Ahhhhh, yes. This is beginning to look all so very familiar. The drum beats are starting. A new bad guy is on the horizon. There's a new nuclear terror being born.
WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION PEOPLE WE ARE IN DANGER-DANGER-DANGER WILL ROBINSON WE MUST PRO-ACTIVELY ATTACK BEFORE BOMBS GO OFF OVER WASHINGTON DC! WE'RE ALL GOING TO DIE! ONLY BIG DADDY BUSH CAN SAVE US! AHHHHHHHHHHHH!
Why look! It's our old friend Iran! Say hello, Iran!
I, myself, remember laughing my fool head off that you were included in the whole Axis of Evil speech waaaaay back in 2002.
Iran...Like Rodney Dangerfield in a way. No matter what, you just don't get no respect.
Now, I can see North Korea coming up on the list (although I would title said list as: "Countries that We Gotta Watch Because the Dude in Charge Is Batshit Insane" — A list that, sadly, the U.S. is lobbying hard and fast to join because god knows we gotta be number one at everything.)
Granted, Afghanistan definitely belonged on the list. Hell, other Islamic nations weren't in love with the Taliban, so there were some muted cheers when we went marching in.
I was surprised to see Iraq on the list because Saddam struck me as a tin-pot dictator from the Muammar Gaddafi school of crazy-like-a-fox. Bad for his own country, not so much a threat to anyone else. Let's face it, like ol' Muammar, who only recently has been allowed to use his dust-covered passport and leave his own bloody country, everyone on the planet was watching Saddam just in case he sneezed over his borders.
But Iran? Really? Some of us have actually, you know, read up on Iran and had been following the whole Spring in Tehran movement. Iran was slowly democratizing. The civilian government, with the support of the people, was gaining power over the religious leaders. The political leaders were reaching out and forming trade agreements with the western world. There was a flourishing of art and film of the sort revealed the hardy Persian spirit once more re-asserting itself.
Hell, Iran was the first nations to offer its condolences in the wake of 9/11. They held candlelight vigils for us, for god's sake!
Axis of Evil? I don't think so.
Talking about holding a grudge until Gabriel's trumpet blows! The hostage situation happened more than 25 years ago. Let. It. Go. Already. We've forgiven countries who've done a hell of a lot worse to us much faster than that.
Well, here we are, almost four years later. We've seen these drumbeats before when there was huffing and puffing to lie our way into Iraq. And as everyone knows, that's working out very well for us.
Given the rhetoric aimed at Iran coming out of the Chickenhawks who now own our government, I'm getting this horrible sense of deja vu. I know that history repeats, but this is rediculous. Can we please try to have it repeat in cycles of greater than 4 years? Thanks.
Yes, I suspect the coming war with Iran (I hold out little hope that Congress will do more than weakly protest what is fast becoming an Imperial President) will go even better than the boondoggle in Iraq. My sympathies for the soldiers in our military services was already high. It's crossed the line into outright worry. If this particular bit of mission drift happens, I have the sinking feeling we'll be losing an entire generation of young men and women to the graveyards or a lifetime of intense medical care.
Obviously, I'm not the only one watching this mess with growing horror. While us U.S. progressives are staring at our navels, and muttering to ourselves that we've heard this crap before, enter the Canadians!
Or rather, a Canadian.
Your must read: Speaking as a Canadian who is fond of judicious language, I feel that this situation deserves careful and measured thought. So let me just open with: Is your entire f*cking country on crack???
Best. Fact-Based. Reality-Based. Rant. Ever.
And one hell of a history lesson.
Go and read.