Saturday, August 26, 2006

Iran and US Elections

I don't know what is more obnoxious: the American government or the American media. Today's headline across America is, amusingly, amazingly Defying U.N., Iran opens nuclear reactor.

How, by any estimate of democracy, diplomacy, or even decency is the United States government or media in any position to demonize a country for "defying the UN"? Like many of the US government and media's international declarations, this too would be uncontrollably laughable if it weren't for the fact that it is hypocritically out of line.

This coming from a country whose own outright defiance of the UN has paved the way for death, destruction and division throughout the world. Let it be duly noted that so far, Iran's "defiance" of the UN has not destroyed a country (Iraq, for instance), reignited a horrible conflict (Lebanon/Israel), or killed hundreds of thousands of people (Iraq, Afghanistan, Lebanon, Israel, the Occupied Territories of Palestine -- just to name a few of the most of obvious places).

This pre-election propaganda has really gone to great lengths -- in addition to the various arms and wings of the Wart on Terror, there was the UK "terror plot" which has disrupted a long line of flights and created the essential pre-election elements of fear, desperation and dependence on the part of the public, finally, the Iran nuclear "issue" is back in the headlines, ensuring the aforementioned general state of hysteria wherein the public tends to vote conservative out of unfounded fear and xenophobia, only to regret it later, then become a victim of it again. And again. And again.
As we all know, this is not the first, and probably not the last, time that Iran has been a major factor in a US election. We all know why Ronnie Ray-gun won his first Presidency.

It is actually very interesting that in this age of Internet communication, governments and media are still able to influence public opinion. That said, it's early days and Internet communication is not nearly as advanced as it will be in a decade's time.

Does that mean we're only ten years away from world peace? Wouldn't that be nice...

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