Call them what you will — puppets, dummies, inanimate objects being controlled by more powerful forces — but they control the world in which we live. Or, to be more precise, they are controlled into controlling the world in which we live.
Puppet Puppeteer Performance . . . Russian President Dmitry Medvedev Former Russian President and Current Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin A lifelong bureaucrat and world class yes man, he turned out to be ideally suited for sit down and being quiet while his former boss rerouted Russian political power to through the Prime Minister's office. . . . Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Ayatollah Ali Khamenei Main responsibilities include Holocaust denial, lying about nuclear experimentation and not getting in way of Ayatollah's subjugate citizenry. . . . Fox News The Republican Party The network has traditionally functioned mainly as the GOP's Ministry of Information, but its duties have recently expanded to include planning and executing grass roots public protests. . . . U.S. Congress Anyone willing to pay for dinner Anything you want them to do. Seriously, anything. Just so long as you're picking up the check and they can order another round. . . . Barack Obama The reanimated corpse of former President Franklin Roosevelt Continue plan to bring about the end of Western civilization, supply FDR with fresh brains twice a week.
For more-entertaining, less-politically-damaging puppets, tune into the new Comedy Central series The Jeff Dunham Show premiering this Thursday, October 22 at 9pm / 8c.
Tags: Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Barack Obama, Dmitry Medvedev, Fox, Franklin Roosevelt, House of Representatives, Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Republicans, Russia, Senate, Socialism, Vladimir Putin
Andrew Sullivan on the very real possibility of continued and escalating protests in Iran in the wake of the Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's speech…
I fear deeply what is about to happen. But I also sense that the Gandhi-strategy of the majority is a winning one. If they can sustain their numbers and withstand the nightly raids, and if they can overwhelm the capital tomorrow in another peaceful show of strength, then they can win. And the world will change.
This is their struggle now, requiring the kind of courage that only God can provide. Their God, my God, the God of the Torah and the Koran and the Gospels.
I fell over when I read that. But I was sitting at the time, so I had to stand up in order to fall over with the appropriate flair.
The reason I fell over was because I was in shock at just how right-on Sullivan got it. It was the amazing insight of that comment that rendered my inner ear ineffective. Because — yes, obviously! — that's been the problem in Iran all this time. Not enough religion!
So, let's everybody get together and pray that God finally get around to making his presence known there in the Middle East. Once He does — once He "provides the kind of courage that only God can provide" – I'm sure all their issues and abuses of power and gross violations of human rights will clear up just like that.
Then, when He's done, maybe he come around here to the States and show a little interest in our political process for a change.
Tags: Andrew Sullivan, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Islam, Religion
It was exciting while it lasted, but the global clamor over Iran's presidential election is finally drawing to a close. Calm will return to the streets of Tehran and the tweets of Twitter, and we can all rest easy knowing that the outcome of the election was fair, accurate and 100% above-board.
In his first speech since the June 12 election outcome sparked the country's worst unrest in 30 years, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said the vote accurately reflected the will of the people and accused "enemies of Islam" of stoking anger.
The "Islamic establishment would never manipulate votes and commit treason. The legal structure in this country does not allow vote-rigging," Khamenei said, in his first address since the elections.
There you have it! After all, this Khamenei fellow is the Supreme Leader of Iran.
I'm sure the good citizens of that country wouldn't have elected him to such an important post if he weren't scrupulously honest and committed to their best interests.
Tags: Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran, Irandecision 2009, Twitter