Massacre near Iran’s Parliament? Audio: Eyewitness describes massacre

posted at 11:43 am on June 24, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

If Ali Khamenei thought that threats from the Revolutionary Guard would keep protests off the street, they have discovered that freedom doesn’t fade so quietly.  Protesters marched on the Parliament building today, according to CNN, and the mullahs met them with deadly force.  Broken bodies litter the streets as the regime amplifies its crackdown on opposition:

Security forces wielding clubs and firing weapons beat back demonstrators who flocked to a Tehran square Wednesday to continue protests, with one witness saying security forces beat people like “animals.”

At least two sources described wild and violent conditions at a part of Tehran where protesters had planned to demonstrate.

“They were waiting for us,” the source said. “They all have guns and riot uniforms. It was like a mouse trap.”

“I see many people with broken arms, legs, heads — blood everywhere — pepper gas like war,” the source said.

About “500 thugs” with clubs came out of a mosque and attacked people in the square, another source said.

The security forces were “beating women madly” and “killing people like hell,” the source said.

Gateway Pundit has been following the protests closely, with photos and videos.

The more the regime creates images and videos like this with violent reaction to protests, the less legitimate they become with Iranians.  Gandhi used this technique very effectively in India, when he and his followers would force the British to react harshly to non-violent provocations.  The difference between the two situations is substantia; Britain considered itself an enlightened empire, while Iran’s mullahs run a non-rational theocracy.  However, even those who support a nation run by mullahs will wonder what need Allah has of murderous Basiji, attacking peaceful if vociferous Iranians.

It’s hard to say the mullahs miscalculated in hauling out the IRGC, as they had little choice.  Their biggest blunder was manufacturing an election in the first place, especially one rigged from the start to include only mullah-approved candidates.

Update (AP): Horrible. But on the bright side, now Obama’s got a conversation icebreaker for that July 4th barbecue.



Related Posts:

Breaking on Hot Air

Blowback

Note from Hot Air management: This section is for comments from Hot Air's community of registered readers. Please don't assume that Hot Air management agrees with or otherwise endorses any particular comment just because we let it stand. A reminder: Anyone who fails to comply with our terms of use may lose their posting privilege.

Trackbacks/Pings

Trackback URL

Comments

Comment pages: 1 2 3 4

My heart breaks for that poor woman and her countrymen who are fighting this fight. The fear and pain in her voice is real and visceral.

Don’t worry.

Obama is responsible for all of this because of his Cairo speech. Remember?

He told me so.

Maybe he’ll quote MLK quoting another person again because he’s just so dreamy and brilliant. Maybe he’ll give a press conference and reinforce the need not to do anything at all. Again.

That will fix everything.

Good Lt on June 24, 2009 at 12:49 PM

I would think those people aren’t protesting. Don’t you?

Esthier on June 24, 2009 at 12:47 PM

Well, maybe not today but they have been…

ladyingray on June 24, 2009 at 12:49 PM

Iran = the Quagmire of 1000 Husseins (including ours)

redrock on June 24, 2009 at 12:50 PM

I very much believe that; however, I think they’re all getting a taste of what that old Islamic theocracy really means, and that’s often a tipping point for many. Most people want that kind of crack down on others, not themselves.

Esthier on June 24, 2009 at 12:45 PM

I don’t think they want that. I think they want rid of the old theocracry. These youngsters love their religion, but they want the freedom to be who they are rather than being forced to succumb to an outdated theology.

FlyoverJ-HawkFan on June 24, 2009 at 12:51 PM

some want genuine liberty and a divergence from Ayat’ocracy

some want the same old islamic theocracy under a different guy

blatantblue on June 24, 2009 at 12:36 PM

And some here just want to eat their ice cream and waffles in peace.

Gonna start calling him President Munchies.

- The Cat

MirCat on June 24, 2009 at 12:52 PM

He could make a strong, unequivocal statement that he will not recognize the illegitimate regime of Ahmadinejad.

mbs on June 24, 2009 at 12:45 PM

But he won’t because his whole foreign policy during the campaign was being The One to negotiate with the mullahs and Ahmadickinjar to get them to dismantle their nuclear program. If DinnerJacket is not in charge, he can’t be the hero.

