For my inaugural post, I’m going to broach a subject I’ve been ranting about to classmates and friends for a week now.
I have a friend stationed in Bahrain, a small island nation off the coast of Iran. This country now has protests in the city he is stationed, following suit with Tunisia, Egypt Yemen, Iran, Algeria, Jordan, Syria, etc. (Click for CNN International coverage).
Probably unsurprisingly, the authorities in Iran are arresting protesters in that authoritarian country. What is surprising, is the statement made by the Iranian Foreign Minister during the height of the Egypt chaos. Ali Akbar Salehi said: “Popular protests and movements in North African countries including in Egypt show the necessity of an overhaul in the region and putting an end to dictatorial rules” and added “people are trying to decide their fate.” Click for full article
Contrast that with 2009.
This shows how supportive Iran’s government is of its people trying to decide their fate. Is that like Ahmadinejad saying “We’re developing nuclear technology for energy purposes only?” I really don’t think we should accept ANYTHING that comes out of that country. With such an unbelievable history of anti-semitic rhetoric, talking out of both sides of their mouth, oppression and authoritarian rule, we shouldn’t trust them as far as we could throw them (Ferris Bueller reference anyone? Bueller? Bueller?).
Regardless, Iran, like North Korea, is a top heavy country, by which I mean, the military and government officials are in the bag for the government. Get rid of those at the top, and everyone else would fall to democracy, something I truly believe most people in Iran wish for. And because military action is not an option, yet, we have to rely on diplomatic options. Which have been a failure to this point. Because there have been none.
Obama has failed to get tough with Iran and tell them to get their act together. Remember when he said he would sit down with Ahmadinejad without preconditions? Where did that go? Let’s get tough with countries who murder civilians for speaking out. The UN is of no consequence to Iran, so the United States needs to step up, as usual, and tell Iran how things have to be, and not back down.