Where Is My Vote?
The above picture says it all regarding the attempt by Ahmadinejad and his mullah puppet-masters to steal the Presidential election in Iran. Thus far the dithering statements by Obama on this matter are well-parodied by the indispensable Iowahawk here.
If Obama would like to make a speech that truly indicates where America stands, I suggest the following:
As I speak to you tonight, the fate of a proud and ancient nation hangs in the balance. They have been betrayed by their own government.
The men who rule them fear the very freedom that the Iranian people cherish. They have answered the stirrings of liberty with brute force, killings and mass arrests. The target of this repression is the dissident movement, but in attacking the Iranian dissidents their enemies attack an entire people. By persecuting the dissidents, the Iranian Government wages war against its own people.
I urge the Iranian Government to consider the consequences of their actions. How can they possibly justify using naked force to crush a people who ask for nothing more than the right to lead their own lives in freedom and dignity? Brute force may intimidate, but it cannot form the basis of an enduring society, and the ailing Iranian economy cannot be rebuilt with terror tactics.
Iran needs cooperation between its government and its people, not military oppression. If the Iranian Government will honor the commitments it has made to human rights in international agreements, we in America will gladly do our share to help the shattered Iranian economy, just as we helped the countries of Europe after both World Wars.
But if the forces of tyranny in Iran do not relent, they should prepare themselves for serious consequences. Already, throughout the Free World, citizens have publicly demonstrated their support for the Iranian people. Our government, and those of our allies, have expressed moral revulsion at the police state tactics of Iran’s oppressors. Islamic leaders in Iran have also spoken out, in spite of threats and intimidation. But our reaction cannot stop there.
I want emphatically to state tonight that if the outrages in Iran do not cease, we cannot and will not conduct “business as usual” with the perpetrators and those who aid and abet them. Make no mistake, their crime will cost them dearly in their future dealings with America and free peoples everywhere. I do not make this statement lightly or without serious reflection.
We have been measured and deliberate in our reaction to the tragic events in Iran. We have not acted in haste, and the steps I will outline tonight and others we may take in the days ahead are firm, just, and reasonable. To underscore our fundamental opposition to the repressive actions taken by the Iranian Government against its own people, we are imposing a broad range of economic sanctions against Iran, and we’re proposing to our allies the further restriction of high technology exports to Iran.
These actions are not directed against the Iranian people. They are a warning to the Government of Iran that free men cannot and will not stand idly by in the face of brutal repression. To underscore this point, I’ve written a letter to President Ahmadinejad. In it, I outlined the steps we’re taking and warned of the serious consequences if the Iranian Government continues to use violence against its populace. I’ve urged him to free those in arbitrary detention, to lift martial law, and to restore the internationally recognized rights of the Iranian people to free speech and association.
There is a spirit of solidarity abroad in the world tonight that no physical force can crush. It crosses national boundaries and enters into the hearts of men and women everywhere. In factories, farms, and schools, in cities and towns around the globe, we the people of the Free World stand as one with our Iranaian brothers and sisters. Their cause is ours, and our prayers and hopes go out to them this evening.
I am sure our readers will have no problem determining what speech the above address is based on. The Iranian government, and those Iranian protesters in the streets going up barehanded against armed thugs, are each, in their own way, reminding Americans again how precious our freedom is. If our current government isn’t going to speak out clearly on the slaughter underway in Iran, then ordinary Americans will have to do so.
A great source to keep track of what is happening in Iran is here.
Update I: Apparently even Clinton and Biden are pressuring Obama to take a firmer tone in regard to Iran.