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All Quiet On The Western Front

In Iran, the “pro-democracy” element remains under threat of government violence:

Seeking to pre-empt a revival of street protests in Tehran after days of apparent quiescence, Iranian authorities told opponents that a planned demonstration Thursday would be met with a “crushing response” and was illegal.

Protesters had planned to rally on Thursday on the 10th anniversary of violent confrontations when protesting students were beaten and jailed. The protests could rekindle the demonstrations that followed the disputed June 12 elections, provoking a sweeping official crackdown.

Iranian officials said Wednesday that they had released 2,000 people who were arrested for participating in the demonstrations, but continued holding l 500 prisoners who would be put on trial, according to the state-run Press TV news service.

Meanwhile in Italy, the G8 managed this “crushing response” to the Iranian government’s violence, killings and arrests:

G8 foreign ministers have managed to find common ground on the situation in Iran. The joint statement says the G8 regrets the actions by Iranian authorities after the presidential election, which killed civilians.

Wow.

Meanwhile our Secretary of State will be futzing around with some constitutionally deposed would-be dictator from Honduras.

~McQ

8 Responses to All Quiet On The Western Front

  • I’m sure glad the G8 didn’t write the Declaration of Independence:

    When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to regret the political bonds which have connected them with another, and to dream about the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the laws of Gaia entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which give them so much disagreement.

  • I keep hoping I will wake up, and all of this will have just been some sick nightmare…

  • Just when you thought things could not get worse under the maladministration of The Clown™, they go and do this.

    The bottom has not yet been reached for this pack of thugs. I really fear for my country.

  • Iran is a sovereign state, and had an election.  What exactly can we do that doesn’t hurt the moderates and help the hardliners.  It’s easy to say “they should do more, they should talk tougher,” but that’s empty.   What exactly should be done?   Most moderates and protesters say sanctions and the like would play into the government’s hands.   And do somehow compare this to Honduras is utterly irrational.  They are different cases, and thus have to be handled differently.  What works in one may not work in another.  Really, you need to learn a bit more about how foreign policy operates, your criticisms are empty and uninformed.

    • “Really, you need to learn a bit more about how foreign policy operates, your criticisms are empty and uninformed.”

      This from a supporter of The Clown™, perhaps the worst President we have had in the last 100 years (he is giving Jimmy Carter a run for the money as the worst).

      Foreign policy does not operate by telling the Russians, who invaded their neighbor Georgia, that he wants a “reset” of relations, when it is the Russians who need to reset things. That is pure naiveté.

      Foreign policy does not operate waiting days to criticie a thugocracy who steal an election in Iran and then proceed to shoot protestors in the streets. Again, pure naiveté.

      Foreign policy does not operate by negotiating with thugs like Boss Hugo Chavez or the Fidelito twins in Cuba, or recognizing that dictator Zelaya. Again, pure naiveté.

      Then again, no one should be surprised by a man in the White House who exhibits such naiveté. After all, 2 do-nothing years in the US Senate does not prepare you for anything. It certainly does not prepare you to be the President of the United States.

      Obama is qualified to be nothing but a half-arsed political hack in Illinois. He did nothing in the US Senate that could even remotely be called “important,” and he has mucked up US foreign and domestic policy in his first six months in office. That is why his job approvals are going down, down, down, and why he is now below 50% approval in Ohio and Virginia, two states that wasted their votes on him.

      But, I will allow you, Erb, to sit in your magic world and breathe the air of delusion. But be prepared, however, to wake up in 2011 with a Republican majority in the US House.

  • Wow.  He really defended Iran.  And Zelaya.
     
    I guess I shouldn’t be surprised…

  • “I guess I shouldn’t be surprised…”
    No,  Erb has always been on the side of the oppressors.
    They can be fascists, communists or garden-variety thugs as long as they intend on smashing jackboots into human faces forever. Scott will champion them if they are smart enough to wear red instead of brown and throw in a few anti-American bromides.
    The very concepts of individual liberty and universal human dignity make him projectile vomit on himself, as we see above.