Posted by: Inside-Out Peace | June 25, 2009

Obama’s Reactions On Iran Have Been Perfect

I’m getting really frustrated with people who criticize Obama’s reactions to the Iranian election protests, and say the US should be more “involved”.  The US was “involved” in 1953 and we have still not regained any credibility there since.  (If you don’t know what I’m referring to, read All The Shah’s Men by Stephen Kinzer.)

Anything we might do would only undermine the protesters, not help them.  Any hint of US involvement would take away the ownership they rightfully feel over their own election.  It would give Ahmadinejad and Khamenei the “out” of opposing the US rather than facing and addressing the legitimate complaints of Moussavi’s supporters.  The US must not give them that option.

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  1. I agree. I laughed when he just came out and said that he wasn’t taking Ahmadinejad’s request for an apology seriously. I mean really, nobody just calls people out like that anymore. It was awesome.

    “I don’t take Mr. Ahmadinejad’s statements seriously about apologies, particularly given the fact that the United States has gone out of its way not to interfere with the election process in Iran.”

    In all seriousness though I really hope this ends well. The middle east needs an example of a stable country where the people were able to elicit change in the face of a repressive theocracy.


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