Meet the Basij, Iran’s thug militia

    If you’ve watched any of the televised images from Iran since the people first went into the streets to protest their country’s rigged election, you’ve seen them in action. That bunch of thugs wearing civilian garb and clubbing protesters with nightsticks are the Basij — Niruyeh Moghavemat Basij is the formal name — the militia the mullahs use to maintain control of Iran’s population. In | Read More »

    We support the people of Iran

    It has been said on numerous occasions and by various politicians and pundits that it was an extraordinary week in the life of the nation of Iran. On June 12, from the very moment that the Iranian presidential election results were announced, the international community and the international press questioned the results. The primary reason for our disbelief in the declared result is that millions | Read More »

    The Real Lesson of Iran

    The principal lesson to be learned from the demonstrations in Iran today is very simple: they are demonstrations of popular unhappiness with the government, but nothing more. They represent virtually no threat to the status quo. “Why not?” you ask? Because unarmed people, no matter how motivated, cannot wrest power from armed police and armed militia! This is a lesson all too well known to | Read More »

    Shame On You, Mr. President

    Graphic video of an Iranian woman being shot dead while watching the Iran protests with her father is sweeping the net. While Iran state media is doing its best to put a muzzle on foreign media reporting on the violent revolution unfolding in Iran, American media is under no such constraints. Americans are treated to the news that Obama is eating an ice cream cone. | Read More »

    the blundering, Sunburned freedom fighter

    The sunburn stops abruptly at an imaginary line long my shoulder, ending where my sleeves did double duty – clothing my nakedness and blocking the sun. When time mellows the red, all I’ll have left is a farmer’s tan and thicker freckles. I’ve heard of sunscreen. I simply chose to ignore it. By the end of today’s cookout, a project for a group of needy | Read More »

    Striking video from Iran of the militia opening fire on the crowd

    Striking video from Iran of the militia opening fire on the crowd. Apparently it was shot from a balcony on a cell phone and posted by BBC Persian, which has disabled embedding.

    ‘Don’t tell me words don’t matter.’

    It’s not just us who listen to our broadcasts, you know. President Obama argued yesterday that there is little difference between Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and challenger Mir-Hossein Mousavi on policies critical to the U.S. “It’s important to understand that although there is amazing ferment taking place in Iran, that the difference between Ahmadinejad and Mousavi in terms of their actual policies may not be | Read More »

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    Iran: The Biggest Domino

    I know it’s redundant to tell people to read Charles Krauthammer – really, you are doing Friday wrong if you don’t read his column every week – but he boils down the essential stakes in Iran neatly, and reminds us that this isn’t just about Ahmadenijad vs Mousavi. Samples: [T]his incipient revolution is no longer about the election. Obama totally misses the point. The election | Read More »

    House Passes Iran Election Resolution

    The House today voted to support Iranian dissidents and “all Iranians who embrace the values of freedom, human rights, civil liberties and the rule of law.” The resolution (H Res 560) passed with 405 yea votes and only one nay, and two members voting present. As I said earlier, and as many of our Representatives emphasized today, this has nothing to do with supporting Mousavi. | Read More »

    Bipartisan Resolution to Stand With Iranian Dissidents

    The unrest in Iran continues apace, and while the media coverage remains sparse, word nevertheless gets out of Iran thanks to our modern age and, in particular, to Twitter. As Moe notes, the situation is complex. The cast of key figures holds few heroes. But then, it’s not really about Mousavi, is it? It’s about the thousands of individual Iranians, from citizen reporters on Twitter | Read More »

    Fiddling as Tehran burns.

    Charles Krauthammer, a man who is apparently constitutionally incapable of suffering fools at all (and never mind ‘gladly’), waxed wroth on the implication that the President’s response to the ongoing Iranian crisis was in any way similar to Pope John Paul II’s response to the Solidarity strikers: The president is also speaking in code. The Pope spoke in a code which was implicit and understood | Read More »

    Say Goodbye To Cairo: Why The Iranian Crisis Reveals The Hollowness of The Cairo Speech

    The Obama Administration’s response to protests against the Iranian regime’s contempt for even its own thin facade of democracy has been markedly muted and tentative; even the French Government has spoken out more clearly against the fraudulence of the presidential election and the mullahs’ suppression of the Iranian people than has President Obama. One conclusion we can draw from Obama’s failure to offer support for | Read More »

    The Cost of Freedom

    There’s a revolution going on in Tehran and it won’t be televised. The Islamo-Fascist Mullahs have dispatched their Secret Police to crackdown on the liberty movement and its youthful enthusiasm. Of all nations that reaped the rewards of freedom, of all nations that know all too well the burning burden and sacrifice of a revolution, that nation the United States remains silent as college students | Read More »

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    Did Obama Admin. Try to Take Credit for Twitter’s Iran Coverage?

    Some attention was paid to the fact that the newest social networking website, Twitter, had decided to push off its scheduled maintenance Tuesday morning as the situation in Iran became steadily more embroiled in conflict. As it happened, Twitter was a major source of information coming out of that repressed society as news was happening. Twitter had, though, scheduled a few hours down time just | Read More »

    Twitter, Iran and Totalitarianism

    One of my first thoughts on seeing Twitter being used by Iranians following their elections was, ‘Imagine if they had Twitter during Tienanmen Square.’ Totalitarian regimes historically thrive, in large measure, by controlling the media and modes of communication. Would be protesters become isolated. Government propaganda simply spins any protest or event into something that reflects well on the regime in power. Yet now there | Read More »