'Intelligent discontent is the mainspring of civilization.' -- Eugene V. Debs

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Deja Vu All Over Again 

So the attack on Juan Cole by Hitchens and John Fund leads me to believe that Cole is playing the role of Scott Ritter this time around. Cole's sin was pointing out that Ahmadinejad's much cited "wipe Israel off the map" quotation is a mistranslation.

Another sign that an invasion is on the way ... Richard Perle has cast the part of Iranian Chalabi. He's been chatting up Amir Abbas Fakhravar, an Iranian dissident, who is apparently pretty taken with Perle:

Mr.Fakhravar yesterday was effusive in his praise of Mr. Perle, who has been a target of anti-war critics who have dubbed him the "prince of darkness" for his part in conceiving the intellectual foundations of the Iraq war.

The Iranian author does not share this view. "In my eyes I saw the prince of light, not the prince of darkness," Mr. Fakhravar said. "I could see in his eyes he is worried for our people as well as the American people and this is very important and this is very special. Of course, Mr. Perle has the interest of the American people at heart. And I have the interest of the Iranian people at heart. But there is a common goal and interest."

Someone please gag me...

In true "sweets and flowers" Chalabi-mode Fakhravar recently assured readers of National Review Online that it is a "100% false" that Iranians will "resent" an attack:

Please don't ever say that the people of Iran are going to have resentment or anger in their hearts toward America or Western countries for doing this. That is 100 percent false. To see this, all you need to do is contact some Iranians inside the major cities. Just send your journalists to interview the people in the streets and ask them. It was Saturday [February 4] that the people here found out that Iran was going before the [U.N.] Security Council, and there was celebration all over Tehran

So if the US nukes Iran ... will the nukes be greeted as liberators or just viewed as "heroes in error"?

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