Wednesday, March 08, 2006

A politically hopeful Iranian exile, Reza Pahlavi, was interviewed in the March 6th New Yorker. Connie Bruck reports:

At one point, Pahlavi became quite excited, saying, "Maybe what happened twenty-six years ago is a blessing in disguise. ... I don't think we could have had the appreciation for democratic values we have come to today. It's by losing democracy that we have come to value it."

Iran lost democracy twenty-six years ago when Reza's dad, the former Shah, Mohammed Reza Pahlavi, was kicked out by a popular rebellion. You will, of course, recall the democratic procedure which installed the Shah into power many years before that --- a CIA-sponsored coup which displaced Mohammed Mossadegh, a politician who had been autocratically forced on the country by voters in a free election.

How fortunate we are in America has appointed one of the children of its own men of power --- Dick Cheney's daughter --- to the position of "democracy tsar" so that the democratic process that installed the Shah the first time can happen again. Look how well it worked out for us...


Anonymous Ben Rosengart said...

It occurs to me that "democracy tsar" is an oxymoron. And one laden with historical irony, at that.

12:18 PM  
Anonymous Mr. Bill said...

.."It's by losing democracy that we have come to value it."

Sort of a motto for the Bush2 Administration, doncha think?

10:13 AM  

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