President Obama’s public position on Iran and the results of the Iranian presidential election debacle is essentially a non-position. The President of the United States of America has been largely silent on the matter of the probably election fraud and the massive protests within Iran.
He’s caught more than a little flak over his silence on the issue of Iranian democracy and freedom.
A large contingent of both those on the Left and on the Right have been voicing their outrage over President Obama’s non-position on the Iranian election results and aftermath. This seems to me to be the only recent example of real bipartisanship I’ve seen in America recently.
It’s a shame that much of this outrage is flawed and based upon false beliefs and misunderstanding of the world as it stands today.
It is better in a political sense for America, Israel, and the rest of us our titular allies if the mad dog, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad remains as President of Iran for the moment – much, much better though these words taste bitter upon my tongue.
No matter who is called the President of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad or Hossein Mousavi, neither is the true Head of State of Iran. The Supreme Leader, currently Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, holds that position and he, along with the Ayatollahs on the Guardian Council, decides foreign policy and all other important matters.
The current crisis doesn’t seem to change that.
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is a vermin out of nightmare given flesh in the vague and imperfect semblance of Man. The bulk of the Civilized World loathes him and are willing to work against him. Even the Arab Nations – admittedly for their own far less than savory or worthy reasons – are willing to side against Ahmadinejad.
Hossein Mousavi, though no pro-Western “saint” or foreign policy “reformist,” is is man possessed of charisma and reason. He would put a “kinder and gentler” face upon the Ayatollahs’ regime. This would make it far harder for the American government to convince the rest of the world to enforce the sanctions – and possibly sterner measures – needed to convince the the Ayatollahs to abandon their doomsday project of nuclear weaponry.
So I must ask my fellow Conservatives who have chosen to deride President Obama over his effective silence on the matter of the Iranian election and its aftermath if they are willing to put their love of Democracy over what is best for America and her allies.
If you say Democracy and the ideals of our constitution comes 1st, I must then ask you what your stance on renditions, Miranda rights for enemy combatants in Afghanistan, and Torture are.
I must also ask the Liberals who have chosen to deride President Obama over his effective silence on the matter of the Iranian election and its aftermath if they are willing to put their love of Democracy over what is best for America and her allies.
If you say Democracy and the ideals of our constitution comes 1st, I must then ask you what price you are willing to impose upon America and Civilized World for the sake of your ideals.
As is so often the case the ideals of people are cast into the crucible of reality. It would be best if we all used this an example of the conflict between protecting one’s own from destruction and adhering to our personal ideals. We just might have more understanding and less hate for each other.