Tyranny with a holy book

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President Obama risks much in not speaking out sooner or more forcefully against the Iranian government's violent crushing of democratic protests.

He could inadvertently be sending a message to the protesters that the world is not behind them -- which is simply not true.

He could be emboldening the Iranian regime to crack down harder on its people by his belated and meek scolding of it.

And he risks looking feckless to history, which may regard him as AWOL at a key moment in the human struggle for freedom.

Time will tell.

At best, he is looking naive.

"The last thing that I want to do is to have the United States be a foil for those forces inside Iran who would love nothing better than to make this an argument about the United States," the president said on CBS' The Early Show on Monday.

Mr. President, it doesn't matter what you do or say -- the Iranian regime will use hatred of the United States as a shroud behind which to imprison the Iranian people. There's nothing you can say that will change that, for good or ill.

Moreover, Mr. President, do you really want to tread lightly now in order to preserve the "privilege" of talking to Iran's rulers later? If so, watch out for the blood on their hands when you shake them.

And it's interesting that the president should want to avoid "interfering" in Iranian affairs now -- simply by speaking out in favor of democracy and freedom -- when it's a wholly unguarded secret that Iran interfered plenty in Iraq by sending over insurgents and bombs with which to kill American soldiers.

There's no moral equivalency.

The human story is nothing if not a tale of endless and often bloody struggles for freedom. That is what's going on in Iran today.

Champions for freedom aren't champions only when the going is easy. They don't worry about hurting the feelings of dictators and tyrants because it might endanger relations with them and make it less likely they'll talk to you all civil.

Americans are rising up to join Iranians in the streets. Now is a moment to seize, a chance that Iranians could, in part at least, throw off the tyranny of the mullahs. Why be shy about standing with them?

This isn't about a fraudulent election, although that's what sparked the uprising. It's about a people trying to break free from the religious tyranny of Iran's ruling clerics.

This country, too, was built on escape from tyranny; our Declaration of Independence was a list of grievances against the monarch. Any understanding of our own past necessarily colors how today's events in Iran must be seen.

How can we not fully and loudly support our Iranian friends in the same quest for freedom that we embarked on?

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jsherrill
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jsherrill 06/23/09 - 03:18 am
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President Obama has already

President Obama has already embraced his Islamic roots and he now does not want to hurt the feelings of his muslim brothers. I wonder, does President Obama know what the United States really stands for? Does Obama stand for anything?

overburdened_taxpayer
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overburdened_taxpayer 06/23/09 - 06:07 am
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jsherrill - yes Obama stands

jsherrill - yes Obama stands for something - the destruction of America as we know it.

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 06/23/09 - 06:29 am
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There's little or nothing

There's little or nothing Obama can do to influence Iran. While we wave at this will-of -the-wisp Obama continues to undercut the voice of the people with his Czar system and punish his inspector generals for doing their job (enforcing the law) and attempt to socialize the American economy. Let's concern ourselves with things we can change and not worry about things we can't. Remove this mad Marxist in 2012. Cripple him in 2010.

afadel
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afadel 06/23/09 - 06:29 am
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While the vast majority of us

While the vast majority of us sympathize with the protesters, I'm not sure what the editorial staff wants the US government to do. Does it it want a land invasion? Does it want aerial attacks? Does it want covert operations, including bombings and assassinations? Does it want to funnel weapons into rebel groups and turn the peaceful protests into an insurgency? The most important thing the U.S. government can do is declare a non-interventionist foreign policy and put our so-called allies Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Israel on notice that we will no longer support their human rights abuses and that we will cease diplomatic, military and financial support. The Daily Show last night broadcast recorded interviews with three Iranians before the elections who, since the elections, have been arrested. Later in the clip, a son of one of the detainees appears for a studio interview. Despite his opposition to the Ahmadinejad government, he does not call for more U.S. government intervention. http://bit.ly/8oeLp

Grasshopper
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Grasshopper 06/23/09 - 06:40 am
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Obama is letting a good

Obama is letting a good crisis go to waist. There is not a democratic nation, that I know of, that is openly making threats to America, or supporting terrorist act against Americans. It would be in our best interest if Iran were to become a democracy. Why doesn't Obama openly support a democratic Iran? Where is Joe Biden the foreign affairs guru?

ldsmith1
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ldsmith1 06/23/09 - 07:03 am
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Does the ACES really think

Does the ACES really think that Obama is, or aspires to be, a "champion of freedom"?

shivas
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shivas 06/23/09 - 07:09 am
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Yes, the Bush approach was so

Yes, the Bush approach was so succesful. Obama's election spoke more for the people of Iran than a bunch of ranting that ignites Iran's hate for America.

