Chaos in Iran: I’m ready for martyrdom, says Mousavi; Videos: Woman murdered in cold blood; Update: Obama calls on regime to end violence; Update: Obama goes out for ice cream; Rumor: 150 dead? Report: Mousavi’s office sends letter to Obama?

posted at 9:23 am on June 20, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

Today is widely considered the crucial day of the Iranian crisis, which erupted when the ruling mullahs of the Guardian Council made their vote-rigging too obvious for their subjects to ignore.  Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei warned Iranians yesterday that his patience was at an end with protests, but activists claimed that they would defy Khamenei and gather again in cities to protest the government and the election results.  Today, sketchy reports have hundreds of police blocking access to key areas, including the use of teargas, to keep protestors out:

Heavily armed police prevented several thousand Iranian protesters Saturday from entering Revolution Square — one of the main protest sites in Tehran, a witness told CNN.

About a mile away, police kept the crowd back by throwing two canisters of tear gas at their feet, the witness said.

The Web site of the main opposition candidate, Mir Hossein Moussavi, quoted news reports as saying a flood of people were headed to the capital from surrounding towns.

Thus far, we’ve seen attempts by the government to spread misinformation about the rallies, and confusion and hesitation among the organizers.  Protests today will almost certainly be an irrevocable act.  If the government doesn’t act with force to suppress the protests, the mullahs will lose all credibility and will have to run for their lives.  If they give the order to attack and the police don’t carry it out, they will have to run for their lives.  They know the stakes and the risk, but the alternatives for them are all bad; their backs are against the wall — but they still have all the guns, at least for now.

We’ll keep an eye on reports and update as the day goes along.  So far, it looks as though the confrontation will come.

Update (AP): Multiple Iranian twitterers are claiming there’s been some sort of explosion at Khomeini’s shrine, which they’re treating as the regime’s version of the Reichstag fire. There’s precedent for that in Iranian history, too.

Update (Ed): NBC’s Today has a good, if basic, report this morning:

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Update (AP): The Khaleej Times says the explosion at Khomeini’s shrine was caused by a suicide bomber. Hmmm.

Update (AP): Two mind-blowing videos for you. The second is familiar; it’s clearly taken at the same assault on the Basij complex that I wrote about earlier this week. Watch all the way through and you’ll see Iranian protesters actually fall after being shot. I don’t know where the first clip is from — it was uploaded by BBC Persia today but could also be from the Basij complex incident a few days ago — but it’s the closest thing I’ve seen yet to all-out war.

As I write this, Iranian twitterers are reporting use of water cannons, teargas, gunshots, and even some sort of burning agent being dropped on the crowds by helicopters. There’s still no confirmation as far as I know that a bomb really did go off at Khomeini’s shrine, but Reuters is now reporting that Mousavi supporters have set fire to a building being used by Ahmadinejad supporters. And now, suddenly, Mousavi is making some sort of statement where he says he’s prepared for martyrdom. Sounds like the gloves are finally all the way off.

Update (AP): Anecdotally, after following them all week, I can tell you that the tone of Iranian twitterers is strikingly different from what it’s been before. Some are openly asking people to pray for them. The fear is palpable.

Here’s a poignant video in Farsi with English subtitles that’s making the rounds today. The din you hear in the background is Tehranians screaming “Allahu Akbar” in defiance of Khamenei last night.

Update (AP): A comparatively calm but significant new clip: According to NIAC, protesters can be heard chanting “Marg bar Khamenei,” i.e. “Death to Khamanei.” It’s not about Ahmadinejad anymore.

Update (AP): If you’re unfamiliar with the cast of characters in Iran, Time’s primer is useful. Meanwhile, new video of what the streets look like in Tehran today. Note the end, where a few protesters display nightsticks they’ve seized from the Basij — to cheers from the crowd.

Update (AP): To see just how bad things have gotten, brace yourself and click here. Strong content warning.

Update (AP): Mousavi knows the regime can’t let him walk free forever and is calling for a strike if he’s detained. Who steps in if he’s jailed, I wonder. Karroubi? Rafsanjani, whom Khamenei would be loath to arrest lest it inflame the clerics?

Gosh, if only the U.S. had troops stationed in some neighboring country or countries so that we could start feeding weapons to the protesters.

