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In the Name of God بسم الله

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 baza
  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 politi
  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
  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 inv
  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 administr
  15. Hey, I wonder if the Iranian government will charge a bullet fee to the young woman's family.
  16. If the guy thinks he's channeling an 1,100-year-old nine-year-old who fell into a well and imagines the end of the world, I can say one thing. I don't care what the hell his religion is, I don't want Iran getting nukes. :o
  17. Wow, it's all about Rafsanjani's pistachios, for cryin' out loud?! Hey, people, I love pistachios, but the ones from California are much better. :D
  18. Not crazy, just a garden variety religious fanatic.
  19. Who has responded as autocrats always do: By sending thugs into the streets, arresting people, expelling journalists, and making threats. It's what autocrats do.
  20. So Iran's regime now wants to isolate itself from just about everyone. How sad to see a country wanting to turn itself into North Korea.
  21. Definitions from Merriam-Webster's dictionary, the standard setter for American English for nearly 200 years: Autocratic 1. of, relating to, or being an autocracy : absolute <an autocratic government> 2 : characteristic of or resembling an autocrat : despotic <an autocratic ruler> Autocracy 1 : the authority or rule of an autocrat 2 : government in which one person possesses unlimited power 3 : a community or state governed by autocracy Autocrat 1 : a person (as a monarch) ruling with unlimited authority 2 : one who has undisputed influence or power Insular 1 a: of, relating
  22. I'd rank this one right alongside Paul Bremer's maladministration in the early days of the U.S. occupation of Iraq. Smart people making unbelievably stupid decisions for reasons one will never understand, and the end results being tragedy. In Bremer's case, he decided to disband the Iraqi army and cut off their pensions, in one stroke removing the country's primary unifying force and creating the conditions for the rapid growth of a bitter and well-armed insurgency. He also fired even low-level civil servants who had been Baathists, including teachers and municipal employees, thereby insuring
  23. The government bused people in from provinces outside of Tehran to populate their rallies, and have prohibited gatherings by the opposition. It's an autocratic, theocratic government that holds many more cards than its opposition. The odd thing to me is why they'd go to such lengths to phony up that election, when abiding by the results would have been so much better for the so-called Islamic Republic. This tells me two things. One is that the regime is highly autocratic and insular. The other is that this is to some significant extent a contest between Rafsanjani and Khameni, and that it has
  24. To be arrested for speech in America, you have to be way, way, way out on the edge. You can make any argument you want to, but the reality is that the U.S. has the loosest rules on expression of any country. We set the standard when it comes to that issue.
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