Wednesday, June 24, 2009

The Iranian Uprising and the Forces of Retrogression

A Pajamas TV item yesterday showed a clip of the US President quipping at a press conference at the expense of John McCain at a time when people are dying in the streets of Tehran. In the same item we are informed that Obama has extended invitations to Iranian officials to join the festivities on the 4th of July. Perhaps we should not be surprised at the administration's pussyfooting where the mullahs are concerned. They're in his own circle of advisors! Do watch the entire episode. But there's more.

Yesterday we learnt from an exclusive in the The Washington Times that invitations to parley were extended to the Ayatollahs even before the elections, and that the overture was ridiculed by Khamenei in his now infamous Friday sermon.

Ken Timmerman on NewsMax tells of a key Iranian dissident who was stunned when he heard Obama tell reporters that, despite government's brutal crackdown in Tehran, the Islamic Republic has time to regain “legitimacy” in the eyes of the Iranian people. “I was hoping President Obama would lead the world and start a boycott of Iranian oil,” said former presidential candidate and opposition activist Mohsen Sazegara. (...) “This is the best way to save the lives of the Iranian people.” Instead, Sazegara told Newsmax, he listened to Obama’s news conference on Tuesday with a sense of disbelief.  (...) >>>

Vel Nirtist on American Thinker has another suggestion: "If President Obama shares the view of the man he nominated to head the National Intelligence Council, his slowness in condemning Iran's repression comes into clear focus. Remember Chas Freeman, President Obama's nominee for the chair of the National Intelligence Council, who withdrew after relentless attacks by the "Zionist lobby?" A quote:

"I do not believe it is acceptable for any country to allow the heart of its national capital to be occupied by dissidents intent on disrupting the normal functions of government, however appealing to foreigners their propaganda may be. Such folk, whether they represent a veterans' "Bonus Army" or a "student uprising" on behalf of "the goddess of democracy" should expect to be displaced with despatch (sic) from the ground they occupy."
Those views on the Tienanmin uprising sharply remind us, that Postmodernists (like BHO) are the heirs of the Counter-Enlightenment, not of the Enlightenment proper, as is often erroneously thought. It comes to the fore from time to time when their actual views on individual rights, democracy and capitalism come to the surface: they hate it for the middle-class, Western constructs they take these concepts to be. Do note the contempt for democracy in above quote!

In the meantime for later on today another rally is scheduled in Tehran. Things are getting grimmer by the day. 

While Dutch MP Geert Wilders is vilified and ridiculed for his proposal to sever diplomatic ties with Iran, Iranian lawyer, Human Rights activist and 2003 Nobel Peace Prize laureate
Sherin Ebadi is doing precisely that.

On Tuesday she attended  a meeting of  the Human Rights Committee of the European Council. In her statement she urged the European Union to be more active. She urged the EU to ask Iran to stop the violence against the people. If Iran refuses to do that she urged the EU to ask its governments to recall their ambassadors from Iran with immediate effect. Watch it with subtitles on EUX TV.

Hot off the press ...

Reuters: "Washington Times journalist arrested in Iran"

Iranian authorities have arrested a Greek journalist covering Iran's disputed presidential election for the Washington Times, a Greek foreign ministry spokesman said on Tuesday, calling for his release. Greek national Iason Athanasiades was arrested three days ago in Tehran on charges of "illegal activities, a friend of the journalist told Reuters earlier on Tuesday. (...) >>>

Update I: more on Athanasiades arrest on account of "visa irregularities" on Demotix.

Update II: Demotix now reports charges of spying are being dropped, and his camera returned. It's too early to say however if this signals a relaxation of the ban on the foreign press.

In the meantime in Europe ...

The Iranian chargé d'affaires to the Netherlands Majid Ghahremani has lodged an official complaint with the Dutch Foreign Office in relation to subsidizeRadio Zamaneh, an independent "blog-talk-radio" service broadcasting from Amsterdam since 2006.

- Caption: "Sweet!" from Twitpic! Let's hope the pomo traitors at Columbia get the picture - 

The Iranians take it as 'meddling'. "Balderdash", says editor-in-chief Farid Haerinejad. "We're reporting the news. I understand they don't want us to broadcast in Iran. Last week a the Revolutionary Guard issued a press release accusing the BBC of stoking the uprising. Nothing new there! One of our local freelancers has been arrested and nobody knows where he is!" 

Broadcasts of Radio Zamaneh are blocked in Iran, but the website enjoys 10,000 unique visitors every day. Haerinejad: "Iranians know how to find us!" Zamaneh Vimeo Page.

The BBC is reporting that Iran and the UK are diplomatically tit-for-tatting and that "more than 180 Iranian MPs appear to have snubbed an invitation to celebrate President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's election win, local press reports say. All 290 MPs were invited to the victory party on Wednesday night, but only 105 turned up, the reports say. A BBC correspondent says the move is a sign of the deep split at the top of Iran after disputed presidential polls. Meanwhile, Mr Ahmadinejad has told the US not to interfere in Iranian politics, the Fars news agency reports (...)" >>>

Meet the mullahs from hell!

PJTV SPECIAL REPORT: Uprising in Iran ... Tehran Goes From Bad to Much Worse

CNN: some citizen-reporters missing over the last few days, there's a complete blockade of foreign journalists, while 59 Iranian journalists have been arrested.

Slashdot: "Iran Tries to Pacify Protesters With Lord Of The Rings Marathon"

Iranian Tweeter claims that "Presence of Lebanese Hezbollah among Basij in Tehran now proven"

Picked up this rather important tweet of a domestic nature: "Those missing loved ones can contact the society for defense of prisoner's rights at 88975905-88951952 (area code 21)."

Updating throughout.


James Higham said...

Vel Nirtist on American Thinker has another suggestion: "If President Obama shares the view of the man he nominated to head the National Intelligence Council, his slowness in condemning Iran's repression comes into clear focus.

Why are people incapable of seeing it?

Cassandra Troy said...

Yes James, mass psychosis/denial is not a new phenomenon. Some have been very active pulling the strings since about 2002. Why are we surprised? These NLP techniques are used in selling ice cream and lip sticks every day. But it's so much more immoral when foisting memes of anti philosophy on people who're open to suggestion.

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