Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Recounting Iranian votes, discounting Iranian desperation

It was all too predictable what the recount of Iranian presidential votes was going to show. Hey presto, Allah kazah, Allah kazam: A Guardian Council recount of 10 percent of the vote confirms the June 12 election results.

So what?  The reason to support the Iranian protestors wasn’t because they were saying “Where’s My Vote?”  It was because they were also and much more importantly saying “Death to the Ayatollah!” It was because they were saying “We Want Freedom!” It was because they were saying "Death to the Government" to a government who urgently needs a bullet.

In the words of Glenn Beck, “This was not about votes.  It was about freedom.” Or if I may quote myself,

Principled government is not built on majority rule, but on individual rights.  Hanging your hat on the verisimilitude of a vote is not the way to bring freedom to Iran, or to anywhere.  Freedom is not a popularity contest, it’s a human birthright.

That was true last week and it’s just as true today, even if the protestors have now been shot off the streets of Tehran (and are now being pursued by the more sophisticated brutality of the secret police), just as their protests have now been swept away in a recount as bogus as the original count.

And where was Obambi Obama?  As Debi Ghate says at the Voices of Reason blog:

As the protests in Iran begin to dwindle, and the usual accusations of “American interference” are launched by Tehran, I can’t help but wonder what today’s news would have been had America responded differently to the situation. I can’t help but wonder what a different message from President Obama would have led to.

The following is a fictitious speech. It is the speech that only a President acting on a foreign policy that properly defends the rights of its own citizens – a foreign policy of self-interest – could make.

“Ladies and Gentlemen, I am here to address events of great significance to the American people. Over the past few days, we have borne witness to the murdering, beating, silencing and intimidation of the Iranian people by a theocratic regime clenching its iron fist to retain power. I strongly condemn these unjust actions of the Iranian regime.

It is time for us to be unequivocal. It is time for America to recognize its past errors. It is time for the United States to make it clear that it does not recognize the sovereignty of the Islamic Republic of Iran. Its current Supreme theocratic leader and his sub commanders are not a legitimate regime. The fact is that Iran has not had a legitimate government worthy of our recognition for decades. The country has been ruled by a series of murdering clerics who seized power, outside of any legitimate political means. They were not chosen through any representative process. They are dictators of the worst kind.

Yet the Iranian regime deserves our immediate, uncompromising attention. This theocracy has repeatedly, for decades, declared itself an enemy of America and has openly acted in violence against our citizens.  It is a standard-bearer of Islamic totalitarianism, the movement that Osama bin Laden and others, avow to kill us, and themselves, for. We’ve known it of Iran since they took our embassy staff hostage in 1979. The regime in Tehran is the spiritual inspiration for the ideology behind the horrific attacks on our soil on September 11th. Americans have not forgotten those attacks and who is ultimately responsible for them. We have nothing to say to the Iranian regime except to say that we will no longer repeat our grave errors of the past. We know what you stand for. And we will never again forget what we stand for.

But we do have much to say to the brave men and women in Iran who have taken to the streets to voice their opposition to the self-appointed Supreme leader. We have much to say, and offer, to the people of Iran, who are now declaring to anyone who will listen that this regime does not represent them.

To those among you who have stood up in the face of threats and intimidation; to those among you who have said “We will continue to speak even if you, Supreme leader, claim that Allah forbids it”; to those among you who are saying that it is time for freedom in Iran—we say you have our support. You have our encouragement, and our sanction. We will help you – and we will offer you our moral and financial support. And yes, if it comes to it, we will offer you military support to the best of our ability. You see, we share your goal of ending the theocracy in Iran and of eliminating the threat it poses to freedom-cherishing nations, including our own. We have had the moral right to end it for decades; you not only have the right, you have the moral fortitude to finally end it. We will help you do what we were unwilling to do ourselves, for both of our sakes.

To those in Iran who genuinely, and desperately, seek liberty: you have the opportunity to fight for the creation of a freer nation, a nation founded on principles that protect the rights of each individual. As America once fought for its independence, so can you. Life, liberty, property and the pursuit of happiness: these are your inalienable rights and the time is now to fight for the creation of a nation that upholds these principles.

It will not be easy and our thoughts are with you as you face imminent danger and uncertainty. We know it will take courage and conviction. But to you, the true friend of freedom, we say that you have taken an important first step.  You have rejected the iron fist that smashes you down through religious rule. You have spoken; stand firm, and we will stand with you.”

