Now, it appears that British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw said something that has more truth in it that he realized, I think. I think he forgot to be deceptive and he said what he really thinks:
"We will do all we can to help the Iranian government," said Mr Straw.
This may seem over the top, but Jack Straw has long been a supporter of terrorism. So, it's only natural that Straw would be inclined to encourage his government to support the Iranian regime.
Unlike the president, I don't [yet] consider the elections in Palestine to be any more significant than the Arafat's "re-election" in 1996. Abbas may be softer than Arafat, but he's still on the side of terror. The "two-state solution" doesn't look any less disastrous today than when Bush propsed it in 2002. In my amatuer judgement, the opportunity created by Arafat's death has been lost. We may have to wait a generation for a similar opportunity. What I think should be have been done, a long time ago:
The IDF should have invaded and conquered all of the Palestinian lands. Wouldn't be difficult to do, although the Palestinians hate the Jews already, and would love to kill some more. Israeli (and American if the president would have felt so inclined) forces would eliminate the PA and all terrorist groups and the terrorists themselves, wiping the area clean. The military would then withdraw ASAP as non-UN groups would come into the country to establish a democracy, vis-a-vis Iraq and Afghanistan. My solution may seem extreme, but I have zero confidence in any other solution. Most especially the critically flawed Roadmap for peace. It's a roadmap for disaster, in all reality. It'll never work.
IMHO, We should not expect elections in those newly democratized nations to be more than for perception, at first. We also should not expect everyone to replace their cultural values and superstitions with ours and we should not force them to. We should support forces and organizations that promote science and education.
When people of countries under tyrannical rule free themselves, the results are worlds apart from those that are freed by outside force. In a country like Iran, fundamental Islam is a cuss word to majority and this majority and the nature of Persian culture will quickly assimilate the remaining minority and a few short years later, we will have a robust democratic political process in place. People of Iran already are free of mullahs but havent removed them yet.
In Palestine, Syria, Iraq, oh boy KSA, Pakistan and there is another force at work, Islam. Islam is field with self-preservation or bust techniques for its hard-core believers. They shouldnt be measured and compared to Iran and its educated none Arab Moslems. The reason I think is that Arabs had no identity before Islam while Persia never gave up its culture and identity entirely to Islam and we are witnessing a nation resisting the invasion of an Arab ideology. I bet once Arab people are exposed to reality, truth and therefore what they didnt know that they didnt know, within a few generations, they will free themselves or fall in line to a given process like the one in Iraq.