Update (AP): Not sure if this is wise under the circumstances, but Israel’s minister for strategic affairs is now openly predicting a revolution — with no resulting change in Iran’s nuke program. Meanwhile, a provocative report from NIAC:

This morning a friend of NIAC who gets Iranian Satellite TV here said that state-run media showed President Obama speaking about Iran this morning. However, instead of translating what he actually said, the translator reportedly quoted Obama as saying he “supports the protesters against the government and they should keep protesting.

Assuming this report is correct, it shows the Iranian government is eager to portray Obama as a partisan supporting the demonstrators.

Update (AP): A HuffPo reader reports that the news about a bombing at Khomeini’s shrine appears to be yet another regime lie:

“I’m watching state TV here in Dubai and they just did a report on the bombing at the mausoleum. There was NO DAMAGE. All they showed was a broken window saying the “terrorists” luckily blew themselves up outside the building before doing any damage inside. The “bombing” was clearly a fraud as there was NO DAMAGE done to the mausoleum other than a broken window they showed at the entrance of the building. It clearly looked like there was NO BOMBING, no explosion fragments or blood shown just one shattered window. Also a correction to my previous e-mail. The program said the youths had been talking to “friends” in the U.K. and the U.S. on the phone about causing destruction in Iran rather than actually going to the U.S. and being trained. Important difference but the subtext is the same. They’re clearly building a case for foreign interference i.e. the U.K and U.S.”

Update (AP): Dear god. Here’s another extremely graphic video of the murder of the young woman I linked up above. NIAC translates the Facebook description as follows: “A young woman who was standing aside with her father watching the protests was shot by a basij member hiding on the rooftop of a civilian house. He had clear shot at the girl and could not miss her. However, he aimed straight her heart. I am a doctor, so I rushed to try to save her. But the impact of the gunshot was so fierce that the bullet had blasted inside the victim’s chest, and she died in less than 2 minutes.”

Update (AP): Another one that’s going viral shot at Shiraz University. Note at about 90 seconds in how the police trap women against the gate and break out the nightsticks. Click the image to watch.

Update (AP): Multiple reports on Twitter now that people are shouting from the rooftops — literally — at Khamenei and the regime.

Update (AP): Verrry interesting: Rooftop shouts now being heard in Mashad, the Shiites’ second holiest city. Proof that the clerics are coming around to the people’s side?

Update (AP): Another murder in Tehran. Skip ahead to 3:25 to see the latest victim of Iran’s “robust debate,” or watch from the beginning and you’ll find protesters picking up rocks and chanting “Marg bar dictator.”

Update (AP): A statement from the White House:

The Iranian government must understand that the world is watching. We mourn each and every innocent life that is lost. We call on the Iranian government to stop all violent and unjust actions against its own people. The universal rights to assembly and free speech must be respected, and the United States stands with all who seek to exercise those rights.

As I said in Cairo, suppressing ideas never succeeds in making them go away. The Iranian people will ultimately judge the actions of their own government. If the Iranian government seeks the respect of the international community, it must respect the dignity of its own people and govern through consent, not coercion.

Martin Luther King once said – “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.” I believe that. The international community believes that. And right now, we are bearing witness to the Iranian peoples’ belief in that truth, and we will continue to bear witness.

Update (AP): An ominous rumor from Tehran Bureau: “good source: Hospital close to the scene in Tehran: 30-40 dead thus far as of 11pm and 200 injured. Police taking names of incoming injured.”

Update (AP): I linked the Facebook video of the young woman being murdered by the Basij earlier but it deserves wide dissemination so I’m giving you the embeddable LiveLeak version too. Forward the link around.

Update (AP): More Twitter reports trickling in about acid or some other sort of corrosive agent being dropped on protesters. And there’s a hot rumor that the Canadian embassy in Tehran has its gates closed to the injured, even as many other embassies have theirs opened. Can anyone confirm/deny?

Update (AP): It’s raining rocks on the streets of Tehran.

Update (AP): Reuel Marc Gerecht tries to answer the million-dollar question: Why would Khamenei risk his supreme authority to fix the election for a disposable goon like Ahmadinejad?

