, are hundreds of thousands of Iranians who would dearly love to reclaim their old country, and reclaim their motherland from the mullahs.
            An Iran that rid itself of old bearded men who dream of taking the nation back to the seventh century could become a jewel in the Middle East, with trading partners all over the world, and all the ingredients for becoming an important member of the Free World. 

Samuel W. Coulbourn

Now, the Personal Navigator would like to change the subject, to books and papers I offer for your enjoyment:

Wild Flowers; Three hundred and sixty-four full-color illustrations with complete descriptive text; popular edition in one volume, Second printing, September 1935 by Homer D. House. 1935 New York, NY: The MacMillan Co This edition is based on a work of similar title originally issued by the State of New York. This work is reproduced by permission of the Board of Regents of the State of New York. Marvelous introductory description, 24 pp. Descriptions and color plates include Families: Cat-tail, Water Plantain, Arum, Spiderwort, Bunchflower, Lily, Orchid, Buckwheat, Poppy, Fumewort, Mustard, Pitcher Plant, Virginia Stonecrop, Saxifrage, Rose, Apple, Pea, Geranium, Wood Sorrel, Jewelweed, Milkwort, Mallow, Violet, Loosestrife, Wintergreen, Heath, many more.. 362 pp. 23.5 x 29.7 cm. Light green buckram cloth on board, spine lightly sunfaded; gilt lettering. Half-title page shows diagonal crease, no dj, very good. (7987) $58.00. Scientific/Nature

“Attempts to Christianize the Indians”

Connecticut Evangelical Magazine, Volume III; bound volume of numbers 1-12, from July 1802 to June 1803; Williams, Nathan, D.D. Editor et al 1803 Hartford, CT: Hudson and Goodwin, Printers. Evangelical magazine by Missionary Society of Connecticut to support of missions in the new American settlements and among the heathen. Report on “Attempts to Christianize the Indians”, including memoirs of Rev. John Eliot; Thomas Mayhew among the Indians on Martha's Vineyard, continued from Vol. II.  On the Revival of Religion in Yale-College, New Haven.  On the Comfort of the Holy Ghost. Reflections on God's Feeding his ancient church with Manna. Revival in Middlebury. Thoughts on the Angel of the Lord. Memoirs of Miss Deborah Thomas. Extract of a Letter from Rev. David Bacon, Missionary to the Indians, dated Machilimakinak, July 2, 1802. Ottawas and Chippeways. Account of Japhet Hannit as teacher of the first Indian church on Martha's Vineyard.  Life and dying exercises of Mrs. B-----, who died July, 1802 in one of the towns of the state of Massachusetts in the 30th year of her age.484 pp. w/ index 12 x 21 cm. Calf on board, worn,  pencil  notations on front inside pastedown. Good. (4844) $74.00. Religious        

Connecticut Evangelical Magazine, The; Vol. IV, Consisting of 12 numbers, to be published monthly, from July 1803 to June 1804 Williams, Nathan, D.D.; Smalley, John, D.D.; Day, Jeremiah, D.D.; Trumbull, Benjamin, D.D.; Parsons, Elijah, D.D., et al, Editors  1804. Hartford, CT: Hudson & Goodwin Bound volume of twelve issues of Evangelical Magazine.  "Attempts to Christianize the Indians  in New-England & c." continued from the previous year.  Mention of attempts by Romish priests, which are opposed to actions of Protestant priests, include "teaching them the Pater Noster and rubbing a few beads, then baptising them."  In November 1803 issue is description of Religious exercises in the Indian Congregations, from a letter from Dr. Increase Mather in 1687.    Before he died, Rev. Mr. Atwater of Westfield wrote an Advice for his only son, William. That advice is published in the October 1803 issue.  Report of Revival of Religion in Lebanon, New York, in 1799.  "Reflections of a Youth once dissolute, brought to serious consideration" published in April 1804 issue.  484 pp. 12.4 x 21.5 cm. Whole calf on board, edges lightly worn, text block slightly fanned; contemporary signature of Elijah Loomis written three times on front endpapers, with "Cost 11/". Text block tight, slight foxing.  Good copy. (5260) $66.00. Religious/Missionary

Medical Brief Monthly, The--Exclusively for and in the interest of the Medical Profession.  August, 1907 Lawrence, J.J., A.M., M.D., Editor 1907 St. Louis, MO: The Medical Brief, Ninth and Olive Streets. Medical Journal. "Pharmacological Actions and Therapeutic Uses of Manganese" by D.F. Phillips, M.D., F.R.C.S., includes data on experiments with Manganese Bromide on frogs.  "Opium Eating and Smoking" by Donald MacLaren, M.A., M.D. .."There is nothing immoral in smoking opium.  Morals are pretty much a question of geography."  "A New Operation for Large Oblique Inguinal Hernias" by James C. Barnhill, A.M., Ph.D., M.D. "The Injection Treatment of Syphilis" by J.W. Handly, M.D.  "Recto-Colonic Feeding" by Charles J. Drueck, M.D. "Diseases of the Breast" by Alfred de Roulet, B.S., M.D. includes several illustrations of carcinoma of the breast. Author calls use of caustics and cancer pastes as "relics of surgical barbarism". "General Remarks of the Pelvic Floor" by Byron Robinson, B.S., M.D. includes detailed illustrations. Ads for Morphine Home Cure, Empire Elastic Bandage for Adominal Support, Armour & Co. Soluble Beef, S.H. Kennedy's Dark Pinus Canadensis, more. 84 pp. + adv. 16.8 x 25.2 cm. Periodical, minor wear, spine torn 2 cm, good. (7918) $24.00. Scientific/Medical

Radford's Portfolio of Details of Building Construction;  185 full-page detail drawings by Radford, William A,; Johnson, Bernard L., B.S.; Rawson, Charles P. 1911 Chicago, IL: The Radford Architectural Company. "Remarkable and Unique Collection" of plates showing details of modern building construction and finish for brick, frame, brick-vener, stucco and concrete houses and barns.  Details for interior trim including built-in features, kitchen cabinets, cases and cupboards and more. Designs for porches, balconies, stairways, fire places and more. Includes design for a Tuberculosis Camp Tent, Septic Tanks, how to remodel a store into a small theatre, stave silo, cooling box for cream, cold storage, more. 200 pp. 23 x 31 cm. Decorated light tan cloth on board, bottom nine cm of spine torn, edges frayed,  inner hinges cracked, detail pencil design drawings in two places. Inscription on front free endpaper: "Wallace A. Jones, 115 Chapman St., Greenfield, Mass." Fair. (7905) $78.00. Scientific/Architectural

Science Record for 1874, The; A compendium of Scientific Progress and Discovery during the past year with illustrations Beach, Alfred E., Editor 1874 New York, NY: Munn & Co., Inc. Scientific American Office. This Record is packed with inventions for 1874, including Method for cleaning greasy laboratory beakers; Tungsten in steel; Hardening Steel by air currents; Henderson Iron Process; Combustibility of the Diamond; Diamond cutting in New York--The Cleaver or Klover, the Cutter or Snyder; The Setter and the Polisher; Miniature Telegraph; a new nail; waterproof paint for canvas; The Electrical Condenser; Electrical Railway Signal; New life-raft at sea; Artificial milk for calves; Education of horses; Mammoth Cheese manufactured in Boston weighs 4050 pounds. 600 pp. 12 x 19 cm. Maroon cloth onboard with gilt design, very good. (1758) $33.00. Scientific/Inventions

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