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Dear Iranians: Don't Count on America (or Any Country Led by Left)
Townhall ^ | 6/16/2009 | Dennis Prager

Posted on 06/16/2009 6:01:50 PM PDT by SeekAndFind

"The administration has remained as quiet as possible during the Iranian election season and in the days of street protests since Friday's vote."

-- Washington Post , Monday June 15, 2009

"We're going to withhold comment. … I mean we're just waiting to see."

-- Vice-President Joe Biden

"We are monitoring the situation as it unfolds in Iran but we, like the rest of the world, are waiting and watching to see what the Iranian people decide."

-- Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

"Most countries appeared to be taking a wait-and-see approach, including the European Union and China, Germany, Italy and Japan -- nations with strong economic ties to Iran. France said it was closely following the situation."

-- Associated Press, June 13, 2009

For those who look to "world opinion," "the opinion of mankind," or to the United Nations for moral guidance or for coming to the aid of victims of oppression, the past few days and presumably the next few days in Iran, provide yet another example of their uselessness.

A million or more Iranians are demonstrating against last Friday's obviously stolen election of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and the world -- except for the lowlifes who rule places like Venezuela and Syria and who immediately sent their effusive congratulations to Ahmadinejad -- is quiet. The world is "closely following the situation," just as it followed the situations of the Jews during the Holocaust, the Ukrainians, the Chinese under Mao, the Rwandans, the Cambodians, Tibetans, and so many others.

I have long believed that the citizens of most free countries do not deserve the gift of freedom that they have. Few have any interest in promoting freedom, only in having it for themselves. Insofar as other countries are concerned what matters to most free countries, as to dictatorships, is power.

That is what America and Europe are watching -- where the power in Iran will go. Whoever wins will get free America and free Europe's respect.

Now it may be argued that if the American president speaks out in support of those demonstrating for free elections in Iran, it will be counterproductive.

How exactly? What will the unelected President Ahmadinejad and the unelected Supreme Ruler, Grand Ayatollah, the pre-medieval Ali Khamenei do? Get angry at America? Threaten to annihilate another country? Start building nuclear arms? Stone women who commit sexual sins? Hey, wait, haven't they done all that already?

As bad as most of the world's countries are, those led by left-wing governments are even worse when it comes to defending democracy.

A primary reason America is "waiting" and "watching" and "monitoring" while Iranians are beaten in the streets of Tehran is that the country is led by the left.

Compare the Canadian reaction, now that it has a conservative government:

On the very next day after the Iranian elections, according to CNN, "Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Lawrence Cannon told reporters in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Saturday, that Canada was 'deeply concerned' about allegations of voting irregularities. 'We're troubled by reports of intimidation of opposition candidates' offices by security forces.'"

Even usually appeasing Germany, now led by a more conservative government, had a sharper response than America:

As reported by CNN, "German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier told ARD Sunday that the Iranian ambassador in Berlin would be summoned to explain the treatment of protesters against the result. 'I have already prompted Iran, together with European colleagues today, to quickly shed light on what has happened there -- if one can take the announced election results there seriously or not," he added.

And Germany's Deutsche Welle reported on Monday, June 15:

"German Chancellor Angela Merkel says she is very concerned and condemns the wave of arrests following the Iranian election."

Now compare Labor-led Britain's response:

As reported by CNN: "U.K. Foreign Secretary David Miliband said Saturday that the U.K. government had 'followed carefully, and admired, the passion and debate during the Iranian election campaign. We have also heard the concerns about the counting of ballots expressed by two of the candidates. This is a matter for the Iranian authorities to address. We will continue to follow developments.'"

"This is a matter for the Iranian authorities to address." Surely a proud moment for Britain.

The best example comes, as it often does, from that quintessential man of the left, former President of the United States Jimmy Carter, speaking from -- where else? – the Palestinian City of Ramallah: "I think this election has brought out a lot of opposition to (Ahmadinejad's} policies in Iran, and I'm sure he'll listen to those opinions and hopefully moderate his position."

Not everyone on the left is "sure" that Ahmadinejad will "listen" to his opponents' opinions. But that level of naivete regarding evil is almost exclusive to the left.

TOPICS: Editorial; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: ahmadinejad; america; bhoiran; iran; leftists; liberty; prager; studentmovement

1 posted on 06/16/2009 6:01:50 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Imanutjob is in Russia looking for support...or a new home...

2 posted on 06/16/2009 6:03:58 PM PDT by Dallas59 ("You know the one with the big ears? He might be yours, but he ain't my president.")
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To: SeekAndFind

Right, freedom seeking people are on their own for some years now, no help from us and without us, no other country can/will step up. Promoting freedom is meddling.

3 posted on 06/16/2009 6:06:02 PM PDT by Bulldawg Fan (Victory is the last thing Murtha and his fellow Defeatists want.)
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To: Bulldawg Fan
Right, freedom seeking people are on their own for some years now, no help from us and without us, no other country can/will step up. Promoting freedom is meddling.

