World as it should have been, world as it may yet become
30 December 2009
Obama speaks out
This strikes the right note -- telling the Iranian people we're on their side against the theocracy's brutal repression, and yet not offering any hint of a threat of intervention in the situation which would help the mullahs paint the uprising as foreign-inspired.
The mullahs will, of course, nevertheless tell any lie they think might help save them -- the point is that we not do anything to lend their lies credibility.
Individualist, transhumanist, American patriot, socialist, atheist, liberal, optimist, pragmatist, and regular guy -- it has been my great good fortune to live my whole life free of "spiritual" concepts of any kind. I believe that evidence and reason are the keys to understanding reality; that it is technology rather than ideology or politics that has been the great liberator of humanity; and that in the long run human intelligence is the most powerful force in the universe.