June 23rd, 2009

Chris Keeley


What Obama must do now on Iran

Condemn violence, without picking sides.

By Trita Parsi

from the June 22, 2009 edition

Christian Science Monitor


Washington - Tehran is being rocked. Convinced that the landslide victory of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad June 12 was a fraud, hundreds of thousands of Iranians have taken to the streets. Clashes with security forces have left at least 19 dead, according to the official count.

Meanwhile, some lawmakers have turned Iran's seemingly stolen election into a political football with little regard for the repercussions their rhetoric may have for protesters in Iran.

"The president of the United States is supposed to lead the free world, not follow it," Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham said Sunday, echoing the sentiments of many senators and pundits. "He's been timid and passive more than I would like."

Accusing President Obama of weakness may generate some headlines, but it misses the point. A closer look reveals that the president's approach has paved the way for the current stand-off in Iran and that he is supported by those seeking their rights in Iran.

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Chris Keeley


A concise, yet informative and comprehensive, overview of the Iran situation today from Professor Gary Sick of Columbia University, who was serving as the Iran expert at the National Security Council thirty years ago, at the time of the 1979 revolution that overthrew the Shah and brought the Islamic theocracy to power.

From Gary Sick --  22 June 2009

As I set forth on a long vacation trip, here are a few observations about
the situation in Iran based on my own experience of watching the Iranian
revolution and hostage crisis from the White House thirty years ago.

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