Beniamin Natenyahu visited the town where I lived in central Texas mid 2000. He was there to collect money and contributions from evangelical churches and religious establishments for Israel. In a ceremonial event, he gave a long speech about the Middle East region. He figures that Israel deserves support because it is the only real democracy in the region. He thinks Israel's neighbors can be good people, but are lead by tyrrants, so he doesnt trust them as of yet. There was this part of his monologue which I found very interesting. When he started talking about Iran, he said "I told William Cohen (former secertary of defense) you don't need to spend all these billions of dollars keeping your army ready, and spending billions more on spy planes and intelligence programs to take care of Iran. All you need is a big big satellite dish pointed at Iran, and just show them the programming we have here. Show them Beverly Hills 9020 or whatever (Beverly Hills 90210
.) Let the young generation over there see how nice freedom is. Let them revolt and overthrow their government. Your work is practically done for you."
He argues that when the Irani teenager, or young adult, watches the fancy BMW's, the display of affection with attractive young ladies, the free and flamboyant lifestyle, he might think to himself..."Hey.. why don't I live like that? Maybe its because I have a corrupt government in power that wants to keep me in a bird cage using religion as an excuse?! I feel like going out in the streets and demonstrating against the ayotollas!"
What he said made lots of sense to me.