Grasshopper
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Grasshopper 06/23/09 - 07:32 am
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Shivas do you support

Shivas do you support Iranians crossing over the Iraqi border and killing American soldiers? Iran's civil unrest is a plus for the United States. Think about it! America needs to add fuel the fire of the civil unrest into a civil war. Let them kill each other, and not our American Soldiers in Iraq.

Lobosolo
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Lobosolo 06/23/09 - 07:49 am
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AC, you are adding to your

AC, you are adding to your irrelevance in this town.

HotFoot
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HotFoot 06/23/09 - 07:52 am
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Henry Kissinger, that bastion

Henry Kissinger, that bastion of liberalism and appeasement(NOT) says Obama is doing exactly the right thing. What can possibly be gained here by inserting ourselves into another country's internal strife? It was right that he voiced opposition to the crackdown on protesters, but beyond that, he should not venture. The truth is, WE DON'T KNOW what happened with the vote and by mouthing off about it we risk being made a scapegoat (as usual). Unless we're ready to send in military support for the protesters, which we clearly aren't, then we should bide our time and see what happens. Interesting that just a few months ago, these same Republicans calling for support for the people wanted to bomb bomb bomb bomb bomb Iran. Wonder what would have happened had they gotten their way? Not this uprising.

concernednative
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concernednative 06/23/09 - 08:12 am
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Pt, good to see you caught

Pt, good to see you caught Limbaugh yesterday all your posts are good repeats of him.

Niko Mahs
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Niko Mahs 06/23/09 - 08:13 am
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Maybe we should have just

Maybe we should have just left Iraq and gone into Iran. If the W were still in charge and that Vader Cheney then who knows how much they would have stretched the military even more. We have interfered in these oil countries enough. Let them solve their own problems.

southernguy08
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southernguy08 06/23/09 - 08:16 am
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Whoever is deemed the elected
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Whoever is deemed the elected leader really doesn't matter. The ayatollahs run that country, so who cares what idiot is sitting in the "president's" seat. By the way, both of these guys are anti-American...so even if the current president steps down, not likely to happen, we'd just be exchanging one hostile party for another. In a world full of crazies, the best policy is to have the biggest stick in the fight. Power is the only thing these lunatics respect.

teharper428
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teharper428 06/23/09 - 08:21 am
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In addition to Kissinger,

In addition to Kissinger, Sen. Richard Lugar (R) of Indiana,ranking republican on the Foreign Relations Committee and Brent Scowcroft, National Security Advisor to Pres. Ford and G.H.W. Bush agree that Pres. Obama is handling this well. They believe there are forces inside Iran who would love nothing more than to make this an argument about the U.S.

southernguy08
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southernguy08 06/23/09 - 08:36 am
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TEHARPER, FYI, the current
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TEHARPER, FYI, the current president has already accused the USA of "intollerable meddling."

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justthefacts 06/23/09 - 08:48 am
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Obama will come out a little

Obama will come out a little more forceful today @ his 12:30 appearance. He never seems quite sure of the proper approach until some time has passed and sees the reaction of others. He can then calculate the best political move.

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corgimom 06/23/09 - 08:48 am
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If the Middle Eastern

If the Middle Eastern countries would ever stop fighting each other and band together, they would rule the world's economy. It's in US interests to let them keep fighting. They have been fighting for 5,000 years, and they aren't about to stop now.

southernguy08
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southernguy08 06/23/09 - 08:54 am
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JUSTTHEFACTS, 12:30 eh? Is
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JUSTTHEFACTS, 12:30 eh? Is that when his teleprompter will be ready?

