He is likely right: IranÂ isÂ like a train with no brakes. “‘Iran is like a train with no brakes,'” from theÂ Jerusalem Post, April 19 (thanks to Jeffrey Imm via JW):
Iran’s development and progress is like a moving “train with no brakes and reverse gear,” Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Sunday, according to IRNA – the Islamic Republic News Agency.Speaking at the 14th gathering of police commanders and senior officials, Ahmadinejad added that Iran was committed to building a “moderate and exemplary society based on justice, love and brotherhood in this sacred territory.”
Sit down and get ready for a What-Is-He-Smoking? Alert:
He claimed that the Iranian nation was the front-runner in all scientific, research, cultural, moral, political and economic fields, and praised the Islamic republic’s influence on international relations, the news agency reported.
Ahmadinejad said despite efforts to isolate Iran, the Iranian nation “is currently one of the dearest world nations.”
Dearest to Hugo Chavez, yes.
And what caused this mess?
Barry Rubin might have (some) of the answers:
As one watches unfold the concepts of Western guilt, the paralysis brought by Political Correctness against criticizing other societies or states, the increasingly bizarre apologetics for terrorism and dictatorship, this suicidal exaltation of weakness is the plague that is the biggest threat to Western civilization.
America’s president claims that one policy after another has failed. He says that America must jettison the arrogance of taking the lead decisively. We must show we are weak to make up for past sins, to show the world that we mean them no harm.
Iran’s president responds, “You yourselves know that you are today in a position of weakness. Your hands are empty, and you can no longer promote your affairs from a position of strength.” How does he know that? Because the president of the United States told him so. And he and the others like him mean us all plenty of harm.
If Western leaders won’t teach us about this, we will just have to learnâ€”with far more painâ€”from the actions of the radicals who are confident and ready to act aggressively. As happened in previous generations with German fascism and Soviet communism, the West will only wake up from being struck by their blows and seeing how their behavior constantly disproves its false view of the world.
Full text here:Â Self-Flagellation is Mightier than the Sword