Doce me faces voluntarem tuam quia Deus meus es tu

Tuesday, October 05, 2004
Last week I mentioned some of the revolts taking place in Iran. Jonah Goldberg's latest syndicated column tackles the subject.

I reazlie the Bush camp doesn't want to provoke another war three weeks from an election, but I simply can't understand why the President won't take stronger leadership. Jonah mentions - rightly, I might add - that we invaded Iraq because it was the weakest link in the Axis of Evil. It was our best chance for establishing a foothold in the Middle East, not for oil interests, but for the sake of democracy and an end to terrorism. Iran is not as unstable as Iraq was at the time, but it is ripe for a revolution.

Here's hoping the the President will take the lead on this issue and encourage freedom. It might be as simple as saying that the United States supports open, free elections. The mullahs would have a hissy fit, for sure. Kofi Annan wouldn't like it and most Democrats would accuse the White House of saber-rattling. But GWB would simply put his words into practice, acknowledging that all men and women - Iraqis and Iranians - desire freedom. Knocking over the world's largest state-sponsor of terrorism wouldn't hurt.

And while I'm on the topic of Iran, I'm still reading Steve Coll's brilliant Ghost Wars. Coll notes that Iran was very much opposed to the Taliban's rise to power. This is understandable as the Shi'ites in Iran would have been quick to oppose the rise of an Afghan government run by Sunni Pashtuns and supported by the Pakistanis. This is less a religious issue and more an ethnic, tribal sort of thing, but when did Iran begin to welcome the Sunni Al-Qeada? I don't doubt their alliance, but at some point or another the two groups had to reach an agreement. Perhaps the impetus for such an accord is explained in Coll's book, but I'm curious to find an answer.
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