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Bubba's Iranian Politics and Beer Analogy

Discussion in 'Middle Eastern Politics' started by The Bare Knuckled Pundit, Jun 20, 2009.

  1. The Bare Knuckled Pundit

    The Bare Knuckled Pundit New Member

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    While Americans have eagerly embraced the image of Mousavi the Reformer and the idea of a second Iranian revolution, they would be well advised to take a closer look beyond the headlines and eye-catching imagery.

    While Mousavi parts ways with Ahmadinejad on strict enforcement of the state's Islamic-based moral codes, he shares the incumbent's views on Iran's unrestricted right to pursue nuclear power. Though he believes Ahmadinejad's belligerence and denial of the Holocaust have given the nation a negative image globally, he believes only that the tenor of the regime should be changed and not it's fundamental structure.

    Are Iranians marching in tens of thousands against perceived electoral fraud and governmental corruption, yes. However, they're not fighting in the streets with their children at their feet. Let's be starkly clear. There's no popular groundswell calling for the overthrow of the current political structure, no talk of a new constitution for one to tip their hat to.

    Allow me to open up the Big Book of Bare Knuckled Bubba Political Analogies, if you will. In essence, the crux of the controversy is akin to choosing between Bud and Bud Light. You're merely deciding which flavor you want; in the end you're still drinking beer. If you opted for vodka, whiskey or my personal favorite, Jagermeister, then you'd be talking about a substantive change. Granted, you'd still be drinking alcohol, but it would be a completely different form of alcohol from that of beer.

    Applying Bubba's beer analogy to the current situation in Iran, the Iranian people are arguing over the choice between Regime or Regime Light - one is the tried and true, status quo King of Repression while the other is less filling and has a lighter moral code that tastes great. Both are nothing more than brands distributed by the same brewery. Furthermore, the brewery enjoys an iron-clad monopoly on it's market. One that it has no intention whatsoever of relinquishing, mind you.

    In the end, the choice is between whether the iron gauntlet of the regime and the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei will be sheathed in the Member's Only jacket of Mr. Ahmadinejad or the velvet glove of Mr. Mousavi. Regardless of who ultimately wears it, the iron gauntlet remains. Americans should remain ever mindful of that, lest their emotions get the better of them and they once again find themselves bitterly disappointed that what appeared to be promising blips of change on Iran's political radar were nothing more than false echoes.

    In the meantime, this Bud's for you.
     
  2. Mare Tranquillity

    Mare Tranquillity Active Member

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    Sounds an awful lot like the US, no matter who I vote for the damn government gets elected.
     
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    PLC1 Moderator Staff Member

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    Yes, it does, doesn't it?

    Still, even if the Iranian people don't have a real democracy as one of their choices, they at least have a choice between accepting a certified nutcase who most likely retained power through fraud, and someone who was at least chosen as the lesser of the evils.

    If freedom comes to Iran, it will come by increments. They won't really be free until they tell their mullahs to go **** themselves, tactfully, of course.


    And we won't have a real choice until we have candidates to vote for who aren't members of the party of Tweedledee or the party of Tweedledum.
     
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    pocketfullofshells Well-Known Member

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    well when the the council only lets 4 out of hundreds of people who wanted to run, you cant expect to much reform in there,
     
  5. Das Tränegras

    Das Tränegras New Member

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    Die Menschen wollen, dass die regierung schäfft?

    A revolutionary war would be a scary prospect, I think. Those things never work out without an educated and moderate upper class leading the revolution. Otherwise, it's just a bunch of peasants raping their lord for all the crap they've had to endure, but that doesn't build the basis of a strong government!

    For example, somehow we've come across the idea that the poor and the less well off are some-how more noble and deserving of wealth than those who made their wealth with their minds and their strategy.

    But I couldn't dissagree more. Whenever the poor get weapons, you get riots, looting, and people busting into homes and shooting rich people. Basically, you have general lawlessness.

    It's important that Iran get freedom, but it won't get freedom if all the anger of the iranian people isn't channeled into something constructive.
     
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