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Not too long ago my wife and I rented a convertible and took off for the Gulf Coast. Driving down the Interstate brought back a memory of when I first began courting her.
My mind drifted back over 12 years ago, the two of us cruising with the top down on my Geo Tracker, traveling across south Arkansas on Highway 82. I remember looking over at this incredible, amazing girl sitting in the passenger seat. She was beautiful. Her hair was pushed down tight under a ballcap as the hot summer wind whipped all around us. The sun was shining, the music was loud, and, although she preferred more refined modes of travel, such as a Boeing, life for me was just about as good as it could get. Man, I wanted to spend the rest of my earthly days just like this, side by side with this girl, traveling down life's highway. In my feeble attempt to Define The Relationship, with all the courage I could muster, this utterance came forth:
"Well, summer is about over and you're heading back to college, and I just wondered, uh, well, you know, um, what did you have in mind about us? I mean, uh, you know, I want us to keep this going long distance, and, uh, be just you and me, you know, I mean, ex - clusively, because, I, uh, have no interest in anyone else."
There. In all its poetic beauty, it was out in the open. The tears of joy should be flowing soon.
She sat there, staring forward, not responding. Were my words hanging in the air, or had they been blown away, dispersed into tiny particles among the dragonflies and mimosas? Maybe she couldn't quite make out what I'd said from all the wind noise, since usually when someone bares their soul there is some acknowledgement of the fact.
"Well, what do you think over there?" I asked again. "Yoo-hoo! Because I'm like, you know, very happy with all of this, you know, me and you and us, this whole thing." I motioned with my hand, pointing back and forth between her and me, a little sign lingo for clarification.
"Oh, this is great," she said. "I really like you and I'm having so much fun." OK, I thought, fun is good, but theme parks are fun. We're not on vacation, though. I have a destination in mind and it's not Disneyland.
The not-so-mad mind of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad [Excerpts]
Iran's president may be evil, but he understands the Western postmodern mind all too well
"The skirmishes in the occupied land are part of a war of destiny. The outcome of hundreds of years of war will be defined in Palestinian land. As the Imam said, Israel must be wiped off the map."
Given his apocalyptic rhetoric, we can understand why President Ahmadinejad might want an arsenal of nuclear missiles. He'd be able to shake down a constant stream of rich European emissaries, threaten the Arab Gulf states to lower oil production, neutralize the influence of the United States in the region -- and, of course, destroy Israel.
Impotent European diplomats will always defer to such an important global figure, "ruling out" force to stop the Iranian nuclear industry as they offer money and trade deals if Tehran will just act sanely.
The United States has a growing anti-war movement, and 180,000 of its troops are busy birthing democracy in Afghanistan and Iraq. And the unpredictable George Bush has less than three years in office anyway.
True, the Middle East's secular gospel is anti-Semitism, broadcast hourly from Syria, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan. In these places, state-run media boom out tired sermons about "pigs and apes." And, again, Russia and China don't much care what happens to Israel, as long as its demise does not affect business.
[Ahmadinejad] has studied the recent Western postmodern mind, nursed on its holy trinity of multiculturalism, moral equivalence and relativism. As a third-world populist, Ahmadinejad expects that his own fascism will escape scrutiny if he just recites enough the past sins of the West. He also understands victimology. So he also knows that to destroy the Israelis, he -- not they -- must become the victim, and the Europeans the ones who forced his hand. To quote Ahmadinejad:
"So we ask you: If you indeed committed this great crime, why should the oppressed people of Palestine be punished for it? If you committed a crime, you yourselves should pay for it."
Ahmadinejad also grasps that there are millions of highly educated but cynical Westerners who see nothing much exceptional about their own culture. So if democratic America has nuclear weapons, why not theocratic Iran? "Your arsenals are full to the brim, yet when it's the turn of a nation such as mine to develop peaceful nuclear technology you object and resort to threats."
Moreover, he knows how Western relativism works. So who is to say what are "facts" or what is "true" -- given the tendency of the powerful to "construct" their own narratives and call the result "history." Was not the Holocaust exaggerated, or perhaps even fabricated, as mere jails became "death camps" through a trick of language to take over Palestinian land?
We laugh at all this as absurd. We should not (http://www.jewishworldreview.com/0106/hanson011906.php3?printer_friendly).