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Someone please help the people from gagging on their own blood.
Diplo−Bam has morphed into a wuss, and the addled United Nations is keeping mum about state−sanctioned atrocities in Iran against heroic protestors, who are willing to be beaten to a pulp and murdered in the streets, rather than surrender their grievances about a hardline regime whose days are, clearly, numbered.
The juggernaut of change has begun for the Khamenei−Ahmadinejad government. Alhamdulillah. [“Thank God”]. Its putrid catalog of crimes against humanity has become an open book for the Free World, whose leaders need to demonstrate more backbone when dealing with rogue regimes.
At first, the White House simply ignored the, shockingly, violent crackdown on anti−government rallies in Tehran after the disputed June 12 presidential election of incumbent Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. More than a week later and, seemingly, to offset critics rather than his conscience, President Obama followed his anemic and duly−noted initial response with a public mumble about being “appalled and outraged.” Then, fearfully, he back−tracked with the gross understatement, “What we have seen in recent weeks is not encouraging.”
No indeed, sir.
As leader of the Free World, Barack Obama has a responsibility to provide allegiance and fortitude – through words and actions – to the oppressed masses, especially when their torment and torn flesh is being splattered across television screens, everyday. Anything less makes him an abettor of the agony.
Ditto for the United Nations. That wastrel world watchdog should read Article 5 of its own Universal Declaration of Human Rights which, loftily, warns: “No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.”
Apparently, it does not view Iran’s anarchy – a cornerstone in the battle between good and evil – as being “cruel, inhuman or degrading,” else the United Nations Human Rights Council would have met, by press time, to address Tehran’s horror. And, Secretary−General Ban Ki−moon would not have dawdled for days before issuing a disrespectful and disregardful declaration about being “dismayed” over the pandemonium.
Be dismayed, sir, if your kimchi arrives minus the cabbage, but be outraged and moved to reprobation by the relentless, and heartless use of brute force being wielded by state−employed sadists.
Despite his glittering resume, President Obama is demonstrating the instincts of a humble chicken when dealing with despots. He needs to define his diplomacy with an unassailable point of view.
Roman orator and philosopher Cicero, famously, stated, “The function of wisdom is to discriminate between good and evil,” but President Obama is not adept, just yet, at navigating that tricky trough of horse sense. His ability to downplay human disaster suggests he may never reach that pinnacle of political accomplishment.
The current Oval Office has embarrassed and compromised US clout by over−extending to the unforgiving Khamenei−Ahmadinejad thugdom, and taking a potshot at America’s noble heart in front of our sworn enemies.
To implement “change” on the global front, President Obama needs to do more than just talk about it. A start would be to begin an international campaign to expose, alienate and prosecute state sponsors of terrorism. Then, call for a global convention on the clear link between Islam and ultra−violent regimes.
Else, consider President Obama dissed and dismissed by totalitarians, everywhere.
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