Iran’s Adventures in Legitimacy

A Canadian Newsweek reporter *confessed* to doing the bidding of Western governments, according to the  Fars News Agency.

CNN reports:

Maziar Bahari, 42, made his alleged confession at a news conference Tuesday. Because international journalists have been limited in their ability to gather news in Iran, CNN has not been able to confirm the agency report.

Fars reported that the Canadian-Iranian reporter who had worked for the BBC and England’s Channel 4 network admitted having filed false reports for Newsweek during the elections — a charge the magazine rejected.

“He has been reporting for years without any possible hint of bias and beyond reproach,” Newsweek Paris Bureau Chief Chris Dickey told CNN. “We think he’s one of the best reporters in the business.”

He called the report “preposterous.”

Other reporters, and many protesters have *confessed* to collusion against the regime.

Bahari is not the only reporter said to have confessed, according to Reporters Without Borders, which last week condemned “a parade of Iranian demonstrators being shown on state-run TV confessing to having protested at the behest of foreign media.”

The reporters all used the same words: “I admit that I demonstrated under the influence of the BBC, the radio Voice of America and other foreign media,” according to the advocacy group.

Iran has been working overtime to get to the bottom of the contested election issues. A recount of 10% of the votes saw an increase of votes for Ahmadinejad:

A random re-count of 10 percent of votes cast in Iran’s June 12 elections results in a slight increase of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s votes in some cities.

After ballot boxes were randomly chosen and re-counted in the presence of the Guardian Council, interior ministry and district governor representatives, Ahmadinejad’s votes increased in the province of Kerman, Fars news reported on Monday.

The incumbent president’s tally also rose by 12 votes in Jirof, after 17 of the 170 ballot boxes in the southeastern city were re-counted, according to Fars news.

…and an investigation into the shooting death of 26 year old protester, Neda Soltan produced the bombshell discovery that the murder was staged by “anti-government elements”:

The murder of 26-year-old protester Neda Soltan was staged, Iran’s chief of police said Wednesday — a statement that rights groups and Iran watchers are calling a propagandistic lie.

But, according to Iran’s Press TV, police chief Esmaeil Ahmadi-Moqadam declared Wednesday that the shooting was a “prearranged scenario” — a “premeditated act of murder” that could not have been committed by Iranian police.

Meanwhile, the United States’ Ambassador to the UN, Susan Rice, won’t say the Iranian regime is illegitimate:

Why won’t she say it? Because, and I quote, “The political situation in Iran is for the Iranians to work out internally.” Now, based on that statement alone, what’s the painfully obvious follow-up question? Right: Why that principle doesn’t also apply to Honduras.

Alas, that painfully obvious question wasn’t asked.

Previously:

Iran Hanging Mousavi Supporters, Now?

The Violent Crackdown In Iran Continues

Another MJ/Iran Protest Anthem

Senior Cleric Calls For Harsh Retribution For Dissent In Iran

Women Of Iran Lead The Resistance

Unimaginable Horror

Ahmadinejad Disappointed In Obama

A Nine Year Old Girl Is Shot By Basij

Neda’s Family Expelled From Their Home

Video: Hysterical Iranian Woman Describes Horrors of Iran Massacre On CNN

WH Now Reconsidering 4th of July Invitations To Iran (UPDATED)

The Crackdown In Iran Accelerates (UPDATED)

McCotter’s Floor Speech On Iran

Who Is Hossein Mousavi Part II

Compare And Contrast: Obama On Iran To Reagan On Poland

An Iranian Protester Pleads For US/World Intervention

The Lionesses Of Iran

Neda

Who Is Hossain Mousavi?

Video: What Is Going On In Iran

Yes, President Bush Was A Meddler

Iran’s Nuclear Program Is Not Peaceful

Video: The Iranian Uprising In Pictures

Flight 93 Memorial Blogburst #64: Iranian Election Edition

Video: Rep. Mike Pence’s Statement On Iran Election

This Won’t End Well…

Who Does Ahmadinejad Remind You Of?

