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 TehranReporting 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."