Ahmadinejad responded with indignation to Obama’s condemnation, June 23 (finally!) of the Irani regime’s violent crackdown on student dissidents:
Ahmadinejad, unusually silent since June 14, when his description of his opponents as “dirt” triggered a massive rally in central Tehran that drew hundreds of thousands, today warned Obama to avoid the path of his predecessor, George W. Bush.
“We do not expect anything from the British and the European countries’ governments, which are not honorable, and their history is known to the world,” Ahmadienjad said in comments broadcast on state television. “But why has Mr. Obama been caught up in this trap while he has the slogan of change?”
Hmmm….do you think he’s bummed because the hot dog party is off? It’s almost as if he’s surprised that “President Pantywaist” spoke out.
“Mr. Obama made a mistake to say those things … our question is why he fell into this trap and said things that previously Bush used to say.”
“Do you want to speak with this tone? If that is your stance then what is left to talk about… I hope you avoid interfering in Iran’s affairs and express your regret in a way that the Iranian nation is informed of it,” he added…
It seems that Ahmadinejad has Obama’s number…realizing that the worst insult that he can hurl at Obama is to compare him to their mutual enemy, George W. Bush. And obviously, he views Obama’s attempts to reach out to the Islamic Republic as a sign of weakness.
If you remember, back in January, Ahmadinejad lectured Obama about America’s past injustices and suggested that he apologize to Iran on America’s behalf. Obama ended up apologizing to the whole Muslim world in his Cairo speech, for all the good it did.
Mousavi’s recent remarks are seen as indication that he has not yet relented:
Iran’s leading opposition figure, Mir-Hossein Mousavi, launched a lengthy broadside against the Iranian leadership and state-owned media in comments published today on his website as authorities arrested 70 university professors who had just held a meeting with Mousavi.
“Our society at the moment is different from that of six months ago,” he said on Kalameh.ir. “At the moment, we are facing a new society that we need to get to know before doing anything else. The features, demands, requirements . . . of this society will have to be reviewed and analyzed.”
Mousavi fired back at a state-media campaign seeking to depict him and his green-bedecked political movement as dupes of Western intelligence agencies and even Saudi Arabia. “The recent pressures on me are aimed at making me change my position regarding the annulment of the election,” he said. “Insulting monologues will not solve anything.”
He complained that authorities had restricted his access to his supporters and shuttered his newspaper and arrested its staff. He warned of a more “violent atmosphere” if the repression continued.
“Because we are unable to respond, the defamation has increased to a point that stereotypical comments such as linking popular movements to foreigners are being raised,” he said.
Where is the UN in all of this? Aren’t they supposed to be champions of human rights? The protesters have been pleading with the world for some assistance and protection from this outlaw regime.
Claudia Rosett says (big surprise!) they’re AWOL:
Iran’s regime is already in gross violation of a series of U.N. sanctions over a nuclear program the U.N. Security Council deems a threat to international peace. The same regime has now loosed its security apparatus of trained thugs and snipers on Iranians who have been, in huge numbers, demanding their basic rights. Surely top U.N. officials such as Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon should be leading the charge for liberty and justice, with the strongest possible criticism and measures against the Iranian regime.
But that’s not happening. While Iranian protesters have been risking their necks to try to rid their country of a malignant despotism, the U.N. has hardly even qualified as voting “present.”
Congressman Mike Pence is calling for international sanctions against Iran, but something tells me that idea flies in the face of Obama’s plans for better relations with the tyrannical regime.
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, here,
Hat tip: Instapundit