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A Telling Response

June 16th, 2009 by Myrhaf · 9 Comments · Foreign Affairs

The American people are getting a dramatic look at what is wrong with their president. The Iranian people are protesting a fraudulent election. In response, the regime of the mullahs is shooting them in the streets.

Obama cannot be moved to condemn the regime. Politico reports,

“It’s not productive, given the history of U.S.-Iranian relations, to be seen as meddling … in Iranian elections,” Obama said. “What I will repeat, and what I said yesterday, is when I see violence directed at peaceful protesters, when I see peaceful dissent being suppressed … it is of concern to me and it is of concern to the American people. That is not how governments should interact with their people, and it is my hope the Iranian people will make the right steps in order for them to be able to express their voices.”

As Jennifer Rubin notes, even President Sarkozy of France issued a stronger response.

Obama’s response is especially ludicrous since the mullahs already “meddled” in the Iranian election. What happened was just the pretense of an election — a show for world opinion — and Obama is aiding that pretense by repeating it. Obama is more worried about the perception of American meddling than he is about freedom for the Iranian people.

Obama has spent his life in the cloudcuckooland  of the left, running with such anti-American freaks as William Ayers and Jeremiah Wright. In cloudcuckooland, only America — and maybe South Africa and Israel — are capable of evil. All other nations are just misunderstood, especially those that have a grievance against capitalist-imperialist America.

So, while the rest of us are shocked and horrified by the repression in Iran, Obama’s ideology keeps him from feeling much emotion or issuing a strong condemnation. He is “concerned.” Any stronger response would be American bullying.

Obama is completely committed to his altruist premises. America, the most powerful nation in the world, must sacrifice to the rest of the world. America must not push around smaller nations.

Obama’s ideology makes him seem cold to the murder of actual Iranians. Oh, sure, he’s concerned — but not outraged. He serves higher values than individual people: collectivism and statism. (We see the same disregard for individual suffering in countries that have socialized medicine.)


UPDATE: Revision.

9 Comments so far ↓

  • Chuck

    “In cloudcuckooland, only America — and maybe South Africa and Israel — are capable of evil. ”

    You left out Taiwan, the renegade Chinese province.

  • Myrhaf

    Noted. Thanks, Chuck.

  • madmax

    Agreed as to Obama. But what is to be made of this Iranian people’s revolt? Is it about freedom? What do Iranians know about freedom? If they could, would they replace one set of dictators with another? Are they willing to see Islam demoted in cultural influence and to see a secular-only government? Somehow I have strong doubts as to that. Its terrible to see people slaughtered as is happening in Iran. But I’m not ready to say that the Iranian people are deserving of much sympathy.

  • Joseph Kellard

    I agree with Madmax. But, to put it more fundamentally, what does the opposition stand for in Iran? I have not read or seen much about Hussein Moussavi, who ran against Ahmadinejad and had the election stolen from him. I have heard and read that he is “conservative,” which I understand means, in the context of Iran, he is at least sympathetic to the ruling mullahs — the real power in Iran. This means he would be just as much a puppet to the regime as any “president,” including Ahmadinejad.

    While I enjoy seeing the protestors cause unrest in Iran, in this case over the obvious voter fraud, I long ago lost any sympathy for the Iranian people. They’ve proved themselves to be very ineffective in creating any real, substantive ideological or political change, and I don’t think they have much of an inkling as to what is freedom is or what is required to get it.

    That the president of France is siding with the protestors, while Obama is, at best, fence sitting, is deeply troubling. This is telling because, even if the opposition proves to be not much better than what exists now, that the president of the United States won’t side with them, even on the issue of obvious voter fraud, is just another example of his appeasement of the regime.

  • Betsy Speicher

    “America must not push around smaller nations.”

    … unless it’s Israel.

  • Myrhaf

    As Muslims, the Iranian people ideologically helpless — a little like American conservatives, who are disarmed by altruism. But there are a lot of Iranians who yearn for freedom, in however compromised a form. When you are ruled by a regime that stones women to death for adultery, it doesn’t take much love of freedom to oppose such a dictatorship. I heard a report once that Iranians have secret disco parties in their homes, where they dress and act like westerners.

    All the Iranian immigrants and their children that I have met here in California are secular.

    Betsy, you’re right. Obama will get tough on Israel. Of course, he saves his real toughness for American big businessmen. If you create wealth, Obama snarls and dictates how much money you make; if you’re a dictatorship that shoots people in the street, Obama kisses your ass.

  • Richard

    Even despite Obama’s weak response Iran is still accusing the US of “meddling” in it’s election.

  • Bill Brown

    Here’s a great editorial cartoon that captures Obama’s response:

  • Joseph Kellard

    Richard wrote: “Even despite Obama’s weak response Iran is still accusing the US of ‘meddling’ in it’s election.”

    It’s because of Obama’s weak reponse, in which he said he didn’t want to “meddle” in Iran’s elections, that Iran is accusing the US of exactly that. He left the door ajar and they used his own words to push it wide open.