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Monday, September 29, 2008


Ludicrous (and dangerous) liberals

Writing in The Nation about a meeting between Ahmadinejad and representatives of the U.S. peace movement, Robert Dreyfuss writes:
He specifically said that Iran is opposed to nuclear weapons, adding: "The time for nuclear weapons has come to an end. Those who want to build a new generation of nuclear bombs are politically backward, period!" Of course, the idea that Iran would risk world isolation, sanctions, UN Security Council actions, and the threat of war in order to have a peaceful nuclear energy program seems quite ludicrous to me. Clearly, Ahmadinejad is one of those "politically backward" ones.
Yes, the idea that someone might actually take a principled stand rather than selling out to the highest bidder, or cave in to pressure from the biggest bully, is "quite ludicrous."

As with practically every liberal, Democrat, or Republican, Dreyfuss writes about how "real power rests with the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei," but neglects to mention that Khamenei has issued a fatwa against nuclear weapons. Wouldn't want to make his own writing appear "ludicrous."

Of course, this isn't just a question of what is or is not ludicrous. Because underlying it all is the continuing attempt on the part of the entire U.S. political "establishment" to build a justification for, and thus lay the groundwork for, an attack on Iran. After all, if Ahmadinejad is "one of those 'politically backward' ones, that means that he "wants to build a new generation of nuclear bombs," and we can't have that, now can we?

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