Filed under: Foreign Policy, Middle East, National Security, Politics | Tags: Democrat Demagogues, Politics, Terrorism
It is baffling to consider President Obama’s vapid reaction to the uprising in Iran. Even Congress was a embarrassed and pressed him to condemn the Iranian government’s response to the insurgents. Both houses of Congress voted overwhelmingly to condemn the actions by the Iranian government against demonstrators and moves to shut down the internet and cell phone communications.
The Iranian regime is a nuclear-obsessed tyranny that has threatened regularly to exterminate Israel and to re-establish a world-wide Caliphate including American soil. Gosh, if we respond firmly, we might be accused of interfering, or imperialism. Oh, wait, they already did. The cry from Iran is always “Death to America.” If we were firm, who knows what the Iranian government might say. And the Europeans and the media, what would they say? And why would we care?
Why is it necessary after 230 years to remind anyone in our own government that Americans stand for liberty? We have a principled stand for freedom, democracy, free and fair elections and human rights. It was true in 1776, when a good many Americans put their lives on the line, and over and over again. It has been true in many parts of the world: in the Philippines, in France, in Berlin and Poland, in Kosovo and Kuwait, Afghanistan and Iraq. On Friday, President Obama spoke up to say that the huge demonstrations all over Iran “are not something that has to do with the outside world.” Yes, that’s why so many of the signs that the brave, unarmed protesters carried were in English.
Obama did call, Saturday, on the Iranian government to “stop all violent and unjust actions against its own people.” He is supposedly trying to preserve the possibility of negotiating directly with the Iranian government over its nuclear program, its links to terrorism and presumably its interference in Afghanistan and Iraq, Lebanon, Israel, Palestine and elsewhere in the Middle East. The Iranian government has said it has no interest in meeting with President Obama, but hope, as they say, springs eternal.
Victor Davis Hanson has some wise suggestions for Obama, and some possible answers as to why Obama is avoiding the opportunities for supporting freedom that this rebellion has offered.
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