Fed45 on June 24, 2009 at 12:52 PM

Well, maybe not today but they have been…

ladyingray on June 24, 2009 at 12:49 PM

Are you talking about the pro-Ahmedinijad demonstrations right after the election? I never considered those protests; more like propaganda rallies.

Esthier on June 24, 2009 at 12:53 PM

Are you talking about the pro-Ahmedinijad demonstrations right after the election? I never considered those protests; more like propaganda rallies.

Esthier on June 24, 2009 at 12:53 PM

Yes, I guess you are right about that.

ladyingray on June 24, 2009 at 12:53 PM

FlyoverJ-HawkFan on June 24, 2009 at 12:51 PM

Perhaps someday they will learn that the religion they love is an outdated theology.

Disturb the Universe on June 24, 2009 at 12:54 PM

Well, he could easily do that if he wasn’t such an inept dilettante. But in the context of the caller’s plea for action, what could he do beyond not recognizing the murderous theocracy?

flipflop on June 24, 2009 at 12:48 PM

Severe economic sanctions… Perhaps cutting off Iran’s gas supply (they have to import refined gasoline). The EU could also recall their ambassadors from Iran in protest. We could freeze regime bank accounts and prevent people from traveling abroad.

Illinidiva on June 24, 2009 at 12:54 PM

FerfeLaBat on June 24, 2009 at 12:48 PM

God’s still sorting. He’s busy tweaking Mo now, but he’ll have time for Barry too.

JiangxiDad on June 24, 2009 at 12:54 PM

Are you talking about the pro-Ahmedinijad demonstrations right after the election? I never considered those protests; more like propaganda rallies.

Esthier on June 24, 2009 at 12:53 PM

Christopher Hitchens said it reminded him of fascism.

Illinidiva on June 24, 2009 at 12:55 PM

Any further diplomacy with this regime should be considered as enabling the violence.

WisCon on June 24, 2009 at 12:55 PM

Do Muslims have rights in Muslim lands?? Which rights??

JiangxiDad on June 24, 2009 at 12:13 PM

I read a good article by one of the few journalists I do trust, Yon, Roggio, or Totten,..can’t remmber which one, in which he traveled through the Bosnia, Kosovo, Albania areas and described what he saw. One of the countries, I believe, Albania, was Muslim, but secular,..practiced a non-fundie form and was determined to keep religion and affairs of state separate. In fact, they ran off fundie cells trying to get set up. Many of the women wore westernized garb, no head coverings and looked to me like typical teenagers in this country. This doesn’t excuse Albanian atrocities in past conflicts, but those may not have all been religion based. Point being, it is possible to establish legitimate goals including that form of Islam where it might take hold,, but it requires a non brainwashed base of voters. that starts with stuff like we are seeing in Iran right now. A baby step. what are the alternatives? Kill or isolate all of them because we are convinced they will never change?

a capella on June 24, 2009 at 12:55 PM

Boy – it’s a good thing we dodged that idiot Sarah Palin and that crochity old koot McCain. Lord knows what kinds of horrible statements supporting these brave protesters they would be making right now. I shudder to think of it.

Anyway, back to ABC’s All-Barack-Obamacare-All-The-Time infomercial. That’s what’s IMMEDIATELY PRESSING right now. right? Time to destroy health care, America! Anything else happening in the world that Obama doesn’t want you to focus on is just a “distraction.”

Iran’s just a bunch of brown people who aren’t ready for a democracy. We shouldn’t be forcing statements of support for democracy, peaceful petitioning for fair elections and freedom on anybody – particularly when there is such a benevolent, well-intentioned, rational actor like the Iranian mullahcracy that Obama is trying to play paddy-cake with.

Damn wingnuts. This is Bush’s fault.

