American Elephants

We Are Very,Very Concerned, but Not Enough For Us to Use Harsh Words. by The Elephant's Child

Authorities in Iran warned the opposition that they would tolerate no further protests over the disputed June 12 presidential election.  The Jerusalem Post reports that six Mousavi supporters were reportedly hanged in the holy city of Mashhad on Monday.  There was no independent confirmation of the report.

It was also reported that a prominent cleric gave a speech to protesters in which he acknowledged that the very act of speaking at the gathering would likely cost him his life.  Pro-Mousavi green bands have been declared illegal, and drivers who beeped their horns were apt to have their windshields broken by the Basji.

In a joint press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, President Obama said:

I would suggest Mr. Ahmadinejad think carefully about the obligations he owes to his own people.  And he might want to consider looking at the families of those who have been beaten or shot or detained.

Anne Bayefsky responds “Most of us are aware of the fact that Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has thought carefully about it (for three decades) and then decided both that the Iranian people have no rights to assemble or speak freely and that the Iranian government has a right to order that they be beaten, shot, and/or detained at will.

The next question was don’t the events of the past few weeks undermine your hopes for meaningful dialog, and aren’t you just losing time?  Obama responded”

On the Iranian issue, I think that we are still waiting to see how the situation in Iran plays out…We don’t yet know how any potential dialogue will have been affected until we see what’s happened inside of Iran.

Reporters pressed, and the president said that events in Iran will have no effect on his policy of engaging in dialogue with Iran.  Merkel went from the current events in Iran to say:

We would like to have a diplomatic solution to preventing Iran from gaining possession of a nuclear weapon.  So I completely agree with the president here…I think we can be successful in the Middle East [peace] process , and then be successful in our talks with Iran.

There’s more pandering from assorted members of the administration, but it is clear that they simply do not grasp that a president who has denied that the Holocaust ever happened,  has advocated the elimination of the Jewish state, is determined to acquire weapons of mass destruction, and blithely beats, shoots and hangs any internal opposition might just possibly be completely resistant to the Obama charm offensive.

Meanwhile, as troops withdraw from the cities in Iraq, General Ray Odierno, the top US military commander in Iraq accused Iran of continuing to support and train militants who are carrying out attacks in Iraq.  But if we ask Ahmadinejad really, really nicely maybe he’ll stop.

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