I was listening to Seymour Hersh last night speaking about his recent article in the New Yorker about the US's plans for military action in Iran.
Here's a distillation of what I understood:
The US has aligned itself with Sunni nations in the Middle East, and has viewed the Shia as enemies. It views Iran as essentially a Shiite threat that is aligned with the Shiite Hezbollah. Dick Cheney views the greatest threat to the US as Iran gaining a nuclear weapon and then giving it to Hezbollah, which will then, according to his logic, detonate that weapon inside the US.
Therefore, we are supporting many extremist Sunni groups that are sympathetic to Al Qaeda, because we believe they are working against Hezbollah.
And, to pile on the logic, the only place we're making an exception to this rule is Iraq, where we are primarily under attack from Sunnis, of which Saddam Hussein was one. We are aligned with the Shiite government, while treating Shiite Muslims as a direct threat to US citizenry everywhere else.
That's... perfect. What could go wrong? Oh, wait.
- Matthew Freeman is a Brooklyn based playwright with a BFA from Emerson College. His plays include THE DEATH OF KING ARTHUR, REASONS FOR MOVING, THE GREAT ESCAPE, THE AMERICANS, THE WHITE SWALLOW, AN INTERVIEW WITH THE AUTHOR, THE MOST WONDERFUL LOVE, WHEN IS A CLOCK, GLEE CLUB, THAT OLD SOFT SHOE and BRANDYWINE DISTILLERY FIRE. He served as Assistant Producer and Senior Writer for the live webcast from Times Square on New Year's Eve 2010-2012. As a freelance writer, he has contributed to Gamespy, Premiere, Complex Magazine, Maxim Online, and MTV Magazine. His plays have been published by Playscripts, Inc., New York Theatre Experience, and Samuel French.