Video: Basij open fire on crowd, kill protesters in cold blood

posted at 6:02 pm on June 15, 2009 by Allahpundit

If you think it’s bad now, imagine what it’d be like if the regime wasn’t worried about cell-phone cams and YouTube capturing a massacre. Even so, they won’t be this restrained forever. Mousavi’s called a nationwide general strike for tomorrow with new mass rallies bound to spring up either then or later in the week. Khamenei and Ahmadinejad can’t afford to have international focus on this day after day; after a certain point, the Tiananmen Square strategy to quash further rallies will start to make sense. The question is when.

This isn’t the only video of outraged protesters carting away bodies today either, tragically. Click here for another if you can stand it. Elsewhere, Totten’s on the same wavelength I was on last night. If confrontation is inevitable, and it surely is, let’s get on with it.


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Pablo on June 15, 2009 at 6:06 PM

So who is the Iran Czar, anyways?

trubble on June 15, 2009 at 6:06 PM

If confrontation is inevitable, and it surely is, let’s get on with it.

No worries.

Obama will be like Clinton — judge the polls. Are you over 50? Yes? Don’t do anything military-wise internaionally.

Just like Clinton allowed Al Qaeda to grow in the 90s because he was scared after Somalia, Obama won’t commit a single soldier to do anything lest he upset the “anti war” crowd

I didn’t like Bush much, but give me his CONVICTIONS and PRINCIPLES in the face of UNPOPULARITY any day

battleoflepanto1571 on June 15, 2009 at 6:07 PM

Did Obama speak yet?

capitalist piglet on June 15, 2009 at 6:08 PM

This cup of trembling is about to tip over.

portlandon on June 15, 2009 at 6:08 PM

Liberty Liberals or and death.

the_nile on June 15, 2009 at 6:08 PM

Yikes. Where is Obama during this crisis? Broadway?

stackedeck on June 15, 2009 at 6:09 PM

Did Obama speak yet?

capitalist piglet on June 15, 2009 at 6:08 PM

One of those rare moments when he’s not live on TV.

the_nile on June 15, 2009 at 6:09 PM

Is there enough armor left in Iraq to make a little trip eastward?

Not an invasion, but just a little “Hi there!”

innominatus on June 15, 2009 at 6:09 PM

I challenge all in the news media and all to tell me that Hezbollah has not been recruited to kill Iranians. I dare you!

MNDavenotPC on June 15, 2009 at 6:10 PM

The deafening silence from the President of Barackistan indicates to me that he is a coward.

Buy Danish on June 15, 2009 at 6:10 PM

Obama orders a few more cartons of Camels.

MB4 on June 15, 2009 at 6:10 PM

BTw Allah, THANK YOU for your reporting and analysis. Ed too, but yours has been stellar x100.

Exit question for Allah: If you were the President (and, allah willing, some day you will be ;) …
1. What would you do vis-a-vis Iran election protest short-term?
2. How do you stop an Iranian bomb?
3. How do you marginalize Iran’s “little brothers” (ie their funding of Assad’s Syria, Hezbollah in S. Lebanon, & Hamas in the neglected hellhole known as ‘Gaza’)
4. Which of the GOP would you trust most to handle this situation if you could magically make him/her president?

battleoflepanto1571 on June 15, 2009 at 6:11 PM

This cup of trembling is about to tip over.

portlandon on June 15, 2009 at 6:08 PM

It has to break, 2-3 million people in a city of around 10 , that’s critical mass.

the_nile on June 15, 2009 at 6:11 PM

One of those rare moments when he’s not live on TV.

the_nile on June 15, 2009 at 6:09 PM

Heh.

I heard he was scheduled to speak over an hour ago – I guess that was wrong.

capitalist piglet on June 15, 2009 at 6:11 PM

Obama is more concerned with getting the Lakers scheduled in to visit the White House.

Mark1971 on June 15, 2009 at 6:11 PM

I went to the Daily KOS a little bit ago; I wanted to see what they were saying about all of this. They don’t have a single mention of it – nothing about Iran at all.

It reminds me of stories of people in the 60′s who go caught up in the anti-war stuff and how they became disillusioned when the war ended, the government of the north went south and slaughtered all those people, but he compassionate left didn’t way a word.

