The German scientists get it first, study it for a month, finally release a study proving it's from the Middle Kingdom.
The US team goes in, does their thing for a week, then announce the mummy is from the 19th dynasty.
Then the Russian scientists go in, come out a day later, and announce it's Amenhotep the III, 19th Dynasty, 53 years of age, ruler of Egypt for 37 years.
Everyone is stunned. "How did you discover this?" they ask.
The Russina wave a piece of paper, "He confessed."
I post this joke, because the Russians have done had enough.
Last weekend, the Mujahedeen Shura Council, a group with ties to al-Queda, distributed the video of themselves murdering some Russian diplomats.
In response, the Russian president has, and I quote: "...ordered the special forces to take all necessary measures to find and destroy the criminals who killed Russian diplomats in Iraq"
Not, "Find them and arrest them"
Not, "Find them and bring them to trial"
Not, "Find them, but don't violate their civil rights in the process"
Our boys hve been hampered by International opinion and embedded journalists.
The Russians flat don't give a damn about that stuff. And when the Russians start asking questions, you can bet your last bippie that there aren't going to be any of that panties-on-the-head kindergarten bushwa.
I realize that the Russians have been fighting insurgents in Chechnya, with aruable results.
I also realize that the Russians don't have the American technology, assets and intelligence networks in Chechnya that are present -- and accessible -- in Iraq.
They may not know it yet, but it just started sucking to be involved in any way with the Mujahedeen Shura Council. And I have every confidence that they'll be discovering that fact for themselves pretty quick.