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I’m sorry Iran…

June 22, 2009
Pretty sure I never thought THOSE words would be coming out of me.
But you know, when they are over there fighting for their freedoms and watching people die in the streets:

And our president can’t manage to do a damn thing except go out for ice cream:

I just can’t help but feel infuriated for them.

Do I think it’s our JOB to do anything? No. Certainly not.

Do I think that as the symbol of democracy to the entire planet, we have a responsibility to do more than make a statement about the horrors of what is going on there? Damn right I do.

What kind of leader is Barack Obama? Well, I guess I’d be able to answer that if he was any kind of leader at all. But he’s not.

Just let Iran rot, Mr. President. I hope you enjoyed your ice cream.

~T the D

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7 Comments leave one →
  1. The Employed Unemployed permalink
    June 22, 2009 1:17 pm

    But … ice cream is so delicious.

    Honestly, what is Obama going to do? He is using harsh words … woo! Perhaps he may even put in a swear word to make for some interesting television. You know, the kind of thing the media will lap up for an entire month.

    I feel for the people of Iran who do not think the election was fair. They have every right to display their anger in a non-violent way, but we cannot force this country to do anything.

  2. T the D permalink
    June 22, 2009 1:55 pm

    I'm not saying we go in there with guns blazing, but certainly there is more for our country to do than sit back and see if this thing flushes out. We have an opportunity to help those people realize their desire of a TRULY free country. Instead, we get disingenuous comments and a trip to the custard shop. Barack Obama disgusts me.

    ~T the D

  3. June 23, 2009 3:43 am

    You're unhappy with what the President is doing, but you never suggest what he might do that would be enough to satisfy you.

    No military action, which is good since the conflict over there hasn't reached that point yet, and our military is strained enough as it is.

    We haven't had much in the way of diplomatic relations since the Revolution over there.

    Trade? Eh, we don't trade all that much with Iran. Squeezing the country with strong-armed economic sanctions will only cause the people fighting and dying for their freedoms to suffer. Not only that but making such a thing happen would take a considerable amount of time.

    Who says the Iranians want our help? Iranians have a strong sense of history and they are proud people. If we, in whatever way would please you, helped them out, would they express gratitude or would they accuse us of meddling in their affairs? There have been indicators that those in power are not all on the same page. If indeed there was a schism in the leadership, there would be no reason to expect another Tiananmen Square. This is not to say that the conflict won't be bloody. I don't see any way to avoid that, but people die every day for things not nearly as noble as freedom. Every Persian that gives his or her life for this cause will be celebrated as a martyr.

    The entire world is captivated by what's happening in Iran. People all around the world are helping. It's not just Americans opening up new proxies for the people there to have ways to communicate amongst themselves and to give us their stories.

    I, too, feel for the people there throwing rocks while being shot at and sprayed with nasty chemicals. I, too, wish there was more that we could do to help them. The reality is a country like China could be far more influential, and what do you suppose the chances are we could get China to move on this with any force and speed?

    This is a complex situation. Nobody knows how it will end, and it's in our country's best interest to be ready to react, no matter what the outcome. If we crossed the Rubicon, committed an act that squarely placed us on the side of the Revolutionaries, and they failed, what would that do to our efforts to halt the Iranian nuclear program?

    Besides, while the President makes speeches, how do you know we don't have elements in and around the area helping out covertly? If this regime is toppled, and Iran becomes a shining beacon of democracy and Western ideas, I think it would be a safe bet to assume we had an invisible hand in making it possible.

    Things are not always so cut and dried.

  4. Wakefield Tolbert permalink
    June 23, 2009 10:08 am

    E:

    Who says the Iranians want our help?

    They want moral support. That's all. That's why the signs are in English.

    The rest, as they say, will be history.

    The leaders of the Iran in Morning After mode are the ones getting shot at. Should most survive and persist, the society will change from Mullah rule to something more democratic, which is ALSO in their long line of culture and history, though obviously in some form other than that of, say, Vermont.

    No one said things are cut and dried to everyone's satisfaction.

    That kind of thinking is an Obama-esque set up that he is fond of when he says, falsely "some people say X(fill in the false claim)"

    …and always most unlikely.

  5. June 23, 2009 6:18 pm

    Wakefield,

    I agree with your sentiment. The Iranians want to do this their way, and the indications seem to be that they will. Sides seem to be forming, and whether or not everyone is a believer or just an opportunist, I welcome whatever aid might come to transition from the harsh theocracy to a more democratic form of governance.

    It would be nice to have better relations with a strong country in the region. Not that I see a sort of reverse domino effect of religious tolerance and freedom taking place because of it. Plus, have you seen their women? Hummina hummina!

    Time will tell.

  6. Anonymous permalink
    June 27, 2009 11:03 am

    In fairness, he does look very stern holding his bag of ice cream.

    Grady

  7. T the D permalink
    June 27, 2009 11:24 am

    I think he's just constipated actually.

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