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Iraqis in Iran, and the Great Satan

Iraqis in Iran stormed the Iraqi embassy, tore down pictures of Saddam, but also chanted "death to America." Iran’s el supremo religious leader said that it is good that the US overthrew Saddam, but now they ought to leave Iraq. And then once again talked of the "Great Satan." This sort of stuff--I sometimes think--is beyond political analysis but maybe not beyond pschoanalysis. Which reminds me, I have been reading Bernard Lewis’ new book,The Crisis of Islam: Holy War and Unholy Terror and it is first class. It is an extension and elaboration of his article by the same name in The New Yorker of last year (I think). It reads with great ease and is full of great information and analysis. On page 81 he notes, for example, by way of interpreting the thought of Sayyid Qutb, that what is meant by "the Great Satan" is neither an imperialist nor an exploiter, but rather a seducer, and this explains why the American way of life is a threat to Islam: "an insidious tempter who whispers in the hearts of men." (Qur’an CXIV, 4, 5). Very instructive.

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But it doesn’t stop them from coming to America, or doing business, or send their sons to our Universities.

God knows, those dirty, filthy, stupid Iraqis shouldn’t enjoy the same rights that we Americans enjoy.

Thanks for setting us straight Mr. Mintz.

I rather doubt that that was what Mr. Mintz meant. Rather, I believe he meant that despite the fact that they call us "the Great Satan", they still send their children to study here. The point being that if they despised us so much, why would they let their children come.

But of course you would rather assume that conservatives are just vicious racists, right Mr. Little?

But of course you would rather assume that conservatives are just vicious racists, right Mr. Little?

Nope, just the person who posted the racist remark.

There was nothing remotely racist about his remark though. Thus, the person (you) who jumped to the conclusion is at fault. Sorry, the truth hurts sometimes.

There was nothing remotely racist about his remark though.

You and I will just have to agree to disagree then. While his statement may not have been overtly racist, the underlying tone of his statement was, at best, intolerant.

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