Post Election Unrest In Iran

ACORN Girls Convincingly Sell ObamaCare

This AIM interview took place at the AFL-CIO rally for government-run health care:

Iran Hanging Mousavi Supporters, Now?

The Jerusalem Post reports:

Speaking after Iran’s top legislative body upheld the election victory of incumbent Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, sources in Iran told this reporter in a telephone interview that the hangings took place in the holy city of Mashhad on Monday. There was no independent confirmation of the report.

Not surprisingly, the violent crackdown has dampened spirits:

On Monday, witnesses said thousands of policemen and Basij militiamen carrying batons were deployed in Teheran’s main squares to prevent any recurrence of the opposition protests. Drivers who so much as shouted “Allahu Akbar” or beeped their horns had their windows smashed by the Basiji and riot police.

Women police, better known as the Sisters of Zeynab, are also now out in force, the witnesses said.

“Some people are still going out into the streets, but there is despair and sadness,” said one source. “Now we are told that [pro-Mousavi] green bands are illegal, which is ironic because it symbolizes the color of Islam.”

On Monday, the daughter of former president Hashemi Rafsanjani, spoke a gathering of opposition protesters in Teheran’s Enqelab Square, sources said. “Mrs. Faezeh Hashemi arrived and tried to give the people some words of encouragement,” said one, “but the police broke up the rally within minutes.”

He added, “My nephew saw one of these Sisters of Zeynab beat down an elderly woman with no mercy. When he tried to intervene, saying to her, ‘Miss, she is like your grandmother,’ the woman turned around to get a Basiji to deal with him.”

It was only after widespread criticism from the American public, scolding speeches from members of the House and Senate, and the pleading of Sec of State Hillary Clinton, that Obama finally agreed to toughen his stance on the violent crackdown in Iran.  The words he used in his June 23rd news conference, “appalled and outraged”, and “strongly condemned” were sent to the State Dept for approval a day before, but Obama apparently didn’t make the final decision to use them until shortly before the news conference.

It will probably take another  round of vocal criticism to get him to condemn the latest round of (content warning): atrocities in Iran, and he will most likely agonize over that decision, too, because it’s the right one.

Hat tip: Sparky

Here, you can add your name to an online petition to the Prosecutors of the International Court of Justice requesting investigation into the crimes committed by Ali Khamenei.

WELCOME Ace of Spades readers. Would it kill you to comment?

Previous Iranian uprising Posts:

The Violent Crackdown In Iran Continues

Another MJ/Iran Protest Anthem

Senior Cleric Calls For Harsh Retribution For Dissent In Iran

Women Of Iran Lead The Resistance

Unimaginable Horror

Ahmadinejad Disappointed In Obama

A Nine Year Old Girl Is Shot By Basij

Neda’s Family Expelled From Their Home

Video: Hysterical Iranian Woman Describes Horrors of Iran Massacre On CNN

WH Now Reconsidering 4th of July Invitations To Iran (UPDATED)

The Crackdown In Iran Accelerates (UPDATED)

McCotter’s Floor Speech On Iran

Who Is Hossein Mousavi Part II

Compare And Contrast: Obama On Iran To Reagan On Poland

An Iranian Protester Pleads For US/World Intervention

The Lionesses Of Iran

Neda

Who Is Hossain Mousavi?

Video: What Is Going On In Iran

Yes, President Bush Was A Meddler

Iran’s Nuclear Program Is Not Peaceful

Video: The Iranian Uprising In Pictures

Flight 93 Memorial Blogburst #64: Iranian Election Edition

Video: Rep. Mike Pence’s Statement On Iran Election

This Won’t End Well…

Who Does Ahmadinejad Remind You Of?

Post Election Unrest In Iran

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Obama “Stands With Democracy”, Defends Leftist Despot/Thug/Drug Trafficker

In what continues to be a shocking series of events, the Obama administration has joined Castro and Chavez in supporting the leftist  Honduran President Zelaya, a man who at home had lost the support of even his own party. Thanks to the Obama administration, Zelaya now has the foreign backing to return to power.

