Bush’s inauguration speech contained a number of slightly veiled threats against Iran mostly along the lines of wouldn’t it be great to take some peace, freedom and democracy there?1 Hossein Derakhshan, an Iranian living in Toronto, has a few things to say about that.
While Hossein does not hold a bright candle for the current Iranian government2 he does point out the hypocrisy in Bush’s choice of Iran as the next target in his crusade to bring democracy to the whole planet. Bush hasn’t, for example, been making threats against the arguably much more repressive regimes in Saudi Arabia or Pakistan.
1 By which of course Bush means the freedom to drink Coca Cola, eat at Macdonalds and elect any government the Iranians might like just so long as it is friendly towards the United States.
2 He does say that he’d probably support an invasion if he could be sure that:
…by invading Iran, innocent civilian wouldn’t get killed by American “smart bombs”, public facilities wouldn’t be looted, and women and children wouldn’t be raped or kidnapped, and overall the country would be in a better shape than it is today…
which is rather a large if given the results of the USA’s warmongering in neighbouring Iraq.
Posted 22 January 2005, 15:08 GMT