Khamenei, who worked with and struggled against Mousavi for a decade, knows the former prime minister politically as well as anyone. The supreme leader knows that what Mousavi lacks in charisma he has always made up in doggedness…

Khamenei acted so crudely and rashly on June 12 because he’d already seen this movie. What’s happening in Iran now is all about democracy, about the contradictory and chaotic bedfellows that it makes, about the questioning of authority and the personal curiosity that it unleashes. Khamenei knows what George H.W. Bush’s “realist” national security adviser Brent Scowcroft surely knows, too: Democracy in Iran implies regime change. Where Iranians in the 1990s could try to play games with themselves–be in favor of greater democracy but refrain from saying publicly that the current government was illegitimate–this fiction is no longer possible. Khamenei has forced Mousavi and, more important, the people behind him into opposition to himself and the political system he leads. Unless Mousavi gives up, and thereby deflates the millions who’ve gathered around him, a permanent opposition to Khamenei and his constitutionally ordained supremacy has now formed. Like it or not, Mousavi has become the new Khatami–except this time the opposition is stronger and led by a man of considerable intestinal fortitude.

I don’t get it. If Mousavi’s famous for his perseverance, the last thing you’d want to do is antagonize him and his youth movement by defrauding him. It’s practically begging for an uprising. The smart move would be to placate him by bringing him into the regime and then compromising with him on some basic reforms; that, at least, would keep the regime in place. It makes more sense to me to think that Khamenei feared opposing Ahmadinejad because he’s been such a generous patron to the Revolutionary Guard. If Mousavi won and Khamenei endorsed it, the Guard might stage a coup to protect the gravy train they’ve been riding for the past four years. That’s my theory and I’m sticking to it.

Update (AP): Have we already reached the point in the crackdown where negotiating with Iran is unthinkable? I know The One has his heart set on it, but the point’s going to come — if it hasn’t already — where the regime behaves so monstrously that he simply can’t afford a photo op with them. As a thought experiment, imagine that the tanks roll tomorrow and then Khamenei turns around on Monday and offers to give up the nuclear program in exchange for the lifting of all sanctions and full diplomatic recognition. Can Obama make that deal now, knowing that it would legitimize these monsters?

Update (AP): Uh oh: The latest Twitter rumor claims there’s a tank in Azadi Square.

Update (AP): CBS reporter Mark Knoller reports that the president decided today of all days would be a good time for a leisurely trip to the ice-cream parlor. Quoth Jim Treacher: “Imagine if Bush went on an ice cream run during something like this. He’d be ‘Worst Person in the World’ every day forever.” Any lefties care to dispute that, especially in light of the longstanding faux outrage over this clip?

Update (AP): The latest unverified/rumored death toll is 150. In other news, Obama ordered a small cup of vanilla.

Update (AP): If Gutfeld’s this pissed about the skateboarding photo op, wait until he hears about the ice cream trip.

Am I an old fart or am I right to be pissed that some jackass is skateboarding down the halls of the White House while all this Iranian shit is going down?…

Right now, people are risking their lives for the glimmer of freedom, and Tony Hawk is in the White House tweeting about Frosted Flakes.

Update (AP): I’m skeptical that Mousavi would send a letter to Obama without publicizing it, but for what it’s worth, Michael Ledeen says he’s got a copy. Excerpt:

In the name of the Iranian people, we want you to know that when you recently made the statement “Achmadinejad or Mousavi? Two of a kind,” we consider this as a grave and deep insult, not just to Mr. Mousavi but especially against the judgment of the Iranian people, against our moral conviction and intelligence, especially those of the young generation that comprises a population of 31 million.

It is a specially grave insult for those who are now fighting for democracy and freedom, and an unwarranted gift and even praise for Mr. Khamenei, whose security forces are now killing peaceful Iranians in the streets of every major city in the country.

Update (AP): If Iranian goons are willing to shoot women dead in the street, I guess it makes sense that they’re willing to drag the wounded from hospitals where they’re being treated. Note that communications from the notorious Evin prison have been cut off, too. I’ve got a nutty hunch that whatever’s going on inside is a bit worse than waterboarding.

Update (AP): CNN is airing YouTube vids of today’s brutality nonstop, which makes me think American public opinion of the regime will soon be so poisonous as to make diplomacy impossible. The One simply won’t be able to justify shaking these cretins’ bloody hands. If that’s so, it means negotiations are dead and a desperate Israeli attack on Iran’s nuclear sites is assured — unless the regime is overthrown. The stakes couldn’t be higher.

