Apr 14, 2006

Don't Believe the Hype

Don't believe the hype - its a sequel
As an equal, can I get this through to you...

It IS a damn sequel...it's like this shit is on replay...similar actors, same plot.

Remember "Don't Believe the Hype" - that Public Enemy track from '88? I remember it clearly. It had been almost a year since we'd moved to Canada and my cousin was blasting that PE album non-stop. I didn't know what the English word "hype" meant then, but he tried to break it down for me. I thought about the situation in Iran at that time (post-hostage crisis anti-American, anti-western Islamic Republic) and perceptions of Iranians in the west...I thought about the media in my homeland and that of the new country I was living in, I thought about people's views in both places...Yeah, I think I understood the word "hype" pretty damn well.

Q: So what's the current hype on the Iran-nuke situation all about?
A: The U.S. is "worried" Iran is going to develop nuclear weapons and fry Americans and Israelis.

This is what we've been getting on the news, over and over and over again.

People listen up...

Iran has managed to enrich uranium to 3.5 % - in non-technical terms, this means that Iran is a LONG way away from building any kind of bomb (if that IS infact something they are going to do). In Juan Cole's (of ZNET) words, Iran can now make glowing Mikey Mouse watches.

So let's get real here.


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