In Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale, a future is described for us in which reaction to libertinism draws forth a suffocating state with the smug, self-righteous concern of the far left blended unapologetically with the smug, self-righteous moralizing of the far right.
Ms. Atwood was 20 years ahead of her time, and she chose the wrong culture. The regime in Iran is now poised to fulfill her warning, as a repressive regime implements a policy of outward modesty to show its tender care.
By enforcing their vision of modesty for Iran, the mullahs and President Mahmound Ahmadinejad will sow the seeds for their own eventual overthrow. As Atwood said, you can't cheat nature.
It is my hope that if U.S Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice, who I'm sure is well read, ever has a chance to speak to the Iranian officials, she politely wears shorts and a t-shirt.
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