Iran has offered to help the Iraqi government fight the Sunni insurgents. The US is considering helping the Iraqi government fight the Sunni insurgents.
What? Am I going crazy? Do I need to lie down on my own analytic couch? Am I hallucinating and in need of medication?
Is this the same Iran that has promised the destruction of Israel and refuses to stop developing the capacity to make nuclear weapons?
Maybe I’m spelling it wrong? I R A N.
Nope. I just Googled Iran and it’s exactly the same country.
Well, it’s a relief that I haven’t regressed into a psychotic state. It’s not a relief that my country, that I love, has lost its moral and logical way.
As a psychiatrist, values and consistency are very important. If I were treating the leaders of our country (group therapy with the president, VP, Secretary of State, secretary of defense and the leader of the house and senate) I’d focus on one glaring fact, they are all political prostitutes. Oil rules, guns rule and votes rule. Money, like the amounts that the Koch Brothers have, can buy a lot of political commerce.
The refusal for the Republicans and Democrats to reason with each other is not unlike the inability of the Sunnis and Shiites to reason. Of course the Republicans and Democrats don’t go around killing each other, but they do force our government to shut down and create chaos in the world markets.
The answer? Clarify the values our country should support and live by them. Wait… Aren’t we the same country that supported slavery for 300 years?
Maybe I do need my couch…to take a nap. Maybe this whole thing is just a dream, well actually a nightmare.
Art Smukler is the award-winning writer of Chasing Backwards, a psychological murder mystery, Skin Dance, a mystery, and The Man with a Microphone in his Ear. All are available as paperbacks and eBooks.
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