Iran has invested its oil wealth in universal education, healthcare, infrastructure bringing clean water and electricity to more than 98 percent of its people, and economic progress. Military spending is a paltry $91 per capita compared to more than $1,500 per capita in the United States and Israel. The social and economic achievements of the revolutionary regime in Iran in the past 25 years look quite progressive in reducing poverty and social inequalities, and as the society liberalises toward a more secular democratic regime, even better progress can be expected in the future. Compared to rising inequality in the United States and Israel, ranked numbers one and two for social inequality among developed nations, the Iranians look pretty damn good.
That, of course, is the problem. If Iran, rather like Venezuela, becomes a regional leader and examplar of social democracy, it becomes a threat to the corporatist and militarist elites that dominate the political classes of Washington and Tel Aviv and exploit the mineral and oil wealth of underdeveloped nations.
All that nonsense about oppression of women and gays is simply ridiculous and overblown:
Now, the usual crowd can be expected to comment on women, gays and political dissidents as being targets for repression in Iran. Without minimising the issues, I'm not convinced that the case isn't overstated and that the repression isn't outweighed by wider social advances. Women and children rarely suffer the isolation, poverty and violence in Iran that so many suffer from family breakdown in America. Women in Iran are now universally educated, taking 65 percent of university places, marrying later, having fewer children, and driving social change. Even Iran has a vibrant gay subculture. The United States imprisons a higher proportion of its population than Iran (or any other nation) does, and that proportion continues to rise despite falling crime rates.
That fact that their president is the actual intellectual heir of Adolf Hitler is irrelevant; the fact that Iran IS a actualy religious theocracy is of no matter. What is reality, after all, when compared to the fantasy universe of their feelings, where Bush=Hitler and the U.S. is imminently going to have a christian theocracy imposed upon it! What does it matter that a few gays are strung up and hung by the neck until dead, when we are dealing with such important "progressive" ideas that are hallmarks of Iranian justice system. It is even possible for such moral degenerates to convince themselves that there is more oppression of women, children and gays right here in the U.S.! The idea that these wonderful, advanced and civilized people, who rape women daring to go out without the proper clothing, are more socially progressive than we neanderthals in the West is a concept that only the left is stupid enough to embrace.
Clearly, these giants of intellectual achievement are a few key snyapses short of a rational thought process.
Let me be perfectly clear here. The author is just a small sample of the type of people who have stolen the heart of the Democratic Party and whose fondest dream is to make America like Iran or Venezuela.
Isn't it time for Americans to totally denounce this sickening distortion of reality that this grossly impaired community has led us into? How thick does the shit they throw out have to be before we look at it and smell it for what it is?
This is the left's "progressive" agenda. And as models for this agenda we are to look at the Iranian and Venezuelan utopias under the direction of their "progressive" leaders.
Can we finally call them socialists? How about fascist pig-enabling opportunists who would sell out their own country to the Islamic animals who hang gays for being gay and women for adultery. How about treasonsous scum, who clearly want the enemies of western civilization to come out on top, because they are so incredibly stupid to believe "civil liberties" and "middle class" values are in grievous danger in the U.S., but triumphantly exemplified by one of the most repressive and violent regimes in history.
The term "useful idiot" is far too kind for these whackjobs. These people are dangerous morons whose cognitive thinking skills have been so impaired by the intellectual hogwash that passes for learning in our academic institutions these days, that they couldn't think their way out of a paper bag. They live in a universe in which there is no objective reality; a universe where truth is relative and their feelings are all that matter. And even their feelings, by any objective standard, are completely dysfunctional.
That such pathetic drivel appears on one of the major blogs of the left, run by someone who styles himself the Rovian equivalent "architect" for the new Democratic party should be enough to make any American outraged.
In the upside-down world of Kos we come closest to a realization of the Orwellian nightmare where the sick theocracy of Iran is venerated as a "progressive paradise". And the fondest dream of today's left is to impose that