November 19, 2004


Over at dKos, Meteor Blades provides a field guide to Iran. Down in the comments I found something that I wish I'd written myself:

...Iran's current condition reminds me all to much of the condition of the USA. Both countries are full of interesting, diverse, tolerant, creative people; and then there is the minority who fear the outside and will do anything to protect the integrity of their "vital essences."

Unfortunately in both countries it is that fearful minority that controls the government, despite the existence of electoral institutions.

These fearful, dominant minorities hold each other up as their justification for existence. ...

Says it all. Our countries also share an abiding nationalism that leads many ordinary Iranians to wonder why they shouldn't be a nuclear power, too? Considering their geographic position, as well as the two trigger-happy major military powers currently looking to pick a fight, I can't dismiss their concerns out of hand.

Would it be too much to ask that someone in a position of influence would find some way to address the Iranians' security concerns at some point before they feel pressured into taking the nuclear plunge? No, don't answer. The grownups have retired, leaving the teenagers in charge.

For that last remark, I'd like to apologize to any teenagers who feel offended by being compared to the Bush administration.

Posted by natasha at November 19, 2004 04:34 PM | International | Technorati links |

The comment you quoted says it all so well.

Posted by: Scott at November 19, 2004 04:43 PM

Remember when Bush named off the 'axis of evil.' That was insane. I thought I was trapped in sunday school. Man, theocracy is great.

Posted by: t at November 19, 2004 04:56 PM

Teenagers shouldn't be offended. Bush's behavior is clearly pre-teen in its level of maturity.

Posted by: Jarrett at November 19, 2004 11:15 PM