Reports in the Asia Times that the Bush administration is getting ready to bomb the Revolutionary Guard HQ back to the
stone age this summer.
Where diplomacy fails, before recurring to bombs, I say give these clowns high-speed internet access, a good English dictionary, 4 season's of the OC TV-show on DVD, and give time 2 generations to wash out. The kids will learn poky english and engage the wider community. Respect grows out of education and communication. The grand kids, will be fluent familiar and respectful of a "one-world-culture" while fully immersed in their local customs.
And most of this current silliness might be gone. Swallowed up in the great unifier and equalizer that is the Internet. One-world, One official 2nd language (english) and then 1000 local dialects as first language (yes, including French, Spanish and Mandarin)
The impact of the internet to the software industry was huge, JBoss a part of it, many industries are impacted today (yes, the DJ one comes to mind), we are about to start an OSS project in the Consumer Electronics space with some friends. The Internet is just getting started, wait for the political implications of If language is unified, culture gets closer, commerce booms, standards of living equalize.
Nation-states are a obsolete concept. Hopefully the Internet will slowly erode at the sovereignty of nation states and they will dissolve into a larger federation. It is feasible, look at how the EU states gave up monetary control, even before the age of the internet, certainly one of the biggest control points of a local govt.