So what would you have Obama do?

4 posted on 06/16/2009 6:08:09 PM PDT by Non-Sequitur
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To: Non-Sequitur

He could start by saying, We support a free Iran. A free and stable Iran would be a blessing all around the middle east since they are a hotbed of terrorist training centers and provide supplies to terrorists everywhere.

Obama is a God, let him simply utter several words and work his magic.

5 posted on 06/16/2009 6:15:36 PM PDT by Bulldawg Fan (Victory is the last thing Murtha and his fellow Defeatists want.)
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To: SeekAndFind

This is the same crap that a Democratic Administration pulled in 1979. Remember who’s to blame. Those “special” leftist leftovers.

6 posted on 06/16/2009 6:23:36 PM PDT by popdonnelly (The greatest crimes in history have been perpetrated by governments. You've been warned.)
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To: Bulldawg Fan

Over U.S. support would be the kiss of death for any Iranian candidate. If Obama really wanted to gum up the works he should come out solidly behind Ahmadinejad.

7 posted on 06/16/2009 6:31:51 PM PDT by Non-Sequitur
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To: SeekAndFind

Cowards sit back to see who comes out on top and thats who they suck up to. Disgracful, shameless idiots we have representing us. Who would have thought I would say this “WATCH THE PEOPLE OF IRAN SHOW US HOW TO FIGHT FOR LIBERTY AND FREEDOM” Hope these idiots are watching closely, tread softly my friends, your going to see what the power of people can really do. Keep stretching the limits.

8 posted on 06/16/2009 6:43:46 PM PDT by ronnie raygun
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To: SeekAndFind
As we witness the events in Iran unfold over the last few days, we here in America can only hope and pray that Freedom and Democracy win the day.

It’s obvious to anyone with a right-thinking brain that the elections in Iran have been rigged. How so you may ask? Past elections took minimum 3-5 days to count and certify the results. Previously, the Mullah’s in Iran didn’t speak out on the results of the election, especially “within hours” of the election ending and before the votes were counted before declaring a winner.

Yet, that’s precisely what happened. Votes were counted “immediately” and Khomeni declared Ahmadinejad the winner within hours of the polls closing in Iran.

Add to this, the “fact” that Ahmadinejad carried every province and town with literal landslide results, which is virtually impossible based on his past performance and incredible un-popularity in Iran’s urban centers such as Tehran itself.

Living here in the People’s Socialist Republic (and home state of Barack Hussein Obama) Illinois, I know a rigged election when I see one, and boy this was one rigged election.

At this moment in time, the Iranian people recognize that their election was stolen. They voted for freedom and democracy and against a tyrannical international thug in Ahmadinejad who’s jeopardizing the security of Iran by pursuing an illegal nuclear program. They’ve taken to the streets, and they want their election results to count.

What they need from the United States right at this moment is a clear statement of support from the United States of America that we do in fact, support freedom and democracy around the world – including Iran.

Instead, what the People of Iran heard was the Barack Hussein Obama, arguably their Muslim brother, state that his administration did not want to meddle in Iranian internal affairs.

This was a dangerous message to send to the Mullah’s in Iran and to Ahmadinejad himself, as Obama’s words all but cemented Ahmadinejad’s victory and signaled that the United States did not have an effective policy in dealing with Iran.

Welcome to the Jimmy Carter part Deux administration. Never before in the history of this country has our Foreign Policy committed such a grave error – for a second time – with the same country.

For those in the Republican Party who have opined lately that we need to “forget” or “move past” Ronald Reagan I can only say the following: "Mr. Gorbachev, Tear Down This Wall.

And that my friends, is the greatness and clarity of Reagan’s vision for the world that U.S. Foreign Policy needs to return to. Everyone in the world deserves freedom and democracy.

Including Iran.

9 posted on 06/16/2009 7:38:02 PM PDT by usconservative (When The Ballot Box No Longer Counts, The Ammunition Box Does. (What's In Your Ammo Box?))
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To: SeekAndFind

The Left? Heck, half of FReeRepublic doesn’t support the Iranians either. I’m appalled at many posts on this site.....

10 posted on 06/16/2009 8:53:00 PM PDT by ScreamingFist
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To: Bulldawg Fan

And a free and stable Iran, friendly to western interests and freedom would be a nation perfectly trustworthy to have nuclear weapons, it would be an excellent counterweight to pan-arab islamofascist military aspirations, not to mention give the Russkies and the Chicoms the heeavie jeavies..

11 posted on 06/16/2009 11:07:33 PM PDT by Schwaeky (The Republic--Shall be reorganized into the first American EMPIRE, for a safe and secure Society!)
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To: ScreamingFist
half of FReeRepublic doesn’t support the Iranians either.

Do you really believe that most FReepers don't know the difference between the Iranian government (e.g. the Mullahs ) and the Iranian PEOPLE ? (those who are now opposing the regime ) ?
12 posted on 06/17/2009 4:59:41 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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