Exit question a la AP’s from last week:

What would Saddam Hussein be doing now if he were still in power (but no longer is thanks to Bush and not Obama)? I mean, Iran and Iraq both hated the US, but they also hated each other.

Huh.

Good Lt on June 24, 2009 at 12:56 PM

An unarmed society is a subdued society.

TheSitRep on June 24, 2009 at 12:56 PM

Perhaps someday they will learn that the religion they love is an outdated theology.

Disturb the Universe on June 24, 2009 at 12:54 PM

Having religious leaders condone men beating you to death can do that to a person.

Christopher Hitchens said it reminded him of fascism.

Illinidiva on June 24, 2009 at 12:55 PM

I agree. The bad photoshop job only confirmed that.

Esthier on June 24, 2009 at 12:57 PM

We should help?
Hell, we’re gonna have out hands full here baby.

TheSitRep on June 24, 2009 at 12:57 PM

Do you think it occurred to those geniuses in the Obama White House or in the State Department that MUSLIMS CAN’T EAT PORK??????

Those 4th of July hot dogs at our U.S. embassies better be made of beef or tofu.

Morons.

bigred on June 24, 2009 at 12:58 PM

Disturb the Universe on June 24, 2009 at 12:54 PM

It seems that you are right. But they still are muslims, yet they have become tired of the draconian rules they must live by. You understand that the majority of them are under 35 and do not remember the 79 revolution, and have had western ideals thrust upon them.

FlyoverJ-HawkFan on June 24, 2009 at 12:58 PM

An unarmed society is a subdued society.

Exactly the kind of society the statists want.

Good Lt on June 24, 2009 at 12:58 PM

Any further diplomacy with this regime should be considered as enabling the violence.

WisCon on June 24, 2009 at 12:55 PM

It won’t be considered one, but as far as I can see it will be in effect.

Esthier on June 24, 2009 at 12:58 PM

But on the bright side, now Obama’s got a conversation icebreaker for that July 4th barbecue.

I’d prefer a head-breaker with those criminals.

Attila (Pillage Idiot) on June 24, 2009 at 12:59 PM

The revolutionary guard is just that, a para-military organization specifically created and trained to protect the regime. The mullahs learned well what happened to the Shah, when the army refused to fire on the rebels, the IRG will fire until there are no more targets.

The only path to regime change is the army, and they’re not going to move to replace one regime thug with another regime thug. If there was a viable leader and they were assured of the full backing of America, then they might throw in with the students. But as it is, the protesters are just throwing their lives away for nothing.

Rebar on June 24, 2009 at 1:00 PM

About “500 thugs” with clubs came out of a mosque and attacked people in the square, another source said.

The “Religion of Peace” strikes again.

Sadly ironic that the some of the same people who’ve been calling the U.S. the Great Satan and chanting “Death to America” for years are now demanding that the U.S. save them from their own government.

AZCoyote on June 24, 2009 at 1:00 PM

Those 4th of July hot dogs at our U.S. embassies better be made of beef or tofu.

bigred on June 24, 2009 at 12:58 PM

They also have turkey dogs. I’m sure appeasing Muslim dietary issues won’t be an issue. It never has been.

Esthier on June 24, 2009 at 1:00 PM

Obama’s 48 hour delay foreign policy: Hey, maybe we shouldn’t have those Iranian – American barbecues now.

So, so embarrassing.

Thunderstorm129 on June 24, 2009 at 1:00 PM

Those 4th of July hot dogs at our U.S. embassies better be made of beef or tofu.

Morons.

bigred on June 24, 2009 at 12:58 PM

I rarely get to listen to Rush, but I heard him saying they should serve Hebrew National.

Attila (Pillage Idiot) on June 24, 2009 at 1:00 PM

From what I’ve heard, they drink and have pre-marital sex. They also listen to the west and like what they hear. Plus, and I mean a big plus, they have got to know what happened in Iraq and wonder if that could happen there.

