Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Iran - How Can the U.S. Best Support the Iranian Freedom Movement?
The people of the Persian Nation he and the 7th century minded Mullahs rule with a totalitarian and theocratic fist have chosen to say enough is enough. They are demonstrating and protesting in the streets of Tehran and elsewhere.
The Washington Post ran an article today essentially in support of those fighting for freedom in Iran. The paper pointed to what it believes the Obama Administration has done positively in support of the Freedom Movement growing in the country. here some of the highlights of the article.
"Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei clearly is betting he can defeat the opposition Green Movement with brute force. In the past week, security forces have attacked peaceful mourners at the funeral of dissident Ayatollah Ali Montazeri and violated the tradition of restraint associated with the Ashura holiday."
"In short, Iran's political crisis now looks like a battle to the death between the regime and its opposition. No one on either side in Tehran is talking about compromise. Nor does it seem likely that there will be a sustained respite from domestic turmoil until one side triumphs."
"The Obama administration and other Western governments must tailor their policies toward Iran to reflect the centrality of the Green Movement's fight for freedom. While diplomatic contact with the regime need not be broken off entirely, by now it should be obvious that it cannot produce significant results -- and might serve to shore up a tottering dictatorship."
"The administration has worried excessively that open U.S. support might damage the Green Movement. Now President Obama has publicly taken sides, and the battle inside Iran has reached a critical juncture. It's time for the United States to do whatever it can, in public and covertly, to help those Iranians fighting for freedom. "
Rational Nation USA for once finds itself in complete agreement with the Post's pronouncements. It remains to be how the Obama administration will find a way to support the Iranian freedom fighters both publicly and covertly. It is obvious that financial support funneled covertly to the opposition is the best way. However, given our nations precarious and almost insolvent financial situation it is not in our best interest to spend more money we don't have. I don't believe the President is prepared to do that. But then again, given his record his first year in office, who knows?
Read the full text of The Washington Post article HERE.
Via: The Washington Post