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War Of Words Between Washington And Tehran Makes Life Tough For Election Protesters

One one hand President Obama and other Western leaders were pretty much forced into issuing stronger, yet careful condemnations of the suppression of dissent and violence in Iran. On the other hand, some like John McCain only proved that by forcing the President's hand, Tehran would only act with more violence against the demonstrators. This is the catch-22 here; Washington had to be cautious not to appear to meddling in Iran's internal politics. On the other hand Washington couldn't hardly allow the violence to continue to soar out out of control in Iran.

Now Tehran and Ahmadinejad seems to be relishing in violence and abuse against the protesters, not only to create a climate of fear at home, but also just to defy Washington and Western states that abhor the violence. Tehran is forcing phony confessions out of the protesters, forcing them to claim that they have been influenced by foreign governments or other influences. This cycle of abuse was almost inevitable. Washington was appalled by the situation in Iran and the rigged election, and the peaceful protests that were brutally suppressed by goon squads loyal to the Ahmadinejad government. But when some like John McCain forced the president's hand to speak out more strongly, then this only worsened the situation for the protesters in Iran, and might have prevented a possible successful revolt against the government because too much American involvement was the worst possible thing for what needed to entirely be a homegrown and domestic internal political struggle within Iran. Iran_gay.jpg

Some who wondered what John McCain would be like as president got a pretty good clue from this Iran situation. McCain would have been quick to say too much against Tehran, and would have brought even quicker and worse violence against the peaceful protesters. Yet regardless, Washington really needed to say something about the situation there. Still the world community should prepare for stories of torture and for some public executions by the Tehran government of some protesters very soon. Domestically this will promote fear and keep order at home in Iran. But it is also meant just to anger and provoke Washington as well. All of this is why dealing with Iran is so difficult.

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Comments (7)


Protesters are being gunned down in the street daily. They are being hung. And this started before Obama made his first "measured" statement.

McCain would have been on the right side from the start.

It's really going to frost you folks when Bush is revered in the Middle East 20 years from now and Obama is hated.

Lee Ward:

History will judge that Bush beget Ahmadinejad.

Destabilizing the middle east with a phony "war on terror" that openly labeled Iran as the next target for Bush's attack on the Muslim nation produced an ultra-conservative backlash in Iran that put Ahmadinejad in power.

What we're seeing in Iran today is just another example of the "Bush/Project for a New American Century" doctrine.

Prediction: It's going to take 20 years to bring peace to the Middle East.

Prediction: You won't see a Republican President in the U.S. during the next 20 years.


If Obama was 'right', why did he change his position so many times?


Prediction: there will be no peace in the Middle East until Iran is either overthrown (unlikely) or undergoes a bloody revolution (might be starting now).

Prediction: Obama will lose re-election due to poor perfromance relating to inflation and unemployment.

Prediction: Obama will continue to stick his finger in the air to figure out where he should be on foreign affairs.

Observation: Obama has already failed JFK: "In the long history of the world, only a few generations have been granted the role of defending freedom in its hour of maximum danger. I do not shrink from this responsibility - I welcome it."


Prediction: There will never be peace in the Middle East. Thier culture has not changed in thousands of years regardless of Boosh.

Lee Ward:

Bush certainly made things worse, and we have an obligation to the nation of Israel to try to make it better.

Bush failed to make it better. I hope Obama can.

Rich Fader:

Tough? They're already killing their people. How does it get tougher...they kill the dead folks again?

Here's a thought: Maybe the mullahcracy just likes to beat and shoot and stone people who don't obey them. In which case, blaming John McCain for that is sort of like blaming Bill Clinton's Republican critics, or Mark Sanford's Democrat critics, because those gents like to chase the strange.


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