Thursday, January 19, 2006

Maybe it will walk out of the room and no one will notice it was ever here

The diplomatic tablecloth thrown over the Iranian elephant in the room looks like a red checkerboard bandana tied around its neck. It may be cute, even cool, but it doesn't make elephas maximus disappear. Mark Davis challenges opponents of the war in Iraq to face the possibility that action against Iran may be necessary. Bull's eye quote:

I was 21 when a jihadist rabble took our hostages in the U.S. Embassy in Tehran. I did not expect that drama to last more than a year, and I did not expect Iran's radical theocracy to last until I reached middle age.

I remember the '79 embassy takeover very well. I'm also inclined to believe former hostages who insist current Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad played a leading role in the year-long ordeal. He doesn't need George W. Bush sitting in the White House to hate us. We owe him no slack.

Speaking of the Holocaust denying president of the former Persian Empire (please give this a guy a nickname), he appeared today in Damascus with fellow traveller Bashir Assad, president of Syria. Mahmoud only reaches Bashir's shoulders. Is one very short or the other very tall? I don't know the tale of the tape. Just more reason to view the pair with disdain.


Blogger Will Powers said...

Interestingly put.

Anonymous Brent said...

There must be some kickback coming to the Bush family for leaving alone Iran. That's the only thing I can figure. I think it's really interesting what nations we decide are friends and what nations we decide are enemies. We buy oil from Iran, we have diplomatic relations with Iran, we don't cut off North Korea, and China is one of our best buddies, but Cuba is a threat to the American way of life. We have to have an economic embargo against this dangerous nation. We have no qualms about lining the pockets of the Iranian president, but we watch Cubans suffer and starve and call it a moral victory. Just one more example of why we need some common sense in the White House.

Blogger Glenn said...

Brent, what do you think a Democrat president would do about Iran?

Anonymous Brent said...

Economic sanctions, of course, are the most common tactic. And Democrats are probably a little too affraid of using force. But, all-in-all, I think Democrats have had better relationships with the rest of the world, which gets them to buy into US-led sanctions more. That results in sanctions that work better. In no way will any sanctions levied by a group of countried be perfect. But I think we have much less worldwide political capital to burn to get those sanctions uniformly implemented by developed nations.

While I don't claim to know definitively what is going on Iran, I do think that we needs keep an eye on them, given their crazy past. My point is that we have hunky-dorey relations with countries that could hurt us and pose a threat to our way of life because it is in the US's economic best interest. But we are inflexible on things that cause no one any harm and could spread freedom to those parts of the world through free trade.

I am all for Iran seeking nuclear power. We need to watch the idea of weapons grade plutonium going into that country. I see where Iran is coming from though. How else are you supposed to advance your position in the world if you don't have a strong military force to back you? It's like the US only allowing those people who already own guns to bear arms. No one who does not currently own a gun can get one. That would make the black market for guns boom. Even people who never wanted a gun would try to get one, especially if they somehow equate it with power.


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