Now, people take Barry’s inspiration and hope for some change and he says nothing as they are slaughtered in the streets – lefties don’t care much either.

They want free stuff. That’s all they want to talk about.

BuckNutty on June 15, 2009 at 6:12 PM

BTw Allah, THANK YOU for your reporting and analysis. Ed too, but yours has been stellar x100.

Yes, thank you.

myrenovations on June 15, 2009 at 6:12 PM

Obama orders a few more cartons of Camels.

MB4 on June 15, 2009 at 6:10 PM

Wrong Iranian revolution to quit smoking.

the_nile on June 15, 2009 at 6:13 PM

The silence from this administration is deafening.

Miss Molly on June 15, 2009 at 6:13 PM

One of those rare moments when he’s not live on TV.
the_nile on June 15, 2009 at 6:09 PM

He must be taking Bill Maher’s advice to cut back on the media appearances.

Buy Danish on June 15, 2009 at 6:14 PM

Don’t worry Obama, will throw around his magic fairy dust and all will be well.

/scar

Lance Murdock on June 15, 2009 at 6:14 PM

Here’s a shocking little scenario.

What if prior to the election Dennis Ross got Mousavi to agree to negotiate on the nuke in return for, IMF funds,other infrastructure investment, recognition into the “community of nations” etc etc., if he was elected. (something the Ajad and the clerics have vociferously opposed in the past). And what happens if Ajad and the IRGC find out of a possible Mousavi/Obama negotiation on Nukes and decide to scuttle the whole election with a long planned “off the shelf” coup.

Result: The IRGC scuttles the possible Mousavi/Obama negotiation on Nukes before it has a chance to get off the ground. The nuke proceeds to completion and the regime perpetuates itself with little to fear into the future.

Now of course the damage is done, if somehow the coup fails and Mousavi or some other “reformer” somehow takes the lead they will dare not push the IRGCs buttons by negotiating on the nuke.

Over here: Dennis Ross is now gone and Barry’s policy is in ruins.

possible scenario?

elduende on June 15, 2009 at 6:15 PM

What we need is for Both sides…to calm down and communicate rationally with one another.

tomas on June 15, 2009 at 6:16 PM

Jimmy Carter’s legacy.

Cicero43 on June 15, 2009 at 6:16 PM

after a certain point, the Tiananmen Square strategy to quash further rallies will start to make sense. The question is when.

I believe this is different. Tiananmen Square was a relatively small group of people compared to this, so the Communists could stop that revolt by killing a few thousand in an isolated location. Here, it will have to be tens of thousands or even many tens of thousands all over a sprawling city and perhaps the countryside as well. And if the mullahs order mass shootings, there could be civil war and there could be hundreds of thousands of deaths.

I am hoping the mullahs will not do that. But, has any country yet offered the mullahs safe passage and sanctuary? If not, the mullahs have may have only two choices: “discover” that Ahmadinejad stole the election, try him and quickly execute him and his “co-conspirators;” or unleash a reign of terror never before seen on YouTube and Twitter.

Loxodonta on June 15, 2009 at 6:17 PM

KOS doesn’t have anything on this because Obama doesn’t have anything on this. Their naked inconsistencies are there for all to see. They care little over ACTUAL hopenchange. And, their silence is actually pretty creepy given the thug tactics happening within this administration. Makes one wonder if the same wouldn’t be used here in the US if we got mad and the tea parties tipped into actual unrest.
Anyone else creeped out by the silence?

Mommypundit on June 15, 2009 at 6:17 PM

BuckNutty on June 15, 2009 at 6:12 PM

Well if you go into the Dairy page you’ll find a few dairies about the situation. The sad thing is that there is 50/50 support of the Iranian people and the other half whines that Bush won here too and he was the most hated man in the face of the cosmos or something.

Lance Murdock on June 15, 2009 at 6:18 PM

If confrontation is inevitable, and it surely is, let’s get on with it.

Boom-bada-bing!

Allah, you magnificent bastad! This is why I come to HotAir….to get a little John Wayne with my Dharma.

