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From Pence's speech on the floor:
Today I'm introducing a resolution that will do just that. It will express its concern regarding the reported irregularities of the presidential election of 12 June, 2009. It will condemn the violence against demonstrators by pro-government militia in Tehran in the wake of the elections. It will affirm our belief in the universality of individual rights and the importance of democratic and fair elections. And lastly, and most importantly, it will express the support of the American people for all Iranian citizens who struggle for freedom, civil liberties and the protection of the rule of law.
Believe it or not in my small town of Columbus, IN, I grew up next door to a Hungarian immigrant who fled Hungary in the wake of the Soviet repression of the Hungarian revolution in 1956. I sat often with Julius Perr, now passed away, and heard of the way the Hungarian people, inspired by our calls for freedom, stood up for their own freedom. And as Brett Stephens recounts in today's Wall Street Journal we stood by idly. We didn't want to interfere. And the Soviet tanks rolled.
We cannot stand idly by, speak of Iran's sovereignty, speak of her own right to choose her own leadership at a time when hundreds of thousands of Iranians are risking their lives to stand up for free elections and democracy.
Ronald Reagan said, ‘No arsenal, or no weapon in the arsenals of the world, is so formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women.’ All of us desire a fresh start with Iran and it seems from news reports and the extraordinary images coming from the streets of Iran that millions of Iranians long for a new start in their government. There is a reformist movement afoot in Iran.
Today I’ll introduce a resolution. I urge all my colleagues in both parties to join me in expressing their support for these brave and courageous men and women.
GOP gets behind Iran protesters - Ben Smith - POLITICO.com
McCain: U.S. Must Be On "Right Side Of History" In Iran
McCain quoted Daniel Webster, who argued that rhetorical support could help those involved in the Greek Revolution of 1823. "I hope it may, it may give them courage and spirit," Webster said according to McCain, "teach them that they are not wholly forgotten by the civilized world."
"The fact is, America has been and will be the beacon of hope and freedom," McCain said. "We are on their side as they seek freedom," he said of the protestors. He also spoke proudly of how American technologies such as Facebook and Twitter have been influential in allowing protestors to communicate.
McCain: U.S. Must Be On "Right Side Of History" In Iran - Political Hotsheet - CBS NewsI would like to see a stronger call against the theocratic closed circle of power and an explanation of why the elections were illegitimate regardless of the winner, but thems the breaks.Statement from the President on Iran:
The Iranian government must understand that the world is watching. We mourn each and every innocent life that is lost. We call on the Iranian government to stop all violent and unjust actions against its own people. The universal rights to assembly and free speech must be respected, and the United States stands with all who seek to exercise those rights.
As I said in Cairo, suppressing ideas never succeeds in making them go away. The Iranian people will ultimately judge the actions of their own government. If the Iranian government seeks the respect of the international community, it must respect the dignity of its own people and govern through consent, not coercion.
Martin Luther King once said - “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.” I believe that. The international community believes that. And right now, we are bearing witness to the Iranian peoples’ belief in that truth, and we will continue to bear witness.
The Weekly Standard
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Direct intervention is not a viable option, that much is certain. Smuggling arms to the protesters is and should remain off the table.
However, the diplomatic forms of pressure (championing the rights to free speech, free assembly and free and fair elections, pushing for international media to have access to report on the protests) can help shape the protest movement so that when the theocracy does fall, something besides chaos can take its place. By articulating the same values the protesters have--about elections particularly--when the theocracy does fall, the US has an opportunity to be positioned to re-establish relations with Iran for the first time in 30 years.
Not taking a firm stand on the principles now wastes that opportunity. Allowing events to shape the rhetoric coming from the Oval Office wastes this vanishing opportunity to influence even slightly the direction of the protest movement.
It is not meddling to champion free elections, it is not making the protesters a tool of the US to champion the rights of free speech and free assembly. The support from the White House for these core democratic ideals--these core American ideals--has been muddled and anemic at best; it needs to be robust, clear, and forthright.
Small pressures applied today can yield significant benefits tomorrow.
Source: MSNBC.comObama to Iran’s leaders: Stop ‘unjust’ actions
Sat., June 20, 2009
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama on Saturday challenged Iran's government to halt a "violent and unjust" crackdown on dissenters, using his bluntest language yet to condemn Tehran's post-election response.
"We call on the Iranian government to stop all violent and unjust actions against its own people," Obama said in a written statement. "The universal rights to assembly and free speech must be respected, and the United States stands with all who seek to exercise those rights."
"Suppressing ideas never succeeds in making them go away," the president said, recalling a theme from the speech he gave in Cairo, Egypt, this month. "The Iranian people will ultimately judge the actions of their own government," Obama said. "If the Iranian government seeks the respect of the international community, it must respect the dignity of its own people and govern through consent, not coercion."
Obama cited Martin Luther King's statement that "the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice." "I believe that," the president said. "The international community believes that. And right now, we are bearing witness to the Iranian people's belief in that truth, and we will continue to bear witness."
Unless my language skills are suddenly falling by the wayside, Obama's words above are excellent exemplars of robust, clear, and forthright sentiment.
אשכנזי היהודי • Белый Россию
I think Obama needs to look to Regan on this one.
Eyewitness: From Tehran's Streets - Photo Gallery, 24 Pictures - LIFE
One good message that was missing from Dear Leader's statement: Release the journalists; let the story of your people be told.