A recent comment at the foot of a recent iranian.com entry inspired me to write this. The comment writer professes that he agrees with “every single word” the entry writer has uttered, except that he wants to add just a minor point, or something to that effect.
There seem to be only two possibilities: Either the commenter genuinely agrees with ALL the entrier has said, in which case a typical moridi-moraadi bond has been formed, which I find both detrimental to a healthy debate and, to put it mildly, quite deplorable. Or else, the commenter simply employs this dishonest tactic as a offering a proverbial hendoone to tame and “disarm” the entrier and cajole her into accepting his point of view as valid. Which is, again, deplorable.
I will probably write in more detail about how (and why) Iranians, even some of their proud self-professed intellectuals (or “anti-intellectuals”), just don’t get it when it comes to an intellectual debate. But that’d be some other time.