Update (AP): I keep waiting for news to break that Hamas or Hezbollah has attacked Israel, as Iran could use a distraction right now to appeal to the protesters’ sympathies. Maybe this week? Southern Iraq would be an even more attractive target, as it would embarrass the U.S. The fact that they haven’t done that may be among the best evidence yet of how weak their influence has become in that part of the country.

Update (AP): Just posted at Mousavi’s Facebook page, feast your eyes on Iranian police rushing a crowd of protesters, unsheathing the batons, and swinging for the fences. The chaos starts a little more than a minute in.

Update (AP): The sounds of terror: Screams in the night as the Basij break into people’s homes.

Update (AP): I’m skeptical, but supposedly this clip shows the good guys getting a measure of revenge by lighting a gas line … that leads straight into a Basij complex in eastern Tehran. Watch for the boom five seconds in.


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University educated logic will prevail over monsters.

Limerick on June 21, 2009 at 11:25 AM

Dianne Feinstein Agrees

U.S. intelligence has not meddled in the mass protests sweeping Iran, and its ability “to get in there and change the course of human events is very low,” the head of the Senate Intelligence Committee said Sunday.

The senator from California said U.S. intelligence on Iran was not good.

“I think it’s a very difficult country in which to collect intelligence right now. So I think our ability to get in there and change the course of human events is very low, to be very candid with you,” she said.

William Amos on June 21, 2009 at 11:28 AM

OT-Where is Kang Nam? Last location I saw it was skirting the Chinese coast and near Singapore. Info?

freeus on June 21, 2009 at 11:28 AM

There’s a new Iran thread, guys…

IrishEi on June 21, 2009 at 11:31 AM

My first clue was Geraldo’s brother interviewing outside Columbia. But the take was repeated elsewhere. However, the Iranians in CA and young ones there did not seem to have the same take as those near our bastions of communism.

freeus on June 21, 2009 at 11:31 AM

freeus on June 21, 2009 at 11:28 AM

She will hug the 250 mile coastal zone as long as possible. The international grey area of maritime self defense (relying on friendly nations to guard her. China, then VietHappyLand before she has to venture out into truly international waters.

Limerick on June 21, 2009 at 11:32 AM

Limerick on June 21, 2009 at 11:32 AM

Thanks. Not totally functioning just yet this am. On first cup of coffee.

freeus on June 21, 2009 at 11:33 AM

JiangxiDad on June 21, 2009 at 11:20 AM
fourdeucer on June 21, 2009 at 11:24 AM

This is another one of those times when copying the Democrats is unacceptable to me. Mr. Obama’s lack of experience is glaringly embarrassing. We do have some fine governors. I like Gov. Palin’s heart and feel that she has the innate instincts for the U.S. that few people have. I would love to seem that gem polished and have previously suggested Liz Cheney and Charles Krauthammer for the job. Nobody listens to me.

Cindy Munford on June 21, 2009 at 11:35 AM

Looks like Mighty Mouse kinda messed up telling the Muslims to treat women and homosexuals differently. And you folks thought he was the one to bring us to understand the cultures of the world. What a laugh. Dring your kool-aid, wash his stinky feet and kiss his A$$.

bluegrass on June 21, 2009 at 11:47 AM

Cindy Munford on June 21, 2009 at 11:35 AM

Liz Cheney & Sarah Palin on the same ticket would be like manna from heaven to me. As unpolished a gem Sarah appears to be she has the insticnt to surround herself with the best. I didn’t want to hijack this thread. Sorry.

fourdeucer on June 21, 2009 at 11:56 AM

fourdeucer on June 21, 2009 at 11:56 AM

I like your candidates and when a thread goes this long I don’t think it can be kept on track. It has been all over the map.

Cindy Munford on June 21, 2009 at 11:59 AM

Ooohh! Obama says stop, so you shall stop! Bwaaaaa! What a dork!

sabbott on June 21, 2009 at 12:33 PM

Cindy Munford on June 21, 2009

no one listens to Cindy :[

lol jk

blatantblue on June 21, 2009 at 12:40 PM

Meh…30 years after they freely chose these jihadijerks to oppress and abuse them, now suddenly they want to have a revolution?

Where is the freedom they claimed they didn’t have under the Shah? Oh what? It was just a propoganda smear campaign fueled and funded by western insterests to destabalise the region and make life tough for russia? What it was a mistake on the part of the Carter administration? What? they made a mistake and want a do-over now?

