Smoke billows from a burning car as supporters of defeated Iranian presidential candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi attack a local base of the Islamic Basij militia. AFP PHOTO/STR. AFP. WAR.
Protesters attack a building of pro-government militia near a rally supporting leading opposition presidential candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi in Tehran. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi).
The protesters can expect no help, or encouragement from the Obama administration…
But Robert Gibbs did issue this forceful statement: “We continue to be heartened by the enthusiasm of young people in Iran.”
Some quick links:
The UK Telegraph: The Iranian election: Barack Obama’s cowardly silence
Obama’s deafening silence over the Iranian election is a disgrace. According to The New York Times, the president “did not even convene any high-level White House meetings or conference calls on Sunday”. That’s not the mark of a leader but a clear display of weakness. It’s a sad day when the greatest power in the world withholds criticism of a brutal, tyrannical and illegitimate regime for fear of upsetting its rulers.
Hot Air: Good news: State Department refuses to condemn Iranian crackdown
State Department spokesman Ian Kelly told reporters Monday that the United States is concerned about allegations of ballot fraud.
Kelly described the U.S. government as “deeply troubled” by the events in Iran, which is a stronger expression of concern than over the weekend when Vice President Biden cast doubt on the legitimacy of the election.
When pressed by a reporter, Kelly declined to condemn the Iranian security forces for their crackdown on street protesters. And he said the U.S. knows too little about the conduct of the election to say for sure whether there was fraud.
See Hot Air link for examples of the crackdown.
More must-see pix from the uprising, here.
Gateway Pundit: Iranian Opposition Leader Defies Ban– Leads Massive Protest in Tehran (Video) …Update: Gunfire at Rally- At Least 1 Dead …Update: 15 Dead
Here’s a website with all the Iranians on Twitter during the clashes.
More good coverage at Atlas Shrugs: IRAN BLOWBACK
Worth a read:
The Election that Wasn’t By: Jamie Glazov
FrontPage Interview’s guest today is Roozbeh Farahanipour, an Iranian journalist, democracy activist, former political prisoner in Iran and head of Marze Por Gohar Party (MPG), an Iranian opposition party seeking the establishment of an secular republic in Iran. He was a student leader in the 1999 uprising, just one year after creating MPG.
Raw video from today:
Weasel Zippers: Twitter Reschedules Planned Downtime so Iranian Protesters Can Continue to Use Service During Crisis…..
Ace of Spades HQ: Obama Finally Speaks: “I am deeply troubed by the violence I’ve been seeing on television;” “It’s up to the Iranian people to determine their leaders.”
Update: Full Statement Added
The Washington Times:Revolutionary Guards Arrested in Iran
According to the Cyrus News Agency, Tuesday morning 16 senior members of Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps were arrested. “These commanders have been in contact with members of the Iranian army to join the people’s movement,” CNA reports. “Three of the commanders are veterans of Iran-Iraq war. They have been moved to an undisclosed location in East Tehran.” This report has not been confirmed by other sources. If true, it shows that the regime is losing the loyalty of some members of its control appartus, which is necessary if the opposition has any chance of achieving fundamental change.
MORE (June 16):
President Panty Waist: “It Would Not Be Helpful if the US Was Seen by the World as Meddling” …Update: Sarkozy Denounces Iran Vote Fraud
Obama has made it clear that he intends to continue to seek dialogue with Iran despite the irregularities in the election, but now even liberal Slate thinks Obama should disengage with Iran:
It’s time for President Obama to rethink his policy of “engagement” with Iran.
Given the near-certainty that Iran’s election was fixed and the documented fact that protesters are being brutalized, there is no way that Obama or Secretary of State Hillary Clinton could go to Tehran and shake hands with President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, much less to expect that any talks would be worthwhile.
Some helpful ideas for Obama:
Powerline: A word from Ronald Reagan
Dr. Zero, The Green Room: What The President Should Have Said To The Iranian People
An alternate viewpoint:
Innocent Bystanders: Muslihoon Sez: Obama’s Right About Iran
If Obama, or any official of the US administration, were to come out in support of the protestors, it will be exceedingly easy for Mahmoud Ahmadi-nezhad and Supreme Leader Grand Ayatollah Sayyed Ali Hosseyni Khaamene’i (the theocrat of Iran) to dismiss the entire “enghelaab” (revolution) as a foreign “saazesh” (plot, plan). As an external attempt to destabilize the Irani state, the current government would delegitimize the “enghelaab” and authorize the state apparatus to use excessive force against the protesters, reformists, and other leaders (because, see, then it wouldn’t be a revolution but rather a riot plotted by the Great Satan to overthrow the government).