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On Obama’s Watch

“Bearing witness” isn’t enough.

by William Kristol on The Weekly Standard

On June 20, after a week of post-Iranian-election presidential mealy-mouthing, and a day after both houses of Congress had passed resolutions condemning the behavior of the Iranian regime, the White House put out a statement from President Obama. It began:

The Iranian government must understand that the world is watching. We mourn each and every innocent life that is lost. We call on the Iranian government to stop all violent and unjust actions against its own people.

It ended:

Martin Luther King once said, “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.” I believe that. The international community believes that. And right now, we are bearing witness to the Iranian people’s belief in that truth, and we will continue to bear witness.

Leave aside the questionable notion that the “international community” believes the arc of the moral universe bends toward justice. Focus on what is truly startling: The president of the United States apparently believes the government of Iran needed to hear from him that “the world is watching.” Why did he suppose the regime was busy shutting down websites and expelling foreign journalists or restricting them to their hotels in Tehran? What the Iranian regime cared about–what the Iranian regime was worried about–was what, if anything, the world would do.

The answer, the American president told them, was that the world would do nothing.

Almost a half-century before, a young Democratic president had said this:

Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay anyprice, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, in order to assure the survival and the success of liberty.


July 3, 2009 Posted by | Foreign Policy | , , , , | Leave a comment

Iran Protest Coverage: Sun June 21, 2009

Yesterday I tracked coverage of the events in Iran on Twitter and posted them here.  Though it’s late Saturday night in the US, it’s now Sunday morning, 21 June 2009, in Iran.  I’ll update this post as events unfold throughout the day.

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(user names not posted for their safety)

11:06 pm CST    FROM #IRAN* Tanks have rolled in Tehran … #iranelection

11:26 pm CST    RT: There was a military tank in Azadi square last night. #iran #iranelection

11:47 pm CST    RT From Iran: basij are beleived to be carrying out house raids, Please RT #iranelection

8:49 am CST     Ppl getting ready 2close down main market in Tehran known as “bazaar” Wuld have big effect on Econ. #iran

12:34 pm CST     RT from Iran: Still hearing gunshots from Tajrish SQ. People set fire and fired some Basijis motorcycles #iranelection

June 20, 2009 Posted by | Foreign Policy | , , , , , | 4 Comments

Iran Protest Coverage: Sat June 20,2009

Finally!  At about 2:45 pm CST Saturday, President Obama finally released a statement in support of those standing for Democracy and freedom in Iran!  The President refused to make the statement on camera, but included the following in a press release.

We call on the Iranian government to stop all violent and unjust actions against its own people. The universal rights to assembly and free speech must be respected, and the United States stands with all who seek to exercise those rights.

Protests continue in Iran, despite the threat of a violent crackdown by the country’s supreme leader Ayatollah Khamenei.  I’ll be updating this post throughout the day with videos, photos, and reports from Twitter.

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Another protester shot in the street [GRAPHIC]

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Police murdering protesters [GRAPHIC]


11:00 am CST RT from Tehran: There is bloodshed here. Some persons among the crowd have grenades (There is not clear who they exactly are) #Iran …

11:11 am CST      RT F IRAN Chemical warfare?Evidently not boiling water but something else being sprayed from helicopters. via daily dish #iran #iranelection

11:29 am CST    Protesters are being stopped, searched and their “weapons” (read: cell phones) seized. Information is power. #iranelection

12:20 pm CST #gr88 #iran09 #iranelection #Tehran Reports: People Blocking Streets at Tehran Pars (East Tehran) and Setting Fires

12:47 pm CST    Injured [protesters] are being removed from hospitals and taken away by Basij #IranElection #Tehran #Mousavi #GR88 #iranelection

12:52 pm CST    #IranElection #Iran Reports from the ground: Iranian govt is using Hezbollah against the protesters. Can NE1 confirm?

2:10 pm CST   RT Hospital close to the scene in Tehran: 30-40 dead thus far as of 11pm and 200 injured. Police taking names of injured. #iranelection


2:43 pm CST   RT News arriving that ppl planning to march into centre Tehran tonight as darkness falls. #iranelection #gr88 #Tehran

2:45 pm CST    Zhila Baniyaghoob’s (woman activist) home has been raided #Tehran #iranelection #GR88 #mousavi

3:04 pm CST    homes getting raided, journalists getting arrested. bad day in #iranelection

3:41 pm CST    RT Eye witness reporting that milita use ambulances to lure people & then shoot them (Roodaki & Azarbayjan st.) #IranElection

4:09 pm CST    Iran source says thr is a military tank in Azadi Square (I cnt confirm ths) #iranelection

4:11 pm CST IRAN FRIEND JUST SAID BASIJI ARE THROWING MOLOTOV COCKTAILS INTO CROWDS. #iranelection #iran. Trying to confirm elsewhere/ 1st hand


8:37 pm CST    Iran Basij are marking doors to attack later.Use oil/petrol to remove the mark from your door. #IranElection #Tehran

June 20, 2009 Posted by | Foreign Policy | , , , , , | 3 Comments



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