Who are they kidding? They have the government they marched for, they demanded and demonstrated for and fully deserve…just like us here in the United Bannana Republic of Omerica.

Take note, once you break it you buy it.

Now my fellow ex-country men…your bitter salty tears are yours to enjoy…Learn to pull your heads out of your collective asses next time…If a next time ever happens.

The Shah brought this backwards country into the modern age over the course of his reign, to bad the populous was so easily decieved into thinking that the religious freaks would make life better.

Morons…just like obama voters.

BillaryMcBush on June 21, 2009 at 12:54 PM

Is that still shot of the hands of several men over the face of the woman part of a live video of her actual murder??? The photo itself has such a wave of horror and evil about it that I get physically ill just seeing it. I can’t bear to watch it, but was wondering if it is what I think it is.

If it is of an actual murder – what in world is wrong with obama? Oh, wait – he prefers egomaniacal muslim tyrants – is a wannabe himself.

He’s waiting for Soros & Co. to tell him what to do next. Mr. No-experience-never-held-a-real-job-in-his-life could never have masterminded the takeover of our financial and manufacturing and God forbid, health industry himself. No, he is happy being the willing flunky for some real wicked tools.

The teabag movement should be in the streets in solidarity with the Iraninans — and while we are at it we should be calling for impeachment now!

tigerlily on June 21, 2009 at 1:01 PM

Meh…30 years after they freely chose these jihadijerks to oppress and abuse them, now suddenly they want to have a revolution?

BillaryMcBush on June 21, 2009 at 12:54 PM

I would guess that the vast majority of the protesters in the streets of Tehran weren’t even born 30 years ago, ar were, at best, youngsters.

Red State State of Mind on June 21, 2009 at 1:19 PM

Red State State of Mind on June 21, 2009 at 1:19 PM

You are correct. It’s possible they don’t actually understand Mousavi(sp?) as well.

dogsoldier on June 21, 2009 at 1:40 PM

Some perspective.

Bill Blizzard on June 21, 2009 at 1:52 PM

CBS News today (presidential father’s day, not Iran crackdown day) had a hard hitting question for Mr. Obama: How did you learn to love?

The revolution will be oprahfied.

PattyJ on June 21, 2009 at 2:18 PM

BillaryMcBush on June 21, 2009 at 12:54 PM

Hear, hear!

progressoverpeace on June 21, 2009 at 2:18 PM

what in world is wrong with obama? Oh, wait – he prefers egomaniacal muslim tyrants – is a wannabe himself.

Obama doesn’t care about Iranians because they’re Shia: he’s Sunni.

guntotinglibertarian on June 21, 2009 at 2:30 PM

2,283

Is this the longest thread evah?

Geochelone on June 21, 2009 at 2:30 PM

Geochelone on June 21, 2009 at 2:30 PM

It’s the longest one I’ve ever seen…and Poptech doesn’t even post here anymore.

kingsjester on June 21, 2009 at 2:54 PM

She will hug the 250 mile coastal zone as long as possible. The international grey area of maritime self defense (relying on friendly nations to guard her. China, then VietHappyLand before she has to venture out into truly international waters.

Limerick on June 21, 2009 at 11:32 AM

It hardly matters. Our new grown up “Smart Diplomacy” dictates that we ask nicely, then slink away and pout once the Norks say ‘No’.

DngrMse on June 21, 2009 at 3:23 PM

What I want to know is where the F**K is crosby stills nash and young in all this. ha ha F’n hippy’s

sonnyspats1 on June 21, 2009 at 3:23 PM

kingsjester on June 21, 2009 at 2:54 PM

We are passionate about freedoms for oppressed people. Barry not so much.

Geochelone on June 21, 2009 at 3:23 PM

Correction ‘Commie Hippy’s’

sonnyspats1 on June 21, 2009 at 3:24 PM

sonnyspats1 on June 21, 2009 at 3:23 PM

Celebutards are complete frauds.

