Neutrality Obama Style – Israel and Iran
Obama’s pathetic response to the Iranian tyrants pogrom against the disenfranchised voices of dissent, and the Ayotollah’s stormtroopers cracking skulls in the streets of Tehran presents an interesting question for the future: “Will Obama remain similarly deferential and silent when the “Muslim World” (as he showed in Cairo he is given to dividing up the world along religious boundaries) asks him to speak out against | Read More »
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My Podcast today with Fausta – 06/22/2009.
(Via, obviously, Fausta’s Blog) Mostly on Iran, and may I be proven wrong on all of it after tomorrow’s press conference. Just don’t ask me if I do anything more than hope. I think that they’ve fixed the autoload problem on this. (The book being referenced is You Can Do Anything, Daddy, which was MoeLane.com’s Book of the Week because I got it for Father’s | Read More »
The Art of “Meddling”: Freedom vs. Nuclear Disarmament
America’s feckless President seems to believe that speaking out for the universal concepts of human rights, liberty, religious tolerance, democracy, and freedom of expression would constitute “meddling” in Iran’s domestic affairs. Put another way, Obama is worried and concerned that such statements could be interpreted by the tyrannical clerics in the Iranian regime as <i>”meddling”</i>. Aside from placing himself in a reactive posture with each | Read More »
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In Iran, the Mob stirs in its sleep.
This is not the Mob in Iran, awakened. Battle w/ Police – Tehran, Iran – June 20th 2009 by mightier-than You can tell by the fact that the policemen are still alive at the end of the video.
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 »
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 »