FlyoverJ-HawkFan on June 24, 2009 at 1:02 PM

That woman begging for us to help is breaking my heart

tehd on June 24, 2009 at 1:02 PM

You’d be great on twitter. 140 charac. max! :)

:) Facebook is more than enough social networking for me to follow, thanks!

crazy_legs on June 24, 2009 at 1:02 PM

This disgrace we are witnessing from our idiotic government must the “smart power” and “smart, tough diplomacy” that the Democrats and Obama were touting on the campaign trail.

Tough on who? The unarmed protesters?

Good Lt on June 24, 2009 at 1:02 PM

Even after all the bloodshed, what is the best outcome? A loon who is merely a bit less loony than dinnerjacket?

Maybe I’m missing something.

Yes, I think you might. While it’s true that the Iranians continue to live under an oppressive theocracy and that their potential leaders are hardly any less evil from one to the next, free and fair elections are the beginning of changing that dynamic: most people, regardless of how violent their holy book might be, long for freedom and peace. This is evident, considering how impressively peaceful the Iranian protesters themselves have been unless required to defend themselves. They have no right to bear arms, making them an essentially defenseless populace – their only power exists in their vote. A free election would pave the way for reform and eventual overthrow of the theocrats, and Iran could potentially one day become a democracy and even an ally. Even brainwashed and uneducated, the Iranians know this – that democratic elections are their only hope for change and improvement.

I may not be a fan of Islam, but I support the Iranian protesters, and the violence against them saddens me. I, too, wish there was something I could do to help. At least, I wish we had a strong leader who represented our true sympathies.

Animator Girl on June 24, 2009 at 1:02 PM

is the 4th of July BBQ still on?

stormin1961 on June 24, 2009 at 11:51 AM

Yes, and we know who Obama will put in charge of tenderizing the meat.

PatMac on June 24, 2009 at 1:06 PM

But as it is, the protesters are just throwing their lives away for nothing.

Rebar on June 24, 2009 at 1:00 PM

Maybe they have embraced the old adage: it’s better to die on your feet than live on your knees.

Disturb the Universe on June 24, 2009 at 1:06 PM

Anyone hear from CAIR? Isn’t the US a muslim nation? Don’t we have millions and millions of Muslims? Hellooooooo??

JiangxiDad on June 24, 2009 at 1:07 PM

I may not be a fan of Islam, but I support the Iranian protesters, and the violence against them saddens me. I, too, wish there was something I could do to help. At least, I wish we had a strong leader who represented our true sympathies.

Animator Girl on June 24, 2009 at 1:02 PM

I guarantee they hear us, ie, the people plus congress. I bet they also know that they have a sympathizer in the current regime. But that does not detract from what they see in our people. Which is the truth. I know they are educated enough to respect our resolve to be on their side, even when our leader could care less.

FlyoverJ-HawkFan on June 24, 2009 at 1:09 PM

But as it is, the protesters are just throwing their lives away for nothing.

Rebar on June 24, 2009 at 1:00 PM

I’m sure the same thing was said by some here in 1776.

a capella on June 24, 2009 at 1:09 PM

Officials: President Obama reconsidering July 4 invitations to Iran

New thread: Obama considers canceling weenie roast.

Disturb the Universe on June 24, 2009 at 1:11 PM

CAIR is a facist organization. Their agenda is all about no one speaking out against their religion. They could care less.

FlyoverJ-HawkFan on June 24, 2009 at 1:11 PM

CAIR is a facist organization. Their agenda is all about no one speaking out against their religion. They could care less.

FlyoverJ-HawkFan on June 24, 2009 at 1:11 PM

Ah, well, if CAIR is as you say, I hope some enterprising reporter reports.

JiangxiDad on June 24, 2009 at 1:13 PM

But as it is, the protesters are just throwing their lives away for nothing.

Rebar on June 24, 2009 at 1:00 PM

WTF. Only 25-30% supported our revolution. Were those lives thrown away for nothing?

FlyoverJ-HawkFan on June 24, 2009 at 1:13 PM

I only wish we had leaders who had the guts to do something about these people being butchered. Sickening, truly sickening, but not unexpected in anyway, this will now move on to another stage, real civil war.

