Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Obama: "How Many More Have to Die..."

The Lede reports that another protest is called for tomorrow "outside Iran’s Parliament at 4 p.m. on Wednesday (which is 7:30 a.m. in New York)." And opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi plans to attend.

This photo is from the Boston Globe, "A Troubled Week in Iran":
A demonstrator heads towards Azadi Square during a rally in support of presidential candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi in western Tehran June 15, 2009.
See also, Fox News, "Obama: 'Not Too Late' for Iranian Government to Peacefully Resolve Unrest":
Though some analysts see the protests on the streets of Iran as a potential tipping point that could eventually lead to the toppling of the regime, the U.S. president made clear that he's still interested in reviving diplomatic ties with the hard-line Islamic government.
For contrast, see Gateway Pundit. He's got tweets from Iran denouncing the administration appeasement:
Mr Obama how many more have to die for you to be hard and firm on dictator khamanei #IranElection #Neda #gr88 #Iran iran iran ...
Finally, don't miss Michael Ledeen, "Lessons Learned From Ten Days of the Iranian Uprising":
– Fifth, that there are cracks in the regime’s edifice, ranging from declarations of small groups of Revolutionary Guards calling on their brothers to defect to “the people,” to a phenomenon that is just beginning to be discussed here and there, mostly on the Net but originally in an Arab newspaper. Steve Schippert posted on it and did a first-class analysis. Steve starts with a report from al Arabiya that says senior ayatollahs have been meeting secretly in Qom to discuss significant changes in the structure of the Iranian state. In addition to the Iranian clerics, there was a foreigner: Jawad al-Shahristani, the supreme representative of Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, the foremost Shiite leader in Iraq.

If this is true, it is, as Steve says, huge. Because it means that senior religious leaders in Iran are talking to the representative of an Iraqi Imam who believes, as most Shi’ites did before Khomeini’s heresy, that the proper role of religious leaders is to guide their people from the mosque, not from the political capital. In other words, they are talking about the most serious form of regime change ...
Photo Credit: The Boston Globe.

Added: CNN, "Clerics join Iran's anti-government protests," via Memeorandum.


Anonymous said...


Cuffy Miegs said...

This is not an American ally that's having a revolutionary crisis. Iran's friends don't care if they utcher their own people to stay in power - after all, how long did the Left continue to support Saddam, despite repeated reports of atrocities?

The popular vote was stolen, and now the popular will shall be crushed. If the Iranian people persist in pursuing social justice and freedom, they will be massacred - and the Leftists will try to make it look like it's America's fault.

JBW said...

Cuffy is smart.

Per your post, Don: keeping religion out of government. What a novel idea. Wish we'd thought of it first...