Limerick on June 15, 2009 at 6:19 PM

tomas on June 15, 2009 at 6:16 PM

No need. Obama gave a speech in Egypt. All is taken care of.

PappaMac on June 15, 2009 at 6:20 PM

What we need is for Both sides…to calm down and communicate rationally with one another.

tomas on June 15, 2009 at 6:16 PM

If only there were a respected peacemaker or lightworker who could bring the sides together, stopping the violence and bringing forth resolution that spreads good will and good faith throughout the land.

myrenovations on June 15, 2009 at 6:20 PM

So who is the Iran Czar, anyways?

trubble on June 15, 2009 at 6:06 PM

My vote was Rashid Khalidi, but someone else suggested Sirhan Sirhan. You could split the diff and nominate Farrakhan, Wright, Rev. Moss, or Father Flaegger. At this juncture I think it is a fill in the blank czar.

freeus on June 15, 2009 at 6:20 PM

They care little overfor ACTUAL hopenchange

I have a diet coke hangover right now. Please forgive. :o)

Mommypundit on June 15, 2009 at 6:20 PM

Anyone else creeped out by the silence?

Mommypundit on June 15, 2009 at 6:17 PM

Not really. The people who post there want govt to control their lives. They be happy to be wards of the state.

Lance Murdock on June 15, 2009 at 6:20 PM

It’s da juice

http://www.mererhetoric.com/archives/11275640.html

tomas on June 15, 2009 at 6:21 PM

Liberty Liberals or and death.

the_nile on June 15, 2009 at 6:08 PM

How true, but I may have to charge you a fee for that play on my moniker. ;-)

Liberty or Death on June 15, 2009 at 6:21 PM

Release the unicorns. I’m at work, whats the word from the White House?

Cindy Munford on June 15, 2009 at 6:22 PM

Liberty Liberals or and death.

the_nile on June 15, 2009 at 6:08 PM

Ooops, struck out the wrong word! Preview is your friend!

Liberty or Death on June 15, 2009 at 6:22 PM

tomas on June 15, 2009 at 6:16

What we need is a “Community Organizer” who can facilitate a calm and rational end to the rioting and bloodshed. If only there was someone, somewhere,…

But alas, this would be above Obama’s pay grade.

PappaMac on June 15, 2009 at 6:24 PM

Pray. Pray hard, and pray often.

capejasmine on June 15, 2009 at 6:24 PM

I’m at work, whats the word from the White House?

Cindy Munford on June 15, 2009 at 6:22 PM

Well, Obama says he is opening to discussing some tort reform so as to lower malpractice costs. I don’t believe him but some people are happy that he said the words.

myrenovations on June 15, 2009 at 6:25 PM

I am afraid anything that the current crop of celebrities we have running the country said would only backfire. If they seem to side with the protesters, and the protesters take this as a sign of support from America, and then we do nothing to help it will just be another example of how America left another group of people to their death after building up their hopes.
If they say nothing then it is viewed as a tacit endorsement of Ahmanutjob and the ruling Islamic council.
That is why I am not a diplomat, and honestly I am not sure how friendly either side in this contest would be to America since it is truly the Islamic Council that wields the power.
However in picking sides, I would chose to stand with the protesters, I would want to craft some sort of aid targeted towards them.
The bright side on all of this? With turmoil at home they have less time and attention paid to Iraq to try and destabilize it.
BTW anyone seem Ayatollah Mookie al-Sadr lately?

Just A Grunt on June 15, 2009 at 6:25 PM

Release the unicorns. I’m at work, whats the word from the White House?

Cindy Munford on June 15, 2009 at 6:22 PM

Mum’s the word. However, David Letterman will be delivering the Democrats response to the nation tonight.

Loxodonta on June 15, 2009 at 6:26 PM

Every hour that Barry stays silent just reinforces the world view that POTUS moved to Sesame Street.

Limerick on June 15, 2009 at 6:26 PM

Tiananmen Square was a relatively small group of people compared to this, so the Communists could stop that revolt by killing a few thousand in an isolated location. Here, it will have to be tens of thousands or even many tens of thousands all over a sprawling city and perhaps the countryside as well. And if the mullahs order mass shootings, there could be civil war and there could be hundreds of thousands of deaths.

