One of the nice things about random thoughts is that they're, well, random. They can come from anything that happens into my mind from any given (usually news) source. Or even just the occasional musings that many of us (and myself especially, it seems) are prone to on occasion.
Tomorrow are the presidential elections in Iran - formerly known as Persia. A contest that was originally felt to be a given to see Mahmoud Ahmadinejad re-elected has now seemingly turned into a very tight contest between him and Mir Hossein Mousavi, the "reformist" candidate. Many people have already commented on a comparison of supporters of Mousavi and the campaign of President Obama in the US. But an equally interesting comparison would be between the supporters of Ahmadinejad and former President George W. Bush. Those supporters tend to be older, conservative, less inclined to social change and more overtly religious. In an era of international upheaval, much of it centered on religion, it does seem interesting that two very polarizing figures supporters - who would otherwise be polar opposites - seem to have a great deal in common.