Monday, June 22, 2009

Ist Obama "Ein Tehraner"?

While the, once prudent, EU leaders like Brown, Sarkozy, and Merkel now openly crticise IRI brutalities against Iranian civil demonstrators, Obama remains reluctant. on Iran’s disputed election, Obama said in his last interview in CNBC "not productive, given the history of U.S.-Iranian relations, to be seen as meddling." This seems an outdated excuse, especially for the Iranian youth who are challenging the Ahamadinejad's re-election as a result of a "coup" plotted by the IRI.

Mr. Obama can be rightfully sorry for the 1953 coup, but his sorriness does not justify his reluctance toward another coup, namely the IRI 2009 coup. Obama’s position on IRI's post-election brutalities seems an option which is not followed by many human rights activists, US politicians, and even some of his fellow Democrats, including his cabinet members like Clinton and Binden.

How about the values of human rights, what was an apparent tradition, if not a lip service, of his fellow Democrats, Kennedy, Carter, and Al Gore?

A 48-year-old President Kennedy’s sentence “Ich bin ein Berliner” is known by any school kid in Germany. It has been repetitively mentioned during President Obama’s two visits of Germany both before and after his election.

Millions of Tehrani demonstrators who now brace for recognition of their fair struggles would ask themselves if Obama finally speaks up saying "Ich bin ein Tehraner"?


  1. It is precisely because of the US' previous interference in Iranian affairs that Obama is being careful to not be preceived as meddling now. The US has to be prepared to deal with whatever government Iran has. We are all enthusiastically rooting for the opposition, but on an official level President Obama, regardless of his personal opinions, cannot publically or he would be playing into the hand of the current government. That said, I would not like to see him make the mistake that Carter did. I am sure if it appears that the Iranian people are going to be able to stage another revolution, President Obama will welcome the opportunity to deal with a more democratic Iran.

  2. I have written blogs on the Tacoma News Tribune "In Your Neighborhood" blogsite and my own "The View From My Broom" linking this site to those and encouraging other Americans to speak up regarding their support for your fight for a more free and democratic Iran.

  3. Every single person in America, conservative and liberal, wants the opposition to succeed. It may be the first event in a long time which has united all Americans.

    The fear is that the dictatorship will use open American support as "western interference" to crack down harder -God knows we've interfered with Iran and orchestrated the government to suit us in the past. Also, it seems we've lost all credibility on this front after our disastrous "regime change" policies under Bush. We can't impose democracy, but it is awe inspiring to watch it grow from the roots up

    From Andrew Sullivan's blog on Obama's last speech on Iran

    "Did you notice how many times he invoked the word "justice" in his message? That's the word that will resonate most deeply with the Iranian resistance. What a relief to have someone with this degree of restraint and prudence and empathy - refusing to be baited by Khamenei or the neocons, and yet taking an eloquent stand, as we all do, in defense of freedom and non-violence. The invocation of MLK was appropriate too. What on earth has this been but, in its essence, a protest for voting rights? Above all, the refusal to coopt their struggle for ours, because freedom is only ever won, and every democracy wil be different: this is an act of restraint that is also a statement of pure confidence in the power of a free people."

  4. Also, I read that the headline in Kayhan said "$400 Million CIA Budget For Creating Riots After The Election"

    The US should do everything it can to not lend any legitimacy to such a lie.