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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Like Falling Off a Log

Since, as predicted, Mr. Hope and Change has sided with the corrupt and entrenched thug-leadership of Iran rather than with those who yearn to breathe free, now is the time for all good lefties to come to the aid of their party and commence the trashing of the Iranian freedom fighters. I suggest the they enlist the aid of Michael Moore: anybody who would portray Saddam Hussein's reign of terror in Iraq as an era of peace, prosperity and children flying kites before the American tanks rolled in should have no trouble at all depicting those believing in freedom of speech, equal rights for women, due process--that sort of thing--as fascist reactionaries.

UPDATE: The president addressed the Iran uprising at a press conference this morning, with a statement that began
I have made it clear that the United States respects the sovereignty of the Islamic Republic of Iran, and is not at all interfering in Iran’s affairs. But we must also bear witness to the courage and dignity of the Iranian people, and to a remarkable opening within Iranian society. And we deplore violence against innocent civilians anywhere that it takes place.

The Iranian people are trying to have a debate about their future. Some in the Iranian government are trying to avoid that debate by accusing the United States and others outside of Iran of instigating protests over the elections. These accusations are patently false and absurd. They are an obvious attempt to distract people from what is truly taking place within Iran’s borders. This tired strategy of using old tensions to scapegoat other countries won’t work anymore in Iran. This is not about the United States and the West; this is about the people of Iran, and the future that they – and only they – will choose.
My translation: "If the legitimate government of Iran would have the simple decency to crush this rebellion swiftly and discretely it will have nothing to fear from the United States and business may continue as usual."

I wonder what President's backup plan is, however, if the Iranian government is brought down.

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