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Iran's new ‘moderate’ president has duped the West
United Press International ^ | July 12, 2013 at 6:50 AM | Struan Stevenson

Posted on 07/12/2013 9:36:46 PM PDT by Olog-hai

The emergence of the cleric Hassan Rouhani, following the recent presidential elections in Iran, seemingly ticked all of the boxes. The Western media crowed that this new “moderate” president would be open to dialogue on stopping the nuclear program and would be a harbinger of positive change for the oppressed masses in Iran, improving basic human rights, freedom of speech, freeing all political prisoners and halting public executions.

Sadly, nothing could be further from the truth. Public executions, which were temporarily halted during the presidential elections, have begun again with a vengeance. More than 75 prisoners, including six women, have been hanged, many of them in public, over the course of the past two weeks. In one gruesome spectacle, 21 prisoners were hanged collectively.

This is barbarity on a grand scale and is taking place under the “moderate” presidency of Hassan Rouhani. If he is a moderate, thank God Iran didn’t elect a hard-liner! …

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TOPICS: Editorial; Foreign Affairs; Israel; News/Current Events; Russia; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: falsemoderate; hassanrouhani; iran; iraq; israel; kurdistan; lebanon; muslimbrotherhood; rop; rowhani; russia; syria; waronterror

1 posted on 07/12/2013 9:36:46 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai

Well, there’s a surprise.

2 posted on 07/12/2013 9:48:12 PM PDT by moovova
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To: Olog-hai

Something to keep in mind is that these are not
humane hangings as practiced in the west with a
trap door, drop and a broken neck.
The victims are often fitted with a noose then
slowly lifted up by a crane till they strangle.

Nice folks.

3 posted on 07/12/2013 9:51:27 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: Olog-hai

WRONG, the west was not duped. obama LIED

4 posted on 07/12/2013 9:53:28 PM PDT by svcw (Stand or die)
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To: svcw

So did every compliant press outlet that described Rowhani as “moderate”.

5 posted on 07/12/2013 10:33:05 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai
Can anyone really be surprised? First of all the term 'moderate' Islamist is an oxymoron by any means of the phrase.

This is a phenomena of the press that has the most naive take on geopolitical matters for one.

This happens every time a so-called moderate appears on the scene, frothing at the mouth to meet and greet this great new moderate savior.

They've done it plenty of times in Iran, used it as a MSM gimmick for new Soviet leaders,especially Andropov,who after hearing from the decadent US press that he was a moderate, loved Western film and drank cognac, dropped dead within a month,or maybe probably killed by his enemies who believed the western stories of him being "moderate".

Even the cockamamie, pig-headed phrase "Arab Spring", is a function of the MSM happy-talkers (for Democratic issues only),that see the "best" in the worst,(Iran, Arab Spring, China,North Korea) and the worst in the best.(Israel,US)

6 posted on 07/13/2013 2:27:38 AM PDT by lbryce
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To: lbryce

Nice summary.

7 posted on 07/13/2013 6:05:57 AM PDT by VRW Conspirator (The Lefties can drink Kool-Aid; I will drink Tea.)
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To: lbryce
They were calling the Muslim Brotherhood “moderate” and “secular” in the media and the WH too. That is, until they quickly found out that they couldn’t fool anyone with those transparent lies . . .
8 posted on 07/13/2013 6:09:14 AM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai

not all the west, just the guilt-ridden, over-educated, jew hating, christian hating libtards who run everythng. you know who you are the; ones who believe the arab spring was about democracy and any elected goivernment is better than any other government and who support governments who murder homosexuals and abuse women.

9 posted on 07/13/2013 7:01:13 AM PDT by bravo whiskey (We should not fear our government. Our government should fear us.)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks Olog-hai.

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10 posted on 07/19/2013 5:44:14 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (McCain or Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

and an update:

World powers see Iran’s Rouhani as chance for nuclear deal

More Than 100 U.S. Congressmen Call For Engaging With Iran
[snip] Known as the Dent-Price letter for its principal authors, Reps. Charlie Dent (R-Pa.) and David Price (D-N.C.)... The letter’s 131 signers are far from a congressional majority, of course, and include only 17 Republicans. [/snip]

J Street — Tell your Representative: Sign the Dent-Price Letter

Text, signatories:

Iran wants more Obama concessions: ‘Pleasing words do not suffice’

11 posted on 07/20/2013 11:07:54 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (McCain or Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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Dear President Obama,

As Members of Congress who share your unequivocal commitment to preventing a nuclear-armed Iran, we urge you to pursue the potential opportunity presented by Iran’s recent presidential election by reinvigorating U.S. efforts to secure a negotiated nuclear agreement.

