Wednesday, June 24, 2009

The Center Cannot Hold

"The falcon cannot hear the falconer..." - Yeats, The Second Coming

I have to admit, my stomach turns when I read reports of young people getting shot, beaten and hacked and stacked like cordwood then to hear fucks like Ayatollah Ali Khamenei whining and puling about being "bullied."

It's plain that this democracy is no longer one in name only. It's also just as obvious that both the government and Mousavi have completely lost control over their people. The battle for democracy, for now, is being literally fought in the streets of Tehran. And, for now, one side is still much better-armed than the other.

Whatever reason our president ever had for maintaining some distance has long since been proven fallacious. This is a human rights emergency every bit as pressing as that in Darfur, which still rages unabated. To stand by and let this happen, content merely to watch at scenes like this, is to contribute to the bloody anarchy that we're now seeing in Iran.

If Iran really was a democracy, then Obama would e right in allowing it to reassert itself. However, this isn't a democracy reasserting itself. This is a blood-soaked dictatorship desperately lashing out to keep itself in power.

Obama loves to quote Dr. King and his long moral arc that bends toward righteousness. But there's nothing righteous about this frustrating noninvolvement. This lack of democracy that is far worse than anything we'd ever seen out of Iraq that justified our invasion cries out for out involvement. If anyone out there knows a petition to sign to send to the President to stop this madness either with our own troops and getting NATO to send their own peacekeeping forces, I'd surely appreciate it and so would the people of Iran who are now literally calling for our help.


At June 24, 2009 at 10:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Question for ya, J.P.

Isn't he damned if he does and damned if he doesn't?

Remember the Republican line is that we need to stand by the revolutionaries. Tricky, that.

Also, I don't agree with the idea that the United States of America MUST be the world policeman.

Our politicians will argue against human rights violations i.e. our ex-BFF Saddam, just for the sake of expediency and let Robert Mugabe work his bloody nightmare.

There is Myanmar, Sri Lanka, etc. But these countries aren't important to us like others are in the game of Empire.

What do you propose Obama does? His hands are tied behind his back anyway.

By now it's clear our new President is an owned man on many levels whether he knew it or not and that is questionable.

If we really gave a shit about the world, someone would have helped out the North Koreans long ago unlike Rumsfeld sitting on the board that helped Pyongyang obtain it's nukes.

Just saying.

Palestine? There are a lot of places in need of a hero.

Peace. And thanks again for all your hard work. I tune in everyday.

At June 24, 2009 at 10:53 PM, Blogger jurassicpork said...


Well, as I'd already suggested, either Obama can send troops straight in strictly as a peacekeeping force or directly appeal to the UN Security Council to send in NATO troops whether or not Iran likes it. If they were in even the slightest capable of getting a handle on this situation they would've done so from election night on.

So now it's time for the grownups to take charge. Standing by and clucking our tongues a little louder with each day isn't going to save the lives of these poor people. I don't think even Dr. King would've passively stood to the sidelines and allowed this to happen.

Noninterference is not an option. A lot of us would respect Obama all the more if he actually did something about this virtual genocide. I'm not talking about regime change, just staying long enough to play referee.


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