Saturday, February 28, 2004
IF ONLY IT WERE TRUE. The Guardian reports that Iranian state radio claims that we have captured Osama bin Laden. The Iranians claim the President is holding him until the elections. The more likely scenario is that Iran's oppressive regime is looking for diversion from the turmoil in their country. Think of it as their "Monica Missles". This is not enough to save them, however, with moderate politicians resigning, large protests, and world wide scrutiny. They ultimately will face the same dilemma as the Soviet Union. Either they must allow freedom and democracy, or crack down hard on all dissent. I expect the latter initially.