A lot of countries hate America. One of them Is Iran.
Since the Islamic Revolution in 1979, it’s become a daily ritual for Iranians to chant “Death to America.” It’s as habitual to them as brushing their teeth before going to bed. Or getting a high-five from your cat before going to work in the morning. Or is that just me?
So why does Iran hate us so much? It’s probably because we overthrew their democratically elected government in a covert mission orchestrated with the British in 1953, and kept in power an oppressive leader whose 48-year-reign was marked by corruption and brutality.
Yeah, I’d say that is ample reason for them to hate us.
So when the opportunity came for the U.S. to achieve a diplomatic solution with Iran to a highly sensitive and controversial issue, people must realize that such a feat has the potential to be a world-changing achievement.
You can’t perpetuate a culture of hatred. While it is important to recognize who your allies and enemies are, at some point, you must seek to change the status quo if the chance arises. The Cold War between the U.S. and Soviet Union never would have ended if either nation stubbornly accepted that the two would never again see eye to eye.
A peaceful agreement to curb Iran’s nuclear program and lift economic sanctions benefits both Iran and the U.S., and shit, at some point, they may even stop hating us! Is that not the important thing? Opening relations — albeit carefully and tactfully — can have a huge reverberating positive effect on the cesspool that has become the Middle East. If the chance comes along, you have to take it.
At the very least, maybe Iranians will start saying “Death to America” with a little less gusto. Hey, it’s a start.
Someone who the American government probably will not try to come to a friendly agreement with anytime soon? Edward Snowden.
The 31-year-old former NSA contractor went from relatively unknown to one of the most interesting and controversial figures in American history when he leaked millions of secret government documents to news organizations in 2013, in an attempt to enlighten the American public on the invasive, and even illegal, surveillance tactics being imposed against them. He’s been labeled as a hero to some, and a traitor to others.
His polarizing stature among Americans was evidenced perfectly in Brooklyn on Monday when a statue of Snowden, erected overnight as an intended symbol of heroism, was immediately covered up by authorities — highly ironic considering the conversation about Snowden’s actions revolves around censorship.
Nonetheless, Snowden is a fugitive to his homeland, wanted for treason, and living in Moscow. And John Oliver visited him there last week to interview him.
John Oliver, who became known as a correspondent on the Daily Show, now runs the best current show on television in Last Week Tonight, airing Sunday nights on HBO. The 30-minute format comprises Oliver briefly discussing the past week’s main stories, and then digging into a major topic in extravagant fashion. This week, he took on government surveillance, and went straight to the expert.
How in the world he secured the interview, nobody knows. But Oliver managed to brilliantly tailor the conversation around a dumbed-down, humorous topic — dick pictures — in order to relate to the average person. He also asked a few hard hitting questions that momentarily befuddled Snowden.
But the entire conversation was educational and hilarious.
Just like the content of this blog.
Only I’m still waiting for my interview request with Snowden to be answered.
If he says no, I’ll get the next best thing — a snowman named Edward. Edward Snowman. I’ll ask the tough questions, but also will toss in a few snowballs.
Above all, I’ll keep it light and never let the conversation become too frosty.