OBAMA CHANGES COURSE ON IRAN?
Something ticked Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of. He blew his top at an end of a most successful charm offensive. Or, perhaps, he merely reverted to form by pulling the rug from under those who have been reporting that Iran signals interest in talks on nuclear program, diplomats say
For a year an a half Barack Hussein Obama has not only disdained the importance of democracy and human rights rhetorically but has demonstrated that disdain by his unwavering support for the Iranian regime as it was murdering its own people. Yesterday, Barack Obama changed course: At U.N., Obama puts human rights, democracy at center of foreign policy He said
I pledge that America will always stand with those who stand up for their dignity and their rights -- for the student who seeks to learn; the voter who demands to be heard; the innocent who longs to be free; the oppressed who yearns to be equal.
Well connected Christiana Amanpour said on Bloomberg that having to acknowledge the failure of engagement, Obama is going to try to use human rights against the Iranian regime and that means questioning the legitimacy of Ahmadinejad's presidency.
Clearly, no one understood the import of the change in Obama rhetoric better than his Iranian counter part. After all, that means that he and his allies are no longer going to get a free ride from Washington. Hence the ludicrous conspiracy theory and the subsequent Western walk outs. Ahmadinejad argued that the 9/11 terror attack of home made
some segments within the U.S. government orchestrated the attack to reverse the declining American economy and its grips on the Middle East in order also to save the Zionist regime.
The majority of the American people as well as other nations and politicians agree with this view.
I always thank G-d for small favors. Nothing horrified me and people around the world more than the Obama led democratic party's betrayal of America's traditional support for democracy both rhetorically and practically as evidenced in Iran. Yes, I do mean government"by the people" i.e., voting and not only"for the people" as determined by their ruling elites.
The timing of the Obama change of heart is probably election driven. Americans are not fond of presidents who do not share their ideals. It also gave Obama a wonderful opportunity to demonstrate righteous anger and his newly discovered sensitivity to 9/11 families by calling Ahmadinejad's words"offensive and hateful" especially as they were uttered"so close to where families had lost their loved ones."
Still, let's hope that Obama means it, will put his resources where his mouth is and that it is not too late. The recent defection of a number of Iranian diplomats in Scandinavia is an attempt to convince the rest of the world that it is not. Ahmadinejad's tantrum is certainly encouraging and experts, like Michael Ledeen, have long argued that the regime is much more fragile than assumed. In other words, as often is the case the moral policy may be also the most practical one.
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