TrueBrit on June 24, 2009 at 1:14 PM

Ah, well, if CAIR is as you say, I hope some enterprising reporter reports.

JiangxiDad on June 24, 2009 at 1:13 PM

Who? And why would they care. All they care about is if someone of a different stripe critized them so that they could sue. To me they are no different than the Westboro babtist church.

FlyoverJ-HawkFan on June 24, 2009 at 1:17 PM

Perhaps Obama can suggest to his friends, the mullahs, that they use less vigorous debating tactics.

Basilsbest on June 24, 2009 at 1:18 PM

Obama doesn’t care. They are his heroes.

FlyoverJ-HawkFan on June 24, 2009 at 1:20 PM

I really don’t see how any of this helps Michelle’s children.

crazy_legs on June 24, 2009 at 12:38 PM

Or the garden. Or Bo.

hawksruleva on June 24, 2009 at 1:21 PM

Perhaps Obama can suggest to his friends, the mullahs, that they use less vigorous debating tactics.

Basilsbest on June 24, 2009 at 1:18 PM

What, hacking up unarmed civilians with axes isn’t a legitimate part of this “robust debate”?

Barry will be dismayed, or disappointed, or disturbed . . . or something . . . to hear that.

AZCoyote on June 24, 2009 at 1:22 PM

One stray rocket or a drone gone rogue. It would be our bad, sure. But it happens yanno? Just … one … teeny tiny wittle acme rocket strategically aimed.

We would be totally sad about it all later – I promise.

How can you listen to that girl and not accidentally hit the wrong button while reaching for the tissues?

FerfeLaBat on June 24, 2009 at 1:22 PM

Perhaps Obama can suggest to his friends, the mullahs, that they use less vigorous debating tactics.

Basilsbest on June 24, 2009 at 1:18 PM

Actually, beating civilians and calling it “debate” is pretty consistent for liberals. They also rip viable fetuses out of the womb and call it “family planning”.

hawksruleva on June 24, 2009 at 1:22 PM

WTF. Only 25-30% supported our revolution. Were those lives thrown away for nothing?

FlyoverJ-HawkFan on June 24, 2009 at 1:13 PM

Tyrannies are made by evil men, not stupid men. They learn from past mistakes, and one lesson from the Nazis is, if you make a military organization separate from the regular military, devoted entirely to protect the regime, it becomes nearly impossible for a popular revolt to win.

Rebar on June 24, 2009 at 1:25 PM

Oh, right. These protesters are obviously being funded since they aren’t going to the jobs they don’t have (20% unemployment) and can’t normally afford the rocks and pieces of concrete they’re throwing.

pfamis on June 24, 2009 at 1:25 PM

Apparently, Neda’s family was forced out of their apartment in Tehran. Sad story. http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/jun/24/neda-soltan-iran-family-forced-out

Illinidiva on June 24, 2009 at 1:27 PM

Why not pretend it is Serbia and send in the UN to facilitate the slaughter? After all, thats what they do best.

saiga on June 24, 2009 at 1:28 PM

“We are all Iranians now” – I don’t really care what these bastards have done in the past, I’m behind them now. What an exciting and historic opportunity and we have an idiot running the show here.

PatMac on June 24, 2009 at 1:32 PM

hey look, a puppy!

BPD on June 24, 2009 at 1:33 PM

You know what’s starting to sound like a good idea right about now?

Green armbands for the 4th of July Tea Parties.

Solidarity.

SuperCool on June 24, 2009 at 1:34 PM

Listening to that young woman was horrifying.