This BBC News profile of Zelaya painted a very unflattering picture of his presidential tenure…

He pledged to tackle gang warfare and poverty in one of Central America’s poorest nations.

But food prices rose and violent crime continued.

In May 2007, Mr Zelaya ordered all of the country’s TV and radio stations to carry government propaganda for two hours a day, accusing them of giving his government unfair coverage.

And get this:

“He is surely a good man, with a healthy dose of tradition and amazing talent.”

This was Fidel Castro’s description of Mr Zelaya after a meeting in March with the Honduran leader who, in the Cuban ex-leader’s words, “cannot be accused of being either a Marxist or a Communist”.

The Honduran president’s popularity with Latin America’s most prominent radicals raised questions at home about the man who had been elected as a Liberal.

American leftists would call that “guilt by association”.

Zelaya was ousted by the country’s Attorney General, Congress, and Supreme Court, because he was trying to strong arm his way to an illegal referendum to make himself el Presidente for life, ala Chavez, which everyone in Honduras understood. As Newt Gingrich noted, “having Castro call for defending democracy should convince any reasonable person that Honduras was on the edge of a leftist dictatorship”.

But  Obama  insists that the US will “stand with Democracy” in the face of the overthrow.

SUMMIT/AMERICAS

Obama and Zelaya at the Summit of the Americas in Port of Spain, April 18, 2009.

“We believe that the coup was not legal and that President Zelaya remains the democratically elected president there,” Obama said. “It would be a terrible precedent if we start moving backward into the era in which we are seeing military coups as a means of political transition rather than democratic elections.”

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Sunday that the ouster “should be condemned by all.”

hillary zelaya

Clinton and Zelaya during the 39th general assembly of the (OAS) at Honduran-arabic Club in San Pedro Sula June 2, 2009.

Fidel Castro weighed in again, after Zelaya visited Managua on Monday for the meeting of the leftist Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America (ALBA):

“Even Mrs. Clinton had declared that Zelaya is the only president of Honduras, and the Honduran coup leaders can’t even breathe without the support of the United States,” Castro wrote.

Didn’t Castro and Chavez used to be  bad guys?  Why are we on the same side as the bad guys?  Why am I becoming increasingly ashamed of my country? I feel like we’re part of the Axis of Evil, now.

Charles Krauthammer, on Fox News,  argued forcefully that the Obama administration is wrong:

Read what this Honduran wrote at The Corner, yesterday:

The country is bewildered that the world, especially the United States, is not on their side.  Zelaya was confident of his plans to convert Honduras into a Venezuelan satellite. The Honduran people are proud of their constitution and are proud to have a functioning democratic system. Zelaya was replaced by a member of his own party who vows to see that this November’s presidential election takes place. What happened was not a “coup” but a bipartisan effort to save the nation.

It is heartbreaking for me to see President Obama throw Honduras under the bus. He did not speak out when Zelaya was attempting to stage a sham “constitutional referendum” with ballots printed in Venezuela.

Here is another one expressing himself on video:

And now the deposed President has been accused by his countrymen of having drug ties:

The regime that ousted Manuel Zelaya in Honduras claimed Tuesday that the deposed president allowed tons of cocaine to be flown into the Central American country on its way to the United States.“Every night, three or four Venezuelan-registered planes land without the permission of appropriate authorities and bring thousands of pounds … and packages of money that are the fruit of drug trafficking,” its foreign minister, Enrique Ortez, told CNN en Espanol.

“We have proof of all of this. Neighboring governments have it. The DEA has it,” he added.

U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration spokesman Rusty Payne in Washington said he could neither confirm nor deny a DEA investigation.

This is the man Obama chooses to side with?

Ace Of Spades wasn’t kidding when he said:

Obama, Enemy of Democracy and Human Rights.

Previously:

Honduran Military Removes Despot From Power

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