By Kaveh L Afrasiabi
ere is a clue why, despite billions spent by Washington on its global public relations campaign, the image of "ugly Americans" still persists in many part of the world, particularly the Muslim world. Just look at the vicious demonization of Iran and everything Iranian in Hollywood, the US media and, of course, the political rhetoric of American politicians.
A distasteful odor of hate ideology, repelling rational thought, is discernible everywhere, with Iran-bashing in vogue and evincing the darker side of US political culture, ie, the imperialist, xenophobic, intolerant and repressive sentiment of politicians and media pundits toward Iran.
Thus, whereas the enlightened Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton takes her opponent, Barack Obama, to task for ruling out a tactical nuclear strike on Iran, insisting that all options must be "on the table",
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