Loxodonta on June 15, 2009 at 6:17 PM

There is also another factor at play here. We know the Revolutionary Guard is the big dog on the block relative to mass killing of protestors, if it occurs, but if the Iranian army decides to side with the protestors because it won’t kill fellow countrymen, a true civil war could erupt. I haven’t heard anything about the army going off neutral yet, but if mass slaughter begins, it will have to take a position.

a capella on June 15, 2009 at 6:27 PM

Present!
Pablo on June 15, 2009 at 6:06 PM

Palomino!

csdeven on June 15, 2009 at 6:27 PM

The good thing is that the basij is one of the few groups that allows female members.

Everyone wins.

TTheoLogan on June 15, 2009 at 6:27 PM

All I could think while watching that video was thank God for the 2nd amendment.

TexasDan on June 15, 2009 at 6:27 PM

It’s gotta be Bush’s fault.

Cicero43 on June 15, 2009 at 6:27 PM

Kentucky freezing = Obama says Superbowl baby! Gotta grow those White House orchids!

Tiller’s death= Obama shocked and outraged! Quickly! Protect all abortion providers! Something must be done!

Soldier’s death= Obama saddened a few days later when he remembered he is supposed to care about the Military or something.

Protesters dying (literally) for real change= Fore!

Dude.

JustMary on June 15, 2009 at 6:29 PM

PappaMac

71 BLU-122 “Bunker-Buster” Warheads is a good negotiator

tomas on June 15, 2009 at 6:30 PM

Just heard the lead in to NBC Nightly News……’What will Obama do about health care’!

Keep you eye on the ball, MSM. You’re doing a heckuva job!

Limerick on June 15, 2009 at 6:30 PM

Note to Obama: this is one crisis you really shouldn’t let go to waste.

TexasDan on June 15, 2009 at 6:30 PM

Anyone know when the UN is sending peace-keeping forces to Tehran? Yesterday, I had said this is going to get worse, and probably end up being Tienanmen II. Sad thing about that, the Chinese literally got away with murder…and so will Iran.

I had, so far, defended (ugh) Obama’s “silence” and not to get to involved…as Allah said, we don’t want to hamper the resistance by throwing that ever-evil US backing behind them. It would hurt more than help.

But this situation is getting worse really quickly. Already, civilians are being beaten and murdered in broad daylight. So it’s time…now…for Obama to at least say something, and condemn this. And the rest of the democratized world needs to do the same.

More sanctions…later, of course…will only hurt the Iranian people we’re trying to support here. This is a clear attempt to stifle democracy, and the US cannot stand idly by. Nor should the UN. But alas.

JetBoy on June 15, 2009 at 6:32 PM

With Tehran falling apart, China rising, Europe dying, the Taliban closing in on Pakistan, and North Korea lobbing nukes like fire crackers I feel like I should be listening to Bach in a smoking jacket and sipping Brandy.

I cannot imagine a more pleasant way to watch humanity self-destruct.

StubbleSpark on June 15, 2009 at 6:32 PM

Ochimpy condemns the terrorists acts perpetrated against the Basji and calls for tough UN sanctions against the terrorist protesters.

csdeven on June 15, 2009 at 6:32 PM

Loxodonta on June 15, 2009 at 6:26 PM

Perfect. Time to go home, “talk” to y’all in a bit.

Cindy Munford on June 15, 2009 at 6:35 PM

Palomino!

csdeven on June 15, 2009 at 6:27 PM

I lol’d

Purple Fury on June 15, 2009 at 6:35 PM

ALERT

Fox just said Obama was going to speak about Iran.

freeus on June 15, 2009 at 6:35 PM

Un-frakkin believable….Georgie, on ABC, just announced that Barry has strongly come out in support of the protestors. Baghdad Bob lives!

Limerick on June 15, 2009 at 6:36 PM

a capella on June 15, 2009 at 6:27 PM

Yes. There really is a potential here for civil war.

Another difference from Tiananmen Square, if I remember correctly, is that the Chinese protesters were predominantly college students, but the Iranian protests I’ve seen posted here and elsewhere look like they include majorities of people in their 30′s and 40′s. I’ve seen even older people in the crowds and what looks like whole families too. So, this uprising seems to include a very broad cross-section of the Iranian population. It will be difficult to kill so many. But the mullahs might try.

