Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Oh great, now we hurt Iran's feelings. Happy?

I'm always mildly amused when the citizens of totalitarian governments--particularly those in the Middle East--criticize our bad manners. It's true, Westerners can be rude and disrespectful on occasions like Ahmadinejad's visit (and many others), but that's one of the privileges of living in a society where freedom of speech and expression are protected and not proscribed. I'm sure the Western hostages of the Iranian Revolution were charmed and delighted by their hosts' impeccable manners, to say nothing of those who have been treated to the "hospitality" of Hamas and Hezbollah over the years.