Secretary of State Hillary Clinton may have claimed Iran was “moving toward a military dictatorship” February 15, but Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki has returned fire saying that the United States government is the one moving toward a military dictatorship. “Isn’t it a case of military dictatorship to invade wedding ceremonies in Afghanistan and killing innocent people who have lost their homes,” Mottaki asked on the government's Foreign Ministry website, rather than the nation that “host[s] three millions Afghan immigrants and [is] coping with the consequences of such a benevolent act?”
While the Iraqi government was a complete military dictatorship under the Shah, and a virtual one under the Iraqi Revolutionary Guard under Ayatollah Khomeini, Iran has made some admittedly tepid steps toward following a rule of law under President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Under Ahmadinejad, competitive elections have been held, even though last year's election was marred for fairness two reasons (The recent election involved accusations of vote fraud and before candidates can even get on the ballot they must be approved by a “Council of Guardians” composed of Islamic clerics).
While Iran has tentatively moved away from its former total dictatorship over the past 10 years, the United States has lurched toward dictatorship during the same time period. Mottaki notes that while the Iranian military has not attacked any of its neighbors, the United States has followed the path of most military dictatorships by attacking far flung “enemies” that have little to do with its own security. Mottaki wonders “if the killing of one million defenseless people in Iraq including the elderly and children by the US is a true case of military dictatorship or Iran's constructive interaction with Iraqi people through hosting tens of thousands of Iraqi immigrants and supporting Baghdad government in building up security and self-determination.”
Mottaki could also have added that the U.S. government – once the freest nation in the world – under both Bush and Obama have given themselves to detaining state “enemies” without trial, without charges, and – often –torturing people that turned out to be innocent. Some of those innocent people detained without charges have suffered permanent blindness and death. Even U.S. citizens have been held without charges and tortured.
Hillary Clinton told a Qatar audience Monday that "We see that the government of Iran, the supreme leader, the president, the parliament, is being supplanted and that Iran is moving toward a military dictatorship.” But Mottaki replied that "They themselves are involved in a sort of military dictatorship and have practically ignored the realities and the truths in the region."
OOOOhh! Clinton was so pwned!