Forever Under Construction

Country A, Country B

Posted in Iran, USA by homeyra on February 2, 2007

I guess most ot you have seen this article. Just in case here is an excerpt:

January 31, 2007
Thomas Friedman, NYT

Here’s a little foreign policy test. I am going to describe two countries , “Country A” and “Country B” , and you tell me which one is America’s ally and which one is not.

Let’s start:

Country A actively helped the U.S. defeat the Taliban in Afghanistan and replace it with a pro-U.S. elected alliance of moderate Muslims.
Country A regularly holds sort-of-free elections.
Country A‘s women vote, hold office, are the majority of its university students and are fully integrated into the work force. On 9/11, residents of Country A were among the very few in the Muslim world to hold spontaneous pro-U.S. demonstrations.
Country A‘s radical president recently held a conference about why the Holocaust never happened , to try to gain popularity. A month later, Country A held nationwide elections for local councils, and that same president saw his candidates get wiped out by voters who preferred more moderate conservatives.
Country A has a strategic interest in the success of the pro-U.S., Shiite-led, elected Iraqi government. Although it’s a Muslim country right next to Iraq, Country A has never sent any suicide bombers to Iraq, and has long protected its Christians and Jews.
Country A has more bloggers per capita than any country in the Muslim Middle East. The brand of Islam practiced by Country A respects women, is open to reinterpretation in light of modernity and rejects Al Qaeda‘s nihilism.

Now Country B:

Country B gave us 15 of the 19 hijackers on 9/11.
Country B does not allow its women to drive, vote or run for office. It is illegal in Country B to build a church, synagogue or Hindu temple.
Country B helped finance the Taliban.
Country B‘s private charities help sustain Al Qaeda. Young men from Country B‘s mosques have been regularly recruited to carry out suicide bombings in Iraq. Mosques and charities in Country B raise funds to support the insurgency in Iraq.
Country B does not want the elected, Shiite-led government in Iraq to succeed. While Country B‘s leaders are pro-U.S., polls show many of its people are hostile to America , some of them celebrated on 9/11. The brand of Islam supported by Country B and exported by it to mosques around the world is the most hostile to modernity and other faiths.

Question: Which country is America’s natural ally: A or B?


Country A is Iran. Country B is Saudi Arabia……………فارسي

Up!dates: sgb_hope.jpg

Iraq NIE, National Intelligence Estimate, gives clues to Iran

Zbigniew Brzezinski Calls Iraq War an Historic, Strategic and Moral Calamity & Says Stop the Trappings of Colonial Tutelage

Whose Iran? by Laura Secor, NYT. January 28, 2007
Laura Secor in the New Yorker: Fugitives

Laura Sercor’s Reports
Carrots and Sticks?


10 Responses

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  1. iranfacts said, on February 2, 2007 at 2:24 pm

    Who’s to report/hear?
    FOX news?

    (no homie I don’t get those–I limit my user-list subscription; and I actually don’t have the font to see it either)

  2. dearkitty said, on February 2, 2007 at 4:25 pm

    Hi homeyra, thank you for linking to my blog, and commenting! I replied to you at my blog. I just made a new blog item on colour in antique art which may interest you …

  3. Bluebear2 said, on February 2, 2007 at 6:59 pm

    The problem is that Bush does not want to bring peace, but rather perpetuate the turmoil to expand his empire. Therefore he is in league with Saudi Arabia and stirs up the hornets nest with Iran.

    Here’s my opininion!

  4. homeyra said, on February 2, 2007 at 8:33 pm

    I can’t open this page.. but I found this!!

    Read the instructions and then try this …
    1. Go to
    2. Type in the word “failure”
    3. DO NOT click search
    4. Click “I’m Feeling Lucky”

  5. iranfacts said, on February 4, 2007 at 4:47 pm

    The articles by Laura Secor are EXCELLNET ones. They deserve a banner-post.

    thanks for linking to them

  6. iranfacts said, on February 5, 2007 at 5:54 pm

    All’s well?

  7. homeyra said, on February 5, 2007 at 6:55 pm

    Busy time!
    Too many things at the same time… I have a few posts to come … cannot upload the pictures etc…
    Brb as soon as possible 🙂

  8. Loopy said, on February 7, 2007 at 10:31 pm

    with your permission i’m goign to borrow this…

  9. homeyra said, on February 7, 2007 at 10:39 pm

    Please do so! All yours 🙂

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