It tears at me to watch our endless abuse of Iran. Every time I read a news story concerning Iran, I finish feeling frustrated and powerless. It's as if America's headline stories are distributed each morning, at 5 a.m. EST, directly from the CIA's basement.
As I've pointed out in previous posts, the more you seek unedited, self-translated recordings of Iran President Ahmadinejad, the more you realize how blatantly he is misquoted, taken out of context, and manipulated into appearing as some evil tyrant. He's not.
The vast majority, if not all, of the dissent and accusations and violent uprising is being instigated by the CIA. Paying protesters - and lots of them - is not a foreign concept in the area of interventionist, US foreign policy. Inciting violence and riots with a few snipers is also a popular technique. Man, ...we can be pretty fucked up sometimes...
It all kind of reminds me of that picture of the big statue of Hussein in Iraq. By manipulating the image either by narrowing its breadth or by copying and pasting repeated portions of the crowd it appeared to be a city sized mob, toppling the massive statue of the dictator in fury and celebration. But there was another photographer there. He was on top of a building on the opposite side of the plaza. His photo showed the entire crowd, statue, and surrounding plaza. Strangely though, his photo showed a mostly empty plaza with a handful of maybe 50 people around the statue, struggling to knock it over. The two images carried very different impressions. Unfortunately, there is no "second photographer" in Iran.