Tuesday, July 07, 2009

That Shining City On A Hill?

From Curt at Flopping Aces-

"Obama Votes 'Present' while Iranian Thugs Execute Dozens More Protesters"

Michael Ledeen:

"The Iranian tyrant, Ali Khamenei, told his cluster of top advisers two days ago that it was time to totally shut down the protests, and he ordered that any and all demonstrators, regardless of their status, be arrested (although there is no longer room for new prisoners in Tehran’s jails; they are now using sports arenas as holding areas). He further ordered that all satellite dishes be taken down (good luck with that one; there are probably millions of them in Tehran alone). He ordered that the crackdown be done at night, to avoid all those annoying videos. By Sunday night, hundreds of new arrests had been made, including the regime’s favorite targets: students, intellectuals, and journalists.

His deadline: July 11th. He told his minions that if that were accomplished, the rest of the world would come crawling to him.

He may be right about most of the rest of the world, which has distinguished itself by its fecklessness, but he is certainly not right about his own people, who have sabotaged a major petroleum pipeline in Lurestan, and who are planning to go on strike in the next few days. I don’t know the provenance of the people who hit the pipeline (perhaps the fact that the political desk of the Tehran Times reported it is significant), but calls for strikes, building towards a big demonstration on July 9th, come from Mousavi, Karroubi and Khatami."

Even a group of clerics in the city of Qom have come out and called the election and the “winners” illegitimate.

That’s pretty big news, and signs that a major crack in the earth is opening up and what do we get from "the one"?

"Unfortunately, our own leaders in the United States are not doing all that they could to capitalize on this unprecedented opportunity to deal a lethal blow to radical Islam. The only action the Obama administration is taking is to sell out Honduras to socialist dictatorship. As for Iran, both President Obama and Vice-President Biden declare that they are still seeking an “engagement” with the blood-soaked military junta in Tehran.

In an interview with The New York Times, a day before his scheduled departure for Moscow on Sunday, Mr. Obama said he had “grave concern” about the arrests and intimidation of Iran’s opposition leaders, but insisted, as he has throughout the Iranian crisis, that the repression would not close the door on negotiations with the Iranian government."

Sorry, no other word to describe this other than cowardly...

UPDATE from Aryamehr's Iranian Democracy Blog

Iran Body Count

A website dedicated to document the names of innocent freedom-seeking Iranians who have been killed by the Islamic Republic http://iranbodycount.blogspot.com/


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