Will American Bombs Kill My Iranian Dream?

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Fri, 13 Apr 2007 12:03:54 GMT  <== Politics ==> 

Behzad Yaghmaian at LewRockwell.com - Tom Engelhardt introduced a U.S. educated Iranian professor, who tells his story of the continued oppression of Iran, by the U.S. and its own government. [saltypig]

Dreams of War, Dreams of Peace

Many things have changed in Iran since 1999. The reformists have largely been pushed out of the government. The new president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and the people around him have been working hard to reverse whatever progress was made in the areas of foreign policy and civil liberties during Khatami's presidency.

Changes no less important occurred in the United States, which, of course, got its own fundamentalist government in 2000. In 2002, President George W. Bush declared Iran an official member of his "Axis of Evil," and, in the past few years, the anti-Iranian rhetoric has only escalated. Iran is now viewed by the current administration as the main threat to American interests in the Middle East, the premier rogue state in the region, a supporter of international terrorism, and enough of a menace to warrant war planning on a major scale. Officials in Iran have been using similar rhetoric about America. The war of words has reached dangerous levels. A real war seems conceivable.

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