Thursday, April 13, 2006

The ‘Open the Gates’ Principle

Summary: If every country had gates, and if you periodically opened the gates of various countries, which way would the people go—in or out? The answer to this question should enlighten our ability on how to deal with Iran.

If you open the gates of a country, which way will the people go? I don’t remember who originally asked the question, but it is provocative. At one time this question was asked of the Soviet Union. It has become clear in retrospect that when given the choice prior to the demise of communism, Soviet subjects regularly chose to go out of the gates.

In America, on the other hand, the gates are always open. You may exit whenever you want, as long as you can find another country that will take you. When George W. Bush was running to become President of the United States, I recall several Hollywood types assuring us that if he actually were elected, they would move out of the country. The gates are still open, yet none of these people carried out their threats.

Now that you have the comparative background for the ‘Open the Gates’ theory, I announce a surprise one-question pop quiz. When applying this principle, which way would the people of Iran go?

If you need any help answering the question, I’ll let you take the quiz home and come back tomorrow. Here are some study helps for you:
There are many more references, but these should suffice. They will help you to determine as well whether Iranians like and trust their government. If they do, what does this tell us about their government? If they don’t, should we?


Matt said...

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Frank Staheli said...

Matt, thanks for your comments. I really enjoy putting my thoughts together in this blog. The experiences I have had here are "once in a lifetime". I'm glad the blog is getting more exposure and that you're finding it worthwhile. But most of all, I (we all over here) appreciate your kind words of support.