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Tuesday, September 25

George Bush Has Only Himself to Blame for Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

Read the title again. Again and again, until you're so mad at me that you'll listen to what I'm about to say.

That's the genius of the First Amendment, after all. Freedom of speech, even the freedom to dissent and to voice contrary viewpoints.

The people of Iran were going to the polls in 2004, to elect a new President as well as members of its Majlis, or parliament.

Hold the phone there - George Bush and all his merry minions (along with a high number of supposedly smart people) state with quite a bit of conviction that Iran's a dictatorship. Unfortunately, the truth is somewhat more complex than that; Iran's a parliamentary democracy with some modifications. I'll get to those later.

As I was saying, Iranians were going to the polls in late 2004, and it was hoped that a moderate or even a slightly liberal candidate might get elected to the presidency. Some Americans were hoping that as well, to quiet down some of the rhetoric and strains between the Islamic Republic and the USA.

Enter George W. Bush.

Bush started talking about the Iranian elections as if he had anything to do with them, and then acted all surprised when the Iranian voters did exactly the opposite of what he told them to do - they elected the hard-line Mayor of Tehran as President. That man was Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, currently tarred as a "dictator" by those supposedly smart people I mentioned earlier.

Hence the title of this post. George, be careful what you wish for. You had to drop inflammatory rhetoric into another country's electoral process; you should not be surprised if they do the opposite of what you tell them.

One of the things we are told to fear about Iran (according to the Slave Media and the Chattering Class) is that Ahmadinejad could order his troops into war with us. Well, once again the truth rears its ugly head - the President of Iran is not the country's commander-in-chief. That office is held by the real head of state, the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Council, the Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Another thing we're supposed to fear is an attack on Israel with nuclear weapons. Months ago (or so) I wrote a post on my website stating that Iran would not nuke Israel for one simple reason: The third holiest site in all of Islam is there. Look it up - it's called the Haram el-Sharif, or Noble Sanctuary.

I think that Ahmadinejad is up for re-election possibly in 2008, so naturally the bullshit is ramping up and the war drums are starting to thrum again. Those certain people want to attack Iran before their Favorite Boogeyman gets voted out of office (which is possible; he's not too popular there now).

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