Monday, January 29, 2007

Bush's Iranian Doppelganger?

An interesting quote from an ordinary Iranian who voted for Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in Sunday's NYTs Magazine piece on the clash between the forces of democracy and the forces of theocracy in Iran:
“Sometimes I am analyzing myself and thinking, Oh, we have done wrong,” he mused. “He is very popular and friendly with the people, but sometimes when he is expressing his ideas, he doesn’t think about the future or the consequences. He is a simple man.”
Doesn't this sound familiar?

I must plead ignorance on how much power Ahmadinejad has in Iranian foreign policies decisions outside of clerical control, but jebus, Bush's messianic neoconservatism seems to have found it's bizarro world equivalent in Ahmadinejad's Shia messianism. If this isn't a clash of ideologies with possible horrific consequences, I don't know what is.