02/09/2007 10:16 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Peek at Iran (Peace Train)

A big hat tip to De Clarke for putting me onto this flash video, and to Lucas Gray for publishing it. While I would debate the low-balled death figures (the Lancet Report, extrapolated forward from last October, suggests with a very sound methodology that there have been around 700,000 Iraqis killed since the invasion -- the flash says 50,000-500,000), and while I am not on the Chicken Little bandwagon yet about the US attacking Iran, what is important about this flash video is that it shows Iran (as Iraq was before it was reduced by American munitions to its current state) as more than our feverish imaginings about a handful of leaders; it shows it as a vibrant society of people, in situations that are not at all unfamiliar to us. It is important to distribute pieces like this far and wide. These are some of the images they don't want us to see... because the humanize "The Enemy."