I am ashamed to say that our emasculated appeaser president will do diddly except eat weenies and try to “make nice” with these murderers on our most important National Holiday.

marybel on June 24, 2009 at 1:37 PM

SuperCool on June 24, 2009 at 1:34 PM

RAAAACIST /sarc

Good idea SuperCool

pfamis on June 24, 2009 at 1:38 PM

Powerful, powerful stuff from CNN. My eyes were actually tearing up. Part of the reason may be that, by coincidence, I had just seen the beginning of Alfred Hitchcock’s “lost” documentary from film made by British troops liberating the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in 1945. I could only take 5 minutes of the full 56 minute film this time. The word horrible does not suffice. A virtual left to the stomach, right to the jaw. Sorry, I don’t have the link but I suggest to everyone that you look for it on Google videos.

boqueronman on June 24, 2009 at 1:41 PM

Didn’t Barry start all this with his Cairo speech? At least that was the story last week. How’s Barry feeling today? Still want to ‘dialogue’ with a fascist regime?

GarandFan on June 24, 2009 at 1:44 PM

I am ashamed to say that our emasculated appeaser president will do diddly except eat weenies and try to “make nice” with these murderers

Obama makes Carter look like TR. What an ammoral bastard he is.

So where are the conservative politicians challenging American passivity? Regardless the Iranian revolution, wouldn’t you have figured there would be an unending assault on the Korean missile shot toward Hawaii? Where is the GOP leader calling for JDAMs and Tomahawks on NoKo’s launchers and reactors?

The people have spoken. The USA has been de-balled.

rcl on June 24, 2009 at 1:49 PM

Barry: PHEW. That was a close one.

No Iranian diplomats accepted July 4 invites

pfamis on June 24, 2009 at 1:55 PM

The report said the investigation into the death of Neda Agha-Soltan is ongoing, “but according to the evidence so far, it could be said that she was killed by mistake. The marksmen had mistaken her for the sister of one of the Monafeghin who had been executed in the Province of Mazandaran some time ago.”

I thought the official word was that the protesters killed her! This indicates she was “targeted” after all.

Disturb the Universe on June 24, 2009 at 11:59 AM

They have always said this from the beginning. They have been very consistent.

(If it works for Obama when he changes his story on something….)

tom on June 24, 2009 at 2:00 PM

Obama doesn’t want to say anything to make it appear that the US is interferring in the election results.

How does it appear to the rest of the world when he doesn’t say anything?

Answer: Empty Suit.

There is a reason NK is popping off about wiping the US off the face of the earth. They know that Obama will sit by and watch…with his thumb up his A$$.

PappaMac on June 24, 2009 at 2:00 PM

These youngsters love their religion, but they want the freedom to be who they are rather than being forced to succumb to an outdated theology.

FlyoverJ-HawkFan on June 24, 2009 at 12:51 PM

Ergo, forced to succumb to an outdated religion that they dearly love? I don’t follow. I’d call this contradiction #1.

Disturb the Universe on June 24, 2009 at 12:54 PM

It seems that you are right. But they still are muslims, yet they have become tired of the draconian rules they must live by.

Ergo they are hard-core Muslims, and you’d better not tell them any different, yet they have become tired of ‘walking the walk’ of Islam. Contradiction #2.

You understand that the majority of them are under 35 and do not remember the 79 revolution, and have had western ideals thrust upon them.

FlyoverJ-HawkFan on June 24, 2009 at 12:58 PM

Contradiction #3.

Anyhow, what are you trying to say? If these young pople are products of the Revolution and an insular Islamic Republic, then they haven’t had Western ideals thrust upon them. When since 1979 has the Islamic Republic permitted Western ideals anywhere near their young people, let alone stood by while someone else ‘thrust’ those ideals upon them?

If OTOH you’re talking about what the young people prefer to do on their own time, which is to turn toward Western ideals, then how do you get off describing this as ‘thrusting’ it upon them?

RD on June 24, 2009 at 2:04 PM

I’m absolutely sick about this.

pjean on June 24, 2009 at 2:16 PM

Y’know who’s been strangely silent on all of this?

Sean Penn.

C’mon, Sean! Remember how great you told all us troglodytes Iran was when you went over there on your self appointed mission as a “peace envoy”? C’mon! Tell us how great the ruling regime is now!

Either that, or admit you:

A. Were TOTALLY wrong. (It’s okay, we all knew it…okay, the sane amongst us knew it.)

or

B. You support the right of The State to murder it’s citezenry when they “get out of line” or “don’t get with the program”.