Geochelone on June 21, 2009 at 3:25 PM

You are correct. It’s possible they don’t actually understand Mousavi(sp?) as well.

dogsoldier on June 21, 2009 at 1:40 PM

What I’ve read is that out of literally hundreds of potential presidential candidates, the ruling mullahs ‘selected/allowed’ four candidates. If that’s accurate, then I’m guessing the citizens seeking reform voted for Mousavi as the best of those four choices. I understand, for example, that he is against the stoning of women and that contrasted him from Ahmedinijad (sp)
Hard to believe we are living in the Twentifirst Century, huh?

Red State State of Mind on June 21, 2009 at 3:35 PM

Red State State of Mind on June 21, 2009 at 3:35 PM

Yes, some times it is. Take heart, the folks in Iran are very intelligent and aware of the democracies nearby. I don’t think Mousavi will be able to control the djinn he unleashed.

dogsoldier on June 21, 2009 at 3:51 PM

It hardly matters. Our new grown up “Smart Diplomacy” dictates that we ask nicely, then slink away and pout once the Norks say ‘No’.

DngrMse on June 21, 2009 at 3:23 PM

Don’t forget the “strongly worded letter” phase.

csdeven on June 21, 2009 at 5:58 PM

Cindy Munford on June 21, 2009 at 11:35 AM

Well, you may have, temporarily. Liz is very impressive. She has the deadly mix of intelligence and common sense. Not to mention the ability to stay poised amidst the radical left attack machine.

Is it me, or does she sound just like her mother (voice)?

Browndog on June 21, 2009 at 5:58 PM

It’s the longest one I’ve ever seen…and Poptech doesn’t even post here anymore.

kingsjester on June 21, 2009 at 2:54 PM

Ed can’t let a serious crisis go to waste.

/sarc

csdeven on June 21, 2009 at 6:01 PM

Dear World,

Due to circumstances beyond the control of conservative Americans, we are no longer getting involved in unjust or evil situations that involve the death of innocents. Our new President has brought in the age of self indulgence based on minority identification, so you are on your own.

We are self absorbed with infanticide, making cars, redefining marriage, making up scientific nonsense like global warming and other self abasing idiocy. George Bush is no longer here to fight your battles.

As we struggle to to give rich minorities greater power, we ask you to please contact the U.N for all your emergencies. Hope and change, and fist bumps to ya’ll.

The USA

Hening on June 21, 2009 at 6:15 PM

What I’ve read is that out of literally hundreds of potential presidential candidates, the ruling mullahs ’selected/allowed’ four candidates. If that’s accurate, then I’m guessing the citizens seeking reform voted for Mousavi as the best of those four choices. I understand, for example, that he is against the stoning of women and that contrasted him from Ahmedinijad (sp)
Hard to believe we are living in the Twentifirst Century, huh?

Red State State of Mind on June 21, 2009 at 3:35 PM

We are regressing. Civilization was always a myth.

Benjamin9 on June 21, 2009 at 7:01 PM

+The teabag movement should be in the streets in solidarity with the Iraninans — and while we are at it we should be calling for impeachment now!

tigerlily on June 21, 2009 at 1:01 PM

Civil unrest be damned. I’m calling for impeachment, and I don’t care if we get Biden as a result. It must be done.

long_cat on June 21, 2009 at 8:08 PM

Hening on June 21, 2009 at 6:15 PM
Sad but true.

red131 on June 21, 2009 at 8:39 PM

Interesting story from American Thinker:

http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2009/06/in_iran_too_follow_the_money.html

journeyintothewhirlwind on June 21, 2009 at 9:29 PM

journeyintothewhirlwind on June 21, 2009 at 9:29 PM
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A little twist and turn here and there and I could see that same thing happening here ala, bailouts, takeovers, stimuli… Then resale, misdirected funds, rigged bankruptcies… Next thing you know, the money is gone.

RalphyBoy on June 22, 2009 at 12:06 AM

“Hundreds of thousands of gallant Iranians are now engaged in a non-violent moral struggle against tyranny in Iran-one of the great examples of bravery in our times. All free peoples of the world watch their ordeal, and can only wish them success, while owing them a great deal of gratitude for risking their lives for the innate and shared notion of human freedom and dignity. We in the United States ask the government of Iran—as well as its military and security forces — to recognize the universal appeal of freedom that flourishes among its own remarkable people, to stand down and renounce its serial use of violence and coercion-and to ensure a truly free election where the voices of all can be at last fully heard, so that Iran can once more properly reenter the family of law-biding nations”.)

