Friday, March 02, 2007
Peacock Throne nostalgia driving Iran policy?
Up until just over 28 years ago, the Shah of Iran sat on the famous Peacock Throne and everything was pretty much hunky-dory according to the cons and neocons in the Bush administration. The Commies had been decisively defeated years before, and Iran was governed by a strong "authoritarian" regime that knew how to keep order, bought lots of American weapons, sat on a nice big pool of oil, and was a great friend of the United States of America.
Sure, there were a few dissenting voices. But the SAVAK, the Shah's secret police unit that was set up with the help of the CIA in 1957, knew how to deal with them through intimidation, exile, imprisonment, assassination, and torture. In short, just the sort of regime the Bush gang seems so fond of. Then the damn mullahs came along and messed everything up. So it's understandable if nostalgia for the good old days is driving the aggressive U.S. posture toward Iran these days.
Note to President Bush about solving the Iran puzzle: Still trying to puzzle out what happened to the good old days of the Peacock Throne and how to put the Iran you love back together? You don't really need covert ops, aircraft carriers, cruise missiles and nuclear bunker busters. Just play with a peacock jigsaw puzzle. It's fun and challenging, the puzzles are readily available and you don't have to kill anyone. Just take the pieces one at a time and play around with them until you can make them fit. Here's a partially completed one to get you started. Don't those eyespots look pretty?