Saturday, June 27, 2009

Iranian Protestations

The Iranians are protesting and marching in the streets over a fraudulent vote. They voted recently in an election and felt, correctly, like their vote counted for nothing. They are marching for a voice, for freedom. And for this, what do they get? They are being plowed down like animals, shot and thrown off bridges. This is happening so far away, and Iranians are so different from us. Should we care? We can learn many lessons from the Iranians.

So what was this fraudulent election all about? You need first to understand the power structure in Iran. Iran is controlled first and foremost by (supposedly) Allah (God). Under God, Iran is controlled by the supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Khamenei has all of the control over everything that matters. Then there is a 12 man Guardian Council. Under this is an 88 member Assembly of Experts, and finally is the president. The president can actually do nothing and is completely subordinate to the Ayatollah. He is essentially meaningless. The Iranian people were given two choices for president hand selected by the Guardian Council (and really by the Ayatollah). So really, neither choice was a free choice or a good choice for the Iranians. However, this vote over the new president is what started all of the protests because the winner of this election was not the candidate who received the most votes.

So here we have a somewhat meaningless election that was fixed. And the Iranians revolted. They had had it. They are so hungry for freedom of any kind that they continue to fight in the face of probable death over this election. As an American with still some of my freedoms intact, I feel it is my duty to support freedom and free agency for all. I am no better than the Iranian, and I want them to live free as well.

The question remains, does Obama support freedom for all? And why did it take so long for him to say anything at all condemning the murder of the Iranians by their government? Jonah Goldberg had an excellent post in the National Review online explaining Obama’s foreign policy position. Obama would like to solve foreign problems by negotiation and “talking”, even when it comes to terrorist regimes such as Iran. Goldberg put it best when he said, “If the forces of reform and democracy win, Obama’s plan to negotiate with the regime is moot, for the regime will be gone. And if the forces of reform are crushed into submission by the regime, Obama’s plan is moot, because the regime will still be there.” So if Obama does not support the Iranian people, he has lost our best chance to overthrow this dictatorial and terrorist regime. A regime that just so happens to have the desire and may be close to the capability of destroying our own nation with their nuclear weapons. If Obama does not support the Iranian people, support freedom, then who will?

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