August 10, 2007
I don't know why our leaders seem to have such a big problem with Iran these days. Our two countries would seem to have much in common. We are both ruled by the fundamentalist religious right in our respective societies, and we both depend on oil to fuel our economies. Additionally, each of our countries has an elected president who is a figurehead and leaves foreign policy to a shadowy figure who lurks in the background and remains unaccountable. We both seem to believe strongly in nuclear weapons, and seek to include new ones in our military arsenals. Each of our countries has an enormous Secret Service that openly advocates the kidnapping and torture of political prisoners. Gosh, we ought to be pals.
Since Presidents Bush and Cheney have set about systematically eliminating Iran's most formidable enemies (Saddam Hussein and the Taliban), and elevated Iran to a position of power in the world not seen since a fellow named Darius was in charge, they are hardly in a position to complain.
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