June 28, 2005

THE OPPOSITE OF FRANCE, STUCK WITH A FRENCH REGIME:

Why the US and Iran love to hate each other: Despite harsh rhetoric, some say Iran may be the most pro-US nation in the region. (Scott Peterson, 6/29/05, The Christian Science Monitor)

[B]eneath the anti-US fa├žade is a nation that has much in common with its stated nemesis - from an ambitious self-image and public reliance on the divine, to a habit of often defining itself in terms of its enemies.

In some ways, the duel is between two peoples who hold national pride and their own brand of manifest destiny above all else. The result is a clash over nuclear and national ambitions, which both might better understand if they held up a mirror.

The current leaders of Iran and the US have a "common mind-set," says Javad Vaeidi, editor of the conservative Diplomatic Hamshahri newspaper. "They look at the world in black and white; they think they have a duty from God and are on a mission ... and both think they are emperor of the world."


We'll kiss and make up once we all recognize that it's the same mission.

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 28, 2005 6:40 PM
Comments

The isotope will keep us together.

Posted by: at June 28, 2005 7:16 PM

I thought Persian "manifest destiny" went out with Xerxes and Darius, and was finally killed by Alexander.

Posted by: jd watson at June 28, 2005 7:27 PM

The end of history began with the running Medes?

Posted by: ghostcat at June 28, 2005 7:54 PM

The Shah revived Persia. The Ayatollah made Shi'ism a world power.

Posted by: oj at June 28, 2005 7:58 PM

A world power only through annoyance, not force.

And if the mullahs really think they are the 'emporers of the earth', then things are going to get very ugly. We certainly don't live that way, but we aren't going to let anyone else take that path, either.

Posted by: jim hamlen at June 29, 2005 12:01 AM
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