Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Did Obama addressed dictatorship regime of Iran in his inaugural speech?

Well, let's quote some of Obama's Inauguration speech and see what exactly he said towards Iran and/or other countries:

We are the keepers of this legacy. Guided by these principles once more, we can meet those new threats that demand even greater effort -- even greater cooperation and understanding between nations. We will begin to responsibly leave Iraq to its people, and forge a hard-earned peace in Afghanistan. With old friends and former foes, we will work tirelessly to lessen the nuclear threat, and roll back the specter of a warming planet. We will not apologize for our way of life, nor will we waver in its defense, and for those who seek to advance their aims by inducing terror and slaughtering innocents, we say to you now that our spirit is stronger and cannot be broken; you cannot outlast us, and we will defeat you.
Does he considers Iran a new threat that demands even greater effort? As he said, he will work tirelessly to lessen the nuclear threat. So Iran is a threat and he wants to meet it by greater cooperation and understanding between nations.Seems he addressed terrorists too by promising defeat.
To the Muslim world, we seek a new way forward, based on mutual interest and mutual respect. To those leaders around the globe who seek to sow conflict, or blame their society's ills on the West: Know that your people will judge you on what you can build, not what you destroy. To those who cling to power through corruption and deceit and the silencing of dissent, know that you are on the wrong side of history; but that we will extend a hand if you are willing to unclench your fist.
I am not sure about last line here though. Those leaders who he addressed here usually have a fist hand towards US and Iron fist towards people. So is Obama going to shake hand with those corrupted government if they unclench fists towards the US?! I hope I got it wrong and I hope this administration do not sacrifice Iranian's interest by making ally from Islamic dictators in Iran.

Anyhow, as fellow blogger Iranian Freedom put nicely together:
Often - when some tragic mishap befalls the US or when some act of terror or aggression is carried out against the American people - the clerical leadership in Iran will characterize it as “yet another slap in the face” or “another punch the chin” of the Great Satan. If it means anything to this hateful regime, the election of Barack Obama to the presidency of the United States is truly a “slap in the face” or “punch in the chin” of the Islamic Republic of Iran.
Yay, Islamic regime in Iran got the first slap in the face.


  1. Hey this is ganselmi from Iranian Freedom - thanks for the quote.

    I think Obama's hands in terms of dealing with Iran are tied by Iraq and Afghanistan. Iran has to play ball if the two are to reach even a minimally stable status once Coalition forces leave. That means the US will have to give the IRI some security guarantees, etc. The only issue where the US won't back down will be the nuclear one. On other issues (i.e. democratization), they have very little room to practically maneuvre, which is very sad.

    But that's why the realms of rhetoric, culture, and perception will be that much more important. Obama can and will play a role against the regime but only as signifier/symbol. (Witness how the Chinese gov't censored the abovementioned parts of his address!)

    This is my hope.

  2. Well, Thank you. it was a nice writing and I found good use here. Thanks again.

    Yeah, I just hope for the best too. We have to wait and see, how is it gonna turn!