Monday, February 11, 2008

Iran: A brief lesson in history

or watch the video here.

My comment:

More often than not, "spreading democracy" and "fighting communism" are code phrases for establishing compliant regimes in other countries that support American corporate interests against the interests of the people of the country.

By labeling something "communistic", whether it is or isn't, has been a rallying cry for disrupting democratically elected governments around the world. It rallies the support of those who don't know the difference.

Side bar: Soviet Communism failed for a reason. The reason was that it devoted more of its resources to military spending than it could sustain in order to compete in an arms race with the United States. It went bankrupt in the process. It failed to attend to the needs of the people of the Soviet Union. The Soviet Union crashed and burned ... it deserved to.

Interestingly enough, we are still in an arms race and increasing military spending ... but no one else is playing. In the meantime, our economy is in shambles.

There's a lesson in here somewhere.

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