Now we have Panda accusing the Iranian government of having some brains, which might well be true. Time will tell, but I could see it now. All they have to do to show the world a thing or three is release her, revoke her Iranian citizenship and declare her personna non grata. And if they do this without threat or coersion, what will that tell the world ?
I'm not sure I understand what you're saying here, Term. But if you're suggesting that the Iranians are trying to demonstrate anything to the world, or for that matter even have the slightest interest in demonstrating anything, I couldn't disagree more. Their only objective is to find out something. I don't think they give a damn one way or the other how this thing turns out, because no matter what the outcome they'll come away from it having learned volumes about Obama and what kind of adversary he's going to be over the next 4 years.
And as for why anyone would doubt the intelligence of the Iranians, it would be a grave error to mistake insanity for stupidity. They're crazy, no question about it, but they are definitely not fools. To assume they are because they act in ways that are incomprehensible to us is just playing into their hands, and in fact is part of why they calculatedly cultivate that very image - kind of like the used car salesman who dresses like the only clothing store he ever heard of was the Goodwill. These people are extremely cunning, and they usually know exactly what they are doing. They don't make very many mistakes, and they've got a strong hand to play in this particular round, so I don't see much possibility that they're going to make one here. There's no need for them to make one. They're in complete control of the situation, just the way they planned it, and they know it.
Panda, panda, burning bright
In the forest of the night
What immortal hand or eye
Made you all black and white and roly-poly like that?