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Opening Arguments

How I learned to stop worrying and love the terrorists

My word:

It was a very dark Strangelovian speech painting the picture of a dystopian world, raising the spectre of a genocidal nation, a genocidal regime spraying nuclear weapons to annihilate the whole world and the whole region. Now, obviously many people are very concerned about Iran and there is a deep lack of trust, but surely the same was said of the Soviet Union all those years ago.

That was CNN's Christiane "nothing to see here, move along, move along" Amanpour.

Yeah, well it was true of the Soviet Union, too, and we shouldn't feel too cuddly about them these days, too. The only reason it stopped being an existential threat to the world was that a handful of world leaders, including Ronald Reagan, stood up to them.

And can't someone whose country is under threat of destruction every day from enemies all around it, be forgiven for a slightly dystopia view? The only way terrorism in general and Iran in particular well stop being an existential threat is if someone stands up to them.

Oh, wait, somebody is trying: "Leader of the free world speaks to joint session of Congress." Heh.