Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Ignorance or Fear?

No, I'm not talking about Ahmadinejad. I'm talking about the neocons, who--as the earlier Ledeen piece and this bizarre NYT opinion piece reveals--who are writing things that are demonstrably not true, based on poor reasoning. To claim that the protests are merely "symbolic", for example, is just so bizarre as to beggar belief; it's as if they wrote the piece right after the election, and had to edit in a short dismissal of the millions-strong protests in order to save their article.

But then again, they may just be scared. After all, the U.S. had nothing to do with this. THEY had nothing to do with this. Their pet terrorists (excuse me, "freedom-fighters") had nothing to do with this. Their beloved, ineffective exiles had nothing to do with this. This came from the people who actually have to live and work and interact with others in Iran, not from some cozy sinecue at AEI where you can play the warrior to distract you from your rapidly expanding gut, and make you feel like you haven't wasted your life.

They had a good thing going. I can see why they'd be scared to lose it. But the rest of us should be scared if they don't.

(H/T Sully, who kinda also fit in this category but has come around nicely.)

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