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Old 09-20-2019, 06:38 PM
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Originally Posted by Walken After Midnight View Post
Why is the Iranian regime worse?

Here's a 2016 Forbes article about how Saudi Arabia is worse than Iran.
I don't think Bandow makes a very good case. As he acknowledges "There is much bad to say about Tehranís Islamic regime. It is authoritarian at home, dominated by intolerant fundamentalism, politically repressive, and a persistent persecutor of minority faiths. The Islamists are interventionists abroad, backing Hezbollah and Syriaís Bashir al-Assad. Long antagonistic to the U.S., Iran has displayed a disturbing interest in nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles." And Saudi Arabia? They executed a dissident cleric.

Okay, Bandow does say more. But he doesn't really back up his central claim that the Saudi regime is worse than the Iranian regime. Every argument he offers against the Saudi regime is at least equally true of the Iranian regime. Both are dictatorships that oppose civil rights and use violence against their citizens, both are theocracies that repress other religions, and both interfere in the affairs of other countries in the region. But on a scale of one to ten, Saudi Arabia is a seven and Iran is a nine. And even if the two regimes were equal, any change of regime is going to cause a lot of suffering and death. So the world's a better place with the Saudi regime staying in power.

I know that's not what a lot of people want to hear. They just want to say that the Saudi regime is bad (which it clearly is) and then leap to the conclusion that any change must therefore be good. But that's not the way the real world works. Very often things change from bad to worse. Iran itself is an example of that happening.