We interrupt the end of the world…

For some surprisingly conciliatory (I’ll try to refrain from saying “good”) news coming out of the usual troublespots.
First, it appears that Pervez (Our-Man-in-Islamabad), who is now going to Saudi Arabia, has released thousands of detained political prisoners, and has signaled some level of “softening” in that department– perhaps more will be released. No word that he would meet with former Pakistani PM Nawaz Sharif (whom Pervez deposed in the first place) while visiting Sharif’s exile situs of Saudi Arabia. Still… anything even a little calming in nucular-armed Pakistan is a good thing.
And on the other side of the Pakistani border, it looks like Iran will be opening up talks with the United States on the Iraqi security situation, the insanely hostile rhetoric out of Washington on that score has eased, and who knows? Maybe Iran will even talk about its own nucular program. That’s the funny thing about talking, rather than shooting.
Admittedly, with 427 days left of the Bush Administration, any optimism on any subject is probably a fool’s errand. But we’ll take what we can get.