Saturday, December 10, 2005

The key to a nation's foreign policy is spelling and proofreading. Failures in those areas can lead to all sorts of embarrassing mistakes, bad decisions, and even cases of mistaken identity.

For example, you would never want to confuse "Australia" with "Austria." Let's say there's some sort of important summit conference in Sydney. You certainly wouldn't want to fly to Austria for that, now would you? No, of course not, because then all the other world leaders would point and laugh when you finally did show up for the meeting in Australia.

Likewise, you don't want to get screwed up trying to tell the difference between Iraq and Iran. Doing that could lead one to do something incredibly stupid such as, oh, invading the wrong freaking country.

I bring this up only because there currently over 120,000 foreign troops occupying Iraq while Iran is announcing that it is about to restart its production of nuclear fuel.