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December 26, 2006

If I've Learned Anything In Life, It's That Humans Always Respond Positively To Being Humiliated

Great news! We've humiliated Iran:

The U.N. Security Council voted unanimously Saturday to restrict Iran's trade in sensitive nuclear materials and to freeze the assets of 22 Iranian officials and institutions linked to the country's most controversial nuclear programs...the Bush administration -- which favored tougher measures -- said it was still pleased with the final version, saying that it furthers Iran's growing international isolation.

U.S. Undersecretary of State Nicholas Burns called the vote "humiliating" for Iran.

And according to Bob Woodward's State of Denial, the invasion of Iraq has served to humiliate "radical Islam":

“Why did you support the Iraq war?” Gerson asked [Kissinger].

“Because Afghanistan wasn’t enough,” Kissinger answered. In the conflict with radical Islam, he said, they want to humiliate us. “And we need to humiliate them.”

Yes, we're definitely going to win by humiliating large sectors of mankind—because as we know, the best way to get humans to do what you want is to humiliate them:

"What America is tasting now is something insignificant compared to what we have tasted for scores of years. [The Islamic world] has been tasting this humiliation and this degradation for eighty years."

The only thing missing so far with Iran is kidnapping them off the street and giving them international top secret enemas. But I'm sure that's just an oversight that will be corrected quite soon.

Posted at December 26, 2006 10:00 AM | TrackBack

In an editorial on discussing the ineffectiveness of the UN and sanctions and the likely responses of the US and Israel, "albaniach" had posted the following comment, which I think deserves a wider hearing:


Just to put this all into perspective,

Countries attacked or invaded by Iran since WW2:


Countries attacked or invaded or by Israel since WW2:


Countries Attacked by US supported terrorists or Invaded by the USA:

El Salvador

A reasonable person might suggest a better start on the problem might be made by flattening Washington and Tel Aviv.

Posted by: John Caruso at December 26, 2006 12:06 PM

How did the commenter overlook Cuba?

Posted by: SPIIDERWEBâ„¢ at December 26, 2006 06:14 PM

Countries attacked or invaded by Iran since WW2:


We-ell, they did send an incursion into Afghanistan in the late 80s to murder Russian officials and their families, with the assistance of American intelligence. Guess the Iran-Iraq war doesn't count given it was Saddam who started that (and the US armed both sides). And they did blow up Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie - oh, wait, my bad, we decided to blame that on the Libyans, didn't we. That was a few months after their air attack on the USS Vincennes tho' - maybe we can count that.

Posted by: RobW at December 26, 2006 06:45 PM

You have to admit: Showing the Iraqis pictures of their menfolk forced into naked human pyramids and simulated masturbation helped to quiet down the insurgency.

Posted by: Lloyd at December 26, 2006 09:33 PM

That was a few months after their air attack on the USS Vincennes tho' - maybe we can count that.

Is that a joke?

Posted by: Ed Marshall at December 27, 2006 11:40 AM

But we're the good guys!

Posted by: blondie at December 27, 2006 12:09 PM

Is that a joke?

It friggin' better be.

Posted by: RobW at December 27, 2006 07:42 PM