Everybody knows I am not at all a leftist; to me, leftist means insult to intelligence. But I cannot refrain from criticizing those on the other side who behave like immature individuals. That’s the case of Ms. Debra Cagan, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Coalition Affairs to Defence Secretary Robert Gates. This lady, quite shamefully, recently declared that she hates “all Iranians”. Often, I happened to read phrases like “nuke iran” by unawarely fool commenters in some blogs. But, when dangerous statements come from PUBLIC OFFICIALS, representing the Unites States government, that is far more disgusting. For years, genuine Iranian opposition groups committed to help their countrymen overthrow the regime in its totality, fought against the Islamic Regime’s anti-american propaganda machine. Tens of US-based opposition TVs are watched by millions of Iranians, a majority of which do not watch the state TV. Opposition groups fought hard – and succesfully – to let the Iranian people know that America is their friend, not the “Great Satan” the regime would have them to believe. And the absolute majority of Iranians, above all the youths, are the only pro-american and even pro-israel people in the Middle East. If you can recall, three years ago the student movements were on the brink to overthrow the Mullahs. Today, we rarely hear of them. Let’s for one moment forget the European destructive role in strenghtening the regime by doing business with them. But the US gov’t, what has it done? President Bush’s first term contributed to empower the opposition movement, and millions of Iranians used to consider him as the “Freedom’s Messiah”. Then came the second, disastrous term. He abandoned his correct vision, and adopted a multilateral approach, made up of indirect appeasement and support for widely discredited separatist groups whose goal is not the end of the regime, but the Yugoslavization of Iran. How if this was not enough per se to undermine the Iranians’ morale and hopes, now this appallingly ugly lady declares her hatred for all Iranians. Undoubtedly, she fuelled the Mullahs’ propaganda machine, which now can count on her (public) words to say “I told you so. Here’s the proof that the United States hates the Iranian people”. This way and others, the administration made the opposition movements’ work more difficoult. How to answer when asked: “Is America interested in freedom for Iran?”. As a committed activist for democracy in Iran, I wouldn’t say I am disappointed: I am DISGUSTED. If President Bush does not want to make history as being one of the many worst ex-presidents, he should immediately fire Ms. Cagan from her position, or at least apologize publicly to the Iranian people for those absurd comments, and make it crystal clea that the US gov’t does not share her views and has nothing against the Iranian people, but much against the terror regime oppressing them since 28 years. Failing to do so would confirm my fears: Bush is more than ever his father’s son. This is a right-wing criticism to the president; we should be honest to admit that, sometimes, idiots are not just on the Left.