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Thursday, July 9, 2009

We are Failing. We are Cowards

FN: The people, they're still fighting. Bravely. They stand unarmed against a vicious foe that makes all the rules and has all the weapons. They have nothing but their determination to be free.

We won't help. Not really. Words are meaningless. Even worse, ours are intentionally so. That is why the "West" has no respect and no authority in that part of world. We speak of freedom, and protecting it. But we do not. That is why the "West" is failing. We are corrupt. We are duplicitous. We are liars and we are weak. That is why we must eventually fall.

We will interact with him. Again. After he has smashed the hopes and dreams of an entire nation. The "West" is handling Ahmadinejad the same way we handled previous dictators like Stalin, Mussolini and Hitler. Like the cowards we are, we will do NOTHING. Until it is too late and our hand is forced. We won't defend freedom until the last pocket is surrounded and under assault.

Ahmadinejad Says World Powers Must Interact With Him (Update1): "Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said that although the world’s powers are angry over his re- election, they must “interact” with his administration.

“The enemies of the Iranian people are very angry because, despite their efforts and propaganda, a government will be in power with the support of 40 million votes,” he said in a meeting with officials in Tehran today, according to the state- run Iranian Students News Agency. “We will not give them any advantage, and they must interact with this government.”

Authorities used force to suppress demonstrations after hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets last month to protest Ahmadinejad’s June 12 re-election. The opposition said the vote was rigged, an allegation he denied. Unrest continued today in Tehran, as the militia that was called in to put down post-election protests was deployed at a commemoration for students attacked in 1999, Agence France-Presse reported.

International condemnation of Iran over the election and the treatment of protesters may complicate any future talks over the country’s nuclear program. The leadership accuses the U.S. and the U.K. of instigating the violence. Ahmadinejad’s main challenger, former Prime Minister Mir Hossein Mousavi, has demanded the election result be scrapped.

Group of Eight leaders condemned Iran’s violent crackdown on protests, while avoiding the threat of sanctions. “We call upon Iran to solve the situation through democratic dialogue,” according to a statement released late yesterday at the G-8 summit in L’Aquila, Italy. “We remain committed to finding a diplomatic solution to the issue of Iran’s nuclear program.”"

FN: If sanctions aren't warrented here, when would they be? What is the point of "negotiating" Nuclear issues with a dictator? Did we learn nothing from history?

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