Monday, December 28, 2009

In case you missed it...

Major protests have been taking place in Iran the past two days. I saw nothing on CNN or MSNBC yesterday, and didn't notice it on the New York Times or Washington Post web sites yesterday, although I didn't hunt because I wasn't aware of it. Andrew Sullivan has been covering it extensively on his blog. The Times has it today.

Instead of coverage of a major political change that could be underway in a nation of 66 million people, with major implications for security throughout the Middle East and the world, we get wall-to-wall coverage of an incompetent terrorism attempt on a single plane.

The ongoing protests in Iran, with deepening public resentment toward the Islamist government, also provide potent support for Obama's attempts at engagement with the Ahmedinejad government. An external threat can provide a powerfully unifying force in domestic politics. Recall that George W. Bush's public approval ratings went from below 50% to near 90% after the 9/11/2001 terrorist attacks. Obama is smart not to become a foil for Ahmedinejad to demagogue about.

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1 comment:

Elrond Hubbard said...

Well said. Thanks.