February 20, 2005


Majority of Iranians Favor Bush and Peace (Slater Bakhtavar, Feb 17, 2005, NCM Editorial Exchange)

The BBC World Service website recently released the results of their 2004 presidential poll. Of the sixteen linguistic ethnical groups surveyed, Persians were overwhelmingly the most supportive of President Bush. In fact, over fifty two percent of Iranians preferred Republican George W. Bush to challenger John Kerry who'd received a minuscule forty two percent of the vote. Thus, surprisingly, unlike in the United States where the presidential race was relegated to a couple of percentage points, in Iran - President Bush won by a landslide.

Numerous other sources of plausible acclaim have confirmed these results. Renowned intellectuals, as well as award-winning journalists have written pieces on this critical issue. For instance, Pulitzer Prize winner Nicholas Kristof of the New York Times who spent an entire week in the country recently wrote, "Finally, I've found a pro-American country. Everywhere I've gone in Iran, with one exception, people have been exceptionally friendly and fulsome in their praise for the United States, and often for President George W. Bush as well."

Thomas Friedman, another Pulitzer Prize winner and ardent critic of the war in Iraq, wrote, "young Iranians are loving anything their government hates, such as Mr. Bush, and hating anything their government loves. Iran . . . is the ultimate red state."

The well-documented emphatically pro-Bush leaning in Iran, which is relatively widespread, has perplexed many western technocrats. Part of the answer may be that Iran is changing at such a rapid rate that the media has had a difficult time reporting and/or understanding the situation inside the country. Also, Friedman may be right that "young Iranians are loving anything their government hates, such as Mr. Bush and hating anything their government loves", but there are even deeper social as well as geopolitical reasons such as the availability of satellite dishes and the internet.

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 20, 2005 12:00 AM

Wouldn't it be ironic to use the newly minted USS Jimmy Carter to launch the first missile against Iran?

Posted by: Randall Voth at February 20, 2005 4:59 AM

The USS Jimmy Carter is loaded with the much feared NERF missle. (via scrabbleface)

Posted by: h-man at February 20, 2005 5:44 AM

The only purpose for a USS Jimmy Carter is to haul toxic waste.

The State Department Arabist community has always hated the non-Arab Muslims of the region, whether it is the Maronite Christians, the Israeli Jews or the Iranian and Turkish Muslims.

Posted by: Bart at February 20, 2005 1:53 PM