THIS NEEDED TO SAID AGAIN— I think whats said above would be good if put into a letter to Iranian people from its American people. We could sign it and email it to every Iranian email we can find.
I know Obamanamaaaaa will never do it.
I think its a point but not legitimate at this point to wait and see. It is truly stupid to think we can make points with Extremist Islamic Clerical Maniacs. I think Iranian people are great. I know some Iranians and I find them very intelligent but also very proud. Many have bought into antisemitic ideals, but those born after 1975 or so are very pro-Western. The speaks good of the Iranian people that despite being subject to brainwashing attempts they have figured this one out. That President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad guy I swear I recognized as being one of the student leaders of the US Embassy take over. I was on USS Midway 7th Fleet Command. Electronic Warfare PO3. We shuttled the helicopters and transfered them to another carrier at Gonzo Station. Two stations was setup Gonzo and Kermit. Two carrier groups rotation with third to give us some R&R in Kenya. Carter first gave go ahead for rescue attempt then like the wimp he is, changed his mind and at a covert refueling station inside Iran when they got the word. The exit plan went very bad, A helicopter and C2 cargo plan collided in a turn around maneuver and many good men paid the ultimate price.
I wish I could give arms to those brave Iranians. The least we should do is give our moral support. It looks like they have got some of those Basij militia on Bikes. I suggest they get some of them to chase them around a corner and then deploy a thin wire across the road. Helmets with heads rolling on ground. I wish them well and bless those who have paid the price.

Ed Laskie on June 22, 2009 at 8:04 AM

The teabag movement

is what the main stream media called Tea party movement which is defined by this communist government as a terrorist organization. Tea bagging is what the main stream media did when they went to college

to suck balls

Thats why they know about it. They would squat over each others face and suck balls. I had know idea. haha I still don’t get it. The main Stream Media loves this US communist regime. They had a part in making it happen.
One more important Point
Those who say kill them all. (The Iranians) I’m not sure if they are progressive liberals posers as conservative, drunk or nut cases, but they don’t represent the conservative ideals I know.
WAKE UP AMERICA YOU ELECTED A COMMUNIST GOVERNMENT!!!
God Help US!!!!

Ed Laskie on June 22, 2009 at 8:40 AM

PattyJ on June 21, 2009 at 2:18 PM Thanks for the article

Yet, in brief and rare encounters, Mr. Obama’s father passed along certain things the president values to this day.

Like being a good communist. but its okay because he had another communist man mentor, pervert Frank and god knows what else he showed him. Good friend of his grandfather who also was a Communist like his Mother.
http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/Articles/Obamas%20Red%20Mentor%20Was%20a%20Pervert.html

Ed Laskie on June 22, 2009 at 9:08 AM

Am I an old fart or am I right to be pissed that some jackass is skateboarding down the halls of the White House while all this Iranian shit is going down?…

Right now, people are risking their lives for the glimmer of freedom, and Tony Hawk is in the White House tweeting about Frosted Flakes.

My daughter got me a movie for Fathers Day. It was called Gran Torino, a Clint Eastwood flick. She said I reminder her of the main character. In the end one message is, watch out for “old farts”, they have little to lose if they start their own little “revolution”.

Oh geez, I’m on ANOTHER Homeland Security note with that one.

Jeff from WI on June 22, 2009 at 9:29 AM

I haven’t followed the numbers that close, but with this 2300 comment thread, Hot Air must be well over 4000 comments on Iran. It seems that every update brings 600 comments or more.

Clearly no other topic is commanding this kind of interest.

Jaibones on June 22, 2009 at 9:34 AM

Right now, people are risking their lives for the glimmer of freedom, and Tony Hawk is in the White House tweeting about Frosted Flakes.

Who was it claiming that now, with 23 year old Democrats running around the West Wing “the adults are in charge” again? This is one click short of Democrats claiming to be the Party of National Security.

Talk about backwards. This is Bill Clinton all over again: a bunch of college clowns puking on themselves and playing with their blackberries, while the business of governing the most powerful nation in history spins out of control.

2010 RNC Theme: We need adults in charge of this economy and government, and the Obama-Pelosi administration can’t be trusted with anything. They are silly people.

2012 Presidential Theme: Hey, an affirmative action Presidency was worth a try, I guess. Now let’s get back to business and fix this government and this economy.

