Bush and Ahmadinejad: Two Peas in a Pod
We’ve all known two people who hate each other, and privately everyone talks about how much alike these two really are. Maybe this is the case with Bush and Iran’s President Ahmadinejad.
For one thing, they both want to give more and more power to crazed religious fanatics. The other day George W. Bush said “Today, students should shout at the president and ask why liberal and secular university lecturers are present in the universities.”
Oops, my bad. That wasn’t Bush; Ahmadinejad said that. It’s getting harder to tell the players without a program.
Bush, er, I mean Ahmadinejad complained that it was difficult to make changes in the country’s universities because their education system has been corrupted by secularism for the past 150 years. But he said that “such a change has begun.”
Ahmadinejad has already “retired” dozens of secular teachers and professors, and he’s replaced a lot of high ranking government officials with gung ho
And there’s still more common ground between Bush and Ahmadinejad — Class Warfare. There are tens of millions of poor Iranians; they’re the backbone of Ahmadinejad’s support. But they’re becoming alienated.
“You haven’t lived ‘til you’ve driven a BMW 740...I’ve paid so many fines for speeding that the government should give me a medal!” Some Yuppiescum from LA, right? Nope, from Teheran.
Ahmadinejad came to power by promising to redistribute Iran’s oil wealth more fairly. He said he’d do this by “bringing the oil money to people’s tables.” Didn’t happen.
As this Newsweek article says, “Teheran is awash in money—an extra $25 billion last year alone. But ordinary Iranians are seeing little of it. Per capita incomes have failed to keep pace with rising living costs; rents are skyrocketing beyond people’s means to pay.”
Hold the phone! Biblethumping tax-cutting Republicans — you have a friend! George W. Bush, stop rattling those sabers. Ahmadinejad is your bud. You don’t hate him; you’re just green with envy.