Just a short note to offer kudos to Der Spiegel, which pulled no punches in a recent interview with Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki. I wish the U.S. press displayed similar chutzpah when interviewing public figures. The sheer disingenuousness of the Iranian regime is captured nicely in these two short sentences from Mottaki:
The sanctions have made us immune to the global economic crisis that has hit other countries, including those in Europe. We have become self-sufficient.
This is an utter lie, as both inflation and unemployment are around 20%, and those are only a few of the major problems in the Iranian economy.
Of course when the going gets tough, the tough call first ladies of other governments "prostitutes".