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Riverman1 06/23/09 - 09:10 am
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The last time there was a

The last time there was a revolution in Iran they installed the Ayatollah as the Supreme Leader with all the resulting trouble. Maybe this time they can simply say Allah is the only Supreme Leader and have a normal president led government with the voters having the power.

teharper428
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teharper428 06/23/09 - 09:43 am
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southern, if you're referring

southern, if you're referring to "intolerable meddling" in Iraq (by the former president), the majority of Americans would agree with that.

jack234
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jack234 06/23/09 - 09:58 am
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Had GW used a teleprompter

Had GW used a teleprompter maybe he wouldn't have destroyed the english language. We are so proud of weverything that Mr. President Obama is doing. Like Iran cares about any statement the prez might make concerning the election!! Teleprompter and jeremiah wright - is that all the nuts on the right have. Wow! Hello! Hello! Like we care about Jeremiah Hannity. HELLO! HELLO!

mad_max
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mad_max 06/23/09 - 10:00 am
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I'm not sure which approach

I'm not sure which approach is correct in this situation. True, if Obama comes out too strong it will be used to the advantage of the current regime. And even if Obama were to make a strong statement it would only encourage the protesters to get themselves killed. They do not have the weapons and they do not have the overwhelming support of the population to overthrow the mullahs. Iran is pretty much in the same situation as the US right now. There is about a 50/50 split, give or take, on what form of government they should have. In Iran, the mullahs will rig the elections until violently overthrown. In the US, ACORN (Community Organizers International), the unions, and the New Black Panthers will be rigging our's until.........overthrown.

jack234
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jack234 06/23/09 - 10:01 am
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McCain just wasn't equipped

McCain just wasn't equipped mentally to fix the mess GW left behind when he got on the helicopter and flew away never to be heard from again. We were so proud to see that bird leave Washington. HELLO! HELLO!

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KSL 06/23/09 - 10:02 am
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justthefacts, you made me

justthefacts, you made me laugh out loud!

jack234
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jack234 06/23/09 - 10:02 am
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We're not looking for another

We're not looking for another cowboy who wants to risk other parents children to prove a point. "I'm bad, bring it on" HELLO! HELLO!

jack234
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jack234 06/23/09 - 10:04 am
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We are so proud of the new

We are so proud of the new lovely first family. Those girls aren't out partying embarrasing the white house to no end. HELLO! HELLO! Real family values not just talk to get votes from the religious nuts on the right with their hidden agenda. HELLO! HELLO!

jack234
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jack234 06/23/09 - 10:11 am
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We are in control now, sit

We are in control now, sit back and let us govern and just enjoy the ride. By all means, support our wonderful Mr. President Obama as he tries to clean up the GW mess. Michael Steel is considering a run for president. Maybe the rep can rally behind him as he tries to "remake the republican party to be more inclusive" HELLO! HELLO! HELLO! I would be ashamed to admit that Rush was the spokesman for my party. Is that the best you can do? HELLO! HELLO!

jack234
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jack234 06/23/09 - 10:14 am
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I am really proud that Our

I am really proud that Our president Mr. Obama think things through before he decides the best course of action. I don't mean to reflect on the last 8 years - but I guess I did. HELLO! HELLO! HELLO! HELLO! one more HELLO! HELLO!

jack234
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jack234 06/23/09 - 10:20 am
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Local community organizers

Local community organizers have already started work on Mr. President Obama's re-election as we are so satisfied so far in such a short time. He's just amazing - he and the lovely first family. Michele is so proud of America. HELLO! HELLO And we're so proud of our lovely first lady. Dick Morris wrote a book in two weeks and some nit will buy it. Doew he have a neck? Check him out. HELLO! HELLO! HELLO! Obama has been good for his pocketbook. HELLO! HELLO! Glen Beck wrote a book and can't give it away. HELLO! HELLO! I might write one about the wonderful Obama years and the lovely first family and proud Michelle, HELLO! HELLO! Don't be bitter, just enjoyu Our new president and his new vision for OUR America. HELLO! HELLO!

southernguy08
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southernguy08 06/23/09 - 10:20 am
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Good morning JACK234. I see
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Good morning JACK234. I see you're up to your usual idiocy. HELLO! HELLO! Did you really need 4 posts in a row to show the rest of us your lack of brain cells? You must make the liberals so proud!

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