Congratulations to Trita Parsi for winning the 2010 University of Louisville Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order for his book, Treacherous Alliances (although I disagree with NIAC on several points, ie: the question of whether there's any actual evidence of election fraud in Iran, and whether raising the human rights issue in any US-Iran dialogue will actually be helpful for the cause of human rights except to politicize and thus further de-legitimize the issue and create another unnecessary stumbling block in such talks.)
As I mentioned before, I am a fan of his book about the true dynamics of Iran-Israel affairs, especially where Trita has written about how Israel fears a US-Iran rapprochement because it potentially threatens Israel's regional ambitions:
"[I]t wasn’t Iran that turned the Israeli-Iranian cold war warm – it was Israel . . . The Israeli reversal on Iran was partially motivated by the fear that its strategic importance would diminish significantly in the post-cold war middle east if the then president (1989-97) Hashemi Rafsanjani’s outreach to the Bush Sr. administration was successful."
Israeli politicians began painting the regime in Tehran as fanatical and irrational. Clearly, they maintained, finding an accommodation with such “mad mullahs” was a non-starter. Instead, they called on the US to classify Iran, along with Saddam Hussein’s Iraq, as a rogue state that needed to be “contained.”
This should finally put to rest all the pro-Israeli Far right/MKO smear campaigns. Nah, it won't. Instead I suspect they will start making up and handing out similar prizes to their own sorts in an attempt to match credibility.
Anyway, as a beneficiary of a classical education, I am reminded of an ancient Roman saying:
"The swan sings when the crows fall silent" -- meaning that knowledgeable people speak after the foolish mob (and their provocateurs, who are essentially fearmongers) have embarrassed themselves into silence. Unfortunately however, until then many things can go wrong, and the nature of our media system is that it breeds idiots, and the idiots never shut up!