So which is it, Spiccoli?

Perhaps, it’s your silence that says more than your mangled words ever could…

SuperCool on June 24, 2009 at 2:20 PM

I don’t know if anyone’s noticed yet, but the video for this embed code has been changed, from the original 4 minute version to the current 1 minute one. Most of that poor woman’s anguished description of the carnage has been clipped off. It ends after she told of the large mob emerging from a mosque to beat people.

The real grim stuff she described for another 3 minutes, is gone.

Agam on June 24, 2009 at 2:22 PM

I’m sure the same thing was said by some here in 1776.

a capella on June 24, 2009 at 1:09 PM

They would have been correct had we not received help from France, and we were armed. These people don’t even have guns.

Ergo, forced to succumb to an outdated religion that they dearly love? I don’t follow. I’d call this contradiction #1.

Not everyone agrees that Islam, the way it’s being practiced by the authorities in Iran, is true Islam. I think that’s what you’re missing in the supposed contradiction.

Esthier on June 24, 2009 at 2:30 PM

I find it hard to be sympathetic to anyone in the decadent muslim culture. It is a culture of death so why is anyone surprised this is happening. Are the mullahs a bunch of detestable thugs? Yes, but so is all of islam. The world will be a much safer, happier, and more intelligent place without any of them.

woodNfish on June 24, 2009 at 2:34 PM

What would Saddam Hussein be doing now if he were still in power (but no longer is thanks to Bush and not Obama)? I mean, Iran and Iraq both hated the US, but they also hated each other.

This would not have happened if Bush would not have gone into Iraq and took out Saddam and a new democracy left in the former regimes place. Bush screwed the pooch on a lot of things, and regardless of what those Code Pink nutjobs (and all the rest of the looney left) say, we did the right thing by taking him out.

Wolftech on June 24, 2009 at 2:42 PM

The world will be a much safer, happier, and more intelligent place without any of them.

woodNfish on June 24, 2009 at 2:34 PM

So then you’re glad Neda is dead? One less Muslim in the world?

Esthier on June 24, 2009 at 2:53 PM

Iran = the Quagmire of 1000 Husseins (including ours)

redrock on June 24, 2009 at 12:50 PM

Funny and True.

Geochelone on June 24, 2009 at 2:57 PM

Looks like the July 4th BBQ invite has finally been rescinded

The Ugly American on June 24, 2009 at 2:58 PM

Hey Hillary,

Come out of your hole and open your yap. You don’t get to hide and pretend your are not the SOS just becuase you hurt your elbow and sprained your cankle.

Geochelone on June 24, 2009 at 2:59 PM

Looks like the July 4th BBQ invite has finally been rescinded

The Ugly American on June 24, 2009 at 2:58 PM

They have thrown down the gauntlet now. I bet they are not even friends on their FaceBook page anymore. WOW.

Next thing you know our Mullah Messiah will give up custard to show his solidarity with the protectors who are being massacred.

Geochelone on June 24, 2009 at 3:03 PM

So then you’re glad Neda is dead? One less Muslim in the world?

Did I say that? No, I did not, so don’t twist my words to make yourself happy. You’re sounding like a typical liberal fascist.

woodNfish on June 24, 2009 at 3:05 PM

My God, it makes me want to get on a plane and go there to help. How can these cretins in the WH ignore this?

PattyJ on June 24, 2009 at 3:05 PM

As the streets of Tehran ran red with the blood of pro-democracy protesters Barack Obama issued his strongest statement yet to the political leadership in Iran:

Supreme Leader and your most excellent holy leaders of Islam in Iran. Please consider using less vigorous debating tactics or I may have to withdraw the invitation to our July 4th party.

Basilsbest on June 24, 2009 at 3:07 PM

I am telling you people that the Teleprompter is very mad about all this. The Teleprompter is going to use bold and underline now in its text. That should scare the NORKS and the Mullahs.

