Four years ago Iran saw a lot of student protesting around the presidential election. There was some violent suppression of their dissent. In an effort to spread its views, it funds violent groups in the region, a clear imitation of American foreign policy in the 60s and 70s. Clearly these are evidence that Iran was far ahead of the rest of the Middle East, being only 40 years behind the rest of the world.
Now we're seeing massive outrage and protest over what many claim is a fraudulent election. Does this mean that Iran has moved up to the year 2000? If so, this is a disturbing speed of development. The implications are frightening.
In four years Iran has made 50 years of progress. Obviously there would be no inaccuracies in projecting this into the future. In four years Iran will be in approximately the year 2060. We won't need to worry about nuclear weapons because by then they will have anti-matter weapons and moon colonies from which to launch missiles to anywhere in the solar system. I suggest that by the year 2012 we all learn how to say "We bow to our Iranian overlords" in Arabic.
More seriously, it's a fascinating situation. I'm having no luck relating it to WoW so I apologize.
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