You mean those pics of gays being hanged were fake? Who knew?
You mean the story about two soccer players being barred forever for sharing a hug is fake? Who knew?
You mean it was just a rumour about the assassination, and the Iranian guy arrested after talking to the Mexican drug gangs about where the assassination would take place does not exist? Who knew?
I am so gullible. I even thought that that little midget that comes to the UN every now and then and spews hate was real. Maybe he is just one of the muppets.
Expected answer from you. You are MTF's pet sophist (common meaning of the word, in case Sophocles barges in to tell us that sophism was originally something else).
This isn't about whether the present Iranian government is more or less atrocious, but about whether attacking Iran is a sound policy, particularly if you see it in the setting of all other policies being upheld in the ME. It would seem some very highly ranked members of the Israeli defence community think it not.
Have we learnt nothing from the Iraq war?
Another issue is that Shiaben is largely right. The image of Iran that is usually rendered in Western media tends to be as slanted as it possibly can. Why do we always hear about the ugly side, but never about the fact that female literacy more than trebled after the Islamic revolution, or that Iran has been set as an example by the WHO for it's sound contraception policy (in the 90s they were the biggest condom manufacturers in the third world and provided education about contraceptive and STDs to over 75% of their youth), or about the fact that Khomeini himself legalized transexual surgery, or about the fact that the Iranian parliament has the highest number of female members of all the Muslim world, or that a young woman inmunologist was the vicepresident of Khatami just a few years ago?
I'm not talking about Ahmadineyad, but of how the far more moderate Khatami was mainly ignored, with the West it would seem actually contributing to the rise of radicals through their incapacity to build bridges with moderates (and let's not even mention the influence that attitude has had on neighbouring Afghanistan... should Washington have derailed Rafsanjani's attempt to avoid the Taliban rising to power in the 90s? would it have been in our wider interest if OBL had never been allowed into Afghanistan?). But those issues remain taboo.
It is so easy to construe an image of Iran that would seem to justify almost any measure taken against it... and behind which to hide all our own guilt for having made things progressively worse.
One thing is clear. Neither Ahmadineyad nor Netanyahu should be part of any solution, because they are both very much part of the problem.