Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Religious Men

I'm pretty much in agreement with Kevin Drum that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's Letter to President Bush does not exactly look like a promising breakthrough. But I am mildly creeped out by all the religion talk in the letter. Isn't it indicative that when one of the world's most evil, psychotic dictators thought
"hmm...what do I have in common with George W. Bush? What would be the theme I could strike most likely to resonate with the man?"

he immediately jumped to Bush's evangelical Christianity?

Ahmadinejad's letter also offers up the idea that liberal democracy has failed and that theocracy should replace it. This occurs at a time when the Christian right also has expressed its distaste for liberal enlightenment norms. Is this why Ahmadinejad thought Bush would find his message compelling? What does that tell us?

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