Accomplice to Evil Redux
Big demonstrations still going on all over the country: Tehran, Shiraz, Isfahan, Kermanshah, Zahedan, Arak, Mazandaran, Tabriz, Rasht confirmed so far, and no doubt we will hear of others in the next hours and days. Lots of videos available online, showing an unprecedented level of violence, which is saying a lot. Have a look:
- Video: the treatment of wounded in a parking garage in Tehran:
- Masses in Tehran:
- A girl attacked:
- Freedom, independence and Iranian republic:
- A poster of Khamenei being torn up:
And don't miss the extraordinarily detailed blogging of homylafayette.
What does it mean? I agree with an "elderly woman" to Radio Farda:
I was in the demonstrations this morning. You can't imagine the number of security troops that had been deployed. It looked like there was one regime agent for every protester. And all this to confront people with nothing to defend themselves with. I finally understood today how scared they are. This regime is over.
The regime has failed to intimidate the people; the effect of the violence, the brutal savagery, the mass rapes, executions, and torture is to intensify their contempt (they trampled pictures of Supreme Leader Khamenei).
Alas, their contempt is not limited to their own tyrants. It extends to President Obama, who today issued a masterpiece of appeasement and all but groveled in begging the leaders of the Islamic Republic to make a deal:
I have made it clear that the United States of America wants to move beyond this past, and seeks a relationship with the Islamic Republic of Iran based upon mutual interests and mutual respect.
He could not spare a single word for the plight of the people of Iran, who were being beaten, clubbed, stabbed and shot as he issued his statement. He went on:
We do not interfere in Iran’s internal affairs. We have condemned terrorist attacks against Iran. We have recognized Iran’s international right to peaceful nuclear power. We have demonstrated our willingness to take confidence-building steps along with others in the international community. We have accepted a proposal by the International Atomic Energy Agency to meet Iran’s request for assistance in meeting the medical needs of its people. We have made clear that if Iran lives up to the obligations that every nation has, it will have a path to a more prosperous and productive relationship with the international community.
This is Jimmy Carter all over again, and just as Carter's appeasement of the Islamic Republic led to the death of countless innocents, in Iran and around the world, so Obama's appeasement will do the same. He, and his administration, are accomplices to evil. From Iran, via Twitter, comes the bottom line:
Gee the people of Iran seek to really CHANGE things and Obama says, let's negotiate w/ the Nazis