Saturday, June 13, 2009

Now is the Time for a 'True Leader' to Reach Out to Iranian People

The less than shocking "landslide victory" for Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in Iran, the protests in the streets that followed and the reaction of the Iranian government to those protests will rapidly provide us with a clear picture of what kind of "leader" Barack Hussein Obama really is providing he is a leader at all.

Now is the time for a true leader of the free world to step up to the plate and tell the Iranian people that the United States that beacon of liberty and justice and yes "hope" is with them... and mean it.

If we truly stand for free and fair elections over dictatorships then we MUST stand with the Iranian people in their hour of need.

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Thousands of protesters clashed with police after President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad won an election which his reformist challenger called a "dangerous charade."

The protests were a rare direct challenge to Iranian authorities. The result and its violent aftermath raised fresh questions about the direction of Iranian policies at a time when U.S. President Barack Obama wants to improve relations with Iran.


UPDATE- 1 (Fox News) "The dominant view among Obama administration officials is that the regime will look so bad as a result of whipping up Iranian hopes for democracy and then squelching them that the regime may feel compelled to show some conciliatory response to Obama’s gestures of engagement."

So Obama's big concern (so far) is how this is going to affect Him and His interests and how this will make Him look... the Iranian people and the United States future are the least of His concerns... so far.

UPDATE- 2 Riots erupt in Tehran

Reporting from Tehran -- "Huge swaths of the capital erupted in fiery riots that stretched into the early morning Sunday as Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad declared victory in his quest for a second four-year term amid allegations of widespread fraud and a strident challenge of the vote results by his main challenger, who was reportedly placed under house arrest."

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Blogger Otter said...

Personally, I am appalled at the Iranian people for re-electing that scumbag.

11:03 PM  
Blogger Red S Tater said...

Dude... the "election" was a sham, a scam, a flim-flam,... man.

Some US authorities are questioning the authenticity of the voting saying that kind of margin of victory seems highly unlikely... do you think it was a coincidence that the Supreme Leader came out a couple days ago telling the people to support Ahmadinejad's victory.... BEFORE THE

Like I said in the post... if Obama has any guts or spine or interest in restoring America's image in the world... now is the time to reach out to the Iranian people.

I think he's gutless however and not a leader.

11:24 PM  
Blogger Otter said...

In your opinion, what would reaching out to the Iranian people (even IF he actually would) accomplish?

11:29 PM  
Blogger Red S Tater said...

A helluva lot more than throwing them to the wolves and ignoring their cries for democracy... I assure you of that much.

Either we actually really do stand for freedom, liberty and free elections or we don't. Which is it?

11:31 PM  
Blogger Otter said...

well, i guess it depends on who the President is at the time. LOL!

i wonder what Bush would have done in this situation?

4:58 PM  
Blogger Red S Tater said...

Here is what he said last year...

"Iran is a nation held hostage by a small clerical elite that is isolating and repressing its people, and denying them basic liberties and human rights.

The Iranian regime sponsors terrorists and is actively working to expand its influence in the region. (…) as we confront Iran’s nuclear weapons ambitions, we’re also reaching out to the Iranian people to support their desire to be free; to build a free, democratic, and transparent society.

To support the Iranian people’s efforts to win their own freedom, my administration is requesting $75 million in emergency funds to support democracy in Iran.

This is more than a fourfold increase over current levels of funding. These new funds will allow us to expand radio and television broadcasts into Iran (…) so Iranians can organize and challenge the repressive policies of the clerical regime(…)

By supporting democratic change in Iran, we will hasten the day when the people of Iran can determine their own future and be free to choose their own leaders.

Freedom in the Middle East requires freedom for the Iranian people, and America looks forward to the day when our nation can be the closest of friends with a free and democratic Iran." -George W Bush

Obama could have just copied that and mailed it in.

9:28 PM  

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