Friedman reports from Paris on the second Bush inauguration, which he says is “like watching the Red Sox win the World Series from a sports bar in New York City.” But don’t worry, there is another red state out there. It’s Iran, where the young people apparently hungering for (another) American-led regime change.
“An Oxford student who had just returned from research in Iran told me that young Iranians were ‘loving anything their government hates,’ such as Mr. Bush, ‘and hating anything their government loves.’ Tehran is festooned in ‘Down With America’ graffiti, the student said, but when he tried to take pictures of it, the Iranian students he was with urged him not to. They said it was just put there by their government and was not how most Iranians felt.
“Iran, he said, is the ultimate ‘red state.’ Go figure.”
Is it too late to bring back the shah?