Both campaigns need a bold list of policy improvements that candidates are committed to .

Jaibones on June 22, 2009 at 9:43 AM

Right now, people are risking their lives for the glimmer of freedom, and Tony Hawk is in the White House tweeting about Frosted Flakes.

Who was it claiming that now, with 23 year old Democrats running around the West Wing “the adults are in charge” again? This is one click short of Democrats claiming to be the Party of National Security.

Talk about backwards. This is Bill Clinton all over again: a bunch of college clowns puking on themselves and playing with their blackberries, while the business of governing the most powerful nation in history spins out of control.

Jaibones on June 22, 2009 at 9:43 AM

Rarely is someone privileged to witness true bravery and what the true cost of freedom is. I think those who caught one of the Basij militia off his bike are better than me, I don’t think I could have let him live after what they have been doing. He is one lucky guy they could have killed him, but did not. He should have taken the green cloth that was offered to him. This is bigger than Mousavi, this is complete revolution we are witnessing. God Bless Iranian people; this has been long time coming.

Ed Laskie on June 22, 2009 at 10:48 AM

As you may remember or not I will tell you. After 9/11 wake up call we had four main problem nations to deal with. DPRK North Korea, Iraq ( unfinished business), Iran and Afghanistan. Bush sent Special Ops into Afghanistan and Regular forces into Iraq. DPRK North Korea is most difficult because of Seoul is within artillery range of North. Big problem. Intelligence on Iran told us that the under 30 crowd, which is big sector, was pro western and ripe for revolution, Bush spoke to the Iranian people and told them America was with them in there desire for freedom from oppression. Many laughed at Bush and many liberals complained that Iran was bigger problem than Iraq.

Ed Laskie on June 22, 2009 at 11:22 AM

Ed Laskie on June 22, 2009 at 10:48 AM

The protesters are holding back, I am not sure why. With few exceptions they are not fighting back, but they could and they know it.

dogsoldier on June 22, 2009 at 12:27 PM

2300+ comments. Is this some sort of record?

Abby Adams on June 22, 2009 at 2:22 PM

Ed Laskie on June 22, 2009 at 10:48 AM

The protesters are holding back, I am not sure why. With few exceptions they are not fighting back, but they could and they know it.

dogsoldier on June 22, 2009 at 12:27 PM

Preparing for the strike on Tuesday – stocking up on supplies.
Once the oil quits flowing the mullahs will have to go drill themselves.
Maybe Obama can send the EPA and the eco-nazis to Iran to make them
quit drilling for oil. They have been very successful in shutting down American drilling. Which side is Obama on? The Iranian Islamic regime is the cause of many of the world’s problems. Obama is the wrong person at the right time to be president. Imagine if Al Gore was president during 9-11……

izoneguy on June 22, 2009 at 3:22 PM

Wow! Yet another roaring success from “W”. You see, back in 2007 he authorized covert operations within Iran in order to destabilize them. Job well done, mission accomplished, etc.

popularpeoplesfront on June 22, 2009 at 5:50 PM

The protesters are holding back, I am not sure why. With few exceptions they are not fighting back, but they could and they know it.

dogsoldier on June 22, 2009 at 12:27 PM

Maybe smart at first to show who is the good guys and who is bad.
With all those people and a few bikes making them run is crazy. It would be no problem for them to start grabbing those Basij militia off their bikes and hanging a few like the Basij is doing to protest leaders. I saw some videos where the crowd just kept moving toward the Police and the Police turned and ran. The Guard needs to split to make this turn and I read that is in the works. The people need to start organizing, get weapons and take control of the media and communications. Thursday is mourning of 26-year-old Neda Soltan the government has forbidden the mourning of her death, a violation of Iran law. Iranians are emotional type it could be day people start taking revenge and get upper hand. Watch for more police coming over to peoples side and that will be measure of where this is going. Some restraint on peoples side could help in convincing police to come over. The numbers of people on street is impressive. The momentum needs to be sustained. This is not result of covert US operation this is genuine home grown revolution. Like I said before this has been in works for long time. Those born after 1975 or so are majority pro-western. The young generation have been going into the hills, meeting and letting their hair down for a while now. Bush was smart to give them moral support after 9/11. Iran was a problem that should fix it self was the thinking.

Ed Laskie on June 22, 2009 at 10:18 PM

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