It's often very interesting to compare news sources. Depending on where the news originates, you can get a completely different flavor of the story. This is certainly the case with news coming out of Iran on Sunday about their new "Cyber Police" operation.
If you read the AP report, presented via Boston.com, you'll get the impression that Iran's just trying to defend itself from "political opposition".
But if you read the official news announcement from the Fars News Agency, Iran's semi-official news propaganda machine, you'll notice that -- really -- Iran blames the U.S. for its cyber-woes. According to Fars, this new Cyber Police operation is all about preventing the U.S. from mucking about with their country.
Let's establish some rules of engagement before we go on.
First, we're read by many Iranian citizens and many of them are wonderful people. We have no quarrel with the citizenry of Iran. But the nation of Iran is not considered a "friend" of the United States.
Second, it's been well-established over the years that the United States has tended to muck about in other nations' business. If you're an American intelligence operative, then this mucking about is to protect America's strategic interests. If you're a muck-ee, then you're less than thrilled with American meddling.
Iran appears to be using America's tendency to meddle as an excuse to round up and arrest internal dissidents and protesters. According to Fars, the U.S. is guilty of "provoking sedition and illegal demonstrations and rallies through releasing unreal and unfounded news and reports after the June presidential elections in the country."
Apparently, Iranian authorities haven't heard of Twitter. The Twitter traffic after the Iranian elections was off the charts and was capturing the attention of news media worldwide -- until Michael Jackson died.
Once Michael Jackson died, all media became Michael Jackson Forever, and the Iranian election issues were completely forgotten.
Frankly, I think that Iranian authorities should spend more their time policing their own behavior and less time cracking down on their citizenry for imagined slights. But, then again, I'm an American.