I remembered the story “Death in Tehran” while researching NeoCon philsophy. The story is told by Viktor Frankl in his amazing book, Man’s Search for Meaning.
The connection between the two is the NeoCon slogan, “Real men go to Tehran” which means, “Sure we’re messing around in Iraq and Libya, but war with Iran will really prove our manhood.”
Here is the story:
A rich and mighty Persian once walked in his garden with one of his servants. The servant cried that he had just encountered Death, who had threatened him. He begged his master to give him his fastest horse so that he could make haste and flee to Tehran, which he could reach that same evening.
The master consented and the servant galloped off on the horse. On returning to his house the master himself met Death, and questioned him, “Why did you terrify and threaten my servant?” “I did not threaten him; I only showed surprise in still finding him here when I planned to meet him tonight in Tehran,” said Death.
Both the servant and the NeoCons, thinking to secure their future, rush off toward Tehran, unaware of the surprise that awaits.
Iranians are not barbarians, contrary to US propaganda. The first Nobel prize in mathematics ever awarded to a woman has just been awarded to an Iranian woman.
If one were wise, one would partner with the Persians, not ride off into the night on a fool’s mission.