November 4, 2009

ONE IS SO RARELY ASHAMED OF OUR COUNTRY...:

Hobson’s Choice: The antigovernment protesters in Iran, who had been careful to distance themselves from America, have just asked the West not to sell them out. (Babak Dehghanpisheh, 11/04/09, Newsweek )

President Obama reacted standoffishly to this summer's contested election in Iran, implying that he didn't want to poison the cause of protesters by associating them too closely with the United States. As a result, he was flayed by democracy advocates who said his support was too tepid to inspire the Iranian protesters. Today, we learned that they may have a point.

This afternoon Iran celebrated the 30-year anniversary of the American embassy takeover in Tehran. The custom is for annual official demonstrations to denounce the Great Satan, but this year was different. Although the government had warned reform-minded protesters (who still come out on major occasions since the election unrest subsided) to stay home, tens of thousands of them hit the streets again today—to protest against their own government. They chanted, "Death to dictator," as usual, to protest President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's contested election in June. But, for the first time anyone can remember, they also yelled, "Obama, Obama! Either with them or with us!" The "them" in the chant means Ahmadinejad and the regime writ large.


...but moments like that leave us no other choice.

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 4, 2009 6:01 PM
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