Comment Last Three
June 16, 2009
Why is Obama not supporting the Iranian people who want democracy and thought they were voting in a contested election? Is it Chicago politics? Is it being afraid of the power brokers in Iran? Is it that he wants to deal with the hardliners concerning nuclear weapons? Why won't the President stand up to Ahmadinejad?
Last Friday's Iranian presidential election yielded a result that should surprise few who understand the regime's true nature: hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was declared the winner, by a landslide. The normal citizens who voted for change did not get change, but more oppression. Is it like our election where we are getting more socialism and big government and not the "hope and change" we thought?
Many Iranians had supported Mir Hossain Mousavi, whose foreign policy largely resembled Ahmadinejad's, albeit with less confrontational rhetoric. The apparent competition between incumbent Ahmadinejad and three other candidates led many foreign observers to believe that Iran's election would actually reflect the will of the voters. Iran's government is not a true democracy but a theocratic dictatorship that cloaks the rule of the ayatollahs with a facade of representative government so many are not surprised at this outcome.
Many in the US want our President to denounce the elections and indicate U.S. support for the demonstrators, but it is not happening. By having the people of Iran rise up and question this type of government, we will get change, but we have to support this change on an international level. Where is our CIA with covert operations?
Mousavi and his supporters are challenging the election's outcome on the grounds that the presidency was stolen from him by a state-controlled media and dictator. Even the French have come out in support of the Iranian people.
The Ayatollah Ali Khamenei must be challenged by the President of the United States on the election and nuclear weapons.