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The Pot and The Kettle: Which One’s Iran?

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This morning's headline is clear: Iran Threatens the U.S. if Attacked. The Associated Press reports: "If the United States were to attack Iran, the country would respond by striking U.S. interests all over the world, Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Thursday."

Imagine that. What a horrible man and a horrible country. How dare they suggest that they have the right to retaliate if a foreign power challenges their sovereignty, security, and territory!

Yes, I know, they are horrible people. They have no tolerance for foreign troops amassed at their borders. They react with hostility to neighboring governments dancing to alternative political or religious views. The president of that nation and many of his supporters openly and officially condemn and marginalize certain minorities.

They kill people in the name of their god. He and his followers also routinely condemn those who do not believe in their version of god to eternal damnation. They surreptitiously plant operatives in other nations hoping to influence the politics and economics of those nations in their favor. They posture on the world stage with arrogance and self-assurance that they hold the higher moral ground.

Actually, I'm confused. Who are we talking about? Them or us?

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  • Clavos

    He’s driven by his new crusade…

  • Clavos

    the “good son” – Canada…polite and goodhearted to it’s collective soul

    Except, of course, for the Quebecois.

    But then, they are not sons of Mother England…

  • Baronius

    STM – I love that list. It kills me that you put forgery before drinking (to improve the quality of the counterfeiting) and sex after drinking (because we usually make our bad decisions with some alcohol in our bloodstreams). You’ve used this list before, haven’t you?

  • D’oh

    It’s tattooed on the back of their necks when they graduate school.

    the Tao of D’oh.

  • SHARK

    re: “…a week of thieving (borrowing), forgery, conning, drinking, fornicating, speaking treasonously, and refusing to accept any demands put upon us by authority figures.”

    We have one in the US.

    It was originally called “Mardi Gras”.

    Last year, it was called “Katrina”.

    Yer welcome!

  • Marcia L. Neil

    According to historical accounts, the U. S. also has no tolerance for foreign troops amassed at the borders. Because the atomic bomb and perhaps ICBMs as well were originally intended to crack glaciers or fill the Niagara Falls river basin, Iran is in the spotlight as a possible “how do you like it?” putative force.

  • Zedd

    Baronious

    Democracy is our religion.

  • Zedd

    STM

    KWAANZA is non of your business really.

    Please compare that holiday to a celebration of a virgin birth and because of that we go shopping and put gifts under a tree IN THE HOUSE and we tell children that a fat man dressed in a red fur outfit, riding rein deer, came through the chimney and put them there. OR a man who dies and comes back alive three days later so we hide eggs and put them in baskets and dress like large rabbits (in the US). I understand that in Australia its a large rat looking mammal.

    Mind you, I am a Christian but come on…. None of this sounds all that sane now does it?

    Kwanza celebrates and highlights principles. Each day celebrates a principle. I haven’t celebrated it yet but it think its a noble idea. It doesn’t matter what country the person who thought of it came from.

    You are not Jewish and you celebrate the life of a Jew.

    Just being myself… Sorry :o)

  • Tedd

    Zedd

    You are so clever.

    Zedd

    he he he he

  • S.T.M

    Hello Zedd … yes, you’re right about fat men in red suits etc. I still think Kwanzaa might be better if it actually really related to African/American heritge. And of course it’s my business … what happens if I go to the US and have to buy someone a Kwanzaa pressie?

  • Baronius

    Zedd, it’s true that I shouldn’t care about holidays I don’t celebrate. Sure, Kwanzaa is silly, but a lot of things are silly.

    But Kwanzaa really bugs me, and here’s why: it’s being marketed as an alternative to Christmas. The US has some ethnic holidays, like Columbus Day. We have some religious holidays, like Hanukkah and Christmas. Hanukkah and Christmas schedules don’t conflict, because they represent belief systems that don’t overlap. But Kwanzaa is an ethnic holiday being pushed as a replacement for a religious holiday. It’s as if celebrating Christmas isn’t an authentic experience for a black American.

  • Zedd

    Baronius

    No its not supposed to be a replacement for Christmas at all. It has nothing to do with Christmas or replacing religion. It support religion. Its secular but spiritual in its effect. It may have begun as an alternative to Christmas but right now its not. It took some of the good things from Hanukkah and added some core African values, which are actually African American values. Why should it bother you??

    It celebrates and emphasizes Unity, Self Determination, Collective Work and Responsibility, Cooperative Economics, Purpose, Creativity and Faith. Whats silly about that??

    Again come on…. a man who is born of a virgin, a star that leads men who walk across the world, a fat man in a red fur suite, talking angels, flying rein deer, entering and departing through a chimney, a choir of angels in the sky yet no one asks questions…… Ummmmm now which sounds silly??

    Again, I’m a christian and a committed one too but as for what sounds silly or even rational………..

    Rituals don’t have to be European approved to be legit.

    STM

    Why would you get someone a Kwanzaa gift. I mean it would be sweet, especially if they didn’t celebrate Christmas and if its a client, it would be a home run out of the park but under normal circumstances, most Whites don’t get Black people Kwanzaa gifts. Also it could be offensive, if the person doesn’t celebrate it.

  • Baronius

    I apologize for going way off-topic here. If anyone wants to return, feel free.

    What’s so silly about lighting a candle in remembrance of “Purpose”? I can’t imagine anything sillier. The fact is, nearly every ritual is absurd. People just don’t think of good ones very often. That’s why everything from folk masses to “Survivor” torch-extinguishing ceremonies have that air of the ridiculous.

    “Rituals don’t have to be European” – of course not. Conan O’Brien does a very funny routine about European holidays: “on this day every year we put on wet clothes and go to bed early”. I’m not endorsing Christmas on behalf of the brightly-dressed elves. Any time a secular holiday nudges out a religious holiday, I’m offended. Even when that secular holiday is modern, mall-oriented Christmas.

    The only way for Kwanzaa to succeed is for it to crowd out Christmas. You’ve said that was its original purpose. I’m opposed to it on that grounds.