As of this writing, the world barely knows the full scope of what is happening in Iran. We have heard of, or worse, seen, the footage of a young girl being shot through the heart by regime forces. We know that the election was clearly a fraud, that people took to the streets by the tens of thousands in protest, and that the only reason the entire ocean of people wasn’t mowed down, was because the world was watching.
The Iranian “government” closed internet and cell phone service to the best of their ability. Journalists were banned, or simply knew better than to try and be there covering the story. There was the story of the military charging a father $3,000.00 for the bullet that killed his son, a protester.
If nothing else, from the safety of our free perch thousands of miles away, we were given collective pause at how fortunate we are. While our government is as broken, incompetent and hell-bound as any on Earth, it is still a far cry better than what we are witnessing. There is also the unsettling, at least for me, image of that many people whose frustration has brought them to the streets, facing weaponry with bricks, bottles and rocks. As one protester cautioned…”you will rue the day that we are armed.” I believe him, though that day is unlikely to ever arrive, unless this coup is somehow, miraculously, victorious.
So why the tepid response from our President? Why did days pass, with the announcement from Washington finally rising from cool disappointment, to, finally, outrage, or as close as this President is able to get to outrage? Even Bill O’Reilly agreed with Obama’s understated response. I disagree. While we clearly don’t want to entangle ourselves politically, or militarily, with the events unfolding, why is it out of line to issue a no-nonsense opinion?
I give this President credit when I feel it’s due. The recently signed legislation regarding tobacco is long overdue. Obama is frank and honest about his own struggle with nicotine, which I appreciate. I don’t think he is an evil, plotting, man. However, in the case of Iran and North Korea, the reticence to issue a frank statement escapes me.
For years the United States was kind of the father-figure for the world. In spite of our blemishes and failures, our successes and morality far exceeded our mistakes. In any world disaster, we have always been, and will always be, the first to arrive with help of all kinds. This goes largely without recognition. We have freed scores of people from oppression, indeed countries, from the same, and are the world-watchdog for human-rights violations.
Maybe that was then, and this is now, the new, politically-correct leadership which is promised to bring “change”. Still, Iran is a country that, in 2009, still stones women to death for exposing their face or features. Married couples are forbidden from holding hands in public. As in Afghanistan, on rural roads, one can plainly see the walls, with chains and shackles, where infidels of every measure, age and gender are bound, and then stoned or shot to death.
I consider these things and see no gray area at all. It is a world of pure evil, of human life suppressed to its most minimum, where even the slightest violation of “code” may find you dragged from your home and executed. Like North Korea, also trying us with their wandering vessel, Iran flaunts itself in the face of our known financial and political weakness. It seems, just when we most need a firm response to both situations, what we instead dispatched was a Hallmark card. “Hope things get better soon!” If you’d like to send a card to Iran or North Korea, I would suggest something a little more edgy, like…”don’t forget who you’re poking in the eye…”