Thursday, February 03, 2005

The Disloyal Opposition

As if the Democratic response to the State of the Union address is not enough, we have to hear feedback from the people who really don't like us:

Iran's supreme leader on Thursday condemned President Bush's State of the Union address in which he accused Tehran of sponsoring terrorism, saying Washington was seeking to uproot Iran's ruling Islamic establishment but would fail.
You're baiting us, aren't you?
"The Islamic Republic of Iran, because of supporting the oppressed and confronting oppressors, is being attacked by the global tyrants," state-run television quoted Ayatollah Ali Khamenei as saying.
Someone is jealous because he can't impose his rigid belief system on people all the way on the other side of the world. And when he uses the term "global tyrants" to describe folks like President Bush...Khamenei sounds a lot like a Democrat. Birds of a feather, as they say.
"They (America) are trying, in a real but nonmilitary confrontation, through every possible means, to deny the talented Iranian nation of progress and deprive it of existence."
Does this jackal realize that the USA might be trying "nonmilitary" methods of restoring freedom to Iran because we want to put it back on the path of progress, and maintain its existence? Of course not -- that would be against his religion.
"America is like one of the big heads of a seven-headed dragon," Khamenei said. "The brains directing it are Zionist and non-Zionist capitalists who brought Bush to power to meet their own interests."
Seven heads? Is this a reference to the Book of Revelations? If anyone in the world seems set to bring about the apocalypse, it's this guy. Democrats, of course, would beg to differ; as far as they are concerned, the Antichrist resides in Washington, D.C.

Note, too, the oh-so-subtle appeal to anti-Semites and Communists. That should play well with the Dems.
Now, let's find out what a third party has to say:
"To cooperate with the Americans is very important and very helpful," said Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn of Luxembourg, which holds the EU presidency. "Together, the Europeans and the Americans can put real pressure on Iran to find a solution."
Well, maybe the Europeans don't hate us after all. At least, not this week. Let's just call them the wild card and avoid making any hard predictions about which way they are going to go.
Now back to the Ayatollah:
Khamenei, who has the final say on all state matters in Iran and is also commander in chief of the armed forces, said all U.S. presidents since 1979 have sought to overthrow Iran's ruling establishment, but all failed one after the other.

"Bush is the fifth U.S. president seeking to uproot the Iranian nation and the Islamic Republic of Iran. (Jimmy) Carter, (Ronald) Reagan and father (George H.W.) Bush and (Bill) Clinton failed. This president will also fail," Khamenei was quoted as telling students during a meeting.
You mean we've been at war all this time, and losing? That's some major media blackout.
"The Iranian nation not only has confronted the global tyrants, it has also convinced the Islamic world that it's possible to defeat the arrogance," the broadcast quoted Khamenei as saying.
What confrontations and defeats? Does this character repeat his nonsense over and over until he believes it? Hey, yet another parallel with our Democrats!

But how does the average Iranian citizen feel?
On a street in the Iranian capital, Ali Dehqani said President Bush should stay out of Iran's business.

"Bush's comment is right somehow. The people of Iran are restricted. Iran follows nuclear technology. But it's not his business to intervene in Iran's affairs," the 55-year-old man said. "Also, there is no evidence of support of terrorism by Iran."
Nice save. Maybe. It looks like you already said too much. Still, this is an acknowledgement that we are pursuing the proper course of action. How many other ordinary folks over there are willing to admit that the President is right?

Elsewhere in the Islamic world:
Mr. Bush's speech amounted to "incitement and provocation against Iran," said Khaled al-Maeena, editor of the Saudi newspaper Arab News. He described the policy as "wrong and dangerous."
The "Islamic Republic" started out in 1979 by taking hostages and burning American flags. The rhetoric has not been toned down since then. Who is inciting and provoking whom? The United States has been patient, almost to a fault.
Ayed al-Manna, columnist in the Al-Watan daily in Kuwait, said Bush's words to the Iranians were "dangerous" and he feared such a move would lead to bloodshed. The Iranian regime is strong and it would be "better to talk to it and develop the democracy already in place," he said.
Yet another guy with his head up his backdraft. How is anything that the President said about Iran any more dangerous than what they have said and done in the last twenty-five years? As for the last part of the quote, it sounds like talking to your plants to help them grow. And what "democracy" is he talking about?

These guys live in some kind of mental amusement park.

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