The two men, convicted of bank robbery, were later recaptured and executed. Two of the rescuers/protesters were killed in the clash with Iranian security forces. Iran claims that the protesters opened fire on the security forces. Watch the video for yourself… I don’t see any armed citizens.
(Caution: the video is graphic)
This is the regime to which John Kerry wants to pay a visit in order to mend fences.
Many opponents of Tehran’s regime oppose such a visit, fearing it would lend legitimacy to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad at a time when his government is under continuing pressure from protests and opposition figures. Hundreds of thousands of demonstrators took to the streets again this week to voice their opposition to the government following the death of a reformist cleric.
“The wrong message would be sent to the Iranian people by such a high-level visit: The U.S. loves dictatorial regimes,” said Hossein Askari, a professor at George Washington University and former adviser to Iranian governments.
The White House’s statement? Nothing… Obama’s on vacation.
Hot Air: The best option we have in dealing with the Iranian nuclear and terrorist threats is regime change. Replacing the radical mullahs with almost anything else would improve the situation, and a popular uprising that replaced the theocracy with a secular republic like Turkey would be the best outcome. Instead, Obama seems intent on regime strengthening. We should be encouraging the democratic activists in Iran not just for the sake of democracy but also to relieve two of the greatest threats to regional stability.
I speculated in my post, Imbecile Statesman with regard to Obama’s foreign policy:
I don’t believe for a minute that Obama is the “babe in the woods” that his opponents claimed during the campaign he would be. I think he knows exactly what he’s doing.