Geochelone on June 24, 2009 at 3:09 PM

I really wish some of you cynics would grow a heart (a brain would help too). I’m no apologist for Islam; I utterly despise it, but some of you commenters don’t seem to understand that these people aren’t starting from the same place as you. Don’t expect them to come out with Declarations of Independence from scratch. Most of these people who are being killed are under 30, the Revolution is all they’ve ever known, except for what they can see through TV and the internet, and if anyone has suffered from Islamofascism, it’s them. Give them a break, even the Soviet Union had to crumble before it could collapse.
And I wonder how many of us would expose ourselves to a bullet or axe through the heart to protest Obama’s ‘brutal’ government?

Fortunata on June 24, 2009 at 3:12 PM

Did I say that? No, I did not, so don’t twist my words to make yourself happy. You’re sounding like a typical liberal fascist.

woodNfish on June 24, 2009 at 3:05 PM

You said we’re better off if they’re all dead. Neda was a Muslims. Ergo, we’re better off with her dead. I’m twisting nothing.

Looks like the July 4th BBQ invite has finally been rescinded

The Ugly American on June 24, 2009 at 2:58 PM

White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said Iranian diplomats had in any case not replied to invitations already sent out.

Sounds like they were planning to snub us anyway. Our White House is weak.

Esthier on June 24, 2009 at 3:14 PM

You said we’re better off if they’re all dead.

Actually, those are your words, not mine, and the problem is also yours.

if anyone has suffered from Islamofascism, it’s them. Give them a break

I don’t have a horse in this race, and I have no reason to believe that the protesters would make an Iran that is better for us than what is there now, so whatever the outcome makes no difference to me.

Personally, I’d prefer that we close all our foreign military bases and let the world’s nations look after themselves, especially the limp-wristed Europeans. Not a single drop of American blood is worth the cost of maintaining it. However, I am for a very strong military and if anyone messes with us, we crush them and then leave.

We can revitalize our industries and economy by spending our money here at home.

woodNfish on June 24, 2009 at 3:31 PM

American Power tracked-back with, “Iran Parliament Crackdown! Bloody Sniper Video! Frantic Callers!”:

http://americanpowerblog.blogspot.com/2009/06/iran-parliament-crackdown-bloody-sniper.html

Donald Douglas on June 24, 2009 at 3:32 PM

Wood, here are your words:

The world will be a much safer, happier, and more intelligent place without any of them.

woodNfish on June 24, 2009 at 2:34 PM

Are you trying to tell me that you meant that they should be given a colony on Mars?

Esthier on June 24, 2009 at 3:42 PM

Starting to look like this is unfolding at about the right rate to really pick up speed, growing crowds met with a little violence at first then creating an icon with growing resistance met with more and more violence.

Crackdowns are rarely successful when they grow with the angst felt by the protesters but protester anger leading to insurgency can grown and cultivated very nicely in such fertile fields.

Mullahs underestimating freedom fighters, very nice, dumb, but nice.

Speakup on June 24, 2009 at 3:51 PM

Well clearly the 21st Century is going to be at least as brutal as the last.

ronsfi on June 24, 2009 at 3:52 PM

Crackdowns are rarely successful

Tiannamin Square, the Kurdish revolution in Iraq, the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia, the Buddhist Monks in Myanmar. Crackdowns are more successful than not.

Well clearly the 21st Century is going to be at least as brutal as the last.

Name a century when their wasn’t war, strife and brutality. Unfortunately, it seems to be human nature.

woodNfish on June 24, 2009 at 4:09 PM

Crackdowns are rarely successful when they grow with the angst felt by the protesters but protester anger leading to insurgency can grown and cultivated very nicely in such fertile fields.

Crackdowns are rarely successful

Tiannamin Square, the Kurdish revolution in Iraq, the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia, the Buddhist Monks in Myanmar. Crackdowns are more successful than not.
woodNfish on June 24, 2009 at 4:09 PM

Way to take my comment completely out of context.

Speakup on June 24, 2009 at 4:44 PM

Comment pages: 1 2 3 4