Sadly, those words were never spoken.  While Iranians were chanting “We Want Freedom!” the putative leader of the free world was looking the other way; while they were shouting “Death to the Ayatollah!” apostle of “change” was still trying to talk to the apostle of Islamic totalitarianism; while they were saying, at risk of their own lives, "Death to the Government" he was seeking a way to appease that government – a government  responsible for brutalising its citizens -- and the rest of the Middle East

And now the opportunity of a “Tehran Spring” has gone, possibly for ever. Pissed away in the meek capitulation of appeasement.  A small, flickering light of liberty appeared in the east, was ignored, was snuffed out, and is now gone. Perhaps for good.

But in years to come when Iran’s ruling mullahs are rattling their nuclear sabre in the name of the darkness they represent, remember this moment when a small flame of freedom could have lit up that darkness, but you were too busy to notice and you turned away instead.

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9 Comments:

Anonymous Beehive said...

Where is Ruth to give us some indepth info about Iran, since she claimed that her US Consulate mates do dine with her (& family) on a regular basis over the last 15 years or so, therefore she is frequently being briefed on classify info that us (general public) or news media don't know about.

Ruth, please tell us more. Just update us with the latest from the US Consulate.

6/30/2009 01:21:00 pm  
Anonymous twr said...

Great speech. Great shame.

6/30/2009 01:44:00 pm  
Anonymous LGM said...

Beehive

You know it!

Still, I reckon she knows shit. Damnarsebackwards nothing. And what she does "know" she made up herself.

You won't get a reply (certainly not a sensible answer to your questions). Hey she's probably too busy having dinner with the consulate pet turtle- probably trying to pick its brains.

LGM

6/30/2009 03:01:00 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ahh fuck it. Let's face it: saying that is about the only thing that would unite the fucked-up cuntry behind Armed-Dinner-Jacket.

Much simpler to strategically reduce all Iraq nuclear sites to glowing, radioactive, rubble now and follow with Pakistan right away!

It doesn't matter if they hate us if they ain't got nukes - and if we kill 1000 for every 1 they kill.

6/30/2009 04:25:00 pm  
Anonymous Frankie Lee said...

Nothing Obama said would have made any difference unless he was prepared to intervene in Iran; which he wasn't.

At any rate, the regime may not have been toppled, but it's been exposed as rotting from the inside. Sooner or later, it will collapse from within.

6/30/2009 06:11:00 pm  
Anonymous Sus said...

"Nothing Obama said would have made any difference unless he was prepared to intervene in Iran; which he wasn't."

You don't believe that 'the pen is mightier than the sword', FL?

7/01/2009 10:41:00 am  
Anonymous Frankie Lee said...

Well , I do believe that the pen is ultimately mightier than the sword. But I think that particular pen will wield more strength if it's Iranians holding it.

Lets face it, the mullahs would like nothing more than to portray themsleves as standing up to the great satan, and since Obama is not going to invade Iran they would have little difficulty calling his bluff.

We could have wound up with a repeat of '91 when Bush encouraged the Shiites and Kurds to rebel against Hussein and then failed to provide any support.

Just my opinion.

7/01/2009 01:02:00 pm  
Anonymous Sus said...

Fair enough.

7/01/2009 02:35:00 pm  
Anonymous LGM said...

Frankie

What occurred in Iran was a power struggle between the Mullahs (who have been able to get very wealthy since the "revolution") and Mr Dinner-jacket's mob. A third group, which was the younger urban city people want quit of the banal tyrannies of both gangs. They were used. As they are a small monority, they got done in. What their protesting got used for was to force the grand poohbah chief mad religo mullah to declare the "election" fair and back the result (even though he didn't want to do that). Deals behing closed doors type of thing. And about as honest as you could expect.

What Obama failed to state was that he is the President of a country based on the political ideal of Freedom. He should have spoken up and explained that. He needed to declare that recognising people's freedom was the only moral way to live. Therefore the objectives and behaviours of both the religo mad mullahs and the collectivist tyrants were illegitimate, not valid. Those who had taken to the street to protest were in the right. He should have stated that the tyranny residing in Iran was not recognised. He should have stated that.

Now sure, Dinnerjacket man would have done the "I'm standing up to 'Merica" routine because that the only act that chicken-strangler has got. The President would reply, "You are not standing up for any ideal. You have been standing upon the backs of an enslaved people. Be gone." Keep repeating how these guys are theives and criminals. Let internal dissent build. Support the intellectuals who call for freedom. Freedom- promote it and keep promoting it conisitently. Let the tyrants undermine themselves with their own actions and statements as the people realise just how wrong those morons are.

Now this is going to take a while to achieve the desired result. That doesn't make it any less important to start speaking out immediately. Trouble is Obama is not a supporter of freedom. He is a collectivisor and an enslaver himself. That's the reason he is mute. There will be a cost...


LGM

7/02/2009 08:08:00 am  

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