Shame on you, President Obama
Obamas Worte können hier in Gänze nachgelesen werden. Ein Auszug:
I want to start off by being very clear that it is up to Iranians to make decisions about who Iran’s leaders will be; that we respect Iranian sovereignty and want to avoid the United States being the issue inside of Iran, which sometimes the United States can be a handy political football — or discussions with the United States.
Having said all that, I am deeply troubled by the violence that I’ve been seeing on television. I think that the democratic process — free speech, the ability of people to peacefully dissent — all those are universal values and need to be respected. And whenever I see violence perpetrated on people who are peacefully dissenting, and whenever the American people see that, I think they’re, rightfully, troubled.
My understanding is, is that the Iranian government says that they are going to look into irregularities that have taken place. We weren’t on the ground, we did not have observers there, we did not have international observers on hand, so I can’t state definitively one way or another what happened with respect to the election. But what I can say is that there appears to be a sense on the part of people who were so hopeful and so engaged and so committed to democracy who now feel betrayed. And I think it’s important that, moving forward, whatever investigations take place are done in a way that is not resulting in bloodshed and is not resulting in people being stifled in expressing their views.
We will continue to pursue a tough, direct dialogue between our two countries, and we’ll see where it takes us. But even as we do so, I think it would be wrong for me to be silent about what we’ve seen on the television over the last few days. And what I would say to those people who put so much hope and energy and optimism into the political process, I would say to them that the world is watching and inspired by their participation, regardless of what the ultimate outcome of the election was. And they should know that the world is watching.
Obama fasst die „Wahlen“ im Iran demnach als echte Wahlen auf. Obama wird – komme, was wolle – seine Appeasement-Politik gegenüber den Mullahs fortführen. Obama wird keinen Fingern krumm machen, die iranische Opposition und die Menschen auf den Straßen zu unterstützen. Selbst ein paar Worte der Solidarität oder eine Verurteilung des Mullah-Regimes kommen Obama nicht über die Lippen, denn Gewalt gibt es ja immer und überall und sie ist immer gleich schlimm. Abe Greenwald bringt es auf den Punkt:
“The violence.” That free-floating phenomenon that seems to exist, for Obama, as something quite apart from human volition. Like a spontaneous state of affairs that is not only disconnected from national fanaticism or abusive governance, but in which there is scarcely a designation between the assailant and the assaulted.”
Und es gibt nichts, was Joachim Steinhöfels Worten hinzuzufügen wäre:
Offenbar lässt der Präsident die iranische Opposition im Stich. Es war windelweiches Appeasement, ein Versagen, eine Schande.
hat tip: Little Green Footballs.
Weitere lesenswerte Kommentare zu Obama und den „Wahlen“ und Unruhen im Iran:
Clarendon: America Sleeps While Iranians Confront Evil
Jonah Goldberg: Obama’s Choice is not to choose on Iran
John McCormack: Obama on Murders and Beatings in Iran: „I Am Deeply Troubled“
Bret Stephens: Wanted: ‚Hope‘ for Iran