Iran’s surprise?

Well, February 11 came and went, and I’m still waiting to be “stunned” by Iran’s announced surprise to the West. The nation was busy: Banning Google mail. Upgrading some uranium. Suppressing mass demonstrations. Is that the one-two-three punch? That’s not very impressive for the descendants of Cyrus and Xerxes, formidable emperors who ruled much of Asia and threatened to overrun Europe, before being stopped by little Greece in its prime. What these things do show is the tyranny and the nuclear ambitions of Iran. But we already knew that. Maybe we are missing something.

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Professor of Literature at Patrick Henry College, the Director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary, a columnist for World Magazine and TableTalk, and the author of 18 books on different facets of Christianity & Culture.

  • Carl Vehse

    … uh, like a lot of free western publicity.

  • Carl Vehse

    … uh, like a lot of free western publicity.

  • http://www.toddstadler.com/ tODD

    To be fair to Iran, everyone knew Apple was making a tablet computer for months or years before the recent announcement, and experts weren’t much “stunned” by the iPad, either.

    And Carl (@1), “Free publicity”? What? Iran is not a consumer product.

  • http://www.toddstadler.com/ tODD

    To be fair to Iran, everyone knew Apple was making a tablet computer for months or years before the recent announcement, and experts weren’t much “stunned” by the iPad, either.

    And Carl (@1), “Free publicity”? What? Iran is not a consumer product.

  • cattail

    I checked the news carefully yesterday and found no surprises. Maybe the “bomb” was a dud? Maybe the announcement was just to keep us busy speculating!

  • cattail

    I checked the news carefully yesterday and found no surprises. Maybe the “bomb” was a dud? Maybe the announcement was just to keep us busy speculating!

  • Wyldeirishman

    With due respect to the good citizens of Iran, but with next to none for their current ‘leadership,’ who cares about being fair to Iran?

    Bad publicity is still publicity after all, and I think that’s what Carl is driving at.

    Meanwhile, maybe the Iranian president will lapse into a coma, be revived with smelling salts containing enriched uranium, and declare (via divine revelation, natch) that the hidden imam is, in fact…himself.

    Wake me when it’s over.

  • Wyldeirishman

    With due respect to the good citizens of Iran, but with next to none for their current ‘leadership,’ who cares about being fair to Iran?

    Bad publicity is still publicity after all, and I think that’s what Carl is driving at.

    Meanwhile, maybe the Iranian president will lapse into a coma, be revived with smelling salts containing enriched uranium, and declare (via divine revelation, natch) that the hidden imam is, in fact…himself.

    Wake me when it’s over.

  • http://www.toddstadler.com/ tODD

    Wylde (@4), and what do you propose is the end of this “publicity”?

    Usually when people say “Bad publicity is still publicity after all”, they are referring to the fact that even a bad mention in the press still creates awareness of the product, which in the end is likely to increase sales. How exactly does Iran benefit from getting mentioned in the media?

  • http://www.toddstadler.com/ tODD

    Wylde (@4), and what do you propose is the end of this “publicity”?

    Usually when people say “Bad publicity is still publicity after all”, they are referring to the fact that even a bad mention in the press still creates awareness of the product, which in the end is likely to increase sales. How exactly does Iran benefit from getting mentioned in the media?

  • Wyldeirishman

    We’re talking about the ramblings of the Iranian President, not some individual with a firm grip on reality. So any question of careful, rational measurement when it comes to things like exposure on the world stage where Iran is concerned has to be taken with a grain of salt…about the size of a salt lick. Far from concerning himself with the more plebeian matters of his populace, his mind drifts to weighty realms occupied by the concepts of ushering in a new Islamic messianic age.

    It’s easy, I’m afraid, to classify it all as mindless saber-rattling, until something of consequence actually happens. The fact that people are talking about Iran may well translate, in his own imagination, to their overestimated sense of international importance. Perhaps that IS the point when all’s said and done.

    Granted, that fails to even remotely resemble clear and articulate international policy for the likes of you and I…but from the looney-bin, it’s win/win.

    Because if the rest of the kids won’t play ball, then Iran doesn’t just go home and pout, now, do they?

  • Wyldeirishman

    We’re talking about the ramblings of the Iranian President, not some individual with a firm grip on reality. So any question of careful, rational measurement when it comes to things like exposure on the world stage where Iran is concerned has to be taken with a grain of salt…about the size of a salt lick. Far from concerning himself with the more plebeian matters of his populace, his mind drifts to weighty realms occupied by the concepts of ushering in a new Islamic messianic age.

    It’s easy, I’m afraid, to classify it all as mindless saber-rattling, until something of consequence actually happens. The fact that people are talking about Iran may well translate, in his own imagination, to their overestimated sense of international importance. Perhaps that IS the point when all’s said and done.

    Granted, that fails to even remotely resemble clear and articulate international policy for the likes of you and I…but from the looney-bin, it’s win/win.

    Because if the rest of the kids won’t play ball, then Iran doesn’t just go home and pout, now, do they?


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