7:20 pm: Rally for Iran in Tel Aviv, Israel (June 27)
I received this report from Boaz Arad in Israel:
Pictured taken by Iranian born Farhad Moradian whom organised this event in order to show the Iranian people our solidarity in Israel with their suffering and also to convey the message to Obama. The BBC broadcast to Iran picked this demo and it was broadcast - Facebook as well was a useful tool to send this message.
Mr. Moradian said that many Iranians respond to it and some did it by saying: "For 30 years we cursed Israel and made a demonstration for the Palestinians people, despite the poverty in Iran our government send our money to Lebanon and Gaza, but we did not received any support from the Palestinians now even not a demonstration... The Israelis do support us and showing solidarity".
5:17 pm: More of Obama's "lively debate!" From the blog, "For a democratic secular Iran. For peace and prosperity in the Middle East": hat tip Banafsheh
Iranian youth chased and beaten up by Police thugs in Iran:
Iranian Protesters, arrested, beaten up and raped
1:37 pm: Tweet the White House: Send a Tweet to the @WhiteHouse. Use the hashtag #iranelection
1:30 PM: Another suspend your disbelief moment: Interpos is investigating Neda Soltani's death. Send them my post.
photo hat tip Neda
Obama on May 21st, 2009:
I make this claim not simply as a matter of idealism. We uphold our most cherished values not only because doing so is right, but because it strengthens our country and keeps us safe. Time and again, our values have been our best national security asset - in war and peace; in times of ease and in eras of upheaval.
Fidelity to our values is the reason why the United States of America grew from a small string of colonies under the writ of an empire to the strongest nation in the world."
"America must demonstrate that our values and institutions are more resilient than a hateful ideology".
Is that from the "President's" statement on Iran? No, GITMO.
"There is also no question that Guantanamo set back the moral authority that is America's strongest currency in the world".
No, Mistuh President, your position on Iran did that.
11:44 am: Obama's hypocrisy and brutal inhumanity in light of recent events shocks even the most jaded among us. Americans had to listen to his daily tongue lashing about our morals and values as a defense in closing GITMO (home to the worst war criminals), while admonishing us for the use of benign waterboarding in order to save thousands of American lives. Now, just weeks later, we watch Obama turn a blind eye to the horrible brutality, beatings and murder the Islamic regime (one that Obama says we must respect "even if we don't agree") is committing against people peacefully marching for liberty. He pledges to reward this regime with recognition.
One has to ask, why did this man run for President? The knee jerk reaction to such a question is, a man (or woman) runs for President because he loves America. It is becoming increasingly clear that Obama ran for President because he hates America and wants very much to "change" it.
It's now or never, fellas. John Bolton says what we are all thinking (and praying for):
With Iran's hard-line mullahs and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps unmistakably back in control, Israel's decision of whether to use military force against Tehran's nuclear weapons program is more urgent than ever.
Iran's nuclear threat was never in doubt during its presidential campaign, but the post-election resistance raised the possibility of some sort of regime change. That prospect seems lost for the near future or for at least as long as it will take Iran to finalize a deliverable nuclear weapons capability.
Accordingly, with no other timely option, the already compelling logic for an Israeli strike is nearly inexorable. Israel is undoubtedly ratcheting forward its decision-making process. President Obama is almost certainly not.
He still wants "engagement" (a particularly evocative term now) with Iran's current regime. Last Thursday, the State Department confirmed that Secretary Hillary Clinton spoke to her Russian and Chinese counterparts about "getting Iran back to negotiating on some of these concerns that the international community has." This is precisely the view of Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, reflected in the Group of Eight communique the next day. Sen. John Kerry thinks the recent election unpleasantness in Tehran will delay negotiations for only a few weeks.
Only those most theologically committed to negotiation still believe Iran will fully renounce its nuclear program. Unfortunately, the Obama administration has a "Plan B," which would allow Iran to have a "peaceful" civil nuclear power program while publicly "renouncing" the objective of nuclear weapons. Obama would define such an outcome as "success," even though in reality it would hardly be different from what Iran is doing and saying now.
In short, the stolen election and its tumultuous aftermath have dramatically highlighted the strategic and tactical flaws in Obama's game plan. With regime change off the table for the coming critical period in Iran's nuclear program, Israel's decision on using force is both easier and more urgent. Since there is no likelihood that diplomacy will start or finish in time, or even progress far enough to make any real difference, there is no point waiting for negotiations to play out. In fact, given the near certainty of Obama changing his definition of "success," negotiations represent an even more dangerous trap for Israel.
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