The Wikileaks stuff has it all: the fascinating, the ridiculous, the banal, the scandalous, the tragic, and perhaps most of all, the hilarious.
If the cables are- as Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has predictably stated- part of a conspiracy concocted by the US, then they are a post-modern literary masterpiece to put Ulysses and the works of Shakespeare firmly in the shadows.
One group in no doubt as to the cables’ veracity is Turkey’s main parliamentary opposition, the Republican People’s Party (CHP) – despite the fact that US diplomats describe them as ‘no more than a bunch of elitist ankle-biters’ who are ‘winding their merry way to irrelevance’.
“What is important is that what is widely known to be true has now been officially confirmed to be true,” said CHP deputy chairman Oguz Oyan.
It’s just about possible, I’ll concede, that Oyan was referring here not to the US view of his own party, but to the deluge of criticism and corruption allegations directed at the government and its leading lights.
Still, if not, a refreshing display of candour perhaps?
I don’t have a picture relevant to this posting, but thought I’d put this one in on the off-chance that you’d take it as some kind of subtle political commentary. Work away.