Loxodonta on June 15, 2009 at 6:36 PM

ALERT

Fox just said Obama was going to speak about Iran.

freeus on June 15, 2009 at 6:35 PM

Enter equivalences

TTheoLogan on June 15, 2009 at 6:37 PM

myrenovations on June 15, 2009 at 6:20 PM

Tooth fairy or Jimmy Carter both are available.

faol on June 15, 2009 at 6:37 PM

Allah thanks for covering this the way you are. This is history, live, on twitter and HotAir.

This is the most disappointed ive felt in Obama since he started. Sure ive seen him make policy decisions i wouldnt, but ive yet to get emotional about something he’s done. Well here I am, absolutely livid that dictatorial thugs have taken a nation from a good people…people who just want freedom and who, given their affinity for the internet and denim, are much more like us than many others in that region. We need to show solidarity with those brave people in the streets, and our leader does nothing…goes about his daily plans. this is f*cking bullsh*t.

grow some balls Obama. show solidarity with iranians fighting for freedom or just go piss off somewhere.

ernesto on June 15, 2009 at 6:38 PM

Obama to speak on FOX soon. TUne in.

Weight of Glory on June 15, 2009 at 6:38 PM

What we need are some folks who can organize the students and teach them to conduct an insurgency against the government.

I really wish we had Spec War, Green Berets, and Agency Paramilitary forces in the area to go and….wait. Iran is next to Iraq and Afghanistan isn’t it?

Oh wait the CinC is Barry…never mind brave students… maybe Barry will airdrop some of his Black Panthers and ACORN community activists to help you out. LOL!

elduende on June 15, 2009 at 6:39 PM

One of those rare moments when he’s not live on TV.

the_nile on June 15, 2009 at 6:09 PM

The TOTUS is mullahfying the thugs in Iran, and elsewhere.

Maybe same TOTUS will see the latest polls and get his mind changed.

Schadenfreude on June 15, 2009 at 6:40 PM

Welcome back, Carter

Schadenfreude on June 15, 2009 at 6:41 PM

What we need are some folks who can organize the students and teach them to conduct an insurgency against the government.

elduende on June 15, 2009 at 6:39 PM

Only thing is, that same scenario didn’t work to well on Saddam’s regime.

It’s not that easy these days for the people to rise up and overthrow a government like that.

JetBoy on June 15, 2009 at 6:41 PM

“The United States deals with the facts. And the fact is we’re going to take whatever leadership there is in that country and try to pursue our goals and objectives and that means dealing with the Iran that we’ve got, and not the Iran that we wish we had,” – Joe Biden

Gee, Joe, maybe a strong hand here and we could have a wish come true….

Limerick on June 15, 2009 at 6:42 PM

Here it is on FoX

Weight of Glory on June 15, 2009 at 6:42 PM

maybe someone needs to off an Iranian abortionist in order to get a condemnation from Barry?

elduende on June 15, 2009 at 6:43 PM

“Deeply troubled” he says

Weight of Glory on June 15, 2009 at 6:43 PM

Watching Obama on Fox. He just threw the protesters under the bus.

Lance Murdock on June 15, 2009 at 6:43 PM

This is about the saddest situation I can remember. These kids are putting it all on the line for freedom, something most Americans take for granted.

Change_for_Iran hasn’t been heard from in 12 hours. I hope he’s okay.

Infidoll on June 15, 2009 at 6:43 PM

ALERT

Fox just said Obama was going to speak about Iran.

freeus on June 15, 2009 at 6:35 PM

TOTUS had to be convinced first.

Cicero43 on June 15, 2009 at 6:43 PM

What a peepee! How’s your Iran policy now cretin?

elduende on June 15, 2009 at 6:44 PM

He’s punting. He’s talking about voter fraud and investigations, as if this is still about the “vote”. They’re killing people, Obama!

Weight of Glory on June 15, 2009 at 6:45 PM

“We did not have observers there.”

