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curious american

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  1. If they were wise, they'd have a runoff and the administration and vote counting would be independently supervised. Regardless of who won that runoff, the end result would be a major strengthening of what is now the "so-called Islamic Republic."
  2. If you watch the video, which I really do think is interesting and worthwhile, you'll see why these comments are missing the guy's point. I want to repeat that I'm not saying that the guy is right. I really just heard about him yesterday. I'm curious (befitting my moniker here), and somewhat skeptical of his "powers." Yet, at the same time, intrigued.
  3. If you actually had watched the video, you wouldn't have made that comment.
  4. Bruce Bueno de Mesquita is a mathematician who uses game theory and computers to predict events. He has been called the New Nostradamus for his accuracy. In May, he about his methods, and in that speech he highlighted his predictions about Iran. It lasts 20 minutes. To boil it down:1. Iranian government will tone down its nuclear ambitions to the point where it will develop weapons-grade nuclear material only for research purposes. 2. Real power rests not with the mullahs or even with the Supreme Leader, but with the moneyed interests of Iranian society: the banker, the oil people, the bazaris. Currently quiet and moderate mullahs (based in Qom) will become more vocal. 3. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's influence will decline and has been in decline. p.s.: For all you conspiracy theorists out there, by which I mean just about all of you, he consults for the CIA and he is employed at the right-wing Hoover Institution at Stanford University, the same place that gave us one of our dumbest secretaries of State in quite some time, Condoleezza Rice. By the way, I had never heard of this guy until I saw a documentary about him tonight on the History Channel. I don't know if he's for real or just another quack self-promoter. The implication of his predictions are that Raftsanjani, the Council of Experts, and the clerics in Qom are going to come up with some means of moving Ahmadinejad aside and negotiating on the nuclear program. It will be interesting to see what happens, huh?
  5. First the basij thugs murder the young woman, and now they have rendered her family homeless. Don't you just love the Islamic Republic's values on display?
  6. Here are the Islamic Republic's values on display.
  7. No, I'd say that so-called Islamic values are honored mainly in the breach. The "Islamic Republic" of Iran is a good example, of these "Islamic Values" at work.
  8. Speaking of human rights in the Islamic Republic, one has to admire the lovely Iranian custom of raping political prisoners the night before they are executed. This is a consequence of a "fatwah" from one of the ruling hoo-hahs. Nice people.
  9. That's a very misleading headline. Obama condemned the Iranian regime's thuggish response to peaceful protest.
  10. I have to laugh at some of the stuff people throw around on this website, such as links to Wikipedia articles with statements such as, "The massive size of the protest pushed the city of Seattle $3 million over their estimated budget of $6 million." Look, children, Seattle's budget in 2009 is $3.6 billion. Do you think the city budget has grown 600-fold in 10 years, or do you think your Wikipedia source is produced by a bunch of fools who don't know a single thing? I'll vote for the latter, and note that Wikipedia's credibility is routinely satirized by commentators on all points of the political spectrum here. Shia children, please take more care with respect to your sources and citations. When the "grand leader" pointed to the mass cult suicide in Waco, Texas, that sound you heard over the Western horizon was laughter. When you cite Paul Craig Roberts, who is two steps away from an insane asylum, and point people to a white supremacist website for arguments supporting your position, all you do is inspire hilarity. Get serious, Shia children, because you are establishing yourselves as complete fools. Oh, by the way, the riots in Seattle were started by about 50 anarchist thugs who traveled there from the town of Eugene, Oregon, about 300 miles away. The Seattle police didn't expect the violence, and neither did the city administration, so they were caught unprepared. Interestingly enough, rather than special courts established by the Iranian theocratic dictator bent on making a mockery of the so-called "Islamic Republic," in Seattle many of the protestors arrested during the riot were paid an average of $2,000 apiece for the inconvenience. The Iranian thugs, on the other hand, are trying to collect a $3,000 "bullet" free from the parents of one of the protestors that the government murdered in cold blood. Nice society they've got over there. Fits well with the burkahs and the stonings and the "Basij" and the grand leader who thinks an 1,100 year-old nine-year-old boy is hidden in some "sacred city" getting read to lead us into the promised land or something. Some "Islamic Republic." Between you people and our evangelical Christian fanatics, it's a wonder that the other 98% of the population hasn't long since turned atheist.
  11. I agree with these comments. One thing I would point out is that Obama has been president for only five months. It takes much longer than that to effect real change. However, even in that time Israel has been forced to at least theoretically allow for a so-called "two-state solution" on its border. I don't mean to overstate that development, because I don't consider Israel's offer to be in good faith, but it is a change. I think if Mousavi were to be allowed to take his rightful place in the Iranian presidency, it would be simultaneously easier for the U.S. and Iran to negotiate on the nuclear issue, and harder for the West to isolate Iran as the hardliners in this hemisphere have sought to do. That's the baffling, and maybe even tragic, element here. Just as with the outrageous blunders committed by the U.S. in Iraq, it is difficult to sit and watch utter stupidity on the part of a country's leaders. Iran is making a series of mistakes that are directly contradictory to its own best interests, just as the Bush administration made a series of mistakes that were directly contradictory to America's best interests. Frustrating to watch. I think President Obama has been acting well here, trying not to back the Iranian regime into a corner. But he is merely an intelligent man, not a miracle worker.
  12. My late father was a smart man, and far sighted. A long time ago, he made two predictions of interest here. He predicted that the Cold War between the U.S. and Soviets would end, and that the two countries would wind up on the same side in world events. That came to pass. He also predicted that the next nuclear war would be in the Third World between two Third World countries. Since I consider Israel a Third World nation, I would include Israel in that prediction. However, I do not think Israel will be first to use nukes in the Third World. I think it is far more likely to be a nuclear war involving one of the following: 1. Pakistan and India 2. Iran and Israel 3. Iran and Saudi Arabia (Sunni v Shia, who hate each other like crazy) Also on the list, and contrary to my father's prediction: 4. North Korea and Japan 5. A non-state entity ("terrorists") who get hold of nuclear material either from the former Soviet Union, North Korea, Iran, or Pakistan and detonate a device in the West
  13. I am not any fan of Henry the K, but who indicted him for war crimes?
  14. I have viewed them as equivalent from an American viewpoint, which is based on a judgment of their likely foreign policy. President Obama has said the same, and I agree with that. Therefore, it does puzzle me that the real power -- Khameni -- would choose Ahmadinejad at the expense of Iran's international credibility and reputation. In any case, Ahmadinejad's "end times" beliefs strike me as the Islamic equivalent of the fanatical "end times" Christian heresies that have provided so much political fuel for American intervention on behalf of Israel, especially under the George W. Bush administration.
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