As you know, on June 14 the Iranian people elected Hassan Rouhani president with over 50 percent of the vote in the first round, overcoming repression and intimidation by the Iranian government to cast their ballots in favor of reform. Dr. Rouhani campaigned on the promise to “pursue a policy of reconciliation and peace” and has since promised “constructive interaction with the outside world.” As Iran’s former lead nuclear negotiator, he has also publicly expressed the view that obtaining a nuclear weapon would run counter to Iran’s strategic interests and has been critical of the nuclear “extremism” of outgoing President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

We are mindful of the limitations of the Iranian presidency within the country’s political system, of the fact that previous Iranian presidents elected on platforms of moderation have failed to deliver on promised reforms, and of the mixed signals that Dr. Rouhani himself has sent regarding Iran’s nuclear ambitions. It remains to be seen whether his election will indeed bring significant change with regard to Iran’s relations with the outside world. His government’s actions will certainly speak louder than his words.

Even so, we believe it would be a mistake not to test whether Dr. Rouhani’s election represents a real opportunity for progress toward a verifiable, enforceable agreement on Iran’s nuclear program that ensures the country does not acquire a nuclear weapon. In order to test this proposition, it will be prudent for the United States to utilize all diplomatic tools to reinvigorate ongoing nuclear talks. In addition, bilateral and multilateral sanctions must be calibrated in such a way that they induce significant and verifiable concessions from Iran at the negotiating table in exchange for their potential relaxation.

We must also be careful not to preempt this potential opportunity by engaging in actions that delegitimize the newly elected president and weaken his standing relative to hardliners within the regime who are opposed to his professed “policy of reconciliation and peace.” Likewise, it will be critical for the United States to continue its efforts to foster unprecedented international cooperation on this issue so that the international community remains united in its opposition to Iran obtaining a nuclear weapon.

We look forward to working with your administration on this important issue in the months ahead.


Rep. Charles Dent (PA)
Rep. David Price (NC)

Ron Barber
Raul Grijalva
Ed Pastor
Kyrsten Sinema

Karen Bass
Xavier Becerra
Ami Bera
Tony Cardenas
John Campbell
Lois Capps
Anna Eshoo
Sam Farr
John Garamendi
Michael Honda
Barbara Lee
Zoe Lofgren
George Miller
Grace Napolitano
Scott Peters
Lucille Roybal-Allard
Raul Ruiz
Jackie Speier
Mark Takano
Mike Thompson
Maxine Waters

Diana DeGette
Ed Perlmutter
Jared Polis

Joe Courtney
Rosa DeLauro
Elizabeth Esty
Jim Himes
John Larson

Alcee Hastings
Richard Nugent

Sanford Bishop
Hank Johnson
John Lewis

Madeleine Bordallo

Cheri Bustos
Danny Davis
Tammy Duckworth
William Enyart
Bill Foster
Luis Gutierrez
Robin Kelly
Bobby Rush
Jan Schakowsky

Andre Carson
Peter Visclosky

Bruce Braley
David Loebsack

Ed Whitfield
John Yarmuth

Chellie Pingree

Elijah Cummings
Donna Edwards

Mike Capuano
Jim McGovern
Richard Neal
John Tierney
Niki Tsongas

John Conyers
John Dingell

Keith Ellison
Betty McCollum
Rick Nolan
Collin Peterson
Timothy Walz

William Lacy Clay
Emanuel Cleaver

Jeff Fortenberry

New Hampshire
Ann Kuster
Carol Shea-Porter

New Jersey
Rush Holt
Bill Pascrell
Donald Payne Jr.
Jon Runyan

New Mexico
Michelle Lujan Grisham
Ben Ray Lujan

New York
Tim Bishop
Michael Grimm
Richard Hanna
Brian Higgins
Gregory Meeks
Charles Rangel
Jose Serrano
Louise Slaughter
Paul Tonko

North Carolina
Howard Coble
Walter Jones
(David Price)

Marcy Kaptur
Tim Ryan
Patrick Tiberi

Tom Cole

Northern Mariana Islands
Gregorio Sablan

Earl Blumenauer
Suzanne Bonamici
Peter DeFazio

Matthew Cartwright
(Charlie Dent)
Mike Doyle
Chaka Fattah
Michael Fitzpatrick
Glenn Thompson

South Carolina
James Clyburn

Steve Cohen
John Duncan

Eddie Bernice Johnson
Henry Cuellar
Lloyd Doggett
Sheila Jackson Lee
Beto O’Rourke

Jim Matheson

Peter Welch

Gerry Connolly
James Moran
Bobby Scott

Virgin Islands
Donna Christensen

Suzan DelBene
Denny Heck
Rick Larsen
Jim McDermott

Washington, DC
Eleanor Holmes Norton

West Virginia
Nick Rahall

Sean Duffy
Ron Kind
Gwen Moore
Thomas Petri
Mark Pocan

12 posted on 07/20/2013 11:11:13 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (McCain or Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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