Don Quixote’s Iranian
Lies about nuclear bomb making capabilities
June 24, 2003
After seeing a few windmills, Don Quixote
says: “Look over there, friend
Sancho Panza, where more than thirty monstrous giants appear. I
intend to do battle with them and take all their lives. With their
spoils we will begin to get rich, for this is a fair war, and it
is a great service to God to wipe such a wicked brood from the
face of the earth.”
Cringe if you think this sounds awfully familiar.
Simply change the word “monsters” for “nuclear
you get Don Quixote resurrected in the form of official U.S
policy toward Iran. In this case however, Sancho is the embodiment
of the American weak-willed media and its sheepish audience. They
adore the stories being feed to them and believe earnestly in their
nation’s journey to right the world's wrongs (notably
in countries that have oil). If there were a Gallup poll in
Don Quixote's time, rest assured our wretched old
Sancho would have
given his chief an 80% approval rating for a job well done.
What is interesting though, is the target of this
propaganda blitz. The U.S domestic market is already
with the help of official party organs of the government, notably
NBC and the New York Times. These days the Europeans do not trust
word, even if they are told that the earth is round. The Arabs
numb from the fall of their darling uncle Saddam. And finally the
people of Iran are still in a hangover from that nifty
1953 coup and surely are in no mood to be shocked
and awed by the fury of the 3rd Infantry Division under the pretext
of being “liberated”.
Our wacky old man of La Mancha; like so many of
his contemporaries in the Pentagon’s Strategic-Information
Office, is a multifarious man, an imaginary champion of the oppressed,
edgy to perform chivalrous deeds by doing battles against monsters
(i.e. nuclear weapons).
Sure Iran has a nasty little government
that from time to time has peculiar delusions of grandeur. Obviously
the U.S can install “democracy” if so wished. Nobody
doubts that beside the dim-witted Jacques Chirac. Yet the preposterous
arguments made today by the U.S that Iran is making atomic weapons,
forces everyone to simply wink and smile nervously as one does
in the presence of an eccentric older gentleman as he recounts
his exploits after the discovery of Viagra.
Do the current rulers
of Tehran deserve a break? Absolutely not.
Does the grassroot, pro-democracy student movement deserve our
support? Sure it does. Yet the lies about Iranian nuclear bomb making capabilities framed
as news attests to the fact that Messieurs Quixote and Panza
are alive and well, working assiduously in their gray flannel
in some forlorn office fighting imaginary monsters.
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