Rednecks and Bible bangers are mocked because they support George W. Bush, but it’s Castro and Mao and Che that seem to have big fan clubs and Hollywood spokespeople and T-shirts and everything.
Ahmadinejad appears on the verge of becoming the latest international political rock star: Smartest Man in the Room.
Now, in fairness, part of the article seems to argue that Ahmadinejad’s “savvy” is due more to the total lack of savvy possessed by others in the room than to his own savvy. I guess it’s hard to argue much with that.
But then the moral equivalence games commence:
The Iranian regime is as vulnerable with regards to its domestic policies as America is with regards to its foreign policy and war in Iraq. It is true that Iran has occasionally funded various groups that have been hostile to U.S. interests. But the United States has done the very same thing to Iran and much more.
As in, Yes, Iran is bad. But America is much worse.
An example given is the sale of weapons to Iraq during the Iran-Iraq war. An example not given, of course, is the sale of weapons to Iran during the Iran-Iraq war. Under these playing rules, wouldn’t weapons delivered as part of what would become known as Iran-Contra be considered aid to Iran? But I digress.
Then, of course, comes the nuclear weapons issue.
There is no evidence that they are building a bomb, they are a member of the NPT, which gives them the right to enrich uranium, and their two main open enemies — Israel and America — both possess nuclear weapons, with the former not being a member of NPT and the latter breaking its rules by not moving toward the treaty’s ultimate goal: elimination of all nuclear weapons.
This is a case of Iran isn’t bad, but America (and Israel, of course) are very bad indeed.
Then, in the comments, a response by a reader to claims that Ahmadinejad is a bad person:
Yes. AJ is truly evil. Imagine, him reading e mails, listening to telephone conversations, lying to get into a war for oil, creating millions of refugees, spending money on weaponry and war instead of its own people or social programs, rendition, torture, abu gharib, corporate coroption, katrina, global warming, and promoting religeous views into their own political policies. What a silly little terrorist. Has Iran ever used a nuclear weapon or sold and then supported the use of chemical weapons ? How many wars has Iran got going on right now? Is Iran occupying any countries? Spend more time on Osama, in case you’ve forgotten, and just perhaps you might actually find him. These diversions are getting tired.
Clearly a case of I didn’t hear what you were saying because I Hate George Bush So Much.
This may all end with Ahmadinejad looking like a rock star. But if it does, it’s going to be because so many people worked so hard to make it happen.