This is beyond weak!

freeus on June 15, 2009 at 6:45 PM

Am I the only one who thinks Obama is a stuttering doofus?

TTheoLogan on June 15, 2009 at 6:46 PM

This is what Obama is saying. He believes in Iranian sovereignty. He also, believes in the right of protest. He also wants to wait under the election investigation he talks to the govt.

Lance Murdock on June 15, 2009 at 6:46 PM

Good night! He’s talking as if Ahmedaldjfasd is simply guilty of “tsk tsk” type of political corruption, rather than SHOOTING INTO CROWDS!

Weight of Glory on June 15, 2009 at 6:46 PM

This is obviously a distraction against health care.

TTheoLogan on June 15, 2009 at 6:46 PM

Obama…..”I am deeply troubled by the protest on the streets…..ahhhh..blah, blah……the U.S. will respect the Iranian government and their decisions….aaahhh blah blah.”

My God, the man just can’t complete a coherent sentence without that teleprompter.

Rovin on June 15, 2009 at 6:46 PM

Diplomacy! blah blah blah diplomacy! blah blah blah diplomacy! Iran, blah blah, upset, looks like, appears, blah blah, pursue dialogue, blah blah, optimism, blah, inspired by blah blha, now burn in hell students…my ego is more important than your freedom blah blah….

elduende on June 15, 2009 at 6:47 PM

Jimmy Carter has certified the election results …….. why is everyone rioting in the streets.

SC.Charlie on June 15, 2009 at 6:47 PM

Another ground zero

Schadenfreude on June 15, 2009 at 6:47 PM

under= until

Lance Murdock on June 15, 2009 at 6:47 PM

Mommypundit on June 15, 2009 at 6:17 PM

On the rare occasion I visted the cesspool, they are always creepy. I have concluded that they only get outraged if it supports their “agenda”. Their outrage is selective. If Polar bears were being attacked today “outrage”, killing Iranians in cold blood- silence.

As for your other question…I went through the GE with my car damaged for my Mac/Palin sticker, people on my property stealing yard signs, ect.. I have no doubt the fringe group could esculate in their behavior.

bazil9 on June 15, 2009 at 6:48 PM

He must be taking Bill Maher’s advice to cut back on the media appearances.

Buy Danish on June 15, 2009 at 6:14 PM

Typical half-assed effort, Obama doesn’t have ANY of Bush’s macho determination devoted to American ideals.

You’re right, Obama’s a coward. This Pantywaist is afraid he’ll trump his bed wetting habit by wetting the TOTUS.

So what good is Obama’s outreach to the Muslim world, as Bill Kristol is asking.

maverick muse on June 15, 2009 at 6:49 PM

Georgie, on ABC, just announced that Barry has strongly come out in support of the protestors. Baghdad Bob lives!

Limerick on June 15, 2009 at 6:36 PM

So, when will his supporters show up to proclaim his Ozsome Ozsomeness in handling this situation with such nuance?

Loxodonta on June 15, 2009 at 6:49 PM

Hey, 0bama has a puppy!

Cicero43 on June 15, 2009 at 6:49 PM

My God, the man just can’t complete a coherent sentence without that teleprompter.

Rovin on June 15, 2009 at 6:46 PM

AMEN!

LMAO! Steve Hayes said he was behind the French in this statement!

freeus on June 15, 2009 at 6:50 PM

It is me? Or does it seem that a lot of words come out of his mouth but he says nothing of any note, takes no stands, and acts as if it is this is just an irritation to have to address the situation?

He is deeply troubled.

Okay, at least he said something.

Miss Molly on June 15, 2009 at 6:51 PM

Allah thanks for covering this the way you are. This is history, live, on twitter and HotAir.

ernesto on June 15, 2009 at 6:38 PM

Great work, Allahpundit.

maverick muse on June 15, 2009 at 6:51 PM

He kept looking down, swallowing hard, and kept saying he was deeply troubled.

This was so Neville Chamberlain 2.0!

freeus on June 15, 2009 at 6:51 PM

What a peepee!

elduende on June 15, 2009 at 6:44 PM

I hope the president doesn’t read your post or he might wet his diapers.

Loxodonta on June 15, 2009 at 6:52 PM

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