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Victory!

I’m not suddenly convinced that the U.S. has stopped being a predatious empire, but just for today I want to say, “Thank you, CIA, and thank you, intelligence community, for taking a stand against war!”

Why Not Eurabia?

I’m an innocent, I guess, because I wonder honestly, would it be so bad to live in a Europe full of Arabs, Turks and Pakistanis? to blend in marketplace or on the metro with people wearing the traditional clothing of those lands, or hear the Islamic call to prayer in European streets?

The Power of Myth

“We need myths that will help us to identify with all our fellow-beings, not simply with those who belong to our ethnic, national or ideological tribe. We need myths that help us to realize the importance of compassion, which is not always regarded as sufficiently productive or efficient in our pragmatic, rational world.”

Repentance

Kennedy said, “Those who make peaceful evolution impossible, make violent revolution inevitable.”

What Hath Cheney Wrought, Part II

I’ll be honest. I’d rather be writing about almost anything other than Dick Cheney’s desire to attack Iran. This story has been with us ever since a senior Bush administration official joked in May 2003, “Anyone can go to Baghdad, real men go to Tehran.”

Why I Can’t Support Obama

I despair of ever seeing a U.S. president with a progressive foreign policy, which to me means practicing the same principles of justice and equality outside our borders that we proclaim as our own fundamental rights.

Pagan / Patriot

An Iranian pagan. An American patriot.

Culture Clash

“U.S. Treasury agent Pete Trask…bursts into the room, throws a squealing pig at the Iranian official, and says, ‘Here rag-head! Take this little fellow home and barbecue him for breakfast!’ The agent then flees, having effectively sabotaged the treaty.”

Tyranny and Resistance

The reason why “rule of law” is important is to contain the bullies. It’s easy for them to get into positions of authority and become tyrants, because that is their nature. So the most important thing in a system of government is transparency and the balance of powers.

Meanwhile in Iraq

Two days ago, a car bomb exploded in a crowded Baghdad market, killing 200 people. Unlike the 32 victims of Cho Seung-Hui, we will never see their photos or hear their life stories. According to witnesses, “The street was transformed into a swimming pool of blood.”